Our first biosand filter has been constructed by 4th year student Sophia Mesius and graduate student Renel Pierre. Biosand filters can be a point of use water treatment option, providing clean water at low cost. This is the beginning of a social enterprise project, we already have 4 orders for filters.
Nine fourth year management students from the University of the Nouvelle Grand’Anse (UNOGA) participated in a study abroad program from April 16 to April 24. They came at the invitation of the Purdue University Northwest Business College and Haitian Connection. They had an awesome experience. The students met with the Mayor of Hammond, Thomas McDermott, Jr., who was very impressed with the quality of questions the students asked. They sat in on some business classes at the university, visited the Unilever factory which produces Dove soap, and were hosted several times with warm receptions. The Business College had a reception for them, as well as a more intimate gathering at Professor Pat Obi’s house. Professor Obi hosted 4 students at his home and arranged visits to the Mayor’s Office, Unilever, the Federal Reserve and the Fermi Lab. The tour of the Fermi Lab was hosted by Professor Neeti Parashar. Celine Woznica, a Maryknoll Affiliate, hosted 5 of the students with grace and warmth. Renate Schneider, President of Haitian Connection and Vice Rectrice of UNOGA, took care of the logistics of the trip and showed the students some of the cultural aspects of Chicago. They visited China Town and ate with chop sticks for the first time, and also visited the Haitian American history museum to the delight of founder Elsie Hernandez. The students were very happy to see a piece of Haiti in Chicago. Now that they have returned home, the students will write about their experience and produce a power point for the whole student body.
UNOGA received a grant from Google for 100 chrome books. This really helps the students to do research online because so many more computers are available. In addition these laptops consume a lot less energy than the large computers and monitors we were using before, saving UNOGA money in energy consumption. UNOGA also reconfigured our computer lab with built in cubbies for the laptops.
University of Illinois students participating in the LINC (Learning in Community) program made their second visit to the UNOGA campus. These visiting students collaborate with UNOGA students introducing valuable resources and knowledge. On this recent visit they worked together with UNOGA students to build a model green house out of plastic bottles. They also left an ozone generator to use for the production of clean drinking water.
In addition the University of Illinois students purchased 2 biosand filters to provide clean drinking water to local families. A model was installed on UNOGA’s campus.
A milestone in the short history of the University of the Nouvelle Grand’Anse: August 30 2014 UNOGA graduated its first group of students both in management and in agronomy. The graduation ceremony was preceded by a mass at the Cathedral of St. Louis. The church was packed, there was standing room only. A great validation of what we have accomplished in the short period of 4 years. Bishop Decoste presided over the mass. The graduation was reported in the national press, so now even Port au Prince has heard of UNOGA. A proud moment for students and staff.
From August 18 to August 29 the University of the Nouvelle Grand’Anse offered a seminar on Divergent Thinking to 18 of our students. The idea came about after Bob Boeke, a physics and mathematics professor, taught a mathematics course to a group of first year students at the University of the Nouvelle Grand’Anse. He noticed that the students had particular difficulties, not so much with the formulas as with applying mathematical concepts to other contexts as well as planning for the future. The idea of a seminar on Divergent Thinking evolved. The teaching methodology was was so different form anything the students had experienced so far.
If you like to know more about the seminar, go to its website/blog:
We are pleased to announce a huge step forward for us – accreditation by the government of Haiti. The accreditation is pending certain documents but we now have legal standing as a university in Haiti and the diplomas our graduates receive are more valuable. Our Accreditation For details on our program please see the Rapport Academique (French). Recently a new classroom building that can seat 100 students was completed –
A professor of physics at Purdue Calumet, who taught a physics course at the University of the Nouvelle Grand’Anse, Neeti Parashar is a member of the research team that earlier this year confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson subatomic particle and won the 2013 Nobel prize in physics. The groundbreaking discovery solidified theories about how all matter in the universe came to exist.