St. George’s University Approved by Georgia Composite Medical Board

The Georgia Composite Medical Board (GCMB) has approved St. George’s University, allowing its third- and fourth-year medical students to conduct their clinical training in the Peach State. In addition to the GCMB endorsement, SGU has created a partnership with DeKalb Medical Network, an agreement that facilitates clinical education opportunities at the organization’s three Atlanta-area hospitals.

“We are excited to continue expanding our network of affiliated hospitals in order to offer our students an array of clinical experiences,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and CEO of St. George’s University. “This approval and this new partnership represent key cogs in our growing educational network.”

The Georgia Composite Medical Board licenses physicians and other medical professionals within the state. GCMB representatives visited the True Blue campus for four days in August, evaluating the University’s mission, programs, facilities and more. With its approval, Georgia becomes one of 12 US states in which SGU clinical students can obtain training, joining Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New York, and New Jersey, as well as Washington, DC. Outside the US, clinical rotations are available in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Grenada.

“SGU students can benefit greatly from rotating in a wide variety of locations and fields,” said Dr. Daniel Ricciardi, MD SGU ’81, Dean of Clinical Studies at St. George’s University. “By learning from leading physicians across several different state-of-the-art facilities, they can gain experience and perspective that, upon graduating, will only enhance the quality of care they provide in their own practice.”

In addition to its approval from the GCMB, SGU has created a partnership with DeKalb Medical Network, which opens up clinical education opportunities to the University’s third- and fourth-year students. DeKalb’s hospitals have more than 600 acute care beds and provide specialty care through an emergency department as well as cancer, orthopedic, and wellness centers.

“Our partnership with DeKalb Medical Network will provide hundreds of our students the opportunity to learn and practice medicine at a very high level,” said Dr. Stephen Weitzman, Dean of St. George’s University School of Medicine. “These hospitals are ideal environments for young doctors to take on their first responsibilities in the field.”

Through these clerkships, students can obtain hands-on exposure to all medical roles in a hospital. Each clinical center can accommodate as many as 100 students, who can enroll in sub-internships, up to five rotations, and elective courses.

850 St. George’s University Graduates Garner US Residency Positions on Match Day 2017

Match Day was yet another success for St. George’s University and its graduates, with 850 students and alumni securing first-year residency positions at highly competitive programs across the United States through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

SGU alumni will report to PGY1 residency programs in the following specialties this summer: anesthesiology, child neurology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, internal medicine/neurology, internal medicine/pediatrics, neurological surgery, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, pathology, pediatrics, pediatrics/emergency medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, psychiatry, surgery, thoracic surgery, urology, and vascular surgery. Residencies were secured across the United States as well as in the District of Columbia. In addition to Match Day, one student matched in January’s San Francisco Match, and seven more through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) earlier this month.

“We applaud the 2017 class for its dedication and drive, from the first day of basic sciences to their clinical rotations,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and CEO of St. George’s University. “We look forward to seeing them enjoy long and successful careers in their chosen field, providing high-quality health care for communities throughout the United States and Canada. I also wish to congratulate the hundreds of graduates who are planning to train internationally.”

Many SGU graduates obtained positions in their top-choice positions and at highly competitive programs. Among them was Spencer Leong, who matched into the internal medicine residency program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

“I would have been happy going to any of the programs I had on my rank list, but Tennessee was my first choice,” he said. “It’s a great IM program in a beautiful city along the river, and it’s just two hours from where my parents live. I’m really excited to officially finish my rotations in five weeks and to get started.”

Sannoor Surani described herself as “absolutely ecstatic” shortly after learning that she had secured an anesthesiology position at her top-choice program – Boston University Medical Center. Although she grew up in Texas, she looks forward to practicing in a city that she calls “the hub of medicine.”

“So many innovations come out of Boston, and the environment is so stimulating with so many brilliant minds,” she said. “It’s where I wanted to be, and I couldn’t be happier. If not for SGU, I wouldn’t be here because it gave me an opportunity that I didn’t otherwise have. It was a great experience, and it gave me all the tools and resources I needed to be successful.”

On Match Day, Dan O’Connor discovered that he will return to his native Minnesota this summer to begin a family medicine residency at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He had enjoyed his medicine rotation at St. Cloud, and interviewed for a residency position before leaving. It was and has always been his top choice.

“From when I first went to SGU, this has always been my dream,” O’Connor said. “I’ll be around my family and friends, and I’ll be doing what I love, so I’m very happy about it.”

Since opening in 1977, St. George’s University has graduated more than 14,000 physicians who have gone on to practice in all 50 US states and more than 50 countries worldwide. According to published information, SGU has placed more doctors in first-year postgraduate positions than any medical school in the last six years combined, including more than 880 placements at US and Canadian residency programs in 2016.

Stay tuned as SGU is learning each day about more postgraduate positions gained through the Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program (SOAP) or outside of the Match entirely. For a complete list of 2017 residency appointments to date, visit the SGU postgraduate appointment page.

St. George’s University Celebrates 40 Years of Excellence in International Education

St. George’s University’s highly anticipated 40th anniversary celebration kicked off with a weekend of festivities for which all those who helped author its incredible story—everyone from the faculty and staff to its more than 17,000 graduates — were invited.

SGU’s impact on health care, veterinary medicine, business, and many other fields has been felt both near and far. Close to home, SGU hasplayed and continues to play a large role in transforming the country of Grenada. In addition to contributing millions of dollars to the country’s economy, it is also one of the largest employers of Grenadians on the island, second only to the Government of Grenada. Similarly, SGU is also responsible for transforming education in the region, offering a tertiary education opportunity that has resulted in 1,200 Grenadian alumni, with more than 200 MDs.

Beyond the Isle of Spice, St. George’s University has graduated more than 14,000 physicians and over 1,200 veterinarians, helping to address doctor shortages in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Dr. G. Richard Olds, who hopes to continue that proud tradition as the University’s inaugural President, welcomed family, friends, and colleagues to a special investiture ceremony at Patrick F. Adams Hall during kickoff weekend. Attendees included Grenada’s Governor General, Dame Cecile La Grenade, Prime Minister Dr. the Right Honorable Keith Mitchell, Baroness Howells of St. David’s, founding members of SGU, parliamentarians, and diplomats. They included Dr. Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University, who delivered the evening’s keynote address, expressing that, in Dr. Olds, SGU had chosen the right person to lead it into the future.

With more than 70 percent of SGU doctors having gone on to practice primary care, many in areas of need, during his address, Dr. Olds reinforced his and the University’s commitment to addressing the primary care shortage and maldistribution of doctors in the US and worldwide.

“I feel privileged to lead St. George’s University at a time when we are doing more than ever to address the shortage of doctors worldwide,” Dr. Olds said. “Our graduates are fulfilling SGU’s mission to shape the future of our world – especially in communities worldwide that most need quality health care.”

SGU also welcomed back members of its charter class who started class at St. George’s University School of Medicine on January 17, 1977. They joined longtime administrators, faculty, and staff, including retired bus driver, Whitley Courtney, the University’s first-ever employee, at a special Founders Dinner in L’Anse aux Epines hosted by Chancellor Charles R. Modica, one of four of SGU’s founders. Other events included a Charity 5K Fun Run, for which more than 100 runners raced from Founders Library to the Grand Anse campus, tours of the True Blue campus, and a library archive exhibition.

Kickoff weekend festivities were punctuated by a Parade of Nations, for which more than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff celebrated SGU’s cultural diversity. In its 40 years, the University has welcomed individuals from more than 140 countries, and to celebrate, parade participants wore their national colors and waved flags of their native countries on their way through lower campus.

 

Kickoff weekend was only the beginning to a yearlong celebration of SGU’s 40 years. For more information and to register, visit www.sgu.edu/beyond40.

St. George’s University Formally Invests Dr. G. Richard Olds as President

Yesterday, St. George’s University formally marked Dr. G. Richard Olds’s appointment as President in an investiture ceremony, a highlight of the university’s 40th anniversary celebration.

“I feel privileged to lead St. George’s at a time when we are doing more than ever to address the shortage of doctors worldwide,” Olds said. “Our graduates are fulfilling St. George’s mission to shape the future of our world — especially in communities worldwide that most need quality health care.”

Co-founder Patrick F. Adams, Baroness Howells of St. Davids, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, Founding Chancellor Dr. Charles R. Modica, President & CEO Dr. G. Richard Olds, and California State University Chancellor Dr. Timothy White.

Investiture is a centuries-old academic tradition wherein a new university president receives the symbols of the office. Dr. Olds was appointed President of St. George’s in August 2015.

The Chancellor of the California State University system, Dr. Timothy White, also spoke during the investiture ceremony. He applauded St. George’s for expanding access to medical education among historically underrepresented minorities and recruiting a geographically, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse student body.

Dr. White was previously chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, where he worked with Dr. Olds to establish the university’s School of Medicine, the first LCME-accredited medical school in California in more than four decades. As its founding dean, Dr. Olds focused on addressing the shortage of primary care physicians in the school’s backyard, California’s Inland Empire, where there are only 120 physicians per 100,000 people. That’s 38 percent fewer than the state average.

Dr. Olds has carried that same passion for serving the needy to St. George’s, which is already the largest provider of new doctors to the U.S. healthcare system. Under Dr. Olds’s leadership, St. George’s has expanded several scholarship initiatives that encourage students to work in underserved areas, including the CityDoctors program and the Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program.

“Over our next 40 years and beyond, St. George’s will continue to expand opportunity to more students from geographically, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds — because they are the ones who will make a difference,” said Dr. Olds. “Whether they’re filling the global need for high-quality providers of primary care or solving public health crises, I am excited to see the impact that our students will have on the world.”

Published on 1/16/17

SGU Mourns Passing of Dr. Leon Smith, A Pioneer and Ambassador

St. George’s University mourns the loss of Dr. Leon Smith, the former Chief of Medicine at St. Michael’s Medical Center who first welcomed SGU students to conduct clinical training in New Jersey. Dr. Smith, a renowned infectious disease specialist and longtime ambassador for SGU, passed away on December 19, 2016. He was 87 years old.

“We are eternally grateful for the role – and the chance – that Dr. Smith took in welcoming SGU students during the University’s early years,” said Dr. Stephen Weitzman, Dean, St. George’s University School of Medicine. “He and St. Michael’s not only provided superior clinical training for our students, but its willingness to open its doors to us led to many more opportunities elsewhere.”

“Dr. Smith was the cornerstone for our clinical programs in New Jersey and in the United States,” added Dr. Daniel Ricciardi, MD SGU ’81, Dean of Clinical Studies in the United States. “He was a tremendous ambassador for the school and our students.”

As Chief of Medicine at SMMC, Dr. Smith appointed Joseph Pellicano as the Director of Medical Education and together they welcomed St. George’s University clinical students for the first time in 1979. It was the first comprehensive five-core rotation in the Garden State. Since then, more than 1,300 students have rotated through St. Michael’s, and SGU students can currently train at more than 70 hospitals and clinical centers throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Grenada.

“Dr. Smith was this towering, magnanimous man with an amazing, embracing smile,” said Dr. Orazio Giliberti, MD SGU ’82, Associate Dean of Clinical Studies in the United States. Dr. Giliberti completed his rotations and intern year at SMMC in the early 1980s. “Dr. Smith would take you in and say ‘let me teach you,’” he recalled. “I remember he would hold service rounds every Friday with all the students, residents, and faculty and teach us one case. It was an experience that not too many people would appreciate unless they were there.”

Dr. Smith (right) chats with friend and former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne.

In addition to his role as Chief of Medicine, Dr. Smith also served as its Chief of Infectious Diseases during his 48-year tenure at St. Michael’s. Dr. Smith founded and chaired the internal medicine residency program at Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education, and was a professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (UMDNJ). Dr. Smith also presided over the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases.

Published on 1/5/17

SAS Alum Outlines Coral Reef Restoration Program During Prince Harry Visit to Grenada

An alumnus of St. George’s University School of Arts and Sciences was part of a day-long welcoming party for Prince Henry of Wales – Prince Harry – during his visit to Grenada on November 28.

For a glass-bottomed boat tour in Grand Anse Bay, His Royal Highness was accompanied by Kerricia Hobson, BSc SGU ’08, Project Manager in the Environment Division in Grenada’s Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, and the Environment. One of few individuals aboard the charter boat, Ms. Hobson explained the Grenada Coastal Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) Project, which is designed to reinforce deteriorating reef structures in Grenada and Carriacou through the creation and maintenance of coral nurseries.

She and Prince Harry observed five of the program’s divers, or “gardeners,” assess and clean the nurseries, tasks that will have many long-term environmental and sociological benefits to Grenada.

“Prince Harry was impressed and pledged to be a voice to help raise awareness about the importance of coral reefs,” Ms. Hobson said. “Coral reefs produce the sand on our beautiful beaches, and they’re also important for our tourism and fisheries industries. To restore them, coastal ecosystems have proven to be less costly to implement and a better fit than hard infrastructures such as seawalls.”

The EBA program is run jointly with the Government of Grenada and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and is the first such project in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Since the program’s launch last year, EBA Project personnel, including another SGU grad, Leyana Romain, BSc SGU ’14, have constructed and overseen two nurseries off the coasts of Grenada and Carriacou. As a result of their efforts, nearly 2,000 reef fragments have matured and been installed on existing structures. Ms. Hobson and Ms. Romain are seeking additional funding that will allow them to reach their goal of planting upward of 10,000 fragments in the next 3-5 years.

Following his visit, His Royal Highness left a note that read, “Globally, 75% of coral reefs are under threat from overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and acidification of the sea due to climate change. It is fantastic to see Grenada doing their bit for their surrounding ocean and coral reefs. We must protect the things that give us so much.”

Ms. Hobson described her conversation with Prince Harry as surreal. “He asked a number of questions and showed that he’s knowledgeable about our work and the issue of coastal preservation,” Ms. Hobson said. “For a while, I forgot that I was talking to His Royal Highness. He didn’t act like he was royalty; he acted like a person who was genuinely interested in the work we were doing.”

Jason Roberts, awarded an honorary doctorate from SGU in May 2016, meets with Prince Harry at Queens Park, Grenada.

Jason Roberts, awarded an honorary doctorate from SGU in May 2016, meets with Prince Harry at Queens Park, Grenada.

Prince Harry represented Queen Elizabeth II in his visit to Grenada, which included a royal welcome at Maurice Bishop International Airport, as well as sporting events at Queens Park Grounds. Prince Harry visited with members of the Jason Roberts Foundation, who launched the Youth in Action initiative to help improve the wellbeing and lifestyle of Grenada youth. Mr. Roberts, a former Premier League and Grenada National Team football player, was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by SGU’s School of Graduate Studies in May 2016 for his longtime work on behalf of disabled children in Grenada through the Foundation.

Prince Harry’s visit was part of a 15-day tour of the Caribbean that also included stops in Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Guyana, Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Published 12/6/2016

St. George’s University Provost Feels Right at Home

The new Provost at St. George’s University, Dr. Joseph Childers has received a warm Grenadian welcome upon his arrival. Although he is new to the island, the feeling he has is a familiar one.

childers-joseph“This has been very much like coming home for me,” Dr. Childers said. “Grenadian culture is, in many ways, similar to the Southern culture I grew up in. There is a certain friendliness, courtesy, and slight formality that everyone possesses. Grenadians also have an incredible joyousness – they love to laugh. I’ve found them to be upbeat, resilient, and proud, traits I very much recognize and respect.”

Appointed Provost in October 2016, Dr. Childers will oversee the University’s academic units, academic centers and initiatives, and student services, providing leadership for the planning, development, implementation, assessment, and improvement of all academic programs, policies, and supporting infrastructure for the Grenada campus. He assumed the Provost role from Allen Pensick, who has spent more than 30 years at SGU, including as Provost from 2004 to 2016. Dr. Pensick has stayed on as Provost Emeritus, assisting Dr. Childers with his transition.

“Dr. Pensick has been an invaluable resource,” Dr. Childers said. “He’s so well liked, so well respected, and is such a major part of the University’s history. In addition to being a gracious mentor, he’s a great person. I couldn’t have asked for better.”

Dr. Childers came to SGU after serving as Dean of the Graduate Division at University of California, Riverside (UCR) for eight years. During that time, UCR witnessed increases in graduate student diversity and student success, garnering national attention as an institutional model and for best practices.

“Having purview over an entire campus was instrumental in helping me get a sense of the specific issues facing different departments and disciplines,” Dr. Childers said. “Also, because I have taught at all levels, from freshmen to advanced graduate students and even faculty, I have learned to be mindful about how to present and to ensure that people come away with an understanding of the material. It is paramount that the audience feels the environment is safe for asking questions and communicating.”

At UCR, he worked alongside G. Richard Olds, then the Founding Dean of its School of Medicine and the current President and Chief Executive Officer at SGU. Together they helped create one of the US’s most diverse campuses, a trait it shares with SGU, which has drawn students from more than 140 countries.

“You cannot over value the importance of diversity on any campus,” Dr. Childers said. “If you’re always seeing and dealing with people just like yourself, you’re effectively living in a cocoon. It’s important to be able to deal with difference, to see the world from alternate perspectives, and to respect other cultures, especially if you’re going into a profession that demands that kind of open-mindedness and curiosity.”

The oldest of five children, Dr. Childers was born in north central Indiana but as an infant moved with his family to Bentonville, Arkansas, a farming community on the Missouri and Oklahoma border. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the University of Arkansas, and went on to obtain his Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia University.

He then joined UCR as a Professor of English, a position he held for more than 25 years. Dr. Childers has also authored two books, co-edited two others, and published numerous articles and essays on a wide variety of topics. In addition to bringing his expertise and leadership to SGU, he is joined by his wife, Dr. Karen Pyke, a well known sociologist who is a visiting professor in the School of Arts and Sciences and who is consulting on the formation of an ombuds office for the campus.

In a short time, Dr. Childers has settled in at SGU, and he looks forward to using his background as an administrator and educator to create policies, procedures, and efficiencies that contribute to its development, both regionally and worldwide.

“Before it came on the radar for me as potential opportunity, I knew it was well respected for its medical education, but I didn’t know just how large of a role it has in the Caribbean,” Dr. Childers said. “St. George’s University is in position to become a comprehensive and truly premier international university. We are moving in that direction, and I’m tremendously excited to be a part of the University’s advancement.”

Published on 11/14/16

St. George’s University Remembers Paul Slinger, OBE

St. George’s University mourns the loss of Paul John Vere Slinger, OBE, who passed away at the age of 82 after a long illness on Friday, October 21, 2016, surrounded by his family at his home in St. Paul’s.

A true patriot, Mr. Slinger served in the Grenadian government as the Minister of Tourism, and his profound love and passion for Grenada combined with his unfailingly hospitable and gentle manner earned him much praise and affection from everyone he encountered. Over the course of the past 40 years, Mr. Slinger introduced to Grenada the Carenage-to-Grand Anse Cross-Harbour swim race, the Hash House Harriers, and the Grenada Triathlon. And in 2010, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire OBE by Her Majesty the Queen of England. For Mr. Slinger, there was no place on earth quite like Grenada.

As a young man, Mr. Slinger served as an officer in the British Guiana Volunteer Force. He then worked as a senior executive of American Life throughout the Caribbean before returning to his beloved island home to raise his family. Mr. Slinger was a devoted husband and father to his three daughters, one of whom, Ann Marie, is a graduate of the School of Medicine at SGU. He was also a wonderful uncle to his nephew, Dr. Peter Slinger, an educator in the Department of Educational Services, as well as a much-loved brother, friend, coach, and mentor to many.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Victoria; his younger brother and sister, Nigel and Sonya; his three daughters, Isabelle, Anne-Marie, and Sarah; their mother, Mary-Ann; and his grandchildren, Nerine, Laya, and Max. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends.

Published on 10/24/16

St. George’s University Mourns Dr. Linnea Veinotte

The entire St. George’s University family mourns the loss of Dr. Linnea Veinotte, a Learning Strategist in the University’s Department of Educational Services (DES) who died tragically last week.

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Dr. Veinotte joined the DES as a Learning Strategist in January 2014 and very quickly become a valued member of the teamShe was incredibly gifted as an educator, a counselor, a collaborator, and she was well loved by the students with whom she worked. Her intellect, willingness to listen, and great desire to contribute to students’ success stood out among her qualities as well.

“Linnea was extraordinarily accommodating for her students,” Dr. Glen Jacobs, Vice Provost of Educational Services and Professor and Chair of the DES, told CTV News. “She was extremely soft spoken, helpful, intellectual and very bright.” Dr. Jacobs said that DES was ecstatic that she returned to be a valuable member of the learning strategies team after a year’s hiatus, and the whole department – and her students – deeply mourn her loss.

“Linnea was a joy to work with because she always approached every task from the perspective of what could be done and not from what couldn’t,” added Joanne Buckland, DES Learning Strategist. “She never said no, never complained, and always had a positive attitude toward collaboration. She thought things through before she spoke and always had insightful additions to any conversation. Linnea cannot be replaced and will be sorely missed as a valued team member and friend.”

Dr. Veinotte was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, and lived in Nova Scotia later in life. She earned a Bachelor of Sciences with Honors in biology from Acadia University in 2001, and then a Doctor of Philosophy in genetics from the University of British Columbia. She continued on the academic path, serving as a postdoctorate research fellow at Dalhousie University, where she went on to earn her Certificate in University Teaching and Learning.

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Dr. Veinotte taught in the biology departments at Acadia as well as Mount Saint Vincent University, as well as the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie. She carried that passion for educating others into her role with the Department of Educational Services.

“In the four short months that I got to know and work with Linnea, her ingenuity, warmth, and humility touched me the most,” added Dr. Nana Yaa Baffour-Awuah, also a Learning Strategist in the DES. “I will miss her dearly, and I wish I had been given more time to become better friends with her.”

Students expressed their sympathies and gratitude for Dr. Veinotte upon learning of her loss. Dr. Veinotte built a tremendous rapport with those who she counseled. She helped students become more effective learners by presenting helpful information and resources for their studies, and suggesting way to improve their study habits and time management. The results showed on their exams.

“After mid-terms, I was not satisfied with my grades,” said one student. “After meeting with Dr. Veinotte, my grades increased significantly during round three of tests and quizzes.”

“Following a learning strategies appointment, she would often send an email with additional helpful resources that she had come across in her research,” added another. “She always extended herself beyond the walls of the office to help in any way she could.”

“Dr. Veinotte was one of the nicest, most encouraging people I have met at SGU,” said one SOM student. “When I really needed it, she encouraged me to keep trying my hardest in Anatomy, and she would email me asking how I was doing and if she could help me in any way. This was always appreciated. My heart goes out to those who were closest to her.”

Dr. Veinotte’s influence on the Department of Educational Services, the University and its faculty and staff will carry on through the years. She is survived by her husband, Matthew, and two sons, Lucas and Isaac, of whom she was always very proud.

“I remember seeing Linnea, Matt, and the boys pull up to the Grenada Yacht Club dock after a day out on the water. They were all smiles, tanned and laughing,” recalled Dr. Peter Slinger, Coordinator of the Professional Supplemental Learning Program. “Linnea was seeing that the boys got all their gear together, gently shepherding them to the car, telling me their story of being caught in a rainstorm on the way over. They looked like true island adventurers, loving Grenada, and enjoying each other’s company. We will miss her in DES so much. Her gentle demeanor and simple grace will resonate with us for a long time.”

“Linnea was someone who, although very quiet and unassuming, always managed to fit right into every social and professional situation,” said Dr. Debbi Johnson, Associate Professor and Specialized English Language Program Coordinator. “She was warm and friendly, and very engaging on a personal level. Most notable for me was the fact that her children and family were such a priority for her. The first time I met Linnea, she thanked me for the fact that my children were making the transition to Grenada for her children so much easier. This was Linnea. She always managed to make connections with people in the most simple ways, and for us, it was our children. This continued throughout the time I knew her, and I was so grateful for her warmth towards my own family and for the fact that she always recognized the good things that we all contributed to each others’ lives.”

St. George’s University sends its deepest condolences to Dr. Veinotte’s family, friends, colleagues, and students whose lives she touched. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in her honor on Sunday, December 20, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. The University will organize a memorial ceremony for Dr. Veinotte in 2016, open for all those from the SGU and Grenadian communities to attend.

SGU Professor Creates Negotiators’ Guidelines Manual on Climate Change for Small Island Developing States Worldwide

Next month’s Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris has been called “the last chance” to curb the rise in global temperature, and Dr. Hugh Sealy, a Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St. George’s University, will be on the front lines to usher in that change.

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Under the “Capacity Building for SIDS Climate Change Negotiators Initiative”, funded by the government of Australia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) appointed Dr. Sealy as a consultant and asked that he create a guidance manual that provides climate change negotiators in small island developing states (SIDS) with the information and tools needed to adequately represent their constituencies during international negotiations and ensure the viability of their countries. At the 12-day conference in Paris, SIDS representatives as well as those from 196 countries hope to reach a legally binding agreement on greenhouse gas emissions that would cap global warming at less than 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100.

“I go to Paris with a great deal of resolve,” Dr. Sealy said. “We cannot afford to leave Paris with an agreement that does not guarantee our countries as viable human settlements. That, to me, is my bottom line. Within the UN system, it is one country, one vote. We are powerful as small islands. We can affect what happens in Paris, and we have to get it right for the sakes of generations to come.”

His manual, which was published on the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) and UN websites, is divided into six modules and covers topics ranging from the science of climate change and geopolitical factors, to the specific objectives of the Alliance. Dr. Sealy and AOSIS representatives plan to lobby to decrease greenhouse gases worldwide so that temperatures increase by no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius by the year 2100. He states that the world is on pace to increase in temperature by at least 3 degrees by that time, and that even a 2 degree increase would lead to drought, famine, crop failure, volatile weather, and rising sea levels.

“For a number of small islands, it isn’t an economic issue; it’s an existential issue,” Dr. Sealy said. “We are negotiating for the existence of our countries.”

In addition, AOSIS hopes to secure financing to mitigate emissions and to adapt to climate change through the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Agreed upon at the 2009 COP in Copenhagen, the fund promised that developed nations would provide developing countries with $100 billion in aid annually by 2020. However, according to Dr. Sealy, the GCF has only been allotted $10 billion total for the years 2015 to 2018. In addition, he hopes to have a section on support for ”Loss and Damage” in the Paris Agreement, in the event of irreparable damage to a country’s economy, the prospects of which increase with projected warmer climates worldwide.

“I feel my whole life, my whole career to date, has led to this one moment in time,” Dr. Sealy said. “I pray that we will be successful in Paris and that I can look my daughter in the eye and say that I played a minor part.”