About Us

Mico University College Alumni Association (New York Chapter), popularly known as Mico Old Students Association (MOSA), is affiliated with the Mico University College (the MICO) which was established in 1835 through the Lady Mico Charity.  Mico is one of the oldest teacher training institutions in the Western Hemisphere and the English speaking world. The Mico was founded as a non-denominational Christian, coeducational tertiary institution to promote the advancement of academic and professional development of students.

Miconians the world over are very proud of their Alma mater. They seek to foster relations with other Miconians whenever possible and wherever they reside. Reaching out and promoting communication among graduates of the Mico are among the primary goals of the Mico University College Alumni Association (New York Chapter), and it is hoped that this website will help to accomplish this effort.

The parent chapter, Mico Old Students Association (MOSA) Jamaica, now called Mico University College Alumni Association, was founded in 1922 with the goal of aligning with the Mico and Miconians to support the continued growth of the institution.  Part of the objective of the parent body is "to foster the interest of all students in the University College and promote a feeling of unity among past and present students".

 

It was this need to promote the growth of the social, cultural, and educational aspirations of the youths in the local communities and in Jamaica that the Mico University Alumni Association (New York Chapter) (aka) MOSA, New York, was established in 1975.  The Association, was incorporated as a Section 501 (c )(3) organization so that it could perform its operational activities to benefit the Alma mater and its many programs to deliver quality teacher education.

Since its inception, Mico University Alumni (New York) has evolved and has partnered with several institutions in fundraising events to support various initiatives of the Mico.  Programs and activities include helping to advance the Mico Early Childhood Center, providing needed equipment to the Mico Practicing School and establishing the first English as a Second language (ESL) Cohort for Clinicians and Teachers in honor of the Mico’s 180 years of continuous service.  Mico University College Alumni (MOSA) New York Chapter, also established and continues to fund the Renford Shirley Memorial Scholarship (Jamaica), and supports the Mico library and other initiatives. 

In its aim to foster growth within the community, the Association has spread its wings into the parishes of Portland and St. Thomas where it conducts early childhood workshops annually.  Mico University College Alumni (MOSA) New York, contributes to the community of New York and its environs by providing MOSA Heritage Scholarship for high school students who have demonstrated high scholastic abilities; and the MOSA Community Service award as recognition of its members  who have made significant voluntary contribution to their communities; and to members of the community for their unstinting display of humanity. 

 

MOSA (New York Chapter) also partners with other alumni under the auspices of the Union of Jamaican Alumni Association (UJAA) to enhance the mathematical, intellectual, and social growth by supporting programs such as the Dr. Martin Luther King Math Competition. The association also contributes to the High School Graduates Award Program (HSGAP) that rewards scholastic achievers with varying levels of stipends to assist in their preparation for college.

In celebration of the distinguished contributions that Miconians make to the society,  the Mico University College Alumni Association (New York Chapter), partners with the parent body to award gold medals as the pinnacle of accomplishment.  The Gold Medal Award, held every two years since its inception in 1923, symbolizes excellence in education, community development, and public service in Jamaica and throughout the Jamaican diaspora. 

The Association could not continue to flourish, were it not for the passionate work of its members and the support of affiliates and friends of the Mico.  The Aims of the Association that are fundamental to the Constitution, ensure that in the quest to provide support to the Mico and to the communities, the welfare and growth of its members are considered paramount to its sustenance. 

So, with vision and purpose, we always do it “with our might”.

Our History

The vision of the organization is to provide effective means of enrichment to the intellectual, social and cultural well-being of teachers and students within local communities as well as communities in Jamaica.

Our Vision

The objectives of the Mico University College Alumni Association include:

  • Implementation of sustainable educational workshops that can be replicated throughout local and communities in Jamaica.

  • Providing financial assistance to the Mico University College and its programs.

  • Developing action plans for additional fundraising events for 2018-2020.

  • Implementation of mentoring programs for immigrant and visiting educators.

  • Developing strategies to expand membership by at least 5 percent within the next 2 years.

Objectives

The mission of the Mico University College Association (new York Chapter) is to:

  • Promote and support  the programs and activities of  our Alma mater, the Mico University College.

  • Improve the educational standards of our youth in our local communities as well as in Jamaica.

  • Ensure the continued tradition of delivery of highest quality  teacher education by providing support for the programs and activities of the Mico.

Our Mission:

President     …………………………Claudette Morris

Vice President ………………………Maureen Allen

Treasurer ……………………………Ruth Simpson

Assistant Treasurer    ………………Norman Carter

Recording Secretary ……………… Esther Munoz

Corresponding Secretary ………… Darien Mason

Executive Board Members
Committee Leaders

Finance/Fund Raising  ……………  Ruth Simpson

Audit ……………………………….  Claudette Morris

Public Relations …………………..   Mervis Johnson                          Education ………………………….  Dr. Claudia Williams

                     …………………………   Dr. Eric Blake

Rules ………………………………   Dr. Violet Barrett-Patterson            

Hospitality ………………………...   Dr. Alana Gray

Technology  ……………………….   Dr. Zachari Parker