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COCOA RESEARCH 11e Spirit of Chocolate A Night to SavourPainting and photo: Darron Small (See Page 3)BOTANY 07 National Flower Single or Double? TECHNOLOGY 10Computing Boot Camp Diversifying the Economy OUTGOING 08Changing of the Guard Dr Hamid Ghany Synergy


SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 UWI TODAY 3 EDITORIAL TEAMCA MPUS P RINC IP AL Professor Clement Sankat DIR ECTOR OF MARKE TING AND COMMUNI CA TIO NS Mrs. Dawn-Marie De Four-Gill DIR ECTOR OF MARKE TING AND COMMUNI CA TIO NS Ag.) Mrs. Wynell Gregorio ED ITOR Ms. Vaneisa Baksh CONT AC T US The UWI Marketing and Communications Ofce Tel: (868) 662-2002, exts. 82013 / 82014 Or email: Did you know that before the R ed, White and Black was hoisted on August 31st 1962 three dierent ags ew over T rinidad and T obago? Did you know that the ill-fated West Indies F ederation even had a flag? Well, I found out these interesting tit bits of information about one of the mainstays of our national identity when I visited the Alma Jordan L ibrary at UWI St Augustine. e L ibrary is currently hosting their Forging the Nations Identity: Trinidad and Tobago in 1962 50th Anniversary of Independence display. e display takes a very dierent approach to the typical I ndependence commemorations we so oen see. e sta of the West Indiana and Special Collections section at the Alma Jordan L ibrary decided to take a more profound approach to their commemoration display and instead of the typical red, white and black pennants hanging from the ceilings, they decided to take a journey through the history of these three aspects of national identity.Forging the NATIO NS I DEN TITY CAMPUS NEWSBY OM EGA FR ANC IS 50 Feels Good FROM THE PRINCIPAL e nation is well underway to commemorating its 50th anniversary of I ndependence on August 31. Celebrations were given a mighty llip by the outstanding showing of our participants at the 2012 O lympics in L ondon. We join the national community in saluting our athletes, who have brought us immense pride in their spirit, the dignity with which our ag was represented, and in the way they lied their performances so that nearly all bettered their previous bests. We take as much pride in the gold medal so powerfully won by K eshorn Walcott, as we do in each of them, winners all, we say. e experienced among us know that these youngsters would have learnt much from this O lympic meet; knowledge that will serve them well as they prepare for the next Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. T o our UWI student, Jehue Gordon, I want to assure you that this St. Augustine Campus is proud of you and continues to support your determined eorts. As a regional U niversity, we rejoice in the achievements of our Caribbean athletes in London: abundant excellence. is year, the Campus will also be paying tribute to one of our nest: the Cocoa Research U nit, which turns 50 as well. is U nit has excelled in research that is internationally acclaimed, and as custodian of the I nternational Cocoa Genebank, Trinidad, it is one of the worlds treasures. And as the nation observes the 50th anniversary with the pomp such an occasion deserves, we recall that two years ago, when St. Augustine marked its own 50th birthday, we saw it not only as a time of celebration, but as a milestone that demanded reection and planning for the future. We noted the integral part played by the UWI St. Augustine Campus in the development of the human resource, manufacturing and industrial base of T rinidad and T obago and in the growth of business and residential communities in M t. Hope, St. Joseph, Curepe, St. Augustine and Tunapuna, in particular. We are condent that in the next 50 years, our South Campus in Penal/Debe will have a similar impact. We are energised by the direction of our new Strategic P lan for 2012-2017, which incorporates input from a wide section of our university community. It is a good time to look ahead and imagine the future we want to build on our successes, set our goals for the next y years and beyond and work together in a determined manner to achieve them.CLEMEN T K. SA NK ATPro Vice Chancellor & Principal When you visit the display you will see the evolution of our National Flag, our Coat of Arms and our National Anthem. Y ou will see original sketches of the Coat of Arms, taken from the Carlisle Chang Collection and even the cloth samples of the rst three ags. is is not a run-ofthe-mill academic display, but one that lets you see how the symbols that identify us as T rinbagonian have evolved throughout that period before our Independence. So why not head down to the Alma Jordan L ibrary and discover things you may not have known before about our very own history and national identity! Go in and see the original sketches, the cloth samples, and read the original song for the F ederation that evolved into our beloved national anthem; and you can also visit the online version at: divisions/wi/displays/Forging_Nations_ I dentity/intro.html. Darron Small, who works at the Alma Jordan L ibrary, created this painting, Synergy, especially for the 50th I ndependence anniversary celebrations planned by the Library. e idea was to do something abstract based on the red of the National F lag. Small said a number of elements were chosen to represent the symbols embedded in the meaning of the ag by its creators. e sun and its rays speak of the warmth, energy and vitality inherent in the people of T rinidad and T obago. e bird represents the Humming Bird, a national emblem, but also gives a nod to the indigenous peoples who rst named this land, I ere. e T rinity Hills, the rst thing sighted by the Spanish who came in 1492 is also represented here. en there is the Chaconia ower. e gear wheels and clock symbolize change. I n a direct sense they represent the change that occurred 50 years ago at midnight on the day we achieved our independence. e also symbolize the continuity of change in that we continue to evolve as a people, as a nation in a world that does not stand still. ON THE COVER


4 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 ENERGY CAMPUS NEWSUWI student Kyle M itchell was named Y outh of the Y ear, winning overall the National Y outh Awards 2012 held by the M inistry of Gender, Y outh and Child Development. M itchell was also named winner in the category of environmental excellence (18-29) at a ceremony on August 12, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain. K yle is currently reading for the degree in I nformation T echnology at UWI Nominated by Nature Seekers, a group to which he has been aliated for eight years, although in an ocial capacity only for the last two, Kyle said he was taken aback to be declared overall winner. F or the category itself it wasnt that surprising, but the youth of the year award was shocking, because compared to some of the other proles you read in the handout, they looked like they were doing more interesting stu compared to what I did, he said. P eople said that my age probably had a big impact on it. P erhaps it was the fervour with which he has approached environmental issues. He lives in M atura and has taken a special interest in marine turtles, and one of his projects was included in the submission for the Award. I n my proposal there is a project for next year to do a turtle egg-relocation project. Aer analysis to see which nests are at high risk because of their locations, we would like to relocate them to safer sites. Nature Seekers would be doing yearly inspections to assess the nesting areas. Sameer Alladin, who will be graduating this year with a BSc in P sychology (special) with honours, won the Y outh in P erforming Arts category (18-29). Sameer started playing the violin seven years ago under the tutelage of Kenneth L isthrop, through whom he became part of the St Augustine Chamber O rchestra. At 22, Sameer is not only an orchestral conductor, but he is also the Assistant M usic Director and Violin teacher at SAC O and the Trinidad and T obago Y outh Philharmonic. He was not aware of the Y outh Award programme until a friend nominated him, having supplied the corroborating documentation and his photo as requested, he paid it little mind. I was a bit surprised, I was just doing what I normally do and enjoying it, so it was a bit surprising Celebrating with the Mitchell family: (from le) Abigail Taylor (aunt), Sharon Bobb (mom), Jayde Noel (sister), Kyle Mitchell, Esther Vidale (Nature Seekers nominator) and Gleniece E lder. e Alladin family at the awards (both parents are UWI sta members): Fauzia Rahman-Alladin, Sameer and Nazir Alladin.PHOTO: FAREENA ALLADIN (SISTER) KYLE IS YOU TH O F THE Y EARNational Youth Awards 2012to get an award for that, he said. e award comprised a trophy, a certicate, a framed photo and TT $5,000 of units from the UTC. Several UWI students were nominated in the categories listed as Business, Entrepreneurship I nnovation; Sport and P hysical Activity; ICT M aximisation; Environmental Excellence; Y outh in L eadership; National/Community Y outh O rganisations; P erforming Arts; Visual Arts; Education; Special Circumstances/Persons L iving with Disabilities; Media and Volunteerism. Among the UWI folk listed as T op Nominees, were Sada Creese (Business), who graduated with a Chemistry degree and has opened her own rm, S T C & Co, which makes all-natural body and aromatherapy products. Another is someone recently featured in UWI T oday, Anil Waithe ( M edia), a Computer Science student who has never allowed his visual impairment to stop him from accomplishing his personal goals, and who has done a signicant amount of pioneering work for visually impaired people. Izia L indsay (Visual Arts) is still working towards a Visual Arts degree, but he has set up a company, JAP INC, and does a lot of volunteer work, especially murals. Jochelle F ortune (Sport) is UWI s netball team captain, and is an all-rounder who plays basketball and is involved in track and eld and follows cricket avidly. Elysia R ayM endez (Volunteerism) is doing her LLB and despite her workload has made it a personal duty to assist a visually impaired person who is working toward a degree in Business Administration by acting as a scribe at no cost. We applaud the achievements of all our students and indeed, all of those who were nominated for this National Y outh Award. All of the top nominees received TT $ 2000 worth of UTC units. Mona marks PMWith a special plaque in her name, P rime M inister K amla P ersad-Bissessar was ocially inducted into a park in honour of UWI graduates who are or have been Heads of Government at the M ona Campus of e UWI on August 8. A former student and lecturer at the M ona Campus, the PM is the rst woman to be so honoured and the 16th member of the Mona park. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar prepares to sign a register at the UWI, Mona Campus in Jamaica. PHOTO COURTESY TRINIDAD GUARDIAN


SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 UWI TODAY 5 ENVIRONMENT Rajesh Kandhai is Manager, Occupational Health, Safety and the Environment, UWI, St. Augustine. In Trinidad and Tobago, we are fortunate to have an abundance of natural resources. However, these are being depleted and the environment which we depend upon may soon not be productive or viable. In a study published in February 2012 by the Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy, 132 countries were ranked based on their environmental performance. This was done by generating a standardized environmental performance index which looked at many metrics. Some included environmental health impacts, air and water pollution, climate change and energy management. Trinidad and Tobago ranked 96th, which is not a very comfortable place considering what we have to lose. This article focuses on the behaviours that must change if we are to reduce our impact on the environment and improve our global ranking. We often justify our poor behaviors by highlighting the lack of policy or enforcement, but in reality, the lack of enforcement is due to our cultural expectations. The truth is the responsibility is ours, and the consequences of neglect are enormous. For those of us who care, here are some tips that can help reduce your environmental footprint and save money. We can begin by improving eciency in three broad areas: energy consumption, water management and waste generation. In this issue, we will look at how we can adjust the way we consume energy. Energy Consumption Domestically our major energy consumption comes from fuel for vehicles and electricity at home. In 2011, residential consumption accounted for 29% of the electricity usage. Our usage involves the extraction of natural gas as well as combustion to produce the electricity. The main environmental impact is the volume of carbon dioxide generated, which contributes to climate change. Work is being done on exploring more ecient and sustainable mechanisms for electricity generation. Several ways we can reduce consumption at home include: Manage high energy demand appliances such as water heaters, dryers, electric stoves, air condition units and refrigerators. To improve eciency of these appliances try the following: Dryers Water Heaters Air condition units house to ventilate before turning on the unit. (When the hot air blows out the unit uses less energy to cool down.) trapped heat in the roof will be ventilated outside and not inside and this reduces the cost of cooling your home.) reduces the heat penetration into your home. Turn o appliances when not in use because when in standby mode they continue to draw power. energy used to generate that light is wasted as heat making them a very inecient way to light your home. These bulbs should be replaced with Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) as these use 75% less energy, produce 75% less heat, and last up to 10 times longer.Wise Use of Our EnergyBY RAJESH KANDHAIO n ursday 9th A ugust, 2012, Jennifer Carroll, the T rinidadian born L ieutenant Governor of F lorida, visited UWI s St. Augustine Campus where she delivered a lecture on the topic, e US elections, Florida and the Caribbean. Following opening and welcome remarks by Dr Bishnu R agoonath, Senior L ecturer at the Department of Behavioural Sciences, and Professor Rhoda R eddock, UWI St. Augustine Campus Deputy Principal, L t. Gov Carroll began her lecture by speaking about her visit to T rinidad. is visit, she said, focused on building business relationships between T rinidad and T obago and the U S in order to help both countries. She said that the US was especially interested in T&T s pepper, cocoa and urea industries. She spoke about T&T s oil and gas industry advising that our supply can run out so we shouldnt abuse our resources.L ets talk Pepper, Cocoa and Urea Professor Rhoda Reddock, UWI St. Augustine Campus Deputy Principal chats with Jennifer Carroll, the Trinidadian born Lieutenant Governor of Florida at her lecture, e US elections, Florida and the Caribbean, at the UWI St. Augustine Campus. PHOTO: ANEEL K ARIM


SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 UWI TODAY 7 A t the time of I ndependence, when symbols associated with nationalism festoon public spaces, the role of the Chaconia as the national ower oen comes up for scrutiny. Warszewiczia coccinea (Vahl.) K l., exists in two forms: the wild type, known as the Single Chaconia and the cultivara mutant of the former, known as the Double Chaconia, both of which flower throughout the year, particularly during the rainy season. e Single Chaconia, shared with us by other countries, is the national ower, but the Double is uniquely T rinidadian and justiably has a superior claim to hold this position. I n 1957, M rs Grace M ulloon, accompanied by two friends, one of whom was M r David Auyong, spotted a spectacular flowering plant at the top of a group of Chaconias in the Blanchisseuse Valley. R ealising the importance of their find, the group made attempts to propagate it and sought the assistance of M r. R oy Nichols, then a plant physiologist at the I mperial College of Tropical Agriculture, St. Augustine (ICT A). By F ebruary 1958, three plants were established from rooted cuttings, one of which was sent in 1961 to K ew Gardens in the United Kingdom, where M r J. Simmonds established four others by 1962. e plant, believed to be a mutant of Warszewicaia coccinea was given the cultivar name David Auyong. I t is of interest to note the dates involved. e bloom of the Single is a panicle (a compound inorescence) consisting of a main axis 30-50 cm long, along which paired, stalked groups of owers (cymes) are borne. Both the wild type and the cultivar have the same number of chromosomes. e principal dierences between the two lie in the fact that whereas in the former only one of the ve calyx lobes of one ower of the 20 or more that may exist in the cyme, is transformed, in the latter at least one lobe, sometimes more, of every ower in a cyme is transformed, making the inorescence spectacularly showy. Additionally, the transformed sepals in the cultivar are not long-stalked and the corolla is not as large as that in the single: this leads to the fact the petals cannot be as easily seen as they are in the wild type. I t is oen mistakenly thought that the Double is the national ower. I f one examines T&T s 25 cent coin, or the Chaconia M edal, one notices the inorescence of the Single is depicted thereon. I t must be remembered that the Committee responsible for recommending various emblems would have met before the celebration of I ndependence on August 31, 1962. At the time of their meetings, little if anything, would have been known about the mutant (the double) other than by some members of the scientic fraternity. ere is good argument for the Double to be named the national ower. A wide belt of the New World tropics, from Costa R ica to Equatorial P eru and Brazil, which belt includes T rinidad and T obago, is home to the wild type. e mutant, however, is uniquely T rinidadian. We owe a great debt to M r. Auyong, who at great peril to his life, procured the material from which the plant was eventually propagated. On subsequent visits by M r. Auyong and M r. Nichols to the site at which the plant was found, to obtain additional material for propagation, they discovered that the parent plant had been chopped down in a road-widening exercise. A point that is the subject of much discussion is the correct spelling of the common name of the species. e issue of the Flora of T rinidad and T obago, that records the family R ubiaceae to which Warszewiczia coccinea belongs, published in 1928, by Williams and Cheesman, lists the common names as: Pride of T rinidad, Wild Poinsettia and Chaconier. No mention is made of Chaconia. e late Dr. Dennis Adams, as recorded by Quesnel and F arrell, posits that Chaconier is the correct spelling since it comes from the F rench word chaconne, the dance for which the dancers decorated themselves with little ags, just as the tree seems to be decorated with little ags. He draws attention to the fact that the ending ier survives in many of the common names of F rench origin for our plants, such as bananier, guier, cocoier (now oen spelt cocoyea) and balisier. e Single has the title, but the Double deserves itBY P RO F EM E RITUS E. JULI AN DU NCAN CHA CON IAe National Flower BOTANYe Double Chaconia, uniquely Trinidadian, though the Single is the national ower. PHOTO: RICHARD SPENCE


8 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 ENERGY OUTGOINGT o be Beast and M anYou are acknowledged as an expert on constitutional matters, when you were a child, did you imagine this for yourself? What were your dreams?As a child I always envisaged following some aspect of my fathers career and life. I never imagined becoming recognised as someone who could speak with some knowledge on constitutional matters, but my lifetime inuences took me there.What was your childhood like? M y father was a barrister-at-law and I grew up in an environment where legal and political matters were always discussed. M y mother is originally from P hiladelphia, U SA. TIME M agazine and the BBC World news were part of my teenage diet of interests alongside the other things that teenagers enjoy such as parties, sports and friends. I grew up in M araval and my formative years at Holy Name P reparatory School in Cascade in the 1960s followed by Queens Royal College and the Sixth F orm Secondary (P olytechnic) in St. James provided me with the kind of diversity that allowed me to appreciate life from many angles. M y father served as Deputy Speaker of the House of R epresentatives from 1971 to 1976 and was heavily involved, behind the scenes, in the process surrounding the amendment of the constitution that led us to republicanism in 1976. I was absorbed in following the debates surrounding the amendment of the independence constitution throughout the lifetime of that Parliament. I saw politics being operated rst hand and that had a tremendous impact on me.How long have you been at The UWI?Aer I returned from the L ondon School of Economics and P olitical Science with a P hD in Constitutional L aw and Government in June 1987, I started teaching on a part-time basis at the UWI. I n September 1992, I was appointed to a full-time position as a L ecturer in the then Department of Government. I n 1997, I was appointed Deputy Dean (Distance Education and O utreach) in the F aculty of Social Sciences (F SS) and the year before I had been asked to serve as the academic coordinator for the infant Summer Programme of the FSS by Dean Dr Patrick Watson. I n 1999, I was appointed Head of the Department of Behavioural Sciences and also made Senior L ecturer that year. In 2002, I was re-appointed Head of Behavioural Sciences. I n 2003, when Dean Watson became Director of the Sir Arthur L ewis I nstitute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), I was appointed to act as Dean of the F aculty until July 31, 2004. I was then appointed to the substantive post of Dean from August that year and was reappointed for a second term in August 2008. e Statutes of the U niversity do not permit a Dean to serve more than two consecutive terms and so my service as Dean ended on July 31, 2012. The Social Sciences Faculty is UWIs largest, with over 5,000 students; what accounts for its popularity?e undergraduate programmes in M anagement and P sychology are very popular with students. However, the F aculty has also expanded its graduate studies options in the area of taught M asters and P ostgraduate Diploma programmes during my tenure as Dean, since 2003, in Social Work, M ediation Studies, Criminology, Aviation M anagement, Strategic L eadership and M anagement, P ublic Sector Management, Sports Management and T ourism Management. Additionally, I made a bold decision in 2004 for the F SS to embrace the introduction of the Evening U niversity. at allowed a revolution in tertiary education by creating a rate of progress for students that was neither full-time nor parttime, but rather allowed working adults the opportunity to continue working and to pursue their dreams of acquiring a good quality education at a pace that they could choose. at decision allowed the F aculty to respond to the demands for expansion of access in the Strategic Plans of 2002-2007 and 2007-2012 and the F aculty met all its enrolment targets to the extent that we are satised now to arrive at a plateau that will allow us to consolidate our position. What was the FSS like when you became Dean?When I became Dean we were on the edge of transferring to the GP A system as well as the Banner electronic system. Aer 2003, both systems had to be implemented and I drove that process on a hands-on basis with the Administrative and T echnical Support Sta. I saw that we could handle the growth that the Strategic P lan asked of us once we were able to embrace the electronic systems. ere were always going to be issues of administrative transformation and a new culture that would follow such a transformation. e bottom line is that a Dean must get the job done and cannot allow the F aculty to be controlled by administrators who will direct him or her about what to do. I f you have to take responsibility for what is signed by you, then you have to make sure that you can direct it and lead in such a way that your sta will be motivated to get the job done. e F aculty is a very dierent place now. We have electronic workow processes, a Grade P oint Average, and we are the only Faculty that oers counter service until 10pm M onday to F riday and on Saturdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm. O ur administrative transformation has been accomplished by the use of teams instead of individuals on a hierarchical basis. M y decision to eliminate silos and create a atter organization in the F aculty has met disagreement in some quarters, but if you want to ensure service across the board, teams who can handle a broad range of matters is the only way to go once your signature on a document makes you personally liable for the service that is provided. What goals did you set yourself for FSS?erefore, you must know that there are two modes of ghting: one in accordance with the laws, the other with force. e rst is proper to man, the second to beasts. But because the rst, in many cases is not sucient, it becomes necessary to have recourse to the second: therefore a prince must know how to make good use of the natures of both the beast and the man. (Machiavelli, e Prince, Ch. XVIII) T his quotation from T he P rince epitomizes the manner in which I have had to approach the job of Dean at various times during my tenure. Ensuring the best for my F aculty and defending its honour against various attempts to weaken the FSS, while seeking to advance its development, is a task that every Dean will have to face. M y vision and philosophy was to engage in expansion of access to the F aculty in accordance with the Strategic P lans of 2002-2007 and 2007-2012. I was keenly interested in promoting the values of internationalization, academic entrepreneurship, strengthening regionalism and wealth creation. I had seen the desire to undertake so many viable projects stymied by the inability to nance them, while at the same time I was aware that the U niversity, as an institution, was not only about teaching, learning and research, but rather could be leveraged through those core components of its very existence to play a wider role in national and regional engagement. M y vision of internationalization is based on the fact that I recognize that what we do is valuable on a global scale and I reject the desire of others to limit it to an inwardlooking approach which borders on xenophobia. We are valuable in the world and others will engage us if have the ability and strategy to engage them. M y vision of strengthening regionalism is based on my personal philosophy as a Caribbean regionalist. We are too Having served two terms as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr Hamid Ghany has demitted oce as required by University Statutes. His successor will be Mr Errol Simms. e popular social commentator spoke with UWI Today about his tenure, his plans, and the state of independence in Trinidad and T obago.


SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 UWI TODAY 9 Dr Hamid Ghanysmall to want to engage the world without trying to cross the bridges of insularity and separation. Strong engagement with our partners in the Caribbean must be encouraged to create economic space for mutual development which will benet all of us as part of an inter-connected region. M y vision of academic entrepreneurship is based on recognizing that the F aculty can oer leadership to engage in protable business ventures that make use of its talent, intellectual capital and resourceful support sta who can develop business plans that will reduce the dependence of the University on regional governments for its funding.Do you feel you have accomplished these goals? I feel that I have accomplished most of my goals. I set about the task of wealth creation with vigour as the key driver to nancing everything that I wanted to accomplish for my F aculty as I was fully aware that I was not going to depend upon the process of biennial estimates to provide the kind of nancial sustenance that a Faculty like Social Sciences needs to conduct its aairs in a credible manner. Needless to say, this approach created dierent emotional responses in dierent quarters and tested the core value systems of the U niversity about the role of the Dean as a Budget Holder. e FSS came to be regarded as a wealthy F aculty. e internationalization of the F aculty has seen us engaging in relationships with F lorida State U niversity, the U niversity of M iami, Barry U niversity, K alamazoo College, the U niversity of Denver, the U niversity of K waZulu Natal, the U niversity of Hudderseld, the U niversity of Portsmouth, to name a few. Strengthening of regionalism happened through our dedicated engagement with our stakeholders in St K itts, St L ucia and St Vincent on a regualr semester basis over the last nine years to service our academic programmes. O ut of this, the U niversity has earned goodwill in the Eastern Caribbean and remains poised to really be the rst choice for Caribbean nationals. Academic entrepreneurship eorts have ranged from training programmes for the public to the customized oering of academic programmes to corporate and State entities. M y main disappointment is that F aculties do not have the nal say on all of their student matters which means that students have to wait on another approving authority to give them nal and rm responses. is delay in an electronic age does cause student dissatifaction in not knowing the outcome of their requests in a short time frame. Advances have been made and it is apparent that we will get there, but the road is a winding one.Where would you like to see it go?I would like to see the F aculty build on the accomplishments of the last nine years. Nothing is ever perfect and all tasks take on new dimensions in our changing world. I engaged in a very close transition process with my successor, M r. Errol Simms, whereby I converted my powers as Dean into ceremonial powers of acting on his advice in critical areas of sta reassignments and key appointments that would take eect aer I had demitted oce. I n this way, I facilitated him in making the appointments and reassignmensts of duties that he wanted so that he would not have to burden himself with that upon assuming duties as Dean, but rather would have his structure in place from day one. I held a special meeting of our F aculty Board on July 24 to present my Exit R eport on my stewardship as Dean and proceeded on Study L eave the day aer, thereby permitting him the opportunity to take over the F aculty as Acting Dean and then start his substantive tenure of oce on August 1.What role for you now that your tenure as Dean has ended?I committed myself to support M r. Simms in his transition for the coming academic year and I propose to proceed on a sabbatical year in 2013-2014. I will continue to teach with a heavier load now that I am no longer Dean as I never gave up teaching, which is a deep passion of mine. I shall have more time to devote to research now that I no longer have a heavy administrative load and the responsibilities that go with it. M y active public service role will continue and I will always continue to serve my U niversity in whatever capacity I may be called upon to serve in the future.The ftieth anniversary of the countrys independence is a special one; you have been very vocal on governance and constitutional matters, how would you assess Trinidad and Tobago at 50?A functioning democracy that is gradually dismantling the iron grip of divisive two-party politics and is tasting the potential of coalitions of views that are freer now to be heard than ever before without the levels of fear that corralled the public expression of such diverse political views before. e key to all of this is whether the desire to share power will become a natural part of our democratic evolution as we move forward into the next 50 years. e traditional political culture until a few years ago was to construct and support monolithic single parties that would win alone and lose alone and not be prepared to share power. e culture of power sharing must not be seen as a panacea for all the political ills of the society, because there is always the suspicion that political parties only enter into these arrangements to seek further political advantage. Additionally, those who are opposed to coalitions usually try to label them on the basis of the dominant party in the coalition as a means of embarrassing the other parties in the coalition into feeling a sense of inferiority. Holding a coalition together takes a dierent set of political skills. T here is no room for triumphalism as that can alienate political allies, while influential participation in policy decisions by smaller parties can cause internal problems for dominant parties in coalitions. Whichever way we want to look at the last 50 years, it appears that we have seen the rise of other political parties to challenge the dominance of the P eoples National M ove ment (PNM) over the last 25 years. is period coincides with the demise of Dr. Eric Williams and saw the opening up of new political spaces in a manner that did not threaten our democracy, but rather strengthened it. e next 50 years will probably be the era of the coalition of interests as political support for dominant single parties will be dicult to ensure the representation of all interests in the society. e fact that we have held together where others with diverse populations such as ours have faced dire challenges is a credit to our functioning democracy.


10 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 Global employment in computing was projected to grow 30 per cent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Y et, enrolment in computing degrees is down in many universities worldwide. F ounders of the Department of Computing and I nformation T echnology (DCIT) Boot Camp saw this as an opportunity to diversify the economy of T rinidad and T obago and the region in the area of computing and IT and set out last year to stimulate local interest. e idea was to get a signicant number of high school students to have a strong interest in computing and to be willing to pursue higher education in this area, such as degree programmes in Computer Science and Information Technology. So from July 23-27, the DCIT hosted its second annual Computer Science and IT Boot Camp for secondary school students, attracting 36 students, three times as many as last year. e Camp charged a registration fee of $1300 to cover costs like eld trips and meals. e Organizing Committee invited students to apply for scholarships to cover this fee, and all of the 18 applicants were successful through contributions from several companies such as the Trinidad and T obago Network I nformation Centre, M edullan, and Caribbean Retinal Eyecare Supplies. T he Boot Camp covered a wide variety of areas, including Computer P rogramming, Game Programming, R obot P rogramming, Web Development, M obile Soware Development, Wireless Networking, Database Systems, Hardware and Software, M ental M athematics, and P erformance Capture. Each day was lled with a mixture of seminars, hands-on labs and demonstrations, and each session was conducted by a faculty member or postgraduate student from DC IT or from an industry practitioner. ere were also guest presentations from several external institutions. Apart from the classroom and lab activities, a eld trip enabled participants to see technology in action at Caribbean Airlines at key aspects of the operations of the airline including Command and Control, the Call Centre, and the Data Centre, with lectures on the importance of Computing and IT at the company. Campers saw technology at play at the IMAX theatre where they viewed the 3D documentaries Space Station and Under the Sea. ere was also a session on Performance Capture which explained how computer technology was used in the making of popular movies such as Avatar and e Adventures of Tin Tin. e Boot Camp even featured a social evening where participants played games on the popular Kinect Xbox station. Animation is an important industry with lots of potential for T rinidad and T obago and one highlight was a presentation from a leading animation company in M alaysia, L es Copaque. I t was delivered via Skype by U samah Zaid, Executive Director, who discussed how the company was formed and what was involved in producing some of the popular animations that have brought it international fame. He played video clips from Upin and Ipin an animation series for young children that is well-known throughout South-East Asia. is series has been licensed by Disney Channel Asia. T he students were able to ask several questions and were excited to interact in real-time with M r. Zaid, who is also Creative Director of Les Copaque. O n the closing aernoon there was a presentation from Dr. David Siguelnitzky, P resident of the Herbert Fletcher U niversity, an online university based in Puerto R ico. Dr. Siguelnitzky was formerly a P hD student in ENERGY TECHNOLOGYComputing a New I ndustryBY DR PE RMANAND MO HANe idea was to get a signicant number of high school students to have a strong interest in computing and to be willing to pursue higher education in this area, such as degree programmes in Computer Science and Information Technology.Computer Science at e UWI He spoke about his career as a Computer Scientist and his experience in online learning which ultimately landed him the job as P resident of the University. At the end, participants gave high ratings to most aspects of the camp, especially its technical content, with the online presentation from M alaysia being most popular. Several said the exposure improved their interest in ICT and many said the Boot Camp opened their eyes to new opportunities. Special thanks to all the members of the organizing committee, student volunteers and DCIT. F or news on the 2013 DCIT Boot Camp, please visit the DCIT website at Les Copaque Presentation Field Trip CaribbeanAirlines Games Evening


SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 UWI TODAY 11 CAMPUS NEWS By now we know that T rinidad and Tobago is home to the coveted 100 per cent ne or avour Trinitario cocoaso called because it was conceived and came to life in our soil, a hybrid of the avourful Criollo and hardy Forastero varieties. Y et, few are aware that for 50 years we have also had bragging rights to one of the largest resources in the global cocoa and chocolate industrythe Cocoa Research Unit (CRU ) at e UWI. T he Cocoa R esearch U nit has been one of The U niversity of the West I ndies hidden treasures of excellence, said P rofessor Dyer Narinesingh, former Dean of the F aculty of Science and Agriculture. Hidden, he continued, because not many in T&T know of the pivotal role it has played in establishing cocoa industries, not only in the Caribbean but internationally. A leading authority in everything cocoa, researchers, scientists, farmers and chocolate makers throughout the world come to the CRU to take advantage of its rst-class knowledge, skills and technology. So its no surprise that on this, the jubilee of its treasure, e UWI is pulling out all the stops. T he C RU s fiftieth anniversary celebrations kicked o with air at e Spirit of Chocolate a unique tasting experience starring Trinidads Trinitario cocoa beans. On July 21, investors and beneciaries, all dressed to the nines, gathered at the Hilton T rinidads Grand Ballroom to learn about the U nit, its work and its value to the worlds cocoa and chocolate industry, and to experience its ne results at the tasting. e evening began with an exhibition of cocoa. e C RU the M inistry of Agriculture, the Cocoa and Coee I ndustry Board and the T obago Cocoa Farmers Association were among those who set up booths. Pods, beans and a miniature cocoa house and cocoa-carrying donkey were on display and those who visited the CRU s From le: Outgoing Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Science, Professor Dyer Narinesingh, with the hearts of the Cocoa Research Unit: Frances Bekele, Research Fellow, and CRUs Head, Professor in Genetics, Pathmanathan Umaharan. PHOTOS: ANEEL KARIMFIN E CO C OA, FIN E S PIR IT S FI N E FLA VO URSbooth were given a rundown of the chocolate-making process, from bean to bar. As guests moved from one booth to the other, taking new knowledge of T&T s cocoa and the industry with them, they sampled trues, bonbons and other chocolate morsels, all made with Trinitario beans. Ginas Chocolate T rues, Violetta F ine Chocolates, Cocobel and Exotic Caribbean Mountain P ride were all front and centre, oering guests a taste of the ne quality chocolate that our cocoa can produce. An opening ceremony followed, where P rof Narinesingh, P rof P athmanathan U maharan, Head of the CRU and the M inister of F ood P roduction, Senator Devant M aharaj spoke of the CRU s accomplishments and its sterling reputation. en, the pice de rsistance: a tasting experience featuring ve dishes, each pairing chocolate made from T&T s nest cocoa beans with a meat or vegetable and a spirit, either rum, wine or beer; introduced by its creator, World Chocolate Ambassador, Chef Bart Van Cauwenberghe. e cocoa you have here is the top of the world, believe me, Chef Bart armed, declaring his surprise that few people are taking advantage of it. Who is making the chocolate? he asked. Nobody ... I was astounded. is tasting was meant to show how diverse chocolate is as a food, to highlight the quality of the cocoa thats produced here and to open minds to new avours. I ts a little bit bizarre he said of the avour combinations in each of the dishes, but he urged guests to give them a try as he ushered everyone to the tables. As the evening ended, the room was awash with perplexity as guests walked from station to station sampling and trying to gure out exactly what they were eating. Chocolate was included in meals like F oie Gras (a mousse made out of liver), Chicken Coco, Fish and Sabayon and Shells (with smoked ham). ere were also two vegetarian dishes: Passion in a Glass and Panna Cotta. While there were some avours that could be discerned quite easily, there were some that remained pleasantly enigmatic. By the end of the evening, all were certain of two things: they were eating the nest of ne chocolate and without the C RU this may not have been.An Evening in Chocolate HeavenBY S ER AH A CHA M


12 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 ENERGY UWI GRADUATION CEREMONIES 2012HONORARY GRADUAND ALLOY LEQUAYT he UWI St. Augustine Campus will confer an honorary LL D on politician and sports administrator, M r A lloy L equay during its graduation ceremonies in O ctober 2012. Mr L equay shared some thoughts on the societys development with UWI T oday. Asking your opinion on the current state of local and regional cricket is irresistible, so please share your thoughts. L ocal cricket has made tremendous strides mainly due to its pillars of integrity, stability and accountability, and the commitment by the present ocers to ensure a development pathway. I ncentives have been provided to players, not necessarily nancial, but including regional representation, which creates opportunity for upward movement, specialized coaching and mental preparation. O ur National Cricket Centre, including our Frank Worrell Development Centre with indoor and outdoor nets and gym, has also contributed as its facilities make it possible to train even in adverse weather conditions. I n the past ve years our national senior team has performed consistently in the shorter version of the game and our performances have earned us international recognition with many of our players gaining international contracts, which is creating an availability conict. e West I ndies team performances seem to be showing signs of improvement with the High P erformance Centre in Barbados being a major contributor. U nfortunately, local cricket in all of the aliates of the West I ndies Cricket Board does not appear to be structured to ensure development and this could retard growth, notwithstanding the employment by the WI CB of T erritorial Development O cers. e ongoing conicts in the Guyana Cricket Board and the disharmonious relationship between the W I CB and the West Indies Players Association also restrict development. U nfortunately, the WI CB did not consider it feasible to fully implement recommendations of the P.J. P atterson Committees report on restructuring the administration of cricket. e reluctance seems to have been a result of territorial boards concluding that their authority was being diluted. Only some recommendations were implemented and the W I CB sent the report to the Calvin Wilkins Committee to review the un-implemented sections. e Wilkins report is now before the Board. U ntil the WI CB can decide to whom it is responsible for the structured development of West I ndies cricket there will be restricted progress. I f the administrative structure is not stable and accountable, our cricket will be constantly battered by the tide of mediocrity. In two years you will be 90; this country has just turned 50, what in your lifetime has been the national change that meant the most to you? T he national change I which I shall relate created opportunity for upward mobility and gave me space to pursue my vision of freedom and independence. T his change can be located in the period of the seventies and was fuelled by what we recall as the Black Power R evolution. I n the late sixties I was convinced that there had to be a struggle for crickets independence from the gridlock constitutionally imposed by the social elite of that era who felt they had the right to rule and lead. R estrictions prevented both administrators and players from leadership roles if they did not belong to a particular club Change did not come until October 1980 and only aer the report of a Commission of Enquiry (e Rees Report) was approved by Cabinet. e T rinidad Cricket Council was founded in June 1956, but was not independent until 1980. e transformation of T rinidad and T obagos cricket, physically from cities to villages remains my legacy, hence its importance to me. Do you feel that T&T at 50 has matured in the way it should have? T he expansion of our education systemprimary, secondary, tertiary and GA TE has given us the capacity to develop our powers of thinking. R egrettably however we are constrained by our divisiveness and political agendas. e plural nature of our society makes this a dicult task and the lack of visionary leaders, with a focus on nation building instead of a penchant to satisfy egos, has made the task even more onerous. O ur maturity is perhaps an outlook of our personal characteristics and to look at maturity in a holistic sense needs a merging of various interests. O ur constitutional framework might have delayed a more mature approach to national development, as it does not cater for all interest groups to have opportunity to become part of the national decision-making process and consequently separate national agendas develop and create space for conict. There is a lot of pessimism in the country, what bright spots do you see? On balance, I agree there is a lot of pessimism in the country, but this appears to be exacerbated by a bias of media reporting which seems to highlight the negatives to feed the culture of a citizenry which seems to hunger for mauvais langue and juicy gossip. Still I nd there are bright spots, such as the emergence of Police Y outh Clubs as an initiative to reduce criminal activity; the resurgence and expansion of our cadet corps to instill a sense of loyalty and national pride, and the growing numbers of our youth involved in sports and cultural activities and ready to represent T&T on the regional and international stage. I also see it in eorts to unleash the creative capacity of our young people through music, arts, design, lm and other similar innovative life styles. What does this honorary LLD degree mean to you? When I received the call to submit my Curriculum Vitae, I was surprised, and, truthfully, a little reluctant as I associated an honorary degree to academic qualications. U pon reection, I realized that the honorary award was for national service, which I had given voluntarily and at this stage of my life I feel emotionally fullled. M y childhood days were of struggle growing up without a father, who died when I was eight, and living in an environment of hardship. I used sports, community work and politics as building blocks to achieve some of the Creators expectations in exchange for the talent of organizational skills bestowed on me. I have always tried to perform my national duties with dignity and humility. As a Senator of Junior Chamber International, I was taught service to humanity is the best work of life and the LL D degree conferred by the distinguished U niversity of the West I ndies gives truth to the Jaycees creed. UWI has placed a stamp of approval on my lifes work.A stamp of approval ...there is a lot of pessimism in the country, but this appears to be exacerbated by a bias of media reporting which seems to highlight the negatives to feed the culture of a citizenry which seems to hunger for mauvais langue and juicy gossip.MR. ALLOY LEQU AY


SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 UWI TODAY 13 ENERGY UWI GRADUATION CEREMONIES 2012HONORARY GRADUAND FATHER CLYDE HARVEY e UWI St. Augustine Campus will confer an honorary LLD on theologian, Fr Clyde H arvey during its graduation ceremonies in October 2012. F r Harvey shared some thoughts on the relationship between the church and society with UWI T oday. Was there some point in your lifesome interaction or eventthat caused you to choose the path of the priesthood? When I was 17 years old and thinking of studying philosophy, politics and economics abroad, Archbishop F inbar R yan told me in his unique deep-throated tones, Y ou are to be a priest, my son. Y ou are to be a priest. A questioning began then about my life purpose. I entered the seminary to determine if that was really my calling; and that only became clear over time, when I was already in seminary and a student at UWI I n the aermath of 1970, and aer many, many conversations with my friends about the global turmoil, the local revolution, and a commitment to T rinidad and T obago, I understood that the only way that one could truly give ones life totally to ones country was if one believed that this life was not everythingthat life is on the positive side of innity; it is part of something innite. I had known for some time that my commitment to God and my commitment to my country were deeply intertwined. Now my faith in Jesus Christ sealed my commitment to my country. However, one is always choosing priesthood. I have had to renew that commitment at several challenging times since. What has been the most gratifying aspect of that calling? Human Beings. O ver the years, I have found tremendous joy and challenge in my fellow human beings. We speak sometimes of the least of the brethren. I am sometimes praised for my service of the poor. Y et I have been challenged more and more to see that there are no absolutely poor; there are only people whose riches we have not yet seen. e poorest, lthiest-looking of us can bring joy to an encounter, if we learn to see with loving eyes, and hear the story of abundance. Human beings have challenged me, frustrated and angered me; I have oended them oen by insensitivity, ignorance and arrogance. Y et they are a joy. Without them, I could not claim to know anything of God. It is obvious that you think the church has a signicant role to play in community life, and not simply through readings of the scripturedo you think it goes far enough given the nature of the times? e Church is an ancient institution. I t has made history and changed through history. I t remains an important institution in our culture. We live in a time of transition and transformation. We have values to uphold, not simply because God or the Bible says so, but because they are an essential part of our humanity. Y et the context of our human living is changing and, with it, the very denition of what it means to be human. So the Church has to engage with humanity as deeply as ever. e Catholic Church has always been cautious about scientific development, but never afraid of it. Societal development is more dicult to engage with. Sometimes human beings are themselves afraid of the challenges which such social development brings. T rinidad and T obago is precisely at such a point right now. We face a crisis of discernment as to where we ought to go and how to get there. We mortgage our future to those who would use our wealth as if it were their own. e Church must constantly urge the society to be good identiers of complex problems and not be afraid to participate in the problem solving. We must face our own institutional problems and correct them for the sake of the nation, as in the case of our schools. We must constantly ask the deeper questions beyond the materialism which assails us. We must never be afraid of dialogue with those who challenge or oppose us. How do you think the University can contribute towards rebuilding our society? Aer 1970, the U niversity lost much of its energy and purpose. I t was, in my view, deliberately turned into an instrument, rather than an agent. e very reasoning which led to 1970 was turned on its head. e U niversity was challenged to be servant, but it became servant of the societys progress, even as we were struggling to decide what true progress might mean for us as a people. e Humanities, that agent of revolution, was downgraded, yet even today, many students think otherwise and have persisted in embracing it as a signicant eld of study. However, it remains clear that Humanities without Science can be delusional; and Science without the Humanities is always manipulative, if not humanly destructive. e U niversity must constantly seek to oer the community of learners, balance, which can be realized through its primary commitment to research, especially interdisciplinary research. What does this honorary LLD mean to you? When I was invited to receive the award, I was surprised. At the same time, I have always seen honours as a call to deeper service. If I can serve the U niversity more deeply in any way, I hope I can do so to UWI s benet. UWI has always meant a lot to me as a student, then as chaplain and a member of the seminary faculty. e news came at a time when events in the society were making me question the value of parts of my work: R ampant materialism and delusional egocentricity in T rinidad and T obago (where the wave of a few dollars before people can turn the best of us from our higher purposes) frustrate our eorts at human transformation and empowerment. News of this award has made me realize that I have to persevere in the work of community empowerment, church and nation building, with a certain detachment from the works outcome. e future will tell the story.A call to deeper service Aer 1970, the University lost much of its energy and purpose. It was, in my view, deliberately turned into an instrument, rather than an agent. e very reasoning which led to 1970 was turned on its head. e University was challenged to be servant, but it became servant of the societys progress, even as we were struggling to decide what true progress might mean for us as a people.FR CLY D E HA RV EY


14 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 ENERGY UWI GRADUATION CEREMONIES 2012HONORARY GRADUAND RONALD HARFORDe UWI St. Augustine Campus will confer an honorary LLD on banker, Mr Ronald H arford during its graduation ceremonies in October 2012. M r Harford revealed some of whats inside the business suit to UWI T oday. Your name is automatically included in the realm of business and banks. It is a sphere often stereotypically associated with a specic range of interests, but your spare time seems devoted to pursuits outside that range: outdoor activities, historical reading, listening to Caribbean and classical music, and so on. What is the extent of these interests and what role have they played in your life? In other words, what is a relaxed Ronald like? I have a beach house in Blanchisseuse with a pool. ere is also a long beach (YAR A) and river nearby. M y joy is savouring the nature that surrounds this place of peace and enjoying it with friends. I take a keen interest in the fruit trees and ora that surround the premises. e bird life has been enhanced considerably with the owering and fruit trees planted. We are occasionally visited by red M acaws. ere are a number of waterfalls nearby: Avocat, P aria, and ree P ools, that make for delightful short treks. I listen to classical and Caribbean music in this house among the trees and read historical novels on the grass verge to the beach under a canopy of sea grape and coconut trees. e sea laps on the shore at my feet. e pelicans swoop down for their daily catch... I have close eclectic groups of friends whose company I enjoy while we discuss world politics, economics, personal philosophies drawn from experiences and some general ole talk. T ravel is another love of mine and on each trip I make it an adventure if I can, going o to see exotic places and idyllic sites. Would you describe yourself as a family man in terms of time spent with them? e love of family is embedded in me from my father who made us understand that what endures is family and a few friends. We have had large Christmas parties for decades (40-60 people) and family birthdays are observed as mechanisms for keeping the generations together. A history of the family has been written, so for generations to come they will know and maybe appreciate our genealogy. M y dad, R aymond Augustus Stanley Harford, was a banker like myself. He was born in Grenada and educated at a boarding school in the United K ingdom. When cocoa collapsed, there were no jobs in Grenada, so he came to T rinidad and was fortunate to get a job at Barclays (Bank). He worked his way through, serving in San F ernando, then Guyana and St Vincent. He retired as manager at the I ndependence Square Branch. He was much loved by his customers. He had the knack of being a good judge of character and business propositions, and many businesses today were established through his support. At the Bank he was a erce ghter for equal opportunities and rights for local sta. Looking back at your career, through the broad range of boards and associations which have had your input, where would you say you felt that you made your most meaningful contribution, the one that gave you the most satisfaction? I have lived my life to the fullest, worked hard and probably played less hard. I can walk you through my history and show many meaningful achievements. I played a leading role in galvanizing the business community to establish the Brian Lara Promenade and managed it in its early years. Next year I would have served R epublic Bank for 50 years. M y greatest achievement here without a doubt is coaching; developing a strong cadre of professionals so that the future leadership of the Bank is secure. A strong culture has been instilled through example and by causing our rich history (175 years) to be written. M any of the products, subsidiaries and policies were initiated by me. T o single out a few: the rst credit and debit cards, think how this has transformed commerce and the payment system, the L inks system which enables all banks cards to be used at all terminals and AB M s. O n the other side, there was Y outh L ink, a system to give students an apprenticeship at the Bank for a year. en there is the Banks Corporate Social R esponsibility programme: P ower to make a Dierence, through which we give to the disadvantaged $100 million over a ve-year term. At 50, do you feel Trinidad and Tobago has achieved the kind of maturity it ought to? T rinidad has come a long way in these past years. e standard of living has improved dramatically and people live a metropolitan life in P ort of Spain with night clubs, bars, frequent shows and plays, and our sporting prowess is growing. ere are many negatives but these do not cause me to lose hope. I rmly believe that we are at the invisible cusp where the people of the country will take a rmer hold on the direction of our future for the better. eir education and exposure to the world tells them that we can do better and they must play a more powerful role in this. At least they will demand better accountability from the leadership. What does this honorary LLD degree mean to you? is is a most unexpected honour, as was the Chaconia M edal Gold Award last year. ese honours are sent to remind one that your job is not yet done and that you must give back more to this great country of your birth. F or to truly belong, you must give.We are at the invisible cusp I rmly believe that we are at the invisible cusp where the people of the country will take a rmer hold on the direction of our future for the better. eir education and exposure to the world tells them that we can do better and they must play a more powerful role in this. At least they will demand better accountability from the leadership.MR RO N ALD HA RFO RD


SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 UWI TODAY 15 MR L LOY D B R AITHW AITEe Student A dministration Building is to be named aer L loyd Braithwaite (1919-1995), who served as P rincipal at St Augustine between 1969 and 1984. A T rinidadian born to a distinguished Belmont family, Braithwaite was an outstanding sociologist who devoted his life to scholarship and to the regional University. As a young man, Braithwaite became involved in the radical and anti-colonial politics of the T rinidad of the late 1930s and 1940s. When still at school (Queens Royal College) he helped organize demonstrations against Italian businesses aer the 1935 invasion of Ethiopia, and in the early 1940s he was a founder of the Why Not? group of young, radical intellectuals. He qualied as a solicitor, but his deep interest in social issues and his concern for the ordinary people brought him to the notice of the Social Welfare Advisor, a British sociologist called Dora Ibbertson, and earned him a scholarship to the L ondon School of Economics just aer World War II. He could have stayed to do his P hD, but le with a BA in Sociology to take up a research fellowship at the I nstitute of Social and Economic R esearch ( I SE R ) of the new UCWI at Mona, Jamaica. Braithwaite remained at M ona for nearly 20, doing pioneering researchhis famous Social Stratication in Trinidad comes out of this periodand establishing the academic discipline of sociology at the new U niversity. When the F aculty of Social Sciences was created, he le I SE R and became senior lecturer, then P rofessor, of Sociology. As one of the few senior West I ndian academics in that Faculty, he was also draed to serve as Dean. When a new P rincipal was needed at St Augustine in 1969, Braithwaite was prevailed on to accept the post. P erhaps he was ill-suited to be a full-time administrator, ENERGY CAMPUS HISTORY e Reluctant PrincipalBY P ROF ESSOR BRI DGE T BR ERE TO Nand he told everyone that he had never wanted the post. He accepted it, and held it until 1984, out of a seless sense of duty. A man of absolute integrity who lacked any sense of self-interest, he refused to allow university funds to be spent on renovating the P rincipals house so long as he occupied it. F amously, visits to the P rincipals oce almost always found him immersed in the latest scholarly work on the Caribbeaninstead of the les and the memos he probably should have been reading or writing. But if Braithwaite was not the most ecient of university administrators, as P rincipal he was well-informed, tolerant, balanced in his views, and humane. Sympathetic and approachable, his leist past and his liberal instincts ensured that he could always appreciate the positions of the other side, such as the radical student leaders of 1969-70. Even when they adopted tactics he couldnt approve, and was oen the victim of (such as the occasion in 1980 when a large crowd of students besieged him in his oce and threw furniture and les around), Braithwaite remained calm, rational and good-humoured. I t was surely an advantage to the Campus, during a generally turbulent period, to have a leader who was politically and intellectually independent and, above all, scholarly. Braithwaite was a path-breaking scholar, an inspiring teacher, and an instinctive mentor. M any former students have testied to learning far more than sociology from him. He did much of his real teaching and mentoring away from the formal classroom, during the endless impromptu seminars, interviews, chats and limes which he conducted before, during and aer his term as P rincipal. is is why it is wholly appropriate to name a building dedicated to serving students aer Lloyd Braithwaite. Bridget Brereton is Emerita Professor of History and author of the 2010 From Imperial College to e University of the West Indies. is is the nal of her series of articles giving the background to the eight buildings that have been named aer members of the university community. The UWI Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) met at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, on May 25th, 2012 and ratied the following decisions made by its Naming Committee: 1. To name the Faculty of Laws auditorium, St. after the second President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. 2. To name two facilities within the Department of Food Production, Faculty of Food and 3. To name the new Vice-Chancellery Building at For further information, please contact the Oce of the University Registrar, UWI Mona Campus, at (876) 977-2407, or via e-mail at N EW NAMES FOR B UIL DINGS Vice-Chancellery Building at the Mona Campus, e University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters.


16 UWI TODAY SUNDAY 26TH AUGUST, 2012 UWI C AL ENDAR of E VENTSAUGUS T OC TO BER 2012UWI TO DA Y 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.IMF T OWN HALL MEETING 5 September, 2012 UWI St. Augustine Campus UWI collaborates with the I nternational Monetary F und ( IMF ) to host a T own Hall M eeting for UWI students and students of other tertiary level institutions. T his meeting aims to encourage discourse on key economic issues facing the region and provide an avenue for the IMF to present information on its work in the region. For further information, please contact the Marketing and Communications Oce at 662-2002 ext. 84246. COTE 2012 11 October, 2012 Learning Resource Centre UWI, St. Augustine Campus e Department of Economics, UWI, St. Augustine, gears up to host its sixth annual Conference on the Economy (C OT E). C OT E 2012 is an annual landmark event of the Department at which findings from quality research and other studies are presented to inform our stakeholders on economic and social policy. is year, C OT E 2012 coincides with the 50th Anniversary of T rinidad and T obagos Independence and the conference will focus on the theme years of M anaging for Development in an Ever Changing Economic Environment: L essons learnt and the way forward. For further information, please contact the Conference Secretariat at 662-2002 Exts 83231, or via e-mail at UWI TO D AY WANTS TO HEAR FR OM YO UUWI TO DA Y welcomes submissions by sta and students for publication in the paper. Please send your suggestions, comments, or articles for consideration to FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 2012 13 August 2012 14 March 2013CAMPUS TOURS (Faculty tours for all new rst-year students) 20th-30th August CHECK IN (Orientation event for all non-nationals both regional/ international) 25th-26th August WELC OME HOME (Halls of Residence orientation events) 27th-29th August & 13th & 15th September KNOW YOUR FA CULTY 27th-29th August & 3rd-8th September UWI LIFE (UWI Administration orientation events) UWI Life Support: 29th August UWI Life Student & Information Village: 30th August UWI Life Prime: 1st September KNOW YOUR LI BR ARY (Library orientation events) International Relations: 3rd September Medical Sciences Library: 3rd-7th September Alma Jordan Library: 3rd-15th September UWI G U ILD FEST (e Guild of Students orientation events) 3rd-8th September H EALTH & WELLBEING (Health Services Unit Orientation Workshops) roughout Semester I UWI CLI CKS September 12, Sept 14 & Sept 15 & Semester II T HE POST GR ADU ATE EXPER IENCE September 19 & October 10 ST UD Y S K ILLS September 20 & November 22 & Semester II CAR EER SEMINA RS September 27, Oct 4, Oct 11 & Oct 18For further information, please contact Student Advisory Services, at 662-2002 Exts 82338, 84189, 82097 or 82100. IN THE FIRES OF HOPE 13 September 2012 UWI, St. Augustine Campus I n commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of I ndependence in T rinidad and T obago, the UWI s Department of History hosts a 3-day international conference entitled I n the Fires of Hope: 50 Y ears of I ndependence in T rinidad and T obago. is conference is designed to investigate all facets of the theme of I ndependence with emphasis on T rinidad and T obago. I t aims to generate new discussion on the changing realities of independent societies by gathering thinkers and academics involved in examining the economic, political, historical, literary and social aspects of independence from the nascent stages to present day. For further information, please contact the Independence Commemorative Committee at 662-2002 ext 82021/ 82022 or via e-mail at MATRICULATION 13 September, 2012 JFK Quadrangle UWI St. Augustine Campus UWI hosts its annual M atriculation ceremony to ocially welcome and induct all new students to e UWI St Augustine Campus. e ceremony will include the symbolic signing of the register and the recital of the Academic Vow by new students, as well as the ocial welcome address by the Vice Chancellor, P rofessor E. Nigel Harris. For further information, please contact the Oce of the Campus Registrar at 662-2002 ext.82000, 82001. UWI ST A UGUSTINE GRADUATION 2012 25 October, 2012 UWI-SPEC, St Augustine Campus TH URSD AY 25TH OC TO BER 2012: STRIC TLY for graduands of the F aculty of Science & Agriculture/Pure & Applied Sciences of Engineering & L aw FRID AY 26TH OC TO BER 2012: STRIC TLY for U ndergraduate graduands of the F aculty of Social Sciences ( F SS) with surnames beginning with the letters AL and graduands of the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (ALJGSB) STRIC TLY for F SS U ndergraduate graduands with surnames beginning with the letters M-Z and P ostgraduate graduands from the Departments of M anagement Studies, Economics, Behavioural Sciences, I nstitute of I nternational R elations, Sir Arthur L ewis I nstitute of Social & E conomics Studies and the I nstitute of Gender & Development Studies SAT URD AY 27TH OC TO BER 2012: STRICTLY for graduands of the Faculty of Humanities and Education STRICTLY for graduands of the F aculty of Medical Sciences For further information, please contact Examinations at 662-2002 ext 82155 or 83008