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Pageant. But wait, there’s more!

Here it is again, the month of April, the month where the annual Miss CHTM Pageant is usually held. This was the night where the long days and even longer nights of “working the catwalk” came to fruition.

Miss CHTM pageant is usually a big upcoming event as girls take on months of practice and dedication. They learn to walk with pride, speak with confidence, and perform a talent.  The pageant which usually showcases approximately five girls or more was reduced to three this year. After a few hiccups, on April 8th it was safe to say, hard work pays off.

The theme this year was Hidden Treasures and the contestants represented three special gems: Citrine worn by contestant number one, Jameelia Stephens; Amethyst worn by contestant number two, Mariah Simmons and Zircon worn by contestant number three, Kiyandra Tomlison. The lovely contestants walked the walk, and talked the talk as they paved their way to the grand finale and crowning of Miss CHTM 2017. Colourful displays of creativity, clothing and talent were showcased on stage before three guest judges and an enthusiastic audience. The panel of judges included: Mrs. Christine Rollins, member of staff, Mr. Eric Bain and Dr. Jennifer Bethel.

Judges

The MCs for the night were Keshae Bovell and Jasonta Bowen –  they welcomed the beautiful ladies to the stage as well as the ‘broadway’ performances from our very talented students.  The pageant started with an opening dance which was choreographed by the former Miss CHTM Winner (2015) Shanice Gittens.  The categories included Casual, Swimwear, Talent and Formal wear.

MCs Keshae Bovell and Jasonta Bowen

At the end the night, the winner of the pageant was contestant number three, Ms Zircon Kiyandra Tomlison from the beautiful island of Jamaica. Congratulations go out to Kiyandra for a wonderful job done. Congratulations also go out to the other contestants for doing a wonderful job and giving it their best.

On that day, the Miss CHTM Pageant was not the only special event that took place. Whilst the pageant ended on a happy note, the balance of the night was a tribute to departing direct, Dr. Andrew Spencer. The special segment dedicated to this news was filled with happy memories and sad undertones.  Heartfelt speeches were given as everyone took trips down memory lane. The night ended with beautiful vocal rendition by the lovely ladies of CHTM and cutting of a cake. Dr. Andrew Spencer, we wish you all the best in your future endeavours; you will be missed.

Overall, with the newly crowned Miss CHTM 2017 and the departure of Dr. Andrew Spencer, April 8th 2017 was not a night to easily forget. Congratulations and best wishes goes out again to the winner of the Miss CHTM pageant. We look forward to you becoming the best you and an outstanding ambassador for CHTM.

By Shanice Jordan, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos courtesy of Charlotte Rajkumar, Von Woodside, Donella Blackman, Kendrea Harris and Keron Best

Up De Ting: CHTM Style

The long awaited UWI CHTM carnival was FINALLY here, and who said that walking from Arawak Cay to CHTM was a long journey? On a normal day, if we had to walk from Arawak Cay to campus it would be non-stop complaining, but today was different. As you know, CHTM carnival is one of the most anticipated events on the event calendar, and this year was no exception.

The morning’s festivities started out a bit later than scheduled but nevertheless, we took to the streets and although we were small in numbers we were large at heart;  as the Jamaicans say “Wi Likkle but Wi Tallawah”.

We chipped to the beat of popular soca music, “We Jamming Still”, “Stink and Dutty”, and “Good Morning”; lovely girls in their beautiful costumes along with male counterparts. As we took to the streets of Nassau, onlookers stopped to take photos and some even joined in on the festivities. True to CHTM style, no passing cars were left untouched as revellers made their way through the streets.

Along the route and on the final stretch of our journey no one complained that the route was too long, in fact everyone stated that we had gotten back to school too fast and they weren’t ready to stop partying.

Home Stretch

As we made our way to UB compound tired, weary and hungry, everyone sprawled out on the floor or anywhere they could find to be comfortable as they waited on the scrumptious meal that was prepared for us. As we sat and ate amongst friends we reminisced on what was  a great day and one that we didn’t want to end. Big up to the students that made the meals.

Tired and Hungry

CHTM carnival will forever be one of the highlights of our time here and one that we will never forget.  Big up to our amazing sponsors… Long live ALIV!!!

By Crystal Alleyne, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos/Videos by Renissa Waldron and Shanice Jordan © 2017

 

Waves Boat Cruise 2017

It’s safe to say that most Caribbean people enjoy a good party or night lime. The CHTM, although focused on the academic success of it students, tries to ensure that students have a healthy social life as well. The annual boat cruise is one of many events put together not only to help ease mid-semester examination stress, but also to provide students with a warm up before the carnival celebrations.

Group Photo

This year’s “waves” boat cruise was on Saturday, March 18th.  Boarding commenced at 9pm and by the time we were ready to set sail at 10pm there was  a decent sized crowd. The dress code was  beach/boat attire however, persons showed up smartly dressed to suit the cold, windy evening.

Bajan Trio

The night started off  smoothly with everyone buying drinks and getting a feel for the ‘vibe’ before the real partying began. A group of local men warmed up the dance floor  displaying their synchronized moves to popular rap and R&B music.

Selfies

When it was about 11pm, with the alcohol taking effect,  the party was in full swing. Persons danced the night away to a wide array of music ranging from dancehall to reggae. Some  felt that soca music dominated the boat ride while others didn’t seem to mind the selection at all.

More Selfies

As it drew close to the 1am docking time, some persons were now highly intoxicated, bare back and wearing life jackets. Persons left the boat asking for a ‘part two’ to this memorable occasion, even giving suggestions as to how it could be executed. Needless to say everyone had a blast!

Bare Back Shenanigans

by Annette S.K Mason, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos by Auri-mae Thomas and Donella Blackman

 

A Good Day Turned Sour – Kraaaaazy Olympics 2017

After weeks of friendly war among the four houses, CHTM became divided on Thursday, 9th March as we competed for the title of “Champion”. The many pop-up activities – like the Mixology Competition, The Photo Competition and The Road Race – which occurred throughout the semester, led to this rivalry which existed between the four houses – Supreme (Blue), Magic (Yellow), Ivy (White) and Phoenix (Red). Going into sports day, Supreme was leading with 207 points.  Following closely  was Magic with 197, then Ivy with 160 and trailing in fourth was Phoenix with 149 points.

It was a beautiful day, the sun was out, excitement filled the air (personified by Denroy “The Magician” with his cape and wand), and patriotism was shown by all present. Everyone was ready for a fun-filled day, and no one expected what was to come. We started late with a short song and prayer session to bind us together. Each house then selected a representative official to work with Jenielle (who coordinated) to ensure fairness throughout the events.

The Magicians

The first game was the Sand in the Bucket. It started off a little shaky with little clarity obtained from the instructions, but through trial and error the objective was accomplished.  This activity set the tone for the rest of the day. Finding a clear winner should not be that hard, right? Or so we thought.

Sand in the Bucket Challenge

After EVERY game there was  disagreement which included querying results, trying to bend the rules to make peace and participants finding loop holes in the stated rules. As a result of this, the Frog Leaping Game had to be scrapped, since a ‘heap of confusion’ followed the results of the game. Everyone had a different perception of the same event which led to every subsequent game being recorded as back up evidence – our very own ‘instant replay’.

Somewhere between the start and end of each game the fun was lost. Maybe this was as a result of inadequate planning, bad leadership or poor sportsmanship, or a combination of all three. Before half the day had passed almost everyone wanted to leave. It became a very competitive series of activities with many sore losers. With adrenaline pumping,  arguments were  frequent  among the students. This almost resulted in two fights after the Spinning Game. Winding down towards the end of the day, most people were tired, frustrated and uninterested in participating in any more disagreeable activities. Consequently, a unanimous decision was made to cancel the much anticipated Cheer and Chant Competition.

Unbothered

On the bright side, the day was injury free. Although the fun was limited, we still made memories that we will never forget. At the end of the day, Magic’s ‘Magicians’ were victorious with 266 points, Supreme in second with 263, third was Ivy with 243 and fourth Pheonix with 220.

by Andrielle Etienne, BSc. Tourism Management 2017

Images courtesy of Jayda Peter, Emilie Trotman, Sakele Watts

 

Birthdays CHTM-Style

Every year CHTM students celebrate their birthdays. It may be with a surprise event planned by their friends or planned by the birthday boy/girl themselves. Flouring of the birthday student has been a tradition passed on through the years. When the clock strikes midnight on the person’s special day, a group of friends covers this special person with powder and/or flour.

However, it does not stop there. It is usually followed with gift giving, a dinner or party. Events like this bring the students closer towards becoming a family. New friendships are created and broken ones are mended, as the students forget previous “beef” amongst themselves as everyone is eager and excited to learn  how their friend from a different nationality celebrates this occasion. February came with many celebrations as not just one, but four of our schoolmates had birthdays within days of each other.

Love was shown in all forms and fashions, firstly with Donella Blackman who was surprised by close friends with a limousine ride around Nassau after having dinner at Carmines, one of Atlantis’ finest. Donella however, was blissfully under the impression that she was going to Outback Steakhouse and extended the invitation to a few others, but little did she know that wasn’t the plan. Donella and Sashanee Nevers both celebrated their birthdays on the same day and were both celebrated as is tradition.

Denroy Wilson was next in line for the throne and decided that as this was his first year celebrating his birthday on the day itself he was going out with a bang! Planning was challenging and complications arose (as they always do with great events) but with the help of friends the party was a success! The event was held at Coral Harbour on Saturday night. Fellow schoolmates turned out, some Bahamian friends and the Barbados FIFA Worldcup beach soccer team was onsite. This celebration led into the next day, where Vernon Weech celebrated his 28th Birthday. The night was full of “twerking”, “wining” and “wukking up” as the music hit the souls and hearts of many.

Vernon Weech

The best part of life is when your family becomes your friends and your friends become your family.- Robin Roberts

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

By Emilie Trotman, Bsc. Tourism Management, 2017

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos for this post.

Divided by Water, Together by Culture

It’s that time of the year when individual differences are put aside and we come together as one for the 25th CULTURAMA. This year we were in a different location, away from the lawns of University of Bahamas to the parking lot of the Reef restaurant.

One family

You could hear the loud speakers of each countries’ music echoing towards the passing vehicles. The University of the West Indies is known to host students from all over the Caribbean, and this year there were nine (9) countries on showcase. Collectively these countries represent the UWI CHTM family.

Lifelong bonds

As early as 7 am, you could hear the hustle and bustle of pots and pans as students were preparing meals in the UWI House Restaurant while other students were setting up their designated areas ready to display their country’s culture to other students and the Bahamian people. For most students, they felt a feeling of being home again as they got the chance to prepare most of the popular dishes from their home country.

Trini chefs

The most popular dish requested from the Jamaican team was ackee and saltfish and jerk chicken served with steaming hot fried dumplings and saltfish fritters and ‘Hell a top, Hell a bottom and Hallelujah in the middle’a famous phrase used to describe the Jamaican sweet potato pudding.

Jamaican ackee and saltfish

‘Iz a Bajan ting!!’(Barbados), proudly displayed golden brown flying fish, cheesy macaroni pie, sweet potato pie, fish cakes, bajan bakes and sweet bread. Trinidad and Tobago delights included pholourie, buss-up-shut chicken and roti and a host of preserves such as guava cheese, khurma, sugar cake and benne ball from the Trinidad and Tobago. St.Lucia’s stall had on display cocoa tea and bakes, pemmie, bouillon and green plantain salad. Yum!!!!

St.Lucia Stall

The individual countries also stood strong as the one and only Guyanese student, Josiah Joseph, displayed curry chicken and dhall puri, eggball and bakes and saltfish. Vincentian Karielle Edwards, prepared doughboy and saltfish, duccuna and showcased Captain Bligh XO rum which was too strong for some individuals to handle. Merlyne Marie, who hails from the famous 365 beaches of Antigua prepared spicy pepperpot soup, fungi and bread pudding. St.Kitts and Nevis student Annivea Hutchinson, displayed coconut dumpling, saltfish and spicy plantains.

We had a few moments of dark skies which eventually resulted in rainfall but this in no way dampened the spirits of the students and staff members as they were seen in the streets dancing to the music and promoting to the vehicles passing by which led to increased support. Culturama 2017 was indeed another successful event put on by CHTM students. Cultures were shared, memories were created and I can gladly say: mission accomplished CHTM family!!!

Special shout out to the Lucians who celebrated their Independence Day on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Happy 38th Independence Day St.Lucia!!!!!!!!!!

Lucian Beauties

By Jodi-Ann Williams, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos by Rhodene Marks, Ayisha Elliott, Sakele Watts, Jodi-Ann Williams © 2017

CHTM Cross Country 2017

“Magic!” … “Supreme!” … “Phoenix!” Those were the chants that could be heard on Saturday at daybreak as representatives from each house showed up at Warren to participate in the early morning cross country starting at 7am. Well, it was more like from three houses as representatives from team Ivy League were yet to make an appearance.

As the start time drew near, the teams made a few quick jabs at each other on who was going to win the points and bragging rights for their teams. A few representatives from team Ivy League decided to make their presence known then…

Ivy League

“On your marks!” Everyone was lined off and ready. “Get set!” They were focused and ready to pounce… “GO!!!”

And they’re off…

They were off like a pack of wild hyenas chasing an invisible prey with Josiah Joseph of team Magic leading the way. It had only been a mere five seconds since they began and one participant could be heard shouting “I tired! Oh god me tired!!!”

 

 

Cross country at Warren

As they made their way unto Davis Street and headed down to the On the Run gas station, there were those who stopped to catch their breaths as their lives flashed before their eyes – probably wishing they had stayed in their beds that morning. As markers waited on Farrington Road to guide the runners back to Warren, the Yellow Flash of team Magic, Josiah Joseph, could be seen sprinting down the stretch. “MAGIC WOI!!! MAGIC!!!” he shouted as he zoomed passed like a speeding bullet, looking cool and not even breaking a sweat, leaving the other participants to follow his trail of dust as he sprinted onward to victory.

1st Place Winner Josiah Joseph

It was an arms race between Jourdain Lowe of Magic and Supreme Blue’s Keshae Bovell vying for second position, but alas, it was Jourdain who emerged victorious in second place with Keshae settling for third.

Team Magic’s magic was not done yet as Latifah Forde took the fourth position and was the first female to cross the finish line. The other participants came straggling in breathless like they’d been running the full length of Nassau and one participant could be heard saying, “I made it! I almost died but I made it,” as she crossed the finish line breathless. The atmosphere was filled with laughter as Julio Salmon, the star runner of team Phoenix who had been boasting that he would be winning the cross-country event days before, was now making his way to start the race as he had over-slept. He may not have won any points but he sure did win our smiles.

by Renissa Waldron, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos by Crystal Alleyne © 2017

 

 

CHTM’s Own Caribbean Gems

Every CHTM student was excited for this event as it was the first official social for the semester. The carnival launch party was hosted by the student’s executive body and brought us all together in a rand showcase of CHTM talent. The designer of the costumes, Denroy Wilson, added the finishing touches to all the costumes, the models did their final try-ons, our resident makeup artist slayed all faces and then they were ready to hit the stage at Hard Rock Cafe.

Island Mas By Denroy Wilson

The UWI Island Mas band was ready to launch. The show was scheduled to start at 11 PM but got off to a very very late start, which did not stop the few persons in the venue from enjoying the music being played by the DJ. By midnight the venue was jam packed with little walking space from the stage at one end of the room to the exit. With the huge crowd gathered, it was now time to showcase the costumes.

The two hosts, Jasonta and Ayisha, got on stage to introduce the segment. We weren’t initially accepted by the crowd as they wanted to hear more music and was not too interested in the showcase, however the security got it under control after a short while and our amazing models began the showcase.

Jamaica Tallawah (Alternate)

The first segment was the men’s t-shirt with the winning design from the T-shirt Design Competition held by the student executive last semester. Next came the most anticipated part of the showcase- the females dressed in their brightly coloured costumes with a whole lot of feathers and rhinestones. First, it was the Bajan inspired costumes dubbed Trident Pride, followed by the Jamaican inspired costume called Tallawah and then the St. Lucian, Versicolor and finally the costume inspired by Trinidad and Tobago – Queen of Bacchanal.

Queen of Bacchanal (Alternate Costume)

The showcase was a great success, the designer and the student executive were extremely proud and the students had loads of fun.

by Ayisha Elliott, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017 

Photos by Sakele Watts ©2017

CHTM Launches Distinguished Lecture Series

It was the start of a new tradition in our small setting as CHTM launched its distinguished lecture series. Lecturer, Ms. Elizabeth Mackay made this possible for us – new traditions to our proud legacy, but let’s start from the beginning.

Staff and students turnout in force
Staff and students turnout in force

 

As we made our way to the first lecture series, the morning showers of November 16th were never apart of the schedule but we embraced it anyway and turned out in full force, both students and staff.

Mrs. Carey and Ms. Glinton
Mrs. Carey, Ms. Glinton, Ms. Mackay and Mrs. Rollins in the background

On entry to the dining room, we were greeted by Patria and Keron who invited us to sign in. It was a late start to an early morning but the  food prepared by our very own Cooking Club made up for that. We all sat and ate to our hearts content as we awaited the arrival of the presenter for the lecture series.

Delicious food
Delicious food

Chairing was Ms. Elizabeth Mackay who welcomed the director, Dr. Andrew Spencer as he launched the series. The invited speaker was introduced by Ms. Mackay.  Mr. John Bowleg,  Hydrologist and Engineer from the Water and Sewage Corporation spoke on the topic ‘Climate Change and Caribbean Tourism’. Mr. Bowleg gave a brief introduction to the islands of the Bahamas. He further explained a few key terms such as integrated water resources management, integrated coastal zone management, global warming and climate change. He then explained expected occurrences due to climate change. Some of the impacts mentioned were the increase in the surface temperature of the earth, the rise in the sea level, degradation of freshwater quality and expected increase in flooding and erosion in coastal areas.

Mr. J. Bowleg
Mr. J. Bowleg

Mr. Bowleg discussed water resources in The Bahamas including rainfall patterns, runoff, groundwater resources, extraction rates and the use of reverse osmosis to provide water resources in the islands.  Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) and Seawater District Cooling (SDC) were next on the agenda as he explained their potential to provide both energy and water; both areas critical in the tourism industry.

Josiah questions Mr. Bowleg
Josiah questions Mr. Bowleg

It was a very interesting presentation and we could see that Mr. Bowleg really enjoyed educating us on this as there was passion in his presentation. The floor was opened to questions as Keron Best asked him about reverse osmosis and OTEC while Josiah Joseph had questions on OTEC implementation. There were questions from a few others which included Neil McIntyre, Jenielle Rhone, Ms. Mackay and Dr. Spencer. Trichina Smith thanked Mr. Bowleg on behalf of the CHTM family and presented him with a Certificate of Appreciation while Ms. Mackay made her closing remarks and extended heartfelt thanks to all who made the morning a success. The first of many lecture series was over, a new tradition, a new experience.

Trichina presents certificate of appreciation to Mr. Bowleg
Trichina presents certificate of appreciation to Mr. Bowleg

Our event photographer, Jenielle Rhone, did a great job after just 10 minutes of training. She did, however, take a few ‘candids’, check out this hilarious video of how NOT to take great photos.

How Not to Take Great Photos by J. Rhone

by Sherika Delaney, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photography © 2016, Jenielle Rhone, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

 

Orientation 2016

The semester is off to an enthusiastic start. Orientation for new students has ended. Understandably there was lots to cover. Administration, faculty and members of the student executive committee were all on hand to support the new students as they settle in to a new environment.

Mrs. Valderine Major, Student Services Manager coordinated an extensive orientation programme over several days. New students are engaged in a multitude of presentations covering:

  • Adjusting to a new culture
  • Managing conflict
  • Budgeting and life away from home
  • Immigration and trailing courses
  • Balancing time and studies
  • Housing and residence life
  • Safeguarding you and your environment
  • Circle of friends

Mrs. Rollins, in Accounts, reviewed the procedures for payment of fees, collection of tickets and school supplies and other important information related to the services provided by the accounting office. Mrs. Carey, Ms. Glinton and Ms. Mackay also welcomed students and introduced their respective roles.

Practical matters are also being attended to as students registered for classes, got settled in to their apartments, completed banking, took ID photos, and met the faculty and staff. And of course, no orientation would be complete without  social events to the mall, beach and that first (shocking) visit to the supermarket.

Ofcourse, the much anticipated Director’s Cocktail event was a smashing success. New students received their assigned ‘nickname’s’ and had the opportunity to relax and get to know each other as well as faculty and staff.

The CHTM extends a warm welcome to our new students who will call this home for the next two years.  It is our hope  that it will be a personal and academically rewarding experience for all.

To our returning students, may your final year here be a source of joy and pride as you solidify friendships and prepare for life beyond CHTM.

With best wishes for a successful semester,

The Faculty and Staff of CHTM