Voices April - September 2023

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