Education & Humanities Research Forum
On October 27, 2021, the School of Education and Humanities resuscitated its Research Forum
which was initially launched in November 2016. The forum was conceptualised to serve as an
opportunity for faculty to share their research interests with the wider university, through individual
and collaborative projects. The forum also intends to provide student researchers a space to
showcase their work.
The inaugural virtual iteration of the Research Forum was delivered by Dr. Terencia Joseph whose
presentation was titled A Vulgar and Corrupt Dialect: Official Approaches to Eliminating Kwéyòl
among Primary School-aged Children, St. Lucia, 1890-1920. It examined the attitudes of French
Creole-speakers and colonial officials towards French Creole language/patois usage, strategies
applied by the state to stamp out the use of the language, and the impact of those strategies over a
short thirty-year period. The research relied primarily on archival records. This forum was timely as
October is designated International Creole Day by the United Nations Educational Scientific and
Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The School of Education and Humanities envisions a robust and regular schedule in the upcoming
semester, with forums slated for January and April 2022. The EdHum Forum is facilitated by Dr.
Terencia Joseph, Ms. Meredith Montrichard and Dr. Fiona Rajkumar.
- Published in News, School of Education & Humanities
USC Barbados Campus iProvide Ministries on the Move
In spite of Covid-19 restrictions and all that the pandemic represents, On October 30th 2021, students from the USC Barbados Campus, iProvide Ministries, courageously travelled to four nursing homes across Barbados with a food and toiletry drive.
This iProvide Ministry was established on Barbados Campus in August 2021 and mirrors the same ministry executed on the Main Campus. iProvide Ministries is part of six ministries established by the Office of Spiritual Development in 2019 under the larger umbrella of iConnect Ministries. These ministries are intended to engage both student and faculty in using their gifts and talents towards the expansion of God’s Kingdom and forms part of the spiritual nurturing program of this office. The goal is to have these ministries duplicated on all our campuses and wherever our students are located.
Kahlan Roach, leader of Barbados Campus iProvide Ministries, on reporting on the project, stated, “We did this project because we wanted to make a change and a difference…, and this was the perfect opportunity to show appreciation to all our seniors. Those who have sacrificed so much for their family and those who may feel underappreciated.”
“Our goal is to use our resources for projects that bring about socio-economic change as well as spiritual change. The members of my team are Adriel Hoyte, Sophia Price, Laurena Jacob and Marissa Waldron. Our Campus Coordinator, Mrs. Shernelle Fullerton, also assists our team for various projects”.
This project was not only a blessing to the seniors and staff of the homes visited, but iProvide leader, Kahlan, confessed that “it made my team and I very happy also; we were blessed to be a blessing to them.”
Upcoming projects for iProvide, Barbados Campus includes a toy Drive for four different Children’s Homes on the island. This project will also include the iPraise and iPray ministries.
- Published in News
Health Minister Deyalsingh to Open NHRC 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.PORT OF SPAIN – November 09, 2021. – The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health will deliver the keynote address at the Opening Ceremony of the 2nd National Health Research Conference, which will be held on November 18 and 19. He will be joined at the Opening by the International Guest Speaker, Professor David R. Williams of the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University. The title of Professor Williams’ presentation is Resilience for Mental Health in the Age of COVID.
The theme of this second annual conference is Building Resilience through Research in a Pandemic. While last year’s conference introduced local COVID-19 research, there are several papers this year under general topics such as COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake and Hesitancy, Adapting to the New Normal and Its Impact on Quality of Life. The conference will also highlight research papers on NonCommunicable Diseases, Cancers and Mental Health, Pharmacy and Oral Health as well as Clinical and Laboratory Studies. In keeping with COVID-19 protocols and guidelines set by the governing bodies, the event will once again be held virtually. It will also feature a 3D poster hall.
The 2021 National Health Research Conference is another multi-sectoral partnership and is co-hosted by the Ministry of Health, The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus, University of the Southern Caribbean (USC), University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and the regional health authorities (RHAs): Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA), North Central Health Authority (NCRHA); Southwest Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) and Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA).
Registration fee is $200 for delegates and $100 for students. To register, visit http://conferences.sta.uwi.edu/nhrc or for further information feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for registration is November 12.
- Published in Corporate Communications, News
Courtesy Visit to Mayor Junia Regrello of San Fernando
On Wednesday, October 20, 2021 the USC Administration and USC South Campus Teams paid a courtesy visit to His Worship The Mayor Alderman Junia Regrello at the San Fernando City Hall.
Present were President of the University of the Southern Caribbean, Dr. Colwick Wilson; Dr. Wanda Chesney, Provost, and Ms. Ebony Burton, Director of the USC South Campus.
This visit saw the formal introduction of Dr. Colwick Wilson as President of the University of the Southern Caribbean to Mayor Regrello.
The University of the Southern Caribbean remains dedicated to its long standing record of service to the city of San Fernando and looks forward to continued collaboration.
- Published in News, Office of the President
USC Shines at COTE 2021 Armchair Discussion
The University of the Southern Caribbean was represented with excellence at the UWI Conference on the Economy (COTE) Youth 2021 Virtual Armchair Discussion. Held on Thursday, October 14, 2021, the discussion was centered on the theme, “Accelerating Caribbean Development: A Youth-Centric Development Approach”.
Mr. Gershom Byng, a final year BBA Management student, presented on the sub-topic, “Entrepreneurship and Business Enterprise”. Mr. Byng emphasized the urgent need to diversify the economy with a priority on entrepreneurship due to the government being the largest single employer.
Mr. Byng explained that the oil and gas sector now faces a decline after years of, almost single-handedly, carrying the country’s economic load – investment in and amplification of the private sector will lead to increased employment and national productivity.
Mr. Byng credits his co-curricular participation for the development of his time-management skills. Despite carrying a full class load, and full-time entrepreneurship and employment, Mr. Byng prioritized preparation for the Virtual Armchair Discussion, thus enabling him to ably respond to off-topic questions on the German Economy.
Mr. Byng will join fellow students from USC’s School of Business & Entrepreneurship (SOBE) on Thursday, October 21, 2021 as they represent USC, and go for the gold, at the COTE 2021 Virtual Debate Competition.
The SOBE seeks to engage our students in co-curricular activities to assist them in the development of critical skills that will set them apart from others. Special thanks to Mr. Duane Winchester, Adjunct Economics Lecturer, who assisted Mr. Byng in the preparation of his presentation.
- Published in News, School of Business
Andrews University names its Church History Suite after USC Alumnus
On September 25th 2021, the Church History Suite at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (SATS) at Andrews University (AU) was named after the very influential, retired professor and pastor, Dr. Walter Baxter Theophilus Douglas. Positioned in a conspicuous place of honour on the upper floor of the building, is an artist’s portrait of the man who in 1972, became the first person of colour to join the teaching faculty of the SATS at AU. Dr. Douglas served with distinction as a scholar and member of teaching faculty at the ATS and in several other roles at AU for thirty-five years.
In his acceptance speech at the naming ceremony, Douglas, an alumnus of Caribbean Union College, Andrews University, McGill University and McMaster University chose to single-out Caribbean Union College (CUC) – now the University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) – as the veritable point of original inspiration for the distinguished life of service he has led.
Walter Douglas – at the insistence of his mother – came to the campus of Caribbean Training College (the immediate institutional forerunner to CUC) in the early 1950s from his native Grenada. He was an impressionable, eager, and intellectually curious sixteen-year-old. His studies on the campus prepared him for the gospel ministry in the first instance, and also laid a solid foundation for his illustrious career as a scholar, consultant, servant-leader and the many other interesting things he has done with his life.
Douglas graduated from CUC as part of the very impressive class of 1958 and entered a brief stint of pastoral ministry in Port of Spain, Trinidad. His ambitions quickly took him to AU where he completed a baccalaureate degree in theology. He soon returned to CUC in 1963 as a member of its teaching faculty. Later in that year, he married Yvonne Sebro, an alumna of CUC and the daughter of Pastor Frederick A. Sebro – one of the first male students at East Caribbean Training School (the earliest formation of USC). Yvonne has been his supporter and partner in ministry, parenthood and life for almost fifty-eight years – and yes, they had a CUC campus wedding.
In 1964, Walter Douglas was one of quite a few youthful members of CUC’s teaching faculty to leave for North America to further their studies. He returned to Andrews University and there, as an exceptional graduate student, he left such an impression that soon after he moved to Canada for further graduate study at McGill University, he was invited by then AU president, Dr. Richard Hammill, to join the teaching faculty at the seminary. Douglas negotiated a postponed acceptance in order to complete his studies at McGill. In 1972, he took up what by then was a three-year old invitation and joined the teaching faculty at the seminary. He specialized in church history and the history or religion. He later added the emerging field of multiculturalism and diversity studies to his academic and professional skillset and was the founder and first director of The Institute for Diversity and Multiculturalism at AU.
In the privileged position of professor at the seminary – the epicenter of Adventist thought, research, scholarship and pastoral training – Dr. Douglas immensely impacted the world church directly and through his former students. For seminarians, being taught by Dr. Douglas became a rite of passage. The full stretch of his influence there will only be known when the records of heaven are unsealed. As for the more measurable, his exceptional work as a teacher and scholar at AU, earned him the John Nevins Andrews Medallion in 1993 – the superlative award AU reserves for its best scholars.
The demands of academic and professional responsibilities did not ameliorate the burden of his call to pastoral ministry and the pulpit. He was one the founders of the All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA and was its senior pastor from 1980 to 2004. Even after his retirement from AU, Dr. Douglas continued active pastoral ministry in Florida.
Beyond the cloisters of the denominational work, Dr. Douglas’ expertise and body of work in the field of multiculturalism and diversity studies brought him many special assignments in various parts of the world. One of the most memorable of these assignments for him, was his call to participate in an interim transitional government in his birthplace Grenada, after the fall of the People’s Revolutionary Government and the US led military intervention there in 1983.
In a reflective conversation with Dr. Colwick Wilson, the current president of USC, Dr. Douglas expressed thanks to God for the privilege and opportunity of spending thirty-five years in service to Andrews University and the world. He considered it an opportunity to represent CUC/USC at that level and that it was an honour for him to do so. He added that no man is an island and as such, his success is tied directly to the University of the Southern Caribbean. It was at CUC/USC that he experienced a call to ministry; it was there that he found Jesus; and it was there that he found his wife. Dr. Douglas even somehow managed to ‘grand-father’ the impact of CUC/USC into his explanation of the success of his three very accomplished adult children. He argues with a persuasive conviction that the blessings that he and his wife received from CUC/USC translated into opportunities for their children to be educated at some of the finest universities in North America and to experience outstanding successes in their own careers. Their children are Vonda, a pathologist; Derek, an attorney, university administrator and former aide to former US President Barack Obama; and La Vonne, a clinical psychologist.
The president, administration, faculty, staff, student, alumni, family and friends of the University of the Southern Caribbean here record heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Walter B.T. Douglas on his most recent honour and the inspiration and pride it carries for the people of the Caribbean.
- Published in Alumni, News, Office of the President
Courtesy Visit by MP Esmond Forde
On Thursday, September 30, 2021 Dr. Colwick Wilson, President of the University of the Southern Caribbean received a courtesy visit from Hon. Esmond Forde, Member of Parliament for the constituency of Tunapuna. The meeting which took place on USC’s Main Campus in Maracas, St. Joseph.
This introductory meeting served to acknowledge and bolster the long standing bilateral relationship between the University of the Southern Caribbean and the constituency of Tunapuna, and gave assurance for continued collaboration.
USC remains a dedicated contributor to national and regional development.
- Published in News, Office of the President
President’s Convocation – September 20, 2021
The 2021/2022 academic year has officially begun!
USC’s 29th President, Dr. Colwick M. Wilson cordially invites you to attend our President’s Convocation on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 3:00pm as we welcome the University community and inspire our new and returning USCians to continue Beyond Excellence in this new academic year.
- Published in News, Office of the President
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