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The Monthly Newsletter of the University of Technology, Jamaica Vol. XVI Issue 3 March 2012

“50 Years Backward and Forward?” - Edward Seaga Reflects on Jamaica’s Development at UTech Anniversary Lecture

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica and current Chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC delivering the 25th Annual Anniversary Lecture on Monday, March 12, 2012 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.  Seated in the front row from left are Her Excellency Mathu Joyini, High Commissioner of South Africa to Jamaica, Dr. Fay Whitbourne-Morrison, Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech, Her Excellency Celsa Nuño, Spain’s Ambassador to Jamaica and Mr. Hector Wheeler, Director, Advancement, UTech.

The lecture topic, “50 Years Backward and Forward?” posed as a question on Jamaica’s development fortunes since political independence of 1962, piqued the interest of more than four hundred persons who turned out on Monday, March 12, 2012 for the University of Technology, Jamaica’s (UTech) 25th annual anniversary lecture hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Delivered by former Prime Minister of Jamaica and current Chancellor of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, the lecture was as much of a history lesson as it was a frank and concise perspective on Jamaica's mixed fortunes and variable development during the past 50 years, as well as a look at suggested priorities deemed pivotal to the country's prospect for future growth and progress.

Mr. Seaga’s lecture began with a reflection on the reasons behind the failure and collapse of the West Indies Federation – one of the early attempts at a regional development strategy.  Said Mr. Seaga: “this grand federal design would have been politically unworkable because of the inevitable conflict of priorities among the 10-member countries.”  He however, noted that the Federation did leave some valuable primary areas of integration, namely the University of the West Indies, the Caribbean Development Bank and the West Indies Cricket team.

Failure of Socialism
Turning to the 1970s, the former Prime Minister lamented what he termed, the “bitter experience” arising from socialist government policies of that period, maintaining that, “the poor cannot be elevated by pulling down the rich, but by pulling up the poor.”  He argued that the dramatic shift in governance in the 1980s raised competitiveness by minimizing the public sector as an agent of production and maximising the private sector as the agent of growth.  He pointed out that to some extent this was achievable by divesting public assets.

Mr. Seaga went on to postulate that the financial meltdown of the 1990s presented the most “calamitous event which beset the Jamaican economy in post-independence,” arguing further that “most damaging of all was the failure to maintain the policy of a pegged exchange rate” adopted by all the more successful economies of the region.

Quoting from his autobiography, Mr. Seaga summarized the foregoing with the lament that, “there is too much politics in politics.  If there was less politics, then politics would do what politics should do – develop the country.”  He cautioned the large audience of members of academia, the private and public sectors, members of the diplomatic corps and students, that unless Jamaica begins to discern what is good for the country and reject damaging ideologies, then “we will become modern day slaves to new masters in a new form of colonial bondage and true independence will be fiction.”

He posited that Jamaica’s misfortunes have resulted from discontinuity of policies and strategies passed on from each successive government administration and called for an agreement among policy makers on a set of policies or agreed principles on which Jamaica’s development can be sustained. “Jamaica has shown little progress because of frequent backward steps which have erased forward movement,” he said.

Education for Development
Repeating his now well known mantra – “There is no educated country that is poor; no poor country that is educated,” Mr. Seaga emphasised the call for an improvement in the current dysfunctional education system in which some 70 percent of graduates are ill-equipped for any career and only a third of children entering primary school are prepared to handle the curriculum.  “Sloganeering education is not the solution,” he emphasized, arguing that “educational reforms must begin where education begins: “reading, writing and arithmetic,” he said, to approving applause from the audience. 

The former Prime Minister went on to declare that he would have preferred to see a restructured educational system where every child is given the opportunity for a successful start than to have had more than $8 billion spent on Cricket world Cup or unnecessarily renovating the Palisadoes Road.

Responding to questions from the audience, following his presentation, Mr. Seaga said that his greatest cultural achievement was the return of the body of National Hero, Marcus Garvey to Jamaica, having earlier said in his lecture that “Marcus Garvey had uncovered the false wrappings and laid bare the intolerance that kept different racial groups apart, frustrating the social strivings for the betterment.”

Mr. Seaga has led a long and distinguished political career and is internationally renowned for his monumental contribution to Jamaica’s political, economic, social and cultural development.
He is credited for founding, introducing or promoting the establishment of a number of important Jamaican institutions.  Among them, The Jamaica Stock Exchange (1969); the Jamaica Unit Trust (1970); the Students’ Revolving Loan Fund for Higher Education (1970); the Jamaica Mortgage Bank (1972); the National Development Bank (1981); the Agricultural Credit Bank (1981); the Ex-Im Bank (1986); the Jamaica Promotion Limited (JAMPRO) in 198; the Self-Start Fund (1984) and the Human Employment and Resources Training Programme (HEART) in 1983. He is also credited with the creation of the Jamaica Festival and the establishment of the craft development company, Things Jamaican, among other cultural institutions.

 

Miss Jheanell Johnson, UTech Students’ Union President presents Mr. Seaga with a plaque in appreciation of his delivery of the 25th annual UTech anniversary lecture.

 


UTech Students Excel with Engineering Designs at IEEE International Conference

The UTech Robotics team from left, Radchiv Guy, Chevaugn Robinson, Kimroy Bailey and Tarick Edwards show off their robotic invention which copped third place in the open hardware competition at the Region 3 Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Southeast Conference 2012 held at the Wyndham Hotel in Orlando, Florida from March 15 – 18, 2012. Pictured at right is the robot in motion at the competition.

A group of fourteen (14) students from the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) along with their faculty advisers, lecturers, Dr. Dave Muir and Mr. Dwight Reid performed exceptionally well at the recently concluded Region 3 Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Southeast Conference 2012 held at the Wyndham Hotel in Orlando, Florida from March 15 – 18, 2012. The annual IEEE Southeast conference promotes all aspects of the theories and applications of the engineering discipline and attracts researchers, professionals and students from the Southeast region of the USA and beyond.

2ND Most Awarded University
The UTech team participated in six competitions: Hardware (Robotics), Software, Technical Paper, Ethics Paper, T-Shirt design and the Website competition.  Of the 52 universities participating, UTech was the second most awarded University.

The UTech team was awarded with an outstanding 1st Place in the T-Shirt design competition, 3rd place in the open hardware competition and the technical paper competition.  The Ethics paper team was also awarded certificates for the ethics competition, finishing just outside the top three. The UTech IEEE Student Branch was granted the Exemplary Student Branch Award for outstanding branch operation and was collected by Branch Chair, Kimroy Bailey.

Mark Newman copped first place in the t-shirt design which depicted a totally renewable Jamaica, highlighting energy powered by hydro, solar, geothermal and wind energy sources.  Adding to the unique quality of his entry, Mark topped it off with the inclusion of a circuit of LEDs modelling street lights that seemed to be powered by the renewable sources.  Brent Richardson, shared third place with a student from Christian Brothers University for his paper entitled, “Automation of the Mud Filtration Process at a Sugar Factory.”  The ethics paper looked at the making of a wind turbine to operate in tropical storm wind conditions.

The robot designed for the open robotics competition is an innovative device capable of autonomously detecting and gathering information on voltage, electrical wave form, capacitants and temperatures.  It has the capacity to wirelessly traverse a confined area without assistance from any type of controls.  This would be useful for example in testing for levels of voltage and temperature before human entry into an area.

The UTech team of engineering students were Kimroy Bailey (Team Lead), Radchiv Guy, Chevaughn Robinson, Cheyenne Powell, Haneepha Francis, Chantelle Grant, Brent Richardson, Latania Morrison, Farley Artwell, Otis Johnson, Diandra Johnson, Shayne Addison, Basil Batchelor, Tarick Edwards.

Kimroy Bailey (left), UTech engineering student collects the Exemplary Student Branch Award for “outstanding branch operation” of the UTech IEEE student branch from David Green, Director, IEEE, at the Region 3 Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Southeast Conference 2012 held at the Wyndham Hotel in Orlando, Florida from March 15 – 18, 2012.
UTech  engineering student, Brent Richardson collects the award for third place in the Technical Paper competition from from David Green, Director, IEEE, at the Region 3 Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Southeast Conference 2012 held at the Wyndham Hotel in Orlando, Florida from March 15 – 18, 2012.

UTech Launches Biomedical Engineering Unit

 

Mr. Anand Paduri (l), Coordinator of the Biomedical Research and Services Lab, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) explaining the use of a ventilator inside the Biomedical Engineering Lab, School of Engineering, to, from left, Dr. Felix Akinladejo, Vice Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, UTech, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health, Dr. Nilza Justiz-Smith, Head, School of Engineering, UTech and Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech at the launch of the University’s Biomedical Engineering Unit held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at its Papine campus.

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing, the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) officially launched its Biomedical Engineering Unit at a special ceremony held on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at its Papine campus.  The UTech Biomedical Engineering (BME) Unit was established to address the severe shortage of locally and suitably trained technical personnel in medical equipment repair and maintenance; carry out research and development work for the creation of novel low-cost medical equipment and devices suitable for the Jamaican environment and to alleviate the high cost of procuring these medical apparatus.  Biomedical engineering is the integration of engineering with medical research and training to create innovations that will vastly improve a patient’s quality of life.

Academic Programmes
The University will commence offering a Diploma in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering in the 2012/2013 Academic Year. The School of Engineering currently offers a Certificate course is currently offered in ventilator repair and maintenance.

Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ President, UTech, in welcoming the gathering of health professionals, engineers, faculty, staff and students, said he was pleased at the launch of the BME Unit noting that this initiative was in keeping with the University’s thrust to expand its services to the wider society through research, technology and entrepreneurship.  The President used the opportunity to call for a comprehensive national audit of all medical equipment in the country’s medical services that are in dire need of repair or retooling.   Prof. Morrison said that UTech is well equipped with the expertise to support such an important national project.

Dr. the Hon. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health, in congratulating the institution on the launch of the Unit, said that the ‘Ministry welcomes this kind of initiative which is responsive to the needs of the society. He lamented that too many university graduates were graduating with degrees that cannot satisfy the country’s development needs and UTech was ahead in this regard in assisting to close this critical gap.

Dr. Nilza Smith, Head of the School of Engineering, in her opening remarks noted that the implementation of this specialized unit was in keeping with the School’s mission to provide a cadre of engineering professionals with the education and competence to address the societal and industry needs of Jamaica. 

Mrs. Charmaine DeLisser, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Computing in her overview of the functions of the new BME Unit, announced that the University has spent JA$2.5 million to renovate and outfit the Biomedical Laboratory to be used for teaching and medical equipment repairs.  She said that the Unit has been working closely with the Ministry of Health to address problems identified within Jamaica’s healthcare sector to offer medical equipment repair, maintenance and consultancy services to our local hospitals.  This collaboration she said also provides the opportunity for our students to receive hands-on training in the field.  Mrs. DeLisser informed the gathering that students were currently involved in the development of a low cost ventilator and the retrofitting pump system for a cardiac machine used during and after surgery in collaboration with the University Hospital of the West Indies.

Mr. Damian Tomlin, Director of the Biomedical Engineering Unit, in his presentation on the global outlook of the biomedical engineering sector and the opportunities which exist for Jamaica, stated with the increased life expectancy of an individual, the demand for better health care services will also increase.   He reported that the world-wide demand for medical devices in 2004 was US$200 billion and this figure is projected to increase to over US$400 billion in 2015.  Mr. Tomlin stated that the growth potential presents an excellent opportunity for Jamaica, which currently imports all its medical devices, to engage and invest in research to develop low cost devices to target non-traditional markets outside North America and Europe where the cost of procuring these devices is prohibitive. This he said would not be without challenges as he lamented that Jamaica’s lack of a national health technology policy, the absence of a university programme for the development of engineers in the field,  coupled with the lack of training and poor retention of biomedical technicians make it difficult for the country to make the transition from “consumer to producer”. 

Mr. Geoffrey Boyd, Chief Executive Officer, Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) and President of the Biomedical Professional Association of the Caribbean, said he welcomed the University’s initiative, noting that the Caribbean region was suffering from a lack of engineering professionals in the health and medical services.  He revealed that only 75% of technicians involved in the maintenance of medical devices are adequately trained for the job. 
Dr. Neville Ballin, Senior Government Anaesthetist in the Ministry of Health in congratulating UTech on the establishment of the BME Unit, bemoaned the absence of trained biomedical engineers and technicians to maintain and service medical equipment and devices sold to developing countries, such as Jamaica.  


UTech Empowering Future Dentists to Tackle Jamaica’s Oral Health Crisis


Dr. Gary Glassman, DDS, (right), Adjunct Professor of Dentistry, School of Oral Health Sciences, Univeristy of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) assists second year Doctor of Medical Dentistry  (DMD) student,  Mr. Dominic Peterkin in a laboratory session.

In 2008 the Ministry of Health divested its dental auxiliary training programmes to the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) along with the functions of the former Dental Auxiliary School.  In 2010 the School of Oral Health Sciences within the College of Health Sciences was established at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) to meet the crippling need for oral health professionals.  It has been recently reported that the ratio of dentists to the Jamaican population is 1 per 17,000 which is regarded as a crisis situation considering that the international dentist to patient ratio is 1in 3,000.  

Training boosted

Training at the School was recently boosted by the donation of a state-of-the-art dental microscope valued at US$20,000 from Global Microscopes, and equipment and supplies valued in excess of US$50,000 from SybronEndo, US-based manufacturing companies which specialize in microscopes and endodontic instruments and materials respectively.  The donations were the brainchild of Dr. Gary Glassman, DDS, Adjunct Professor of Dentistry at School of Oral Health Sciences, UTech and a resident of Toronto, Canada, who travels to Jamaica to deliver lectures and clinical sessions in Endodontics to UTech second year Oral Health sciences students. 

When asked what fuels his immense interest in Jamaica’s oral healthcare system, Dr. Glassman states that Jamaica has a severe shortage of dentists which contributes to the high prevalence of oral and dental diseases in Jamaica and contributing to the training of dentists at UTech is another important step in addressing the problem.  “There are only 45 Dental Surgeons in Jamaica’s Public Health System to satisfy the oral needs of Jamaica.  In the south east region of Jamaica some 900 dentists are needed”, he said.  Not new to the Jamaican situation, Dr. Glassman notes that for the past 20 years he has been providing continuing education on a volunteer basis to empower Jamaican dentists in endodontics and providing oral health care to Jamaicans through the Jamaica Dental Association. 

Dr. Glassman’s notes that his experience at the School of Oral health Sciences has been “a rewarding one”, adding that, “I intend to make a difference in endodontics amongst the Jamaican population”.   Dr. Glassman also owns a private practice and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists in Canada and is a Faculty member at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry.

Courses of study

The School of Oral Health Sciences at UTech currently offers B.Sc. degree programmes in Dental Laboratory Technology, Dental Hygiene, Dental Nursing Therapy, the Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) and a Diploma in Dental Assisting.  The first cohort undergraduate degree and Doctor of Medical Dentistry students will graduate in 2015.  The first cohort of Diploma in Dental Assisting students graduated in November 2011.

Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMS) students  using donated state-of-the-art microscope donated by Global Microscope, USA, during a recent laboratory session at the School of Oral Health Science, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), Arthur Wint Drive campus.

UTech Collaborates with German Embassy for Sustainable Energy Conference and Exposition

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) on the invitation of the German Embassy   in Kingston, Jamaica will collaborate to host an Energy Conference and Exposition to be held from May 16-19, 2012 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech Papine campus.  This sustainable energy event is being held as part of the celebrations to mark Jamaica’s 50th independence and the 50th anniversary of the Jamaican-German diplomatic relations. 

The conference and exposition will include a series of activities and events designed to increase public awareness on issues and technologies related to renewable energy and energy efficiency in Jamaica and to promote the Jamaican-German technical and economic cooperation and technology transfer in the area of sustainable energy development for the benefit of both countries.  The four-day event will include an exhibition on “Renewables – made in Germany” exposing the latest developments in renewable energy and energy saving technologies; public lectures on sustainable energy and roundtable discussions comprising Jamaican, regional and German energy experts.  The exhibition will also provide Jamaican and German companies with a vested interest in sustainable energy issues, the opportunity to showcase their companies, to display their products and services and to enter into an active exchange with potential business partners in both countries.

Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Director of Sustainable Energy in the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship, UTech and coordinator of the sustainable energy conference and exposition, explains that the issue of sustainable energy is particularly relevant to Jamaica at this time as despite recent efforts in harnessing our renewable energy as wind, solar, hydropower and biomass energy, Jamaica still depends heavily on imported fossil fuels.  She added that, “this reliance on imported fossil fuels for electricity generation and transport purposes does not only cause CO2 emissions which harm the environment, but it also adversely affects the economics of the country, drains its foreign exchange earnings and makes Jamaica generally vulnerable to price fluctuation on the international markets, resulting in high energy tariffs and places energy supply security at risk.”

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Josef Beck, emphasized that the “provision of sustainable, safe and affordable energy has become a major issue for the economic development of any country in the world. At the same time energy contributes between 70 and 80 % of all CO2 emissions and has therefore a crucial impact on climate change which is of particular relevance for a beautiful island in the Caribbean like Jamaica. The German government backed by a large majority of its citizens opted for a profound turnaround of its energy policy embarking on the most ambitious path among all major economies to a green, safe and competitive economy. This requires a holistic approach including higher energy efficiency, energy savings and a changing energy mix bringing the share of renewable energy in generating electricity from today 20% to 50% in 2030 and 80% in 2050. Germany is aware of the huge challenge it has taken on but is convinced that the opportunities by far exceed the risks. Germany is willing to share its experiences in the sense of best practice and the acquired technology with partners and friends around the world hoping to also learn from others. “

It is in recognition of these problems that the Jamaican government has formulated an energy policy that calls for an accelerated exploration and exploitation of renewable energies, such as wind, solar energy and hydropower that will result in diversifying the energy mix and ultimately in stabilized electricity tariffs.  The German government is assisting Caribbean countries including Jamaica with numerous project activities in the areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation as well as in the energy sector and has committed to continuing to do so in the future.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.  For further information, interested persons may contact Dr. Ruth Potopsingh at 876)9271680-8 Ext. 3699 or ruth.potopsingh@utech.edu.jm


UTech Showcases “Work-Ready” Students at Annual Career and Job Placement Fair

Recruiters from Nestle Jamaica Ltd. (right) interview final year UTech students at the annual Career and Job Placement Fair held on Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech Papine campus.

Final year students of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) appeared in their numbers to participate in the University’s Annual Career and Job Placement Fair on Friday, March 16, 2012. The Alfred Sangster Auditorium was transformed to accommodate 82 participating companies and 19 sponsors who all wanted a first-hand experience of the knowledge, skills and competencies of the potential graduates.

Dr Paul Golding, Dean of the College of Business and Management and Chairman of the opening ceremony  congratulated the students “on achieving the technical skills and knowledge required to attend the interview session.”

Acting Deputy President, Prof. Geraldene Hodelin brought official greetings on behalf of UTech’s  President,  Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ. In her address she described UTech’s joy in being able to showcase its “products.” “Our products are our students”, she said, adding that “this is the evidence of our hard work after four years.”  She encouraged the students to “step it up” in order to continue the “high standards” of those who had sat in the same chairs before them. She also congratulated the students on completing their programme to the point that they could offer themselves to companies as “ready to join the workforce.”   Prof. Hodelin said that over the years participating companies had expressed satisfaction with the quality of final year students from across the faculties.   She cited tracking data which shows that “80% of final year students had benefitted either through networking opportunities or by securing jobs as a result of the experience.   “It is through these kinds of partnerships between academia and industry that we will succeed in producing a well-trained labour force to meet the needs for social and economic development of Jamaica, the Caribbean and beyond,” she said.

Mrs. Mercedes Dean, Acting VP Administration and University Registrar reminded the students that they had mastered the skills and were given the academic competencies and so had no need to be afraid during the day’s interviews. In addressing the employers she told them they would interview “somebody who is already qualified in academia, a potential person who will take your business to another level.”

Brenda Cuthbert, CEO, Jamaica Employers Federation, reminded the students, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” and emphasized that “aptitude and attitude” are what will take them to the “altitude” they want to reach.

Mr Michael Jones, President, Human Resources Management Association of Jamaica  (HRMAJ), told the students to “think about examples you can give to validate the things that you will say about yourself.” He also shared the top five things employers looked for:  “dependability, honesty/integrity, willingness to work, good innovative attitude, and people who use downtime productively.” He added that, “when you combine personal humility and professionalism, it will make you a winner.”
 
In her greetings, Miss Jheanell Johnson, President, UTech Students’ Union ensured the recruiters that they would not be “disappointed by the crop of bold, innovative, young, creative aspiring graduates and potential employees.” She also stated that the group represented “four years of hard work and dedication, ” traits she believed would be assets to the companies.

Mrs Dorrset Gabbidon- Pottinger, Acting Asst. Registrar, Student Services, ended the morning’s proceedings by thanking all the recruiters and sponsors for clearing their schedules in order to attend the Career and Job Fair.  Sponsors included Bank of Jamaica, Carribean Jobs.com, Digicel, Singer Jamaica Ltd, Dress for Success, Jamaica Defence Force and Nestle Jamaica Ltd. The UTech Latin Dance Club wowed the audience with their skilful moves to officially end the morning’s proceedings.


UTECH’S COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT CELEBRATES WEEK OF EXCELLENCE

Dr. Paul Golding (centre), Dean, College of Business and Management (COBAM)shares something amusing with his colleagues from left, Orville Reid, Lecturer, JDSEEL, Sharon Nelson, Lecturer, School of Business Administration,  Rosemarie Headley-Smith, Lecturer, SHTM and Patrick Harley, Lecturer, COBAM at the press launch of the College’s Week of Excellence held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Lillian’s restaurant, UTech.

The College of Business and Management, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) launched its annual “Week of Excellence” at a press launch ceremony held on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Lillian’s restaurant, UTech. This year’s Week of Excellence was celebrated under the theme, “Jamaica 50: Igniting Business, Hospitality, Tourism and Entrepreneurship in a changing global economy,” and was intended to showcase and highlight the College’s commitment to excellence in providing the highest quality of integrated, academic and experiential programme and  to advance the culture of excellence in research, and entrepreneurship.  The week also provided an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to showcase their area of expertise and the tremendous academic and administrative work that has been ongoing in the three schools in the College. 

Dr. Paul Golding, Dean, of the College, in giving an overview of the week, said that, “the world economy has been transformed significantly over the last 20 years and today more than ever before in human history, the wealth or poverty of nations depends on the quality and excellence of higher education.”  He said that the Week of Excellence was being held within this global context.  Dr. Golding told the gathering that the week-long celebration of excellence will seek to recognise excellence in all aspects of the College’s endeavours including teaching, research, administration, community service and sports.

Week of Excellence activities comprised a Church Service  held at the Church of Ascension, Mona,  Sunday, March 25; the annual Lloyd Edwards Memorial Lecture in memory of the late revered UTech Marketing Lecturer, Lloyd Edwards;   Launch of the Student Affairs Centre and Customer Appreciation Day; a Pre-Budget Debate panel discussion; annual student conference by final year students in the School of Business Administration (SOBA) and the annual School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) Day.  Other activities were a panel discussion on “ Entrepreneurship: The Solid Waste Opportunity”, hosted by the Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL);  launch of COBAM CARE (Creating A Responsive Environment) developed in response to a growing need among the student population in the College, for financial and other assistance.  The Week of Excellence culminated with the annual awards ceremony to recognise students, faculty and staff who have performed exceptionally in the last academic year.

Highlights of Week of Excellence follow.


UTech’s Pre-Budget Forum Brings Tax Reform into Sharp Focus

Dr. Paul Golding (2nd left), Dean of the College of Business and Management in an animated discussion with from left, Mr. Darron Thomas, Lecturer, Mr. Metry Seaga, Deputy President, Jamaica Manufactures Association and Mr. Lloyd Wint, Lecturer, UTech following the panel discussion on issues related to the tabling of the national budget held on March 27, 2012 at the Technology Innovation Centre, UTech.

The University of Technology, Jamaica through the Economics Division in the College of Business and Management on Wednesday, March 27, 2012 hosted a panel discussion at its Papine campus which brought focus to a range of macroeconomic issues that will influence the national 2012-2013 budget presentation to be tabled in Parliament in May.

The event was held as part of the College’s Week of Excellence celebrations under the theme “Jamaica 50: Igniting Business, Hospitality, Tourism and Entrepreneurship in a changing Global Economy.”   Dr. Paul Golding, Dean, College of Business and Management, in his welcome, said that “after 50 years of independence, the number one issue facing Jamaica is the economy, poverty and the debt to equity ratio which has continued to worsen.”  He lamented that Jamaica’s problems do not lie with lack of ideas on how to fix our economic problems, but with the lack of political will to implement changes.  He emphasized that a change in Jamaica’s tax regime is a major imperative towards solving the country’s economic woes.

The distinguished panel of business leaders proffered a raft of suggestions from varied perspectives on some of the necessary steps they believe should be taken in the pending implementation of tax reform in Jamaica.

Speaking from the perspective of budgetary requirements, Lloyd Wint, Lecturer, UTech opined that the Jamaican government waited too long to go to the IMF following signs of the global recession in 2007 which plunged the economy into 13 quarters of decline.  He praised the highly successful Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX) for providing overall relief in the debt burden and  recommended the negotiation of a new IMF loan facility that is extended for no less than 36 months, “to provide the required breathing space to grow the economy. He also pointed to the need to prioritise development in a number of areas including a focus on funding for primary education, reduction in crime, improving the quality of health care services, leveraging brand Jamaica’s strength in culture, arts, music and sports and addressing issues in sustainable and renewable energy to stimulate growth and to grow our way out of economic demise.

Metry Seaga, who heads the Jamaica Manufacturing Association’s (JMA) Tax Reform Committee, speaking on the implications of tax reform on the manufacturing sector said, “we must put our sectoral differences aside and place Jamaica first in shaping our tax reform system.”  He supported Wint’s position that Jamaica must recognise that we have run out of options and need the IMF for help with our debt servicing and balance of payment.  “We have spent more than we have earned over the years and must produce ourselves out of the problem,” he emphasized, noting that the IMF will only support Jamaica if we put together a suitable tax reform package.  Seaga lamented the current high tax rates, the excessive concessions and waivers that limit tax collection and the culture of non-compliance where only 10% of Jamaica’s companies file tax returns of which only 5% are positive tax returns and only about 40% of property tax is collected.

Seaga further expressed the view that the current tax exemption on basic foods gives subsidies to the rich and does not effectively help the poor.  “If we remove this exemption, government will be able to collect $22 B more” and will be able to give back to the poor through direct cash flow interventions, he said.  The JMA executive also recommended a reduction in PAYE to ensure that every level of PAYE worker is in a better position, and further suggested a reduction in corporate tax from 33 1/3% to 15% as a way to get investments back into the country.  He also recommended a reduction in GCT from 17.5%  to 12% on all goods.  This he said will put back some 5% more spending power into every citizens pocket to spur the economy.

Richard Byles, President and CEO of Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited in his contribution to the panel discussion, lamented that with a debt to GDP ratio of 140%, Jamaica is among the worst in the world, adding that “we have stumbled from one crisis budget to another without an overall, coherent policy and plan for general, strategic development of the country,” and a regime in which budgetary targets are hardly met.  He said Jamaica needs to find bold, creative ways to grow our economy, adding that the country must get more serious about its tax evasion and security problems to make it more attractive as a tourist destination with more competitive room rates.  He noted that Columbia for example has turned around its economy by fixing its severe crime problems.


UTech Panel Discussion Explores Waste to Energy and Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Panellists who participated in a discussion on “Entrepreneurship: The Solid Waste Opportunity” hosted by the College of Business and Management on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Technology Innovation Centre, UTech, listen intently to a point being made by Prof. Rosalea Hamilton (right), Vice President, Development and Community Service, UTech.  Pictured from left are Hon. Julian Robinson, Minister of State, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Ms. Jennifer Edwards, Executive Director, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Dr. Claude Noel, Project Officer, Environmental Management Unit, UWI, Mona, and Ms. Julia Brown, Manager, Process Development Division at the Scientific Research Council (SRC).

The Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL), College of Business and Management, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) as part of its Week of Excellence activities hosted a special panel discussion entitled, “Entrepreneurship: The Solid Waste Opportunity” on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Technology Innovation Centre, UTech.  Dr. Paul Golding, Dean of the College in his welcome said that the discussion was being held against the background of the University’s commitment to engage and impact the community in a symbiotic way, noting that the global trend is moving towards creating energy out of waste.  “Jamaica needs to look seriously at these opportunities,” he said.

The distinguished panel of speakers were Hon. Julian Robinson, Minister of state, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Dr. Claude Noel, Project Officer, Environmental Management Unit, UWI, Mona, Ms. Julia Brown, Manager, Process Development Division at the Scientific Research Council (SRC) and Ms. Jennifer Edwards, Executive Director, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).  Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, Vice President, Development and Community Service, UTech acted as respondent.
Minister Robinson commended UTech on the hosting of its Week of Excellence and its focus on a number of relevant and timely topics.  He pointed out that solid waste is a multi-million dollar business in many countries and that Jamaica needs to improve on its environmentally safe methods of handling garbage disposal. He cautioned that waste will become an increasingly important issue as the NSWMA estimates that the country’s largest disposal site – Riverton will reach its maximum capacity by 2014 and will become more difficult and expensive to manage.  He lamented that it costs the country between $60 M– 70M to contain the recent fire at the Riverton City dump and emphasised that in addition to saving the environment, there is financial value in converting waste to energy. 
Citing a 2006 NSWMA report which noted that 69 per cent of the waste generated in Jamaica was organic, with 70 per cent coming from households, the Minister said that this could be recovered and utilised to generate energy and create revenue. "For every one million tonnes of refuse processed, the need to use 1.67 million barrels of oil to generate that same amount of electricity is offset.  This could lead to significant savings in the country’s fuel bill resulting in an increased balance of payment,” he stated.
Dr. Claudel Noel in his contribution looked at the global perspective on waste management.  He said that it was important for Jamaica to consider alternative treatment methods for solid waste disposal such as incineration with energy recovery, recycling and composting to lower the country’s expenditure on waste management, to conserve resources and to protect the health of the environment.  He opined that plastic represents 20% of the waste generated by the country. “If we charged one dollar (tax) for a plastic bottle, less would be on the streets,” he said.
Ms. Julia Brown pointed out that more than 50% of the waste dumped at the country’s landfill is organic and so “it shouldn’t have reached there in the first place.”  She said that at the forefront of all our discussions on waste management is to make waste a resource.  “We must adopt scientific methods for safe disposal of waste,” she emphasised, adding that legislation is required to ensure waste to energy policies are in place.  Brown told the gathering that “distillery waste could provide about 50% of Jamaica’s energy needs.”
Entrepreneurial Opportunities
Jennifer Edwards, Executive Director of the NSWMA said that her agency has received over twelve proposals for entrepreneurial engagement with the NSWMA.  The Agency operates eight landfills across the island with Riverton being the largest. She said approximately 1.5 tonnes of waste is generated at Riverton annually and that each person produces about 5 lbs of waste daily.  She said that entrepreneurial opportunities exist in several areas.  Among them: fleet maintainance of vehicles, receptacle fabrication, welding, tyre repair, auto and mechanical repairs, fuel lubrication, lab services and in consumables such as garbage bags, brooms, rakes, dust masks and cleaning chemicals.
Prof. Rosalea Hamilton in summarising the discussions said that many small business are relying on the dump for a livelihood and as such we must be concerned with the set of activities to properly address this.  She noted that there is a need for research and collection of the relevant data in this regard.

Hon. Julian Robinson (2nd left), Minister of State, Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, talks with Prof. Rosalea Hamilton (left), Vice President, Development and Community Service, UTech and Ms. Dionne Palmer, Incubator Manager, Technology Innovation Centre, Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship Ethics and Leadership, UTech as he tours the incubation facilities prior to the start of the panel discussion.  Joining the tour from left are Mr. Orville Reid, Acting Programme Director, JDSEEL and Dr. Horace Williams, Acting Head, JDSEEL.

Lloyd Edwards Memorial UTech Lecture Focuses on Sticking to the Fundamentals of Marketing in a Challenging Economy

Mr. Richard Robinson, CEO of RedBK makes a point during his delivery of the annual Lloyd Edwards Memorial Lecture held on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Technology Innovation Centre, UTech. 

The School of Business Administration (SOBA), College of Business and Management University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) hosted the Annual Lloyd Edwards Memorial Lecture on Monday, March 26, 2012 at the Technology Innovation Centre, UTech.  The Lecture which is in its ninth year, continued to honour the memory of Lloyd Edwards who served the University for some 26 years as a principal lecturer in the Marketing programme and was founder of the Marketing Division in the School of Business Administration.  The lecture was held under the theme “Igniting Change: Marketing in a challenging Environment.”

Mr. Clavery Allen, Acting Head of the School of Business Administration in his welcome recalled Lloyd Edwards’ dedicated service to UTech. “With a brilliant and inquiring mind, he was able to inspire generations of marketers who have studied here at UTech and other tertiary institutions in the island,” he said with pride.  The aims of the lectures according to Mr. Allen are to “broaden the marketing philosophy of the UTech Community and Jamaica through the encouragement of thought-provoking discussion on marketing and business issues.” He added that the School of Business Administration envisioned that these lectures would “provide students, faculty and the UTech community a showcase of nationally renowned speakers on marketing issues, of current, national and global significance, and in doing so educate our students on matters of marketing and developing national awareness of Jamaicans for marketing.”

Dr. Paul Golding, Dean of the Faculty, continued the praises as he shared anecdotes and reminisced on Lloyd Edwards moments during his greeting. “Lloyd’s day would start after work in the evening and it would go on, forever,” he said.  He pointed out that although the discipline of marketing has evolved greatly over the years, the sound fundamentals taught by Lloyd Edwards had not changed.

Guest speaker at the 2012 lecture was Mr. Richard Robinson, CEO of RedBK.  His lecture focused on going back to the basics and fundamentals of marketing and doing them correctly within the challenges of a competitive market place.  He reminded the gathering of marketing students, of some of these fundamentals.  Among them: thorough research; knowing your audience and their needs and wants, knowing the size of your market, your competitors and your potential partners.  He also reminded the audience of the importance of considering how customers receive information so as to provide the best channels to reach them.  He further emphasized the importance of building the trust and confidence of customers in doing business.

The Redbook CEO also told the audience to plan for the inevitability of change.  “Plan your long term tactics, plan the short term objectives and ensure that they are easy to implement and easy to understand,” he emphasized. 

Mr. Robinson shared with the students, his company’s marketing thrust as a new start up Jamaican-owned company.  He said already RedBK has employed over 100 persons.  The company will operate on a print platform with directory books distributed to 5 regions in the island (North, South, Central, Metro and West) as well as via Internet and smart phone applications.

 


Final Year UTech Students Showcase Research at SHTM Day

Smartly attired final year SHTM students pose outside their beautifully decorated booth which showcased their research on “The Depletion of Natural Resources and its Impact on Coral Reefs in Negril, Jamaica.”
These uniformly dressed final year SHTM students showcase their research on “The Implications of Crime and Tourism in Montego Bay, Jamaica.”

The annual SHTM (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management) Day was held on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech.  Final year students of the School showcased their final research projects in a major exhibition .  Students were required to plan, execute and present their research findings before a panel of judges for which they are graded.  The research should seek to solve some major hospitality/tourism industry problem.  Dr. Paul Golding, Dean of the College of Business and Management in his welcome, reminded the students that they are a part of an industry which even during the economic down turn, shows resiliency, adding that the hospitality and tourism industry presents the opportunity for numerous entrepreneurial ventures.

 

Mr. Theo Smith, UTech SHTM graduate and owner of his own business, Great House Catering delivers the guest speaker’s address at the opening ceremony of the annual SHTM Day held on March 29, 2012 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech Papine campus.

Guest speaker at the opening ceremony was Mr Theo Smith, a recent UTech graduate who graduated only 2 years ago with the Bs.c in  Food Service Management and is now CEO of his own successful business, Great House Catering. He told the students that as an entrepreneur the most important factor in maintaining success and a sustainable client base is meeting deadlines.  He said handling the challenges of stress as a student at UTech and his subsequent internship experience helped to prepare him for the world of work.  He reminded students to always be proactive and time-efficient. 

He told the students that while not everyone can be an entrepreneur, “everyone can be an innovator.”  He challenged students to be creative innovators and to seek to grow with any organization with which they will be affiliated in the future.

Giving Back
During the opening ceremony the School made three contributions as part of its community service outreach.  These were a donation of $45,0000 to a Garvey Maceo High school student athlete to subsidise travel costs to the upcoming Penn Relays in the United States; sports equipment for track and field events at the Moravian Primary School and a bicycle to five year old Kayla Watkis who suffers from cerebral palsy, to help in her motor development skills.

Mrs. Marilyn Cornelius, Head, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM), UTech presents a piece of sporting equipment to a student of the Moravian Primary School.

Little Kayla Watkis tries out her new bicycle donated by the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM). Assisting her is Mrs. Sharmon  Hinds-Smith, Programme Director, Food Service Management Programme, SHTM. 

College of Business and Management Honours Student Achievements

Guest Speaker, Dr. Leachim Semaj, Chief Ideator and Resultant of the Job Bank addressing the audience at the College of Business and Management’s annual Students’ Award ceremony held on Saturday, March 30, 2012 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech Papine campus.

 

The College of Business and Management (COBAM) of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) culminated its celebratory Week of Excellence with its Annual Student Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 30, 2012 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech Papine campus. Over 50 students from all three schools within the College:  School of Business Administration (SOBA), School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) and the Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL) received awards for outstanding academic performance, community service, technology and entrepreneurship.

In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Paul Golding, Dean of the College expressed immense pride in the students who were being honoured.  “Our future looks bright”, he said and further encouraged them to continue on the path of excellence.  He thanked the organisers of the ceremony noting that it was a “fitting end to an exciting Week of Excellence.”

Guest Speaker, Dr. Leachim Semaj, Chief Ideator and Resultant of the Job Bank, in addressing the theme of the ceremony, Jamaica 50: Igniting Business, Hospitality, Tourism and Entrepreneurship in a changing Global Economy” said that Jamaica’s 50th year of independence is a time for assessment and evaluation.  Mr. Semaj noted that as a people we need to find a way out of our current malaise that our country is now experiencing and called for the rebuilding of our nation through strengthening and reorganizing of our social capital. He also called for Jamaicans to use its “oil” which he identified as our “sports, hospitality, food, agriculture and tourism” to create jobs and stimulate the economy to enhance Jamaica’s global position.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Clavery Allen (l) Acting Head, School of Business Administration proudly presents a beaming Mr. Mark Scott  with the Gleaner Company Award for Student of the Year Nominee for the College of Business and Management.

Ms. Viviene James proudly accepts the DECS Waste Management Services Limited Award for Best Entrepreneur Student from Managing Director, Mr. Sheldon Beckford.

A beaming Patrice Howell (r) accepts the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Award for Outstanding All-Round Student from lecturer, Mrs. Sharmon Hinds-Smith.
A beaming Tanyhata Malcolm-Hue (r) accepts the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Award in recognition of her performance as an “Outstanding Lillian’s Dining Room Staff Member”.  Making the presentation is Chef Karl Thomas, Lillian’s Restaurant, UTech.
Mrs. Rosemarie Donaldson-Ivey (l), lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, presents a happy Trudy Ann-Smith with the Marcella Blake-Watson Award for Leadership, Commitment and Resilience.

 


Two New Companies Graduate from UTech’s Technology Innovation Centre

 

Two clients of the Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech)  graduated from the Centre  at a special ceremony held on December 15, 2011.  They are FORM Architects Limited proprietor Damian Edmond and eZines Limited proprietor, Tyrone Wilson.  Both clients have done well within the incubator and will leave the environment midyear 2012 at the end of their leases.

 

                            


Dr. Mauvalyn Bowen, former Head, Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship                    
Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL), UTech hands over an award to Damian Edmond (left), Managing Director of FORM Architects and fellow Director, Richard May.                      

 

FORM Architects has been quietly making their mark in the field of architecture, specialising in 3D designs and encouraging collaboration with the construction industry.  Their mission is to “develop environmentally sensitive design solutions that are responsive to users and their lifestyles, through a sustainable combination of art, science and technology.”  Damian Edmond had a dream of an Architectural firm with a difference and so when you see the logo – the clean lines says it all – excellence, simplicity and stylish!  FORM Architects does work locally and internationally for residential, private and public interests such as Tourism Product Development Company (TDPCo), as well as International Tractor Makers CASE Franchise in Jamaica.
FORM Architects also got the sectional award for High Growth Potential for 2011.

 

 

 


                 

 

Dr. Paul Golding, Dean College of Business and Management, presents an award to Tyrone Wilson, Chief  Executive Officer of eZines Limited.

“Young and smart” are the words easily associated with eZines’, Chief Executive Office, Tyrone Wilson.  Tyrone entered the Technology Innovation Centre’s business incubator straight out of the University to begin his new business of electronic business magazines.  Tyrone has large dreams and unlike many, he acts upon them.  After the initial stages of struggles, Tyrone has 3 types of electronic magazines: the flagship magazine, Your Money eZine, Teen Spirit and Health and Lifestyle eZines.  Tyrone was awarded the Prime Minister’s choice for Youth Entrepreneurship in 2010 and is also a nominee for 2011. He is a Vice President in the Young Entrepreneurship Association and is organiser of Your Money Business Summit, a business forum held annually. 

 

Additional Awards

Additional awards were given as follows:-

  • Most Innovative Award went to Olde Jamaica Tours’ Juliet Gordon.  This business markets the most unlikely places in Kingston, such as Down Town, the churches, Tivoli Gardens, our heritage sites and so much more. 
  • Most Participative Award went to Bakari Digital’s Khary Sharpe.  Always witty and sharing new insights and ideas. Present at the centres functions and meetings and rarely absent.
  • Longest Participating Client went to:-
    1. Technological Solutions Limited        -           Anchor Client
    2. Meto Corporation Limited      -           Associate Platinum Client
    3. Explore Your World               -           Associate Premium Client
    4. R.I. Liquitor International Limited     -           Virtual Client

 

Student Incubator

The JDSEEL launched the Student Incubator, New Venture Design Studio, to operate under the Technology Innovation Centre.  This student incubator will house up to 6 student businesses sharing office space within the incubator and 6 businesses operated outside of the incubator under the virtual client programme.

These businesses will be nurtured and student owners will have the opportunity to learn best practices for operating their businesses.  The JDSEEL is now accepting business proposals from students who wish to be a part of the student incubator.


Karen Manning is New UTech Students’ Union President

Miss Jhaenell Johnson (right) outgoing 2011/2012 President of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) Students’ Union hands the symbolic torch to the newly elected President, Mrs. Karen Manning-Henry (left) at the official Handing Over Ceremony held on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the UTech Papine campus.

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) Students’ Union outgoing Executive handed over the reins of its administration to the newly elected body at a colourful and entertaining ceremony held on Thursday, March 29, 2012 at the Caribbean Sculpture Park at the UTech Papine campus.

Outgoing President, Miss Jheanell Johnson, in her message thanked the student body for the support given to her and her team during their tenure.  She noted that their time in office, though challenging, helped raised the bar for their successors.  “Service surmounting self was always at the forefront to everything we did”, she said. In highlighting their achievements, Miss Johnson cited that over $2.7 m was issued in scholarships and bursaries to needy students; their Annual Tag Drive raised $871,000.50 and they impacted policy making on educational issues at the government level through submissions to the Ministry of Education.  She also noted with pride that their community outreach had been extended beyond the borders of the Papine community with the adoption of the West Haven Children’s Home in Anchovy, St. James.   In closing, she urged the students to be united and to support the newly elected Executive.

Incoming President 2012 - 13, Mrs. Karen Manning-Henry pledged to continue to affect policy changes relating to student governance and strengthening the Union’s relationship with the institution’s management, academia and staff.   She further noted that her administration will make every effort to meet their constituents’ academic, cultural, physical and social developmental needs.  She then introduced her team of Executives.  They are Greaville Smith, 1st Vice President, Academic Affairs, Mr.  Kemar Jennings, Vice President, Finance, Miss Chris-Ann Thomas, Vice President, Public Relations, Mr. Delroy Stennett, Vice President, Students’ Services, Miss Amanda Davis, Executive Secretary.

 


COMMUNITY SERVICE NEWS

 

UTech Hosts Panel Discussion on Local Government

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012, the Caribbean Sculpture Park at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) provided the stage for the hosting of a community forum on the importance of citizenry participation in our system of local governance.  The forum titled, “Local Government and You – Why Vote?” was led by the Office of Development and Community Service in collaboration with the Faculty of the Built Environment and was designed to sensitize and encourage members of the public to participate in the process of local governance ahead of the Local Government Elections held on March 26, 2012.

Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, Vice President, Development and Community Service, UTech in welcoming the gathering of Faculty, staff, students and members of the public from Papine and surrounding communities, said that the forum was in keeping with UTech’s community service thrust and commitment to educate the community which it serves through open dialogue on issues of national importance.

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, lauded the University for its initiative and announced that the Government is now committed to reforming the Local Government system to have it entrenched in Jamaica’s Constitution. He promised that the Legislation would be passed within Jamaica’s 50th year of independence.

The ensuing discussions were facilitated by two panels.  The first panel comprised Local Government officials and aspirants who focused on the role and significance of Local Government moderated by Dr. Carol Archer, Dean of the Faculty of Built Environment, UTech who posed the question, “Why Vote?” to which the discussants responded. Mr. Norman Wallen, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Councillor candidate for the Papine division promised that in addition to improving and maintaining the community’s physical infrastructure special outreach programmes would be instituted for the shut-in, elderly and indigent, adding that his commitment to serving the members of his community will not be determined by political party affiliation.  

Senator Angella Brown-Burke, Deputy Leader of the People’s National Party (PNP) and candidate for the Norman Gardens division pledged to involve her constituents in addressing issues of concern within their community, improve the Parish Council’s level of transparency and promote collaborative partnerships with community and non-government organisations and the Private Sector. 

Mr.  Oswald Morgan, PNP Councillor candidate for the Lawrence Tavern division said that educating his constituents on the importance of actively participating in the governance of their community will be an important aspect of his administration if elected.  Mr. Morgan also announced that he would be lobbying for the return of some services to the Council such as traffic management and minor water supplies, which he believes would be more efficiently administered at the local level.

The second panel comprised members of civil society and citizens associations which focused on the role of citizens in the process of local governance was moderated by Prof. Rosalea Hamilton.  The panel included Mrs. Carol Narcise, Chairperson of the Jamaica Civil Society coalition, Mr. Glen Brown, Chairman of the Papine Development Area Committee, Mrs. Helene Davis-Whyte, General Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers and Mr. Paul Messam, President of the Acadia Citizens Association.  The session was conducted as an open discussion allowing the audience to pose questions to the panellists.  The discussions ventillated the need for an urgent reform of the Local Government system to ensure that Councillors are held accountable for the management of their constituencies.  There was also a call for more active participation from a better informed citizenry to achieve mutual goals and raising awareness on critical community issues. 

A special appeal was made for the Ministry of Education to reinstate the teaching of Civics in schools to sensitize individuals from an early age of their rights and responsibilities of citizenship which would make for more informed adults and discerning electors.

Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, Vice President, Development and Community Service, UTech (at podium) speaking at the Panel Discussion on Local Government held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech). 

Mrs. Carol Narcisse, Chairperson of the Jamaica Civil Society coalition (2nd left) responding to questions posed by the audience at the Panel Discussion on Local Government held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech).  Sharing in the discussion are left to right, Mr. Paul Messam, President, Acadia Citizens Association, Mr. Glen Brown, Chairman of the Papine Development Area Committee and Mrs. Helene Davis-Whyte, General Secretary of the Jamaica Association of Local Government Officers.


UTech Collaborates with Papine Community for ‘Concert and Fashion in the Park’

Students from Hope Valley Experimental performing.
Students from Little Angels Learning Centre perform under the encouragement of their teacher

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and the Papine community again joined hands for the staging of the annual community showcase in celebration of culture, talent and unity between the university and its neighbouring community with which it shares space and concern.

Dubbed, “Concert and Fashion in the Park,” this year’s event was held in the Papine Park on Thursday, March 22, 2012 from noon to 5:00 pm under the theme, “Celebrating Unity through Business and Culture.” The concert showcased cultural arts performances by members of community-based schools, churches and other organizations and performances by an exciting line up of professional acts, including dancehall singing sensation Tifa, reggae performer Proteje, dancehall acts, Chino, Demarco and Laden who entertained the large crowd that came out to the Papine square.  Zip FM’s,  ZJ Sparks  and ZJ Rush provided master of ceremony and disc jockey duties respectively.
In addition to the line-up of musical performances, the event also included a fashion show showcasing designs provided by a group of five UTech students from the talent pool currently reading for the Bachelor’s of Education in Technical and Vocational (B.Ed.TVET) degree with a major in Apparel Design, Production and Management.  The pieces were modeled by Saint International models. 
The Papine Park was further transformed to include a variety of display booths by UTech faculty and departments as well as student entrepreneurs, participating sponsors and community based businesses which offered discounts and special offers to customers on the day of the concert.
Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, Vice President, Development and Community Service, UTech, noted that “UTech views with importance, its leadership role in community service and is pleased to be expanding the annual concert in the park to embrace the business community and entrepreneurs who are indispensible for community growth and development.”
Participating schools and groups included, Mona Primary, Carberry Court Special School, Danny Williams School for the Deaf, Hope Valley Experimental, Mavis Bank High School, Office for Special Student Services, UWI and a host of others.
Sponsors were UTech/Scotiabank Chair in Entrepreneurship, Wisynco, Burger King, Lasco Financial Services, Victoria Mutual Building Society and Jamaica Producers.

Pictorial Highlights


Saint International Models showcase designs done by UTech students in the Apparel Design, Production and Management degree programme offered by the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies.
Pictured above are the UTech  Student designers who are currently pursuing the Bachelor’s of Education in Technical and Vocational (B.Ed.TVET) degree with a major in Apparel Design, Production and Management, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies proudly walk the stage following the showcase of their designs.  From left are Shauna Kay Martin (foreground), Juliet Harris, Emmica Thompson, Elsian Delancy, Latesha Lloyd.  Not pictured is Shadae Narcisse.
Faculty exhibits on display in the Papine park.
The UTech drummers.
Artist, ‘Hurricane’ performs.

Calvin McKain Library Hosts Book Fair

 

Patrons of the annual UTech Calvin McKain Library book fair eagerly examine books on display at one of the booths mounted at the library’s Book Fair held on March 22, 2012 at the Caribbean Sculpture Park. Private and public sector book merchants and dealers participated in the event organized to raise an appreciation for reading and research.

Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies Hosts Interfaith Awareness Day



Students and visitors interact at one of the booths mounted at the annual UTech Interfaith Awareness Day mounted by the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies on March 1, 2012  to enhance an awareness and appreciation of different religious faiths.


SPORTS NEWS

Plans Underway for Staging of 2nd Annual UTech Coaches Conference

Dr. Neville Graham, (at podium) Head of the Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, Faculty of Science and Sport, UTech outline plans for the staging of UTech’s 2nd Annual Coaches Conference at a press conference launch held on March 22, 2012 at UTech.  Seated at the head table from left are Dr. Colin Gyles, Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport, Dr. Dennis Johnson, former Director of Sport, UTech and patron of the conference and Laurence Garriques, Lecturer, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences who chaired the press conference.

The Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, Faculty of Science and Sport at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has announced plans for the second staging of its annual Coaches Conference to be held on Friday, April 13, 2012 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Kingston.

The exciting line-up of speakers and conference topics were unveiled at a press conference on March 22 held at UTech.  Under the theme, “Maximizing our Potential, Protecting our Athletes,” the Coaches Conference will address the development of sporting policies, coaching techniques and issues related to science and technology within societies nationally and internationally, presented through relevant research and collaborative work.  The conference will also provide participants with an opportunity for continuing education and life-long learning. 

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Sport, Dr. Colin Gyles explained that the theme reflects a long standing concern that we have lost too much in the past from athletes being injured and unable to perform or from athletes performing below par owing to injury.  “The theme highlights the importance of protecting our athletes as they prepare for competition,” he said, emphasising that “the basis of sustainability in sport is to maximise the potential of our athletes while protecting them.”

Dr. Neville Graham, Head of the Caribbean School of Sport Sciences stressed the importance of the coach in the development of the athlete, noting that “an excellent coach will give you excellent results,” citing successful coaches Stephen Francis, Dennis Johnson and Glen Mills as examples. In giving an overview of the programme line-up for the conference, Dr. Graham announced that some outstanding sports professionals and coaches will be honoured.  Among them, Marva Bernard, President of the Jamaica Netball Association and Emerson Henry, football coach.  Dr. Graham pointed out that the conference is not just for coaches, but also for sports medical doctors, physical education teachers, sports managers, sports agents, academic staff and other sports professionals and persons interested in sport sciences.

Conference Programme
The conference programme is divided into three sessions.  Session one will examine issues in Sports Sciences and will delve into an examination of fitness issues related to protecting athletes; challenges in sports nutrition for optimum performance and doping in sport performance.  Session two will focus on the Business of Sport with presentations on intellectual property and sport sponsorship.  The final session will take the form of a coaching techniques workshop and will delve deeper into issues related to protecting and preserving the fitness of athletes, business issues in sport and nutrition and fluid management.

 

Distinguished Speakers
Among the esteemed conference speakers is James Samuel Vincent, renowned retired NBA basketball player.  Vincent played point guard for the MSU Spartans where he averaged 16.8 points per game with an equally impressive college career ranking.  He also played with the Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Chicago Bulls and Orlando Magics.  He ranks sixth in career scoring, third in career steals and ninth in career assists.  Vincent became an outstanding coach following his sterling career in the NBA and has coached teams in Africa, Greece, the Netherlands, USA and Jamaica. He has been Jamaica’s head basketball coach since 2009. Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) coach, and UTech Lecturer, Mr. Richard Polack who was instrumental in getting Vincent to present at the conference, noted that participants are in for an excellent learning experience from Vincent’s presentation.

Other distinguished conference speakers include Dr. Raquel Irving, Winchester Surgical and Medical Centre, Enrique Figuerola, Patricia Thompson, Dr. Warren Blake, Dennis Richard, Andrew Waugh and Paulton Gordon.

The conference is being held under the patronage of Dr. Dennis Johnson, founder and visionary of the UTech sports programme.  Dr. Johnson said that the interest from journalists all over the world continues as they seek answers to why Jamaicans run so fast.  He bemused that people the world over are still of the view that “we have special tools to go fast,” pointing out that the success has not come overnight but as a result of a vision some 35 years ago when Dr. Henry Lowe, then head of the Science Department invited him to start a sport programme at UTech.  He said the programme started with the conviction and the commitment to train our athletes right here in Jamaica to perform at international standards.  Johnson who has been instrumental in the establishment of the Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, says that it is the intention of the School to build on this legacy and to train professional coaches to international standards, pointing to the importance of science in that process.  “Science is where the story is,” he said, emphasising that “everything that involves neuro-muscular movement is a science.”

UTech’s Faculty of Sport Sciences currently offers certificate coaching courses up to the advanced levels in Football and Netball through collaborations with the Jamaica Football Association (JFA) and the Jamaica Netball Association (JNA).

Sponsors
Conference sponsors are Winchester Surgical and Medical Institute, Nestle, VMBS, Jamaica Basketball Association, Cari-Med, Boeringer-Ingelheim, National Health Fund and Sport Development Foundation.  Additional sponsors are invited to participate.  For further information, contact Daniella Hyde, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences at 970-5863/881-1998 or dhyde@utech.edu.jm or Dr. Neville Graham at 970-5863/833-9657 or ngraham@utech.edu.jm.



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