UVI’s 2009 Alumni Phonathon Begins This Evening
UVI’s annual Alumni Phonathon begins today, Aug. 24, with students, administrators, staff, alumni and volunteers placing telephone calls to many of the more than 6,000 UVI alumni in the territory and abroad, updating their contact information and asking them to pledge their financial support to their alma mater. Calls will be made between 6 and 9 p.m. from Tuesday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Aug. 27. Volunteers will be working from the Eastern Caribbean Center building on the St. Thomas campus. UVI Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs Linda I. Smith said the university’s alumni giving goal this year is to raise $25,000. A news release is available from the UVI Web site – www.uvi.edu
– and from this direct link.
Free Workshops on Weight Management Set on St. Thomas
Two four-day workshops on weight management will be offered free by UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service on St. Thomas, the first beginning on Aug. 26 and the second on Sept. 1. The workshops, led by Extension Program Supervisor Dr. Caryl Johnson, will cover topics such as food pyramid and portion size, energy balance and exercise, and behavior modification and menu planning.
The first series will be held from noon to 1 p.m., on Wednesdays, Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, 9 and 16, in the Sun Room of the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital.
The second series will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 22, at UVI’s Small Business Development Center’s Training Facility at Nisky Center.
The workshops are organized by the Cooperative Extension Services’ 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at 693-1082 or Blanche Mills at 693-1072.
Student Leadership Training Set for September 1 on St. Croix Campus
Student leaders on UVI’s St. Croix campus are invited to participate in a leadership training workshop titled “The ABC’s of Parliamentary Procedures” from 12:30-1:45 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 1, in North West Wing, room 103. Gwendolyn Hall Brady, the legislative director in the office of Senator Usie Richards, will be the presenter. The workshop is being offered in conjunction with the St. Croix campus Student Government Association. Those wishing to participate should register by Thursday, Aug. 27, with Hedda Finch-Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 692-4228.
Clubs and Organizations Awareness Day Set for September 10 on St. Croix Campus
A Clubs and Organizations Awareness Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, by the Student Activities Office on UVI’s St. Croix campus. Clubs and organizations that wish to participate should register by Friday, Sept. 4. For more information, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at email@example.com or 692-4228.
Humanities Lunch Hour Film Festival Offers Playing for Change on August 27
The first offering of an occasional "Lunch Hour Humanities Film Festival" is scheduled for noon, on Thursday, Aug. 27, in Humanities room 200, on the St. Thomas campus. The film, “Playing for Change/Songs Around the World,” will be shown. It consists of five musical numbers and an introduction to the Playing for Change Foundation.
Public Broadcasting Service host Bill Moyers called the film a remarkable example of "the simple yet transformative power of music ... to touch something in each of us." Variety acknowledged it as "a great showcase for just what incredible, thoroughly accessible popular music is being made worldwide." Utilizing innovative mobile audio/video techniques, Playing for Change records musicians outdoors in cities and townships worldwide.
For more information, contact the Humanities Office at 693-1340.
UVI Family and Friends Pre-Labor Day Picnic Set for August 30 on St. Croix
UVI will host a pre-Labor Day beach picnic for UVI family and friends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Frederiksted Beach on Sunday, Aug. 30. For more information, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Begins September 19 at Brewers Beach
Members of the Virgin Islands public are encouraged to participate in the 24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup that begins in September. Organized globally by the Ocean Conservancy, the USVI Coastweeks effort is coordinated locally by UVI, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources’ Coastal Zone Management Division, Friends of the V.I. National Park and the V.I. Waste Management Authority.
Cleanups of beaches and watershed areas are being planned throughout the territory, with the effort beginning on Sept. 19, at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI’s St. Thomas campus. Clean-ups will be held at numerous other locations on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John during the remainder of September and into October. Details are available from a news release on the UVI Web site – www.uvi.edu
Researchers to Spotlight Virgin Islands Health Disparities at October Institute
Researchers from across the nation will visit the Virgin Islands this fall to share their insights on issues related to health disparities at the Second Annual Health Disparities Institute sponsored by the Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands. "Bridging Science, Practice and Culture to Improve Health in the U.S. Virgin Islands" is the theme for the institute, which is slated for Oct.15 and 16, at The Westin St. John Resort and Villas.
“The institute will provide important health information to the entire Virgin Islands community,” said Dr. Gloria Callwood, director of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, which is operated by UVI’s Division of Nursing Education. “We’re expecting at least 175 persons to participate, including both local and national presenters,” Dr. Callwood said. “We invite all persons who are concerned about their health and the health of our community to join us at this important event.”
A news release is available from the UVI Web site – www.uvi.edu
. Other links: Institute Details | Institute Brochure | Registration Form | CERC Web site http://cercuvi.com.