St. Maarteners on boardarcheology associationPOSTED: 08/12/15 3:55 PM
St. Maarten – The 26th Congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology (IACA) elected a new board of directors for the 2015-2019 term. The new board includes a student representative. The congress elected St. Maartener and former Simarc student Christopher Velasquez, who is currently studying archaeology at Brooklyn College in New York.
The congress elected St. Maarten’s archaeologist Dr. Jay Haviser as its president. Dr. Haviser held this position previously in the 1990s. The new board consistnext to president Dr. Jay Haviser of Dr. Jorge Ulloa Hung (Vice-President, Cuba), Christina Giovas (Director, USA), Dr. John Crock (Director, USA), Quetta Kaye (Secretary, UK), Gerard Richard (Treasurer, Guadeloupe), David Hayes (2017 Congress Chair, St. Croix), and Christopher Velasquez (Student Rep., St. Maarten).
It was in part due to the excellent organization of the 26th IACA Congress on St. Maarten, which resulted in these new Board member representations. Indeed the Organizational Committee of the 26th IACA Congress, most of whom are from SIMARC, deserve additional positive credit for this important international achievement for St. Maarten. The members of the Organizational Committee were: Dr. Jay Haviser (Chair), Mr. Paul Ellinger, Mr. Chris Velasquez, Ms. Elsje Bosch, Ms. Amanda Ferrier, Mr. Alex Richards, Ms. Glenderlin Holiday and Ms. Beryl Henriquez, seen in the photo.
As well, during the 26th IACA Congress held on St. Maarten, students of the Youth and Science programs of SIMARC on St. Maarten and SABARC on Saba, made presentations about their research over the last two years.