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Bulletin Board for October 15, 2009

UVI Revises Academic Calendar for Spring Semester 2010

The University of the Virgin Islands has announced the revision of its Academic Calendar covering the 2010 spring semester. The calendar stipulates the schedule for all academic activities at the University - such as the registration, orientation, the start and end dates of classes, holidays, final exams and commencement - for the period from Jan. 4 through May 16, 2010.

The revised calendar begins on Jan. 4, the date UVI staff members will return from the holiday break. UVI faculty members return on Jan. 7. New student orientation and registration are set for Jan. 7. Advisement and late registration are scheduled for Jan. 8. Spring semester classes begin on Jan. 11. Click here to view the Spring 2010 Academic Calendar.

A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Second Annual Health Disparities Institute Opens Today on St. John

Researchers from across the nation are visiting the Virgin Islands starting today (Oct. 15) to share their insights on issues related to health disparities at the Second Annual Health Disparities Institute sponsored by the Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands.

"Bridging Science, Practice and Culture to Improve Health in the U.S. Virgin Islands" is the theme for the institute, which continues on Oct.16 at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas. "The institute will provide important health information to the entire Virgin Islands community," said Dr. Gloria Callwood, director of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, which is operated by UVI's Division of Nursing Education.

More information is available from this CERC web site: http://cercuvi.com. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

CERC Notes...

  • CERC Relocates to Third Floor of Quarters B Building on St. Thomas

The Caribbean Exploratory Research Center has relocated to the third floor of the Quarters B Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus. For the time being, there is limited phone service. Functioning extensions are 693-1178 for Administrative Assistant Tyra U. De Castro, and 693-1191 for Director Dr. Gloria Callwood. Lorna Sutton can be reached at either of these numbers.

  • CERC Staff Out of Office Through Oct. 16

The staff of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center will be involved in the 2nd Annual Health Disparities Institute on St. John through Friday, Oct. 16, on St. John.

Memorial Service for Dr. Meri Whitaker Set for Oct. 17 on St. Thomas Campus

A memorial service for Dr. Meri Whitaker will be held in the first-floor conference room in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17. Dr. Meri Whitaker, who served as director of the VI-EPSCoR program since 2005, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January, and had been treated in Iowa and the Virgin Islands. She died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 8. In lieu of flowers, her family suggests that donations be made to the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine (www.palfriends.org/donate.php) or to Oxfam International (www.oxfam.org/en/getinvolved/donate).

Michael McDonald Brings Soulful Sounds to Reichhold Center on Oct. 17

Known for his distinct husky baritone, five-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Michael McDonald and band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts, delivering an evening of American soul that spans the decades. The 56-year-old St. Louis native rose to popularity as a member of Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, churning out time-honored hits such as "What a Fool Believes," "Takin' It to the Streets," and "I Keep Forgetting." Getting his start playing in several local bands in Missouri, McDonald moved in 1970 to Los Angeles to launch his music career.

Tickets are available online and from the Reichhold Box Office and the Reichhold's regular ticket outlets: Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Home Again, and Eccentric Shoe Boutique on St. Thomas, and Connections on St. John.. For details, call (340) 693-1559. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. More is also available from the Reichhold Center web site www.reichholdcenter.com.

World Food Day Activities Set Oct. 18 on St. Croix

World Food Day activities will be held on the grounds of the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. This year's theme is: "Global Food Crisis: Opportunities, Responsibilities and Solutions."

The Virgin Islands community is urged to come out and support junior high and senior high school students as they compete in the second World Food Day "Youth Super Chef Competition." There will also be an open "Breadfruit Bonanza Cooking Competition" for the public. Entries will be accepted from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. Categories are breads, desserts and side dishes. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

For the past 27 years, the UVI Cooperative Extension Service has taken the lead in providing educational workshops and interactive activities during World Food Day to encourage the planting of vegetables, fruits, and other food crops, thus, securing our own food security. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Cooperation of UVI Community Sought During Photo Shoot

UVI's Public Relations Office is asking for the cooperation of the UVI Community next week as the office conducts a University-wide stock photography shoot. Noted Virgin Islands photographer Quiana Duncan and art director Laurie Wakefield will visit both campuses. Duncan is a St. John-based, classically trained photographer with extensive experience shooting commercial projects, as well as weddings and landscape photography. She is the daughter of former St. Croix campus nurse, Naita Salmon.

Photography Schedule:

  • St. Thomas campus - Monday, Oct. 19, through Wednesday, Oct. 21
  • St. Croix campus - Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23

While a number of student models have been recruited for the shoot, the photo team may ask members of the UVI Community to be photographed while going about their daily activities. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Public Relations will make every effort to keep the shoot from being disruptive.

Photos taken during this shoot will be featured in any number of official University publications, as well as in future UVI advertisements, on the website and in other marketing materials. For details, call the Public Relations Office at 693-1057.

West African Dance Classes for Students Offered Oct. 20 on St. Thomas

West African dance classes - Ife Ni Jo - will be offered free to UVI students from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Dining Pavilion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. A class originally scheduled for today (Thursday, Oct. 15) has been cancelled. The classes are sponsored by the Student Government Association's Black Heritage Committee. Musicians and dancers willing to perform and those who wish to improve their fitness level while learning African culture and history are invited. For details, send email to africanheritagevi@gmail.com.

Gruber Foundation to Present International Women's Rights Prizes on Oct. 29

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will host the presentation of the 2009 Gruber Foundation's International Women's Rights Prize at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Co-recipients of the prize are Teboho Molebatsi, of the Women's Legal Centre of South Africa, and Leymah Gbowee, who spearheaded a women's movement in Liberia.

The prize winners will make presentations on their work promoting peace and equality at a symposium scheduled as part of the awards presentation. UVI Trustee Judge Audrey Thomas will join Molebatsi and Gbowee in a panel discussion on women's rights. Other panel participants will be Judge Patricia Steele, of the V.I. Superior Court's Family Division, and Sandra Hodge Benjamin, representing the Family Resource Center.

Admission to the presentation and panel discussion is free and the public is welcome to attend.

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, which is headquartered in the Virgin Islands, honors and encourages educational excellence, social justice and scientific achievements that better the human condition. A major focus of the Foundation's philanthropy is its International Prize Program, created to recognize excellence in science and humanities by highlighting five fields that create a better world: Cosmology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Justice, and Women's Rights. For more, visit the foundation's web site:


Educators Invited to V.I. Writing Project Conference on Literacy on Nov. 2

The Virgin Islands Writing Project (VIWP) invites educators to its first conference on literacy to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 2, at the Great Hall of the North West Wing building on UVI's St. Croix campus.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jacqueline Jones Royster, a professor of English at Ohio State University. Dr. Royster will address the theme: "Building Literacy in an Age of Technology." There will be two workshop sessions, where presenters will address and demonstrate the theme in eleven separate workshops.

The registration fee is $30.00 until October 25. After October 25, it will be $50.00.

The Virgin Islands Writing Project is a partnership between the National Writing Project, the Virgin Islands Department of Education and the University of the Virgin Islands. For more information, please call any of the following individuals: Valerie Combie at 692-4126; Sharon Charles at 778-5286; Fenella Cooper at 774-0780; or Veronica Prescott at 773-0050.

4-H Food Sale to Fund Participation in St. Croix Festival Rescheduled to Nov. 13

The 4-H program operated by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on the St. Thomas campus is raising funds to support the group's participation in the upcoming Christmas Festival on St. Croix. A food sale at the CES Office (located in the former UVI Business Office) has been re-scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Nov. 13. Delivery on campus will also be available to those who call ahead. BBQ chicken, tofu, mutton, fish, rice, macaroni, stuffing and vegetables will be available. For information, call Jacqueline Blyden at 693-1079.

Other Current Items...

Free Seasonal Flu Vaccine Available on STT Campus

Members of the UVI community on the St. Thomas campus can obtain free seasonal influenza vaccinations. Distribution from the Health Services Office began on Oct. 13. The vaccine will be administered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday following Oct. 13, until supplies are exhausted. Interested individuals must make an appointment for a vaccination by calling Health Services at 693-1124. A limited amount of vaccine is available. It is offered on first-come, first-served basis.

Health Services will notify the UVI community when supplies of the H1N1 vaccine become available.

St. Croix Campus Vaccination Dates to be Announced

Flu vaccine will be available on the St. Croix campus in the near future. When it is available the St. Croix Health Services Office will announce details.

Breast Cancer Awareness Week Activities Set Oct. 12-16 on St. Croix Campus

Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Week activities scheduled on UVI's St. Croix campus from Oct. 12 through 16. Each day has been assigned a different theme (see schedule). Events and presentations designed to increase the awareness of breast cancer are also scheduled at the Cafetorium from noon to 2 p.m. daily. For more information, contact Health Services Supervisor Maritza Belardo DeCosta at 692-4214.

Note: The UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus is offering a 10 percent discount on all items that are pink.

Breast Cancer Awareness Remaining Schedule

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Wear Pink Shoes Day!

- noon to 1 p.m. - Presentation by Dr. J. Thompson

Friday, Oct. 16 - Wear Pink Bottom (Pants, Skirt)

- noon to 1 p.m. - "I am a Survivor" presentation by Janzie Allmacher

SBDC on St. Thomas, St. Croix Plans Staff Development Oct. 13-16

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offices on St. Croix at Sunshine Mall and on St. Thomas at Nisky Center will be closed for staff development and training from Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 16. Both offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Monday, Oct. 19. The SBDC's regular office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 340-692-5270 on St. Croix or 340-776-3206 on St. Thomas. The VI SBDC is a partnership program of the University of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Modern Languages Area to Screen the Film 'Casi Casi' on Oct. 16

The Modern Language Area of UVI's Division of Humanities and Social Studies will present the Spanish language film "Casi Casi" at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 16, in Chase Auditorium (B-110), on the St. Thomas campus. "Casi Casi" is a Puerto Rican comedy that runs 93 minutes. The UVI community is invited to attend. Admission is $1. Drinks and snacks will be given away. For details, contact Prof. Mike Anders at 693-1353. The next film in the series - the powerful French film "Au revoir les enfants" - will be offered on Nov. 20.

Student Poetry Club Schedules 'Mixed Media' Event Oct. 18, on St. Thomas

The Writer's Block, UVI's student poets club, will present a poetry merged with mixed media event at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Dining Pavilion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The presentation is titled "A Penny for Your Thoughts." The Writer's Block invites the participation of musicians, dancers and visual artists willing to present impromptu performances or accompany poets. General admission is $5. Students with ID will pay $3. Proceeds will go to support the fight against breast cancer.

Members of The Writer's Block will also participate in "The Poetry Corner" radio program on WSTA (1340-AM) at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The listener call-in number is 774-1340. For details, send email to thewritersblockvi@gmail.com.

Application Form for Census 2010 Jobs Available from UVI Web Site

The Virgin Islands Census Office has announced that a number of census jobs are available in association with Census 2010, which is being conducted under the auspices of UVI's Eastern Caribbean Center. Local residents are needed to list addresses, pick up completed questionnaires and interview households. Enumerators and crew leaders, along with some clerks and office workers, are also needed.

An application form, which includes descriptions of the jobs available and qualifications that applicants must meet, is available from the Human Resources page of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link (PDF file).

For more information, contact the Eastern Caribbean Center, on UVI's St. Thomas campus, at (340) 693-1022.

Dr. Henry Smith Honored by the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association

Dr. Henry Smith, UVI's Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Vice Provost for Research and Public Service, was recently honored by the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association for his work with water and wastewater systems. The association held its 18th annual conference and exhibition on St. Thomas on Oct 8. Dr. Smith was presented with the association's gold award during the closing ceremony program.

UVI New Hires Report Posted for September

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Sept. 1-30, 2009. The list is available to the UVI community via the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu.

Four Students Selected as Winners of the Fall Research Symposium

Four UVI students - Shellese Cannonier, Mary Mootoo, Odari Thomas and Cherissre Tyrell-Boateng - are the winners of the University's 11th Annual Fall Student Research Symposium. They were among more than 50 UVI students who presented the results of research conducted over the summer at the symposium which was held on Sept. 20, on the St. Thomas campus. The students' research was conducted at UVI and other institutions nationwide. Student presentations were evaluated by a panel of judges from the community for scientific content and clarity of presentation. The winners will receive certificates at UVI's Spring Academic Awards Ceremony.

A detailed news release, along with photos of the winners, will be available in the near future. The Division of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program sponsored the symposium. Details are available at the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program web site, http://ecs.uvi.edu, or via email at ecs@uvi.edu.

St. Croix Sets Open Houses to Mark 'National Careers in Student Affairs Month'

UVI's St. Croix campus has scheduled a series of open house events to mark October as "National Careers in Student Affairs Month." Students are encouraged to stop by the offices of Student Affairs on each "open house" day to learn about career opportunities, services and developmental and leadership programs available in the student affairs area. Professionals in student affairs can take advantage of a thriving career track, work on college campuses and make a difference in the lives of students and communities.

Open house events will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following schedule.

  • Oct. 26 - Student Activities
  • Oct. 27 - Health Services
  • Oct. 28 - College Access Challenge Grant Program
  • Oct. 29 - Residence Life
  • Oct. 30 - Counseling and Career Services

For more information and details about other upcoming events, contact Miriam Osborne Elliott, Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs-St. Croix Campus, at 692-4188/692-4000 or send email to mosborn@uvi.edu.

Nursing Program to Host Accreditation Review Team Oct. 20-22 on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Associate Degree Nursing Program has announced that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of the program on the St. Croix campus. Team members of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) will make a site visit to the Associate Degree Nursing Program for review and reaccreditation from Oct. 20 to 22.

Members of the general public are invited to meet the site-visit team and share comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at UVI nursing complex, Building U-105, on the St. Croix campus.

Written comments are also welcome by the NLNAC. They should be submitted directly to: NLNAC, C/O Executive Director, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326 or e-mail sjtanner@nlnac.org. All written comments should arrive at NLNAC by October 14, 2009.

NSE Applications Available from Counseling Services Office

Students interested in studying abroad through the National Student Exchange (NSE) program may obtain the NSE application and directory booklet from UVI Counseling Services office on the St. Thomas campus. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible. More information can be obtained from Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm, at (340) 693-1136 or via email at: ahamm@uvi.edu.

'Video Chats' Link Students, Public with UVI Professor on Ocean Expedition

St. Thomas high school students and members of the general public interested in deep-ocean geological research are invited to attend live Wednesday morning "video chats" with a UVI professor conducting ocean research in the Sea of Japan. The video conference sessions, which began on Sept. 30, will continue at 10 a.m. on subsequent Wednesday mornings through Oct. 28. The conferences are held in room T-101 of the Teacher Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus. High school groups requiring transportation assistance will be accommodated.

Dr. Nasseer Idrisi, a research biological oceanographer and professor in UVI's Marine and Environmental Science master's degree program, is participating in an international research project that is studying an ocean plateau located about 900 miles east of Japan. Dr. Idrisi began a series of video chats with UVI students on Sept. 19. The remaining session is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 25. A photo from the initial chat is available on the UVI Today... photo blog.

More information, including details on how school groups and others can organize their own videoconference sessions with Dr. Idrisi, is available in a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VIUCEDD to Host 6th 'Voices That Count' Forum on Oct. 21 and 23

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host the 6th annual "Voices That Count" legislative policy forum at the University of the Virgin Islands on Oct. 21, on St. Croix and Oct. 23, on St. Thomas.

"Voices that Count" is an annual, territory-wide forum that calls attention to the issues and concerns that people with disabilities face as they relate to education, public safety, accessibility and transportation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The theme for this year's forum is "A Call for Action."

On St. Croix, the forum will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. It will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. On St. Thomas the forum will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. It will be held in the Administration and Conference Center. St. Thomas participants are asked to park at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center and use shuttle services that will be provided.

There is no fee for conference participants, but space is limited on both islands. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 16. To participate on St. Croix, contact Gerri Hanna - email at ghanna@uvi.edu or call 692-1919 - or Stephanie Barnes - email: viautismnetwork@gmail.com or call 626-3330. On St. Thomas, contact Maritza Swan - email: mswan@uvi.edu or call 776-9200 ext. 2334.

Details are available at the VIUCEDD web site: http://VIUCEDD.uvi.edu. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

President Hall to Address Legal Services of the V.I. Luncheon on Oct. 29

UVI President Dr. David Hall will be the keynote speaker at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration Luncheon for the Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc., at noon on Thursday, Oct. 29. The luncheon will take place in the Great Hall, in the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. Donations are $40. For more information contact Attorney Richard Austin at (340) 773-2626.

IASTED Computer Conferences Set in November

The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) will conduct two conferences in St. Thomas this November that could be of interest to computer science and other students at UVI. The conferences will focus on Human-Computer Interaction, and Computers and Advanced Technology in Education. Information is available at the web links below and from Dr. Marc Boumedine at (340) 693-1255.

  • Human-Computer Interaction: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/cfp-673.html
  • Computers and Advanced Technology in Education: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/home-672.html

St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Scheduled for Dec. 5-6

The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair will be held on Dec. 5 and 6, on the grounds of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on the University's St. Thomas campus. The theme for this year's fair is "Fresh Start - Grow Smart." Applications for vendors wishing to participate are available from UVI's Cooperative Extension Service Office and from the V.I. Department of Agriculture. Submissions of articles and advertisements for the fair program booklet are also being sought. For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at 774-5182 or the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080.

10th V.I. Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference Set for May

The 10th Virgin Islands Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference has been scheduled for May 6 and 7, 2010, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas. The conference - titled: Changing Direction & Directing Change: Solutions 2 Nonpoint Pollution - aims to involve all sectors of society. Those invited include government and non-government association officials, scientists and educators, students, community groups and home owners associations, construction and boating industry representatives, farmers and vendors.

The conference is sponsored by the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, UVI's Cooperative Extension Service and Marine Advisory Service, the V.I. Resource Conservation & Development Council, the V.I. Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Committee, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Details and registration information are available from this web site: http://www.usvircd.org/NPS/.

Student Testing Schedule...

UVI Computer Literacy Exam Dates Announced

Dates and locations for UVI's Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) have been announced for both campuses. The schedules listed below are also available under the Testing tab in the Registrar's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Thomas campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Sign-up sheets are available in the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. For more information, call 693-1160.

St. Croix CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Croix campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building. Students can register for the test in the Academic Services Office, in the Evans Center. For more information, call 692-4090 or send email to mclavie@uvi.edu.

• Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

• Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

• Thursday, Nov. 24, 2009

• Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009

CLE Tutorials Offered on St. Croix Campus

Computer Literacy Tutorials are offered on the following schedule from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building. No registration is required to take part in a tutorial. Remaining tutorials are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, and Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

English Proficiency Examinations Scheduled for Nov. 5

UVI's fall semester English Proficiency Examination (EPE) test is scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. All UVI students must meet the English Proficiency Requirement in order to graduate. For more information, contact EPE Coordinator Dr. Trevor Parris at 693-1258.

On St. Thomas, the exam will be administered in Sports and Fitness Center rooms 221, 224 and 225.

On St. Croix, the exam will be administered in Evans Center rooms 302, 303, 305 and 308. EPE registration forms are available from the Registrar's Office on St. Thomas (693-1150) and the Academic Affairs Office on St. Croix (692-4103).

EPE workshops are scheduled for the St. Croix campus from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 30, in Evans Center room 716.

VIUCEDD Notes...

Free Parent Advocacy Training Scheduled for Oct. 24 on St. Thomas

A three-hour, parent advocacy training session is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Sugar Estate Head Start building. The training is designed for parents of children with disabilities. It is sponsored by HUGS VI, Head Start, the Disability Rights Center and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD).

The training will cover such topics as, the do's and don'ts of advocating, how to be assertive and effective at your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, strategies on how to help develop your child's IEP, and ensuring a smooth transition of your child from high school to adult life after graduation.

The training is free and child care and refreshments will be provided. Parents must register for the event to ensure enough food and child care support staff. To register, please contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173 or scarr@uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC to Host GIA Jewelry Professionals Course on St. Thomas in November

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will conduct its accredited Jewelry Professional Intensive Diploma Program course from Nov. 2 through 6 on St. Thomas. Classes in the course will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at UVI's Small Business Development Center Training Facility at Nisky Center. The course offers intensive study of the essentials of jewelry product knowledge and proven sales techniques needed to approach customers, earn their trust and close sales. Students learn to communicate the value of diamonds and acquiring in-depth product information on diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.

The Caribbean Islands Education Foundation, Inc., and Rare Earth Studio are sponsoring the course. For details or to join the GIA's Caribbean Islands Alumni Chapter, call Ivanne Farr at (340) 777-7774 or send email to ciacgia@msn.com.

Dates Announced for CLEP Testing on St. Croix Campus

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, which allow students to earn college credit for acquired skill and knowledge in specific subjects, will be administered on UVI's St. Croix campus on the following schedule during the 2009 fall semester:


Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 Friday, Oct. 22, 2009

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

Registration for the tests is available at the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center room 811. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test.

The cost associated with CLEP examinations is $72 per test. Checks or money orders are payable to CLEP (cash will not be accepted). A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI, will be charged prior to the test date. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158