Issue Date: Jan 28, 2009
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Year in Review - 2008

The SGU Gazette published a total of 137 stories in 2008. As a university community, we have had much to celebrate and be thankful for. Please reflect with me on some of the successes we have enjoyed over the past year:
Grenada Ranked #1 Among Caribbean Medical Schools ...more
SGU's commemorative 30th anniversary stamp unveiled...more..
Charter Hall with over 700 seats opened its doors...more..
1st K.B. Taylor Memorial Lecture and K. B. Taylor Hall inaugural event...more
SGU - JJ Robinson Trust Inaugural joint scholarship...more
Grenadian Roggie Reason achieved top academic marks in NU and then captured 3 out of 4 awards
& Launch of Virtual Hospital Staff Program...more
Charter class of KBTGSP graduates...more
Business Students off to Disney & SGU hosts 11th ACWWS conference ...more
Inaugural Parents Weekend & SGU Hosts Atlantis Mobile Laboratory...more
Nursing Program commences...more

NU's 5th WCC - Ten Grenadians Among the New Scholars

Photo: High Commissioner with students (l-r): N’Kosha Fletcher, Germaine Bristol, Kenisha James, Keishon Regis, Stacy Abraham, Shamfa Joseph, Earlan Charles, Neilal Jones, Anika Clarke, Devon McKenzie (photo credit: Geoffrey Bosson)
The KBTGSP held its fifth White Coat Ceremny ( WCC) at the Northumbria University Business School on City Campus East at 2 pm Sunday January 18th. Dr Randall House, Vice Provost for the KBTGSP welcomed 104 new medical students from 23 countries on behalf of the Chancellor and the Dean of the School of Medicine. Among them were ten Grenadian scholarship recipients. High Commissioner for Grenada HE Ms Ruth Elizabeth Rouse, graciously took the opportunity to share this very important moment with the students. She congratulated them on having got to this critical chapter of their lives and wished them continued success in their chosen career. These students along with their classmates would complete their first year in the UK, experiencing its rich culture, and then come to Grenada to continue their program. Professor Craig Mahoney addressed the students on behalf of Professor Andrew Wathey, NU's Vice Chancellor. Dr John Powell-Jackson gave a superb keynote address and the Master of Ceremonies, Dr Martin Stransky, an 1983 alumnus spoke movingly about the meaning of the white coat from personal experience. The dais party who presented the white coats were: Dr Powell-Jackson, Dr Stransky, Lord Walton and Dr Shubhra Baruah.

A New Nursing Story: SGU’s second BSN Class

Photo: Members of the nursing charter class receiving training
The St. George’s University has enrolled its second class in an induction for its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program in an induction ceremony held at the Bourne Lecture Hall last Saturday, January 24, 2009. The students were welcomed and congratulated by the Chancellor and Provost who both emphasized the global nursing shortage. “You have entered a very demanding and altruistic profession and have embarked upon a journey of lifelong learning,” said Dr. Pensick. He admonished the inductees to be advocates of their patients.

Dr. Modica encouraged the students with the words: “You are a small class, but you are not small in spirit. We are proud and honoured to have you.” Seven out of the twenty-three students of the nursing charter class attained the Dean's list and we expect the second class to excel also. In a truly touching and unique presentation Brenda Stutsky, the keynote speaker, detailed the history of nursing and the many beautiful things that nursing is, among them: assistance, professionalism, commitment, friendship and leadership.

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Faculty Couple Recognised

Faculty members Drs. Shivayogi and Bharti Bhusnurmath have recently been elected as International Fellow members of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) – The Pathologists’ Organization. The husband and wife team are among its very first International Fellow members and would enjoy the exclusive privilege of using the initials “IFCAP” after their names.
The international fellowship is a new initiative by the College of American Pathology. With over 17,000 pathologists’ worldwide, the CAP is the premier association dedicated exclusively to the needs of pathologists. Drs. Shivayogi and Bharti Bhusnurmath have been active members for more than ten years.

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WCC at NU - Keynote Speaker

Dr John Powell-Jackson
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. John Powell-Jackson, MA, MD, FRCP, Associate Director, Career Guidance and Student Development, United Kingdom, St. George’s University. Dr. Powell-Jackson is an accomplished physician, whose main interests are in internal and cardiovascular medicine, and a researcher who has also published several articles on hypertension and prion diseases. He exhorted the new students to take their commitment seriously as they entered the medical profession. Details of his address can be read on SGU's News and Events.

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Nursing Induction - Keynote Speaker

Brenda Stutsky is a Canadian nurse who began her career in 1983 after graduating with a diploma in nursing from the Misericordia General Hospital School of Nursing in Winnipeg, Canada. Over the past 25 years, her clinical practice has focused on Women’s Health, Emergency Nursing, Coronary Care Nursing, and Intensive Care Nursing. She is a lifelong learner completing a certificate in Intensive Care Nursing, a baccalaureate nursing degree from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Science in nursing degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Brenda has been involved in nursing education for the past 17 years. She has worked as an educator, assistant director, and director in various nursing education programs at the certificate, diploma, and university levels. Keynote Address

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