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The College of The Bahamas launches a new
giving initiative the Alumni Annual Fund.


Help Build Our University.

When you join us as an Alumni Annual Fund donor,
Y, ou help The College attract top students, who go
on to be leaders in their fields. Your gift helps
our Faculties and Schools offer scholarships,
innovative teaching spaces and academic
programmes, and updated technology
and equipment.

As a graduate, your gift to the Alumni Annual
Fund will help empower the next generation
of students reach commencement.
i That's one line worth waiting in.

Partner with us to help build the
University of The Bahamas.

Look forward... and give back.

To make a gift, please visit


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President Janyne M. Hodder takes pleasure in bringing The
College's first alumni magazine to graduates and friends; she
reflects on her memories from 1977 and she projects forward to
The College's future as the University of The Bahamas.

Guest Editorial: Keva Bethel, President Emerita, maps the
journey of The College towards becoming the University of The

We recognize and pay tribute to our first graduating class
from 1977 thirty years later.

The lionfish is a much talked about species. Kathleen
Sullivan-Sealey, Director of the Marine & Environmental
Studies Institute, helps us better understand this tough
invasive fish in our waters.

A strong and vibrant economy is key to the prosperity of The
Bahamas. Alumni of The College share their perspectives and
debate views on a subject so important to our future.

Erica James on Mentorship, Being Bahamian
and the Arts;
Born to Teach: John Cox, The Unconventional Art
Sketching the Mind of an Artist: Heino Schmid's
Portrait of Artistic Self-discovery.

Mark your calendar and attend some upcoming
lectures, seminars, or athletic events on campus;
Meet the new COBUS President and learn about
the latest gift to The College;
Read a book by College faculty member Keith

Meet Charles Sealy, the newest inductee into the
Alumni Hall of Fame;
A welcome from Donald Saunders, President of
the Alumni Association;
Where are they now? find out what some of your
fellow graduates are doing now.

We remember our friends
and colleagues, Pauline
Glasby and Thaddeus
McDonald, and
others whom we
lost this year.


Gordon Mills, Editor
Maelynn Seymour-Major, Contributing Writer and Art Director
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, Contributing Writer
Viraj Perpall AA '07, Contributing Writer
Felicity Humblestone, Director of Development,
Alumni Relations & Development
Kendra Moss, Administrative Assistant,
Alumni Relations and Development
Farhana Mather, Mather Leigh Ltd, External Counsel
Paulette McPhee, Administrative Assistant, Communication
Natasha Gibson, Administrative Assistant, Communication
Antoinette Seymour AA '80, Executive Assistant to the President
Karma Design, Magazine concept, graphic design,
layout and print production

Janyne M. Hodder, President
Tel: 302-4318 Email:
Communication Pandora Johnson, Acting Vice President
TeE 302-4304 Email:
Alumni Relations & Development Felicity Humblestone,
Director of Development
Tel: 302-4356 Email:
Annual Fund Kendra Moss, Annual Fund Assistant
Tel: 302-4359 Email: Website:
Registrar (Transcripts) Danny Davis, Registrar
Tel: 302-4443 Email:
Admissions Veronica Collie, Director
Tel: 302-4499 Email:
Financial Aid and Housing Cheryl Carey, Director
Tel: 302-4202 Email
Athletics Greg Harshaw, Director
Tel: 302-4521 Email:
Research, Graduate Programmes and International Relations
Linda Davis, Vice President
Tel: 302-4455 Email:
Academic Affairs Rhonda Chipman Johnson,
Executive Vice President
Tel: 302-4310 Email:
Campus Life Vicente Roberts, Director
Tel: 302-4378 Email:
Northern Bahomas Campus Coralee Kelly, Associate Vice President
Tel: (242) 352-9761 Email:
Exuma CompusJenny Kettel, Co-ordinator
Tel: (242) 336-2791 Email:
Continuing Education and Extension Services Andrea Knott, Assistant
Tel: 328-0093 Email:
Alumni Association Don Saunders, President
Tel: 302-4359 Email

of The College of The Bahamas,

Welcome to the first edition
of The College of The
Bahamas Alumni Magazine. Our
magazine team is very pleased to
present this new way for us to
communicate with you and for you to
communicate with us. Over the past
year and a half, I have met alumni in
every walk of life and many of you have
told me that you want a closer
relationship with your alma mater. We
want a closer relationship with you as
well. We want to tell your stories. Your
new Alumni Magazine is our vehicle to
showcase how your lives and the work
of the faculty, staff and students at The
College are enriching this country.

"I have met

alumni in every

walk of life and

many of you have

told me that you

want a closer

relationship with

your alma mater."

In our feature article for this first volume, you will hear from alumni
from the very first graduating class of The College of The Bahamas.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of their graduation. For many
of us, this is a time to reminisce about what The College was then, to
celebrate what it is today and to build what it must be tomorrow.
I was a lecturer then, teaching reading methods to future primary
and junior secondary teachers. Sometimes I also taught English 119
to support my colleagues who could not meet the demand, a challenge
we still face today. What stands out most from these years was our
shared faculty, administration and staff commitment to make The
College the best we could and the enormous enthusiasm with which
Bahamians everywhere supported this new venture, our very own
national tertiary institution.
I also remember the students, bright and demanding, determined to
be the country's future leaders and teachers which many have indeed
become. Finally, I remember Mrs. Horton, the lady who controlled
printing and copying on campus and how much I wanted to be her
friend. Though it is hard to believe now, thirty years ago, there was

Alumni Magaldne- Fall 2007 PAGE1

no computer desktop technology. We had three
choices to prepare materials for class as almost
none of us had useable textbooks for all the
material we needed to cover. The only method
we could do completely on our own was
mimeographing, a messy and smelly process of
blue ink and ghastly fumes on the AB Dick
machine. The better method was typing Gestetner
duplicating masters, thin onion skin sheets over
inked sheets, and asking Mrs. Horton to roll off
our copies. Very, very rarely we photocopied.
Photocopying was just much too expensive. Both
Gestetner printing and photocopying were entirely
the domain of Mrs. Horton and your class could
be a success or a failure, depending on whether
you got to her in time with your needs. Mrs.
Mildred Horton, a member of the Quarter Century
Club, retired in 1999 after 25 years of service. I
understand she has also recently married. We
offer her our best wishes. For my part, I remember
well how she helped a harried lecturer with three
young children who sometimes came pleading
at the last minute and I thank her.
The College of The Bahamas has many successes
to celebrate. You tell our story well. You are
achieving great things both at home and abroad.
In our publicly released University strategic plan,
we outline how we will build on past success and
continue to serve national needs well into the
future. We will be a national Bahamian university
that is respected locally, regionally and
internationally for its excellent teaching, research
and service and for its ability to support
sustainable development and prosperity. We will
continue to build for excellence and aim to be the
university of first-choice for Bahamians. We aim
to improve services to students, to develop strong
international partnerships and exchanges for
students and faculty, to meet national needs, to
develop a quality assurance framework, to
increase our resource base to deliver quality in
all that we do and to re-engage and connect with
you in meaningful ways. In every area we will
be absolutely focused on goals and results and
ways in which we can report on our success.
The College is transforming on a daily basis. Join
your alma mater on the journey to university.
President Janyne M. Hodder

Gordon Mills

to the first edition of The College
of The Bahamas Alumni Magazine.
We hope you will read the feature
articles with enthusiasm and interest.
In our first feature, you will hear from
some of the alumni from the very first
graduating class of The College of The
Bahamas. This year marks the 30th
anniversary for this class and a reunion
planning committee gathered to reminisce
about those early "COB days". Beloved
President Emerita, Keva Bethel, will take
us on the journey of The College from its
inception to the road we are on now which
leads to our new national university. You
will learn about the infamous lionfish that
has received so much attention recently
and how College faculty and students are
studying and tracking its presence in
Bahamian waters. Fellow alumni will reflect
on aspects of our economy, on what the
country is doing well, and which areas we, as
residents and citizens, need to think about
addressing. We also explore the impact that
our alumni and faculty are having on the arts
and the impact the arts has had on their lives.
I encourage you to take a look at some of what
will be happening on campus over the next
few months, see what some of your fellow
alumni are up to and hear from your Alumni
Association President. Please read on with
interest. Send us your own updates, your story
ideas and give us feedback on our first issue.

PAGE 2 Alumn Magazine- Fall 2007


T he appearance of The College of The Bahamas
Alumni Magazine is a truly welcome addition
to The College's landscape. This publication will,
I hope, prove to be an effective link between The
College and its thousands of graduates throughout
our islands and beyond our shores. Its appearance
is especially timely as the institution stands poised
to take the most significant step forward in its
history its proposed move to university status.
This latest stage in The College's journey surely
arouses a sense of pride in all of us who have been
associated in any way with the evolution of this
important national institution.

The presence of a university in a society has a
significance that is at once concrete and symbolic:
concrete, in that such an institution can contribute
in specific and discernible ways to the development
of a people; symbolic, in that it represents the value
that a society places upon "the cultivation, training
and exercise of the intellect," that purpose for which,
it has been contended, universities primarily exist.'
Ideally, too, through its demonstrated commitment
to standards of excellence, a university should
symbolise the standards of quality to which society
as a whole can aspire and, with enlightened effort
and determination, achieve.

It is intriguing at this point to reflect that, almost
from the beginning, this move was seen as an
inevitable future step. Indeed, at the official opening
ceremony of The College in 1977, Prime Minister
Lynden Pindling noted in his address that while
we were opening The College of The Bahamas on
that day, it would become the University of The
Bahamas in ten years. This transition has in fact
taken more than thirty years, but over those years
- and recently with more focused intent foundations
have been laid that now enable it to be realistically
contemplated. In retrospect, this has been no small

We should not forget that the very establishment
in 1974 of a College of the kind envisaged in the
White Paper on
Education was itself
a bold
demonstration of
confidence in the
future of The
Bahamas and its
people and what
they could
accomplish. At that
time the newly
Bahamas had not yet
even completely
realized its goal of
making full
secondary education .
available to all, and
relatively small
numbers were being .-
served by the -
offerings of the
individual specialist colleges that provided academic
or vocational post-secondary education and training.
The decision to amalgamate those separate
institutions and to diversify and extend the levels
of their programmes was taken in the conviction
that in an independent Bahamas, Bahamians
themselves needed to assume greater responsibility
for their own affairs in both the public and private
sectors and if the Government's stated policy of
Bahamianisation was to have real meaning, larger
numbers of Bahamians, including many adults in
the workforce, would need to have access to
education and training at the tertiary level. To
achieve all this, as the then Minister of Education
asserted, the country required a "multi-purpose
institution serving, as far as possible, every important
need of The Bahamas." 2

1 See page 3 of the Introduction to "The Dons" by Noel Annan, published by HarperCollins, London.1999.
2 Livingstone N. Coakley: Communication to Parliament. 26 June, 1975

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The early reaction to the establishment
of The College of The Bahamas was,
however, one of skepticism, if not
downright ridicule, as reflected in the
"Pot Luck" cartoons of the time that
depicted our 'home-grown' college as
a thatched hut with a hand-lettered
sign hanging askew. Importantly
though, prospective students took The
College seriously, recognized the
opportunities and took the leap of faith
with us. The caption on the "Pot Luck"
cartoon after the first intake of over
2000 students in September 1975
confirmed this, declaring triumphantly
that the institution was a hit!

Despite the financial and physical
limitations in which it has had to
operate, and the tight ministerial
controls imposed for the first twenty
years by the provisions of the original
College Act, The College has made
steady progress and become a respected
tertiary institution at home, in the
Caribbean region and beyond. It has
offered progressively more challenging
levels of academic and professional
preparation and has continued to
provide academic second chances. It
has steadily invested in upgrading the
credentials and experience of its faculty
and staff, introduced new structures
and policies and reviewed and revised
existing ones to meet evolving needs.
The scope and levels of programme
offerings have increased and been made
more accessible to students throughout
the archipelago.

The College of The Bahamas Act of
1995 formally authorised The College
to award full degrees and drastically

reduced the level of ministerial control.
More stakeholder groups (including
alumni) were represented on the
governing body and The College's
greater control over its finances opened
up new possibilities for development.
In the years since, significant
infrastructural development has
occurred and various new planning
and fund-raising initiatives have been

Predictably, over the years many lessons
have been learnt and, although much
still remains to be done, the institution
continues to make a significant
contribution to the Bahamian society.
Indeed, the process of evolution will
continue for as long as the institution
exists. The transition of The College to
university is very important for it will
bring our institution more firmly than
ever into the ambit of the international
higher education community. The
efforts of many over the past thirty plus
years have helped to lay important
groundwork for this move and their
contribution should not be forgotten.
The quality of The College's work over
the years has been most clearly
reflected, though, in the performance
of our graduates at home and abroad.
This stands as the most telling
testimony to the talents and
commitment of The College's faculty,
as well as its staff, administrators and
those responsible for its governance.

This reality was recognized by the
leadership of The College and, in
August 2006, the Council established
a special committee to make
recommendations in this regard. In
order to fulfill their mandate
responsibly, members of the committee
studied international trends in higher
education governance and reviewed
the nature and effectiveness of the
existing governance structures and
processes within The College.

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These varied activities provided rich
sources of ideas and information that
assisted the committee in its
deliberations. As an essential first
step, however, the committee
identified important values and
principles that ought to inform its
recommendations on a governance
structure for the University of The
Bahamas. These emphasised a
commitment to many of the
principles being espoused today
including enlightened national
development, excellence, academic
freedom, institutional autonomy and
efficiency and effectiveness. The
committee also recognized that key
stakeholder groups should be
represented. While financial
oversight should rest in the hands
of an independent body, the
committee judged that authority
over academic matters should
remain firmly in the control of the
academics. Finally, it recommended
that the cultivation of the intellect
through teaching and research must
occur in an environment that invited
freedom of thought and speech,

but it recognized equally that
such freedoms must be exercised
with responsibility.

The challenges to our future
university will be great and to meet
them successfully will require the
assistance of all of us who wish the
institution well. We must, therefore,
take an informed interest in the work
of the institution and become strong
advocates of its efforts. Above all,
those of us who have been privileged
to serve The College of The Bahamas
ought to demonstrate in tangible
ways our commitment to helping
our institution extend its important
contribution to our society. If there
ever was a time when our country
needed the constructive engagement
of the creative, developed intellect
and the sensibilities and insight of
committed people, it is now. Let us
all lend our wills and our abilities to
assist our university to play its part
in ensuring a real and meaningful
future for The Bahamas. Let us now
build the University of The Bahamas.

Annan, Noel. (1999). The
Dons. London,

Coakley, The Honourable
Livingstone N. (1975).
Communication to
Parliament. Nassau, Bahamas
Government Printing

Ramphal, Shridath. (1992).
Chairman's Preface in Time
for Action: The Report of the
West Indian Commission.
Black Rock, Barbados, The
West Indian Commission.



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students to enroll in The College of The
Bahamas in 1975, a year after the
institution was established by an Act of
Parliament in 1974. The class graduated in 1977,
some with London GCE 'A' Levels, some with
associate degrees, some with both. Kazim Bacchus,
the second principal of The College, presided over
the graduation ceremonies and Governor General
Arthur Hanna, then Deputy Prime Minister, was
commencement speaker. While faculty and students
reveled in the achievement that the graduation
represented, they could not have known what fruit
their efforts in this seminal period would eventually
bear. Three decades later The College of The
Bahamas has become a respected tertiary institution,
which is taking final steps toward university status.
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Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, a contributing writer,
sat down with four former students from that first
group of graduates, all members of the anniversary
reunion committee. They were John Bain AA '77
(JB), forensic accountant; Ethric Bowe (EB), President
of Advanced Technical Enterprises; Greta Kemp
AA'77 (GK), lecturer in Mathematics at The College
of The Bahamas; and Hammond Rahming AA '77
(HR), mechanical engineer.

Early Challenges
From these accomplished graduates we learned
that the establishment of The College of The
Bahamas was met with feelings of uncertainty as
to its value and viability.

EB: Those who could afford it went elsewhere (to
institutions abroad). It's generally the case when

we start an institution in The Bahamas.
When we're getting started, we have no
confidence We can't do it; it's not going
to work. Those of us who couldn't afford
it We stayed and we're the results.

GK: The very persons who were
responsible for the formation of The
College didn't show the confidence in
having their own children attend. I
hate to make a blanket statement like
that, but many of our classmates from
Government High School did not join us
at COB.

JB: It's amazing that not only was
there little confidence in COB, but little
confidence that we could do anything
on our own. We had just come out of
Independence when there was the same
talk It ain't gonna work. We can't govern
ourselves. When COB came
on, it was the same kind of talk. It
couldn't survive, couldn't succeed.

Faculty and Staff of
Extraordinary Dedication
One of the greatest challenges of the
early years of The College was the
ambivalence regarding the institution's
mission. However, the commitment of
the pioneering lecturers left a lasting
impression in the minds of those they

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HR: We were fortunate to have some
very good teachers at that time. We had
a lecturer called Roosevelt Finlayson.
One of the first things that he did was he
had a fifteen minute discussion with us.
At the time we couldn't understand why
he started the class with a discussion.
But what he did was speak about current
events. He spoke about how we felt about
all of these things. It was very, very
important in broadening our outlook.
We were not just college students. He
sensitised us to the fact that we were part
of the community. You have to remember
that the majority of us were very young,
all being closely orchestrated by our
parents. That particular point-we didn't
appreciate it until many years later that
he was trying to teach us something.

GK: Two persons stood out for me. Sam
Rendle was responsible for directing me
towards a career in mathematics. He took
us through 'A' Level Math in high school
and into The College. He was even
responsible for getting me on the faculty
to teach Math. The other person is the
present Attorney General, Claire
Hepburn, who taught us history.

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The graduates, who
comprised studentsfrom
both the Soldier Road
Campus as well as the
Poinciana Drive Campus,
dressed in the traditional
black gowns and caps, were
formally presented as a
group by COB Registrar,
Roger Brown, and in the
various divisions of studies,
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JB: No goal is ever done alone. No
achievement is ever done alone I met
some great teachers. I met Claire
Belgrave, who taught me how to wnt
[ remember calling her from London
to thank her for what she put me
through in Ighih 119 and 120

phen, there were those lecturers of
those early days who, in the minds of
those they taught, went far beyond
what was expected of them and stood
out even among this luminous group
of faculty

HR. Dorothy Gardiner was the
epitome of someone who was excited
about the development of young
liahamians That was very important
It came out She was excited alult
your wanting to learn She got ito
your mind and she pushed you She
nurtured you She maneuvered yor,
the pushed in tlhe d ir'lon of
excellence in education She left an
indelible mark, certainly on me We
had people like judy HutIuchson--I
think she i now Judy Lowe She even
played tennis with us She bought
tennis rackets and we had tennis
kessolns on
Saturday for
a num berl o
persons who
wanted to
learn teiOI s
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and, in mn
came, a Famill
never hi ld a
tennis racket
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this was
somebody who
had four 'A' levels, a nmister' degree
from an outstanding university in the
UK She wanted o share that
experine w ith some poor Bahalmian
studentss I was % cry impressed ,

Extraordinry Student
What is equally undeniable is the high
regard in which the first students of
The College of The Bahamas held each

HR: Most of the students at that time
spent a lot of time with each other We
shared the same car Their was not a
lot of transportation at that time

EB: One of the things I clearly
remember back then-I lammond was
one of my role models ie wasn't
much older than th rest of us, but he
was mor at tre than we were And
tammond had the car I lammond was
MacCyver l remember that Hammond
held the brakes of hLs car together with
string L(Byond that we shared. If one
of us had twenty dollars, we all had
twenty dollars. It was the ommunty's
twenty dollars We would go out at
night and Hammond would pay
because Hammond was the big
brother for all of is

HR There w as a lot ot camaradei'
I hee was a very corimpettite 'pint
We took a lot o pleasure in ino mg to
outdo each other in Ihe classroom,
'Ihal was g id dlan tconmpr tio We
have developed ourselve in such a
way that we have taken that into our
prontfssinal Il esc

EB: I have always loked up to
Hlammoni ad and the relam onslhip, even
though we nma not set each other for
nimn months [ h memories that we
shared from that time i, a part of who
you are The prim ple that I earned
front Halnmond, some of them I still
Carrv with tle and u nse until today

The campus, was smaller mi thtse days
and the iBusmess Division was located
at the old C R Walker Iechncal
College John Bam remembers thai no
conceisions, were made for students
havng to travel fonn Soldier Roatd to

the main campus for their next class.
He didn't have a car so he began
running and managed to complete the
route in about twenty minutes... or so
he says.

The Progress of
The College of The Bahamas
Former lecturers and students
were confident that The College
had achieved success in preparing
students academically and had gained
recognition and respect in the
international academy.

JB: I insist that all my children must
come to COB. I will not support any
child unless she first comes to The
College of The Bahamas. My daughter
qualified as a doctor at twenty-four. She
got the basics here and transferred to
Tuskegee. She said that her College
experience made it so easy for her to go
over there and excel.

GK: Both my children graduated from
The College of The Bahamas.

Looking to the Future of the
Institution as the University
of The Bahamas
Members of the 1977 Reunion Planning
Committee shared their view that the
University of The Bahamas should serve
the whole Bahamas and facilitate
increased accommodation and access
for Family Island students. They also
believe that the vision for the University
of The Bahamas should be crafted along
the lines of inclusion and they are
prepared to do all they can to assist in
the process.

They are proud to express
their affection and
appreciation for The College.
As Ethric says, "We love The
College and we love The
Bahamas. When we were
approached by Felicity
Humblestone and Kendra
Moss of The College to
participate in a reunion, there was no
way we could say anything else but
"Yes". We have received so much; it is
time to give back. Going forward, we're
going to do some interesting and
creative things."

Master of Ceremonies (at
The College's first
graduation), Durward
Archer, said, "These are the
first fruits of a bold venture
called COB, a new national
institution of higher
education, which today and
in years ahead must play a
fundamental and awesome
role in the process of national

1977 alumni Hammond
Rahming and John
Bain chat with
President Hodder
and Chairman

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A Director Marine & Environmental
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of The Bahamas

O n a relaxed and rather windy
morning (Tropical Storm Noel was on
his way), I sat down with Kathleen Sullivan-
Sealey to get the nitty-gritty on the lionfish.
Why exactly was it here? What does its
appearance tell us? What should we do?
Here are the answers she gave me, with

help, from Nicola Smith, a research student.

MSM. Why should we be concerned about
the appearance of the lionfish in Bahamian
KSS. Lionfish are a non-native species that
have become established in our waters and
we should be concerned for several reasons.
Firstly, we don't know what effects their
establishment will have on native species'
abundances, distributions and behaviours.
We do know, however, that all non-native
species impact the invaded environment,
simply because they must compete for

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with the
i' Secondly,
based on the
that has been
there are no
a t known
GAPE SIE. predators of
the lionfish.
This is
possibly due to their venomous nature. Lastly,
lionfish pose a potential safety threat to
beach-goers, divers and fishermen who are unaware
of their presence and/or unaware of their venomous

MSM. Is it advisable for fishermen, and indeed
anyone, to kill them?
KSS. Absolutely not. Lionfish are venomous and
should be handled with extreme care. Furthermore,
indiscriminately killing the lionfish will probably
do very little to control their spread in our waters.
Also, when a lionfish is killed and the carcass is
thrown away, we lose valuable information about
its size, prey, depth of occurrence and habitat type.
All of this information, and more, could be used to
develop effective invasion management options.

MSM. How can Bahamians help to correct the
KSS. There are three main ways that people can
help. They can report any lionfish sightings and
complete our online questionnaire. If they must kill
the fish, please bring the bodies to COB /MESI, and
lastly, donations of scuba gear, research equipment
or money to the National Lionfish Response Project
would be greatly appreciated.

MSM. What is being done to begin to correct the

KSS. First, it's important to understand that lionfish
cannot be eradicated. The best that we can do is
manage them. In terms of what is being done, we
have established an online questionnaire to collect
information on the fish and, we have conducted
preliminary surveys in near shore waters, the results
of which will inform the design of more detailed
ecological research on the invasion. We have also
established a national lionfish specimen library that
will be used by both local and international

MSM. Where is the lionfish usually found?
KSS. Lionfish are found in virtually all major habitat
types in The Bahamas, but they tend to be associated
with artificial structures in shallow waters near

Though we do ..
not know for
certain what
caused the
appearance of
the lionfish in .
waters (it
could be the MEA HAU I.
dumping of
former aquarium pets), we do know that we can
learn from their arrival. The most important thing
that it tells us is that the health of our waters is in
jeopardy. The majority of the lionfish sightings
reported have been around the coast of New
Providence, with the densest areas occurring around
Potter's Cay and any area where there is dirty water
and a high level of pollution. The lionfish seem to
love to make artificial structures their homes.

Alumni Magune Fall 2001 PAGE 13

Structures include shipwrecks, docks, pilings and
debris. For example, tires, boat engines and satellite
dishes. That is why it is important for Bahamians
to, not only cease the careless dumping in Bahamian
waters, but also
to begin large
scale clean up
efforts of major
dumping sites.

h r o The lionfish is
teaching us that
we need to care
much more
than we do
about our
By caring for
these things, we ensure that many aspects of the
Bahamian lifestyle are more secure. The fishing,
tourism and leisure industries are all affected by
the appearance of the lionfish in our waters. The
lionfish, therefore, is an indicator that we need to
become more concerned about our environment,
that we need to further educate ourselves about
environmental and ecological matters and that we
need to address some of the bigger issues, such as
waste management, that play a role in contributing
to the lionfish problem.

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* The scientific name for the Lionfish is Pterois voli
and it belongs to the family Scorpaenidae where
can find some of the world's most venomous fish sr

Top-level predator

Venomous dorsal, anal and pelvic spines

Lionfish are often used in aquariums

The best treatment for a lionfish sting is heat, as ii
denatures the enzymes in the fish's venom

The College is playing a significant role in the
management of the invasive lionfish in our waters.
In addition to the creation and maintenance of the
national lionfish specimen library (which is an
important part of research initiatives), The College
is providing undergraduate students with much
needed research experience. As well, The College
is helping graduate students, such as Nicola Smith
who is currently a Master of Science Candidate with
concentration in invasion ecology at the University
of British Columbia, with research opportunities in
their own country. Students are able to process the
fish, recording valuable data about their size, what
they eat and where they live. The College has many
local and regional partners in this initiative and has
international collaborations with agencies such as
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA). We share the data collected
with these agencies and we sell carcasses to them
for research.

The College has also received help from the
prestigious Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund.
The $12,000 award was given specifically for the
creation and management of an online information
network for the National Lionfish Response Team
and for ecological research.

Nicola Smith's history with The College
of The Bahamas began with her mother,
Portia Smith, who worked in Student
Affairs until she passed away in 1998.
Portia was a dedicated worker, loved by
tans faculty and staff, and her daughter
you Nicola is proving to be the same. She
ecies has returned to The College to pursue
her graduate research on the invasive
lionfish species with Dr. Sullivan-Sealey.
In this year alone Nicola, with some help
from other researchers, has worked
diligently to produce informative articles
on the lionfish and an article on "What
does global climate change mean for The
t Bahamas?" which appeared in The
Tribune's Earth Day Supplement.

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Nicola has worked as a field assistant for Reef
Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), on a
lionfish expedition to the Islands of the Northern and
Central Bahamas and was the field team leader and
research assistant for the Earthwatch Institute on the
Coastal Ecology of The Bahamas Project, which took
place in Great Exuma. With efforts like these, we expect
nothing but greatness from Nicola.

How 'o IlUi.P WHil To CA.l.

If you have seen the lionfish go to / research/ MESI
to complete an online survey

If you have lionfish carcasses,
please donate them to the
National Specimen Library.
Call Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey at
302-4413 or e-mail her at

If you would like to make a
donation to help, please call Felicity
Humblestone, Alumni Relations &
Development, at 302-4356 or e-mail
her at

The Bahamas revels in the unofficial title
of the most prosperous country in the
Caribbean. Fueled by tourism and financial
services, the Bahamian economy has been on a
steady, but modest incline since its recovery after
the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade
Centre. At the 2007 Bahamas Business Outlook,
Wendy Craigg, the Governor of the Central Bank,
predicted steady growth going forward. In October,
the International Monetary Fund projected that The
Bahamas Gross Domestic Product (GDP) would
grow by 4% in 2008.

The third phase of Atlantis Resort and Casino is a
billion dollar expansion promising 3,000 new jobs
and the Baha Mar resort project on Cable Beach
reflects an investment of close to two billion dollars
and no fewer new jobs than the Atlantis
development. Plans are well under way for
upgrading the Lynden Pindling International Airport
in Nassau and there are the prospects of a new straw
market and the eventual revamping of the
downtown area. On Grand Bahama there are
exciting expansion plans for the container port and

the shipyard and indications that manufacturing
and light industry capacity will increase.

However, in spite of what appears to be a stable
economic and business climate, in recent months
there have been many declarations of concern
regarding the economy from a variety of people
ranging from Director of Tourism, Vernice Walkine
AA '77, to Punch columnist, P. Anthony White, and
Tribune writer, Larry Smith, to human rights activist,
Fred Smith.

Questions have been raised about the thin
foundation that supports the economy: tourism and
its ancillaries provide 50% of the gross domestic
product and financial services a further 25%.
Anything that could cause American visitors to stay
away (such as the subprime mortgage financial
crisis, the decreasing value of the US dollar and the
possibility of a recession) or increased
competitiveness from other offshore financial areas
could have devastating effects on the Bahamian

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Commentators further worry that the tourism
product itself needs a face lift and a move in a new
direction to attract new visitors and to make it
sustainable. In addition, some feel that there is not
enough diversification in the economy and that it is
tantamount to folly to remain so dependent on such
a volatile industry. However, all agree that our
continued success depends to a large extent on our
ability to nurture and develop our young talent and
provide greater opportunity for higher qualifications.
In this way, the work force of highly skilled, well
educated Bahamians will grow and will be better
able to contribute their knowledge and skills to
sustaining the economic growth.

Philip Simon, AA '92, is
SExecutive Director of The
Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce. While
studying for an MBA at
the University of
SMaryland, he came under
Si the influence of Michael
*IkllIl ln Dingman at the Dingman

Centre for Entrepreneurship and is now a firm
believer in providing business opportunities for
enterprising young people on their own, as partners
or as franchise holders. However, he believes that
potential entrepreneurs must be proactive and set
out to make things happen for themselves in spite
of what could appear to some as a maze of
officialdom in obtaining licences and other

"The tourism industry offers much more scope than
it used to," says Philip, "and there is tremendous
potential. Our tourism model is 60 years old so we
know we have to change the focus of our product
whether it be ecotourism, heritage tourism or cultural
tourism. What we offer at the moment is based on
catering to the wishes and styles of the visitor as
opposed to presenting him or her with an experience
that is germane to who we are. The vision was created
from outside and I wish someone would take Fred
Ferguson's words to heart: 'If the locals like it, the
visitors will love it' and develop a product that is
ours but marketed for visitors."

Alumni Magazine- Fall 2007 PAGE 17

Close to 2,000
Bahamians go abroad to
study every year and of
the approximately 500
graduates each year, as
many as 210 could
remain overseas. In 2007
The College of The
Bahamas graduated 211
students with
baccalaureate degrees.
This means that The
College is only just covering
the potential loss of graduates

Philip believes the reason for th
"We have always lost a signifi
our talent," he explains, "becai
COB only offered associates d
to go abroad to complete their
they were away, many saw opp
were offered incentives and er
remain away."

Other bright, young minds ha
they were overqualified for th
possibilities in The Bahamas or
were not catered to. Both thes
common reasons for people w
abroad not to return.

vaughn roberts


the next level of development,
critical need for human capital
to fill that need than with our
Bahamians who have been edi
abroad and have collected idea
perfected their talents. If we c
people to either draw them bac
definite involvement from afar
part of addressing our human
future so they can use their en
and global perspective."
PAGE 18 Alumn Magazine- Fal 2007

"Financial services need to come into the twenty-first century.

Commercial banking is archaic: there is no automatic clearinghouse

for cheque clearance and no national credit reporting system.

Exchange control regulations need to be relaxed too, while

ensuring there are enough funds within the country."

to other countries. Vaughn, who was an accounting major and has
worked in finance in Chicago, New York and
is is partly historical. London, believes that Bahamian tourism and
cant proportion of financial services both need boosts. "Financial
use in the past when services need to come into the twenty-first century.
degrees, students had Commercial banking is archaic: there is no automatic
studies. Then, while clearinghouse for cheque clearance and no national
ortunities and others credit reporting system. Exchange control
encouragement to regulations need to be relaxed too, while ensuring
there are enough funds within the country."

ve found that either He also agrees with Philip in believing that
e employment entrepreneurs must create their own opportunities
that their disciplines and establish some new industries in the country.
e scenarios are "The country has reached a turning point and we
ho have studied are on the verge of a new wave of development
that will include the physical, legislative, social and
educational," he states. "We must look beyond the
brain drain is normal to marine biology perhaps. Then there are
ainly a worrying other service industries such as information
nomenon at this technology that can improve the efficiency in the
e in our way we live and the way we do things."
elopment," says
ghn Roberts, AA'91, I. Chester Cooper, AA'89, President and Chief
e-President, Finance Executive Officer of British American Financial, is
the new Baha Mar another product of The College's School of Business
ort development in and a man who believes that diversification within
'le Beach. "As we the tourism product is the key to our economic
ition ourselves for development. "Although there are issues
there is certainly a surrounding the concept
and what better way of anchor projects," he
own talented says, "we can highlight
icated abroad, lived the Exuma project at
s and improved and Emerald Bay as a
an leverage those successful anchor project.
k or to provide some There was nothing there
I think it's a critical apart from natural beauty
capital needs for the but now you have a
riched experience thriving environment
that is attracting other i. chester cooper

potential investors and former residents to return
and to investigate further smaller projects and
businesses. It is really the entrepreneurship around
the property that is going to drive the process."

I. Chester believes we can use this model as the
impetus for more economic development on other
islands by duplicating it and people will see that
there is some merit in the whole anchor project
concept. "You have to find the correct anchor," he
asserts. "You don't moor a cruise ship and a dinghy
with the same size anchor. The Four Seasons model
will not work everywhere and it is not perfect but
I mention it as an example of what drives economic
growth. If we build lodges, beach houses, guest
houses or smaller properties, we must build around
the developments and in that way create more
linkages with the tourism industry and ensure we
keep more of the tourism dollars in the country."

Like Philip, I. Chester thinks we should be creating
an authentic experience for the visitor that will also
have an impact on the country as a whole. "Maybe
we could build the experience around local fruits,
such as the pineapple in Eleuthera, or maybe we
can dispense with jet skis and motor launches and
use our traditional sloops for ocean tours instead,"
he enthuses. He sees building the tourism product
and the economy and building a sense of national
identity as interconnected processes that will
impact all three areas meaningfully.

He firmly believes that there are talented
Bahamians in the country to do this. He is convinced

that the work force can rise to the challenge if it
develops both the desire and the belief and comes
to the realization that entrepreneurship is key.

"We keep hearing about diversifying the economy
but to what?" questions Cecile Greene, AA '83,
Senior Vice-President, Finance & Operations at
Family Guardian Insurance Company where she
has worked for 11 years. "I believe we should stick
with the things we're good at which are financial
services and tourism but look for ways to expand
and develop products within those two areas."

Cecile believes that
developing the Family
Islands and reducing the
pressure on New
Providence are essential
elements of stimulating
our tourist product.
However, she feels that
building the
cecile greene

"I believe we should stick with the things

we're good at which are financial services and
tourism but look for ways to expand and

develop products within those two areas."

infrastructure in those islands and ensuring good
tele-communications and education are essential
otherwise people will not want to move from
Nassau. "We have to be able to offer them a similar
standard of living," she insists.

She also sees room for growth in financial services
especially in insurance where the product is almost
exclusively domestic insurance. She states, "I see
opportunities for the captive insurance market
where there has been phenomenal growth in the
last 20 years. We could also export our services into
the Caribbean we know how to run our businesses,
we have the technology, infrastructure and services
and we have products that are attractive yet we
seem unwilling to venture beyond our shores."

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Cecile sees the
Sloss of talent as
a significant
"problem but
believes it's
S mainly because
]II the jobs that are
available in
services are not
in the cutting
edge career
paths. "If you
come home with
a degree in
banking or
economics, the
jobs available in
banking are
she explains. "Bahamians are not running the show
in banking as they have come to do in insurance.
When I worked in banking, I was bored because I
made no decisions. So many people working in
banks are simply order takers."

For Cecile, exposure is a vital element. "If we want
to develop our human capital, we must expose our
people," she says. "Why don't the banks that bring
in ex-pats to work here allow Bahamians in their
banks to go to Canada or Switzerland to gain
experience? Then again, it seems that a large number
of people are staying away after university to gain
experience before returning. The danger there is,
will salary and conditions be so good that they
won't want to come back to compete for the handful
of jobs that are available? The lack of opportunities
is causing the loss of our brightest minds."

However, for Cecile and for Gabriella Fraser, AA
'89, Director of Communications in the Ministry of
Tourism, the basic
competencies of reading
and writing are as much
a problem as the brain
drain. Cecile describes the
difficulties of filling
P clerical positions
particularly on the Family
-Z Islands and Gabriella
gabrlella fraser laments the lack of ability

to understand simple language and complete basic
information on application forms.

"To a certain extent there is a brain drain," admits
Gabriella, "but it happens in all small economies
like ours. The human capital base is so small and
the loss of even one talent makes a big difference
but I wouldn't put it as one of the top challenges
that we face human resource wise. We talk about
the highly skilled but there is so much that we are
not achieving with the basic skills."

Gabriella believes the University of The Bahamas
should lead the way in pioneering a revamping of
the curriculum in schools so that the more academic
students are not precluded from studying "non
academic" subjects such as entrepreneurship,
culinary arts, carpentry and mariculture, subjects
which could make a big difference to the future of
the Bahamian economy. A rethink on how our
guidance counselors sell the trades to students is
needed so they do not feel that becoming a
tradesman is an admission of failure.

She longs for more creativity within the tourism
product and, like I. Chester, believes there is much
potential for innovation in what she calls the value
added opportunities connected to the hotels.

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"How do we, as Bahamian entrepreneurs, add value
to the tourist experience?" she ponders. "I look at
fishing and sailing and all areas of retail regarding
quality hand crafted items. We must ask ourselves,
'What model makes most sense for us our
environment, our people, our economy?' and we

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must take into account the needs of the country for
its development."

Gabriella is convinced that we do have the creative
skills to exploit these opportunities but feels that
the small business man or woman lacks the
management education or the resources to really
develop a business. "There's a gap between the
ideas person and the careful planner," she states,
"a lack of appreciation for the finer points of
planning, goal setting, managing resources and
acquiring the technical skills needed for turning
those ideas into meaningful economic gains that
will generate income."

Another area Gabriella is convinced could prove
lucrative is agriculture where she believes we have
not been active enough. All the hotels in Nassau
and Paradise Island import their food supplies,
even fish, and she feels we should be making more
of an effort to meet the hotels' food needs. "We have
an obligation to attempt to reach optimum level in
terms of our own food production and we must
look to alternative methods to grow crops. I am
fascinated by the prospect of hydroponics, the
cultivation of crops without soil," she says.

Lastly, Gabriella wonders if we are thorough enough
in ensuring the transfer of knowledge from various
experts and persons with specialized skills who
come to The Bahamas. "These people bring an array
of technical and professional expertise to the
country," she explains, and I don't know that we
make as much use of their expertise and skills
beyond the specific purposes for their projects."

She asserts that we often miss training and
mentoring opportunities, especially for those
Bahamians who may be fortunate enough to have
the benefit of the kind of education that a College
of The Bahamas provides. However, she feels there
is still something of a gap as far as the kinds of
hands-on workplace exposure they have access to,
to truly take the practical application of their tertiary
education to professional levels.

"If supported with deliberate training plans and
programmes that are outcomes based with specific
time-lines," she continues, "there are economic
benefits that the expatriate professional pool
provides beyond the specific work they come to
do. And these benefits of course would have a far

more sustaining impact, and have a great multiplier
upside in terms of how larger numbers of
professionally trained Bahamians might contribute
to the overall economy."

From these opinions it would appear that the future
of the Bahamian economy could be bright but it is
also clear that these influential alumni believe we
must be innovative and proactive to sustain the
present growth. It is possible that the talent to really
seize the opportunities by the horns is not available
in the country or, if it is, then it has not received the
training and education necessary. In any event, the
traditional ways and the traditional models will
not sustain themselves for much longer and, while
tourism and financial services will remain the flag
bearers for the near future, a broader diversification
that generates a wider range of possibilities will
have to be developed before very long.

Interesting Facts

The Bahamas economy grew by an estimated 4%
in 2006

Construction in 2006 recorded a 10% growth
over the figure for 2005
Inflation in 2006 was marked at 2.5%
The Gross Domestic Product of The Bahamas for
2007 is estimated at 6.6 billion dollars
In 2006 the main sources of imports to The
Bahamas were the United States (20.9%), Republic
of Korea (17.9%) and Brazil (16.8%)
Central Bank statistics show that domestic credit
increased to $672 million in fiscal year 2006/07
more than double the $252 million recorded a
year earlier
Imports outweigh exports to the tune of $2.16
billion to $451 million. (2005 figures)
The IMF last year projected 4.5% growth in real
terms for the Bahamian economy in 2007- 08

We export about $100 million dollars worth of
goods to the United States annually, mainly
crawfish. CARICOM countries as a whole export
about $2 billion a year to the US

Foreign direct investment inflow in 2007 was $72
million or 26% higher than 2006

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the UNCONVENTIONAi art educator

By Godfrey Viraj Perpall

W while many artists use their talents and
passions to construct images that are thought
provoking and bring enlightenment to the world,
it is refreshing to find one that sees his work as
fuel to mentor those aspiring to follow in his
footsteps. The College of The Bahamas art lecturer,
John Cox, shares that it is his art that inspires him
to teach and guide younger budding artists. "My
ability to teach is deeply rooted in my own art. So
sharing from my artistic experience is the electricity
I need to run curriculums out for the students,"
John said. Quoting a line from a movie, John added
humorously, "Well you know what they say, those
who can't do, teach, and those who can't teach, well,
they teach gym."

John said that he always had a desire to teach since
attending art college as a young man. "It was the
lifestyle of the instructors I had at tertiary level who
inspired me in this area," he explains. "It was the
way they would say 'this is the way I do it and these
are the rules I use' that inspired me to teach." That
experience, along with teaching at college level and
sharing his artistic experiences with students, is
what made John realise that teaching was as innate
to him as being an artist.

John explains that he was fortunate to land a job
at The College after completing graduate school
at The Rhode Island School of Design but added
that he soon discovered the true fulfillment of
being an educator. "I had just finished an M.Ed.
in Art Education and I came home and applied for
a position that really didn't exist and, after a year
of waiting, I finally got it and found the experience
to be a real good one from the onset."

John said that he found many advantages to being

an art instructor at the age of 23, as he was able to
identify with the students on a more personal level
and impact their artistic psyche more effectively.
"That in turn caused me to have students who were
producing better work because people don't
produce good work if they are intimidated or
uncomfortable," he said.

Believing in more dialogue and less hierarchy in
tertiary education, John added that his
unconventional nature may also have added to the
success of many of his students. He credited The
College for allowing him to break certain norms
and for giving him the freedom to teach in a style
that best suited him.

Though he has ventured into many different
aspects of art within the community, John, who
has recently returned to The College, says that he
feels working with young aspiring artists is like
being near the nucleus of the future of art
development in The Bahamas. "It's just my hope
that I would have helped the students in a similar
fashion to how the institution helped me," he said,
while stating that The College significantly shaped
him into the artist and educator he has become.

Upon reflecting on his career thus far in academia,
John said that he is happy to have played a role, no
matter how small, in the development of art culture
in The Bahamas through being at The College. "The
College of The Bahamas has helped to create this
fabric that has strengthened the nature of
contemporary Bahamian art and I feel that, maybe
because I have been a part of COB, that I am a part
of the thread in that fabric which is validating the
present state of art and to helping to project what
the future holds for art in The Bahamas."
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Sketching the mind

of an artist
Heino Schmid's portrait of artistic self-discovery
By Godfrey Viraj Perpall

W hen Heino
Schmid, AA '98,
found himself drawn to
the Art Room in
S -Block at The College
of The Bahamas in his
first semester, little did
he know that by allowing
his artistic talents to
emerge, his name would
soon become etched in the
pages of modern
Bahamian art and culture. Entering The College
with a scholarship to study finance, Heino soon
realized that, though mathematically inclined, he
was not prepared to dedicate himself to a life-long
career of analysing and balancing figures. "I came
to COB under the umbrella of finance initially and
I soon realized that I just wasn't interested in a career
in that field," Heino said.

After accepting that finance was not his preferred
career path, Heino began to consider areas where
he had true passion and drive and from there he
began the journey to discovering his latent ability
in visual communication. "I started to realise at
that point that maybe I'm just a visual problem
solver, which really is what I consider myself to be,"
he added. After completing his AA degree in Art in
1998 at The College, Heino completed his BFA at
the Savannah College of Art and Design and an
MFA in The Netherlands, where he gained further
experience in developing and expressing the mind
of an artist.

The Mind of The Artist
"To me art is like a language that you learn to speak,
like French or Spanish. There are certain things you
can say in French that you cannot say in Spanish
and vice versa. The same is true with art. There are
certain things that you can communicate visually
that you can't speak of." Heino also noted that art
in its truest form should be a dialogue between the
artist and the person viewing the art.
PAGE 26 Alumni Magaine- Fall 2007

"It's wasted if you just make beautiful generic
images that don't challenge the viewer in any way.
It undermines the role of that artist and it
underestimates the viewer as well. So when you
go into artwork with that being understood and
are prepared to engage the viewer, great things are
in store." Believing that art should speak to the
viewer, Heino said that the work of an artist should
provoke in-depth thought and questions in the
mind of the viewer on issues pertinent to society
and life.

"I believe art is an underutilised critique of society,
and I don't mean just in a negative way. The critique

must be valid and balanced, just as journalists are
expected to present valid facts and to be balanced
in their reporting. I expect to be challenged in my
mind and visually when I go to an exhibition. I
don't want just a pretty picture, but an in-depth
sketch detailing aspects of life, human behaviour,
history and the present."

Though Heino admits that he stumbled upon
what appears to be his innate artistic conscience,
he has established himself at a young age as one
of today's most experienced and cutting-edge
Bahamian artists, having worked as a curatorial
assistant at the Bahamas National Art Gallery and
as assistant curator for the Central Bank of The
Bahamas Art Gallery. Heino, who currently works
as an adjunct art lecturer for The College of The
Bahamas, feels that his journey to his true self is
what is driving him to assist other young artists in
the discovery of their ability to skillfully and
inanimately speak to the world, without saying
a word.


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COBUS President 'Star' Huyler speaks of her contribution
and service as student government president

As a young girl growing up
in Freeport, Grand Bahama,
little Anastarcia Huyler heard the
many stories of distinguished
Bahamian leaders who passed
through the halls of The College
of The Bahamas, and The College
of The Bahamas Union of
Students, but little did she know
then that one day, she too would
be on the list of Bahamians
chosen to represent her college
colleagues at the highest capacity.

Sitting on College Council
meetings, receiving invitations
to speak at various events
and serving as a role model
and youth leader to thousands
of students, are among some
of the responsibilities she is
currently enjoying as the
student government president.
She decided to run for office
because of her desire to see a
greater student contribution in
the drive to university status.

"I wanted them [fellow students]
to feel the same enthusiasm I do
about where this institution is
heading and for them to develop
movements this College will
experience over the next few

years," said Anastarcia. She said
tat although being the student
government president can be a
allenge, she is embracing every
minute of it. "It certainly is an
honour and so many wonderful
people also have emerged from
this student government body
and The College and I am just so
glad and fortunate to now be on
that list."

What The College means to her
"COB means the future to me. I
feel that the youth within any
nation are its greatest resource.
So with COB reaching so many
young people, it symbolizes the
future of this nation to me." She
added that the institution also
stands as a symbol to the value
of higher education and its
impact on small nations like The
Bahamas. She also spoke of The
College's ability to provide sound
and quality education at such an
affordable price, ergo making it
accessible for all aspiring
Bahamians. Star concluded that
due to The College's impact on
the country, all forecasts for the
future Bahamas are bright.

A Mass Communication major,
Anastarcia said that she would
like to see her talent take her in

a direction where she can assist
in marketing the unique qualities
of The Bahamas to the world. She
says she sees great things in store
for The Bahamas and added that
she plans to be a part of a
generation of Bahamians who
will bring about much positive
change to the nation and propel
it to higher heights. "People can
take away your possessions and
your money, but they can never
take away what is in your mind.
So education is the most powerful
thing any person can possess."

Darron Cash
Troy Clarke
Theo Cooper
Lee Trevino Deveaux
Randol Dorsett
Neil C. Ellis
Joy Ferguson
Tyrone Fitzgerald
Zephaniah Francis (First COBUS president)
Danielle Hepburn
Zhivargo Laing
Tavares Laroda
Quinton Lightbourne
Darren Lloyd
Vincent Louis
McKhale Taylor
Carolyn Rolle
Clinton Rolle
Felix Rolle
Keod Smith
lan Strachan
Ancella Evans-Williams
Jeremy Williams

Alumni Magazine -Fall 2007 PAGE 27


Bacardi & Company Ltd. TM leads the way

Bacardi & Company Ltd. TM has made a $250,000
donation to The College to create an endowment in
support of student bursaries. The bursaries will be
awarded annually to undergraduate students)
entering programmes in accounting, natural sciences,
mathematics or technology. To be known as the
BACARDI Emerging Leader Endowment, the funds
will be invested by The College. An endowment is
a fund, which provides a permanent source of
support. The first recipients will receive funds in
Spring of 2008.
This donation by Bacardi & Company Ltd. TM
represents the first and largest gift for a student
award endowment held directly by The College.
This gift is a major contribution to The College's goal
to ensure that no student with financial need and
academic potential should be prevented from
studying at The College. Bacardi's donation to The
College significantly assists in moving The College
closer to our university goal.
On the occasion to announce the gift, College of
The Bahamas President Janyne M. Hodder remarked,
"The College is particularly pleased at this time in
our 33-year history to know that this gift in great
part came to fruition through the efforts of one of
our outstanding alumni, Andy Fowler, AA'90, Vice
President, Administration, Human Resources &
Environmental Compliance of Bacardi & Company
Limited. We are very proud of his success and grateful

Bacardi From left: T. Baswell Donaldson, new Council Chairman,
Francisco Carrera-JustiZ Bacardi Director; Hon. Carl W. Bethel,
Minister of Education Youth, Sports & Culture; PresidentJanyne M.
Hodder; Andy Fowler, Bacardi VP; Felix Mateo, Bacard Plant Director.

to have wonderful and committed alumni helping
to leverage such levels of investment for The
College." Andy Fowler was delighted to be a part
of such a generous donation to his alma mater.
"Since there are so many success stories from The
College of The Bahamas, Bacardi thought it only
befitting that we present this cheque.... We are
proud of the citizens this institution has produced
and feel even prouder to now be a part of assisting
The College of The Bahamas in reaching the next
level while making sure deserving Bahamians are
afforded the opportunity to study at an institution
with such a high quality of education."

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Franklyn & Sharon Wilson: $1,000,000 to create Freedom Foundation: $150,000 to support the
The Wilson Capital Development Fund Poultry Research Unit
Bacardi & Company: $250,000 to create the Bacardi Santander Bank & Trust Ltd.: $150,000 to create
Emerging Leaders Endowment The Santander Bahamas Spanish Language Fund

Lyford Cay Foundation: $200,000 per year, since
1997, to create the Lyford Cay Foundation
Scholarship Programmes

First Caribbean International Bank: $80,000 to
support the President's Scholars Programme

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of J D Sinclair
by Keith Russell

By Gordon Mills

The battle against inherited insanity and the fight
against being alone dominate this tragic tale of
unfulfilled promise written by Grand Bahama's
Keith Russell. It is the story of bright
young Jeremiah David Sinclair of
Cooper's Town, Abaco, a young man
who never knew his father and who
is separated from his mother too,
when she is committed to Sandilands
after her husband fails to return from
working on the Contract and her
eldest son, J D's brother, is lost at sea.

J D, however, is encouraged by his-
resourceful grandmother, Kate, not .
to give in to life's unpredictabilities
and to remember that he has two
names. While Jeremiah might have
been a pessimistic fatalist and a
weeper, David was a battler and a warrior. For 95%
of the book, J D battles.

He becomes one of the few boys from Cooper's
Town to pass the common entrance exam to go to
high school in Nassau and he adapts to the move
to the capital with equanimity and purpose.

He is assisted in his battles by a wide array of
characters sympathetically penned by the author.
There is his sister Fanny who takes him in and tries
to soften the awful blows of his mother's condition,
and his grandmother, Kate, who prepares him for
life in Nassau before he leaves Abaco. Others to
offer encouragement and support are Kay, the Gibbs
Comer woman of loose virtue; Richard, a Rastafarian
from Jamaica; and Ed, the father of Fanny's child,
the kind of father J D wishes he could have had.

But above all there is Val, J D's best friend, so
different from J D yet so similar. The relationship
that develops between Val and J D is the heart of
the novel and Russell's description of it is both
closely observed and beautifully evocative. It grows
from a guarded curiosity to a complete sharing of
dreams and aspirations and a partnership in a small
peanut selling business together.

They quickly realize that they can learn from each
other: Val is quite street smart and is at home in
Nassau while J D, a rookie in the city, is academic
and thoughtful, full of ideas. They do everything
together: they go to Junkanoo, go shopping to Miami
and learn about the forthcoming declaration of
independence. Val even accompanies his friend on
his regular depressing visits to see
his mother in Sandilands.

While J D and Val go positively about
their business and self-improvement,
there seems to be nothing they cannot
achieve. However, the book's ending,
the sudden tragedy, is shocking in its
starkness. Having fought so long and
so bravely with teenage sanguinity,
following in the footsteps of the
warrior David, J D gives up as
everything around him crumbles and
S the weeping prophet, Jeremiah, takes

For a few short years J D Sinclair was a brightly
visible young man but in the end he follows the
path taken by his mother and disappears.

This novel is an eminently readable book that paints
vivid pictures of The Bahamas at the beginning of
the 1970s. It is written with a surety of touch, a keen
eye for detail and a sharp ear for the nuances of
conversation and the rhythms of Bahamian dialect.
Keith Russell is a jewel in the Freeport sand and
deserves praise and encouragement for this
provocative, moving novel.

(Russell's other novels are When Doves Cry and Hezekiah's
Independence. All are available at Chapter One Bookstore, The
College of The Bahamas)

Alumni Magazine- Fall 2007 PAGE29

Teams vs. Johnson & Wales in Miami, FL

An annual event held by the Law Library to inform the public about
topical legal issues.

An enjoyable series where popular Bahamian and Caribbean writers and
poets share their work in the Chapter One bookstore.

Discussing the Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,
its repercussions and its role in the Bahamian context.

Games will feature Nassau teams vs. Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, USVI
and USA.

In Freeport, Grand Bahama. This is the annual Tertiary Tournament.

Hosted by the School of Business, this week is a celebration of students,
past and present, and the exciting careers they have chosen in the business

A day in celebration of Les Langues Vivantes! Come out and sample cuisine
from all over the world and be entertained by our cultural performers.

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An annual concert and art exhibition, featuring The College choir and art work
by our students. A prominent Bahamian involved in the arts is honoured.

A book fair to be held at The College, featuring Bahamian and Caribbean writers
and poets and, of course, tons of amazing books!

Music clinicians visit from all over the western hemisphere to instruct budding
artists from The College and the community. They top off the festival with a fabulous

Students of The College of The Bahamas begin their walk into the future, after
years of hard work and challenges. Now they are ready to join these pages as

The College is looking for volunteer writers to
contribute articles to future issues of The College
of The Bahamas AlumniMagazine. If you can
write, have an interest in telling human interest
stories about alumni and topical issues of
importance to the country that will provoke the
minds of our readers, please send us a sample of your writing and story
ideas to Mr. Gordon Mills at

* Focus on Freeport: Grand Bahama Alumni
Make an Impact
* Increased Competition: Our Move to
Intercollegiate Athletics
* Welcoming the World: International
Partnerships, Study Abroad and Student

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Alumni Association President's Message

Dear Fellow Alumni,
I am very excited about the first
volume of The College of The
Bahamas Alumni Magazine.
This is a transformational time
for The College of The Bahamas
and we have a new magazine to
keep us abreast of all the landmark
activity and how we can be more involved. When
I speak with other graduates, they always want
to know more about what is happening at The
College today. We can now look forward to reading
news about The College, news about other Alumni,
stories about students and faculty, and news about
the country and its development in this magazine,
which will be published twice per year.
The Alumni Association could not be more pleased
and we look forward to being able to communicate
with you on a regular basis in this publication. In
this issue we are proud to introduce you to the
Alumni Hall of Fame's 7th Inductee, Charles Sealy,
Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital. He
was honoured at the annual Alumni Hall of Fame
luncheon on November 23rd, 2007. If you were
not able to attend this year, please be sure not to
miss this flagship event next year. We also hope
you will participate in other Alumni Association
projects and activities.
Our goal as an association is for the Alumni body
to become more connected with each other and
more involved with our alma mater. This is our
Alumni Association. Please keep in touch and let
us know how the AA executive team can serve
you better in all that we do.
Donald Saunders, AA '94
Alumni Association President



Charles Sealy Inducted Into
Alumni Hall of Fame

Charles Sealy AA'91, this year's inductee into The
College of The Bahamas' Alumni Hall of Fame has
risen to the position of
Chief Executive
Officer of Doctors
Hospital where
his talents and
passion for
helping others
have really borne
A committed
family man, Charles
also has a Bachelor of
Science degree in Public Administration and a
Master's degree in Health Administration. In
obtaining his Master's degree, Charles was a
member of the initial class of a unique programme
for which The College of The Bahamas partnered
with Western Connecticut State University.
A member of the Royal Bahamas Police Force for
nine years from 1989 to 1997, Charles is an
accomplished public speaker and member of
Toastmasters, a disciplined and conspicuous
Rotarian, having served as President of the
Southeast Nassau club from 2003 to 2004, and an
ex-seven year member of the National Youth Choir.
Charles regularly assists needy students at The
College with their fees and has often hired College
students for summer employment at Doctors
Congratulations Charles!

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'96 went on to graduate
from St. Leo College and is now a Senior
Inspector with the National Insurance Board. He is
married to Tracey Clarke and they have three children.
'81, & Mr. Joseph R. Curry, '82, Joseph is President of ITICS
(Bahamas) Ltd and Terez is the Head of Investor Relations for CITCO Fund
Services (Bahamas).
'82, is President of Colina Financial and President of
the Nassau Guardian.
'89, is Director of Communications for the Ministry of
'89, is now the Curator of the National Art Gallery of The


'97, is Vice President, Sales and Marketing at BTC

'88, went on to
study at Florida International
University and the Rochester
Institute of Technology. Simmone
is now the Director of HR and
Training at Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club.

'89, is the Managing Director of Public Relations for RBC
(Bahamas) Ltd.
'93, went on to study at Morehouse College in Atlanta and
is now a Partner with Deloitte & Touche in Nassau. Lawrence is married to
DeAndrea and they have two children.
'92, is the lead singer with VISAGE.
'80, is the owner and CEO of transport company,
Convenient Group of Companies.
'91, went on to receive a Bachelor's degree from Florida
International University and then a Master's degree in Accounting from the
University of Illinois followed by an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Vaughn is the Vice President of Finance at Baha Mar Cable Beach Resorts.
'83, went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and
Loyola University in Chicago, attaining on M.Ed. and Ed.D. Joy is an Assistant
Principal in the Chicago District School system.
'81, went on to achieve a Bachelor's of Commerce at
the University of Windsor and an MBA at Eastern Michigan University. He
now works for the Ministry of Education as the Administrator of the Education
Loan Programme.
'05, has founded his own company and is President of
Mark A Turnquest Business Consultants. He is married to Alma Turnquest
and has two children.


In November,
The College lost
a long-serving
member of its
faculty, Associate
Professor of
psychology and
Dean of Social
and Educational
McDonald, a
warm and
generous teacher,
well-loved by colleagues and students alike. A man
with a deep love of his country and his people, "Dr
Mac" was a researcher into Bahamian history and
sought to preserve the tradition of Over-the-Hill
story telling.

He was a cornerstone of The College for close to 20
years and brought a touch of the exotic to the
campus with his traditional African wardrobe
bought on his regular trips to Africa and worn with
elegance and class.

He was a thoughtful man who used his leadership
qualities to direct a diverse faculty and he involved
himself with complex and important issues, such
as reparation for slavery and the African heritage
of The Bahamas. At the time of his death he was
deeply involved with the Clifton heritage
development and the forthcoming conference at
The College to commemorate the abolition of the
transatlantic slave trade. He will be sorely missed.

Pauline Glasby October 2007 saw the passing
of one of The College's founding faculty members,
Associate Professor of Music, Pauline Glasby, who
nurtured the hundreds of talented musicians and
singers who have passed through the practice rooms
and been a part of either the orchestra or the choir
for the last 33 years.

"Mrs G's" colleagues paid homage to her prodigious
musical talent and her ability to transmit her
knowledge to her students and recognized the
enthusiastic human being who encouraged and
cajoled, motivated and cared.

Dedicated, committed and loyal,
Pauline leaves behind the
Colour of Harmony, the choir,
the hundreds passes in the
Trinity music exams, her
contributions to innumerable
concerts and a number of stray
dogs who came to enjoy the
comforts of her office in H block. "
She will also be remembered for
her direction of the Renaissance
Singers, her teaching with the
Police and Defence Force Bands and her work as
adjudicator for the National Arts Festival. She gave
unstintingly of her time, talent and personality
without question and with a perpetual smile on her
face. We shall miss her.

Michael Hepburn came to The College in
1984 as a security officer but it was as messenger
for the Grosvenor Close Campus that he will be
most fondly remembered. He was reliable, hard
working, adaptable and always optimistic. We will
miss his comfortable nature and infectious smile.

We also remember all other faculty and
staff members who are no longer with us. They are
Kazim Bacchus, former principal of The College;
Sam Rendle, former Chairperson for the School of
Sciences; Barbara Yaralli, former lecturer in music;
Roosevelt Delancy and Albertha Brennen-
McMinns, both of the Physical Plant Department.


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