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Bulletin Board for March 19, 2009

Noted Humanitarian Dr. David Walton to Present Heath Lecture

Physician, humanitarian and global health expert Dr. David Walton will be the featured speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands Alfred O. Heath Distinguished Lecture Series. The series will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 20, in the Chase Auditorium room B110 on UVI's St. Thomas campus and will be videoconferenced to room 401 in the Melvin Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. The title of Dr. Walton's lecture - part of the University's Charter Month celebration - is "Bringing Hope and Healthcare to Haiti." 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

Numerous Charter Month activities will continue throughout March. 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.

  • Law Fair Scheduled March 20 on St. Thomas, March 23 on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Counseling and Placement Offices will sponsor the third annual Law School Awareness Fair in conjunction with the Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law. The law fair will be held on March 20, on the St. Thomas campus, and on March 23, on the St. Croix campus.

Representatives from six law schools - Howard University School of Law, Chapman University, Case Western Reserve University, New York Law School, the St. Thomas (Miami) University School of Law and Florida Coastal University School of Law - will join with members of the Virgin Islands Bar Association and the American Bar Association's Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) at the fair. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

  • Cultural Extravaganza March 22 on St. Croix Campus

The UVI St. Croix campus will present a Cultural Extravaganza beginning at 5 p.m. in the Cafetorium. The event will open with presentations by Dr. Arnold Highfield - Migration of Major Groups into the V.I. - and Dr. Shirley Highfield - What is Hispanic? Cultural entertainment will be provided by, among others, "Bully" Petersen, Cedelle Petersen, the St. Lucia Heritage Dancers, UVI students, Gloria Vivot, Dr. Roberto Rodrigo, a Flamenco Group and the St. Croix Heritage Dancers. An anniversary cake will be shared following the performances. For details, contact Dr. Shirley Highfield at 692-4109.

UVI Participating in 2009 Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey

UVI's Office of Institutional Research and Planning has announced that the University is participating in a national study of first-year college students. The 2009 Your First College Year (YFCY) Survey is being conducted by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The survey is designed to allow students to relate their experiences during their first year of college. It covers many issues that examine the impact of college on a student's life.

Information generated by the survey will help UVI to evaluate how students adjust to college and the associated academic experiences and achievements. It will also seek information about how extracurricular activities and experiences with campus programs - such as orientation and honors courses - affect new students and how students have changed since entering college.

Participation by students will help UVI to understand which areas need attention and which areas are successful, with the overall goal of improving the college experience for students.

The YFCY survey opens this week with a pre-survey announcement via the Blackboard course delivery system. Students will receive email invitations from UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster via the YourFirstCollegeYear@datarecognitioncorp.com. Emails inviting students to participate will continue through April 10. More information about the Your First College Year 2009 Survey is available from this web link: www.gseis.ucla.edu/heri/index.php. Individuals with questions about the project or those interested in using the results should contact Dr. Mary Ann La Fleur at 693-1013.

Parent Empowerment Workshop and Support Group Set for March 25

HUGS, Inc. will conduct a parent empowerment workshop and support group for any parent of a child with disability in the St.Thomas/St. John school district on Wednesday, March 25, at the Sugar Estate Head Start office on First Street in Charlotte Amalie. This effort will be co-sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). The first part of the workshop will feature a supervisor of special education discuss parental rights and other issues like transition and the need for more parental involvement. The workshop's second part will offer an exercise related to emotional support for parents with special needs children. The workshop will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner and babysitting will be provided. For details or to register, contact Sybille Sorrentino at 690-2540.

Student Employee Appreciation Nominations Sought on St. Thomas

UVI's Student Employment Office on the St. Thomas campus is seeking nominations for this years' Student Employee Appreciation Ceremony which will be held on April 15 during the annual Student Employment Appreciation Week. The awards - for the student employee of the year and a variety of "Lighter Side" awards - are designed to show the University's appreciation for the invaluable services provided by student workers. UVI employees who work with student workers are eligible to make nominations. Details of the process, nomination criteria, a complete list of the awards and nomination forms have been provided, via email, to St. Thomas campus employees. Nominations must be submitted to the Student Employment Office no later than Wednesday, April 1. For more information, contact Mary Myers at 693-1088 or Verna Rivers at 693-1087.

HR Promotes Online Position Management and Applicant Tracking System

UVI's Human Resources Department has announced that the University's new online service designed to increase overall efficiency, accuracy and accountability in position management and applicant tracking is now available to UVI employees and to individuals seeking employment opportunities.

To access the PeopleAdmin web-based system click on this URL: https://careers.uvi.edu/hr or enter the URL address into browser. The system allows the preparation of personnel requisitions, employee job descriptions and temporary appointments. Hiring managers and members of UVI search committees can now review applicants online and/or print the application at their leisure and more. To activate your user account, please enter your Employee Pin # 9000; reenter the same number for the password. The system will prompt you to change the password. Upon completion of that process, the system will submit your request to HR for review and approval.

UVI job vacancies can be viewed at https://careers.uvi.edu for all applicants internal or external to the University.

Access and Enrollment Services Offices to be Closed on March 20

Offices of the Access and Enrollment Services Unit on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses will be closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20, for a training workshop. A student worker in the office on the St. Thomas campus will answer phone calls for a limited period of time that day. The training is necessary as Access and Enrollment moves forward to create a cross-functional team within the unit.

UVI Community Invited to Launch of Masters in Mathematics Cohort II March 22

Members of the UVI Community are invited to the formal launch of the Masters in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers Cohort II at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. The launch will take place in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. For more information, contact Dr. Vanere Goodwin at 692-3143.

Air Conditioning Work Continues March 20 in Humanities Building

The Physical Plant Department has informed the University Community that the instillation of new air conditioning equipment on the Humanities building will continue through Friday, March 20. The department regrets any inconveniences this may cause.

Lady Bucs to Host Inter American at Sports and Fitness on March 20

UVI's Lady Bucs varsity basketball squad will host Inter American University in a home game at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. This is the squad's second game in the LAI league's interdivision series. The Lady Bucs lost their first interdivision match up 81-51 to UPR-Mayaguez on March 17.

The UVI community is invited to support the Lady Bucs. Admission is free. The Lady Bucs have one additional home game slated for Saturday, March 28 against UPR-Aguadilla. Other road games in the interdivision play are slated for Tuesday, March 24, against Ponce and Tuesday, March 31, against UNE in Carolina.

2009 Summer Session Registration Begins March 17

Registration for UVI's 2009 Summer Sessions I & II began on March 17. 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.

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 the 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. New student advisement and registration for the fall semester are scheduled for August 12. Advisement and late registration are set for August 13 and 14. Fall Semester classes will begin on August 17.

UVI Carnival Mass Camp to Open March 25

The UVI Carnival Committee has announced that the official opening of Mass Camp is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in the old Financial Aid Office - in the building below the Music Suite. Camp will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. daily on Wednesdays through Fridays. The temporary phone number is 693-1280.

The committee is also seeking assistance from the UVI Community in preparing its carnival entry based on its green theme: Let Our Energies Combine for Carnival 2009. Items needed include old LP records, 45 records, old CDs or DVD, paper towel bases, wire hangers and shower liners. Items can bee dropped off at the Student Activities Center on St. Croix and at the Mass Camp and the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas.

The committee also needs individuals who can assist with sewing, wire bending, cutting, gluing, spraying, tea dying or simply lending a hand here with the effort. Costume making workshops will begin next week.

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

Registration for the troupe is available online - click here - at the UVI Cashier's Office, Mass Camp or the Student Activities Offices. Mocko Jumbie practice is on-going. For details, contact Dave Smith at 693-1257. The first practice for the troupe is set for Friday, April 3.

Kayaking Available on Friday for UVI Students, Faculty and Staff

The UVI Intramural Department is hosting a series of kayaking events from 3 p.m. to dark on Fridays until April 3. Single and double person kayaks will be available (in addition to paddles, life jackets, etc.) for any interested UVI students, staff or faculty. This service is provided at no charge but is available at a first-come, first-served basis. This is a chance to learn a new water activity, get fit and have fun. Kayaking will begin at the MacLean Marine Science dock on the St. Thomas campus. For more information contact Prof. Heikkila at 693-1213.

UVI Concert Choir to Present Spring Concert on April 11

The UVI Concert Choir, under the direction of UVI Music Professor Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, will present a Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Nisky Moravian Church. The performance will include student conductor Nadja Skeete and student accompanists Darryl Williams, Lystra Edwards and Lynesha Sweeney. Vocal soloist are Eugenia Chapman, Christalia Mark, Ledell Mulraine and Jessica Williams.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchased at the door, from choir members or from the UVI the Humanities office.

Other Current Items ...

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.

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

The next meeting of the UVI Senate is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20. The meeting rooms are B-110 on the St. Thomas campus and Evans Center room 401 on the St. Croix campus. The agenda items will include:

  • Bylaws
  • President and Cabinet's Responses/Recommendations
  • UVI Senate Revisions
  • Scheduling
  • Tuition Remission Policy
  • Shared Governance Principles
  • Shared Governance Matrix
  • UVI Standards of Behavior
  • UVI Acceptable Use Policy
  • UVI Consultancy and Business Interest

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.

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.

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.


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.


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

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.


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.