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Bulletin Board for April 9, 2009

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.

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. This closure includes the UVI Libraries on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses.

Student Employee Appreciation Week Set April 12-18 on St. Thomas Campus

Student Employee Appreciation Week on UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for April 12 through 18. The week's highlight will be the presentation of the student employee appreciation awards at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the Dining Pavilion. During the ceremony, the 2009 Student Employee of the Year will be named. Additional student employees will be honored with a series of "Lighter Side" awards. Students being honored were nominated by supervisors and other UVI employees with whom they work.

The week's activities begin with "A Word of Appreciation Day" on Monday, April 13, which encourages members of the UVI community to share their appreciation with student workers. A career development workshop on ethics in the workplace is scheduled at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, in Business Education room 102. A trivia game matching employees from various divisions and units is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, in the Dining Pavilion. The week's activities conclude with a movie for students at noon on Friday, April 17, in the Dining Pavilion. The week's activities are sponsored by the Student Employee Appreciation Committee of the Division of Student Affairs on St. Thomas. For more information, contact Melissa Williams at mwillia5@uvi.edu or by calling (340) 693-1134.

UVI Senate to Meet on April 13 on St. Thomas and St. Croix

The next meeting of the UVI Senate is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 13. Members of the Senate will meet in room 213 of the Teacher Education Building on the St. Thomas campus and in room 304 of the Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. The agenda items include the adoption of the UVI Senate Bylaws and the proposed UVI Tuition Remission Policy. Members of the UVI community are welcome to attend.

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.

Ceremonies will begin on both campuses at 2:30 p.m. The venue on St. Thomas is the first-floor conference room in the Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix, the ceremony will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing.

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.

UVI Spring Play - Truth on Trial - to Open April 17 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, will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at the Pistarckle Theatre. The play continues with 8 p.m. shows on April 18, 24 and 25. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. are scheduled for April 19 and 26. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. The 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.

April Issue of Student Affairs Synergy Available Online

The April issue of the Student Affairs Synergy newsletter is now available in electronic form from the St. Croix Student Activities section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Synergy is a publication of the Division of Student Affairs on the St. Croix campus. It is dedicated to highlighting Student Affairs-sponsored programs, celebrating student successes and promoting student involvement in co-curricular activities. The April issue features a story and photo from the recent Miss UVI Ambassadorial competition. Also highlighted are upcoming student activities, important dates for members of the Class of 2009 and a review of the Career Exploration Week held March 30 through April 3 on the St. Croix campus. For more information, contact Miriam Osborne Elliott, Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs on St. Croix, at 692-4188 or send email to mosborn@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 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.

Other Current 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.

Carnival Practice to Include Mocko Jumbies on April 11; Deposit Deadline Is Today (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 today (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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.