April 2018 Newsletter

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Cornellians, Close-Up

We’re starting a monthly member feature! Cornellians are doing exciting things in their respective industries and we want to showcase some of our members, so that our community can get to know each other better. If you know a Cornellian worth featuring, please reach out to our VP Memberships Cheryl Sim at cherylmhsim@gmail.com.

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In our first feature, meet Jason Parke (Engineering (Operations Research and Industrial Engineering) ’07). He’s a former banker turned F&B entrepreneur who has taken it into his hands to bring homemade, authentic New York bagels to Singapore. He runs Schmear, a New York delicatessen at Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove that specialises in serving up homemade, hand-rolled bagels and other New York favourites.

What brought you to Singapore?
I was previously working for J.P. Morgan in New York and had an opportunity to move out here with the company. Was expecting to be here for 2 years or so, but ended up I spending about 5 years with them here in Singapore, then 2 years in tech venture capital. And after that, I opened Schmear in February of last year.

Tell us about Schmear in a sentence, and what got you started with it?
Making food the way it’s supposed to be made — anything we can make in-house we do, from the bagels (of course) to the BBQ sauce to the roast beef to grinding our own beef for our burgers.  And what got me started – I couldn’t find a decent bagel in this country, so I took matters into my own hands.

How do you spend your free time?
What free time?? Whenever I can find a few minutes I spend it with my newborn baby, Gabriella (born in Jan) and my wife Emily.

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Jason has been extremely generous in extending these exclusive promotions at Schmear to our members:

  • Get 20% off the first order on Schmear home / office bagel delivery (www.schmeardelivery.com) with discount code CORNELLCLUB

Get a 10% discount for Cornell Club members at Schmear through the end of April. Simply show this newsletter.

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Cornell Happy Hour on 19 April
Singapore-based Cornell alumni (Cornell Club of Singapore, Cornell Hotel Society and the Johnson School Alumni) get together for drinks on 19 April following the CHS AGM earlier in the evening. Cornell Hotel Society and WeWork have extended a few slots for an exclusive office tour.

Date/Time: 19 Apr, 8 – 9.30pm
Location: WeWork Beach Centre at 15 Beach Road
What’s Provided: Drinks and light bites
Cost: Free for dues-paying members of any of the alumni clubs; $8 otherwise

No pre-registration needed, but do indicate your interest through the event link on our Facebook Page.

CAAAN Acceptees Reception for Class of 2022 on 21 April
The Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network is organising an event for incoming freshmen students of class of 2022, on 21st April 2018 (Sat) at UWC, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

If you wish to attend as an alum, please get in touch with the CAAAN chair Zhong-Wen at zh35@cornell.edu.

Members helping members
In the spirit of community, we’re starting to compile a list of the following:

  • Senior staff in companies willing to offer their time to mentor junior folks;
  • Business owners looking to offer their goods/services to the community;
  • Cornellians looking for jobs/internships;
  • Cornellians looking to hire;
  • People who want to grab a beer/coffee with other Cornellians;
  • Any other requests.

We’ve done up a 10-second form to help us serve you better if you fit any of above, or have any other requests (your name, email, & offered/requested goods/services).

Be a Cornell Club of Singapore Member! 
Members gain access to an exciting line-up of events run by the Club and our larger network of Alumni Club partners. Be part of a community that is actively engaged for alumni networking and curated talks on breaking trends and industry panels, and more! If you have yet to pay your membership dues, please click here to do so. Dues-paying members are eligible to vote at AGMs and enjoy preferential rates at selected events.


  • 1 year – $25
  • 3-yrs – $65.

Lifetime – $500.

Something to share?
Want to include something in the next newsletter? Send it to us by 5th May for the May newsletter. Any proposed inclusions should be of relevance and value to the Cornell Community in Singapore.

With love,
Your fellow alumni

CHAN Wai Leong, Advisor              
Susan CHANG, Advisor
Mark HANSEN, Advisor and Honorary Auditor
TAN Swee-Chiew, Honorary Auditor

Jaclyn SEOW, Co-president
Nigel TEO, Co-president
Joanna CHENG-AJLANI, Secretary
Prem JAYARAM, Treasurer
Cheryl SIM, VP Memberships
Supriya KUMAR, VP Events
Tammie SIEW, VP Partnerships
HUANG Zhong Wen, CAAAN Chair
Adeline KOOI, CAAAN Vice-Chair

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