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Message from Guild President
Mr. Olvine D. HolasToday, we look ahead towards a new Academic Year that may one day be known as a redefining moment in your life, that of this noble institution, and the region at large.
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus prides itself in advancing, education and creating “knowledge through excellence in teaching, research, innovation, public service, intellectual leadership and outreach in order to support the inclusive (social, economic, political, cultural, environmental) development of the Caribbean region and beyond.” The Guild of Students, faculties, staff, alumni and all other stakeholders of the institution are known for their commitment to excellence in all these areas.
This Campus plays an integral role in nurturing the minds of our region. I have never seen a more accurate definition of diversity than here at Cave Hill. Unfortunately, in recent years, the Campus has seen a heavy decline in funding and resources and thus a decline in students. But with a vision, hope, determination and action we must keep moving forward.
We hold the key to harnessing the power for the advancement of all the sectors within our university and this region despite the challenges. We are pioneers with the ability to supersede the transformative potential that we are perceived to contain. With the right attitude and actions, we cannot be surpassed in our impact. The time is now for us to epitomize the university’s mission, both home and abroad. Our talents are immeasurable. Our creativity as a people is often unfathomable. Our greatness is insurmountable.
One prolific statement made by former Vice Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Ralston “Rex” Nettleford, is that The UWI is this region’s greatest gift to itself. We therefore cannot let that gift whither away. We have a duty to use, maintain and develop that gift in order to harness the undisclosed treasures that are within it.
I am honored and humbled to serve as your Guild President for this academic year. I pray that as you embark on this academic journey, your lives will be transformed and that transformation will be made evident in your development, that of The UWI Cave Hill and our region.
Mr. Olvine D. Holas, BSc.
Guild of Students 2016-2017