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sionalism that each and every one of our members possesses, through various levels of networking, lectures, company tours, etc.” Most of the students we interviewed spoke of how they plan to use their higher education to benefit St. Lucia, or told how their homeland is benefiting now. “My career goal is to have my own firm,” says Jn. ‘nothinG BUt the Best’ Lydia Pettis Patton, Ph.d. Baptiste. “Then I will work with the government in Today, with two semesters behind them, the St. advisor, iit Caribbean order to renovate the high schools, build apartment Lucian students are thriving at IIT. Seven attained recruitment initiative buildings so that people will no longer have to live a perfect 4.0 grade point average for one semester: in slums, and create community centers for the Donel Edward, Stephen Felix, Keller George, Drexyouth of St. Lucia.” ler James, Jaiede Jawahill, Jonelle Jn. Baptiste and Courtney McDoom relates a story about her three-year-old niece in St. Regis. The others all earned a 3.4 GPA or better. All of the Lucia, who said recently that she wanted to be “an engineer, students are members of the NSBE chapter at IIT, and four like Aunty Krystal.” held leadership positions with the chapter during the 2010– “This truly touched me,” McDoom says. “…The opportunity 11 program year: Krystal McDoom, vice president; Joannas that NSBE, IIT, Goldman Sachs and RISE St. Lucia presented Joseph, programs chair; Rachel Montoute, academic excellence to me by giving me this scholarship has not just benefited me chair; and Sirgi Theophilus, treasurer. This past summer was but will forever impact the lives of my family and everyone else productive for the group: one interned for Goldman, Sachs and their families and friends who got this opportunity.” & Co. in New York, others attended summer school at IIT, several conducted research, and many did community service work in Chicago. “There were times when I thought I wouldn’t make it through, but by the grace of God and support from my family and friends, I succeeded,” says Jn. Baptiste, 20, an architectural engineering major from Vieux-Fort, St. Lucia. “America wants nothing but the best,” she says. “Being under pressure and having high expectations in terms of the quality of assignments from the professors at IIT allows me to make sure that I stand out in all that I do.” Keller George, who scored a 4.0 for the fall 2010 semester, is a 19-year-old chemical engineering major from Gros Islet. Like the other students we talked with, he says his NSBE membership has been beneficial. “NSBE enabled me to meet many people who have helped me both academically and socially,” George says. “NSBE has exposed me to ‘the working world’ through the conferences — both national and regional — that they have been holding. Through these conferences, I have gained valuable knowledge Dr. Patton says the success of the St. Lucia scholarship and skills required for job hunting.” program has led IIT and NSBE to expand the concept to take Krystal McDoom, 23, concurs. in students from other Caribbean nations. As advisor for IIT’s “The 37th Annual Convention surpassed my expectations Caribbean Recruitment Initiatives, she is now communicating of what NSBE is truly about,” she says. “It inspired me on a with officials in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Jamaica, St. number of different levels to want to make an impact and a Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados, difference.” as well as St. Lucia. The university expects to admit 100 to 130 students from the Caribbean on scholarship this fall. “There are millions of kids in these countries who are bright GLoBaL ComPetition but just don’t have the connections to get to college,” she says. McDoom, another architectural engineering major, says “U.S. students are on a global stage now, competing with NSBE–IIT’s Chapter Executive Board has a number of goals students from China, India and many other places around the for this year: “We definitely will continue with our Freshman world,” says Mack. “Bringing these high-achieving students Retention Program. Additionally, we assist our other members here from the Caribbean is an excellent way to show Africanin the academic aspect by the implementation of a group study American students the kind of success that is made possible by night every week. Professional development is also on our academic excellence.” ■ agenda for this year. We intend to develop the level of profesbe made for the students on an extremely quick turnaround. “Getting the students here turned out to be a tougher battle than anyone anticipated,” Mack says, “but seeing them arrive in Chicago made it all worthwhile.” www.nsbe.org nsbe magazine • fall 2011 • 37 http://www.nsbe.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NSBE Magazine - Fall 2011

NSBE Magazine - Fall 2011
The Next Level
Achievement Finds an Ally
Leadership, Your Way
The Programs Zone
Dr. Philicity Williams of the National Security Agency
Chapter News
Membership News
International News
NSBE Advisor Makes History
Pack Out Pittsburgh!
Empowered by Vision
Top Officers
St. Lucian Students Thrive at IIT
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
SEEKing Excitement for STEM
What’s New?
NSBE Calendar
The Professional’s Perspective
Shifting to Renewables for Electric Power
Alumni Officers
The Japan Effect
AE Members on the Move
Golden Torch Honoree
‘Brother Founder’ Donates $100K to NSBE
Building Successful AE Chapters
Advertisers Index

NSBE Magazine - Fall 2011