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Bulletin Board for November 16, 2009

St. Thomas Golden Key Society Collecting Clothing for Haiti

The St. Thomas chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society is conducting a clothing drive for families and individuals in need on Haiti. Donated clothing can be dropped off at the Counseling Services/Student Affairs Center on the St. Thomas campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from today (Nov. 16) through Nov. 30. Members of the Golden Key's Community Services Committee will also accept donations. For more information contact us via email: goldenkeysttchapter@yahoo.com

Generation Now! Announces 6th University Series Forum Nov. 17 on St. Croix

Generation Now! Inc., in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands, will sponsor a forum on the subject "Unions - Parasites or Progressive Organizers?" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. This will be the organization's sixth University Series to be held on UVI's St. Croix Campus. The session will be held in the North West Wing's Great Hall. Retroactive wages, salary increases, plant closings, constant contract negotiations, threats of strikes and fair working conditions are among union related factors that affect the Virgin Islands economy and local job opportunities. The general public and University community are invited to participate in the forum.

The scheduled presenters are AFT President and Central Labor Council President Tyrone Molyneaux, John Abramson, Jr., an advocate of reforming ACT 4440, and human resources professional Carmelo Rivera. A special presentation will be given by UVI Associate Professor John Munro, who is president of the UVI chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

For details, contact Adrienne Williams at 643-1710.

RTPark/RTPark-PC Board of Directors to Meet Nov. 18 on St. Croix

The next regular meeting of the UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation and the Research and Technology Park Protected Cell Corporation Board of Directors is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (AST) on Wednesday, Nov. 18. It will take place in the RTPark Offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. Teleconferencing is available. Seating is limited. To participate, or for more information, individuals should contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200.

Modern Languages Area to Screen the Film 'Diner des cons' on Nov. 20

The Modern Language Area of UVI's Division of Humanities and Social Studies will present the French language film "Diner des cons" (Fools Dinner) at 7 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 20, in Teacher Education Room 101 on the St. Thomas campus. The film is a comedy. The UVI community is invited to attend. Admission is $1. Free snacks will be available. For details, contact Prof. Mike Anders at 693-1353.

UVI Music Students to Present Recital Nov. 22 on St. Thomas Campus

Students in UVI's Music Education degree program will present a Student Recital in the Music Building at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. Students from each studio will present works studied during the semester. Admission is free and the recital is open to the public as well as the University community.

St. Thomas Campus Shuttle on Reduced Schedule Through Nov. 23

The UVI shuttle bus on the St. Thomas campus will operate on the following schedule from today (Monday, Nov. 16) through Monday, Nov. 23.

Mondays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Special Meeting of UVI Staff Council Set Nov. 24

A special meeting of the UVI Staff Council will be held at noon, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, Business Building Room 110 on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center Room 713 on the St. Croix campus. The meeting is to discuss the election process for Group 2 officers. Details and an agenda were sent via email to members of UVI's regular, professional and administrative staff on Nov. 16.

UVI Faculty Recital Scheduled Nov. 29 at Nisky Moravian Church

Magda Lupeschi, coloratura soprano, and Lorna Young-Wright, pianist, will present a UVI faculty recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Nisky Moravian Church on St. Thomas. The program includes works by Mozart, Dvorák, Rimsky-Korsakov, Granados, Handel, Verdi and Puccini. The pair will also present a song cycle composed by Young-Wright. Event tickets may be purchased at the UVI Bookstore, the Humanities Division Office and from UVI Choir members. Adult tickets are $20 and student tickets are $7. For more information call 693-1340.

UVI Physicist, Visiting Grad Student in Demand at Creativity Conference

The University of the Virgin Islands recently made its mark on the world stage at the 11th European Conference on Creativity and Innovation. With the help of a UVI physics professor, a New York State graduate student showed corporate leaders and academics how to kick start the creative process and how to keep it on track towards achieving any goal.

As they return to the territory the team of Physics Professor Don Drost and Stavros Michailidis announced that their workshop, called "Make it Happen with Momentum" was one of the top five offerings at the Brussels conference. They were asked by the organizers to feature the workshop as an encore presentation.

A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI's St. Croix Campus Holiday Gala Set for Dec. 12 at Divi

The Annual UVI Holiday Gala event for UVI's St. Croix campus is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. The evening's theme will be "Shades of Blue." Tickets - which are complimentary for faculty and staff and $35 for guests - are now available in the Office of the Executive Administrator- St. Croix Campus. For more information call 692-4236 or 692-4161.

Divi Carina Bay is offering a special room rate of $129 (plus tax and energy surcharge) for UVI employees and guests who would like to stay that night. For details, contact Divi Carina Bay at (340) 773-9700.

Other Current Items...

UVI to Host Environmental Health and Safety Workshops Nov. 17

The University of the Virgin Islands will host a series of environmental health and safety workshops on Tuesday, Nov. 17, on its St. Thomas campus. The University is conducting the workshops as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency which requires it to provide community outreach to schools and selected small businesses.

The workshops will take place over the course of the day. The morning session, from 9 a.m. to noon, will target schools and students on the junior high and secondary levels. The afternoon session, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., is for UVI faculty and staff. The evening session, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., is designed for specific elements of the small business community.

A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Afternoon on the Green Committee Seeking Theme Suggestions; Deadline Nov. 17

UVI's Afternoon on the Green Committee is seeking theme suggestions for the next edition of the annual "friend-raiser" event which is scheduled for March 7, 2010, on the University's St. Thomas campus. Members of the UVI community are invited to suggest a theme that relates to the University and the community or the inauguration of UVI President Dr. David Hall, which is scheduled for March 6, 2010. Note: The theme does not have to rhyme. Send suggestions, via email, to Liza Margolis at lmargol@uvi.edu. The deadline for suggestions is Tuesday, Nov. 17.

UVI's Buccaneers to Host Rival Metropolitan During Paradise Jam 2009

St. Thomas fans of big-time NCAA college basketball are in for their annual fall treat, as the 2009 edition of the Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament opens on Nov. 20, at the Sports and Fitness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. This year, UVI fans have a special treat, as the Buccaneers men's basketball squad will play an LAI League game during the event. The Bucs will face off against their Puerto Rican rivals Metropolitan University at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21.

$5 Tickets Available for UVI Faculty, Staff for Round Two Games

Members of the UVI faculty and staff can attend all second-round (Nov. 21) Paradise Jam games for an admission of only $5. The special ticket rate is designed to allow UVI fans to come out and support the Buccaneers men's team in their contest scheduled for 9:30 p.m. that day. The special admission also allows entry to the day's two, regular Paradise Jam second-round games which begin at 4:30 and 7 p.m. To arrange for $5 tickets, faculty and staff members should contact the UVI Athletic Office at 693-1102.

In the regular tourney, 16 Division I teams, eight men's and eight women's squads, will play over a two-week period, with the men's championship game on Nov. 23 and the women's tourney running from Nov. 26 to 28. The men's lineup includes Boston College, DePaul, East Carolina, Northern Iowa, Purdue, Saint Joseph's, South Dakota State and Tennessee. The women's field, in two divisions, includes Notre Dame, Oklahoma, San Diego State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Southern California and Texas.

Regular Paradise Jam tickets are $15 for V.I. adults (with local ID), $10 for V.I. senior citizens (65+), and $5 for UVI students and V.I. children (ages 5 to 18). Non-V.I. resident tickets are $45.

The tournament is organized by Basketball Travelers, Inc. Click here for a Paradise Jam 2009 poster. Detailed information on ticket prices, game brackets and much more on the teams, as well as featured travel packages for visitors, is available from the official Paradise Jam web site: www.paradisejam.com. Live national TV coverage of championship games has become a tournament fixture in recent years. Tickets for V.I. residents will be available at very reasonable prices.

First Bucs Alumni Reunion Beach Party Slated for Sunday, Nov. 22

An alumni reunion beach party - the first Bucs Alumni Reunion - is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22, at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The party coincides with the annual Paradise Jam Division I basketball tournament being hosted at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center. This year, for the first time, UVI's Buccaneers men's basketball squad will play a game during the tournament at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, against their LAI league rivals UPR-Metropolitan.

The beach party, which runs from 11 a.m. - until, will allow alumni who may be visiting St. Thomas to attend Paradise Jam a convenient way to meet and party with alumni living in the territory. All CVI/UVI alumni will have a chance to meet with the University's fifth President Dr. David Hall and other members of the University community.

The picnic will feature music by DJ Daryl Petersen ('05), children's activities, alumni battles of the classes in volleyball, dominoes and tug-of-war, and a lunch with iced tea or fruit punch. Tickets are $8 and available from the Office of Institutional Advancement (340) 693-1040, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving (340) 201-6682, the Reichhold Center for the Arts Box Office (340) 693-1559, and the UVI Bookstore (340) 693-1561.

Reichhold to Host Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Hispanico in November

The 2009-2010 season of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts continues with two major productions in November. The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and VI native mezzo-soprano Melita Etienne, as the featured vocalist, perform Saturday, Nov. 14. High-energy Latin dance follows Saturday, Nov. 21, with Ballet Hispanico taking the stage. Both shows begin at 8 p.m.

The Reichhold continues its longstanding partnership with The Forum in bringing the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra to the Virgin Islands. The evening will feature performances of Sibelius' Spring Song, Op. 16, Chausson's Poeme de l'amoure et de la mer, Op. 19, and Mendelssohn's Symphony n3.

The dance company Ballet Hispanico is known for its flamboyant and expressive style. Along with a portrait of 1950s Latin ballroom productions and a raucous tribute to Brizillian carnival, the company will introduce the world premier of a new work performed to Latin jazz.

Tickets are available from the Reichhold Box Office at (340) 693-1559, and from these St. Thomas ticket outlets - Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again and the UVI Bookstore. Tickets are also available from Connections on St. John. For details and online ticket purchases, visit the Reichhold Center web site - www.reichholdcenter.com.

Reichhold Center, Havana Blue Presenting 'Havana Nights' Salsa Dance Parties

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts and the Havana Blue Restaurant at Marriott's Morningstar Beach Resort have partnered to present "Havana Nights" salsa dance parties on Saturday nights. The parties, which begin at 9:30 p.m., will conclude with a salsa dance contest at Havana Blue following the performance by Ballet Hispanico at the Reichhold Center on Nov. 21. Tickets for Ballet Hispanico are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office at 693-1559 or visit www.reichholdcenter.com on the web. The dance parties, which are free, feature Latin music, salsa dancing and drink specials.

University to Honor Retiree Mavis Gilchrist on Dec. 5

Members of the UVI community are invited to join in a retirement celebration for Mavis Gilchrist, UVI's director of Financial Aid, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Gertrude's Restaurant on St. Croix. The evening will honor Gilchrist for 32 years of service to the University. Tickets are $40. They include, dinner, entertainment and a gift for the retiree. A cash bar will be available. Interested individuals are asked to RSVP by calling 692-4193 or sending email to cferris2@uvi.edu by Nov. 18.

Youth Participants Sought for 4-H Groups' 2010 St. Croix Festival Troupe

The 4-H Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service is looking for Virgin Islands children between the ages of five and 12 to become a part of a 4-H Festival Troupe that will participate in the 2010 St. Croix Christmas Festival Children's Parade. The parade is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2010. For more information, contact Yvonne Phillips at 693-1078 on St. Thomas or Jillean Webster at 692-4087 on St. Croix.

Submissions Sought for 24th Issue of The Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer is seeking submissions for its 24th edition. Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and personal essays, critical articles and insights on Trevor Rhone and Wayne Brown are specifically being sought for a special section. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30, 2009. The Caribbean should be central to submissions or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective.

Writers are encouraged to submit poems, short stories, personal essays and one-act plays. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Mail submissions to The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781 or submit electronically to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. For details, visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call (340) 692-4152.

A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI New Hires Report Posted for October 2009

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Oct. 1-31, 2009. The list is available to the UVI community via the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu.

EPSCoR Annual Conference to Focus on Integrating Science and Management

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) will present its annual one-day conference on Friday, Dec. 4, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. This year's subject is Integrating Science and Management in Island Ecosystems.

The conference is designed to bring together scientists, natural resource managers and decision makers to address important, cross-cutting issues relevant to managing the Virgin Islands' fragile island ecosystems. This dialog will allow natural and social scientists to better understand the data needs of resource managers, while at the same time helping resource managers and policymakers to better utilize scientific information and integrate it into their decision making processes. The goal of the conference is to help chart a course towards making better informed decisions in planning, designing and implementing regulations with people in mind.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Interested persons are asked to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 20, to Kaisa Prentice via email at kprenti2@uvi.edu or by phone at (340) 693-1428.

Agfair 2010 Planning Underway; Articles Sought for Agfair Booklet

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service Steering Committee is making plans for participation in the upcoming 39th Annual Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The fair will be held Feb. 13-15, 2010, on St. Croix. The Theme is "Healthy Food and a Safe Environment Make Sen$e."

All UVI units planning to participate are advised that it is now time to plan their interactive and innovative exhibits. As one of the few times the University has a captive audience, this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the services offered to residents and visitors.

Program Needs Form

Please use this Program Needs Form to provide the necessary information for the committee to make final plans for the layout of exhibit space. Submission of this form also constitutes a Unit's formal application to exhibit at the Fair.

Unit heads are also asked to encourage staff members to submit articles to be published in the 2010 Agfair Booklet. The deadline for articles is Dec. 3, 2009. Articles should reflect the theme. All are asked to take this opportunity to publicize the work of the University.

For more information, contact Clarice C. Clarke at (340) 692-4060, or send email to cclarke@uvi.edu.

60 V.I. Nursing Scholarships Available; Application Deadline is Dec. 2

UVI students and prospective UVI students who are interested in nursing as a career are advised that the V.I. Board of Education recently amended the qualifications for $400,000 in scholarships being funded by the Virgin Islands government. Scholarships will be offered for 30 students each in the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix districts.

To qualify, students studying to be licensed practical nurses or registered nurses must:

  • Possess a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Be a resident of the territory.
  • Promise to work one to two years in the territory after completing their education.
  • Be accepted into an accredited, licensed or Board of Education-approved institution.

The V.I. Board of Education is now accepting applications through Dec. 2 at their offices on Dronningens Gade on St. Thomas and the Sunny Isles Professional building on St. Croix. Details are also available by calling 774-4546 on St. Thomas or by calling 772-4144 on St. Croix.

St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Scheduled for Dec. 5-6

The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair will be held on Dec. 5 and 6, on the grounds of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on the University's St. Thomas campus. The theme for this year's fair is "Fresh Start - Grow Smart." Applications for vendors wishing to participate are available from UVI's Cooperative Extension Service Office and from the V.I. Department of Agriculture. Submissions of articles and advertisements for the fair program booklet are also being sought. For details, contact the Department of Agriculture at 774-5182 or the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080.

Reichhold Offers Payroll Deduction for UVI Employee Ticket Purchases

UVI employees are encouraged use payroll deductions to purchase tickets to Reichhold Center for the Arts shows. Employees should visit the Reichhold Ticket Office to sign an authorization form. This allows employees to spread the cost of tickets over four easy payments. For details, call 693-1559. Visit www.reichholdcenter.com for a list of upcoming performances.

Ongoing Items...

UVI Holiday Recess Schedule

UVI's Human Resources Office has announced that UVI President Dr. David Hall has approved the 2009 Administrative end-of-the-year Holiday Recess.

All offices will be closed for the holiday recess from Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, through Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. All offices will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2010. In observance of Three King's Day, all offices will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Note: Paid "Administrative Leave" is applicable only for the regular work week (from Monday through Friday).

UVI Revises Academic Calendar for Spring Semester 2010

The University of the Virgin Islands has announced the revision of its Academic Calendar covering the 2010 spring semester. The calendar stipulates the schedule for all academic activities at the University for the period from Jan. 4 through May 16, 2010.

The revised calendar begins on Jan. 4, the date UVI staff members will return from the holiday break. UVI faculty members return on Jan. 7. New student orientation and registration are set for Jan. 7. Advisement and late registration are scheduled for Jan. 8. Spring semester classes begin on Jan. 11. Click here to view the Spring 2010 Academic Calendar.

NSE Applications Available from Counseling Services Office

Students interested in studying abroad through the National Student Exchange (NSE) program may obtain the NSE application and directory booklet from UVI Counseling Services office on the St. Thomas campus. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible. More information can be obtained from Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm, at (340) 693-1136 or via email at: ahamm@uvi.edu.

Student Testing Schedule...

Final CLEP Test on St. Croix Campus Set Nov. 19

The last scheduled College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests of the year on UVI's St. Croix campus will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19. The registration deadline for that test is Friday, Nov. 13. The CLEP testing program allows students to earn college credit for acquired skill and knowledge in specific subjects. Registration for the tests is available at the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center room 811. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test.

The cost associated with CLEP examinations is $72 per test. Checks or money orders are payable to CLEP (cash will not be accepted). A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI, will be charged prior to the test date. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158

UVI Final Computer Literacy Exams of Fall Semester Set Nov. 21 and 24

UVI's final Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) of the fall semester are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, on the St. Croix campus and for Tuesday, Nov. 24, on the St. Thomas campus.

Exams on the St. Croix campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building. Students can register for the test in the Academic Services Office, in the Evans Center. For more information, call 692-4090 or send email to mclavie@uvi.edu.

Exams on the St. Thomas campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Sign-up sheets are available in the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. For more information, call 693-1160.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Encourages Small Businesses to Attend Senate Hearings on Economy

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is encouraging local small business persons to participate in Virgin Islands Senate hearings designed to focus on small business and overall economic development issues in the territory. Hearings are planned on St. Croix and St. Thomas by Committee on Economic Development, Energy and Technology, which is chaired by Senator-at-Large Craig Barshinger. The sessions are scheduled at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Legislative Chambers on St. Croix, and at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, at the Legislative Chambers on St. Thomas. Senator Barshinger has invited persons to testify or to participate in general discussion sessions.

For additional information, contact Elizabeth Vazquez on St. Croix at (340) 712-2307 or Micha Petersen on St. Thomas at (340) 693-3546.