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Bulletin Board for April 6, 2009

UVI Registration for 2009 Fall Semester Opens Today - 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 today (April 6) and continuing 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.

Photos of St. Thomas Campus UVI Student Employees Needed

Photos of student employees on UVI's St. Thomas campus are needed for the preparation of commemorative items to be presented during the Student Employee Awards Ceremony scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Student employees are asked to submit digital photos via email to: cfreela@uvi.edu. Those without photos can have them taken at the IT Helpdesk in the Paiewonsky Library any time after 1 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, April 6 to 9. For more information, contact Melissa Williams at 693-1134 or Mary Myers at 693-1088.

Seminar on Vegetable and Fruit Production Set April 8 on St. Croix Campus

UVI's Research & Public Service Component will conduct a seminar as part of the interview process for filling the position of Research Assistant Professor of Horticulture from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on the St. Croix campus. UVI faculty, staff, students and members of the Virgin Islands farming community are invited to attend. The seminar, with the topic "Vegetable and Fruit Production in the American Pacific: Northern Marianas and Micronesia," will be given by Dr. Dilip Nandwani. Dr. Nandwani is a plant pathologist and leader of the Crop Improvement and Production Program at Northern Marianas College. The seminar is sponsored by UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Rakocy at ext. 4031.

Carnival Practice to Include Mocko Jumbies on April 11; Deposit Deadline Set April 9

The next practice session for UVI's 2009 Carnival Troupe is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, outside the Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. This practice will also include participation by the Mocko Jumbies.

Registration for the troupe is still available at the UVI Cashier's Office, Mas Camp or the Student Activities Offices on both campuses. Registration forms are also available from the Carnival page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The deadline for interested participants to pay their costume deposits is Thursday, April 9.

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 who can assist with sewing, wire bending, cutting, gluing, spraying, tea dying or simply lending a hand with the effort are also needed.

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

UVI to Close for University Recess April 10-12

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed from Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, for a University Recess. Classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Monday, April 13.

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.

Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster Receives Two Paul Harris Awards

Two St. Thomas Rotary clubs honored UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster recently by naming her a Paul Harris Fellow.

Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation's charitable and educational programs. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster Receives SCLC National Award

University of the Virgin Islands President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster received a "2009 Drum Major for Justice Leadership in Higher Education Award" from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Women's Organizational Movement for Equality Now, (WOMEN) Inc. at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga. on Saturday, April 4. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

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.

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.

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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.

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; Bids Accepted Through April 9

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.