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Bulletin Board for April 16, 2009

UVI Service Awards Ceremonies Set April 16 and 17; Employees of the Year to be Announced

The University of the Virgin Islands' 35th Annual Service Awards ceremonies are scheduled for today (Thursday, April 16) on St. Thomas and on Friday, April 17, on St. Croix. The theme for this year's ceremonies is "UVI Poised for Change." The awards period is from April 1, 2008, to March 31, 2009. Employees reaching significant service milestones and Employees of the Year from each campus will be recognized during these ceremonies. UVI employees of the year will also be recognized at the Annual Public Awards Programs administered by the Virgin Islands Division of Personnel.

Ceremonies will begin on both campuses at 2:30 p.m. The venue on St. Thomas is the first-floor conference room in the Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix, the ceremony will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing.

More information about the employee service awards from the Human Resources Department, from the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: 2009 Annual Service Awards Schedule. Details are also available from the UVI Human Resources Department at 693-1410.

Francielli Baker Crowned Miss CYFAR 2009

Nine year old Francielli Baker was crowned Miss CYFAR 2009 during a pageant held April 4, at the Gladys Abraham Elementary School on St. Thomas. She was among five girls - ages six to nine - participating in this first-ever Miss CYFAR competition. CYFAR is the Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) program, a federally funded after school program administered by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service. Baker also won the contest's Best Talent and Miss Congeniality awards. Joining her in the pageant were Francier Baker, Majestik F. Estrada Petersen, K' Nyzha K. Henry and Adajah Y. Benjamin. A photo of the new Miss CYFAR is featured on the UVI Today... photo blog, available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Intramural Basketball Finals Set Tonight on St. Thomas Campus

The UVI Intramural Basketball League on the St. Thomas campus will conclude tonight (Thursday, April 16) with the men's finals at 9 p.m. in the Sports & Fitness Center. Team Alumni, last year's winners, will battle this season's number-one-ranked Boom Squad team. The UVI community is invited to come out for some exciting athletic competition. Tonight's game is the final showdown after a 10-week schedule including more than 100 UVI competitors, coaches and supporting staff. Admission is free. For more information on the UVI Intramural Program contact Prof. Erik Heikkila at 693-1213.

UVI Community Invited to Join in Carnival Mas Camp Fun

UVI's Carnival Mas Camp is open from 2 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week in the old Financial Aid Office (the building below the Music Suite) on the St. Thomas campus. The phone number is 693-1280.

The Carnival Committee is seeking assistance from the UVI community in preparing its Carnival entry which is based on a green theme: "Let Our Energies Combine for Carnival 2009." Items needed include old LP records, 45 records, old CDs or DVD, paper towel bases, wire hangers and shower curtain liners. Items can be dropped off at the Student Activities Center on St. Croix and at the Mas Camp and the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. Individuals are also needed to assist with sewing, wire bending, cutting, gluing, spraying, tea dying or simply lending a hand.

General information is also available from UVI Student Activities Offices at 693-1111 on St. Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix.

Carnival Updates

  • Carnival t-shirts are on sale at the UVI Bookstore.
  • Shirts cost $10 for children, $12 for adults small to XL, and $15 for adults 2XL.
  • Preparation of the float's solar powered house needs as many hands as possible. It is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts.
  • The next dance practice is set for 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, in front UVI Dining Pavilion
  • Troupe members will receive T-shirts and a complete fitting of costumes.

Student Employee Appreciation Week Continues on St. Thomas; Senior Rick Grant Honored

Student Employee Appreciation Week on UVI's St. Thomas campus continues through April 18. The week's highlight was the presentation of the student employee appreciation awards on April 15. During the awards presentation, Senior Rick Grant was named the 2009 Student Employee of the Year. Other student employees were honored with a series of "Lighter Side" awards. Students being honored were nominated by supervisors and other UVI employees with whom they work.

The week's activities continue at 12:15 p.m. today (Thursday, April 16) with a trivia game matching employees from various divisions and units in the Dining Pavilion. The week's activities conclude with a screening of the film "Slum Dog Millionaire" for students at noon on Friday, April 17, in the Dining Pavilion. The week's activities are sponsored by the Student Employee Appreciation Committee of the Division of Student Affairs on St. Thomas. For more information, contact Melissa Williams at mwillia5@uvi.edu or by calling (340) 693-1134.

SGA Elections Rescheduled for April 23 on St. Croix Campus

The Student Government Association (SGA) Elections Committee on UVI's St. Croix Campus has rescheduled its 2009-2010 elections for 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at the Evans Center Library Terrace.

The committee seeks students for the various leadership roles to be filled by the election. These include president, vice president, treasurer, senior senators, junior senators and sophomore senators. Applications and election petitions are available from the SGA and Student Activities Offices.

A mandatory meeting for candidates is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21, in Evans Center Room 716. A Meet-the-Candidates and Student Trustees Forum is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the UVI Cafetorium. For additional information contact Elections Committee Chair Renako Wells at rwells15@gmail.com.

The SGA applications are available in the Offices of Student Government Association and Student Activities. The election timeline can be accessed from the St. Croix Student Activities/SGA section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this SGA Elections link.

Workshop and Discussion on Community Violence Against Women Set April 23 on St. Croix

University of the Virgin Islands students and faculty are invited to attend a workshop titled "Engendering Respect" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, in the Cafetorium on the St. Croix campus. A panel discussion on community violence against women will follow. William McCoy, an internationally known violence interruption speaker and expert will present the high-impact, interactive workshop. Organizers say thousands of students and others have attended the "Engendering Respect" workshop and that McCoy will "keep you on the edge of your seats or on your feet."

The workshop is sponsored by UVI's Health Services Office, the V.I. Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council and the Women's Coalition of St. Croix. For details, contact the Women's Coalition of St. Croix at 773-9272 or send email to wcsc@pennswoods.net. Information is also available on the WCSC web site: www.wcstx.com.

PRAXIS Exam to be Offered on St. Thomas Campus on April 25

The PRAXIS Exam will be administered in the Nursing Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Only persons who have registered with ETS will be tested. No walk-ins are allowed. Call 693-1462 with further information.

Other Current Items ...

Final Kayak Session on St. Thomas Campus Set Friday, April 17

UVI Intramural Department will host the final session of a series of kayaking events from 3 p.m. to dark on Friday, April 17. Single and double person kayaks will be available (in addition to paddles, life jackets, etc.) for any interested UVI students, staff or faculty. This service is provided at no charge but is available at a first-come, first-served basis. This is a chance to learn a new water activity, get fit and have fun. Kayaking will begin at the MacLean Marine Science dock on the St. Thomas campus. For more information contact Prof. Erik Heikkila at 693-1213.

UVI Spring Play - Truth on Trial - to Open April 17 at Pistarckle Theater

The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre's first play of the 2009 season, Truth on Trial: The Ballad of Sojourner Truth, will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Pistarckle Theatre. The play continues with 8 p.m. shows on April 18, 24 and 25. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. are scheduled for April 19 and 26. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The are available at the UVI Bookstore, Mickey Mania, Dockside Book Shop, Modern Music, the Reichhold Center and the Pistarkle Theater.

The play, which features a cast of nearly 50 Virgin Islanders including UVI students, faculty and staff, won the 21st Century Playwrights Festival in New York City. Truth on Trial is a powerful and provocative play with music based on the life of Sojourner Truth, an illiterate former slave who fought for the causes of abolition, women's rights, temperance and evangelical Christianity all her life. The play features conflict over issues of race, gender and affirmative action, angry harangues and debate, bloodthirsty reporters, whippings, escapes, courtroom drama, appearances by Frederick Douglas and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Civil War scenes, women's rights meetings, slave songs and dances and a lusty Pinxter celebration.

More on the play is available from the Visitors/Arts and Events section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Psi Chi Induction Ceremony Set April 18 on St. Croix

Induction ceremonies for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, at the University of the Virgin Islands are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, in the Great Hall's North West Wing on St. Croix. (The St. Thomas induction was conducted on April 9.) For more information contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman at 693-1277.

UVI's VIMAS, EAST Sponsor 'Bridge-2-No Where' Earth Day Clean-up on April 18

UVI's Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Services (VIMAS) and the Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John (EAST), will sponsor an Earth Day cleanup at St. Thomas' "Bridge - 2 - No Where" from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18. Volunteers will help cleanup the ghut from the bridge (in Nadir) to the Benner Bay lagoon. Registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the bridge. Volunteers should wear "work" clothes and bring rakes and boots or even waders. Educational presentations and refreshments (including pizza and beer) will be provided at noon. The first 150 volunteers will receive free t-shirts. The effort is sponsored by EAST, UVI's VIMAS, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, Coors Light, Budget Marine, the V.I. Waste Management Authority and the St. Thomas East End Reserve Planning Group. For more information, contact Dalma Simon of EAST at 774-1837 or Lihla Noori of UVI-VIMAS at 693-1392.

UVI Libraries Celebrating National Library Week

UVI's libraries on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses are participating in National Library Week (April 12-18) activities. National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. The week's theme is "Worlds Connect @ Your Library." All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - are participating. For more information call 693-1367.

The following activities are scheduled for UVI's libraries:

St. Thomas Campus:

  • April 1-18: Library Display Board Quiz - View the bulletin board images and answer questions for your chance at prizes.
  • April 12-18: Fine Amnesty Week - Bring in overdue books and fines will be waived
  • April 14: National Library Workers Appreciation Day - Show some love to your favorite library staff.
  • April 15: Faculty Weeding Party (9 a.m. - 9 p.m.) - Instructors offer input to remove outdated materials and recommend new ones.
  • April 16: Library "Treasure Hunt" - Test your library searching skills by tracing clues.
  • April 17: "Wear Library Flair" Day - Show your pride by wearing items that promote libraries, books, reading, etc.
  • April 18: Read on the Green (noon - 4:30 p.m.) - Get caught reading on the golf course at this community event.

St. Croix Campus:

  • April 13-18: Library Trivia Quiz - View the bulletin board and answer questions for your chance at prizes.
  • April 13-18: Return overdue library material April 13 -18 without fines. - Bring in any item and fines will be waived. Previous fines don't apply.
  • April 14: National Library Workers Appreciation Day (NLWD) - NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. Get to know your library staff members by guessing facts about them.
  • April 15: Customer Appreciation Day - Join library staff for free cookies and drinks from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.
  • April 16: Local Author Day - Author to be announced.
  • April 17: Book Swap - bring one/take one. Table will be set up near the entrance of the library.

Free Family Snorkel Clinics Set April 19 on St. Croix

A free family snorkel clinic will be conducted by UVI's Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service and the St. Croix International Year of the Reef Committee from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 19. Snorkeling will take place at Southgate Coastal Reserve/Chenay Bay-Green Cay Beach. Snorkel gear and safety vests will be provided. Land activities are scheduled for those who do not wish to snorkel. Participants should be comfortable in the water. For details, contact Emily Tyner of the University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service at 692-4144 for details.

Music Area Student Recital Set for April 19

The UVI Humanities and Social Sciences Division Music Area will present a Student Recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, in the Music Building. Students from each studio will perform. All are welcome. Admission is free. For further information please call Dr. Lorna C. Young-Wright at 693-1191.

VIUCEDD, V.I. Autism Network to Host Conference on Autism on April 23 and 24

The second annual Virgin Islands Conference on Autism will be held at the University of the Virgin Islands on April 23, on St. Thomas, and on April 24, on St. Croix. The conference, which is being held during Autism Awareness Month, is open to the public and sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Islands Autism Network. Speakers will address the topics of early detection of autism spectrum disorder, skill building and behavioral strategies, and under standing challenging behaviors.

Sessions on both campuses will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The St. Thomas session will be held in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix, the conference will be held in the Great Hall in the North West Wing. Advance registration is required. To register, contact Maritza Swan at mswan@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-2334 on St. Thomas. On St. Croix, contact Gerri Hanna at ghanna@uvi.edu or call (340) 692-1919.

Additional information is available from Stephanie Barnes at the Virgin Islands Autism Network. Send email to viautismnetwork@gmail or call (340) 626-3330.

May Tribute Events Honoring Dr. Ragster to Fund New Scholarship

Tribute events for UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, set for May 9 and May 17, on St. Thomas and St. Croix, respectively, will serve to establish the new LaVerne E. Ragster Scholarship Fund. A dinner dance on Saturday, May 9, will be held at the St. Peter Mountain Great House on St. Thomas. Tickets to the dinner dance are $125 per person. A luncheon will take place on Sunday, May 17, in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. Tickets for the luncheon are $85 per person. Gifting Circles for individual contributions have also been established. Also, ads are for sale in a commemorative booklet that will be distributed during both tribute events. Information on purchasing tickets, donating to the Gifting Circles and booklet ads is available from the Spotlight button on the home page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Open House on Assistive Technology Slated for May 9 on St. Thomas

The annual Assistive Technology Open House hosted by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and Virgin Islands Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. on May 9, at the UVI Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. The open house is designed for individuals seeking the latest technology to help persons with disabilities to live independently. Included will be demonstrations of the newest assistive technology for education, community, employment and information technology. Local venders from the St. Thomas community will participate. The event is free, but registration is required. Please contact Dawn Fox at 693-1188 or Maritza Swan at 776-9200 x2334 to register.

Ongoing Items ...

UVI Registration for Summer Sessions, Fall Semester Continuing

  • Registration for UVI's 2009 Summer Sessions I & II is continuing. UVI's 2009 Summer Session class schedule is now available to the Academics section of the UVI web - www.uvi.edu. It is also available from this direct link. Summer Session 2009 dates: Summer Session I: Registration is set for May 20, classes run from May 21 through June 24, 2009; Summer Session II: Registration is set for June 25 and classes run from June 26 through July 31.

  • Registration for the 2009 Fall Semester is available now through August 7, 2009. Returning students will be able to register online and in person for the fall 2009 semester. Students are reminded that they must confer their advisor to receive information on their academic plan and to obtain their pin numbers for access to registration. Students can view Fall Semester Class schedules from the Academics/Class Schedules link on the UVI home page: www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. Advisement and registration for new students for the Fall Semester are scheduled for August 12. Advisement and late registration are set for August 13 and 14. Fall Semester classes will begin on August 17.
  • For more information, contact UVI Access and Enrollment Services at 693-1160.

UVI's Eastern Caribbean Center to Conduct 2009 V.I. Community Survey

The Eastern Caribbean Center of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will conduct the 2009 Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS) during the months of April through July. This scientific survey of a sample of households is a follow-up to the one conducted in 2008 that collected information similar to that gathered in the census of 2000.

VICS data for 2009 will be gathered on two topics - population and housing. Population questions cover items such as age, sex, education, ethnic origin, employment, health insurance, veteran status and disability. Housing questions cover items about the housing unit in which respondents live, such as: number of rooms, utilities, ownership and rent. A news release and photo are available on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

April Issue of Student Affairs Synergy Available Online

The April issue of the Student Affairs Synergy newsletter is now available in electronic form from the St. Croix Student Activities section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Synergy is a publication of the Division of Student Affairs on the St. Croix campus. It is dedicated to highlighting Student Affairs-sponsored programs, celebrating student successes and promoting student involvement in co-curricular activities. The April issue features a story and photo from the recent Miss UVI Ambassadorial competition. Also highlighted are upcoming student activities, important dates for members of the Class of 2009 and a review of the Career Exploration Week held March 30 through April 3 on the St. Croix campus. For more information, contact Miriam Osborne Elliott, Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs on St. Croix, at 692-4188 or send email to mosborn@uvi.edu.

The Caribbean Writer Is Seeking Cover and Inside Art for Volume 23

The Caribbean Writer, an international, literary anthology published by University of the Virgin Islands, is seeking colorful, eye-catching, Caribbean scenes for possible use on the cover of its upcoming issue, Volume 23. Artwork in a vertical format is required and work should be submitted in the TIF or JPEG file formats.

Black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.) is also needed for use inside the 300-page publication. Artwork in both vertical and horizontal formats is acceptable for inside use. It should also be submitted in the TIF or JPEG file formats.

Submissions should include all necessary contact information and a brief biographical note. Send submissions by email to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. For more information call (340) 692-4152.

New issue of the UVI Voice Available Online

The latest issue of the UVI student newspaper, the UVI Voice is available online. Access the UVI Voice at www.uvivoice.com. The issue includes news, feature and sports stories. There is also a message from the editors. For more information contact Associate Professor of Journalism Gillian Royes at 692-4116.

Territorial Scholarships Available for Advanced Degrees, Cultural Research

Residents of the Virgin Islands pursuing advanced degrees - such as an M.D., J.D., or Ph.D. - are encouraged to apply for the V.I. Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment Scholarship. Funding is also available for residents conducting research and projects designed to promote cultural awareness in the territory. Recipients can receive up to $10,000 per year. Applications are available on St. Thomas and St. Croix at the University of the Virgin Islands, the V.I. Board of Education and the V.I. Superior Court. Applications can also be downloaded from the Financial Aid section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link. The application deadline is April 30. For more information and eligibility requirements call Ardrina Scott-Elliott at 693-1040. This is a territorial scholarship which is administered by the University of the Virgin Islands.

CELL Notes ...

Workshop to Provide Essentials of Supervisory Skills

Workshops designed to help managers gain the skills needed to successfully handle today's supervisory challenges will be offered on St. Thomas and St. Croix on May 6 by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center. The Essentials for First-Line Supervisors workshop will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus, and on St. Croix at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street, in Frederiksted. The workshop is part of a learning series being offered in conjunction with the American Management Association. It is designed to help supervisors develop the competencies required to achieve their organizations' front-line goals. It is for new as well as well-established leaders. Participants will be offered practical strategies to plan and conduct effective meetings, solve problems, motivate employees, manage people, deal with conflict and handle change in the organization.

For more information or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.