October 21, 2018
Dear USC Faculty, Staff, Students,
The administration of the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) is cognizant of the difficulties traversing the country and is monitoring the situation.
Owing to the uncertainty of the weather conditions for tomorrow and considering the number of students, faculty and staff that are affected by the recent national disaster which caused severe flooding, we would like to inform everyone that there will be no classes for tomorrow, Monday 22nd. This closure will give us an opportunity to further assess the situation and to help many of our community members who are adversely affected. We are asking all members of faculty and staff who are unaffected, to volunteer to their neighbours and communities. The USC has an organized plan to help affected persons and are asking those who are interested to convene on campus at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.
Although the USC campus has sustained no physical damage our main priority is to lend assistance to the members of our community who are affected. We have allocated temporary shelter for persons who are in need of such. Please send all reports of affected persons through our Vice-President for Spiritual Development and at the numbers listed below.
However, faculty, staff and students within the University campus and surrounding areas who are not affected are asked to make a very special effort to attend the George Simmons Lecture Series tomorrow, Monday 22, at 3:00 p.m. at the Social Sciences Auditorium.
Please stay tuned to the regular updates from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) and the University of the Southern Caribbean’s media channels.
Unless otherwise notified, we will resume duties on Tuesday, October 23rd.
Tobago Assemblyman, Farley Augustine gave sound advice to the incoming USC Associate Student Body (ASB) Executive on Monday, October 8, 2018, during their Inauguration Ceremony. The event was held at the Social Sciences Auditorium from 3:15 pm and in attendance were students, faculty, staff and administrators.
Farley’s address was guided by the ASB’s theme for the event, “Emerge: Your Destiny Awaits.” He began by giving context and meaning to the theme.
“The word emerge is a verb, that requires some activity,” he said. “It means that you have to do something to emerge, and if you have to emerge, it means that you have to come out of something.”
He noted that emerging sometimes takes that physical uprooting of yourself from where you are to where you need to be positioned. He continued by urging the executive to have integrity and be honest.
Farley ended by reminding the ASB executive that their Christian teachings tell them that they ought to be great citizens of this world and great citizens of the world to come. Hence, the time that they spend at USC is as good as any in positioning them to change the world.
At the event, students were treated to a show-stopping display of dance moves as members of the new ASB executive marched to their awaiting seats, with students cheering loudly as the excitement grew.
Following the dramatic introductions, Dr Wanda Chesney, Associate Provost of the University encouraged and applauded the ASB. She urged them to look for opportunities to extend themselves and to lead in a way that will make a difference and impact on this University. “I have seen in the past that those students who aspire to leadership move on later in life and embody positions of leadership. So, this is a natural trajectory. Once you get this experience, you normally move on to positions of leadership as you move on in your career” she said.
Addressing the student body as the newly installed ASB President, Jamel Providence gave a motivational address to both his team and the student body. He began by recognizing USC’s own national hero, Sariah Estrada who received the Humming Bird medal for gallantry at a National Awards Ceremony held on Republic Day.
Providence encouraged the student body to be assured of their identity and assured students by saying, “We are not here to serve ourselves, but to serve you.” He also acknowledged his team, the subcommittees and the ambassadors present, describing them as hardworking, dedicated servant leaders.
The event culminated with a Pinning Ceremony where the outgoing ASB President, Mr Randy Dixon proudly pinned badges to the new executive’s attire, signifying the passing on of the baton.
ASB officers will serve a one-year term, which commenced at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Images – Brian Patrick & Curtis Henry
On October 1, 2018, students, faculty and staff along with administrators gathered at the University Auditorium to participate in the annual President’s Convocation ceremony.
Melodic musical renditions from USC Music’s Orchestra and Choir, who were under the direction of the ever-passionate Kerron Hislop, Coordinator of the USC Music Department were a memorable feature of the event.
As per tradition, faculty in attendance were donned in their academic regalia as they marched through the auditorium, followed by the executive of the Associate Body and the University’s administration. The panel of participants at Monday’s event included USC administrators, and chairman of the USC Board of Trustees, Dr Kern Tobias. Making his debut appearance since assuming the position of ASB President for the 2018-2019 School year was Mr Jamel Providence.
Dr Hilary Bowman, University President, began his address by giving the account of an unforgettable journey via aeroplane, which he experienced almost thirty years ago. Using the analogy of that journey, he likened the student’s USC experience to a journey. “Today, I want to liken your stay at USC to a journey, a twofold journey; an academic journey as well as a spiritual journey. With your hand in God’s hands, He has the ability to blend these two journeys together to make you the best leader you could be.”
His thought-provoking and inspiring address called on students to excel in the different facets of their academic lives. In relationships, grades, and finances to name a few.
In discussing the administration’s plans for the new academic year, he pointed out a few of the University’s accomplishments during the last academic school year, and also shed light on the direction in which the University is headed in the coming years. Among the upcoming developmental plans highlighted in his presentation were:
• Renewal of the PhD in Counseling and Psychology in partnership with Andrews University.
• A PhD in Business: in partnership with Montemorelos University, Mexico.
• A Health Institute.
• Collaboration with the Ministry of Education of Trinidad & Tobago to offer the Dip Ed to thousands of students in keeping with the ministry’s mandate to further equip teachers with the skills set to enhance teaching and learning.
• Development of a physical therapy programme
• Development of a degree in herbal and nutritional medicine.
With regard to infrastructural development plans, Bowman announced that a School of Nursing & Allied Health will be formed and a four-storey building, located at the old dormitory site, next to the School of Social Sciences building will be erected. This building will include primary health care units, beds, labs and classes.
He also noted that the La Realista Housing Development Programme would be actualized with 50 plots earmarked to be developed.
Bowman ended his address by admonishing students to “Remember that university journeys are not the easiest of journeys. Your God has promised that he will take you safely through this journey. Take Him at His word, He always delivers.”
The 2018-2019 school year began on September 3, 2018, and will end on December 14, 2018.
Sariah Estrada, a 17-year old first year nursing student at the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) has received a national award. The Hummingbird Medal – Bronze was given to Estrada for her gallantry and loyalty and devotion to Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, September 24, 2018, when the country celebrated its 42nd year as a republic.
In a brief conversation, Sariah Estrada recalls the events that led to her nomination for the award. She stated, that having been led by the hand of God, she participated in a basic life support-training course offered by the North Central Regional Health Authority on July 8, 2018.
Five days later, on July 13, 2018, Sariah and two cousins left home to visit the Marianne Beach located in Blanchisseuse, a small community on the north coast of the island. Upon leaving the beach Sariah and her cousins noticed a young man facing difficulties at sea. Immediately, one of her cousins sprang into action and swam to the young man’s rescue. When the two return to the shore, the young man was unresponsive and in dire need of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Sariah, having recently acquired the skill of administering CPR, sought to help the young man regain consciousness. After several attempts, she was successful and the young man’s life was saved.
President Paula-Mae Weekes, second from left, speaks to Sariah Estrada a student at The University of Southern Caribbean, after presenting her with the Humming Bird Medal (Bronze) for “Gallantry” during Monday evening National Awards Ceremony at NAPA, Keate Street, Port of Spain. Looking in from right are Chief Justice Ivor Archie, and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley. Estrada used CPR to save a drowning man at Marianne beach in July. (Express Newspapers, Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Ishmael Salandy)
Sariah summed up her experience by saying “This was an act of humility as I saw someone in need. It is such a great feeling to know that I was able to give someone a second chance to live. I would like to encourage young people to always do well, keep positive and strive for excellence. ” Sariah’s award, the Hummingbird Medal (bronze), is a state decoration of Trinidad and Tobago. The medal is 4th highest award bestowed on citizens for loyal and devoted service beneficial to the state in any field, or for acts of conspicuous gallantry or other outstanding humane action.
The University of the Southern Caribbean has appointed alumnus, Dr. Leon Wilson to the position of provost. In this capacity, Wilson will be responsible for the academic affairs of the University in addition to its day-to-day running.
Dr. Hilary Bowman, University President introduced the provost to the faculty and staff body on Friday, August 24, 2018 during a faculty and staff meeting.
The Guyanese-born educator and ground-breaking researcher brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, having last served as the provost of the Alabama State University, USA, from 2013, and as interim-president of the same university in 2016/2017 until his resignation in 2018.
About Dr. Leon Wilson
Dr. Leon C. Wilson received his M.A. (1986) and PhD. (1989) in sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, majoring in social psychology, with a minor in social organization and significant advanced training in statistics. He also holds an M.A. in religion and counseling from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Mich., and a Bachelor of Theology from Caribbean Union College (now University of the Southern Caribbean), Trinidad.
Before moving to East Carolina University as professor and chair of the Department of Sociology, Wilson spent almost twenty years at Wayne State University in the ranks of assistant professor to professor, and as Department Chair for seven years.
Wilson has taught courses in advanced statistical application, social psychology, family and applied sociology. He has either chaired or participated in more than 70 Ph.D. dissertations and master’s thesis projects, and says he is very proud of his mentoring history. His research applies statistical models to understand the relationship of structural, interactional and socioeconomic factors to social psychological, health and mental health outcomes in families, especially adolescents. His publications, which reflect these interests, appear in national and international journals.
Wilson has conducted some of the largest survey research projects on families and adolescents in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. The most recent are Adolescent Health and Protective Factors in Guyana (2012), Media Habits in Guyana (2007-08) and Youth Trends in Trinidad and Tobago (2009). Wilson regularly contributes to and presents at national and international conferences and is the recipient of several research, teaching, mentoring and civic awards.
On May 1, 2018, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago published a call for five medical scholarships from the Cuban Government – three undergraduate and two postgraduate scholarships. Two students from the University of the Southern Caribbean were the successful recipients of two undergraduate scholarships.
Kyla Thomas, 20 and Darryan Cornwall 23, were both successful when they answered the call to further their studies by applying for the scholarships. They left Trinidad for Cuba on August 28, 2018.
It was this month reported that the Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh had announced that a team from the Ministry would visit Cuba with the aim of recruiting 250 healthcare specialists in 11 different fields. The minister announced that specialists were critically needed at the country’s healthcare institutions and many of them could not be sourced locally.
Among the speciality areas pinpointed by Minister Deyalsingh were: “paediatrics, cardiology, gastroenterology, haematology, nephrology, internal medicine, orthopaedic surgery, paediatric cardiology, maxillofacial surgery, ophthalmology and A and E (Accident and Emergency).”
The two USC alums, Kyla and Thomas both hope to specialize paediatrics.
Numerous prospective students and parents were drawn to the University of the Southern Caribbean’s main campus for its September 2018 orientation exercise. The University’s 91st anniversary which coincided with the event featured a welcome and introduction to life on campus in the verdant Maracas Valley. Addressing the students were various University administrators including University President, Dr. Hilary Bowman, and newly appointed University Provost, Dr. Leon Wilson.
Students toured various booths located in the newly constructed University Auditorium, took tours of the campus, met with faculty and staff and engaged in various informational sessions. Registration for new students continue throughout this week.
The 2018-2019 school year officially commences on September 3, 2018.
Dear USCian Community,
Today, August 27, 2018, marks the ninety-first anniversary of this noble University. Over the past nine decades, we have set historic records in academia and made notable progress in other areas.
The month of August has presented us with bounteous opportunities to celebrate as today, we welcome the Class of 2022 to the USC campus, and in four days, we celebrate Trinidad and Tobago’s 56th Independence anniversary.
As this institution observes another milestone, I am reminded of the importance of continuous growth and development. The concept of progress, though debated by philosophers for centuries, has one essential feature. It involves an improvement; a betterment of what was and an anticipation of what will be. Today, we the administration vow to continue our efforts in making this learning environment one that thrives on excellence and progress, and an acknowledgement that there is always better to be done.
Our University draws strength from the successes of you the alumni, faculty, staff and student body. We excel because of you. I thank each one of you who continue to play a role in the growth of USC. To you our alumni and friends, thank you for the support and love you continue to graciously bestow toward us. Your love lifts us higher. To our faculty and staff, thank you for your tireless efforts and service to our students and to God. Because of you, USC can proudly speak of its role in transforming men and women who make a difference in our societies. And finally, to you our students, thank you for choosing USC to help prepare you for life.
Today, I encourage you to join us in celebrating USC, our nation and our campus community. As we move toward the centennial mark, it is my prayer that we continue to progress, knowing this… “That He who began a good work… would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” Philippians 1:4 (MSG).
Dr. Hilary Bowman is the 28th President of the University of the Southern Caribbean. He was appointed by the Board of Trustees in November 2016.
The University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) provides quality education and equitable opportunities to its student population. Therefore, embodied within the vision, mission statement the aim is to promote spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social development. Hence, the programmes offered aid in continuing professional development and advancement of students in various disciplines. Moreover, utilizing such approaches can assist in improving the quality of life for persons, rebuild communities, as well as contribute to economic growth and sustainability for governments and stakeholders.
With this in mind, the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences seeks to engage the student throughout their educational journey. This is executed through the combination of knowledge and understanding together with practical application that enhances life skills and essential skill set required for careers in nutrition and dietetics, and technical vocational education.
Presently, the undergraduate programmes offered in the aforementioned department include:
(a) BS Nutrition and Dietetics (new)
This programme provides the required training for students to fulfill their career goal as a dietitian/nutritionist, this incorporates the local food service systems management practicum (Trinidad and Tobago) and the regional nutrition and dietetics practicum and regional community nutrition practicum (practical training in any two Caribbean Territories – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines), and the International Dietetic Internship.
(b) BS Family and Consumer Science
This programme offers a wide career path in that upon graduating the student can serve as a secondary school educator, health educator, family life educator, entrepreneur, clothing and textiles consultant, food service manager, and quality assurance officer (maintaining quality for food programmes and in the industry).
Since, the inception of the BS Nutrition and Dietetics in 2013, several students completed the programme and also proceeded to the International Dietetic Internship. Just to list a few, these included the following graduates: (a) Alisha Daniel, RDN (BS Family and Consumer Science, BS Nutrition and Dietetics, International Dietetic Internship – Dominican University, USA); (b) Vi Nedd-Jackman (BS Family and Consumer Science, BS Nutrition and Dietetics, International Dietetic Internship – Dominican University, USA); and (c) Carlva Weekes (BS Family and Consumer Science, BS Nutrition and Dietetics, International Dietetic Internship – Oakwood University, USA).
Presently, from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Graduating Class of 2018, three students who received BS Nutrition and Dietetics are recipients of the Organization of American States (OAS) Scholarships to pursue graduate studies. These include the following graduates: (a) Amber Charles – will pursue Masters in Public Health & International Dietetic Internship, Johns Hopkins University, USA;
(b) Stacy De Coteau – will pursue Masters in Public Health Nutrition, University of Technology, Jamaica; and (c) Brittany Whiteman – will pursue Masters in Public Health Nutrition, University of Technology, Jamaica.
Overall, the department expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the university’s administration for consistent support and guidance.
Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist laypersons and leaders across the English Caribbean and throughout the church in the Inter-American Division (IAD) gathered for the very first Festival of Cross-Cultural Missions to better understand how to reach the growing multi-cultural groups spread throughout the vast territory. The historic event brought more than 600 church planters, pastors and volunteer lay people to take in the historic opening ceremony in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
“We want to challenge you not to focus on traditional evangelism only, but appreciate the diversity of our cultures and share Jesus to them,” said Pastor Samuel Telemaque, director for the Office of Adventist Mission for the church in Inter-America and main organizer of the event.
Pastor Samuel Telemaque (center), director of Adventist Mission for Inter-America opens the festival session Aug. 8, 2018. Photo by Curtis Henry/IAD
Themed “Celebrating the Past, Reaching All People for Christ,” the four-day conference is aimed at exposing leaders to the transforming power of lay involvement in evangelism, inspiring missionary enthusiasts to continue sharing Christ by developing meaningful interaction and respect for people of all socio-economic backgrounds and religious persuasions, and teaching delegates how to effectively cross barriers and establish centres of love, according to Telemaque.
The conference was meant to pair up with the Caribbean Union territory’s more than 500 lay preachers for a Festival of the Laity training as well.
“You are the greatest and most valuable asset the church has, to transform lives,” said Dr. Kern Tobias, president of the church in the Caribbean Union as he specifically addressed the lay delegates from the Caribbean region. “We appreciate you and thank you for your hard work and sacrifice.”
The Honorable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, member of Parliament and Minister of Community Development Culture and Arts in the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, invited the delegates to explore the diversity around them and to allow “unconditional agape love” to thrive where they are.
Hundreds of delegates from across the Caribbean and Inter-America take in the sounds and sights during the opening ceremony at the University of Southern Caribbean. Photo by Curtis Henry/IAD
“For too long, we have allowed race, religion and cultures to inhibit our development. Discard labels and stigma that increase our sense of separation; never allow discrimination to override love for people,” said Gadsby-Dolly.
Pastor Telemaque believes that the seamless blending of these two unique activities has been positively affected by the diverse make-up of the Caribbean Union. Dr. Tobias affirmed: “The reality is that people from different cultures, ethnicities, and languages are now living in close proximity to each other.
In the Guyana Conference, the church is confronted with numerous people groups so the church must find a way to confront the enormous challenge to reach the different groups for Christ, said Tobias. “It is your attitude that will make the difference in reaching these people for Christ, so mingling with them can produce outstanding results.”
Photos: Curtis Henry/IAD
Article originally published by www.interamerica.org | August 9, 2018