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Voices that Count Conferences
Planned for Individuals with Disabilities in the V.I.

Individuals with disabilities and their families are invited to self-advocacy "Voices That Count" conferences scheduled Sept. 29 and 30 on St. Croix and on Oct. 2 and 3 on St. Thomas.
The conferences, sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), will focus on bringing together individuals with disabilities, service providers, advocates and local legislators to work for local improvements in five major areas. These include health and mental health, employment, education, accessibility to housing and transportation, and civil rights. Speakers will focus on current and emerging legal issues in the field of disabilities rights on the national level as well as the status of disabilities rights in the Virgin Islands.
On St. Croix the conferences will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30. They will be held in the Great Hall of the Northwest Wing Annex on UVI's St. Croix campus. On St. Thomas the conferences will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 3. They will be held in the Administration and Conference Center building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
There is no fee for conference participants, but space is limited on both islands. Transportation will be provided to qualifying individuals with disabilities. For details on St. Croix, call Gerri Hanna at 692-1919. On St. Thomas, call Shammi Carr at 693-1319.
Orientation for New Reichhold Volunteers
Set Sept. 13; Additional Volunteers Welcome

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will conduct a new volunteer orientation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 in the Reichhold lobby. All new volunteers must attend. New student volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Individuals who have not yet submitted an interest form are welcomed. Volunteers from all walks of life who are interested in the arts are being sought. For more information please contact Tracie Wells at 693-1553 or at twells@uvi.edu.

Organizations Sought to Join Coastweeks Effort in V.I.
Virgin Islands organizations interested in participating in the 2008 International Coastal Cleanup – known as Coastweeks – are being sought. Local Coastweeks cleanup activities are scheduled from Sept. 20 through Oct. 11. Cleanups are being planned throughout the territory. Coastweeks is supported by UVI's Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), the Coastal Zone Management Program, the Friends of the V.I. National Park and the V.I. Waste Management Authority. To find out how your organization can participate call one of the following:

• St. Croix – Marcia Taylor of UVI's VIMAS at 692-4046
• St. Thomas – Lihla Noori of UVI's VIMAS at 693-1392
• St. John – Kristen Maize of Friends of the Park at 779-4940.

St. Croix UVI Bookstore to Close for Inventory Sept. 24 through 30
UVI's Bookstore on the St. Croix campus will be closed from Sept. 24 through Sept. 30 for inventory. The Bookstore has also announced that its cutoff date for accepting interdepartmental requisitions is Sept. 12. For more information call Merritt Crowder at 692-3160.

UVI Today … Photo Blog Features Look at Alumni Phone-A-Thon
A collage of photos taken at the recent Alumni Phone-A-Thon has been posted on the UVI Today… photo blog. UVI Today… can be accessed from a button on the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu – or from this http://www.uvitoday.blogspot.com/.

Banner Employee Self Service Training Available
UVI employees can now access real time information about their benefits, payroll and job using the Employee Self Service module of UVI's Banner records database via any Internet connection. It also provides employees a way to ensure that their individual information is correct and up-to-date. This is also important because the automatic printing and distribution of pay stubs is scheduled to end. Training on how to use Banner Employee Self Service will be offered in September. (See schedule below.) Basic internet navigation skills are necessary for participants.
• St. Croix — Sept. 18: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
• St. Croix — Sept. 19: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
• St. Thomas — Sept. 11: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
• St. Thomas — Sept 12, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
The training schedule is subject to change. If it is necessary to cancel a class, registrants will receive a minimum of 24 hours notice. To register, go to www.formdesk.com/UVI/banner.
A Banner Employee Self Service training video is also available to individuals on the UVI network at X:DropboxTraining Videos. Double-click the video clip Banner Employee Self Service to start the video. For details, send email to Ayesha K. Williams at awillia3@uvi.edu or call 693-1479.

September Student Activities on UVI’s St. Thomas Campus
For details on these and other activities on the St. Thomas campus, call the Student Activities Office at 693-1111.

Sept. 6 – New Student Initiation – 8 to 12 p.m. at Paradise Gate (in Havensight). 9:30 p.m. – Initiation ceremony. The evening includes swimming, beach volleyball, a game room, gym, food and music. Transportation leaves campus at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 – General Meeting for Prospective 2009 Graduates – 6 p.m. Chase Auditorium (B-110)
• Agenda?I. – Updates/Notes from enrollment management?II. – Presentation by Career counselor?III. – Election of officers?Refreshments will be provided.
Sept. 11 – Student Government Association Debate – noon to 2 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion
Sept. 11 – Graduate Students Meeting – 8:15 p.m. in Teacher Education 212
• Agenda?I. – Updates/Notes on available Graduate Student Services?II. – Presentation by Executive Director of Global and Graduate Education?III. – Election of Student Representative to UVI Graduate Council (Policy group that makes decisions affecting all graduate programs)?IV. – Election of officers (Graduate Student Association)?V. – Review and approval of Constitution for GSA.
Sept. 12 – Deadline for Student Organizations to register with Student Activities.

Free Movie Offered Sept. 7 on St. Croix
to Mark International Year of the Reef on St. Croix

In celebration of the observance of the International Year of the Reef (IYOR) 2008, the UVI Marine Advisory Service will host the 5th Free Family IYOR Movie Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7. The film to be featured is "The Deep" – part of the Blue Planet series. It will be shown in the UVI Theatre in the Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. The film is appropriate for audiences of all ages. Free popcorn will be available. For details, contact Emily Tyner at 692-4144.

St. Croix Campus Slates First Festival Committee
Meeting for Sept. 8

The first meeting of UVI's St. Croix campus Festival Committee for 2008-2009 is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, in room 103 of the North West Wing Annex. All members of the UVI community are invited to participate. The adult's parade of the Crucian Festival is scheduled for Jan. 3. The meeting agenda includes selection and/or approval of a UVI Theme and some remaining committee assignments. For details, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228 or Nereida Washington at 692-4161
For more about the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site: www.uvi.edu.

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