University of Technology, Jamaica Volume 6, Issues 2-3 V I ES Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica April- September 2023 President Brown Warmly Welcomed on Board Dr. Kevin Brown Appointed Fifth President “The University Council is confident that the leadership of this distinguished Jamaican, strategic thinker and alumnus who brings a proven track record as an experienced technology expert with outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching and academic administration.” - Chancellor Dr. Kevin Brown, highly accomplished academic and aerospace engineer, has been appointed fifth President of the University of Technology, Jamaica. The Council at its meeting held on June 15, 2023, unanimously approved the recommendation from the Joint Committee of Council and Academic Board for the appointment of Dr. Kevin Brown for a period of five years with effect from September 11, 2023. Chancellor, Mr. Lloyd Carney in making the announcement stated, “I am happy that Dr. Brown has agreed to take up the mantle as President of the University at this critical juncture in the institution’s history and development. The University Council is confident that the leadership of this distinguished Jamaican, strategic thinker and alumnus who brings a proven track record as an experienced technology expert with outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching and academic administration, will enhance UTech, Jamaica’s capacity to fulfil its role as Jamaica’s national university in supporting the achievements of the country’s development. PROFILE Dr. Brown has been a trailblazer in academia and the aerospace industry for over 18 years. He is a technical expert in complex and integrated aerospace structural system design and a thought-leader in transport systems, engineering materials and numerical computational analysis. In his most recent role, he served as Technology Project Lead for Civil Aerospace Technology and Future Programmes at Rolls-Royce. He is an inventor and holds a patent in America and Britain. He is also an entrepreneur and co-founder of a start-up company in telecommunications. A Jamaican and alumnus, University of Technology, Jamaica, Dr. Brown completed a Diploma (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering majoring in Production in 2000 and was President of the Student’s Union. He received a scholarship from Ford Motor Company and earned a Master’s degree and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nottingham. Mr. Aldrick McNab (3rd left), Deputy Chair of Council, introduces Dr. Kevin Brown (2nd left), new President, University of Technology, Jamaica on his arrival at the Administration Building, at the Papine campus on his first official day in office on, September 11, 2023. Welcoming the new President (from left) are Miss Marion Brown, Vice President and University Registrar, Prof. Colin Gyles, CD, Deputy President, Professor Haldane Johnson, AVP, Teaching and Learning and Mr. Alex Hill, Chancellor's Representative on Council.
Bi-Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Volume 6, Issue 2-3 AprilSeptember 2023 V I ES UTech, Jamaica Signs MoU with GoJ for 1000 STEM Scholarships to build out the Knowledge Process Outsourcing Industry Please send comments, feedback and news items to: The Editor Michelle A. Beckford Corporate Communications Unit Advancement Division University of Technology, Jamaica 237 Old Hope Road Kingston, Jamaica Tel: 970-5299 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.utechjamaica.edu.jm Student Voices: Meet Our New Students Staff Celebrated at 53rd Annual Staff Awards and Recognition Ceremony New and Returning Students Receive W.O.W. Welcome for New 2023/2024 Academic Year EDITORIAL TEAM Editorial Team Executive Editor Hector Wheeler Editor/Writer Michelle Beckford Writers Alaina McGhie, Racquel Simpson Photography Instructional Media Services, Calvin McKain Library Corporate Communications Unit Design & Layout Alaina McGhie Voices Magazine is a publication of the Corporate Communications Unit, University of Technology, Jamaica. INSIDE THIS ISSUE 23 10 7 14
Courtesy Call on the Minister of Education & Youth President, Dr, Kevin Brown (right), paid a courtesy call on the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Mark Golding, MP (2nd right) at his West Kings House Road offices, Kingston, on, September 21, 2023. The President was accompanied by Prof. Colin Gyles, CD (left), Deputy President, and Miss Marion Brown, Vice President and University Registrar. Dr. Kevin Brown paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Fayval Williams MP, (right), Minister of Education and Youth on September 15, 2023, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. The President was accompanied by Prof. Colin Gyles (left), Deputy President, and Miss Marion Brown (1st right), Vice President and University Registrar. As part of onboarding activities, President, Dr. Kevin Brown has hosted town hall and small group meetings with various university stakeholder groups including faculty, staff, students, and the academic and administrative staff unions. The President has also toured the buildings housing the teaching, learning and administrative spaces of the colleges and faculties, the Western Campus, satellite campuses – the Arthur Wint Drive based College of Oral Health Sciences, the School of Public Health and Health Technology at Slipe Pen Road, the residential halls and other facilities located on the Papine Campus. Courtesy Call on Leader of the Opposition President’s Onboarding Highlights 10 3 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica
110 4 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica At these interactions with stakeholders of the university community, the President has shared his vision for UTech, Jamaica’s transformation as the premier, technology driven public university, and has underscored his strategic priorities to focus on enhancing student experience, technology transformation and improving research output at the university. Western Campus Programme Director, Nursing and Midwifery, Caribbean School of Nursing, Western Campus, Mr. Abubakar Usman (left) shows Dr. Kevin Brown, President, how a mannequin is used for childbirth simulation, during the President’s campus tour on September 22, 2023. President, University of Technology, Jamaica, Dr. Kevin Brown (right) being guided on a tour by Western Campus Coordinator, Miss Antoinette Smith (left) on his arrival at the Western Campus, Dome Street in Montego Bay on September 22, 2023. Following closely behind are: Dr. O’Neil Roper, Senior Director, Facilities Management Department, Mr. David Kelly, Director, Safety and Security, Professor Colin Gyles, Deputy President and Mrs. Dennise Haldane, Director of Procurement. President Tours Facilities
120 5 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica UTech Academy, Ocho Rios School of Engineering Mr. Oneil Josephs (right), Head, School of Engineering and Computing, shows Dr. Kevin Brown, a reciprocating air compressor housed in the bauxite lab at the School of Engineering, during a tour of the facilities on his first day in office on September 11, 2023. Dr. Kevin Brown, President UTech, Jamaica descends from a staircase following a tour of the UTech Academy on Main Street, Ocho Rios on September 22, 2023. Behind him is Associate Vice President, Distance Learning, Dr. Jeanette Bartley-Bryan, Deputy President, Prof. Colin Gyles (left), and Executive Assistant, Office of the President, Miss Ingrid Vickerman.
130 6 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica (L-R) Dr. Deon Bennett, Dean, Joint Colleges of Medicine, Oral Health and Veterinary Services introduces Dr. Claudia Leon, Lecturer in the Doctor of Medical Dentistry programme to new President, Dr. Kevin Brown during a tour of the dental sim lab at the College of Oral Health Sciences, Arthur Wint Drive Campus on September 14, 2023. College of Oral Health Sciences Dr. Kevin Brown (left) listens to a presentation about the functionalities of the Bloomberg Financial Lab being led by Mrs. Melva Armstrong, Lecturer, School of Business Administration during his tour of the Bloomberg Lab located at SOBA. (L-R) Mrs. Olubosola Akinladejo, Dean (Acting), COBAM, Professor Colin Gyles, Deputy President and other members of the leadership team.
14 UTech, Jamaica Signs MoU with GoJ for 1000 STEM Scholarships to build out the Knowledge Process Outsourcing Industry Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, (seated centre) Professor Haldane Johnson (seated left), Acting Deputy President, University of Technology, Jamaica and Ms. Nickiesha Walsh, Executive Director, Students’ Loan Bureau affix their signatures on the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) among the three institutions for the implementation of the Government of Jamaica’s 1000 STEM Scholarships valued at $2.4 billion over the next five cohort of new undergraduate students in need who meet the matriculation requirements for STEM courses of study offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at UTech, Jamaica. Witnessing the historic signing (standing from left) are Mr. Lloyd Carney, Chancellor, UTech, Jamaica, Hon. Marsha Smith, Minister of State, Ministry of Education and Youth and Professor Sean Thrope, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, UTech, Jamaica. The MoU was signed at a special ceremony held July 6, 2023, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. Speaking at the launch and signing ceremony, Dr. The Honourable Nigel Clarke stated that the support being provided to UTech, Jamaica through the government’s STEM scholarship programme must be viewed within the context of Jamaica being a “small, open economy that has an inextricable, independent link with the outside world,” adding that “because we are an open economy, we have to always be concerned with our ability to trade with the outside world and to earn foreign exchange.” 10 7 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica niversity of Technology, Jamaica on, July 6, 2023, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Jamaica through its Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) for the implementation of 1,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) scholarships valued at $2.4 B. The needs-based STEM scholarship is geared towards providing support to new undergraduate students of the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing over the next five years who are in financial need and who meet the matriculation requirements. U Continued on page 8
10 8 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Pointing out that in Jamaica’s relatively small economic base, only five industries routinely earn over $200M per year in foreign exchange – tourism, business process outsourcing, mining and quarrying, food and beverages and refined petroleum, the Minister underscored the need for more diversified industries that can generate more foreign exchange. In this context, Dr. Clarke asserted that Jamaica has educational institutions like UTech, Jamaica with the capacity to produce sufficient numbers of persons for the tremendous opportunity provided by the knowledge process outsourcing (KPO) sector which can potentially earn Jamaica billions in foreign exchange. The Minister explained that this significant KPO opportunity exist in the information technology business enabled services that deliver services such as data analytics through machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, cybersecurity, data security and other related emerging fields. “These can be delivered remotely,” Dr. Clarke noted, adding that “All that we need are sufficient numbers of Jamaicans on island who have the skills on which these services are built.” Dr. Clarke further emphasized that “the Government is serious about taking advantage of this opportunity that Jamaica has, and it is for this reason why we are making a concerted effort to support the production of qualified, trained and skilled graduates in STEM areas generally and in particular, in the emerging subsectors of computer science.” Continuing the Minister said, “We are doing this with UTech under the leadership of Lloyd Carney who has a vision for what UTech can become and for what Jamaica can become with UTech optimizing on the opportunities,” Dr. Clarke added, “I am happy that there is a keen alignment between the vision of the Chancellor and the direction of the government with respect to the prioritization of STEM and related ideas, further stating that UTech, Jamaica “ is one of the leading sources of job-ready science, engineering, computing and technology graduates for the workforce, and has been doing that for a long time.” Commenting on the “Business Case Proposal for STEM Computer Science Scholarship” submitted earlier this year to the Ministry by UTech, Jamaica, Dr. Clarke noted that “we received a great proposal from UTech and we are acting on it.” In his address, Prof. Haldane Johnson, Acting Deputy President, UTech, Jamaica, characterised the collaboration between the University and the two government entities as a “win-win model for Jamaica’s development,” noting that the initiative aligns well with the University’s mission, “to positively impact Jamaica and the wider Caribbean through high quality learning opportunities, research and valueadded solutions to government, industry and communities.” Prof. Johnson noted that student beneficiaries of the STEM scholarships will have the opportunity to choose from 13 programmes offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Computing in Computer Science, Computer Network and Security, Animation Production and Development, Computer Information Systems, Gaming, Applied Artificial Intelligence, Mechanical/Electrical/Civil/Chemical/Industrial engineering.” Executive Director, SLB, Ms. Nickeisha Walsh, in her presentation stated that “We will include a mechanism to ensure that scholarship recipients commit to adequate time working in Jamaica and contributing to national development.” She added that the SLB is pleased to be collaborating with UTech, Jamaica noting that “as we transition our economy to boost Jamaica’s capacity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, a robust STEM programme will play a significant role in this chapter of our nation’s history.” She further pointed out that the partnership along with the accompanying objectives is a “step in the right direction” for Jamaica. Hon. Nigel Clarke (centre), Minister of Finance and the Public Service shares a photo with other Government representatives, UTech, Jamaica officers and students who were present at the ceremony for the signing of a MoU for the implementation of 1000 STEM Scholarships over the next five years for UTech, Jamaica students.
230 Students Awarded GOJ STEM Scholarships at Handover Ceremony Dr. The Hon. Nigel Clarke (2nd right), Minister of Finance and the Public Service leads the happy smiles and gestures at the STEM backdrop mounted at the handover ceremony for Government of Jamaica STEM scholarships to students of the University of Technology, Jamaica on September 21, 2023 at the University's Papine Campus. Joining in the happy moment (from left) are Dante Shirley, STEM Scholarship recipient, Hon. Marsha Smith, State Minister, Ministry of Education and Youth, Jahmelia Campbell, STEM scholarship recipient, Ms. Nickeisha Walsh, Executive Director, Students' Loan Bureau and Dr. Kevin Brown, President, University of Technology, Jamaica. Speaking at the handover ceremony Dr. The Hon. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service noted that, “this is the beginning of the fulfilment of a vision to transform the landscape of Jamaica.” Minister Clarke observed that the STEM scholarships are advantageous not only to the students but also to Jamaica, underscoring that “development is fuelled by people and the kind of development that we see on the horizon will require Jamaica to upgrade its cadre of technical skill and engineering talent.” Congratulating the students, Dr. Clarke remarked that, “we believe in you, we believe in UTech, that you can make it happen. 10 9 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Continued on page 10 he first cohort of 230 new students of the University of Technology, Jamaica’s Faculty of Engineering and Computing (FENC) who were selected as the first of 1,000 students to receive the Government of Jamaica’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship, were recognized at a special handover ceremony on September 21, 2023, at the University’s Papine Campus. The recipients who began studies at the start of the new 2023-2024 academic year, will benefit from fully funded tuition for the duration of their respective course of study from among the 13 STEM disciplines offered by the Faculty’s School of Engineering and the School of Computing and Information Technology. All we have to do is to produce sufficient quantities of science, technology and engineering talent, and the rest will follow,” the Minister said to applause from the large gathering of scholarship recipients, their parents, and members of leadership from the three partnering institutions in attendance. He further encouraged students, “we are investing in you with the provision of full tuition scholarships and the pursuit of your STEM education here at UTech so that you can realize your God given potential and in so doing contribute to the development of your country.... and we have every confidence that the future that you represent will be better than Jamaica is today.” T
Dr. Kevin Brown, President, University of Technology, Jamaica in his remarks, congratulated the scholarship recipients and urged students to focus on completing their studies, reminding them that the scholarships are funded by taxpayers of the country who are relying on them to make good use of the tremendous opportunity. “Your successful completion of the programme will represent your thanks and gratitude to the Government of Jamaica and the people of Jamaica, because the scholarships are being funded by taxpayers’ money,” Dr. Brown stated, adding “You have a duty, I believe, to your country and all the people who are contributing towards these scholarships, to do well.” FENC Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Lab Transformed into Industry 4.0 Lab with Donation from Black Butterfly Foundation Dr. Damian Graham (left), Programme Director and Lecturer, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Computing (FENC) UTech, Jamaica, explains the capabilities of the 30 new computers donated to the faculty’s Mechanical and Industrial Engineering laboratory which were donated by founder of Black Butterfly Org. Inc. Foundation, Mr. Arthur Phidd (2nd right). Sharing in the discussion, (from left) are Professor Colin Gyles, CD, Acting President, UTech, Jamaica, Mr. Salvador Martinez, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering (FENC), Professor Sean Thorpe, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Computing and Mr. David White, Head, School of Computing and Information Technology, FENC. Seated is Jelani Garvey, a first year Mechanical Engineering student. 10 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Expressing appreciation to the Government of Jamaica through its Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the SLB, Dr. Brown noted that, “today we move towards another step of realizing the objective to strengthen human capacity development in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and the aim is to have a workforce that is ready for the future, which is technology based.” He added that UTech, Jamaica is aligned with the government’s mission in prioritizing STEM education, to take advantage of the workforce needs for the current and emerging KPO industries.
he gift of a donation of thirty (30) new reconditioned computers from the Black Butterfly Org. Inc. Foundation out of New York, USA to the University of Technology Jamaica, Faculty of Engineering and Computing’s (FENC) Mechanical and Industrial Engineering laboratory, has significantly boosted prospects for teaching, learning and research. The donation was handed over at a ceremony on April 21, 2023, at the Faculty’s Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Laboratory, School of Engineering building, Papine Campus. The transformed state-of-the-art lab will enable increased processing capabilities for Augmented Reality simulations, Digital Additive Manufacture, Structural Engineering modelling, and large-scale mathematical modelling simulations. Additionally, capabilities at the industry 4.0 lab have also been boosted with the sponsorship of 30 software licenses sponsored through Prokon, a South African company. The computer donation, which is valued at approximately US$38,888.00, is an initiative of Black Butterfly Org Inc. and its board through lobby efforts spearheaded by Dean, FENC, Professor Sean Thorpe. The handing over was made by CEO and founder, Mr. Arthur Phidd who was making his second donation to the faculty, having previously donated computers to the FENC Laboratories located at the University’s Montego Bay, Dome Street campus in 2018. Mr. Phidd who has led information technology & corporate-wide business transformation programmes across multiple industries including, retail, banking, consumer products, eCommerce, gaming, telecommunications, and government, told the gathering of members of faculty, staff and engineering students, that to offer the donation “for me it is a dream come true,” adding that “I made a promise to myself years ago that I was going to make sure that I pay it forward, so you are actually helping me to make a dream come true and we are not done yet,” he stated, adding that additional donations to the Faculty are in the pipeline. Welcoming the donation, Professor Colin Gyles, CD, Acting President, University of Technology, Jamaica expressed sincere gratitude to the benefactors, thanking the Foundation for the gift of computers which he noted will go a far way in support of teaching and learning outcomes and in furthering UTech, Jamaica’s reputation as the country’s largest producer of “workready graduates.” He invited other partners locally and from the diaspora to similarly lend support to the University towards carrying out its mission for national development. Prof. Gyles specially acknowledged Dean, Professor Sean Thorpe, members of the FENC academic, technical, and administrative staff including Dr. Damian Graham, Progranne Director and Lecturer, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Salvador Martinez, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, and others who contributed to making the donation a reality. Continued on page 12 10 11 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Fourth year Civil Engineering student, Miss Kadeisha Cooper, in expressing gratitude to the donor, noted that many students were set back during the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore grateful to have access to the new computers to complete their studies. Mrs. Denise Currie-Charles, Administrative Assistant, School of Engineering presents a token of appreciation to Mr. Arthur Phidd at the ceremony for the handing over of a donation of 30 computers to the Faculty of Engineering and Computing on April 21, 2023, at the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering laboratory, School of Engineering Building, Faculty of Engineering and Computing, UTech, Jamaica Papine Campus. T
19 he theme, “Enabling Abilities in Sport: Encompassing All” formed the focus of the 13th annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences hosted by University of Technology, Jamaica through its Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, Faculty of Science and Sport (FOSS) held April 5, 2023, at the Shared Facilities Building, Papine Campus. The conference featured an expert cadre of speakers who shared new and emerging scientific knowledge, innovation, and perspectives on inclusivity in sport, transcending varying barriers and levels of ability. Welcoming the large gathering of sports administrators, coaches, athletes, educators, students, members of sporting associations and sponsors, Prof. Colin Gyles, CD, Acting President, UTech, Jamaica, noted that FOSS has continued to blaze a trail with the staging of the sports sciences conference over the last twelve years, returning to a face-to-face presentation for the first time in two years. Professor Gyles stated that “this important focus is in keeping with the World Health Organization’s recommendation that everyone should have access to opportunities to learn, to play and to enjoy sport across all levels of ability,” adding that “the theme is also in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which acknowledges that sport is an important enabler of sustainable development, recognizing the power of sport to promote an endless list of human values such as discipline, teamwork, integrity, empathy, love, and self-esteem. “ Dr. Kamilah Hylton, Dean, FOSS in her welcome, further highlighted the importance of the conference’s focus on an issue that aligns with national sport policy Goal number 1: “Sport for all,” and which also aligns with the tenets of the Disabilities Act (2022). The conference theme also supports the Kazan Action Plan to which Jamaica is a signatory, as well as the National Development Goals for—Access to All and Integrity in Sport. Acknowledging that Jamaica still has a far way to go with achieving this policy goal, the Dean shared that research carried out by the Caribbean School of Sport Sciences demonstrates high levels of unpreparedness by schools to facilitate inclusion for students of varying abilities in physical education activities. Dr. Hylton explained, “we found that by simply implementing some science-based solutions and by introducing simple adaptation strategies, all students could be involved in physical education activity.” Dr. Donna-Marie Wynter-Adams, Head, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences and Conference Chair, also underscored that the theme of the conference “continues on our support for national development goals embodying Vision 2030...and sustainable development goals through and with sports.” FOSS Conference Focuses on Enabling Abilities in Sport 10 12 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Continued on page 13 She stated that the conference presentations were designed to give participants a better understanding of the factors necessary to facilitate an enabling environment in sport across different abilities and to gain an appreciation of some of the prevailing challenges, while proffering solutions. Greetings from the Hon. Oliva Grange, CD, MP, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport were delivered by Mrs. Florette Blackwood who extended the Minister’s commendation to UTech, Jamaica on the staging of the conference and expressed her expectation that the conference outcomes will help to enhance policy and programme design development in sport. Keynote speaker, Mr Christopher Samuda, President, Jamaica Olympic Association delivered a wide-ranging address which challenged participants and the wider community “to break barriers” and to become activists in empowering persons of all abilities to participate in sport. In urging citizens to reject all forms of discrimination and prejudices, Mr. Samuda called for policy making that defines and enables rights of all. “Jamaica needs a distinct, national strategic policy with a business model” which supports equity, inclusion, accessibility and nondiscrimination,” he asserted. Dr. Kamilah Hylton, Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport presents a gift of appreciation to Mr. Christopher Samuda, President, Jamaica Olympic Association following his delivery of the keynote address at the annual Conference on Sport Sciences held April 5, 2023 at the UTech, Jamaica Papine Campus. T
210 13 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Conference speakers delved into presentations surrounding inclusivity and accessibility across varying abilities in sport, including the issue of dual gender and transgender status among athletes. Speakers included Dr. Aldeam Facey, Head of Academics, Mona Academy of Sport, The University of the West Indies Mona, shared a thought-proving presentation titled “Should Transgender and Intersex Athletes be allowed to compete with other Female Athletes. Mr. Laurence Garriques, Lecturer, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences looked at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the performance of high school athletes in a presentation titled “Grassroot Glory of Jamaica’s Athletic Development.” The afternoon session featured a panel discussion on “Access and Availability for All: What are we missing?” which gave representatives of the disabled community the opportunity to propose solutions to identified challenges. The panelists were Mrs. Suzette Ison, Senior Technical Director, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Mr. Jason Rickets, representative from the Jamaica Society of the Blind, Mr. Acee Green, Jamaica Paralympic Association and Mrs. Suzanne Harris-Henry, General Secretary, Jamaica Paralympic Association. The session was moderated by Mrs. Naheel Brown Legister, Lecturer, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences who also gave a presentation on "Use of Physical Education as a Strategy to Teach Math to Students with Special Education Needs." Other presentations were delivered by Mrs. Jhanelle Brown, Teacher of Physical Education and graduate student, who looked at "Accommodations or Adaptations: An Inclusive physical education lesson for the student with ADHD," while graduates of the Caribbean School of Sport Sciences Sherese Jackson, Kawayne Wilson and Thorne Fearon shared their case study on an "Investigation into the Challenges Affecting the Development of Sport for Students with Intellectual Disabilities in a Special Education School in Rural Area" of Jamaica. The application of anti-doping rules in athletes with different abilities was discussed by Mr. Tajae Smith, Acting Director, Technical Services, Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission and Mrs. Tresia-Ann Rose, Lecturer, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, FOSS. Mrs. Naheel Brown Legister (right), Lecturer, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, FOSS, moderates the panel discussion on “Access and Availability for All: What are we missing? Panellists from left are Mr. Jason Ricketts, Jamaica Society for the Blind, Mrs. Suzanne Harris-Henry, General Secretary, Jamaica Paralympic Association, Mr. Acee Green, Jamaica Paralympic Association and Mrs. Suzette Ison, Senior Technical Director, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
21 Sponsors of the 2023 Conference were the Sports Development Foundation of Jamaica, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, JADCO, Sports Development Foundation, the Joan Duncan Foundation, Indus Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd., Abbott Glucerna, Ensure, Lucozade, PIOJ, TREND, School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship, UTech, Ja., and Loop Jamaica. The event was endorsed by Mello FM. 10 14 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Paralympians Honoured The Faculty of Science on Sport honoured outstanding Paralympians Alphanso Cunningham, OD and Neville Sinclair, OD, both of whom have excelled at the international level in paralympic sports during the faculty’s annual Caribbean Conference on Sport Sciences held April 5, 2023, Shared Facilities Building, Papine Campus. Top photo: Dr. Kamilah Hylton, Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport presents Mr. Neville Sinclair, OD. with his citation. At right, Dr. Donna-Marie Wynter-Adams, Head, Caribbean School of Sport Sciences, FOSS presents the citation to Mr. Alphonso Cunningham, OD.
2130 15 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica August 20 to 26, 2023 marked a period of jubilant reception at the University of Technology, Jamaica as new and returning students received a warm and engaging Week of Welcome (WOW) commencing the year. The 2023 Week of Welcome celebrations were largely held face-to-face with some iterations facilitated in a virtual and or hybrid fashion via Zoom and the University’s YouTube page. The Week of Welcome kicked off with a commencement service and orientation session for parents, guardians and spouses of the matriculants on Sunday, August 20 at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium. UTech, Jamaica Students’ Union members entertain students in dance during the University’s 2023 WOW celebrations on August 22, 2023. New and Returning Students Receive W.O.W. Welcome for New 2023/2024 Academic Year Officers and members of the University’s leadership and management teams greet new students at the Academic Induction Ceremony held at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium on August 25, 2023. The Induction Ceremony culminated the Week of Welcome (WOW) Orientation period for new and returning students for the Academic Year 2023/2024.
10 16 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Scenes from Week of Welcome Two new students challenge each other for a spot prize in a dance off during the Students’ Union session at the 2023 Week of Welcome in the Alfred Sangster Auditorium on August 22, 2023.
2150 17 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Community Service Expo The Week of Welcome featured a Community Service Conference facilitated by the Department of Community Service. The session was hosted under the theme, “Embracing your University’s Service Culture.” Throughout the day’s activities, students gained insights available outreach and service opportunity through presentations from the University’s representatives and through an engaging panel discussion comprising senior management staff from the Social Development Commission, Food for the Poor, Ministry of National Security and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund. Panelists from the Community Service Expo share a photo with Mr. Paulton Gordon, Director Community Service Development, UTech Jamaica) at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium on August 24, 2023. (L-R) Ms. Donnielle Robe, Media Practitioner, Ms. Rene Steele, Senior Policy Director, Ministry of National Security, Ms. Larisa McBean, Tourism Specialist, Jamaica Social Investment Fund, Mrs. Marsha Burrell- Rose, Marketing and Development Manager, Food for the Poor and Ms. Francena Pryce, Field Supervisor, Social Development Commission.
10th Joan Duncan Memorial Lecture Spotlights Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Jamaica’s Entertainment Industry Ibrahim 'IB' Konteh (centre), CEO, IB Enterprises and Director of IBE Limited who delivered the 10th Joan Duncan Memorial Lecture, shares lens time with (l-r) Mr. Prince Graham-Haynes, Acting Head, Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL), College of Business and Management, UTech, Jamaica, Mr. George Davis, Executive Director, Nationwide News Network, Prof. Colin Gyles, CD, Acting President, UTech, Jamaica and Mrs. Kim Mair, Executive Director, JMMB Joan Duncan Foundation. n expert analysis of current opportunities, existing challenges, and recommendations to boost entrepreneurial growth in Jamaica’s entertainment sector, took centerstage at the 10th Joan Duncan Memorial Lecture hosted by University of Technology, Jamaica in partnership with the Joan Duncan Foundation, which was broadcast live on TVJ on Sunday, May 21, 2023. This year’s lecture titled ‘Party Done? Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Entertainment Industry,' was delivered by Ibrahim 'IB' Konteh, CEO, IB Enterprises and Director of IBE Limited. Known for his work as a creative powerhouse and conceptualizer behind popular entertainment events such as Strictly 2K - Throwback Music Festival and Afro Soca Jam, IB shared his personal journey as an entrepreneur, marketer and author which has taken him to his current position as owner of five event brands servicing five international markets in Jamaica, Atlanta, New York, Florida, Washington DC and Canada. 10 18 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica A The seasoned entertainment entrepreneur cited current challenges in the industry, chief of which he described as “the lack of organization and informality of the entertainment sector.” He lamented that many players, such as suppliers of goods and services, refuse to register their businesses and are reluctant to sign or are unaccustomed to using formal contracts, which carry inherent risks. IB pointed also to the challenges of securing sponsorships, even for well established brands, in addition to the difficult process of accessing funding from financial institutions. He also related the experience of the hurdles due to the additional bureaucracy involving the variation in rules and regulations in each municipality and the various payment agencies a party promoter is required to visit, such as Jamaica Music Society (JAMMS) and Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publisher (JACAP). “Take for example, when you’re having an event, if you’re applying for a permit, the different municipality, whether Kingston or Portmore, St. Ann and so forth, they have different requirements,” he stated.
Though acknowledging that the government through the Ministry of Culture, Gender and Entertainment have been making efforts to support the entertainment industry, Konteh asserted that “I don’t think enough has been done… when we consider the fact that Jamaica is the only country in the world that has created seven genres of music,” and is arguably “the cultural and music entertainment mecca of the world.” Pointing to the recent support provided by the government in offering grants to registered entertainment businesses who suffered immeasurable loss during the heights of the COVID-19 pandemic when movement was restricted, IB urged entrepreneurs to register their businesses and to ensure that they are part of the government’s entertainment registry, so as not to miss out on such future opportunities. Digital and Creating Value-Add Solutions Presents a Major Opportunity in Entertainment Jamaica’s entertainment industry is a multi-billion-dollar sector which reportedly contributes nearly 5% of GDP and generates between $15 -20 M USD in revenue per year. Against this background, Konteh turned his attention to prospects in the entertainment value chain. He asserted that in the post-COVID-19 era, opportunities abound for entrepreneurs particularly in the digital space, pointing out that advertising spend has shifted primarily to digital media. He noted that this has created demand for innovative and creative talent such as social media managers, content creators, copy writers, video editors and graphic artists as well as for production managers, sound equipment engineers and stage designers. The entrepreneur also spoke to opportunities for revenue generation through merchandizing at events, offering branded items such as caps, shirts and other paraphernalia that make an emotional connection with consumers. 10 19 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica Closing out his presentation, Konteh shared with the live and in-studio audience insights into creating and sustaining his own business model which he underscored is built on creating value for the target audience. “I tend to generally look at what’s the problem… And also a lot of events are similar to each other, so the solution to that would be to create brands of events that cater to their evolving needs, creating niche events that are safe, that are inclusive, that are consistent with what you deliver each time,” he shared. Adding that persistence, determination and self-belief in the face of repeated failures, are key values for finding success as an entrepreneur. The one-hour broadcast also featured a short documentary that underscored the contributions of late pioneer money market in Jamaica, Joan Duncan, who is also the co-founder of JMMB Group. The lecture honors the vision, mission and passion of the late corporate leader, whose mission was to improve the lives of others through financial inclusion and access. In a brief pre-recorded welcome, Acting President, University of Technology, Jamaica Professor Colin Gyles, CD noted that “Since 2014, this annual lecture has been impactful in honouring the memory of Joan Duncan's vision and passion for Jamaica's growth and development. The lecture has highlighted critical areas of national life and has focused on one or more aspects of the core disciplines of the Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL).” The lecture was moderated by Mr. George Davis, Executive Director, Nationwide News Network.
10 20 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica President’s Award for Distinguished Service Staff Celebrated at 53rd Annual Staff Awards and Recognition Ceremony Professor Shermaine Barrett, Dean, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies receives the President’s Award for Distinguished Service from Prof. Colin Gyles, Acting President. Professor Barrett’s area of expertise includes youth, adult education and lifelong learning. She is a consultant specialist and team lead who provides technical assistance for the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) plans in Jamaica. She also facilitates the strategic planning process for the Jamaica Association of Technical and Vocational Education and training (JAMVET) and is a member of the strategic planning team for the Jamaica council for adult education. niversity of Technology, Jamaica, led by the Human Resources and Administration Division on September 7, 2023, hosted the 53rd Annual Staff Awards and Recognition Ceremony celebrating long and distinguished service of its dedicated staff. The ceremony was hosted at the Alfred Sangster Auditorium and streamed via the UTech, Ja. YouTube channel. Held under the theme, “Celebrating Service: Recognizing the Past, Embracing the Present and Innovating for the Future,” the awards recognized staff who have dedicated 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of service to the institution. The President's Award was presented for Excellence in the Ancillary, Administrative and Instructional categories. The President's Award for Excellence in Research was awarded to Dr. Andrew Lamm, Associate Professor and Vice-Dean, Faculty of Science and Sport. Professor Shermaine Barrett, Dean, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies received the prestigious Distinguished Service Award. The special Distinguished Past Student Award was presented to Mr. Germaine Barrett, founder and Executive Director of the Jamaica Association for Debating and Empowering (JADE Ltd.) Professor Colin Gyles, CD, Acting President in his address, paid special tribute to “devoted UTech, Jamaica staff whose hard work and dedication has made our beloved national university a formidable force within the tertiary education landscape.” Guest speaker was The Reverend Dr. Stevenson Samuels, University Chaplain. Expounding on the theme of the ceremony, Rev, Samuels emphasized that celebration is a fundamental aspect of development. He asserted that celebration motivates staff to achieve more and contributes to the establishment of a stronger institution, and encouraged the University to continue embracing Service as one of its core values. U
10 21 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica President’s Award for Excellence in Instructional Excellence 2020 & 2023 President’s Award for Excellence in Research Dr. Andrew Lamm, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Sport, receives the President’s Award for Excellence in Research from Prof. Colin Gyles, Acting President. Dr. Lamm is former Director of the Centre for Research Entrepreneurship and Continuing Studies in the Faculty and focusses on the research of natural products with medicinal, agricultural and commercial applications and has received international recognition for his work in Pure and Applied Chemistry. He was awarded the President’s Initiative Award and Young Scientist Award in 2011. Dr. Lamm was instrumental in the establishment of the Natural Products Research Laboratory at UTech, Ja. and investigates endemic Jamaican plants from the Cockpit Country Region. Dr. Debbie Devonish, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science and Sport receives the 2020 President’s Award for Instructional Excellence from Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President, UTech, Ja. Dr. Devonish believes that teaching is an honourable profession and a form of servant leadership. Her instructional methods are informed by her extensive experience and continuous introspection, in which she integrates constructivism and other pedagogical theories to effectively engage her students. She also recognizes the importance of science education at the national level and incorporates arts into STEM for a more holistic approach. Mr. Brian Williams, Lecturer in the Caribbean School of Architecture receives the 2023 President’s Award for Instructional Excellence from Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President, UTech, Ja. Mr. Williams is an accomplished Architectural Designer and Visualization Specialist, with a portfolio that includes works in Architectural design drawings, intuitive diagramming, information graphics, and 3D animation production. His passion for teaching was highlighted through on demand tutoring in corporate firms and short courses at tertiary institutions. He believes that one of the best ways to learn to perfect a skill is to teach the skill and constantly learn the latest trends, software and approaches. Mr. Williams' portfolio showcases his innovative use of technology for instructional purposes, and his commitment to excellence in teaching. Continued on page 24
I am studying Food and Beverage Management. I want to become a chef and be exposed to more things so I chose that course. I was told by a family friend that’s doing the same course here that it’s a very good course, so I chose to do it as well. I’m expecting to learn as much as I can and I would like to do Badminton as an extracurricular activity. Nathan Larmond (SHTM) STUDENT VOICES – Meet Our New Students Meet some of our new students who attended their Week of Welcome orientation period starting on August, 20, 2023- August 26, 2023. Below are their responses to the question, “What are you studying, why did you choose UTech, Jamaica to pursue your higher education and what are your expectations of UTech, Jamaica?” Passania Barnes (COHS) UTech offers the programme I want to do and I feel like the school is good at many things and I feel like I could get a lot of versatility here. I’m doing Allied Health Sciences in Dietetics and Nutrition and I know that I’m going to have a very good first year here, join a lot of clubs and be very social and interactive in my environment. Sanajay Willis (FELS) I've been to university before I did two years at MICO but realized that I don't want to teach and of course after that I did some research in terms of the different industries that are lucrative and flexible. The media of course is one of them because that grows along with technology. When I came to UTech's page I was thinking through and Communication Arts and Technology stood out and the professions that you're able to go into also stood out. I was speaking to someone concerning digital marketing and it's something that I'd want to go into so that's why I chose UTech and also because the course I study is pretty versatile. My only expectation is to have the necessary material that I need so that I can effectively be a student. 22 January- March 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica
Kymani Scarlett (FOSS) I chose to study Actuarial Science because I thought it would be interesting to study and I’ve always liked math. I selected UTech because it is a really great university and it suits me best. I want to gain a quality education and have the opportunity for networking and stuff like that. I heard of the Actuarial Science club so I would like to join that. Khalil Barnes (FENC) I study Computer Information Systems and I selected it because I wanted to have a job in the IT field. I selected UTech because it’s the University of Technology, so what better place to go than here if you’re studying Technology? There’s a vast number of degrees as it pertains to technology. I expect UTech to give me a good experience and for me to learn and communicate and socialize with the other students and the teachers of course; just to make it a good university experience for all students. I want to be a part of the Circle K club and a computing club. I am doing a Bachelor of Business Administration in the School of Business Administration. I don’t know at the moment what I want my major to be but I’ll see further down. I chose UTech because my parents liked UTech, it’s very nice and I’m a first generation university student. For myself, I want to have a 4.3 GPA for my first semester and I hope UTech molds me and teaches me what I need to know and I’ll do the rest. Kyla Wright (COBAM) 23 January- March 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica
10 24 April- September 2023 | VOICES Bi- Monthly Magazine of the University of Technology, Jamaica President’s Award for Excellence in the Ancillary Category Distinguished Past Student Award Ms. Janice Gallimore, Facilities Management Department receives the President’s Award for Excellence in the Ancillary category from Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President, UTech, Ja. Alumnus Mr. Germaine Barrett, founder and Executive Director of the Jamaica Association for Debating and Empowering (JADE Ltd.) receives the Distinguished Past Student Award from Professor Haldane Johnson, Deputy President, UTech, Ja. Mr. Barrett is a seasoned debater, judicator and debate administrator with over 15 years of experience in the art with specialization in British parliamentary, world schools and American parliamentary debate formats. Mr. Barrett has represented the University of Technology, Jamaica a record seven times at the highest level of global competitive debating, the world’s university debating championship where he topped the Caribbean and Latin American region in 2011 and again in 2013 while competing in Butswana, Africa, Berlin and Germany respectively. He ranks amongst Jamaica’s most accomplished adjudicators and has revolutionized the practice of debating by investing his time and other resources to develop debaters Islandwide. Currently, he serves as the coach of the UTech, Ja. Debating and Public Speaking society, the most acclaimed debating society, having earned the JADE award for society of the year, tertiary division six times. Dr. Janet Campbell- Shelly, Associate Vice President, Quality Assurance (Acting) and 35-year long service awardee responded on behalf of the awardees with words of thanks for the opportunities CAST/UTech, Ja. provided. She expressed that, “it’s through this institution that many of us have found our God-given purpose in life and now we are totally fulfilled. It is this institution that gave us the opportunity to mentor and to guide young lives so that today our graduates are respected professional and entrepreneurs across the world,” she stated.