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UWIAA invite you to support the PELICAN AWARDS on July 25, 2018

Chancellor Bermudez and the collective UWIAA invite you to support this PELICAN AWARDS on July 25, 2018 if you will be in Jamaica. The awardees, who are all proud Pelicans and come from the Caribbean are:

  1. 1948-1958 Dr Loyd Stanford
  2. 1959- 1968 Dr Karl Massiah
  3. 1969-1978 Professor Merle Collins
  4. 1979-1988 Dr Irving W Andre
  5. 1989-1998 Ambassador Dr. June Soomer
  6. 1999 –2008 Dr Andre Haughton
  7. 2009- 2018 Dr Nicole Nation

UWI’s 70th celebrated by alumni and staff of the UWI Open Campus in St. Kitts and Nevis

The staff at the Open Campus St. Kitts & Nevis Site and the UWIAA SKN celebrated UWI’s 70th Anniversary with a fun event to mark this milestone - the Back-in-Time fete!! This took place on June 2, 2018. It was not just a celebration but also an opportunity to raise funds for students who may require financial assistance. It was a memorable evening with great throwback music – courtesy Ronnie Rascal, dancing, reminiscing and good ole liming.

Dr. Sasha Turner

UWI alumna, Dr. Sasha Turner of North Haven, Associate Professor of History, recently received the 2018 Maria Stewart Journal Article Prize from the African American Intellectual History Society for her essay: The Nameless and the Forgotten: Maternal Grief, Sacred Protection and the Archives of Slavery. She was also recognized as the 2018 Faculty Scholar in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University.

Cave Hill Campus alumni involved in the 70th Anniversary Luminaries Gala Dinner

Ist winner of the competition Mr. Kenneth Alleyne accepting his ticket from Mrs. Maxwell

Campus Alumni Officer of the Cave Hill Campus Roseanne Maxwell got alumni involved in the 70th Anniversary Lumninaries gala dinner by giving them a chance to attend the $500 dollar event.  She asked alumni to donate a $100 and for every five persons she raffled a ticket for someone to attend.  As a result she was able to give nine alumni the opportunity to attend the event, one person short of a full table.

Alumni Ambassadors in London

L-R Andre Clarke, Naketa West, Floyd Green, Kamille Morgan and Tijani Christian

Making us proud - UWI STAT Alumni Ambassadors who met up in London last week continue to show that UWI STAT is indeed a Leadership Incubator, attracting youth who have a passion for volunteerism and service and for leaving the world a better place. State Minister of Education (Jamaica) the Hon. Floyd Green, one of the founding members of the UWI STAT Corps in 2006 and Naketa West, Senior Director, Youth and Adolescent Policy Division in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Jamaica, were in London for the Youth Ministerial task force.

Climate Change And Caribbean Youth!

Students gathered at The UWI Regional Headquarters in Mona Jamaica for The UWI STAT Ambassador Corps climate change forum pictured with: (l-r) Asha-Gaye Cowell, UWI STAT President Mona Campus; Danielle Andrade, Attorney at Law, Environmental and Human Rights; Una May Gordon, Principal Director of the Climate Change Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation,  Jamaica; Dr David C. Smith, Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Development and Celia Davidson Francis, Director of Alumni Relations at
  Participants at Cave Hill with Pro Vice Chancellor Dale Webber (left) and the UWI Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles (centre).

The UWI Vice-Chancellor's Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (UWI STAT) Ambassador Corps hosted a Climate Change Forum themed, The Eye of the Storm: The Implications of the Paris Agreement/Climate Change and the “Right to Life” for Caribbean Youth. The Forum was held synchronously at the University’s Cave Hill, Mona and St Augustine campuses and streamed live on UWItv  on April 12, 2018.

Church Service at the Holy Family Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens with the UWIAA Florida Chapter on Sunday, March 18th

The Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI, Mrs. Celia Davidson Francis attended the special Church Service at the Holy Family Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens with the UWIAA Florida Chapter on Sunday, March 18th. She delivered a Message highlighting developments through the UWI's 70 years and then introduced a video showing the UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckle's 70th Message which was also very well received.  The Chapter members were delighted with the turnout as persons came from West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Lauderhill, Fort Lauderdale and other places as well.



The following awards were presented at the Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting of the UWIAA Presidents for 2018 by the Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI:

CEC 2018 

Most Active Chapter 

UWIAA St. Lucia 

CEC 2018 

Young Alumni Involvement Champion 

UWIAA Bahamas 

CEC 2018 

Pelican Perks Champion 

UWIAA Barbados 

CEC 2018 

UWI alumna Paula-Mae Weekes becomes the President of Trinidad and Tobago

The UWI family is filled with Pelican Pride as another member of its graduate community ascends to one of the highest offices in the region. Ms Paula-Mae Weekes has been appointed as the sixth President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

Guy Harvey

Guy Harvey is a UWI alumnus who spent his boyhood off the coast of Jamaica fishing with his family in a dugout canoe, where he became enamoured with fishing and all things marine related. He graduated with honors in marine biology from Aberdeen University in Scotland and returned home to Jamaica to get a doctoral degree in fisheries biology from The University of the West Indies (Mona).

UWI STAT MONA hosts Corporate Link Up



On Thursday, February 8, 2018, the UWI STAT family kick-started the second semester with a Corporate Link Up to mark the UWI's 70th Anniversary. This took place in the Aleem Mohammed Room of the UWI Regional Headquarters. Discussions centred around the theme: "General Habits for Success".  


Happy New Year as UWI celebrates its 70th!

Anguilla alumni came together to mark the 70th at Church
Anguilla President Stanley Reid read  lesson
UWIAA Presidents J Sharp (JA) & M Henville (Toronto) at Inter-faith Svc
Washiington DC alumni celebrating the 70th and Pelican and Caribbean Pride
Washington DC alums enjoying the evening
Belizean creativity to enjoy after the service alumni attended
Alumni in Belize came out to celebrate the 70th

Alumni all over the globe started celebrating the70th Anniversary of their University in January 2018. Alumni in Trinidad and Tobago got together and supported the UWI Fete, in Washington DC they gathered to socialize and spread Pelican and Caribbean Pride and in Anguilla, Jamaica and Belize they celebrated first in Church and then with camaraderie and “eats”.

Washington DC.

Pelican Cedric Gayle authors History of the UWIAA New York Chapter

UWI Alumnus Cedric Gayle visited the UWI Regional Headquarters on December 11, 2017 and presented a copy of the History of the Formation of the UWI Alumni Association New York Chapter to the Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI, Celia Davidson Francis which he compiled and authored. He acknowledges the assistance of Leo Chambers, Marjorie Seeberan, Lillith Parks, Anthony Belinfanti, Dr Kathleen Watson and Drs Hazel Carter and Gerald White-Davis, as well as his daughter Janelle and wife Heather.

Leighton McKnight CD

UWI Alumnus and chartered accountant Leighton McKnight CD, has received the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica Distinguished Member Award for 2017 for sterling contribution to the accountancy profession and nation building. He is greatly admired for his philanthropy and community service by his fellow UWI Pelicans in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean; and in 2013, he was honoured by the Government of Jamaica with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class for Public Service, Philanthropy and Community Service.

Alumni and the Triple A Plan: How you can be involved in the UWI’s Triple A Strategic Plan as a graduate

We wish graduates to know HOW they can be INTEGRALLY ENGAGED and participate in this strategic process. The Triple A plan has three main headings under which alumni may be engaged and involved in the life of their campus and university. Here are just some examples of how you can participate:

OC Hosts Inaugural Pelican Award

H. E. Dame Cecile La Grenade of Grenada presented by OC Principal
H.E. Sir Samuel Tapley Seaton of St. Kitts and Nevis presented by Director of Alumni Relations

The inaugural OC Pelican Award was presented in Grenada, to two outstanding Governors General who were both delighted to accept their awards

H. E. Dame Cecile La Grenade of Grenada was presented her award by Dr. Luz Longsworth, PVC and Principal of the Open Campus.

H.E. Sir Samuel Tapley Seaton of St. Kitts and Nevis was presented his award by Celia Davidson Francis, the Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI. 

They were recognised based on their outstanding accomplishments, as well as their invaluable contributions to their nations.

Open Campus Presidents’ Retreat

The Open Campus Presidents held a successful Alumni Retreat, organized and funded by them, which highlighted the importance of alumni engagement in the life of each UWI campus and OC site and emphasised the various ways that alumni globally can be involved through the UWI Triple A 2017- 22 Strategic. It was extremely productive and underscored the effectiveness of face to face meetings, especially in the areas of camaraderie building, brainstorming, foresighting and sharing of ideas and best practices.

Graduates of UWI Mona of the 1970’s reunited in Trinidad

The Theme was “Remembering UWI Mona 70s”

This Reunion was wonderful! 

In fact it was so successful, all the graduates who attended have said they are going to get together every 2 years from now on!

Professor Rosemary Moodie

Professor Rosemary Moodie MBBS ’82 (Department of Paediatrics University of Toronto and Inaugural Board Director of Providence Healthcare, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital) has been honoured as the 2017 Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander by the Government of Jamaica for outstanding contribution in philanthropy, community development and medicine in the Jamaican Diaspora in Canada. She is Senior Accreditor with Accreditation Canada and has led the YWCA Toronto to open Canada’s largest affordable housing program for low-income women and women fleeing violence.


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