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
Over 600 delegates (called the laity or spiritual ambassadors) from 54 countries across the Inter-American Division will converge at the University of the Southern Caribbean’s campus throughout the period August 8-11for cross-cultural training in missions. This international event will take place in the University’s Auditorium and is the second major event to take place in the building since its completion in May 2018.
Some objectives of the Festival of the Laity include: equip the laity with leadership and diversity skills, help foster a deeper understanding of mission and provide insight on how to use various strategies to reach oppressed and hurting individuals.
According to Dr. Clive Dottin, Director of Cross-Cultural Mission at the Caribbean Union Conference of SDA, the event taking place in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) will benefit not just the T&T, but the wider Caribbean in a big way. Speaking to the national media, he thanked Dr. Hilary Bowman, President of USC and his team, and Dr. Kern Tobias, President of the Caribbean Union Conference of SDA for working to ensure that the event is a success.
Faculty and staff of the University will be heavily involved to ensure the success of this event which begins on Wednesday August 8, 2018 with an opening ceremony at 6:00pm.
All are invited to attend the opening ceremony and the Sabbath Service and Parade of Nations on August 11, 2018.
The Maracas Valley community was on Sunday, August 5, 2018, treated to free health services and consultations on the grounds of the USC Health and Wellness Center. The Community Medical Fair, hosted by USC’s Health Services Department, allowed interested persons to access various medical services including, nutrition counselling, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, vision screening, dental examinations, fertility counselling, women’s health checks and HIV testing among others.
The Staff (Nurses and Doctors) of the USC Health Services department were also on hand to provide free medical consultations for persons requiring further assistance. This annual event showcases USC’s commitment to the community in which it serves and seeks to foster meaningful relationships with the public it continues to fulfil its mandate as a Christian institution. The USC Health and Wellness Center is a full-service clinic offering a Doctor’s Clinic and various health services to the University community and also the Maracas Valley community.
For more information on the Center’s offerings, call 612-4782 ext. 4028/4029.
USC Music’s annual Summer Symphony Music Camp has begun. This exciting music camp started on July 9th and ends on July 21st. Children between the ages of 5-16 will get a chance to participate in daily activities such as Art & Craft, Music Theory/History, Instrumental Instruction, Choral Ensemble and Instrumental Ensemble. These activities aim to help children develop life lasting social and emotional skills.
Under the leadership of Mr. Niall Edwards and Chelsea Sealy along with a team of qualified instructors, campers will be inspired and motivated to embrace risks utilizing their skills without the looming fear of failure and repercussions. They will get a chance to enjoy an experience in music education specifically crafted to meet their needs. On July 17th campers will be heading to the National Academy of the Performing Arts (NAPA) and the National Steel Symphonic Orchestra for an educational field trip. On the 21st, campers will then get the opportunity to showcase all they have learnt during a concert which will be held in the Social Sciences Auditorium at the University of the Southern Caribbean.
On the final day of the 2018 Graduation exercises, five hundred and eighty-two students from the University’s five schools and across its various campuses received their USC degrees.
The academic processions which took place in the newly constructed University auditorium brought scores of parents, supporters and well-wishers to the University’s Maracas Valley campus to witness the momentous occasion on July 1, 2018.
Graduands from the USC School of Business and the School of Science, Technology and Allied Health walked the stage during the morning Commencement Ceremony which began at 9:00 am. The keynote address for this ceremony was delivered by Dr Richard Hart, President of Loma Linda University. Dr Hart’s message sought to inspire graduands to live out their best lives and pursue a passion.
Among the many admonitions given to the Class of 2018 by Dr Hart was the importance of being a great leader, dealing with failure and gaining wisdom.
Graduands from the School of Education and Humanities, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Theology and Religion walked the stage during the evening’s Commencement ceremony which took place at 2:30 pm. The keynote address was delivered by Dr Walter B.T. Douglas, retired founder and director for the Center of Diversity at Andrews University. In his address, Dr Douglas honoured his sister for her selfless decision to drop out of College in order for him to continue his education at the Caribbean Union College now USC. He boasted that his foundation was framed at this campus.
Using the class motto and aim, Dr Douglas brought graduands into a deeper thinking about the role that they are now tasked with as they represent their aim and motto in the world: “Advancing Ever, Impacting Always” and “Created to Conquer, Molded to Endure.”
“Are you prepared to pay the cost of your discipleship? How do you plan to live out the content of your aim and motto?” he asked.
This year, Dr Douglas was the honorary degree recipient during the morning’s graduation ceremony. This accolade was bestowed on him for his continued dedication to Christian education, the University of the Southern Caribbean and the world at large. He was awarded Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. At the evening Commencement ceremony, Dr. Gordon O. Martinborough was the recipient of an honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity, bestowed on him for his dedication to the church and to Christian education.
Present at the event was the Honorable Michael S. Brown, Minister of Education of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. Minister Brown attended the Commencement exercises in support of the first cohort of graduates from Antigua who successfully completed a Bachelors in Special Education through an MOU signed with USC and the Antiguan Government under the previous administration. He spoke to the audience expressing his delight for the group of 12 graduands.
Also, among the graduands was a family of four, a father, mother and their two sons who all graduated with honours from USC. This significant accomplishment was highlighted by Dr Hilary Bowman, University President, during his promulgation address. “I believe that USC is the only Caribbean university where a family of five could attend without the necessary funds and graduate as a family of four with one still a student at the university…he said”
In his address, Dr Bowman also pointed out several new developments toward which the University is working, among them, discussions with the renowned Johns Hopkins University, USA, to form an academic alliance to offer the Nurse Practitioner’s Program which would lead to the DNP (Doctor in Nurse Practice) and allow Caribbean Nurses to Practice Nursing beyond the level of a registered nurse.
The graduation exercises were held on campus for the first time in six years since a fire in 2012 ravished the University’s then auditorium. This was made possible due to a monumental drive spearheaded by the University’s administration and stakeholders. The University offers over 45 undergraduate and graduate degree programmes across several disciplines and boasts of a diverse student, faculty and staff body.
Highlights of the 2018 Graduation Exercises