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Bulletin Board for February 9, 2009

UVI Students Offered Assistance with 2009 Federal Aid Forms

UVI's Financial Aid Office will conduct a full-day workshop for commuters and on-campus students from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The workshop is to assist students in completing the 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and to facilitate any questions regarding financial aid.

This is an opportunity for students to submit the FAFSA application to the US Department of Education before the early bird deadline of March 1 in order to be eligible for campus based aid. All students are encouraged to take advantage of this free workshop. Students must bring their and / or their parents' 2008 income tax W2 forms. For details, contact Assistant Director of Financial Aid Suzanne Adrien at 693-1069.

V.I. Ag and Food Fair Set Feb. 14-16 on St. Croix

With its theme "Agriculture: The Future - Yours and Mine," the Board of Directors of the 38th Annual Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands invites all residents and visitors to participate in the largest agricultural exposition in the territory. Agrifest 2009 will be held Feb. 14 through 16 on the grounds of the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agriculture Complex on St. Croix. The grounds will open each day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 12 and under.

Opening Ceremonies are set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. Farmer of the Year Awards will be given to the best crop and livestock farmers. Recognition awards will be presented to Dale Mason, Gwendolyn Fludd, Grantley Samuel, We Grow Food Inc., and the V.I. Farmers' Cooperative.

The fair promises to be fun for the entire family. UVI's Cooperative Extension Service is among the fair's sponsors and the University will operate a UVI exhibit. A news release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

Institutional Advancement Component Seeks Input on Strategic Plan

UVI's Institutional Advancement Component will host a series of meetings 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.

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.

UVI Alumni to Celebrate 40 Years of Nursing Education

The St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association will host a Charter Day gala titled, "Celebrating 40 Years of Nursing Education at CVI/UVI" with a special recognition of the Class of 1968. Members of the CVI Nursing Class of 1968 include: Celestine Belsijet, Jean Davis, Mariga Fleming, Jean Phaire, Almira Smith, Ophelia Torres, Ivy Williams and Norma Williams.

The gala is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort on St. Thomas. Tickets are $75 per person and are available from the UVI Bookstore (693-1560) and Alumni Association chapter officers. Event proceeds will go to benefit the Chapter's scholarship fund. For more information or to request tickets send e-mail to Jacqueline Sprauve at uvialumassoc@yahoo.com.

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.

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).

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.

UVI ABY Club Sets Bake Sale on Feb. 11 on St. Thomas

The UVI ABY (Always Believe in Yourself) Club will conduct a bake sale from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, in front of the CA Building on the St. Thomas campus. Homemade cakes - red velvet, carrot, plain, chocolate and cheese cakes - along with brownies - will be available. All cakes are $2. Brownies are a $1.

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

Noted Climatologists Share Global Warming Survival Skills at UVI Conference

Internationally recognized researchers in the field of global climate change presented their findings and gave advice to Virgin Islands policymakers on Friday, Feb. 6, at a one-day conference on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The keynote speakers were Dr. Leonard Nurse, a University of the West Indies climatologist who was part of the United Nations scientific team that enabled former Vice President Al Gore to be awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for climate-related efforts, and Dr. Ulric "Neville" Trotz, the senior advisor of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center in Belize.

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

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.

Viewing of UVI Carnival Costume Designs Set for Feb. 13 on St. Croix

Members of the UVI community and the general public are invited to join's UVI's students, alumni, faculty and staff from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, to view costume designs for UVI's 2009 Carnival entry. The costume designs will also be on display at the V.I. Agriculture and Food Fair set for Feb. 14 through 16 on the grounds of the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agriculture Complex on St. Croix.

This year's theme is "UVI Goes Green" for Carnival 2009. The session will take place in the Cafetorium on UVI's St. Croix campus. Individuals are also invited to join the troupe. Registration will be available during the costume viewing session. Individuals interested in helping to organize the University's 2009 Carnival entry should contact the Student Activities Offices - 693-1111 on St. Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix - or use this online form: UVI Carnival Interest 2009.

The UVI troupe will participate in the Carnival Adults Parade on May 2.

UVI Faculty, Staff Invited to Meet the Miss UVI Contestants on Feb. 13

Members of the UVI faculty and staff are invited to a Meet the Miss UVI Contestants cocktail party from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in the Great Hall on the St. Croix campus. Three students, two from the St. Croix campus and one from the St. Thomas campus, will be introduced at this formal, fund-raising event. Event attire is semi-formal. Admission is $5 for faculty and staff and $10 for guests. (The contestants will be introduced to students at a later date.) Individuals planning to attend are asked to RSVP to the Queens Committee of the St. Croix campus Student Government Association by calling 692-4228 or 692-4000 or by responding to the email announcement sent by the committee on Wednesday, Feb. 11.

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.

OTHER CURRENT ITEMS ...

Screening of Film 'Black to Our Roots' Set Today on UVI's St. Thomas Campus

On Monday, Feb. 9, the St. Thomas campus Student Government Association (SGA) Black Heritage Committee and the SGA The Writer's Block will host a U. S. Virgin Island Film Premiere of "Black to Our Roots," an inspirational story of a group of teenagers' journey from the inner-city of Atlanta, to Washington, DC, to Ghana, West Africa in search of their ancestral home. 'Black to Our Roots' is a film by Ras Tresubira Whitlow. The event will start at 7 p.m. in the UVI Chase Auditorium (B-110) with spoken word from members of The Writer's Block. A question and answer session will follow the screening.

"Black to Our Roots" is an observational film that highlights the courage and determination of these underestimated teenagers as they work to raise money to fund their travels, grapple in focus sessions with issues of African-American/African history, and leave their familiar surroundings. A news release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

Senior Ball Committee of St. Thomas Class of 2009 to Meet Feb. 11

The Senior Ball Committee of the UVI St. Thomas campus Class of 2009 will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 11. Standing members and others who are willing to join the committee are encouraged to attend. Participants should meet at the entrance of the Business Building.

Issues for discussion include possible venues, color schemes, entertainment, menu, price and all other necessary details to make the ball a success. For more information contact Joylette Hunte-Gore at joylettehunte@hotmail.com.

St. Croix Campus to Host Student Forum and Ice Cream Social Feb. 11

The Student Government Association (SGA) of the St. Croix campus will host a Student Forum and Ice Cream Social from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The forum will be held at the pavilion between the residence hall and the Student Activities Center. All students are invited to attend. Administrators from various components and departments, including Academic Services, Student Affairs, Business Office, Provost's Office and Security, have been invited to attend. For more information call the Student Activities Office at 692-4228.

Mangrove Clean-up and Restoration Set for Feb. 15

The Virgin Islands Mangrove Research and Conservation Coalition, will host a "Love Your Mangroves" clean-up and restoration effort from 1 p.m. until sunset on Feb. 15 at -Cas Cay Mangrove Lagoon. Participants should meet at VI Ecotours. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. For more information call Sophia McKenzie at 817-300-0828.

The Virgin Islands Mangrove Research and Conservation Coalition, which encompasses several organizations, was formed in 2007 when the University of the Virgin Islands received a grant to support debris removal and monitoring at the Mangrove Lagoon.

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.

University Implements Emergency Text Messaging Service

The University of the Virgin Islands has implemented a new text messaging service to provide critical information to students, faculty and staff in the event of a campus emergency. Text messaging is a practical option for quickly and efficiently transmitting vital information. When a safety or security emergency occurs on campus, a text message will be sent immediately to each user who is enrolled in the service, to alert them to the emergency and to provide instructions as to how to proceed.

To participate, students, faculty and staff must sign up to receive critical emergency broadcast communication by registering their email address and cell phone number on-line through their BanWeb account. Open enrollment has been extended until Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.

There is no UVI fee to register for the emergency text message alert system. However, based on an individual's cell phone plan, text messaging fees may apply.

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Complete registration details have been provided in a UVI Special Announcement sent to all UVI faculty and staff email addresses and to students who have registered their email addresses with the Blackboard on-line course delivery system. Details are also available from the "Inside UVI" web pages for UVI students, faculty and staff.

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

UVI Theatre Announces Auditions for Spring Play

The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre has announced the first play of the 2009 season, "Truth on Trial: The Ballad of Sojourner Truth." It will be performed at the Pistarckle Theater April 17, 18, 19, and again on April 24, 25 and 26. Auditions and technical positions are open to all members of the UVI family and the greater Virgin Islands community who are over 18 (or 16 with parental consent). It is possible to earn university credit for participation if desired.

The play requires a multi-cultural cast of nearly thirty, ranging in age from late teen-agers to senior citizens. There are six major roles - three for men and three for women - and many smaller roles. Auditions will be held at two venues on two different days, and by appointment. The first auditions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the CA Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus, at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The second set of auditions will be held a week later, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Pistarckle Theater.

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

Public Relations Workshops Planned on St. Thomas, St. Croix

The UVI Public Relations Office invites members of the University community to attend Public Relations Workshops on St. Croix and St. Thomas on Feb. 10 and 13, respectively.

Workshops on St. Croix will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in room 713 of the Melvin Evans Center. The St. Thomas workshops will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in the Administration and Conference Center's 2nd Floor Conference Room. Each workshop will take one hour.

Topics that will be discussed include branding policy, promotional opportunities, media guidelines and the UVI website. There will be an opportunity for individuals who are responsible for producing printed University materials to gain valuable information and draft critiques. For further information please contact the Public Relations Office at 693-1057.

ONGOING ITEMS ...

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.

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.

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/.

CELL NOTES ...

Intermediate Bookkeeping Course Offered by CELL on St. Thomas

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a course for individuals interested in brushing up on their bookkeeping skills beginning in February on St. Thomas. The course will cover the financial operations of a business and how to monitor the progress of business financial operations. Participants will also learn about accruals and payments, fixed assets and depreciation, bad and doubtful debt provisisions, and posting salaries. Intermediate Bookkeeping will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday, from Feb. 17 through March 4. All sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

For more information or to register, call UVI's CELL Center at 693-1100 or visit the website http://cell.uvi.edu.

Introduction to Bookkeeping Offered by CELL on St. Croix

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer an Introduction to Bookkeeping course for individuals seeking basic bookkeeping skills in February on St. Croix. Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, from Feb. 17 through March 12 at UVI's CELL Center in Frederiksted. Participants will learn to perform basic bookkeeping functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions, preparing basic financial statements, reconciling bank statements and preparing payroll.

For more information, or to register, call UVI's CELL Center at 693-1100 or visit the website http://cell.uvi.edu. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 10.