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October 28, 2010 vol xvi, number 10
Record Crowds Observe World Food Day
out in record
numbers for UVI's
of World Food Day
on Oct. 17, on the
St. Croix campus. A
record two tons of
items were also col-
lected in the "Kids
CAN Make a Dif-
citrus and poultry.
Tomato and citrus
fruit seedlings were
shops and competi-
tions were based on
the featured foods.
A highlight was
the "Youth Super
Above left, Devanand Mangru of Good Hope School participates in the "Youth Super for junior and senior
Chef" competition at World Food Day. Children sort food itmes for the food drive. high school stu-
high school stu-
ference" food drive.
This year's theme was "United Against Hunger."
World Food Day brings attention to the plight of the
hungry and undernourished in the territory and the
world. It also provides an opportunity for a deeper un-
derstanding of the complex solutions required to reduce
hunger. Items collected in the food drive were distributed
to various charities, including Caribbean Catholic Chari-
ties, My Brother's Table, The Light House and Rotary
The featured foods for this year's event were tomato,
dents. The "Citrus Splash" competition featured breads,
desserts, preserves and drinks made from citrus fruits.
The day included entertainment by the Guardian of
Culture Mocko umbies, the Rising Stars Youth Steel Or-
chestra and DJ Porter. Students from the St. Croix Mar-
tial Arts Center gave demonstrations. Vendors were on-
hand selling food, drinks, produce and art.
World Food Day activities are sponsored by the UVI
Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with UVI's
Agricultural Experiment Station and the V.I. Department
'The Caribbean Writer' to become Household Name
CTr-he Caribbean Writer" has a new look, a new feel
L and a new editor. Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, a long-
time contributor to the anthology published annually by
the University of the Virgin Islands was named editor in
January. She has since produced the book's 24th edition
and is working hard to make "The Caribbean Writer" a
"UVI has this literary gem," Dr. Adisa explained. She
said that "The Caribbean Writer" has the potential to be-
come a powerful local and international marketing tool,
and she is working to position it as such.
"I want to make sure that everyone is aware of it and
feels compelled to purchase it," she said. "I have my copy
on my coffee table and I feel that there is where the book
rightfully belongs," Dr. Adisa said.
The latest edition, with its re-designed cover, was
rolled out with a launch party on Sept. 30, in the Great
Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus. The event included read-
ings from the journal by UVI students and local contribu-
see Literary Gem on next page
UVI Offers Free Screenings
More than 240 people participated in the Health and
Wellness Screening Day hosted by the St. Thomas
campus Health Services Office on Sept. 24. Held in the
Sports and Fitness Center, the event featured free health
exams such as screenings for blood pressure, blood glu-
cose, blood cholesterol and HIV, eye exams and massage
therapy. Attendees included students, staff, faculty and
members of the St. Thomas community.
"It was an overwhelming response," said Health Ser-
vices Supervisor Ronda Herbert who organized the event.
"Our numbers increased considerably from last year's
event," Herbert added. "This shows that our message, that
Literary Gem Continued
tors, a jazz performance by the St. Croix Central High
School Jazz Band and Caribbean appetizers.
"The Caribbean Writer" is evolving to become an
entire brand, and not just a book. A 2011 calendar was
recently released. It is a unique art and poetry calendar
that includes the independence dates of various Carib-
bean islands, birthdays of local and regional poets, and
important dates specific to the Virgin Islands. Dr. Adisa
said the calendars, just in time for the holidays, will make
In January Dr. Adisa will also introduce a monthly
newsletter based on "The Caribbean Writer." It will in-
clude important dates and monthly news.
Rather than just selling "The Caribbean Writer," Dr.
Adisa has introduced subscriptions. Subscribers pay an
annual fee, and in addition to receiving the book, they
may receive note cards, the calendar and the monthly
newsletter. Subscriptions, Dr. Adisa explained, keep the
anthology in the forefront of people's minds and help to
blood from an at-
tendee at UVI's
St. Thomas cam-
pus Health and
STT I.l,ess Screen-
S- ing Day, held on
SSept. 24, in the
r Sports and Fitness
C b W Center
health matters, is getting out to the UVI community and
trickling out to the wider community." Herbert extended
thanks to everyone who attended and participated.
generate needed funds.
Dr. Adisa is also fundraising for the Marvin E. Wil-
liams Scholarship. The new scholarship memorializes the
former UVI Humanities professor and editor of "The
Caribbean Writer" who died earlier this year. Williams
is renowned for his contributions to Virgin Islands lit-
erature and culture. Each year the scholarship will pro-
vide $1,000 to a UVI student pursuing the Humanities.
A Scholarship Drive and Memorial for Williams will be
held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 19, on the St. Croix campus
Great Hall with a video conference link to the first floor
conference room of the Administration and Conference
Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
For more information about "The Caribbean Writer"
visit the website www.thecaribbeanwriter.org or call 340-
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