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Bulletin Board for April 20, 2009

UVI Spring Play - Truth on Trial - Continues April 24 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, opened last weekend to capacity crowds on Saturday and Sunday at St. Thomas' Pistarckle Theatre.

The play continues, with 8 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 26. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They 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.

UVI to Present St. Thomas Campus Academic Award Sunday, April 26

The UVI Community and the general public are invited to attend the 45th annual St. Thomas campus Student Academic Awards Ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. More than 100 awards and presentations will be made to undergraduate and graduate students in various classes and divisions. There will also be recognition of Who's Who students and members of various campus honor societies. The presentations will take place in the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. For more information contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman at 693-1277.

UVI Honors 86 Employees for Service; Dawn Matthew, Christine Henry Named Employees of the Year

Congratulations to the 86 UVI employees who received service awards and other recognition during ceremonies on April 16 on St. Thomas and April 17 on St. Croix. UVI's Employees of the Year for 2009 were also announced during the ceremonies. The St. Thomas Employee of the Year is IT Specialist Dawn Matthew. The St. Croix Employee of the Year is Cooperative Extension Service Administrative Assistant Christine Henry.

On St. Thomas, 46 employees were recognized for service from five to 30 years. There were three retirees and one perfect attendance award. On St. Croix, 29 employees were recognized for service from five to 30 years. There were three retirees and four individuals were honored for perfect attendance. UVI President LaVerne E. Ragster also presented special Presidential Awards to employees on both campuses.

The theme of this year's 35th Annual Service Awards ceremonies was "UVI Poised for Change."  The awards were for the period from April 1, 2008, to March 31, 2009.

UVI Employees of the Year will again be recognized at the Annual Public Awards Program administered by the Virgin Islands Division of Personnel on May 20 and 21, 2009, at the Reichhold Center on St. Thomas and UVI's Great Hall on St. Croix, respectively.

UVI Students Encouraged to Apply for Summer Internships; Deadline Is April 24

UVI students are encouraged to apply for summer internships with the V.I. Department of Education. The department is seeking college students to serve as summer interns for its Federal Inventory Project. The students will serve in both the St Thomas-St. John and St. Croix districts as field service supervisors and inventory clerks.

Department of Education Assistant Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory said the department is required to perform a physical inventory and reconciliation of all equipment every two years. Selected individuals, who must be enrolled as a full-time student at a college or university, will be required to travel to schools and activity centers to perform inventory of the equipment.

Applications are available on the department website www.doe.vi and from this direct link. The application deadline is Friday, April 24. Completed applications can be emailed to ahodge1@doe.vi.

Applications can also be picked up in the St. Thomas/St. John district at the Office of the Assistant Commissioner, Fiscal and Administrative Services, 1834 Kongens Gade, and in the St. Croix District at the Office of the Commissioner, 2133 Hospital Street, Christiansted. For more information contact Mrs. Althea Williams-Hodge at 774-0100, extension 8017.

UVI Financial Aid Offices Offer Assistance to Summer Session Students

Individuals who are registered or planning to register to for 2009 Summer Session classes at the University of the Virgin Islands are invited to visit the University's Financial Aid Offices to determine if they are eligible for financial aid or direct loans. Prospective students can visit the Financial Aid Offices - in the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in the Evans Center on St. Croix - to begin processing aid requests from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 12. More information is available from the Current Students/Financial Aid section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - of from this Money for Summer Direct link. Loan applications are also available at the offices on both campuses. For detains, contact the St. Croix campus Financial Aid Office at 692-4193. On St. Thomas, the Financial Aid Office is available at 693-1090.

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.

Up to Two Hours Administrative Leave Available for Carnival Food Fair

UVI's Human Resources Department has announce that, in keeping with the spirit of Carnival, President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster has authorized up to two hours of Administrative Leave to any employee who wishes to attend the Carnival Food Fair on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. In order to maintain proper departmental coverage campus-wide, all employees must get prior approval from their supervisor before attending this event.

Other Current Items ...

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.