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Bulletin Board for October 5, 2009

St. Thomas Fall Fest to Include Career Fair, Health Fair and More on Oct. 8

The UVI Community is invited to participate in the St. Thomas campus Fall Fest scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Sports and Fitness Center. The day's theme is "Putting the Pieces Together."

Activities will include the Annual Career Fair, the 20th Annual Health Fair, presentations on student clubs and organizations, and information about UVI's academic divisions and services. A voter registration table will also be available.

"Striving for Better Health" is the theme of the Health Fair. Screening for cholesterol, blood sugar, HIV and blood pressure will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information will be available on weight control, eye care, skin care, massage therapy, aromatherapy, stress management, nutrition, herbal remedies and swine flu. As always, the UVI Bookstore will provide gift packs. Prizes, food, fun and music will be available throughout the day.

Representatives from UVI's various offices are also invited to display their services. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at (340) 693-1111.

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. 13 - Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs & Campus Executive Administrator
  • 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.

Buccaneers Volleyball Squad Facing Home Matches Oct. 8 and 10

The UVI Buccaneers men's volleyball team is still on the hunt for their first win of the 2009 LAI season with two home matches slated this week. The Bucs are scheduled to play Caribbean University at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. They will return to the home court to take on Sacred Heart University at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10. Admission is free.

Discount Rate Offered to UVI Employees for Health Disparities Institute

A special discount registration rate of $50 per day is now available for UVI employees who wish to attend the 2nd Annual Health Disparities Institute scheduled for Oct. 15-16 on St. John. During the institute, researchers from across the nation will visit and share their insights on issues related to health disparities. The institute is sponsored by UVI's Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center (http://cercuvi.com/). A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Registration for Employees Extended Through Oct. 8

Institute organizers have also extended the registration period for UVI employees through Oct. 8.

Click here for a special UVI Employee Registration Form

For more on the conference, contact Lorna Williams-Sutton at lsutton@uvi.edu or phone 340-693-1172. Details are also available from these web links:

Conference Web Page | Conference Brochure | Conference Registration Form

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.

VIUCEDD to Host 6th 'Voices That Count' Forum

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host the 6th annual "Voices That Count" 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.

Employees Informed of Group Health Insurance Rate Increase

UVI Director of Employee Benefits Veda Richards has provided information to UVI employees via email on the CIGNA HealthCare insurance rate increases recently approved by the Virgin Islands Legislature. This email included specifics on bi-weekly and monthly payments. Employees with questions should contact Richards at 693-1429.

UVI Student Models Sought for Photography Shoot

UVI's Public Relations Office is seeking students who want to be in pictures. The office is planning a photography shoot this month and is looking for male and female students who reflect the diversity of the University to take part in this volunteer opportunity.

At least 10 students are needed for volunteer daytime modeling assignments on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Audition head shots and photography release forms can be obtained by visiting the UVI Public Relations Office, in room 229 of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus, on weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Students on the St. Croix campus should call the Public Relations Office at (340) 693-1059 to arrange for headshots to be taken.

Images made during the photo shoot will be used to help publicize the University to the Virgin Islands community and beyond. The photos are typically used in UVI web site pages, University publications - such as UVI Magazine and the President's Report, and in a wide variety of local and national print advertisements.

TMCF Launches STEM Web Site for Students at HBCUs

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has announced the launch of a new website dedicated to the advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The site is designed to provide career resources to STEM students and to make available links to published works at member schools. It also features a message board for students to post questions and share information with professors and students at other colleges and universities.

The STEM site also includes a graduate school database that offers students information on the many graduate programs offered at the public HBCUs. The site is available from the main menu of the www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org web site.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Set on St. Croix; Student Performers Sought

A Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 8, on UVI's St. Croix campus. The celebration will be held in the North West Wing of the Great Hall.

Any St. Croix students - full or part-time - interested in performing during the celebration should contact Irene Ramos by Tuesday, Oct. 6. Ramos can be contacted by telephone at 692-4236 or by e-mail at iramos@uvi.edu.

UVI Opens Special Scholarship Applications Period Through Oct. 9

The UVI Scholarship Committee has opened a special application period for students seeking scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year. All undergraduate students currently enrolled at UVI, who meet the eligibility requirements, are encouraged to apply. The special application period will run through Oct. 9, 2009. The names of scholarship recipients will be announced by Oct. 31.

To be considered for scholarship awards, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or indicate their F-1 status. They must also be full-time, matriculated UVI students, not be receiving aid in excess of the cost of attendance, and submit one letter of recommendation. Please use the text link below for the appropriate application form:

Special Scholarship Application | Special Scholarship Application (F1-Status)

For details, contact the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1047.

Coastweek Beach Cleanup Efforts to Continue Through Oct. 10

Members of the Virgin Islands community began their participation in the international Coastweeks beach cleanup effort with a cleanup at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Sept. 19. Other cleanups will take place throughout the territory through Oct. 10. Organized globally by the Ocean Conservancy, the USVI Coastweeks effort is coordinated locally by the University of the Virgin Islands, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Coastal Zone Management Division, Friends of the V.I. National Park and the V.I. Waste Management Authority. The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) is organizing Coastweeks cleanups on St. Croix.

Details are available from a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

'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. Future sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, and 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.

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.

Internal Search Opened for New Director of UVI Honors Program

The University of the Virgin Islands is conducting an internal search for a new director of the Honors Program. It is essential that this individual provide strong leadership and implement the Honors Program as approved by the faculty. While the director reports to the provost, successful candidate will work with the Honors Council to maintain a healthy and thriving program. Only individuals currently in full-time faculty positions will be considered for the position. The position is half-time during the academic year, with a six-hour load for carrying out the duties. A list of the director's duties was sent via email to St. Croix and St. Thomas faculty members on Sept. 28.

Interested faculty should submit a letter of interest outlining qualifications and philosophy of teaching as they relate to the Honors Program at UVI, and a current CV to Camille McKayle (cmckayl@uvi.edu) or George Lord (glord@uvi.edu), co-chairs of the Honors Program Director Search Committee. A review of applications will begin on Oct. 15, 2009, and continue until the position is filled.

St. Croix Psychology Club Offers GRE Study Group

The St. Croix Psychology Club invites anyone on the St. Croix campus who is interested in graduate school to participate in a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Study Group that meets every Friday from noon to 4 p.m. in Evans Center room 505. Those interested should bring a laptop capable of wireless internet connection to the group. For further information, contact the Psychology Club's advisor, Dr. Aletha Baumann at 692-4178.

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.

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/.

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.

VIUCEDD Notes...

Down Syndrome Awareness Buddy Walks Planned on St. Thomas, St. Croix

October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. In observance of the month, a "Buddy Walks" are scheduled on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The St. Thomas walk is set for 3 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Four Winds Plaza. The walk on St. Croix, will take place at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at the Corner of Hannah's Rest, in Frederiksted. For more information, contact VIUCEDD Program Director Shammi Carr (340) 693-1173.

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.