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See Funds to The UWI as investment not expenditure says UWI Vice-Chancellor News Release - March 16th, 2018

Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles has said that the regional governments' funding to the institution should be viewed as an investment, not expenditure.

Addressing the Opening Session of the Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) for The UWI on March 6, 2018, at the University's Mona Campus Visitors' Lodge, Vice-Chancellor Beckles noted that The UWI which is this year celebrating its 70th anniversary, "has ticked every box possible to ensure we created a fine university."

Vice-Chancellor Beckles, addressing officials of the Ministries of Education and Finance across the region declared, "The UWI has its sleeves rolled up and is out there in the trenches pushing to get our national and regional economies up in the air." The number one priority for The UWI, he noted, "is to facilitate the process of economic growth, the attainment of which is frustrating our best efforts. Without at least 4% growth across CARICOM, and in Jamaica, our largest economy, sustaining social development will be a horrendous exercise."

To this end, he argued, governments must turn the corner in their policy thinking, "seeing the University as a site of investment that facilitates economic growth and not a place for oppressive expenditure. All the countries in the post-recession world that have achieved impressive rates of sustained economic growth," the Economic Historian said, "turned this corner and aligned their academic system with industry. This is where we are at the moment. We must succeed."

Noting that good leadership in government sectors and a supportive private sector across the region along with graduates who continue to distinguish themselves regionally and overseas, have contributed to The UWI's success, the Vice-Chancellor underscored that The UWI's Strategic Plan 2017-2022 focuses on a "Triple A" strategy of Access, Alignment and Agility and a more accessible and aligned UWI can lead the revitalization of Caribbean development.

The Meetings of the TACs in Jamaica reviewed the budgets for the biennium 2018-2020 for the four campuses, its Vice-Chancellery and the University Hospital of the West Indies, for recommendations to be made to the Grants Committees. The Grants Committees are then expected to review and approve the recommendations and advance them to the Annual Business Meeting of Council for final approval in April 2018.

The TACs Meetings are rotated annually across The UWI's 17 contributing countries. The Government of Jamaica last hosted the meeting in 2012.

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Habte Selassie engages Ann-Marie Grant on AFUWI's 21st Annual Awards Gala By Dennis Kabatto

Habte Selassie, host of Labbrish engages Ann-Marie Grant, executive director of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) on 21st Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. The conversation aired live Saturday, February 17, 2018 on Pacifica Network Station WBAI, 99.5 FM, www.wbai.org #dproducerman

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AFUWI 2018 Honoree Patrick Hylton, CD, President & Group CEO of the NCB Financial Group receives the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Business Leadership.
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Grenadian Named AFUWI's Luminary Honoree February 14th 2018, By Vinette K. Pryce

The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies has annually flaunted their commitment to helping the Caribbean institution of higher learning by hosting a gala fundraising affair.

This year, the effort comes of age with a stellar presentation slated for Feb. 22 at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan that in addition to soliciting donations to the University of the West Indies also honors half a dozen outstanding achievers.

Among the chosen is Grenada-born publicist Yvette Noel-Schure.

Now a Jersey girl, the Spice Island native is slated to receive the Caribbean Luminary Award.

According to the organizers, the honor is bestowed on an individual of extraordinary merit and acclaim.

The words exemplary, excellent and leadership also exemplify a luminary. It is the summation that best describes outstanding achievement.has maintained a synergy with Beyonce that continues and has diversified to include BeyGood, the initiative founded by the pop icon in 2013 to create a program with partners to positively affect people all over the globe including a project in Haiti.

Perhaps, it is the reason Noel Schure will be presented with AFUWI's prestigious honor.

A worthy cultural ambassador from the island, she is founder and executive vice president of Schure Media Group, a company which represents Beyonce, Tina Knowles Lawson, LeAnn Rimes, Jussie Smollett and late night television host Robin Thede and others.

The self-starter realized her niche soon after graduating from the City College of New York. Confident in her pursuit to work in media she first honed her skills as a journalist working for a newspaper wire service. At warp speed, she branched out to report, write and edit Black Beat Magazine, a publication at the time revered for its cutting edge biographical features spotlighting new and upcoming entertainment talent.

A must-have fanzine for teens and tweens, the publication won acclaim for presenting candid and personal articles on hip-hop and rhythm and blues recorders.

Alluring as the position seemed, Noel-Schure was whisked away from her editorial hamlet when Columbia Records enticed her with a directorial position in their publicity division. The young, ambitious, immigrant leaped at the offer and as her very, first project she was tasked with launching the career of Mariah Carey.

Along with that daunting prospect, Noel-Schure found herself immersed in the publicity campaigns for Johnny Mathis, Nancy Wilson, reggae talents Super Cat, Diana King, Tony Rebel, Wailing Souls and "Cool Runnings," the soundtrack to the movie about the first Jamaican men's bobsled team to qualify for the winter Olympics.

Soon after, her roster expanded to encompass all the genre of artists signed to the record label — pop, gospel and jazz among them.

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By the time the company evolved from being the recording arm of the Columbia Broadcasting Service (CBS) to ownership by SONY Music, Noel-Schure's position had been upped to vice president of publicity.

In that position, The Fugees, Kenny Lattimore, John Legend and Destinys Child became priorities to promote and command her media attention. Working with newspaper and magazine editors she honed formidable relationships and alliances that did not go unnoticed by her superiors.

Before long, her title changed to senior VP of media at Columbia Records / Sony Music and for 17 years she played a major role in the careers of an illustrious roster of diverse artists.

After those many years, the Grenadian media mover stepped away from her corporate coziness to venture independently launching Schure Media Group with her husband David.

Her principal account was SONY's dream trio, Destinys Child.

She added "Britain's Got Talent's" singing sensation Susan Boyle to her stable and was acknowledged by Billboard Magazine as one of the music industry's "Six Topline Publicists."

Throughout her storied career, Noel-Schure has maintained a synergy with Beyonce that continues and has diversified to include BeyGood, the initiative founded by the pop icon in 2013 to create a program with partners to positively affect people all over the globe including a project in Haiti.

Recently returned from visiting Grenada and New Zealand, the celebrity publicist is part of a team working closely with UNICEF to aid the water crisis in Burundi, East Africa and has sponsored students attending the T.A. Marryshow Community College in Grenada.

Five other accomplished individuals will also be lauded during the 21st annual gala. Recipients of awards will include — Patrick Hylton, the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Business Leadership; CCH Pounder, Guyanese American actress, will receive the distinguished Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley Award; Marlon James, will receive "The Pinnacle Literary Award and — The Pelican Award" reserved for UWI alumni; Angela Yee — the Vice Chancellor's Achievement Award and June Ambrose will be presented with the "Women in Business Award."


The University of the West Indies News Release - January 2018

American Foundation for the University of the West Indies 2018 Awards for Patrick Hylton, CCH Pounder, Marlon James, Angela Yee, June Ambrose and Yvette Noel-Schure.


CCH Pounder
CCH Pounder

Kingston, Jamaica, January 29, 2018: Six accomplished professionals all with Caribbean roots, are to receive awards from the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) at the 21st Annual Awards Gala in New York on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

The event, an annual "must do" for captains of the diaspora and their counterparts and colleagues in North America and the Caribbean, which will be held at the prestigious Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, will also feature a special tribute to the Late Dr. Lowell Hawthorne, CD, LLD, (UWI) former President & CEO, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill and former Chairman, AFUWI Board of Directors.

Among the 2018 AFUWI awardees will be Patrick Hylton, CD, President & Group CEO of the NCB Financial Group which under his leadership has become the largest and most profitable financial institution in Jamaica and the seventh most profitable in the English and Spanish speaking Caribbean. Mr. Hylton will receive the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Business Leadership.

CCH Pounder, Guyanese American actress, will receive the distinguished Robert Nesta "Bob" Marley Award. Previous awardees include Danny Glover and Judith Jamison. Ms. Pounder has appeared in numerous TV series including ER, The Shield, Warehouse 13, Sons of Anarchy and in such films as Avatar and her breakout role in Bagdad Café. She currently portrays medical examiner "Dr. Loretta Wade" on the series, NCIS: New Orleans. Ms. Pounder has been nominated for a Grammy® Award and four Emmy® awards. An advocate for the arts, Ms. Pounder also serves on the Board of the African Millennium Foundation and was a founding member of Artists for a New South Africa.

Jamaica-born Prof. Marlon James who in 2015 won the Man Booker Prize – the first Jamaican author to win the United Kingdom's most prestigious literary award - will receive "The Pinnacle Literary Award and – The Pelican Award" reserved for UWI alumni. The holder of a degree in language and literature from The UWI and a Masters in creative writing from Wilkes University, Pennsylvania, USA, he teaches English and creative writing at Macalester University and continues to amass literary awards.

Designer and Celebrity Stylist, June Ambrose who was born in Antigua & Barbuda, will receive the AFUWI "Women in Business Award". Credited with creating the iconic images in hip hop for notables like Missy Elliott, P. Diddy ,Mase, and Jay Z, Ambrose's client list also includes Zoe Saldana, Mariah Carey, Kerry Washington, Ciara, Kelly Ripa, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and many others. She has worked with Selima Optique on two lines of sunglasses and launched a signature line of footwear for HSN. She has also appeared on XFactor USA as a style expert, and on the VH1 Reality Show, "Styled by June".

Stepping up to receive the Vice Chancellor's Achievement Award will be Brooklyn-born Angela Yee, Actress and Host of the award-winning nationally syndicated radio programme "The Breakfast Club" on Power 105.1. A recipient of several awards including a WEEN Mission Award and the "Shirley Chisolm Woman of Distinction" award, Yee donates a significant amount of her time to philanthropic efforts including "Coats for Kids" and "Dress for Success", the "Makeover Your MS Foundation" and "Children Making Strides Against Pediatric Cancer".

She created "Angela Yee's Book Club" in conjunction with Atria Books/Simon and Schuster to encourage her followers to read more and support authors with a story to tell. She appeared as herself in two episodes of "Empire" and hosted the limited run of State Farm's Color Full Lives" podcast.

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Marlon James
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The "Caribbean Luminary Award" will be presented at the AFUWI Gala to Yvette Noel- Schure, Founder and Executive Vice President, Schure Media Group. The Grenadian-born celebrity publicist is at the helm of the company which represents top acts like Beyonce, Tina Knowles Lawson, LeAnn Rimes, Jussie Smollett and late night host Robin Thede , among others.

A former Senior VP of media at Columbia Records/Sony Music for 17 years, she played a major role in the careers of a roster of diverse acts and was honoured by Billboard Magazine as one of the music industry's "Six Topline Publicists".

Ms. Noel-Schure works closely with BeyGood, the initiative founded by Beyonce in 2013 to create programmes with partners to positively affect people all over the globe including a project in Haiti. She is part of a team working closely with UNICEF to aid the water crisis in Burundi, East Africa and has sponsored students attending the T.A. Marryshow Community College in her native Grenada.

Now in its 21st year, the AFUWI Gala traditionally provides an average of 50 scholarships annually for students across The UWI's four campuses. It continues to attract the support and attention of a diverse range of American and Caribbean entities and organisations as well as influential persons who have graciously served on the Honorary Committee.

The Black Tie Gala begins with a reception at 6:00 pm, followed by the dinner programme and a dessert party from 7:00 pm and an after party at 9:30 pm hosted by Gala Chair, Doug E Fresh. Individual tickets start at $500 USD and must be reserved by/before February 18, 2018. Tickets for the After Party only are for $100 per person and offers a 2 hour full international open bar.


For further information, please contact Marcia Erskine via telephone at Tel: (876) 960-3170 or Email: merskine@cwjamaica.com

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Angela Yee


About AFUWI

A 501(c) (3) charitable organisation, the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) was established in 1956 to develop an endowment fund in the United States for The University of the West Indies (UWI). Today, its mission is to source and administer private donations, maximise philanthropic efforts, and develop strategic alliances with American corporations, foundations, alumni and other organisations, primarily to provide scholarships, support academic programmes and facilitate development projects at The UWI. The Foundation has more recently intensified its focus on supporting the University's scholarship programme because of the urgent and increasing demand for financial aid from many in the student population who are talented, ambitious and determined to break the cycle of poverty, but face severe economic hardships. In addition, the Foundation also seeks to facilitate activities which promote the well-being and strengthening of the West Indian society through community service, research programmes and public service endeavours for the preservation/creation of a robust cultural and social legacy


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI's seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: www.uwi.edu

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the "The", hence The UWI.)

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