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Bulletin Board for December 2, 2008

UVI 2009 Carnival Committee to Meet Dec. 4; Theme Suggestions Due by Dec. 3

Members of the UVI community interested in helping to organize UVI's participation in the 2009 St. Thomas Carnival Parade are invited to a meeting of the Carnival Committee at noon on Thursday, Dec. 4. Individuals on both campuses are invited to participate in the videoconferenced session. On St. Thomas the meeting will take place in Teacher Education room 101. The St. Croix session will be held in Evans Center room 302-A.

The Carnival Parade is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2009. Individuals interested in both organizing and participating in the parade are needed. Assistance is needed in the following areas: planning, marketing, fundraising, costume design and construction, music, food and transportation. Please use this form to indicate your interest: http://formdesk.com/UVI/carnival2009.

There is also still time to submit a suggested theme for UVI 2009 Troupe. The theme deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Nov. 3. Make submissions to send them by email to jviolen@uvi.edu. Details on the UVI Troupe effort are also available from the Student Activities Office - phone 693-1111 - on the St. Thomas campus or from Jay Wiltshire - phone 692-4181 - on the St. Croix campus.

UVI to Host Health Disparities Conference on St. Croix

Some of the nation's leading scholars on medicine and health will meet Dec. 4-7 at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus for a conference to address health disparities in minority communities and to develop recommendations for eliminating them.

The prestigious conference will be hosted by the UVI Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, established with grants from the National Institutes of Health's National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, as well as the Medical University of South Carolina and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. The purpose of the Caribbean Exploratory Center is to study disparities and provide the medical community, government officials and individuals with the information and tools needed to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities in minority populations. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Third Annual Woodworkers' Expo to be Held on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands' Cooperative Extension Service (CES) announces the third annual Virgin Islands Woodworkers Expo. This event will take place at the UVI Sport and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus from Dec. 5 through 7. It will feature the works of members of the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society and of St. Croix Wood Artists, Inc. The expo opens at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 and at 10 a.m. on Dec. 6 and 7. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

UVI FBLA Students Attend DC Conference

Members of UVI's Future Business Leaders of America Phi Beta Lambda Chapter traveled to Washington, DC from Nov. 13-17, for the group's Annual National Fall Leadership Conference. The organization is compromised of schools from across the nations that come together and compete, as well as attending seminars such as resume writing and entrepreneurship.

Students attending from UVI were Sharifa Skelton, Desiree Burton, Shanitta Bedminster, Charva Richards, Malon Angol, Lemuel Ryan, Oswin Sewer Jr, Alvona Connor, Leah Hughes, Keyonna Williams, Timarah Hodge, Kishma Freeman, and Burnette Williams. Traveling along with them were professional member Bernard Douglas Jr. and advisor Professor Elmo Adams.

The FBLA extended its thanks all who supported the students purchases at food sales and those who made monetary donations for the trip. More about the organization's events and activities is available from the local - www.uvi-fblapbl.com - and national - www.fbla.org - websites.

ONGOING ITEMS ...

UVI to Host Emergency Preparedness Workshop on Special Needs on Dec. 4-5

Health care professionals and others who serve people with special needs are invited to a free Emergency Preparedness Workshop at the University of Virgin Islands from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5. It will be videoconferenced between both UVI campuses. Dr. Andrew Garrett, the director of planning and response at Columbia University's National Center for Disaster Preparedness will be the keynote speaker.

The workshop is sponsored by the Westchester Institute for Human Development University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

For further information and to register for the workshop, before Nov. 25, go to www.wihd.org/usvi/conference2 or call Catherine Yankou at 914-493-8175.

To register for continuing education credits call Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

Annual UVI Christmas Concert Set Dec. 6 at Reichhold Center

The UVI Music Program's Annual Christmas Concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. Professor Martin J. Lamkin will direct the Jazz Ensemble, Shenelle Warner will direct the Steel Pan Ensemble, and Professor Lorna Young-Wright will direct the Concert Choir. This seasonal celebration will also include pianist Louis Taylor as a guest artist.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They may be purchased at the Reichhold Center Box Office, Dockside Bookstore in the Havensight Mall, the UVI Bookstore, the Humanities Division Office and from ensemble members.

The concert is presented by UVI's Humanities and Social Sciences Division.

St. Croix Holiday Red & White Holiday Gala Set for Dec. 13

The annual Red and White Holiday Gala for UVI's St. Croix campus is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Parrot's Cove in Christianstead. Entertainment will be provided by Digital Band. Complimentary tickets (one per employee) are available now from Irene Ramos in the Campus Executive Administrator's Office. Guest tickets cost $30. For details call 692-4236.

St. Thomas Campus Holiday Dinner Dance Set for Dec. 14

The annual Holiday Dinner and Dance on UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Administration and Conference Center (ACC). Music will be provided by Top Notch Band. Attire will be elegant evening wear. Complimentary tickets (one per employee) are available at the Human Resources Office in the Administration and Conference Center. Guest tickets cost $20. For details, contact the Human Resources Office at 693-1410.

UVI Participating in 2008-2009 United Way Campaign

The 2008-2009 United Way Campaign is now underway. The total UVI goal for 2008-2009 is to raise $20,000 for this worthy community cause. Individuals may make a tax-deductible contribution as a one-time amount via cash or check or through payroll deductions. United Way Payroll Deduction Cards are available in the UVI Human Resources Office on St. Thomas and in the UVI Business Office on St. Croix. For more than 28 years, the United Way organizations of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix have funded more than 75 agencies that help thousands in our communities.

UVI's 2008-2009 United Way co-coordinators are Nereida Washington - 692-4161, Desha Brathwaite - 693-1462 and LilyMae Durante - 693-1144. They are available to answer questions and assist with any concerns.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Fundraising Activities

UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement is seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising activities and special events for the University. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to network with people throughout the Virgin Islands community while helping to plan and develop signature events on both campuses. This includes events and activities such as Afternoon on the Green. Interested individuals should contact UVI's Special Events Coordinator Liza Margolis at 693-1053 or send email to lmargol@uvi.edu.

Spring Semester 2009 Registration Information Posted

Information on registration dates and procedures for the Spring Semester 2009, which will run from Jan. 12 through May 9, is now available on the BUCSS page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

2008 Holiday Recess Schedule

UVI's Human Resources Department has announced the 2008 Holiday Recess as approved by President LaVerne E. Ragster. The recess is as follows: All offices will be closed for holiday recess beginning Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, through Friday, January 2, 2009. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. In observance of Three King's Day, all offices will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.