USC Music recently conducted its first mission trip to Barbados over the Easter weekend, March 28 – April 2, 2018. The trip was planned and coordinated by the School of Education and Humanities’ Music Department.
Months of preparation included several fund-raising efforts, which left the contingent of 90 persons looking forward with anticipation for the five-day trip.
After the hectic packing of equipment, by 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 28, the first group arrived at the old air terminal for the first departure of five expected flights on the chartered 18-seater aircraft. Sadly, due to logistical issues outside the control of the USC team, only three flights were completed successfully, allowing only 15 of the 35 member choir to arrive in Barbados. Regrettably, the percussion and strings section of the band was affected.
This unfortunate circumstance resulted in some activities being affected. however, the team still conducted its community outreach in the Pinelands area, while several members attended a sit-in session at the state-owned Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Blessings and Victories
USC Music’s visit coincided with the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh-day Adventists camp meeting, a local conference that is usually held at the end March. The team attended the event and several members provided special music during the Friday devotional segments.
On the Sabbath, there was a national convention. The Choir and Orchestra rendered two items as part of the music offering for the Divine Hour service, both of which were well received by the waiting audience.
On Sunday, April 1, 2018, on a cool but overcast afternoon, the grand concert was held at the Mile and a Quarter Church, St. Peter’s, Barbados. The large edifice was amplified with the great delivery by the USC Music group. Several hours of on-site rehearsing and preparation resulted in
The concert event entitled ‘Behold our God!’ began promptly at 6:00 pm with the National Anthem followed with opening prayer by the church Pastor, Leslie Padmore. The evening’s host, Ms Sherry Legal, of the University’s School of Business got the programme started by introducing the USC Choir and Orchestra members and Music Coordinator, Mr Kerron Hislop.
The music began with a spirited rendition by Barbadian Gary Goodridge of the Grapehall Adventist Church on the sax playing ‘Lord You’re Holy’. This opening piece enraptured the audience and the thunderous applause would continue throughout the evening. Several extra seats had to be provided since the audience grew to beyond capacity during the course of the evening. Eighteen pieces of music were presented by various ensembles including the USC’s Flute Quartet, Brass Quintet, Symphony Orchestra, Chime Choir, Concert band and the University Choir and Orchestra. One of the favourite presentations was ‘Jesus Saves’ as several audience members could be seen swaying to the infectious melody and music of the piece.
This was a memorable ending to the trip that promised much and delivered greatly, in spite of the varied highs and lows. The blessing for patrons and the community were manifested through great Christian music and active youth ministry. For members, blessings were manifested through fellowship, kinship and a reminder that the power of God can work through even the unexpected challenges.
Reflections on this trip provided here.
USC Music hosted its Sunday Brunch on March 25, 2018. This event which formed part of a larger fundraising drive of the Department was held in a tastefully decorated Cafe, located opposite the main Library building.
The brunch took place over a four hour period which began at 9:00 am and offered a well presented and tasty assortment of foods and beverages arranged in several bars. These were labelled the Cereal bar, Soup bar, Waffles and Pancake bar, Salad and Fruit bar and Omelette bar. The extensive food offering was supported by an assortment of desserts, juices and sides dishes appealing to all palates.
Over 150 patrons were seated at tables alternatively draped with USC colours (Gold and yellow), topped with green bamboo table decor pieces filled with assorted coloured flowers, a reminder to patrons of the campus’ famous green environment. Large palm branches and small palm trees all added to a truly relaxing atmosphere, which was enhanced by soft music provided by the ‘Anton Charles and Co’ band consisting of Anton Charles (keyboard), Dane Charles (bass guitar), Golden Philbert (drums) and Kerron Hislop (Sax).
The Brunch, which could have also be dubbed a “vegan food fest” featured awesome and tasty foods such as
Patrons included the Vice President of Academic Administration, Dr Wanda Chesney, Dean of the School of Education and Humanities, Dr Loverne Jacobs-Browne, and several alumni of the USC. All indicated the event was very enjoyable. This was the first by the department and for many, there is certainly a looking forward to the next.
One patron shares his thoughts.
The 2018 USC Olympiad was held on March 22, 2018, and was well attended by students, faculty and staff. The events of the day included a mix of athletics and novelty games. Great sportsmanship and high school spirits were displayed as students and faculty rallied around their schools. USC administrators were also actively involved in the events as schools sought to muster every point they could to secure the overall victory.
At the end of the day, USC Tobago were the ones who rose above in the March Past to gain the first place position, with Science, Technology, and Allied Health coming into second place.
The overall winner of the day was clutched by the School of Science Technology and Allied Health with the School of Business, Entrepreneurship, Continuing/Professional Studies coming in second place.
Congratulations to the participating Schools, faculty and students who made Olympiad 2018 a success.
Andrew Lewis Sailing Foundation teamed up with Atlantic LNG Company of T&T once again to hold a seminar for some 100 children with dyslexia on the weekend at the Hotel Normandie in St Ann’s.
By the end of both days, it was very clear to all that the event had achieved what it was set out to do, which was to empower the young ones and to make them understand that having dyslexia is, in fact, a gift.
The “Succeeding with Dyslexia” seminar was the dream of two-time Olympian and Atlantic Sports Ambassador Andrew Lewis. Being dyslexic himself Andrew was able to quickly connect with the attendees to share his challenges and more importantly share his successes.
…The attendees had a full day, they had motivational and inspirational talks from Vivian Wall and Don La Foucade and they did exercises and activities to stimulate their brain led by Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist students from the University of the Southern Caribbean who were with them for the weekend.
Also present was the head of the Dyslexia Association of T&T Cathryn Kelshall who addressed not only the participants but their parents and shared some valuable learning tips and tools.
From March 9 -17 2018, attendees of the Week of Prayer services experienced a special spiritual encounter as students from the six academic schools ministered for the duration of the series.
The series sought to reach all members of the school population and used unique methods to engage students such as the iConnect branded t-shirts and social media. According to staff from the Office of Spiritual Development, the event was a considerable success with many students reporting having experienced “a great revival.”
Our spiritual efforts here at USC continue to reach countless lives in accordance with our Mission to transform ordinary students into extraordinary servants of God to humanity.
…He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” (1 Sam 7:12)
This scripture reflects the attitude of administrators faculty, staff and students of the University of the Southern Caribbean who gathered to celebrate and dedicate to the Lord the new female dormitory on February 28, 2018. The state of the art structure is elegantly perched on top the highest most visible point of the campus.
Among those in attendance was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr Kern Tobias; Vice President of the North American Alumni Chapter, Mrs Nicole Archer; and Executive Secretary of the Caribbean Union, Pastor Johnson Frederick. University President, Dr Hilary Bowman in his address, lauded the efforts of past Presidents Dr Trevor Gardner and Dr Clinton A. Valley, commending them for their part played in the foundational phase of the dormitory. He so gratefully stated “With God, all things are possible” as he addressed those gathered to participate in the dedication ceremony.
Dr Bowman also cautioned the USC female dormitory students to always keep at heart the sanctity of the building while urged them to enjoy the comforts made available to them and care for their new home. Dr Kern Tobias sharing in the celebration referred to the completed dormitory as a miracle (that which came sooner than expected) and urged those present to hold Psalm 91 close to their hearts.
Mrs Nicole Archer expressed how delighted the North Alumni Chapter is to contribute to USC going beyond excellence and further expressed the Association’s loyalty to USC and its endeavours.
The President, administrators, faculty, staff, and students are eternally grateful to those who contributed to the completion of the ladies dormitory. The ladies have survived their valley experience and are now on their way to enjoy their mountaintop experience.
The University of the Southern Caribbean (USC), backed by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is currently undertaking a Renewable Energy and Environmental Development Project which will place USC as a National Champion for environmentally friendly and sustainable development, particularly within the context of growing global concerns such as global warming and climate change.
The institution’s move to go “green” will serve as a pilot project as the government seeks to place several institutions in the country as leaders in sustainability. To make this project a reality, USC will be the first beneficiary of the “Green Fund” which will finance the two-year-long project that entails the moving away from the use of carbon and utilizing only solar energy to power the campus.
Energy Dynamics Limited, the company responsible for transitioning USC into the Sustainability Initiative, in their presentation to the faculty and staff on Friday, February 16th praised the institution for agreeing to such a cause. The team headed by former Administrator, Mr Glenford Joseph, intends to train, bring awareness and effectively implement a strategy and policies surrounding the initiative.
What is Energy Efficiency? It is the reduction in the energy used for a given service (heating, lighting, etc.) or level of activity. The reality is that every kWh of energy produces 1.07kg of greenhouse gas emission. Energy efficiency basically is the key to ensuring a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system for the future. This project offers major benefits to the institution, such as a reduction in monthly expenses, maintenance costs, and capital expenditure just to name a few.
The University President and Administrators have shown much social responsibility by agreeing to this change and their efforts to care for our environment is definitely lauded. The institution embraces the idea of energy management and eagerly look forward to the processes involved in conserving energy.
“Remember that buildings don’t use energy people do! Energy Management Starts with you!!” (Energy Dynamics Limited)
Left to Right Dr LeRoy Hill, Dean, Distance Education, Dr Hilton Garnet Counsellor, Mrs Mignon Sancho, Coordinator, USC Guyana and Dr Robert Liverpool Vice President, Administration
(Guyana): The University of the Southern Caribbean (USC) – Guyana Campus has been granted three years registration with the National Accreditation Council of Guyana (NAC) for the period January 26 – January 23, 2021.
The registration status certifies that USC has met or exceeded the standards required for the provision of quality education and training in Guyana and the accrediting body has recognized USC as a bona fide tertiary institution, qualified to offer degrees, diplomas and certificates.
The Vice President for Academic Administration, Dr Wanda Chesney commends the Guyana Campus for its accomplishment and encourages students and prospective students to take advantage of the programmes offered in Guyana.
USC Guyana offers full degrees in Psychology, Behavioural Sciences, Business Management and Primary Education and from September 2018, Bachelor’s degrees in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies and Special Education will be offered.
Opened in 2006, USC Guyana is the last of the USC’s Extension campuses to receive registration. The other campuses are located Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Tobago and San Fernando, Trinidad with the Main Campus located in Maracas Valley, St. Joseph, Trinidad.
Administrators, student representatives and workmen assembled at the site of the USC Auditorium to pray for blessings on the continuation of the Auditorium Rebuilding Project which began on February 7, 2018.
The project which originally commenced in 2014 was brought to a halt, leaving a great need for space to host University activities and events, including the annual graduation exercises.
Recognizing the evident deficit in space on campus, this administration has committed to the auditorium’s completion. The goal is to have it completed in time for the 2018 graduation exercises, scheduled to be held from June 29 – July 1.
University President, Dr Hilary Bowman stressed on the trust and faith that should be had in Christ to make the completion of this project a reality. He also prayed for the safety and well keeping of the employees who will be labouring on the site over the next few months.
This auditorium will replace the University’s previous auditorium which was tragically destroyed by fire on April 26, 2012. This new building features a state of the art hall with a seating capacity of 1700 and other amenities including classrooms and a student lounge.
After diligent preparation of the self-study document, the University of the Southern Caribbean warmly welcomed a nine-member team of seasoned and experienced educators from the Adventist Accreditation Association (AAA) to the scenic campus of our ninety-year old institution to conduct a full accreditation evaluation to determine how well USC has been meeting the required accrediting standards.
In evidence was the high quality of evaluators, whose varied educational backgrounds were commensurate with their positions of responsibilities in their various educational institutions and organizations. Present were University Administrators, along with longstanding General Conference Associate Director, Dr John Wesley Taylor who led and chaired the AAA team. Of significant note was the team’s visit to two of our Satellite campuses located respectively in the beautiful island of Barbados and the other in Trinidad and Tobago’s second largest city located in the Southern city of San Fernando.
The main responsibilities of the site team on the main and satellite campuses were to verify elements of the evidently well prepared University Self-Study which focused on 12 core areas.
The Self-Study document was expertly prepared under the leadership and guidance of Ms Gersha Pierre, our Director of Quality Assurance who worked to ensure the visit was a successful one.
Congratulations must be accorded to President Hilary Bowman and his supporting cadre of administrators for their exemplary and dedicated leadership not only preparing the University for this epochal site visit but more so for the evident upgrade of the campus facilities and the maintenance of the high standard its academic programs.
The exit meeting with the University community provided commendations in several areas, juxtaposed against the few areas that require protracted improvements. As we await the detailed report on this recent major visit, USC is committed to holding the banners of faith-based Christian service in the heights that are deserving of our calling.