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Bulletin Board for April 23, 2009

First Fun With Physics Day Set April 24 at Reichhold Center

UVI's first annual "Fun With Physics Day" is scheduled for Friday, April 24, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. The day's activities will feature hourly shows on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. UVI Professor Cynthia Gómez Martín invites the public - from children to adults - to attend. Gómez Martín said everyone has "a physicist inside waiting to come out and have fun." The activity is presented in association with the American Physical Society. For more information, contact Gómez Martín at 693-1391.

UVI Staff Council Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, April 28

A general meeting of the UVI Staff Council (UVISC) is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, April 28. The meeting will be held in Evans Center room 401 on St. Croix and Business room 110 on St. Thomas. All members of the UVI staff are encouraged to attend. The meeting agenda includes the nomination of new officers and a conversation with UVI Provost Dr. Al Hassan Musah.

Other business on the agenda includes UVI's Tuition Remission Policy, and UVISC representatives to the UVI Budget Committee and to the UVI Senate. Also to be considered are draft standards of Behavior/Consultancy and Business Interest Policies, the draft Human Resources Employee Manual and a survey on the Presidents' Holiday Observed in February. For more information contact Staff Council President Raquel Silver at 692-4061.

Deadline to Join UVI Carnival Troupe Set for Friday, April 24; Costume Photos Available

There is still time to join UVI's 2009 Carnival Troupe. Spaces remain available in the Sun, Wind and Earth sections of the troupe. Students, faculty and staff can join the troupe by visiting Mas Camp in the old Financial Aid Building on the St. Thomas campus. The Mas Camp phone number is 693-1280. Troupe registration will close on Friday, April 24. The deadline for all payments is Tuesday, April 26. A final general meeting and dance practice for troupe members is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the UVI Dining Pavilion on Tuesday, April 26. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear their carnival t-shirts on Food Fair Day, Wednesday, April 27.

Click here to View a Carnival Costume Photo Gallery.

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.

Administrative Leave Available for Carnival Food Fair, J'ouvert

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.

UVI's Human Resources Department has also announced that, in keeping with the spirit and cultural significance of Carnival, President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster has authorized Administrative Leave from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 30, 2009, to provide an opportunity for nonessential employees on the St. Thomas campus to participate in J'ouvert. This Administrative Leave does not extend to essential personnel, or include security personnel whose shifts require them to be on campus during the period 8:30 a.m. and noon on Thursday, April 30, 2009. The University will resume normal operations at noon on Thursday, April 30, 2009.

UVI to Close May 1 for Carnival Friday

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Friday, May 1, in observance of Carnival Friday.

UVI Libraries Set Special Carnival Recess Schedule

In an effort to maintain services to students during UVI's Carnival Recess, the Libraries on both campuses will observe a special schedule from Tuesday, April 28, through Saturday, May 2. The Libraries will resume regular hours on Sunday, May 3, 2009 at 1 p.m. Details on the Library and related Computer Labs schedules have been sent to students, as well as UVI faculty and staff, via email.

Student Internships Available for NOAA-UVI Summer Marine Research Project on St. John

A limited number of internships are being offered to Virgin Islands students interested in participating in a NOAA-UVI Marine Research Project tracking fish at Lameshur Bay on St. John this summer. The project is in need of students who could be available for a minimum of two assignments a month for up to two days at a time. Overnight accommodation and food will be provided at the Virgin Island Environmental Research Station. There may be opportunities for pay to a selected student worker. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is funding the research, which is being conducted in collaboration with UVI scientists and the National Park Service on St. John. The internship involves tagging and tracking of coral reef fish species.

For more information, call UVI Professor Dr. Simon Pittman at 693-1179 or send email to simon.pittman@noaa.gov. Interested students should send a brief summary of why they are interested in the internship, what makes them a good candidate for the position and their availability during the summer. Include your contact information and phone numbers.

Other Current Items ...

SGA Elections Rescheduled for Today 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. today (Thursday, April 23), 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. today (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 today (Thursday, April 23), on St. Thomas, and on Friday, 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.com or call (340) 626-3330.

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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

SBDC Notes ...

SBDC Schedules Creative Solutions for Small Businesses Expo\

UVI's Small Business Development Center, in collaboration with Tutu Park Mall will conduct a business expo designed to provide creative solutions for small businesses from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, at Tutu Park Mall. The expo is for businesses that provide products or services to other businesses, start-up businesses, and for businesses with small or non-existent advertising budget. To register for the Creative Solutions for Small Businesses Expo, contact the SBDC at 776-3206. The registration deadline is 4 p.m. on May 5.

VIUCEDD Notes ...

VIUCEDD to Present Latest in Assistive Technology on St. Croix on May 7

The public is invited to an open house featuring the latest in assistive technology available in the Virgin Islands from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, on at #1 Golden Grove on St. Croix. The open house is offered by UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). Assistive technology devices that will be demonstrated include learning systems, closed-caption TV, fully accessible computers for the visually impaired, hands-free devices, reading devices, and independent living items. It is designed for educators, employers and anyone who works with people with disabilities. For more information contact Roméo Cuellar 692-1919 or rcuella@uvi.edu.

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 (VIUCEDD) 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.

Training on Americans with Disabilities Act Scheduled for St. Thomas, St. Croix

Training for individuals responsible for evaluating accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be held on May 11 on St. Thomas and on May 13 on St. Croix. The program is free and limited to 50 participants.

This program will provide attendees with an overview of the new revised ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines and its harmonization with model codes as they relate to accessibility requirements. This full day training will include lecture, multi-media and materials. Anyone charged with determining if the built environment complies with ADA Accessibility requirements should attend this event.

• St. Thomas: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11; Location: TBA

• St. Croix: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 13; Location: The Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus

This training is offered by Cornell University's DBTAC - Northeast ADA Center in partnership with United Spinal Association and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). For registration and information on disability accommodations call Program Coordinator Shammi Carr at 693-1173 or send email to scarr@uvi.edu.

Taking Action: How to be an Effective Self-Advocate Upcoming Training - May 14

Programs offering training in self-advocacy for individuals with disabilities are scheduled for May 12 on St. Thomas and May 14 on St. Croix. Participants will get an overview of the "do's and don'ts" of self-advocacy, as well as a review of the "Five Steps of Self Advocacy." Sample Advocacy letters will be provided and self-advocacy in relation to the legislative process will be reviewed. Helpful tips for communicating with legislators will also be offered. Individuals with disabilities, Advocates and any interested parties are encouraged to attend this training. The programs are free and limited to 50 participants each.

• St. Thomas: 9 a.m. to noon on May 12; Location: The Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus

• St. Croix: 9 a.m. to noon on May 14; Location: The Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus

The training programs are sponsored by Cornell University's DBTAC - Northeast ADA Center in partnership with United Spinal Association and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). For registration and information on disability accommodations call Program Coordinator Shammi Carr at 693-1173 or send email to scarr@uvi.edu.

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.