Pelicans in the News

Marlon Samuda

Los Angeles based actor and UWI Mona Honors graduate; Marlon Samuda, is now in pre-production for his very own short film. An original script written by Mr. Samuda, Immigrant Brothers tells the story of three homeless immigrants trying to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. The brothers are not related by blood. They are related by circumstance and struggle. Samuda will be one of the producers of the film, along with Nick Cunha, Valeria Silva and Paula Soveral. Marlon will also be playing the lead role of Kemar.

Fabian Reid

UWI Graduate Named as One of the 10 Most Innovative Teachers in America

UWI Mona graduate, Fabian Reid, a math teacher at Northeast Guilford Middle School in North Carolina, has been recognized as one of the most innovative teachers in the United States by The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards. Mr. Reid holds the Bachelor’s degree with First-class honours in secondary math education from The University of the West Indies, Mona

Donat Grant

Florida based UWI graduate, Donat Grant, who was down in Jamaica on a philanthropic mission with his church, ran into the UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne, who was attending University Meetings.

Donat was helping deliver free dental services and equipment to inner city communities and Sir George was pleased to know of his involvement and noted that he is heartened as wherever he travels, he meets UWI alumni “doing good”.

Dr. Natalie Dickson

Dr. Natalie Dickson, a graduate of The University of the West Indies, Mona, has recently been named a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) by The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS). Dickson is chief medical officer at Tennessee Oncology, one of the United States’ largest, community-based cancer care specialists.

Douglas Blackburn

UWI Cave Hill graduate, Douglas Blackburn collected king helmet shells over the years and decided to see if he could create some of the beautiful things that he saw shell artists do… and succeeded.

Douglas volunteered at the Barbados Museum and saw antiques of sailor’s valentines which are boxes used to hold jewellery and other trinkets that rose to popularity in the 1800s. They were often decorated with shells and given as gifts to the loved ones of the seamen after long voyages.


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