Observer MD among seven alumni honoured by UWI


Observer MD among seven alumni honoured by UWI

Monday, February 17, 2020

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MANAGING director of the Jamaica Observer, Julian Rogers, was recognised by The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, for outstanding contribution to the media and communications landscape in Jamaica and the Caribbean, at the university's 19th Homecoming Celebrations last week Thursday.

Rogers was among the first graduates of the then Caribbean Institute of Mass Communications in 1974, and has served as managing editor of Guardian Media in Trinidad and Tobago; CEO of the Caribbean New Media Group, also in Trinidad and Tobago; general manager of the Observer Media Group in Antigua and Barbuda; and programme manager in Montserrat, Antigua and Barbuda, and Barbados.

In 2014, the Barbadian-born veteran broadcaster and journalist received an MBE, one of five classes of appointment to the Order of the British Empire, for his 50 years of contribution to the media.

Other alumni recognised at the celebrations were Marcus Steele, managing director of Carreras Limited; journalist Giovanni Dennis; Jamaican discus thrower Fedrick Dacres; athlete Traves Smikle; Judge Judith Pusey; and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Information Service Donna-Marie Rowe.

Steele holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The UWI and a Master of Business Administration from Florida International University.

In 2014 he was recognised as the top CEO in Jamaica and third in the Caribbean by Business Suite Magazine.

Dennis, who is also a television producer, graduated from The UWI in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication and a minor in philosophy.

His career has spanned Newstalk 93FM, Jamaica Information Service, British Broadcasting Corporation, and the RJR/Gleaner Communications Group, where he is currently a producer and reporter for TVJ and Radio Jamaica 94 FM.

Dennis is also a regional cricket umpire, certified by the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association.

Justice Pusey pursued a bachelor of arts degree at The UWI, graduating with upper second class honours in 1985. She then went to the Cave Hill campus where she read for a Bachelor of Law degree and went on to complete her legal studies at Norman Manley Law School in 1989. She was employed as an associate attorney-at-law at Robinson, Phillips and Whitehorne soon after.

She became a resident magistrate in January 1999 and has served in several parishes throughout Jamaica.

In September 2016 she was appointed as the first chief judge of the parish courts and served in that position until January 2018 when she was invited to serve as a puisne judge in the Supreme Court.

National athlete, World Youth and World Junior discus champion Dacres is ranked as one of the top discus throwers in the world. To date, he has captured every major discus title and was the first-ever Jamaican to compete in discus at the World Championships.

Dacres is currently pursuing a degree in sociology and is the director of Grand Connection Investments and Company Limited.

Ranked among the top 10 in the world, Smikle is a force to be reckoned with and is the first field athlete to medal for Jamaica in a non-traditional sport, after winning the 2009 World Youth Championships for discus.

Smikle graduated from The UWI in 2017 with a BSc in Political Science.

He now dedicates his time to honing his skills as a professional athlete and has already qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Rowe graduated from The University of the West Indies, Mona, in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in English, and in 2004 with a master's degree in communication studies.

Additionally, Rowe is the 2019 recipient of the RJR/Gleaner Communications Group Honour Award for Public Service.

The UWI Mona's Homecoming Celebrations are aimed at highlighting the founding of the university and recognising its regional nature, while assisting to engender a greater sense of belonging and developing a feeling of camaraderie among staff, students and graduates.

Since 2001 the celebrations have been expanded to include a commemoration church service, flag-raising ceremony, homecoming parade, and Caribbean day, renamed for this year's staging of Caribbean Day Festival of Food and Culture.

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