Gerry Farias and I have been in touch with some of you offline to finalize the details of the planned XLRI Alumni Meet on Saturday October 6th evening. We have finalized AKBAR RESTAURANT (at Route 1 South in Edison NJ), as the venue based on the feedback received. The details are as under:
Date and Time: Saturday 6th October, from 5.30 PM till 11 PM.
Venue: Akbar Restaurant (Akbar Restaurant - Directions),
Off Route 1 South, 21 Cortlandt Street, Edison, NJ 08837 Tel: (732) 632-8822
The tab is $35 per person – this just covers the dinner, drinks and gratuities for the service, and the PA system, etc. You can confirm your participation by email with the headcount and later pay by cash or check at the door. Format is informal, preferably with spouse, but no kids' activity has been planned (as we are expecting to hear the visitors speak and mingle with us). Kindly confirm your attendance ASAP by email to one of us below:
Venkatesh Kommineni XL 11:
K N Venkataraman, (KNV) – XL90:
Gerard Farias (Gerry) – XL 81
There is free parking at the venue. The closest NJTransit train station is METUCHEN on the North East corridor Princeton/Trenton line. Do let us know if you need any help or info.
The main idea of the meet is to show up with our love, affection and gratitude to Prof Sarin and Fr Abe and of course, you know how we do it – in large numbers. Many of us know Prof Sarin and Fr Abe - it'd be a delight to meet with them in person.
Director Fr Abraham and Prof Sarin will share with us the many new developments at our alma mater, which has undergone a name change from `XLRI Jamshedpur' to `Xavier School of Management'. Yes – we are now alumni of XSM !!
As I understand, they'd share with us the many exciting new developments that XSM has in mind, including the new branding of XLRI as XSM to prepare for a global brand launch, a new second campus in New Delhi, a growing list of student exchange programs with B-schools around the world, a growing strong faculty that is recognized by industry by their books and research. The objective is also to:
(a) Strengthen, and give some shape and form to, our existing alumni networks in the US/Canada, and
(b) while it is not expected that any of us would cut checks overnight to the XEF – Xavier Endowment Fund, of which Prof Sarin is a Chairman (well, don't mistake me - of course, you are very welcome to do so if you are able to join the many that have done so with a large heart of gratitude) –we'd be discussing how best to contribute as US resident alumni to XEF over the next many years.
Look forward to seeing you on October 6th.. the wet bar opens at 5.30 PM, so please be early.
Warm regards,Venkat Karimanasseri (`KNV')
PS. We have booked a hall with an underlying commitment of atleast 50 people joining us for dinner. So please email us and confirm your attendance with headcount ASAP. Thanks.