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UTech 45th Annual Staff Awards, 2015 June 18, 2015

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Staff Honoured at 45th Annual Awards

The Division of Human Resources and Administration, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) led the staging of the 45th annual Awards Ceremony held on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium under the theme, “Embracing Purpose, Recognizing Success.”

Faculty and staff were honoured for long and dedicated service and commitment to the development of the University.  Awards were also presented for community service, customer service and excellence and innovation in teaching and research.

Ambassador the Hon. Burchell Whiteman, OJ, Acting President, in his welcome, congratulated members of staff for their continued dedication to the welfare of the University.  Noting that when he came on board as Acting President in June 2014, he stated that “UTech has had a great past and has a great future ahead of it.” Ambassador Whiteman told the gathering that almost a year later, he is even more convinced of that initial statement.  He further noted that “whilst as a family we have encountered challenges and differences of opinion along the way, what has endured beyond doubt is UTech’s continued forward march as a world class institution of higher learning for the prosperity of Jamaica.”  He urged members of staff to “keep your eyes on the prize” in the continued pursuit of that mission. Ambassador Whiteman also took the opportunity to remind the gathering of UTech’s Core Values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Innovation, Service and Excellence.

The Acting President further expressed commendation for the University’s continued record of improvements in our academic offerings, strides being made in research initiatives and encouraging progress in community service, arts and cultural programmes and notably also in sports.   He made special mention of the forging of several local and international institutional collaborations to advance teaching, learning, research and service.

Mrs. Jennifer Ellis, Vice President, Human Resources and Administration in her remarks congratulated staff for demonstrating excellence in the different categories.  She noted that excellence is not an event but a habit that must be fostered by attributes such as “motivation, dedication, focus, commitment, some risk taking and hard work, both as individuals and as part of teams.”   She noted that if we continue to confront the challenges and convert them into excellence, they will redound to the benefit of the institution.   Mrs. Ellis also announced the new President’s Award for Innovation, noting that innovation must be encouraged among faculty and staff as they strive to achieve excellence in all areas.

Prof. Colin Gyles, Deputy President who delivered the keynote address, provided motivation and advice to staff.  He encouraged the gathering to “work well with passion and consistency and your work will speak for you,” affirming that “UTech is in the knowledge business and can match the best in the world.”  He made an impassioned appeal to faculty and staff to serve their clients well, go the extra mile and to always demonstrate pride in whatever they do.  Prof. Gyles however, cautioned staff not to become dependent on accolades, “as your own satisfaction is the best reward,” he said.

In his response on behalf of the awardees, Dr. Paul Golding, Dean and Associate Professor, College of Business and Management thanked all departments and individuals who played a role in staging a fitting tribute in acknowledgement of the contribution of members of staff to the building of the University.  Addressing the importance of staff recognition, he told the gathering that motivation and recognition of employees is a “vital part of engagement and a healthy environment” in any organization.  Dr. Golding stated that research has shown that organizations that recognize their employees have a 30% higher retention rate.

President’s Awards

The President’s Award for Excellence was presented in eight categories.

Dr. Paul Golding (right), Associate Professor and Dean, College of Business and Management accepts the President’s Award for Excellence in Research from Ambassador the Hon. Burchell Whiteman, OJ, Acting President, UTech. The citation delivered by University Public Orator, Mrs. Pamela Kelly, lauded Dr. Golding for “outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, professional practice, service and outreach.”

Ambassador Whiteman presents a happy Miss Shaneka Campbell, Mail Clerk in the Customer Service Department with the President’s Award for Excellence in Customer Service. Miss Campbell was selected for her consistency, efficiency and interpersonal skills displayed in interacting with both internal and external customers.

Dr. Martin Schade (right), Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies accepts the President’s Award for Excellence in Community Service from Acting President Ambassador Whiteman. The award was presented for major contribution to the development of the wider community and leadership in the University’s community service initiatives and programmes.

Ambassador Whiteman presents a beaming Mrs. Lisa Facey-Shaw, Lecturer, School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) with the President’s Award for Instructional Excellence. The citation read by University Orator, Mrs. Pamela Kelly paid tribute to Mrs. Facey-Shaw passion for teaching, innovation and research.

Associate Professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management, Dr. Paul Golding is a picture of happiness as he accepts the President’s Award for Innovation from Acting President, Ambassador the Hon. Burchell Whiteman, OJ. Dr. Golding received the accolade for his research and creation of the U-Touch multimedia software which uses Jamaican Sign Language and Standard English to teach deaf and hard of hearing students two basic components of grammar which are not currently used as part of their Jamaican Sign Language.

Excerpt from post created by Corporate Communications Unit, University of Technology, Jamaica, June 8, 2015.

Photos:  Calvin McKain Library

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