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Nayoka Clunis Earns Perfect GPA
By Duane Coombs
Tuesday, January 27,2021
Fresh off earning double Bsc. degrees from the University of Minnesota, former Excelsior Eagle, Nayoka Clunis, has scored a perfect Grade Point Average (GPA) in the Fall semester at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Nayoka, continued to elevate her academic performance with another stellar achievement following graduation in Spring 2020 from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development with a BS Business Marketing & Education and a BS Human Resource & Development.
Without missing a step, Nayoka, a three event competitor, now in her final year of NCAA eligibility, registered a perfect GPA in her first semester at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she is pursuing a Master ‘s Degree in Sports Leadership, Education and Communication.
Although this is the first time earning the coveted perfect GPA for Nayoka, a perennial Dean’s List awardee, she had come within a hair’s breadth of earning the academic accolade at her previous stops at Cloud Community College and the University of Minnesota.
The ongoing success story is particularly gratifying for the indomitable student-athlete, the arc of whose life has been one shadowed by tragedy and acute personal challenges. At seven years old she was buffeted by the tragic death of her mother, Michelle Morgan, herself an Excelsiorian.
Yet throughout her journey, Nayoka says she has benefited from the kindness and support of a coterie of individuals in the Excelsior fraternity, both at home and in the Diaspora, who have rallied to her aid.
She has kind words for the late vice principal, Mrs. Colleen Walker, Principal Bromfield, Mrs Florence Cargill, Mrs Maylor-Brown, Mrs Gordon, Nurse Darby, her coach Michael Vassell and a number of alumni, including Donna Myrie and Charles Ellis, among a long list of benefactors who have provided support and guidance along the way.
The year 2021 promises to be a pivotal one for Nayoka. In the rearview mirror, the success of a determined individual who was tested by adversity; on the road ahead, the dream of making Jamaica’s Olympic team and completing the Master’s Degree.
Kudos to Nayoka Clunis – An Excelsior Eagle Soaring Yet Higher..
Most Powerful Women to Watch: Paulette Mullings Bradnock, BNY Mellon
By Joel Berg
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Chief Audit Executive
Innovation draws attention mainly on the front lines of banking. Paulette Mullings Bradnock has been making it happen more quietly in the back office, boosting efficiency while burnishing her team’s digital skills.
As chief audit executive at Bank of New York Mellon since 2015, Bradnock has spearheaded a range of initiatives to upgrade her department, from implementation of a customized internal audit workflow system to the build-out of an internal audit center of excellence in Poland.
Her most recent effort is the adoption of robotics to conduct audit testing and automate repetitive administrative tasks. While automation can often mean job elimination, for Bradnock it was an opportunity to meet the needs of the $442.3 billion-asset BNY Mellon.
“We are now required to review larger volumes of data without increasing our headcount,” said Bradnock, who manages a team of 380 auditors. “If we are not using new technologies to audit, we will not be able to recruit new talent. Nor we will be able to retain talent, as this is an area where there is an interest for professional development.”
After overseeing a successful pilot with a core group in the audit department, she is now working to ensure all of her team members can benefit from the technology.
As a leading voice on diversity and inclusion at BNY Mellon, Bradnock makes sure to consider candidates from diverse backgrounds when hiring, whether they are interns or full-time employees.
“I am passionate about this topic, and the importance of making significant progress is reinforced by the recent protests that unfortunately have devolved into riots in some cities, where people from all cultures and races are pushing for real change in the treatment of African Americans,” she said. “I am hopeful that change can happen, in a more peaceful manner, by having corporate leaders join with community leaders in driving the conversation.”
DR. ANITA BROWN – JOHNSON A DISTINGUISHED EXCELSIORIAN
By Duane Coombs
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Distinguished Excelsiorian, Dr. Anita Brown-Johnson (’78) has been thrust into the spotlight in recent days because of the groundbreaking accomplishment of her son, Nicholas Johnson, in being named Princeton University’s first Black valedictorian.
But as the Excelsior fraternity basks in the refracted glory of young Nicholas’ accomplishment, often lost in the euphoria is the fact that his mother is herself an accomplished individual of some repute.
Educated at Excelsior High School, Dr. Brown-Johnson was known as a brilliant student during her school days. Outside of the classroom, she was involved in other co-curricular pursuits such as the Girls Guide, and also assumed a leadership role on the school’s Students Council.
After leaving Excelsior, she went on to study at McGill University, earning her Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery Degree. Dr. Brown-Jonson proceeded to complete the Family Medicine Residency Training program at the Montreal General Hospital of the McGill University Health Centre (MGH-MUHC), earning Board Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 1990.
Today, Dr. Brown – Johnson is on the faculty of McGill University Medical School where she is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine.
Dr. Anita Brown Johnson was recently bestowed with a prestigious Woman of Merit Award in Canada for her “extraordinary contributions as a medical professional and humanitarian”.
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