In this issue: Reunion Event info, how to buy tickets, travel info, lodging, Buy Souvenir pages and sponsor TAMASHA2016, and more ...
Next issue: Additional and updated TAMASHA 2016 event info. Sri Lanka Flood relief effort, and more ...
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CUFSAA Newsletter - Vol. 01 - No. 02
May 22, 2016

The First ever reunion of Colombo University - Faculty of Science Alumni Reunion (TAMASHA 2016) tickets are now on sale. Keep your Labor Day weekend (Sep. 03-04) FREE and meet us at Akbar Banquet Hall in Edison New Jersey!

1. TAMASHA 2016 – The Inaugural get-together (Tamasha 2016) will be on September 03, 2016 from 6pm – 1am at Akbar Banquet Hall, 21 Cortlandt Street, Edison NJ 08837 ( Tickets are $75 for adults and $30 for Children 5-12 years old. Under 5 FREE.
2. The Brunch/inaugural meeting of CUFSAA – will be on September 04, 2016 from 11am-2pm at Akbar Banquet Hall, 21 Cortlandt Street, Edison NJ 08837 ( Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for Children 5-12 years old. Under 5 FREE.

To buy tickets via CHECK: Please send a check payable to CUFSAA with your contact information and email address. Please indicate the number and types of tickets that you are purchasing. The postal address to send these information is:

Colombo University Faculty of Science Alumni Association
393 Valley Road
River Edge NJ 07661

To buy tickets via PAYPAL: Visit the CUFSAA website at

Visit for more information and details.

Traveling to TAMASHA 2016

You may fly into Newark International Airport (Newark, NJ) and take a shuttle or taxi to the hotels or to the Tamasha location (Akbar Banquet Hall is located at: 21 Cortlandt Street, Edison, New Jersey 08837. Their phone numbers are (732) 632-8822 or (877) 60-AKBAR. Email address is: The distance from Newark Airport to Akbar Banquet Hall is about 21 miles (about 25min drive by car).

Please visit for up to date information about traveling to TAMASHA 2016, taxi and shuttle costs and other details.

Staying in New Jersey Area

The CUFSSA organizing committee has talked to several Hotels in the area about providing accommodations for alumni attending the event. Shown below are the Hotels that we have had discussions with.
  • Quality Inn (Very close to the event location, only a few rooms left)
  • Comfort Inn
  • Sheraton Hotel
  • Hilton Garden Inn
Please visit for rates and up to date information about these room blocks.

Buy a page from the TAMASHA 2016 Souvenir Issue


We earnestly solicit your support for the event with an advertisement for the inaugural souvenir magazine. Our sponsorship levels for the event and costs are described below. We look forward to your support. Please advise your sponsorship level by an email to Further info are available on our website.
We wish to draw your kind attention to the fact that all proceeds from this event will go towards meeting the objectives of CUFSAA to help your Alma mater. Please also note that conducting an event such as Tamasha 2016 is very costly and we really bank on the souvenir sponsorships to make our envisaged contributions to the UoC Science Faculty.

TAMASHA 2016 Event Sponsorship Cost and details

Sponsorship Levels     Cost
Title Sponsor     $2500
Gold Sponsor     $1500
Silver Sponsor     $1000
Outer Back Cover     $1000 SOLD
Inner Back Cover     $500
Inner Front Cover     $500
Program Middle page Banner #1     $500
Program Middle page Banner #2     $500
Inside Full page – Commercial     $200
Inside Full page – Personal     $100

Please include a camera ready copy of your advertisement and email to us at

Things to do over the Labor Day weekend before and after the Reunion Events

This Labor Day weekend is surely going to be memorable for all of you. Alumni from all over North America will congregate in NJ in such numbers that you are sure to enjoy a fun filled weekend almost as if you were back in your twenties. You will probably meet batchmates whom you haven’t seen since campus days and get a once in a lifetime opportunity to hang out with them again, reminiscing times gone by in the most beautiful period of our lives. Here are some things you could do.
  • Come early or stay for a while to do some sightseeing in NJ.
Atlantic City and The Boardwalk, Old Victorian Cape May, Princeton and the Battlefield State Park, Liberty State Park, The Adventure Aquarium and Thomas Edison National Historical Park are few of the many attractions in the NJ area.
  • New York City is also close by. Do visit the attractions there too
Times Square, Central Park, NYC museums, Statue of Liberty, Bronx Zoo and Downtown Manhattan are some of the places that you can visit. Needless to say that there are so much more you can explore.
  • Visit your batchmates and friends in the area.
  • Create hangout meetings with your batch mates and friends before or after the main event

Do you have photos to share at the event?

Please send us your photos (especially those which portray campus times) so they can be shared with nostalgia among your colleagues. We plan to include some in the TAMASHA 2016 program. You can email them to or click on the link below and upload it directly. We also plan to use some of these in various audio/visual segments throughout the event. Please share your memories with everyone!

Make sure you have the rights to post the photos and that you are OK with having them viewed in public.

Let us support UofC Sci. Fac. Students effected by Floods

CUFSAA is actively working on helping flood affected science faculty students. Details to follow.

CUFSAA-NA "Take a Book Program"

A Recent Book Donation to UofC Dean - Science
- A recent book donation to the Science Faculty of the University of Colombo. In picture are Professor Mahanama - Dean Science accepting a book donation from Dr. Chandana Goonetilleke who is visting Sri Lanka.

CUFSAA-NA "Take a Book Program" -
If you plan to visit Sri Lanka in the near future and would like to take a book with you to donate to the faculty of science, please let us know. We will have a list of books required by the faculty to choose from. Alternatively, if you have books that you would like to donate, please ship them to Dr. Saliya de Silva at 393 Valley Road, River Edge, NJ 07661 or you may bring them with you when you come to the CUFSAA-NA reunion in New Jersey in September and we will arrange shipping to Sri Lanka from there.

Be a North American mentor to a new UOC graduate

We are sure you remember, how you all felt when you first landed in North America for Graduate Studies. There would have been periods of intimidation, difficulty, sadness, loneliness and challenge. You may also remember how a few of your senior UoC alumni would have lent you a precious hand to survive those early years and how eternally grateful you are to them. Now it is your chance to pass it forward by offering a welcome greeting and a little help to a few of the number of UoC graduates who reach these shores each year, in search of the North American Dream.

CUFSAA is creating a mentor list of our alumni who live in different cities in North America so that, if  a new UoC graduate arriving for graduates studies or for a job is looking for a friendly face in the city or the state, we can, with your permission, get this young person in contact with you . A warm smile, a little bit of advice, some encouragement is all that is needed most of the time. We know that all of you are already doing this on your own. But imagine the contribution we can make if we use the full potential of CUFSAA to create a nationwide list of mentors! So if you are willing to help out the next generation of UoC alumni in North America, please send your name, location, and contact information to us at

From Newsletter Issue 01

  1. Opportunities to perform at TAMASHA 2016 -  If you or your loved ones would like to do a song, a short dance, or a brief skit at the reunion on Sep. 3rd, do let us know. We kindly ask you to submit a sample of your work and details for us to review. You may email this information to We will be in touch if your audition is appropriate for the event and is accepted.
  2. Fill out the membership Survey - Even if you can't make it to the reunion events on September 2016, we will keep you posted on what is going on. Click on this link to fill out the survey.
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Colombo University Faculty of Science Alumni Association – North America (CUFSAA-NA), a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of New Jersey, is formed exclusively for social, charitable, and educational purposes to foster, maintain and support a mutually beneficial relationship between the alumni of the Colombo University, Faculty of Science living in North America, The University of Colombo, and the community at large.  Join us and support these worthy causes. Send an email to
Copyright © 2016 Colombo University Science Faculty Alumni Association, All rights reserved.

CUFSAA Newsletter Committee
Colombo University Science Faculty Alumni Association
2740 Timberline Drive
Cortland, OH 44410

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