September 26, 2006, vol xii, number 9
Bucs Lose First Few Games, Optimistic for Future
The highly anticipated UVI Buc-
caneers volleyball season home opener
ended in disappointment on Sept. 15 as
both the women's and men's teams lost
all matches to Polytecnica University.
Still, the potential for athletics at UVI
seems exceedingly high.
In June, the University of the Vir-
gin Islands joined Puerto Rico's Inter-
collegiate Athletic League (LAI). The
largest and most prestigious Puerto
Rico intercollegiate sports league, it has
20 member-schools, including four
which are provisional NCAA Division
II programs. Along with volleyball, UVI
will participate in beach volleyball, bas-
ketball, track and field, tennis and cross-
Devon Luis, right, deliver
season opener home ga
Sports and Fitness Cen
While the Lady Bucs struggled through all sets during the
first home game, the men's team started to fight back during
the second set of their play. The moderate sized crowd came
alive as Devon Luis and Brandon Varlack took charge for the
Buccaneers. The scores came close, but UVI was unable to
take a lead and the men's team also lost the three sets. The
Lady Bucs again sputtered the following night, losing to a
Taxi, Tour Certification Offered
The tourism industry has a new partner in the University
of the Virgin Islands. The UVI Community Engagement and
Lifelong Learning Center is offering a certification program
designed to enhance visitors' experiences and ensure repeat
business. The program will focus on Virgin Islands history,
culture and points of interest. It is offered in five modules -
customer service, history and culture, points of interest, pre-
sentation skills and the certification exam. Each module is
two hours long.
Tour guides, tour bus drivers, hotel concierges, flight pro-
fessionals, restaurant workers and taxi drivers are some of
the professionals who can benefit from certification. The pro-
gram will be offered on St. Thomas from 6-8 p.m. on Thurs-
days from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16. For more information call Debra
Stevens at the UVI-CELL at 693-1108.
more powerful Metropolitan University.
"It's going to be a rough and long
season with my girls," Lady Bucs Head
Coach Curtis Gilpin said on a radio talk
I Bf show following his team's two losses.
Gilpin explained that his team is made
up mostly of freshman and sophomore
players, who right now may not have
much experience, but will be a force to
-_ reckon with in a few years.
"These girls will win some games ...
Sit's just that they didn't win this week-
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rs a shot during UVI's
me on Sept. 15 at the teams continued LAI play on Sept. 22
rme on Sept. 15 at the
ter on the St. Thomas and 23 as they took on the University
of Puerto Rico (UPR)-Rio Piedras,
UPR-Cayey and Sacred Heart Univer-
sity. The Lady Bucs lost all sets and now stand 0-5, while the
men's team stands 0-4 after losing all sets also.
Things heat up again forthe next home contest scheduled
for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, at UVI's Sports and Fitness
Center when the Buccaneers will take on UPR-Carolina. The
complete volleyball schedule is available on the UVI website
www.uvi.edu in the "Latest Links" drop down menu.
Sept. 26 Golden Key Info. Session STX
Sept. 26 Tree Pruning Workshop STJ
Sept. 27 Ancient Medicine Lecture STX
Sept. 28 September Fest STT
Sept. 28 Voter Registration STT
Sept. 28 Business After Hours STT
Sept. 30 LAI Volleyball Match STT
Sept. 30 P.R. Symphony Orchestra STT
Sept. 30 Stress Release Party STX
Oct. 1 Tree Pruning Workshop STT
Oct. 5 Student Exchange Session STT
Oct. 5-6 Health Disparities Institute STT
Oct. 9-13 Alumni Phonathon STX/STT
Oct. 14 Kids Circus STT
Five Years Later...
Sept 11 Remembered
UVI President Dr LaVerne E. Ragster leads a group of UVI
students and employees in reflection at a memorial to com-
memorate the September llth terrorist attacks of 2001. The
memorial was held in front of the commemorative lignum vi-
tae tree on UVI's St. Thomas campus. A memorial was also
held on the St. Croix campus.
Health Institute to Examine Health Care Gaps in the V.I.
The Nursing Division of the University of the Virgin Is-
lands will examine the role the Virgin Islands' diverse culture
plays in health disparities at an institute titled "Cultural Diver-
sity and Health Disparities in the U.S. Virgin Islands: Chal-
lenges for the Health Care System." The two-day institute
will be held on Oct. 5 and 6 at the Palms Court Harborview
Hotel on St. Thomas.
Health disparities refer to the inequality of health care
across racial and ethnic groups. The goals of the institute are
to: identify the impact of demographic changes and culture
diversification of the U.S. Virgin Islands population on territo-
rial health care needs and outcomes; review the territorial
health care system before and after 1960 population changes;
and analyze variables that may assist policy makers and pro-
gram specialists in designing interventions to address territo-
rial health disparities that impact all U.S. Virgin Islands popu-
"Health disparities are not just about the disease, they are
also about prevention, timely diagnosis and access," said UVI
Nursing Division Chairwoman Dr. Gloria Callwood. "We're
focusing not on disease entities, but on the health system and
how that has impacted the people of the Virgin Islands." It
involves issues about appropriate and culturally sensitive care,
she added. "We have not systematically looked at this. This is
the time to look at as many variables as possible that deter-
mine health outcomes."
The registration fee for the two-day institute includes all
materials, lunches and breaks. A late registration fee of $30
will be accepted until Sept. 29 or until the limited number of
seats are filled.
This will be the second annual institute sponsored by the
UVI Caribbean Export Center for Research and Education in
Health Disparities. The Center was established with a portion
of a three-year, $1.1 million grant UVI received from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) in September 2004. The
grant funds came from the NIH's National Center on Minor-
ity Health and Health Disparities.
To register, or for more information, contact Export Cen-
ter Program Coordinator Julia Hardwick at 693-1172 or send
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