THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES o ST. AUGUSTINE CAMPUS
SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009
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(DCFA) found an interesting way to show off their work,
combining an exhibition and film screening at the Gordon
Street site last month.
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building and grounds and they exhibited paintings,
sculpture, installations, photography, handbags and lamps
among many other works of art and design that they
produced for their final evaluation. Students from Design,
Art Studio, Fine Art, 3-Dimensional Design and Certificate
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SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009 UWI TODAY 3
"If you have integrity, nothing else
matters. If you don't have integrity,
nothing else matters."
That was one of many memorable
thoughts shared at the Third Biennial
International Conference on Business,
Banking and Finance (BBF3), which
took place at the St Augustine Campus'
Learning Resource Centre (LRC) last
month. The speaker, Victor Hart of
Trinidad and Tobago Transparency
would drop another gem when he defined
corruption as "the misuse of entrusted
power for personal gain."
It was that kind of conference.
Themed "Financial Services in
Emerging Economies: Surviving the Global
Economic Meltdown," BBF3 is widely
regarded as a forum for the exchange of
ideas on critical business, banking and
financial issues facing emerging economies
in the context of a global financial and
economic meltdown of unprecedented
proportions. The conference was jointly
hosted by the Caribbean Centre for
Money & Finance (CCMF) and the Sir
Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and
Economic Studies (SALISES), and the
Department of Management Studies,
with the support of First Citizens Bank,
CMMB and Scotiabank.
Perhaps it was UWI Pro Vice
Chancellor and St Augustine Campus
Principal, Professor Clement Sankat,
who set the tone when he said, "I firmly
believe that the time has come for a re-
positioning of ethics and values at the
centre of international business and
Professor Sankat was speaking
moments after Prime Minister Patrick
Manning delivered the keynote address at
the BBF3 Opening, an evening ceremony
which would include addresses by Ram
Ramesh, CEO of CMMB; Angella Persad,
President of the T&T Chamber of Industry
and Commerce; Larry Howai, CEO of
First Citizens Bank; and Dr De Lisle
Worrell, Executive Director of the UWI
Caribbean Centre for Money and Finance
The BBF3 was targeted at scholars,
policy makers, graduate students and
professionals from across the western
hemisphere. Among the high-profile
participants who gathered for the three-
day conference were Dr Kenny Anthony,
former Prime Minister of St Lucia; Dr
Marion V. Williams, Governor of the
Central Bank of Barbados; Catherine
Kumar, RBTT; Michael Mansoor, FCIB
Chairman; and David Dulal-Whiteway,
Managing Director of Republic Bank
Limited; Steven Phillips, IMF Division
Chief of the Regional Studies Division;
and Senator Mariano Browne, Ministry
of Finance. (More on Page 11)
AT THE CENTRE
Ms. Vaneisa Baksh
For more information on BBF3, please visit the website at http://sta.uwi.edu/conferences/09/
finance/, or contact the Business, Banking and Finance Conference Secretariat at bbf3@
sta.uwi.edu or (868) 645 1174 or 645 1610 Ext. 2549, or (Fax) 645 6017, or send mail to
Caribbean Centre for Money & Finance, UWI St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
The UWI Marketing and Communications Office
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VALUES IN SUCCESS
I wish to thank all who attended our third Biennial Conference on Business,
Banking and Finance (BBF) that was held in May at the Learning Resource Centre,
UWI. I especially want to thank the Honourable Prime Minister Patrick Manning
for delivering the feature address and sharing his vision for further diversifying
our economy and establishing an international financial centre here in Trinidad
and Tobago. This presents an important opportunity for us at the St Augustine
Campus to continue developing our human capital and preparing our human
resource base to adequately support this national vision.
I would like to draw on my opening remarks at the BBF Conference, for
too often self-serving business interests are pursued to the detriment of the
societal good. The time has come to re-position ethics and values at the centre
of economic, social, political and cultural development. While many attribute
the global financial crisis to the lack of appropriate and effective regulatory
frameworks in developed countries, others have cited not market or institutional
failure but rather, the ethical failings of high powered bankers and business
I am pleased that UWI's St Augustine Campus continues to take the lead in
marshalling a collective response to the financial crisis for our region. We brought
together scholars, businessmen, government officials and other distinguished
panelists, and provided a forum for constructive discussion and debate on
In re-shaping the financial landscape as we move forward, we must remain
committed to our core values-one of which is "to foster ethical values, attitudes
and approaches"-and to keeping these values at the centre of our teaching,
learning and doing. Our mandate to promote excellence in scholarship and
learning must be executed in a way that inculcates values and a sense of
purpose in our graduates. For a scholar is not merely someone with intellect;
a true scholar is someone with intellect and a critical set of values, including
integrity and compassion. Our graduates must, therefore, see it as their duty
and responsibility to society to use their knowledge and skills to uplift, enhance
and leave a valuable legacy.
Organisations in the public and private sectors should promote an
ethical management culture, with appropriate leadership, internal controls,
communications and business practices that sustain a viable business model in
tandem with ethical business practices. In so doing, we will lead by example and
foster an environment in which tomorrow's decision-makers are, themselves,
authentic leaders, guided by an inner 'true north' aligned with a set of core
In his inaugural speech, US President Barack Obama reminded us that while
the challenges we face and the instruments with which we meet them may be new,
the values upon which our success depends-honesty and hard work, courage
and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism-these things are
old and what is needed is a return to these truths.
At the St Augustine Campus, we must continue to work diligently at
enhancing our programmes and operations, beginning with our curriculum
review, so that ethics and values are not only placed at the centre of teaching and
learning but also embedded in the hearts and minds of our staff and students
CLEMENT K. SANKAT
Pro Vice Chancellor & Principal
Professor Clement Sankat
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Mrs. Dawn Marie De Four-Gill
4 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009
* THE MORALITY PARADIGM
The Bioethics Society of the English-speaking Caribbean
(BSEC) hosted its third annual Bioethics Forum on 'Bioethical
Standards: People and the Environment' at the Centre for
Language Learning at The UWI's St Augustine Campus on
World Environment Day. Dr Grace Sirju-Charran, a founding
BSEC member and Ag. Head of the Institute of Gender and
Development Studies, filed this report.
"The second Great Period in the history of mankind is
looming large" and will, of necessity, be accompanied by
"a radical change in morality." So proclaimed Dr Daniel
Piedra-Herrera, Professor of Biochemistry and Executive
Secretary of Cuba National Bioethics Committee, in his
feature presentation "Ethics and Bioethics: A Change in
Morality" at the opening session of the BSEC 3rd Annual
Close to 100 participants listened with rapt attention
as he developed his thesis describing the first Great Period
of human history as one characterized by the biological
evolution of humans governed by Genetics and Darwinian
evolution, followed by the cultural evolution of societies in
"Lamarckian" mode, through the "progressive and selective
accumulation of knowledge.
Human social constructions, he argued, were based
on "immediacy rather than prevision," and in finding
immediate solutions to our problems, we learnt to "favour
ourselves in the modification of our environments.'
"The strongly inequitable distribution systems...
emanate-perhaps unconsciously-from the admission that
the creation and accumulation of wealth is the ultimate
aim of human life" (my emphasis). "Money" came after
"life'. The second Great Period, he suggested requires a
paradigm shift centred on "being" and not on "having"
and which acknowledges the "essential identity of human
beings" dismantling the existing "strong hierarchies" and
"the exercise of power by quite a reduced minority of the
population, on the absolute majority."
This existing world order is the "fruit of unequal
commodity exchange," he said, and it is anti-scientific
and anti-natural, promoting among states asymmetrical
political relations. The proposed new world order will
organize societies based on the "essential identity of all
human beings...It will feature the coherent construction
of horizontal, species-centred, and inclusive societies,
with an unbounded holistic cultural development and a
controlled technological development aimed at its ecological
sustainability." Any deviation in charting this new world
order could either optimistically result in either "extinction
of the human species resulting from the current ecocide
of the planet" or pessimistically in "its self-annihilation
This keynote address together with the reminder by
Dr Donald Simeon, Chair of the opening session, that the
theme for this year's World Environment Day was "Your
Planet Needs You-UNite to Combat Climate Change" set
the tone for the papers to follow.
Dr Derrick Aarons, President of BSEC suggested that
"justice in health care should include issues such as air
pollution, water quality, occupational hazards, safe housing,
food and drug safety, pest control, disaster preparedness
Elaboration came in the presentations on Flooding by
Merle Mendonca of the Guyana Human Rights Association;
Asbestos Abatement in a Jamaican community presented by
Dr Norbert Campbell; Rodent Control in Trinidad presented
by Andrea Mohan; and Air Pollution caused by the Trinidad
Cement Plant presented by Ranu Persad.
Prof Ralph Robinson presented on Conservation: an
Ethic of Resource Use Allocation, and Protection while Dr
Paul Tomlin, also from the Mona campus, focused on the
inclusion ofBioethics in an Environmental Health Programme
for Medical Students in his first presentation and on Medical
Students' Reflections on taking a Spiritual History.
Bioethical issues associated with retrospective studies on
gastrointestinal illness (SueMin Nathaniel) and helicobacter
pylori epidemiology in Trinidad (Nisha Mangroo) and the
Role of the EMA in Environmental Protection (Marcia Tinto)
were also well received.
It was after 6pm when Dr Richard Schulterbrandt
Gragg III, Director, Center for Environmental Equity and
Justice at Florida A&M University, delivered the lecture on
"Bioethics and the Environment." He highlighted the role
and responsibility of humans to the physical environment
and other biological life forms within it, recommending
that we treat the entire biosphere as a living entity. He
suggested that we can no longer continue the practice of
interacting with the environment based on preconceived
knowledge (epistemology-based ethics), but rather
implement the practice of listening to and learning from
the environment (ethics-based epistemology). He further
argued that the engagement and resolution of environmental
and human health issues confronting humanity required
a new conceptual framework which integrated bio- and
environmental ethics. At the end, the link between human
health and a healthy environment was clear.
From left: Dr Donald Simeon, Director, CHRC (Caribbean Health Research Council), and BSEC Treasurer, Dr Richard D. Schulterbrandt Gragg
III, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Environmental Sciences Institute; Director, Center for Environmental Equity and Justice, Florida
A&M University, Dr Grace Sirju-Charran, Founding Member of the BSEC and Ag. Head of the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, Dr
Daniel Piedra Herrera (Cuba), Secretary of Scientific Policy of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba and Executive Secretary of the Cuban National
Committee for Bioethics and Dr Derrick Aarons (Jamaica), President of BSEC.
* MANY HAPPY RETURNS!
Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies,
Professor E. Nigel Harris, who is in the penultimate year of
his six-year contract won the confidence of the institution's
highest governing body, the University Council, for a second
six-year term, effective August 1, 2010.
* BERMUDA JOINS FAMILY
For the first time, the St Augustine campus hosted the
Annual Business Meeting of the University of The West
Indies' Council, and the petition by Bermuda to be
recognised as a full contributing country was unanimously
accepted. The Government of Bermuda will now contribute
to the revenues of the UWI based on an agreed formula,
and students from Bermuda will pay tuition fees at the
Bermuda will be a part of the Open Campus and what
is now referred to as the UWI-12 countries: contributing
countries which do not host a physical campus, will now be
known as the UWI-13.
* HIGHER LEARNING FEES
Tuition fees for academic programmes for 2009-2010
were confirmed at the recent meeting of the University
For the Mona Campus an across-the-board increase of
10% (including the Faculty of Medical Sciences) over the
fees for the current academic year was approved. At the
Cave Hill and St Augustine Campuses, tuition fees remained
unchanged due to significant increases in enrolment at
Tuition fees for the Open Campus which are calculated
on a credit hour basis remained unchanged at US$240 per
three-credit course at the Undergraduate level and US$550
per course for Graduate programmes. The tuition fees
recommended for self-financed programmes on all four
campuses were also endorsed by Council.
As a result of those decisions, students entering
the Faculties of the Humanities & Education, the Social
Sciences, the Pure & Applied Sciences and the Department
of Advanced Nursing at Mona will pay a flat fee of J$184,717
in academic year 2009/2010 (compared to J$167,925
this year). Students entering the Faculty of Law will pay
J$201,011 (compared with J$182,737), while for the Faculty
of Medical Sciences, returning Pre-Clinical students will pay
J$309,214 and Clinical students J$589,109. The merged fee
of J$444,574 is applicable to new Medical students entering
the Faculty for the first time.
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SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009 UWI TODAY 5
Salomi Hope, a final year student of Petroleum Geoscience in
the Department of Chemical Engineering recently presented
a paper called "Could Fiery Ice be a future source of Energy
for Trinidad and Tobago?" at the Education without Borders
International Student Conference in Dubai, United Arab
Emirates.This biennial conference hosted about 550 students
from 120 countries this year and focuses on the sharing of ideas
to promote a better world through technology. From the 1,000
plus abstracts submitted,550 abstracts were approved with 44
papers and multimedia presentations chosen to be presented,
a first forThe University of the West Indies.
It rained during the entire conference, unseasonably so,
given that Dubai's coolest months are between December
and March, and even then temperatures are just slightly
lower than 45C. The rare April showers probably cooled
Salomi Hope's excitement as she arrived in the opulent,
subtropical city where swimming pools at hotels are
routinely chilled for guests.
It was the ideal environment to present a paper on
"fiery ice," which was why the final-year student was at the
Education without Borders Conference. Her submission had
been selected from more than a thousand entries, and so just
being there was already something of an accomplishment.
She'd submitted a paper after she noticed a flier posted
up on the wall of the undercroft and Dubai's reputation for
ornate architecture held such a romantic appeal that she
turned her head toward preparing a critical analysis paper
that addressed the theme: e-nergy The future of Energy
Her paper, "Could Fiery Ice be a future source of
Energy for Trinidad and Tobago?" dealt with natural gas
hydrate: crystalline solids of natural gas found in the shallow
subsurface in deep marine environments. She contended
that as an energy source, it was applicable to Trinidad as
suitable conditions exist in the Eastern offshore ultra deep
regions and cores containing gas hydrates have been found
between Trinidad and Tobago.
Salomi and two other UWI students attended: Jasmine
Mannie, Department of Mechanical Engineering and
Carlene Boodoo, a Land and Surveying Masters student.
For them, it was unforgettable.
"Being at the Atlantis Hotel [for a gala dinner], was
an experience in itself," said Salomi. "The architecture was
similar to a fairy tale castle. The interior was covered wall to
wall with decorative marble and there was a massive indoor
salt-water aquarium." She said they had to forego a desert
tour at night because of the unexpected rain, but they still
had plenty to do.
"Our schedule was packed, our day started promptly
at 7am, but we still made use of the limited free time
for sightseeing and visiting the souks (markets selling
traditional Arabic souvenirs). It is a thriving city with state
of the art architecture and 7-star hotels such as the Burj al
Arab and the tallest man-made structure, the Burj Dubai.
The many man-made islands such as the Palm and the World
are also main tourist attractions."
It was a once in a lifetime experience, she said, noting
that the next conference is scheduled to be held in Dubai in
2011, and encouraging other students to submit papers.
"I found out about it from a flier, but it was posted on
the Engineering website, so look out for it and enter, you
won't regret the experience"
(Left) Salomi Hope surrounded by students of the Higher College of Technology, which hosted the Education Without Borders Conference at the
Jumerai Beach Hotel in Dubai. (Right) Salomi Hope with Sultan Al Menhali, a student of the Higher College of Technology, in front of the Burj
Al Arab, a hotel built on a man-made island in Dubai.
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SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009 UWI TODAY 7
The Faculty of Medical Sciences hosted the first Dental Oath Taking Ceremony in May, when the 2008-2009 graduates
recited their medical oaths amongst their peers, faculty members and families. The ceremony, which was held at The Eric
Williams Medical Sciences Complex, Mt. Hope, preceded the Oath Taking Ceremony for the School of Medicine, and the
award for Best Overall Performance went to Alana Tang Choon.
The UWI was also pleased that in the final DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) exams, all ten of the students from
Botswana were successful, gaining several honours overall, and a distinction from Rose Phuthego.
A group of UWI graduates during the first Dental Oath Taking ceremony of the Faculty of Medical Sciences held on Wednesday 20thMay, 2009.
Designing an MA
The idea of an MA in Design has evolved into a collaborative
venture with De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
and The UWI. Discussions led to a directive from the
Campus Principal that ideally the cross-disciplinary design
programme should be located in the Creative and Festival
Arts Department. With this intent and with the support
of the Business Development Office, a proposal to adapt
the programme of De Montfort University, an MA Design
Entrepreneurship, was accepted by the committee charged
with the responsibility of developing the programme, under
the chairmanship of the Head of the Department of Creative
and Festival Arts.
Meetings with the Director of the Business Development
Office and De Montfort University Faculty followed after a
visit to De Montfort by the Campus Principal himself,
Professor Clement Sankat, who was impressed with the
programme at De Montfort, which is located in its Faculty
of Art and Design. The De Montfort programme "provides
a framework for developing design entrepreneurship skills
in a professional management context."
The UWI working committee prepared for a visit from
the faculty of De Montfort University from June 8-June
11, 2009 to finalise design of the programme ... [into] a
uniquely UWI programme, addressing the particular needs
of the Caribbean and the world through the Caribbean
The expected start-up date is January 2010. Initially the
core courses will be taken from De Montfort's programme
and delivered by De Montfort faculty, while the electives and
workshops will be primarily delivered by The UWI faculty.
Dr. Tina Barnes-Powell, Head of Design Theory and Innova-
tion, Head of Quality Enhancement (Teaching & Learning),
Teacher Fellow, Faculty of Art and Design at De Montfort
University and Dr David Rampersad, Head of the Business
Development Unit at The University of the West Indies.
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8 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009
AmT ANDm IFE
BY VANEISA BAKSH
For any artist, to be invited to show at the prestigious
Havana Bienal in Cuba is cause for excitement. For Steve
Ouditt, it was also a reaffirmation that he was part of the
community of artists holding global conversations.
In its tenth edition over 25 years, the Bienal's curatorial
theme was Integration and Resistance in an Era of
Globalisation. It's not, as one might surmise, a theme built
on a Cuban penchant for revoluci6n-previous themes have
included Tradition and Contemporariness, The Individual
and his Memory, One Nearer the Other, The Challenge of
Art and the ubiquitous reflection on Art and Life.
In truth, Ouditt's work constantly discusses the latter
theme, sometimes sexually (his imposing Carifesta 1992
installation Fertility Man was removed after protest) or
politically, or mockingly, but always it seems with the
intention to drag the viewer away from passivity.
"Provocative firetruck, aren't you?" BC Pires had said
at the showing of BLUR BS, Ouditt's artistic research PhD,
The Abjection Collection, in early 2008. The installation had
comprised definitions of words presented in cases covered
by something like plexi-glass that rendered the type in a
drizzling opacity that left the viewer craning for clarity.
It is the kind of interaction Ouditt wants his work to
inspire, part of the sense that the artist is in conversation
with society "about this thing called everyday life', and in
a sense, vice versa. Reading from his thesis at BLUR BS,
Ouditt had invoked the question of what we want from art,
and the proposal that it is equally important to invert that
question to consider what art asks of us.
The nature of his art, says Ouditt in recent conversation,
is "not in the images," and it has been so since the early
nineties, "when I did the Jocks-Tuh-Pose thing and we started
3Canal, people took fragments of them... Even at that time
there was a quality in the work of interactivity. In Cuba,
looking at who took the work was also part the work itself,
and not just the work on the wall.'
Ouditt had put out copies of the pieces on exhibit-24
stacks of 50-and within half an hour all 1200 were
gone. The pieces, initially commissioned for a showing in
Reykjavik, Iceland, titled Re-Thinking Nordic Colonialism,
in 2006, had interested curators in Havana.
"I made this work, The Plantation Economy and
Trademark Capital, that was researching and asking a
question that I suppose any artist would ask: was there an
art history or a design history of the plantation economy?
In other words, is there an art historical narrative of all
kinds of moments in political development that are not
necessarily narrated though political sources? So can there
be an art history of revolution, can there be an art history of
gender issues, can there be an art history of global warming?
It sounds like a moot question, and yes, it is. I think once
societies can make themselves aware and accepting, and
engage that question, that will open up possibilities for a
new kind of practice"
He set out to explore the art history of the plantation
economy, and decided he was more interested in how it
was rather than what it was, and he focused on services
relating to government, military, entertainment, finance
"When you look at the work you will see that it is about
a post independence plantation economy, and you will see
that also because of the treatment of the images. The images
all look like 1960s pictograms that you might have seen from
the Olympic Games or something, and that's deliberate. They
look like the search for a logo. They look like the search for
iconography and icons of services."
His search for the how not the what might be what gives
his work a distinct resonance. His oeuvre is not "pretty art.
In an earlier interview, he'd said that he wanted to do art
that "explored, provoked, questioned..." and he knew he
was going against the flow, "for to be an artist from a small
place is to choose a life on the fringe."
Nowadays, as a visual arts lecturer based at the
Department of Creative and Festival Arts of The UWI, he
is not quite on the fringe and he finds students open to a
similar engagement with their art.
"I think many of them are moving in that direction,"
he said, meaning their work was unlike that found in
"Commercial galleries have their function and I think
once you understand that you will know where you are,"
he said. "It is a mistake to slag off the commercial galleries
because you expect them to do experimental work. That's
nonsensical and a lot of the senior artists in this society
continue with that kind of adolescent angst, and they should
He contends that even if the "still life with pumpkins
and mangoes" holds its place, it doesn't mean that other art
forms are nurtured-not in a "place with a small and very
conservative art culture."
"Nobody cares...To make something workyou have to
be working in a situation where you know there are people
with integrity who will support what you are doing, and
support your ideas."
Ouditt knows he is not alone in this artist's desert, and
it doesn't faze him. He simply takes his work abroad. He
recommends that artists do the same, but warns that it isn't
easy to make the "international cut."
Over a four-year period this particular work has spun
around the globe, merging with and appropriating cultural
"In Reykjavik, it was Re-Thinking Nordic Colonialism.
In Brooklyn, it was called Infinite Island, looking at the
Caribbean art. In Guangzhou, it was called Farewell to
Post-Colonialism, where the Chinese curators were saying
goodbye as well as wishing it well. In Cuba, it was Resistance
and Integration in the Global Era," said Ouditt.
"When you look at those names and those themes over
four years in these shows, it tells you something about the
curators, the sponsors, and the societies as well as the artists
who are invited and the work that they do. And it becomes
tedious to try to discuss your art with people who don't
know anything about it."
SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009 UWI TODAY 9
These photographs were taken in Havana during the recent 10th
Havana Bienal by Ayodhya Ouditt, whose description follows.
As we stepped out of our room, we'd be facing the central square
courtyard of the building where we were staying. It was a small square of
space cut right through the two stories of the structure. It was therefore
possible to stare up into the sky or towards taller, adjacent buildings,
such as the one featured in the photograph at right. The shot at left
would have been taken fairly early on any of the mornings before we
set out for the day. The arch and corrugated black shapes framing the
shot are the arch and green galvanized roof (respectively) of the hotel
we were in. So it's looking up diagonally through the central courtyard.
At night it was bathed in dusk and the small amber of someone's room's
light would peek through the rectangular window. It was wonderful.
It made me think of Aladdin, running across rooftops... the rooftop
prince... The picture above is located along a long, paved area where
people jog and walk and children play baseball with crown corks.
The feeling you get there is Brian Lara Promenade/Brooklyn, with
trees of various sizes. It's lined by ancient buildings, many of which
are apartment complexes with four or seven people living in one
Figure drawing study by Camille Harding
Students at the Department of Creative
and Festival Arts (DCFA) mounted an
exhibition of their work submitted for
final evaluations in Design, Art Studio,
Fine Art, 3-Dimensional Design and
Certificate level courses.
We feature the work of three Second
Year Fine Art students. On the cover is
Khama Cox's "Iconomy," while on this
page is Darron Small's "Eli Meritt." These
two pieces were submitted as part of their
project for The UWI's Year of Walcott.
Small said his mixed media piece was
"inspired" by the Derek Walcott poem,
The figure drawing study done in
ink was done by Camille Harding.
Darron Small's "Eli Meritt."
10 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009
PUSHES SCIENCE EDUCATION
The participants of the workshop on Electronics with the head of the Department Dr. Shirin Haque (fourth from right, front row), the facilitators
Dr. Davinder Sharma and Dr. Harinder Missan (2nd and 3rd from right, second row respectively) and Curriculum Officer, Hollis Sankar (first
left, fourth row) from the Ministry of Education.
The Department of Physics was more than delighted to
host students from St. Nicholas Primary School in Tobago
visiting The UWI in May with their Science Tutor Barbara
Melville and teacher Cathy Ann Pantin.
Students learned about Quantum Physics, Solar Energy,
Astronomy, Materials, and Fuel Cell technology as they
visited the laboratories, enjoyed presentations and chatted
with scientists. After the visit, a couple of them decided to
study Science at university level. Their tutor, Ms Melville sent
a note after the visit that said, "When we were at the airport
waiting for our return flight, I asked them what was the best
part of the day; most of them said 'the University'"
"I truly believe that these visits will pay dividends in
the future', she said.
The Department also focused on high school students
indirectly with an April workshop for Teachers of CAPE
Physics, in the area of Electronics. Twenty teachers from
around the country took part in this pilot workshop
which included hands-on training on electronics modules.
This was a joint effort with the Ministry of Education as
Electronics in the CAPE syllabus was an area identified
as needed strengthening. The programme was developed
and facilitated by Dr Davinder Sharma and Dr Harinder
Sharma, lecturers with specialization in Electronics in the
Physics Department. Noel Charles and Shazaad Ali-Shah
of the Department were integral in developing the practical
component of the programme. Hollis Sankar, curriculum
development officer with the Ministry of Education
coordinated the effort.
Undergraduate student, Christian Jarvis has
won a silver award for his poster presentation at a
competition held by the Society of Tribologists and
Lubrication Engineers (STLE).
Tribology, in case you are wondering is the
scientific study of surfaces in relative motion, like
bearings, for instance.
Jarvis and the other UWI entrant, Joel Edwards,
are students in the Dept of Mechanical and
Manufacturing Engineering. They were the only
two undergraduates to have entered, the rest of the
31 entrants being PhD and MPhil students mostly
working with collaborators.
Jarvis's presentation was "Characterization
and Applications of Shape Memory Alloys'. Based
on work he is doing (supervised by Dr Jacqueline
Bridge), he demonstrated how this new material,
SMA, whose two main physical characteristics
are pseudo-elasticity and temperature-induced
transformations, could be used in the design,
construction and testing of a thermal actuator and
"The pseudo-elastic nature of SMAs allows for
relatively large amounts of strain at almost constant
applied stress without damage:' explained Jarvis,
and this makes them ideal for use in "vibration
Joel Edwards's subject, wave energy, was
particularly relevant in the area of moving away
from oil as the primary energy source. His
presentation, "Studies on an Oscillating Water
Column', focused harnessing ocean wave energy.
His research, done under the supervision of Prof
Chanan Syan, involved designing and testing an
oscillating water column wave energy converter
specific to Caribbean conditions.
The students were both present at the 64th
annual meeting of the STLE in Orlando, Florida,
where the winners were announced in May.
(Left) Mr. Kuarlal Rampersad International Board of Direc-
tor at large STLE, Student Christian Jarvis 3rd place winner
UWI, Mr. David Scheetz President STLE International,
Dr. Jacqueline Bridge Lecturer UWI, Mr. Edward P. Salek
Executive Director STLE International and Student Joel
Intrigued students absorb Dr. Indra Haraksingh's explanation of how solar energy can be used to heat water,
as well as its other practical applications.
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Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?
BY SURENDRA ARJOON
Many people are currently unhappy with the ethical
state of leaders in government and business. The financial
crisis stems fundamentally from a leadership crisis and the
financial meltdown should be understood as a reflection of
a moral meltdown. The global financial crisis ought to be
viewed as moral failings of leaders and senior executives
who have lost touch with reality. We simply cannot have
business and government without responsibility. Why then,
do so many well-respected leaders and corporate executives
cross moral boundaries apparently without fear of disastrous
consequences of their actions (especially when the right
thing to do is fairly obvious)?
The phenomenon of the slippery slope provides a
plausible explanation that demonstrates the potential for
radical deterioration of socio-moral inhibitions and a
perceived sense of permissibility for deviant conduct that
develops into a pathological, materialistic attitude and
behaviour that leads to devastating consequences. If minor
moral transgressions are overlooked or accepted, they may
lead to a downward trend that ends with the unthinkable. In
his book "The Lord of the Rings" (arguably the best literary
work of the last century), Tolkien graphically describes the
dramatic example of the result of the transformation of
the Hobbit "Smeagol" to the miserable wretched-looking
Some classic examples of this transformation of how
unethical practices triggered the indictment and collapse
of institutions and individuals include Arthur Anderson
(85,000 employees lost their jobs), Nick Leeson of Barings
(ran up more than $1.3 billion of liabilities through
unauthorized trading wiping out investors' savings), Martha
Stewart (convicted of lying and was sentence to five months
in prison, five months of house arrest, fined $30,000, and
given two years of supervised probation), and more recently,
the former President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, who
jumped to his death last month after being accused of being
involved in a corruption scandal.
The lubricants or rationalization that makes the slope
slippery include: scripts (rote behaviour that replaces
careful and active thinking when one encounters familiar
situations), desensitization (analogous to the metaphor
or parable of the boiling frog: a frog that is dropped into
boiling water will jump out; but a frog that is placed in cool
water that is gradually heated, will unsuspectingly take no
notice of the temperature change, only to be boiled alive),
Surendra Arjoon is a Senior Lecturer in Business
Ethics, Dept of Management Studies, UWI. This article
summarises his presentation at the 3rd Business Banking
and Finance Conference held in May 2009.
distractions (not paying attention to small details that can
result in ethical lapses), moral exclusions (excluding those
who ought to be involved in the decision-making process),
quid pro quo arrangements (putting oneself in a position
to compromise one's integrity), perceived victimization
(some may feel that they are not sufficiently appreciated or
valued for their work), fixation (focusing exclusively on a
goal without regard for other important considerations),
availability syndrome (conducive situations where resources
are readily available), socio-cultural factors (breakdown
in values and ethical commitments), innate psychology
imbalance (narcissistic behaviour and other personality
disorders), and other factors including lack of ambition,
laziness, irresponsibility, and so on.
Because corporate reputation and the value of that
reputation have become more critical in light of recent
and ongoing business scandals, companies ought to focus
on building strong ethical cultures, especially the tone
at the top. Organisational cultures that are in trouble are
characterised by narcissistic egos that lead to information
hoarding and empire building, the blame game, and an
emphasis on appearance rather than substance. Strong
and effective cultures are characterised by decisions based
on integrity, core values that are shared values, respect
for human dignity, and communication that encourages
constructive and critical feedback among all levels.
Ethical behaviour depends on the individual's ability to
recognise ethical issues and dilemmas. It is both a function
of the organisational DNA and of the individual's character
traits and dispositions. In order to build a culture of integrity
and accountability, one can emulate behaviour of moral
exemplars, seek advice from someone who has consistently
demonstrated practically-wise judgments, avoid ethically
dangerous situations and seek ethically desirable ones, and
actively engage in moral reflection and imagination to ensure
accurate calibration of one's moral compass or conscience
(in the final analysis, the level of morality in business lies in
the formation of the individual's conscience).
What is required therefore is not only financial and
social capital, but business must be built on a foundation of
moral capital which is precisely the cultivation and practice of
human virtues guided by ethical motivations and principles.
The difference between the temporarily successful business
persons and those who became and remained successful
is that the latter possess virtuous characters. While there
are no perfect corporate governance systems that would
regulate human behaviour (morality cannot be legislated),
no system or society would work justly unless it is governed
by professionals who are not only technically competent,
but also morally competent. Business does not need social
reformers, new management theories and models, as much
as it needs leaders and professionals who live and practice
personal integrity. This is where the real risk lies.
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Heeding a call to arms
BY VANEISA BAKSH
She can't be any taller than 155cm. So petite that each
time I passed her at the security booth, standing erect and
serious in the blazing sun, I wondered how she came to
be an estate constable on a university campus.
Even her name seemed larger than her frame: Marie
Michelle Petal Simmons, but as we got to talking, it grew
clearer that size had nothing to do with her outlook or
Marie is simply a tough young woman who grew
up around a military male and that was what cut her
In Belmont, she grew up with her mother Mary, six
aunts and her grandmother, in an environment where
everyone looked out for each other. So much so that Mary
and her sister Karen practically traded responsibility for
each other's children.
"I was too fussy": said Marie.
It meant that she has moved back and forth between
their households, mostly with Aunt Karen, her "second
mother" and the two sons her mum had helped raise.
Karen's husband, Major Sarwan Boodram was
running a martial arts school in Warrenville, not far
from their Cunupia home, and Marie started training
by the time she was about seven. She now has a first
degree brown belt. She also likes badminton and track
and field. Last year at the staff inter campus games, she
won the women's 100m and 200m, and her relay team
won the 4x100m.
Perhaps seeing military possibility in her athleticism,
neatness and "knack for discipline:' her uncle brought
home some application forms one day and advised her
to fill them out.
He had done staff training at The University of the
West Indies (UWI) in areas like physical and combat
training. She had long left Woodbrook Government
Secondary School and was doing the physical training
instructors' course run by the Defence Force. The UWI
was recruiting for its security department. Her dad,
Michael Blackman, is a shuttle driver at the St Augustine
campus. Everything seemed connected.
She sent in her application, wrote the entry exams
three months later and was inducted as an estate
constable. That was five years ago.
Has she found her calling?
She's registered to do either Human Resource
Management or Criminology at the Open Campus come
September, and having turned 26 on May Day, she is
"It's not really my dream job'" she says of the security
post. "It's a bit challenging at times. Because this is a
university you expect some intelligence from staff and
students, and some of the students look down at security
[guards] because they feel we are not as intelligent as
them, but there are officers who have graduated from
It isn't only a condescending manner. Students
often rudely disregard them, she said. Some tell guards
that they pay their salaries. She says that in buildings
like the library with heavy traffic a common situation is
that students produce their mandatory ID cards when
entering, but leave them behind when they subsequently
exit and re-enter the building. If they're asked to produce
them, they get riled up.
"We just come in here. Why you asking us for that?"
they'd say, and no amount of explaining to them that
hundreds of students pass through and guards couldn't
be expected to remember every face, gets them to respect
the security position.
It might be tiresome for students to remember to
wear their ID cards, but it has become an important tool
for the guards in terms of providing campus security.
Students complain about crime, but they don't act
responsibly, she said.
"We advise them to take the shuttle and don't walk
on the streets late at night. Sometimes they say the shuttle
takes too long, or they ignore you and go about their
business. When something happens, the first person
they run to is you."
Not all are like that, she says. The majority of students
comply with the guards' requests, "but some students like
to give trouble," she sighs. "They just don't like people in
She's never had any scary incidents on duty, and she's
not afraid because "once you're working with someone
you trust:' you don't worry. Standing for four hours at
a time, and stubborn, unruly and rude students are her
challenges. Sometimes one or two might drop a pick-up
line her way.
"Wearing a uniform by the gate, men hassle you.
People, men or women in uniform, just attract a lot of
attention:' she said, forgetting that she is an attractive
young woman, though she must know.
"I really would have liked to be a flight attendant:'
she'd said, as she talked of her dream job. She came into
the security arena mainly because many of her cousins
were in the Defence Force and her uncle was a big
influence, though she insists that none is the type to bring
home his work persona. The toughness she learned was
from attending a co-ed secondary school, and growing
up around teenaged boys.
"If you can handle them, you can handle anything:'
She thinks forensic science might be an area that she
might like, especially as it means getting out of uniform.
The way she talks you get the sense that it's not so much
the job, as the uniform she wants to shed. The job means
something more to her.
"To me, we're like community police. We're here
to protect and make sure there is order and to build a
relationship with both staff and students."
"The toughness she learned was from attending a co-ed secondary school,
and growing up around teenaged boys."
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GOODBYE TO THE GAMES
The official closing ceremony of UWI GAMES 2009
was held on May 28, 2009, at the Office of the Campus
Principal. After a week of competition, the athletes
came out to say their goodbyes and enjoy an evening
of entertainment before heading back to their UWI
The Mona Campus reclaimed the title they have
won in six of the last seven biennial Games. Neither St
Augustine nor Cave Hill could dethrone the reigning
champions, whose final count of 102 points bested Cave
Hill's total of 80, and dwarfed St Augustine's 56-point
For one week, more than 400 athletes from the
three campuses competed in track and field, football,
netball, cricket, volleyball, basketball, 6-a-side hockey,
swimming, table tennis and lawn tennis. Apart from
Track and Field, Mona copped top honours in Tennis,
Swimming, Netball, Women's Basketball, Women's
Football and Women's Volleyball, although Cave Hill
held their own in the Men's and Women's Hockey, Men's
Basketball and Men's Volleyball, and St Augustine walked
away with Table Tennis and Men's Football.
Mona trounced her sister campuses in the Women's
Volleyball championship, taking first place and claiming
the prizes for Best Setter, Best Blocker, Best Spiker, Best
Defender, Top Technical Team and MVP (Zalika Paul).
St Augustine's Jeanne Rose Rene and Jenelle Marshall
claimed the Best Server and Best Receiver respectively.
Host Campus St. Augustine found sure footing
in the Table Tennis championships, where four-time
national women's table tennis champ, Verna Edwards
coached national junior player Priya Ramcharan, her
sister Nirveeta Ramcharan, Garfield Gay and captain
Kellon Roach to a 5-2 victory over their Mona rivals. The
St Augustine team won the Championship.
The final day belonged to Cave Hill, whose cricketers
scored 137 for 5 to defeat St Augustine in an exciting
one-day at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre
(SPEC). On the SPEC indoor court, Cave Hill dominated
Mona in the men's basketball game, as evidenced by a
final score of 84 to 43. The outcome was the same for the
St Augustine netballers, who fell 41-24 to the opponents
from Cave Hill. A change of venue brought no better luck
for St Augustine in Men's Hockey, as Cave Hill again beat
St Augustine convincingly (3-1), this time at the Eastern
Regional Sport Complex in Tacarigua. The St Augustine
ladies fared slightly better against their Mona opponents
in hockey, breaking even at two goals apiece, but could
not prevail over the women in football, falling 1-0 to
evenly matched opponents from Mona.
UWI Games 2009 kicked off on Thursday 21st
May with a festive Opening Ceremony at which UWI
honoured Jai Jebodhsingh, Victor Cowan and Winford
'Fred' Green, who were the collective driving force
responsible for ensuring that the UWI Games continued
when it was threatened by financial difficulties in 1975.
Many thanks go out to the UWI SPEC staff, headed
by Dr Iva Gloudon. This team worked tirelessly to ensure
the success of the biennial student games and we applaud
their efforts. Cave Hill will be the hosts of the next round
Graduates of the UWI Certificate in Dance and Dance
Education programme perform at "Celebrating Dance:
Contemporary Works with Andre Largen" in January 2009
at Learning Resource Centre, UWI St Augustine.
BA in Dance
The University of the West Indies is now inviting
applications for the BA in Dance undergraduate degree.
The programme aims to produce graduates who are both
theorists and practitioners of dance, versed in the range of
art forms, and capable of imparting knowledge of dance
to others through the formal education system. From
September 2009, the programme will be offered full-time
over three years, or part-time.
"We want to produce people who can be writers and
researchers, critical and creative thinkers. In Trinidad and
Tobago,our concept of dance remains within the performing
arena. I'm trying to get people to understand that there
is more than a practical component to dance. It's not just
about body movement," says Hazel Franco, Coordinator for
the new BA.
The emphasis of the Dance degree is on providing a
high level of academic and technical training to prepare
undergraduate students to integrate into higher levels of
tertiary education.The programme is aimed at providing
the local and regional dance industry with competent
practitioners having the capacity to deliver dance education
material to students in their national school systems.
Franco, a full-time Instructor in Dance at UWI's,
Department of Creative and Festival Arts, describes dance
as "essential" to Caribbean identity: "Dance is non-verbal
communication.It is expression of life. In every arena, there
is dance, there is movement, some of it dramatic, some of
it playful, some of it political. Movement is the very basis of
our being. If we don't understand why we move, how we
move, then what kind of society are we?"
The programme is focused on all dance forms, with
special emphasis on folk dances, and explores those
associated with the national cultural festivals of the
Caribbean, such as Trinidad Carnival, Tobago Heritage
Festival, La Rose and La Marguerite in St Lucia, Carriacou's
Maroon Festival, Barbados'Cropover.
"There are very few programmes of this nature in the
region. Caribbean people who have an interest in dance
have had to go abroad to pursue development."
The programme, which aims to bring in world-class
practitioners along with local and regional experts, was
designed specifically for local and wider Caribbean needs.
It is the first BA in Dance degree programme in Trinidad
and Tobago The intake is not likely to exceed 30 students
for the first cohort.
* APPLICATION PROCEDURE Online applications will
continue to June 29th 2009. For application details, please
visit http://sta.uwi.edu/postgrad.apply.asp.Applicants must
possess two Advanced Level/CAPE subjects and pass a
dance audition.Applicants with a B average in the Dance and
Dance Education Certificate Programme can enter Level 1.
* POSTGRAD OPTIONS The University of the West
Indies, Department of Creative and Festival Arts offers
a postgraduate diploma in Arts and Cultural Enterprise
Management (ACEM), and a Diploma in Education (Dip
Ed) in Visual and Performing Arts. For more information on
courses available at the UWI DCFA, please visit the official
website at http://sta.uwi.edu/fhe/ccfa.
* ABOUT THE PROGRAMME LEADER Hazel Franco
graduated from York University,Toronto, Canada, with MA
in Dance Ethnology. She has over 30 years of experience as
a performer and teacher in the local and international dance
industry.Currently, she is the full-time Instructor in Dance at
The University of the West Indies, Department of Creative
and Festival Arts. She is an active researcher of Trinidad and
Tobago Folk Dance History.
14 UWI TODAY- SUNDAY 28TH JUNE, 2009
Robert Bernard Riley, Chairman and CEO of bpTT will be one of five persons receiving
honorary degrees from The University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus later
this year. It is an award that "humbled" and "surprised" him and made him question
whether his "body of work" was sufficient yet. In this profile by Vaneisa Baksh, the
personal side of the energy executive reveals the moral compass that guided him to
the helm ofbpTT, where he has served for nearly a decade.
Poverty shaped him, embedded a value system
not driven by money, though he is wealthy; a rejection
of elitism, though he is among the elite; a distaste for
authoritarianism, though he runs a mighty empire.
At 51, Robert Bernard Riley has been Chairman and
CEO ofbpTT (formerly Amoco) for nearly a decade and
is one of the most powerful men in the region, but his
early life was a struggle that endowed him with a moral
compass that directs his way of life and his company's
He was born on September 2, 1957 to Rupert and
Camilla and grew up on the Southern Main Road in
Curepe with his two younger sisters and other relatives
nearby. They were a poor family, held together by faith
and the discipline doubtless instilled from his father's
"I would say my parents lived their whole life on faith
because there was not much else to live on," says Riley as
he outlines the pallor of their poverty.
"It was right on the edge of marginal. We had some
tough days. I wouldn't say I was abject poor. I always had
a roof over my head. I always had some thing to eat. But
there were difficulties. There were difficulties obtaining
the schoolbooks, the schoolbags..." he trails off then
regains momentum as memory broadens.
"But they were really, really great parents. They were
disciplined, they taught us about right and wrong. They
taught us about life. My mother, I would say, is the real
key why I think I have such a huge appetite for learning
He attended the traditional Curepe Hindu Vedic
School "just around the corner," and his immersion in
Christianity didn't interfere. "I had no sense of racial
or religious boundaries," he says, and he does not like
"Generalisation is a really poor way to describe the
colour, the breadth of people," he says. "I was going to this
Hindu Vedic school, praying my prayers on a morning,
dancing Indian dances. Those schools had treats on a
Friday, they were civilised."
Surrounded by farms belonging to the University
and the Government, with milk and fruit smells wafting
across from Ramcharan's opposite and a soundtrack of
hammers and saws coming from Peter's wood-working
(one imagines varnish scents too), Riley says people laugh
when he tells them he grew up in the bush.
"It felt country then."
His mother took him out of the country by
encouraging him to read and his father supported the
habit with occasional forays into Woolworth's to get Louis
L'Amour westerns on sale.
The love for reading and learning was his greatest
childhood legacy, infusing a sense of possibility that has
enabled him to see opportunities through chinks.
"I didn't have to be limited by where I was or where
my physical experience was. I could go and look into
someone else's expression of it and learn, and to this
day, I approach everything with a certain methodology.
I learned very early that I didn't have to experience it
all in order to know it, and that I could go beyond the
paradigms of my experience. I like the challenge of
learning and mastering. I'm always doing that."
He still reads, lamenting that "a lot of people who
are busy in life are no longer reading. They do a little
Internet stuff, but I still read. I still see books and reading
as leisure and exposure."
The voracious reader, whose parents were "sought-
after singers" in church activities, became the devoted
musician: first piano and then the guitar. "Music was
a very, very important part of the sanity of my teens in
particular, and the frustrations of the challenge of the
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"I would say my
parents lived their
whole life on faith
because there was
not much else to
constraints of the church;' he says. He'd inherited his
father's baritone and sensitive ear, and music became
his abiding haven and joy. If he could live again, he
says, he'd be a musician.
"Today for me still the great relaxation and
method of thought is to pick up a guitar and just play.
Something goes on', he says. "I believe when you
distract the mind, you solve problems. So the more
the pressure, the more I play."
Trinity College was an accommodating
environment for the teenager struggling with "radical
charismatic church" demands and the other secular
Under principal Courtney Nicholls there were
"wide boundaries" that you crossed possibly only
with "sinister intent" and then you got into a lot of
"But it was almost understood that boys got into
trouble. I remember everything from when we made
gunpowder and cracked the sinks all the way up to
the funny things we did with sodium and water to
blow our buttons off. In a sense there was a leeway,
an understanding; we got caned a lot but there was
almost like a private understanding in school that
you'd really have to get into the realm of, I guess, truly
sinister intent to get beyond."
Riley has two Bachelor's degrees from The UWI.
The first, in Agricultural Science, came about mainly
because it was the only area where he could get
financial assistance, and the other, in Law, came about
while he was working at the Ministry of Agriculture
and getting involved in land distribution projects
involving lawyers. He suddenly realised Law was
what he wanted to do, and he took off for Barbados,
leaving his new bride, Patrice, to adjust to a couple
years of long-distance love.
He reflects that his first degree was so broad in
its offerings that it suited his eclectic tastes perfectly
and gave him the platform on which to ground his
philosophies in practical applications. Sociology,
physics, chemistry, geology, work on land distribution,
economics, and understanding rural communities,
environmental issues, and systems-thinking, shaped
the policies of his influential corporate world. It was
"eclectic, like my mind," he says, and he believes the
diverse experiences serendipitously combined to
enable him to be a strong and sensitive leader.
"Good turns do come back," he says, aligning
his phenomenal life journey with a karmic chain of
people and opportunities. "I have experienced it in
my life over and over and over. People are so generous
The Riley Credo
I really love people. Some people are motivated by
money, some people are motivated by fame; I think
I am motivated by bringing the best out of people.
Every conversation with a person should leave
them more motivated and better off. Not because I
have given them some great insight but because the
conversation has inspired them, caused them to try
to do something better and different than before.
Every conversation is also an opportunity to pick
something up that might help you to do what you're
doing better. I guess I always have time to listen.
I really do believe that there is no rank. I absolutely
detest the idea of the total leader. I think it is pass
and old and I think it is destroying the Caribbean.
I think the modern leader is one who really has a
vision, has something burning in their soul that is
about bettering their society. The modern leader has
to look beyond self, be willing to risk themselves
for the greater good and dare to then spend their
time bringing the greater good out of people. You
can't have rank in that.
I believe people come with a diverse set of gifts.
Some people bring high intellect, but high intellect
is not all we need; some bring heart. Some people
bring persistence, because you can have high
intellect and you can have heart, but you can't
persist. It's bringing that together and synthesizing
that that brings the best out.
I believe you have to think a lot about the long
legacy. I guess all of us do like a little bit of us to
endure, but it's not bykeeping our space we endure.
I believe that every generation has to be better than
the last, which I think is something I picked up
from being around East Indians. It's the only way I
can describe it. I believe I've heard it said by them.
I've heard it in the ethos, that every generation
must be better.
I take one day at a time. I don't have huge dreams
about the future.
I believe life is sweetest when you feel you know
your purpose in your soul and you are being
honest about pursuing it.
I don't have a lot of disappointments because
disappointments are just opportunities to
Admit your mistakes because you make plenty.
Work on your strengths and strengthen them and
make sure that you understand your weaknesses. Be
free to admit that you have real weaknesses. Admit
your failures, because integrity is not about telling
the truth when you can. It's about telling the truth at
all times. It's not convenient truth; it's inconvenient
truth, the kind that shows you up as making
mistakes, shows up your frailties and weaknesses.
That's when you know integrity. And we could do
with a heavy dose of that in our public life.
The UWI will confer honorary degrees on 16
individuals during graduation ceremonies on all
its campuses later this year.
At the St. Augustine Campus, Yesu Persaud
is to receive an LLD for his entrepreneurial
and philanthropic endeavours, particularly in
transforming Demerara Distillers Ltd into one
of the most technologically advanced distilleries
in the Caribbean. Petroleum industry pioneer,
Robert Riley also receives an LLD for his work
in the sector (see feature on preceding pages).
Theatre artist and poet Christopher Laird
will receive the honorary D Litt along with
environmental activist Angela Cropper, Assistant
Secretary-General and Executive Director of the
United Nations Environment Programme, and
noted biographer, Prof Arnold Rampersad.
At the Mona Campus, John Issa, one of the
most influential figures in the Jamaican tourism
industry, will receive a Doctor of Laws degree, as
well as Oliver Clarke, Chairman and Managing
Director of the Gleaner Company. The degree
DLitt honoris causa will be awarded to John
Maxwell, veteran journalist and environmental
activist, Dr Anne Walmsley, publisher and
cultural historian, and Prof Colin Palmer,
scholar and historian.
At the Cave Hill Campus, Sir Frederick
Ballantyne GCMG (Knight Grand Cross),
Governor General of St Vincent and the
Grenadines, will receive an Honorary Doctor of
Sciences degree. Paul Bernard Altman, leader in
tourism development and heritage conservation
in the Caribbean, will be honoured with an LLD,
as well as Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, the fourth
Prime Minister of Barbados. Prof Zelma Edgell,
Belizean novelist, is expected to receive a DLitt.
At the Open Campus, an LLD will be
awarded to Peggy Antrobus, social worker,
who was responsible for initiating the Women
and Development Unit at the UWI School of
Continuing Studies and the Commonwealth
Save the Children Fund. The artist responsible
for designing the national flag of St Lucia in 1967,
Dunstan St. Omer will receive a D Litt.
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UWI CALENDAR ofEVENTS
Campus Film Classics
Every Tuesday from
June 9th -18th August 2009
Centre for Language Learning (CLL), UWI
The UWI Film Programme will host an ongoing
series of screenings entitled 'Campus Film
Classics'. These free public showings of classic
films will feature some of the best films from
the Caribbean, India, China, Senegal, the USA
and more. The films will be aired every Tuesday
at 5.30pm (except asterisked films which start
at 4:30) from June 9th to August 18th, 2009 at
the Centre for Language Learning (CLL), UWI,
Jun 30: The Grand Illusion/Jean Renoir/
July 7: Raise the Red Lantern/Zhang Yimou/
July 14: North by Northwest/Alfred Hitckcock/
July 21: Awara/Raj Kapoor/India/1951/193'*
July 28: Hoop Dreams/Steve James/
August 4: Rue cases negres/Euzhan Palcy/
August 11: Affair in Trinidad/Vincent Sherman/
August 18: Amores Perros/ Alejandro Gonzilez
For further information,
please contact Dr Christopher Meir at
or (868) 662-2002 Ext. 4233.
28th West Indies Agricultural
Monday 6th-Friday 10th July, 2009
The 28th West Indies Agricultural Economics
Conference of the Caribbean Agro-Economic
Society will be held jointly with the Barbados
National Agricultural Conference, from 6th to
10th July 2009, in Barbados. The theme for this
year's conference is "Food Security, Investment
Flows and Agricultural Development in the
For further information,
please contact Sarojini Ragbir at 1-868-662-
2002 Ext 2088 or Sarojini.email@example.com;
and CAES website at caestt.com
IWI VAUCMION CAIP
July 6th to 17th and July 20th to August 7th
Common Room, Canada Hall, UWI
Channelling one of Disney's most successful
films, The University of the West Indies (UWI)
will host its annual vacation camp under the
theme "Pirates of the Caribbean". The camp,
created for children ranging from five to fifteen
years of age, will be held from July 6th to 17th
(Session One) and from July 20th to August 7th
(Session Two). The camp will be based in the
Common Room, Canada Hall, UWI and will
run each day from 7.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
This exciting camp is committed to providing
children with a safe and engaging experience.
Participants will be exposed to arts and crafts,
sports and computer activities. They will also be
taken on field trips to explore our islands. The
cost for participation in the camp ranges from
$500 for Session One to $750 for Session Two.
For further information,
or to register for the camp,
please visit Student Advisory Services,
First Floor, Student Administration Building,
UWI, or call Mrs Shala Vance at
(868) 662-2002 Ext. 3894,
or Ms Jacqueline Chase at
(868) 662-2002 Ext. 2338.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
goes to Broadway
Thursday 2nd-Sunday 5th July, 2009
Queen's Hall, St Ann's,Trinidad
The Festival Arts Chorale will present 'Disney's
Beauty and the Beast' at Queen's Hall, St. Ann's
on Thursday at 7pm, on Friday at 7.30pm, on
Saturday at 7.30pm and on Sunday at 2pm and
7pm. This unique musical theatre experience
will be in the form of the Broadway version of
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, a classic French
tale of love beyond borders. General admission
tickets can be purchased at a cost of TT$150,
and Special Reserved tickets at TT$200. Tickets
for the children's matinee, on Sunday 5th July
at 2pm cost TT$100.
For further information,
please contact the Festival Arts Chorale
at (868) 662-2002 Ext. 2315 or 757-1526,
Association of Caribbean
Higher Education Administrators
ACHEA Annual Conference 2009
Wednesday 8th-Sunday 1 1th July, 2009
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port of Spain
The 2009 annual conference of the Association
of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators
will be held in Trinidad and Tobago from
the 8th- lth July, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency
Hotel in Port of Spain.The theme of the
conference is'Higher Education and Sustainable
The United Nations has declared 2005-2015 as
the Decade of Sustainable Development and
as small islands states with economies and
geography that make us vulnerable to global
and natural forces, the issue of sustainable
development is of critical importance.
For further information,
please contact call (246) 417-4000, or visit
ACHEA Annual Conference.doc
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