UCCI presents long-service awards

| 15/12/2017
CNS Local Life

(L-R) Councillor for Education Barbara Conolly, long-service award recipient Professor Calvin Bromfield and UCCI president Roy Bodden

(CNS Local Life): A professor who has given half a century to education and the betterment of several generations of young men and women was among the 50 who were recently honoured by the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI) during its first awards banquet.

At the ceremony, Prof. Calvin Bromfield, who taught in Jamaica for 12 years prior to moving to Cayman, was called “the epitome of the liberal arts professor,” and recognised for “his enormous contribution to the development of the Cayman islands and, in particular, to the deepening of the intellectual life of the University College”, stated a UCCI press release.

Reading the citation penned by Acting Dean of Academic Affairs Livingston Smith, Erica Gordon, Chair of the Arts and Humanities Department, said, “For many, the developers of a society are those who use their considerable resources to build businesses, physical edifices and landmarks. But Prof. Bromfield did no such thing. He built instead a career in the Cayman Islands that spanned some 38 years of developing the mind and shaping the consciousness of the young and not so young.

“In his almost four decades of teaching mostly English language and literature and a variety of other related courses, Prof. Bromfield has always been aware of the value and numerous functions of literature.”

The awards ceremony also celebrated members of the faculty and staff who have served with distinction for between 10 and 30 years, recognising their longevity of tenure, their dedication and commitment and outstanding contributions, stated the press release.

Prof. Ray Jones, chair of the Technical, Vocational and Continuing Education, Department; Tracey Hargrave, chair of the Department of Maths and Sciences, and Anthony Spencer, maintenance officer, were recognised for dedicated service spanning 29, 20 and 21 years, respectively. Dr Livingston Smith received a pin for 17 years of service.

Those recognised for serving UCCI for 10-14 years included Dr Kwabena Asamoah, Dr Belinda Blessitt Vincent, Mitch Ebanks, Erica Gordon, Glen Inanga, Lucille Kong, Annette Murphy, Christopher Parrett, Revathy Ravichandran, Dr Martin Richards, Monica Singh-Miller, Fenslie Smith, Sofia Tobutt, Prof. Robert Weishan and Prof. Allan Young.

In addition, awards were presented recognising faculty and staff for outstanding teaching, customer service, innovation and change, and service to the UCCI and Cayman community. Plaques were awarded to several individuals and organisations who have made significant contributions to UCCI in the form of scholarships, internships, employment and funding for infrastructure, academic and extracurricular initiatives.

UCCI President Roy Bodden used the occasion to thank the faculty and staff, and community partners for their continued support. “My most profound congratulations goes out to the recipients of awards, especially those being recognised for long service,” he said. “As we prepare for a new era and new leadership, I implore you to remain conscientious and committed. UCCI will be the kind of institution you want it to be; bear that in mind always.”

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