Alumni Luncheon a Delightful Success...
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7:12:43 PM

“NCU must take steps to build entrepreneurs,” were the words of President-elect, Dr Trevor Gardner, during an inspiring message to an audience of proud Alumni, University Workers, and other special guests and dignitaries at an Alumni Luncheon held on main campus yesterday, Tuesday June 19, 2012.  The Luncheon was the first in the series of week-long commemorative activities, which are to be staged to mark his installation on Monday June 25, 2012.  He also used the occasion to speak on several pertinent issues concerning the development of the University.

In keeping with the week’s theme, Bold Beginnings... Challenging Present... Glorious Future, he began by acknowledging and commending the University Board Chairman and President of Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, Pastor Everett Brown for his “Christian commitment and vision for what NCU can become”, all this over a sumptuous three-course.

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Dr. Trevor Gardner, NCU President (right) listens to Dr. Byron Robinson (left) philanthropist while he makes a point at the NCU Alumni Luncheon  

Relevant to the economic climate in which we live, Dr. Gardner placed significant emphasis on financial matters, suggesting that the university revives its industrial spirit – making it clear that “there is a degree of genius in industry at this institution that the nation needs desperately”.  And in validating his call to build entrepreneurs, he went on to say, “sell intellectual power and property throughout the Caribbean; earn more money from the sale of intellectual property, rather than raising tuition”.

Dr Gardner also praised NCU students and alumni; sharing that he has found from interaction with corporate society that “the NCU graduate is paralleled by none”. He then made a welcomed announcement of plans to declare 50 scholarships in keeping with Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. 

Other major issues addressed by Dr Gardner included the development of the university town, plans for a medical school and the opening of a water-bottling plant for fundraising purposes.

Earlier in the programme, former United Student Movement (USM) President, Mr Robert Miller shared a little of his experiences working with Dr. Gardner. He described him as “an advocate for the rights of the vulnerable” and as a man with “creative ideas”.  Additionally, celebrated philanthropist Dr Byron Robinson recalled his West-Indies College experience and how it helped shape his character and introduced him to Jesus.

The entire setting was very beautiful. The Main Auditorium was well adorned, as a bride awaiting her groom, with colours of blue, yellow and white fabric, in the midst were immaculately outfitted dining tables, dressed to perfection. Proud alumni, university administrators and other special guests and dignitaries were lounged and dined as the soothing sound of piano chords hovered throughout the room.

As the commemorative activities continue, the entire university family is in high gear as it prepares for other events which are to happen on campus this week. 

   Carl Cunningham                                                                                                                    Intern (Corporate Communications, Marketing, and Public Relations)

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