Smythe Smiles @ 11

Students and administrators of Smythe parading through the streets of Monrovia in commemoration of the college's 11th founding anniversary
Students and administrators of Smythe parading through the streets of Monrovia in commemoration of the college's 11th founding anniversary

Hundreds of students, alumni and administrators of the Smythe Institute of Management and Technology (SIMT) Friday, May 21, 2010 paraded, danced and jubilated in commemoration of the institute’s 11th founding anniversary in Monrovia.

The jubilating family paraded in the street from the institute’s 16th Street’s campus to the Capitol Bye-Pass, before converging on the campus for an indoor program that was characterized by singing and dancing of gospel music, fundraiser and honoring of several personalities for their contribution to the institute’s survival.

Since its establishment on May 5, 1999, Smythe has graduated at least 500 students (a meaningful contribution to the country’s human resource capacity) who are contributing in many sectors of the country’s development, officials said.

Friday was the first time the institution officially observed its founding anniversary, according to its co-founder and President Richmond S. Anderson.

Making an opening statement, an enthusiastic Anderson said the college has not been able to celebrate its founding anniversary during these years because it has been fighting for survival and struggling to make impact in society.

He said enemies of progress stood in the way of the institute, lobbying for its closure, but Smythe has finally triumphed thereby evoking a need for celebration.

“We are celebrating because we are constructing a new complex… because our enemies have failed…because all over Liberia our products are working…because of our pride and dignity…”Mr. Anderson stated to the pleasure of the jubilating audience of students, alumni and staff.

Mr. Anderson boasted that Smythe has made history and will continue to do so, especially by producing graduates who will compete with counterparts from other higher institutions of learning providing the same level of education in the country.

Smythe offers Associate Degrees in the fields of Humanities, Business, General Administration, Science & Technology and Health sciences.

Reading the College’s history, student Femia Farr said following its establishment in 1999, SIMT attained a college status from the National Commission of Higher Education. Its Nursing department was two years later accredited a one of the Nursing Schools in Liberia.

The institute has a mission to train middle-level professionals to meaningfully contribute to the social-economic development of the country.

Meanwhile, the Institute on Friday recognized and certificated several personalities including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Bong Senator Joel Howard Taylor, Dr. James N. Kollie of the University of Liberia, Sinoe County Senator Mabuto V. Nyenpan among others for their meaningful contribution to the survival and sustainability of Smythe.

A fundraiser was also held to support construction of the institute’s new campus in Gbengba’s Town (Robertfield Highway).

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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