Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Applauds Student Presenter: St. George’s University’s Ahmad Khalid

St. George’s University School of Medicine (SGUSOM) student Ahmad Khalid has just returned to Grenada from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) Scientific Meeting in Trinidad held from March 4-6, 2009. Ahmad’s research project on Emergency Caesarean Section in Multiethnic Environment was selected from several thousand abstracts for its innovative and original approach to women’s health. The impetus for the topic selection stemmed from his core rotation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at North Middlesex Hospital in London, a facility which serves a diverse multiethnic community.

news ahmad khalid largeAhmad explained that throughout his clinic and ward rounds in OBGYN rotation he became aware that many expectant mothers were curious about their chances of having a caesarean section, particularly in an emergency situation. He noticed that while there was significant research on risk factors for emergency caesarean section, most of the results were based on uni-ethnic population versus a multi-ethnic environment which is far more typical of a cosmopolitan hospital. This generated the idea for his research project.

Ahmad, with the help and guidance of St. George’s University faculty members Dr. AF Fakokunde and Dr. W. Yoong, performed a retrospective analysis of 10,217 women who had caesarean sections at the North Middlesex hospital over a three year period (2005-2008). The 10-month study explored risk factors such as age, parity, ethnicity, antenatal risk category, and epidural analgesia. Controlling for nulliparity, the results showed a strong correlation of nulliparity and higher rate of emergency caesareans.

The study provided a valuable guide to enable better preparation and management of pregnant women, hospital resources, and health care professionals within a diverse multiethnic environment. It is Ahmad’s hope that the research will help stem the caesarean section epidemic and provide substantiated data for better allocation of human resources, treatment, and screening.

This presentation was a terrific honor for Ahmad, who at 25 years of age earned himself the opportunity to address the RCOG audience of 240 delegates, all supreme experts in the field, from throughout world. With humility, Ahmad reflected upon the gracious and enthusiastic welcome he received, as the only student presenter, by many of the attendees. The President of RCOG himself was surprised to learn that Ahmad was actually a medical student. He assumed that only a medical doctor could communicate that level of knowledge and experience which such conviction.  In fact, several other delegates communicated a similar response. One such delegate, who had attended this particular conference for 32 consecutive years, expressed this was the first time he had ever been interested in a presentation from a medical student.

Ahmad explained that as first author of the research project, serving as primary researcher and writer, he lived and breathed this data for the entirety of the 10-month process. He was pleased that his presentation accurately reflected his passion and expertise. Ahmad also noted that because this year’s Scientific Meeting was held in Trinidad, there were numerous Caribbean medical doctors present: many of whom expressed pride in St. George’s University being represented at such a high caliber.

He defines this opportunity as an “experience of a lifetime:” “I never thought as a medical student I would get the opportunity to be surrounded by the world’s finest doctors discussing cutting-edge scientific data and engaging in such stimulating conversations to better women’s health,” he said. He views this remarkable opportunity as a stepping stone for his career as a physician and is grateful to St. George’s University for instilling in him that research is a continuous and critical process, worthy of taking risks and leaps of faith.

Ahmad came to St. George’s University as a premedical sciences student from his family home in Jordan. In 2007, Ahmad was the recipient of the Student Humanitarian Award, a peer-nominated recognition of his exemplary role in community outreach programs, which included Hurricane Ivan relief efforts, hospital and orphanage volunteer work, and serving on numerous student government organizations.

Ahmad realized his passion lied in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology as his education at SGUSOM progressed.  Ahmad believes that there is no greater gift than helping provide good health care to all women, as they are “the lifeline from which our future stems.” Upon graduation in June, Ahmad will return home to Abu Dhabi, setting forth proudly as the first physician in his family. He is eager to apply the “international approach to medicine” he gained from St. George’s University, always being mindful to combine research with his skills as a physician.  Ahmad believes that research is what distinguishes one physician from another: his desire to challenge himself with the ultimate goal of providing more for his patients. He hopes this will be his legacy.

The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) has long served to promote standards of care in obstetrics and gynaecology by a program of research publication and review.  The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is a professional association based in the United Kingdom dedicated to improving sexual and reproductive health care worldwide.  11,000 members live outside Britain, spread among 83 other countries.
It was founded as the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1929 by Professor William Blair-Bell and Sir William Fletcher Shaw and was granted a Royal Charter on March 21, 1947.

Disney Internship Broadens Vision for St. George’s University Students

news sas disney1Five undergraduate business students from the St. George’s University School of Arts and Sciences recently returned from a seven-month internship at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida: an incredible first-time opportunity for these highly motivated students.  The Walt Disney World University Program is currently ranked as one of the top ten internships in the world by Business Week magazine.

After a rigorous application process, which required students to demonstrate a 3.2 or higher GPA and a record of extracurricular activities, students Dana Lalsee of St. Vincent; Nadge Leonce of St. Lucia; and Necia Samuel, Yoan Baldeau and Tornia Charles of Grenada joined 1,000 students from all over the world to participate in this program.  Dr. Reccia Charles, Business Degrees Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of International Businesses and Finance, played an integral role in St. George’s University’s participation in this program.

Dr. Charles considers this new partnership between SGU and Disney a “major feather in SGU’s cap,” as Disney only accepts accredited and recognized universities into its program.  “In fact,” said Dr. Charles, “Disney was very excited about having students from their first English-speaking Caribbean university involved in this highly competitive program.”

For Yoan Baldeau, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management, “each week presented a new experience,” including on-the job training as a control tower operator at the Animal Kingdom, crowd control and customer service at the Magic Kingdom, and store merchandising at several of the Disney signature shops.

Tornia Charles, a tourism & hospitality management student, was an attraction hostess at the Magic Kingdom, working on such special events as Halloween and Christmas.  Tornia was impressed that Disney empowers its employees to go above and beyond for customer service.

Dana Lalsee, currently in her final term as an international business major, credits SGU for helping her develop professional perspective sufficient to  recognize the thoroughness and logic of Disney’s marketing and operational efforts. Former President of the SGU Business Student Association, Ms. Lalsee explained that her responsibilities at Disney focused on the outdoor food and beverage services where she frequently prepared the product in the kitchen for vendor distribution and served as a park vendor.

“At the time, I did not immediately grasp the importance of these opportunities, but looking back at the big picture, I see the direct correlation between my education and the hands-on experience, understanding the importance of inventory control, merchandising and customer service.”

In addition to a 40- to 50-hour workweek, students participated in classroom studies which reinforced skills they had learned as undergraduates and provided insight into the day-to-day operations of a world-class entertainment company.  Dr. Charles explained that the lessons offered by the Disney program are a wonderful compliment to SGU’s business curriculum.  Students earn between 15-21 credits over the course of the internship.

Yoan was selected to participate in a human resource management course, where he was exposed to the many aspects of staffing, casting, effective communication and crisis management inherent in HR work.  His skills were put to the test, particularly throughout the holiday season when up to 66,000 visitors entered the theme park each day.  When asked what he gained from this experience, Yoan was most impressed by Disney’s unwavering attention to its customers: “I was amazed to find a company this large would make customer service and attention to detail its top priority.”

Dana found the academic portion of the internships (which for her focused on corporate communications) equally as beneficial. She selected courses that reflected her interest in international business, finding the financial courses which demonstrated how Disney justifies the creation of new attractions and resorts the most relevant to her current academic plan.

Tornia Charles describes this opportunity as an “absolutely amazing experience, which helped me grow personally and professionally, shaping my future as a small business owner.”  She explained that although there was an initial adjustment (this was her first visit both to the United States and a Disney Resort), she is grateful for this opportunity, which opened her eyes to many new and exciting career possibilities and sparked her interest in exploring other countries.  After she graduates in May, Tornia plans to further her education in hotel management at a university in the United States.  Her long-term goal is to merge event planning and accommodations into a successful, self-owned and managed business.

Dr. Charles has enlisted this group of seasoned Disney interns to help with recruitment efforts for prospective SGU SAS students and future interns. Communicating their first-hand perspective on the unique value of this program helps would-be interns navigate the selection process.  Ms. Lalsee believes that the Disney internship program will prove to be an incredible draw for future undergraduate students at SGU and encourages students from different majors to apply. Dana explained that a number of majors were represented in the internship program in Orlando, including such disparate fields of study as exercise science, liberal arts and foreign languages.

According to Yoan, Dana and Tornia, the interaction with students from different cultures was an unexpected benefit.  Yoan developed long-lasting friendships with students from Portugal, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada and Indonesia, and describes the internships as “one of the most wonderful experiences of my life, bringing me that much closer to my dream of being a successful business owner.”  Dana said: “The global appeal of Disney’s enterprise is so vast and diverse it gave me an unprecedented opportunity not only to build friendships with individuals from many cultures, but also to meet and interact with customers from all over the world.”  Tornia remarked that she made friends from countries close to home like Barbados and Trinidad, and from as far away as France and China.

The inaugural group of St. George’s University Disney interns represented themselves and the University with pride and dedication.  Javier Reyes, Recruiter Disney International Programs, was impressed with the performance of the SGU contingent, describing them as self-motivated and determined individuals.  SGU and Disney look forward to continuing this fruitful partnership in years to come.

St. George’s University’s Dr. Martin Forde Secures $US 275,000 World Bank Grant

news world bankA Grant Agreement between The World Bank , the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) , and the United Nations University  International Network on Water, Environment and Health addressing Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the Caribbean Region has become effective as of June 24, 2009.  Through the persistent efforts of Dr. Martin Forde, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine  (PHPM), Professor and Track Director for Environmental and Occupational Health, the Caribbean Country Management Unit of The World Bank has agreed to a US $275,000 grant to monitor human exposure to POPs in all 15 CARICOM nations including Grenada.

The World Bank Grant is a critical extension of a previously established research grant, also obtained by Dr. Forde, from the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC) Teasdale Corti (T-C) grant initiative. In 2007, Dr. Forde along with two other researchers––Dr. Eric Dewailly from Laval University and Dr. Neela Badrie from the University of the West Indies––obtained a CAD$1.6 million dollar grant to carry out a multifaceted research and capacity building proposal entitled the Caribbean EcoHealth Program (CEHP).  While the grant provided the funds to evaluate and determine the level of exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) of human beings, it was limited to research in only four Caribbean states.

POPs include pesticides as well as industrial chemicals or unwanted by-products of industrial processes.  They are appropriately categorized as “Persistent”, being thought to resist elimination for decades.

It soon became clear that the study of POP concentrations, and short and long term effects on the human population, was needed for the entire Caribbean region, thereby requiring additional funding to expand the research to include all 15 members of CARICOM.  Furthermore, with the presence of the Atlantis Mobile Laboratory in the region on loan from Laval University to support research under the CEHP, this provided an excellent opportunity to cost-effectively increase the geographic coverage of the study.  This spearheaded Dr Forde’s development of a new proposal, Monitoring of Human Exposure to POPs in the CARICOM Region which was submitted last year to the World Bank.

For more than 30 years, awareness and concern has been growing about the threats posed to human health and the global environment by the increasing release in the natural environment of synthesized chemicals.  Dr. Forde explains that environmental health problems at present are insufficiently documented in the CARICOM region, limiting efforts at effective interventions, due to a deficiency in the laboratory infrastructure for carrying out the health surveillance and environmental monitoring, as well as a shortage of qualified personnel to gather, collate, analyze, and interpret the data, and to intervene accordingly.

his research program will be the first to undertake a comprehensive and systematic research initiative geared at determining levels of human exposure to POPs (and related contaminants) in the CARICOM region. It will subsequently fill a gap in current research and will be of significant value for both policy-making and for raising public awareness about this important issue in the region. It will also help raise awareness of the Stockholm Convention among health professionals.

POPs have been extensively used for different purposes including agriculture and vector control in the Caribbean.  While most countries have formally banned the use of legacy POPs, several CARICOM countries acknowledge past use of several target compounds particularly dieldrin, DDT, toxaphene and aldrin.  Concerns regarding global contamination by POPs have led to their replacement by other pesticides that are less persistent, such as pyrethroids. While these pesticides are not overtly toxic, there is a need to assess exposure of the population to these compounds in areas where these pesticides are applied. Thus, in addition to the legacy POPs, new compounds of interest have emerged in recent years, including halogenated phenolic compounds (e.g., hydroxylated metabolites of PCBs, chlorophenols), brominated flame retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polybrominated biphenyls) and perfluorooctane sulfonate and related fluorinated compounds. Several chemicals, including some brominated flame retardants and PFOS, have been proposed for addition to the Stockholm Convention because of their POPs-like characteristics.

The World Bank strengthens the capacity of developing countries and countries in transition, and has long provided support to the Caribbean community through a myriad of projects which cover disaster risk management, education, HIV/AIDS, telecommunications and the environment.   The World Bank played a key role in Grenada’s economic and physical recovery post Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

Minding the Gaps: Organizing Ignorance and Managing Development Abstract

Plenary Speaker Dr. Wesley Balda, Executive Director of the Centre for International Management Studies at St. George’s University, Addresses Critical Management Practices at the 16th Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) Conference

I was surprised when approached to speak at a science and technology conference, but reassured when I read in the announcement that “Competence in Science & Technology and good management practices as the drivers of sustainable development of societies will be discussed.” I knew when “good management practices” were mentioned there was a place for one such as I. So thanks for letting a management guy in the door.
It’s fairly challenging to talk about management without coming across Peter Drucker. In my case, I wouldn’t dare ignore him.

To bring everyone up to speed, Drucker is widely considered to be the father of “modern management,” his 39 books and countless scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across all sectors of society—in business, government and the nonprofit world. His writings have predicted many of the major developments of the late twentieth century, including privatization and decentralization; the rise of Japan to economic world power; the decisive importance of marketing; and the emergence of the information society with its necessity of lifelong learning. In 1959, Drucker coined the term “knowledge worker.”

Peter was a good friend and mentor to both my wife and I. Since his death three years ago, we miss him very much, but have stayed in contact with his wife Doris and the Drucker Institute. By the way, we at St. George’s are moving toward the establishment of a Drucker Society of the Caribbean in Grenada, with all Caribbean Druckerites welcome to participate.
Peter defined management in different ways over the years, but one definition I like is “making knowledge effective”.

And, with his gift of word juxtaposition, Drucker’s “organization of ignorance” recently caught my attention. He adapted this idea from Mendeleev’s discovery of the periodic table of elements – Mendeleev found the answer to his problem by identifying what was missing in the gaps. Every attempt before Mendeleev had tried to organize existing knowledge, and then to build on it. For Mendeleev, the blank spaces ordered the known – the gaps defined the solution.
Systematic organization of our ignorance, the determination of the things that would have to become known, the inference of what they would be and would mean, and the organization of work on each piece of ignorance. This is a worthy roadmap in science and technology as it is elsewhere.

So, with our friend and guide, Peter Drucker, we ask, “what, that is today unknown, do we have to assume to make order out of the chaos of our fragments of knowledge?” What, in other words, are the specifications for future knowledge? I hope to show this morning that community wellness rather than community wealth may be a key gap in managing sustainable development and a specification for future knowledge.

A personal “fragment of knowledge” came into focus for me while eavesdropping on a conversation between North American business students and a young Brazilian professional while accompanying an MBA class to Brazil. The group had just visited a favella – a poor area – outside of Sao Paulo, and, overwhelmed by the usual need to fix something, decided to organize a separate trip later to build a house. The Brazilian kindly, but firmly, responded, “If you build a house, you take jobs away from Brazilians. Come and teach us management instead.” Jaws dropped as this truth sank in. It was a pivotal moment for the students. I became mindful of the gap in realizing that:

  • A relationship had been built,
  • A symptom mutually identified,
  • The North Americans responded in generosity (because they could),
  • The Brazilian felt free to challenge them (because they had a relationship), and
  • The gringos listened and learned as this friendship deepened.

The “postscript” is that the students began to explore ideas such as creating community-driven credit unions within the favella, run by residents, to keep the capital circulating within the neighborhood: maybe it will work, maybe it won’t. But poorer Brazilians will learn, communities will become healthier and hope will be sustained

The case of Chagas disease in Bolivia illustrates another blank space involving management. The initial solution, literally, involves minding the gaps by sealing the openings in adobe houses to remove sites where the insect nests and gains access to sleeping humans during the night to feed on their blood, thus spreading the parasite.

So, we know at the outset, that the fairly straightforward task of patching holes in adobe walls, diminishes the incidence of Chagas in Bolivian villages. Where are the gaps? They are not only scientific. One piece that signals success or failure in meeting the Chagas challenge, as it is in other forms of long-term community development, is management.

A well-known international NGO practices total health – “the capacity of individuals, families and communities to work together to transform the conditions that promote, in a sustainable way, their physical, emotional, social, economic, environmental and spiritual well being.” Similarly, WINDREF at SGU is developing a concept called “one health – one medicine”. The Centre for International Management Studies is exploring a model of “functional management”.
These three organizations are exploring a joint project addressing Chagas.
Beyond the direct response to Chagas, management issues emerge quickly.

  • Innovation
  • Supply chain-materials required for construction
  • Resources
  • People-work crews
  • Entrepreneurship-Project as enterprise
  • Operations management- PERT/CPM
  • Training
  • Benchmarking-Performance and results
  • Modeling & replication
  • Long-term employment and employability
  • Organizational and community sustainability

But the management gaps can be problematic. In The fortune at the bottom of the pyramid, (a recent business book), the savvy entrepreneur is assured that wealth can be harvested from the other 98% – or less wealthy – of the world’s population. The top of the pyramid comprises about 100 million people, or 2 per cent of the world’s people. The rest of the pyramid includes the other 5.75 billion who made under $20,000 USD per year.

So, if it is a fact that more than one-half of humanity has yet to make a single phone call, according to these authors, then there are economic possibilities. The growth of cell phone networks themselves, bypassing the high cost of old-fashioned telephone hard-wired infrastructure, creates another entire economic possibility for those who figure it out, especially among the masses toward the bottom of the pyramid.

When the levels of the world’s earning power are graphically shown, the vastness of this market becomes clear and the economic possibilities even more impressive.
Four strategies are proposed:

  • Create buying power
  • Shape aspirations
  • Improve access
  • Tailor local solutions

but one – “shaping aspirations” – raises ethical concerns about values and sustainability. In creating a market or a customer, what benchmarks hold “aspirations” accountable to the wider community? For the scientists, how have the “aspirations” of the developed world contributed to global warming, for example?

This idea of fortunes to be made at the bottom of the pyramid, (which tends to ignore the social sector’s role in these communities), brings a different perspective to the tasks of management as they apply to business specifically, especially in nurturing sustainability.

The “bottom of the pyramid” approach misses the gaps when it focuses on wealth creation almost as a silo. Perhaps a broader starting point for thinking about economic sustainability should be community wellness rather than community wealth, as in the Chagas example.

Would our ignorance be better organized if every project had a management capacity-building function, aimed at creating sustainable, continuous improvement in community life over the long term?

Would that qualify as a gap? Max De Pree, former CEO of Herman Miller Company, was another friend of Peter Drucker’s. He speaks of “places of realized potential”. What if we envisioned places of realized potential in long-term community scenarios?

  • A place of realized potential opens itself to change, to contrary opinion, to the mystery of potential, to involvement, to unsettling ideas.
  • Places of realized potential offer people the opportunity to learn and to grow.
  • A place of realized potential offers the gift of challenging work.
  • A place of realized potential sheds its obsolete baggage.
  • A place of realized potential encourages people to decide what needs to be measured and then helps them do the work.
  • A place of realized potential heals people with trust and with caring and with forgetfulness.
  • People in places of realized potential know that organizations are social environments.
  • A place of realized potential celebrates.

As a management professor I realize that our MBA programs invariably address the top 2 per cent of the pyramid. But what kind of management practice will unleash the imagination and productivity of the other 98 per cent? Perhaps we should organize the ignorance about the kind of business schools that could serve 5.75 billion of the world’s people. What if MBAs were about community wellness as a path to community wealth, rather than the other way around?

May I close by saying, that at the end of a week celebrating the vagaries of greed and rapacity around the world financial markets, driven by those perhaps too much consumed by the creation of wealth, that it’s good to be with scientists, engineers and others who believe there’s a place for management and have hope for places of realized potential. Thank you.

From Clerk to Top Administrator: Growing Up with The University

dawne buckmireMs. Dawne Buckmire was appointed Business Administrator by Chancellor Charles R. Modica on July 1, capping a 24-year career with St. George’s University.  She now manages a staff of over 500 employees and will continue to govern the University’s business on its campuses in Grenada, expertly overseeing the expansion of the University’s infrastructure as it reaches out into the community with more students in the undergraduate programs and out into the world with its growing intake of international students.

Ms. Buckmire joined St. George’s in 1983 as a payroll clerk and rose steadily through the ranks of the administration, before becoming Acting Business Administrator in January of this year, when long-time Business Administrator John Kopycinski fell ill.  Ms. Buckmire’s expertise and leadership in her prior positions of Assistant Business Administrator, Housing and Financial Aid Administrator, and Assistant to Mr. Kopycinski, made her the perfect choice for SGU’s Business Administrator in the 21st century.

When announcing the appointment to The Board of Trustees, Chancellor Modica noted Ms. Buckmire’s work after Hurricane Ivan hit the island of Grenada. “She distinguished herself as a leader during Hurricane Ivan and was an integral part of the relocation of students, repairing of the campus and resuming of classes.”

He added: “We are doubly pleased with this appointment. In addition to her professional merit, her long years of dedication in so many roles are a testament to her love of St. George’s.”

Ms. Buckmire was born in Grenada, attended St. Joseph’s convent, and lives in St. George’s with her 14 year old son, Chad.

Published on 7/6/07

Blackburn Rovers’ Roberts Selects St. George’s University Summer Football Clinics

From left to right: Fiona Thomson, Otis Roberts (Trustee and Jason's uncle), Joseph Charter (High Commissioner for Grenada), Valerie Charter (wife of High Commissioner), Jason Robert's, Abigail Cochrane (Raitt Orr) and David Regis (Trustee and Jason Robert's uncle).

From left to right: Fiona Thomson, Otis Roberts (Trustee and Jason’s uncle), Joseph Charter (High Commissioner for Grenada), Valerie Charter (wife of High Commissioner), Jason Robert’s, Abigail Cochrane (Raitt Orr) and David Regis (Trustee and Jason Robert’s uncle).

On May 1st at Ewood Park, home of the Blackburn Rovers football club, Jason Roberts announced the creation of his namesake charity, The Jason Roberts Foundation.  The star forward will work with children and young people utlilizing the ethos of football as the route to becoming healthy, responsible and valuable members of their community.

“Through the power of football, I believe we can reach children and young people and get them to believe in themselves and to become the people they know they can be,” said Roberts.  Along with his qualified team of experts including his uncle and football legend Cyrille Regis, Jason Roberts will provide youngsters with the skills they need to excel in life as well as on the field.

Through one-on-one football coaching, children will receive social and life skills training, improved self-confidence, improved fitness levels and overall health.  The project also addresses critical issues commonly faced by youngsters today such as social exclusion.

SGU is thrilled to host this exciting camp for the Jason Roberts Foundation this summer.  Roberts will teach and mentor 250 children and young people from the Caribbean, sharing the skills and sportsmanlike qualities that have pushed him to the top of world football.

“St. George’s University is delighted to support this excellent new initiative.  I have met Jason Roberts and believe him to be an admirable role model for young people in Grenada, who seek to improve their lives through sport,” said Chancellor Charles Modica.  “We at St. George’s, look forward to working with him to ensure the success of the Foundation’s efforts.”

Published 5/03/2007

St. George’s University Recognized for Initiative in Reaching International Community via the Web

sgu recognized for initiative in reaching international community via webFounded in 1991, Sonic Foundry is a technology leader in the emerging rich media communications marketplace. This cutting edge organization selected SGU as a finalist for the Global Reach Award as part of its third annual Rich Media Impact Awards.  This award recognizes SGU’s successful initiative in reaching the international community through the use of Sonic Foundry’s Mediasite technology.

Mediasite is a communication medium which delivers information through a transformational webcasting system.  SGU currently uses Mediasite to capture and deliver key presentations and lectures via the web. An example of which is Dr. John R. David’s 8th Annual WINDREF Lecture which can be viewed under the Lectures at SGU subhead of News and Events on the SGU home page.

Sonic Foundry launched the Rich Media Impact Awards program to recognize excellence in the practical and creative integration of its webcasting platform in business, education, health and government.  Sixteen organizations across eight categories will be honored at a special awards dinner in Madison, WI on May 7th where winners in each category including Global Reach will be announced.

Published on 4/25/07

An Award for Prime Movers – the Order of the Mace

The Chancellor Charles Modica Awarded with the MaceSGU created the Order of the Mace to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the University.  This award is symbolic of the unique spirit of our University and will be granted to those rare individuals who embody and drive that spirit forward into the community, the region and the world.

Chancellor Charles R. Modica was honored as the first inductee into the Order of the Mace at the 30th Anniversary Awards Ceremony on January 17, 2007.  Dr. Modica was recognized for the vision and leadership that established SGU as an internationally respected academic institution.  His continuous pursuit of excellence is evident in the faculty of three schools – Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Arts and Sciences – the highly regarded international partnerships and programs, the students from over 100 countries, the investigative projects and research institute, and the beautiful campus he has worked tirelessly to create.

Dr. Modica’s dedication and drive goes beyond the University gates, as he works diligently to improve the socio-economic standards of the Grenada community.  As Ambassador-At-Large for Grenada, he has worked to promote the country’s infrastructure in health, industry, business, and tourism.  His charge is to promote tourism in the country, working with businesses to encourage better access to the island.

The Chancellor is a generous supporter and contributor to several worthy local charitable organizations including the Fund for Orphans and Elderly, the Grenada Heart Foundation and the Bel Air Home for Children.  He clearly recognizes the immediate needs of those less fortunate, and leads by example through his significant philanthropic endeavors.

Dr. Modica personifies those exceptional qualities that make a true visionary.  This is why he has been selected to be the first recipient of the Order of the Mace.

The Origin of the Mace

Mace is in many ways representative of the path the University and its founders have taken in order to evolve to an internationally recognized academic institution.

The custom of carrying a ceremonial mace at the head of a solemn procession dates back to Medieval European times.  The original mace had both form and function, as a symbol of power and a weapon to divide the crowds in a procession.  Great universities later adopted the use of a mace for much the same reasons.

In modern times, the carrying of a purely ornamental mace has become an expected part of all formal academic ceremonies.  The design of each mace incorporates unique identifiers of the university it represents.  The St. George’s University Mace is no exception.

The first University Mace was designed for the earliest graduation ceremonies.  The wood carving featured a wooden sword with a dragon twisted around it, representing the sword and dragon of Saint George, the 4th century Christian figure and namesake of the University.  The pommel of the sword is a nutmeg, to symbolize our host nation of Grenada.

The design utilized in the award given to the Order of the Mace inductees has  recently been refined by the highly regarded, award-winning Grenadian artist, Wayne Snagg, being aptly formed from a single piece of Grenadian mahogany.
The Nomination and Selection Process for the Award Recipient
A Nomination Committee was formed to include members of the Steering Committee along with the Chair of the Academic Board, President of the University Alumni and President of the Faculty Senate.

The Nomination Committee is responsible for creating the nomination and application form, compiling all nominees by established deadline, screening and narrowing the application pool to 3 to 5, and submitting the chosen candidates to the Chair of the University Council of Deans (UCD) by the deadline.  The UCD may also include co-opted members from the four countries in which SGU campuses are located.

Should the Committee not find a suitable candidate, no award will be given.  The Order of the Mace is a prestigious honor which is awarded solely on merit, not on an annual or biannual basis.   The University Council of Deans will make the final determination of the number of awards per year.
The Award Presentation

Upon final selection of the recipient, a public ceremony will be held in the country where the awardees reside or another appropriate venue as determined by the UCD or the Chancellor.  At the ceremony, the selected candidate will be honored and presented with a framed certificate and a miniature mace.

Published 2/20/2007

Grenada’s Prime Minister visits University Praising Commitment to Grenadian Education

Charles Modica and Dr. Lorenz Shaking HandsGrenada’s Prime Minister applauds the University’s innovative and resourceful efforts in meeting the growing educational needs of Grenadians and the wider Caribbean region. Dr. the Right Honorable Keith C. Mitchell expressed this sentiment on an official visit to St. George’s University’s True Blue campus on Thursday, 21 September 2006.

The Prime Minister and a delegation of Government Ministers were led on a tour of the campus by the Chancellor and University representatives. Among the stops were the two new construction sites for lecture halls. When asked about his impression of the University, Dr. Mitchell was clearly pleased by the advances he witnessed first hand, and continues to support. “We have always been very impressed by the work done by St. George’s University, in particular as it relates to the training of our medical professionals. Of course, as a country we have benefited enormously from this.” The University is one of the largest employers on the island and the influx of students from scores of countries into the medical school pumps income into the community.

The Prime Minister gave special praise and support for the increased enrollment and development in the undergraduate courses. “I think the increase in the University particularly in the undergraduate program is something that we must be very proud of. I’ve always felt very strongly that in our individual countries there are enough human resources to be able to train and develop all the educational needs of the country… so the advent of the initiative of St. George’s University with so many excellent programs is a major plus for the country.”

On the topic of access to higher education, the Prime Minister waxed eloquent, “I think what’s good is that the St. George’s University initiative in providing scholarships and training opportunities for people who express need and interest in developing themselves must be seen as a noble effort. We’ll continue to support that initiative.”

In the press conference which followed the tour, Chancellor Modica reiterated the University’s commitment to increasing access to quality tertiary education in Grenada, “We are working now to increase the numbers of scholarships, full scholarships as well as partial scholarships so that any Grenadian who is qualified and really desires to have a higher education can find a place here at home.”

Among the Government Ministers present were the Hon. Clarice Modeste-Curwen (Minister of Works) and Hon. Ann-David Antoine (Minister of Health), both members of the Government’s University Monitoring Committee. Both Ministers thanked the University for its excellent corporate spirit. The visit ended with a renewed charge to further expand the collaboration between the University and the Government of Grenada for the mutual benefit of the Grenadian and University communities.

Published on 09/27/2006

Fall 2004/Spring 2005 Adjusted Calendar

Revised November 1, 2004

Due to hurricane Ivan and the necessity for relocation of many of the University’s programs, the class schedules have been adjusted for the Fall 04 term and then subsequently for the Spring 05 term. The following calendar reflects the new start and end dates for all terms and programs.

Fall 2004 Term
MD Degree

Spring 05 Term
Start Last Exam

T1: Last Date in NY: December 23
Return to GDA: January 10
Last Exam: January 20

T2: Last Date in NY: December 23
Return to GDA: January 10
Last Exam: January 21

T4: Last Date in FL: December 23
Return to SVG January 10
Last Exam: January 14

DVM Degree

A04 Terms 1-6
Last Exam December 20
Last day US campus December 22
Return to GDA January 10**
End of Term January 21
Fall 2004 Term

T1 Feb 8 June 3

T2: Jan 24 May27

T3M: May 30 July 8

T3: Jan 24 March 4
T4: Mar 7 July 8

T5: Jan 18 Feb 25
T6: Feb 28 May 20

Spring 05 Term

T2-T6: Jan 24 May 20
T1 Feb 8 June 3

**The 3 clinical skills courses not completed at US campuses will be completed between January 10 and the 21st. Students who prefer to complete these courses during their next term should write to the Dean. They will resume classes in January 24, 2005. The animal production course will be completed during the Spring 2005 term.

Trimester ends November 30

All March 7 May 13
(Summer 05)
All June 6 July 29

MSc/Dual N/A

A04 All Terms
Last Exam date: Dec 17 All

T1 (and returning students)
Feb 8 June 3

Feb 8 May 27

Revised, Nov 1, 2004