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Bulletin Board for March 16, 2009

Trustees Select Dr. David Hall as UVI's Next President

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees ended its quarterly meeting Saturday on St. Croix by announcing that the University will soon welcome a new president. At the conclusion of its executive session, Board Chair Alexander Moorhead said the Board approved a 5-year contract for Dr. David Hall beginning August 1, 2009.

Dr. Hall is a professor at the Northeastern School of Law, where he has led a distinguished career as an administrator in the law school and the University. Among other actions, the trustees also authorized legal counsel to continue with an objection to the election that was filed with the Public Employee Relations Board. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Charter Month Ceremonies Continue on Both Campuses

UVI marked its 47th anniversary with Charter Day ceremonies on St. Thomas and St. Croix today (Monday, March 16). Members of the UVI community attended the videoconferenced sessions which featured UVI alumni Ian Tomlinson and Reginald Vigilant as the featured speakers. Tomlinson and Vigilant are the founders of the information technology firm OmniSystems, Inc.

Numerous Charter Month activities will continue throughout March. Among the highlights is the Alfred O. Heath Distinguished Lecture Series presentation on March 20, featuring noted physician and humanitarian Dr. David Walton. (See news release.) Both campus libraries are featuring Charter Day library displays. Most activities will be videoconferenced between the campuses. Details on other Charter Month activities are available from the Spotlight link on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Senate to Meet on Friday, March 20; Campus Community Invited to Attend

The UVI Senate is scheduled to meet from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20. The reserved rooms for the videoconferenced session are Business 100 on the St. Thomas campus and Evans Center room 401 on the St. Croix campus. The campus community is invited to attend.

UVI Registration for 2009 Fall Semester to Open on April 6

The University of the Virgin Islands has rescheduled early registration for the 2009 Fall Semester due to pending changes in fall class schedule. Beginning April 6 and continuing through August 7, 2009, students will be able to register online and in person for the fall 2009 semester. Students are reminded that they must see their advisor to receive information on their academic plan and to obtain their pin numbers for access to registration.

2009 Summer Session Registration Begins March 16

Registration for UVI's 2009 Summer Session begins today, March 16. UVI's 2009 Summer Session class schedule is now available to the Academics section of the UVI web - www.uvi.edu. It is also available from this direct link. Summer Session 2009 dates have been set as follows: Summer Session I: Registration is set for May 20, classes run from May 21 through June 24, 2009; Summer Session II: Registration is set for June 25 and classes run from June 26 through July 31. For more information, contact UVI Access and Enrollment Services at 693-1160.

St. Thomas Class of 2009 Plans Educational Outreach to Mark Charter Month

UVI's St. Thomas Class of 2009 has scheduled educational outreach sessions at two local schools as their contribution to UVI's 2009 Charter Month celebration. Members of the senior class will visit Gladys A. Abraham Elementary School from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 23, and the Ulla F. Muller Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Donations of educational material to be used in the outreach can be placed in a box labeled Class of 2009 Educational Outreach in the lobby entrance to the Classroom Administration computer lab or in the Paiewonsky Library on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Other Current Items ...

VI-EPSCoR Issues Request for Incubator Grant Proposals for 2009

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has announced its 2009 request for incubator grant proposals. VI-EPSCoR Incubator Grants support researchers in exploring new research directions related to the project thrust on Integrated Caribbean Coastal Ecosystems (ICCE). Goals of the 2009 Incubator Grants Program are to Stimulate research of priority to the ICCE research thrust, stimulate research collaborations in order to build strong interdisciplinary research team, and to provide student research opportunities.

Potential applicants are encouraged to attend one of the upcoming brownbag lunch meetings where VI-EPSCoR staff will be available to answer questions. The first will be held at noon on March 25 in room 200 of the McLean Marine Science Center. Videoconferencing and teleconferencing will be available upon request. Details were sent to all UVI email addresses on March 13. For more information, contact Nasseer Idrisi, at 340-693-1388 or nidrisi@uvi.edu.

St. CroixCampus to Hold 10th Annual Health Fair March 16-17

The Health Services Office on UVI's St. Croix campus will conduct the 10th annual Health Fair on March 16 and 17 at the Cafetorium. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days. Free services such as cholesterol and blood screening will be provided by the V.I. Health Department as well as the Health Services Office. Licensed Practical Nurses from the St. Croix Educational Complex will provide volunteer assistance. A blood drive will be held in conjunction with the Juan Luis Hospital. The Lieutenant Governor's Office will present insurance information and the UVI Research and Extension Center will present a nutrition program. The Health Services Office will also kick off its first Women's Health Awareness Nutrition and Weight Loss program. For more information, contact Health Services Administrative Assistant Irene Hatchett-Sealey at 692-4208.

St. Croix SGA Plans Shadow Our Students Program on March 18

The Student Government Association on UVI's St. Croix campus will host the third annual SOS (Shadow Our Students Program) Program on Wednesday, March 18. The program is designed to build mentoring relationships between UVI students and graduating seniors in local high schools. Students will have the opportunity to see first hand the wealth of academic opportunities, professional development initiatives and extra-curricular activities available at the University. Additionally, they will be given the opportunity to shadow students in their prospective fields of study and attend a UVI social event. The highlight of this year's event will be a presentation by motivational guest speaker UVI Professor Richard Caldwell. The day's theme is "Chartering the Course to Excellence." For details, contact SGA Vice President Sandra Pierre Louis at 692-4191 or Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228.

RPS Component Schedules Open House on March 19 on St. Croix

UVI's Research and Public Service (RPS) component will conduct an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on the St. Croix campus. Members of the UVI community and the general public are cordially invited to mingle and interact with staff and to get a hands-on experience of the variety of programs and activities that this component offers to our community. For more information, contact Clarice Clarke at 692-4060.

UVI Concert Band to Headline Spring Semester Concert on March 21

The UVI Concert Band will present a benefit spring semester concert entitled "To God be the Glory" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Christchurch Methodist Church in Market Square. The band will be under the direction of UVI Professor Austin A. Venzen. Special guest artists will be Portia and Marcus Norkaitis, Drew Bowers, Detra Davis, the Addelita Cancryn Junior High Choir, the Christchurch Jubaliers, the New Herrnhut Men's Chorale, The Morgan Quartet, the UVI Men's Chorale, the Calvary Baptist Quintet, and Lorna Freeman with the Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church and Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral choirs. Tickets - $15 for adults and $7 for students - are available at the UVI Bookstore, the UVI Humanities Office, Nora's Beauty Palace and from UVI band members.

E.A.S.T. Offers Whale Watch Discount for UVI Students on March 22

All UVI students are invited to participate in the upcoming E.A.S.T. (Environmental Association of St. Thomas) whale watches at a discounted rate of $40 per person. The remaining whale watching boat trip is scheduled for March 22.

Humpback whales migrate through Virgin Islands waters each winter, where they mate and give birth. The watches will be held on "Jolly Mon," a large catamaran, and eco-guides will be on board to instruct participants about the whales as well as sea birds and other marine life. The boat departs at 8:30 a.m. from the National Park Dock in Red Hook. Whale watchers should bring lunch, sun screen, bathing suits and binoculars.

Tickets are $55 for EAST members, $65 for non-members and are available on St. Thomas from Dockside Book Store in Havensight and East End Secretarial Services in Red Hook. On St. John, tickets can be purchased from Connections of St. John. To obtain $40 tickets, UVI students must contact Dalma Simon directly. Discount tickets are not available at the regular ticket offices. Simon can be contacted at Dalma.Simon@viwapa.vi. For more information call 774-1837 or 344-9075.

Seminar on Safety of Genetically Engineered Crops Set March 23

UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station will host a seminar reviewing safety assessments of genetically engineered crops in the United States at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 23, in room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on the St. Croix campus. John Cordts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) APHIS Biological Regulatory Service will present the review. U.S. regulatory agencies have made safety determinations about more than 70 different genetically engineered plant varieties, many of which are widely used in food products. In the seminar, Cordts will describe the type of data and observations collected by plant researchers and breeders that is ultimately submitted to the USDA, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency that allows these agencies to make safety determinations about genetically engineered plants. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Zimmerman at 692-4074 or send email to tzimmer@uvi.edu.

CLEP Test Dates for St. Thomas Campus; Next Signup Deadline March 23

A series of College Level Exam Program (CLEP) tests has been scheduled during the Spring semester for UVI students on the St. Thomas 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. Thomas campus.

TEST DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

March 25, 2009 March 23, 2009

April 1, 2009 March 30, 2009

April 7, 2009 April 3, 2009

April 16, 2009 April 14, 2009

Registration for CLPE tests is offered in the Registrar's Office of UVI's Access and Enrollment Services Component, in Suite 120 of the Administration and Conference Center.

Testing begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. on each test date, in the Campus Advising and Tutorial Services (CATS) computer lab, in room 123 of the CA Building Room. A student can take no more than two exams on a test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test. Walk-in candidates can test only on a space-available basis and must present two forms of valid ID, proof of administrative fee payment, and have acceptable forms of test payment.

The cost is $70 per test (payable to College Board on the test date) and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). Eligible military personnel should not have to pay the exam fee (proper ID is required), but must still pay the administrative fee of $15 to UVI. Credit card is the preferred method of payment, but checks and money orders are acceptable. Separate checks and/or money orders must be written for each test. Cash will not be accepted. For additional information, call 693-1168.

Basic Rabbit Production and Management Workshop Set March 24

All members of the U.S. Virgin Islands livestock raising community and those with an interest in raising rabbits are invited to attend a basic rabbit production and management workshop at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, in room 214 of the Nursing Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

The workshop is sponsored by the Livestock Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service. For more information, call 692-4179 or 693-1080.

CLEP Test Dates for the St. Croix Campus; Next Signup Deadline March 27

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, 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 room 811 of the Evans Center. 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. Checks or money orders should be made 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 Service Awards to be Presented April 16-17; EOY Nominations Due March 27

The University of the Virgin Islands' 35th Annual Service Awards ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, respectively. The theme for this year's ceremonies is "UVI Poised for Change." Employees reaching significant service milestones and employees of the year from each campus will be recognized during these ceremonies. UVI employees of the year will also be recognized at the Annual Public Awards Programs administered by the Virgin Islands Division of Personnel.

UVI's Human Resources Department has announced that nominations for Employees of the Year (EOY) are due by March 27, 2009. More information about the employee service awards, the employee of the year program guidelines and nomination forms for employee of the year can be obtained from the Human Resources Department. This information is also available in the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: 2009 Annual Service Awards Schedule | Employee of the Year Guidelines | Employee of the Year Nomination Form.

For more information, contact the UVI Human Resources Department at 693-1410.

Miss UVI Competition Scheduled for March 28 on St. Croix

The Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition for 2009-2010 will be held on the University's St. Croix campus at 8 p.m. on March 28 at the St. Croix Educational Comples. The pageant's theme is "Charting the Course to Excellence." Competitors are JaeDee Caines, Carice Glasgow and Christina Clement. Caines is a communications major on the St. Thomas campus. Glasgow is a computer science major on the St. Croix campus. Clement is a biology major on the St. Croix campus. Tickets are $15 and are available from the UVI Bookstores on both campuses, Urban Threadz and Alliance Clothing. Photos of the contestants are featured in the current issue of the Dateline: UVI newsletter, which is available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link

UVI Carnival Committee to Offer Troupe Signup at Miss UVI Pageant on March 28

There is still time to join the UVI Carnival troupe that will participate in the Adults Parade of St. Thomas 2009 Carnival on May 2. Drawings of the troupe's costume designs are available on the Carnival page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - select Arts & Events under the Visitors tab or go to this UVI Carnival 2009 link. The web page also includes information on upcoming committee meetings and troupe practice sessions.

Members of the UVI Carnival Committee plan to host a troupe registration table at the Miss UVI Ambassadorial Pageant scheduled for March 28 on St. Croix. Information is also available from UVI Student Activities Offices at 693-1111 on St. Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix

Mocko Jumbies, under the direction of UVI Professor Dr. David Smith, will again be featured as part 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.

Six to Vie for Miss CYFAR 2009 Crown on April 4

Six young ladies ages six to nine will participate in the Miss CYFAR 2009 competition scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 4, at Gladys Abraham Elementary School on St. Thomas. The contestants are Majestik E. Estrada Petersen, Francier Baker, K' Nyzha K. Henry, Francielli Baker, Adajah Y. Benjamin and Alanna Michelle Santos. All are participants in UVI's Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) program, an after school program administered by the Cooperative Extension Service. Some 45 youngsters ages five to 13 from the Gladys Abraham, Ulla Muller, Adelita Cancryn and Dober elementary schools participate in CYFAR. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door. They are available from the UVI Bookstore. For more information call 693-1079 or 693-1073.

2009 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Survey

UVI's Office of Institutional Research & Planning has announced that the administration of the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement(NSSE) is in progress. The NSSE survey opened in January with a pre-survey announcement sent to students and faculty via the Blackboard course delivery system.

The survey is for freshmen and seniors. On Feb. 2, customized email invitations from the Provost were sent. The invitations continue on a bi-weekly schedule inviting our students to participate until March 23, 2009. The survey is designed to help improve undergraduate education at the University. Students, who complete the online survey, will have their names entered in a drawing, with 10 winners receiving $25 vouchers, redeemable at the UVI Bookstore. The drawing will take place the first week of May. Students must complete the online survey in order to be eligible.

The web version of the survey is available at www.nssesurvey.org. To learn more, please visit the NSSE web site at www.nsse.iub.edu. For more information on the project or how the results will be used, contact Dr. Mary Ann La Fleur, director of the Institutional Research & Planning, at 693-1013.

April 5 Luncheon Planned to Help Fund King Museum at UVI

Ms. Lillia E. King, daughter of the late Gov. and Mrs. Cyril E. King, invites the UVI community to attend a luncheon on St. Thomas at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort in honor of her parents. The luncheon will take place on Sunday, April 5. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to create a museum at UVI dedicated to the memory of Gov. King, the second elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and his wife, First Lady Agnes A. Schuster-King.

Ticket prices for the luncheon are $60 for adults and $35 for children. Tickets will be available in the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas. To place an advertisement in the commemorative booklet or to reserve a table, please contact Bernadine Barnes at 776-7162 or send email to bernsbarn07@gmail.com.

UVI Students Participating in College Student Health Survey

UVI students are participating in the 2009 College Student Health Survey which is being offered locally by the University's Counseling and Health Services in conjunction with the University of Minnesota.

This comprehensive survey addresses the following areas of student participants: health care coverage and utilization, health status, emotional and mental health, personal safety, nutrition and physical activity, chemical health and sexual health.

UVI students chosen for the survey were selected randomly from all UVI students. They began taking the online survey on Feb. 6 and have until March 31 to complete it.

Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize drawing. Three lucky students will win gift cards -- $3,000, $1,000 and $500 -- to any combination of the following stores: Radio Shack, Champ Sports, FYE (For Your Entertainment), Foot Locker, Urban Threadz and Kmart. In addition, every two weeks, students who have completed the survey will also have a chance to win an iPod touch™.

Members of the UVI community - students, staff and faculty - can follow the status of the survey by joining the "2009 College Student Health Survey" Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47300582367. For details about UVI's participation, contact: Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm at (340) 693-1136 or ahamm@uvi.edu.

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.

ONGOING ITEMS ...

UVI Receives Favorable Response from MSCHE; Text Available on "Inside UVI"

UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster has announced that the University has received a favorable response from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) to its most recent submission addressing requirements of the commission's Monitoring Report. "We have now met all requirements of the Commission's 2007 Decision relative to the accreditation of UVI," Dr. Ragster wrote. "This means that the next deliverable that UVI will have to provide to MSCHE will be due June 2012. This milestone could not have been achieved without the hard work, commitment, and consistent efforts of the members of the University community."

The complete text of Dr. Ragster's statement and the favorable response from MSCHE are available from the "Budget and Policies" tab of the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

UVI Community Raised $11,726 for United Way Campaign

UVI employees have pledged $11,726 in the 2009 United Way Campaign for the Virgin Islands. "I am proud to announce that we have exceeded last year's goal, and as generous and caring members of our community," said UVI's United Way Campaign Coordinator Yvonne Lawrence. "Your contribution is a commitment to caring, and you can rest assured that the dollars you have contributed will go to help local human service agencies that are funded by our local United Way," Lawrence wrote in an email to all UVI employees. "Your generous support of United Way guarantees that these agencies will always be there to strengthen the quality of life in our community. My sincere thanks for your continuing support of United Way."

Lawrence noted that, although the 2009 drive is completed, interested employees can still join the effort. Deduction forms are available from the Human Resources Office in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and from the office of St. Croix Campus Executive Administrator Nereida Washington. More information on the local United Way effort is available from this web site: www.unitedway.vi.

Reichhold Gallery Featuring New Sculpture by Edney Freeman

The Virgin Islands public is invited to visit UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts gallery which is featuring new work by sculptor and St. Thomas-St. John 2008 Teacher of the Year Edney Freeman. Freeman's exhibit is titled "Lest We Forget: Cast in Bondage Slave Hire Tags" is on display at the gallery in the Reichhold Center's lobby through March 31. Freeman teaches art at Charlotte Amalie High School. Access to the lobby is available during show intermissions and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

The Caribbean Writer Is Seeking Cover and Inside Art for Volume 23

The Caribbean Writer, an international, literary anthology published by University of the Virgin Islands, is seeking colorful, eye-catching, Caribbean scenes for possible use on the cover of its upcoming issue, Volume 23. Artwork in a vertical format is required and work should be submitted in the TIF or JPEG file formats.

Black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.) is also needed for use inside the 300-page publication. Artwork in both vertical and horizontal formats is acceptable for inside use. It should also be submitted in the TIF or JPEG file formats.

Submissions should include all necessary contact information and a brief biographical note. Send submissions by email to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. For more information 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 - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

CELL Notes ...

One Day Excel Workshops Scheduled March 17-18

The University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will be hold one-day workshops for individuals interested in becoming proficient with the features and techniques of Microsoft Excel on March 17 at the CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus and March 18 on the St. Croix campus. The workshops will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of using Excel tools and commands, learn time saving shortcuts, and master the formulas that make working with Excel much more powerful. For details or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

Free Seminars on Hazardous Waste Disposal Set on St. Thomas, St. Croix

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center, in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources will conduct a series of free seminars on the maintenance and disposal of hazardous waste geared specifically for business owners and government agencies. The seminars are designed to increase awareness of the proper management and disposal of hazardous waste. The seminars will provide information on how to properly identify, handle, store and dispose of potentially hazardous waste across the territory.

Seminars are planned as follows:

  • March 17 on St. Thomas - for government agencies - Session I: 9 a.m. to noon; Session II: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both sessions at the UVI Administration and Conference Center.
  • March 18 on St. Thomas - for business owners - from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UVI CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.
  • March 19 on St. Croix - for business owners - from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UVI CELL Center in Frederiksted.
  • March 19 on St. Croix - for government agencies - from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the UVI CELL Center in Frederiksted.

For more information, call the UVI-CELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit the we site at http://cell.uvi.edu.