Oct. 24, 2003 — The University of the Virgin Islands Bulletin Board issued Oct. 23 has these announcements:
Four-week Countdown to Paradise Jam
UVI's athletic director Peter Sauer and assistant athletic director Curtis Gilpin are scheduled to speak at several engagements about the upcoming Paradise Jam basketball tournament. The two will speak at the following:
— 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28 at the Rotary Club West meeting at Emerald Beach Hotel
— 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II meeting at Frenchman's Reef Resort.
Premiere of "Me & Mrs. Jones" Extended with Oct. 25 Showing
The Caribbean premiere of the independent film "Me & Mrs. Jones" opened to a sold-out house on Oct. 19. As a result, a second showing has been scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts is using the premiere to celebrate its 25th anniversary. The film was directed, produced and co-written by Virgin Islands native son Edward LaBorde Jr.
Tickets are $8 and are available at the Reichhold Center box office. Full-time UVI students (valid UVI identification required) are being offered a limited number of $5 tickets. For details and for ticket information, call the Reichhold box office at 693-1559.
Conferences to Focus on Disability-Accessibility Issues in Virgin Islands
Issues of disability and accessibility in the Virgin Islands will be the focus of conferences scheduled on St. Thomas on Oct. 28 and St. Croix on Oct. 29. Organized by UVI's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), the conference is inviting participation by all individuals with disabilities, their families, advocates and any interested persons.
Areas to be discussed include education, employment, health and mental health, and transportation. The keynote speaker will be Andrea Haenlin-Mott, project director, Northeast ADA & IT Center at Cornell University, which provides training, technical assistance and materials on the Americans with Disabilities Act and Accessible Information Technology throughout New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The conferences, which are free, will include breakfast and lunch for all participants. In addition to subject presentations, participants will be offered access to voters' registration and registration for both Vitran Plus and Dial-A-Ride transportation. To register as a V.I. voter, individuals need proper identification: birth certificates, U.S. Passports, Social Security cards, baptismal certificates or naturalization certificates.
The St. Thomas session will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Windward Passage Hotel. On St. Croix, the session will begin at 9 a.m. at Gertrude's Restaurant in Castle Coakley.
For details call Wilbert Francis on St. Thomas at 693-1189 or Wanda Evans on St. Croix at 692-1919.
UVI Freshman on St. Thomas to Meet
The Freshman Center has scheduled a general meeting for freshman students on the St. Thomas campus to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center, Room 222. Please encourage freshman students to attend.
SBDC to Conduct Professional Development Seminar
The UVI Small Business Development Center will conduct a small business seminar entitled "Professional Development: It Is More Than Just Who You Know" from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the UVI-Small Business Development Center training facility, 2nd Floor, East Wing, Nisky Center, Suite 720, St. Thomas.
The presenters are Karen L. Blyden, Verna Rivers, Utha Williams and Lisa H. Wynne. Admission to the seminar is $20. There is a 50 percent discount for pre-registering. Admission for UVI faculty, staff and students is free, although they must pre-register.
Topics will include: resume basics, benefits of a chronological vs. a functional resume, interviewing basics, how to interview when you know the interviewers, professional etiquette and protocol, what every polished professional should know, attitude and self-confidence, what you know is important.
Attend this seminar and take notes because you will find out what you need to know, when "who you know" just is not enough. For more information call the SBDC at 776-3206.
Door Decoration Contest, Debate Included in Red Ribbon Week
UVI's St. Thomas Campus will join communities nationwide to celebrate National Red Ribbon Week from Oct. 27 to Nov. 2. This year's theme is "Drug Free Is The Way To Be For Making The Promise For 2003." The week commemorates the murder of a Drug Enforcement Agency officer in Mexico in 1985.
A variety of activities – a pledge day, a wear red day, a decoration day, a debate and more – are planned.
Individuals interested in this year's "Office Door Decoration" contest should contact Zaida Castro no later than Friday, Oct. 24. Door decorations should reflect the week's theme. Judging is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28. Participation is restricted to one office door per division or department.
Members of the UVI community as well as the general public are encouraged to attend the debate/ forum planned for Oct. 30. The debate topic will be "Be it Resolved that Legalizing Marijuana Would Negatively Impact Our Youth." The session is scheduled for 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. at Chase Auditorium (Business Education Room 110).
For details contact the Office of the Associate Chancellor at 693-1120 or see the complete schedule in a separate article on Red Ribbon Week in this section of the Source.
Oct. 30 Deadline Set for Children's Literacy Conference Writing Contest
Students in Grades 1 through 3 on St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island are invited to enter a writing contest being held in conjunction with the second annual Early Childhood Children's Literature and Literacy Conference scheduled for Nov. 9. The conference is sponsored by V.I. Kids Count.
Oct. 30 is the deadline for writing contest submissions.
"Who is Anansi's Wife?" is the contest theme. Anansi, the trickster spider from Caribbean folklore, is well known, but little is known about his wife Aso. Stories must focus on Anansi's wife, who she really is and what she is like. Parental assistance or teacher involvement is encouraged; however, the ideas, language and story content must be the child's. For details contact Dr. Patricia Harkins-Pierre via telephone at 693-1357 or e-mail.
Activities – St. Thomas Campus
— Oct. 30 – Counseling and Placement Development Workshop – 1 – 2 p.m., in Teacher Education 211. Topic – So You Want to go to Graduate School: 9 Steps to Follow. There is no charge for the workshop. For details contact Verna Rivers at 693-1087.
Sports and Fitness Center to Suspend Arena Activities to Allow Floor Repairs
The UVI athletics department has announced that it will suspend all activities in the Sports and Fitness Center arena from Oct. 20 through Nov. 19 while repairs are made to the portable wooden basketball floor. The work — including sanding, resurfacing and painting — will be completed in time for Paradise Jam Tournament 2003, which opens Nov. 21. Repairs are being made as part of a grant from the U.S. Interior Department.
During the repair period the arena, as well as the second level mezzanine, will be unavailable for any functions. Physical education classes will relocate to the outside courts next to the Recreation Center through Nov. 26. Second-floor classrooms, the bookstore and other offices in the building will remain open. The department regrets any inconveniences. For details call 693-1199.
English Proficiency Examinations Set Nov. 13 on St. Thomas, St. Croix
UVI will conduct English Proficiency Examinations (EPE) on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses on Thursday, Nov. 13. The EPE is a graduation requirement for all undergraduate UVI students. The exam application deadline is Friday, Nov. 7. Walk-ins are not accepted.To register on the St. Thomas campus, visit the enrollment management office, located on the second floor of the Classroom/Administration (CA) building. For details call 693-1152.
To register on the St. Croix campus, visit the academic services office located in Evans Center Room 811. Workshops to prepare students to take the EPE are planned on Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 on St. Croix. For details call 692-4103.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site at www.uvi.edu.
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