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Principal's Awards for Excellence

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, December 15, 2016

A medical researcher whose work has taken her into the heartland of the Ebola epidemic is among the latest recipients of the Principal’s Award for Excellence. Ms. Angela Rose who gained recognition for Outstanding Contribution to Public Service for her support in national development and international emergency responses, was among three academics and a technician who received the campus’ highest honour to staff.

Along with Ms Rose, who is a senior lecturer in Epidemiology at the Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC), other academic awardees included Professor Evelyn O’Callaghan and Dr. Troy Lorde, both honoured for Research Accomplishments; and senior technical assistant in the Maintenance Department Mr. Kenneth Alleyne, who copped the award in the Administrative, Technical and Service (ATS) staff category.

The staff members were formally recognized for their contribution at the campus’ annual Staff Awards and Retirees Ceremony.

In 2014, at the height of global fears about Ebola and its transmission, Ms. Rose responded to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) call for epidemiologists fluent in French to assist with the Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreak response in West Africa. She endured harsh living conditions, long hours in remote areas with limited food and widespread resistance and disbelief by families and communities.

In spite of her challenges, she achieved key objectives which led to an improvement in the overall timeliness and quality of the Ebola response. Ms. Rose heads the CDRC’s non-communicable disease (NCD) surveillance and is also a member of the UWI Caribbean Regional Zika Task Force.

Having authored over 45 works since joining The UWI, Prof O’Callaghan’s primary area of research is West Indian and Caribbean literature. Her active research agenda has led to numerous special presentations and invitations to lecture at universities across the globe. Recognition of her more recent work on the preservation of West Indian narratives resulted in an invitation to participate in Workshops on “Digital Humanities”, at Yale University. This led to collaboration with international scholars on developing an online digital humanities module, which Professor O’Callaghan incorporated into her teaching at Cave Hill.

In November 2012, collaborating with colleagues from the University of Reading and Long Island University, she organized a conference in Barbados. The papers from that conference resulted in a co-edited book of essays titled “Caribbean Irish Connections: Interdisciplinary Perspectives” that was published in 2015.

Tourism economics, international trade competitiveness and applied econometrics are among Dr. Lorde’s primary areas of research in which he has been quite prolific. Over the last five years, he has written and published a number of highly cited and important papers. One entitled, “Local Residents’ perceptions of the Impacts of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 on Barbados: Comparisons of Pre- and Post-Games” has been cited more than 69 times since 2011. His more recent studies have investigated issues of significant policy relevance including “Innovation in the Services Sector: An Analysis of CARICOM”, “An Assessment of International Competitiveness in CARICOM Services Exports” and “Why Buy When we can Pirate? The Role of Intentions and Willingness to Pay in Predicting Piracy Behaviour”.

Seven years after joining the campus community.

Mr. Alleyne migrated from the Maintenance Department to the Planning and Projects Unit in 2007 where he steadfastly applied his education and training in Building and Civil Engineering. As the Projects Coordinator/Technical Officer/Construction Manager, the skill and diligence in project coordination and supervision which he had displayed in his earlier job enabled him to excel in his new responsibilities. Completion of his Masters in Building and Construction Management at the Cave Hill Campus in 2014 further boosted his competencies.

Described as “a dedicated team player (with) focus and determination” he is credited with supervising the seven million dollar three storey CARICOM Office, the construction of the Clinical Skills (Errol Walrond) Building, the “Quaw’s Quest” monument, the USAID-funded CERMES Extension, preparation works for Cave Hill 50th Anniversary renaming Ceremonies and the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park. He has also given outstanding logistical support to the Vice Chancellor’s Installation Ceremony and annual graduations.

Just over 60 members of staff were recognized for long service varying from 15 to 40 years; while 13 retired from the university.


Principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau (center) with recipients of the Principal’s Award for Excellence (l-r): Ms. Angela Rose, Mr. Kenneth Alleyne, Dr. Troy Lorde and Professor Evelyn O’Callaghan


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