On June 12 and 13 2023, the International Conference on Security, Intelligence and Defense will assemble key academics, strategists and practitioners from different parts of the world for two days of intensive presentations and debates at the University of the Southern Caribbean. The Conference will focus on seven main themes, namely:
- The Crime Challenge. (Including review of Regional Crime Symposium)
- Gangs, Violence and Crime
- Reintegration and Rehabilitation of FTFs, Women and Children
- Radicalization, De-radicalization and CVE
- Illegal Migration and Border Management
- Elements of Transnational Crime-illegal drugs, illegal weapons and human trafficking.
- Examination of Regional Security Institutions including CARICOM IMPACS, RSS and JRCC)
There will be five rounds of Q&A and highly interactive discussions with an aim of finding solutions to our crime problems. The Conference will feature over 30 speakers including:
- Professor Muqtedar Khan (University of Delaware)
- Professor Fabiana Perera ((William J Perry Centre)
- Professor Celina Realuyo (William J Perry Centre)
- Dr.Raghunath Mahabir (USC)
- Ambassador Dr. Manorma Soeknandan (Former Deputy Secretary General of CARICOM)
- Dr. Randy Seepersad (UWI)
- Dr. Wendell Wallace (UWI)
- Pastor Clive Dottin
- Ms. Casandra Seetahal (Ministry of the Attorney General, TnT)
- Commander Garvin Heerah
- Mr. Keron Ganpat (former Deputy Director SSA)
- Ms. Alana Wheeler (former Director, CTU
- Dr. Andre Clarke(IMPACS)
- Mr. Callixtus Joseph (IMPACS)
- Mr. Stevenson Byng (USC)
The conference will provide a timely opportunity to discuss many of the most difficult, and often uncomfortable questions on current security dynamics. From the need to quell the crime surge in TnT and other CARICOM countries to the need to understand the impact of returning women and children from previously ISIS held strongholds, from the need to provide strong and effective recommendations to the Region in dealing with Transnational Crime to the imperatives of ensuring stronger border management and from to need to challenge the elements of radicalization and extremism to the imperatives of reviewing our security institutions for the purpose of making them stronger and more effective. As always, a detailed agenda will not be published until the eve of the conference.
For further details and registration kindly visit: https://usc.edu.tt/icsisd/
Email: Dr. Raghunath Mahabir: firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) is pleased to announce the highly anticipated 90th Commencement Ceremony to be held on Sunday, July 2, 2023 on the USC Main Campus, nestled in the beautiful Maracas Valley, St. Joseph. This momentous occasion will celebrate the achievements of our dedicated graduates and mark the beginning of their promising futures.
The 90th Graduation activities take place over three days where graduates from various academic disciplines will be recognized for their perseverance, hard work, and commitment to excellence.
- Friday, June 30, 2023 at 7:00pm – Virtual Consecration Service
- Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 10:00am – Baccalaureate Service
- Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 4:00pm – Evening of Tributes
- Sunday, July 2, 2023 at 9:00am – Commencement Ceremony
The University of the Southern Caribbean invites all friends, families, and supporters to join in celebrating the remarkable achievements of our graduates during this historic milestone.
Further details can be accessed at usc.edu.tt/graduation.
Authored by: Marsha Ramsamoojh-Harris, Director, HR
Administrative Professionals Week is celebrated every last week in April and this year it will be observed from April 23-29, with April 26 being Administrative Professionals Day.
Here at USC, Administrative professionals play a vital role in our journey Beyond Excellence. They are the backbone of the organization, ensuring that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. It is essential to honor and recognize their efforts.
USC’s Human Resources Department honors and recognizes your invaluable contributions to the efficient daily operations of our beloved USC. We pause and reflect to say thank you to our “unsung heroes”. Thank you for your hard work, dedication and positive attitude. We are grateful for everything that you do, whether you serve at the Main Campus or the Satellite Sites, or in a School or Department. Continue to strive for excellence and be operationally efficient daily.
We appreciate you!
Author: Mr. Le-Roy Pierre, Director, Sport & Physical Department
March 16, 2023 is etched in the hearts and minds of all who attended and participated in USC
Olympiad 2023. What a return after a three-year drought due to COVID 19. Tobago Campus, South
Campus and the six schools of USC campus, namely Graduate studies, Theology and Religion, Social
Sciences, Science Technology and Allied Health, Education, and Business; were well represented at
our annual sports day. The Honourable Marvin Gonzales, Minister of Public Utilities and Member of Parliament for the constituency of Lopinot/Bon Air West, was on hand to take the salute from the march past teams and bring greetings to all in attendance.
The action was electrifying from the March Past to the invitational races and final event – USC fastest
man and woman. Each track event had spectators on the edge of their seats and on their feet with
nail biting finishes as participants competed in friendly rivalry for medals, points and bragging rights.
The novelty events that included races such as the Scots Man Strutt, Water Balloon Toss and Ride
the Horsey left competitors in fits of laughter.
A new addition to Olympiad 2023 was the invitational inter-university 100 meters and 4 x 100
meters male and female races. Both races were truly memorable ones.
UWI dominated the female version of both races, however, in the male version of the races the tables turned on UWI.
USC’s 100M specialist Njanu Bellamy obliterated the field of UWI athletes coached by Trinidad & Tobago’s Jehue Gordon.
It was time for the men’s 4 x 100M relay. MIC, UWI and USC took their places. Ezekiel Salvary, Shaun
Smith, Jasiel Toppin and anchor man Njanu Bellamy of USC smelt gold. The starter gave her
instructions and the whistle was blown. It was a close race from start to finish as all teams gave their
best performance. The race was very close at each change over, but USC men wanted it badly and
gave a truly magical and breathtaking performance coming from behind in the second leg crossing
the finish line. It took some time before the spectators could catch their breaths and settle down.
USC won in the closest of finishes.
At the end of Olympiad 2023 the results were announced:
Victor Lodorum – Aaron Atwell – School of Social Sciences
Victrix Lodorum – Keslyn Harrow – School of Theology and Religion
- Victor Lodorum – Njanu Bellamy – School of Science, Technology and Allied Health
- Victrix Lodorum – Atiya Cummings – School of Science, Technology and Allied Health
USC Fastest Man – Njanu Bellamy – School of Science, Technology and Allied Health
USC Fastest Woman – Atiya Cummings – School of Science, Technology and Allied Health
March Past Winner
School of Science Technology & Allied Health
Champion School 2023
School of Business & Entrepreneurship
After the results, all left for their various destinations with commendations for a day well spent. Back
at the office and on the ground the buzz was about a successful day spent at Olympiad 2023 at Larry
Sound the trumpets, ring your bells as Olympiad 2024 promises to be grander than 2023.
By Simone Augustus, Corporate Communications Officer
In collaboration with the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) and the Community Hospital of Seventh-day Adventists, United Hands Inc. hosted the FreeDOM Clinic. From March 13-16, 2023 members of the public were able to access free Dental, Optical and Medical care at the USC Auditorium on USC’s Main Campus in Maracas Valley, St. Joseph.
With doors opening at 6:30am daily, patients were lined up as early as 2:00am in anticipation of being served by FreeDOM Clinic’s team of 15 volunteer Dentists, Optometrists and Medical Doctors.
Doing business as FreeDOM Clinic USA, over the past seven (7) years, United Hands has delivered the same care to thousands of uninsured or underinsured patients in the USA, Antigua, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, South Africa, Suriname and previously in Trinidad & Tobago.
On Wednesday, March 15, 2023 The FreeDOM Clinic was visited by Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Education and Member of Parliament for St. Ann’s East; His Excellency Arthur H.W. Williams, High Commissioner for Jamaica; His Worship the Mayor Alderman, Joel Martinez, Mayor of the City of Port of Spain; the Honourable Esmond Forde, Member of Parliament for Tunapuna, the Honorable Corey Selvon, Councillor for Maracas/Santa Margarita, and Dr. Colwick Wilson, President of the University of the Southern Caribbean.
Additional partners and sponsors of the FreeDOM Clinic include the Rotary Club of Port of Spain, MP Esmond Forde, Councillor Corey Selvon, the South Caribbean Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, and the Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.
The FreeDOM Clinic will complete its final day of service on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
We express gratitude to all who volunteered and lent their time and support to ensure the FreeDOM Clinic’s tremendous success.
USC Announces New Leadership Appointments
The University of the Southern Caribbean is pleased to announce the appointment of its new team of experienced leaders, following the decision made by the Board of Trustees on February 23, 2023:
- Len Archer (PhD), Provost
- Lena Caesar (EdD, PhD) Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
- Barbara Reynolds (EdD), Vice President of Administration, Advancement, and Planning
- Samuel Sankar, Director of Strategic Partnerships and University Relations
USC is also delighted to announce additional key leadership appointments:
- Susan Chand (PhD), Dean, School of Social Sciences
- Sharon Ramkissoon De Freitas ( MSc. ), Director of Business Development
- Nordian C. Swaby Robinson (MBA), Director, Institutional Research
We are excited to welcome these new leaders and their families to our team and look forward to the contributions they will make to USC. These leaders bring a wealth of experience and expertise to our institution, and we are thrilled to have them join our team.
Len Archer (PhD), Provost, previously served and Interim Provost at USC. He holds the title of Professor Emeritus since his retirement in 2020 from AdventHealth University where he served as the Vice-President for Academic Administration and Academic Dean for Undergraduate programs at AdventHealth University for 10 years.
Dr. Archer is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and received his undergraduate degree in Botany and Applied Botany at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
He completed a M.S. (Biology) at Andrews University and a PhD in Microbiology at Indiana State University. He joined the faculty at Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, now AdventHealth University in 1993. He created the department of Health and Biomedical Sciences and served as the department chair from 2000 to 2011. He has published in the area of Microbiology and presented at national meetings in student retention and student advisement at the American Association of College Registrars and Academic Officers (AACRAO) where he was a member of AACRAO national committees.
Dr. Archer has been a nominee for several teaching awards and a recipient of the Zapara Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2020, Dr. Archer was the recipient of the AdventHealth University Distinguished Service Award. He remains active as a consultant in academic administration, faculty development, and accreditation.
Dr. Archer has been married to Nichole Archer (nee, Bovell) for 45 years – a 1978 graduate of Caribbean Union College (now USC).
Lena G. Caesar, (PhD, EdD) Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, holds academic doctorates in Special Education and in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences/Speech-Language Pathology. Her experience in educational settings spans a range of levels and continents. Currently in her 12th year of teaching and administration at Loyola University in Maryland, Caesar’s teaching and administrative experience includes six years of service as a fully-certified secondary school teacher in St. Lucia and Guyana, almost five years as Program Director of the Institute of Modern Languages, at Montemorelos University in Mexico, and 15 years as Faculty & Chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at Andrews University in the USA.
In addition to the scores of research articles which she has published, Caesar is also the recipient of multiple research grants, including a 2017 ASHA Foundation award that funded research on language acquisition in a Caribbean territory. Caesar is also nationally and internationally recognized for her partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). In recognition of her research exploits while at Loyola University Maryland, Caesar has been twice nominated for the Distinguished Scholar of the Year award.
Dr. Lena Caesar is a native of St. Lucia, and is happily married to Dr. Lael Caesar, a former professor of Hebrew Bible at Andrews University who recently retired from the General Conference after 11 years of service as Associate Editor of the Adventist Review & Adventist World magazines.
She looks forward to giving back to her Alma Mater a portion of the wonderful legacy that she was privileged to receive as a student on this very campus several decades ago.
Barbara Reynolds (EdD), Vice President of Administration, Advancement, and Planning, is a native of the Guyana and has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academics and Planning and International Engagement at the University of Guyana. Prior to this, Dr. Reynolds was Head of Education for Save the Children UK, having spent the previous two decades with UNICEF in education, child protection, women’s development/gender, and representation in emergency and non-emergency contexts. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the United Nations Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent and as the Co-Chair of the CARICOM Digital Skills Task Force. She is an active human rights professional, and an experienced Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR), human rights and gender mainstreaming facilitator. She holds a BA Education (Caribbean Union College), MA in Curriculum and Teaching (Howard University), the Post-Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (University of London), EdD in International Education Development/Curriculum and Instruction (Columbia University), and the MSt in International Human Rights Law (University of Oxford). Dr Reynolds’ second working language is Portuguese.
Samuel Sankar, Director of Strategic Partnerships and University Relations is a native of Trinidad and Tobago and has over thirty-five (35) years of experience in marketing, selling and sales management, coupled with leadership training. In addition, he has experience in areas such as health care, leadership training, manufacturing textiles, printing, health foods manufacturing, agriculture, project management and industrial relations. He sits on a global round table representing Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean with over twenty-five (25) years as an executive and graduate of the IFEA. He is the founder of IFEA Caribbean, international award winner for the City Award for Trinidad and Tobago in 2012. He has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church managing protocol and diplomacy by enabling and supporting the hosting of events and celebrations since 1995. He has worked with foreign missions, embassies and Diplomatic corps. He has managed welcome receptions for representatives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Inter-American Division, Caribbean Union Conference and South Caribbean Conference.
Susan Julia Chand, Dean, School of Social Sciences and professor of Anthropology has been working at USC since 2005.
Dr. Chand has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Botany (Major) and Mathematics (Minor) from Spicer Adventist University (formerly Spicer Memorial College, 1987), Master of Arts in Anthropology (1988) and a Doctoral degree (PhD, 1997) in Medical Anthropology, both from Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune (India).
Dr. Chand is a Medical Anthropologist with over 22 years of teaching and research experience in the tertiary institutions in India, namely, Spicer Adventist University and Roorkee Adventist College, and University of the Southern Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago. She supervises students’ theses at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels and serves as external examiner for national and international universities. She is passionate about conducting ethnographic studies and have studied the indigenous/ ethnic groups in India, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Belize. Based on her studies, she has presented papers in several national and international conferences in India, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Mexico, Belize, Ecuador, and Netherlands. Her research articles are also published in peer reviewed academic journals and as book chapters.
Dr. Chand is married to Mr. David Chand, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, School of Education and Humanities at the University of the Southern Caribbean.
Ms. Nordian C. Swaby Robinson, Director of Institutional Research is an avid supporter of Adventist Education. She has served the Seventh-day Adventist Tertiary Institution for over 20 years. Nordian has held various positions at Northern Caribbean University and University of the Southern Caribbean in Assessment, Research Officer, Quality Assurance, Online Coordinator and Lecturer.
Ms. Swaby Robinson holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing (USC, Trinidad), a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies, and an Associate Degree in Business Administration (NCU, Jamaica). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education (EdD).
Her accomplishment includes being a part of the team contributing to USC achieving its full accreditation status for both the Accreditation Council of Trinidad & Tobago (ACTT) and Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools (AAA) and the creation of the first student satisfaction survey for USC. Nordian led out, coordinated and published the USC Factbook 2022.
Ms. Swaby Robinson has a pleasant disposition and personality. She also enjoys interacting with and motivating individuals to meet their full potential. She strives for continuous improvement while propelling the University Beyond Excellence.
Sharon Ramkissoon De Freitas, Director of Business Development, is an Attorney at Law and a Business woman with over 26 years’ experience. She is an alumna of UWI, Staffordshire-UK and USC.
Mrs. De Freitas is the holder of a Master of Science in International Relations from the University of the West Indies and a Bachelor of Law from the University of London, England. Also has a Diploma of Law from the University of London and Diploma in Business from the Institute of Commercial Management, London. She is a member of the Panel of Duty Counsel and Legal Aid Scheme.
Mrs. De Freitas was employed as an Administrative Assistant from 1995-2005 at the South Caribbean Conference and then Secondary School Teacher for a seven year period. She also served as a Lecturer (part time) at the University of London.
Mrs De Freitas is married to Pastor Brian De Freitas, Minister of the Chase Village District of SDA churches in Trinidad and Tobago.
Mrs Ramkissoon De Freitas enjoys gardening, construction, recycling, and being of service giving voice to the voiceless.
Authored By: Mrs. Rachel Sealy, University Chaplain
USC student Blitz is one of the anticipated event on the school’s calendar. It is the time where students with a heart for service and mission get involved in conducting the Sabbath’s Day service and other evangelistic meetings at local churches throughout Trinidad. It is also used as an opportunity for promoting the academic programs of the University.
This year, under the theme, CONTACT TO IMPACT, over sixty students filled with USCIAN pride carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Debe, La Romaine & the South Orapouche SDA Church in the south of Trinidad. This is phase I of Blitz 2023.
This initiative, under the Office of Spiritual Development and in collaboration with the AY Society of the Caring University Church, harnessed and organized the six ministries under the Iconnect Ministry for impact. This is the first time that Blitz is being executed through the iConnect Ministry brand, which was developed four years ago by the Office of Spiritual Development as a vehicle for spiritual growth and engagement of students and faculty.
Branded with their individual iConnect T-Shirts, iPray, iPraise, iProvide, iPrevail, iProclaim, and iPreach, students led out in the various aspects of the church’s programming from the Sabbath School service, the Divine or mid-day Service and the AY Service. The members and visitors were blessed by the presence of the students. One church member even requested to join the iPraise ministry! His Luv Choir was also featured.
President Dr. Colwick Wilson also joined in the day’s activities bringing greetings and promoting the University. As the busses departed at the end of the day, they carried students back to campus who were filled with joy and thanksgiving to their God for the wonderful opportunity to make contact with the South Churches and to make an impact for His Kingdom.
By Simone Augustus, Corporate Communications Officer
As Sunday dawned on March 5, 2023, 79 runners from across Trinidad & Tobago gathered at the starting line for the USC 95th Anniversary Celebration 6K Run. With excitement and energy buzzing in the air, runners prepared themselves mentally and physically for the task ahead.
From Good News SDA Chapel in St. Augustine, the run’s route was set along the trails and parks of the city, with the runners winding their way into the picturesque landscape of the Maracas Valley. The group’s determination was rewarded with clear skies and a light breeze, providing the perfect conditions as they made their way to the finish line at the USC Main Campus.
Along the route, runners were hydrated by water stations manned by USC Students, Faculty, Staff and Administrators. Runners were escorted by mobile units of the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service, while an ambulance from the Community Hospital of Seventh-day Adventists brought up the rear.
Seemingly unfazed by the distance, runners seamlessly transitioned into an aerobic burnout. Compound movements and dynamic stretches ensured that sore muscles were in low attendance on Monday Morning.
Results of the USC 95th Anniversary Celebration 6K Run are as follows:
- First Place Male Overall – Mr. Edmond Ramirez
- First Place Female Overall – Mrs. Camille La Fleur
- First Place Faculty/Staff Male – Mr. Rendell Francis
- First Place Faculty/Staff Female – Mrs. Ann-Marie Charles
- First Place Student Male – Mr. Tayne Alexander
- First Place Student Female – Ms. Heqpera Khafra
Trophies were presented by Dr. Colwick Wilson, President of USC, and Mr. LeRoy Pierre, Coordinator of the the Sport and Physical Education Department (SPED).
By Simone Augustus, Corporate Communications Officer
The University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) commemorates 17 years of accredited university status with its Charter Week scheduled for March 5-11, 2023.
On March 16, 2006, under the leadership of then president, Dr. Trevor Gardener, Caribbean Union College (CUC) received the conferral of university status. With this conferral and a change in name, the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) became the third accredited university in Trinidad and Tobago.
Charter Week 2023 celebrates this anniversary and reflects on the countless accomplishments, innovations, and breakthroughs that we have achieved over these 17 years. The week’s theme, “The Sum of Excellence: #USCSTRONG”, encapsulates USC’s rich tertiary experience. Our institutional philosophy rests firmly on pillars of excellence in teaching and academia, research, administrative service and support, and holistic Christian Education – all to build an institution that is indeed #USCSTRONG.
This prestigious achievement is a testament to our unwavering commitment to providing world-class education and fostering an environment of innovation and intellectual curiosity that will inspire future generations of leaders, thinkers, and creators. As we commemorate this special occasion, we renew our commitment to pursuing academic excellence and providing our students with the skills and knowledge they need to become “…extraordinary servants of God to humanity”.
To learn more about USC’s Charter Week 2023 and planned activities, visit usc.edu.tt/charterweek.
By Simone Augustus, Corporate Communications Officer
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a defining moment in the history of healthcare and has brought the dedication and bravery of healthcare professionals to the forefront. They have put their own lives at risk to care for the sick and have been instrumental in fighting the spread of the virus. Despite the challenging conditions they faced, they remained steadfast in their commitment to helping others and never lost their compassionate spirit.
The Health Ministry Department of the Caring University Church, led by Dr. Sandra Reid, recognizes the tireless efforts of our healthcare professionals and the critical role they play in our society. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the incredible sacrifices they make to help others and has shown us the importance of valuing and supporting those who care for us in our time of need. Their dedication and bravery are an inspiration to us all and serve as a testament to the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
On Thursday, February 9, 2023 Dr. Colwick Wilson and Pastor Terry John presented plaques to healthcare professionals of the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) and Medical Associates (St. Joseph) as tangible tokens of recognition of and gratitude for their dedication to service. These presentations were made on behalf of the University of the Southern Caribbean in partnership with the Caring University Church.
They have been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, working tirelessly to find ways to mitigate its effects and prevent further spread. Their work has been critical in ensuring that those who have been affected by the virus receive the care they need, and their contributions will have a lasting impact on our society.
We say, “Thank you!”, to all healthcare professionals for their sacrifice and unwavering commitment to serving others and for being a beacon of hope during these trying times.