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Bulletin Board for April 30, 2009

UVI Entries Slated in 2009 Carnival Children's and Adults' Parades

The University of the Virgin Islands will be officially represented in St. Thomas' 2009 Carnival with troupes in the Children's and Adults' Parades. A 4-H program troupe, sponsored by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service, will feature 40 youngsters, age three to 12, in the Children's Parade beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 1. The 4-H Troupe theme is "A Touch of Africa in 2009 Virgin Islands Carnival."

UVI's entry in the Adult's Parade, which is slated to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, features a troupe, float and Mocko Jumbies. The theme is "Let Our Energies Combine for Carnival 2009." Approximately 35 persons are signed up to participate. There is also still time for last minute entries through tomorrow - Tuesday, April 28. Persons who are willing to help construct their own costumes can still signup for the Sun, Earth and Wind sections. To do so, visit the Mas Camp (see below) or call 693-1111.

UVI has been participating in the Adult's Parade since at least 1968, according to a feature story in this year's official Carnival magazine. The article, by UVI Professor Dr. Robert Nicholls, begins on page 24 and includes several vintage images of UVI carnival participants through the years.

  • Buy a UVI Carnival T-shirt - Support The Troupe

    The UVI Community invited to support the troupe by purchasing UVI Carnival 2009 t-shirts ... and wearing them on Carnival Food Fair Day - see below. T-shirts cost $10 for children, $12 for adults small to XL, and $15 for adults 2XL.
  • Mas Camp Final Week Hours

    UVI's Carnival Troupe Mas Camp is located in the old Financial Aid Building on the St. Thomas campus. The Mas Camp phone number is 693-1280. The remaining hours for Mas Camp are from 5 p.m. to midnight today (Thursday, April 30) through Friday, May 1.
  • 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.

May Tribute Events Honoring Dr. Ragster to Fund New Scholarship

Tribute events for UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster are scheduled for May 9, on St. Thomas, and for May 17, on St. Croix. The events 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 buying 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.

WTJX to Air Coverage of World Food Day's Youth Super Chef Competition

Television coverage of the Youth Super Chef competition held as part of World Food Day, last October on UVI's St. Croix campus, will be featured on WTJX TV's "School Days, Happy Days" program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 10. Clarice Clarke, of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service, said teams of four to six students from four junior high schools and three senior high schools on St. Croix participated. World Food Day activities were sponsored by the UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Department of Agriculture and UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station.

GERS Retirement Workshop Schedule Provided to UVI Employees

The 2009 Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) retirement workshop schedule has been released to UVI employees via email by Veda Richards, UVI Director of Employee Benefits and Immigration Services. The workshops are held at the GERS offices on St. Thomas, at 3438 Kronprindsens Gade GERS Complex-STE 1, and on St. Croix at #3005 Orange Grove, Lot 5 in Christiansted. One workshop will be held on St. John, on June 19, at The Battery. Individuals must pre-register for the workshops by calling 340-779-7703 ext. 4202 on St. Thomas or 340-773-5480 ext. 5480 on St. Croix. For more information, contact Richards at 693-1429.

Other Current Items ...

UVI Takes Part in LAI Justas Celebration in Puerto Rico

More than 100 UVI students, faculty and staff traveled to Ponce, Puerto Rico, over the weekend to represent the University at Justas. Justas is an annual event in Puerto Rico that brings together all of the LAI colleges and universities for competitive athletic events and pageantry. The UVI dance team competed admirably during Friday night's Dance Team Competition, which was heavily supported by the UVI delegation. The University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon took home the first place Dance Team title. On Saturday, the UVI delegation, headed by UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, participated in the procession of schools around the Paquito Montaner Stadium, to rousing applause. The trip was an occasion for UVI students from St. Croix and St. Thomas to come together to display their Buccaneer pride.

St. Croix SGA Conducting Clothing Drive Through May 4

The Student Government Association on UVI's St. Croix Campus began its first annual clothing drive to benefit the St. Croix Women's Coalition and Closet to Closet on Monday, April 27. The drive will continue through Monday, May 4. Drop-off sites are located at the Student Government Office, the Student Activities Office and the St. Croix campus Business Office. The UVI Community is urged to support the venture by donating articles of clothing to those in need. For more information contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228.

UVI-CES to Hold Free High Blood Pressure Awareness Workshop on St. Croix

A free workshop on high blood pressure is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on May 14, in room 133 of the UVI Research and Extension Center on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus. The workshop is offered by the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service. For more information or to register, contact Jo-Ann Josiah at 692-4083 or Evannie Jeremiah at 692-4094.

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. Contact information and phone numbers must be included.

UVI Financial Aid Offices Offer Assistance to Summer Session Students

Individuals who are registered or planning to register 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 - or from this Money for Summer Direct link. Loan applications are also available at the offices on both campuses. For details, contact the St. Croix campus Financial Aid Office at 692-4193. On St. Thomas, the Financial Aid Office is available at 693-1090.

Dateline: UVI April Issue Distributed and Available Online

The April issue of the newsletter Dateline: UVI has been distributed to campus offices and is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The April issue includes coverage of the recently conducted St. Thomas and St. Croix Employee Service Awards. Also featured are photos of the UVI Employees of the Year - Dawn Matthew on St. Thomas and Christine Henry on St. Croix - who were announced during the ceremonies. Among other items, the issue also features a look at UVI's 2009 St. Thomas Carnival Troupe costumes.

National Journal Recognizes Medicinal Benefits of V.I. Trees

An article on the medicinal properties of Virgin Islands trees, by UVI faculty member Dr. Robert Nicholls, has been published by The Journal of the American Botanical Council. Persons interested in traditional remedies, natural history and folklore of the Virgin Islands and Caribbean will be intrigued by the 12-page article, titled "Medicinal Trees of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Neighboring Islands." The article is included in the journal's HerbalGram81 (2009, Vol. 81, 32-43).

Noting that the ongoing conservation of the islands' trees is critical, Dr. Nicholls said he hopes the project heightens public awareness of how trees were used by V.I. forbearers. "Young people are our major constituents ... they will eventually be the custodians of our trees," Dr. Nicholls said. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

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 Conducting 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. 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 Promote Wellness for Women with Disabilities - May 10 to 16

A health fair for women with disabilities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas. The fair will be sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). It is designed to disseminate information about health and wellness to women and young girls with disabilities, and to their caregivers. Agencies, healthcare providers and females with disabilities are encouraged to participate. The fair is part of a week long effort to promote the health of women with disabilities. The week, which runs from May 10 to 16, has the theme "A Healthier You - Helping Women and Young Girls with Disabilities Live Healthy Lifestyles." It will include discussions on various local radio and TV programs, some featuring guests from UVI. Programs include: the "Afternoon Mix" program, from 4 to 5 p.m. on May 11; the Mario Moorehead Show, from 2 to 3 p.m. on May 12; and the Face To Face program on WTJX TV, from 8 to 9 p.m. on May 13. For more information contact Rashida Francis at the VIUCEDD at 693-1185 or 693-1322.

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 ...

CELL Seeking Participants in Focus Group Series

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center is seeking volunteers to participate in a series of focus groups planned for one of CELL's corporate clients. Participants must be over 18 years of age and be a wireless telephone customer. In addition, they must be willing to provide the name of their current wireless company and indicate whether you are a prepaid or contract customer.

Each person selected to participate in the focus group will receive a $20 pre-paid calling card and be entered into a raffle to win a flat screen television. (To qualify, participants must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.) Space is limited. Interested persons must send an email to cell@uvi.edu and indicate willingness to participate, which session they would like to attend, and their carrier's name and type of service. Reservations must be made by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Sessions times will be 4 to 5:45 p.m. and 6 to 7:45 p.m. On St. Thomas they will be conducted on Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7, at the Innovative Corporate Offices in Tutu Park. On St. Croix sessions will take place on Friday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 12, in the Innovative Corporate Offices at Sunny Isle.

For details, call the CELL office at (340) 693-1100.

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.