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UVI Offers Thanks to Alumni Donors, Volunteers Who Joined 2008 Phonathon
UVI has expressed it thanks to all volunteers who participated in and to the alumni who pledged their support to the University during the recent 2008 Alumni Phonathon. Annually, UVI seeks financial support from the community, businesses and alumni to improve campus life and enhance the overall experience of our students.
The University also apologized to any alumni who were missed during the phonathon. They are asked to use this handy one-step form : www.formdesk.com/uvi/alumni. to update their current information.
A collage of photos taken at the phonathon 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.

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.
Volunteers Sought for Brewer's Bay Coastweeks Cleanup on Sept. 20
A Coastweeks Clean-up at UVI's Brewer’s Bay Beach and adjacent Perseverance Bay is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 20. Participants should meet at Brewer's Bay at 8 a.m. They are advised to wear a comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water, sunscreen, swimwear and snorkel gear. Organizers will provide garbage bags, data cards and pencils.
For more information call Lihla Noori at the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service at 693-1392, send email to lnoori@uvi.edu or stop by room 210 at the MacLean Marine Science Center .

UVI Receives $300,000 Grant to Strengthen Science, Math Education
The University of the Virgin Islands has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen kindergarten through 12th grade science and mathematics education in the territory. The two-year Math Science Partnership – Start (MSP-Start) planning grant is a partnership between UVI, the VI Department of Education (VIDE) and the VI Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR). Other community stakeholders, including teachers, school administrators, teacher training faculty and scientists will work together to better understand what Virgin Islands students need during their K-12 education to enable them to perform better in higher education and in the workforce. The grant award goes into effect on Oct. 1.
A news release is available on the UVI web site — www.uvi.edu.
St. Croix UVI Bookstore to Close for Inventory Sept. 24 – 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 Bookstore on St. Thomas to Close for Inventory Sept. 24-30
The St. Thomas campus Bookstore will be closed for Inventory from Sept. 24 through 30. The Bookstore will process mail-in interdepartmental requisitions up until Sept. 19 and walk-in requisitions up until Sept. 22. Students who are still waiting to purchase textbooks need to do so before the close or wait until the Bookstore resumes regular business. The Bookstore will re-open for regular business on October 1.
St. Thomas Campus Spirit Committee Plans Bake Sale Sept. 17
The Spirit Committee on UVI’s St. Thomas campus will hold a bake sale on Wednesday, Sept. 17. Cheese cake, Vienna cake and chocolate cake are some of the delicacies that will be on sale. Yellow cake and banana bread will also be available, along with water and juices. The bake sale begins at 11 a.m. in front of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Satisfy your sweet tooth and support the Spirit Committee by purchasing these delights. To donate an item for the bake sale, or for more information, call 693-1056.

Study Opportunity at SUNY New Paltz Available to UVI Students
UVI students interested in spending a semester of study in an exchange program at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz are invited to visit the UVI Student Life Services web page (click the Student Life link on the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.) for details. The program allows UVI students to attend New Paltz while paying the UVI tuition rate. Other fees – room, board, etc. – are paid at regular New Paltz rates.
For information on other study abroad opportunities contact UVI's Office of Global and Graduate Education at 693-1203.
UVI St. Thomas-St. John Alumni Set Monthly Meeting for Sept. 29
The UVI Alumni Association St. Thomas-St. John Chapter will hold its next regular monthly meeting at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 29, at the Roy L. Schneider Hospital , second floor conference room. UVI alumni and friends are invited to the monthly meetings.
UVI’s 'Dr. Z' Featured on Government TV Program
On the government access television – channel 6 on St Croix and channel 10 on St Thomas – the VI Department of Agriculture is broadcasting a show name “Fresh from the Farm” featuring UVI's very own Dr. Thomas Zimmerman. On the show, “Dr. Z” discusses papaya sex, production, varieties, diseases, irrigation and more. He summarizes 15 years of work on papaya done at UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station toward the development of early-bearing, virus-tolerant papaya plants with sweet fruit. The broadcasts are shown randomly throughout the day and evening. For details, contact Dr. Zimmerman at 692-4074.
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.
For more about the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site: www.uvi.edu.

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