UNIS Alumni       

UNIS Hanoi Alumni is excited to announce the dates of this year's events for alumni below. Get ready for a year full of exciting events and programming including a National Mall and Memorial Parks walk in DC, an afternoon in a flower and garden show in Melbourne, afternoon teas and dinners etc.! Check them out!

Check out the hot off the press UNiquely UNIS Summer 2018 Edition, go beyond a quick glimpse and dive deep into a variety of different, programmes, projects and initiatives that are part of UNIS' daily life.

The UNIS Hanoi Class of 2018 has graduated! Their hard work and dedication has made them he School's newest alumni. Find out who they are!

Dr Chip Barder, a respected educator and administrator with more than four decades of work in international schools, is leaving UNIS Hanoi in June to take a 'gap year'—no mentioning of the "R" word, please!

Check out a photo montage of the new building consisting of a new spacious cafeteria, a rooftop garden, new maker space and of course, new classrooms

It was a beautiful and warm May evening in Berlin
It was a rustic but hip restaurant in the modern Gleisdreieck Park
We met, we dine, we laughed... then we went to karaoke
Check out our fun in photos!
"A wonderful catch up. Lovely to hear the stories of these young UNIS graduates." - Reunion co-host Heather Westwood (Alumni Faculty/Staff). Click here to see the photos.


Meanwhile at UNIS Hanoi

Over the September 8 – 9 weekend, UNIS Hanoi Board of Directors hosted the fifth Governance as Leadership Training Institute for School Board Members and Administrators from the South East Asia Region and beyond, co led by William P. Ryan, a research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and Bambi Betts, Director at Principals' Training Center for International School Leadership.
On September 28, 2018  the Hanoi international school community will host the Viet Sing Swing. This multi-city (Singapore, Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City) event will play host to 100 Universities from more than one dozen countries. In Hanoi, 10 international high schools and more than 500 high school students learn about the university processes around the world.

Some of you know this room as the Drama classroom, some knows it as the Community Room. Did you know, to create a more inviting spaces on campus, it was recently renovated by Alumni Parent Claire Driscoll, founder of art and design studio Work Room Four? Find out more about the initiative.

It's the Back to School week for many and it's the First Week of (UNIS Hanoi) School for many, including our new Head of School Ms Jane McGee, who is looking forward to getting to know our alumni soon at the upcoming alumni events. Learn more about Ms McGee here.
Since 2015, 36 youngsters with a range of disabilities at the Huong La Centre are learning how to read, write and count thanks to a programme devised by two Teaching Assistants at UNIS Hanoi.


Our Global Alumni Notes

Austinus Jogiono (Alumni Parent)

Austinus Jogiono (Alumni Parent) wrote in to share an update: "We are all living in Brisbane, Australia now." Yoel Jogiono (Class of 2011) will soon become a PE and Math teacher, Rachel Jogiono (Class of 2013) is working as a nurse and Miriam Jogiono (Class of 2017) is studying International Business and Hotel Management. The family was at UNIS Hanoi from 2003 to 2006 and Agustinus was very involved with the School, helping with taking pictures or making films.

Izziany (Izzy) Mohd Jamil (Class of 2013)

Izziany (Izzy) Mohd Jamil (Class of 2013) married Saiful Nor Adzhar in a beautiful traditional ceremony in Malaysia. Izzy's best friends from UNIS Hanoi Class of 2013 Yong Kamila (Kamila) Ahmad Solihin, Monica Dluzniewska and Ayaka Yokoyama were in attendance as bridesmaids.

Savka Akester (Class of 2017) and Malena Akester (Alumni Parent)

Savka Akester (Class of 2017) and mother Malena Akester (Alumni Parent) visited UNIS Hanoi during their week back in Hanoi. Savka is attending university in Cornwall, UK while Malena lives in Myanmar and travels back and forth between Myanmar, the UK and their home country Mexico. Savka's sister, who is also a UNIS Hanoi alumna, Hazel Akester (Class of 2012) is working in bio-diversity conservation in Cambridge, UK.

Anna Muehlichen (Class of 2012)

Anna Muehlichen (Class of 2012) is working for Igloo Music Studio, a Grammy winning sound recording facility in Los Angeles, USA. She recently worked as Assistant Audio Engineer at the recording session of the score to the highly anticipated superhero film, Deadpool 2. Composed by Tyler Bates, the score featured a 80-piece ensemble of the Hollywood Studio Symphony and a 34-person choir. "This was my first time in a scoring session of this size and it was absolutely indescribable. It was an absolute joy and huge learning experience to watch and assist the audio engineers of Igloo Music," Anna shares.

Risako (Class of 2012), Rikako (Class of 2014) and Mariko Tani (Alumni Parent)

Risako (Class of 2012) and Rikako Tani (Class of 2014) and their mother Mariko Tani (Alumni Parent) visited from Japan where they currently live. Rikako is studying at university and Risako is working in communications/broadcasting. Rikako is delighted to visit her classroom from when she was at Elementary School  while Risako remembers bits and pieces from her time in ECC. The family enjoyed catching up with Naoko Inui (Alumni Parent - Current Faculty/Staff) and visiting the new Canteen in the  new building Ly Thai To Learning Centre. Risako and Rikako also got to purchase the new UNIS Hanoi hoodies from the School Shop.

Hazel Kevlihan (Class of 2019)

Hazel Kevlihan (Class of 2019) published her first book Two Lies and a Diamond on Amazon. Hazel wrote in to share, "I started writing this book because I have always loved heist stories. The kind that stun you with their action-packed scenes and intelligent characters. Two Lies and a Diamond brings the ambiance of a heist movie to the streets of Dublin."

"I moved to Ireland after attending UNIS Hanoi, and I thought it was important to bring an international background to my book in order to reflect my own experience. As a result the characters, while primarily Irish, reflect a diverse range of family cultures. I'm excited to have this book finally published and available for purchase. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing such unexpected ideas come together, and being able to combine them into a complete whole."

Hazel's first published piece of work is Right Between the Eyes, a short story that was published in the Copperfield Review in August 2017. Hazel also won a commendation prize in the Irish Times' Read the Africa Day 2017 Writing Competition with her short story Drumming, which was based on her experience living in both Ghana and Ireland. Currently Hazel is working on a gender-bender fantasy with a flexible definition of magic with the working title Morningstar while toying with the idea of a food-truck based romance. Hazel shares her short stories and the progress of her works on her website hazelkevlihan.com

Rhianne Lovell-Boland (Class of 2008)

Rhianne Lovell-Boland (Class of 2008) married Samuel Lovell-Boland in lovely ceremonies in the UK and in Malaysia. Rhianne was thrilled to celebrate her wedding in the UK surrounded by her best friends from UNIS Hanoi, Kate Allison and Olwyn Griffith (Class of 2008). Rhianne and Sam met at university in London and both now live and work in media in Singapore.

Toby Penrose (Class of 2011)

Toby Penrose (Class of 2011) stopped by the School while visiting Vietnam this Autumn. He was thrilled to see all the changes on the campus. "There were certainly a lot of memories which flooded back to me. I met up with Mr Phi and discussed where we are in life and how much I have grown," He shared. Toby is living in the UK and studying to become a commercial pilot.

Monica Michaan (Class of 2005)

Monica Michaan (Class of 2005) married Nathan Ruiz in a beautiful ceremony in Spring 2018. The tables of the wedding reception were named after the places Monica and Nathan have lived, so one of the tables was named Vietnam. Monica herself has built and painted a wooden world map wall art to illustrate this. Monica and Nathan live in the USA.

Frida (Ahlsen) Hallin (Class of 2009)

Frida (Ahlsen) Hallin (Class of 2009) married Johan Hallin in a Vietnam-inspired wedding ceremony this Summer 2018. Nem and nước chấm was served as starter and everybody had cà phê sữa đá with the wedding cake. The bride and groom and the guests also danced Múa sạp  with bamboo sticks brought from Hanoi. When the party was almost over, bánh mì was served to partygoers who had had been dancing all night long! There was a large contingent from the UNIS Hanoi Class of 2009 in attendance: Jessica Penrose, Duc Le, Gustav Laursen, Kenneth Benitez and Yena Kwak. The friends, who have known each other for 15 years, and some of whom hadn't seen each other for 10 years, spent many nights talking about memories and sharing stories of UNIS, from the old campus to the current. Frida and Johan had their honeymoon wild camping in Sweden, almost living off of nature. The couple hopes to return to Vietnam in the future for a second honeymoon. Frida is working and living in Halmstad, Sweden. 

Dave Caleb (Alumni Faculty/Staff)
Dave Caleb (Alumni Faculty/Staff) and his colleague Nicole Tripp recently published Developing Number Strategies, an ebook that aims to help both parents and teachers better understand a whole range of mental math strategies. Mathematics is about creativity, making connections and reasoning. Students need to learn how to be flexible in their thinking and to understand that there are many different ways to arrive at a solution rather than just focus on fluency and accuracy and follow strict procedures to find a correct answer to an equation. It was originally a project to support Mathematics learning of Dave's current school community. Dave and Nicole are excited to share the book with the world as a free resource to help students, educators and parents everywhere with mathematics understanding.

Developing Number Strategies is a multi-touch ebook and can be viewed on iPad or Mac computer using iBooks. This is Dave's most recent published project in his series of books on utilizing technology/photography to support teaching and learning.

Quynh Anh (Quinn) Do (Class of 2015)

Back in Hanoi for a break from studies at prestigious Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Quynh Anh (Quinn) Do (Class of 2015) was thrilled to give back to her native Vietnam this past March through service with Operation Walk Ireland (OWI). Read Quinn's story here.

Masatoki Teranishi (Class of 2013)

Masatoki Teranishi (Class of 2013) recently graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Kinesiology, the study of body movement. Now he works as a medical scribe and volunteers with health-related organizations while applying for medical school. Read Masa's story here.

Emmanuel Selvanayagam (Class of 2003)
Emmanuel Selvanayagam (Class of 2003) is back in the country he calls home with a new mission: helping Vietnam's most vulnerable. As the Director of Strategy and Public Engagement at World Vision Vietnam, Emmanuel says his 'defining years' at the School helped motivate him to choose the humanitarian development sector. Read Emmanuel's story here.
Ha My Ly (Alumni Faculty/Staff)
Working at the UNIS Hanoi from 1990 until her retirement in 2002, Mme Ha My Ly (Alumni Faculty/Staff) was a well-loved member of the community. Now living in a sixth-floor apartment surrounded by beauty in art, UNIS Hanoi's first art teacher remembers how much she loved to teach students from different countries and cultures. She remembers that her own painting benefited from her teaching, as she learned from students how to more easily show feelings. Read Mme Ly's story here.
Alumni Dates 18-19

WASHINGTON DC - September 30
KUALA LUMPUR - October 27
SUNDAY OF SERVICE 1 - October 28
LONDON - November 3
DUBAI - November 11
HANOI - December 29
BANGKOK - January 12
BOSTON - February (TBA)
SPRING FAIR - March 17
MELBOURNE - March 31
SUNDAY OF SERVICE 2 - May 5, 2018
BERLIN - To be announced
VANCOUVER - To be announced
SEOUL - To be announced
NETHERLANDS - To be announced
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