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The UWI graduate family has grown - Graduation 2019!

The UWI welcomed 9,300 new graduates to the alumni family between October and November 2019. The Open Campus held its Graduation in Antigua and Barbuda and marked the start of four consecutive weeks of ceremonies across the region’s premier university. There were a total of 13 ceremonies. Among some interesting statistics on this year’s graduating class, more than two-thirds of the graduands were female; nearly 7,000 persons received undergraduate degrees, while over 2,000 were awarded graduate degrees.

50th anniversary reunion of the UWI Class of 1969

The 50th anniversary reunion of the UWI Class of 1969, which took place at the Mona Campus October 9 – 13, 2019, was an unqualified success. All the events, from the Welcome Reception and Registration on Wednesday at Alumni House, to the after-Chapel Brunch in Mary Seacole Hall on the Sunday, were enjoyed by all present.

Pelican Talks - October 22, 2019 with Professor Brian Meeks

Proud Pelican and triple UWI graduate, Professor Brian Meeks was our latest alumnus on Pelican Talks. After a long career at The UWI, he is currently the Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Brown University. He is also a Poet, political scientist, and prolific writer.

Executive Director of the AFUWI honoured

The Executive Director of the American Foundation for the UWI, Ms. Ann Marie Grant was recognized by the Mustard Seed Communities on Sept 29, 2019 at the New York Hilton Hotel at their Annual Benefit Luncheon. She received an award for her commitment to scholarship excellence, her dedication to the advancement of the Caribbean Diaspora and her lifelong service as a community volunteer. Congratulations Ann Marie!

UWISTAT presents at the 6th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development

Clayton Mitchell, the FST representative to the Guild of undergraduate students, recently represented the University of the West Indies and the UWISTAT (Students Today Alumni Tomorrow) Vice Chancellor's Ambassador Corps at the 6th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development. 

Missions for Health Dental Scholarship launched

( L- R) Cecille Grant and Donat Grant with  Carmen Nicholas - Florida Chapter President, Celia Davidson Francis - Director of Alumni Relations for the regional UWI  and Miriam White, Florida Chapter Executive member

Proud UWI alumni Donat and Cecille Grant presented the Director of Alumni Relations for the regional UWI, Celia Davidson Francis with a US$8,000.00 cheque to launch the Missions for Health (M4H) Dental Scholarship, tenable at the Mona Campus on October 4, 2019.

UWI STAT Alumni Ambassador Mr. Tijani Christian appointed to the Global Board of Generation Unlimited

UWI STAT  Alumni Ambassador Mr.Tijani Christian has been appointed as a member to the Global Board of Generation Unlimited by Executive Director of UNICEF, Ms. Henrietta H. Fore. 

UNICEF and its partners launched Generation Unlimited (GenU) as a multi-sectoral global partnership to help young people aged, 10 - 24, become productive problem-solvers and members of society. By bridging secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, the partnership has and will support every young person to thrive in the world of work. 

Soft & Life Skills Series launched

(L-R)  Professor Dale Webber, UWI Mona Principal, Dr. Ty Richardson, Chair of YoPro Foundation and Celia Davidson Francis, Director of Alumni Relations for The UWI celebrate the launch of the Soft and Life Skills Series. – a part of the Pelican Perks Adva

The UWI Alumni Relations and Alumni Chapters and the Alumni Relations arm of the Institutional Advancement Division (IAD-AR) launched their partnership with YoPro Global Foundation on the first Soft & Life Skills series for students and alumni across all campuses Caribbean-wide on September 19, 2019.

“Conversation with the Chancellor” held in The Bahamas

The UWI Chancellor & Director of Alumni Relations with the UWIAA President (Bahamas), Missouri Sherman Peter & UWI Medical Alumni President (Dr. Robin Roberts) after dinner at Luciano’s, as well as alumni executive members, Campus Directors

UWI Chancellor Bermudez hosted a packed to capacity Chancellor’s Conversation with alumni and future alumni (students) with the theme: One University, A Family of Graduates – Building Nations with Global Impact in the Bahamas. The Director of Alumni Relations for the UWI Celia Davidson Francis also visited The Bahamas along with the Chancellor. The interactive discussion was spirited and focused on solutions and recommendations to challenges as well as ways to promote the UWI and its graduates and the betterment of the Caribbean.

Pelican Soaring It is Chevening Time!

UWI STAT Alumni Ambassador and UWI graduate Jeffrey Foreman serves as crown counsel in the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Division of the Attorney General's Chambers. In this capacity he provides legal advice on matters relating to the drafting and enactment of legislation, which has included work in areas ranging from data privacy and protection to occupational safety and health, and national security. He also provides advice concerning the interpretation of the Constitution of Jamaica.

UWI alumnus Richard Byles: The New Governor of the Bank of Jamaica

As of August 19, 2019 Richard Byles is the Governor of Jamaica’s central bank, Bank of Jamaica (BOJ). He will head the Bank’s Board of Directors, as well as act in the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Bank.

Gloria Lyn, of 21 College Common, inspires the world

Sharing poster prepared for UWI Museum event celebrating Campus Kids 2019 Reunion

Update on Brittany!

Many of you sent contributions to help Brittany try to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the Pan American Games by going to the Qualifiers in Guatemala City, on May 24th and 25th. She tried her very best, but unfortunately was not selected. Despite this disappointment, she gained great experience from playing among the best. She did however lead the St. Augustine Table Tennis team to win that category at the 2109 UWI Games and she also won the award for Most Valuable Player in Table Tennis there.

Pelican Soaring – UWI alumnus earns PhD

UWI alumnus Michael Flanigan is pleased to share that he earned my PhD from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, USA. The topic of his dissertation is: Black Middle Class Parental Investment In Their Children's Higher Education. See link below. He also received a surprise award for his dissertation at the Commencement Ceremon - photo attached.

Open Campus Giving kicked off with USD $5000

The UWI Global Giving Week Initiative started August 1- 7, 2016, under the theme “Emancipate. Educate. Donate.” The UWI Global Giving Campaign is a key fundraising initiative to which all alumni, friends and supporters are urged to give back and donate to the University.

Ms. Catherine Pollard

Catherine Pollard appointed as UN undersecretary-general for management strategy, policy and compliance

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Catherine Pollard of Guyana as the next undersecretary-general for management strategy, policy and compliance.

Pollard will succeed Jan Beagle of New Zealand to whom the secretary-general is deeply grateful for her extraordinary work in management reform in the UN system and 40 years of dedicated service to the organization, according to a press note from the UN chief's office.


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