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UTech, Jamaica receives Heather Little-White Collection

University of Technology | 2016-07-27 00:00:00

The immeasurable contribution of Jamaican icon, Dr. Heather Little-White – Food, Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultant, who made her transition January 22, 2013, continues to live on through her legacy and the impact that she has made on the lives of so many persons and institutions that she has touched.  The nation can be assured of the continued benefit of her contribution, with access to her large collection of books, articles, newspaper clippings, photographs and other useful materials which were part of her personal library collection.

The Heather-Little White collection was formally handed over by her family, led by her brother veteran film-maker, Lennie Little-White to the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Ja.) at a special ceremony held at the University’s Papine campus on Monday, July 25, 2016. The collection is now housed at the University’s Calvin McKain Library.

Arrangements for the donation of the formidable collection were spearheaded by the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, with which Dr. Heather Little-White had a special connection, having taught modules and served as External Examiner in the Family and Consumer Studies course of study. Dr. Little-White also served UTech, Jamaica as part-time Lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) from 1997 and was also Programme Coordinator for the PhD in Human Environmental Sciences with an option in Hospitality Administration offered by UTech, Jamaica in collaboration with Oklahoma State University, USA since 2009.

In his welcome, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, Dr. Rohan Lewis thanked her family for the generous gift to UTech, Jamaica, of this part of her legacy, adding that the University is pleased to be “the vehicle through which Dr. Heather Little-White’s work will be made more known not just at the University, but throughout Jamaica.” 

The appreciation was shared by all subsequent speakers on the programme - Cynthia Perriel-Clarke, Senior Lecturer, FELS, Shirley Price, President, Jamaica Household Workers Association and Angella Grandison-Reid, Promotions and Consumer Services Manager, Grace Foods and Services Co. Limited who all recounted  Dr. Little-White’s selfless generosity in sharing her knowledge and expertise and in her unwavering encouragement to others to create opportunities for academic and personal development.

“A place she loved so much”

Lennie Little-White told the gathering that it was “a no brainer” to pass on his sister’s collection to the University of Technology, Jamaica which he noted was a place “she loved so much,” from the days she joined the institution as a student at the then CAST (College of Arts, Science and Technology). 

In paying homage to the extensive contribution made by Dr. Little-White to teaching, family life, healthy lifestyle, nutrition and other areas, he shared insights into what he fondly described as the “five points which made her glow.”  These he explained included her love for family and her extended community which she took on as her own family; the importance she placed on education as a tool of advancement; her commitment to empowering and enriching the lives of others around her, and the importance she placed on Jamaica as a “nation state.”  He noted that “for Heather, Jamaica was not just a place of birth; it was like a crucible which helped to shape her as a human being.”

The extensive collection contains an estimate of over 190 books, covering a wide range of subjects; collection of recipes; files on sports nutrition, community projects and Dr. Heather-Little-White’s work with various organisations; photographs and newspaper clippings of articles she wrote on human sexuality, healthy lifestyle, nutrition and other areas, published in the daily newspaper over three decades.

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