Roy Bodden, president of the University College of the Cayman Islands, presented Charlie Kirkconnell, CEO of Cayman Enterprise City, with the President’s Medal at the 2018 Commencement Ceremony held in Sir Vassel Johnson Hall on Nov. 1.
The award was given in recognition of CEC’s long-standing and ongoing commitment to supporting UCCI’s technology-driven programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The President’s Medal is an award nominated by UCCI’s president and approved by its board of governors. It is designed to honor special contributors and benefactors for supporting the growth and development of the institution.
The award was the final award given by President Bodden before newly appointed Stacy R. McAfee takes on the role of UCCI president in January 2019. The award was one of only three President’s Medals awarded by President Bodden during his tenure, which began in 2009.
“CEC, through your leadership, has demonstrated a commitment and resolve in preparing and equipping current and future generations in pursing creative careers in STEM,” Mr. Bodden said.
“Your generous monetary sponsorships, and hands-on involvement, in UCCI’s STEM initiatives – the STEM Carib Conferences, the STEM Ambassador’s Program and last, but not least, the STEM Summer Camp – has made it all the more possible in providing the all-encompassing platforms for attendees to learn, connect and stay updated on the ever-changing landscape of our technology-based society.”
CEC stated that since its inception, it has been working with the Cayman Islands government through the Enterprise Cayman initiative to actively support aspiring Caymanian innovators, including those who wish to retool for a career change.
This summer, CEC sponsored the expansion of UCCI’s STEM Summer Camp, which offered a week of immersive STEM activities for aspiring scientists, inventors, mathematicians and engineers.
“CEC has been humbled many times in the course of its development, but never more than in receiving the President’s Medal,” said Mr. Kirkconnell. “The award is welcome recognition of CEC’s positive impact on our community and its commitment to supporting the next generation of Caymanian innovators.”