Sept. 20, 2002 — The University of the Virgin Islands Bulletin Board issued Sept. 19 includes:
UVI's St. Croix Campus Invites All to a Caribbean Luau
The public is invited to a Caribbean Luau on the UVI St. Croix campus from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22.
A pig roast, hula dancing, leis for all and a wide variety of musical entertainment are planned. The luau and other events and activities will be held at the Student Center building. Admission is free. Food and drink will be on sale. For more information call David Capriola at 692-4196.
Among the artists providing music will be Valrica Bryson, Voices in Harmony, Ayinde Popo, Ronnie Russell, the V.I. Arts Ensemble, Jeanette Cochran, Big Band and Caribbean Fusion Band.
Additional Scholarships Offered for 2002-2003 Academic Year
The UVI Scholarship Committee has announced the availability of additional scholarships for UVI students for the 2002-2003 academic year. The deadline to file applications for the scholarships is Oct. 1, 2002.
Applications are available at the UVI Financial Aid, Academic Division and Student Activities offices on both campuses.
To be eligible, individuals must be full-time, matriculated UVI students in good academic standing (with a GPA of 2.5 or better) and demonstrate financial need. Those selected must provide a UVI transcript. Current scholarship recipients are ineligible to apply. Past applicants who were not selected are strongly encouraged to re-apply.
"Full Moon Vibrations" to feature "Capoeira" Demonstration
The St. Thomas campus Student Government Association's African Heritage Committee will host its second "Full Moon Vibrations" event at 9 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 21, on the golf course of the St. Thomas campus. A special presentation of "Capoeira," a form of African Brazilian dance and martial arts, is planned. For more information contact Junie Violenes at 693-1111.
UVI Volleyball Squads to Begin League Action
UVI's men's and women's volleyball Buccaneers begin 2002 "ODI" League play in
Puerto Rico this weekend with matches on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the female Bucs take on East University at 6:30 p.m. The male Bucs follow with a match against East University at 8 p.m. On Saturday, the squads travel to Carolina, where the women and men take on University of Puerto Rico-Carolina in matches slated for 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., respectively.
Fall Research Symposium at Sports and Fitness Center Saturday
The university community and the V.I. public are invited to the second annual Fall Research Symposium sponsored by the UVI Division of Science and Mathematics. The symposium runs from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Oral and poster presentations by students who participated in summer and other research programs will be presented. For details call Dr. Camille McKayle at 693-1329.
Voter Registration Set Sept. 26 on UVI's St. Thomas Campus
Voter registration will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, on UVI's St. Thomas campus at the Cafeteria porch. V.I. residents who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to register.
All are asked to bring proof of citizenship: birth certificates, naturalization papers, etc. Demonstrations of voting machine use will be offered and information on the candidates will be available.
Self-Advocacy Conferences for Disabled Set on St. Croix, St. Thomas
Conferences designed to promote self-advocacy among the territory's disabled residents and those who work with and care for them have been planned by a coalition of Virgin Islands organizations.
The first annual "Speak About Issues Voices That Count" conference, organized by UVI's V.I. University Center for the Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), will be held Sept. 24 and 25 on St. Croix and Oct. 1 and 2 on St. Thomas.
The sessions are free. On St. Croix they will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Territorial Court building at Kingshill. The St. Thomas sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Windward Passage Hotel.
In addition to VIUCEDD, conference-sponsoring organizations include: V.I. Family Information Network on Disabilities (V.I. FIND), Work Able, Lutheran Social Services office, Developmental Disabilities Council of the Human Services Department, the V.I. Association for Independent Living, the V.I. Rehabilitation Council, the V.I. Education Department's Office of Special Education, and V.I. Advocacy.
For details or to reserve space, contact the VIUCEDD St. Croix office at 692-1919 by Sept. 18. On St. Thomas, contact Wilbert Francis at 693-1189 by Sept. 23.
SBDC Offers Seminar on E-Commerce Basics
"E-Commerce Basics: Doing Business on the Net" is the title of a seminar planned by UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center. Topics to be covered include: Internet Basics, Internet Business Strategies, Internet Marketing, and Survival Tips and Strategies.
Cost of the seminar is $20 per person. Registration will be conducted from 6 to 6:30 p.m. on the evening of the seminar. Individuals who pre-register receive a $5 discount. The seminar is free for UVI students, faculty and staff. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact the SBDC at Nisky Center, Suite 720. Phone 776-3206or Fax: 775-3756.
"For Better, For Worse" Set for Sept. 28 and 29 on St. Croix
UVI's Reichhold Caribbean Repertory Company will present its hit comedy, "For Better, For Worse" on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, on St. Croix at the Educational Complex.
Shows originally slated for Sept. 7 and 8 were postponed due to casting changes. "We lost three of the original cast members for various reasons," said David Edgecombe, the play's author and director of the Reichhold Center for the Arts. "And I want to make sure the St. Croix run of the play will be every bit as good as it was on St. Thomas," Edgecombe said.
The play enjoyed an extended run earlier this summer on St. Thomas, where it drew rave reviews. Its presentation on St. Croix will give the university's theater enthusiasts a chance to strengthen ties between the two campuses, according to Edgecombe. "We are looking forward to meeting with UVI students who are in the process of starting a theatre company on the St. Croix campus," he said.
Tickets purchased for the Sept. 7 and 8 shows will be honored for the rescheduled performances. Individuals seeking refunds are asked to contact the Reichhold Center Box Office at 693-1559.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students. They are now on sale at the UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix Campus, at Sam Goody's in Sunny Isle Shopping Center and at John E's Gallery in Christiansted. For more information contact Reichhold Marketing Manager Dionne Carty Jackson at 693-1559.
SBDC Seminar on "Managing Your Credit" Set October 9
UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and First Bank Virgin Islands, in conjunction with the New Image Foundation Corporation Policy Board, are offering the second in a series of quarterly financial seminars entitled "Dollars and Sense." The goal is to reach all sectors of the community to educate individuals on the importance of managing personal finances and planning for the future.
The second seminar, "Managing Your Credit." will be held Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SBDC Training Facility at the Nisky Center (Suite 720). First Bank community development officer Karen Sprauve will present the seminar. The fee is $5. For more information and to register, contact the New Image Foundation Corporation at 777-8883.
SGA to Celebrate Diversity with Sharing of Cultural Foods< br>The Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Activities Office on UVI's St. Thomas Campus will launch a "Celebrate Diversity and Our Common Heritage" program with "A Taste of Friendship" on Monday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Faculty, staff and students are invited to contribute a cultural food dish and/or participate in a table presentation. To sign up, contact the Student Activities Office at 693-1111.
Work-Able, Inc., Seeking Mentors-Mentees at UVI
UVI offices and students are invited to participate in National Disability
Mentoring Day, which will be celebrated on Oct. 16. In the Virgin Islands, Mentoring Day is being coordinated by Work-Able, a nonprofit organization that has been providing free employment services and job training to the disabled since 1989 on St. Thomas and since 1997 on St. Croix.
Mentors and mentees are being recruited to take part in activities such as job shadowing and field trips. Disabled individuals age 16 and over are invited to join the effort. This initiative also targets UVI students with disabilities who may be interested in participating. Public and private businesses interested in providing financial sponsorship are also being sought.
UVI's Small Business Development Center, which is also helping to promote the day, will host five disabled students at its St. Thomas office.
To become involved in the effort, contact Work-Able at 774-5899 on St. Thomas and at 778-6862 on St. Croix.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the website at www.uvi.edu.
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