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Bulletin Board for October 8, 2009

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Set on St. Croix

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.

UVI to Host Forum on Territory's New Commemorative Quarter

A free public forum on the territory's new commemorative quarter will be hosted at UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus from 6 to 7 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 8). United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart will discuss the future of U.S. coinage. The forum precedes the official launch of the commemorative quarter which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Emancipation Garden in Charlotte Amalie.

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., today (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.

UVI Senate to Meet on Friday, Oct. 9

The next meeting of the UVI Senate is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. The session will be videoconferenced between Teacher Education room 101 on the St. Thomas campus and Evans Center room 713 on the St. Croix campus. Included on the agenda are discussions on the Tuition Exchange Plan, proposed changes to the UVI Academic Calendar for 2009-2010 and the University budget process. For more information call 693-1040.

Volunteers to Collect Trash at Range Cay on Oct. 10

Volunteers are sought to collect trash at Range Cay - located behind UVI's MacLean Marine Science Center on the St. Thomas campus - from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 10. Participants will be snorkeling and diving as well as covering the surrounding land by foot. A large quantity of marine debris, including fishing lines and related items, has been collecting in the area over time. The event is part of the international Coastweeks cleanup effort. Those wishing to volunteer should contact Heather Hitt, who is coordinating the activity for the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, at heather.hitt@dpnr.gov.vi or call 774-3320.

Two Employees Appointed to UVI's Donate Leave Committee

UVI President Dr. David Hall has appointed two members to the University's Donate Leave Committee. The members are Purchasing Technician Fiola Alexander and Information Technology Specialist Mark Bough. Alexander and Bough will serve on the committee with two ex-officio members, Acting Human Resources Director Yvonne Lawrence and Director for Employee Benefits Veda Richards. Richards serves as the policy administrator. The committee oversees the participation of UVI employees in the V.I. Donated Leave Program. That program allows individuals who suffer a catastrophic health condition or injury to seek donations of leave from others employed by the V.I. government and related semi-autonomous agencies. For more information, you may contact Veda Richards at 693-1429.

Four Fall Research Symposium Winners Announced

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.

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.

Breast Cancer Awareness Schedule

Monday, Oct. 12 - Wear Pink Shirt Day!

- Pink Ribbons and Information Distribution

- Noon to 1 p.m. - presentation by Dr. A. Galiber

Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Pink Hair Day!

- Noon - Performance by the UVI Steppers

Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Wear Everything Pink Day!

- 12:30 to 1 p.m. - Walk from Palm Drive to the Cafeteria

- Pink Lemonade Distribution

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

Free Seasonal Flu Vaccine Available on STT Campus Beginning Oct. 13

UVI's Health Services Office on the St. Thomas campus will offer free seasonal influenza vaccine to members of the UVI community beginning Tuesday, 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.

SBDC on St. Thomas, St. Croix Plans Staff Development Oct. 13-19

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.

4-H Food Sale Set Oct. 16 to Help Fund Participation in St. Croix Festival

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) is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 16. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Other Current Items...

UVI Special Scholarship Applications Period Open 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.

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.

Discount Rate Offered to UVI Employees for Health Disparities Institute

A special discount registration rate of $50 per day is 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.

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.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/.

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.