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Bulletin Board for February 16, 2009

Executive Committee of UVI Board of Trustees to Meet Friday, Feb. 20, 2009

The Executive Committee of the UVI Board of Trustees will meet by teleconference on Friday, February, 20, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center. The Executive Committee will meet in executive session to receive a report on a personnel matter.

Junior and Senior Students Sought for Hill Scholarship Project

UVI's Office of the Provost is seeking full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors to participate in an educational project for the Heyward G. Hill Scholarship. The deadline for students to submit their application and supporting documents is March 12, 2009.

Students must submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, a scholarship application letter and official transcripts. To qualify, students must be full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, be a US Citizen and be pursuing an interest in an academic discipline in international affairs.

Students may obtain an application from the Provost's Offices on either the St. Thomas or St. Croix campus.

New UVI Alumni eMagazine Available Online

The inaugural issue of the University of the UVI's Alumni eMagazine is now available from the Alumni section of the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu. The spring 2009 issue of Alumni eMagazine is full of information, events and updates. The license plate initiative, the events calendar and our nine reasons to give to UVI are a few highlights. Students, faculty and staff are invited to share Alumni eMagazine with other members of the University community.

Institutional Advancement Component Seeks Input on Strategic Plan

UVI's Institutional Advancement Component will host a series of meetings this week designed to obtain public input on its strategic plan. Strategic Planning Conversations will be held on Feb. 17, in the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus, on Feb. 18, at the Legislature Conference Room on St. John, and on Feb. 19, in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The conversations will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on each day. The component is comprised of the following areas at the University: Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Alumni Affairs, Development, Public Relations and the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

The Strategic Planning Conversations will allow members of the public to suggest strategies that each of the areas can use to better meet their mission and better serve the community. For more information contact Institutional Advancement at 693-1040.

A news release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

UVI-RT Park Schedules Directors Meeting for March 11

A meeting of the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park Board of Directors has been scheduled for 11 a.m. (AST) on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

The meeting will be held in the meeting facilities of the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix. Interested parties wishing to attend must notify Ingrid Santangelo, in advance, at the Research and Technology Park office. For further information call 692-4200.

UVI Carnival Troupe Seeks Participants; Mocko Jumbies Also Needed

Members of the UVI community invited to join the UVI 2009 Carnival troupe. This year's theme is "UVI Goes Green" for Carnival 2009. More information is available from a new Carnival 2009 web page which can be accessed from the "Spotlight" button on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu or from this direct link. UVI Professor Dr. David Smith will again coach the Mocko Jumbies segment of the troupe. Dr. Smith is looking for fresh talent to join the veteran Mocko Jumbies who are planning to participate. Anyone interested in joining the Mocko Jumbies group should contact Dr. Smith via email at dsmith@uvi.edu or call 693-1257. "If you ever thought you couldn't do it - well, you thought wrong," Dr. Smith said. "I have trained five-year-old kids and I have trained grandmas (who wouldn't tell me how old they were). You can do it. And you'll have a blast and lifetime of memories." The UVI troupe will participate in the Carnival Adults Parade on May 2.

UVI Community Invited to Casting Call for Film in Puerto Rico

Members of the UVI community are invited to participate in a casting call for a feature film (Rum Diary) that will be shot in Puerto Rico. Professor Magda Rodriguez, a part-time vocal instructor at UVI, said a talented male, around 5' 11" tall and in good shape is needed for the film. Anyone interested in the paying role whould contact Rodriquez at 693-1193. The production will be shot soon (March- April) in Puerto Rico. Don't delay!

Other Current Items ...

STEM Scholarships Available to UVI Students

The University of the Virgin Islands Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Programs is offering a variety of scholarships and summer research programs for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students for the summer 2009 and academic year 2009-2010. This year more than 70 STEM students are expected to receive direct support for tuition, books, conference travel expenses, hourly research salaries and monthly stipends of up to $913. ECS Scholars, as students supported by the programs are called, also receive research and career mentoring.

A news release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

Black Heritage Week - Feb. 15-20 - Events Set for St. Thomas Campus

The Black Heritage Committee of the Student Government Association on UVI's St. Thomas campus will host the following events during Black Heritage Week - Feb. 15 through 20.

Monday - Movie Night -- Hotel Rawanda starts at 8 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion.

Tuesday - Poster Contest -- $100 cash prize to best poster that depicts
a time in Black History. The winner will be announced at lunch time in the
Dining Pavilion.

Wednesday - Arts and Craft Night -- begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion. Bring a t-shirt, decorations will be provided free (Tye-Dye, sequins, jewelry making materials, etc.). Open to the public.

Thursday - Motivational Speaker -- during dinner time in Dining Pavilion from 5 to 7 p.m.

Friday - Miss Black Heritage Fashion Show -- Starts at 8:30 p.m. First prize: $400.00, Second prize: 100.00, gift-card for miss popularity winner. Contestants will be judged on their introductory speeches and a Black Heritage costumes.

Opening for Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Set Feb. 18

Opening activities for UVI's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Paiewonsky Library on UVI's St. Thomas campus. CETL represents the integration of the Faculty Resource Center and the Faculty Technology Training Center. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Suzanne Darrow at 693-1214 (days) or Dean Knight at 693-2147 (evening).

Fifth Parent Empowerment Workshop Set for Feb. 19 on St. Thomas

The fifth session in a series of monthly Parent Empowerment Workshops to be offered by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), the Virgin Islands Family Information Network on Disabilities (VIFIND) and the State Office of Education is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, at the new Head Start building (First Street Estate Thomas location) on St. Thomas. The monthly workshops are designed for parents of children with disabilities. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This session will focus specifically on parents of Hispanic background who have children in special education. All materials, information and workshop will be provided in Spanish. Future workshops in the series will focus on a wide variety of issues including employment and college rights, assistive technology and early childhood. Parents will be asked to suggest additional subjects. The February 19th workshop will also include a question and answer session, a resource table with materials in Spanish and dinner.

For details and/or registration, contact Shammi Carr at VIUCEDD at 693-1173 or Judee Slowsky VIFIND at 774-1662,

Faculty, Student Deadlines to Order Commencement Regalia Set on St. Thomas

The St. Thomas campus Commencement Committee has announced that professional staff members who plan to participate in commencement must order regalia for the ceremony no later than Monday, Feb. 23. Orders are placed at the University Bookstore. A late fee will be charged on orders placed after that date. Details and an order form are available from this direct link. The deadline for students to order regalia has been extended until Friday, Feb. 20.

UVI to Premiere Katrina Documentary as Scholarship Fundraiser

The Virgin Islands premiere of the film "Trouble the Water," which won the best documentary prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. Proceeds from the premiere will go to support scholarships for UVI students. The powerful, Academy Award-nominated documentary takes viewers inside Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath. A discussion, led by several volunteers who visited the Gulf Coast and saw the aftermath of the storm first-hand, will follow.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Reichhold Center Box office (Phone: 693-1559), VI Bridal in Tutu Park Mall and Modern Music in Havensight. For more information call 693-1040 or 693-1053. More information is available at this direct link.

Senior Class Student Speaker Competition Set for Feb. 22 on St. Thomas

The advisors of the Senior Class on UVI's St. Thomas campus have selected "Transferable Skills" as the topic for the annual student speaker competition.

Students interested in participating in this competition must be present at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Chase Auditorium (Business room 110) to present their papers to the senior class. Class members will vote and input will be given from advisors. The first runner-up will serve as the alternate in the event that the winner is unable to be the Student Speaker at commencement.

The competition topic will explore these areas: How will the broad-based education received at UVI facilitate entry into the real world? What skills will be useful, no matter what field one studied or will enter upon graduation? Are there specific skills that can be used to enhance one's transition from student to worker? How might these skills be applicable for those who are going on to graduate school? Are there any specific skills that are transferable to make graduate education more productive and rewarding?

For more information, contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman on 693-1277 or send email to kengerm@uvi.edu

Special Session on Youth Offered as Part of Governor's Safety & Health Conference

As part of the 4th Annual Governor's Safety & Health Conference, a special session will be held on St. Thomas for individuals or companies who interact specifically with youth in the workplace. Entitled "Youth @Work: Talking Safety," the session is slated for 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef. It will be presented by trainers from the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, at Berkeley. (See a related item in the "Other Current Items ..." section below.)

A special invitation is extended to career technical and vocational education teachers, guidance counselors, job placement and work/school coordinators, workplace supervisors and anyone working directly with employed youth. The registration fee is $75.

This interactive, four-hour session is designed to prepare participants who work with youth already in the workforce, or those preparing to enter the workforce with information to identify young workers at risk for injury, help young workers find ways to make their jobs safer, and use the "Youth @ Work: Talking Safety" curriculum funded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

For details, call the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center at (340) 693-1100.

UVI to Partner with Agencies on Governor's Safety and Security Conference

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the V.I. Office of Homeland Security will host the 4th Annual Governor's Safety and Health Conference in February. The conference will be held Feb. 18-20, at the Carambola Beach Resort on St. Croix and Feb. 23-25, at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef on St. Thomas.

This year's theme, "Keeping Paradise Safe and Secure: Together we can...Together we will," represents the combined efforts and dedication of the entities involved to keep worksites safe and ensure that the territory remains secure. The Governor's Safety and Health Conference provides an opportunity for the private and public sectors to come together and learn about developing effective programs to prevent workplace injury and illness, as well as keeping our borders secure. A full release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

VIUCEDD to Offer Course in American Sign Language on St. Thomas

A course on American Sign Language will be offered this spring on St. Thomas by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays on UVI's St. Thomas campus from March 3 through May 7. Sessions will be held in Teacher Education room 114. The cost is $130 per person. Books and related materials will be provided. For more information, contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

V.I. Community Invited to Join Queen Mary Highway Walk/Run

The entire Virgin Islands community is invited to participate in the eighth annual 5K Queen Mary Highway Walk/Run scheduled for 6:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13. The run, which is part of the official University of the Virgin Islands Charter Month activities, begins at Kmart and ends on UVI's St. Croix campus. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers. Registration for UVI faculty, staff and friends is $12. The fee for UVI students and children is $7. The fee includes a commemorative t-shirt and refreshment at the end of the course. The event is co sponsored by UVI and the V.I. Pace Runners association. For more information, call 692-4000, 692-4236, or 692-4228.

ONGOING ITEMS ...

New Hires, Promotions List for January Posted to 'Inside UVI'

UVI's Human Resources Office has released the New Hires, Promotions, Change in Titles & Separations list for the period of Jan. 1 through Jan. 31, 2009. The list is available from the "Inside UVI" area of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. Members of the UVI faculty and staff accessing "Inside UVI" for the first time need to use their network system login name and the initial password "welcomeUVI." Following that, they will be prompted to make a new, permanent password. When the new password is accepted, select the "Staff Home" or "Faculty Home" link in the list of links on the left side of the page.

Dateline: UVI for January 2009 Available on Website

The latest edition of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI is now available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu or from this direct link.

The January issue of Dateline: UVI includes coverage of the on-campus reaction to the inauguration of President Barack Obama, information and photos of the two candidates to succeed Dr. LaVerne Ragster as UVI president, and a review of the emergency preparedness drill held Jan. 16, on the St. Croix campus.

Cooks Needed for UVI's 20th Afternoon on the Green

The University of the Virgin Islands is preparing for the annual Afternoon on the Green event, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 8, 2009, on the St. Thomas campus' golf course. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Afternoon on the Green and organizers are planning for it to be the best. The theme is "Have a Roast of a Lime for the 20th Time - Afternoon on the Green 2009."

It is not too early to sign up to participate. Food contributions are needed in these categories: pastries and sweets, soups, native drinks, vegetables/casseroles, main dishes/meats/poultry, seafood, and breads. To contribute a prepared dish or drinks call the Institutional Advancement Office at 693-1040.

PR Seeks Notification of Events Planned During Charter Month - March 2009

As it prepare for the 47th Anniversary of the founding of the University of the Virgin Islands, UVI's Public Relations Office is asking for information - times, dates, locations, target audience, speakers, etc. - about events scheduled to take place on both campuses throughout the month of March 2009. March 16 is the University's actual Charter Day anniversary. In addition to promoting the Charter Day ceremony on that day, Public Relations will compile and publish a list of all Charter month activities and events for the University and wider Virgin Islands communities.

CLEP Test Dates Announced for the St. Croix Campus

A series of College Level Exam Program (CLEP) tests has been scheduled for UVI students on the St. Croix campus. CLEP tests make it possible for students to earn college credits by demonstrating their knowledge in a wide range of subject areas. The following are testing dates and registration deadlines for CLEP tests for the St. Croix campus.

TEST DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Thursday, March 12, 2009 Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009 Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009 Friday, April 17, 2009

Students may register at the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center Room 811. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test.

The cost associated with CLEP is $70 per test. A check or money order should be payable to CLEP. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI prior to the test date, is also required. A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. Cash will not be accepted.

For more information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.

Summer Leadership Program Available to Male College Students

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is accepting applications from male African-American college students for its summer leadership program in Washington, D.C. The Institute provides networking opportunities, leadership development and life-long mentorship. The Institute's goal is to equip young men with the tools required for successful careers in business, education, journalism, law, government, the sciences, public policy, ministry, medicine, public service and the arts. Details are available from the Office of the Associate Campus Administrator, Division of Student Affairs, on the St. Thomas campus. Contact Carolyn Wattley at 693-1120. Details of the program are also available online at http://www.i4rc.org/.

UVI's SBDC Seeking Seminar Presenters

UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is seeking individuals who can serve as presenters for various topics, including but not limited to the following general areas: law, finance, economics, accounting, marketing, information systems, operations management, statistics, small business management, sales, the Microsoft Office Suite and QuickBooks. For more information about SBDC services or how to register to become a presenter, contact Mary Joe Williams at (340)) 776-3206 ext 206 or send email to mwillia@uvi.edu.

Custom License Plate Initiative Allows UVI Community to Show Support

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of the Virgin Islands have an opportunity to express their loyalty to UVI with the introduction of the UVI Buccaneer License Plate Program, an initiative that allows Virgin Islands vehicle owners to display customized University of the Virgin Islands license plates. Funds raised by the program will support the UVI Athletic Scholarship Fund.

"This is an excellent way to show support for UVI while at the same time benefiting the UVI Athletic Scholarship Fund," UVI Athletic Director Peter Sauer said. "The license plates provide another way to promote UVI in our community." A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.