Voices Magazine Vol 5 Iss 01

5 April – June 2022 | VOICES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica University of Technology, Jamaica on April 16, 2022 welcomed the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay as part of the iconic places on the island at which the Baton made a stop en route to its destination to this year’s staging of the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK) scheduled for July 28 to August 8, 2022. The Baton arrived in Jamaica on April 15, as part of its journey through 72 Commonwealth nations and territories, prior to the official start of the Games. Jamaica is the 51st stop, since the relay started on 7 October 2021, with Her Majesty the Queen placing her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. It arrived in Jamaica from the Cayman Islands and will next head to Trinidad and Tobago after its three-day stop in Jamaica. The arrival of the Baton at UTech, Jamaica’s Papine Campus coincided with the University’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on April 13, 2022 with the University of Birmingham. The University of Birmingham is an official partner of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the Official Global University Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay. At UTech, Jamaica, the Baton was received by Pro-Chancellor Mr Richard Powell who is also an alumnus of the University of Birmingham. The baton was relayed to him by UTech, Jamaica and University of Birmingham alumna Ms. Larissa McBean. The alumna, who was invited to be a Baton bearer, was chosen as the ideal candidate owing in part to her research areas including sports tourism as a vehicle to socio-economic development and alignment of tourism investment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Jamaica. UTech, Jamaica Welcomes 16th Official Queen’s Baton Mr Richard Powell, Pro-Chancellor, University of Technology, Jamaica receives the Queen’s Baton from baton bearer Ms Larissa McBean, alumna of both the University of Technology, Jamaica and the University of Birmingham, UK. The Baton was presented at a ceremony at UTech, Jamaica’s Papine Campus on April 16, 2022. Dr. Kamilah Hylton (forefront) Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport, UTech, Jamaica joins Mr. Paulton Gordon, Director, Department of Community Service and Development, UTech, Jamaica along with student athletes from The UWI (Mona) and UTech, Jamaica en route to The Queen’s Baton presentation ceremony, Shared Facilities Building at UTech, Jamaica’s Papine Campus on Saturday, April 16, 2022.