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Bulletin Board for March 26, 2009

Lady Bucs Beat Catolica De Ponce; Prepare for Saturday's Home Game

The UVI Lady Bucs won Wednesday's game against Puerto Rico's Catholic University 58 to 44. UVI's top players Tiffany Reddick scored 28 points and 19 rebounds, while Angelina Prince scored 19 points and 15 rebounds. Teal Hetrick added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Lady Bucs Head Coach Curtis Gilpin said the team's latest win puts them in a good position to make the top six of the LAI League. "We have to win the final home game on Saturday and our final inter-league game on Monday in Puerto Rico to have a chance to qualify," Gilpin said.

Gilpin encourages the entire UVI and Virgin Islands community to support the Lady Bucs at what may be their final home game of the season at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, as they take on the University of Puerto - Arecibo. Admission is free. The Lady Bucs has five wins and seven losses.

Second Annual Model United Nations Conference to be Held Friday

Students from the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses will participate in the second annual University of the Virgin Islands Model United Nations Conference on Friday, March 27. The conference will take place on the St. Croix campus from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Great Hall's North West Wing.

The conference simulates committees and programs of the United Nations. Through this conference, UVI students will gain a better sense of international concerns, policies and affairs. Students also stand to improve their communication skills as they learn approaches of debate, deliberation and the development of solutions to world problems.

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

Fun Day Set for St. Croix

The St. Croix Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association along with Goodfellaz, LLC presents a Family Fun Day from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 29, on the grounds of UVI's St. Croix campus. Admission is free. There will also be free face painting and free chances in the bouncer for the children. There will also be music and other entertainment. Food and drinks will be on sale.

For more information call Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving Director Linda Smith at 692-4023.

St. Croix Campus Hosts Seventh Annual Spring Research Symposium

The St. Croix community is invited to attend the Seventh Annual Spring Research Symposium sponsored by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program (ECS) of the Division of Science and Mathematics at the University of the Virgin Islands. The two-hour special event will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, in the UVI Great Hall's Northwest Wing.

The Spring Research Symposium gives UVI students the opportunity to showcase their research to the St. Croix community. This academic year, ECS scholars won awards for their research when competing against top students from hundreds of universities at national conferences.

During Saturday's symposium, the student presenters will be judged on their visual material, content, presentation, and ability to answer questions. A diversified combination of professionals including high school science and mathematics teachers, research scientists, engineers and UVI faculty have been invited to serve as judges.

A news release about the Seventh Annual Spring Research Symposium is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Poetry Jam Session Set for Sunday

The Writer's Block, a spoken word artistry group based on UVI's St. Thomas campus, presents a "Poetry Jam Session" at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 in the UVI Dining Pavilion. An open mic session will also be held for anyone who wants to participate. Admission is $3 with student ID and $5 without. Free refreshments will be provided. Anyone interested in performing should send an e-mail to danoble1@gmail.com.

Margaret Mead Film Festival Offers Six World-Class Films

It's time for the third annual Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival. If you love to learn about other people in other places in the world - your event is coming - April 10, 11 and 12, 2009.

Each year, the American Museum of Natural History in New York screens dozens of the best innovative, non-fiction films and selects favorites for its traveling show. Once again, UVI is hosting this traveling festival of excellent films from around the world. This year's program features six films -- all new, all striking and all revealing about the world far from our islands. All films will be screened free of charge from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Chase Auditorium, Room 110 of the Business Building on the St. Thomas campus and on St. Croix in the Theater - Evans Center Room 401.

On Friday, April 10, the films are about the relationship between humans and animals, with a story about a seal that escapes the Prague zoo and a second about the first primate research lab caught in a war zone near Russia. On Saturday, April 11, the first film features African women in Swaziland coping with AIDS, and the second film is about an aboriginal Australian woman who is thrust into the world of modern cinema. On Sunday, April 12, audiences will visit with a family in the high plateaus of the Himalayas. The family ekes out a living raising goats to produce world famous pashmina wool. The filmmakers travel to Cambodia, where they follow the trail of bomb disposal experts trying to defuse Vietnam War-era bombs before children explode them.

A news release about the Margaret Mead Film Festival and details of each film is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Offers Three Vehicles for Sale

The University of the Virgin Islands Purchasing Office has announced the sale of three vehicles on St. Thomas. UVI will accept sealed bids between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 9. Bid documents and instructions can be picked up from the Purchasing Office, located on the second floor of the Administration and Conference Center. The vehicles for sale are:

- A 1994 Toyota Pick-up, standard transmission, gray

- A 1990 Mazda Truck, standard transmission, red

- A 1996 Toyota Corolla, automatic transmission, green

The vehicles will be sold as is. Only sealed bids will be accepted. The bid opening will held at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 13, at the UVI Purchasing Office on the St. Thomas campus. Within five working days after the unsealing of the bids, the successful bidder will be notified by telephone and/or by mail. For more information call the Purchasing Office at 693-1483.

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 Complex. 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.

Kayaking Available on Fridays 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.

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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

New issue of the UVI Voice Available Online

The latest issue of the UVI student newspaper, the UVI Voice is available online. Access the UVI Voice at www.uvivoice.com. The issue includes news, feature and sports stories. There is also a message from the editors. For more information contact Associate Professor of Journalism Gillian Royes at 692-4116.

Career Exploration Week - March 30 Thru April 3

The UVI Counseling & Career Services Office presents "Tools for a Better Tomorrow," Annual Career Exploration Week. The week's activities begin at 11:30 a.m. each day, with the official Opening on Monday, March 30, in the Cafetorium. On Tuesday there will be resume & interviewing skills workshop and on Wednesday, the Career Fair will take place in the Melvin Evans Center from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. On Thursday, April 2 at 11:30 a.m. there will be a Dress 4 Success function and on Friday at 11:30 a.m. a panel discussion on "Financing College" will be followed by a 50/50 raffle drawing in the Cafetorium.

UVI Carnival Mass Camp Open

The UVI Carnival Committee has announced that the official opening of Mass Camp 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 be dropped off at the Student Activities Center on St. Croix and at the Mas 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.

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.

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.

CELL Provides Hands-On Computer Skills program

A nationally recognized computer certification program will once again be offered by the University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Program is a globally recognized training and certification program that allows individuals to become proficient in the use of information technology. It is recognized in more than 100 countries as the standard for certification of basic computer skills.

The seven-week program is slated to begin on Monday, March 30, 2009. Sessions will be held 6-9 pm Mondays through Wednesdays at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

ICDL focuses on developing basic computer skills in seven key areas: Basic Concepts of Information Technology, File Management, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database, Presentations, Communication and Information. Candidates who successfully complete all seven modules and pass the certification exams will receive an ICDL Certification card which serves as an achievement of fundamental knowledge in all seven computer skill areas.

For more information or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

Basic Computing Course to be Held on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is currently conducting registration for its upcoming Basic Computing course. Classes will be held 1-4 pm every Monday starting March 30, 2009. All sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

The course is designed for individuals interested in learning the basics of using a computer.

Participants will learn the essentials of computing such as working with windows, using the internet, emailing, safe computing and much more. The information will be presented in an easy to understand format and includes hands-on exercises.

For more information or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Customer Service Excellence Course on April 2

To enhance the level of services provided to visitors of the USVI, the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is embarking on a program that is designed to ensure customer satisfaction so that tourists will be more likely to return to our shores. Customer Service Excellence for the Hospitality Industry will be held 6-8 pm every Thursday evening starting April 2, 2009. All sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Participants will learn tips and strategies to effectively increase customer satisfaction and gain repeat business. Topics will include: how to create a memorable experience for customers, getting problems revolved quickly and courteously, handling stressful calls, telephone etiquette and much more.

For more information on the Customer Service Program, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

Miss CYFAR 2009 Competition Scheduled

Five young ladies ages 6 to 9 will participate in the Miss CYFAR 2009 competition scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at Gladys Abraham Elementary School on St. Thomas. The contestants are Majestik F. Estrada Petersen, Francier Baker, K' Nyzha K. Henry, Francielli Baker and Adajah Y. Benjamin. All are participants in UVI's Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) program, an after school program administered by the Cooperative Extension Service.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door and are available at the CES office, UVI Bookstore and V.I. Housing Authority. For more information call 693-1079 or 693-1073 or email jblyden@uvi.edu.

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 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 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 Humanities office.

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.

Music Area Student Recital Set for April 19

The UVI Humanities and Social Sciences Division Music Area will present a Student Recital, Sunday, April 19 at 4:00 pm in the Music Building. Students from each studio will perform. All are welcome. Admission is free. For further information please call Dr. Lorna C. Young-Wright at 693-1191.

Alumna Gloria Josiah Publishes Book of Memoirs

UVI Alumna Gloria Josiah ('96) has published Ministry Adventures in the Caribbean, an inspirational memoir covering the rigors and rewards of ministerial family life in the Caribbean. In the book Mrs. Josiah recalls her adventures at the University of the West Indies while pursuing a degree in mathematics and economics, as well as her experiences at UVI. The book is available in the UVI libraries and UVI Bookstores on both campuses. For more information contact Mrs. Josiah at 778-1480 or e-mail her at gpjosiah@yahoo.com.

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.

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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.

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.

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.