Members discuss role of Off-Campus Council

first_imgAt this week’s Council of Representatives (COR) meeting, members discussed the role of the Off-Campus Council and how possible improvements could increase effectiveness and take more of the burden of handling off-campus concerns from other groups, leaving more resources for other issues. “So much of the focus of on-campus bodies has been off-campus issues,” student body president Catherine Soler said. “We think one of the things we can do is to really bolster the power of the Off-Campus Council.” Referencing the group’s constitution, Soler said the Off-Campus Council’s purpose is to “sponsor functions and disseminate information to off-campus students, which has been the goal of student government this whole year.” Hoping to reduce ambiguity about electing members to the council and better express the group’s intended purpose, Soler raised a discussion about potential constitutional amendments. One of the unclear clauses pertains to eligibility to run and vote for off-campus positions. Under the current rules, only current off-campus students can vote for the following year, and in practice, only off-campus juniors have tended to run for these offices. “I guess it’s just been implied that you have to live [off campus] junior year to run for these positions,” off-campus president Ryan Hawley said. “It doesn’t really make sense. What we’re thinking is having people who are going to live off campus be able to run and vote so it’s much more representative of off-campus students.” Soler said expanding eligibility for participation could attract more applicants and ensure the most capable students are given the opportunity to fill the positions. “We think we can really up the quality and get more people to apply for this if we could get on-campus students who are living off next year to run,” she said. After it was suggested that the Off-Campus Council’s level of activity has been lacking, Hawley said the problem was figuring out how to get interested off-campus students involved and maintaining a consistent meeting schedule. “We don’t really have meetings which is part of the problem,” he said. “It’s been hard. People want to get involved and help but actually getting them involved has been difficult.” Hawley introduced the idea of off-campus ambassadors, whose role would be to facilitate the flow of information between off-campus students and the on-campus president, as well as maintaining positive relationships with members of the community. “We were thinking about having neighborhood ambassadors who would go around neighborhoods introducing themselves,” he said. “They would report directly to the on-campus president.” Soler said she felt redefining the purpose of the Council could also help with the group’s current funding problems. “The focus was thought to be that it was a programming board,” she said. “But if we decide that it’s disseminating information then it’s probably something that could be taken more seriously, if this is a more legitimate need for funds.”last_img read more

Tobacco tour

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAnyone interested in current tobacco production issues and research for Georgia and Florida should attend the “2006 Georgia-Florida Tobacco Tour” June 12-14.The tour starts in Lake City, Fla., and ends in Waycross, Ga. It will include visits to producers’ farms and sites showcasing variety trials and disease research. The tour is sponsored by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.To find out more or to register, call (229) 386-3006. Or visit the Web site at www.georgiatobacco.com.last_img read more

14 more Dominicans awarded Cuban scholarships

first_img 753 Views   no discussions Share EducationHealthLifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTertiary 14 more Dominicans awarded Cuban scholarships by: – July 13, 2018 Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Some of the fourteen Cuban Scholarship recipientsFourteen (14) more Dominicans have been awarded scholarships from the Cuban Government to pursue tertiary education as part of the Cuban Scholarship Program which has been in existence for over thirty-nine years.Eight of them; Kelsey Joseph, Jovina Lawrence, Lou Ann Lawrence, Sherniah Mills, Raquel Mills, Jessica Riviere, Krystal Williams and Jerome Auguiste will pursue undergraduate studies in medicine, Tawiah Hunter will study Stomatology.Jefferson Garraway and Yoland Prosper will pursue Post Graduate degrees in Medicine.Three of the other recipients will be engaged in Higher Education; Lucci-Ann Thomas and Joselle Casey will study Building and Civil Engineering and Walter Greenaway Jr. Computer Science.The fourteen students were presented with their scholarship documents during a ceremony at the Cuban Embassy in Morne Daniel on Friday 13 July 2018 from Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource, Chandler Hyacinth, in the presence of the Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa.The medical degree students are expected to leave island between by 25 July 2018 while the other recipients will leave in September 2018.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, Chandler Hyacinth and Cuban Ambassador to Dominica Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa“We are pleased to have received training not just in medicine, but also in other areas of higher education. In selecting the candidates we were looking at areas that will assist us in our rebuilding efforts,” Mrs. Hyacinth stated.She described the selection process as a “task” considering that there were forty-five (45) applications.“We expect you to do well, we expect you to work with the authorities, we expect you to work with the Dominican representative, and we expect you to, and want you to do, your best,” she noted.Mrs. Hyacinth further urged the parents to give the students “all the support that they require so they can do well” and to “stay in touch with them, give them he support that is needed”.The Ministry, she added, will also support the students “but sometimes the parental support is worth much more”.Tawiah Hunter, in an interview with Dominica Vibes after receiving the scholarship award, stated that she “is elated that the government saw something in me to give me a chance to go ahead with something I have always wanted to do”.Jessica Riviere was also happy with her selection noting that the financial cost of pursuing tertiary education away from home was a hindrance.“I am getting to study medicine, which is something I have always wanted to do. I also get to learn a new language, experience a new culture so it’s a really good feeling,” Riviere said.Lucci-Ann Thomas described the opportunity as an honor, adding that she “is glad to have received the opportunity to further my studies, so thank you”.Jerome Auguiste was also very pleased with his selection, adding that while he expects the work to be hard, said with his “determination and motivation, and a set goal I will be successful.”In June 2017, thirteen Dominicans were awarded scholarships to pursue higher education and post graduate studies in Cuba.– / 12 Share Sharelast_img read more