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FILM 12Into the Sunset? Filmmaker Takes Two FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 07Getting Involved? UWI Life begins at home BOOKS 15Life Round the Corner Mrs B Talks SHARING 03Cultural Exchange Japanese First Lady Visitse biennial Sta Inter-Campus Games took place in August at the St. Augustine Campus this year, and while it was a highly competitive aair, it was a welcome opportunity for sta throughout the region to get together and sip the wine of camaraderie. With eight events under contestation, the St. Augustine campus won ve, the lions share, giving them every reason to shout for joy. For more on the games, please turn to Page 14. PHOTO: ATIBaA CUDJOEeColour of Joy
SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 3 First Lady of Japan, Mrs Akie Abe, paid a courtesy call to e UWI St Augustine campus on July 28. She was accompanied by Mrs. Chizuru Tezuka, wife of the Japanese Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago and Mrs. Shirley Dookeran, wife of the Minister of Foreign Aairs. The First Lady donated The Akie Collection, a compilation of books for Japanese language learning on the environment, Japanese culture and the Japanese automobile industry, written in Japanese and English. Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat remarked that this was an historic rst visit of a Japanese Head of State to the Caribbean, and hoped it was the beginning of collaborations between The UWI and Japanese higher education institutions. He announced that in September, a Japanese research team in Agricultural Technology from Yamaguchi University will visit the Campus. He made reference to the longstanding friendship of Japan and the Caribbean during this JapanCARICOM Friendship Year 2014, adding that two decades would have passed by since the rst Japan-CARICOM Consultation was held in 1993. e year of 2014 has been designated as the Japan-CARICOM Friendship Year to enhance the Japan-CARICOM relationship in diverse elds such as culture, trade and tourism. roughout the year, commemorative events will be held in Japan and CARICOM member countries. During her visit, Mrs. Abe was given the opportunity to interact with students participating in the UWI Japanese language course and was treated to a musical presentation by the UWI Steel Ensemble of the Department of Creative and Festival Arts. She also viewed a display from e UWIs Cocoa Research Centre, which houses the International Cocoa Gene bank and produces its very own special chocolate from this unique collection of cocoa. Mrs. Abes father was the CEO of one of Japans leading confectionary companies which sells, amongst other items, chocolates. EDITORIAL TEAMCampusAMPUS Pri RINcipal CIPAL Professor Clement Sankat Director IRECTOR of OF MarARKetiETINg G a ANdD Commu OMMUNicatioICATIO NsS Mrs. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill EDITOR Ms. Vaneisa Baksh CON NTACT US e UWI Marketing and Communications Oce Tel: (868) 662-2002, exts. 82013 / 83997 Or email: email@example.com Values in Education: Welcoming Our New Students FROM the THE PrincipalRINCIPAL Each year during our Matriculation Ceremony, we welcome 5,000 new students, joining the 90,000 alumni who can boast of having attended The UWI. From its beginnings in Jamaica more than 60 years ago as a college with only 33 students, to its current status as the premier regional tertiary level institution with 40,000 students, this university has helped to build the Caribbean. As we welcome the new members of our family, we try to instill a sense of our traditions, culture and the responsibility that comes with the privilege of reading for an undergraduate or graduate degree. It sometimes means trying to shi prevailing views about the role of education and institutions of higher learning. While some may think that education is principally about attaining an academic qualication or certication, it is in fact much more than that. It is also about inculcating a set of core values that will help to shape responsible and exemplary citizens. Of course, high quality academic training is also extremely important to develop the intellectual and technical skills needed to succeed in a dynamic knowledge-driven world. But intellectual skills will not be enough; they must be complemented by values such as honesty, integrity, fairness, caring, discipline, resolve, diligence, humility, respect for the rule of law and for diversity. We must ensure that our graduates and students understand that what truly counts in life is not the title one holds, but the contribution one makes to society. As we prepare for our next Matriculation ceremony on September 18, we are placing a renewed focus on developing those qualities in our new UWI family members; remembering that it is within the bosom of family that core values are truly nurtured. Positive values and attitudes are considered intangible assets, which cannot be easily measured. However, nurturing these values within families and institutions like our UWI, is an important contribution to development and nation building and a responsibility that our university takes very seriously.Cle LE Me E NT K. SANk KATPro Vice Chancellor & Principal OUR CAMPUS e First Lady is treated to a musical presentation by the UWI Steel Ensemble of the Department of Creative and Festival AA rts, under the direction of Jessel MM urray, Department Head, while the St AA ugustine Campus Principal Professor Clement Sankat looks on.e Spirit of fFRieIENdshipDSHIP e year of 2014 has been designated as the Japan-CARICOM Friendship Year to enhance the Japan-CARICOM relationship in diverse elds such as culture, trade and tourism.
4 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 ViceICEChH ANcell CELLOR Aw AW ARdsDS for 5AA Cuban Perspectivee UWI will recognise an entire department as well as four faculty members at its Vice-Chancellors Awards for Excellence Ceremony this October. e Department of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago is the rst recipient of the newly implemented Vice-Chancellors Departmental Award for Excellence. Professor Jonas Addae from the Department of Preclinical Sciences at the St. Augustine Campus will be recognised for his accomplishments in teaching. Professor Simon Mitchell, Head of the Department of Geography & Geology, and Professor Marvin Reid, Director of the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit, will receive the honour for their research accomplishments while Professor Hopeton Dunn, Director of the Caribbean Institute of Media & Communication, will be honoured for his contributions to public service. All three are at the Mona Campus in Jamaica. e history of the Department of Life Sciences dates back to 1922. Among its exemplary accomplishments, the Award recognises its well managed processes and procedures, data driven decision-making, student and stakeholder centred development, innovation and demonstration of a resultsoriented focus. In the last four years, the Department of Life Sciences has earned external funding in excess of 4.3 million US dollars, won e Universitys 2012 Award for the OUR CAMPUSProfessor Dr Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart, son of former president of the Republic of Cuba, Fidel Castro, delivered the feature address at a lecture held at The UWI, St Augustine in July. During the lecture, Global Challenges in Science and Innovation for Sustainable Development: Remarks from a Cuban Perspective, Castro DiazBalart noted that oil and gas will be depleted within the next century or two, depending on the rate of extraction, and the challenge to produce enough food will also become greater, making science and technology even more crucial. He identied Cuba as an important example of scientific and technological achievement in the region, pointing out that it has one of the highest medical doctor ratios in the region, with an estimated 60,000 doctors. Cuba has 68 universities and 2.5 million people enrolled in schools across the country.most productive research department and a campus award for the most successful project for its work on the Caroni Swamp Research and Development Impact Fund. In the last decade, its teaching accomplishments have been reected in an estimated 46% increase in the year-one student pass rate and transition to the advance part of the degree. Professor Addae, Professor of Physiology in the Department of Preclinical Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences at the St. Augustine Campus, has made a stellar contribution to teaching at e University. He has served as the Head and Principal of the Preclinical Sciences Department and, since 2008, has occasionally acted as Dean of the Faculty. He was one of the winners of the rst UWI/ Guardian Life Premium Teaching Awards held in 2000. Professor Addae describes his teaching methodology as intended to generate in students the passion to learn new information using an inquiry based teaching method, in which students generate most of the relevant questions rather than being given the questions by the lecturer. He is an advocate of contextual learning as well as learning outside of the classroom and believes in the importance of students understanding their learning skills. As such, for more than a decade, Professor Addae has been conducting learning skills sessions for rst-year students in all schools of the Faculty. Since 1994, The UWIs Vice-Chancellor has been recognising and rewarding outstanding performance by academic and senior administrative staff. In the 2012 to 2013 academic year, a departmental award for excellence was added, allowing for one annual award valued at US$10,000 to be made to any department, institute, section, site, research unit, or centre that clearly demonstrates the highest commitment to quality, to service and operational excellence. The 2014 Vice-Chancellors Awards for Excellence will take place on October 27 at the Mona Visitors Lodge and Conference Centre at The UWI in Jamaica. From le, Professors AA ndy Knight, Director of the Institute of International RR elations at St AA ugustine, Dr Fidel Castro Diaz-Balart and St AA ugustine Principal Clement Sankat. Jonas AA ddae, Professor of Physiology, encourages his students to ask questions rather than wait for them.
SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 5 ENERGY ENERGY Conference ONFERENCE on ON the THE Economy CONOMY COTE 2014 RESEARCHM M any developing countries face the issue of underdevelopment and enormous diculties in their efforts to industrialize. is speaks to the existence of a structural gap between developed and developing economies. e key for the convergence of these economies is more insight into the evolution of technology and the diusion of the conditions of eective technological catch up. Sir Arthur Lewis in his proposals for the development of Caribbean economies believed that to remove this gap between countries, developing economies should adopt a policy of industrialisation by invitation; wooing and fawning to attract expertise and technology from developed economies and attain their knowledge tricks of the trade. One of the strategies under industrialization by invitation was the development of industrial policy. Itoh in 1988 dened industrial policy as a policy that attempts to achieve the national economic and non economic goals of a country. is is done via policies designed to intervene in the allocation of resources among industries or sectors of the country, or in the organization of an industry or sector. ese policies are oen pursued due to the existence of market failure in the national or international factor and product markets. The late Professor Dennis Pantin identified Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean as having commonalities; heavy dependence on natural resources, high levels of debt and vulnerability to natural disasters, which made it dicult for them to compete internationally. In his attempts to provide solid recommendations, he married policies on technology and industrialization with the tenets of sustainable development. Pantin stressed the importance of eectively maximizing the benets of natural resources (renewable and nonrenewable) and at the same time using technological capabilities. Following the recommendation of Sir Arthur, Pantin proposed two strategies for industrialization of the Caribbean region; targeting of external markets and products which included the identifying and assisting of existing industries and new industries, and to cra appropriate national, macro policies to steer foreign and local investors towards these targeted areas. In 1983, Pantin highlighted the need for utilization of an indigenous technological capability in the fruit and vegetable processing industry in the Caribbean and in 1987 further went on to develop a framework that included ECONOM ONOMICSTT echnology and Industrial Policy byBY Kero KERO N VictorICTOR strategies for acquiring technology. His idea of technological advancements was not limited to the optimal utilization of primary resources or industrial policies, but also included a people oriented aspect; the development of human capital which is vital to economic development objectives. Whilst many Caribbean countries have incorporated attempts to develop techno-industrial policies that highlight that economic transition to the development of technological and scientic capabilities of the Caribbean, many barriers still exist. In addition to the diculties of implementing theoretical driven recommendations, there also exist hurdles which notably includes economic (debt), environmental and social challenges. One of the potential obstacles Pantin identied in attaining this capability was the appraisal of political economic conditions that can limit an embrace of a technologically based industrial strategy for the regions economic transformation. Dennis Pantin was also profoundly convinced that only through regional integration could the Caribbean experience true economic development. Professor Dennis Pantins ideas will be the focus for discussion at COTE 2014 with the theme Addressing Contemporary Local and Regional Challenges for Sustainable Development. This conference is hosted by the Department of Economics, UWI, St. Augustine. Keron Victor has an MSc in Economics and is a Teaching Assistant with the Department of Economics, UWI, St. Augustine. His research interests are Social Economics, Urbanisation and Crime. In M M arch this year, nine students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering went o to Villa Bay in St Vincent for the annual Coastal Metrics eld trip. Villa Bay was selected because it will form part of the proposed South Coast Marine Park (SCMP) identied by the N N ational Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NNPRBA) as one of the of four new marine parks planned for the mainland of St. Vincent. In addition, there are no hydrographic and oceanographic data available for the proposed SCMP. Figure 1 shows Villa Bay, which is sheltered by oshore islands in the south and a coral reef in the east. However due to the absence of an airport in the 1960s, a channel was cut through the reef to allow seaplanes to land. e opening of this channel has resulted in strong currents entering the bay and removing sediments from the beach. Over the years, the beach has become very narrow: a mere 8m. e loss of beach sediments through erosion has caused hoteliers to construct seawalls along the coast (Figure 1). On the rst day of the eld trip, the group attended a meeting with the Permanent Secretary and the Chief Engineer of the Ministry of Transport, Works, Urban Development and Local Government. ey explained the coastal issues facing the island one of which was the heavy rains which caused severe damage to communities in December 2013. In addition there was a swell event during that period which impacted the east coast of the island. As such, the group undertook a tour of the east coast of St Vincent to view erosion sites and coastal protection structures. Study AA rea, Villa Bay located within the Proposed South Coast MM arine Park, St Vincent. For three days, the students collected information for their coursework project. e purpose of the data collection exercise was to train the students to use equipment to collect data on the bathymetry, oceanography (tide, waves and water circulation), environmental water quality, beach and sediment dynamics of the marine and coastal areas of Villa Bay. At the end they presented the preliminary ndings to sta at government ministries.OO to Villa BayByY CharmaiHARMAINeE OBrie RIENDelpesh ELPESHLecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seawalls constructed along coastline
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8 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 ENERGY RESEARCH O One mans magic is another mans engineering, Robert Heinlein, the famed science ction author once said. Driving along the highway at night and seeing the smoking towers of the Point-a-Pierre renery, or spying the monolithic platforms o Trinidads east coast, it is easy to believe in the magic of engineering. But more than its impressive spectacles, the alchemy of engineering has made an enormous contribution to the prosperity of the entire region. Since its formal opening on February 1, 1963, the Faculty of Engineering of e UWI, St Augustine Campus, has educated many within the profession nation builders in the most literal sense. ere is no better example of this than Trinidad and Tobagos energy sector, which not only depends on a cadre of UWI graduates, but is also very much the creation of UWI innovation and technical expertise. e energy model has been so successful that developing nations interested in establishing sectors of their own seek the assistance of Trinidad and Tobago over much larger and more developed players. Its an important equation to remember: oil and gas plus innovation particularly because the oil and gas are nite. e date of their expiration is already on the horizon. But the third variable is not only renewable; it has endless potential for expansion. Seems like a good time to start drilling for innovation. In fact, planners and policymakers have been grappling with the challenge of energising the societys creative potential for invention and entrepreneurship for some time. Most recently, the Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development set up its Council for Competitiveness and Innovation in 2011 to encourage local innovators. For decades now the Faculty of Engineering has used technical innovation to solve problems. From the 20142015 academic year, the Faculty will be working to make Caribbean societies more innovative and entrepreneurial. If you listen to the conversation now, everyone is talking about innovation, says Professor Brian Copeland, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. It has to happen. Oil and gas are not going to last forever. It takes a generation to change mindsets so the best time to start changing mindsets is now. What this means for the Faculty is that across its ve departments of engineering Civil and Environmental, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer, Mechanical and Manufacturing, and Geomatics and Land Management not only will students receive an education in their respective disciplines, they will also, should they desire, be supported in developing their inclinations for creative ventures. From the development of innovative projects to the creation of start-up companies, the Faculty of Engineering has ambitions of becoming a regional innovation hub that fosters a culture of inventive entrepreneurship and facilitates its success. The THE New EW Age GE Of F i I Nve VE NTi ION Around two years ago, the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the St Augustine Campus acquired its rst 3D printer. e purchase was the most recent of several moves over almost a decade to use advances in technology to accelerate regional manufacturing. It represents UWIs determination to use its resources for the material benet of society. Its a determination that Professor Copeland says was born in the Faculty of Engineering. e whole concept of innovation and entrepreneurship that is led by innovation originated here, he says. I remember well when the discussion started in the mid 1980s. ere was a publish or perish paradigm at the time and a lot of us were frustrated with it. We said that the University needed to understand the big picture and although publishing is very important, what completes the picture is innovative activity. Indeed, there are many examples worldwide of universities acting as engine rooms for game-changing technologies and processes. In the US, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has earned a reputation as a cathedral of human ingenuity on a perpetual quest for new and improved solutions to a host of real-world challenges including economic challenges. Silicon Valley, the technology hub of the United States, operates in a near symbiotic relationship with Stanford University, relying on them for research, manpower and budding tech entrepreneurs. It is through these academic/industry collaborations that phenomena like web giant Google, Samsung Electronics smartphone empire (using Android technology) and the aforementioned 3D printing, were spawned. Professor Copeland and his colleagues envisioned the same type of relationship between UWI and the private sector. With this in mind, his colleague Professor Emeritus St Clair K K ing spearheaded the formation of the Real Time Systems Group (RTSG) within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering during the 1980s. RTSG has worked with industries within Trinidad and Tobago on several notable projects, among them the rst electronic scoreboard in the Queens Park Oval, an oshore data movement system for Trinmar, as well as work for the Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT). Drilling forINNOv VATi I ONHow the Engineering Faculty is taking its ideas to marketBy Y Joel OEL He E Nry RYWe need a process in this university that carries us through the whole value chain, right through to commercial reality.However, RTSG has not received the kind of engagement from business that would have established an innovationgenerating relationship. e kind of engagement we saw with universities involved in other countries, pushing boundaries in research and using that research to push their products and processes on a total operational basis, we didnt see it happening here, Professor Copeland said.
SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 9 Faculty of Engineering 2014-2015initiati INITIATIVesES at AT a A glance GLANCEThe Faculty of Engineering is looking at several ways for improving the educational experience as well as the overall development of students. Some of these initiatives will be embarked upon in 2014-2015, others are in the proposal phase. StudentTUDENT engagement ENGAGEMENT Improvement in course quality and systems to better maintain course quality so as to provide students with a better learning experience. ResearchESEARCH and AND DeE VelopmentELOPMENT Establishing UWIs rst start-up company. StudentTUDENT EmploymentMPLOYMENT Expansion and formalisation of the ADARA programme to employ engineering students for research and development activities during the summer. The new programme will be called the Summer Research Activity Programme (SROP). InfrastructuralNFRASTRUCTURAL ImproMPRO VementsEMENTS Introduce new technology into the classroom to further stimulate students interest and learning. Drilling forINNOv VATi I ONHow the Engineering Faculty is taking its ideas to marketBy Y Joel OEL He E Nry RYWe need a process in this university that carries us through the whole value chain, right through to commercial reality.ResilieRESILIENT CiITiIZeENsS For decades now, this realisation has influenced Professor Copeland and contributed to his approach as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. Today he sees a Faculty-driven innovation agenda as urgent. N N ot only because Trinidad and Tobagos need for economic diversication has become pressing but also because 2014-2015 will be his seventh and nal year at the head of the Faculty. I want this year to be special because there are things that need to happen, he says. e Professor has a fairly comprehensive agenda for 2014-2015 and beyond, which, apart from strengthening how the Faculty and its departments deliver education and promote research, will also create more space for innovation and enterprise for students and faculty. We want to bolster our capability to help them become innovators if they so desire. e majority of students will still go out and join the workforce as professional engineers, but the one or two who are interested in innovation (and that number is increasing) in addition to their studies, we want to be able to give them more support. Professor Copeland himself is an innovator. Ive always been a thinker. Ive always been pulling devices apart. Looking for the man in the radio is where it started, he laughs. He has invented both the G-Pan (an advancement in steel pan design) and the PHI (an electronic instrument using the steel pan design), and is working along with a University team to eventually bring the PHI to the market through a start-up company with input from UWI. We need a process in this university that carries us through the whole value chain, right through to commercial reality, he explains. Somebody comes up with a brand new idea and within the next two to three years it is a saleable product through a company that UWI has some kind of interest in. You build your students by exposing them to that whole cycle. You encourage sta. You have an alternate income stream. And you are adding to the country and regions economic landscape. e Faculty also plans on increasing the size and scope of its Academic Development and Research Activity (ADARA) programme, which provides employment opportunities for students during the vacation period. ADARA is currently a Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering programme, but Professor Copeland wants to expand it to the entire Faculty in a new programme called the Summer Research Opportunity Programme (SROP), a name coined by fellow steelpan researcher Dr April Bryan who proposed the SROP. But even outside of the ADARA the Faculty has been employing students for about 15 years now, increasing from an initial number of ve up to about 50. With these plans the number can increase dramatically. Innovation comes from experience, Says Professor Copeland, explaining the eect of student employment at the Faculty. If you look at most of the innovation in the world it arose from people engaged in an activity and nding a need within that activity. You dont get that experience by just reading a book. You have to be engaged, see the problem and then create the solution. Students who work at UWI within the Faculty are engaged in research and publication, as well as bringing projects to commercialised states. Last year we had four undergraduate students working on pan research. We got a paper out of it. is year we have four more students and we hope to get two or three papers, he said. e Faculty is actually having a closing ceremony to celebrate the work of these students. e goal is to recognise their work and encourage them in the process of research and development. I have seen students grow enormously within the rst month of a programme like this because they are getting experience and building condence. I have seen condence take o. And that, I think, is an enormous benet. Professor Copeland will also encourage the engineering departments in creating an environment that promotes and supports innovation, including working to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected. And these initiatives that are specific to fostering innovation within the Faculty of Engineering are only part of the Deans agenda for improving the teaching of the engineering discipline within UWI at the St Augustine Campus. It is an enormous task for his final year and Professor Copeland is realistic about his chances of completing it all within the timeframe. His goal is to ensure that the essentials are in place so that they can be continued, completed and expanded going forward. Yet tapping into the nations potential for innovation is one of his greatest priorities: To me innovation is about more than making money, he says. Yes, money is important because we have to survive, but thats only the rst step. Take a look at people who are quick on their feet, can come up with new ideas and solve problems. If you have that kind of citizen your society has a much more resilient core. You are building a very capable people. And wouldnt that be the ultimate feat of engineering? He went on, we came to the conclusion that our society was not designed that way, maybe because of its size or its history. We came up with the notion that the Faculty of Engineering needs to be the body that pushes the concept of innovation and ties it to entrepreneurship.
10 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 THE UWI HONORARY GRADUAND: RHONDA MAINGOT Among our eight honorees this year is Rhonda Maingot, whose social work has been exemplied in the generous services oered by the Living Water Community. For her philanthropy, Mrs Maingot will be conferred with an honorary DLitt at the Graduation ceremony of the Faculties of Science and Technology and Food and Agriculture on October 22, 2014. She shared some thoughts on what has motivated her life of giving with UWI TODAY editor, Vaneisa Baksh.MM y Prayer for the World VB: Your life has revolved around caring for others, was this something you wanted to do from early?RM RM: Coming up in a family of seven sisters and brothers and not having much money, the onus was always on the siblings to help in sickness, in time of need, to help around the house. e culture in our household was one of helping and being available. I remember my mother and father helping other people; my father was always helping people from work, they would come home to see how he could help them with their diculties. It was put there by my parents that this is how we should live. Aer I le school and began to work I got involved in charity work. During the polio epidemic in Trinidad I was very involved in our area in organising the vaccines. I got involved with NN GOs and this was even before I had an experience of God. So I would say the environment in which I grew up certainly sparked something in me for caring. VB: In your work, you must have come across many lives scarred by drug abuse; you must have heard many of their circumstances, what would you say is the most common aspect of those stories?RM RM: I was exposed to drug abuse from a very young age because my father was an alcoholic and I guess that was what gave me the impetus to want to be compassionate and to help those addicted to drugs and alcohol. Ive heard many, many stories, varied stories, but one of the most common aspects is that drug abuse has no respect for persons, for colour, creed, status, social standing it has no respect for any of that. Ive seen drug addicts from the biggest CEOs to the smallest people on the streets. If you have an addictive personality and youre high risk for using drugs and drug abuse then youre simply susceptible to it. We now know that drug abuse is a hereditary disease and can be passed on in our families, and more and more families have been aected by drugs. One of the other aspects of it is that the individuals themselves feel a lack of appreciation for who they are. When they take drugs, as they begin to take a drink or a smoke, it makes them feel better about themselves and stronger so that they are able to relate to other people and have a discussion without that they feel very inhibited. I think thats a major thing for people who go into drugs. VB: How can we help such people?RM RM: When we started NN ew Life Ministries the rst thing we did was an awareness programme right across the country. It was called Chemical People. At that stage nobody wanted to even recognise that we had drugs in our families or in our schools. We were in great denial. I always tell people you must be aware of the signs of addiction. It is very, very important. Mothers and fathers and guardians and brothers and sisters have to be aware of the signs and be aware of the risk value for people. So if I know that my family has addiction in it, I know my children are going to be at risk. I must understand that and say, yes, and not deny it and then educate myself about addiction and the signs of addiction. Even from young we can say to our children we have addiction in our family and this is something we have to look at and this is what it means and this is what can happen. But I have to know it myself to be able to translate it to my children. I nd families very much in denial about this but adults, parents, need that education and must then pass that information on to their children at a very young age. When I see people giving their children sips of wine, rum and coke, rum punch and so on, thats the worst thing we can do to a child. But they dont know that, they have not been informed why that is not good, so they do it. e onus is really on the adult to inform themselves about addiction, especially if you have addiction in the family, because these kids are going out and facing all kinds of things outside and you have to be able to relate to them about that. VB: What has been the major challenge for an organisation like the Living Water Community?RM RM: If you ask any NN GO whats their major challenge they would say nance, thats normal, so it goes without saying that nance is always a problem. We see so many huge problems and diculties in the country and in the people who come to us and we always want to help in this way or that way, but to do anything you need money. Recently, I was talking to someone about the great need in the country for a halfway house or an assisted community for children who are challenged; you can dream all these things but everything takes money. Finding resources,
SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 11 committed people and volunteers are other common challenges. But a specic challenge for an organisation like ours is that because we have a particular spirit in our Community, our ministries have to have a particular spirit, because we are a religious organisation we want to make certain that our outreach to people is not like that of a social organization but a religious organisation. We seek to bring the presence of God to people so people working with us or volunteering with us must make a spiritual journey themselves because it is owing out of that spiritual journey that you yourself have with God that you can really bring His compassion and love to people. VB: How can people help?RM RM: People help in various ways. Our organisation has had tremendous response from the people of T&T. We could never do it without that. And all the governments in the last 20-25 years have assisted us in some of our ministries. People can assist us nancially, some people who have no family and live alone leave us in their wills or make a pledge to help sustain our ministries. People can help us by volunteering. People can pray for us, particularly those who are housebound. We believe in the power of prayer. VB: What does this honorary LLD mean to you?RM RM: I am happy for the Community and for the many people who have been involved and have been part of the community for 35 and 40 years doing work for the poor and needy. I am happy for the recognition of the Community, for the many people who are part of the Community. I am very honoured to accept this on behalf of my Community and for the glory of God to whom I have given my life and worked for these many years. I would like to add something. In our country and in the world today we are experiencing a lot of turmoil, hopelessness, devastation, defeatism all of these things are crowding in on us as peoples and nations all over the world. Deep in my heart I feel its a turning away from God that has caused this. We as individuals feel we can do everything, we could make everything, we can even make people and sheep, and we can go to the moon and we can do all of these things as individuals. But the spirit that is needed to live in harmony, the spirit that is needed to live as brothers and sisters in families, in nations, in the world today cannot come from what we create. at has to come from our hearts, and what is in our heart is what we put into ourselves, and if we do not put into our heart the source of love, the source of creation and the source of beauty and harmony in the world, which is God, then what we are giving o in our lives will be devoid of all these things. So my prayer for the world today is for Gods mercy and Gods power to open our hearts to receive this God of creation and this God of harmony, this God of love and beauty and mercy and compassion, so that we may see a world reecting all of these things which are so needed today.e four top places went as follows:1st $50k: Ti TIMOThHY M M c INTOshSH Decouvre Production of a gourmet line of premium chocolate cupcakes and desserts, synthesizing an optimal blend of locally grown cocoa and internationally sourced ingredients. Timothy was a winner of Cupcake Wars on televisions Food NN etwork. He graduated with a rst degree in chemical engineering from MIT in 2008. He has been involved in the restaurant and catering business since his return to T&T in 2012.2nd $30k: Se EAN Abe ABERdeeDEEN Sport Management Global (latent business)Management support for young athletes to boost their career through a suite of services including sport marketing for teams and players; contract negotiations; networking; event planning and management; player representation, consultation and advice. Sean completed his BSc in Sport Management at UWI this year. He is a keen sportsman and represented T&T at under-14 and under-19 football. OUR CAMPUS From le: winners all: Sean AA berdeen, TT imothy MM cIntosh, RR ichard Chase and TT errance Glenn. 3rd $20k: Te TE RRANceCE Gle LE NN Green Living e company has designed an organic system of production based on aquaponic principles for an integrated aquaculture and agriculture process to produce sh (tilapia and ornamental); seasonings; fresh fruit and other plants. Future development will expand operations to production of seasoned patties; specialty sauces; teas and fresh vegetables. Terrance recently completed his postgraduate studies at UWI. e business has been in operation for the past two years and was formally registered as an incorporated company in 2014. 4th Hamper: Rich RICH ARd D Ch H Ase SE Palmetto Place is is a start-up web and mobile development company involved in the provision of web-based marketplace and multimedia display advertising services and solutions to small and medium sized rms. Richard has been involved in this activity for the past ve years and operates as a registered sole trader.Building sustainable skills that enable our graduates to look aer themselves and pursue their dreams is why e UWI partnered with the N N ational Entrepreneurship Development Company (NNEDCO) and the Entrepreneurial Training Institute & Incubation Centre (ETIIC) to create the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp. Open to all recent university graduates and nal year undergraduates, participants were taken along the road travelled by entrepreneurs and were taught business plan writing skills. On August 19 they presented their plans and were assessed at a ceremony at the UWI Conference Centre. Budding Entrepreneurs R R ewarded
12 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 Before the digital age, there was lm. Bruce Paddington remembers, I grew up in England with local television and lm for entertainment. As a teen, I saw great lms, like If and Blow Up. We were immersed in our popular culture. In 1972, he came to Trinidad, married to a Trinidadian. He had a rst degree from Middlesex University London, and post-graduate certicates in Education and Film and Television. He went to work as a teacher at Fatima College where he set up the schools audio-visual facility, the rst in the country. We had slide projectors and overhead transparencies and one of the rst portable video cameras. I am very proud of the number of students I trained who are now working in the lm and television industry. He founded Banyan Productions in 1974 and produced local programmes for the sole station, Trinidad and Tobago Television. Together with Christopher Laird and Tony Hall, Banyan recorded innumerable cultural segments, covering festivals, customs, art, politics, which were aired on the Gayelle series. ey made the rst local soap opera Who e CAP Fits in the late 1970s, and were commissioned to produce documentaries throughout the Caribbean. e Banyan archive still exists in a purpose-built facility with ongoing eorts to digitize what had been recorded on thousands of magnetic tapes. Paddington graduated from teaching at Fatima in 1978 to be responsible for educational television and audio-visual units in schools for the Ministry of Education. He produced a Spanish teaching television series A La Orden , a series on Caribbean writing, e Writer and His Work and many others. He taught teachers in the use of educational media and instructional technology, and assisted in the introduction of audio-visual capability to schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago. What started as a project to make use of the simplest equipment grew by the early 1990s to understanding the power of media including computers, on the cusp of the Internet age. Paddington made sense of the accelerating changes in the digital age by pursuing his Masters in Education (in media and technology) at UWI St Augustine between 1988 and 1992. Over the next decade, he taught courses in visual arts, lm and video, and photography in the Centre for Creative and Festival Arts. He accepted the opportunity to work full-time at UWI in 1999 as Educational Technologist in the School of Education. is led to PhD studies in the Cultural Studies programme, on Caribbean lm. It was like writing an epic book as it was way over the standard length, he says of the thesis that explored developments in lm and cinema from throughout the Caribbean. It was completed in 2005. Six years later, work began on what he considers his magnum opus. e documentary on the Grenada revolution, Forward Ever: e Killing of a Revolution, was completed in 2013 with the support of e UWI, Flow, the Fundashon Bon Intenshon from Curacao and the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company. e lm has been enthusiastically received in over twelve countries with screenings at the British Film Institute, the Havana Film Festival and throughout the Caribbean courtesy UWI Open Campus. Paddingtons son, Luke, was co-director and editor. e lm is both thesis and proof of the power of lm; an educational vehicle, real life drama and memorable historical document. ere is another magnum opus that may be regarded as the fruit of a lifetime in lm, and most certainly the crowning achievement of 15 years full-time at e UWI St Augustine. Paddington was encouraged by former principal of UWI, Dr Bhoe Tewarie, to start the lm programme. Together with Dr Jean Antoine and the support of Deans Ian Robertson and Funso Aiyejina Paddington co-designed the BA Film Programme, which started in 2006. Today, the lm programme at UWI oers a BA major in lm production or lm studies and a minor in lm studies. eres enrolment of 20 to 25 core students every year; with courses available to students in other elds. During his time at UWI, Paddington with the Cuban scholar Luis N N otario to edit the book Exploring Caribbean Cinema . ough he is retiring this year, he is being retained on a one-year contract. is love for Caribbean lm is an impressive legacy for someone who was not born in Trinidad and Tobago but who came to love these islands and the Caribbean as home. ough his career at UWI may be ending, the success of Forward Ever points in many directions for Paddington. It was not his rst lm (he has worked on hundreds of lms and television programmes) but the one that has resonated with Caribbean people everywhere, the one with greatest impact. Hes thinking, N N ext, something on another Caribbean hero, or perhaps something on Shakespeare and the Big Drum Festival in Carriacou Since 2006, he has directed the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival: 2015 will be the tenth edition, a milestone. e University has always been a main supporter of the lm festival. Every year, we have sold out screenings on the campus. With new lmmakers, new technologies, new lms every year, we are at the tipping point for cinema reecting our culture, he said. Whats next for Bruce Paddington? I have a dream to run a local art cinema, with maybe a caf, an art gallery in the complex. Or to develop a cooperative for lm-making. Film, he knows, is always a communal process: theres the lm-maker with his crew, the investors who put in funding and goodwill; and aer the lm is made, all the people who help to make sure it is shown, and the audiences the best of which are those who provide feedback. In Paddingtons lifetime, he has seen lm technology change from reels and magnetic tape to digital recording and delivery systems. Our stories, however, are universal and lasting; they are ours, uniquely Caribbean, and they need to be told. According to Paddington, it should be much easier now. e quality of digital is so much better and the format is much more eective and economical than using analogue tape. Professional lms are now being made with a DSLR camera, even a cell phone, and edited on a laptop. is is an exciting time to be a lmmaker.Is not just a movieBruce Paddington reels in 15 years with a ourish FILMBy Y PAT GAN N ASE Bruce Paddington is retiring aer 15 years at e UWI.In Paddingtons lifetime, he has seen lm technology change from reels and magnetic tape to digital recording and delivery systems.
SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 13 FILM Since 2006, e UWI St Augustine has taught Film Studies and Film Production. e Film Production component teaches filmmaking methods with state-of-the-art technologies in an internationally competitive environment. One of the largest lm studios in the Caribbean is housed at the Film Programmes premises in St Augustine. e Film Studies component provides the theoretical and aesthetic foundation for the appreciation of world cinema. Dr Paddington was joined by Dr Jean Antoine, with her experience in lm theory, and together they designed the BA lm programme at UWI. In 2006, the programme was open to students. Full time lecturers include Dr Christopher Meir, Yao Ramesar and Dr Paddington. The Film Programme operates as part of the Humanities and Education Faculty of UWI. e full-time lecturers function as coordinators, on two-year stints each. Distinguished lmmakers and critics are invited to provide guest lectures. Lecturers include procient media practitioners such as Mark Lyndersay, Asha Lovelace, Dion Boucaud, Cedric Smart and Francesca Hawkins. Students explore classic cinema from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean while learning how to write, direct and produce their own work. They are also exposed to the business side of the industry. Elements of the Film Programme include: Understanding lm technique, style and meaning Masterpieces of lm history from around the world Film in society, in relation to race, gender and nationality Creative and technical skills: screenwriting, cinematography, directing, sound production and editing Making documentary and narrative lms Film business: production, marketing and distribution The UWI Film Programme invites students to apply for the BA in Film. For more information, see http://sta.uwi.edu/fhe/lm/index.asp In the beginning, there was a lecturers oce and one secretarial space; and there were two lecturers managing the lm programme. In 2007, there was a change of location, and the lecturers: Dr Jean Antoine-Dunne and Dr Bruce Paddington, found their enterprise relocated to one of the oldest buildings on the St. Augustine campus: the ARCON N Building at the School of Education. Here, with a makeshi studio and editing suite, they plodded on, building the programme until May 2013, when they found a new home on Carmody Road. Just over a year later, on July 18, 2014, supporters gathered for the ocial launch of the Faculty of Humanities and Education Film Programme Building in a ceremony that was chaired by a student of some renown who had been a member of the rst cohort attending the programme, Michael Cherrie. Another well-known actor, Errol Sitahal delivered the feature address. It was a poignant event for at least two of those present: Dr Brue Paddington, a founder, and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Professor Funso Aiyejina. Both men are ocially retiring aer years of service within the university. As Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat acknowledged that service, he reminded the audience that although it was not easy, he felt gratied that he had been able to full a promise hed In this documentary, Bruce Paddington assembles an impressive cast of Grenadians, and selects from miles of footage to tell the story of the rise and fall of the Grenada revolution. From 1979 to 1983, the Peoples Revolutionary Government engaged Grenadians in a bold Caribbean experiment. It lied Grenada and Grenadians to the world stage. Perhaps it was too bold for the world. In hindsight, it may have been fated to fall in a manner swier than its rise. To this day, the brutality of its demise confounds the people we believe ourselves to be, as Caribbeans. made when he became Principal to nd a home for the programme. He thanked sta for their dedication, and included members from the Film Industry for continuing to partner with us, and in particular the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company who continue to fund prizes annually for our students, in addition to providing bursaries for students in need. Professor Sankat said lm was not the only area that could contribute to our society. I think also of the cultural industry and its supporting sectors including the creative industries. I think about language, festival arts, history and heritage, and in the globalized world, so many more new ones communication in all its facets print, radio, TV and in journalism there are big opportunities which can undoubtedly bring signicant economic and socio-cultural benets to the people of our country and region, he said. And, warming to the subject, he made another promise. As I did early in my career as Principal in 2008 to work towards the building of this facility for lm, I do make a promise tonight to work towards a new Centre for Journalism/Communication using current new digital media and to do so before I end my term as Principal.A A t the launch of the lm programme building: St AA ugustine Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat and the outgoing Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education Prof Funso AA iyejina, prepare to cut the ribbon, while Y Y ao RR amesar, incoming Dean Dr Heather Cateau and former Dean Professor Ian RR obertson, look on.LAu U NchCH Of F The HE Fil IL M PROg G RAMMe E s S buildi BUILDI NgG DEATATH OO F AA RREVO O LUT TION ON THE FILM PROGRAMMEDo you know that you can now get aBA A degree in Film? For the full review by Pat Ganase, please visit our website at http://sta.uwi.edu/uwiToday/default.asp
14 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 OOn that Sunday morning in October, dont wait for church bells to get you out of bed, because the UWI SPEC International Half-Marathon will be winding down by then. Director of the Sport and Physical Education Centre, Major David Benjamin has announced that the 11th edition will begin on October 26 at 5.30am, half an hour earlier than usual. We have heard the cries and read the comments of the majority of runners: we have decided to test the race this year with an earlier start, said Major Benjamin at the launch at the end of July. For the rst time, the race will be open to 1100, with athletes from Tanzania, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Jamaica already conrming their attendance and athletes from the Trinidad and Tobago Special Olympics. Special Olympics Trinidad and Tobago will partner with e UWI SPEC this year for an event within the main event which will see Special Olympic teams representing Special Schools taking part in a relay marathon for the 13.1 miles with 12 athletes per team running equal legs. ere will be a prize division for all Special Olympic teams that participate. At the launch, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Professor Clement Sankat thanked First Citizens who have again come on as corporate partner and sponsor for the race. Registration has already begun and will close on October 10th or once the limit of 1100 entries have been received. Online registration will be available for local, as well as foreign participants, together with registration at First Citizens branches. From le, MMr. Jason Julien, General MM anager Investment Services at First Citizens, Campus Principal and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Clement Sankat and Director of e UWI St. AA ugustines Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC), MM ajor David Benjamin at the launch of the 11th UWI SPEC International Half-MM arathon, scheduled for OO ctober 26. SPORT Its an early birdhH Alf LF MARATh HON! It began in the early hours a 5k road race at 6am and by the time the Saturday sun was showing its face, the lawn tennis match between Open Campus and Cave Hill was already on its merry way. e following day was full of athletic events at the Larry Gomes Stadium, so by Monday 11 August, when the 14th edition of the UWI Inter-Campus Games had its opening ceremony, sta were already fully warmed up for the nine-day wonder. From August 9-15, sta from the St. Augustine, Cave Hill, Mona and Open Campuses battled it out in the eight categories. Emerging the overall winner, the St. Augustine teams took Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball, Cricket and Table Tennis. Mona came in second with Football and N N etball, and Open Campus third with Lawn Tennis.HOMe E Te E AM TOps PS TheHEg GAMesES! Congratulations to the St. Augustine sta athletes, and to all the Campuses, see you in two years!
SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY 15 NN ew look and feel at e UWI Ph HARMAc C YFor years, it was tucked away at the side of the Health Services Unit building, innocuous and equally unnoticed and forgotten by staff and students alike. Then pharmacist, N N isha Ramsundar, lobbied Department Head, Dr N N eil Singh for the faade to be redone, the prole lied, and the range of services expanded. He needed no convincing, and by July 2013, the necessary approvals were granted. In September 2013, reconstruction began and in a months time the new UWI Pharmacy opened its doors just in time for the new academic year. By then, N N isha Ramsundar had le, and a new pharmacist, Andhra Maharaj, was hired to continue the makeover. Maharaj, who came with six years of retail pharmacy business behind her, has worked for the past year to build it along the lines of the retail model she knows, making it a community pharmacy, but adding the benefit of being a department of the Health Services Unit. We want to engage both sta and students in the pharmacy. We want them to feel that it is their go-to pharmacy; not just for medication or prescription filling but because we offer convenience, we oer condentiality and we oer compassion. As a result of the connection to the HSU, the pharmacy takes on additional roles, such as oering information to students on health matters, and making vaccines available. We now oer the chicken pox vaccine and the inuenza vaccine. We encourage persons to walk with their immunization cards when coming for these vaccines, said Maharaj. We also oer OTC medication, vitamins and supplements, personal care products, stationery, gi items and snacks and drinks. They participate in in the Guardian Life Provisor programme, which allows an on-spot 80% discount o prescription medication. is applies mainly to sta, as students receive 80% cash-back o their medication at a later date. But that is not all, she says proudly. We recently added CDAP to the list of services that we oer, which provides citizens of Trinidad and Tobago with free prescription medication for various chronic diseases. We hope with this fresh new look and expansion of services and products oered, that we are better able to serve the campus community. BOOKS e place is a small island nation, Trinidad. e time is just over a year: thirteen months between Labour Day in 2009 and July 2010. e personae dramatis belong to a small family: Charles Butcher, his wife Marie Elena also known as Elena or Lena or Mrs B, their daughter Ruthie; specic friends and extended family. e Butchers and their set are middle class, upwardly mobile, creole Trinidadians. Trinidad of Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaws rst novel (her previous work, Four Taxis Facing North is a collection of short ction) resembles the island we are all familiar with, those of us who live here. Murder rate and road deaths are standard on the daily news. Crime, violence and corruption in politics are commonplace markers in the humanscape. Almost as pervasive is the sybaritic tropical landscape: the beach, down the islands, the hotel swimming pool, the Savannah. An existence that is hedonistic on one hand, hemmed in by the fear of violent crime on the other, is real life for the Butchers and their set. In their creole culture, routines include Maracas on Sunday; playing mas around their own cart is an annual ritual. We see in Elena Mrs B the child le by her mother in the care of a kind but reserved spinster aunt. She never developed the means or desire to express an emotional side, and seems unwilling or disinclined to bridge the divide that might bring her closer to her husband or daughter. e story may be the mothers, but Walcott-Hackshaw allows us a look at her absentee mother. She also exposes the hearts of daughters who would be dierent from their mothers, but are not. e year brings change that is not quite predictable, and cracks of introspection appear in Mrs Bs otherwise seamless life. She stands aside to regard the daughter who is already a big woman, unfathomable. e sense of loss is persistent: the lover, the child, the passing years. Perhaps Mrs B was inspired by Gustave Flauberts rst novel, Madame Bovary (1856-57). e realist style, the precise and spare phrasing, even the architecture three parts, each with discrete chapters frame a worldview that might owe its denition to nineteenth century literature. Be that as it may, a classical foundation is an excellent place to start. ink Pride and Prejudice which preceded Madame Bovary. But this is not a story stuck in a bygone age. Here is a 21st century world where women like Mrs B are fortunate and perhaps fewer than we know: the independent kept woman; free to travel alone; given space. We may or may not like her, but we know someone just like her. It is by no means a feminist novel, though it is a womans view. What Mrs B is, is a year in the life of a Trinidadian everywoman who has fullled societys expectations of wife and mother. Almost 50, self-reection comes slowly, an unremarked process. Subterranean change may be taking place, but do we know? Flauberts adventures of Madame Bovary were written and serialized to titillate in an age with fewer freedoms, fewer entertainments. Walcott-Hackshaws Mrs B achieves its momentum at a casual walking pace, perhaps deceptively so. It imposes a cinematic distance we see the action with minimal dialogue and evocative settings. e human activities have a backdrop of scenic lushness and variety of Trinidad, its forested hills and shores. is is the kind of book that might easily become a lm or, serialized, a Trini soap opera. is is also the kind of book that the education council may put on the syllabus of high school students. You can imagine the questions on examination papers. Like mother like daughter: discuss how this applies to Mrs B and Ruthie. How does the environment of Trinidad as described in Mrs B inuence the actions of the characters. Is Charles Butcher the typical Trinidadian man? Elizabeth may be Derek Walcotts daughter. Whatever challenges or examples she may have imbibed from her famous father, this is her own voice, her unique perspective. Mrs B is an elegant rst novel with the delicate sensibilities of a Trinidadian woman.M Mrs BElizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw Peepal Tree Press, England, 2014eTrini Every womanBy Y PAT GAN N ASEPHOTO BY ABIGaAIL HaHADEED
16 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 UWI TODAY is printed and distributed for e University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, through the kind support of Trinidad Publishing Co Ltd, 22-24 St Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies. UWI TODAY welcomes submissions by sta and students for publication in the paper. Please send your suggestions, comments, or articles for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org UWI TOTO DAY AY wW ANTs S TO heHE AR fF ROM YOu UUWI CaleALENdarDAR of Eve VENtsTSSEPTTEMMBERR O O CTOTO BERR 2014 Matriculation ATRICULATION and AND WelcomeELCOME CeremonyEREMONY September 18, 2014 JFK Quadrangle St. Augustine Campus At the beginning of each academic year, e UWI hosts a Matriculation Ceremony for its new students. It is an important annual academic ritual, its signicance being that it is the platform on which new students are ocially initiated into and recognised as members of the Universitys academic community. For more information, please visit www.sta.uwi.edu/matriculation/ POSTBUDGET FORUM September 9, 2014 7pm-9pm UWI Teaching and Learning Complex, Lecture Theatre A1/A2 St. Augustine Campus Right on the heels of the 2014 Budget presentation by the Minister of Finance, the discussions begin at this forum hosted by the Fundraising & Alumni Affairs Unit of the UWI Alumni Association of T&T (UWIAATT) and the T&T Group of Professional Associations. Speakers: Senator the Honourable Larry Howai (Minister of Finance), Ms. N N icole Joseph (TTGPA), Dr. Roger Hosein (Senior Lecturer) and Dr. Ronald Ramkissoon (moderator). For further information, please call Ms Crispin Gomez at 662-2002 ext. 82682. Conference ONFERENCE on ON the THE Economy CONOMY 2014 October 9-10, 2014 Learning Resource Centre Auditorium St. Augustine Campus e UWI St. Augustines Department of Economics hosts its annual Conference on the Economy (COTE) at the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) Auditorium. is years conference posthumously honours previous Head of Department, Professor Dennis Pantin, and will examine the theme Addressing Contemporary Local and Regional Challenges for Sustainable Development. For further information, please contact the Department of Economics at 662-2002 ext. 83231. PremiumREMIUM TeachingEACHING Awards WARDS September 26, 2014 Teaching and Learning Complex St. Augustine Campus e UWI/Guardian Group Premium Teaching Awards is a collaborative eort that began in 2000, and is hosted every other year to honour teaching excellence at the UWI, St Augustine. For further information, please contact email@example.com UWI SPEC InternationalNTERNATIONAL HalfALF Marathon ARATHON October 26, 2014 Sport and Physical Education Centre St. Augustine Campus The 11th UWI SPEC International HalfMarathon kicks off at 5.30am at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC). Registration is open, and will close on October 10 or once the limit of 1,100 entries has been received. Online registration is available for local, as well as foreign participants, together with registration at First Citizens branches. For further information, please visit www.sta.uwi.edu/spec/marathon CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE DAY September 27, 2014 10am-4pm Brian Lara Promenade Port of Spain In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Confucius Institutes worldwide, this expo which is open to all, features a host of activities: a taster class, for a 15-minute sip of the language; calligraphy; a message wall; time travel; martial arts, lion and dragon dances, and food, of course! For further information, please contact the Confucius Institute at 662-2002, ext 83213 or 82255.