The Winner of the First Annual St. George’s University Knowledge Bowl

The all-girls ensemble from St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) in St. George’s emerged as the Champion of the first annual SGU Knowledge Bowl. They walked away with the Challenge Trophy after defeating Hillsborough Secondary School from the Sister Isle, Carriacou.

The final match was held on SGU’s True Blue Campus on March 18 – and what a match it was! The audience was perched on the edges of their seats, as questions and answers were thrown back and forth. The final score: 45-28.

The response was phenomenal, with an in-studio audience of more than 600 at the Bell and Bourne Lecture Halls and many more watching the live television broadcast and listening to live broadcasts on two radio stations in the North of Grenada and on the Sister Isle of Carriacou.

The Quiz Competition, designed to stimulate and provide an avenue for healthy academic exchange, was organized and sponsored by SGU and Grenada Cablevision Community Channel 6, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The competition was launched on January 12th and the matches aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8PM on Community Channel 6.

Fourth and fifth term students from 18 of Grenada’s 22 secondary schools faced off in this exciting contest to test their knowledge, prepare for regional exams, win prizes, and have fun.

The material for the quiz questions came from the Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) syllabi in the areas of science, information technology, the arts, and humanities. Students also had to have general knowledge of geography, Spanish, food and nutrition, culture, sport, and current affairs. All fourth and fifth term students have to take an external exam as set forth by the CSEC at the end of the year. The quiz competition directly reflected what the students need to study and know for the exam so its purpose was two-fold. It helped not only the participants study for the exam, but also the students watching the competition.

The five winning SJC team members were awarded individual laptop computers and $500(US) starter bank accounts, while their school received $10,000(US). The second place Hillsborough team also got bank accounts, while their school was presented with $5,000 (US).

Each team consisted of five players, two back-ups, and a coach (teacher). The moderator for the competition was Tyrone Buckmire, project manager of Grenada Ecotourism Enterprises. Mr. Buckmire, who has been involved in social work since 1988 works with NGOs in the areas of education, youth development, child rights, and environmental conservation. He has represented Grenada and the Caribbean at various international meetings, conferences, and internships.

The SGU Knowledge Bowl initiative was spearheaded by Colin Dowe, Assistant Dean of Enrolment Planning, Caribbean Admissions at SGU. “This was a very exciting quiz competition,” Mr. Dowe said. “We are overwhelmed by the success of the Quiz and the accolades.”

With Season 1 wrapped up, corporate sponsors and supporters are already signing up for Season 2 next year. Having been infected by a Quiz bug, SGU has committed to a minimum of five more years. Stay tuned…

Published on 03/23/2006

President of American Veterinary Medical Association(AVMA) Delivers Keynote Address at School of Veterinary Medicine’s White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Henry E. Childers, President of AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) and the American Animal Hospital Association, welcomed a new class of veterinary students to St. George’s University during his Keynote Address at the White Coat Ceremony on January 17, 2006.

52 new veterinary medical students – 17 men and 35 women from seven countries were welcomed to SGU at the 13th White Coat Ceremony of the School of Veterinary Medicine. To an audience of family, friends, and faculty members, the vet students pledged their commitment to the field of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Childers emphasized that the veterinary profession was a diverse one, having more than 30 areas of specialization, and encouraged the students to choose wisely and set about to make a difference relating to public health and public practice.

Chancellor Charles R. Modica also welcomed the students to SGU and encouraged them to succeed in their goals. Margaret A. Lambert, Dean of Enrolment Planning, addressed the vet students and advised them to hold onto this moment of the beginning, to make this day’s experience part of their permanent store of memories, so that when the everyday frustrations and bumps of reality sets in, they can each dig down into their store of memories and remember what it was they set out to do.

A small animal practitioner in Cranston, Rhode Island, Dr. Childers is also an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine and is only the second veterinarian to serve as both president of AVMA and the American Animal Hospital Association.

After earning his veterinary degree from Auburn University, Dr. Childers served two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps before acquiring the Cranston Animal Hospital in 1957. He became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP), where he served as a member of their Council of Regents and was chairman of their Continuing Education Committee.

Throughout his career Dr. Childers has been active in organized veterinary medicine. He has served on various councils, boards, and foundations in the veterinary medicine field, and has received numerous honors.

Published on 02/08/2006

Noted Bioethicist Welcomes the Class of 2010 at the White Coat Ceremony

Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an internationally renowned bioethicist and breast oncologist was the Keynote White Coat Speaker who addressed the incoming class with inspiration and pragmatic suggestions for a life in the service of medicine. The School of Medicine welcomed a new class of medical students on January 16th at the White Coat Ceremony. The new students, 355 from 30 different countries (185 men and 170 women) gathered on at the Trade Center in Grand Anse dressed in white coats, marking their official entry into the medical profession.

Chancellor Charles R. Modica greeted the new students and welcomed them to SGU and to medicine. He stressed that their experience in medical school will be as good as they want it to be – or as bad as they allow it to be. He encouraged them to make the right choices. Dr. Allen Pensick, Provost of SGU, echoed the Chancellor’s sentiments and welcomed the new students on this joyous occasion.
Four Students Receiving White Coats 2006
Dr. Emanuel told the students, parents, faculty and administration in the audience that no matter how well-intentioned, hardworking, or knowledgeable doctors are, they will, inevitably make mistakes. It is important to integrate these mistakes, know what they mean, and learn from them. How a doctor assimilates a mistake will determine, to a large extent, the level of commitment to the medical profession. He gave examples from his own medical career to illustrate how rewarding the practice of medicine can be.

Dr. Emanuel has had a very distinguished career in medicine. After earning his undergraduate degree from Amherst College, he received an MSc from Oxford University in Biochemistry. He received an MD from Harvard Medical School and a PhD in political philosophy from Harvard University. He was a fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Dr. Emanuel did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital and his oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He then joined the faculty at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

He has published widely on the ethics of clinical research, advanced care directives, end of life care issues, euthanasia, health care reform, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, JAMA, and many other medical journals. He has published books, has received numerous rewards, and serves on various commissions and organizations. Dr. Emanuel has been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Published on 02/08/2006

University of the West Indies’s (UWI) Vice Chancellor Visits St. George’s University

Professor E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), made his first official visit to St. George’s University last week, a significant step in cultivating a stronger alliance between the two institutions.

Professor Harris’ tour of campus, led by Mr. Paddy Ross, SGU’s Dean Emeritus of Caribbean and UK Clinical Studies, took place on Tuesday, November 8th. Professor Harris was impressed by the commitment manifested in SGU’s campus, “You have a beautiful campus,” he said. “The buildings compliment the environment to create an appealing ambience – one conducive to work and study.”

Professor Harris was in Grenada attending the Eighth Annual UWI Medical Alumni Association International Medical Conference held at the Grenada Beach Resort, a conference in which St. George’s was invited to participate. The title of the conference was “UWI and Medical Education for the Caribbean and the World in the 21st Century.” Visiting SGU’s True Blue campus was one of his priorities on this trip to Grenada.

One of the discussion topics during Professor Harris’ visit was a possible collaboration between SGU and UWI for the postgraduate training of medical graduates. This collaborative effort would increase the possiblities of partnership in the necessary development of medical education in the region. It further enhances the growing spirit of cooperation in the Caribbean region amongst dedicated medical education professionals interested in high academic standards. Since 1999 there have been several visits from UWI officials and numerous instances of collaborative efforts, including visits from UWI researchers to participate in research presentations organized by WINDREF.

UWI operates in 15 countries in the Caribbean region, including Grenada. Each year the conferences are held on a different island. Although Grenada would have been chosen to host the conference before Hurricanes Ivan and Emily, Professor Harris stated that it was particularly apt for the conference to be held in Grenada this year, “We felt certain we would want to come to Grenada and lend our support. After all Grenada is part of our UWI family.”

Published on 11/14/2005

23rd Annual Conference on West Indian Literature

Grenadian poet and novelist Dr. Merle Collins, called the foremost writer of her country, read to a packed audience last week in the University’s Caribbean House, opening the 23rd Annual Conference in West Indian Literature with selections from her most recent collection of poetry, Lady in a Boat, including “Se Mwé Nutmeg.”

Each spring university and college professors and writers from the region join together to celebrate the literature of the West Indies. “We talk about who we are, what our literature is about, and why it is important,” said Antonia MacDonald-Smythe, Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences at St. George’s and an attendee of the conference since 1992. “It’s a time to discuss what is important to us, to read literature to others, and to present papers we have worked on.”

The West Indian Literature Conference started 23 years ago at the University of the West Indies and grew over the next few years to include the University of Guyana, the University of Puerto Rico, the University of Miami, and other Caribbean universities and colleges. Every fourth year the conference is held in an international location.

At last year’s conference Dr. MacDonald-Smythe accepted the proposal to hold the 1994 forum at St. George’s University – for the first time. “I thought it would be a great idea to have it at St. George’s,” Dr. MacDonald-Smythe said. “It’s never been here and it is good for us to be a part of this experience. A lot of people don’t know too much about St. George’s and what we have to offer and this provided a great arena to help them understand what we’re all about.”

“The students also need to be aware of the importance of literature,” she said. “And holding a conference of this nature at St. George’s was very significant.”

This year’s conference was a huge success. More than 40 papers were presented from participants representing universities as far away as Italy and as close as Trinidad and featured Grenadian and regional writers. The evening of readings also included Grenadian poets and short story writers Judy Benoit, Shirley Brathwaite, Shakeera James, Esther O’Neale, Sheldon Scott, Patrica Walcott, Joan Anim-Addo, along with Caribbean poets Jennifer Rahim, Christian Campbell, Mark McWatt, and Eddie Baugh. Oonya Kempadoo, the Guyanese novelist, who resides in Grenada, read from the novel that she is currently working on.

The master of ceremony for the program was Grenadian sociologist and painter Oliver Benoit. Currently on exhibition at Marryshow House, Mr. Benoit’s works were on display in Caribbean House during the conference, and his art was featured during the evening of reading. Providing a showcase for Grenadian visual arts, his presence at the Conference provided an exciting creative engagement between the Caribbean artist and Caribbean writers.

Prolific writer and esteemed scholar Dr. Merle Collins was the featured writer and special guest for the Evening of Reading. Dr. Collins is the daughter of Grenadian parents who returned to their homeland shortly after her birth. Raised in this beautiful tropical setting, Dr. Collins is excited about the educational opportunities that St. George’s University undergraduate and graduate programs bring to island residents.

Dr. Collins is currently a professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Maryland, where she teaches Creative Writing and Caribbean Literature. But it was her position as director of the study abroad programs at UMD that brought her back to St. George’s, seeking information on the programs at the University. When Dr. Collins graduated from her alma mater, the University of the West Indies, back in 1972, St. George’s University was a not yet envisioned dream of University Chancellor Charles Modica. Now Grenadian students have an option of pursuing university education at home.

“I came to St. George’s University for the study abroad program because it had the full English program and it was taught in Grenada,” Dr. Collins said. “It was my interest in literature and my love of Grenada [that brought her to St. George’s University].” Stressing the importance of a university education and all that the presence of St. George’s University means to her native island, she enthusiastically stated, “The School of Arts and Sciences at St. George’s has a good library and great facilities. There is a tremendous potential for the new school.”

“St. George’s University has its place in the Caribbean. The medical school is well established and the School of Arts and Sciences has a good foundation and is sure to develop leaps and bounds in the next few years,” Dr. Collins commented. “As time goes on the Arts and Sciences program will find its niche, just like the medical program did.”

“It was great that the West Indian Literature Conference was held at here,” Dr. Collins said. “The Grenadian community was able to see the opportunities St. George’s has to offer.” She also stressed the importance of the Caribbean universities working together. “It is wonderful that the Conference was a joint effort between the University of the West Indies and St. George’s University,” she said. “There’s room for both in the region and cooperation is very important.”

Published on 03/26/2004

UWI and St. George’s University Co-host the 23rd Annual Conference on West Indian Literature

St. George’s University will join The Department of Literatures in English, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica in hosting the 23rd Annual Conference on West Indian Literature from Tuesday, March 9th through Thursday, March 11th, 2004. The conference will convene in the Great Hall of the Caribbean House, offering the perfect venue on the True Blue point jutting into the Caribbean Sea. With over forty papers being presented, the Conference participants represent universities located as far off as Italy and as close as Trinidad.

An evening of poetry reading will set the tone for the Conference. Dr. Merle Collins, Grenadian poet and novelist, has been invited to be the featured writer. Other Grenadian writers and regional writers have been invited to read their works. The evening’s events will be chaired by the Grenadian sociologist and painter, Mr. Oliver Benoit.

Currently on exhibition at Marryshow House, Mr. Benoit’s works will be on display in Caribbean House during the conference, and his art will be featured during the evening of poetry reading. Providing a showcase for Grenadian visual arts, his presence at the Conference will provide an exciting creative engagement between the Caribbean artist and Caribbean writers.

Held each spring, this conference is supported by the Departments of English of regional universities. The universities making up this consortium include the founding member, the University of the West Indies (UWI), the University of Puerto Rico, University of Miami, University of Guyana, St. George’s University, the College of the Bahamas and other regional community colleges.

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to this year’s conference which represents a collaborative effort between the Department of Literatures in English, Mona Campus, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and St. George’s University.

Published on 02/27/2004