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Bulletin Board for January 5, 2009

Spring Semester 2009 Registration and Orientation Information

UVI's Spring Semester classes begin Monday, Jan. 12, 2009.

Get information about registration dates and procedures for the Spring from the BUCSS page of the UVI  web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

The Sping Semester orientation for new and transfer students begins today (Jan. 5, 2009). Orientation schedules for the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses are available from the Admissions page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and at this direct link.

University to Close for Three King's Day Observance

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in observance of Three King's Day on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. Administrative offices will resume their regular hours on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009.

SBDC Offices to Close on Three King's Day

UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a part of the University of the Virgin Islands' Research and Public Service Unit, will be closed for the Three Kings Holiday on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009. The SBDC will resume regular office hours on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. 

University Conversation Scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009

The University community is invited to attend the 2009 University Conversation which is scheduled from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. The Conversation - featuring a continuation of the discussion on shared governance with UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster - will take place in Evans Center room 401 on the St. Croix campus and in Business Building room 110 and Education Building room 101 on the St. Thomas campus.

For more information, contact the Office of the President at extension 1000.

BUCS Fitness Center on St. Croix Closed During Holiday Break

The UVI BUCS Fitness Center on the St. Croix campus will be closed during the holiday season - from Dec. 12, 2008, through Jan. 11, 2009. The center will reopen on Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. For details, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228.

UVI Carnival Sub-committee Openings Remain; Meeting Set Jan. 14

All Carnival Committee sub-committees remain open to anyone interested in participating. They include: Planning, Fundraising, Costume Construction/Design and Music/Food/Transportation. The next meeting of the Planning sub-committee will be held on Jan. 14. The first major fundraiser will be a fish fry scheduled for Jan. 16. For details, contact the UVI Student Activities Office on the St. Thomas campus at 693-1111.

The Carnival Parade is scheduled for May 2, 2009. Individuals interested in both organizing and participating in the parade are needed. Assistance is needed in the following areas: planning, marketing, fundraising, costume design and construction, music, food and transportation. Please use this form to indicate your interest: http://formdesk.com/UVI/carnival2009.

Details on the UVI Troupe effort are also available from the Student Activities Office - phone 693-1111 - on the St. Thomas campus or from Jay Wiltshire - phone 692-4181 - on the St. Croix campus.

OTHER CURRENT ITEMS ...

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.

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 - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Nike Corporation Offering Summer Internship; Jan. 12 Is Application Deadline

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which supports scholarships and other programs for students attending public Historically Black Colleges and Universities, has announced the Nike corporation is seeking applicants for an internship program that will run from June 16 through Aug. 21, 2009, at the company's Beaverton, Or., headquarters. The paid internship will cover travel and housing costs. Applicants, with a passion for sports, must be full time college students - junior, senior or graduate student - majoring in business, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, polymer science, retail/merchandising, or liberal arts. The deadline to apply is Jan. 12, 2009. For details, contact Ardrina Scott-Elliott in UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1043.

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 Counselor Supervisor to Participate in Ford Center Residence Program

UVI Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm has been selected to participate in the Betty Ford Center's Professionals in Residence Program (PIR). The Betty Ford Center, located in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is world-renown for treating Hollywood celebrities, individuals and families suffering with addiction disorders.  The center's Professionals in Residence Program was developed to provide professional counselors with a comprehensive combination of education and participation in the patient experience.  It offers a rare inside view of the center's approach to treatment of the chemically dependent person by allowing participants to follow the same schedule as patients, with the addition of presentations designed specifically for PIR participants.  Hamm's participation in this program was made possible through a Betty Ford Center Scholarship.  For more information, contact her at 693-1136 or ahamm@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. Drs. Nurse and Ulric are expected to share their ideas about what Virgin Islanders can expect as global climate changes continue and to discuss a range of possible solutions. UVI's Office of the Vice Provost at 693-1062 or 692-4003. 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.

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.