UVI Bulletin Board for October II

University of the Virgin Islands Law School

UVI to Observe World Food Day on Oct. 18 – 20 On Friday, Oct. 18, the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) begins its World Food Day observance with a “Hunger Banquet” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Hall on the University of the Virgin Islands Albert A. Sheen Campus, on St. Croix. This event is open to 4th through 9th graders, representatives from the Department of Education and other community leaders. The Hunger Banquet is made possible through the generous support of Rotary Mid-Isle. These groups will join in this unique event and experience the challenges of poverty and world hunger.
“World Food Day is a time when we assess food production, distribution and nutritional value,” said Dr. Usman Adamu, dean and director of agriculture programs. “We hope that you will join us as we all commit to do something to help end world hunger. Come out and participate in this occasion, as we promote awareness and action to feed the less fortunate people in the territory.”
The activities will continue from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 20, on the grounds of UVI. While admission is free, attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the food drive. All items received will be donated to local food banks and the people of the Bahamas who have been impacted by Hurricane Dorian.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/

UVI Students Awarded Record Number of National Title III Scholarships Four University of the Virgin Islands students were awarded the National Association of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Title III Administrators Inc. Scholarships in September. “This is the largest number of students that have won in a single competition in the history of UVI’s participation in the competition, and this speaks well of the quality of the students at the institution,” said Dayle Barry, UVI Title III coordinator.
Jovansia Matthew was awarded the $1,000 regional scholarship, while Kelvina Salters, Renell Agard and Lesley-Anne Samuels were awarded $500 each. UVI has been participating in this scholarship program as far back as 2013. Since 1968, the U.S. Education Department implemented a Title III, Part B for the purpose of strengthening HBCUs. Financial assistance is provided to these institutions in order to assist in establishing or strengthening their physical plants, financial management, academic resources and endowments.
Additionally, funds are allocated for the improvement of campus facilities, and education or financial information is designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students or the students’ families.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/

Be a Citizen Scientist and Take Part in the Great Virgin Islands Frog Count Residents of the Virgin Islands are asked to take part in the great Virgin Islands Frog Count to help the university’s researchers understand the distribution of frogs around the territory.
Frogs are important in the ecosystems because they help to eat those annoying insects that we do not want in our homes, such as mosquitoes.
The participation is simple: up until Oct. 15, people can go outside between the hours of 7-9 p.m. and get a two-minute audio recording using a mobile device.
The person’s voice recording should be emailed to vi.frogcount@gmail.com along with the coordinates of the person’s location.
For additional information, contact Renata Platenberg in the College of Science and Mathematics or send an email to Renata.platenberg@uvi.edu

VIUCEDD 15th Annual ‘Voices that Count’ Policy Forum to be Held on Nov. 5 and 7 The University of the Virgin Islands Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) presents the 15th annual ‘Voices that Count’ Policy Forum. The community-at-large (advocates, caregivers, family members, private businesses and organizations) is invited to join the conversation about accessibility needs for persons with disabilities.
This year’s theme, “Accessibility is a Civil Right,” emphasizes the impact of accessibility or lack thereof has on one’s life. Accessibility is not just about physical spaces, but it includes other aspects of life such as communication. Together, participants will hear personal testimonies and explore the importance of access to the lives of persons with disabilities.
The forum will feature presentations and panel discussions that will demonstrate the importance of policies that are inclusive of persons with disabilities and how they can improve the “ability” to “access” services and spaces needed to have a quality life.
The presenters will include:
· Jeiri Flores – Disability Rights Activist from Rochester, N.Y.
· Nina Garcia – Library Technician II, Self-Advocate from the Virgin Islands
· Panel Discussion from key stakeholders for accessibility policies
On St. Croix
Tuesday, Nov. 5, – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University of the Virgin Islands Albert A. Sheen Campus, Great Hall
On St. Thomas
Thursday, Nov. 7, – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Windward Passage Hotel – Caribbean Conference Rooms A and B
To register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/viucedd-11380188567
For more information, call 693-1406 on St. Thomas or 692-4265 on St. Croix.

Coastweeks Continues with Cleanups Until the End of October It is not too late to join #teamocean and participate in a Coastweek’s cleanup!
The University’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies invites the community to take part in one of the largest international efforts to help keep the seas free of trash.
No registration is required; simply show up and cleanup.
All cleanup supplies are provided; however, volunteers should walk with a reusable water bottle as volunteers aim to reduce the amount of trash created during the cleanup.
The upcoming cleanup on St. Thomas will be held on Oct. 19 at Lindbergh Bay.
For more information, contact Howard Forbes by calling 693-1672 or emailing howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu.