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Bulletin Board for December 10, 2008

UVI Fall Semester Concludes Today

The 2008 Fall Semester final exams conclude today (Thursday, Dec. 11.)

Spring Semester 2009 Registration Information Posted

Information on registration dates and procedures for the Spring Semester 2009, which will run from Jan. 12 through May 9, is now available on the BUCSS page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Spring 2009 Orientation Schedule for St. Thomas Campus Posted

The schedule for the Spring Semester 2009 orientation for new and transfer students has been posted on the Admissions page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and is available at this direct link.

2008 Holiday Recess Schedule

UVI's Human Resources Department has announced the 2008 Holiday Recess as approved by President LaVerne E. Ragster. The recess is as follows: All offices will be closed for holiday recess beginning Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, through Friday, January 2, 2009. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. In observance of Three King's Day, all offices will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.

December 15 Deadline Set to Pickup UVI Air Tickets

The UVI Purchasing office advises the University Community that the last day to pick up inter-island tickets (Seaplane and Capeair) prior to the holiday break will be Monday Dec. 15, 2008. Tickets are to be requested at least one day in advance of pick up. Please contact the Purchasing Office at 693-1480 with questions.

UVI's Campus Trees Being Surveyed; Database for Planning Being Developed

Four members of the Biotechnology and Agroforestry Program staff of UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station are conducting a survey of trees on the University's campuses. The project, made possible by a grant from the V.I. Department of Agriculture's Urban and Community Forestry Program, is visiting the St. Thomas campus through Dec. 12. (A survey on the St. Croix campus has already been done.)

The project's purpose is to determine the tree resources the University has on both campuses and to assess the health condition of individual trees. All trees are being marked with GPS units and entered into a spatial geodatabase. Several students and staff on both campuses were trained and certified in the use of ArcGIS software as part of the project. When completed, users will be able to query the database and answer questions such as: Which tree species tend to be healthiest?; Where are the potentially hazardous trees?; What percentage of campus trees are native species?; and Which species tend to sustain the most hurricane and termite damage?

It is hoped that having the geodatabase will help UVI plant the right species of the right size in the right place. The goal is to have a future of healthy, beautiful campus trees. Plans are to make the database open-source or accessible to everyone through the Internet. Individuals with questions about the project, or who want to see the Trimble GPS units being used for data collection, should contact Brian Daley at 692-4078 or Carlos Robles at 693-1083.

Conference to Address Down Syndrome in the Virgin Islands

UVI's Center for Excellence in Disabilities will host a Down Syndrome Conference for the Virgin Islands from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13 at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus. The Conference is sponsored by the St. Croix Foundation, the Buccaneer Resort and Gertrude's Restaurant, and is made possible by Rebecca Russell, a member of the parent support group of children with special needs and the parent of Melchiah.

The Conference is designed to provide the parents of children with Down syndrome and offers individual consultations with the speakers to develop action plans for their children. A team of experts, including Dr. Jeannie Visootasak of Emory University, Pat Olney, a certified genetic counselor, and educator Lillie Huddleston will focus on medical and educational issues, parent/teacher collaboration, genetics, therapies, social skills training and creating resources within the community. Dr. ChenziRa D. Kahina, an integral health practitioner and holistic studies researcher from the Virgin Islands, will also speak. Her focus will be on nutritional and heath issues. For more information, contact Gerri A. Hanna at VIUCEDD at 692-1919.

Summer Leadership Program Available to Male College Students

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is accepting applications from male African-American college students for its summer leadership program in Washington, D.C. The Institute provides networking opportunities, leadership development and life-long
mentorship. The Institute's goal is to equip young men with the tools required for successful careers in business, education, journalism, law, government, the sciences, public policy, ministry, medicine, public service and the arts. Details are available from the Office of the Associate Campus Administrator, Division of Student Affairs, on the St. Thomas campus. Contact Carolyn Wattley at 693-1120. Details of the program are also available online at http://www.i4rc.org/.

Nike Corporation Offering Summer Internship

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which supports scholarships and other programs for students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has announced the Nike corporation is seeking applicants for an internship program that will run from June 16 through Aug. 21, 2009, at the company's Beaverton, Or., headquarters. The paid internship will cover travel and housing costs. Applicants, with a passion for sports, must be full time college students - junior, senior or graduate student - majoring in business, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, polymer science, retail/merchandising, or liberal arts. The deadline to apply is Jan. 12, 2009. For details, contact Ardri na Scott-Elliott in UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-

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Holiday Sales Offered at St. Thomas, St. Croix Bookstores

Holiday sales have been announced by the UVI Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix. On St. Thomas, selected gift items are offered from 30 to 50 percent off. The sale ends on Dec. 22. On St. Croix, in addition to featured electronics, selected clothing is on sale from 10 to 50 percent off. The sale continues through Dec. 17. The St. Croix Bookstore will be closed Dec. 18 and 19 for remodeling.

Textbook Buyback Programs Begin Dec. 5 on Both Campuses

The textbook buyback program for the fall semester on St. Croix is scheduled to run through Friday, Dec. 12. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fall semester textbook buyback program on St. Thomas will run from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. through Dec. 11.

St. Croix Holiday Red & White Holiday Gala Set for Dec. 13

The annual Red and White Holiday Gala for UVI's St. Croix campus is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Parrot's Cove in Christianstead. Entertainment will be provided by Digital Band. Complimentary tickets (one per employee) are available now from Irene Ramos in the Campus Executive Administrator's Office. Guest tickets cost $30. For details call 692-4236.

St. Thomas Campus Holiday Dinner Dance Set for Dec. 14

The annual Holiday Dinner and Dance on UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the Administration and Conference Center (ACC). Music will be provided by Top Notch Band. Attire will be elegant evening wear. Complimentary tickets (one per employee) are available at the Human Resources Office in the Administration and Conference Center. Guest tickets cost $20. For details, contact the Human Resources Office at 693-1410.

Dec. 18 is Deadline for Students to Apply for National Student Exchange Program

December 18 is the deadline for UVI students to apply for participation in the National Student Exchange Program (NSE). The program is open to full-time undergraduate students. It provides the opportunity to attend another school in the NSE network at little or no additional cost to that of attending UVI. Nearly 200 diverse colleges and universities in the United States and its territories participate. NSE coordinators are available on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses to provide students with additional information and qualifications. On St. Croix, call Doris Farrington-Hepburn at 692-4187 or send email to dfarrin@uiv.edu. On St. Thomas, call Andrea Hamm at 693-1136 or send email to ahamm@uvi.edu.

Reichhold Announces Holiday Schedule for Ticket Office

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts Ticketing Services Department (Box Office) has announced the schedule it will observe during the University's Christmas Break. The Box Office will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday Dec. 26. The office will be open on Saturday, Dec. 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Monday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Box Office will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and Thursday, January 1, 2009. Regular Box Office business hours resume on Friday, Jan. 2.

Tickets for any upcoming performances at the Reichhold Center can also be purchased at these regular ticket outlets; Modern Music, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Island Video (Nisky) and Home Again (Red Hook). More information is also available on the Reichhold Center web site: www.reichholdcenter.com.

The Reichhold Center's administrative offices will be closed from Friday, Dec. 19, 2008 through Friday, Jan. 2, 2009. The administrative offices will re-open on Monday, Jan. 5.

Custom License Plate Initiative Allows UVI Community to Show Support

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of the Virgin Islands have an opportunity to express their loyalty to UVI with the introduction of the UVI Buccaneer License Plate Program, an initiative that allows Virgin Islands vehicle owners to display customized University of the Virgin Islands license plates. Funds raised by the program will support the UVI Athletic Scholarship Fund.

"This is an excellent way to show support for UVI while at the same time benefiting the UVI Athletic Scholarship Fund," UVI Athletic Director Peter Sauer said. "The license plates provide another way to promote UVI in our community." A news release is available from the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Noted Climate Experts to Address V.I. Prospects at UVI Workshop on Feb. 6

A one-day conference for individuals concerned about the impact climate change will have in the U.S. Virgin Islands is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2009, on St. Thomas at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Keynote speakers for the conference are Dr. Leonard Nurse, a University of the West Indies researcher who, along with former Vice Predsident Al Gore, was part of the United Nations team awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their climate-related efforts, and Dr. Ulric "Neville" Trotz, the senior advisor of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center in Belize.

The conference goal is to heighten awareness of what climate change could mean for the Virgin Islands and to develop guidelines, policies and procedures to address potential threats to the islands' ecology and economy. Drs. Nurse and Ulric are expected to share their ideas about what Virgin Islanders can expect as global climate changes continue and to discuss a range of possible solutions. UVI's Office of the Vice Provost at 693-1062 or 692-4003. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. The registration deadline is Jan. 15, 2009, and a registration form is available from this link.

UVI Participating in 2008-2009 United Way Campaign

The 2008-2009 United Way Campaign is now underway. The total UVI goal for 2008-2009 is to raise $20,000 for this worthy community cause. Individuals may make a tax-deductible contribution as a one-time amount via cash or check or through payroll deductions. United Way Payroll Deduction Cards are available in the UVI Human Resources Office on St. Thomas and in the UVI Business Office on St. Croix. For more than 28 years, the United Way organizations of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix have funded more than 75 agencies that help thousands in our communities.

UVI's 2008-2009 United Way co-coordinators are Nereida Washington - 692-4161, Desha Brathwaite - 693-1462 and LilyMae Durante - 693-1144. They are available to answer questions and assist with any concerns.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Fundraising Activities

UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement is seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising activities and special events for the University. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to network with people throughout the Virgin Islands community while helping to plan and develop signature events on both campuses. This includes events and activities such as Afternoon on the Green. Interested individuals should contact UVI's Special Events Coordinator Liza Margolis at 693-1053 or send email to lmargol@uvi.edu.