Newsletter No. 456

8 456 • 19.4.2015 本刊由香港中文大学资讯处出版,每月出版两期。截稿日期及稿例载于 www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/chinese/newsletter/ 。 The CUHK Newsletter is published by the Information Services Office, CUHK, on a fortnightly basis. Submission guidelines and deadlines can be found at www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/english/newsletter/ . 由院务室主任转任拓展及筹募处处长,工作性质截然不 同,是甚麽令你接受这挑战? 我在2001年加入医学院为教习医院院务室主任,负责一般行政和 公共关系工作,也有处理捐赠个案。2003年,我在威尔斯亲王医 院和医护人员共同渡过沙士难关,目睹很多真实感人的个案,也 看到很多人无私捐赠,支持大学发展。很快过了九年,我觉得是时 候转换一下工作环境,刚巧拓展及筹募处出现处长空缺,虽不知 道自己能否胜任,但我也应征了。 可要克服甚麽心理关口? 很多人跟我说开口劝捐是很惨的一回事,多方恳求,人家也未必答 允。捐钱的都是有钱人,怎会认识你周瑶慧?我也曾担心,但回想 自己加入医学院的时候,不也是一个医生也不认识?我告诉自己, 我会好像认识医生一样,慢慢多认识捐款人。 捐钱给中大的都是富人名人吧? 我初上任时,和一般校友的想法一样:捐钱?轮不到我吧!定要有 很大成就,很富有,才有资格捐助母校的。不是的,只要你认同大 学的理念,便可以出一分力。我们现在有十六万校友,假如每人 捐出一百元,已是一笔很大的数目。我们不是要求巨额捐款,但假 如你享受在中大的生活,也想藉着毕业这个大日子向母校表达感 谢,一份小小的捐赠对母校已是很大的鼓励。 最能打动人捐资的是甚麽元素? 就是一个「情」字。对劝捐的项目有感情,有共鸣,便会支持。支持 中大的,有社会贤达、普通市民、校友、师生,大家完全是出于对中 大的一份感情。个别部门问我怎样去筹钱,我不会先问要多少钱, 我一定会问:究竟要钱来干甚麽?是帮助科研、教学,还是服务社 会?如果目标清晰,理由充分,钱便自然会出现。 有甚麽令你感动的故事? 这份工作跟其他工作一样,有开心之处,也有难处。有一次,某部 门邀请我出席午宴,跟一位奖学金捐款人见面。回家翻出旧文件 一看,原来那正是我在中大念书时曾取得的奖学金。那一刻蛮激 动的,我从来没想过会见到捐赠奖学金给我的人。见面那天,有点 像那女孩见长腿叔叔似的。我预备了花束,心想,毕业二十多年了, 捐款人会变了一位老婆婆吗?后来见到的是一位中年女士,我告之 我是当年她资助的学生,大家都很开心。现在我们会尽量安排捐 赠人跟受惠者会面,和学生分享人生经验,这是很难能可贵的。 这份工作可有给你甚麽感悟? 在这岗位四年多,经历很多捐赠个案。我觉得每一宗都是缘分:有 人愿意捐赠,同时大学也有项目需要支持,两者放在一起,其实有 点天意。很多捐款都是用作支持学生发展的,希望学生能感恩惜 缘,不要视作理所当然。你们得到的可能是一份奖学金,一份研 究报告、参加课外活动或海外交流的资助,金额未必很大,但都是 观看录像,请扫描QR码或浏览以下网址: To watch the video, please scan the QR code or visit: www.iso.cuhk.edu.hk/video/?nsl456-janet-chow 出于社会人士对你们的一份期望和信心,还有背后很多大学教职 员的努力,希望你们毕业后能回馈社会。 公务繁忙之余,你还是学校家教会的活跃分子,有何分配 时间的秘诀? 由女儿念幼稚园开始,一直到小学、中学,我都积极在家长教师 会服务。我在中大两份工作有一共同点,时间不稳定,有时候晚上 要应酬,周末也要出席活动。当我因工作不能在家的时候,丈夫会 尽量配合,两个女儿也很乖,会自动自觉读书。我可以全情投入工 作,实在要多谢他们! 公余有何嗜好? 我喜欢做小手工,烦恼的时候,就会拿出工具来,钩织小玩偶,做 做纸花等,专注制作,便是最佳享受,让我离开烦恼。作品完成 了,人静下来,便会想到方法解决工作上的问题了。 The directorship of the Clinical Sciences Administration of the Faculty of Medicine is very different from that of the Office of Institutional Advancement (OIA) in terms of job duties. What made you take on this challenge? I joined the Faculty of Medicine as Director of Clinical Sciences Administration in 2001. I was responsible for general administration and public relations, and I also handled donations. In 2003, I went through the SARS outbreak with the medical workers at the Prince of Wales Hospital. I witnessed many touching stories and extremely generous donations. When I saw that there was a vacancy for the Director of Institutional Advancement, I was not sure if I was competent enough for the job. But I applied for it anyway, in the hope that it would allow me to try something new in my career. Were there psychological barriers to overcome? Many people told me that seeking donations is a gruelling experience. You might be rejected repeatedly. Donors are usually wealthy. How can they possibly know who Janet Chow is? I was worried. But I recalled that when I first joined the Faculty of Medicine, I didn’t know a single doctor. I told myself, you would get to know the donors one by one, the way you got to know the doctors. Are all benefactors to CUHK famous and rich people? When I first assumed the directorship of the OIA, I thought like some other alumni: Me a philanthropist? I don’t think I’m up to it! Those who make donations to their alma maters must have great career achievements or wealth. But that’s not necessarily true. As long as you identify with the University’s mission, you can do your bit to support it. We now have 160,000 alumni. If each one donates HK$100, it will be a considerable sum. We don’t ask them to make large donations. But if you enjoyed your life at CUHK, you can make a donation to your alma mater upon graduation as a token of gratitude. No matter how small, it’s a great encouragement that means a lot to the University. What is the most important factor in motivating people to donate? The bond. If there is an emotional bond between you and a project for which you are asked to donate, you will be happy to support it. Benefactors to CUHK range from the social elite to ordinary citizens, alumni, teachers, and students. They made their donations to CUHK because they felt a bond of affection for the University. Some departments asked me about the secret to successful fundraising. The question I would ask first is not how much money we need. It’s what the money will be used for. Will it be used to fund research, teaching, or community services? If the goal is clear and the reasons are sound, you’ll eventually get the money. Are there any stories that move you? Like any other job, this one has brought me both joy and frustration. I was once invited by a department to a lunch to meet a scholarship donor. When I got home I flipped through some old documents and found that it was the scholarship I had received in my undergraduate years at CUHK. I was excited. I had never expected that I would meet my scholar- ship donor. On the day we met, I felt like the young girl meeting Daddy-Long-Legs. I prepared a bouquet. I thought that it had been over 20 years. Has the donor become an old lady now? But it turned out that she was a middle-aged lady. I told her I was the student she had helped. We were both happy meeting each other. Now the OIA tries to arrange meetings between donors and beneficiaries, so that the donors can share their life experiences with the students. This is valuable. What have you learned from this job? I have handled many donation cases during the past four years or so. I believe that destiny is at work in each case: when the university needs funding for a project, there is always someone willing to support it financially. It feels like destiny that the right support would come. Many donations are used to support student development programmes. Students should be grateful for this and shouldn’t take it for granted. You may have a scholarship, or funding for writing a research report, joining extracurricular activities or overseas exchange. The amount may not be a large one, but it represents the general public’s expectation for and confidence in you. It also involves a lot of efforts from university staff. We hope that you’ll give back to society when you graduate. Despite your busy work, you’re an active member of the parent-teacher association of your daughters’ schools. What’s your key to effective time management? I’ve been an active PTA member since my daughters entered kindergarten, and all the way to their primary and secondary school years. My two jobs at CUHK shared the same characteristic of irregular working hours. Sometimes I have to go to meetings in the evening and attend functions at the weekends. When I’m away from home for work, my husband takes care of the family. My two daughters are well-behaved and self-disciplined in their studies. This allows me to focus on my work. I’m grateful to my family. What do you do in your leisure time? I like crafting. Whenever I fret about something, I take out my kit to crochet dolls or to make paper flowers. I find real enjoyment making handcrafts. When I focus on them, my troubles disappear. By the time I finish, I’m cool-headed enough to figure out the solutions to my job-related problems. 周瑶慧女士 拓展及筹募处处长 Ms. Janet Chow Director of Institutional Advancement ’ 请扫描QR码阅读全文版: Scan the QR code for the full version Photo by ISO staff

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