It is with great sadness that NWCCI learned of the death of Alam Chandranegara. Alam was a much loved participant in the NWCCI program who studied business at Pierce College in 2012-2013. Our team extends our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Below Bebhinn Horrigan, his NWCCI advisor, shares some favorite memories of Alam. We encourage his friends and colleagues to add to the list of memories in the comments section below.
Alam was a great friend to all of his fellow grantees in the program, and was well respected by his professors. He was never one to put in the minimum effort, he went above and beyond in school, and for his friends. Alam was characterized by his favorite professor, Douglas Edison as “a lifetime learner.” This trait was evident when he decided during the NWCCI program that he wanted to learn photography, and very quickly became on par with students studying media and photography students. He even won consortium the photography contest in 2013. He also came in second in the essay contest that year. (You can read his winning essay here and see his winning photo below.)
Alam excelled in making his moments count. He participated in a rally in the state capitol in Olympia where students were making their voices heard, asking legislators not to cut funding for education. He was excited to be a part of such an experience, even though he would go home to Indonesia, and the funding would not directly benefit him. He even wrote for the NWCCI blog, describing how he was moved by the experience. He was always ready to engage in any new experience to see what he could learn from it, and reflected thoughtfully.
One thing that impressed me the most about Alam was his ability to connect with people, and do so in a genuine and kind way. Alam, and two other NWCCI participants, Wesley and Everaldo made a good friend in one of their business classes. They became such good friends that she moved the date of her own wedding so they would still be in the United States and able to attend.
In the short time since the news of Alam’s untimely passing, there have been many emotions in our NWCCI family. Sadness and shock over losing someone we love; but this is also time to recall all of our cherished memories, and there are so many. He is remembered all over the world as one of the kindest, gentlest, generous men. Alam was also very funny, loved cars, and picking up stray cats. I believe we can all hold those things close, and remember him well. His reach has extended beyond the 2012-13 year as well, as he participated in the 2015 virtual alumni conference, and even at the AMINEF Fulbright Commission Alumni event in Jakarta this past March. He has always been willing to give advice to incoming students, and perhaps my most favorite advice he imparted…”Listen to Bebhinn, check your emails”.
Alam, thank you for your friendship. We will treasure all of our memories. Rest in peace.
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