Archived Issue March 2010

Our Grand Old Admin Lady

By Professor Bridget Brereton

This grand building which we are rededicating today is a mature lady, 85 years old this year. From the start, it has been the flagship building of the two institutions of learning which have occupied the St Augustine campus: ICTA and UWI.

ICTA, or rather the WIAC as it was first named, opened its doors in October 1922, long before this building began to be constructed (the refurbished Old Yaws Hospital, in the area now occupied by the Bookshop building, was used as its temporary accommodation). But from the start, the first Principal, Sir Francis Watts, wanted ‘a central block of reasonably dignified proportions’ to house the library, classrooms and laboratories, and administration offices. The architect was British (Major Corlette), probably chosen because he’d designed the new government buildings in Kingston after the devastating earthquake in 1907. As Watts put it, ‘a dignified building is essential to secure the confidence and respect of the public,’ and this was the brief for the architect. He opted for ‘the Spanish Colonial style.’.... read more>>

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UWI Calendar March - April 2010

Lunchtime Seminars
Wednesday 31 March and April 7, 2010
St. Augustine Campus, UWI
100 years of Revolution
Tuesday 6 to Thursday 8 April, 2010
St. Augustine Campus, UWI
A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing
Thursday 15 April, 2010
Daaga Hall Auditorium, St. Augustine Campus, UWI
Scientific Conference
Tuesday 22 to Saturday 24 April, 2010
Hyatt Regency Trinidad Hotel, POS
Future of Financial Services
Friday 30 April, 2010
Hyatt Regency Trinidad Hotel, POS

Also In This Issue

  Our Grand Old Admin Lady
  Higher education amidst lower funding
  Principal’s Message: The power of education
  EDULINK in Cape Town talks
  WOW gives students a helping hand
  Vice Chancellor Receives Martin Luther King Jr., Legacy Award
  New Cocoa Head
  ANSA McAl Award for Excellence
  NEW PROGRAMME: Certificate in Local Government Studies
  CAMPUS LITERATURE WEEK: The journey of the word
  Online Exclusive: Campus Literature Week: Part II: The Writers Who Came
  How we are breaking the silence
  NEW PROGRAMME – Geomatics Engineering and Land Management
  Environment in development
  War of words: Haiti’s battle over language
  UNICA 2010 Conference
  Vice Chancellor’s honour
  Books: A welcome return to new thought
  Books: On Primary Health Care