St. George’s University’s Voice Electrifies the Airwaves

sgu 1075 fmOn October 1, 2007, the much-anticipated University radio station electrified the airwaves of St. George’s University and the neighboring Grenadian communities.

While SGU 107.5 FM is in its fledgling stages, its inaugural air date made an important connection between the community and the University. As the University continues to expand, radio is an appropriate and dynamic vehicle for communicating SGU’s educational mission.

SGU 107.5 FM is a non-commercial radio station run by the Office of University Communications (OUC).  Broadcasting from the True Blue campus to a relay station at Grand Etang, the signal reaches approximately half of the Island.  The station is committed to balanced, non-partisan, non-denominational, community-oriented programs designed to educate, entertain and attract the widest possible audience as it serves the interests of SGU’s internal and external communities.

According to Terry Williams (T.W.), a seasoned radio personality and the station’s talented technical operator, “SGU 107.5 FM is not just a radio station, it is an education.”  T.W. has worked with Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN) and other radio stations across the Island and has been involved in SGU 107.5 FM from its inception. With new equipment, an actual studio and its broadcasting license, SGU 107.5 FM is well on its way to achieving its goal.

Over the next year, the focus of the station is to expand the programming beyond music. Prudence Greenidge, the Radio Station Director, explains: “As a community radio station we have a responsibility to our listeners to create an interactive educational environment which is also entertaining. There is a dynamic team working on making SGU 107.5 FM great radio and we are grateful for them and for our listeners. We continue to remind listeners that it is important for them to tell us what they want to hear. None of it will happen overnight, but we are satisfied that we have made a good start and have devised a plan to take us through this academic year.”

In an effort to serve the community at large, the radio station will be linked closely with the University’s disaster preparedness and response initiatives, providing critical and accurate information in the event of an emergency.

Over the next year, the station will also work closely with the various Schools of the University to provide an interesting and interactive medium of communication between SGU and the public.  SGU 107.5 FM programming will expand to include interactive shows, community service announcements and talk time.  New announcers and personalities are expected to join the broadcast team by next semester.

Published on 11/29/07

Who Really Has the Best Pictures? St. George’s University’s Show Us Your Stuff Photo Contest

focus sgu photo contestOne of the more ubiquitous pastimes of the SGU community members is the constant showing of our favorite pictures. Whenever someone shows another someone a picture of, say, sunset over the Black Sand Beach, one receives basilisk stares and a whole lot of pictures of Black Sand Beach in return. We all think we have the best shot of this very picturesque place.

Well, we now have a forum to strut those pictures in front of everyone! The University invites all students, alumni, faculty, administration, staff and family members of the SGU community to participate in the Annual Show Us Your Stuff Photo Contest. Submissions can be made in the following categories: Campus, Student Life, The World is Our Campus, Mentors and Motivators, and The Spirit of Grenada.

Judging criteria will be based on artistic interpretation, creativity and technique. Winners will be selected on November 15th 2008 by a committee of SGU staff. Three winning photographs will be selected in each category (1st, 2nd and 3rd prize). There will also be one photograph selected for the best photograph overall.

Winners and honorable mentions will be featured in the next issue of the Mace and Chronicle, as well as an enlarged display featured after the contest in a public area on campus (TBD). If appropriate, selected photos may be added to the rotation of the homepage of the SGU website.

Please visit Focus: An SGU Perspective for details.

Published on 11/16/07

St. George’s University Mourns the Loss of Dr. Paul Cutler

Dr. Paul Cutler, Dean Emeritus, and longtime faculty member and administrator, died on June 16, 2006. Dr. Cutler was an esteemed colleague who was known as a tremendous teacher and a skilled physician. He began teaching at SGU as a visiting professor in the late 1970s and became a full time faculty member and Dean of the University in 1985.

“He was one of the most inspirational faculty members that we have ever had,” Chancellor Charles R. Modica said. “His teaching style provoked fear in students before the start of class but always resulted in some of the most meaningful educational experiences they had in medical school.”

Dr Paul Cutler Graduation Portrait“The thousands of students that had the opportunity to attend his lectures will most certainly remember him as an important part of their development as physicians,” the Chancellor said. “He also became an effective administrator when he assumed the role of Dean at SGU.”

Dr. John Cush was a student at SGU in the late 1970s and recalled the early years when Dr. Cutler taught him. “Dr. Cutler taught pulmonary and internal medicine to our class in 1979 as a visiting professor,” Dr. Cush said. “He was asked to come down and teach for a short segment but ended up staying a few weeks longer. He filled in with amazing ease and expertise. In the classroom he was known for his attention to detail and for requiring very high standards from his students and peers.”

“He was demanding but fair, pedantic but supportive,” Dr. Cush continued. “He was a guy you feared and a guy you wanted to be recognized by. He was an icon to us back then and an important part of SGU’s early success.”

Dr Paul Cutler Black and White PortraitIn addition to his role as Professor of Medicine and Dean of the University, Dr. Cutler served SGU as Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs in 1995 and assumed the role of Dean Emeritus in 1997.

Dr. Cutler earned numerous awards for his teaching abilities at SGU as well as in US medical schools. He frequently won the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Cutler wrote a thought-provoking textbook entitled Problem Solving in Clinical Medicine, which became a major textbook for most US schools and SGU. He was also author to several other papers and presentations.

Prior to his full-time deanship at SGU, Dr. Cutler taught at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio for more than 15 years and served as associate dean. He was also an honorary clinical professor of medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. In the mid 1960s Dr. Cutler taught medicine in Afghanistan at the University of Kabul and at the University of Nangrahar. He was in private practice in internal medicine and diagnostics in Atlantic City, NJ, from 1949 to 1965 and served in the military from 1946 to 1948. Dr. Cutler received an MD from Jefferson Medical College in 1944 and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1940.

He was husband of Janie Walters Cutler and the late Helene Cutler and father of the late Marjorie Ann and Kenneth. He is survived by two granddaughters, Rachel W. and Ariane R.

Published on 07/13/2006


Chancellor Modica Named Ambassador-at-Large for Grenada

Charles R. Modica, the Chancellor of St. George’s University, has been named the Ambassador-At-Large for Grenada, an honor given to him by the Government of Grenada. In a ceremony held in December 2005, Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr. The Right Honorable Keith C. Mitchell, officially welcomed Chancellor Modica to his new post.

“I am proud of the exposure and support brought to Grenada because of the success of the University,” Prime Minister Mitchell said. “I look forward to its contribution in the further expansion of the tourist industry.”

As Ambassador-At-Large, Chancellor Modica will continue to work through the University to promote tourism, trade, and investment activities for Grenada. He will work with the Government of Grenada in the ongoing development of the country. Among his goals is to encourage airline companies to see that Grenada is an attractive tourist destination.

Chancellor Modica expressed his thanks to Prime Minister Mitchell on behalf of the government of Grenada for this honor. “We started this University almost 30 years ago in 1976. In this short time the University has undergone rapid expansion, most of which took place under this government. The government has fostered and supported our work, ensuring that we have the climate favorable for growth and expansion,” Chancellor Modica said.

Chancellor Modica has been working with the people and government of Grenada since the University began as a medical school in 1976. Today SGU is an international center of learning with more that 5,500 graduates working and practicing all over the globe. More than 1,000 new students are enrolled each year in the various academic programs. The tremendous growth of the University would not have been possible if the island of Grenada had not embraced SGU and fostered its development.

Chancellor Modica also expressed his thanks and gratitude for the University community. “I can only accept this honor on behalf of all the people who are here tonight. You are the key people in this University and none of this would have been possible were it not for your hard work, dedication, and commitment.”

Dr. Allen Pensick, Provost of the University, commented that this is a proud occasion for the Chancellor and for the University. “The University has a great leader and you have led us to this day and you will lead us beyond.” he said.

Published on 01/31/2006

University Administration Expands to Fulfill Goals of the 21st Century

Three new top University posts have been created and filled, culminating a decade of enormous expansion and growth for St. George’s. These appointments signal the University’s commitment to developing an increasing number of programs, educational opportunities, and academic partnerships in the region and the world. They will allow the University to effectively and positively further its goals of international academic excellence in the 21st century.

The creation of the Office of the Provost is of major significance as it clearly manifests the exciting expansion of the University and its need for University unity and coherent direction with its many schools and programs. Allen H. Pensick, PhD has been named as University Provost, effective July 2004. “This realignment and restructuring of academic administration at the University makes it much easier for external people and institutions to understand us and work with us – an important factor in our development as a global institution,” Dr. Pensick said. “The new structure is also a big benefit internally as the Provost has more authority to implement University initiatives quickly, facilitating rapid and smooth transitions as the University continues to grow.”

As Provost Dr. Pensick is the chief academic point person for the University both externally and internally, responsible for faculty, academic staff, and academic programs. All academic negotiations and initiations by outside institutions, governments, and people will work through this new office. Dr. Pensick, who has been a member of the faculty at St. George’s University since 1984, is among the large number of dynamic faculty and administrators who actively seek connections with programs, scholars, and educational and research institutions in the region and around the world.

Dr. Pensick’s vision for the future is that the University will continue to grow and expand in areas that will meet the needs of the local and regional communities and will continue to be an international university with a diverse population of excellent students and faculty from around the world.

The University’s creation of the Office of Institutional Advancement is another signal to the academic world that St. George’s is serious about the development of its educational and research programs within the academic world and the implementation of its mission to aid in regional educational excellence. Denis Paul, PhD, noted educator, has been named as the first Director of this office, effective July 1, 2004. “The creation of this office and my assignment as Director of Institutional Advancement gives me the opportunity to examine the future of the University,” Dr. Paul said. “I’ll be looking for opportunities for growth and expansion by understanding where we’ve been successful in the past and where we can be successful in the future.”

In his new role, Dr. Paul directs the University’s efforts in external funding for University development and quality assurance for educational and research programs. He is working on building and strengthening external relationships between the University and the Government of Grenada, international and regional institutions, donor and development agencies, and professional associations, and is working with the Alumni Association to facilitate their role in fostering the University’s relationship with the international network of alumni in all schools of the University.

“St. George’s University is a strong institution and has enjoyed much success for the past 25 years,” he said. “We need to take a constant look at where we we’re going and where we can expand to ensure that we’re keeping up with the changing times.”

The re-institution of the title Dean of the School of Medicine reflects both the maturation of the SOM and the growth of the University administrative levels which will allow the SOM administration to focus on the exciting developments in the school necessary for medicine in the 21st century. Stephen Weitzman, MD, long time Dean of Clinical Studies at St. George’s, has been appointed Dean of the School of Medicine, effective July 1, 2004. Dr. Weitzman will continue to build on the University’s commitment to excellence and its tradition of attracting dedicated students from all over the world. “Our commitment to excellence is not only about academics. It is about developing ethical principles and a certain altruism among our students and faculty,” Dr. Weitzman said. “We want to not only teach medicine but professionalism as well.”

In his new position, he hopes to instill in the SGU students a sense that medicine is about safety in caring for patients and that the mission of a physician is to help people and treat diseases. In cooperation with the basic science administration, he will pursue a thorough integration of education in ethics and professionalism throughout the entire medical curriculum, from basic to clinical sciences.

This appointment brings Dr. Weitzman into the University Council of Deans (UCD) which meets each month with the Chancellor in attendance to discuss University-wide and inter-School matters. It will be a benefit to the UCD to have Dr. Weitzman’s years of clinical program experience in the University discussions. Dr. Weitzman will continue his work in the clinical program at the University in addition to his new deanship position. “The University functions very well as a team,” Dr. Weitzman said, “With talented and committed deans working so well together for so many years, it has developed into a collective leadership body, enabling me to continue to guide the program and take on new responsibilities.”

Published on 10/06/2004

Classes Resume as Promised

Chancellor’s Message, September 28, 2004

I am pleased to announce that classes have resumed for Terms One and Two of the MD program with SGU faculty in facilities at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) in Old Westbury, New York. Lectures and laboratories began today, books have been distributed, and students are settling into temporary dormitory arrangements at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. The administration and staff of both NYCOM and SUNY/Old Westbury have been most kind and helpful during this transition.

Classes for the fourth term of the MD program are beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, September 29, at facilities in Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida. Classes were delayed one day to allow the SGU students and faculty to arrive after Hurricane Jeanne closed down Barry University and Miami airport. Books are being distributed and the students are settling into nearby hotels rented by SGU for the duration of the term. Barry University President, Sr. Linda Bevilacqua, and the other administrators have generously given of their time and resources to SGU in its time of need and we are grateful.

Classes for all three years of the School of Veterinary Medicine who were displaced by hurricane Ivan will start the first week of October at three of our affiliated colleges of veterinary medicine: North Carolina State University, Purdue University, and Kansas State University. Our colleagues at these affiliated schools have been just wonderful in this very tough transition period, helping us to relocate with as little trouble as possible.

The University’s Arts and Sciences programs, Master of Public Health program, and the premedical and preveterinary programs are proceeding in Grenada on the True Blue campus. Over 200 students checked in today for the resumption of classes. The campus is swiftly being restored, since there was no major structural damage to the buildings. There is water, albeit intermittent, electricity from the campus generators, and one of the food stores close by is open for business. There is security on campus which is augmented by 200 of the Trinidadian Army using SGU’s campus as a basis of operations for the island. The faculty and staff have worked non-stop to make the campus suitable for learning even while rebuilding their own homes. The situation is not perfect as we repair our campus, but the island has rapidly begun rebuilding and the signs of progress become more apparent every day.

I am grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding during this time of turmoil and transition as we sought to ensure that SGU’s high academic standards would be maintained at temporary locations which could also provide housing for over 1,200 students.

It has been three weeks full of fear, sadness, loss, leadership, kindness and genuine goodness. Three weeks of uncertainty and anxiety for the students, faculty, administration, and staff. Three weeks of tireless effort by many administrators, staff, faculty and students to help pull off this miracle of massive relocation. We know that everything is not perfect; we know that there will be glitches; we know that mistakes will be made. But we also know that the very special mix of character, strength and fortitude that seems inherent in the students and faculty of St. George’s University is the reason that this miracle will work. I am proud to be a part of the SGU community and Grenada; this pride has never been greater than in the past three weeks.

Message from the President of the SGA

Fellow SGU Students,

I wanted to address some of the subtleties of our housing and academic situation this term and our reaction to all the unknowns and changes that have confronted us since Hurricane Ivan altered our situation and decreased our options.

Chancellor Modica and the administration have worked grueling hours in a successful attempt to salvage the semester so that the majority of students can finish their terms. Although the conditions of finishing the term are very different from those we are accustomed to and we find ourselves in completely different geographical areas than we had dreamed of a month ago, the administration has performed a miracle and has given approximately 1600 students the option to finish the term.

There have been challenges for all of us and there are some questions that still require solutions. This is the nature of facing the consequences of a natural disaster. Rebuilding requires starting with the foundation, such as securing a foster campus with appropriate facilities, and following with the details. The fact that students are antsy about details at this point is actual a comforting sign that we have reached the end of a long road and are now ready to solve the more complicated but less monumental questions.

I ask for you to understand any administrative delays that you may perceive in this entire process. The students and administration have been working around the clock to make this happen. Under the duress of the clipped time frame for securing the continuation of the term it is understandable that students may not have enough time to prepare for the start of the semester in the most cost-effective and organized way. I understand it is hard to make a choice without adequate information. However, one week from today we will have had the opportunity to take our risks as we see fit and will have experienced this new structure, with open information, for a period of time. The administration has made it clear that they will accept whether or not we choose to continue this term at that point.

The nature of a natural disaster leaves some simple truths that are not ideal. There are certain limits to being a guest instead of a registered student. It is up to all of us to accept these circumstances to the best of our ability and make appropriate choices for ourselves. I. This week has been hard for all of us without luggage, missing books, and with too much uncertain time on our hands. I simply want to share a reminder with you that we are all in this together. These frustrations will largely diminish as we gear up to studying on Tuesday. My sense is that most of us will look back at this time of immense dislocation and change with something like wonder. We might even realize even now that the challenges we are overcoming are making us stronger individuals. We might understand the inestimable value of these experiences in our life education. Please hang in there.


Christina Goette
SGA President

published on September 23, 2004