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Bulletin Board for December 3, 2009

Project to Monitor Ciguatera to Kick Off With Dec. 4 News Conference at UVI

Warming ocean temperatures will bring a slew of environmental changes, and one negative consequence may be an increase in ciguatera fish poisoning in people who dine on reef fish. To counter an expected rise in such cases in the Caribbean, the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) at the University of Florida is teaming up with partners in the U.S.V.I. - including the University of the Virgin Islands - to launch a Ciguatera Fish Poisoning Monitoring project. A press conference on the project is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, in Chase Auditorium (B-110) on UVI's St. Thomas campus. A news release is available for the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Staff Council Election Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4

The election for officers of the UVI Staff Council will be held on Friday, Dec. 4. The official slate of nominees is as follows:

  • Linda Smith and Ardrina Scott-Elliott - Vice Chair
  • Astrid Carmona - Regular Staff Representative/St. Thomas campus
  • Cheryl Roberts and Yvette Taylor - Professional Staff Representative/St. Croix campus
  • Cherie Wheatley - Administrative Staff Representative/St. Thomas campus
  • Jacquiel Fredericks (STT), Myrtle Pemberton (STX) - Chair - Human Resources Committee
  • Shelly Anslyn-Jones (STX) - Chair/Membership Committee

Ballots - which have been distributed to all employees - may be dropped off at the Administration and Conference Center's front desk and at the Library on the St Thomas campus. Ballots on the St. Croix campus may be dropped off at the Library on the St. Croix campus.

EPSCoR Conference on Integrating Science and Management Set Dec. 4

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) will present its annual one-day conference on Friday, Dec. 4, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. This year's subject is Integrating Science and Management in Island Ecosystems.

The conference is designed to bring together scientists, natural resource managers and decision makers to address important, cross-cutting issues relevant to managing the Virgin Islands' fragile island ecosystems. This dialog will allow natural and social scientists to better understand the data needs of resource managers, while at the same time helping resource managers and policymakers to better utilize scientific information and integrate it into their decision making processes. The goal of the conference is to help chart a course towards making better informed decisions in planning, designing and implementing regulations with people in mind.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. For information, contact Kaisa Prentice via email at kprenti2@uvi.edu or by phone at (340) 693-1428.

STT-STJ Agriculture and Food Fair Set Dec. 5-6 on Reichhold Center Grounds

Holiday gifts, native fruits and children's games top the list of attractions offered to the public as the 27th St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair celebrates the season on Dec. 5 and 6. Promoters are also inviting the public to take a look inside the lives of bees at a special exhibit being set up on the fair grounds.

The fair takes place on the grounds of the Reichhold Center for the Arts, on the UVI St. Thomas campus each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies are scheduled to begin Saturday at 2 p.m., featuring the presentation of awards to this year's Crop Farmer of the Year and Livestock Farmer of the Year. A news release is available for the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI 'A Christmas Celebration' Concert Set for Dec. 5 at the Reichhold Center

The University of the Virgin Islands' annual Christmas concert - A Christmas Celebration - is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The program will feature the University Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen, and the Steel Pan Ensemble, under the direction of Instructor Shenelle N. Warner.

The concert will highlight performers from UVI, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, and community members including Lorna Freeman-Dennis, Lynesha Sweeney, Gylchris Sprauve, Drew Bowers, Detra Davis and others. The concert is sponsored by the Music Area of the University's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Tickets - $20 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for senior citizens - are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office, the UVI Bookstore, the UVI Humanities Office, Nora's Beauty Palace, Dockside Bookstore, VI Bridal & Tuxedo, and members of the UVI Concert Band and the Steel Pan Ensemble. For details, call (340) 693-1192.

UVI to Honor Retiree Mavis Gilchrist Dec. 5 on St. Croix, Dec. 10 on St. Thomas

Members of the UVI community are invited to join in a retirement celebrations for Mavis Gilchrist, UVI's director of Financial Aid, who served the University for 32 years. The first celebration is scheduled on St. Croix, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Gertrude's Restaurant on St. Croix. Tickets are $40. They include dinner, entertainment and a gift for the retiree. A cash bar will be available. For details, call 692-4193 or send email to cferris2@uvi.edu.

On St. Thomas, UVI's Access and Enrollment Services office will host a retirement luncheon for Gilchrist at the Administration and Conference Center at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10. A donation of $15 is requested. It will go towards the meal and a gift for the honoree. Pease RSVP to Suzanne Adrien at 693-1096 or sadrien@uvi.edu.

Student Employee Evaluation and Worker Request Forms Now Due

UVI's Offices of Student Employment have announced that Student Employee Evaluation forms for fall semester workers and Student Worker Request form for student workers needed during the upcoming spring semester are due immediately. The appropriate forms were distributed via email in November. Student employee evaluations are required to complete employment verification procedures. New student worker request forms must be received at least three weeks prior to the student's start date.

For more information, visit the Career Services section of the UVI website -

www/uvi.edu - or contact Mary Myers at 693-1088 or Verna Rivers at 693-1087 on the St. Thomas campus and Anyha Lord at 692-4180 or Doris Farrington-Hepburn at 692-4187 on the St. Croix Campus.

Fall Semester Classes at UVI to Conclude on Tuesday, Dec. 8

Tuesday, Dec. 8, is the final day of classes for UVI's fall 2009 semester. Final exams are scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 9, through Tuesday, Dec. 15. The fall semester ends for students on Dec. 15.


UVI-CES to Hold Free Holiday Baking Workshops on St. Croix on Dec. 8-9

Free workshops on making sweet breads and fruit cakes are scheduled by the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) on UVI's St. Croix campus. Sweet breads workshops are set for Tuesday, Dec. 8, with the fruit cake workshops following on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Morning sessions from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions from 1 to 4 p.m. will be available both days. The workshops will take place in Room 134 of the Research and Extension Center.

Workshop size is limited. To register, contact Jo-An Josiah at 692-4083 or 692-4094. The workshops are sponsored by the Extension Services' 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

Concert Choir to Offer Caroling and Cake Dec. 11 on St. Thomas Campus

Members of UVI's Concert Choir will offer Christmas cheer for the body and soul in the form of caroling and a cake sale from 10 a.m. to noon on the St. Thomas campus on Friday, Dec. 11. After the caroling, which will include various locations around campus, cake and music will be available at the Music Building beginning at 1 p.m.

4th Annual Woodworkers' Expo to be Held on St. Croix Dec. 11-13

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service announces the fourth annual Virgin Islands' Woodworkers' Expo. The expo will take place at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus from Dec. 11 through 13. It will feature the works of the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society and St. Croix Wood Artists, Inc.

The expo will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, and 10 a.m. on Dec. 12 and 13. This is your opportunity to view and purchase the exquisite quality work of some of the finest woodworkers anywhere. The expo will also feature demonstrations by master woodworkers Avelino Samuel of St. John, Afreekan Southwell and William Johnson of St. Thomas, and Bien Brignoni of St. Croix.

A news release is available for the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Receives HUD Grant to Develop Frederiksted Resource Center

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center was recently awarded a $794,220 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The three-year grant was provided as part of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Program and is designed to address critical community development needs while extending the role and effectiveness of HBCU's in their neighborhoods. The project seeks to expand UVICELL's existing facility in Frederiksted, St. Croix, which will allow the University to enhance the services offered to residents of the Virgin Islands. A news release is available for the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Students Invited to Participate in Model U.N. Competition in 2010

UVI is seeking students interested in participating in the third annual UVI Model U.N. Competition scheduled for March 18, 2010, on the St. Thomas campus. The competition is open to all UVI students on both campuses who have taken or who plan to take any political science course at the University.

Students who participate will experience a wide variety of opportunities, including representing their campus, gaining knowledge of the world, improving their public speaking, sharpening problem solving skills, learning conflict resolution, improving research and writing skills and making a difference in the world.

The competition is co-sponsored by Rotary Clubs in the Virgin Islands and the UVI Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Kula Francis at 340-692-4065 or kfranci@uvi.edu

Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa Appointed Editor of The Caribbean Writer

The University of the Virgin Islands is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa as the new editor of The Caribbean Writer, an award-winning anthology published annually under the Research and Public Service component of the University. Her appointment will begin in January 2010.

Dr. Henry Smith, Vice Provost of the Research and Public Service component, said that "UVI is very pleased to welcome Dr. Adisa and has every confidence that her being on the staff will add immensely to the growth and reach of The Caribbean Writer." A news release is available for the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

UVI's St. Croix Campus Holiday Gala Set for Dec. 12 at Divi

The Annual UVI Holiday Gala event for UVI's St. Croix campus is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. The evening's theme will be "Shades of Blue." Tickets - which are complimentary for faculty and staff and $35 for guests - are now available in the Office of the Executive Administrator- St. Croix Campus. For more information call 692-4236 or 692-4161.

Divi Carina Bay is offering a special room rate of $129 (plus tax and energy surcharge) for UVI employees and guests who would like to stay that night. For details, contact Divi Carina Bay at (340) 773-9700.

UVI's St. Thomas Campus Holiday Gala Set for Dec. 19 at Marriott

The Annual UVI Holiday Gala event for UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. Music will be provided by Spectrum Band. Employee tickets are complimentary. Guest tickets are $35. They will be available beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, from the Human Resources Office in the Administration and Conference Center.


UVI Financial Aid/Scholarship Students Advised to Visit Cashier's Offices

Returning UVI students who have received financial aid or scholarships, and who have registered for the spring 2010 semester, can now visit Cashier's Offices on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses to pay for classes. Failure to do so will result in classes being cancelled. Students must contact the Cashier's Offices in person to have their awards credited to their accounts. The last day to pay for classes for the spring 2010 semester is Jan. 5, 2010. For details, call the Cashier's Office on the St. Croix campus at  (340) 692-4160, or the Cashier's Office on the St. Thomas campus at (340) 693-1437.

St. Thomas Golden Key Society Collecting Clothing for Haiti

The St. Thomas chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society is conducting a clothing drive for families and individuals in need on Haiti. Donated clothing can be dropped off at the Counseling Services/Student Affairs Center on the St. Thomas campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 30. Members of the Golden Key's Community Services Committee will also accept donations. For more information contact us via email: goldenkeysttchapter@yahoo.com


Youth Participants Sought for 4-H Groups' 2010 St. Croix Festival Troupe

The 4-H Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service is looking for Virgin Islands children between the ages of five and 12 to become a part of a 4-H Festival Troupe that will participate in the 2010 St. Croix Christmas Festival Children's Parade. The parade is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2010. For more information, contact Yvonne Phillips at 693-1078 on St. Thomas or Jillean Webster at 692-4087 on St. Croix.

St. Thomas Golden Key Raising Funds for Children's Christmas Gifts

The St. Thomas chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society is partnering with the Salvation Army to supply Christmas gifts for some of the less fortunate children in the community. Monetary contributions, cash and checks or money orders made out to Golden Key-UVI, are being accepted by Chapter Faculty Advisor Dr. Patricia Harkins-Pierre and chapter Public Relations Officer Eustus Saunders. Receipts for tax purposes are available. For details, contact Dr. Harkins-Pierre at 693-1357 or send email to: pharkin@uvi.edu, or Eustus Saunders at (340) 201-9041 or send email to: eustus.saunders@gmail.com. Information is also available from Golden Key committee members: Kurt Alexander, Troi Willams, Keroma Pollock, Nicola Maduro, Triola Browne, Jadee Caines, Chelcy Angol, Dacil Heyliger, Keri Weeks, Campbell Douglas, Ericia Haliday, Jo-Anne Neale and Derron Ambrose.

Ongoing Items...

UVI Holiday Recess Schedule

UVI's Human Resources Office has announced that UVI President Dr. David Hall has approved the 2009 Administrative end-of-the-year Holiday Recess.

All offices will be closed for the holiday recess from Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, through Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. All offices will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2010. In observance of Three King's Day, all offices will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Note: Paid "Administrative Leave" is applicable only for the regular work week (from Monday through Friday).

UVI Revises Academic Calendar for Spring Semester 2010

The University of the Virgin Islands has announced the revision of its Academic Calendar covering the 2010 spring semester. The calendar stipulates the schedule for all academic activities at the University for the period from Jan. 4 through May 16, 2010.

The revised calendar begins on Jan. 4, the date UVI staff members will return from the holiday break. UVI faculty members return on Jan. 7. New student orientation and registration are set for Jan. 7. Advisement and late registration are scheduled for Jan. 8. Spring semester classes begin on Jan. 11. Click here to view the Spring 2010 Academic Calendar.

NSE Applications Available from Counseling Services Office

Students interested in studying abroad through the National Student Exchange (NSE) program may obtain the NSE application and directory booklet from UVI Counseling Services office on the St. Thomas campus. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible. More information can be obtained from Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm, at (340) 693-1136 or via email at: ahamm@uvi.edu.

Reichhold Offers Payroll Deduction for UVI Employee Ticket Purchases

UVI employees are encouraged use payroll deductions to purchase tickets to Reichhold Center for the Arts shows. Employees should visit the Reichhold Ticket Office to sign an authorization form. This allows employees to spread the cost of tickets over four easy payments. For details, call 693-1559. Visit www.reichholdcenter.com for a list of upcoming performances.

November Issue of Dateline: UVI Newsletter Published, Available Online

The November issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI has been published and is available from the UVI web site's - www.uvi.edu - Public Relations section and from this direct link. Featured are articles on UVI President Dr. David Hall's recent presentation to high school boys on St. Croix, the Comprehensive Land and Sea Conference held Nov. 16 at UVI, and recent accomplishments of UVI Professor Don Drost in Belgium. Also featured is a photo from the Bucs Alumni Reunion held Nov. 22 on Brewer's Beach.

Student Testing Schedule...

CLEP Tests to be Offered Dec. 7 and 8 on St. Thomas Campus

Students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2009 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. The CLEP testing program allows students to earn college credit for acquired skill and knowledge in specific subjects.

CLEP tests will be administered on Dec. 7 and 8, 2009, in the Campus Advising and Tutorial Services (CATS) computer lab located in the CA Building, Room 123, on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Students can register for the test at the front desk of the Office of Access and Enrollment Services, located on the first floor of UVI's Administration and Conference Center.

Test candidates must report to the test site no later than 9 a.m. on each test day, with appropriate identification and form of payment. Acceptable forms of identification include a current driver's license, state or Federal ID, a current passport, tribal ID card, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship. The cost associated with CLEP is $72 per test (payable to College Board) and a one-time additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). Payment must be made in the form of check, money order, or credit card; cash will not be accepted. Students can email cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.



UVI English Placement Tests Scheduled for Jan. 5, 2010

UVI English Placement tests are scheduled to be administered on Jan. 5, 2010. On the St. Thomas campus the testing will be held in Room 222 of the Sports and Fitness Center. On the St. Croix campus the test will be held in Evens Center Room 401. Students should bring a photo ID and two pens with blue or black ink.

The testing schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. - Registration
  • 9:00-10 a.m. - English 100
  • 10-10:15 a.m. - Break
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. - English 101

English Placement tests are offered for students who have never taken the SAT or who took the SAT and scored below 500 in Reasoning or below 21 on the ACT-English. Students who took but did not pass the test(s) may not take the tests again.

CELL Notes...

CELL Offering Three-Year SAT Prep Program on St. Thomas and St. Croix

Tenth-grade students on St. Thomas and St. Croix are invited to apply to a three-year Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Preparatory Program offered by the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center in partnership with Innovative Communications Corp.

Launched in 2005, the SAT Preparatory Program was designed to help Virgin Islands public high school students improve their SAT scores. It also tracks student progress from their sophomore through senior years. Classes will start on Jan. 9, 2010 and will be held 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Sessions will be held on UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas campus.

Applicants must be 10th-grade public high school students, with GPAs of 2.0 to 3.5. An administrative fee of $20 is required at orientation. Interested applicants must submit their applications to the UVI CELL Center by Monday, Nov. 30, to be considered. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to request an application, call (340) 693-1106 or visit the UVI CELL web site: http://cell.uvi.edu.

VIUCEDD Notes...

7th V.I. Parent Empowerment Conference Set Dec. 5-6

The 7th annual Virgin Islands Parent Empowerment Conference will be held this weekend, with separate sessions on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The conference theme is "Strengthen Partnerships for Students' Success." This year's guest speakers are Raynelle Nelson, Sandra Covington-Smith and Pam Prescott. Parents and caregivers of children with disabilities are invited attend and learn creative ways to enhance the educational experience for their children as they attend public school and to provide them with tools necessary for independence, productivity and full inclusion in the Virgin Islands community.

The conference's St. Thomas session runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort. The St. Croix session will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. Transportation on St. Croix will be available. There is no fee for conference participants. Breakfast, lunch, safe/fun activities and childcare will be provided. For more information, call Truvia Plaskett at 776-5802.

The conference is organized by the V.I. Department of Education, the State Office of Special Education, the VI Family Network on Disabilities and the Virgin Islands University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD).

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Offers Seminars on Preparing Success Plans for Business

The Virgin Island Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) will present two seminars designed to help prepare success plans for small businesses in December on St. Thomas.

"Show Me the Money! The Narrative for Preparing a Success Plan for Your Business" will be offered on Thursday, Dec. 10. The second seminar, "Show Me the Money! The Financials for Preparing a Success Plan for Your Business," will follow on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Both sessions are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center.

The presenter is Daryl Edwards, a business counselor at the VI SBDC. Admission is $25 for each seminar. Admission for individuals who pre-register for both seminars is only $35. The discount admission for those who pre-register for one seminar is $20. UVI students, staff, faculty and veterans of the U.S. military with proper ID will be admitted for free. Pre-registration is required to qualify for free admission.

It is recommended that business owners or potential business owners have a success plan for their business. These seminars will focus on the basics of how to put together a success plan. A success plan is a great guide for the day to day operations of any business. They are mandatory for businesses to qualify for bank loans.

For details, contact the VI SBDC at (340) 776-3206.