A historic event in the life of Silliman alumni and friends will take place on May 10-14, 2017 as the ninth reunion of the Silliman University Alumni Council of North America (SUACONA) will be held in Hawaii under the sponsorship of Aloha Chapter Silliman University Alumni Association (ACSUAA).
In a communication sent to Silliman alumni and friends by the Rev. Dr. Federico “Ed” Agnir, founder of SUACONA, who is now a retired professor and pastor living in Florida, USA, he said that “for many of us mainlanders, it will be quite a daunting and distant trip, possibly the first time for some.” He added, though, that “it will be well worth it.”
Situated almost 4,000 miles over water from continental US, Aloha Chapter, according to Rev. Dr. Agnir, “represents SUACONA’s outermost boundary.” He continued: “Hawaii holds a special place in the hearts and minds of all. It bore the brunt of the December 7, 1941 attack that launched America into the Second World War.” He enticed everyone as he said, “No place on earth is better for the vacation of our life.”
Rev. Dr. Agnir informs that more than half of the 472 members of his high school graduating class who have migrated to the US live in Hawaii. On a personal note, he confesses to having family and friends in Hawaii, some of whom he has not even met.
The May 2017 event, said the Rev. Dr. Agnir, caps his lengthy and continuous leadership in various capacities for SUACONA. He relates: “It dates back almost 17 years starting in November 1999 when I inherited the task of carrying out the Stony Point mandate to establish an umbrella organization for all Silliman alumni chapters in North America, which we successfully achieved in 2001.”
Confessing to be turning 78 years old by next year (2017), he said “it’s time to let go.” He articulated that he is very happy over the growth of SUACONA, which has remained united, “a stark contrast against many migrant organizations that fold or splinter into groups soon after they are founded.”
He said he is confident that SUACONA will have “an inexhaustible supply of good leadership, a testament to the Silliman spirit.”