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UWI hails 25 alumni

By SEAN DOUGLAS Saturday, February 22 2014

THE Alumni Association of the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine on Thursday night honoured 25 past graduates who have had distinguished careers in areas as diverse as the arts, business, academia, sport, administration and the professions.

Each awardee received a plaque, while the Pelican Award was given to Ambassador to Caricom, Sir Edwin Carrington.

The Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony was held at the new Teaching and Learning Complex, UWI, St Augustine. Campus Principal Prof Clement Sankat welcomed guests, and other top campus officials included Prof Bridgit Brereton and Prof Rhoda Reddock. Chair was Social Sciences dean, Dr Marlene Attzs.

Atlantic LNG vice-president, Moonilal Lalchan, presented the first batch of awardees — agriculturalist Dr Shango Alamu; ANSA Mc Al operating officer, Gerry Brooks; TT Unit Trust Corporation CEO Ian Chinapoo; and energy-sector medical practitioner, Dr Victor Coombs.

The second group, awarded by Celia Davis, were veterinary doctor, Dr Naola Ferguson-Noel; Republic Bank manager (communications) Anna-Maria Garcia-Brooks; Petrotrin president/CEO Khalid Hassanali; and forestry ecology expert, Dr Floyd Homer.

Prof Clem Imbert presented the third cohort — sailor Kwailan La Borde; Finance Ministry permanent secretary, Alison Lewis; journalist Sunity Maharaj; and soccer coach Hannibal Najar.

Minna Israel from UWI’s Mona Campus presented the four group - Central Bank former deputy governor, Dr Shelton Nichols; BHP Biliton director of external affairs and former Tidco head, Dr Carla Noel-Mendez; Methanex MD, Charles Percy; and nutrition researcher, Prof Dan Ramnath.

Campus Council head and former Central bank governor, Ewart Williams, gave awards to the fifth group — Republic Bank former head economist, Dr Ronald Ramkissoon; BP Group head of safety, Robert Riley; calypsonian Kizzie Ruiz; and attorney Dana Seetahal SC. The sixth group, awarded by Alumni Association head, Cheridan Woodruffe, were Atlantic LNG vice-president, Toni Sirju-Ramnarine; One Caribbean Media CEO, Dawn Thomas; Glaxo Smith Cline manager and former BPTT manager, Giselle Pinard-Thompson; and Artists Coalition head, Rubadiri Victor.

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