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Bulletin Board for January 29, 2009

Groundbreaking Today for St. Thomas Campus Wellness Center

Members of the University community are invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the UVI Wellness Center at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 29), on the St. Thomas campus. The Wellness Center will be a 6,000 sq. ft. building constructed along the southwest side of the existing UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The building will include a state-of-the-art dance studio and aerobics area with a wooden floor, a cardiovascular equipment area, a weightroom and locker-rooms. This first-class facility will provide a place for students, faculty, staff and alumni to work out.

Please join UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, Athletic Director Peter Sauer and members of the UVI Board of Trustees at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus for this special event.

Complimentary Tickets Available for Tonight's Preview of 'Half Married'

UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement has several complimentary tickets available for tonight's "pay-as-you-can" preview performance of Dr. Eddie Donoghue's new comedy "Half Married" at St. Thomas' Pistarckle Theatre. The play is the story of two St. Thomian taxi drivers and the women they drive bananas. The show is directed by Marc Fellner and the cast includes Sandra Goomansingh, Christina Harper and Walid John. This show is for adults only. The performance is at 8 p.m. Anyone interested in obtaining a ticket should call 693-1040.

Trustees to Interview Finalists for UVI Presidency on St. Thomas

Members of the UVI community on St. Thomas and St. Croix had the opportunity to meet with the candidates vying for the University's top job this week. The candidates will next be interviewed at special meetings of the UVI Board of Trustees scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31. The sessions will take place in the third-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The candidates are Dr. Calvin D. Jamison, the vice president for business affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Dr. David Hall, a professor of law at Northeastern University School of Law. Details and biographies are available from the Trustees section of the UVI web site. The finalists were selected after an extensive, national process by a search committee which was appointed by the UVI Board of Trustees.

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

Viewing of UVI Carnival Troupe Costume Designs Set for Feb. 6

Members of the UVI community and the general public are invited to join's UVI's students, alumni, faculty and staff from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, to view costume designs for UVI's 2009 Carnival entry. The theme is "UVI Goes Green" for Carnival 2009. The session will take place in the Dining Pavillion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Individuals are also invited to join the troupe. Registration will be available during the costume viewing session. Food and drinks will be on sale. 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 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.


Workshop to Help Parents of Children with Disabilities with Life Transitions

The fourth session in a series of 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 (VI FIND) and the State Office of Education is scheduled today (Thursday, Jan. 29), at the Sun Room in the Schneider Regional Hospital, on St. Thomas. The workshops are designed for parents of children with disabilities. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The January session will focus on navigating children into adult services and success. Jill Singer, the Assistant Director of Special Education will speak about policy, practices and the new task force on transition for the territory. Marc Kransnick, who is a retired risk manager and has an adult child with a disability, will speak on the topic of guardianship and trust funds. There will be resources available for parents including handouts and information on the newly reauthorized Special Education Law (IDEA 2004) specific to transition, special needs trust funds and more.

Future workshops in the series will focus on a wide variety of issues including employment, college rights, assistive technology and early childhood. Parents will be asked to suggest additional subjects. Workshops include question-and-answer sessions, a resource table and dinner.

For details and/or registration, contact Shammi Carr at VIUCEDD at 693-1173 or Judee Slosky at VI FIND at 774-1662.

Free Financial Literacy Workshops Planned for Virgin Islanders with Disabilities

Free workshops on financial literacy for Virgin Islanders with disabilities and their family members will be held on St. Croix today (Thursday, Jan. 29), and on St. Thomas on Friday, Jan. 30. The sessions are presented by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Island Assistive Technology Foundation (VIATF) in partnership with Banco Popular and UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The workshops, which are the first of a series of three on each island, are designed to assist individuals who have credit problems, or no credit, and who are interested in obtaining loans in order to purchase assistive technology equipment or services. The following areas will be covered: establishing credit for the first time, credit building techniques, accessing low-interest loans, getting free credit reports, budgeting techniques to reduce debt and increase savings, repairing damaged credit and securing insurance coverage on loans.

The St. Croix workshop is set for 10 a.m. to noon at the SBDC office in Sunshine Mall. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the VIUCEDD office, room 114 in the Teacher Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Each session will be limited to 20 persons. Representatives from the VIATF, Banco Popular and the SBDC will be on hand to answer questions and provide individualized assistance. For details or to register, contact Diane Hampton at 692-1919 or Deborah Samuel-Sinclair at 692-5270.

Deadline for 'The Caribbean Writer' Submissions Extended

The Caribbean Writer has extended the submissions deadline for its 23rd edition. The deadline for submissions is now Jan. 30, 2009. The Caribbean Writer is an annual anthology produced by the University of the Virgin Islands. As usual, the Caribbean should be central to the work or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Mail submissions to The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 00850-9781 or submit electronically to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. More information is available in a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. Details are also available from www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call (340) 692-4152.

Thurgood Marshall Conference Recruiters to Speak with UVI Students

Representatives of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund will visit UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses on Feb. 4 and 5, respectively, to interview and recruit students interested in participating in an annual professional institute and leadership conference scheduled for March 15-18 in New Orleans. The conference will offer students training in the areas of sales, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Interested junior and senior students should have a strong interest in pursuing careers in the fields of sales or technology. A minimum grade point average of 2.7 for the sales track and 3.0 for the science and technology track are required. Students must also be pursuing bachelor's degrees in one of these majors: physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, information technology, CIS, MIS or computer science.

For assistance with preparing resumes and cover letters and on improving interviewing skills, contact a UVI Counseling and Placement Office. On St. Croix, reach Counseling & Career Services Supervisor Doris Farrington-Hepburn at 692-4187 or via email at dfarrin@uvi.edu. On St. Thomas, reach Counseling & Career Services Supervisor Verna Rivers at 693-1087 or via email at vrivers@uvi.edu. Details on the conference are available from UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1040.

St. Thomas Health Services Office to Offer Free HIV/AIDS Testing on Feb. 6

Free HIV/AIDS testing for members of the UVI community will be offered on the St. Thomas campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. The testing is sponsored by the St. Thomas campus Health Services Office as part of the local observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The national slogan is "A Black Life is Worth Saving." Testing will take place in the UVI Bookstore parking lot. It will be conducted by HOPE Inc. For details, contact Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at 693-1124 or send email to rhatche2@uvi.edu

Noted Climate Experts to Address V.I. Prospects at UVI Workshop on Feb. 6

A one-day conference for individuals concerned about the impact climate change will have in the U.S. Virgin Islands is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2009, on St. Thomas at the University of the Virgin Islands. Keynote speakers for the conference are Dr. Leonard Nurse, a University of the West Indies researcher who, along with former Vice Predsident Al Gore, was part of the United Nations team awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their climate-related efforts, and Dr. Ulric "Neville" Trotz, the senior advisor of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center in Belize.

The conference is designed to heighten awareness of what climate change could mean for the Virgin Islands and to develop guidelines, policies and procedures to address potential threats to the islands' ecology and economy. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. The registration deadline is Jan. 15, 2009, and a registration form is available from this 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.


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/.

UVI Participating in 2008-2009 United Way Campaign

The 2008-2009 United Way Campaign is now underway. The total UVI goal for 2008-2009 is to raise $20,000 for this worthy community cause. Individuals may make a tax-deductible contribution as a one-time amount via cash or check or through payroll deductions. United Way Payroll Deduction Cards are available in the UVI Human Resources Office on St. Thomas and in the UVI Business Office on St. Croix. For more than 28 years, the United Way organizations of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix have funded more than 75 agencies that help thousands in our communities.

UVI's 2008-2009 United Way coordinator is Yvonne Lawrence - 693-1424 - and the co-coordinators are Nereida Washington - 692-4161, Desha Brathwaite - 693-1462 and LilyMae Durante - 693-1144. They are available to answer questions and assist with any concerns.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Fundraising Activities

UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement is seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising activities and special events for the University. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to network with people throughout the Virgin Islands community while helping to plan and develop signature events on both campuses. This includes events and activities such as Afternoon on the Green. Interested individuals should contact UVI's Special Events Coordinator Liza Margolis at 693-1053 or send email to lmargol@uvi.edu.


CELL's Taxi and Tour Certification Course Begins Feb. 5

A Taxi and Tour Certification program offered by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center is scheduled to begin Feb. 5 on St. Thomas. The six-week program will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The certification program, developed by UVI CELL, is endorsed by the USVI Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

The course will focus on customer service, V.I. history and culture, points of interest and presentation skills. The training costs $250 and includes materials. Students will be required to pass a 100-question exam and put the presentation skills acquired in class to use in order to receive certification. Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion and a certification identification card.

Interested individuals are urged to register by call ing the UVI CELL Center at 693-1000 or visiting the website - http://cell.uvi.edu - by Wednesday, Jan. 28.

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.

CELL to Offer Therapeutic Massage Courses on St. Croix and St. Thomas

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer the Introduction to Therapeutic Massage course for Virgin Islands residents on St. Croix and St. Thomas in February. The hands-on course will give participants the opportunity to explore the benefits of massage therapy as a way to de-stress or for therapeutic treatment. Students will learn the basics of anatomy, kinesiology, aromatherapy and various forms of massage.

Classes on St. Croix will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Feb. 9 at the CELL Center in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 24.

For registration deadlines or more information, call 693-1100 or visit the CELL web site at http://cell.uvi.edu.