Syracuse University

Meet the Students

The first group of six exchange students from the State University of Haiti arrived at SU at the beginning of the Fall 2010 semester.

AlphonseAlphonse Antenor

My name is Alphonse Antenor.  I am a member of the first group of exchange students from l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti (State University of Haiti) to Syracuse University.  I will complete a master’s degree in Telecommunications and Network Management in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.  My primary reason for coming to the United States and to Syracuse University is to share the knowledge I acquire in my field of study with others in Haiti.  I want to create an online club for educational and intellectual sharing and learning.  I always wanted to teach at a university and this opportunity will help me to realize this dream.  I am also concerned about the environment in Haiti and want to help with recycling efforts.  In addition to my studies, I enjoy basketball and other sports.

BendyBendy Estimé

My name is Bendy Estimé. I studied chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the State University of Haiti.  I am currently studying for a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University.  I always liked chemistry and believe that science is very important for all societies’ development.  In Haiti, I have been involved in projects for transformation of agriculture products and waste recycling.  I will gain information about controlling chemical production processes through the master’s program in chemical engineering that will benefit Haiti.  I also believe that the exchange program will strengthen the relationship between the State University of Haiti and Syracuse University.

McCleveMcCleve Paul-Gerald Joseph

My name is McCleve Paul-Gerald Joseph. I earned my bachelor’s degree in electromechanical engineering in the Faculty of Sciences of the State University of Haiti.  I worked as an electrical engineer in Haiti.  The master’s program in electrical engineering at Syracuse University provides an opportunity for me to contribute to Haiti when I return.  I believe that the best way for us to succeed is to build together and work toward the same goal.  While I am at Syracuse University, I want to appreciate how people live here and share my culture and traditions with others.  My other interests are sports and music.  I enjoy different kinds of music from Haiti and other countries.  I am excited to continue my graduate studies and want to share my knowledge with others in my country.

Christophia Christophia Claude Jospitre

My name is Christophia Claude Jospitre.  I came to the United States in August 2011.  I was anxious and sad as I left my family and friends.  At the same time, I was very excited because I had embarked on a great life experience.  Through the collaboration between l’Université d’Etat d’Haïti and Syracuse University, I am one of six students selected for full scholarships based on my intellectual achievements.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and also have extensive work experience in accounting and involvement in community activities.  I look forward to my studies during the two-year master’s degree program in accounting at Syracuse University.  I also look forward to meeting new people and to learning about other cultures and beliefs.  We will use our skills to make significant contributions in the reconstruction in Haïti. 

JeanJean Michel Lacour

My name is Jean Michel Lacour. I hold a degree in Agronomy Sciences with a specialization in Rural Engineering.  I am in the master’s degree program in Environmental Engineering at Syracuse University.  I chose this field because I think that we need better management and protection of the environment in Haiti and worldwide.  Haiti’s environmental efforts require highly qualified researchers and administrators in environmental protection.  I think the younger generation, including myself, must be relentless in the effort to rescue the environment.  I want to deepen my theoretical knowledge and acquire the latest information on environmental science and technology.  I am specifically interested in the recycling and confection of plastic materials.  After our studies, some of us in the UEH-SU exchange program intend to return to Haiti to set up recycling facilities to make useful materials out of plastics.  This will improve human and environmental well-being.  Even though my studies are my first concern at SU, I also look forward to knowing other cultures and sharing mine with other people.  My other passions are sports, dancing, and reading.

KetlerKetler Plaisimond

My name is Ketler Plaisimond. I studied agricultural engineering with emphasis on water resources engineering at the State University of Haiti.  I worked as a project coordinator in this field.  I am continuing my studies in the master’s in environmental engineering program at Syracuse University.  We have major environmental challenges in Haiti.  As a future environmental engineer, I dream of helping my country manage the problem of solid trash, especially plastic waste, with recycling programs.  I am also interested in teaching and research and hope to teach at the university when I return to Haiti.  Beyond my studies, I look forward to participating in activities at Syracuse University.