From April 4-6, 2022, six students represented the University of the Southern Caribbean at the 40th Model OAS for the English-Speaking Caribbean and Historically Black Universities (CMOAS). This year’s CMOAS hosted virtually, and was co-sponsored by Howard University Graduate School.
Gershom Byng, Candace McCaskie, Jeannie Wu, Akeem Williams, Davidson Smith, and Nyla Nyack represented USC at its inaugural participation at the CMOAS. Together, the delegation represented the policies and interests of OAS member state, Canada.
The USC delegation presented on the following topics:
- Gershon Byng and Candace Mc Caskie: Best practices in increasing the capacity of healthcare systems in prevention and management in the face of a health crisis.
- Jeannie Wu and Akeem Williams: Measures to respect fundamental freedoms and the full observance of human rights during the emergency caused by COVID 19.
- Davidson Smith and Nyla Nyack: Strengthening regional integration and cooperation for effective regional governance for disaster risk reduction and socio-economic recovery.
Our students were coached by Dr. Raghunath Mahabir and Mr. Roland Sealy, and were also assisted by a team of other personnel including Mrs. Narsha James-Modeste, Ms. Shelly Lyons, and Mr. Hayden McKenna. The delegation was trained on how to prepare their Position Papers, and how to draft a resolution.
Prior to the event, our students met with other delegates from their working group to draft a resolution. The training committee and delegation also met several times during the months of February and March to discuss the Rules of Procedure and the Modus operandi of the meeting. With the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, our delegation had the privilege of holding a webinar with Trinidad & Tobago’s diplomatic mission to Washington and the OAS, including Ambassador H.E.Brigadier General (Ret’d) Anthony W. J.Phillips-Spencer who facilitated a question and answer session.
DELEGATION OF CANADA
Gershom Byng – School of Business and Entrepreneurship
General Committee (GC)
Candace McCaskie – School of Business and Entrepreneurship
General Committee (GC)
Jeannie Wu – School of Science, Technology & Allied Health
Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CJPA)
Akeem Williams – School of Social Sciences
Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs (CJPA)
Davidson Smith – School of Science, Technology & Allied Health
Working Group Leader
Committee for the Inter-American Council of Integral Development (CIDI)
Nyla Nyack – School of Business and Entrepreneurship
Committee for the Inter-American Council of Integral Development (CIDI)
After the debates by the various committees, nominations were made for persons to serve on next year’s Assembly. In a stunning display of excellence at USC’s inaugural participation, the following students were elected to serve in the MOAS 2023:
- Gershom Byng – Elected as the Vice Chair of the General Committee for the 41st CMOAS Assembly
- Jeannie Wu – Elected as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs for the 41st CMOAS Assembly
- Davidson Smith – Elected as the Chair of the Committee for the Inter-American Council of Integral Development for the 41st CMOAS Assembly
The I-Provide Ministry is one of the six student-led ministries under the umbrella of the I-Connect Campus Program which was designed to empower our students to get organized for service to God and man in their area of giftedness.
During the very active stage of the global pandemic when our students were off campus and restricted in participating in the hands-on nature of the I-provide ministry, projects and activities were stalled. However, some good things are happening once again in the I-Provide ministry.
On March 19th, the I-Provide Team of the Barbados Campus led by Kahlan Roach participated in the annual Global Youth Day initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. They collaborated with AY (Adventist Youth) societies and presented gift baskets to individuals in their communities.
On March 27th, the I-Provide Team of the Tobago Campus in light of I-Provide Day, assisted an elderly lady residing in the village Mason Hall with some yard cleaning. Team members came out in their numbers to be engaged in this noble act of service.
The I-Provide Main Campus team, currently spearheaded by Pastor Shalon Kerr, has a weekly bread ministry program that serves the needs of the community in the Upper Maracas vicinity spanning from the village of El Luengo to the Mountain View area. Over 100 families each month benefit from this ministry and there is much room for greater sponsorships and reach.
For those willing to support this particular ministry, they can contact Pastor Kerr at 347-4959 or Drason Browne at 398-5139 for further information.
May God continue to bless the work of the I-Provide Ministries across the Caribbean.
Author: Trea Johnson
Bright smiles and cheerful singing filled the atmosphere at the Guyana Satellite Site as University President, Dr. Colwick Wilson, made his first visit to the site. Dr. Wilson was accompanied by the Vice President, Student Services and Enrollment Management, Ps. Onesi Lafleur, and Interim Dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Ms. Sherri-Lyn Legall. This inaugural visit is a big deal as the president and his able team placed much emphasis on the university’s ‘Strategic Plan – SP 100’ and his ‘One USC’ vision.
The university’s strategic plan will be executed over the next five years as USC works towards its centennial year. Dr. Wilson’s ‘One USC’ vision encourages oneness and unity across the sites and campuses. It encourages a greater sense and feeling of belonging especially at the satellite sites and extension campuses, so whether one is in Guyana or St. Lucia, or even South Trinidad, we are ‘One USC’. The President, in his address to students, emphasised the importance of being of exemplary quality and character as they transition through life. His intention is that the seeds planted in each student prepare them not just for four years, but it exceeds that by even forty.
USC Guyana has more than three hundred (300) students enrolled at the site and along with the staff, they are excited to propel Dr. WIlson’s ‘One USC’ vision and ‘Strategic Plan’. The week-long visit includes meetings with the students, Ministers of Government, and other key stakeholders of the institution. The week commenced with a focus group chaired by Ms. Sherri-Lyn Legall which engaged students, alumni, friends, and other stakeholders; its purpose, to enhance the University’s strategic plan. The vision ‘One USC’ and strategic plan ‘SP 100’ seeks to encourage partnering with each other to solve issues in society. It places much emphasis on collaboration and ultimately taking the University ‘Beyond Excellence’.
The team has since made notable strides as they formed many necessary partnerships. After three days and several successful meetings and collaborations, the team is charged with information necessary for ensuring a successful USC. The team has since met with the President of Guyana, His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Irfraan Ali, Hon. Minister Savitri Sonya Parag, Guyana’s Minister of Public Service, Professor Jacob Opadeyi, Director, Guyana Online Academy of Learning, Dr. Deborah Jack, Director, National Accreditation Council, The Guyana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists administrators, Hon. Priya Manickchand, Minister of Education, Hon. Kwame McCoy, Minister within the Office of Prime Minister and Hon. Nigel Dharamlall, Minister of Local Government and Regional Development. With many more meetings and collaborations ahead, God’s wisdom and guidance are continually sought.
Author: Dr. Dave Cassie, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
The School of Sciences, Technology & Allied Health (STAH) recently hosted the University’s first ever virtual Science day. In the past, it has usually been the custom to showcase the work of students, faculty and staff of the various departments of STAH around a particular theme during the annual event. However, due to the prevailing pandemic conditions last year the event was cancelled. This year each department thoroughly immersed students of Forms 3 to 6 from a wide cross-section of secondary schools as well as the general public from Trinidad and Tobago and the wider Caribbean into a fascinating digital showcase on the evening of March 6 2022.
The theme, “ you, Science & the pandemic” was very aptly chosen and the organizers were congratulated for this by each of the administrators who brought greetings and remarks including Dean Antwi, Provost Chesney and President Wilson during the formal segment of the program. The theme capitalized on the pervasive power of Science to connect the individual and the pandemic and the society as a whole. There were lively and engaging presentations from the Departments of Nursing Education, Biological Sciences, Computing, Mathematics & Technology and Family & Consumer Science. The event lasted over three hours and included dramatizations on COVID-19 respiratory care, virtual lab simulations, cooking competition, mask wearing and making demonstrations, and how technology has changed the workplace. Each department was well represented by faculty, staff and students as well as alumni as there was a ‘STAH VOICE’ feature that highlighted the personal experiences of alumni who were Science and Allied Health program graduates from each department. Certainly there was a mix of excitement, information and entertainment for the audience that joined via Zoom, we look forward to the next instalment of Science Day in 2023!
Authored by: Mr. Hayden McKenna, University Writer/Editor
On March 05, 2022 the University of the Southern Caribbean officially launched its participation in the celebration of the centennial year of the Inter-American Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (IAD). The launch took the form of a Sabbath Service at the Caring University Church. Titled “Celebrating Our Heritage” the narrative of the worship service succeeded in connecting the celebration of the IAD’s centennial with USC’s almost ninety-five-year-old institutional existence as a beneficiary of and a benefactor to the organized work of the church in the circum-Caribbean and beyond.
In the pulpit, Dr. Kern Tobias, President of the Caribbean Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist (CARU) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the USC, drew upon the Aristotelian heuristic of the rhetorical triangle – logos, ethos and pathos – to affirm the positive, albeit sometimes imperfect achievements of USC and by extension the IAD. Dr. Tobias enjoined, that our celebrations must never become blind to the centrality of Christ – the Living Word and the Bible His written word as the veritable core of our heritage.
The Inter American Division is one of the thirteen divisions of the world Adventist Church and one of three in the Western Hemisphere. Headquartered in Miami Florida, USA, the IAD’s geographical territory comprises of Mexico in North America, all of the countries of Central America, the islands of the Caribbean and the five northern-most countries of South America.The IAD is subdivided into twenty-four unions which in turn are comprised of conferences, missions, regions and churches in an elegant system of devolution.
The need to organize the work of the church in the circum-Caribbean during the late 19th century into the first two decades of the 20th, saw many structural experiments being tried in this vast, culturally diverse, in some places geographically dis-contiguous part of the Americas. A pattern of adventures, misadventures and re-adventures especially after 1906, saw territorial integrations and disintegrations on the redoubtably complicated grounds of cultural and linguistic diversity, the personal preferences of leaders, national and colonial borders, underdeveloped systems of communication and transportation and the wartime challenges between 1914 and 1918. In spite of it all, God’s work grew and the thoughtful creation of solid, lasting organizational arrangements was obliged by this growth. In May of 1922, the Inter American Division was established in response to the need for better organization of the work.
This year, the IAD celebrates its centennial year under the theme Celebrating His Providence and Affirming our Values. Churches like the Caring University Church, conferences and missions like the six conferences and four missions of the Caribbean Union Conference (CARU), unions like the CARU and institutions such as the University of the Southern Caribbean join in the year-long celebration of this important milestone of our church in this part of the world.
Our university – one of the fourteen universities in the IAD – has had a rich exchange of mutual benefit with our division. Over the ninety-four year of our existence, we have and continue to receive resource endowments and institutional support from the IAD. In return, among the finest human talent that has propelled the success of the church in this division, are proud alumni of our university. USC and the IAD have even at separate times shared two presidents, in the distinguished persons of Bender L. Archbold and George W. Brown. Our missions, successes and destinies are unimpeachably co-mingled.
The fundamental business of our university is education. As such, our contribution to the observance of the IAD centennial year will focus on the production and sharing of educational content that will examine our church, its mission and its work in the circum-Caribbean and the impact of our division and its people on the world church and the world beyond the church. A calendar of our major IAD centennial events will be shared in the coming weeks. Prepare yourself to participate and be edified. May God continue to bless His church in the Inter-American Division and in the world.
Authored by: Mr. Hayden McKenna, University Writer/Editor
With the public health measures to mitigate the spread of COVID 19 being relaxed by many national governments and with the nascent signs that the pandemic might be headed to epidemiological remission, the leadership of the USC has begun to prepare for what undoubtedly will be a thoughtful, well-sequenced reboot of the in-person university. Cognizant that a successful reboot requires more, much more than an artless regression to pre-pandemic transactions, the President’s Cabinet participated in a special two-day leadership retreat on March 02 and 03, 2022. The retreat was held at La Soledad Estate, deep in the Maracas Valley. The theme of the retreat was “Policies, Processes and OUTCOMES: An Executive Mind-set”. USC President Dr. Colwick Wilson explained, that the major idea behind the retreat, was for university leadership to get a clear sense of the university’s existing policy framework, to try to map out processes with measurable outcomes that would be pursued with a mind-set oriented to execution and results.
The impressive battery of presenters, included professionals, carefully drawn from the global Adventist higher education and health sectors, the Caribbean regional tertiary education sector and corporate Trinidad and Tobago. The six featured presenters and their presentations in the order they appeared were as follows:
Dr. John McVay, President
Walla Walla University, USA
Presentation title: “The Executive Mind-set in Times of Stress.”
Dr. Prudence Pollard, Vice-President
Quality Assurance, Research, and Faculty Development, Oakwood University, USA
Presentation title: “Executive Mind-set: View of Self & Others.”
Dr. Haldane Davies
Vice President for Business Development and Innovation
University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas Campus
Presentation title: “Executive Mind-set: Framing the Effective President’s Cabinet.”
Mrs. Shirley Lake-King
Vice President of Administration and Finance
University of the Virgin Islands
Presentation title: “Collaborating as Essential Partners.”
Mr. Conrad Enill
The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago
Presentation title: “Disruption –The New Normal.”
Mr. Carlyle Walton
Adventist Health Policy Association
Presentation title: “So you want to be a Leader!”
The devotional speaker for both days was Dr. Roy Adams, the Grenadian born alumnus of Caribbean Union College (now the USC), who has given decades of distinguished service to the global Adventist Church in the roles of pastor, theologian, scholar, columnist, associate editor, author and administrator.
These dynamic presentations were punctuated by opportunities for sharing, reflection, team building, case study analysis and strategy refinement. The university’s executive leadership also benefitted from affirmations from the President of the Caribbean Union Conference and Chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, Dr. Kern Tobias and from the President of the South Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Pastor Leslie Moses, who both made cameos as special guests.
Commenting on what was accomplished at the retreat, President Wilson said that it was “an inspirational and informative time for the executive team. We were challenged and encouraged to consider the merits of adopting a high level of functioning via the executive mind-set. It was a time of refreshing, a time of renewal, a time that allowed us to cast a vision that will lead us into our centennial celebration.”
BCW2022 took place during March 14 – 17 and positioned itself as a university-wide annual event. BCW stands for Business and Career Week and is a period of four days where key individuals in various professions are invited to sensitise and engage students on contemporary issues in the workplace and expected future trends in the world of work. This year the School of Business and Entrepreneurship was pleased to partner with its sister schools within the university to provide an interdisciplinary, value-packed, phenomenal week for students and all attendees.
The Impact of Digitalisation on Career Choices was the theme of BCW2022. We were pleased to be addressed by Senator, Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly during our opening ceremony and were happy to be engaged by over 30 presenters, both local and international across the week. All presenters were professionals in their discipline and provided students with information to increase their anticipation and preparation for a bright future.
Over 1000 attendees benefited from the virtual sessions and feedback gathered indicates that the week was well received and dubbed a success! A link to recorded presentations can be accessed here: https://usc.edu.tt/bcw2022/
The School of Business and Entrepreneurship thanks its sister schools, presenters, and all attendees for participating in BCW2022!
Prepared by Dr. Susan Chand, Director, Office of Research & Innovation
Visit usc.edu.tt/researchday for more!
Research Day is an annual event that showcases the scholarly work of the faculty, staff and students at the University of the Southern Caribbean through oral presentations, poster exhibitions and round table discussions. As we continue to be in the pandemic times, the presentations will be focusing on the dimensionalities and disparities encountered by the people locally and across the globe. Theme of the Research Day 2022 is: “Human Dimensionalities and Disparities: The Impact of COVID-19 on Physical, Social, Economic, Emotional and Spiritual Well Being”.
COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the normal way of life for people world-wide. Rapid changes to adapt to the ‘new normal’ has created a competitive environment that has challenged access to health, resources, food, jobs by many individuals leading to disparities in human dimensions. Human dimension encompasses a wide range of human behaviours, relationships, and dynamics. Countries and regions continue to face threats directed toward exploitation of persons from low socio-economic status, minority groups, women, and migrant populations. This situation under COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to exacerbating rather than alleviating the plights of the vulnerable groups globally as well in the Caribbean region (United Nations Policy Brief COVID LAC, 2020).
The USC Research Day 2022 will address the issues of human dimensionalities and disparities in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the objectives will be to:
1. Address the issues of disparities across human dimensions globally and regionally.
2. Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the physical, social, economic, emotional, and spiritual well-being of people globally and in the context of the Caribbean region.
3. Discuss the disparities faced by the vulnerable populations globally and in the Caribbean region.
4. Provide innovative solutions/interventions to address human problems and disparities under COVID-19 pandemic.
PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES
Research Day will begin with the Public Lecture Series – VII on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm AST.
Public Lectures are held to address issues that are current and relevant to the University and the wider community. In the past, the topics of these Lectures have ranged from crime prevention, domestic violence, and child authority act, rising trends in diabetes in Trinidad and Tobago, climate change and mental health, education during COVID-19 pandemic, and public science – learning without walls. Public Lectures commenced at USC since 2019. These events are hosted from the Office of Research and Innovation.
This prestigious lecture will be delivered by Dr. Wayne L. Greaves, Distinguished Scientist in the biopharmaceutical field, physician and a specialist in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, USA. His primary focus is on research and development of drugs for infectious diseases. Dr. Greaves is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the author of numerous scientific articles.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic much of his time has been devoted to addressing myths about the Covid vaccines and separating fact from fiction.
USC RESEARCH DAY ONE – MARCH 9, 2022: OPENING CEREMONY
Research Day Opening Ceremony will commence on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 from 8:30 am – 9:45 am.
The Keynote Speaker is Dr. Dillon Alleyne, Deputy Director, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Sub regional Headquarters for the Caribbean, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
Topic: “The impact of the Covid19 on the Economic and Social Sectors and peoples of the Caribbean and Opportunities for Resilience Building”
Session – 1: Featured Panel Presentations: 9:55 – 11:00 am
Overarching Theme: “Evidential and Collaborative Approaches for Addressing Health Disparities and Equity”
Presenter # 1: Noel Brathwaite, PhD, MSPH, Director, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore, USA.
Topic: Data Driven policy Formulation and Implementation
Presenter # 2: David A. Mann, MD, PhD, Epidemiologist, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore, USA
Topic: COVID-19: A Causal Model Approach to Health Equity Data
Presenter # 3: Arif J. Vega, PhD, Director of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion – Engagement and Outreach, LUNGevity Foundation, Washington, USA
Topic: Priority Intervention Models
Presenter # 4: Diane Walker, MDH, Executive Assistant, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Maryland Department of Health, Baltimore, USA
Topic: Funding, Capacity Building and Drivers of Sustainability
Session – 2: USC Students’ Oral Presentations – 11:00 – 11:40 am
Session – 3: USC Faculty Featured Presentations – 11:45 am – 12:25 pm
Presenter # 1: Ms. Fayola St. Bernard, Chair, Department of Computing, Mathematics and Technology School of Sciences, Technology and Allied Health, University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago.
Topic: “The Impact of Gamification on Student Engagement and Performance”
Presenter # 2: Dr. Gersha Pierre, Director, Quality Assurance, University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago.
Topic: “Using the Mixed Method Research Design for Scale Development and Inferential Analysis of Student Satisfaction in Higher Education”
Session – 4: USC Students’ Oral Presentations – 12:25 – 1:00 pm
Session – 5: ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION – 4:45 – 6:00 pm
Topic: “Three years in and counting: Navigating the interdisciplinary implications of Covid 19″.
Moderator – Dr. Amanda Thomas, Research Assistant Professor, School of Graduate Studies and Research, USC
1. Dr. Cerise Hunt: Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Director for the Center for Public Health Practice, Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at Colorado School of Public Health University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
2. Dr. Apryl Alexander: Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology at the University of Denver (DU).
3. Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard: Senior Fellow, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
4. Dr. Lois George: Programme Coordinator for Undergraduate and Graduate Mathematics Education programmes and co-chairperson for the SOE Academic Quality Assurance Committee (SOEAQAC).
5. Dr. Claudette Mitchell: Chair, Department of Consumer Sciences, School of Science, Technology and Allied Health, USC
Session – 6: USC Faculty & Students’ Oral Presentations – 6:00 – 7:30 pm
USC RESEARCH DAY TWO – MARCH 10, 2022
Session – 1 – Featured Presentation – 8:30 – 9:10 am
Featured Speaker: Mr. Charles D. Jean-Pierre Collier, President, T&T Association of Psychologists
Topic: “When the Proposal Pleases the Whole Group – Participatory Action Research”
Session – 2 – USC Faculty and Students’ Presentations – 9:10 – 9:50 am
Session – 3: Featured Presentation – 9:50 – 10:30 am
Presenter: Dr. Walter Murray, Managing Director/Founder – Strategic Business Analysts, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Topic: “Human Dimensionality, Covid19 and Opportunities to Implement Genesis Leadership Principles”
Session – 3 – USC Faculty and Students’ Presentations – 10:30 – 11:15 am
SESSION – 4: ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION – 11:20 AM – 12:30 PM
MODERATOR: Mr. Paul Richards, Independent Senator, Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Adjunct Faculty, USC
Overarching Theme: “Human Dimensionalities and Disparities: Inter-regional perspectives and solutions”
Presenter # 1: Kenneth P Swansi, MBA, MPhil, PhD, Chair, Business Department Associate Dean, Graduate School Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies [AIIAS], Philippines
Focus area: “Economic disparities on account of COVID-19 globally and in the Asian context”
Presenter # 2: Lía Rodríguez de la Vega, PhD, Teacher/Researcher at the National University of Lomas de Zamora/University of Palermo, Argentina & Director of the Diploma of Asian Studies (UNCAUS, Argentina)
Focus area: “Latin American perspective on disparity issues during COVID-19 pandemic (including gender issues)”
Presenter # 3: Amy Paul-Ward, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy Former Director, Nursing PhD Program Florida International University, USA & Visiting Faculty, Department of Occupational Therapy, USC
Focus area: “Disparities with special reference to disabilities: A health anthropological perspective in the context North America”
Presenter # 4: Donald T Simeon, PhD, Director, Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development, Professor of Biostatistics and Public Health Research, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Focus area: “The Critical Role of the Researcher in addressing the COVID-driven challenges to Human Dimensionalities and Disparities”
Presenter # 5: Dr. Wanda Chesney, Provost, University of the Southern Caribbean, Trinidad
Focus area: “Online Teaching and Learning Challenges and Resilience at a Tertiary Institution – Actions for closing the Disparity gaps”
CLOSING CEREMONY – 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Keynote Speaker: Professor Sunil Khanna, Professor and Robert & Sara Rothschild Endowed Chair in Global Health, Oregon State University, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon, USA
Topic: Exploring Dimensions of Health Inequities: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic
The University of the Southern Caribbean remembers the life of Dr. George Carlington Simmons, an outstanding citizen and leader in our global university community.
The memorial service for Dr. George Carlington Simmons will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 4:00pm. View on YouTube at: youtube.com/universityofthesoutherncaribbean
We regret to announce the passing of Alicia and Amanda Charles on Thursday, February 17, 2022. They were the daughters of Angus and Ellen Charles, sisters of Allister Charles; cousins of Natasha Williams-La Motte, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President in the Division of Student Services & Enrollment Management and Natalie Williams, past employee of the University.
Alicia worked as an “On the Job Trainee” (OJT) at the University of the Southern Caribbean in the Student Advisement Center as an Office Assistant for a short period from October 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013. Her past colleagues described her as having a quiet personality and a beautiful smile.
Amanda began her journey at the University of the Southern Caribbean as a student in the School of Business & Entrepreneurship. As a student she worked in the Admissions and Records-Transfer Credit, Department from March 2011 to December 2013. As part of her graduation requirements, January 6, 2014, she became a team member in the Human Resources Department as a Human Resource Assistant Intern.
On May 17, 2015, Amanda graduated with honors—Cum Laude from the USC with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Human Resource Management Emphasis. Following her success, she worked as an “On the Job Trainee” (OJT), thereafter she was employed on contract as a Human Resource Assistant, and finally was permanently employed as the Human Resource Officer from May 1, 2019 until her untimely passing on February 17, 2022.
The charming, quiet personality, always smiling Amanda Melicia Charles will be missed by her immediate and past colleagues in the Human Resources Department, the University Registry/Records Office, the Administration, faculty, staff and students of the University not excluding the Satellite Sites.
The celebration of life for Alicia and Amanda will be given in a subsequent announcement.