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Six receive Principal's Award for Excellence

For Release Upon Receipt - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Six outstanding colleagues have captured the 2017 Principal’s Award for Excellence at this year’s Annual Retirees and Staff Awards Ceremony. They were celebrated at the marquee event on Saturday, December 16 at the Cave Hill Campus.

Academics, Westmin James from the Faculty of Law and Dr. Angela Alleyne from the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences were recognised in the areas of Teaching, and Teaching, Research and Public Service respectively. Awards for Outstanding Service to the Campus Community went to Mrs. Carla Springer-Hunte, Manager of the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) and Mrs. Halda Davis-Woodroffe from the Campus Registrar’s Office, with similar accolades going to Administrative and Technical Service staff, Miss Natalie Greenidge and Miss Ariane Franklin.

Mr. James, an exceptional law lecturer, has acquired a reputation for teaching the International Mooting course. His transformative style has earned laudatory reviews from students. In addition, his teams have won three prestigious international mooting competitions, namely: the Caribbean Court of Justice International Moot Court Competition in 2012; the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition in 2014; and the Inter-American Sustainable Development Moot Court Competition in 2014.

Since joining the Campus in 2008, Dr. Alleyne, a biochemist, has earned recognition for her sterling contribution to research, teaching and public service. Her research focuses on finding a cure for viruses that damage the cassava crop, as well as the area of biosafety. Dr. Alleyne has successfully designed and implemented the MSc in Biosafety, the first taught Master’s Degree Programme for the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences in over twenty years. She was commended for responding readily to university service and outreach activities and serves as the Faculty Champion for the current University Strategic Plan.

Mrs. Springer-Hunte’s background in accounting and theatre has been applied successfully to the efficient and effective planning and execution of a wide range of activities at the EBCCI which she has capably managed for the past seven years. Her contribution has significantly reinforced public perception of the level of excellence with which the Centre, and the University, are associated. As an active researcher in the area of popular culture, Mrs. Springer-Hunte presented papers at a number of international conferences and her work has been published in reputable journals.

Davis-Woodroffe, a Senior Assistant Registrar who functions as line manager in providing secretarial support to the University’s major statutory committees while undertaking a range of other administrative responsibilities, was described as an absolute professional who epitomises efficiency and effectiveness in executing her duties. Her work within the Secretariat was said to have contributed significantly to Cave Hill’s reputation for efficiency in the execution of its meetings. Her creativity was especially demonstrated by the use of a paperless approach in the circulation of meeting documents. The use of technology in this regard places Mrs. Davis-Woodroofe in the forefront of Cave Hill’s mission to become a Smart Campus.

Backed by a solid 18-year career at the University, Miss Greenidge’s skills and knowledge of University procedures are highly sought after, thanks to her admirable attitude and aptitude in the Human Resources Section where she functions as an Administrative Assistant. A consummate team player, she is highly regarded for her ability to manage with confidence, use of initiative, and planning and executing her work without supervision. Miss Greenidge’s skills have also benefitted a number of Campus committees.

Miss Franklin, a pivotal force in the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), was acknowledged for undertaking duties beyond her expected scope and credited as being principally responsible for the many commendations which the work of CETL has received in recent years. Training in project management, business etiquette, report and minute writing, protocol, events management and records management underpin her impeccable interpersonal skills, while enabling her to undertake her duties with dedication and efficiency.

Altogether the University bade farewell to 19 former colleagues while 67 staff members received awards for long service ranging from 15 to 40 years.


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