“Support does not have to be financial. We think it is essential that we give back even if it is giving of our
time through volunteering” are sentiments shared by the founders of the Ruth Liburd Foundation (RLF).
The RLF demonstrated their commitment to giving back most recently with a donation to the Clarence
Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) on Friday, June 26, 2020. During the presentation, Ms. Christy Herbert,
the Foundation’s Director, stated “we hope the students will use this donation in the pursuit of their
While delivering the vote of thanks at the ceremony attended by members of the Student Government
Association, Dr. Jacqueline Austin, CFBC President, expressed thanks to the RLF for their generous
donation to the students. “We at the College are committed to excellence and to providing the
resources that are required for our students to excel.” She expressed sincerest thanks on behalf of the
faculty, students and staff to the Ruth Liburd Foundation for the kind donation. Ms. Samantha Fox,
Director of Student Services also attended the ceremony.
RLF was founded in honor of the late Ms. Ruth Liburd and is managed by her children and grandchildren.
It is designed to assist with donations to schools in St. Kitts and Nevis as well as to assist persons living in
disadvantaged communities across the Federation. They consider themselves a grassroots foundation
that utilizes media outlets as a vehicle to solicit future sponsorship and donations from the local
communities and abroad in order to keep their initiatives going. Most recently, the Foundation provided
financial assistance to students who were confined overseas as a result of COVID-19 and was also
instrumental in helping to charter flights for others to return to the Federation.
As part of DeVry University’s plan to make their programs more accessible to Kittitians and Nevisians and to provide an avenue that is student-centric and student-focused for them to achieve their goals, they launched their “Bridge to Brilliance” program in St. Kitts in partnership with the Clarence FitzroyBryant College (CFBC).
This new partnership boasts of flexibility and affordability as it provides residents of the Federation access to over 100 online programs from the certificate level to the master’s degree level. The programs will be offered at a 66% reduced tuition cost for undergraduate and 48% for graduate level studies and eliminates all other ancillary fees. Other benefits of this new partnership include a complimentary session to give students an opportunity to explore and ensure the online environment is the most
suitable learning space for them and the availability of scholarships.
DeVry’s International Business Development Executive, Mrs. Laurie Dugan stated that she was “excited to see the growth of the program and to witness the type of educational impact DeVry can make on residents of St. Kitts and Nevis. We want to make sure we open the doors of the university to them to explore and determine if it’s something they want to pursue. So, having that direct partnership with CFBC is vitally important to that.” Mrs. Dugan explained that while it was part of DeVry’s strategic plan to explore and expand in the Caribbean region, they wanted to understand, as part of their due diligence process, the needs in
education in St. Kitts-Nevis. To accomplish this, they met with the Ministry of Education and CFBC
representatives to develop a plan suitable for our Federation.
In keeping with their goal to provide an accessible program for students, the requirements for the program are minimal. The only eligibility requirements for the “Bridge to Brilliance” program is that the individual must be a resident of St. Kitts-Nevis and must possess a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher whether at the CXC or university level.
While the “Bridge to Brilliance” program is completely online, DeVry University still offers an on-campus experience. Persons who choose the on-campus option would not be eligible for the benefits and cost reduction associated with the “Bridge to Brilliance” program. As online education is becoming of increasing importance in the Caribbean, CFBC is pleased to be able to assist in providing an avenue for online education which promises to provide accessibility and flexibility.Read More
Navigating the “new normal” can be challenging for students during this time. In order to ensure that the students of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) have all the tools needed to be their best, Mrs. Sonita Daniel, Director of Library Services, has ensured that the resources typically available at the College’s physical library, are also available to students in the comfort of their homes. “All students have access to our online library on the EBSCOhost platform”, Mrs. Daniel explained, “to supplement this database, we have also provided additional resources by expanding our resources list.
We’ve added the Business Source and the eBook Caribbean Collection. Students can access these high- quality research databases at http://search.ebscohost.com.” To make the program more user-friendly and to support the effective utilization of the resources, tutorials on navigating the EBSCOhost platform were sent to the student body. When asked if the
resources were being accessed by the students, Mrs. Daniel responded that “based on the usage statistics recorded, it shows that the students have been using the resources” as there were 1178 database sessions and 3137 searches recorded on the EBSCOhost platform.
However, the resources provided go far beyond the online library. Mrs. Daniel and her team digitized the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) past papers for the past five years and have shared the link to the google drive with all students and faculty members. In addition, they have also received a package Mrs. Daniel refers to as “Resources for Success” that includes tips on study skills, effective reading strategies, time management and exam preparation.
All of the above-mentioned resources were disseminated to the entire CFBC student body to ensure equal access for all students. Even during the physical closure, we aim to provide as much support as possible. Students can feel free to reach out to the library team via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Born in Florence and raised in Tuscany, Chef Pino Luongo’s passion is Culinary Arts, specifically Tuscan cuisine. After moving to New York City in 1980, Chef Pino wanted to use his knowledge of simple Tuscan dishes, learned as a young boy cooking at his mother’s side, to launch his own restaurant. However, this was a challenge as there was a general misconception on the part of the US consumer that Italian cuisine was the same throughout Italy – when in truth every region has its own cuisine. Chef Pino’s journey began when he opened his first restaurant in 1983 focusing solely on rustic Tuscan fare. When it became an immediate hit with the critics and consumers, he viewed his new job as maintaining this initial momentum. At the start of his career, Chef Pino worked long, hard hours seven days per week –literally with no breaks – to ensure the success of each new restaurant in what was his rapidly growing restaurant empire.
By contrast, today he says his focus is on outreach. “At this point of my life, the things that keep me motivated are the charities and causes I am involved in. There is one that I care about a lot in New York City, which is called the Center of Discovery. It’s an amazing place where through farming they are teaching children with autism the life skills they will lead to lead their most productive lives. My company also provides community support through City Meals on Wheels and
other food-related initiatives.”
In recounting how he was able to develop a relationship with the St. Kitts Tourism Authority and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), Chef Pino explained, “a very special customer of mine introduced me to Ms. Racquel Brown, CEO of the St. Kitts Tourism Authority, a few years ago. I met with Ms. Brown occasionally to organize business dinners at my east side restaurant, Morso, and we developed a working relationship and subsequently a friendship that eventually led to me meeting the Honorable Minister Lindsay Grant.
Minister Grant spoke to me about the CFBC culinary arts program here in St. Kitts and asked if there was any interest on my part to help it expand through the creation of internships in my New York city restaurants. I felt it was an interesting proposition to provide “real world” exposure for the further development and growth for the most accomplished students and I came to St. Kitts last year looking forward to exploring the possibilities. It was inspiring to meet and work with the CFBC culinary arts students and their motivation and energy convinced me that it was a meaningful cause, so I committed
to have them as interns. I will offer four, six-week internships. Two will be at Morso, my fine dining East side restaurant in Sutton Place and two will be at the more casual Coco Pazzo Kitchen & Trattoria in the heart of Soho. Based on the students’ ability to adapt and learn quickly, I can even envision the chance to rotate them through both establishments.
For the CFBC students who will be interning with him, he emphasized the importance of them being humble and not overestimating what they know.
He encouraged them to “come with great enthusiasm, have the right attitude and always ask the right questions. It’s easy to be confused, especially in a city like New York, and when you are doing something that’s so unfamiliar and out of your ordinary realm of experience. At the end of the day, you have to stick to your instinct, follow your voice and your instinct and they will guide you.” When asked what top skills our students would need to be successful in the culinary world, without hesitating, Chef Pino answered “leadership.” He urged that “positive energy in the job is fundamental, it’s contagious and it makes others want to do great work.”
Chef Pino stated that the CFBC has an important mission to raise the bar of Hospitality and Culinary Arts
in St. Kitts and he would be willing to help however he can to support the College’s mission.
‘Ambient air pollution per specific land use types and activities in an urbanizing Eastern Caribbean
Country, St. Kitts and Nevis’- S. D. Whittaker, N. C. Deziel, Y. Zhang, L. Jin, Q. A. Edwards, L. Naraine, J.
Scarborough, D. Allen and M. L. Bell
“There’s the assumption that the Caribbean doesn’t have any significant air pollution but fieldwork over the past few years has shown otherwise. This now means we need to start gathering baseline data and looking at trends” stated Dr. Leighton Naraine as he discussed the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College’s (CFBC) most recent peer-reviewed publication with Yale University. The newly minted Yale University – CFBC peer-reviewed international publication on air pollution in St. Kitts and Nevis was completed in partnership with CFBC alumnus Dr. Steve Whittaker and his Yale University team. The CFBC research team included Dr. Quincy Edwards, Dr. Leighton Naraine, Ms. J’eneille Scarborough (CFBC Alumna) and Mr. Darnel Allen (RxGen St. Kitts and Nevis – CFBC Alumnus), with contributions from CFBC Chemistry and Environmental Science students.
The opportunity to partner on this publication was birthed through a collaborative research initiative between CFBC and Yale University, specifically through Dr. Steve Whittaker who is an alumnus of CFBC. He saw the importance of giving back to his alma mater in the form of scientific research development. Subsequently, he contacted Dr. Edwards as he was interested in conducting air quality research in St. Kitts and Nevis as part of his doctoral dissertation. This allowed for CFBC students to be involved in the research process and have access to modern air quality equipment they generally would not have had. When asked to expound on the innovativeness of this research, Dr. Naraine explained that “while we have spatial and temporal variabilities of urban air pollutants in St. Kitts and Nevis that have been investigated in this research project, they’re mainly done in more developed and industrialized nations in the world such as the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada and China. As far as we know, there is no leading or significant study of air pollution in the Caribbean and based on our literature search it’s the first of its kind in St. Kitts and Nevis. The information gathered from this study has provided new information on a range of air pollutants and their sources are pretty understudied in the Eastern Caribbean, so this study is very significant, innovative and novel.”
Dr. Edwards in highlighting what he hoped this data would be used for, explained that “many Eastern Caribbean islands lack air quality networks which could give insight into the change in air quality as a result of urban development features in relation to air pollution levels. The information gathered from this research can help in the establishment of air quality monitoring systems for St. Kitts and Nevis and the results have the ability to offer insight for future air pollutant health studies and a context for policy makers.” The information from the study will be shared with the Department of Environment, the Ministries of Health and Sustainable Development and all other relevant bodies. Drs. Edwards and Naraine, who are known for other peer-reviewed research publications, expressed their sincerest gratitude to Dr. Whittaker for giving back to his alma mater by sharing his knowledge and equipment to help CFBC strengthen its research profile.
The Chairman of the CFBC Board of Governors Reverend Damien E. Hughes stated: “Undoubtedly, this is a clear example that at CFBC we have and have always had faculty and staff who can stand shoulder to shoulder with the best in and the rest of the world. This publication not only adds to the accolades of the College but it also highlights the partnerships that are critical to establishing our footprint on the regional and global academic and research landscapes.” CFBC President Dr. Jaqueline Austin added to the commendations showered on the research team: “Your commitment to the advancement of knowledge through research aligns with CFBC’s goals to make a global impact and to advance research on issues confronting small island developing states with lessons for other contexts. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, this research is indeed timely. Across the world we see a significant reduction in pollution during this period of lock down and this is good news for our carbon footprint. Such research initiatives are in sync with our commitment to continued community engagement. “This international publication shows the great potential that CFBC has in relation to research, innovation and consultancy opportunities and will strengthen the research capacity of CFBC for faculty and students.
Click on the link below for access to the publication: https://doi.org/10.1088/2515-7620/ab7abc
The team is currently in the process of writing other publications and are hoping their work can be
published by the year 2021.
Friday the 13 th is usually synonymous with bad vibes and omens. However, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) put some positivity into the day by recognizing the hard work of all members of staff. On March 13, 2020, CFBC celebrated the first Staff Appreciation day under the auspices of CFBC President, Dr. Jacqueline Austin. wearing matching CFBC shirts, the members of staff gathered at the UWI Open Campus’ Conference Room ready for the day’s adventures.
Educational, inspirational and all-out fun were some adjectives used by staff members to describe the day’s events. The day began with Dr. Austin providing words of encouragement and gratitude to the staff members. She recalled an experience from her youth in which she was trying to learn how to roller skate. The lesson here Dr. Austin explained, is that “no matter how many times you fall, no matter how many persons are looking and laughing, you get up and keep trying.”
The staff members also participated in a developmental session on “Managing One’s Personal Finances.” Following a buffet lunch, the group departed to participate in the activities of their choosing. Some members enjoyed a historical tour of Brimstone Hill while others fueled their adrenaline with an energetic game of paintball.
Those members who wanted to savour a more relaxing experience, chose to receive facials and pedicures facilitated by the Advanced Vocational Education Center (AVEC) Cosmetology program. After all the festivities, several persons expressed their delight in the Staff Appreciation Day and suggested that it be a regular occurrence.
In the words of John F. Kennedy “as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”Read More
International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated annually on March 8th, has been observed since the early 1900’s and is a day focused on celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women worldwide.
This year’s theme was “I Am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” and in commemoration of this day, the Department of Gender Affairs hosted their International Women’s Day Awards Ceremony on March 6th, 2020 at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. This event was aimed at acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of women in our society to the growth and prosperity of our Federation.
President of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), Dr. Jacqueline Austin, was invited to give the keynote address. In keeping with the theme of IWD2020, Dr. Austin’s speech was focused on gender equality. As she addressed the awardees and the attentive audience, highlighting the importance of men and women working collaboratively, she also reiterated the growing need to dismantle gender stereotypes many of which in the Caribbean context, have their roots in slavery. Slavery has set a precedence for gender relations but despite the challenges, we have witnessed the advancement of Caribbean women who are committed to “breaking the glass ceiling”. However, the most inspiring piece of Dr. Austin’s speech was her spotlight on how Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani young woman, became an advocate for the education of girls.
As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai bravely defied the Taliban in Pakistan, demanding that girls be allowed to receive an education. This strong stance led to the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. In 2012, on her way home on the school bus, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman but survived the attempted assassination. After overcoming all odds, in 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations and published her first book, ‘I Am Malala’. She became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite, the dangers she faced, Malala has continued to speak out on the importance of education.
Dr. Austin’s highlight of this ‘shero’ was timely as we often take for granted the privileges we are afforded, such as education. On March 8th, Ms. Karissa St. Juste was awarded at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) IWD Awards Reception for her contributions to the CFBCRead More
For many years, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) has signed several Memoranda of
Understanding (MOU) with various colleges and universities. An MOU is a formal document between
two or more parties which outlines a number of agreements beneficial to all involved. Most recently,
CFBC refreshed an MOU with Novia Scotia Community College.
This MOU refresh has led to increased
benefits for CFBC as Nova Scotia Community College will be offering faculty the opportunities to
augment their teaching skills through an Adult Education Foundation program that highlights new
technology and andragogy or new ways of teaching adult learners. We have also entered into new
MOUs with Keyano College and DeVry University.
While MOUs are not new to CFBC, Dr. Jacqueline Austin, CFBC President, credits her participation in the
Canadian Bureau of International Education’s mission to Canada in November 2019 as a contributing
factor. This mission involved a rigorous application and selection process after which Dr. Austin was
selected to visit Canadian colleges and universities to glean best practices.
The acquisition of these MOUs has resulted in opportunities for student and faculty exchange,
professional development, scholarships and 2 + 2 matriculation. These agreements offer significant cost
savings to our graduates and global and cultural exposure. As the educational landscape changes, it is
important that we evolve and offer a seamless approach to learning which the MOUs can facilitate.
CFBC is pleased to announce that in our pursuit of excellence, we continue to partner with local,
regional and international institutions that provide opportunities for growth and development for our
faculty, staff and students.
On Feb 19th , 2020 the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Ministers of Education delegation visited the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) as part of their 5th meeting of the heads under the theme “Equity and Access”. CFBC was selected as a focal point of this gathering as an opportunity for us to showcase our innovation and creativity through our Hospitality Department,
Health Sciences Division and ICT program, SKN Robotics team. The delegation included participants from the independent member states of the OECS as well as British dependent territories. This visit placed us in a position to be viewed by the region and the world as a premier higher education institution and to showcase learning in practice. We demonstrated our ability to respond to real world challenges with the latter being heavily displayed by our Health Sciences
Division and the SKN Robotics team.
As part of their presentation to the delegates, the Robotics team displayed their humanoid project and 3D printed mobile prosthetics, a feat that is a first for the OECS. They also demonstrated their crop- dusting drone technology which aims to reduce the costs associated with aerial crop-dusting while still providing an efficient solution. At the Health Sciences Division, the student nurses and their lecturers demonstrated the use of technology in nursing practice through several scenarios, one of which was an accident victim. The delegates were able to observe the scenarios as well as learn more about our state-of-the-art skills lab that the nursing students utilize as central to their learning environment.
Host, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Honorable Shawn K. Richards; was intrigued by the college’s programs. The delegates enjoyed a scrumptious lunch curated by the Hospitality department, who also commended CFBC on the strides being made. Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules, stated that he was delighted by the presentations at CFBC as they highlighted the importance for the member states to develop their own innovative projects.
Dr. Jacqueline Austin, CFBC President, highlighted the benefits of the visit to the College. Dr. Austin explained that having the opportunity to engage with high level decision makers was a game-changer for CFBC and its students as it offered the unique opportunity for us to express our needs directly to those who are the influencers. She also stressed that while CFBC was a focal point of the visit, the benefits extended to Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis as we were able to draw attention to the fact that while we may be a small island developing state confronted with resource constraints, we are still able
to signal to the world that we have wealth in our human resource and that education has a
transformational effect on our society.
The Ministers pledged to continue their dialogue on substantive issues regarding educational development in the OECS as well as the policies and strategies needed to advance the implementation of the OECS Education Sector Strategy.Read More
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” declared Dr. Jacqueline Austin, CFBC President as she handed over the College’s donation to Ade’s Place on behalf of the CFBC students, faculty and staff on March 2, 2020.
Director at Ade’s Place Ms. LaToya Merchant, expressed her gratitude for the donated goods. Ms. Merchant went on to explain that Ade’s Place is a safe haven for individuals who are differently abled. A place where they can be themselves. She emphasized that they are not disabled, as they are talented in many areas. Dr. Austin concurred as she marveled at the crafts, including cloth rugs, crochet bags and string art, that the members of Ade’s Place had created. She voiced that CFBC aims to be responsive to the needs of the community and that she was pleased that CFBC was able to provide them with the items they really needed such as cleaning supplies, arts and crafts, tools and tableware.
Ade’s Place is a day center financed in part by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis, which provides day to day skills training for ‘differently abled’ adults in St. Kitts. Their mission is to provide a safe and secure place for these adults where they can develop to their fullest potential. Ade’s Place allows the attendees the opportunity to grow and evolve holistically as they learn cultural crafts, engage in water therapy and work three days per week at businesses such as the Craft House, Karibhana, Law’s Bookstore and as landscapers.
In the pursuit of excellence, CFBC aims to continue initiatives such as these as we strive to be a positive catalyst for outreach and philanthropy in our community and the Federation on a whole.Read More