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A picture is worth a thousand words…but a thousand pictures create a story of their own.

Our two years at CHTM are coming to an end, so to preserve our memories, celebrate our friendships and commemorate the family we’ve created, the graduating class of 2017 all (well most) came together last Sunday. We were dressed elegantly in white and black, for the annual graduating class photoshoot, taking a thousand pictures to help us create our story, our yearbook. The location, to fit the royals we believe we are, the historic Queen’s Staircase in New Providence.

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Preparations started a week in advance, gathering shoes, dresses, shirts, accessories and more. Early on Sunday, the girls were hustling to get their hair completed and the boys getting their fresh cut. Some girls made appointments with our local make-up artist, Christal-Ann Downes, to get their makeup done, starting as early as 10:30a.m so that everyone could be ready for pick up at 3:00p.m.

The morning of the shoot, we learned that the student executive had a surprise for us; they arranged for us to release floating lanterns into the sea at nightfall.

CHTM filled The Queen’s Staircase that evening. After overcoming a small hiccup at the start of the evening, the pictures began! It’s safe to say that snapchat saw a whole lot of CHTM that day. As the photographer took the individual photos, the rest of the students became photographers of their own. Neil even filled in for the photographer as he took a little break, of course we had to act naturally when he returned.

The evening was passing and the students were beginning to get fatigued. Much thanks to Denroy, who managed to speed up the process so we could move to the group shots. The group shots proceeded; Class of 2017 photo, Hotel students, Tourism students (with the best group shot) and the house photos, respectively. By this time, we were exhausted! Thankfully it was time to leave this venue and head to the next, the much-needed food stop, which went longer than planned as we had to wait for the sun to set.

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We then headed over to Cable beach where the lanterns were lit and released. Some of us battled with the wind to keep our lanterns lit while others tried not to get their clothes wet. Nonetheless, it was a peaceful and poetic ending to the day, as the lanterns floated away and our lights shined brightly from the west, despite the fact that most drowned within seconds and a few caught on fire.

But we couldn’t leave just yet… CHTM never leaves without an exit! The men of CHTM tested their strength on this day as they had to push-start one of the buses so we could get home. Luckily, we have some ‘strong’ men with us and got home safely.

‘You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.’  -Dr. Seuss

By Charlotte Rajkumar, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Photos courtesy of Neil McIntyre, Sherika Dalaney, Shanice Jordon, Kerron Best, Tichina Smith, Melissa Leslie, Donella Blackman, Auri-Mae Thomas, Jasonta Bowen, Ayisha Elliot and Charlotte Rajkumar.

Videos courtesy of Anika Chambers & Jalisa Cumberbatch

Cultural Clashes to Cultural Bonding

I never imagined that I would be studying with students from around the Caribbean, countries like Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and St. Lucia. I was so excited when I discovered all the nationalities present at CHTM. I had never heard accents from Barbados, St Lucia, and other Caribbean countries before starting this journey. In fact, if you had given me a map of the Caribbean which was not labeled, I would have had some difficulty identifying each island.  If you have attended the University of The West Indies Center for Hotel and Tourism Management, (UWI, CHTM) it is possible that you had your share of disagreements.

My clash came very early on in the first semester before even stepping foot into a classroom, before I met anyone or knew any of their names.  My encounter started at a famous social spot in Nassau where all of the new students met before the official start of class for meet and greet and a social outing to get the new students accustomed to the island.  During the night, I was socializing and talking to the other students, words were exchanged and the rest was history.  I learnt my lesson very early on to never call a group of Caribbean people “boring” again.  If words could kill, I would be laying in my grave.

I began to learn that the transition for everyone was not easy, from students being home sick to communication barriers, even though each of us spoke English, the accents and slangs made it difficult to understand each other.  From the Jamaican dialect, some of their phases were “How yuh stay” this expression means how are you, and another slang was “Gud Mawnin”, which explains itself, Good Morning.  Barbadians, also referred to as Bajans, say “Wuking up”, which means to dance up or whine your waist with energy.  Another Bajan slang is “Pompasettin”, which means, showing off.  Also, slangs from Trinidad and Tobago are “Just Now”, which means to hold on one second, or “Lime” meaning to hang out or “waz di scene” which means, hey, what are you doing.  The most famous saying that students learnt from The Bahamas is “MuddaSick”.  This slang is used to express amazement, surprise or disappointment.  In fact, it can be used to express any strong feeling or emotion, it is not limited and usually, this phrase is accompanied by the word “well” in front of it.

After several weeks of class, a particular individual reached out to me because of his situation and we instantly clicked.  At this point, the cultures were slowly integrating and even though I was still considered the outcast by a few persons in my class, because of my “boring” remark, my transition started and I was swiftly moving from an outcast to becoming a family member.

Day trip at Clifton Heritage Park, Jaws Beach

During the spring semester of 2016, the bond between myself and the other CHTM students grew and became stronger than ever.  As a matter of fact, the entire student body began bonding with each other, strengthening their relationships which were once strained during the previous semester.  The more time we spent with each other, it was as if we were a tight knitted family, experiencing things like beach trips, partying at events/night clubs and even helping each other with assignments and financial needs, and also being a support system mentally through conversations.

Cabbage Beach, Atlantis Pool – Easter weekend 2016

It was game night February 5, 2017, and for the very first time ever during 2015 – 2017, we experienced second and third-year males all bonding in one setting.  The event which created this was Super Bowl, the most anticipated game of the season.  The showdown was between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.  The game started off without a hitch, rum/liquors were being served around the room namely, Ricardo coconut rum, Tanqueray Gin, and the favorite of the crowd, 12-year-old Eldorado.  Each person had their favorite team to win the game.  I, Mr. Lowe and Sakele Watts were rooting for the Atlanta falcons to win the game and the other guys were cheering for the New England Patriots to win.  Kynann was the one person I was not sure of because he was a flip-flopper rooting for both sides, it was whoever won for him.

Super Bowl night 2017 Patriots vs. Falcons

The first two quarters were a blowout, 0-21 was the score and the Atlanta fans were happy. You could have heard a pin drop in the New England camp.  Then there was the halftime performances, the artist was Lady Gaga.  Someone commented that Lady Gaga was the white Rihanna then a big debate broke out it was hilarious, please watch the video clip inserted in this blog.  After the halftime show was done, the New England Patriots were getting one touchdown after another, they were suddenly tied.  Time would seal the faith for both teams and in the last few seconds, the Patriots scored the winning touchdown.  The opposition fans were disappointed, of course, especially Mr. Lowe who said: “I won’t ever watch American football again”.  That night was definitely a success that each one of us will remember it for the rest of our lives.

By Vernon L. Weech, BSc. Tourism Management, 2017

Thanks to all the students who shared photos for this post.

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.

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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

Farewell CHTM Class of 2016

Until We Meet Again…

Remember your friendships – they will support you through the inevitable challenges of life.

Remember your struggles – they have strengthened you in preparation for success.

Remember your achievements – they are a reminder that hard work and determination pay off.

Remember your regrets – they teach you who you are and what you want for yourself and your life.

As you leave CHTM and take the next steps on your path, we wish each of you the very best that life has to offer. From our position of experience we know that life will bring challenges your way. Those challenges test you and mold you into stronger more focused individuals.

It is our hope that you rise above each challenge, embrace every opportunity, fortify fulfilling friendships, enjoy rewarding careers, live balanced lives, contribute meaningfully to your families and communities, and, in your own special way, make the world a better place.

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From Ms. Kristen Glinton:

Always remember that your mindset will determine your success. So,
Embrace challenges instead of avoiding them.
Keep going when things get difficult; don’t give up easily.
See effort as the path to mastery instead of a waste of time.
Learn from criticism instead of ignoring it.
Find inspiration from the success of others.
Never feel threatened by someone else’s success, make your own!!
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From Ms. Elizabeth Mackay:
It has been a pleasure teaching you over the past two years. It is my deepest wish that your education will serve you well and that you will each live happy and successful lives. Keep well!
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From Mrs. Christine Rollins, Accounts Department:

Wishing the graduating class of 2016 all the best as you embark on your future endeavors.

“Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.”
~ Arie Pencovici

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With  best wishes to you all,

The Faculty and Staff of CHTM

Photography by Elizabeth Mackay ©2016

Graduating Class of 2016

Send-Off Ceremony, Saturday, May 7, 2016

Theme: Through Difficulties to Excellence

Wacky Day 2016

Just when you thought you had seen it all the students of CHTM found a way to add a tad bit more creativity to the traditional “Wacky Day”. It’s hard to understand how the persons you are used to seeing on a daily basis could be so unrecognizable for a day. Well if it’s one thing with CHTM, the students know how to defy all odds and so they did. If only our parents could see us now, after all those years of grooming we’ve finally transformed into the men and women they wanted us to be all along. I’m sure they would be proud to call us their sons and daughters – or maybe not.

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Too cool fa school

Hats off to those brave souls that took to the streets as it really was a sight to behold. I don’t think we did The University of West Indies any justice as the Bahamian population must be thinking that CHTM is an institution for “special” people. The participation in this special day was outstanding which just shows how much of a family we are. Maybe our parents should withdraw us from university and check us into mental institutions.

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Screams and shouts echoed in the hallway as students were surprised by the extent some went to express their inner “wackuro”. Some students were crazy enough to wear panties and bras over their clothes while others went to the extent of cross dressing. Are we really the future?  If that’s the case the future doesn’t look so bright after all. Students formed groups and took pictures to ensure that the memories of this special day would never be forgotten.

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The humor and joy in the atmosphere made this day  pretty enjoyable as students did a good job at showing their “Wacky Skills”. All in all it was a good day and I hope this tradition continues as it’s a reminder that the students of CHTM are truly “special” indeed.

By: Dominic Mitchell (BSc. Tourism Management 2016)

Photos By: Samantha Seedath and Shanice Jordan © 2016

Carnival Chronicles 3: The Finale

You’ve heard of alcoholics, movieholics, even cookieholics. CHTM is proud to bring you the most epic generation of Feterholics and Socaholics. Yes I said it guys! Carnival was Soca Revolution. Definitely the most exhilarating event in CHTM’s calendar of events, it was all that we expected it to be and more. Who said walking from Arawak Cay to C.O.B was a long journey? Most of us can’t even remember when or how we got there! Some would even go as far to say we got there way too soon.

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The journey was filled with liquor, the sweet sound of soca music, “wining”, “wukkin’ up”, “ducking” and of course our beautifully costumed CHTM family and friends. Like the Ultimate Boat Rave cruise, and like all Caribbean people, we started late. This mattered not when an hour later, the ‘vybz’ hit us, our chip to downtown erupted into dancing our way into town.

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The main street was filled with excited onlookers capturing some of CHTM’s finest carnival moments. Traffic piled up, but nobody minded one bit. CHTM Carnival was a sight to behold. Along the journey, we forgot about traffic, we forgot about people of the outside world. In our own little Carnival world, all that mattered was our enjoyment and creating our sweet sweet soca memories.

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Tired? What was tired? We didn’t know. We didn’t feel. Even with twisted ankles, worn out shoes, ripped stockings; evidence of a long journey, we still didn’t know. But boy oh boy did we find out after. “Tyad bodies” entered into CHTM’s dining room where our lovely classmates prepared food for our starving tummies. Sprawled on the floor, out on the grass, on any surface we could place ourselves on, we ate ravenously.

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The Soca Revolution, came to an end. In the last few minutes of the day, we sat and lay in the company of our friends and relived the moments we wished had never end. CHTM Carnival for us, it’s not just an event, it’s an experience and one that will live on in our hearts forever…

by Samantha Seedath, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Photos by Samantha Seedath © 2016

The Ultimate Boat Rave

This must have been one of if not the most anticipated events in CHTM’s history. The idea of partying on a boat was surprisingly the main pull factor for this event – did everyone suddenly forget the horrors of the Titanic? Clearly the tragedy of that event was forgotten as the cruise was one of the most attended events thus far. So what was the equation that made this event such a success? ‘Raving on a boat would no doubt lead to an ultimate experience?’ or was it ‘In order to rave and have an ultimate experience you need a boat?’ Regardless of the equation, the promoters did a spectacular job with naming the event ‘The Ultimate Boat Rave’ as it was just that indeed.

Boarding time for the cruise was 9pm and the boat was set to sail at 10pm HOWEVER if it’s one thing that Caribbean people can’t get correct is being on time and because of this the boat ended up leaving at 10:40pm. Regardless of the time the boat set sail the patrons were ready and excited to start partying as this was the beginning of ‘Survival Weekend’ a.k.a Carnival Weekend.

All aboard
All aboard

As soon as the soca began to play everyone’s face lit up, after all Caribbean people love their soca. In no time patrons were jumping, screaming and jamming to their favourite songs and if for some strange reason The Islands of The Bahamas were unaware that U.W.I was having a party on the sea I guarantee they knew now as it is a tradition for our events to ‘stir’ things up in The Bahamas. What was also phenomenal and worth noticing is that it felt like two parties happening on one boat. Upstairs had the section of patrons who were a bit “more energetic” I would say as they were all over the boat jumping and screaming, I guess some could argue “The Real Lovers of Soca”. While on the other hand there were the ‘calmer’ patrons who preferred the luxury of space and decided to relax while enjoying the music.

Upper deck soca fest
Upper deck soca fest

Everyone knows that you cannot have a soca party without rum as the songs says “Whole day we drinking and we no need no chaser, rum inna we system I’m a professional drinker”. The patrons were delighted as there was a large array of alcohol to choose from which just added to the ‘Ultimate Experience’. It can be argued that alcohol brings out peoples true colours and that was very evident as ‘shy’ people were dancing away in the spotlight and ‘quiet’ people were excessively loud.

All in all it was a very successful event and hats off to the Student Executive Committee for pulling off another epic event.

By: Dominic Mitchell (BSc. Tourism Management, 2016)

Photos by Samantha Seedath and Shanice Jordan © 2016

 

Clash of Colours – Crazy Olympics 2016

As the sun rose on Thursday 25th February, 2016 a group of restless sleepers excitedly rose at sunrise to prepare for the battle ahead because today, this day, the usually close family of CHTM was ready for our inter-house war. The day we had long anticipated was finally here, IT WAS CRAZY OLYMPICS!! The cloudy skies that threatened ‘bad weather’ didn’t shake our mighty house spirit.

Dressed and ready for the day ahead with our respective house colours represented by t-shirts, make up and for some extremists hair colours; Ivy League – White, Phoenix – Red, Magic – Yellow and Supreme- Blue were immensely supported.

Guess what house?
Guess what house?

We flowed off the buses to the cold and windy beach of Goodman’s Bay. After a quick few minutes to set up and gather in our houses we were brought together for a short morning devotion and prayer to unify us one last time before the battle ahead.

Following pre-judging activities, Supreme Blue was leading with 11 points closely followed by Phoenix with 10, Magic with 8 and Ivy League with 2. Now it was time to start the first segment of the day featuring events such as Pass the Sand, Mummy Madness, Four-legged Race, Blindfolded Frog, and Dizzy Body.

Pass the Sand
Pass the Sand

The flawless ‘Pass the Sand’ technique of Magic resulted in them defeating close competitors Ivy League in the first round of the event then Supreme Blue in the third round of the event to secure their first win of the day. Other much anticipated events were the Four-legged race (or ‘the run too fast and you’ll fall race) won in stellar fashion by Team Phoenix and the Blindfold Frog where competitors were expected to hop blindfolded to the finish line – won by Phoenix who sprung across the field to take the top spot in this event.

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Four-legged race

In the Piggyback race, there was an unfortunate which resulted in the ambulance being called. We thank God that all is well with Akylia.

In support it was collectively agreed  to end Crazy Olympics, leaving the points tally at Magic leading with 38 points, second place was Phoenix with 32 points, closely behind in third was Supreme Blue with 31 points and closing up with 26 points was Ivy League.

Congratulations to defending champions Magic for retaining their trophy another year.

Congrats Magic!
Congrats Magic!

Also a special thank you goes out to everyone who came and supported their houses this Crazy Olympics 2016.

by Kiana Jessamy, BSc. Tourism Management 2016

Photos by Kiana Jessamy © 2016

Memorial Service for the late Ainsworth ‘Ainsley’ McLaren O’Reilly

 

The service to honor the memory of the late Ainsworth ‘Ainsley’ O’Reilly was fittingly held at University of the West Indies, Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management(CHTM) on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Born October 31, 1936, Mr. O’Reilly lived a life of passion and poise and passed away on February 16, 2016 at the age of 79. He was fondly remembered as devoted husband, brother and father, compassionate friend, educator and mentor, devoted Head of Department (CHTM), and Distinguished Lt. Governor with Excellence (Kiwanis Club of Nassau).

Ainsley’s life exemplified one of service, dignity and style and we are all blessed to have known him.

Mrs. O’Reilly and the family of Ainsworth express their thanks to all for the outpouring of love and support during this time.

A tribute in Poetry to Mr. O’Reilly (Beloved Teacher)

(Juline Mills, CHTM – Class of 1993)

Success

They have achieved success

who have lived well,

laughed often, and loved much;

who have enjoyed the trust of

pure men and women,

the respect of intelligent people and

the love of little children;

who have filled their niche and accomplished their tasks;

who have left the world better than they found it

whether by an improved poppy,

a perfect poem or a rescued soul;

who have never lacked appreciation of Earth’s beauty

or failed to express it;

who have always looked for the best in others and

given them the best they had;

whose lives were an inspiration;

whose memory a benediction.

Author: Bessie Anderson Stanley, 1904

Photos compliments of Elizabeth Mackay © 2016