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U N I V E R S I T Y O F T E C H N O L O G Y, J A M A I C A
Quarterly Newsletter of the Division of Human Resources and Administration , University of Technology, Jamaica
Unity In Action HAPPY HOLIDAYS! The festive season is fast approaching! It’s a time of sharing, giving and celebrating love. It is also a time to look back on the past year and recognize the obstacles we have overcome and the achievements accomplished.
Inside this issue Editorial……………………………………………………..……..….1-2 Message from the President…………………………………….2 Farewell to Professor Kulkarni…………….....…..……….....3 Christmas Flowers………………………………….….….…..…….4
A rope is strong, because its threads are united. We cannot break it unless the threads are separated. As we reflect on our mission “To Stimulate Positive Change in Caribbean Society through the Provision of High Quality Learning and Research Opportunities and Service to our Communities,” for this Ay 2013/2014 we must bear in mind, the economic challenges that are upon us. In spite of these challenges we must unite in order to fulfill our mission and foster growth and development. As J.K. Rowling states, “We are only as strong as we are united, and as weak as we are divided.” For those among us who have lost families, friends and loved ones, our continued prayers are with you. To our staff, we would like to personally thank you for your dedication, skill and commitment in making UTech the dynamic and respected institution it is today. Let us focus on improving internal customer service by valuing the work that each individual does as no one unit can fulfill the mission on its own. The ultimate success always depends upon the people. I trust that the New Year will bring with it renewed energy, hope and prosperity. Continued on Page 2
Craft Creation………………………………..…..………..…….…...5 How to get into the Holiday Spirits……………….………….6 Know Your Benefits…………………………………………...…….7 Your Health Matters—Prostate……………..………………..8 Your Health Matters—Breast...……………..………………..9 Internet Safety………………………………………………….10-11 Just for fun/Did you know corner.…………………..……..11 Seasons Greetings & Directories.…………….……….…...12
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Message from the President The Holiday Season is upon us! It is a time to share with family and friends.
Professor the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, MD, PhD, FRCP (UK), FACP, FRSM (UK), FRSH
As another exciting year draws to a close, let us take time out to be thankful and reflect on the successes and challenges of the past year.
While this has been a challenging year for the UTECH family, I am very proud of the strides that the University has been able to make in 2013. Our successes have been made possible only because of a dedicated team of faculty, administrators, technical, ancillary and support staff. Our many initiatives driven by our thrust to fulfill the University’s mission and vision have enriched the institution and strengthened our standing as an intellectual destination. We have remained committed to helping the University adapt to a changing global environment, in particular recognizing the need to strengthen our intellectual capacity. As the New Year approaches with new challenges and new opportunities, I am very optimistic that we have a talented and loyal team who will help us maintain our accomplishments and strongly position us for even more progress and success. I would like to once again thank you all for your commitment to UTECH. Your long and hard hours of labour are invaluable. I trust that the New Year will bring hope and promises of good things, and that as a recognized Educational Institution we will aspire to conduct our business in a manner we can all be proud of. It is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do as it distinguishes us from our competitors and resonates with our existing and prospective customers and build a brand that is unique and well sought after. I wish for you and your family a prosperous and festive holiday season and a happy, healthy and safe New Year.
Let us collectively and conscientiously create an environment that will make us Mrs. Jennifer Ellis. VP HR proud as we build on the and Administration prestigious heritage that has made UTECH what it is today. On behalf of the Division of Human Resources and Administration, sincere thanks for your continued commitment and we wish for you and your family a heartwarming relaxing and fantastic Christmas Holidays and a prosperous 2014! Jennifer Ellis Vice President Division of Human Resources & Administration
If You Ever Want to See Your Mother Again. A small boy was writing a letter to God about the Christmas presents he badly wanted. "I've been good for six months now." he wrote. But after a moment's reflection he crossed out "six months" and wrote "three months." After a pause that was crossed out and he put "two weeks." There was another pause and that was crossed out too. He got up from the table and went over to the nativity scene that had the figures of Mary and Joseph. He picked up the figure of Mary, wrapped it gently in a cloth, and put it in a drawer in his room. He then went back to his writing and started again: "Dear God, if ever you want to see your mother again.!" Editorial Committee Jennifer Ellis
‘One luv & walk good’.!!!
Heather White Urla Junor
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FAREWELL TO PROFESSOR ASHOK KULKARNI Professor Ashok Kulkarni came to the University of Technology, Jamaica as Deputy President on September 15, 2008. He started out his career as Junior Research Fellow at CSIR New Delhi in 1969 and throughout the years served as Lecturer, Professor, Chairman, Dean and was the Head of the Department of Applied Physics at the Papua New Guinea University of Technology in Papua New Guinea. Professor Ashok Kulkarni has invested his many years of experience and wealth of knowledge in our University during his tenure here. His presence has certainly made a great impact on improving our institution by stimulating positive change through high quality learning and research opportunities as driven by the Universityâ€™s mission statement. The University community wants to wish Professor Kulkarni and his family best wishes in their future endeavors.
Left to right: Prof. Errol Morrison, O.J, Prof. Kulkarni and Prof. Kent Pantry.
Left to right : Mrs. Arlene Miller-Fisher, and Mrs. Lalita Kulkarni
Left to right: Prof. Oswald Harding, Dr. Noel Brown and Prof. Kulkarni
Left to right: Prof. Oswald Harding, Dr. Noel Brown and Prof. Kulkarni
Left to right: Prof. Errol Morrison, O.J, Prof. Rosalea Hamilton, Prof. Kulkarni and Prof. Kent Pantry.
Left to right: Dr. Paul Golding, Prof. Kulkarni Prof. Oswald Harding,
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In New Zealand, the pĹ?hutukawa tree is often associated with Christmas, as its bright red flowers usually appear in December.
Christmas flowers are the popular flowers used during the festive season of Christmas. In many nations, seasonal flowers and plants such as Poinsettia, Christmas cactus, holly, Christmas rose, ivy, mistletoe, form a major part of traditional Christmas decoration.
Poinsettia The ancient Aztecs (ruling tribe in central Mexico at the time of contact with Europe) prized the poinsettia as a symbol of purity. Centuries later, Mexicoâ€™s early Christians adopted the poinsettia as their prized Christmas Eve flower. The Mexican poinsettia, known as the Christmas Flower in North America, is used in most Christmas decorations, owing to its bright red color and its blooming season coinciding with the Christmas holiday season.
Holly is the plant most associated with Christmas in many European countries. Holly wreaths are hung on doors, and sprigs of holly used to trim Christmas puddings.
Christmas cactus Christmas cactus, also known as orchid cactus, often blooms around Christmas time. Pendulous stems of Christmas cactus make it a great choice for hanging baskets. There are a number of different cactus species sold as "Christmas cactus."
Ivy Like most of the other Christmas flowers, ivy leaves symbolize eternity and resurrection. The ivy leaf has been associated with the Egyptian God, Osiris, and the Greco-Roman god, Attis; both of whom were resurrected from the dead.
Christmas rose One plant called Christmas rose is regarded as a true Christmas flower in certain parts of the world. Christmas rose (Serissa) is also known as the "snow rose" or "winter rose." Originally from tropical regions of Asia, cultivated Serissa often blooms during the winter.
Mistletoe Mistletoe is a Christmas plant whose origin is said to date back to the Pagans. Druid priests used this Christmas plant two hundred years before the birth of Christ in their winter celebrations. A more modern tradition is to exchange kisses under a sprig of mistletoe.
Another plant known as Christmas rose is Helleborus niger. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_flowers
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By: Alethia Robertson
My jewellery project began out of two different circumstances; one, a need to re-pay a $450,000 bill that was ordered by the Court after I assisted a lady and her small children to find a place to live and she forfeited on the arrangement, and the second, an effort to support two of my friends who were diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (one has since died). I have loved the arts from early childhood to the point where I kept my ‘drawing books’ and primary school art and craft pieces so my now-grown children (23 and 27 yrs) were able to see them. At Mico University, as well, my final-year major task was a papier mache piece for which I earned a B+ and in my spare time I sew, crotchet, play the drums, play the guitar, play netball or table tennis (lots of activities). About five years ago, I watched a gentleman for about forty-five minutes doing bead craft and became fascinated. At the end of that session, I asked and he directed me to where I could get the tools and material to teach myself. Since then, I have been creating and making pieces for family members and friends. As a part of my giving back, I volunteer teaching the skill at youth clubs, church groups, community groups, social groups etc.
As recent as this Summer I taught kids ages 4-16 years at the Tarrant Baptist Church’s Vocation Bible School and the Mentana Mental Recovery Group and am currently scheduled to go to a Reform Church in St. Thomas to assist with their skills training programme. I enjoy giving back! When I see patrons adorned in my handy work, I am elated, especially when I manage to repair a piece that was doomed for the bin . Since my civic project began in January (i.e., the Court matter and my friends with cancer), I have been allowed to display/sell my ware at the Centre Stage Theatre on show nights. My gratitude to the Management and Staff who have agreed to facilitate my project. One of the philosophies that guide my life is: “My living is in vain, if I can’t help somebody” You may contact her at extension 2812
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How to Get Into the
Holiday Spirit What are your favorite traditions or rituals? Do you have any holiday music that you enjoy? Tickets to a play, concert, â€˜Stingâ€™, Shaggy and Friends? Adjust your expectations and commitments. Remember you canâ€™t go to every party and visit every friend. Pick and few and make those memorable. The others will understand. If you usually enjoy decorating or baking, consider a smaller commitment this year. If finances are getting you down, consider the "gift of time." Spend time with people who love and care about you, rather than buy presents. Spend time with your spouse. Ask friends to take turn "babysitting" so you both can have date nights and support each other. Consider volunteering at a church or community centre. What about helping at an animal shelter or visiting folks at a nursing home? Plan some time appreciating nature or the outdoors. Take some time to do some gardening. Pick out a good novel that you have wanted to read for a long time but just did not get the chance. Take the time to connect with people via phone, face book and e-mail. Rather than isolate or withdraw, let people in your life know that you care about them. Focus on appreciation and gratitude. When you are feeling blue, think about one thing that you appreciate then go express that appreciation. Simple pleasures can go a long way to help get into the holiday spirit, especially if we accept that a little holiday spirit is enough.
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HEALTH INSURANCE CLAIMS (All Staff)
REDUCTION IN INTEREST RATES
All Medecus Health Insurance claim forms submitted through the Division of Human Resources and Administration (HR) are to be accompanied by an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) form except where the EFT form was previously completed. This will allow for direct bank account deposit of health insurance claim refunds.
In keeping with the Heads of Agreement for the period 2012â€“2015 reached on March 6, 2013 between the Government and the respective Trade Unions/Staff Associations representing public sector employees, approval is granted for the interest rates on staff loans to be reduced from 5% to 3% per annum on the reducing balance over the period of the wage restraint.
This is a mandatory requirement deemed necessary for the efficient delivery of service to our valuable customers. Please assist us to serve you better. Additionally, the progress of claims may be tracked by visiting the following website: http://www.medecus.com/
TUITION WAIVER (All Staff) A 70% waiver of tuition only for spouse and dependents of staff studying at UTech in keeping with the Study Leave and Financial Assistance Policy. The existing arrangement of 50% of tuition only will continue to apply to the dentistry programme.
Based on the foregoing the University community is hereby advised that effective April 1, 2013, the reduction in the interest rate will be applied to new and existing car and study loans. This will be initially implemented in September 2013 and arrangements will be made by the Finance Department to retroactively adjust the repayment schedule as at April 1, 2013. These changes will be communicated to the affected persons.
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CHRONIC ILLNESS AND YOU
Prostate Health About the prostate The prostate is a gland found only in males. It is located in front of the rectum and below the urinary bladder. The size of the prostate varies with age. In younger men, it is about the size of a walnut, but it can be much larger in older men. The prostate's job is to make some of the fluid that protects and nourishes sperm cells in semen, making the semen more liquid. Just behind the prostate are glands called seminal vesicles that make most of the fluid for semen. The urethra, which is the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body through the penis, goes through the center of the prostate. The prostate starts to develop before birth. It grows rapidly during puberty, fueled by male hormones (called androgens) in the body. The main androgen, testosterone, is made in the testicles. The enzyme 5alpha reductase converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is the main hormone that signals the prostate to grow. The prostate usually stays at about the same size or grows slowly in adults, as long as male hormones are present. Several types of cells are found in the prostate, but almost all prostate cancers develop from the gland cells. Gland cells make the prostate fluid that is added to the semen.
Some prostate cancers can grow and spread quickly, but most grow slowly. In fact, autopsy studies show that many older men (and even some younger men) who died of other diseases also had prostate cancer that never affected them during their lives. Prostate cancer affects mainly older men. About 80% of cases are in men over 65, and less than 1% of cases are in men under 50. Men with a family history of prostate cancer are more likely to get it. Doctors donâ€™t know what causes prostate cancer, but diet contributes to the risk. Men who eat lots of fat from red meat are most likely to have prostate cancer. Eating meat may be risky for other reasons: Meat cooked at high temperatures produces cancer-causing substances that affect the prostate. The disease is much more common in countries where meat and dairy products are common than in countries where the diet consists of rice, soybean products, and vegetables. Hormones also play a role. Eating fats raises the amount of testosterone in the body, and testosterone speeds the growth of prostate cancer. Not exercising also makes prostate cancer more likely. Drugs that may lower the risk of having prostate cancer include aspirin, finasteride, cholesterol-lowering drugs and triglyceride-lowering drugs, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Adding certain foods in your diet may also help reduce the risk, including tomato sauce and vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage. Source: Cancer.org.com /webmd.com
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CHRONIC ILLNESS AND YOU
Breast Cancer October was Breast Cancer Awareness month and it is imperative that every woman conducts a monthly self exam and gets an annual mammogram if they are over 40 years or 35 years of age with a family history of Breast Cancer. Breast cancer is a kind of cancer that develops from breast cells. Breast cancer usually starts off in the inner lining of milk ducts or the lobules that supply them with milk. A malignant tumor can spread to other parts of the body. A breast cancer that started off in the lobules is known as lobular carcinoma, while one that developed from the ducts is called ductal carcinoma. What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer? A symptom is only felt by the patient, and is described to the doctor or nurse, such as a headache or pain. A sign is something the patient and others can detect, for example, a rash or swelling. The first symptoms of breast cancer are usually an area of thickened tissue in the woman's breast, or a lump. The majority of lumps are not cancerous; however, women should get them checked by a health care professional.
According to the National Health Service, UK, women who detect any of the following signs or symptoms should tell their doctor. · · · · · · · · · ·
A lump in a breast A pain in the armpits or breast that does not seem to be related to the woman's menstrual period . Pitting or redness of the skin of the breast; like the skin of an orange A rash around (or on) one of the nipples A swelling (lump) in one of the armpits An area of thickened tissue in a breast One of the nipples has a discharge; sometimes it may contain blood The nipple changes in appearance; it may become sunken or inverted The size or the shape of the breast changes The nipple-skin or breast-skin may have started to peel, scale or flake .
Diagnosing Breast Cancer Women are usually diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine breast cancer screening, or after detecting certain signs and symptoms and seeing their doctor about them. If a woman detects any of the breast cancer signs and symptoms described above, she should speak to her doctor immediately. The doctor, often a primary care physician (general practitioner, GP) initially, will carry out a physical exam, and then refer the patient to a specialist if he/she thinks further assessment is needed. Source: Medicalewstoday.com
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Internet Ethics for everyone Internet ethics means acceptable behaviour for using internet. We should be honest and respect the rights and property of others on the internet. Acceptance One has to accept that Internet is not a value freezone. It means World Wide Web is a place where values are considered in the broadest sense so we must take care while shaping content and services and we should recognize that internet is not apart from universal society but it is a primary component of it.
Who is never hungry at Christmas?
It belongs to all and there is no barrier of national and local cultures. It cannot be subject to one set of values like the local TV channel or the local newspaper we have to accommodate multiplicity of usage. While using e-Mail and chatting Internet must be used for communication with family and friends. Avoid chatting with strangers and forwarding e-mails from unknown people /strangers. We must be aware of risks involved in chatting and forwarding e-mails to strangers. Pretending to be someone else We must not use internet to fool others by pretending to be someone else. Hiding our own identity to fool others in the Internet world is a crime and may also be a risk to others. Avoid Bad language We must not use rude or bad language while using e-Mail, chatting, blogging and social networking, We need to respect their views and should not criticize anyone on the internet. Continued on Page 11
What do you call an old snowman?
Why do mummies like presents so much? Answer: Because theyâ€™re wrapped!
Duplicating copyrighted content without the authorâ€™s approval, accessing personal information of others are some of the examples that violate ethical principles.
Sensitivity to National and Local cultures
Ethics are a set of moral principles that govern an individual or a group on what is acceptable Behaviour. Computer ethics is a set of moral principles that govern the usage of computers. One of the common issues of computer ethics is violation of copyright issues.
Answer: The turkey, he is always stuffed
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We should not give personal details like home address, phone numbers, interests, passwords. No photographs should be sent to strangers because they might be misused and shared with others without your knowledge.
Each Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically without guessing. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square.
Internet is used to listen and learn about music, It is also used to watch videos and play games we must not use it to download them or share copyrighted material. We must be aware of the importance of copyrights and issues of copyright.
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Access to Internet
The internet is a time-efficient tool for everyone that enlarges the possibilities for curriculum growth. Learning depends on the ability to find relevant and reliable information quickly and easily, and to select, understand and assess that information. Searching for information on the internet can help to develop these skills. Classroom exercises and take-home assessment tasks, where students are required to compare website content, are ideal for alerting students to the requirements of writing for different audiences, the purpose of particular content, identifying and judging accuracy and reliability. Since many sites adopt particular views about issues, the internet is a useful tool for developing the skills of distinguishing fact from opinion and exploring subjectivity and objectivity.
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In The Next Issue Riveting and exciting articles on various divisions within the University. Send your comments, views and suggestions to HrFocus@utech.edu.jm
As a little girl climbed onto Santa's lap, Santa asked the usual, "And what would you like for Christmas?" The child stared at him open mouthed and horrified for a minute, then gasped: "Didn't you get my E-mail?"
Answer to Last Editionâ€™s Sudoku
8 1 4 3 6 5 7 2 9
3 5 2 4 7 9 6 1 8
6 7 9 8 2 1 3 5 4
7 2 6 5 4 8 9 3 1
1 9 5 6 3 7 8 4 2
4 3 8 9 1 2 5 7 6
9 4 3 2 5 6 1 8 7
2 6 7 1 8 3 4 9 5
5 8 1 7 9 4 2 6 3
HOLIDAY UNIVERSITY SCHEDULE With Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Yearâ€™s Day falling on Wednesday /Thursday this year, the University will be closed on Tuesday, December 24, at noon and reopens on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
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