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nr nr nr nr It has become a tradition that contributes to foste r and enhance the UB spirit among students, faculty and staff for the semester and for many they were not disappointed wh en the annual convocation was opened by Dean of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Dr. Vincent Palacio The Dean along with his staff took the opportunit y to share with students the vision and expectations of the fa culty for the academic year, provided information t o students with respect to the operations of the faculty as well as their expectations of students to excel within a c onducive learning environment at the University of Belize. On September 28, 2011The Jaguar Auditorium was the venue for Faculty of Education (FEAs) Lets Conn ect Together We Are Stronger. This was a unique opportun ity for freshmen in FEA to meet their Faculty and s taff on a personal level. The freshmen expressed concerns over s everal pertinent issues affecting them thus far in their academic journey here at UB. The freshmen were also introduc ed to their student mentors who will assist them to settle into student-life on campus housing accommodation, and tr ansportation Students also gave testimonials abou t their of life as UB FEA freshmen. Congrats to all the organizers!
The Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price passed away two days before the 30th Anniversary when Belize gained its independence on September 21, 2011 from the United Kingdom. The University of Belize issued a Press Release which stated: It is with deep sadness that The Board of Trustees of the University of Belize, The Office of the President, Administration, Faculty, Staff, Students and the UB Family ex-tend sincerest and deepest condolences to the famil y and to the nation of Belize on the passing of the Father of the Nation and National Hero, The Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price. The Rt. Hon. Price, a gentle giant was among the Ca ribbean pioneers who championed political independence in their respective Caribbea n territories. They included among others Hon. Gran tley Adams and Hon. Errol Barrow of Barbados; Hon. Forbes Burnham and Hon. Cheddi Jagan of Guyana, Hon. Alexander Bus tamante and Hon. Norman Manley of Jamaica, and Hon. Eric Williams of Trinidad and Tobago. The Rt. Hon. Price was the last surviving member of that distinguished generation. For his contribution to the Caribbean Community, Th e Rt. Hon. Price was conferred with the Communitys highest honour, the Order of the Caribbean Community at the Opening Ceremony of the Twelfth Inter-Sessional Me eting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribb ean Community on February 14, 2001, Barbados. The Rt. Hon. George Cadle Price, gone but will neve r be forgotten. A State Funeral service was held for the Right Hono urable George Price on Monday 26th September 2011 a t the Independence Plaza in the City of Belmopan followed by interment at the Lords Ridge Cemetery, Belize City May this national hero of the peaceful constructive Belizean revolution rest in peace and rise in glor y! God Bless! The Rt. Hon. George Cade Price was born on January 15, 1919 in Belize City, the third of eleven childr en, to William Cadle Price and Irene Cecilia Price (nee Escalante). Mr. Price attended Holy Redeemer Primary School and St. Johns College in Belize City and then studied theology at St. Augustine Minor Seminary in Missippi, USA and then the Seminario Conciliar in G uatemala. After returning home in 1942 he began working for M r. Robert Sydney Turton. It was with Mr. Turton tha t Price received his introduction to politics. By 1944, Mr. Price entered municipal politics within t hree days of voting day and lost that first electio n. In 1947 he won his first election and served as Mayor of Belize City from 1958 to 1962. On December 31, 1949 the British Honduras dollar wa s devalued by the Governor who used his reserve pow ers. As a result of this catalyst, the Peoples Committee was formed and comprised of members John Smith, Leigh Richardson, and Philip Goldson among o thers, with Mr. Price as its Secretary. By September 29, 1950 the Peoples Committee became th e Peoples United Party and the Partys first major victory was the achievement of Adult Suffrage in 1954. Mr. Price became party leader of the PUP in 1 956, and remained as the leader until 1996. In 1964, Mr. Price led Belize into Self-Government and became its first Premier. He was elected as a m ember of the House of Representatives in consecutive elections from 1965 to 1984 and again from 198 9 to 2003. In the 1970s Mr. Price and his team organized a mo vement for the internationalization of the Belizean call for Independence. On Monday September 21st, 1981 Belize achieved its Independence from Britain and was admitted into the United Nations. The Hon. George Price became Belizes First Prime Minister. In September 2000 Mr. Price was awarded with Belize highest honour: Order of National Hero, the Jose Marti Award Cubas Highest Award by President Fidel Castro, and the Order of the Caribbean Commun ity. n n n n nn nn nn nn
r nrrnn!" r nrrnn!" r nrrnn!" r nrrnn!" In recognition of research and its significance in contributing to the social, economic, cultural, historical and political development of a society, the University of Belize along with other key membe rs of Civil Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Promotio n of Search on Belize between and among the Institute for Social and Cul tural Research of the National Institute of Culture and History. Signing the MOU was UBs President, Dr. Cary Fraser on September 23 at the Bliss Institute, Belize City. The signing by President Fraser is an indication that the University of Belize is committ ed to foster and enhance its integral role as a development actor in m olding the lives of Belizeans with the domains of knowledge that will emp ower them to develop and build Belize. Signatories to the MOU, which includes St. Johns C ollege; the National Heritage Library; and the Ministry of Foreign Affai rs and Foreign Trade, agreed to engage in collaborative action for achiev ing the overall goal of promoting social, cultural and historical research and education; develop a supportive framewor k for the development of a social, cultural and his torical research and education; facilitate the development of a rese arch agenda which reflects those relevant social, c ultural and historical themes in Belize. They also agreed to establis h a research fund for the promotion of social, cult ural and historical research; jointly or separately mobilizing resource s from governmental agencies, non-governmental orga nizations and private sector at the national and international le vels for the development of activities associated w ith the promotion of social, cultural and historical research; collab oratively and individually facilitate and provide t raining for the purpose of capacity-building in social, cultural and h istorical research and education; developing an int egrated strategic work plan for the execution and implementation of r esearch and education agenda as well as and create forums for academic discussion and exchange and public dialogu e among others. (For more information visit our web site) "rrr "rrr "rrr "rrr Congrats to Vanessa Figueroa, Natural Resource Mana gement student who at the time was on her internship program in Me xico as a requirement from UB was awarded a Masters degree scholarship. During her two months attachment at IPN, CIIDIR-SINALOA, Vanessa c onducted her research entitled: the Growth and Survival of the Japanese Oyster Crassostrea gigas in the Estuary La Piedra, Guasave, Sinaloa. Vanessa, working under the direct supervision of Dr Andres Martin Gongora Gomez, the Malacologist, within the Aquacultur e Department presented the results of her research at the DELFIN Co ngress in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico on August 25th. S he also presented to students of both IPN and Unive rsidad de Occidente, her Bachelor degree thesis entitled, Diadema antillarum : Population Dynamics and Influence on Coral Reef C ommunity Structure within the Glovers Reef Marine Reserve. She also assisted in other research areas such as the embryonic deve lopment of the conch Murex Negro Muricantus nigritus ; the culturing of the pen shell, Atrina maura, and Japanese oysters, Crassostrea gigas; the determination of heavy metal content in Atrina maura and determining diseases in the Crassostrea gigas Vanessa successfully completed the internship program and w as offered a Masters degree scholarship to commenc e 2012 after excelling on the knowledge entrance exam. This Internship opportunity through the DELFIN prog ram was an output from the first ever, Belize-Mexico Symposium for Research Collaboration on Biodiversity and Natu ral Sciences conducted earlier this year at the Jaguar Auditori um, Central Campus, Belmopan. The Faculty of the Natura l Resource Management Program and the entire Facult y of Science and Technology salute Vanessa on this job well done and wish her success in her endeavors. UB President, Dr. Cary Fraser Kudos to Vanessa and thanks for making UB proud!
#$r!%r&r!r r #$r!%r&r!r r #$r!%r&r!r r #$r!%r&r!r r 'r 'r 'r 'r( (( (n"'" n"'" n"'" n"'" The University of Belize hosted a distinguished lec ture on the African Presence in Pre-Columbian Societies of the Americas on September 7, at the Jaguar Auditorium, Central Campus, Be lmopan. It was delivered by highly published professor and scholar in African and African-American studies of Johns Hopkins Unive rsity, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, Dr. Floyd Hayes III. Dr. Hayes, recognized internationally for his outst anding scholarly work in African and African American studies is the author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters in the are as of Africana political philosophy, politics, and public policy. (for full text of presentation kindly visit: www.edu.gov.bz) He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politi cal Science and Coordinator of Programs and Undergraduate Studies in th e Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. President of the University of Belize, Dr Cary Fras er delivered the Welcome Address at the opening of the conference. Other speakers inc luded Dr. Theodore Aranda, who was also a co-sponsor and co-chair of the conference, D ean of Faculty of Education and Arts, Dr. Wilma Wright, and lecturers in the History Depa rtment and co-chair of the conference, Mr. Cesar Ross and Ms. Ritamae Hyde. It should be noted, on December 18, 2009, the Unite d Nations General Assembly had adopted a Resolution, which proclaimed 2011 as the International Year of AfroDescendants. In related news, a Commemorative Meeting of the Int ernational Year of AfroDescendants will be held in Salvador, State of Bahi a, Brazil, from November 17 to 19, 2011, under the auspices of the Ibero-American Orga nization General Secretariat, the Brazilian Federal Government, and the Government of the State of Bahia. &)r"r* &)r"r* &)r"r* &)r"r* The Student Government for all campuses for academi c year 2011-2012 was officially sworn in on August 26, 2011 at Central C ampus, Belmopan. The three Student Government presidents (appearing from left to right on photo) are: Central Campus: Benjamin Acosta Punta Gorda Campus and also ASG Chair: Ashton McKen zie Belize City: Jenna Lucario Dr. Hayes, Lecturer Rita Mae Hyde, and Garifuna dru mmers. Student Government Mission Statement 1. To promote and safeguard the academic and profes sional interests of UB students and to keep its mem bers informed of all activities being offered by the Student Government or any other matter of importance and urgency affecting UB stude nts. 2. To promote unity and improve relations among stu dents, faculty, staff, administration and the Board of Trustees of UB. 3. To promote the quality of student life through s ocial interactions, educational programs and activi ties, elections, student recognition, evaluations of university services, cultural events adequate infrastructure and community service pro jects. Dr. Theodore Aranda
The University of Belize (UB) through the Office of Student Affairs on September 28, held the first in an educational series entitled: Divergent Discussions and D ebates. Designed to provoke thought and greater social invo lvement, the premier editionheld at the Jaguar Audito rium, Central Campus, Belmopanfocused on the Constitutio n of Belize and provided a platform for students, facult y and staff to engage experts. Dean of Student Affairs, William A. Neal said that invited speakers discussed issues such as inalienable and h uman rights as they relate to the Preamble of the Consti tution; Fundamental Rights and Freedoms; Education and Lega l Aid as well as the spirit of the Constitution. Participants were also encouraged to analyze the la ws, ask questions and make comments in an effort to encourage dialogue and respect for differing opinions. The ge neral objective of the series is to inform, educate and communicate to all the importance of respecting all views and p erspectives presented on matters of national intere sts as Belize defines itself within a rapidly changing social, econ omic, cultural and political global environment. Speakers included Attorney Antoinette MooreCountry Director, Rule of Law Initiative and Human Rights Activist; and Patrick MenziesCommunity Activist. "n*%nn "n*%nn "n*%nn "n*%nn KOHA is an online catalog that holds the records of all library items that would allow students, fac-ulty, staff and visitors to search and find online books that are available in the library, as well as al-low the Library to loan and track items virtually. Chief Librarian, Mr. Erwin Woodye, Jr explained tha t this is a demonstration of another initiative by the library in em bracing technology to provide students, faculty and staff with access and relevant information in a timely manner. To date, the library has entered over 18,000 books into Koha to search and will continue to enter item s to further update the catalog. Students, faculty, staff and visitors are invited t o view the catalog at: http://belize.kohalibrary.co m The University of Belize Library continues to provi de a setting conducive to learning, discovery, and cultural life, and assists patrons to achieve professional goals. The UB Library offers an assortment of services to assi st students in meeting their needs and to make their stay at UB mo re convenient. The UB library network consists of five branches: o ne at the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences in Belize City, UB Toledo Campus, Central Farm Campus, and a t the main branch at the UBs Central Campus, Belmo pan. +rrrr +rrrr +rrrr +rrrr Critical thinking Chief Librarian, Mr. Erwin Woodye
The University of Belize along with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and other key stakeholders fro m the agricultural research community across Belize including farme rs of sugar, grains and cattle as well as regional and hemispher ic research and non-research organisations converged and discussed the way forward for agricultural research in Belize at the San Ignacio Hotel on September 15. Representing the University at the National Coordin ating Committee for Agricultural Research & Development (NCCARD ) annual forum was the manager of UBs micropropagation labo ratory at Central Farm, Dr. Stephen Williams. At the agricultural research forum he noted the suc cess of agricultural research which is of critical importance to the University of Belize and UBs active involvement in fut ure NCCARD programmes and in this regard, will prov ide significant opportunities for strengthening current and establi shing new collaborative links with agricultural res earch stakeholders and institutions around the country. NCCARD was launched in 2004, through an initiative of the Caribbean Agriculture & Research Institute ( CARDI) aimed to coordinate agricultural research and development activities consistent with national agricultural a nd food policy and to ensure that relevant programmes and projects are fo rmulated and documented in accordance with establis hed scientific principles. Participants at the event included the International Institute for Cooperation in Agricult ure (IICA), National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA), Brodies, I nter-American Development Bank (IDB). IDB represent ative, Sybille Nuenninghoff who made a presentation on IDB s continued support for agricultural programmes in Belize. The outgoing Chairman of NCCARD, who is Dr. Stephen Williams, delivered the welcome address at the mee ting and emphasized some of the key objectives of the group being to oversee agricultural research and developm ent for Belize, which includes among others the documentation of a gricultural research results, to act as a repositor y for research documentation and to coordinate national research sympo siums and meetings; the formation of the NCCARD sec retariat, the provision of training for agriculture stakeholders in project development and in the use of MS Project and the provision of technical support to the R & D programmes in the Ministry of Agriculture at Central Farm (which has included work on root and tuber crops, organic farming and hot pe pper production). A significant achievement also h ighlighted in the discussions was the work undertaken towards launchi ng a call for proposals for innovative agricultura l development and research projects for grants of up to BZ$150,000. n"rr n"rr n"rr n"rr Stakeholders from the agricultural research communi ty across Belize
!r! !r! !r! !r! &n"" &n"" &n"" &n"" Darius Avila was born in Punta Gorda Town. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Beli ze and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies. He is currently the owner and Manager of Business Information Service and Sys tems. Along with his wife Lisa, he also owns Beya Suites, the only locally owned, l uxury hotel in Toledo. As part of his social responsibility agenda, Darius has pioneered and led several community-oriented and not for profit initiatives. Pro minent among those initiatives are the Battle of the Drums and the Annual Punta Gorda day, a day set aside to celebrate the anniversary of the date Punta Gorda became a to wn. In addition, Darius, along with the Battle of the D rums Secretariat this year launched another annual event: The Annual Paul Nabor Parand a Fest, which will create an avenue for Paranda music continued acceptance in th e mainstream of music. Darius also established the Lisa and Olivia Educational Fu nd. Through this initiative, donations have been provided to several schools in Tole do including Toledo Community College, Julian Cho technical High School, St. Pete r Claver Primary School and St. Benedict Primary School. This initiative also provi des scholarships and book grants to students attend ing high school. On September 10th, Darius was a recipient of the Alumni Achievement award at first UBAA Ball. Featured in the picture above is Darius with his Meritorious Service Award given by the Prime Minister of Belize, Honorable D ean O. Barrow for his contributions to culture and economi c development. Mr. Darius Avila is a proud graduate of our nationa l University and encourages all students and gradua tes to become involved in their community, be volunteers and part of the giving back process! The Recreation & Sports Department is an-swering the health and fitness call in shaping the body and mind. The environment is bub-bling with activities ranging from lifting weights as well as volleyball and basketball players working out tirelessly to secure a spot on the various UB male and female varsi-ty teams. Intramurals were held this month for volley-ball at Central Campus in preparation for Campus vs Campus in UB Toledo Campus, which will take place on October 1, 2011. In addition, folks can also work-out at the gym who are canoe bound for our La Ruta Maya Canoe Male and Female teams. And, in prepa-ration for our Table Tennis Competition, a Ping pong set is available for students to be-come excellent players. Please feel free to contact Director of Sports & Re creation at 822-1000 extension 439. See you at the gym!