THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDICES ST AUGUSTINE CAMPUS
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST. AUGUSTINE CAMPUS
Students stand and applaud their parents and guardians at the UWI 2008 Graduation Ceremony
The 2008 Graduation Ceremonies at The
University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus
proved not only historic, but also untraditional. One
of the largest classes to graduate from the Campus,
over 4000 students, from the Faculties of Humanities
and Education, Engineering, Law, Medical Sciences,
Science and Agriculture, Social Sciences and the
Open Campus, donned robes and took part in the
ceremonies at the UWI SPEC auditorium on 31st
October and 1st November.
Within this group, almost 800 post graduate
degrees were awarded an area the University has been
even more focused on developing in its strategic plan
(2008-2012). During his address, Professor E. Nigel
Harris, UWI Vice Chancellor looked back at the events
held during the 60th anniversary celebrations, but he
also spoke of a need to plan for the future.
"While we are gratified by the warm response to
our anniversary, we have resisted the temptation to pat
ourselves on the back and instead, we have embarked
on an agenda of transformative change for the 21st
"Our Regional University community were
together two years ago and proposed a five year
plan for our re-structuring and re-organisation.
We are re fashioning the way we teach and the way
our students learn; we have rescued and intend to
enhance our graduate and research programmes; we
have revolutionised the structure of our Outreach
programmes to create an Open Campus that will utilize
information technologies and offer modern systems to
educate those students who may not otherwise cross
our Campus,' Professor Harris added.
This year the UWI St. Augustine Campus paid
tribute to Mr. Kynaston Mc Shine (Honorary Doctor
of Letters, DLitt), Mr Leroy Calliste (DLitt), Professor
Kari Levitt (Honorary Doctor of Laws, LLD) and His
Excellency, The Hon. A. D. Hanna (LLD).
At each of the four ceremonies, the Public Orator,
Professor Barbara Lalla provided insight into the
lives of the honorary graduates. She explained in her
citation that "Kynaston McShine's commitment and
expertise in art curatorship and criticism locate him
in a small internationally recognized circle that directs
world famous galleries and museums." In speaking
of Professor Kari Polanyi-Levitt, Professor Emerita
of Economics, McGill University, Professor Lalla
stated that she "has enriched Caribbean scholarship
and illuminated economic policy for almost fifty
years. Although born in Vienna and resident in
Montreal, Professor Levitt was embraced by peers
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(L-R) UWI Vice Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris, Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal,
Professor Clement Sankat and Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Planning and Development
as an "honorary Caribbean citizen" as
recently as the 2006 launch of her book,
Reclaiming Development: Independent
Thought and Caribbean Community."
On His Excellency, The Honourable
Arthur D. Hanna, Governor General
of the Bahamas, the Public Orator
stated that "he has configured a modern
Bahamas by empowering his fellow
The untraditional part of the first
Ceremony came as the graduating class
in Humanities and Education got to hear
from West Indian icons, Dr. Kynaston
Mc Shine, curator of the renowned
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in
New York, USA and Calypsonian, Dr.
Leroy Calliste, The Black Stalin. It was
Mc Shine, in his Graduation Address
who spoke of the impending election of
the next American President. He even
described his ambition to enter the US
art world as curator at a time when West
Indians had little success in this area as
audacious- making reference to a phrase
penned by President Elect Obama.
Following his engaging presentation,
was the historic performance at a
graduation ceremony by the veteran
Calypsonian, Black Stalin.
It was an obvious thrill for the
guests to hear Stalin sing two songs,
one acapella, the other, accompanied
by a guitar, the classic, Caribbean Man,
a favourite of the UWI Vice Chancellor,
Professor E. Nigel Harris. He did not
need to ask the audience to join in and
2,000 strong, sang the chorus. AWH
2008 has truly been a remarkable year
from the global credit crisis to the historic
win of Barack Obama in the USA. For us at
the St Augustine Campus, the year has been
filled with challenges and achievements
which we have been able to share with you in
the pages of UWI Today. In our sixtieth year
it is apparent that much has been achieved,
but there is also much more to be done.
While our recent graduation ceremonies
gave us the opportunity to reflect on our
UWI Mission and Vision, it also gave us an
opportunity to celebrate one of the largest
graduating classes, including the largest
group of graduate/research students at our
Campus, nearly 800. As our founding fathers
ascertained, the problems of the West Indies
must be fully understood and investigated in
the West Indies "by West Indians" if we are to
move forward. This is why graduate studies,
research and innovation are key initiatives in
our strategic plan.
And so the research, shared through
timely lectures by Professors Pantin and
Leo Rhynie, as well as the presentations by
our honorary graduates, help us to formulate
answers to many compelling questions.
At this years' graduation, we celebrated
four outstanding individuals for their
contributions to academia and society,
Professor Kari Levitt (Doctor of Laws
LLD) for her work associated with economics
and policy-making in the Caribbean; Mr.
Kynaston McShine (Doctor of Letters
-DLitt), a Trinidadian living in New York,
for devoting his life to the visual arts. Most of
Mr. McShine's work has been recognized by
awards including an Honorary Doctorate by
the San Francisco Art Institute; His Excellency,
the Hon. Arthur D. Hanna (Doctor of Laws-
LLD), Governor General of the Bahamas,
for being a champion of civil rights in the
Bahamas and for influencing policy decisions
in this regard; and our very own Mr. Leroy
Calliste aka Black Stalin -(Doctor of Letters
-DLitt) for his inspirational messages over
the years through calypso.
The historic win of Barack Obama,
President Elect of the USA, also signals winds
of change, not just for America, but for
children of migrants throughout the world.
From all reports there are several lessons
that can be learnt from the strategic public
relations campaign led by David Axelrod
and his team. From his comprehensive
strategic plan, that was made available to a
wide audience from those on Facebook to
mobile phone users, to his timely network-
aired documentary, narrated by non-other
than the Democratic Party nominee -the
communication strategy was key to his
win. His campaign as described by one
Newsweek reporter was "well-organised, well
run" compared to others often described
as "chaotic". His ability to gain financial
support through large as well as seemingly
small donations from "the masses" is
something of an inspiration and one that we
have also seen as key at UWI just review the
UWI Adopt-A-Student initiative.
But foremost is the Obama campaign's
focus on sharing his strategy and policies
with a wide target audience using several
channels and styles; a key rule known to any
good communicator and one that we will
continue to develop in the years ahead.
For instance, UWI Todayis a newspaper
designed to update you on the research,
teaching and key events taking place at the
Campus. For more in-depth information,
you may review many research journals,
books and other publications produced by
staff on a range of issues, from the Haitian
Revolution to Aluminium Smelting and
Tropical Agriculture. We will share some
of these publications which were also
promoted at the recent Book Fair, with you
in our next issue.
In closing, we must congratulate our
editorial team, in particular, the Marketing
and Communications Office forleadingthe
way in revamping the newspaper. We must
also thank our corporate sponsors for the
continued support of the supplement. Last
but certainly not least, to you our readers,
thank you for your encouragement and
advice as we look ahead to 2009.
Professor Clement Sankat
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Mrs. Dawn Marie De Four-Gill
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The UWI Marketing and Communications Office
Tel: (868) 662-2002 exts. 2013, 2014
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Calypsonian, Dr. Leroy Calliste, The Black Stalin
4 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER. 2008
Building on its tradition of research and innovation
in agriculture, at a time when the escalating demand for
biofuels, as well as increased demand for food in India
and China and deteriorating arable lands are having an
impact on economies worldwide, the UWI organised
an International Congress focussed on "Overcoming
Challenges to Developing Sustainable Agri-Food Systems
in the Tropics". Hosted by The Faculty of Science and
Agriculture at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Port of
Spain, from November 30th to December 5th, the
event brought together scientists and practitioners in
Tropical Agriculture to examine the challenges and
The Congress consisted of a conference (December
1 st-3rd), immediately followed by a two-day Caribbean
workshop from (December 4th -5th), which addressed
regional issues pertaining to food security and
poverty alleviation, towards drafting a white paper
for CARICOM on the way forward. Gold sponsors of
the event included, Technical Centre for Agricultural
and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) and the
Netherlands and the Caribbean Development Bank
The Honourable Patrick Manning, Prime Minister
of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was invited to
give the feature address at the Opening Ceremony,
with regional remarks by Dr. Chelston Brathwaite,
a UWI Faculty of Agriculture graduate and current
Director General of the Inter-American Institute for
Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA). Participants
were also welcomed by the Vice Chancellor E. Nigel
Harris, Principal Professor Clement Sankat, and
Dean Professor Dyer Narinesingh. In closing, a
Vote of Thanks to contributors was given by Professor
Several internationally renowned scientists
including Professor Malcolm Elliot, Executive
Director, Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Science
Research, UK, Professor Arthur B.J. Mol, Chair
and Professor in Environmental Policy, Agricultural
Research Centre, Wageningen University, the
Netherlands, Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, Professor
of Tropical Agronomy, University of Nottingham,
UK and Dr. Thembela Hillie, Principal Scientist,
National Centre for Nano-Structured Materials, South
Africa, examined issues presented by the challenges of
globalisation and the resulting food crises, and in turn,
suggested possible solutions.
Similarly, a number of key resource persons were
invited to provide a Caribbean response to these
global challenges, including former graduates of the
Faculty, Dr. Ridwan Ali (Retired World Banker), Mr.
Winston Rudder (Cropper Foundation), Dr. Carlisle
Pemberton of The University of the West Indies,
School of Agriculture, and Dr. J. Deep Ford (FAO).
Researchers also contributed a total of 45 papers that
were presented in simultaneous sessions.
"Globally, agriculture is facing numerous challenges
due to limited and or deteriorating arable lands,
levelling off of crop productivity, growing demand for
food in India and China, and the escalating demand
for biofuels. The response of tropical developing
countries has, so far been generally poor, due to lack
of innovation, poor organisation and lack of available
resources quickly to respond to global and regional
agricultural and climatic changes," a release from the
"The challenges in small island developing
states are even greater due to high pressures on
arable land for urban development and tourism as
well as to other sustainability concerns. The UWI
and its predecessor the Imperial College of Tropical
Agriculture (ICTA) has been at the forefront of tropical
agriculture research and education for some 80 years.
Furthermore, the UWI has published the international
journal Tropical Agriculture"... for the last 82 years
and as such it is appropriate that an International
Congress of this nature be staged at the UWI during
its 60th Anniversary Celebrations," the release stated
Dean Professor Dyer Narinesingh
"The challenges in
small island developing states are even greater
due to high pressures on arable land for urban development and tourism
as well as to other sustainability concerns."
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1 0 CAMPUSNOE
Free tertiary education is undoubtedly important
for the UWI, but many students are in desperate need
of financial assistance. As a result, two key initiatives
that provide funding for students at the University
have been gaining momentum.
The Adopt-A -Student initiative gives staff
and other stakeholders the opportunity to assist
students with their expenses through a monthly
salary deduction. The contributions can be of any
amount and are used to assist students with expenses
that may range from meals to photocopying and
Currently, the Adopt -A-Student programme
provides over 20 students with monthly stipends of
$200. The brainchild of Director, Student Services,
Ms. Deirdre Charles the programme has made inroads
since its inception in 2005. Candidates apply, are
interviewed and their needs assessed for the funding
programme. Currently, Ms. Charles is in the process
of increasing the stipend to $300, because, although
several members of staff have embraced the initiative,
the demand for assistance has also grown. Ms. Charles
explained that "the number of needy students has
grown and continues to increase. These students
experience serious difficulty and on many days are
unable to afford a proper meal,' she added.
The testimonials from students underscore the
need for assistance, for many it ensures that they
continue to pursue their dream of being a University
"The [Adopt-a-Student] programme was very
helpful. It was a life saver. $200 may not seem like a
lot, but for me it was. Thanks," from Cherianne.
"For me the Adopt-A-Student programme was a
great relief and served as my monthly expenditure for
stationery and copies. I truly believe this programme
is a wonderful initiative," explained Kenny.
The UWI AlumniAssociation (T&T chapter) has
been distributing bursaries to students of the UWI St.
Augustine Campus since 1991, staying true to its motto
of 'giving back to UWI'. To date, the Association has
contributed three hundred and eighty thousand dollars
($380,000.00) in bursaries over the years.
A student becomes eligible for the award of a
bursary based on the basic criteria of: successfully
completing all courses and achieving an overall
minimum Grade B average; making a significant
contribution to student life, including service on
the Guild of Graduates; and providing evidence of
In 2008 the Chapter provided five undergraduate
students of $5,000 each along with an annual donation
of $5,000 to the Main Library.
The UWIAA (T&T Chapter) has been able to
finance these bursaries through its successful fundraising
ventures including the Annual International Wine
and Cheese Festival which was held on November
15th 2008 and its Annual Independence Day Cruise.
Bursaries have also been financed through strategic
partnerships with the business community and from
donations from members of the Alumni community.
"In 2008 the Chapter provided five undergraduate
students of $5,000 each along with an annual
donation of $5,000 to the Main Library."
For more information on how to Adopt-A-Student please StudentAdvisroy Services at (868) 662-2002 ext2097
For more information on the UWIAA please contact Ms. Charmain Subero at 662-2002 ext 2097 or 663-1579
GIVING BACK TO UWI
Adopt-A-Student and UWI Bursaries
help students achieve their dreams
6 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER. 2008
With 50 70 active volcanoes erupting annually
across the globe, including the unique Soufriere
Hills of Montserrat, it is not surprising that research
in this area has been growing. UWI graduate
student, Erouscilla Joseph, who was awarded a
PhD in Volcanology by The University of the West
Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus in September,
is testimony to this. History in the making she has
been awarded the first degree of its kind by the UWI.
She is also the first PhD student to graduate from the
Seismic Research Centre.
In 2001 the Seismic Research Centre (SRC)
initiated a geothermal monitoring programme, as
part of an integrated volcanic monitoring programme.
Instituted to geochemically characterize hydrothermal
systems associated with volcanoes of the Lesser
Antilles, the programme also established baseline levels
of activity from which changes in volcanic activity can
be detected. Ms. Joseph was intimately involved in the
geothermal monitoring efforts and chose to conduct
the research as a PhD project in 2003. The PhD thesis
examined the "Geochemistry of Geothermal Systems in
Saint Lucia and Dominica, Lesser Antilles: Implications
for Volcanic Monitoring".
This was the basis for the SRC to officially launch
an MPhil and PhD programme in Volcanology,
registered under the administration of the Centre.
The results of geothermal monitoring in the
islands of Saint Lucia and Dominica have successfully
demonstrated that it is a valuable tool that can be
utilized with other volcano monitoring techniques
(seismicity and ground deformation). The information it
provided has given insight into changes in temperature
and mineralogy of hydrothermal fluids associated
with volcanic systems that can provide scientists with
precursory indicators of magmatic inputs.
Dr. Joseph and Research Fellow Volcanologist Dr. Nicolas Fournier
(PhD Supervisor) at the graduation ceremony.
PhD graduate Erouscilla Joseph and Dr. Nicolas Fournier,
collect gas samples from Dominica's Valley of Desolation.
The University of the West Indies has
produced some of the Caribbean's
most brilliant leaders in business,
the arts, medicine and in
government. In Republic Bank alone,
80% of our executive leadership team
comprises UWI Alumni. The
university continues to provide
academic programmes that develop
and refine some of the best minds in
the Caribbean people who
understand this region and who will
continue to do what is takes to make
us more competitive and more
successful. I am delighted to
congratulate The UWI on the
occasion of its 60th Anniversary.
Group Marketing & Communnications,
Republic Bank Limited
UWI MBA Class of 2005
From a class of 33 pioneers who began
their medical studies at the Mona
Campus, UWI has grown into a
multi-campus institution with over
75,000 alumni. Our graduates include
artists, scientists, medical practitioners,
lawyers, agriculturalists, entrepreneurs,
prime ministers, philanthropists and a
nobel laureate among others; icons who
have helped to forge our archipelago
and contribute to world development.
C Ie I.B RAl I NG SI X ) I I CA I) I: S
Celebrate with us visit www.sta.uwLedu for our events calendar and more.
01: Prof. E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor, The University of the West Indies 02: (Left to right) Prof. Eudine Barriteau; Deputy Principal, Cave Hill Campus, Dr. Leroy'Black Stalin' Calliste, UWI Hon
Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal, Cave Hill; Prof. Rhoda Reddock, Deputy Principal, St. Augustine Campus; Mr. Joseph Pereira, Deputy Principal, Mona Campus; Mr. Winston H. Bayley, Unix
06: Ms. Nikisha Alexander, Class Valedictorian of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, addresses graduands 07: Cross-section of Graduands 2008 08: T&T Police Band 10: ALL SMILES: Recipients of Higher
13: Ms. Jolene Romain, Class Valedictorian of the Faculty of Social Sciences 14: Dr. Leroy'Black Stalin' Calliste's supporters look on attentively 15: (Left to right) Mr Winston H. Bayley, University B
18: UWI Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne 19: Mr. James Richardson, President, UWI Alumni Association (T&T Chapter) 20: (Left to right) Dr. Hamid Ghany, Dean, Faculty of Social Science:
21: Cross-section of Graduands 22: Honorary Graduand, Pro
orary Graduand 2008, Prof. Rhoda Reddock, Deputy Principal St. Augustine Campus 03: (Left to right) Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie, Pro Vice Chancellor, Planning & Development; Sir Hilary Beckles,
ersity Bursar; Mr. C. William Iton, University Registrar 04: Mr. Mathew Eversley, Secretary, UWI Alumni Association (T&T Chapter) 05: The Honourable Arthur D. Hanna accepts his Honorary Degree
Degrees enjoying their moment 11: Ms. Charlene Toussaint, Class Valedictorian of the Faculty of Engineering 12: Mr. Istrophle Ali Aziz, Class Valedictorian of the Faculty of Humanities and Education
ursar; The Honourable Arthur D. Hanna, Honorary Graduand 2008; Mr. C. William Iton, University Registrar 16: Honorary Graduand Mr. Kynaston Mc Shine 17: Cross-section of UWI Graduands
;; Prof Dyer Narinesingh, Dean, Faculty of Science & Agriculture; Prof. Samuel Ramsewak, Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences; Prof. Funso Aiyejina, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Education
f. Kari Polanyi Levitt and UWI Vice Chancellor E. Nigel Harris
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0 CAP SNOE
Congratulations to Director of the Sir Arthur
Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies
(SALISES) and former Dean of the Faculty of Social
Sciences at the St Augustine Campus, Patrick Watson
on being appointed Professor. The Sir Arthur Lewis
Institute of Social & Economic Studies (SALISES)
recently hosted "President-Elect Barack Obama: The
Challenge of Change in the Caribbean, the United States
and the Wider World" on Thursday 27th November,
2008 at the SALISES Conference Centre, UWI (St.
Augustine) Campus. Professor Watson recently
chaired the session which featured panelists Dr. Indira
Rampersad, Lecturer, Political Science/International
Relations, Department of Behavioural Sciences, UWI,
Mr. Martin Daly, SC, Attorney-at-Law, Dr. Kenneth
Mease, Professor of Political Methodology, University
of Florida, Mr. Clyde Weatherhead, Attorney-at-Law.
Highlights of the session will be featured in upcoming
Campus publications. For further information please
call 662-2002 Ext. 2037, 2038, 2391
* JENNIFER JOSEPH
"I want the library to
be an inviting place that
lends itself to discourse
and discussion," explained
recently appointed St
Augustine Campus Librarian, Ms. Jennifer Joseph.
When asked about the challenges facing the Main
Library over the years, with the growth in the student
population, she spoke of capitalizing on the technology
to make the information more accessible to the
Campus community. There will also be a focus on the
Master Plan for the Campus, ensuring that the Library
is a Central Service with qualified professionals ready
to guide students and staff in accessing important
"Because of the space limitations, we are looking
to do an internal re-organisation to provide more
virtual, on-line services," she added.
Having joined the UWI in 1998 as a Librarian (3),
she was promoted to Deputy Campus Librarian two
years later and worked closely with former University
Librarian, Professor Margaret Rouse-Jones. What
about the legacy left by her predecessor, Vice
Chancellor Award for Excellence awardee, Professor
"She's a hard act to follow, but she certainly
provided me with a lot of guidance big shoes to fill,
but I will certainly build on all that has gone before,"
Ms Jones concluded.
* STAFF CELEBRATED AT VC AWARDS
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Vice
Chancellor, Professor E. Nigel Harris, recently
congratulated the winners of the Vice Chancellor's
Award for Excellence for the academic year
2007/2008 at a ceremony at the St Augustine
Campus on Thursday 30th October. Dr Colin
Depradine, Lecturer in Computer Science in the
Department of Computer Science, Mathematics
and Physics, Cave Hill Campus; Professor Celia
Christie of the Department of Paediatrics (Child
Health), Mona Campus; Professor Anselm
Hennis, Director of the Chronic Disease Research
Centre (CDRC) at Cave Hill Campus; Professor
Kit Fai Pun, Professor of Industrial Engineering in
the Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing
Engineering, St Augustine Campus; and Dr Hermi
Hewitt Head of the UWI School of Nursing,
Mona, and Professor Archibald McDonald, Dean
of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Mona Camp
were celebrated by the Campus Community.
The Vice Chancellor's Award was established
in 1993 under the former Vice-Chancellor, Sir
Alister Mc Intyre to recognise high achievement
by academic as well as senior administrative
staff. As many as five awards may be given in
any one year in any of the following areas:
Teaching, Administration and Research
Accomplishments, Service to the University
Community, Contributions to Public Service, and
All-round Excellence in a combination of two or
more of the five core areas. Each award is valued
SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2008 UWI TODAY 11
The Rainmakers, tour of the Texas, USA, in
November has been regarded as an overwhelming
success by the University community. The 45-minute
musical production integrating dance, drama and
traditional Carnival characters, was performed
by Golden Hands Steel Orchestra and The UWI
Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA)
At the 33rd Annual Percussive Arts Society
International Convention (PASIC) in Austin Texas,
the show got a tumultuous standing ovation from the
audience. The Rainmakers was also staged for the
general public on November 5th at the McCallum Fine
Arts Theatre, Texas, and on November 6th the troupe
again entertained students and children of the school.
On November 8th the feature performance took place
at the Austin Convention Centre for PASIC members,
before an audience of two thousand.
Professor Gary Cook, President of the Percussive
Arts Society, presented a commemorative plaque to
cast, lauding the performance as: "... a highlight of
our convention and my personal witnessing of this
amazing production was both moving and inspiring".
The audience seemed to agree, some even showed
their enthusiasm by taking part in the traditional
The Rainmakers also received praise from
Jeff Hartsough, Director of Event Production and
Marketing for PASIC, who noted: "Your performance
was awesome; we've had several people say it was one
of the best sessions at PASIC..."
Written and directed by Franka Hills-Headley,
the founder of Golden Hands, it features nine original
neo-classical compositions for Steelpan and Percussion
Ensemble by Dr. Jeannine Remy, Lecturer at DCFA.
Currently, The Rainmakers committee is
continuing its fund raising drive to meet the budget
of TT$1.8 million for the tour. Approximately half of
the budget was raised through sponsors including:
Colonial Life Insurance Company Limited (CLICO),
the Ministry of Community Development, Culture
and Gender Affairs, the National Gas Company of
Trinidad and Tobago (NGC), National Lotteries
Control Board (NLCB), Sanch Electronix Limited,
Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment Company
Limited (T&T Ent), and The University of the West
Indies (UWI). The show's Patron is His Excellency
Professor George Maxwell Richards, President of
Trinidad and Tobago.
Funds are currently being raised by selling of
branded T-shirts, polo shirts, prints of artwork
by Nigel Parris and a commemorative magazine.
Other items include The Rainmakers double CD
with audio recordings and digital files, as well as the
Golden Hands CD "Under the Sapodilla Tree".
The magazine was a major part of the fund raising,
generating over $100,000. in advertisements with sales
of approximately $30,000.00.
The Rainmakers will also host two concerts
for local audiences on March 8th and 22nd 2009
at Naparima Bowl and Queen's Hall respectively.
Tickets for these shows will be available from mid-
For further information on the "The Rainmakers" please visit the website: http://www.tobago.org/trinidad/pan/rainmakers or Tel: (868) 663 2222 or (868) 662-2002 ext. 3791/3792.
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Uganda and Guyana lead the way in UWI SPEC International Half Marathon
BY ANNA WALCOTT-HARDY
Uganadan runner Nicholas Kipruno has won
the UWI SPEC International Half Marathon 2008.
The twenty year old athlete took home gold in a time
of Hour, 5 minutes and 35 seconds, more than two
minutes ahead of his competitor, Cleveland Ford
of Guyana (1:08.22) and Pamenos Ballantyne of St
Vincent and the Grenadines (1:08.53). Last year it was
USA runner George Towett who won the race trophy
and US $2000 cash prize in a time of 1:05:13.
In fact, the overcast weather conditions also
proved favourable for Anika Morgan. The eighteen
year old Guyanese runner is one of the youngest to
win gold in the Open/International Female category
in a time of Ihour 27 minutes and three seconds. She
took the title away from defending champion, Shermin
La Saldo, who brought home silver for Trinidad and
Tobago (1:27:46) in 2008. Last year La Saldos winning
time was much faster, with 1:27:17. Tanice Barnett of
Jamaica placed third.
In The University of the West Indies Student
category, Tanice Ballantyne from the UWI Mona
Campus in Jamaica, emerged as the winner in the
Female category in a time of 1:28:51, with Brian
Maynard retaining his title and winning first place in
the Male category on his home ground.
In the UWI Staff category, lecturer Denise
Demming emerged as the winner for the women, in
a time of 2:45:43 with Darrin Grenade wining first
place in a time of 1:25:24 for the men.
Although both runners can claim faster times in
the Over 80 Category last year, they defended their
titles this year, with Granny (Lynette) Lucess taking
home first place in a time of 3:27:47 for the women;
and Charles Spooner also winning first place in a time
of 3:14:13 for the men.
Over 700 athletes took part in the November 2nd
race, one of the most popular events on the athletic
calendar, with over $120,000 in prizes in a myriad of
categories. Presenting sponsors First Citizens once
again partnered with UWI donating $350,000 to the
event in 2008.
"First Citizens joins with UWI SPEC in the
nurturing of a dream, a dream that positions this half-
marathon as the premier race of its kind in our region,"
Manager, Group Corporate Communications, Dexter
Charles stated recently.
The Corporate Sponsor, the Sport Company
of Trinidad and Tobago also supported the 'green'
race, as well as Blue Waters, the official water of the
race. Mrs. Patricia Charles, Race Coordinator, who
initially thought of 'greening the race', explained that
over 25,000 plastic water bottles used by athletes as
they ran along the traffic-free Priority Bus Route were
collected for recycling. Twenty large garbage bins and
2000 garbage bags, donated by Rotoplastics Trinidad
Limited, were placed in high traffic locations around
the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre
(SPEC) venue and bus route. The plastic bottles have
been given to a local company for processing.
This commitment to recycling was praised by
UWI Professor, John Agard. The Faculty of Science
and Agriculture lecturer and former Head of the
Environmental Management Agency, who officially
started the race. He posited that it is important for UWI
to become a leader in recycling, reuse, conservation
and protecting the environment.
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14 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2008
GALA GAINS MOMENTUM
Over $3million raised for regional development fund for UWI
Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat (centre) receives corporate donations from Mr. Arnold Corneal (left),
Manager of Corporate Communications, Petrotrin and Ms Jeannette Elias, Manager of Corporate Communications, NGC at themedia
launch for "60" The Gala, The University of the West Indies' black-tie fundraiser dinner on Monday 17th November, 2008 at the Office of
the Campus Principal, UWI St Augustine.
The upcoming University of the West Indies
Gala, has attracted over $3 million in donations to the
institution. This was announced at the media launch
on November 17th, 2008 at the Office of the Campus
Principal, UWI St. Augustine. Key to the fundraising
has been the support of four major corporate sponsors
in the Diamond category, Petrotrin, the National
Gas Company (NGC), Western Scientific and BP
Trinidad and Tobago. These companies have pledged
their support to contributing to the future development
of UWI through a regional development fund.
The red carpet affair, also known as Sixty The
Gala, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on
12th December and will bring the 60th anniversary
celebrations to a close. The Patron of the event is His
Excellency, Professor George Maxwell Richards,
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and
former UWI St Augustine Campus Principal.
At the media launch Professor Gurmohan
Kochhar, Chair of the Gala Black Tie Fundraising
Dinner Committee, urged the University's stakeholders
to renew and strengthen their relationships with the
longstanding regional institution.
Mr. Arnold Corneal, Manager of Corporate
Communications, Petrotrin, praised the University
for "service unequalled in the educational fraternity"
and commented on the institution's impact on the local
and regional landscape in the field of education. Mr.
Corneal also pledged Petrotrin's lifelong partnership
with The University of the West Indies, asserting that
The University had earned the company's respect and
Ms. Jeannette Elias, Manager of Corporate
Communications, NGC, also extended congratulations
to the University on achieving this significant milestone
in their institutional history, and gave her company's
commitment to education at all levels.
Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal,
Professor Clement Sankat noted that The Gala,
"sets the stage for stronger partnerships between The
University, our regional governments, the leaders of
business and industry in the Caribbean, and all our
Alumni spread across the Caribbean Diaspora." His
address closed with a final appeal to government,
business, industry, alumni and staff to continue to
support The University by patronising the event.
Mr. James Richardson, President of the UWI
Alumni Association (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter)
urged all present to "consider the possibility that in our
lifetime, there will be no greater opportunity than this
to join The University in demonstrating unflinching
dedication to the advancement of our peoples, our
nations, and our region as a whole.
In her closing remarks, Mrs. Dawn- Marie De
Four-Gill, University Director of Marketing and
Communications, acknowledged the support offered
by corporate Trinidad and Tobago.
UWI would like to encourage alumni to support
the fundraiser, 'Sixty The Gala'.
The Gala, "sets the stage for stronger partnerships between The University, our regional governments, the leaders
of business and industry in the Caribbean, and all our Alumni spread across the Caribbean Diaspora."
UWI would like to encourage alumni to support the fundraiser, 'Sixty The Gala'.
For more information about the Dinner, please contact the Local Organising Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3635.
Contact: The Marketing and Communications Department Tel.: (868)-662-2002 ext. 3635 Email: email@example.com
16 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 7TH DECEMBER 2008
The UWI 60th Anniversary
celebrations will come to a close
with a memorable Gala at the on
Friday 12th December, 2008 at the
Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain. This
red carpet affair, to be held under
the patronage of President George
Maxwell Richards, promises to
be a memorable one with live
entertainment, premium bar,
sumptuous dinner and signature
memorabilia for guests.
For further information on the Gala
Dinner please contact the Marketing
and Communications Office at
662-2002 Ext. 3635 or email
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
In 2008, The UWI School of Education hosted a
series of events including: a Distinguished Lecture, Panel
Discussion, two Public Lectures, Photographic and
Publication Display, as well as a Video Documentary in
celebration of the 60th Anniversary of The University.
Entitled "Celebrating the Past, Looking to the
Future", the events included a Distinguished Lecture
featuring Mr. Carol Keller, Senior Lecturer at the
School of Education. The lecture, which was held in
May at the School's auditorium, examined "The Role of
Teacher Education on Schooling and Education Practices
in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean".
In June, a Panel Discussion held at the School
focussed on "Issues Related to Teaching and Learning
in the 21st Century with a Focus on Research at the
School ofEducation". A lecture was also held in Tobago
on October 16th by Dr. June George, Head of the
School of Education, which looked at "Education for
All: Meeting the Challenges." Another lecture, which
was held at San Fernando on November 6th, featured
Dr. Maria Byron, Senior Lecturer, the School of
Education. In her presentation, Dr Byron examined
"The Search for Excellence in Teacher Education." An
ongoing photographic display of aspects of the history
of the School of Education was also held in the School of
Education's Library, along with a display of publications
by members of staff. A documentary on the history of
the School of Education was also produced and featured
at the Book Fair and Cultural Festival held at SPEC,
November 12th 14th, 2008.
2009 UP OI G E E T
'Navigating Risks and Building Resilience
in Small States' SALISES Conference
25th to 27th March 2009
The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and
Economic Studies will host the 10th Annual
Conference at the Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
from the 25th to 27th March, 2009 under the
theme'Navigating Risks and Building Resilience
in Small States'. Presentations will focus on
Climate Change and Small States, The HIV/
AIDS Pandemic, Vulnerable Populations, Social
Exclusions and Poverty.
Call for papers-open/Abstracts are welcomed by
December 15th 2008.
For more information on submission of abstracts
and on the conference please contact the SALISES
office at (246) 417-4477/8 orfax (246) 424-7291
or visit www.uwichill.edu.bb/salises or email
salises@uwichill. edu. bb.
First they must be Children:
The Child and the Caribbean Imagination
-A Cultural Studies Symposium
21st May, 2009
The Department of Liberal Arts at the UWI
St Augustine Campus will host a conference
to investigate the old adage that children must
be seen and not heard. It points to an inherent
ambivalence in the Caribbean's collective
psyche about the place and role of children in
a social order which simultaneously recognises
and silences their presence.
A call for papers-open/Abstracts are welcomed
by December 15th 2008.
For more information on submission of abstracts
and on the conference please contact the
Department of Liberal Arts at 662-2002 Ext. 2469
or visit http://www.sta.uwi.edu/news/notices/
of Caribbean Archaeology
19th and 26th July, 2009
The International Association of
Archaeologists of the Caribbean and
the City Historian's Office of Havana
are summoning all archaeologists and
professionals who specialise in the
field of Caribbean Archaeology to the
International Association of Caribbean
Archaeology to be held at the Convention
Centre of Havana Cuba from Saturday
19th to 26th July, 2009.
In order to facilitate attendance, a tourist
package has been prepared and information
about this can be accessed by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or contact
Mr. Roger Arrazcaeta at (537) 861-