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UWI celebrates its 60th Anniversary with its first Family Day

For Release Upon Receipt - May 27, 2008

St. Augustine

It was fun in the sun, the sound of Tassa drums and Pelly the Pelican that made all the difference at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus 60th Anniversary Family Day on Thursday 22nd May, 2008 at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC).

Hosted by Nikki Crobsy, the UWI Family Day was a day of fun and well-needed relaxation for UWI Staff and their families, who took time off to enjoy the UWI Family Day. UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris and Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat, were also present. Professor Sankat declared that the Family Day should be an annual celebration of Staff and Family within UWI.

Family Day, themed “The Environment- Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Flora, Fauna, Metal and Wood” included eight teams, each representing an element of The Environment and comprising of members of staff, competed in several categories: Best Overall Team, March Past Team, Tug-Of-War Team, One-Pot Throwdown and Decorated Tent.

Best Overall Team and Best March Past Team were won by the Admin Group 1, who portrayed Metal. Best Tug-of-War Team was won by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, who portrayed Fauna and the Best One-Pot Throwdown was won by Faculty of Science & Agriculture, who portrayed Flora, and Best Decorated Tent was won by the Faculty of Engineering, who portrayed Wind.

During the day, a fun play area with water slides, video games, a water park, bouncy castle, balloon typhoon, clowns and face painting were provided for all the children of UWI staff. A fun, relaxing board game area was also provided for the less athletically inclined staff.

For more information on the UWI 60th Anniversary Celebrations, please visit or contact the UWI 60th Anniversary Local Organising Committee at or (868) 662-2002, Ext. 3635. 


The University of the West Indies (UWI) is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.