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INCOMING 12Matriculation On the threshold TODAY, THE UWI St. Augustine Campus once again hosts its signature UWI SP EC International H alf-Marathon sponsored by First Citizens. is year the 13.1 mile route of the Half-Marathon remains unchanged. e race will continue along the trac-free Priority Bus Route (PBR) to the La Resource junction in DAbadie, before doubling back to UWI SPEC. e course will be complete with markers and water stops at every mile for the running convenience of the athletes from around the world including the Caribbean, USA, Latin America and Europe.RU N for your Life!EXCELLENCE 5 Lucky 7 Recipients of the VCs Awards INNOVATION 6Sweet Tradition Elbow deep in chocolate OUTGOING 8Valedictorians At the end of the trip


SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 UWI TODAY 3 EDITORIAL TEAMCAMPUS P RIN CIPAL Professor Clement Sankat D IRECT OR O F MARKE TING AND C OMMUNICA TIO NS Mrs. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill EDI T OR Ms. Vaneisa Baksh CO NT ACT US The UWI Marketing and Communications Ofce Tel: (868) 662-2002, exts. 82013 / 82014 Or email: uwitoday@sta.uwi.edu In Celebration of Excellence FROM THE PRINCIPAL Graduation ceremonies across our four campuses have been taking place over the past few weeks the UWI St. Augustine Campus held the last of its six ceremonies yesterday, and Monas will be held at the end of the week. G iven the increasing numbers of students graduating annually, we have had to hold six separate functions to accommodate them. is year our total number of graduates is 4,324: 3,296 undergraduates and 1,028 postgraduates. Of those, 2,791 students have graduated with rst degrees and it is a tribute to the quality of our students and academic sta that 166 of them attained rst class honours and 497 upper second class honours, nearly a quarter of the total. It is heartening to see that while our enrolment continues to increase, providing more opportunities for talented students, graduation numbers are also steadily rising, with many graduates achieving levels of distinction. F or the 2011/12 academic year, we welcomed 3,652 undergraduate and 1,611 postgraduate students, an increase of 6% and 9% respectively over the previous year. I am therefore truly pleased that students continue to make this Campus their rst choice in an overwhelming vote of condence. Of the 384 national scholarships awarded this year, 237 scholarship winners are registered at the UWI St. Augustine Campus! Our thrust to widen our programmes to continuously meet the needs of the times has also yielded a positive impact. Just two weeks ago, our Campus launched a new BSc in Insurance and Risk Management, a programme that is surely of great professional relevance in light of the economic climate and the vulnerabilities of the insurance industry. So we continue to do all we can to be an institution that oers leadership in these areas, and to encourage and support excellence in all elds of endeavour. F or the 2011 G raduation ceremonies, we have conferred honorary doctorates on eight members of the Caribbean community whom we felt deserved to be recognised for their invaluable contribution to our societies. Prof A nantanand Rambachan, Brian Lara, H elen Bhagwansingh, Reginald D umas, Roy Cape, Sir Fenton Ramsahoye, Jackie H inkson and Kamluddin Mohammed join the hall of the distinguished. With great pride I salute them, and their unagging quest for excellence. T o our graduates, I oer my congratulations and condence that you will do UWI proud wherever you go. C L E M EN T K. SAN KA TPro Vice Chancellor & Principal NEW PROGRAMMEe Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute presented a cheque for $250,000 to e UWI to help fund the BSc in Insurance and Risk Management programme, and e UWI has sponsored a position for a lecturer for it. PHOT OS BY ANEEL KARIM D ouglas Camacho, Chairman of the Board of Governors, of the Trinidad and Tobago Insurance Institute addressed the launch of the new BSc in Insurance and Risk Management degree programme.A D egree in Insurance and Risk Management Although a degree in Insurance and Risk Management is not required to work in the industry, the reality of the market place is that rst degrees (at least) have become a non-negotiable, said Prof Surendra Arjoon at the launch of the BSc in Insurance and Risk Management at the St. Augustine Campus of e UWI on October 14. Prof Arjoon, Head of the Department of Management Studies, noted that in the US alone, 36 colleges and universities are currently oering a Bachelors degree in this eld. Developed by the F aculty of Social Sciences in partnership with the T rinidad and T obago Insurance Institute ( TT II) and the local insurance industry, the new programme aims to provide students with analytical and problem-solving skills for addressing complex issues in the insurance sector; leadership skills to meet local, regional and global challenges that may arise; and the academic foundation to pursue postgraduate studies in a related discipline. Over the years, the UWI has moved toward a stakeholder approach to governance in responding to the needs and requirements of the business and wider society. In this regard, said Prof Arjoon, as part of its Strategic Plan, the Department is setting up an advisory board which will comprise key players in the business sector so that together we can better respond to their needs in the designing and executing of curricula and training programmes. e launch was attended by Minister of Science, T echnology and T ertiary Education, F azal K arim, and was also addressed by Dr. Hamid G hany, Dean of e UWIs F aculty of Social Sciences, Errol Simms, Deputy Dean of Planning and Programming at the F aculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and St. Augustine Campus Principal, and Douglas Camacho, Chairman of the Board of G overnors, TTII.


4 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 CAMPUS NEWS In a rare event that was eloquent because of its unusual nature, G uyanese held a tribute to their outgoing President, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo, before he had actually demitted oce. T itled, A World of anks to President Jagdeo, it was held on September 16, 2011 in G eorgetown, and Campus Principal and Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Clement Sankat, presented a tribute. Prof Sankat began by outlining President Jagdeos academic and professional training and then listed his contributions during the 13 years of his presidency. Referring to President Jagdeos vision of an integrated Caribbean, Prof Sankat remarked that through his leadership, G uyana has become a leading light at CARICOM, though not a part of the regional University of the West Indies, which epitomizes Caribbean regionality and solidarity. is is therefore an opportunity for G uyana and especially, its talented students and academics; and something that should be revisited, he said. Crediting him with being among the regions leading spokespersons, Prof Sankat said it is indisputable that President Jagdeo has given the Caribbean a voice on critical global issues and a presence in international fora. He outlined some of his contributions as President, citing the Jagdeo initiative and the new agriculture vision which aimed for development that went beyond food production and would help agro-businesses, creating employment, increasing export earnings of our countries as well as income for our farmers and other stakeholders. He said President Jagdeo is widely recognized as the leading Caribbean advocate on environmental protection. e Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) and the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation mechanism, commonly known as REDD, are now held up as a model for countries everywhere, of how the battle against deforestation can be waged and won, said Prof Sankat. Calling him a big voice for small states, Prof Sankat said that by engaging multilateral institutions, President Jagdeo has led eorts to make these institutions more relevant and representative, more responsive and accountable He also noted that, G uyana has expanded the regional agenda far beyond CARICOM, paving the way to strengthened relations with Brazil, in particular, one of the rising global economic players in todays world, and other South American countries, predicting that President Jagdeo has placed G uyana as a bridgehead for the Caribbeans entry into Brazil. Prof Sankat said that President Jagdeo has encouraged other Caribbean leaders to re-think development strategies and create a new economy, he said he had also been challenging the region to think outside of the box. Recommending diversication himself, Prof Sankat said, Rice, sugar, bauxite and mining sectors are all important, but President Jagdeo strongly urged the region to think far beyond, to sectors such as sustainable energy, tourism, IT food production and new forms of services, that will generate prosperity for our future generations. In fact, few will deny that this pursuit of new and creative economic strategies has produced impressive results! President Jagdeo has been credited with substantially reducing G uyanas national debt, undertaking critical scal and tax reform and passing legislation to support increased transparency, better procurement and competition. Rehabilitation of the health system, land reform, signicant expansion of the housing sector, major improvements to the water and sanitation systems, large-scale development and extension of road, river and air transport networks, and in the area of education, signicant wins in the area of widening access and improving quality these are all gains that have been attributed to his leadership and from which the G uyanese people are benetting, he said. As he continued enumerating his achievements, Prof Sankat concluded that, whether it has been by reviewing the global nancial architecture for our small states, trying to avert the dangers posed by climate change and global warming, advancing proposals for food security in G uyana and the region, stretching the boundaries of regionalism, increasing opportunities for education or just thinking outside the box to come up with innovative policies and solutions, one thing is certain, and that is, President Jagdeos creativity and leadership in charting a new course for the development of our people and the Caribbean.Principal Pays Tribute toP RESIDENT JA GDEO COTE 2011 e audience at the O pening Ceremony of e UWI CO TE 2011 enjoys a skit honouring Dr. Eric St. Cyr put on by members of e UWI Arts In Action, at e UWI St. Augustine Campus on October 6. is years conference paid tribute to Dr. St. Cyr, a former Lecturer and Head of the Department of Economics, UWI. CO T E is an annual landmark event of the Department through which findings from quality research and other studies are presented to inform economic and social policy. is years theme, Managing for Development in a Volatile Economic Environment: Addressing the Challenges before us, focused on regional economies in the prolonged volatile economic environment. President Jagdeo has been credited with substantially reducing Guyanas national debt, undertaking critical scal and tax reform and passing legislation to support increased transparency, better procurement and competition.


SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 UWI TODAY 5 CAMPUS NEWS Professors Kathleen Coard, Minerva ame, A A nthony Clayton and Mrs. E E da Martin of the Mona Campus; D Dr. A A nna-May E E dwards-HH enry and Professor Vijay N N araynsingh, St. A A ugustine Campus, and Professor Julie Meeks Gardner of the Open Campus, were this years recipients of the prestigious Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence.T T he Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence was established in 1993 under former Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alister Mc Intyre to recognize high achievement by academic and senior administrative sta of e UWI. Awards are given in the following areas: T T eaching, 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 ve core areas. e 2011 Vice-Chancellors Awards for Excellence were presented to:Vice-Chancellors Awards 2011 Pr R Of F Ess SS Or R A A Nt T HONY Cl L AYt T ONInstitute of Sustainable Development, Mona, for Public Service Pr R Of F Ess SS Or R KAt T Hl L EEN COAr R DDepartment of Pathology, Mona, for Teaching DrDR A ANNAMAY E EDw W ArRDsSHHENrR YInstructional Development Unit, St. Augustine, for Service to the University Community MrsRS. E EDA MArtiRTINOce of Finance, Vice Chancellery, Mona, for Service to the University Community Pr R Of FEssSSOr R JuliULIE MEEksKS GArRDNErRCaribbean Child Development Centre, Open Campus, for All-round performance in Research & Public Service Pr R Of F Ess SS Or R Vij IJ AY N N Ar R AYNsi SI NgG HDepartment of Clinical Surgical Sciences, St. Augustine, for Research Pr R Of FEssSSOr R MiINErvRV A THAmMEDepartment of Child Health, Mona, for ResearchVice-Chancellor of e UWI, Professor EE. NN igel HH arris, presented awards to seven outstanding University sta members at a ceremony held at the St. Augustine Campus on October 5.


6 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISE What does a chocolatier do on World Cocoa and Chocolate D ay? Astrida Saunders followed her passion. She spent October 1 as she spends every Saturday: at her workshop, elbow deep in chocolate. F or the founder and managing director of Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride, and the source of the companys delectable creations, it was business as usual. Saturday is my dirty day, or work day, she says, the day that I will be doing the roasting and the shelling of the beans and it can be very dirty and dusty. Since much of the process is done manually, its a lot of hard work, but its the most important part of the chocolate process. F irst, the beans are fermented. N ext theyre dried, roasted and set aside to cool. en its time to shell them, and for this she uses her own self-taught method. Its very eective, but its a lot of work. Or, she continues, if I have done it before its the day to actually be making the chocolate I will be grinding the beans, mixing my spices, pouring it into moulds, putting it into the freezer. It seems arduous, but she isnt complaining. I have a really comfortable workshop, she explains, crediting all who helped construct it. ey did it with love so when I sit in my workshop I am very comfortable. Comfort is a good thing; in just one Saturday session she produces 600 chocolates. Dont be mistaken though, Saunders creations arent your regular open a box and pop one in your mouth chocolates. eyre traditional chocolates, she declares. Its what people grew up with the chocolate that was used to make the traditional hot cocoa tea. Its her specialty, and as long as its a part of the Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride brand, it must have the taste of long-time. A sip must bring forth memories of childhood and grannys kitchen. We try very hard to keep that taste. Saunders entered the chocolate world through her grandparents. I grew up in a family that was always involved in cocoa, she explains. We are from T amana which grew a lot of cocoa my grandparents had estates which they passed on to my parents so we (Saunders and her brothers) are inherently the owners of the estate now. While her brothers deal with the production of the beans, she decided to take it a step further than just sell cocoa beans, by turning them into chocolate. She didnt know how to make the chocolates that are so popular today. She hadnt learnt because she never foresaw a future in chocolate. Or maybe she did. Shed dreamed of W ORLD C OCOA AND CHOCOLATE DA Y OCTOBER 1The day was rst declared by the London based International Cocoa Organisation (ICCO) and then the Acadmie Franaise du Chocolat et de la Conserie (French Chocolate and Confectionery Academy) to recognize and raise global awareness of the efforts of cocoa growers around the world, their living conditions, and the need for a long-term self-sustained cocoa economy.becoming a orist and studied Agricultural Management in Venezuela. Although she couldnt make chocolate, she thought of what she could produce out of her cocoa beans. So we said long time they used to make a kind of chocolate that people no longer get so lets try to make that the chocolate that people knew long time. ey had a mortar and a pestle and they used to pound beans and that is exactly how we started. ats where her training in Agricultural Management came in. It was a practical school. You had to work hard and think of how to make your job easy, so developing this chocolate I had to use a lot of my skills from Venezuela because its a practical product. Aer visiting one or two little open days with her Hot Cocoa Tea and Memories of GrannyA strida Saunders oers some of her E xotic Caribbean Mountain Pride cocoa tea to St. A ugustine Campus Principal, Prof Clement Sankat, while Dr. D arin Sukha of the Cocoa Research Unit (CRU) checks out one of her products on display at the celebration of World Chocolate D ay, hosted by the CRU on September 30.BY SERAH ACHAM


SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 UWI TODAY 7 RESEARCH AND ENTERPRISECrown of H onour for Principal SankatThe very prestigious Caciques Crown of Honour has been awarded to Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the St. Augustine Campus of e UWI, Professor Clement Sankat as well as to the Vice Chancellor, Professor E. N igel H arris. It is the third highest national award of G uyana, the place of their birth. According to the instrument of appointment for Prof Sankat, it makes him a Member of the Order of Service of G uyana for his outstanding service to the CARICOM Region in the eld of education. Prof Sankat, who is a citizen of T rinidad and T obago, le G uyana when he was 18, and has served e UWI for many years. Before becoming Principal of the Campus, he was Dean of the F aculty of Engineering. At a lavish ceremony on October 21, at the N ational Cultural Centre in G uyana, the national awards, which had been proclaimed on May 26, the countrys Independence Day, were presented by outgoing President of the Republic, H is E xcellency Bharrat Jagdeo. Prof Sankat said that he is indeed honoured and humbled by the award from the land of his birth. Prime Minister of G uyana, Sam H inds was conferred the Order of Excellence (OE), the nations highest award. Dr A rlington Chesney of CARDI was conferred the G olden Arrow of Achievement (AA), as was Dr. E dward Greene former CARICOM Assistant Secretary-G eneral. e Cocoa Research Unit (CRU) celebrated world Cocoa and Chocolate Day (October 1) on September 30 with an exhibition and sales event at the Sir F rank Stockdale Building, F aculty of Science and Agriculture. ere was no formal agenda for this event but sta and students were free to mingle and see product displays, sample delectable morsels of local chocolate and trues and purchase products from local chocolate and confectionery producers as well as local origin chocolates (including Cocoabel, Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride, Del Cocoa Plantations and T obago Cocoa Estate W.I. Ltd.). ere were also static displays from G inas Hand Made trues and CacaoAtlana. product, she discovered that people loved it. is cemented her decision to create what is now Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride. Initially, she admits, the passion (for chocolate) wasnt there. But she wanted to create something that people would love. Answer one question and up pops another: how could I make this product without so much labour? without so much work? easier? She became focused on nding a way to produce in bulk without the intense labour. It was complex and draining. ere were all these factors involved so you couldnt have passion for the product. You had to have passion for machinery, infrastructure, electricity, getting it to the market, getting people to know it. Ive overcome that challenge, she says. N ow her passion is for her chocolate. With her brand gaining increasing recognition, shes ready to move forward. I want to get as much information as I can so that I can develop the product, put more nesse into it, and e UWIs Cocoa Research Unit (CRU) is ready to help. ey have embraced me really, Saunders says of her relationship with the CRU. I met them aer I started making the chocolate. e CRU had invited her to an open day that they hosted for the F riends of the Botanical Gardens, and I brought my tea and samples I served my hot chocolate to them and they saw the standard of my display and so on. T oday she works with Professor Pathmanathan Umaharan, Dr. Darin Sukha, and Ms. N aailah Ali at the CRU to develop her chocolate. ey love the product. ey give it out as gis sometimes to people who come to the Cocoa Research Unit and I am very happy for that. She says that she appreciates the link that she now has with e University and looks forward to learning from the wealth of knowledge that they have with regards to cocoa and chocolate. Out of all who work with us at the CRU, shes the only one that makes drinking chocolate, says Ali, and shes really good at it. She wont stop there; shes preparing to join the edible market, and is working with the CRU to help her take o with that, hopefully by 2012. My aim is to take the same taste that we have as the traditional drinking chocolate and make it into edible bars, soour bar will taste like long-time cocoa which will be something dierent. Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride produces six avours of drinking chocolate: original, mint, lemon grass, ginger, chilli and orange, as well as a liqueur, Astrilique, for Astridas Liqueur, Saunders explains. We also do a liqueur in cream which is like ponche de crme or cocoa crme, she continues, letting me know that it may be on grocery store shelves soon, were looking forward to start selling it this Christmas. Where can you nd her chocolate? T oday its in most of the major supermarkets in T rinidad, she says. And its certainly making its way around the world. eres a guy from Alaska who sent for 15 lbs of chocolate he emailed me and said it was the best gi he got for fathers day I have had emails from Switzerland and Switzerland is the home of chocolates and somebody from Switzerland is telling me that they love my product. at has to be amazing Its nice when you oer somebody or somebody purchases it and they call and say Wow I love this product it makes you feel good inside and its what stirs you on to keep going. e educational link between cocoa and chocolate was made with displays from the Cocoa Research Section of the Ministry of F ood Production, Land and Marine Aairs Research Division, the Cocoa and Coee Industry Board of T rinidad and T obago and our very own Cocoa Research Unit. ere was a special chocolate tasting session from noon were interested individuals were involved in consumer testing of four signature lines of International Cocoa G enebank origin chocolates produced in house by the Cocoa Research Unit. e celebration of World Cocoa and Chocolate Day on October 1 will become a permanent part of the calendar of events of the CRU.Visitors were encouraged to sample some of the chocolates on display at the exhibition held by the Cocoa Research Unit. PHOT OS BY ANEEL KARIMe Cocoa Research Unit celebrates CHO C O L A TEe celebration of World Cocoa and Chocolate Day on October 1 will become a permanent part of the calendar of events of the CRU.


8 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER, 2011 Whether it is kindergarten, primary or secondary school, graduation day is memorable and joyful. Yet, nothing beats the thrills of a University graduation. I am 22 years old, but I have been waiting on this day for the past 17 years. As a child, my parents always instilled in me the value of education to the highest level. I always thought about the day I would graduate from e UWI, simply because it would have meant I successfully attained my degree. Its been three years of sitting through interesting and boring lectures, over 30 examinations and living away from my family, but most of all, knowing the possibility of being a future CEO, businesswoman or even Prime Minister of T rinidad and T obago. I remember my rst day at UWI in 2008, feeling so lost, not knowing where to nd my class; the mix-up in timetables; the weird looks at us, the rst-year students and total confusion about the purpose of certain classes. at soon dissipated as the semesters wore on, and I kept focused on the notion that I had to stand the grind for only three years and I would graduate in 2011. So said, so done. Looking back at the past three years, I have certainly grown, both academically and personally. T hroughout that time, I wrote countless essays; read more than I ever imagined; ate too much Ramen noodles, Mac and Cheese, KFC and pizza; lived on probably the lowest budget of my life; met inspirational lecturers, made great friends and opened my imagination beyond limits. Sadly, I also lost my father, who passed away right aer I completed my rst semester. N evertheless, I set my mind to overcome (not forget) that obstacle to reach my nish line: G raduation 2011. F rom the moment graduation application information became available online, I swily conrmed my attendance. Paying the $750 for the rental of my gown and DVD had me smiling from ear to ear. Although I was not overimpressed by the retro look of the graduation gown, I was still honoured to know I would be wearing it. I gured my feeling that it lacked the glamour I had imagined for all those years, would nd compensation in the sophisticated feeling I would get when I put it on. My years at e UWI have been the most enlightening, enriching, emotional and enduring of my life, thus far. While it sheltered me at rst, it gradually introduced me to the real world. I was forced to grow up, which wasnt a completely horrible thing. Ive started working at the Marketing and Communications Oce so Im still here at UWI, but on the other side, in a sense. T wo weeks before the big day, as I address invitations to Academic Sta, it only meant one thing: the day was practically right in front of my eyes. Every graduation has been special, but naturally, this graduation seems extra special. While I miss the fact that I wont have my father to share this day with me, I know hed be proud to have seen me reach this far. Im even more proud of myself for having reached this day, given all the obstacles throughout the years. It is indeed the end of one phase, and the beginning of another. I can breathe a sigh of relief as I hear my name being called and collect my certicate. Its a small sigh though; I know the journey continues. GRADUATION 2011 I M GRADUA TING!BY R AYN A MAHARAJMy years at e UWI have been the most enlightening, enriching, emotional and enduring of my life, thus far. While it sheltered me at rst, it gradually introduced me to the real world. I was forced to grow up, which wasnt a completely horrible thing.


SUNDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER, 2011 UWI TODAY 9 MEERA R AMPERSADJANGLEE Faculty of Engineering BSc in Chemical & Process Engineering, First Class Y ou have the power to achieve anything that you put your mind to, were the words that drove Meera Rampersad-Janglee. F ull-time wife, mother and student, she has a lot to celebrate this particular October; her son turns two on the 25th and two days later, she ocially graduates. Meera attended St. Stephens Anglican and later St. Stephens Anglican College in Princes T own. F rom there she went on to do a diploma in Chemical Engineering T echnology at the University of T rinidad and T obago (U TT ). Meera said her teachers at UTT encouraged her to pursue Chemical Engineering at e UWI. T eachers werent the only inspiration to further her studies. Meera is inspired by her son who she says is so vibrant that he encourages and inuences my daily actions to secure a brighter future for him. Her plan for the future is to acquire a job where she can practice what she learnt. She also intends to start her Masters in Chemical Engineering soon. Meera enjoys reading, spending time with her family and advocating charity work. ANAS VIOLETTE JULIETTE JOSEPHFaculty of Social Sciences BSc Accounting with Finance, First ClassFocused, passionate and versatile Anass interest in accounting was fostered as a child and grew with motivation. She believes her success came from her parents support, her love for reading and her persistence and time management skills. Unlike most, Anas had the unique experience of living in many places. She was born in the US, lived England, Congo (Africa) and F rance, before her family settled in T obago where they operate an ice cream factory called JnJ Homemade Ice Cream. Anas learned bookkeeping and other nancial aspects of her family business. Her secondary school Principles of Accounts teacher helped her ignite a passion for accounting. And now it seems that even her extra-curricular activities at UWI involved accounting. While residing on T rinity Hall for three years, she was the T reasurer for the T rinity Hall Committee (2009-2010). She was also the Social Sciences Representative for the Catholic Students Movement. T ravelling, reading and spending time with her friends are some of her hobbies. She is pursuing ACCA certication and intends to obtain her MBA in a few years.V ALEDICT ORIANS 2011 DEXNELL PETERSFaculty of Humanities and Education BA History with a minor in Political Science, First ClassD exnell Peters began with a plan to enrol for just one year in the F aculty of Humanities & Education, then transfer to the F aculty of Law. By the end of that rst year he had earned the grades for the transfer but had lost his heart to history. It was not a particularly surprising development. He says he has always been intrigued by history and his own interest was stoked by the thought-provoking history he encountered while a student at T rinity College, Moka. e youngest of four children, Dexnell says he has been inspired by the people around him: family, peers and teachers at school, church community and friends. F rom T20 to T est matches, Dexnell is an avid cricket fan. He also plays pan, favouring jazz and calypso. While a student at university he joined the History Society and served on the Societys executive during all of the three years spent pursuing his undergraduate degree. He credited this group on their role in building his leadership capacity on a platform of ethics and values. BERNICE LINA R OBINSONFaculty of Science and Agriculture BSc Major in Geography & Environmental Resource Management, First ClassBernice Lina Robinson is no stranger to academic excellence as this is not the rst time she is a valedictorian she graduated as most outstanding student and valedictorian at Micoud Secondary School. Bernice said her source of success is her family; for their prayers and motivation throughout her entire school life. Born in Mon Repos, St. Lucia, Bernice choose UWI St. Augustine for her studies because of its legacy of excellence. She acknowledges UWI as the avenue for the youth of the islands to learn, to un-learn and re-learn together. At UWI she engaged in numerous extra-curricular activities. She recalls cooking and sports competitions organized by the St. Lucian Association of Students (LuSA TT ) and Milner Hall committee. She was also involved with UWIS T A T for about a year planning events for CSME week, World AIDS Day and the Campus Principals Childrens Christmas party. Her most memorable experience at UWI was the support from faculty and students following Hurricane T omas which devastated St. Lucia in 2010. She plans to read for a Masters Degree in Environmental Law. F AMEEDA L ORRAINE MOHAMMEDFaculty of Social Sciences BSc in Management Studies (Special) with Finance, First ClassBorn in O range Field Settlement, Carapichaima, F ameeda Mohammed went to Waterloo Secondary School for seven years, pursing business subjects. Her decision to pursue the BSc in Management Studies (Specials) with a minor in F inance came from the advice from her teachers who assured her it would supplement her knowledge in the eld. F ameeda recollects many memorable experiences at the UWI; like her two favourites: Campus Carnival and Orientation Week, and she looks back fondly at the everyday experiences such as the teamwork and hustling to complete projects to get them printed on time. She readily acknowledges the teaching sta at Waterloo High for their help and support throughout her studies at UWI, as well as her mother. She is involved in Latin and belly dancing; a form of art she describes as exciting and a great avenue for self expression. She is also a hiking acionado. In her spare time, she loves to shop and go to the cinema. F ameeda intends to continue her studies in the areas of law, nance and economics. DAVID MILNE Faculty of Medical Sciences MBBS, First ClassD avids path to medicine was not clear cut. After completing sixth form at St. Marys College he took a year o and worked as a waiter; which brought him communication skills. His career goal was to become a Biologist but due to last minute changes, fate introduced him to medicine. David quickly grew a passion for medicine, solidied by his interaction with patients. ey inspired him to excel as his knowledge or lack thereof can mean the dierence between life and death. Among all the signicant moments at UWI writing his final MBBS exams stood out. Although motivated, David recalls the information overload and nervousness he felt. N onetheless it was pacied with the bond he and his classmates shared from sharing information and helping each other. David was also very active in UWI club affairs. He served in the Medical Students Council (MSSC) in dierent capacities from 2007-2011 and was the UWI G uild counsellor representing the F aculty of Medical Sciences. He felt privileged to serve the student body and describes it as a rewarding experience.


10 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 GRADUATION 2011Mrs. H elen BhagwansinghPhilanthropist and entrepreneur Helen Bhagwansinghs contribution to the nation spans over y years. Her father was a pioneer in steel merchandising in T rinidad and T obago in the ies, and she began selling construction blocks. After acquiring the business from her father, Bhagwansingh and her husband, Hubert, created their own empire that included steel manufacturing, hardware retailing, transportation, construction, real estate, light manufacturing and portfolio investments, and now employs over 1,200 persons. She is well known for her philanthropic and charitable support to organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Lantana Heights of G ran Couva and the Bridge of Hope Childrens Services. Her donation of TT$ 5 million to the St. Augustine Campus of T he UWI led to the creation of DERPi (Diabetes Education, Research and Prevention Institute), as the organizing trust and with it a substantial amount of research work in screening has already been accomplished. Bhagwansinghs economic and philanthropic activities earned her many awards including the nations highest award, the Order of the Republic of T rinidad and T obago. Additionally, she was the rst woman to be inducted into the Business Hall of F ame from the T rinidad and T obago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.Mr. Roy Cape With a CV that boasts a musical career of 52 years, Roy Cape has taken calypso and soca music from local pan yards to stages in Canada, the USA, England, and parts of Europe, including the 2006 World Cup Soccer F inals in G ermany. Cape began his foray into music when he was just 11 years old and bought a tenor pan. T oday, though recognized for his many musical talents, his renown lies mostly in his forte on the alto saxophone. Capes career as a professional musician with local brass bands began in the 1960s when he joined F rankie F rancis. F rom there he moved on to Clarence Curvans Orchestra, the Ron Berridge Orchestra and then to Sparrows T roubadors. Aer playing American and Caribbean popular music in N ew York for some time during the 1970s, he returned to T rinidad and created the Roy Cape All Stars. During his time as a musician, Capes talent has earned him a number of awards and recognitions, including T rinidad and T obagos Humming Bird G old Medal in 2004, the G ayelle Pierrot Grenade award in 2005, and awards at the Plymouth Jazz F estival in T obago in 2008 and at Dominicas World Creole Music F estival in 2009. e University of e West Indies, St. Augustine CampusGR AD U A TI ON CEREM ONIES


SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 UWI TODAY 11 GRADUATION 2011Mr. D onald Jackie H inkson Jackie H inkson has led regional art development, devoting his life to the creation of a body of art that is distinctly Caribbean. He studied painting at the Acadmie Julian in Paris, and earned a degree in fine arts, with distinction from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Aer earning a Diploma of Education in 1970, he was invited to live and teach in Canada, an oer he declined in order to return to T rinidad to become the rst art teacher in the long history of his old school, Queens Royal College. Sixteen years later he resigned in order to devote himself to his art. T he versatile artist has worked successfully in water colours; oil and acrylic paintings; pencil sketches; large-scale charcoal and crayon work; murals; and wooden sculpture. Hinkson emerged as a mature creator at his second public exhibition in 1971. His rst solo exhibition in 1974 classied him as perhaps the nest watercolorist in T rinidad history. He earned such wide respect for his drawings and paintings of our older, oen humble, buildings that the government commissioned him in 1982 to execute a hundred of such drawings and watercolours. Mr. Kamaluddin Mohammed Kamaluddin Mohammed is well known for his outstanding political and government services, religious, culture and community work, for which he has received the Order of the Republic of T rinidad and T obago. Mohammed produced and presented the rst Indian radio programme on Radio T rinidad and organized numerous Indian orchestras, recorded their songs and music and featured them on the radio. He is a member of the T ackveeyatal Islamic Association, and was chairman of the N ur-e-Islam Mosque Board the board responsible for the construction of the largest Masjid in the Western hemisphere. At the age of 24 he contested a seat in St. Anns Ward for Local G overnment elections and won, defeating many seasoned candidates at the time. Mohammed holds the record for being the longest G overnment Minister in any Commonwealth country, covering thirty years from 1956 to 1986. As Minister of West Indian Aairs from 1967-68 he was one of the architects of the Caribbean F ree T rade Association (CARIFT A). In 1974, he was appointed Chairman of the United N ations World Health Assembly. He has been a strong advocate for the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Single Market and Economy. Mr. Brian Charles LaraBrian Charles Lara was born on May 2, 1969, but his cricket career began when he was just six years old and was enrolled at the local Harvard Coaching Clinic. In 1990, he became T rinidad and T obagos youngest captain, and enjoyed some success there before making it to the West Indies team. 1994 was a big year for Lara, earning him global acclaim as the Prince of Port of Spain. He broke the world record for highest T est innings with 375 at the Antigua Recreation G round, a record he broke again with 400 in 2004. He became one of just three cricketers to be awarded the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year, he was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World by Wisden Cricketers Almanack (for which he copped the award the following year as well), and he was presented with the T rinity Cross, the highest national award in T rinidad and T obago. In September 2004, now captain of the West Indies cricket team (a position he held three times), he was appointed T&T s Ambassador for Sport. Lara retired from international cricket in 2007. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community in recognition of his accomplishments in and contributions to the sport and the Caribbean. In 2009, Lara was made an honorary member of the Order of Australia.Sir Fenton Ramsahoye Born in D emerara, G uyana Sir F enton Ramsahoye attended primary school on the West Coast of Demerara and then attended secondary school in G eorgetown. Sir F enton was elected a Member of Parliament of G uyana and served until 1973. He was Attorney G eneral of G uyana from 1961 to 1964 and a member of the Board of G overnors of the University of G uyana from 1962 to 1964. He was appointed Senior Counsel in G uyana in 1971 and from 1972 to 1975 he was Deputy Director of Legal Education for the Council of Legal Education in the West Indies and head of the Hugh Wooding Law School as a professor. Sir F enton is a Queens Counsel and member of the Bars of England and Wales, G uyana, T rinidad and T obago, Barbados, Jamaica, the T erritories of the Eastern Caribbean including Montserrat, and the British Virgin Islands. In his book, e Development of Land Law in British G uiana (1966), he analyzed the growth of a complex system of rules governing the acquisition and transfer of rights in land. Sir F enton was knighted in 2006 by G overnor G eneral Sir James Carlisle during a ceremony at G overnment House in Antigua.Professor A nantanand RambachanUniversity administrator, teacher and scholar, Professor Anantanand Rambachans journey focused on paving the way for the co-existence of religious diversity. His contribution spans the elds of arts and letters as well as the public and civic sphere. Aer graduating from e UWI in 1972, Rambachan pursued graduate studies in India and later at Leeds University, United K ingdom where he obtained his PhD in 1984. During the years 1983-1986, the BBC invited Rambachan the rst person from the Hindu tradition to deliver a series of 20 lectures on Hinduism. F rom 1987 to 1997, he delivered the annual lectures sponsored by the N ational Council of Indian Culture (N CIC). He currently serves on the eological Education Steering Committee, a team within the American Academy of Religion which meets the scholarly and professional needs of theological educators by creating programmes and services and enriching the work of theological educators. In 2007, he was elected head of the religion Department of Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, USA. Rambachan is the author of many religious books and journals and has produced multimedia works for educating teachers and students on Hinduism. Mr. John Reginald D umasH umanitarian advocate, Reginald D umas is a graduate of Cambridge University and was a Carnegie Endowment F ellow at the Institute Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales in G eneva. F or many years, Dumas has actively participated in multilateral negotiations dealing with specic concerns of his home country and the Caribbean Community. F rom 1987 to 1988, he was Ambassador to the USA and Permanent Representative of T rinidad and T obago to the Organization of American States. F rom 1985 to 1987, he served as High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Prior to his appointment as High Commissioner to Canada, from 1980 to 1984, he served as his countrys High Commissioner to India, with concurrent accreditation to Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia and Japan. Between 1973 and 1976, he was T rinidad and T obagos High Commissioner to Ethiopia, with concurrent accreditation to K enya, the United Republic of T anzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Serving as the Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister, head of the Public Service from 1988 to 1990, and chair of the Public Service Reform T ask F orce, Dumas is also the author of two substantial books: In the Service of the Public (1995), which contains written or spoken material of his tenure as a senior public ocer and An encounter with Haiti: notes of a Special Advisor, (2006).


12 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 CAMPUS NEWSMA TRICUL A TI ON M O MENTSE leven of the top Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) performers for 2011 were recognized by e UWI, St Augustine, as part of its annual Matriculation and Welcome Ceremony. is year, Senator F azal K arim, Minister of Science, T echnology and T ertiary Education delivered the feature address at the event, which took place on September 15. T op A-Level/CAPE student, Ms. Amrita J. Annamunthodo, signed the symbolic register on behalf of the students, and Mr Amilcar Sanatan, UWI Student G uild President, invited students to take the Academic Vow. Professor E. N igel Harris, UWI Vice Chancellor and Professor Clement Sankat, UWI Pro Vice Chancellor and St. Augustine Campus Principal, also welcomed new students as members of the academic community.WELC O ME T O UWIIt was a very welcoming month at e UWI, spanning mid-August to mid September as incoming students were greeted by a new orientation programme that set out to cover as many aspects as could be envisaged. It aims to assist students with their transition to university life, as well as to help them manage their lives throughout their UWI careers, by addressing four distinct categories: UWI Culture, Personal/Social Development, University Administration, and Learning Management/Academic Development. HIST O R Y IN ACTI ONe September 2011 issue of the H istory in A ction Journal is available at http://www. mainlib.uwi.tt/epubs/historyaction/index. htm ose interested in submitting articles for the March 2012 issue can send abstracts up to October 31, 2011. Book reviews are particularly welcome, as are abstracts relating to documentary history, oral traditions, ethnography, socio-cultural anthropology, archaeology, cultural studies, historical geography, historical linguistics, etc. Please feel free to review back issues of the Journal http://www.mainlib.uwi.tt/epubs/ historyaction/issues.htm


SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 UWI TODAY 13 CHAN CELLO R S MEDAL T O FO RMER CHAN CELLO RSir Shridath Ramphal, Chancellor Emeritus of e UWI, regional statesman and former Commonwealth SecretaryG eneral, was awarded the Chancellors Medal at a ceremony at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados on October 20. e Chancellors medal is a special award of distinction made by e UWI Chancellor to a person who has made a signal, substantial and lasting contribution to the welfare and development of e UWI, or has enabled access to the University to resources for the achievement of its mission of unlocking the regions potential through delivering quality higher education through teaching, outreach, service and research. Previous awardees have been Sir Philip Sherlock, Sir Alister McIntyre, P. J. Patterson and most recently, ViceChancellor Emeritus, the late Professor Rex N ettleford.NEW SEISMIC HEADDr. Joan Latchman was recently appointed Director (Ag.) for e UWI Seismic Research Centre (SRC). Dr. Latchman replaces D r. Richard Robertson who served as Director of the Centre for seven years. Dr. Robertson has resumed duties as geologist at the Centre. Dr. Latchman joined the Centre in 1972 as a seismology technician. She graduated in 1980 with a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science. An earthquake sequence near T obago in 1982, for which the relevant authorities were put on alert, started her interest in T obago seismicity. In 1988, from an international cadre of seismologists, she was selected to join the team of seismologists at the International Seismological Centre in the United K ingdom, for two years, analysing global seismicity. In 1998, she completed an MPhil Degree, which examined e Seismic Potential of the S.W. Tobago Fault System. In 1999, she was appointed to the academic sta at the Centre and in 2008 she earned a PhD looking at Tobago and Earthquakes. 3 PR O FESSO RS APPO INTEDree new professorial appointments have been made at e UWI, eective October 5, 2011. e announcement was made by University Registrar/Director of Administration, Mr. C.W. Iton following the recently concluded University meetings held at T he UWI St. Augustine Campus in T rinidad. At these meetings the Universitys Finance and G eneral Purposes Committee ( F & G PC) agreed to the promotion of Dr. A nderson Maxwell, St. Augustine and Drs. Beverley Bryan and H enry E llis, both of the Mona Campus, to the rank of Professor. CAMPUS NEWS One issue engaging policy makers at e UWI is the need to produce more impactful research and to engage more directly in technology transfer. As part of this eort, the UWI Business Development Oce in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted a Regional Seminar entitled Management of Intellectual Property and Innovation Clusters at the St. Augustine Campus on October 11 and 12, 2011. e aim of the Seminar was to provide guidance to universities in the region on the establishment of T echnology T ransfer Oces and to create awareness on the importance of intellectual property management in innovation and research and development strategies. Over 60 participants from the region attended, including representatives of higher education institutions from Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, G renada, Jamaica, St. Vincent and the G renadines, and T rinidad and T obago. Presenters included Prof. Wayne Watkins, Associate Vice-President for Research, University of Akron, Ohio, Dr. omas Ewing, Strategic IP Counselling, T ulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America and Dr. Ali Jazairy, Head of WIPOs Innovation and T echnology T ransfer Section. Regional expert presenters included Mr. Malcolm Spence, Senior Coordinator on Intellectual Property, Science and T echnology Issues, CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Richard Aching, Intellectual Property Oce, Ministry of Legal Affairs of T rinidad and T obago, and Ms. Mary-Ann Richards, WIPO Consultant and Regional Coordinator. e Seminar included presentations on the valuation of intellectual property, the identication of clusters in economies, and the creation of value from innovation clusters. Business models for managing innovation clusters were discussed. Presentations were also delivered on the establishment of technology transfer oces and on the commercialisation of R&D results. Presenters stressed the key role of governments in driving science and innovation. T hey highlighted the importance of significant investment in R&D at the University level, given that the majority of innovation and invention is conducted there. Prof. Watkins advised universities to consider focusing on innovation in the area of alternative energy. He stated that the key to innovation in this area was to use existing technology but to nd ways to make it cheaper. He suggested using technology that was freely available, that is, technology that was not patented in the country, and making it better. Presentations delivered at the regional seminar are available online at www.sta.uwi.edu/bdoParticipants at the Regional Seminar on the Management of Intellectual Property and Innovation Clusters. PHOT O: ANEEL KARIMManaging Intellectual Property and Innovation Clusters Prof. Brian Cockburn, D eputy D ean, Faculty of Science and A griculture in conversation with Prof. Wayne Watkins, Vice-President for Research, University of Akron, O hio at the Regional Seminar on Management of Intellectual Property and Innovation Clusters. PHOT O: ANEEL KARIM


14 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 e image of tropical rainforests as cool green cathedrals teeming with countless plants and animals is oen invoked to justify eorts to prevent vast tracts being destroyed. But there is another reason why the average world citizen should be concerned about degradation and destruction of these temples to biodiversity. at reason is global climate change. Most people concede that climate change is occurring but the most heated debate is over whether humans are responsible and what should be done. Many governmental and international organizations are trying to mitigate against extreme climate change. With predictive global climate models run on super-computers, a clearer idea of what is in store for the planet is emerging. e models indicate that boundaries of biomes and agriculture will shi with global climate change, and it is likely that many species will become extinct and that human society will be disrupted, with starvation and conict in some parts of the world and severe economic recession in others. Researchers suggest that the extent of disruption to natural and human ecosystems can be moderated if greenhouse gases such as carbon are released into the atmosphere at a slower rate and if carbon is removed from the atmosphere at a faster rate than it is at the moment. A key to these two critical processes are tropical rainforests. T ropical rainforests play an integral role in the global carbon cycle as has been demonstrated in a recent article in the journal Science by Yude Pan of the US Dept of Agriculture. Dr. Pan and other scientists compiled and analyzed data from long-term growth studies from forests around the globe, including tropical forests, and found that they were the best at stripping carbon from the atmosphere of all terrestrial ecosystems. ey found that the main area of carbon accumulation were the temperate forests of N orth America and Asia that are being allowed to regenerate, but they found that tropical forests were also taking up carbon enough to balance the amount of carbon being released in tropical forest degradation If the rate of deforestation and degradation of tropical forests could be reduced (currently the area the size of a football eld every hour) then a large source of carbon INNO V A TI ON IN EX TENSI ONMajor Conference in K enyae School of A griculture at T he UWI will partner with the T echnical Center for Agriculture and Rural Cooperation in Agriculture (CT A) to host a conference on innovations in Extension and Advisory Services at the N airobi Hilton, K enya, N ovember 15-18, 2011. Extension is a very old discipline which seeks to extend scientic knowledge and technologies. More recently Extension has revisited indigenous knowledge which can be appropriate to modern agriculture. Extensions most popular form, Agricultural Extension, has signicantly contributed to assisting farmers and other agricultural stakeholders to improve the productivity of agriculture globally. T here will be four cross-cutting themes: Policy, Capacity Development, T ools and Approaches and Learning N etworks. T here will be many scholarly presentations from T rinidad and T obago. Dr Carlisle Pemberton and sta members will be discussing the successful Caribbean Agricultural Extension Project (CAEP). ere will be a presentation on the extension models of the Ministry of F ood Production, Lands and Marine Aairs and that of the N ational Agricultural Marketing and Development Corporation. Professor Gary Garcias thinking with regard to a new model for teaching agriculture will be presented in a poster session. ere will be a detailed analysis of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) of Jamaica. N orman G ibson of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) will discuss the institutes work with sheep and goats. F rom Antigua, Ms Jennifer Maynard will discuss the new concept of Extension for Agro T ourism and from the Sir Shridath Ramphal Institute at the Cave Hill Campus, N eil Paul will present a new vista for extension in the eld of trade liberalisation. Post graduate Agribusiness student from Dominica, Malcolm Wallace, teamed up with sta Drs G ovind Seepersad (UWI) and Ardon Iton (CARDI) to present a discussion on Extension challenges to assist farmers in marketing Windward Island bananas in a fair trade market. ere will be eld trips to successful agricultural projects in K enya and an exhibition which will display the operations and achievements of many international agencies which are involved in Agriculture. e St. Augustine Campus will host Caribbean booth. e conference website features blogs, other discussion groups, videos, photos and a list of registered participants at http:// extensionconference2011.cta.int. e conference is on F ace book and T witter. ENVIRONMENT being released into the atmosphere would be removed and tropical forests would act as a huge sponge soaking up carbon from the atmosphere and reducing the severity of global climate change. As far back as 1992, governments agreed to try and slow down global climate change this way under the K yoto Protocol. T rinidad has one of the few projects in the world under this protocol, the World Bank-funded N ariva Swamp Restoration initiative which is a collaborative project between the EMA, F orestry Division and e UWI. is project aims to reforest large areas of swamp forests cleared illegally in the 1990s, and in so doing, capture tons of carbon from the atmosphere into the woody trunks of the restored trees. It is also providing important research information to rene the accurate carbon accounting involved in these sorts of projects which will be necessary in the developing global market for carbon credits. At the moment there is no legal obligation for carbon emitters to oset their carbon released by buying credits from carbon absorbers but a niche market has sprung up where companies voluntarily oset their carbon released. is has become an important marketing tool in some countries where consumers can select companies that can show zero or negative release of carbon into the atmosphere. Many airlines and car rental companies now oer a carbon oset fee that customers can pay voluntarily. Ultimately the global society will have to make it compulsory for carbon emitters to pay carbon absorbers if the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere is to be controlled. is is being planned and implemented in European countries and with great controversy in Australia. As the eects of global climate change make themselves increasingly felt, the urgency of nding ways to moderate these impacts will increase. T ropical forests will form a vital component of these mechanisms and the potential of forests of this region to earn income from these new markets is great. However, management of those forests to keep them intact needs to be strict, and creeping degradation and deforestation must be eliminated. It is a challenge for the whole society.BY MIKE O A THAMDr Mike Oatham is a Plant Ecology Lecturer in the Department of Life Sciences, UWI, St. Augustine. Cool Green Cathedrals in Climate Change


SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 UWI TODAY 15 Dr. Ronald Marshall is a senior lecturer in the Sociology Unit of the Department of Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, e UWI, which hosted an International Conference on Poverty Alleviation, from October 20-21 at the Learning Resource Centre Auditorium, UWI. For further information on the Conference on Poverty, please contact Dr. Marshall or Ms. Fareena Alladin at (868) 662-2002 ext. 83506 or at ronald.marshall@sta.uwi. edu or fareena.alladin@sta.uwi.edu A s the Trinidad and Tobago F ilm F estival closed, it was clear that students and alumni from e UWI had made a good impression. N adissa Haynes Pashan of the Froot, which was made for the F ilm Programmes second-year documentary course, was selected to open the F estival. is is the second lm by a UWI F ilm student that has been chosen to open the F estival, the rst being omas Jemmersons Queen of the Brands in 2009. Other works by UWI F ilm students selected for the F estival included Marian Bradshaws La Parranda Mandisa Pantins Shushed, Social Injustice by K ivonne Ramsawak and Zahra G ibbons, Lynnessa Parks Losing My Religion and Renee Pollonais Sweet Fries F ilm Programme alumni Christopher Din Chong and Mikkell K han had their debut feature, 3 Line, selected for the F estival. Rooted in Dreams, a documentary about the University itself, which was co-directed by alumna F rancesca Hawkins, was also featured. Many of the works of students and alumni were shown on campus as parts of the UWI Film F estival, which ran simultaneously. e festivals honours and awards were handed out on October 2 and a number of UWI students walked away with top prizes. e Jury Prize for Best Local Short F ilm was awarded to Renee Pollonais for her lm Sweet Fries. Sweet Fries was also awarded the Jury Prize for Best Local Actress, for its star (and DC F A Student) Dionese Sylvester. N atalie Wei, an MPhil student in G ender and Development Studies, won the Peoples Choice Award for Best Short Film for her lm Chinee Girl. Also, F rancesca Hawkins received the inaugural bp TT G raduate F ilm Development Award for her outstanding contribution to local lm culture. Commenting on the performances of UWI students at the F estival, Dr. Christopher Meir, the director of the UWI Film Programme said, We in the UWI Film Programme are extremely happy and proud to see our students and alumni making such great contributions to the T rinidad and T obago F ilm F estival. G iven the talent on display in this years F estival and the performance of students work in recent years at regional and international festivals, we are condent that UWI students and alumni will help to lead the way forward for local and regional lm culture.Students Shine at TTFFN atalie Wei won the Peoples Choice A ward for Best Short Film for her lm Chinee Girl. Minister of Trade Stephen Cadiz oers a congratulatory hug.e phenomenon of poverty alleviation is global. Poverty is a social problem that has attracted a lot of descriptions, not all accurate. T he literature demonstrates that the phenomenon dees a single acceptable denition. Some believe that poverty is due, in the main, to lack of access to basic resources such as water, a reliable job, a good education, and the like. Others believe it relates to more direct nancial matters, such as the inability to purchase foodstus, or to commute, or to send their children to school. T he question of poverty in this regard, is one that needs to be seriously examined because one has to be careful of the messages that could be sent to the poor namely, the creation of a dependency. On the other hand, we may want persons to get out of poverty by providing the opportunities, or materialistic support for them to do so. In this regard, the framework within which this could best be accomplished is through community support. F rom a social and sociological perspective, community support translates to community empowerment. In this way a community of needs will experience a distillation of values which would be transmitted from one individual to the next as they work together to eradicate the common goal called poverty. At the same time, one has to appreciate that a common objective is facilitated through the cohesiveness of the community which is the repository of a common set of values even if those values in the rst instance, need to be transformed. Because a community not only live the experience of poverty and poverty alleviation strategies, the long term goals have within them the ability to inuence successive adherents and family members since it determines what works and what does not. Put another way, poverty alleviation would be structured, articulated, and practised within a system of norms and values, consistent within the needs, and certainly the outlook, of the community. e United N ations Millennium Development G oals cannot be achieved without some degree of sustainability and this means that the structure within which poverty alleviation is framed ought to have the ability to expand and provide the kind of output and expectations that could be used as a template for similar communities faced with the challenges of poverty, and poverty alleviation, the permanency of which amounts to poverty eradication. Sometimes one has to look below the surface to determine the indicators of poverty: How many people are losing jobs, how many children are dropping out of school, CAMPUS NEWS DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS H is E xcellency the Acting President Timothy H amel-Smith (right) on September 10, 2011 formally launched Senator Professor H arold Ramkissoons Book Dierential Equations at the Alma Jordan Library, UWI, St. Augustine. and for what reasons, how many people are on welfare, and if it is growing. How many people are attempting to live above their means, which will have long-term consequences.BY D R R O N ALD MARSHALLE asing Poverty


16 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER, 2011 UWI CALENDAR of E VENT SO CT O B ER 2011 J ANU AR Y 2012UWI T ODAY is printed and distributed for e University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, through the kind support of T rinidad Publishing Co Ltd, 22-24 St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, T rinidad, West Indies. VET SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE 10-11 November, 2011 9am-6pm School of Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Medical Sciences, EWMSC, Mt Hope e School of Veterinary Medicine is having its biannual Open House at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. T he Open House is meant to enhance public awareness of the role of the School and the veterinary profession in T&T Prospective students are welcomed as are pet owners and pet lovers. e event is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact Alice Young at alice.young@sta.uwi.edu or call 6452640, ext. 4250, 4213. THE R OLE OF THE STATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION 2 November, 2011 5-7pm Daaga Auditorium, UWI, St. Augustine is Panel Discussion is hosted by e UWI, the Accreditation Council of T rinidad and T obago (AC TT ), and the Ministry of Science T echnology and T ertiary Education. (MS TTE). It will be moderated by Dr Sandra G i, Quality Assurance Unit, UWI and the panelists are: Rodney Amar, MS TT E, Emmanuel G onsalves, COS T AA T Dr F reddy James, School of Education, UWI, Leela Ramdeen, Catholic Religious Education Development Institute (CREDI) and G erald F rederick, Student G uild, UTT For further information, please visit the ACTT website at www.actt.org.tt, or email customerservice@actt.org.tt, or sandra.gi@sta.uwi. edu. T oday, e UWI St. Augustine Campus once again hosts its signature UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon sponsored by First Citizens. is year the 13.1 mile route of the Half-Marathon remains unchanged. e race will continue along the trac-free Priority Bus Route (PBR) to the La Resource junction in DAbadie, before doubling back to UWI SPEC. e course will be complete with markers and water stops at every mile for the running convenience of the athletes from around the world including the Caribbean, USA, Latin America and Europe. For further information, please call 662-2002 ext. 83771, 82660, 83556 or 83571 or e-mail specinfo@sta.uwi.edu. INTERNATIONAL HALF-MARATHON 30 October, 2011 UWI SPEC St. Augustine Campus T OURISM C ONFERENCE 18-21 January 2012 Learning Resource Centre, UWI, St. Augustine Campus is international conference will provide a forum for industry stakeholders, executives, consultants, government ocials, tourism practitioners, members of the various creative industries, professional associations and groups, networks of cultural actors, graduate students and civil society organizations to focus on a broad range of topics that are related to tourism, culture and the creative industries and to explore issues of mutual interest at all levels. For further information, please contact Dr. Acolla Lewis-Cameron at acolla.lewis-cameron@sta. uwi.edu, 6622002, ext 82621, or 7897656 or visit the website at http://sta.uwi.edu/conferences/12/ tourism/ STRATEGIC PLANNING C OURSE FOR C OLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 31 October-4 November, 2011 St. Augustine Campus e University Oce of Planning and Development hosts a certied, 3-step Strategic Planning Course for Colleges and Universities. Offered through the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), this course is primarily for persons engaged in strategic planning in higher education institutions. For further information, please contact Ms. Carol Grant at 662-2002 ext. 83574, (868) 645-5795 or planning@sta.uwi.edu. THE SCOURGE OF NCDS AND THE L UNG 10 November, 2011 5.30pm Learning Resource Centre, UWI, St. Augustine Professor of Medicine, T erence Seemungal at e UWI, St. Augustine Campus, will deliver his Professorial Lecture, e Scourge of N CDs and the Lung at the LRC. Diseases aecting humans may be easily classied as communicable and non-communicable ( N CDs). ere is now world-wide agreement that N CDs are: diabetes, cardiac disease, common cancers and chronic respiratory diseases mainly COPD. In 1990, COPD was the 6th leading cause of death. In 2020 it is expected to be the 3rd leading cause of death. For further information, please contact Prof Terence Seemungal at 6634332 or Terence.seemungal@sta. uwi.edu. GANGS, VIOLENCE AND GOVERNANCE 3-4 November, 2011 St. Augustine Campus e Department of Behavioural Sciences at e UWI St. Augustine Campus raises the issue of the intrusion of gangs into the sphere of money laundering and drug tracking in T rinidad and T obago, at an International Conference it will host on the theme, Gangs, Violence and G overnance. For further information, please call Nisha AlladinMotilal, Secretary Department of Behavioural Sciences 662-2002 ext. 3234, or via e-mail at nisha. alladin.motilal@sta.uwi.edu. CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT 9 November, 2011 Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain e Arthur Lok Jack G raduate School of Business hosts the 1st Regional F orum on Cluster Development in the Caribbean, themed Opportunities for Competitiveness and G rowth. is forum brings together key experts and development partners in cluster development, as well as leaders in business and G overnment, to identify regional opportunities for cluster development and share key insights for execution. For further information, please contact the Regional Forum on Cluster Development team at 6456700 ext 173, 662-9894 ext 352, or via e-mail at r.persad@gsb.tt or s.lezama@gsb.tt.