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2012 Scholarships Robert Clements/ACE Scholarship Julia Dunne, a 17-year old Bermuda High School graduate, will commence a Bachelor’s Degree in Business at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in September. On completion of her degree Julia plans to return to Bermuda to pursue a career in the insurance industry.

Julia Dunne 2012 Robert Clements/ACE Scholarship Recipient

Julia has received many academic awards and honours throughout her school years, including The Mandy Wong Trophy for Business Studies, The Henderson Award for Spanish, and the Beryl Brown Cup for Art. She served as Prefect and Deputy House Leader and was recognized for her academic excellence on the BHS Honour Roll. Julia is fluent in Spanish and has served as a maths tutor helping younger BHS students with homework and as a YouthNet Peer Mentor. Outside of school, Julia volunteers at the Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation and plays second violin with the Menuhin Foundation Youth Orchestra.

Since the inception of the Robert Clements/ACE Scholarship in 1996, the ACE Foundation – Bermuda has supported 24 Bermudian students with their studies through the Robert Clements/ACE scholarship and other discretionary awards. The award provides a fully-funded four-year scholarship and is open to Bermudians studying at accredited overseas universities for an undergraduate or graduate degree in insurance, risk management, actuarial science or other disciplines related to the insurance industry including accounting, law and economics. Students are also offered employment opportunities during the holidays to provide them with relevant work experience. A condition of the scholarship is that recipients must be willing to return to Bermuda on completion of their studies to pursue their career.

ACE/Bermuda College Education Award Twenty-year-old Isaac James graduated from the Bermuda College in May with an Associate Degree in Science. In September he will commence a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Science at the University of Leeds in the UK. Isaac’s goal is to become a general pathologist and return to Bermuda to pursue a career in the medical field. At Bermuda College Isaac’s achievements were recognized on the Vice Presidents List for Outstanding Academic Performance. Isaac James 2012 ACE/Bermuda College Education Award Recipient

Isaac is an active member of the community and serves as a youth leader at his church, the Beulah Tabernacle in Sandys. He has volunteered at KEMH and Lefroy House and worked as a summer camp counselor.

The ACE/Bermuda College Education Award was launched in 2008. It is one component of a partnership formed between ACE and the Bermuda College with the goal of helping students prepare for the workplace. The award provides $15,000 a year for two years to a Bermuda College graduate to assist them with the continuation of undergraduate studies overseas. Since inception, five Bermudian students have benefitted from the Education Award.

For more information please visit www.acefoundationbermuda.com

© 2012 The ACE Group of insurance and reinsurance companies.


2012 PROUDLY CONGRATULATES OUR SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Bank of Bermuda Foundation Sir John W. Cox University Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies 2012 Emily Ross The 2012 Bank of Bermuda Foundation Sir John W. Cox University Scholarship for postgraduate studies has been awarded to Emily Ross. Emily looks forward to beginning her Masters of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford in October 2012.

Bank of Bermuda Foundation Sir Henry Tucker University Scholarship 2012 Peter Merritt is the recipient of the Bank of Bermuda Foundation’s Sir Henry Tucker Scholarship for undergraduate studies. He will be attending Yale University where he plans on studying Economics.

Bank of Bermuda Foundation Sir Henry Tucker Scholarship Education Grants 2012 Hannah Gibbons will be attending University of California Berkeley this fall and her career goal is to become a corporate lawyer.

Bank of Bermuda Foundation Joseph C. H. Johnson Scholarship 2012 LaShanda Seaman is the recipient of the Foundation’s Joseph C. H. Johnson Scholarship. Lashanda will be studying Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. Bank of Bermuda Foundation Joseph C. H. Johnson Nominee Awards 2012 Nominee Award Recipients (left to right): Scott Clarke will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall to study Finance. Owen Chisnall will be pursuing a Diploma as a Mechanical Engineering technician at Niagara College. Sierra Simons will be attending Washington Adventist University in the fall to pursue a career in Medicine. Leanna Hall is spending a year studying Spanish and the bible at Word of Life Bible Institute in Argentina this in September.

Megan Berry will attend Duke University in the fall where she will study business and insurance related courses.

Jordan Renfroe will be taking his Bachelor’s in Secondary Music Education at Acadia University in September.

William Gardener plans to attend the University of Edinburgh to study International Relations in the fall.

Ashley Borges will pursue a degree in History with a minor in Business at the University of British Columbia in the fall.

Bank of Bermuda Foundation Eldon H. Trimingham Master of Business Administration Scholarship 2012 George Spurling has been awarded the Bank of Bermuda Foundation Eldon H. Trimingham Masters of Business Scholarship. George will be completing an MBA in Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, with the intention of pursuing a career in global health financing.

Bank of Bermuda Foundation Financial Services Scholarship 2012 Dominique Richardson is the recipient of the Bank of Bermuda Foundation’s Financial Services Scholarship. Dominique is currently studying Finance at Barry University in Florida.

Bank of Bermuda Foundation Information Technology Scholarship 2012 Shannon Coddington-Burchall is the recipient of the Bank of Bermuda Foundation’s Information Technology Scholarship. Shannon plans to further his education the University of Buckingham where he will be studying Computing.

Bank of Bermuda Foundation Chairman’s Awards 2012 (formerly President’s Award) Our Premier award winner is Sarai Hines. Sarai is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The five runners-up (top to bottom): Chelzea Somner plans to attend the University of Manchester to study Medicine in the fall. Savannah Frey has been accepted into Brock University where she will study Psychology. Michelle Mederios will be attending the University of Waterloo in Canada to Study Law. Shane Antonition will be attending the University of Waterloo to study Environmental Engineering. Filipe Pontes attending Wilfrid Laurier University in the fall to pursue a BSc Psychology in their honors programme.

Bank of Bermuda Foundation Centennial Trust Scholarship 2012 John D. Campbell Arts Scholarship We are pleased to announce the establishment of the John D. Campbell Arts Scholarship which will be offered to a student pursing a degree in the visual or performing arts. This scholarship, with a value of $30,000 per annum for up to 4 years, will be offered for the first time in 2013.

Georgé Wilson is the second recipient of the Centennial Trust Scholarship. Georgé will be studying Management and Politics at the University of Manchester.


SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS Congratulations to the students of 2012 A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SUPPLEMENT OF THE BERMUDA SUN SEPTEMBER 14, 2012 PAGE 1

BY AMANDA DALE adale@bermudasun.bm

Winning a scholarship or bursary can go a long way towards covering your school fees. Let’s face it, studying for a degree these days is a costly business. In the UK it is reported that students graduate with an average debt of £26,000. In the US and Canada the figure is $25,000 and rising. Attaining a degree however, can go a long way towards furthering your career, particularly in the current tough economic climate. Going to college can also enrich you as a person. Apart from the academics, university provides a wellrounded education in how to go forth in life. Freshman moving away from home quickly learn

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INVESTMENT: Attaining a degree is an expensive business. how to look after themselves, how to budget and how to make new friends with people from all walks of life. Most Bermudian students have to move overseas to attend college, giving them a ‘global’ perspective and an

independence which serves them well. Much of this would not be possible however, without the generosity of families and sponsors here on the island. In this supplement we feature some of the scholar-

ships of 2012 and their lucky recipients. Companies and organizations featured include: BELCO; the Bermuda Hospitals Board; Bermuda Health Foundation; XL; Bank of Butterfield; Marsh; The Garden Club of Bermuda; KPMG; Air Care; BAC Group; and Devonshire Parish Council. We also offer advice for new students on how to make the most of your college years, and how to stay safe and healthy. For next year, Catherine Lapsley of the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies offers students sterling advice on ‘how to win a scholarship’. Congratulations to all the 2012 scholarship winners, and good luck to all of Bermuda’s students as you head off to college. ■

Inside this supplement How to win a scholarship, by Catherine Lapsley of the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies Page 2 What we look for in a scholarship student, by BELCO Page 4 Opportunities with the Bermuda Hospitals Board Pages 6 and 8 Awards from the Bermuda Health Foundation Pages 8 and 10 XL award winners are keen to excel Page 10 How the Bank of Butterfield invests in Bermudians Page 12 Marsh rewards persistence Page 14 The Garden Society can help your career blossom Page 15 Cool careers at Air Care Page 16 Words of wisdom for students Pages 17, 19, 21, 26 and 27 Devonshire Parish Council assists its young residents Pages 20-21

Bermuda Sun 19 Elliott Street, Hamilton, Bermuda HM 10 Tel 295-3902 Fax 292-5597 E-mail feedback@bermudasun.bm This special supplement is produced and published by Bermuda Sun Limited and printed in Bermuda by Island Press Limited.

Publisher Randy French President Lisa Beauchamp Editorial Amanda Dale Editorial Layout Amanda Dale Advertising Sales Carlita Burgess (Deputy Advertising Manager) Olga French, Diane Gilbert, Claire James Creative Services Christina White, Colby Medeiros, Shay Ford Circulation & Distribution Nick Tavares

On-the-job training with the BAC Group Pages 22-23 KPMG looks for motivation, creativity and focus Page 24 What to pack for your first dorm move Pages 27-28 Taking good care of your health and safety on campus Page 29-30

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How to win a scholarship BY CATHERINE LAPSLEY Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies (BFIS)

This year the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies (BFIS) received 101 applications for 13 scholarships. The Scholarship Committee reviewed each application and picked 30 students to LAPSLEY interview. Each had just 15 minutes to impress the six committee members, half of whom are former BFIS scholarship recipients. A total $451,000 was awarded to the lucky 13. But what made those applicants stand out, and what stood in the way of the others being considered?

Choice of scholarships Each application was made online via www. bermudascholarships.com. This enabled us to see each applicant’s profile and what other scholarships they were applying for. This was interesting as some students just applied for every scholarship listed. That is not good as right off the bat, the award providers feel that the student is someone who is too lazy to research which scholarships are applicable to them. If you want to enter the insurance sector, then you should not be applying for a ‘turf management’ scholarship.

Photo Your photograph makes the first impression on the committee members and so it is best to have a simple head and shoulders shot, in your school uniform or a nice shirt.

Spelling You must check your spelling. Many scholarship providers deal with hun-

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BE PREPARED: First impressions count, so do your best to ‘sell yourself’ in your interview. dreds of applications and will not look any further at one if the student has not taken the time or trouble to check the spelling.

Content Grades, extracurricular activities, sports, interests, work experience, essays and references — these all count and should help those examining your application to gain a clearer picture of who you are, your values and your focus. You cannot change some information, such as how much interest you took in your work and activities, but your essay is where you can shine. You should pay attention to what the scholarship providers want you to write about, and at bermudascholarships.com you can write as many different essays for different scholarships as you like. But make them ‘private’ so each provider only sees the one which applies to their scholarship. But do make your essay interesting! You want the scholarship providers to

read it and feel they would like to meet you and learn more about you. It will often make the difference between being called for an interview or not.

The interview By now you should know all about the usual things, such as getting there on time and dressing appropriately, but here are a few more tips. Remember that the people interviewing you are there to give away money, so they are on your side and just trying to learn more about you as a person, and whether you are a suitable recipient who they will be proud to give money to. So talk — tell them about yourself, your ambitions, what you love to do, how you solve problems, how you stay focused on schoolwork, and so on. There is nothing more frustrating than knowing you have a bright student with great grades sitting in front of you and then they only give you one-word answers.

When it comes down to the final decision, the providers will usually give the scholarship to the student they feel they know most about, and who shows potential, even though they might not have had the best grades. Don’t forget that once again first impressions count — so walk quickly into that interview room with your head up and a smile, and if the opportunity arises, give a firm handshake.

Just do it If you plan to apply for a scholarship, get started on your profile at www.bermudascholarships.com now, while you still have time to perfect your information and essays. Don’t wait until the last minute — the first scholarship deadlines are around mid-March. Good luck! ■

CATHERINE LAPSLEY is the executive director of the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies (BFIS).


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Passion and commitment at BELCO BY JESSICA BINNS BELCO scholarship recipient

Applying for scholarships can be quite stressful. As an applicant, you worry about how you compare with others and whether your application is up to standard. As most scholarships require roughly the same criteria, it can also be difficult to determine and deliver what a scholarship committee is specifically looking for. To clarify what interviewers and committee members seek, Roger Todd, Linda Smith and Jocene WadeHarmon from the BELCO Scholarship Committee offer some advice. “First and foremost, because this is a scholarship, we are looking for scholars,” said Mr Todd, Assistant Vice President, Engineering.

Academic success Not only are interviewers looking for academic accomplishment, but also for indicators of continuing academic success, such as maintaining a 3.0 GPA (Grade Point Average). Furthermore, your application must be of sound quality and complete. As a (soon-to-be) student seeking funding and support, you need to convince the scholarship committee to invest in your development. Therefore, you must be clear about why you are applying for the scholarship and how it will relate to your development, goals and career aspirations. “We are looking for people who are going to come back and make a significant contribution within the company and the community,” said Ms Wade-Harmon, Vice President, Human Resources. Although they may not be required, you should include documents such as your resume, and mention any awards or extracurricular activities. These help to demonstrate balance and paint a more

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WINNERS: The BELCO 2012-13 scholarship and education award recipients. Back row, from left, Gary Smith, Benjamin Groves, Jainero Watts, David (Vince) Hunt, Jonathan Cox. Middle row, from left, Jamar Dill, Emily Dunne, Rebecca Sharpe, Kumar Grant, Hunter Pitcher, Shane Antonition. Front row, from left, Michelle Dixon, Jessica Binns (writer), BELCO president Andrew Parsons, Gerri Landy. Absent recipients were Kahnae Bean, Jonathan Pedro, Catherine Wight and Matthew Tavares. complete picture of the applicant. In addition to balance, interviewers and committee members also select applicants who show evidence of leadership, because studying abroad requires you to take initiative and to be independent. As you complete your application, it is important to remember that scholarships are about more than just money. They are also relationship opportunities that allow you to make yourself known within the company and its industry. Moreover, they can grant you the opportunity to work in a field related to your course of study. Once submitting your application, if you are chosen for an interview, it is important that you come prepared. Learn about the company and inform yourself about the origins of the scholarship. Look for synergies between what you are doing, your aspirations and what the scholarship

is about. However, don’t stretch it to make it happen. In addition to preparing for the interview, it is important that you come properly dressed. Smart business dress is what you are expected to wear. You don’t have to wear a business suit, but do not show up in flip-flops or jeans. Instead of arriving on time, arrive early. Being late or improperly dressed is a huge turn-off for interviewers. It demonstrates to them that you do not take this opportunity seriously and, therefore, they won’t take you seriously. During the interview, it is essential that you carry yourself well. “Attitude is super important,” said Linda Smith, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations. Do not be complacent. The BELCO scholarship committee and interviewers are looking for hard-working individuals with a passion for what they are doing. Furthermore, being able to

express that passion and commitment is vital. BELCO offers the following awards for students: The Llewellyn Vorley Scholarship and Educational Awards for engineering; the C. Eugene Cox Postgraduate Engineering Scholarship; the Alfred T. Oughton Postgraduate Scholarship in fields other than engineering; and the BELCO Internal Scholarship. The awards are made for the academic year, and so to continue receiving funds, students must apply each school year. The amount of each award varies. For more information on BELCO scholarships and bursaries, see www.belco. bm. ■

JESSICA BINNS is a BELCO summer student and an Alfred T. Oughton Scholarship recipient. She is studying for a Master of Arts degree in public relations and corporate communication at Barry University, Miami, Florida.


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For a rewarding career, choose healthcare SUPPLIED BY THE BERMUDA HOSPITALS BOARD Bermuda Hospitals Board (BHB) has been encouraging young Bermudians to pursue careers in healthcare for decades. It offers annual scholarships to students studying subjects in demand by medical institutions. Last month, BHB awarded $120,000 in scholarships to 13 students who are studying nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, sonography/radiology, medical technology and pharmacy. GlaxoSmithKline Insurance Ltd (GSKIL) — a Bermuda-based subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) — has also partnered with BHB for the past 18 years, offering scholarships to outstanding students with financial need. GSKIL has donated a total $120,000 in scholarship

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DIVERSITY: This year’s BHB/GSKIL scholarship recipients. funds since 1994. It awards $30,000 in scholarships each year. Ian Fox, GSKIL president, said the company has a long history of encouraging Bermudian students to con-

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DEDICATION: Kareema Sharrieff, pharmacy services manager and the 2000 GSK award recipient.

sider healthcare as a career. “GlaxoSmithKline plc is a world-leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company and the Bermuda subsidiary, GlaxoSmithKline Insurance Ltd, is very pleased to financially assist local students pursuing university studies in healthcare careers,” he said. “BHB does an admirable job interviewing candidates and awarding our scholarships each year. “We’d like to congratulate this year’s GSK Scholar, Kelly Savery, who is studying for a doctorate in counselling psychology at the University of Manchester in the UK.” Kareema Sharrieff received the GSK award in 2000 and completed her studies with a doctorate in pharmacology from Northeastern University in Boston in 2003. She is currently the manager of pharmacy services at the hospital and says when she received her scholarship, GSK’s mission was improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. “The committed team at GSK defined and reinforced for me the idea of compassion, wholehearted generosity and conviction to positive outcomes for their

‘Helping patients is so rewarding — I encourage young Bermudians to consider careers in healthcare. It’s a great way to give back to our community.’ KEENAN VANPUTTEN Registered nurse

patients and customers,” she said. “Their mission statement resonated and reminded me why I had committed to a profession in pharmacy and why I have remained devoted and passionate about this field ever since. “As a result of the scholarship award, I continued my studies and became part of a larger, meaningful healthcare workforce. “I have also come to realize that only with purpose in our professional lives can we be productive. “I am deeply grateful for GSK’s generosity and belief that I was a worthy recipient of their award.” Keenan VanPutten, 2009’s GSK scholarship recipient, studied nursing at Hampton University in Virginia and graduated in 2011with a Bachelor of Science degree. Now employed at BHB as a registered nurse, he says the scholarship award helped tremendously in pursuing his career goal. See HEALTHCARE, page 8


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Foundation provides medical awards BY LAVERNE FURBERT The Bermuda Health Foundation was founded 10 years ago by brothers Philip Butterfield, Vincent Hollinsid and former Premier Dr Ewart Brown, together with their friend, the late K. Murray Brown. The Foundation aims to honour Bermudians who have provided outstanding public service and also to provide scholarships in the field of medicine.

Service Since its inception in 2002, it has provided more than 30 scholarships to Bermudians of all ages. Many of the scholarship winners have graduated and are now practicing in their various fields of endeavour, including nursing, public health, forensic science and as physicians. Asha Ratteray and Sergio Virgil were named as winners of the 2012 Bermuda Health

HEALTHCARE Continued from page 6 “Receiving the additional funding really assisted me in completing my studies,” he said. “I love my job because it brings such an immense sense of satisfaction. I take great pride in my work and give 100 per cent to my patients. “It’s the human touch and interaction that shows we care. “Helping patients is so rewarding — I encourage young Bermudians to consider careers in healthcare. It’s a great way to give back to our community.” Lynae Joseph, BHB career development coordinator said: “Scholarship recipients will one day join our team as fully qualified healthcare workers. “Because we are competing in a global market

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HEALTHY START: Members of the Bermuda Health Foundation with this year’s scholarship recipients. From left, BHF chairman and co-founder Philip Butterfield, Nena Richardson (Sergio Virgil’s mother), BHF co-founder Vincent Hollinsid, Salute to Service Award winner and former Premier Sir John Swan, Asha Ratteray, BHF co-founder and former Premier Dr Ewart Brown. Foundation Scholarship. Ms Ratteray — who has a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto, Canada — is currently in her second term

at the University of West Indies, where she is working towards a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery. Mr Virgil has completed

his pre-med studies at St George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada and is now enrolled at See MEDICINE, page 10

with a shortage of medical professionals, we recognize the value young people will bring to Bermuda by choosing career paths that are projected as being needed at the hospitals. “BHB offers more than 450 positions that are as diverse as surgical nursing, accounting, diagnostic technology and landscaping. “If you are a young Bermudian looking for a rewarding, challenging and exciting career, we encourage you to consider pursuing a path in healthcare. “And we extend appreciation to our partners, GlaxoSmithKline, for their financial support of our young and eager students.” ■

FOR MORE INFORMATION on BHB scholarships to go www.bermudahospitals.bm/ bhb/student-services/scholarship-programme.asp

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SATISFACTION: Keenan VanPutten, registered nurse and 2009 GSK scholarship recipient.


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XL award winners keen to excel SUPPLIED BY THE XL FOUNDATION In July, XL announced its 2012 Scholar — 18-year-old Ryan Whiting. Ryan is the 23rd Bermudian to be awarded the XL Scholarship since its inception in 1990, and was chosen from 41 applicants. The four-year scholarship is open to students working toward a degree in (re) insurance-related studies. Vanessa Robinson, XL’s human resources manager and chair of the XL Scholarship Committee, said: “Ryan stood out, not only based on his academic performance but also due to his level of maturity and his exemplary demonstration of leadership and dedication to the community.”

Dynamic Ryan has also won prizes in speaking competitions, is a volunteer for non-profit organizations and plays the piano, golf and tennis. A high honours graduate of Somersfield Academy and the Bermuda High School’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, he will major in finance and economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and hopes to become a property casualty actuary. We asked Ryan and fellow XL Scholars Rowan Border (2011) and Kevin Minors (2010) to talk about: Why they chose their field of study; what the scholarship

MEDICINE Continued from page 8 the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Ms Ratteray plans to specialize in internal medicine while Mr Virgil is interested in orthopaedic surgery. The Bermuda Health Foundation hosts a charity golf tournament to raise scholarship funds. This attracts participants

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OPPORTUNITY: Vanessa Robinson, XL Scholarship Committee chair, with 2012 Scholar Ryan Whiting and Mike McGavick, CEO of the XL Group. means to them; and their hopes and dreams postqualification. Ryan said: “The reinsurance industry allows for dynamic and rewarding careers. As a property catastrophe actuary, I would be able to utilize all my skills: Writing; information technology; and data analysis. “Also, this area of study offers me the opportunity to network with people all over the world. “From a financial standpoint, the XL Scholarship is very generous; however, the personal support this award offers — including access to a talented mentor in Bermuda and to strong relationships with XL’s worldwide team — is just as important. “Finally, the XL Scholarship presents a wealth of future rewards, including employment opportunities and the

chance to be part of a global presence in the realm of risk management. “I hope to pursue a rewarding career as a property catastrophe actuary in Bermuda, a role that, ideally, will also allow me to see the world.” Rowan, a computer science and artificial intelligence student at Edinburgh University, said: “I chose to study computer science as computers sparked my interest from a young age, ever since I received my first laptop computer at Saltus. “As I have continued to cultivate this interest with self-taught programming skills and summer internships, it was the natural choice for a university course. “The XL Scholarship has enabled me to attend Edinburgh University, one of the top institutions for

from both the corporate sector and golfing community. The 2012 winning team was from the Bermuda Industrial Union. The first prize winners received a $500 travel voucher each, while those in second place received watches. The third prize winners were given golf bags. Past recipients of the annual Salute to Service Awards have included: Reginald Burrows, former

Member of Parliament; Bishop Vernon Lambe, First Church of God; Liz Boden, Open Airways; Premier Paula Cox; Dr Clarence James, former surgeon and politician; and Alfred T. Oughton, former Senate president, to name just a few. The recipients are recognized for stellar service to the Bermuda community in various fields of endeavour. The 2012 Salute to Service Award recipient was Sir

computer science in the UK. “I have not only been able to learn from some of the leading experts in the field of artificial intelligence, but also to work on personal robotics projects with friends studying other engineering disciplines. “Having been given the opportunity to work at XL this past summer, I had the pleasure of working with a great team from whom I learned a lot. “I hope to return to work in Bermuda in the reinsurance industry. I have a particular interest in the data sourcing and enterprise systems used in catastrophe modelling and risk analysis.” Kevin, a mathematics student at Oxford University, said: “I wanted a challenge (and I found one), and I wanted to continue to pursue my passion for mathematics. I wanted to learn more about the things that intrigued me. “The XL Scholarship is evidence that hard work pays off; pressure to continue to excel; formal recognition and distinction for all future interviews and CV-related opportunities; and it also gained me a little bit more love from my parents and spending money while at university. “When I graduate, I hope to find my passion and chase it until my legs get tired. I dream of never feeling like I’m ‘working’.” ■

TO FIND OUT more go to www.xlgroup.com John Swan, who was honoured for his outstanding service to politics, as Bermuda’s longest-serving Premier, and to business as the founder, CEO and chairman of the Swan Group of Companies. ■

ANY BERMUDIANS interested in applying for the 2013 Bermuda Health Foundation scholarships should contact LaVerne Furbert at lavernef@northrock.bm. The deadline is April 30, 2013.


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Butterfield invests in young Bermudians SUPPLIED BY BANK OF NT BUTTERFIELD & SON LTD At Butterfield, one of the most important contributions we make to Bermuda is investing in our young people. We demonstrate our commitment to higher education for Bermudians through our undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Every year we have the difficult task of making a scholarship selection from a very competitive and intelligent group of individuals. Criteria used in selecting scholarship recipients includes academic achievement, financial need, character, leadership qualities, civic attainment, and involvement and achievements in non-curricular activities, including the arts and sports.

Honours This year we are pleased to announce that the Sir Harry D. Butterfield Undergraduate Scholar is Kristyn Dale, and the Sir A. Dudley Spurling Postgraduate Scholar is Alexis Haynes. Each candidate will receive $25,000 per year for up to four years. Kristyn recently graduated from the Bermuda High School’s (BHS) International Baccalaureate programme, obtaining a Senior Graduation Diploma. At graduation she was also awarded the Prize for Research for her extended essay, as well as the Heather Dias Memorial Prize for service to the school. During her tenure at BHS, Kristyn was elected Head Student and also served as the Deputy Head Girl. She achieved academic honours throughout middle and high school and was awarded the RA Ferguson II Scholarship in recognition of excellent academic performance and leadership at BHS, as well as the Sir George Somers Scholarship for excellent academic

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ACHIEVERS: This year’s Bank of Butterfield scholarship winners. Left, Kristyn Dale, Sir Harry D. Butterfield Undergraduate Scholar, and right, Alexis Haynes, Sir A. Dudley Spurling Postgraduate Scholar. standing. She also represented the school on the senior soccer, softball and volleyball teams. In the fall, Kristyn will attend the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where she will pursue an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in health studies. After graduation, she plans to undertake further studies as a health professional, with the hope of returning to Bermuda to pursue a career in medicine. Alexis graduated from McGill University, Canada,

in 2008 with a Bachelor of Commerce, triple concentration in marketing, strategic management and entrepreneurship. Since attaining her Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Alexis has remained involved with the association and currently serves as the co-chairman for the Duke of Edinburgh Family and Friends Committee. Alexis is also a dance teacher and choreographer at Restoration Fellowship, for the juniors and women’s liturgical dance teams, respectively.

In the fall, she will attend Queen Mary University of London to study corporate law. Subsequent to graduating and qualifying for the Bermuda Bar, Alexis intends to obtain two further certifications while working, to qualify as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP). ■

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Llewellyn Vorley Engineering Scholarship & Educational Awards The annual $25,000 Scholarship is granted to a qualified Bermudian candidate who is working toward an engineering degree and has completed one year of his/ her degree or university education. The annual Educational Awards, which vary in amount, are also granted to Bermudian engineering students.

C. Eugene Cox Postgraduate Engineering Scholarship This annual $25,000 Scholarship will be granted to a qualified Bermudian candidate who is studying for a postgraduate degree in Mechanical, Electrical or a related Engineering field relevant to our operation.

A.T. Oughton Postgraduate Scholarship This annual $25,000 Scholarship will be granted to a qualified Bermudian candidate who is studying for a postgraduate degree in a business or social science discipline. Summer Employment / Internship Option Available for Successful Applicants '$7(

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Tenacity pays off for Taliah SUPPLIED BY MARSH If there is one thing Bermudian Taliah Shakir can credit for her success in being awarded an education scholarship from Marsh, it’s her tenacity. She doesn’t know the meaning of giving up. At 25 she took her time to figure out exactly what she wanted to do in life and how she was going to achieve it, before pursuing a university degree. With the help of a $15,000 per year scholarship for two years from Marsh, Taliah is well on her way to making her dreams come true. As Taliah is busy preparing for her freshman year at historic Durham University in the UK, she is most looking forward to studying various business courses that will provide the foundation she needs to reach her ultimate goal of one day becoming a chief executive officer.

Work ethic Upon attaining her undergraduate degree in business and management, Taliah plans to continue her studies and to obtain a Master’s degree. Taliah recognizes the special career niche the island offers in the insurance industry, particularly for qualified Bermudians. She hopes to return to Bermuda and will be pursuing her professional designation for underwriting while overseas. Taliah knows the next few years are going to be hard work but she credits her family with instilling in her a strong work ethic, as well as the importance of a good education. After graduating from Warwick Academy — where she was first exposed to business through courses in marketing and entrepreneurship — Taliah entered the world of work. She gained valuable real world experience as an administrative assistant at Bermuda Technology

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Education Collaborative, as well as being a front desk agent at Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa, a position she still holds today. Her dream of attending university, however, was never far from her mind. Taliah spent a lot of time researching different career options, universities and scholarship opportunities. “I decided to apply to Durham University because of its high ranking and superb academic reputation,” she said. “Also, I was very interested in gaining a broader international educational experience being based in the UK.” With her excellent school

transcripts Taliah was accepted to Durham, yet she still needed to figure out how she was going to fund her education. She researched scholarship opportunities for Bermudians on the Internet and found the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies (BFIS) website, which provides a database of various scholarships. She then applied for those that were the best fit, including the Marsh scholarship. “I was ecstatic when I learned that I would be awarded the Marsh scholarship,” she said. “The funds ($15,000 a year for two years) will cover all of my expenses so it really

takes the financial pressure off and allows me to focus solely on my studies and my future.” In addition to exceptional scholastic aptitude, criteria for the Marsh scholarship includes financial need and an interest in the insurance industry. “We are always looking for ways to support the local community, especially young Bermudians interested in careers in accounting, insurance and broking,” said Jill Husbands, a managing director at Marsh and head of the Bermuda Office for Marsh IAS. “We were delighted to award this scholarship to Taliah and we wish her the best of luck in her studies.” For young Bermudians who may feel that a university education is out of reach, Taliah encourages them to take advantage of the research tools at our disposal to help uncover opportunities and, of course, to never give up. ■

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Let your career bloom in conservation BY JOY NASH The Garden Club of Bermuda

The Garden Club of Bermuda awards scholarships each year to Bermudians pursuing studies in horticulture, floriculture, landscaping, environmental studies and other related subjects. The awards date back to 1957 and are presented each August for the academic year starting in September. There is no age limit for applicants. Past recipients include Ed Manuel, Walwyn Hughes, Tom Wadson, Kevin Monkman, Malcolm Griffiths, Lisa Green, Terry Lynn Thompson, Jeremy Madeiros, Carlos Amaral, Claire Jessey, Stuart Hayward and Lisa Dawn Johnson. Last year, the recipients were Rachael Antonition, Michelle Conklin, Kyle Furbert and Clair Grenfell. Ms Antonition was studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in landscape architecture at Kingston University in the

UK. Ms Conklin was entering her final year at Guelph University in Canada, studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in environmental science. Mr Furbert was to study environmental science at the University of East Anglia in the UK. Ms Grenfell was entering her final year at Queen’s University in Canada, studying for a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental Science.

Fundraising The 2012/13 scholarship recipients are: Rachael Antonition, Arthur Begeman, Denzel Simons, Kyle Furbert and Ryan Branco. The Garden Club of Bermuda was established in 1921 to stimulate interest in horticulture, floral design and other related subjects. Its mission was also to aid the conservation of natural resources on the island. The club holds meetings on the second Friday of

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BEAUTY: The Garden Club of Bermuda offers scholarships in horticulture, floriculture, landscaping and the environment.

every month, usually in the Horticultural Hall of the Botanical Gardens. It also has workshops in floral art, gardening, and competitive bench exhibits. Members can also use the club library. Many are engaged in fundraising projects for the Scholarship Programme, via the House and Gardens Programme, Garden Tours and other projects. This year, the club is holding its major fundraiser at Orange Grove, Devonshire, on November 17, from 10am4pm. Entitled ‘Christmas in November’, the historic Bermuda home will be on display and will be beautifully decorated by the Garden Club’s award-winning florists. Orange Grove is reputed to be haunted by three

ghosts and has been visited by ghost hunter Kurt Knapp of Discovery Channel’s American Hauntings. Host John Cox will be on hand with his own books, Bermuda’s Favourite Haunts. Visitors will also be able to tour the acres of gardens and woodland surrounding Orange Grove. They include a croquet lawn, giant kapok tree and enchanting garden walks. Crafts, home baking and plants will be on sale, as well as pony rides and other activities. All proceeds from the event go to the Garden Club’s Scholarship Programme. ■

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Conrad discovers a cool new career SUPPLIED BY AIR CARE A young Bermudian, Conrad Gift, recently joined the operations team at Air Care to gain first-hand experience working on some of the most technically complex mechanical systems on the island, assisted by our technical team. During his summer break, Conrad was looking for an opportunity to do something different and to explore his career options. With Air Care, he found both. Conrad worked within Air Care’s technical support team, performing jobs that usually take place behind the scenes; preventative maintenance. Mechanical systems can be large and complex, but hidden away from the occupants of a building. They are essential and integral to the operation of a facility for many reasons, including comfort and health.

Teamwork During the summer Conrad worked on commercial chilled water air conditioning systems, fire systems and multi-zone VRV systems for the first time. He learned how much continuous work goes into managing and maintaining critical air conditioning systems which provide climate control. He also gained a valuable insight into Bermuda’s premier commercial buildings, including Washington Properties, ACE Global, BF&M Insurance, Chartis, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, Waterfront Properties, Fairmont Hamilton Princess, Fairmont Southampton Resort, LF Wade International Airport, King Edward VII Memorial Hospital, AS Coopers, as well local banking institutions. He now has experience working on chilled water systems, including fan coil

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HANDS-ON: Conrad Gift, right, with Kevin Roberts, Air Care operations manager. units, air handling units, chilled water pumps and chiller plants, by manufacturers such as McQuay, York, Trane and Multistack. Additionally he has gained experience in maintaining systems which control temperature-sensitive areas in data centres, and which have stringent conditions for data processing. Kevin Roberts, Air Care operations manager, said: “Giving a young man like Conrad the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in our industry is exactly like the kind of opportunity young Bermudians should be given. “Employers need to look at ways to expose Bermudians to their industries — it is our future. This is the only way you can determine someone’s apti-

tude for the technologies, and gauge if the opportunities available are of legitimate interest. “That is exactly how I started in the industry more than 30 years ago. “Conrad now realizes the scope of work and the requirements for managing some of the largest and most complex facilities in Bermuda, and if he applies himself I see no reason why he wouldn’t be able to make a successful career within the commercial air conditioning industry. “I am proud to have had Conrad join our team this summer and hope we can help him with a future in our industry.” Conrad said: “I would like to thank Air Care for providing me with the opportunity to experience working with Air Care’s facilities management team.

“Everyone at Air Care is truly friendly, and went out of their way to make me feel at home and part of their team. “I have experienced working on a range of mechanical systems that provide cooling to Bermuda’s largest commercial buildings, including chilled water systems, state-of-the-art multizone systems by Daikin, and energy management and fire systems, and have been involved with the administration that brings it all together. “Thanks to Air Care, I can see a career in the commercial air conditioning industry and I look forward to next summer when I hope to return.” ■

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Undergraduate Scholarship Award “No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. Thank you to PartnerRe for helping me - I look forward to completing my education and returning to Bermuda to make a meaningful contribution to the business community.” - Carlsen Philip II 2012 PartnerRe Scholarship Award recipient

The PartnerRe Undergraduate Scholarship Award is available to Bermudian students who are pursuing a first undergraduate degree and interested in a career in business. Study must be undertaken at an accredited university or college overseas. Applicants must have completed at least one year of post-secondary study or equivalent at an accredited institution. Scholarship Benefits: – 25,000 USD (or equivalent) per annum over a period of up to three years – A summer placement in an overseas PartnerRe office

Deadline for applications: 5pm on May 31, 2013 Application forms are available on: www.partnerre.com For further details, contact: Scholarship Application Administrator Email: scholarship@partnerre.com Tel: (441) 292-0888


APPLEBY SCHOLARSHIPS & BURSARIES AWARDS 2012/2013 We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012/2013 Legal Education Scholarship and Bursaries. Congratulations to all recipients and best of luck in your studies this year.

LEGAL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP WINNER Erin graduated from the University of Exeter in 2012 with a LLB Law with European Study (Hons) which encompassed both British Common Law and French Civil Law. Erin also attended the Université Aix-Marseille III in France from 2010 – 2011 where she obtained a Diplôme d’Études de Droit Fran ais. Prior to that, in 2010, she attended Harvard University where she took a summer course in Law and Psychology. Erin will attend Kaplan Law School in 2012 to take the Legal Practice Course.

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Managing Partner Kiernan Bell with Matthew Godfrey, Cathryn Minors and Stacee Smith

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The Appleby Scholarship for The Berkeley Institute is an annual scholarship, with potential renewal for a second year, for graduating students of The Berkeley Institute to continue their education in Bermuda or abroad. Our partnership with The Berkeley Institute began in 1995 and honours our common goal of excellence at school and at work.

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2012 LEGAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARD WINNERS Conyers Dill & Pearman is proud to award scholarships and bursaries to deserving Bermudian students to assist them with achieving their educational goals in the pursuit of law. Congratulations to all of our 2012 award winners.

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Congratulations to the 2012 Capital G Scholarship & Bursary Recipients! Yvonna Outerbridge Ms. Outerbridge, the 2012 Capital G scholarship recipient, is a Senior at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is majoring in Economics.

Kian Butterfield Mr. Butterfield, the 2012 Capital G bursary recipient, is a Senior at the University of East London, London, England. He is majoring in Business Information Systems and Business Management.

Capital G recognizes the need to support Bermudians in the fields of Information Technology, Finance and Accounting, and is always looking to provide fulfilling and rewarding career opportunities for young Bermudians. We congratulate Ms. Outerbridge and Mr. Butterfield on their accomplishments and wish them all the best in their future endeavours. Learn how you can apply for the 2013 Capital G Scholarship. Capital G Limited - Human Resources personnel@capitalg.bm + 441.296.6969 25 Reid Street, Hamilton HM 11 www.capital-g.com

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Words of wisdom for students BY TODD FINKELMEYER The Wisconsin State Journal (MCT)

Is there something you wish every college student would know as the 2012-13 academic year gets under way? People associated with higher education in the Madison, Wisconsin area, were asked by The Capital Times to share some ‘words of wisdom’ as the fall semester begins. Here are those responses. Rolf Wegenke, president, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities: “The best advice for college students was given by Ms Frizzle, the teacher in the Magic School Bus series: ‘Have fun, take chances, and get messy!’. “Your education is important, but if you are missing out on the sheer joy of learning, your education is incomplete and maybe even wasted.

Change the world “The nature of education has changed. With the knowledge explosion, premature specialization can work to your disadvantage. “Fields of study that are ‘hot’ today may be stone cold tomorrow. “View your experience in higher education as an opportunity to take chances, to experiment, to find your passion and to pursue it passionately. “You should be open to changing your major and changing your mind. “As for getting messy, you need to stop viewing your four years of college as the culmination of your education. “In today’s expanding universe of knowledge, higher education is only the gateway to lifelong learning. “The future belongs to those who are creative, have developed their critical thinking skills, and can

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OFF TO SCHOOL: Make the most of your college experience — not just on the academic side. communicate to a diverse and changing world — and maybe, just maybe, change the world for the better. “Have fun, take chances, and get messy!” ■ Lori Berquam, dean of students, UW-Madison (University of Wisconsin): “My advice is about the 4H’s. Head, heart, health and hands. “Head: Become a critical thinker. Be curious. Ask deep questions. Challenge yourself to solve problems creatively. Apply classroom learning to real-life issues. “Heart: Be open. Look and listen for those who are missing. All perspectives are important and if voices

are missing, everyone misses out. “Health: Eat vegetables. Drink water; get eight hours of sleep a night and exercise. Laugh. Laugh some more. Eat fruit. Enough said. “Hands: Give back. Understand the value of humility. Roll up your shirtsleeves and dig in. Volunteer. Tutor. Shovel. Our world depends on it. “The big question to ask is: What kind of a person do you want to be? What legacy do you want to leave? ■ Chris Montagnino, president of Madison campus, Herzing University: “I have often heard prospective col-

lege students wonder if they are adequately prepared for college. “Stop worrying. No one is prepared for college. Success in college and attaining your degree undoubtedly favours persistence over natural intelligence. “Understand that success in college comes from experience. “Experience is gained by trial and error and this may mean having to fail before you can succeed. “Embrace this fabulous life experience. A degree is forever and is one of the See WISDOM, page 19


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BFIS SCHOLARS  The Bermuda Foundation For Insurance Studies is proud to present the 2012 Scholarship Recipients. Selected from over 100 applicants, these scholars will receive a combined total commitment of $451,000. BFIS SIGNATURE SCHOLARSHIP

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MICHAEL COLES Junior Finance Northeastern University, Boston

AMANDA BROWN Freshman Economics Boston College, MA

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CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT Freshman Economics Lancaster University, UK

MATTHEW HOGAN Junior Economics Durham University, UK

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KRIS FURBERT Freshman Business European School of Economics, Spain

TALIAH SHAKIR Freshman Business Durham University, UK

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CHELSY FURTADO Freshman Accounting Acadia University, Nova Scotia

HELEN CRISSON Junior Applied Math & Statistics Johns Hopkins University, MA

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ELIZABETH SOUSA Junior Finance & History Bryant University, RI

CARLA WEEKS Junior Accounting Mount Saint Vincent University

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GOING TO COLLEGE?: Here’s what you should know Continued from page 17 very few things in life that cannot be lost or taken from you. So commit to see it through. “The only regret I have ever heard someone articulate about their college experience is if they left it incomplete.” ■ Don Madelung, president, Madison Media Institute: “One. Make graduating and starting your career your number one priority. Be selfish about your education, this is for you. “Two. Show up, show up, show up. Attend all your classes. Employers look at your attendance. Formula for success: Attendance plus higher grades equals better career opportunities. “Three. The best time to do homework is during the day and not the evening or late at night when you are tired. “Four. Ask instructors for help if you don’t comprehend the material or ask for a tutor. Do not short-change your education or your opportunities.

Moderation “Five. Find a friend or a group to study with. Challenge each other to excel. Make graduating a team effort. “Six. Reward yourself for a good test or a good semester of grades. Life has to have rewards, so celebrate your victories. “Seven. Establish routines and good habits, eating right, sleeping seven to eight hours and taking good care of your health. “Eight. Take advantage of everything the college offers: Library, Blackboard System, e-mail, financial aid, instructors, staff, student services, clubs. If you don’t ask, you don’t get. “Nine. Visualize yourself walking across the stage at graduation. Burn it into your brain. “Ten. Remember to thank anyone and everyone who helped you along the way.” ■ Christopher Olsen,

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BALANCE: Learn, but also take time out to develop leisure interests and friendships. interim vice provost for teaching and learning and professor of public health, UW-Madison: “These are the points that I would like you to know, and that I wish I had known myself at your stage in the learning journey. “Soak it all in — take advantage of the extraordinarily wide range of learning opportunities that happen throughout a campus experience. “Listen intently; be humble; be patient with yourself, your colleagues and your faculty and staff. “Teaching does not directly equal learning — take personal responsibility for your learning — faculty and staff will do everything they can to lead you to the trough of knowledge, but only you can drink it in. “Learn to organize and manage your time efficiently. Develop a schedule. Give yourself rewards for achievements done well, small and large. “Make good decisions,

don’t over-extend yourself, moderation is a very healthy concept. “Travel abroad — I wish I had. “Keep in touch with family back home — they love you more than you will ever know. “Challenge yourself, but find a balance between your academic pursuits and healthy ways to relax and recharge. “Know that there are many people on campus you can turn to with questions about everything from your course work to life’s complications — reach out to them. “Take your studies seriously, but not yourself. (The most important!) “The critical formula is E + 2C + 2P = S + H; or Excitement + Confidence and Curiosity + Pride and Patience = Success and Happiness. ■ Kevin Helmkamp, associate dean of students, UW-Madison: “I believe the three most important things

to bring to campus as a student are the following. “Bring a sense of self. Stay true to the values and ethics that define who you are. There are a lot of new opportunities at a university. Try new things, in moderation, but stay true to who you are. “Bring a sense of purpose. Know why you are here and what you want to contribute to the university community. As a student you have a responsibility to the community and to yourself. “Bring a sense of humour. Not everything will be easy. It isn’t supposed to be. “I also believe that the student who gets the most out of their educational experience is the student who has the self-confidence to say ‘I need help’. ■ Amelia Cook, assistant director for international admissions, Edgewood College: “Have an adventure or two! “You will likely have See WISDOM, page 21


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Devonshire students win financial awards SUPPLIED BY DEVONSHIRE PARISH COUNCIL Devonshire Parish Council is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 scholarship and bursaries. This year’s recipients have demonstrated dedicated community service, academic and personal success and have all expressed a desire to return to Bermuda to contribute to our community through their chosen careers.

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SUCCESS: From left to right: Wendell Tre Ming, a physical education and English student; Kascia White, a Bachelor of Science undergraduate; Teleza Pitcher, a BSc student at Howard; and David Thomas, an engineering student.

The 2012 scholarship winner is Teleza Pitcher. The three bursary winners are Kascia White, David Thomas and Wendell Tre Ming. Ms Pitcher is entering her final year at Howard University in Washington, DC, in the US, where she is studying for a Bachelor of

Science degree in biology. She hopes to then attend dental school. Ms Pitcher, a Berkeley Institute graduate, has an array of volunteer experiences in the field of medicine and in the greater community. Ms White is entering the final year of her Bachelor of Science degree in biology at St Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada, with a minor in psychology. She wants to become a marine veterinarian and biologist. A graduate of the Bermuda Institute, she is also an active soccer player, a science diver and a past delegate for Bermuda to the Global Young Leadership Conference in Washington and Europe. Mr Thomas is a 2012 graduate of the Mount Saint Agnes Academy. He will See AWARDS, page 21


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Theresa’s Church Loaves and Fishes programme, as well as the Bermuda Zoological Society. Mr Tre Ming is a well known local football player who will enroll in his freshman year at Elmira College in upstate New York. He has represented Bermuda at international tournaments and has served as a mentor to younger

Continued from page 20 be enrolling at Ohio State University where he is to study for an engineering degree. Mr Thomas is a keen basketball player, has attained the silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, and is a volunteer with the St

players on the island. In the fall, Mr Ming will enroll on a degree course, majoring in physical education and English. He wants to return to Bermuda to teach in the local system and to coach at the national level. Devonshire Parish Council sees great value in investing in the educational pursuits of its younger resi-

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dents. It wishes its scholarship and bursary recipients continued success in their academic and extracurricular pursuits. ■

FOR MORE INFORMATION and an application form for Devonshire Parish Council’s scholarship and bursaries, e-mail dpcscholarship@ gmail.com

WORDS OF WISDOM: Top tips for students of all ages Continued from page 19 opportunities to travel somewhere new this year. “Make it happen, even if it means pinching pennies and eating even more Ramen noodles. It’s worth it. “Travel to as many places as you can and stay as long as possible. Do your best to learn the language, become friends with the people, and try the strangest food you can find! “Like your education, travel is an investment that can’t be lost, stolen, or broken.

Memories “The experiences you have will be with you forever. “Your memories of frat parties and football games will blend together after a year or two, but flying down roads in the Andes mountains or watching the sun rise from the waters of the Caribbean are moments you will truly never forget. ■ Deb Olsen, counsellor and college success faculty member, Madison College: “Based on my experience teaching college success and study skills, some of the ‘rules for success’ my students would share: Show up — As Woody Allen said, ‘80 per cent of success is being there.’ “Do your best — avoid comparing yourself to others. Remember the Crow Proverb, ‘You already possess everything necessary to become great.’ “Participate — be the active learner in your class. You will get noticed by

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ADVENTURE: Travel to as many places as you can, such as Machu Picchu in the Peruvian Andes, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. peers and instructors. “Learn from your mistakes — you already know what you must do. “Use resources — resources include: Services, staff members, instructors, etc. College isn’t intended to be an isolating experience. “Get to know at least one other person in each class so you have a ‘buddy’ “Find ways to laugh. Do what you love.” ■ Turina Bakken, associate vice president for learner success, Madison College: “I have a sign on my desk that reads, ‘A year from now, will it matter?’.

“I use it as a perspective check when the details and burdens of the day seem overwhelming. “You will have those days in college; days when the assignments have piled up, due dates are looming, you may be working, raising a family or have other obligations at the same time. “Many days, you will wonder if it is all worth it. It is. “While you have to make it through each exam, paper, class, semester... it all adds up to an incredible opportunity and experience. Relish it, every day.

“You will be better for it. When you look back on your college experience (and that may be many times during your life as you will likely return to higher education many times for skill upgrades, new careers, fresh insights, etc), you won’t remember individual exams, grades, definitions, algebraic equations. “You will remember the experience, the faculty that cared, staff who listened, ideas you had, friends you made. “And, bottom line, never forget who the hard work, sweat equity, loans, sacrifice and ultimate reward is really for... it’s for you. So, take a deep breath and go for it.” ■ Sue Robinson, associate professor of journalism and mass communication, UW-Madison: “Take time to think hard. It is so easy during your first year of college to get caught up in all the socializing and class attendance and requirements and obligations and, well, parties, fests and fun, that the homework, the listening, the deliberation becomes something one must get through. “Martin Luther King said, ‘Nothing pains some people more than having to think.’ “The process of engaging deeply with whatever you are studying, whatever relationship you are building, is as important as any finished paper in college. “Consider consequences and accountability before actions. Be interested in See WISDOM, page 26


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Why on-the-job training is important BY CHRIS CHIAPPA BAC Group

On-the-job training helps to produce a stronger workforce and gives employers a greater understanding of their staff’s skills base. The more a company invests in its employees through training, the greater the chance of retaining them, as they feel valued and are more aware of the opportunities in moving up the ladder. For most companies, training is either an occasional formality or an integral part of furthering its employees’ careers.

Apprenticeships One company might insist that all new employees complete an intense introductory course, such as learning the intricacies of the company’s brand, policies and products. Another might require employees lacking in specific skills to take courses that will result in them being fully qualified. In either instance, additional training may be provided if the employer wishes to improve the employee’s skills further.

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EXPERTISE: The BAC Group provides thorough on-the-job training and apprenticeships. On-the-job training doesn’t just entail attending local workshops or classes. Companies often send staff

FRIENDLY: The BAC Group believes its employees are its most important assets.

overseas to attend courses, especially for a specific skill or area of expertise. Workshops and seminars also give employees a broader understanding of their co-workers’ roles in other departments, and provide more opportunities for cross-training. Apprenticeships are for entry-level workers who are taken on as ‘trainees’. They include some form of classroom training in addition to hands-on learning experience. This is the best way to learn a trade while you’re earning a wage, and at the end of the apprenticeship, the employer usually presents a firm job offer. While apprenticeships can be quite demanding, they are very rewarding. You get the support of your employer and training provider, earn a salary, gain qualifications and learn job-specific skills that will satisfy national and/or

international standards. Apprenticeships can help businesses to harness fresh talent, and companies often rate this form of training as higher than any other qualification, as they have played an integral role in the person’s training. By taking on apprentices, a company also ensures that its workforce has the practical skills and qualifications it needs. That, in turn, increases productivity, improves competitiveness and creates a committed and competent group of employees. Together, this works to secure the company’s own future. The following statistics are from research in the UK in 2008: 77 per cent of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive; 76 per cent say apprenSee TRAINING, page 23


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TRAINING Continued from page 22 ticeships provide higher overall productivity; 80 per cent feel apprenticeships reduce staff turnover; 83 per cent rely on their apprenticeships programmes to provide the skilled workers they need for the future; 88 per cent believe apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce; 57 per cent report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company. At the BAC Group we believe that our employees are our most important assets, which is why we are keen to provide our staff with on-the-job training and to offer apprenticeships to potential employees. As a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America,

SKILL SETS: The company encourages the pursuit of education and qualifications. employees in multiple departments have the opportunity to choose from a wide array of educational courses, which not only helps them to obtain a rec-

ognized qualification, but also helps BAC to upgrade employee skill sets and use them to our mutual benefit. â– 

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KPMG invests in all-round achievers SUPPLIED BY KPMG KPMG in Bermuda is proud to award the 2012 KPMG Scholarship to an exceptional Bermudian, Kris Furbert. The KPMG Scholarship is awarded by the Partners of KPMG in Bermuda and is given to a Bermudian student committed to a career as a Chartered Accountant (CA) or Certified Public Accountant (CPA). It is valued at $20,000 per annum for three years. While the scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance to students towards the completion of an undergraduate degree, the selection committee focuses on academic achievement, personality, leadership and involvement in the community in assessing applications.

Commitment In order to be considered for this scholarship, KPMG has certain criteria that need to be met, including: Maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0; possessing Bermudian status; attending an accredited university; and following a discipline that leads towards an undergraduate degree. Upon successful completion of their degree, the KPMG Scholarship also provides the recipient with an opportunity to continue their studies towards a CA or CPA within the firm’s graduate programme. The selection process is designed to identify motivated, creative and focused individuals who are passionate about accountancy and who are committed to delivering expert services to our clients. Kris said: “KPMG is a firm that invests in people. As a KPMG Scholarship recipient I will automatically enter their internship programme when I return home for university breaks. “During this time I will be able to gain invaluable work experience and build relationships through the audit of international and

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AWARD: Top row, L-R: Steve Woodward, partner (Enterprise); Kris Furbert, 2012 Scholarship winner; and Craig Bridgewater, lead partner (Investments and Banking). Bottom row: Andrew Mendonca, audit senior; and Wanda Armstrong, human resources manager.

‘The KPMG Scholarship is an important aspect of our active student programme, providing Bermudian students with financial assitance to further their education as they pursue their undergraduate degrees.’ STEVE WOODWARD KPMG Partner

local companies. “Armed with my university degree, I will then join KPMG’s graduate programme, which will support me on my path towards attaining my Chartered Accountancy designation. “I am grateful for this opportunity, and the KPMG Scholarship will be a launching pad towards

my CA designation and the beginning of a very rewarding and worthwhile career.” Apart from his academic success, Kris has been heavily involved in the community, focusing on youth. He has served as a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme since 2009. He is also an education

coach with the Mirrors programme and has served with the Bermuda Regiment. In addition, he is a keen sportsman and a member of the Mariners Rugby Football Club, representing Bermuda as a member of the National Rugby XV and 7’s teams. KPMG partner Steve Woodward said: “The partners of KPMG in Bermuda are proud to award this scholarship to Kris. “He has proven himself an excellent candidate across all facets of our selection criteria and stands out amongst the other very talented applicants. “The KPMG Scholarship is an important aspect of our active student programme, providing Bermudian students with financial assistance to further their education as they pursue their undergraduate degrees.” ■

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WORDS OF WISDOM: How to get the best out of college Continued from page 21 peeling back the veneer. “Learn stillness. Experiment with new perspectives. “Read what you think might not interest you. Ask questions. “Ultimately deep focus — that is, learning how to take the time to really understand some concept or relationship or motivation — will serve you well not only in your academic life but also your social, financial, and professional life post-graduation.” ■ Ankur Desai, associate professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, UW-Madison: “Several years ago, journalist Malcolm Gladwell published a book where he argued that it takes around 10,000 hours of intentional practice to master a skill. “During your time here, you will be in the classroom roughly 1,500 hours and doing course-related homework and projects for roughly twice that. So yes, go to class and engage in the work, but it will only get you halfway there.

Ask questions “There is much going on at UW-Madison to meet the other half. Don’t get overwhelmed, find a few things that appear interesting to you and get involved in them. “Conduct research in labs, write for a periodical, listen to outside speaker seminars, attend a recital, tutor other students. “Most of all, get to know your professors outside of class — face time with your instructors is known to be a key to success in college. “Your first year, you will be exhausted, homesick, confused by coursework, feel like a number in a faceless crowd, perhaps regret a few evenings — these things will pass; focus on where you want to be four years from now. “Only you can do what it takes to be successful, but you’re not the only one

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WHEELS: Don’t forget to lock your bicycle on campus. invested in your success. Don’t be afraid to seek out help!” ■ Bradford Barham, professor of agricultural and applied economics, UW-Madison: “My advice is to connect widely, communicate freely, and collaborate strategically. “Find ways to meet people from around campus, especially those different from you in background and experience. “Ask questions, listen well, and share yourself. There are so many smart and creative people — from all over the world — that can help us learn and grow. “As you identify and refine your interests and passions — academic and others — be selective about whom to collaborate with. Work and play with those that help you to learn, enjoy, and excel. “Sports, cultural activities, clubs, and political groups can also nourish your health, vitality and growth. “You are surrounded by so many opportunities. Go for it. Find your favourite neighbourhoods and people around this diverse campus. Learn from them. Learn with them. Enjoy!” ■ Mike Kent, business instructor, Madison College: “One. You will receive many credit card offers during the school year. Tear

them up. Those companies are trying to help themselves, not you. The younger you are when you learn about compound interest, the better off you’ll be. “Two. If you don’t lock up your bike on campus, it will be stolen. Not may be, will be. “Three. If you want to understand the value of education, learn about two concepts: Bounded Rationality and Cognitive Behaviourism. “Four. You should have a personal motto that reflects the best of you... and it should be in Latin, because mottos are cooler in Latin.” ■ Denis Collins, professor of management, Edgewood College: “You are a one-of-akind person on a planet that is spinning on its axis 1,000 miles per hour while orbiting the sun at about 66,000 miles per hour. “It’s rather amazing that we don’t think we’re moving when we stand still, or that we don’t get dizzy from all that spinning! “How should we spend your time on this spaceship orbiting the sun? “Most philosophers agree that the purpose of life is happiness. Determining what makes you truly happy, not just superficially happy, is essential. “For most people, true happiness is loving and serving others and your-

self, and fully being in the moment. “There is no consensus about happiness and careers. We all have unique desires, interests, skills, and experiences. “So what career options should you explore in college? Buckminster Fuller (look him up in Wikipedia) advised: ‘What is it that needs to be done, that you can do something about, and won’t get done unless you do it? Then do it.’ “Thus, after a week or two of classes, find a peaceful place, sit comfortably, close your eyes, inhale and exhale deeply a few times, reflect on what you’re learning, and answer Buckminster Fuller’s question. “Then pursue it with passion and kindness while momentarily ignoring all the doubts.” ■ Heather Wipijewski , chair of veterinary technician program, Globe University — Madison East: “Ask questions. Chances are someone else in the class also has the same exact question you do. Instructors would much rather you ask questions about something you want additional information on. “Get involved. Try to involve yourself in campus/ programme specific activities. This is a great way to meet other students and it looks great on your resume as well. “Ask for help early! If you feel you are struggling in a certain area, ask for help before you fall behind. There are many resources on campus that are in place to help you, the student, be successful. “College isn’t easy. You are preparing yourself for your future career. It’s not always going to be easy and it isn’t meant to be. “Face those challenges head-on with your head held high. “Study, study, study (with breaks). You will need to study hard to do well in your classes and career. “However, you need to See WISDOM, page 27


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Continued from page 26 take breaks while studying. Trying to sit down for four hours straight is not going to help you. Make sure you are taking frequent breaks while studying. “Get up, move around, get the blood flowing and then come back to it.” ■ Steve Noll, professor of marketing and social media, Madison College: “Go out and fail at something. You’ll get a little bruised and then realize it wasn’t so bad. “It will give you confidence to try again, and try with the knowledge that caused you to fail the first time. “Then fail again. And be frustrated. And not want to try again. But do. Life is a series of failures that eventually lead to success. “And that sweet taste of success will be better than the bitter taste of those failures. “And after you succeed, you’ll look back and say that those failures weren’t really failures at all, you just learned how not to do it. “So don’t be afraid of failing. Besides, they make really good stories to tell over beer with your friends later in life. “PS: Learn how to spell. In the age of Twitter and Facebook, proper spelling impresses people.” ■ Bettsey Barhorst, president, Madison College: “Every day I greet and meet students in the halls, cafeteria and other public places on campus. “I always tell them that I’ll shake their hand on graduation day. This is to give them a vision of their academic goals. “In addition, I ask them to think of the kind of professions or jobs to which they aspire as they are studying. “Finally, I remind them to be open, respectful and civil to all with whom they interact.” ■

TOD FINKELMEYER is a reporter on higher education for the Capital Times newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin, US.

BY NICOLE PAITSEL Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia) (MCT)

It’s a weekend event that simultaneously excites and frightens parents — the dorm room move. Students at Christopher Newport University (CNU), Hampton University and the College of William & Mary, among others around

the state, will officially leave the nest soon, hauling loads of lamps, rugs and storage bins to their new — probably smaller — hearth. The National Retail Federation in the US estimates that families with college students will spend an average of $907 to get their kids suited up with living essentials and school supplies this year.

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So we asked some dorm resident advisors — do you need all that stuff? Here’s what they said you should pack, and what you should leave behind.

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DORM ROOM Continued from page 27 Brooke Hummel, a rising senior at William & Mary and a two-year resident advisor veteran. “You’re moving in on a hot day, and you’re definitely going to want to cool down as you move in,” she says. Jewel Long, dean of women at Hampton University, reminds students to bring fans along too, even though the dorm rooms have air conditioning. “You’ll want to bring a flashlight, batteries and a fan, just in case something goes on with the electricity,” she says.

Stay organized Dasha Godunova, a rising senior at William & Mary, is heading back for her third year as a resident advisor, and it’s all about organization for her. “Never underestimate the power of a shoe organizer, especially if you have more than three pairs of anything,” she says. She also recommends bringing buckets or dividers for drawers to make the most use of the space in your chest or dresser, and investing in a small, durable laundry basket. “Often, collapsible mesh baskets are the most flexible for your space and the lightest to haul to the laundry room.” A study lamp is a good tool, especially if you’re sharing your room, says Zach Stewart, a rising senior at CNU. “You really do need a small personal light for studying if you have a roommate,” he says. Brooke adds that raising your bed to use the space underneath is one of the most effective tools you have in college dorms. You can purchase bed risers from stores like Bed Bath & Beyond for $9-$14. The risers can perform double duty and act as bedside power sources to plug in lamps, laptops, cellphones or e-readers. A set of four costs $25. She also brought a large

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ROOMIES: Sharing a small space means you have to be organized, as well as considerate. trunk with her to college, which she stores under her bed, to hold her linens and towels.

Feel at home The girls, especially, have a hankering to transform their small space into a home. “Over-the-door hangars allow you to hang those fulllength mirrors you’ll want,” Brooke says. “And everyone uses command strips and hooks to hang picture frames and bulletin boards, since we can’t use nails or tape.” Jyness Williams, a rising senior at William & Mary and two-year resident advisor, says she brings a floor rug, decorative vases and a lamp to personalize her space. “I always bring a plant with me; I have a bamboo tree,” she says. “It makes me feel like I’m at home.” For the boys, foliage would simply get in the way of their big screen TV. A TV is considered essential, says Zach. He has

been a resident advisor on campus for more than three years. “Having a place to play your video games gives you a way to relax and take a break,” he says. But bringing along your oversized HDTV can be a bad decision. “It’s mostly the guys that bring in these huge TVs that take up half of their desks,” he says. “They really don’t need all that. A smaller TV would be fine.” As for the girls, they bring too many clothes. “Most of these girls bring every clothing item they have with them, and it just won’t fit in the room,” he adds. “You can’t bring everything you own.” Extra furniture is usually a bad idea for dorm rooms, too. Essential furniture items are provided, and there simply isn’t enough room for others. “You really need to coordinate with your roommate before you get to school,” Zach says.

“If you both bring Papasan chairs, there’s just not going to be anywhere to put them.”

Don’t forget the essentials Jewel, of course, has academics in mind as she ticks off a list of essential dorm room paraphernalia. Reference books, bathroom toiletries, an iron, an alarm clock and an umbrella are top on her list of suggestions. After all, there isn’t much room in that small space for more than the essentials. “I was once told that the best way to pack was to put everything together, and then take only half of it,” Dasha says. “It takes time to haul up all of those boxes up three floors of stairs, only to find that there may not be enough room. “My most sincere suggestion would be to take the basics, instead of everything you can possibly think of. “I have never missed all of the extra items I left behind.” ■


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Look after your health and safety “Students think, ‘I’m on campus, it’s safe,’ and it is, but it’s not crime-free,” said Commander Hardina. Students walking on campus at night should try to walk in groups and tell friends when they will be back, he said. Pickpockets target people walking with headphones on, both during the day and at night, so be aware of your surroundings.

BY STACIE SPRING The Tribune, Mesa, Arizona (MCT)

As freshmen move out of their childhood homes and into the residence halls, there are a few things they should keep in mind to stay healthy and safe this school year. For many, this is the first time they will be living away from home for an extended period of time.

Exercise

Activities With college comes a large amount of freedom most 18-year-olds are not familiar with. Two campus health and safety experts at Arizona State University (ASU), Police Commander Jim Hardina, and director of ASU Health Services Allan Markus, have these tips for

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COLLEGE LIFE: Fraternity parties can revolve around alcohol, so just make sure you moderate your intake. this year’s freshman class.

Use common sense Both stressed this particu-

lar piece of advice for students. That includes following old habits created when students were still living at home.

Mr Markus said that if students get enough rest, eat well and exercise, they should be able to avoid unwanted weight gain. “Get a good night’s sleep and maintain a regular bedtime,” said Mr Markus. Even though students may be staying up late to See WELL-BEING, page 30


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WELL-BEING Continued from page 29 study, they should still get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. Exercise is also important and colleges offer many options to stay in shape. With intramural sports, weight training, dance and aerobics classes and more, students have access to different types of physical activity. But healthy living isn’t just getting sleep and exercise. Mr Markus said concentrating on a healthy diet is also important. “With so many options available to students, they really can make good food choices,” he said.

Lock your door Expensive valuables like TVs, laptop computers, video game systems, stacks of DVDs, MP3 players, stereo systems and smartphones are in nearly every dorm room. “The whole time I’ve been at ASU, I can’t think of one instance where someone forced open a door,” said Commander Hardina. “In almost all thefts, either the door was unlocked or things were stolen by a roommate or suitemate.”

Get vaccinated It is recommended that students get a meningitis vaccination before college, since those who are collegeage are at highest risk, said Mr Markus. During freshman checkin, there may be a meningitis vaccination clinic, which makes it easy for students. Illnesses can spread from one end of the hall to the other. It’s important for students to get the flu vaccination when it becomes available later in the fall, said Mr Markus. For example, ASU Health Services hosts a flu clinic to vaccinate as many people as possible.

Don’t drink While college can be a time to experiment, stu-

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NEW FRIENDS: Freshmen at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, try to get up off the gym floor together during an ice-breaking exercise. Getting involved in university clubs and activities is the best way for students to meet people and ward off homesickness. centres offer scheduled doctor’s appointments and walk-in urgent care.

‘All violent or sexual crime on campus Get connected who get involved involves alcohol. Either the victim or inStudents activities have less stress homesickness, said Mr the suspect had alcohol at the time of and Markus. It’s also an easy way to make new friends with the crime.’ COMMANDER JIM HARDINA

Arizona State University Police

similar interests. Student organizations can be found for every religion, hobby, language and sport.

Ask for help when needed dents who drink take more than just the risk of drinking underage. The ASU Police Department actively enforces minor consumption regulations because it helps keep students safer, said Commander Hardina. “All violent or sexual crime on campus involves alcohol,” he said. “Either the victim or the suspect had alcohol at the time of the crime.”

Sign up for emergency texts Most students don’t check their e-mail all the time, but they probably keep their cellphone on them most of

the day. At ASU students can sign up for ASU Alert, the university’s emergency messaging system, at asu.edu/ alert “ASU Alert is used for emergencies affecting life and safety,” said Julie Newberg, an ASU spokeswoman. “In addition, the university has added ASU Advisory, a new messaging option for incidents such as an unexpected closure of a building or small fire that occurs during off hours.”

Go to the doctor If you do get sick, health

Call 911 or the police department directly. Many campuses also have student escort services and transportation, providing you with a safe ride or walk across campus in the evenings. Save the numbers in your phone.

Remember to clean Dorm rooms can turn into a Petri dish very quickly. This is where students live — they study, sleep, eat and hang out all in one place. Mom’s not there to do it and your roommate shouldn’t be the one to do it all the time. Clean your room. ■


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THE OIL GROUP

scholarshipwinners The OIL Group of Companies wishes to thank the 80 applicants who applied for the 2012 OIL Group Scholar Awards.

WINSTON GODWIN

STEPHANIE WILKINSON Stephanie Wilkinson completed her Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Bio-Medical Science from the University of Guelph. This is only the beginning as she looks to realize her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Stephanie has not only proven herself in the classroom, but also the community with her volunteer work both in Bermuda and overseas. She will be furthering her education at the Ontario Veterinary College this upcoming year.

Winston Godwin is entering his final year at the University of Guelph where he is pursuing a degree in Environmental Science. He has shown his passion for the environment and conservation through his work with both the Aquarium and The Bermuda Zoological Society. Winston’s dedication to the environment is something that he wants to bring back to the island after completing his education.

The OIL Group Scholar Awards provides financial support of $20,000 for Bermudian students who have completed at least two years of full time undergraduate studies at accredited universities overseas.

CONGRATULATIONS Stephanie Wilkinson & Winston Godwin

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Pursuing Excellence

RenaissanceRe is committed to supporting the academic and career development of Bermudians.

Daniel Pell (pictured above) is the 2012 RenaissanceRe Undergraduate Scholarship Award recipient. A Saltus Grammar School graduate, he will be pursuing a double degree in mathematics and business administration, majoring in actuarial science and risk management, at the University of Waterloo. RenaissanceRe is a leading global provider of property catastrophe and specialty reinsurance. We offer an array of career paths in a variety of international locations, and the chance to work alongside some of the most respected people in the industry.

Some of the careers we offer: • Underwriting & Modeling • • • •

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Information Technology Investments Legal Marketing & Communications Software Development

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Fast Forward XL scholars are on a fast track to careers in the (re)insurance industry. They will get there by studying hard at some of the world’s top academic institutions. We applaud them for their dedication and look forward to our future collaboration. Ryan Whiting – 2012 XL Scholar Ryan will study Finance and Economics at New York University Stern School of Business, USA. Ryan’s academic achievements, leadership ability and dedication to the community made him an outstanding choice for the 2012 XL Scholarship.

Rowan Border – 2011 XL Scholar Rowan is studying Computer Science DQG$UWLnjFLDO,QWHOOLJHQFHDW(GLQEXUJK University, Scotland.

Kevin Minors – 2010 XL Scholar Kevin is studying Mathematics at Oxford University, England.

If you plan on a career in the (re)insurance industry, consider applying for the XL Scholarship. Application forms available: February 1, 2013 Deadline for submissions: April 30, 2013 Go to: Bermudascholarships.com Questions to: Selina Mouchette at 292-8515 or selina.mouchette@xlgroup.com

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Introducing Butterfield’s 2012

Sch olarsh ip Recipients

KRISTYN DALE

ALEXIS HAYNES

The Sir Harry D. Butterfield Undergraduate Scholar

The Sir A. Dudley Spurling Postgraduate Scholar

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Scholarship recipients 2012