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UWIAA St. Kitts and Nevis Chapter presents the Pelican Award to Dr. the Right Excellent and the Rt. Honourable, Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds NH KCMG

L – R Dr. the Right Excellent and Right Honourable Sir Kenney Simmonds and Craig Tuckett, UWIAA President, St. Kitts and Nevis Chapter

Dr. the Right Excellent and Right Honourable, Sir Kennedy Alphonse Simmonds, was the recipient of the University of the West Indies Alumni Association (UWIAA) St. Kitts and Nevis Chapter Pelican Award on August 01, 2018, at Government House.

The UWIAA BVI rises

Mrs. Celia George, UWI Alumna, is now the official UWIAA Contact in the BVI and is encouraging UWI alumni in the BVI to become engaged with the Open Campus site there as well as The UWI generally.

She is ably assisted by Ms. Tanisha Todd, of the Open Campus BVI. Mr. Sandeep Jagger has worked with Campus Alumni Officer for the Open Campus, Mrs. Sandra Griffith- Carrington to revitalize the Chapter.

The 70th Anniversary Pelican Awardees

Back row L to R - Sir Tapley Seaton – Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Celia Davidson Francis, Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI,  UWI Chancellor Robert Bermudez. Sir Rodney Williams – Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, Jacqueline Sharp-  UWIAA President Jamaica Chapter, UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles.     Front Row L - R - Awardees  - Dr Andre Haughton, Professor Merle Collins, D. Karl Massiah, Ambassador Dr June Soomer, Justice Dr Irving Andre, Dr Lloyd Stanford, Dr Nicole Nat

“Our graduates are our most important asset. We are delighted to recognise them at this moment of the University’s history” noted Chancellor Robert Bermudez at the University of the West Indies (UWI) 70th Anniversary Pelican Awards on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Seven distinguished alumni were honoured for professional excellence and community service in the Caribbean and internationally.

Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI, Mrs Celia Davidson Francis, during her address, declared “I truly believe that The UWI’s power and reach lies in its graduate population.”

UWI Vice Chancellor meets Bahamian Alumni

The UWI Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckes attended the Robing Ceremony of the Medical Class on June 24th and took the opportunity to meet with alumni. The Bahamas Chapter is planning a Back-To- UWI Weekend with many exciting activities from Nov 16-18, 2018 as they continue to celebrate UWI’s 70th Anniversary – if you are going to be in Nassau then – please plan on taking part!

UWI Alumnus elected to UN Human Rights Committee

UWI Alumnus, Dr. Christopher Arif Bulkan was elected on June 14, 2018 to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Committee for a term of four years from 2019 – 2022. He hails from Guyana and holds a Master of Law from University College London (1997) and a Bachelors of Law from the University of West Indies (1998). He obtained a PhD in Law from the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, in Toronto, Canada in May 2008. He co-founded the University of West Indies Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP), in 2009.

UWI Alumna Judge Renatha S. Francis promoted

The Hon. Judge Renatha S. Francis has been appointed to the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial District serving Miami-Dade County, Florida. She is one of only three black women of the 123 judges currently serving Miami-Dade County.

She is a graduate of The UWI and her promotion holds special importance for the Caribbean Bar Association in Florida and the wider Caribbean community, who are currently celebrating June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. She is a Caribbean immigrant who has contributed greatly to American society.

AFUWI Board member shines

Gail Moaney, a hospitality industry leader in marketing and public relations, received the Marcella Martinez Award in memory of the meritorious and productive life of the late Caribbean public relations professional and diplomat. She serves on the board of The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI).

UWI Civil Engineering Students Say Thank You

Front Row:- Faculty of Science of Technology Mona School of Engineering Final Year Civil Engineering student Sherika Anderson (left) Dr. Elaine Bryan, Alison Collins (2nd right) 2nd Year Civil Engineering and Romaine Nugent (right) and Faculty of Science of Technology Mona School of Engineering Final Year Civil Engineering student. Back row: - Joshua Swaby - Faculty of Science of Technology Mona School of Engineering 1st Year Civil Engineering student (left). Gregory Bryan, Programmer & IT Expert

Saying thanks! UWI Civil Engineering Students said a big THANK YOU to the sponsors Dr. Elaine Bryan & Gregory Bryan – Chair and Vice Chair of the Elaine Bryan Foundation who visited Jamaica to meet with the students at the Mona School of Engineering UWI Mona who benefitted from the donations of Dell Laptops. 

UWIAA Bahamas Chapter Souse-Out, Saturday, May 26 2018

The Souse-Out held at the home of Acting President of the UWIAA Bahamas Chapter, Dr. Mortimer G. Moxey was a relaxed fun event which brought alumni and Friends of the UWI together to celebrate the UWI’s 70th Anniversary. Various types of delicious souse were served with fresh baked "johnny cake" and were enjoyed by all. Over 200 meals were served and even though there were heavy showers which lasted for hours, alumni stayed on at the home of Dr. Moxey talking, reminiscing and networking and enjoying each-others company for hours.

UWIAA Toronto Celebrates 30th Anniversary

UWIAA Tornoto Yvonne (Patterson) Silverman, Mona_  Cherita (Bent) Campbell, Mona_ Sheila DeGannes, St. Agustine_ Jean (Archer)  Patterson, Mona and Joan Alexander (Friend of UWI)

On May 27, 2018 faithful alumni and Friends of the UWI gathered in Mississauga to attend the annual luncheon and to celebrate both the 30th Anniversary of the UWIAA Toronto Chapter and the 70th Anniversary of The UWI. Ferdinand Fortune assumed the presidency of the Chapter, as Co-president, Michael Henville, died suddenly on March 9, 2018.

Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton

Ms. Pamela Coke-Hamilton is now Director, Division on International Trade and Commodities (DITC), D2, in UNCTAD. She has an in-depth knowledge of international trade and extensive experience in development policy, private sector development, capacity building and technical cooperation. This expertise was gained from her tenure with regional and international organizations including work with member states, national governments and universities.

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.

IAD AWARDS 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS OF THE 2018 IAD  AWARDS!

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.

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