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Bulletin Board for March 30, 2009

Carice Glasgow Crowned Miss UVI for 2009-10

Congratulations to UVI sophomore computer science major Carice Glasgow who was crowned Miss UVI 2009-2010 before a capacity crowd in the St. Croix campus Cafetorium at the Ambassadorial Competition held March 28. Ja'edee Caines was the first runner-up, with Christina Clement named second runner-up. As Miss UVI, Glasgow will serve as an ambassador for the University of the Virgin Islands by participating in UVI's recruitment efforts and maintaining a high level of visibility on both campuses and in the Virgin Islands community. More information and photos from the event will be posted on the UVI web site as they become available.

Lady Bucs Conclude LAI Inter-League Play Today Against Eastern

UVI's Lady Bucs conclude their inter-league play in the LAI league with a road match-up at 5:30 p.m. today (Monday, March 30) against Eastern University in Puerto Rico. The Lady Bucs lost their final home game of the season in a heartbreaker on Saturday, when they fell to UPR-Arecibo 56-54. The loss effectively ended the squad's hopes of advancing in post-season play.

Town Hall Meetings on UVI Budget Scheduled March 31

UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster has scheduled two town hall meetings for Tuesday, March 31, 2009, to share the outcome of an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of the UVI Board of Trustees to address UVI's fiscal year 2010 budget request to the V.I. Office of Management and Budget. The first session will begin at 9 a.m., with the second session starting at 1 p.m. Meetings will be held in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and in the Great Hall on the St. Croix campus.

Afternoon Mix to Showcase 'Phenomenal Women of UVI' on March 31

UVI's Afternoon Mix radio program on Tuesday, March 31, will be dedicated to the "Phenomenal Women of UVI." The show, which airs from 4 to 5 p.m. on WVWI-AM1000, will be part of the radio station's month-long effort to showcase women around the territory. Host Liza Margolis has asked for suggestions of phenomenal women at UVI to highlight during the program. Send suggestions to lmargol@uvi.edu. For more information, call 693-1053.

Student Employee Appreciation Nominations on St. Thomas Due by April 1

Wednesday, April 1, is the deadline for nominations of student employees to be recognized at the St. Thomas campus Student Employment Appreciation Ceremony which will be held on April 15 during the annual Student Employment Appreciation Week observance.

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. For more information, contact Mary Myers at 693-1088 or Verna Rivers at 693-1087.

Candidates for Student Trustee Sought on St. Thomas; April 2 Is Deadline to Register

The UVI Student Activities Office on the St. Thomas campus is seeking junior or senior students interesting in running as candidates for the position of 2009-2010 student representative to the UVI Board of Trustees. The deadline to register as a candidate has been extended to Thursday, April 2. Presentations by candidates will be scheduled on both campuses. Students on both campuses will be asked to vote in the election which is scheduled for April 9, on St. Croix, and for April 16, on St. Thomas.

Virgin Island Code provides for student and faculty participation on the UVI Board of Trustees to be elected annually, alternating from both campuses. The term is one year. To qualify, student candidates must be:

  • V.I. residents
  • Full time matriculated students
  • A junior or senior in good academic and social standing
  • Enrolled on the St.Thomas campus for the 2009-2010 academic year

Interested students should visit the Student Activities Office in the Student Activities Center (between the middle and north dormitories) for an application form or call the office at 693-1111 for more information.

UVI Senate General Meeting Slated for Friday, April 3

The UVI Senate will hold its next general session meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The Senate will convene in Chase Auditorium, room B 110 on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center room 401 on the St. Croix campus.

All UVI Senate meetings are open to UVI faculty, staff and students.

Career Exploration Week Under Way on St. Croix Campus

The UVI Counseling & Career Services Office on the St. Croix campus presents "Tools for a Better Tomorrow" Annual Career Exploration Week from today (Monday, March 30) through Friday, April 3. The week's activities begin at 11:30 a.m. each day, with the official opening today (Monday, March 30), in the Cafetorium. On Tuesday there will be a resume and interviewing skills workshop. On Wednesday, the Career Fair will take place in the Melvin Evans Center from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. At 11:30 a.m., on Thursday, there will be a "Dress 4 Success" function. At 11:30 a.m., on Friday, a panel discussion on "Financing College" will be followed by a 50/50 raffle drawing in the Cafetorium. For more information contact the Counseling and Career Services Office at 692-4180.

UVI Carnival Mas Camp Open; First Troupe Practice Set Friday, April 3

UVI's Carnival Mas Camp is open from 2 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week in the old Financial Aid Office (the building below the Music Suite) on the St. Thomas campus. The temporary phone number is 693-1280.

The first troupe dance practice is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 3, outside the Dining Pavilion. Other activities on April 3 include a costume workshop beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Mas Camp, and a general meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion

The UVI Carnival Committee is seeking assistance from the UVI community in preparing its Carnival entry which is based on the theme: "Let Our Energies Combine for Carnival 2009." Items needed to help display the "green" theme 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 is also seeking individuals who can assist with sewing, wire bending, cutting, gluing, spraying, tea dying or simply lending a hand with the effort.

Registration for the troupe is available at the UVI Cashier's Office, Mas Camp or the Student Activities Offices on both campuses. Mocko Jumbie practice is on-going. For details, contact Dave Smith at 693-1257. General information is also available from UVI Student Activities Offices at 693-1111 on St. Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix.

UVI Announces Afternoon on the Green Winners for 2009

The University of the Virgin Islands announces the winners of the food competition of the 20th Annual Afternoon on the Green held on March 8, on the St. Thomas campus golf course. Sonia Castro, who for years has donated unique cakes for the event, took first place in the Pastries and Sweets category for her red velvet cake. "Brigo's Firehouse Salmon," prepared by Arthur Raymo III won first place in the Seafood category for the fourth consecutive year. "Ed's Goat Water" jumped from third place last year to take first place in the 2009 Soups category.

The food was judged by a group of 18 judges consisting of UVI faculty and alumni, restaurant chefs and volunteers. Afternoon on the Green Chairperson Peggy Smith thanked the entire community for its support over the years. A complete list of winners is available from the news release on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Psi Chi Induction Ceremonies Set on St. Thomas, St. Croix

Induction ceremonies for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, at the University of the Virgin Islands are scheduled for noon on Thursday, April 9, in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, in the Great Hall's North West Wing on St. Croix. For more information contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman at 693-1277.

VIUCEDD, V.I. Autism Network to Host Conference on Autism on April 23 and 24

The second annual Virgin Islands Conference on Autism will be held at the University of the Virgin Islands on April 23, on St. Thomas, and on April 24, on St. Croix. The conference, which is being held during Autism Awareness Month, is open to the public and sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Islands Autism Network. Speakers will address the topics of early detection of autism spectrum disorder, skill building and behavioral strategies, and under standing challenging behaviors.

Sessions on both campuses will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The St. Thomas session will be held in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix, the conference will be held in the Great Hall in the North West Wing on Friday, April 24. Advance registration is required. To register, contact Maritza Swan at mswan@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-2334 on St. Thomas. On St. Croix, contact Gerri Hanna at ghanna@uvi.edu or call (340) 692-1919.

Additional information is available from Stephanie Barnes at the Virgin Islands Autism Network. Send email to viautismnetwork@gmail or call (340) 626-3330.

Other Current Items ...

Kayaking Available on Fridays Until April 3 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. Erik Heikkila at 693-1213.

Miss CYFAR 2009 Competition Scheduled April 4

Five young ladies ages six to nine 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.

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.

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.

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 to Host Third Margaret Mead Film Festival in the V.I. April 10-12

The University of the Virgin Islands will host the third annual Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival on its St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses on April 10, 11 and 12. The festival is a product of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, which annually screens dozens of the best innovative, non-fiction films and selects its favorites for the traveling show. The emphasis is on learning about other people in other places in the world.


This year's program features six films - all new, all striking and all revealing about the world far from the Virgin Islands. Admission to all films is free. They will be shown from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. in Chase Auditorium, Room 110 of the Business Building on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus.

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 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 soloists 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.

UVI Service Awards Ceremonies Set April 16 and 17

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." The awards period is from April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009. 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.

More information about the employee service awards from the Human Resources Department, from the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: 2009 Annual Service Awards Schedule. Details are also available from the UVI Human Resources Department at 693-1410.

Music Area Student Recital Set for April 19

The UVI Humanities and Social Sciences Division Music Area will present a Student Recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 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.

ONGOING ITEMS ...

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.

Cell Notes ...

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 (UVI-CELL) 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 UVI-CELL 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 UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.