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Governor of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Hosts Reception for Scholar Ship Cruisers

At the Government House Reception Hall in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, passengers including Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, Sir George Alleyne were treated to a range of local exhibitions while presentations were also made by UWI graduates Dr. Heskith Vanterpool and the Honourable Kedrick Pickering.

His Excellency Governor, Sir. Boyd McCleary, CMG, CVO, said it was a pleasure to have the former graduates of UWI as guests of the territory.

His Excellency Governor, Mr. Boyd McCleary and Sir George Alleyne engaging in a light discussion

Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Social Development, the Honourable Ruth Dancia Penn, OBE, QC, thanked the Governor for hosting the cruise members and said the British Virgin Islands was delighted to have such a special group. The Deputy Premier said attending the UWI at Cave Hill in 1969 was a wonderful, enduring, and formative experience for her.

Sir George Alleyne noted that UWI was just sixty years old but assured everyone that it would stand for a long time, “I will guarantee that your children and your children’s children will be there to celebrate at some future time, if probably not another cruise, at least another expression of the presence of the University of the West Indies in our midst.”

I was here!: Passengers of the UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship sign the visitors book at Government House, Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Local Author and Poet, Jennie Wheatley signs one of her works that caught the interest of Dr. Lennox Honychurch

UWI Scholar Ship Cruise Antigua Stop

Under the theme “Wadadli-Culture, History and Scenic Beauty” the Antigua leg of the cruise featured an informal variety entertainment at the open campus site, to an appreciative audience, which included Ministers of Government who are past alumni, such as Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Affairs the Hon Jacqui Quinn -Leandro, Minister of Finance, Economy and Public Administration the Hon Harold Lovell, Minister of Information, Broadcasting Telecommunications and Science the Hon Edmond Mansoor and Attorney General the Hon Justin Simon, local cricket legends, tourism officials and cultural icons.

The Guests were entertained by Sarah Gresham of the Dance Center, Poet and writer Sylvanus Barnes, Karen Brooks and Passion De Danse, and Chekiyah Martin on Pan. A tour was also incorporated into the event; visitors were taken to various historical sites across the island, such as Nelsons Dockyard, the Interpretation Center at Dow’s Hill, Betty’s Hope and Shirley Heights Lookout. Archaeologist and Curator Dr Reginald Murphy was the tour facilitator accompanying the cruise visitors, on their exploration of the historical and cultural heritage of Antigua and Barbuda.

UWI Open Campus Staff in Barbados Support Scholar Ship Initiative

Four Open Campus staff members from Barbados participated in the Scholar Ship Cruise learning adventure: We not only cruised but learnt aboard the ship via lectures, given by distinguished Caribbean historian and anthropologist, Dr. Lennox Honychurch.

The Open Campus Country Sites organized educational and entertaining tours which exposed visitors to an enriching learning experience focused on the flora, fauna and unique culture of the individual islands. The ship docked in Barbados on April 21, 2011, where the Head of the Open Campus Site, the Pine, Dr. Ian Austin, prepared a wonderful package focusing on the heritage of Barbados

  • particularly its Cricket and Calypso. Not surprisingly, the

Kensington Oval, the Cricket Legends of Barbados Museum and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, afforded not only the best possible experience that any venue could offer on Cricket history but also introduced the group to living Cricket Legends including Rev. Wes Hall and Mr. Cammie Smith.

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