Miss CHTM 2015: My Experience

Preparations are well underway for the Miss UWI CHTM 2015 pageant, with vigorous training sessions and photo shoots to match. The theme Tribal Royale: Honouring our Past Embracing our Future stems from the committee’s vision to join the world in honouring our heritage and encompassing it into our future.

As the only plus-sized contestant of six – why join this pageant?

My answer is simple, beauty is being comfortable and confident in your own skin. As a contestant in this pageant, one must use the opportunity to portray their true beauty. Entering this pageant is my personal statement of confidence and self acceptance. Through it, I will be confident and showcase my inner and physical beauty and hope that it radiates outward for others to see.

Also, being my final year at CHTM, what other fun way to end the year! It is also a great opportunity to bond with my fellow contestants, who have ultimately become like family.

Each day is a new learning experience for us, because we not only learn things about ourselves, but also about communication, leadership, poise and how to conduct ourselves in a manner befitting a pageant queen. I never saw pageantry as a competition, but rather as a learning experience.

On Valentine’s Day, we conducted our introductory shoot which was amazing. The photos are up on the Facebook pageant page Miss UWI CHTM 2015: Tribal Royale, for persons to vote for the People’s Choice.

Photography by Krystle Mahabir © 2015

On February 22, 2015, runway training took place with runway specialist, model, former Miss Barbados World contestant and very own student, Ms. Emilomo Akpevwiehor who whipped us into shape and taught us how to work the runway and how to strut our stuff with poise.

So come out one and all on April 11, 2015 as we crown the Miss UWI CHTM Pageant Queen for 2015.

by Erica Mellows (BSc. Tourism Management, 2015)

CHTM Stars at Book Launch

Thursday, February 19, 2015 marked a great day for Caribbean tourism education with the official launch of Contemporary Caribbean Tourism: Concepts and Cases, a book written by Drs. Sherma Roberts, Mechelle Best and Acolla Lewis-Cameron and published by Ian Randle Publishers, Jamaica.

The publication represents a notable contribution to the Caribbean tourism industry in general and Caribbean tourism education in particular and is expected to become the ‘go to’ text for academics in the field.

The occasion was made that much more special as three CHTM alumni were forefront in the proceedings.

Dr. Mechelle Best completed her BSc. degree in Hotel Management at CHTM in 1995 and is currently Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Recreation & Tourism Management at California State University – Northridge.

Dr. Acolla Lewis-Cameron completed her BSc. degree in Tourism Management at CHTM in 1996 and is currently Lecturer in Tourism and Hospitality Management at the University of the West Indies,  St. Augustine campus.

Also on hand at the celebration of publication, held in Barbados, was  feature speaker Dr. Andrew Spencer (BSc. Tourism Management, 2003) currently Head of Department and Director of CHTM.

Photographs compliments of Mechelle Best, PhD

Available at Ian Randle Publishers and on Amazon.com

Restaurant Schedule Semester II 2015

We are back!

On Friday February 13, UWI House Restaurant is ready to wet your palettes with exotic cuisines from around the world. Yes, we said it, around the world!

Our international cuisines will be alternated between lunch and dinner each week, so it is even more convenient for you; from a quick bite at lunch to the fine dining setting in the evening. Decide on a date and you can take your whole family or just your special someone for a romantic lunch or dinner.

Get those taste buds ready for an adventurous experience with different spices and flavours.

Below is the restaurant schedule; for more information and reservations contact the Manager for the restaurant of your interest today.

Can’t wait to see you!

Restaurant Schedule and Managers’ Contacts

Lunch – England, February 13, 2015

Collete Belgrave collieboo89@hotmail.com

Kendra Branch katrinabr11@hotmail.com


Dinner – Thailand, February 20, 2015

Andrew Morgan andrew93morgan@gmail.com

Sasha-Gaye Chambers sashagayechambers@gmail.com

Shauna-Lee Thompson shauna_st_st@hotmail.com


Lunch – Mexico, February 27, 2015

N’Jelle Davis niggid@gmail.com

Onieka Haye nieka_haye@yahoo.com


Dinner – France, March 6, 2015

Jade Taylor-White jadet-w@live.com

Roxanne Johnson roxanne.johnson64@yahoo.com


Lunch – Greece, March 13, 2015 

Orane Gordon oranebgordon@yahoo.com

Dexter Martin dexter.martin1@gmail.com


Dinner – China, March 20, 2015

Chanice Perry chanice.perry@gmail.com

Chad Applewaite chapplewhaite@hotmail.com


Lunch – Italy, March 27, 2015

Tiara Bristol t-ia-ra1694@hotmail.com

Ramone Codrington codrington.ramone@gmail.com


Dinner – Spain, April 3, 2015

Lifa Morean lifa.morean@gmail.com

Stacy-Ann Foster fosterstacyann@yahoo.com


Lunch – India, April 10, 2015

Kadisha Mullin kadishamullin@hotmail.com

Danielle Goddard danielle-goddard@hotmail.com


Culturama 2015

On February 11, 2015 CHTM held its 23rd annual Culturama. In our small yet diverse community, Culturama is just one of the ways in which students from each country are able to share various aspects of their culture with their fellow classmates, faculty and the wider Bahamian community. One day without classes where we can all enjoy food and entertainment from our home countries- all the ingredients for a perfect day. Ackee and saltfish, jerk chicken, fish cakes, sweet bread, chicken sous, chicken and roti, cherry coconut rum cake are just a few of the Caribbean delicacies that were available from Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago; One Caribbean, many identities.

By attending Culturama we were afforded this great opportunity to understand and appreciate the uniqueness that each culture has to offer and gain a greater appreciation for our own culture as we reminisced by singing old time folk songs as well as playing cultural charades. It was an awesome day of fun, food, laughter and excitement and for many students I’m sure it almost felt like home. We should always remember where we are coming from and never cease to share that with the world.

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and soul of its people”.

~ Mahatma Ghandi 

by Shantiqua Sinclair (B.Sc Tourism Management, 2015)

Photography by Krystle Mahabir © 2015

Wibisco Pyramid
Team Barbados
Smile Jamaica
Trini Delights
Chef Lifa hard at work
Fany showcasing a Junkanoo Headpiece
Our Cultural Melting Pot
Mrs. Major enjoying the festivites

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Profile – Mary Seacole

To acknowledge Black History Month, we commemorate two  Caribbean achievers and activists. Their dedication and creativity in  elevating and liberating themselves as Caribbean people is admirable.  They have shown us that we can make our dreams happen whether great or small, and be fearless in doing so.

Part 2 of 2 – Mary Seacole

Mary Jane Grant was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805 to a Scottish soldier and a free Jamaican woman. Her mother was a ‘doctress’, a healer who used traditional Caribbean and African herbal remedies. She kept a boarding house for invalid soldiers called Bundel Hall.  Here Mary adopted her mother’s nursing skills.

In 1836 Mary married Edwin Horatio Hamilton Seacole and was unfortunately widowed by 1844.  She fell into a state grief as her mother followed soon after. A resilient Mary overcame her grief and dedicated herself solely to her work. She travelled a lot and visited places such as Cuba, Haiti, The Bahamas, Central America and Britain and while on these trips she complemented her knowledge of traditional medicine with European medicine.

In 1854 she travelled to England and applied at the war office to be sent as an army nurse to Crimea to help care for soldiers and was rejected.   She was not deterred and subsequently funded her own trip to Crimea.  She established a boarding house called The British Hotel where she provided comfortable quarters for the sick and those who were recovering. She also visited the battlefield where she nursed the wounded, sometimes under fire, and it was because of this, she was given the alias ‘Mother Seacole’.

Her memoirs, The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands, were published in 1857.  It is one of the earliest autobiographies of a mixed race woman.  In 1957, the Mary Seacole Hall was built at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus to house an increasing female student population and is currently the only female sorority on the campus.

Mary died in 1881 in at her home in Paddington, London. Though she is rarely spoken of, her service on the battlefield will never be forgotten and in recent years there has been a reawakening.  Efforts are being made to properly acknowledge her achievements.

Mary Jane Seacole was awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit in 1991.  She was dubbed a pioneer nurse and affectionately remembered as a heroine of the Crimean war.

by Jana Dwyer (BSc. Tourism Management 2015)

STAR Presents…

Students Talented and Artistically Recognized (STAR) was created out of passions for the performing arts. It was so designed to be an environment where students are able to have fun with each other while building bonds that they can cherish for a lifetime.

Our mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to express themselves through dance, drama, song and poetry.

In addition, the ideal is that student get involved in their school environment and community positively. We create, have fun and chill with each other. It’s not about who can dance or sing best, it’s about being crazy just for the sake of it; and bringing out the best of each other. As we always say “Everyone has a talent, you just need help harvesting it”.

By Reneé Chambers (B.Sc. Tourism Management, 2015)

Historic Walking Tour

Who knew an historic walking tour would be so much fun??? On February 3rd, 2015, my colleagues and I visited some of Bahamas’ most historic sites and it was just that – fun! At first, the field trip sounded quite boring and many, if not all of us, lacked the enthusiasm to attend. However, with our Caribbean Travel and Tourism lecturer every ounce of boredom was erased from this trip and our group, 40 strong, had a great time together.

The idea that each student picked a site and was able to present a brief background history, not only made the trip more interesting but it allowed us, as foreign students, to learn more about the rich history and culture of The Bahamas. It is safe to say that the majority of us would leave this island ignorant of the existence and importance of these sites.

Some of the sites we explored were, Pirates Museum, Pompey Museum, John Bull, Rawson Square, Graycliff, the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and the Nassau Public Library. We also got a tour of Government House – the official residence of the Governor General – and was edified with the history of the Government and the Royal family.

It would take me hours to share with you all the information and sites we covered today so enjoy some photo highlights that will cover our ADVENTURE FOR THE DAY!

by Andrew Morgan (B.Sc. Hotel Management, 2015)

Photography by Krystle Mahabir © 2015

Payments Travel Cuba

This is a reminder to those who have decided to travel with our UWI/CHTM group to Cuba this Easter, April 1 – 6, 2015.
Payments are to  be made to Mrs. Vernita Kelly at our UWI office. You will receive a receipt.
All CHTM students are welcome to join.
Another bulletin will be sent out next week with details of the tours available for our group.
Matthew William
Spanish Lecturer


Photography Elizabeth Mackay © 2014

Travel Cuba Details

  • Travel Dates – Wednesday April 1 until Monday April 6, 2015.
  • Initial payment of $200.00 (Bah. or U.S.) due Feb. 4th.
  • Please indicate single or double occupancy.
  • In case of double occupancy, please indicate the name of the person sharing room.
  • Prompt payment will ensure room and flight bookings.
  • Full refunds are guaranteed up to March 4th, when the balance is due for flight and accommodation (see info below)
  • A meeting for all persons interested in joining the UWI travel group will take place on Friday Jan. 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the UWI restaurant, Bahamas Tourism Training Centre on Thompson Boulevard.
  • Roundtrip air ticket with Visa: $346.00 (Bah./US)
  • Total accommodation per person: Single – $245.00 (Bah./US); Double – $180.00 (Bah./US).
  • Airport tax to be paid before departure in Nassau – $76

Matthew William

Contacts: matt44will@hotmail.com or  call – 5525691

Profile – Sir Sidney Poitier

To acknowledge Black History Month, we commemorate two  Caribbean achievers and activists. Their dedication and creativity in  elevating and liberating themselves as Caribbean people is admirable.  They have shown us that we can make our dreams happen whether great or small, and be fearless in doing so.

Part 1 of 2 – Sir Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier is the first black man to have won an Academy Award for Best Actor. He won the award for his role in Lilies of the Field (1964). Certainly he must have had an easy life. Well he did not. Like many people who have accomplished great things, Sidney Poitier first had to overcome many obstacles.

Sidney Poitier was born in Miami in 1927, two months premature, he was not expected to survive.  After a two month stay in Florida he returned home to his parent farm in Cat Island. The farm was unsuccessful and Sidney and his parents relocated to New Providence when he was about 10 years old.

As a young adult his struggles continued; to support himself,  he worked several menial jobs after being sent to New York City by his father. It was there and then that he found his life’s passion – Acting!

This ambitious young Bahamian made a deal with the American Negro Theatre in New York City to receive acting lessons in exchange for working as a janitor at the theatre. From there,he worked his way up filling in for stars like Harry Belafonte and appearing in the prolific Broadway production of Lysistrata. In 1950 he made his Hollywood debut in the film No Way Out.

Poitier was subsequently cast in supporting roles in Blackboard Jungle (1955) and gained an Academy Award nomination for The Defiant Ones (1958).  Poitier became a top star earning leading roles in the musical Porgy and Bess (co-staring with Dorothy Dandrigde) and A Raisin in the Sun.  In 1967 hit Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, he played the role of a black man engaged to a white woman. This was a highly controversial movie as America had just legalized interracial marriage in all states and there was still great hostility.

Sidney Poitier stands as a shining example of the power of dedication and hard work. Not only did he achieve personal success he worked tirelessly to overcome the film industry’s colour barrier and remains an influential figure in race relations both in the Caribbean and the United States.

by Jana Dwyer

BSc. Tourism Management major (2015)

Part 2 – Mary Seacole, February 9, 2015