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Bulletin Board for April 2, 2009

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'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.

March Issue of dateline: UVI Available Online

The March issue of dateline: UVI has been distributed to University offices and is available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The issue includes a story about the selection of Dr. David Hall to be the University's next president and coverage of Carice Glasgow who was crowned Miss UVI 2009-2010 on the St. Croix campus. Photos from several Charter Month activities are also included.

Lady Bucs Down Eastern in Final Inter-league Game

UVI's Lady Bucs conclude inter-league play and their final LAI league game with a 37-31 win over Eastern University in Puerto Rico on Monday, March 30. The Lady Bucs finish their season with a 5-8 record.

Scheduled Maintenance to UVI Web Site to Cause Brief Service Interruption

The UVI Web Site - www.uvi.edu - will be off line for approximately 10 minutes beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 3. The service interruption is to allow for scheduled maintenance to the site.

Student Activities Advisors Training Set for April 6 on St. Croix

The Office of Student Activities on UVI's St. Croix Campus will host an advisors luncheon and training session entitled: "Charting Our Students' Course to Excellence" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, in Great Hall Room 134. Junie Violenes, Student Activities Supervisor on the St. Thomas campus will be the trainer/presenter. All advisors must confirm their attendance via email to Hedda Finch-Simpson at hfinch@uvi.edu or call 692-4228.

Fashion Explosion Slated April 4 on St. Croix

The UVI Student Activities Office will sponsor a student fashion show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, in the Cafetorium on the St. Croix campus. Music will be provided by DJ Infamis. Advance tickets are $7 for UVI students and $10 for non-students. For details, call 629-4228.

St. Croix Campus SGA Sets Election for April 9

The Student Government Association (SGA) Elections Committee on UVI's St. Croix campus will host its 2009-2010 election on Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the Evans Center Library Terrace from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 April 7, in Evans Center room 716. A Meet-the-Candidates and Student Trustees Forum is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on April 8, in the UVI Cafetorium. For additional information please contact Acting Elections Committee Chair Renako Wells at rwells15@gmail.com.

UVI's Emergency Notification System

A test of UVI's emergency notification system was conducted this morning (Thursday, April 2) in conjunction with a territory wide tsunami test warning. To date, 730 individuals have signed up to participate in the UVI system which includes text messaging to cell phones and email alerts. All UVI students, faculty and staff are urged to join the notification system. Instructions on how to sign up are included in the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

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UVI Senate General Meeting Slated for Friday, April 3

The UVI Senate will hold its next general session meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The Senate will convene in Chase Auditorium, room B 110 on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center room 401 on the St. Croix campus. On the meeting agenda are discussions of Senate bylaws and the UVI tuition remission policy.

All UVI Senate meetings are open to UVI faculty, staff and students.

UVI Carnival Mas Camp Open; First Troupe Practice Set Friday, April 3

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 temporary phone number is 693-1280.

The first troupe dance practice is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, outside the Dining Pavilion. Other activities on April 3 include a costume workshop beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Mas Camp, and a general meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion

The UVI Carnival Committee is seeking assistance from the UVI community in preparing its Carnival entry which is based on the theme: "Let Our Energies Combine for Carnival 2009." Items needed to help display the "green" theme include old LP records, 45 records, old CDs or DVD, paper towel bases, wire hangers and shower 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. The committee is also seeking individuals who can assist with sewing, wire bending, cutting, gluing, spraying, tea dying or simply lending a hand with the effort.

Registration for the troupe is available at the UVI Cashier's Office, Mas Camp or the Student Activities Offices on both campuses. A registration form is also available from the UVI Carnival web page and from this direct link. Mocko Jumbie practice is on-going. For details, contact Dave Smith at 693-1257. General information is also available from UVI Student Activities Offices at 693-1111 on St. Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix.

Carice Glasgow Crowned Miss UVI for 2009-10

Congratulations to UVI sophomore computer science major Carice Glasgow who was crowned Miss UVI 2009-2010 before a capacity crowd in the St. Croix campus Cafetorium at the Ambassadorial Competition held March 28. Ja'edee Caines was the first runner-up, with Christina Clement named second runner-up. As Miss UVI, Glasgow will serve as an ambassador for the University of the Virgin Islands by participating in UVI's recruitment efforts and maintaining a high level of visibility on both campuses and in the Virgin Islands community. More information and photos from the event will be posted on the UVI web site as they become available. A news release and photo are available on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

2009 Summer Session Registration Under Way

Registration for UVI's 2009 Summer Sessions I & II began on March 17. 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 have been set as follows: 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. For more information, contact UVI Access and Enrollment Services at 693-1160.

Career Exploration Week Under Way on St. Croix Campus

The UVI Counseling & Career Services Office on the St. Croix campus is conducting its "Tools for a Better Tomorrow" Annual Career Exploration Week through Friday, April 3. The week's activities begin at 11:30 a.m. each day, with the official opening today (Monday, March 30), in the Cafetorium. Among the remaining events is a panel discussion on "Financing College" at 11:30 a.m., on Friday. The discussion will be followed by a 50/50 raffle drawing in the Cafetorium. For more information contact the Counseling and Career Services Office at 692-4180.

Kayaking Available on Fridays Until April 3 for UVI Students, Faculty and Staff

The UVI Intramural Department is hosting a series of kayaking events from 3 p.m. to dark on Fridays until April 3. 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.

Miss CYFAR 2009 Competition Scheduled April 4

Five young ladies ages six to nine will participate in the Miss CYFAR 2009 competition scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Gladys Abraham Elementary School on St. Thomas. The contestants are Majestik F. Estrada Petersen, Francier Baker, K' Nyzha K. Henry, Francielli Baker and Adajah Y. Benjamin. All are participants in UVI's Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) program, an after school program administered by the Cooperative Extension Service. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and are available at the CES office, UVI Bookstore and V.I. Housing Authority. For more information call 693-1079 or 693-1073 or email jblyden@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.

Psi Chi Induction Ceremonies Set April 9 on St. Thomas, 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 noon on Thursday, April 9, in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, in the Great Hall's North West Wing on St. Croix. For more information contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman at 693-1277.

UVI Offers Three Vehicles for Sale

The University of the Virgin Islands Purchasing Office has announced the sale of three vehicles on St. Thomas. UVI will accept sealed bids between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 9. Bid documents and instructions can be picked up from the Purchasing Office, located on the second floor of the Administration and Conference Center. The vehicles for sale are:

  • A 1994 Toyota Pick-up, standard transmission, gray
  • A 1990 Mazda Truck, standard transmission, red
  • A 1996 Toyota Corolla, automatic transmission, green

The vehicles will be sold as is. Only sealed bids will be accepted. The bid opening will held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 13, at the UVI Purchasing Office on the St. Thomas campus. Within five working days after the unsealing of the bids, the successful bidder will be notified by telephone and/or by mail. For more information call the Purchasing Office at 693-1483.

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.

April 5 Luncheon Planned to Help Fund King Museum at UVI

Ms. Lillia E. King, daughter of the late Gov. and Mrs. Cyril E. King, invites the UVI community to attend a luncheon on St. Thomas at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort in honor of her parents. The luncheon will take place on Sunday, April 5. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to create a museum at UVI dedicated to the memory of Gov. King, the second elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and his wife, First Lady Agnes A. Schuster-King.

Ticket prices for the luncheon are $60 for adults and $35 for children. Tickets will be available in the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas. To place an advertisement in the commemorative booklet or to reserve a table, please contact Bernadine Barnes at 776-7162 or send email to bernsbarn07@gmail.com.

UVI Registration for 2009 Fall Semester to Open on April 6

The University of the Virgin Islands has rescheduled early registration for the 2009 Fall Semester due to pending changes in the fall class schedule. Beginning April 6 and continuing through August 7, 2009, students will be able to register online and in person for the fall 2009 semester. Students are reminded that they must see their advisor to receive information on their academic plan and to obtain their pin numbers for access to registration. New student advisement and registration 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.

UVI to Host Third Margaret Mead Film Festival in the V.I. April 10-12

The University of the Virgin Islands will host the third annual Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival on its St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses on April 10, 11 and 12. The festival is a product of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, which annually screens dozens of the best innovative, non-fiction films and selects its favorites for the traveling show. The emphasis is on learning about other people in other places in the world.


This year's program features six films - all new, all striking and all revealing about the world far from the Virgin Islands. Admission to all films is free. They will be shown from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Chase Auditorium, Room 110 of the Business Building on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus.

A news release about the Margaret Mead Film Festival and details of each film is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Concert Choir to Present Spring Concert on April 11

The UVI Concert Choir, under the direction of UVI Music Professor Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, will present a Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Nisky Moravian Church. The performance will include student conductor Nadja Skeete and student accompanists Darryl Williams, Lystra Edwards and Lynesha Sweeney. Vocal soloists are Eugenia Chapman, Christalia Mark, Ledell Mulraine and Jessica Williams. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchased at the door, from choir members or from the UVI Humanities office.

UVI Service Awards Ceremonies Set April 16 and 17

The University of the Virgin Islands' 35th Annual Service Awards ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, respectively. 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.

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.

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.

Alumna Gloria Josiah Publishes Book of Memoirs

UVI Alumna Gloria Josiah ('96) has published Ministry Adventures in the Caribbean, an inspirational memoir covering the rigors and rewards of ministerial family life in the Caribbean. In the book Mrs. Josiah recalls her adventures at the University of the West Indies while pursuing a degree in mathematics and economics, as well as her experiences at UVI. The book is available in the UVI libraries and UVI Bookstores on both campuses. For more information contact Mrs. Josiah at 778-1480 or e-mail her at gpjosiah@yahoo.com.

UVI Participating in '2009 Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey'

UVI's Office of Institutional Research and Planning has announced that the University is participating in a national study of first-year college students. The "2009 Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey" is being conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The survey is designed to allow students to relate their experiences during their first year of college. It covers many issues that examine the impact of college on a student's life.

Information generated by the survey will help UVI to evaluate how students adjust to college and the associated academic experiences and achievements. It will also seek information about how extracurricular activities and experiences with campus programs - such as orientation and honors courses - affect new students and how students have changed since entering college.

Participation by students will help UVI to understand which areas need attention and which areas are successful, with the overall goal of improving the college experience for students.

The YFCY survey opens this week with a pre-survey announcement via the Blackboard course delivery system. Students will receive email invitations from UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster via the YourFirstCollegeYear@datarecognitioncorp.com. Emails inviting students to participate will continue through April 10. More information about the Your First College Year 2009 Survey is available from this web link: www.gseis.ucla.edu/heri/index.php. Individuals with questions about the project or those interested in using the results should contact Dr. Mary Ann La Fleur at 693-1013.