“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
For the sixth year in a row, the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla (SKNA) National Bank has provided financial support to the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College Literary & Debating Society. Ms. Shirna Pemberton, Marketing Manager at SKNA National Bank, expressed her pleasure at the Bank being able to assist the Society in attending the Annual Leeward Islands Debating Competition (LIDC). This year’s competition will be held in Montserrat from 27 February to 1 March 2020.
The students representing Team St. Kitts are: Dolicia Barry, Rushelda Dabrio, Tecoya Warner, Alanni Polanco, Daniel Browne and Darin Connor. They will be accompanied by Ms. Laverne Brookes, Staff Sponsor of the CFBC Literary & Debating Society, along with other supporters.
On night two of the competition, Team St. Kitts will debate Team Antigua on the moot: The use of marijuana should be banned within the CARICOM society due to its negative effects. If Team St. Kitts proceeds to the next round, they will debate team Nevis on the topic: The technological age has caused severe dilution of authentic Caribbean culture.
If Team St. Kitts is a finalist in the 48 th LIDC, they will address the moot: The prevalence of chronic diseases supersedes unemployment as a significant hindrance to development in the Caribbean. We thank the SKNA National Bank for their continued support and we wish our team the best of luck. Go Team St. Kitts!Read More
Geography, agricultural science and environmental studies students of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) were afforded a unique opportunity to engage in a blue economy discussion with the members of the Caribbean Oceanscape Project (CROP). The blue economy encompasses sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods
and ocean ecosystem health, and is especially relevant to the Caribbean which relies heavily on
CROP, funded by the World Bank, is a part of the Eastern Caribbean Regional Ocean Policy (ECROP); ECROP’s objective is to develop and implement ocean governance policies. Thus, the purpose of the forum was to gather data and input for the facilitators to incorporate into their coastal and marine spatial plans. CROP members stated that they were planning for the future, and the benefits of futuristic thinking were highlighted by Ms. Tricia Greaux, Marine Management Area and Habitat Monitoring Officer.
She explained that 35 years ago, her job did not even exist but as the need for sustainability increases, the available jobs will also evolve. In engaging with the Facilitator Dr. Cassander Titley-O’Neal, the students listed some of the
anthropogenic impacts that they feared would negatively impact the marine environment including: pollution, sand mining, construction, endocrine disruption and even tourism.
At the close of the forum, speaking on behalf of the CFBC community, student Dolicia Barry expressed her heartfelt thanks to Dr. Cassander, for not only ensuring that the students’ voices are heard but also for the new information she shared as it had changed their perspective of the marine environment and the positive and negative impacts that they have on it. Dr. Moyia Rowtham, CFBC Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, pointed to the value of such fora, which serve to: “help students see the integration of theory to practice and the relevance of such to their studies and creating a career trajectory.” Ms. Greaux added that the blue economy discussion represented an opportunity “for students to see the possibility of future
career paths and jobs in the blue economy and to extend the input of youth in policy driven
The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) and its Board of Governors are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Moyia
Rowtham as Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs (VPASA). Dr. Moyia Rowtham previously served as Dean of Arts, Sciences and General Studies and is a self-proclaimed Caribbeanist. She has educated students in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados and St. Kitts and perceives herself as a knowledge enabler, whose calling is to guide students into understanding how to learn, in order to solve problems and to affirm their capabilities for the exploration of meaningful
As a published author with over fifteen years within the field of education, Dr. Rowtham brings a wealth of invaluable knowledge into her new position. Her educational philosophy is fiercely focused on the advocacy of student self-awareness to transform
their mindsets for the enhancement of cognitive, attitudinal and behavioral resilience for overall development.
With her strategic-transformational style of leadership, we are confident that Dr. Rowtham will play a key role in guiding CFBC into an era of
As VPASA, Dr. Rowtham will assist the President in the development of the College’s academic policies, programmes and procedures and will also provide academic and administrative leadership and guidance while simultaneously fostering a collegial
We welcome Dr. Rowtham to her new role as we continue to strive for excellence.Read More
In celebration of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) students’ pursuit of excellence, the College held its first annual President’s Awards Ceremony on November 29, 2019. The purpose of this event was to recognize and reward the hard work and dedication exhibited by CFBC students. The awards were not only based on academic excellence, but also highlighted their stellar contributions to the College and their community.
The recipients were from the Divisions of Technical and Vocational Education and Management Studies (TVEMS), Arts, Sciences and General Studies (ASGS) and Teacher Education. Mr. Chris Tyson and Mr. Geron Elliott received the W. Ferdinand and Cynthia M. Dore Award for Best Agricultural Studies Student and Best Student in the Division of Teacher Education respectively. Mr. Tyson also received the Cable Award for Community Service, as did Ms. Zakiya Walters.
The CFBC President Award for Leadership was presented to Mr. Wricherly Gumbs, President of the Student Government Association and Mr. Chris Tyson.
2019 State Scholar, Ms. Kizwana Proctor, Ms. Kadeema Blanchette, Ms. Arljanique Ward, Mr. Lufkin Foster, Ms. Niola Thom, Ms. Danecia Richardson, Ms. Kachiqua Williams, Ms. Serena Browne and Mr. Geron Elliot were presented with awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Mr. Shamar Pemberton was awarded the CFBC President's Award of Merit and Ms. Tanuja Delaney, the
CFBC President's Award for Excellence in Sports: Best Athlete. Dr. Jacqueline Austin, President of CFBC lauded the sponsors: the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank, CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, Development Bank of St. Kitts-Nevis, Ministry of Education and the Sugar Industry Diversification Foundation (SIDF). The Cable, who also sponsored our event, has generously pledged to provide annual sponsorship through the Cable Award for Community Service.
It is our hope here at CFBC that through fostering a culture of meaningful moments of recognition, that
others would be inspired to achieve their full potential.
A contingent of three students and two lecturers from the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College
(CFBC) travelled to Martinique during the week of 4 th -8 th June, 2019 and participated in a mock
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development. The students, Aleksei
Burroughs, Jaritza Boddie and Soleigh Phipps, are pursuing environmental studies in the ASGS
Division. They were accompanied by lecturers Chesley Manners and Glenroy Blanchette.
The CFBC students were hosts of their partner school, the Lycee Acajour 2. Other participating
schools came from, Louisiana in the United States, the Dominican Republic, Dominica, and
The mock conference was held on the 6 th and 7 th June at the Academie Martinique in La
Bellevue. Opening remarks were delivered by Catherine Ciserane, the Martinique representative for
European Relations and International Cooperation. Other remarks were given by Ms. Ghislaine
Moetus-Schüller, the Educational Co-operation Advisor from the Ministry of Education in
Martinique and by the Secretary General of the Mock Conference.
The CFBC students did a video presentation on tourism and coastal development in St. Kitts
followed by a PowerPoint presentation on geothermal energy in Nevis. Both presentations were
well received by the Conference. Later in the afternoon, the students participated in a lobbying
session where they developed draft resolutions on sustainable development issues and lobbied
other groups to support their resolution.
On the final day of the Conference, students went into their various committees to finalize their
resolutions on sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean. The students also participated
in a Plenary Session where they presented their resolutions then debated and voted on them.
Later that afternoon, the CFBC contingent was taken on a guided tour to the historic town of St.
Pierre. St. Pierre was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Pelée in 1902 and an estimated 20,000 to
30,000 people died. They visited the prison where one of the only three survivors was held at the
time of the eruption and also toured the lower slopes of Mt. Pelée.
The students were very elated about their experiences in Martinique. Aleksei Burroughs, a final year student in the Division of Arts, Science, and General Studies (ASGS), spoke of the benefits they received from their participation in the Conference. “It helped to promote regional integration amongst the Caribbean territories.
Although there was a language barrier, we were able to agree and form resolutions on pressing matters of the world which we could then become advocates of and help protect the world we live in” said Burroughs. Jaritza Boddie echoed similar sentiments.
“The trip to Martinique was informative as it highlighted some of the environmental issues that
plague some countries. The Conference also taught me the importance of regional and
international discussions when it comes to problem solving,” she said.
Soleigh Phipps, another final-year Environmental Studies student, spoke about the benefits she
gained from the trip.
“The trip to Martinique widened my knowledge in terms of how important sustainable tourism is
to Caribbean countries. It also impressed upon me the need for us to encourage persons to
become more eco-friendly,” Soleigh noted.
According to lecturer Glenroy Blanchette, the trip was highly successful as it allowed the CFBC
students to interact with their peers from different islands and learn about their cultures. The
mock Conference also provided the students with various learning experiences such as how
United Nations’ conferences are organized and conducted. They were also able to develop their
presentation and debating skills.
“We are very thankful to Ms. Ghislaine Moetus-Schüller, the Educational Co-operation Advisor
from the Ministry of Education in Martinique, our host school Acajou 2 along with teachers
Séverine Elymarius and Jules Paulmin, for their excellent hospitality and the educational
opportunity they provided to our students,” said Chesley Manners, a foreign languages lecturer
who served as translator for the CFBC contingent.
The CFBC contingent also expressed their appreciation and thanks to lecturer Ms Deitra
Wharton who was very instrumental in ensuring that the trip to Martinique came off. They also
thanked President Dr. Jacqueline Austin and Dean Dr. Moyia Rowtham for their invaluable
support and assistance with the planning process.
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The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), on June 05, hosted its inaugural author’s forum as part of its book promotion initiative entitled “In Celebration of Books”, which pays tribute to books, authors, reading and writing.
Sonita Daniel, Director of Library Services (CFBC), stated that the book-promotion initiative “brings the curtain down on our Research Symposium based on the theme Research for Innovation and Sustainable Development.”
“Books play a vital role in relation to education, economics, cultural creation and freedom of expression. Books provide access to ideas and knowledge. It is my hope that the papers presented during this 2019 symposium will be published in the very near future, whether in printed or digital format. The knowledge shared should be acted upon and have far reaching impact beyond today and beyond the walls of this educational institution and help to create innovation and sustainable development in our country and beyond,” said Mrs. Daniel.
The forum, she said, highlighted books on the national level.
“We live in an era when there is limited reading. So today’s focus on authors represents an effort to foster the literary development of our society. It is my hope that this exercise begins to cut the road for greater reference to books, journal articles and research in order to better inform our national dialogue,” said Mrs. Daniel.
The director commended the four authors present at the event who have “committed their thoughts to paper and have published their works.”
Authors present included Dr. Leighton Naraine, Dr. Ricardo Neil, Stuart Laplace and Peter Adrien. Books written by the authors were on display at the forum.
Mrs. Daniel stated that the focus on books “is meant to inspire students, faculty, staff and the wider public to read more and put a literary lantern on the social and economic issues confronting the society.”
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THIRTY-SEVEN (37) PERSONS recently completed the first phase of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), Health Science Division’s 12 week Certificate in Elderly Care course, which was held from May 04 to June 08, 2019. The clinical practicum component will be completed on July 20, 2019.
Participants, who attended the course, were from various institutions including public and private sectors from St. Kitts and Nevis.
The course was held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Health Science Division on Lockhart Street, Basseterre.
Some topics of focus included Role of the Caregiver, the Aging Process, Rights of the Elderly, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Bed Making, Meal Planning and Preparation, Feeding of the Elderly, Pressure Area Care, Basic Life Support, First Aid, Recording and Evaluating Care.
The CFBC expressed a heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for the support, commitment and encouragement to the Management and staff of the Save Haven Elderly Care Home, the Royal Elderly Care Home, Cardin Home, Kare Nursing Agency, AccXess Services, the Alexandra Hospital and the Flamboyant Home in Nevis and the senior administrators of the CFBC as well as the faculty and staff of the Health Science Division.
BASSETERRE, CFBC (22nd August 2018) – A four-member team of CFBC Faculty and Students visited Mississippi State University, located at Starkville in the United States, during the week of 15-21 August 2018 as part of an ongoing partnership between the two educational institutions.
The CFBC Team comprised of faculty members Dr. Quincy Edwards and Glenroy Blanchette, while the two students were Nichiel Huggins and Aleksei Burroughs. Dr. Edwards lectures Environmental Science and Chemistry, and Mr. Blanchette lectures Geography and Primary Science & Technology Education. The students are pursuing courses in Environmental Science and Geography.
While at MSU, the CFBC Team had the opportunity to visit the MSU Geosciences Department (Earth, Marine, Atmospheric, and Geospatial Sciences), MSU Library and Virtual Reality Lab, the Social Science Research Center, the Geosystems Research Institute, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Aquaculture, the MSU Delta Extension and Research Experiment Station for agriculture (crops and fish farms). The group also met with MSU officials of various departments and discussed areas for future research collaboration between CFBC and MSU, particularly in the areas of groundwater quality, aquaculture, rainfall variability and sargassum seaweed.
The CFBC Team participated in practical demonstrations of the use of virtual reality in applied research and physical planning during their visit to the MSU Library Virtual Reality Lab. And was exposed to new groundbreaking research in GIS technology that investigates the use of night light to understand population dynamics and economic development in coastal areas around the world.
The CFBC group also participated in a seminar whereby Mr. Blanchette made a presentation on the History and Geography of St. Kitts-Nevis and the federation’s development challenges and opportunities while Dr. Edwards presented his research on surface water quality in Barbados. The presentations were well received by the audience and several MSU students expressed their interests in conducting research in St. Kitts and Nevis.
“The visit to MSU was very educational and we learned a lot about the natural environment in that part of the USA and how MSU is applying scientific research to solve many of the problems they face,” said Burroughs.
“I was impressed with the facilities at MSU and the educational opportunities for the students,” said Ms. Huggins. “I learned a great deal about the importance of research and the visit has motivated me to pursue a university education after I finish my tenure at CFBC,” she added.
Dr. Quincy Edwards noted the importance of the trip towards student learning and environmental research.
“The visit to the MSU was timely and a fulfilling experience that enabled both faculty and students of CFBC to better understand international environmental problems and the use of technology and student-based research as mitigation measures,” he said.
“The visit to MSU has great potential for developing faculty and student exchange programs between CFBC and MSU. Moreover, we have developed an educational bridge for students at CFBC to advance their education in undergraduate and graduate programs at MSU. Additionally, collaborative research with MSU can help us to solve some of our environmental issues such as rainfall variability, groundwater quality and further development in agriculture and aquaculture via the use of advanced technology,” Dr. Edwards added.
Mr. Blanchette expressed thanks on behalf of his colleagues. “We are eternally grateful to Dr. John Rodgers and MSU for their exceptional hospitality and the opportunity to visit MSU and learn more about what they offer. We are very excited about the future possibilities for collaboration in research between CFBC and MSU,” said Blanchette.
“We are also thankful to the CFBC Board of Governors and Senior Administration for facilitating our trip to MSU,” Blanchette added.
The trip was funded by the 100K Strong in the Americas partnership which aims to improve bilateral exchange in climate and coastal science education between US and West Indian university students while jointly conducting citizen science and environmental monitoring projects.
The partnership between CFBC and MSU also hopes to establish a climate citizen science program (called the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network; CoCoRHaS) and create pathways for MSU students to gain a deeper understanding of global climate and marine environmental changes and how those processes affect coastal communities. The partnership also seeks to develop a bilateral exchange to implement MSU’s faculty-led, credit-bearing study abroad program in West Indies that advances coastal and climate sciences.
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Pix 1 and 2: Field visit to MSU Delta Extension and Research Experiment Station (l-r:Dr. Quincy Edwards, Aleksie Burroughs, Nichiel Huggins, Glenroy Blanchette; back row: Jimmy Avery)
Pix 3: Nichiel Huggins tries out the Virtual Reality headgear.
Pix 4: Aleksie Burroughs tries out the Virtual Reality headgear.
Pix 5: The CFBC Team takes a short break while visiting the Memphis Zoo.
Pix 6: Nichiel collects data on the sun’s reflexivity on a pond under the supervision of Dr. Padmanava Dash and his colleagues of the MSU Geosciences Department.
Pix 7: Aleksie collects data on the sun’s reflexivity on a pond under the supervision of Dr. Padmanava Dash and his colleagues of the MSU Geosciences Department.
Pix 8: CFBC Team observes a presentation by Dr. Padmanava Dash on water quality.
Pix 9: Aleksie and Nichiel pose for a photo op.Read More
Basseterre, KN– A partnership has been formed between the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) Hospitality Department, Range Developments and Six Senses. A Six Senses Resort is slated to begin construction in St. Kitts this year and as part of their commitment to St. Kitts they agreed to offer an internship opportunity for a CFBC student in the area of Hospitality.
This Internship will see the student working in The Seychelles (an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa) for 6 months with a rotating schedule, allowing the student to learn varying areas of the operations in the resort. Six Senses/ Range Developments has agreed to cover the cost of flights to and from the location, as well as training and accommodation.
The selection committee reviewed all of the applications submitted, paying close attention to those who had exceptional recommendations, a strong academic background, and campus/ community involvement. A unanimous decision was made. The Six Senses/ Range Developments Internship 2018 was awarded to Mr. Wycliffe Clarke!
Wycliffe is extremely passionate about the industry and consistently goes above and beyond. He maintained consistently good grades in the Associate Degree in Hospitality Program, while being active on campus (History and Heritage Club, 2nd runner-up in Mr. Back to Roots) and in the community (Niche Disability Awareness Foundation, AH Consultancy, Food & Beverage Server for HTA, Liaison Officer for St. Kitts Music Festival). He was excited to share his take on what he expects from the internship:
“While education can open many doors, success relies on initiative; I have the desire and the determination. Not only will this opportunity contribute to my self-development and make me a more well-rounded individual, I am also certain that after a smooth transition I will be able to deliver the top performance the Six Senses Resort in Seychelles.
My attention to detail and viable work experience thus far within this industry will be put to great use while acquiring internationally recognized training and knowledge from this reputable brand. Through my creativity and ingenuity, I am certain that I will be an asset to this company by utilizing their strategies of reconnecting and refocusing on what really matters.
The support of friends and family (especially my parents) means the world to me. At this stage of my life, I am sure that the most important thing is to gain progress in my education and pave the way to a successful future. I view this opportunity as a pathway to further enhance my passion for customer service and hospitality. This internship will allow me to represent my school and country on an esteemed level, which I truly believe will foster growth and development in my personal and professional life.
This groundbreaking partnership will open the door for Mr. Wycliffe Clarke but also for CFBC and the Six Senses Resort as we seek to bridge connections between each of the organizations. We are incredibly thankful to the representatives who have bestowed the opportunity. We look forward to Mr. Clarke’s participation and continued growth, as a result of the experience. He leaves the federation on September 5th and we are confident that he will represent CFBC and St. Kitts & Nevis well.
By Samantha Fox
Director of Student Services
Clarence Fitzroy Bryant CollegeRead More