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UVI Katrina Fund Contributions Will Benefit Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster has encouraged the UVI Community – staff, students, faculty, alumni and trustees – to contribute to the UVI Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. Contributions will be accepted through Oct 7. Checks should be made to UVI Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund and sent to the Cashier's Office on the St. Thomas campus or the Business Office on the St. Croix campus. Cash donations will also be accepted. Funds collected will be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Receipts for tax purposes will be issued.
Student Trustee Sought for UVI Board Position; Application Deadline is Oct. 3
Today (Monday, Oct. 3) is the deadline for St. Thomas campus students to apply to run for the post of student representative to the UVI Board of Trustees. The student trustee position alternates between the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Application forms are available in the St. Thomas campus Student Activities Office, by calling 693-1111, or by sending e-mail to [email protected]. A Special Election is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11, on the St.Croix campus, and for Wednesday, Oct. 12, on the St.Thomas campus.
St. Croix Library Computer Lab Offers Open Access Beginning Oct. 3
The St. Croix campus Library computer lab, located in Evans Center room 902, will be available for open access, when not in use for classes, beginning today (Monday, Oct. 3). The lab provides 28 thin-client workstations operating Windows XP Embedded. Users will be able to access only Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office suite software. Files are saved to flash disks through a USB port on the monitor. There are no floppy disk or CD-ROM drives. When the room is in use for classes (see posted schedule), students may use computer labs in NW 120, NW 131, or Freshman Center. The existing Library computer lab will be used to accommodate the growing Caribbean collection of books and pamphlets. Additionally, access to EC-902 will be through the Library's main entrance on the 7th level. The alarm on the exterior door to room 902 will be armed. Library staff will facilitate access for physically challenged persons through the entrance across from the elevator on the 9th level. For further information or to report special requirements, call extension 4130.
Dateline:UVI Welcomes Spurs, Students Displaced by Katrina
The latest issue of Dateline: UVI is now available on the UVI web site. The newsletter highlights the upcoming visit of Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs and a number of students displaced by Hurricane Katrina who have enrolled at UVI. The newsletter is available from a link on the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.
National Student Exchange Program Information Session Set Oct. 6
An information session on UVI's National Student Exchange Program is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, in Business room 102 on the St. Thomas campus. UVI students interested in travel and study at an exchange college are invited to attend. A 3.0 grade point average is required for participation in the program. Details are available at the UVI Counseling and Placement Center at 693-1134.
St. Thomas Campus Student Council Meeting Set Oct. 6
A UVI St. Thomas campus Student Council Meeting is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, in CA Building Room -302. The agenda includes a presentation by Dr. Mary Ann LaFleur, UVI's director of Institutional Research and Planning, on the results of the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey. Student clubs and organizations requesting funding from Student Government Association will present budget requests at this meeting.
Colloquium to Feature Talk by Dr. Vincent Cooper on Oct. 7
UVI English professor Dr. Vincent Cooper will present the talk "The Lying Hero: Folk Music on St. Kitts and the Virgin Islands" at the Humanities and Social Sciences Division Colloquium at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. The talk will originate in Teacher Education room 101 on the St. Thomas campus, with a video conference link to Evans Center room 713 on the St. Croix campus.
Upward Bound Mix-n-Mingle Scheduled Oct. 9
Alumni of UVI's Upward Bound program on the St. Thomas campus, along with their family and friends, are invited to a mix-n-mingle session from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, at L'Escargot restaurant in Sub Base. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Upward Bound Office at 693-1130 or Aurelia Donald at 776-9200, extension 2333.
Youngest Millionaire to Speak at Entrepreneurial Awareness Series
The UVI Business Division Entrepreneurial Awareness Series continues on Monday, Oct. 10, with a presentation by Farrah Gray, an entrepreneur who became a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. Gray's presentation is titled "Straight to the Heart: For the Entrepreneur Spirit In Us All." Gray grew up the youngest son in a single-parent household in Chicago's Southside. He is renowned as the youngest African-American to rise from public assistance to the status of business mogul – outside of the entertainment industry or through family connections. He has served on the African-American Leadership Roundtable at the invitation of President Bush. All UVI students, faculty and staff are invited to the presentation scheduled for 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in Chase Auditorium (Business room 110) on the St. Thomas campus, with a videoconference link to the Theatre (Evans Center room 401) on the St. Croix campus. Co-sponsors of the event include the UVI Accounting Association (NABA Student Chapter) and the UVI Future Business Leaders of America (PBL Student Chapter). For more information, contact Prof. Sharon Simmons at 693-1314.
Nursing Institute to Focus on Health Disparities on Oct. 13-14
The UVI Nursing Division will hold an institute – "From Science to Service: A Roadmap for Confronting Health Disparities in the U.S. Virgin Islands" – at Marriott Frenchman's Reef on Oct. 13 and 14. Members of the medical community are invited to participate along with professional researchers and educators in the two-day institute. Registration is $35 for one day and $50 for both days. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. Topics include: cholesterol, HIV, cancer, obesity, hypertension and sexually transmitted diseases. The institute is presented by the Caribbean Export Center for Research and Education in Health Disparities and is funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. For more information call program coordinator Julia Hardwick at 693-1172.
Health Disparities Institute to Discuss Diabetes, STDs and Cancer Oct. 13-14
The Nursing Division of the University of the Virgin Islands will hold an institute titled "From Science to Service: A Roadmap for Confronting Health Disparities in the U.S. Virgin Islands" on Oct. 13 and 14 at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort. The institute will feature many national and local experts who will address issues related to diabetes, hypertension, obesity, sexually transmitted diseases and cancer — which are some of the health disparities identified in the Virgin Islands. A news release is available on the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.
Nursing Division/Caribbean Export Center Open House Set Oct. 15
The University of the Virgin Islands Nursing Division and the Caribbean Export Center for Research and Education in Health Disparities will conduct an open house for high school juniors and seniors, parents, principals, counselors and the general public on Saturday, Oct. 15. The session will be held between 9 and 11 a.m. in the Nursing Education Building on the upper section of UVI's St. Thomas campus. The Open House will include a mini health fair and a viewing of senior projects produced by nursing students. Information about the Export Center, UVI
Baccalaureate Nursing Education, the university application process and available financial aid will also be presented. Participants will learn about nursing as an evidenced-based profession and a lifetime career option engaged in research, education and service. For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Stright at 693-1293 or send e-mail to [email protected] or [email protected].
UVI Concert Band, Community Churches to Present Fall Concert on Oct. 15
The University of the Virgin Islands Concert Band will present its annual, fall semester concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Christchurch Methodist Church on Market Square in Charlotte Amalie. The concert is titled "Shine Jesus Shine – Part II." Joining the UVI Concert Band, which is under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen, will be singers from a number of the community's church choirs. Churches included are: Trinity Methodist, Memorial Moravian, Calvary Baptist, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Christchurch Methodist and Sts. Peter and Paul. Among the individuals to be featured are: Dr. Lawrence O. Benjamin, Drew Bowers, Detra Davis, Monet Davis, Malvern V. Gumbs and Dr. LeRoy V. Trotman. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased at the UVI Bookstore, UVI Humanities Office, Nora's Beauty Salon and from UVI Concert Band members. For more information, contact Prof. Venzen at 693-1192.
World Food Day/Fund Day Events Planned Oct. 16 on St. Croix Campus
UVI's St. Croix campus will conduct a family fun day in commemoration of World Food Day on Sunday, Oct. 16. Activities will include music, workshops, demonstrations, tours of UVI's research facilities, a farmers' market, a vendor's court for food, a petting zoo, children's games and the distribution of free vegetable seedlings. All schools and youth groups are invited to take part in the Kids CAN Make a Difference food drive and a House of Cans competition. Donations will go to local food banks. World Food Day is sponsored by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station and the V.I. Department of Agriculture. For more information, call Clarice Clarke at 692-4060.
Articles Sought for 2006 VI Agrifest Bulletin
Articles are being sought for inclusion in the 2006 VI Agrifest Bulletin. The booklet is produced annually for distribution at the VI Agriculture and Food Fair. The theme for next year's fair, which is scheduled for Feb. 18-20, 2006, is "Agriculture and Tourism: A Perfect Mix for 2006." The deadline for submissions is Friday, Oct. 28. Submit articles to Clarice Clarke of the UVI Cooperative Extension Service, via e-mail to [email protected].
For more about the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site: www.uvi.edu.


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