University of Dallas features St. Kitts-Nevis Alum as an ‘Advocate for Education’
ZIZ News…May 14 2012 — Seven years after graduating from the University of Dallas in Irving Texas, with a Masters of Politics degree, St. Kitts-Nevis native Ms. Mutryce A. Williams is being featured on the university’s home page, www.udallas.edu as an ‘Advocate for Education.’ The 2005 graduate has also been featured in the university’s alumni newsletter, the View, the university’s Facebook page, and on Twitter. Williams said that after learning of the Director’s Coin of Excellence for Service and Leadership which she received from Brigadier General Elton Lewis – Director of the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor and People of the United States Virgin Islands in January 2012, and also of her previous accomplishments, which were reported in a press release written by Ms. Toni Fredericks of 98.9 WINN FM, she was contacted by the university’s Communications Specialist Ms. Christine Carter requesting an interview to discuss the award, her past accomplishments, goals, and her time at the University of Dallas.
The thirty-three (33) year old Williams, who hail from the village of St. Paul’s St. Kitts said that it was surreal, an honour and quite a humbling experience to have her Alma Mater call upon her to discuss how its education had assisted her in accomplishments to date. “This just isn’t something that you expect, especially at this stage in one’s life and one’s journey. I am indeed truly honoured.” she said. Williams, a University of Dallas Braniff Graduate Scholar, said that she attended the university at the behest and encouragement of one of her oldest and dearest friends Mr. Gary Thomas who informed her that the university’s Masters of Politics program was one of the best in the country and exactly what someone with her thirst for knowledge and enlightenment needed.
She said that taking the decision to attend the University of Dallas was one of the best decisions that she has ever made. “My education did not only prepare me for a career, but it prepared me for life. It gave me a greater sense of purpose. Attending the University of Dallas not only made me a better thinker or problem-solver, but I describe my time there as a feast for the soul as I engaged in an in depth study or discourse on some of the greatest philosophers that ever lived. I particularly enjoyed the discourse on the works of Aristotle, Thucydides, Plato, and Machiavelli to name a few,” she said. Williams said that although the program was quite rigorous and intense, it was immensely useful in building and fortifying her character. It gave her great confidence in her abilities and this in turn opened many doors for her. This is why she considers herself a very proud graduate of UD.
Williams said that a strong academic foundation and teachers such as Mrs. Ingrid Charles-Gumbs, Mrs. Delcia Bradley-King, Ms. Delores Ward (deceased), Ms. Heather Joseph, Bishop Ron Collins and Dr. Randy Glean who challenged her to think outside the box and aim for the skies were instrumental in preparing her for this journey. She began her academic career at the St. Paul’s Primary School, went on to the St. Theresa’s Convent School, and graduated from the Basseterre Senior High School in 1995. In 1997 she graduated from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College with A’ Level passes in Economics, Biology, and Management and in the following year attained Certificates in Blue Print Reading and Sketching and Communications from the said institution. In 2001 she graduated with honors from Midwestern State University Wichita Falls Texas earning a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Williams serves as Intern-Aide to the Homeland Security Advisor of the USVI and Director of VITEMA Brigadier General Elton Lewis. She is currently working towards completing her dissertation as the final requirement for a doctorate in Public Policy Administration with a double concentration in Terrorism, Mediation and Peace, and Homeland Security Policy and Coordination at Walden University.
The University of Dallas is a private, independent Catholic regional university located in Irving, Texas, established in 1956, which is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is known as the Catholic University for Independent Thinkers. It is an institution that seeks to educate its students, to develop intellectual and moral virtues, to prepare themselves for life and work, and to become leaders in the community. Through intensive teaching, interactive discourse, and critical analysis, the university pursues truth, virtue, and wisdom in the liberal arts and professional studies. Its motto is Veritatem, Justitiam Diligite or Love Ye Truth and Justice.