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2 President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Fraser represented the University at the 14th Consortium for North American Higher Education Collabora tion (CONAHEC) Conference in October, in Puebla, Mexico. The President along with other educational actors and practitioners of higher education, business, and government explored interand intra-regional partnerships, capacity building and collaborative pro posals for funding. The educational actors also met with potential of international higher education collaboration and new learning programs. The Conference, organized by CONAHEC, advises and connects institutions interested in establishing or strengthening academic collaborative programs in the North American region. It is an important mechanism for sharing and exchanging experiences and networking for higher education institutions in Mexico, Canada, United States and counterparts in the world. At this years event, Central America and the Caribbean universities who are members of the Central American Council of Universities (CSUCA) and the Caribbean Association of Universities (UNICA) participated. Funding for the conference was realized through the generous support of Secretaria de Educacion Publica, Mexico, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico and the Government of Canada and its Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The theme of the Conference was entitled: : International Higher Education Collaboration: Empowering Societies in an Era of Transformation. President at international education Conference Government of colombia invites UB to Confrerence President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Fraser represented the University at the III Latin American & Carib bean Higher Education Conference (LACHEC) on October 26 in Cali, Colombia. The participation of the University of Belize said Dr. Fraser is part of an effort to provide greater visibility of the University at an international educational forum. The two-day meeting provided a forum to create academic coop eration links as well as allow the construction of inter-university networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. Colombias South-South Cooperation Strategy with the Caribbean Basin is a regional program that has been implemented by Colombia since January 2009 and is aimed to strengthen regional bonds. The program offers to the region their institutional strengths on best practices, success stories and lessons learned in seven priority areas. They include the environment, bilingualism, risk management, academic mobility, food security and nutrition and technical education. The Director of International Cooperation, Maria Andrea Alban Duran, on behalf of the Government of Colombia in her invitation to Dr. Fraser stated that in the case of academic mobility area, the Government recognizes the internationalization needs of higher education as a vehicle for consolidation of regional knowledge networks and The Government of Colombia funded the UBs participation at the educational forum. President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Fraser
3 Lecturer of the Faculty of Science and Technology (FST) Dr. Anthony Bautista represented the University of Belize at the CARICOM Regional Meeting on Research and Development, and Capacity Building at the University Level to Support Renewable Energy Development in the Caribbean. Dr. Bautista along with other Caribbean scientists in October con verged in Suriname and examined current and planned Renewable Energy Programme offerings, strategies, and research and develop ment work pursued by their respective Universities. They discussed work for advancing renewable energy education and training at the tertiary level as well as research and development for Universities within the Community. The overall goal of the Regional Sustainable Energy roadmap and Strategy is to establish a targeted and strategic Regional energy matrix. The Caribbean scientists also mapped out existing and planned renewable energy Research and Development ef forts and programme offerings in the various universities in the Region and established a network among universi ties in CARICOM, the wider Caribbean and beyond involved in RE research, development and training. The University of Belize is the site of a clean solar energy project at its Central Campus, Belmopan. The Project, funded by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is designed to produce clean energy to Belize by solar electricity generation using photovoltaic panels. UB is poised to become a technology. It is scheduled for completion by August 2012. UB Scientist discuss renewable energy development at caricomThe University of Belize, mindful of its role and obligations as a na tional university to respond to national needs by leading or support ing efforts that seek meaningful solutions for development, hosted two who work in violent or potentially violent situations.The workshops were held in collaboration with the University of the West Indies, Youth for the Future, and Restore Belize, at the UBs West Landivar Campus, Belize City. More than 40 participants from various disciplines who work in vio lent or potentially violent situations were trained as facilitators in the methodology of Alternatives to Violence (AVP). They included par ticipants from organizations such as: Youth for the Future, Conscious Youth Development Program, Kolbe Foundation, Restore Belize, Students and Faculty of UB Social Work Faculty, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Program, and the National Youth Cadet Service Core. Participants were taught techniques that will allow them to better respond to situations of anger and frustration that can lead to aggressive behavior and violence. UB workshop coordinator, Sylvia Cattouse said that by equipping in dividuals working in violent or potentially violent situations with alternative response skills will reduce the number and severity of violent uncontrollable situations. Responding to the needs of the country Participants at Alternatives to Violence Project Workshop Lecturer, Dr. Anthony Bautista
4 health services provided to over 2000 ow residents FnAHSW ENCOUNTERMore than 2000 residents of San Jose/ San Pablo, Orange Walk Disone-day health fair in November. Faculty members and students of the Faculty of Nursing Allied Health & Social Work, (FNAHSW), of the University of Belize, in collaboration with personnel from the Northern Regional Hospital (NRH) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) shared their skills and knowledge with residents of San Jose /San Pablo. Services provided by health experts included breast examination, information on cancer, sexually transmitted infections, contracep tives, hypertension, diabetes, blood pressure, Pap smear, blood testsglucose, cholesterol, triglycerides; urinalysis and parasitology, HIV rapid testing, social services, health education to school children as well as consultation by a medical practitioner and Dispensing of basic health medications etc. Dean of FNAHSW, Dr Abigail McKay, observed that this annual health fair event was an opportunity for the Uni versity of Belize to foster collaboration between the University and communities to bring relevant, affordable and accessible educational, training and service opportunities to students and the wider community. In addition to the provision of health services and educational information, the health fair, held under the theme Health Care Involves Everyone, was also aimed at promoting meaningful partnerships within the communities. Coordination of the event was facilitated by the UB Chair of Nursing (Mrs. Lily Mahung), UB Chair of Allied Health (Mrs. Lydia Thurton) and NRH Public Health Nurse (Ms. Esther Deville). The Faculty of Nursing, Allied Health, and Social Work (FNAHSW) held its Faculty Encounter on October 12, in the Jaguar Auditorium on Central Campus. The Faculty Encounter allowed students to voice their concerns, offer suggestions and dialogue with the administration of the faculty with the aim of fashioning the best possible learning environment. The health of a nation...the wealth of a nation
5 The University of Belize Central Farm Campus (UBCFC) has suc cessfully cultivated 52 acres of yellow corn earning a gross revenue ticular Jose Gregorio, a recent Associate Degree graduate, is com mended for the success in corn production and harvest which on many days extended well into the night with a combine harvester borrowed from the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Develop ment Institute (CARDI.) UBCFC Campus Administrator, Dr. Gordon Holder explained that with adequate drying and storage facilities, the University could have obtained 33 per cent more for the price of its corn. Such facili ties would not only lead to higher revenue but would give UBCF the capacity to produce its own livestock feed at a lower cost than presently sourced, thereby allowing for the expansion of the pig and poultry units. In this regard, he envisioned that the campus will continue to source and allow the procurement of its own dryer, silos, and feed processing equipment. self-employable and produce food for which there is a high demand from neighbouring and regional markets. climate and population growth, making a career in Agriculture, rewarding, stable and of vital importance to the national food security efforts. Currently, the Central Farm Campus is expanding from 52 acres of grains to 100 acres of which 42 would be cropped with sorghum, 28 with open pollinated corn more suited to the rainfall patterns in the fall, and 22 acres of black-eye peas for which there is a demand market in the Caribbean through BEL-CAR of Spanish lookout. In so doing, the students would be trained and oriented in a productive environment preparing them for a role in agricul ture expansion upon leaving UBCF. With the focus on expanding the productive base and addressing constraints posed by equipment, it is anticipated that the department would receive a much needed injection of capital for equipment to manage an expanded spring crop; courtesy of the Board of Trustees and Management of the University. It is imperative that UBCF continues along a path of productive land cultivation in its quest to demonstrate that integrated farming practical component to complement a classroom delivery relevant to the needs of Belize and will be soon upgraded to the bachelor level. It is designed, declared Dr. Holder to impart skills needed for young professionals to contribute to both the pool of skilled technicians and productive agriculturists, making a positive impact on food security and wealth generation across the landscape of the country. Congrats to Central Farm for a job well done! Yellow gold...UB Central Farm CampusImagine, a young graduate farming 20 acres could have a gross return of Commitment to food security Nonstop production
6 UB through the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences (FMSS) in partnering with the Youth Business Trust Belize (YBTB), the Uni versity of Belize held its 2nd Annual Entrepreneurship Symposium in November in Belmopan. Entrepreneurs and businesses organizations attending the Symposium discussed and shared business opportuni ties, challenges and practical scenarios with students as they relate to a volatile and sometimes hostile business environment. Students were exposed to relevant business and management strate gies and acquired a deeper understanding of business enterprises in order to establish and manage sustainable businesses. Speakers included entrepreneurs from Caribbean Treasures, Hotmamas, and Caribbean Premier among others as well as representatives from BELTRAIDE and Belize Rural Finance Program (BRFP). The hosting of the entrepreneurship symposium said Dean of FMSS, Dr. Vincent Palacio demonstrates the sig within a globalized world. Furthermore, he added, the national University in relation to achieving the national development goals is developing human resource capacity and creating a knowledge-based society. UB and YBTB signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in March of this year to promote entrepreneurship, business development, and creative initiatives for Belizeans among our emerging entrepreneurs in the country. shaping the viability of belizes future marketing students spotlight their entrepeneurial skillsStudents of the Faculty of Management and Social Sciences Marketing Class of the University on November 16, displayed their marketing skills and creativity at the Universitys annual Marketing Exposition at Belize City and Central Campuses, We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate an entrepreneurship culture through the business programs, said UBs Dean of Management and Social Sciences, Dr. Vincent Palacio. The Exposition was designed from an initia tive, to a lived concept to promote entrepreneurship among emerging entrepreneurs and to ignite economic develop ment across the landscape of Belize. The Exposition, recognized by private and public sector institutions for its innovative, entrepreneurial and market development in relation to strategic collaboration between, and among private and public sector organizations in Belize. Representatives from private and public sector organizations and Non-Governmental Organisations attended the exposition. Speakers at the Opening in Belize City included Mrs. Marie Sharp, a successful entrepreneur and UBs President, Dr. Cary Fraser. Emerging entrepeneurs Cultivating an entrepeneurship culture
7 cultural day semester kickoff central campus. Various business houses showcased their products and offered superb back to school deals! The Each year the UB Community looks forward to Cultural Day! This Years cultural day was no exception! In a joint at the UB gymnasium. Students displayed the various ethnic groups and their culture in Belize such as the Creoles, the Mayas, the East Indians, the Garifuna and Mestizos. Cultural food and drinks were on display and for sale. A Mayor Simeon Lopez of Belmopan, was the invited guest speaker for this years cultural day.
8 divergent discussions and debates II public speaking competition The second Divergent Discussions and Debates Session held on October 19 at Central Campus, Belmopan focused on the Ninth Constitutional Amendment. Presenter was Mrs. Audrey Matura-Shephard who along with students dialogued and exchanged questions and answers with respect to the issue of the amendment. This was the second in the educational series, which are designed to provoke thought and greater social involve ment. The University of Belize through the Faculty of Education and prepared speeches, was won by Mario Cho, a Bachelor degree student who spoke about the failures of the prison system in Be lize. The second prize in that category went to Shanice Gill, who gave a very passionate presentation on the issue of gang violence in Belize. Shanice was also selected by the judges to receive a special prize for having that special UMF. The second category, which featured presenters who spoke ex temporaneously on topics they selected on the very afternoon of the event, was won by Rebecca Chou. The second prize went to Elizabeth Andrus, who spoke about style vs fashion, having lost to her colleague by a mere .5 pts. as the winner, who rendered an amazing monologue that captured the emotions of a young woman who had made the very painful choice of aborting her unborn baby. Cindys cousin Jody, came in second with the presentation of her poem, Guarded. Special prizes also went to the songsters, Giselle Mangar and Geraldo Adana; Sabrina Myvette and Ashanti Garcia Makes no Difference. Faculty, Staff and Students answered the call in October and donated blood in response to help alleviate the blood shortage in Belize. Blood is in constant demand and nine of ten people will need blood at some time in their lives. Belize is currently facing a severe blood shortage. One pint of blood, which is the standard measure for blood donations, could save up to three lives. The University of Belize, steadfast in its continued commitment to community and national development, joined forces with the Rotary Club of Belmopan and launched the blood drive campaign at the Universitys Central Campus, Belmopan UB join forces to alleviate blood shortage in Belize The Rotary Club, together we can save lives! Empowering minds
9 The University of Belize, through the Regional Language Centre (RLC) is training Japanese volunteers to speak English as a second language. The program is entitled: Experience Belize. The intensive course offers an introduction to Belizes culture, geography, and natural history and daily life of people across the landscape of Belize. Thus, the volunteers will actively participate by applying their English skills; and trips as well as have the opportunity to live with host families in the country for the duration of the Experience Belize course. RLC provides quality, customized and accessible language programmes that enhance national, regional, and interna tional integration and can be considered as the linguistic bridge between Spanish-speaking Central America and the English-speaking Caribbean and the wider global community. The volunteers are from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will be in the country for two years. teaching english as a second language macaroni structural competitionThe Engineering Department "Structures I CIVL2451" course taught by Mr. Ruey-Shyang Ju held its 3rd annual Macaroni Competition on October 20. The idea is to challenge student teams to design structures given limitations in time, size and tions. aesthetics and the most preferable team. Six student teams built their models on October 20 and on the following day the Maca roni Models were tested and the winning team was declared. liam Armstrong, and Wen-Cheng Cheng. In other engineering news, students of the Engineering Department of the University of Belize represented Belize at a Structural Competition in November at the Instituto Tecnologico De Chetumal in Quintana Roo Mexico. The competition was designed to challenge 25 student teams from across Mexico to design and build scaled model building of a model and concluded with the testing of the structure, and it is in this context that the models were Representing the national University were Rony Catzim, William Armstrong, Emilio Bustillos, Esmer Uh and WenCheng Cheng. They were accompanied 17 other students from the department for support and to view the competi tion. In preparations for the competition, the engineering students of the Faculty of Science & Technology participated at the Engineering Departments 3rd Annual Macaroni Competition held in October at the Universitys campus on ITVET compound, Belize City. The name of the Structural Competition was XIV CONCURSO REGIONAL DE DISEO DE MODELOS ESTRUCTURALES I EN SU FASE INTERNACIONAL engineerings students represent ub in mexicoProud winners
10 The University of Belize recognizing the value of trained teachers in the delivery of quality education across the land scape of Belize has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY) and GFA Consulting Firm of the European Union. The MOU is designed to provide technical support to the MOEY to improve the delivery of school age and adult educa tion through training, quality assurance and curricula develop ment in the Banana Belt in the southern part of the country. MOEY based on the agreement by the parties, will contrib ute BZ $200,000 and GFA Consulting Group will contribute BZ$71,000 from the Secondary Education Project funds to meet the costs of certifying the programme and student participants. GFA Consulting Group along with UB will host a Competence Based Education Workshop with respect to enroll ment of student participants. The University of Belize in this context, will certify the Secondary Teacher Education Programme in the Banana cessfully complete their programme of studies. GFA has also agreed in accordance with the MOU that equipment and material under the project would be gifted to UB at the end of the project implementation as well as the university will be vested with ownership and rights to reproduce the course materials and the design of the program. Signing the MOU on November 10, was the President of the University of Belize, Dr. Cary Fraser, MOEYs Chief UB Signs MOU for Secondary Teacher Education Project ub and uqroo discuss strategic collaboration The University of Belize and the University of Quin tana Roo (UQROO) have agreed to strengthen ties and closer collaboration between the two neighbouring Universities. Issues discussed and agreed on to move the process forward included, but are not limited to, teaching English to health/medical students; Renew able energy; Student exchange (English & Spanish). Visiting lecturers; common research projects on Econ omy, Finance & Business; tourism program, Physical Anthropology; Cultural Anthropology; Master Program in Environmental Education & Sustainable Develop ment in the context of Biodiversity in the Mesoamerican Corridor; and inter-culture studies with students who are indigenous and working with students from indigenous background. tors. Strenghtening ties and closer collaboration Stakeholders signing MOU
11 The Vice-Chancellor of the University of West Indies, Professor E. Nigel Harris and his team visited the Uni versity of Belize and met with the President, Dr. Cary Fraser. Issues discussed included collaboration to ad vance the continued development of educa tion in Belize and the Caribbean Region. with Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), Texas, led by Belizean born Professor at Prairie View. Dr. Douglas Hermond. Professor Dr. Hermond, said that the experiences of exposing his students to the different cultures and educational system of Belize will help to improve the services delivered to his stu dents in the US. The group consisted of 13 Ph.D students and two professors. They conducted three four-hour workshops at UB Toledo in Educational Leadership in the areas of strategic planning and instructional techniques. Over 90 Primary and Secondary teachers from the various schools in Toledo attended the workshops. uwi vice-chancellor visits UB awesome accomplishment...Rita Mae hyde UB global educational exchange kudos to ub staff The University of Belize congratulates Ritamae Hyde, Lecturer of History and Anthropology on her herculean achievement in winning UNESCOs Professional Award 2011. Rita joined the History and Anthropology program in 2009. She will be remembered fondly as a Lecturer for the known for the book of poetry, she authored, entitled Mahogany Whispers. The Young Professionals Programme of UNESCO provides opportunities for individuals of less than 30 years of age, with Masters Degree in the areas of competence of UNESCO (Education, Culture, Natural Sciences, Social & Human Sciences, and Information and Communication to compete for appointment as professional staff within the Secretariat in Rita will serve to strengthen and advance the Mission and Vision of UNESCO. The group visits included UBs Living Reef Center on Hunting Caye Hamilton, Admin Assistant, recent recipients of Masters in Business Administration.
12 Congrats to UB Black Jaguars and Coaches! On Saturday, November 5, 2011 the ATLIB Volleyball Champion ship was held. Our Black Jaguars did a great job in qualifying to the (SJCJC), Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College (SJCJC), and Coro Jaguars (Male) were playing simultaneously against SJCJC and de feated them 25-20. The females then won their second set 25-16, and still had to time to cheer the males. The males won their second set 25-23. UB was the only institution for which both teams advanced to the championship game. Games for third place were then played. unfortunately lost their second set 22-25. In the third set our Lady Black Jaguars gave their all and won 15-9. Then ub black jaguars: Atlib volleyball champions! Campus vs Campus The Department of Recre ation and Sports would like to express extreme grati tude and a warm thank you to Mr. Stanley Nicholas, Campus Administrator, Mr. Glen Enriquez and Toledo Student Government for their warm hospitality giv en to our student athletes for the weekend activities on Sept. 30Oct 1, 2011. Lady Black Jaguars Michelle Moore Shantell Arnold Kayla Dawson Kay-lani Reid Nelissa Ramirez Kimberly Spence Alva Ramirez Yelene Rodriguez Louise Rodriguez Tichele Solis Justine Myvett Loren Henry Yanira Caldon Black Jaguars Jaleel Lino Keiron Bowen Darlis Avila Yserri Palacio Drew Gill Keiner Loira Rasheed Arzu Arnie Augustine Tariq Avilez Francis Arzu John Paul Alvarez Amir Paquil Warner CastanedaTeam work pays off