2017 Gophers Beijing New Year Party

On January 14, 2017, the U of M China Office and U of M China Alumni Beijing Chapter co-hosted our annual New Year Party for gophers and friends in Beijing, at the lovely HMV Café, from head to toe covered in maroon and gold. We had nearly 100 guests (!), most of whom were alumni, plus a handful of current students and a few friends and families of gophers. The presentation on U of M globalization status (China) drove our Gopher pride;  U of M elements interactive fun games quickly familiarized attendees with each other; and the cakes to deliver birthday wishes and New Year greetings sweetened up the place…...countless moments of joys made it a truly memorable and festive event for all of us, and we appreciate the great turnout and all the hard work from our organizers and volunteers behind the scenes to make the celebration successful. 

During the event, China Office Director Wanling warmly welcomed our guests, provided key updates on University of Minnesota-China developments that took place in 2016, and later facilitated a "quick and fun Q&A Competition" based on the presentation for some U of M elements gifts. U of M China Alumni Beijing Chapter executive director Fran Liu then facilitated some fun group activities, which successfully heated the event.

Tim Wolf, the director of International Development, U of M Foundation, also visited Beijing alumni at the event and sent out New Year greetings. Alumni Mr. Woody Wu, although was absent due to time conflict, delivered our alumni abundant organic tea boxes as gifts to represent his gratitude towards the University and caring for our alumni. An unexpected cake secretly prepared by China Office and U of M Foundation surprised our birthday alumni Ms. Dongmei Chen.

Our leadership from U of M China Alumni Beijing Chapter were highly recognized for their contributions at the event and the whole year round in 2016. They are: Ms. Fran (Liu),Ms.Shi’ao (Sun),Ms.Snow (Wang),Ms. Helen (Lee),Ms.Yinan (Wang).Our photographers for the night, Kuang (Zhao) and Dylan (Zhang), and many volunteers such as Maohua (Xu), Yanjiao (Gu),Yaqiong (Shi) & Shan (Liu) were also recognized for their devote of time and energy in this event.

The event lasted for nearly four hours, and brought together generations of alumni, both national and expatriate. Thank you all, our dear alumni and gophers! We hope to see you at the next great alumni event!

Please enjoy more event photos at  QQ Zone “Alumni New Year Party” or Weibo Album “2017GophersBJNewYearParty ” . If you want the original, please email chen5259@umn.edu with a screenshot of your photo and we will send you the file.