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Bulletin Board for May 11, 2009

University Community Encouraged to Attend Tribute Event Honoring Dr. Ragster

The University Community is encouraged to attend an upcoming tribute event for UVI President LaVerne E. Ragster on Sunday, May 17, on St. Croix. The tribute will be a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus. (A tribute event on St. Thomas was held on Saturday, May 9.) Tickets for the luncheon are $85 per person. Proceeds from these tribute events will be used to establish the LaVerne E. Ragster Scholarship Fund.

Gifting Circles for individual contributions have also been established to support the scholarship fund. Information on purchasing tickets and donating to the Gifting Circles is available from the Spotlight button on the home page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

2009 Faculty Institute Scheduled for May 13

UVI's 2009 Faculty Institute will take place on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. This event will be transmitted by video conference in rooms B101 and B110 (Chase Auditorium) on the St. Thomas campus and room EC 401 on the St. Croix campus. Activities are to start by 9 a.m. An agenda and other material for the Faculty Institute will be distributed later on.

Comments, questions or concerns can be directed to the Office of the Provost.

Senior Week Activities on St. Thomas Campus

Senior Week activities on UVI's St. Thomas campus include the Senior Social at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, at the Dining Pavilion. Graduation practice is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Sports and Fitness Center. The Senior Ball will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at the St. Peter Mountain Greathouse and Botanical Gardens. The 2009 pinning ceremony for graduates in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, in the Administration and Conference Center. The St. Thomas campus commencement ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at the Sports and Fitness Center.

Senior Week Activities on St. Croix Campus

Senior Week activities on UVI's St. Croix campus include a rehearsal for commencement at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 15, in the Great Hall. There will be a pinning ceremony for 2009 graduates in the Associate of Science in Nursing program at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, in the V.I. Cardiac Center in the Juan Luis Hospital. The St. Croix campus commencement ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, on the campus grounds.

St. Thomas Campus Shuttle Bus Service Suspended Until May 21

With the end of the Spring Semester, UVI's shuttle bus service on the St. Thomas campus has been suspended until Summer Session I classes begin on Thursday, May 21. The University apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

UVI Poets to Participate in International Programs Featuring the Spoken Word on May 15-16

Performances of Microphone Messenjahs - cultural and educational programs that will highlight the spoken word - are scheduled for Friday, May 15, on St. Thomas, and on Saturday, May 16, on Tortola. Performers from Barbados, Trinidad and the United States, along with members of the Rock Collective Poets, The Writers Block - a UVI student organization for poets - and Callaloo Poets of Tortola, BVI, among others, will present positive words, creative expression, African dance and drumming. A cultural wear showcase featuring local My Day Discount Store models will also be featured. The St. Thomas event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Administrative and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The Tortola event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College auditorium. For more information, call (340) 473-6659 on St. Thomas or (284) 441-8422 on Tortola.

First Annual Reef Fest Set Sunday, May 17, at Smith Bay Park

St. Thomas' first annual Reef Fest will be held at Smith Bay Park (Lindquist Beach) from noon to sunset on Sunday, May 17. Reef Fest is designed - as part of the International Year of the Reef observance - to encourage the Virgin Islands community to spur efforts to protect the territory's reefs and to augment awareness of the importance of all marine resources. Donations and proceeds raised at the event will go to help support coral reef community and education programs on St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. UVI's CMES Marine Outreach Program, which has promoted environmental education for more than 20 years, will lead the effort.

Reef Fest will include interactive marine educational games and activities for all ages. Expert guest speakers will discuss the interdependence of coral reefs and fisheries. Some 20 environmental exhibits and activity booths will be presented by various University, government and community organizations. Entertainment will include performances by local and student artists. A student "Reef Rap" contest is also planned. Music will be provided by the JDPP Jammers, Jamesie P. and Top Notch Band.

For more information, contact Lihla Noori via email at lnoori@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1392. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

WTJX Launches 'Home Grown' Garden Project with UVI's CES and Department of Agriculture

The Virgin Islands Public Television System, WTJX Channel 12, in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, are launching "Home Grown," a home garden project. "Home Grown" is an outreach project and television program designed to address several critical issues, including the extremely high cost and poor quality of fresh vegetables imported into the Virgin Islands, a desire to encourage healthy eating habits, and an effort to help Virgin Islands' residents save money.

All Virgin Islanders are invited to apply for the project. The application deadline is June 5. For details contact Tanya-Marie Singh at 690-6696 or Clarice C. Clarke at 692-4060. A news release and application form are available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas Campus SGA Executive Officers Elected

UVI's Student Activities Office has announced that students on UVI's St. Thomas campus have elected the following executive members to the 2009-2010 Student Government Association (SGA):

  • President - Jaedee Caines
  • Vice-President - St. Clair Hodge
  • Treasurer - Christa Harris

A list of officers for the Student Council will be provided at a later date.

Kyza Callwood Elected as Student Representative to the UVI Board of Trustees

UVI's Student Activities Office has announced that St. Thomas campus student Kyza A. Callwood has been elected as the 2009-10 student representative to the UVI Board of Trustees. The term begins in August of 2009. Callwood received 168 votes on the St. Thomas campus and 27 votes on the St. Croix campus in the April 23-24 election. Callwood can be reached at 693-3542 or at kyzawood3@yahoo.com.

Other Current Items ...

UVI Offers Financial Assistance to Summer Session Students

Individuals who are registered or planning to register for 2009 Summer Session classes at the University of the Virgin Islands are invited to visit the University's Financial Aid Offices to determine if they are eligible for financial aid or direct loans. Prospective students can visit the Financial Aid Offices - in the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in the Evans Center on St. Croix - to begin processing aid requests from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 12. More information is available from the Current Students/Financial Aid section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this Money for Summer Direct link. Loan applications are also available at the offices on both campuses. For details, contact the St. Croix campus Financial Aid Office at 692-4193. On St. Thomas, the Financial Aid Office is available at 693-1090.

Student Internships Available for NOAA-UVI Summer Marine Research Project on St. John

A limited number of internships are being offered to Virgin Islands students interested in participating in a NOAA-UVI Marine Research Project tracking fish at Lameshur Bay on St. John this summer. The project is in need of students who could be available for a minimum of two assignments a month for up to two days at a time. Overnight accommodation and food will be provided at the Virgin Island Environmental Research Station. There may be opportunities for pay to a selected student worker. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is funding the research, which is being conducted in collaboration with UVI scientists and the National Park Service on St. John. The internship involves tagging and tracking of coral reef fish species.

For more information, call UVI Professor Dr. Simon Pittman at 693-1179 or send email to simon.pittman@noaa.gov. Interested students should send a brief summary of why they are interested in the internship, what makes them a good candidate for the position and their availability during the summer. Contact information and phone numbers must be included.

GERS Retirement Workshop Schedule Provided to UVI Employees

The 2009 Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) retirement workshop schedule has been released to UVI employees via email by Veda Richards, UVI Director of Employee Benefits and Immigration Services. The workshops are held at the GERS offices on St. Thomas, at 3438 Kronprindsens Gade GERS Complex-STE 1, and on St. Croix at #3005 Orange Grove, Lot 5 in Christiansted. One workshop will be held on St. John, on June 19, at The Battery. Individuals must pre-register for the workshops by calling (340) 779-7703 ext. 4202 on St. Thomas or (340) 773-5480 ext. 5480 on St. Croix. For more information, contact Richards at 693-1429.

Ongoing Items ...

UVI Registration for Summer Sessions, Fall Semester Continuing

  • Registration for UVI's 2009 Summer Sessions I & II is continuing. UVI's 2009 Summer Session class schedule is available from the Academics section of the UVI web - www.uvi.edu. It is also available from this direct link. Dates: 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.
  • Registration for the 2009 Fall Semester is available now through August 7, 2009. Returning students will be able to register online and in person for the fall 2009 semester. Students are reminded that they must confer with advisors to receive information on their academic plan and to obtain pin numbers that provide access to registration. Fall Semester Class schedules are available from the Academics/Class Schedules link on the UVI home page: www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. Advisement and registration for new students 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.

    For more information, contact UVI Access and Enrollment Services at 693-1160.

UVI's Eastern Caribbean Center Conducting 2009 V.I. Community Survey

The Eastern Caribbean Center of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will conduct the 2009 Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS) during the months of April through July. This scientific survey of a sample of households is a follow-up to the one conducted in 2008 that collected information similar to that gathered in the census of 2000. VICS data for 2009 will be gathered on two topics - population and housing. A news release and photo are available on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

SBDC Notes ...

SBDC Offers St. John Seminars on Writing Successful Business Plans

UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer two seminars titled Writing a Success Plan for Your Business for individuals on St. John. The first, scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, will cover the "who, what, where, why and how" of a business plan. The second seminar, scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, will focus on "where money comes from and where it goes." Both seminars will take place in the V.I. Legislature Conference Room in Cruz Bay. SBDC Business Counselor Daryl Edwards will be the presenter. Admission is $25 per seminar. For individuals who want to attend both seminars and who pre-register, the cost is $35. Those who pre-register for just one seminar will be charged $20. UVI students, staff, faculty and veterans of the U.S. military with proper ID will be admitted free. Individuals must pre-register to qualify for free admission. To pre-register or for more information, call the SBDC office at 776-3206.

CELL Notes ...

CELL Seeking Participants in Focus Group Series

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center is seeking volunteers to participate in a series of focus groups planned for one of CELL's corporate clients. Participants must be over 18 years of age and be a wireless telephone customer. In addition, they must be willing to provide the name of their current wireless company and indicate whether you are a prepaid or contract customer.

Each person selected to participate in the focus group will receive a $20 pre-paid calling card and be entered into a raffle to win a flat screen television. (To qualify, participants must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.) Space is limited. Interested persons must send an email to cell@uvi.edu and indicate willingness to participate, which session they would like to attend, and their carrier's name and type of service. Reservations must be made by 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5.

Sessions remain on St. Croix, from 4 to 5:45 p.m. and 6 to 7:45 p.m., on Tuesday, May 12, in the Innovative Corporate Offices at Sunny Isle. Two additional St. Thomas sessions have been added from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 18 and 19, at the Innovative Corporate Offices in Tutu Park.

For details, call the CELL office at (340) 693-1100.

VIUCEDD Notes ...

VIUCEDD to Promote Wellness for Women with Disabilities - May 10 to 16

A health fair for women with disabilities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas. The fair will be sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). It is designed to disseminate information about health and wellness to women and young girls with disabilities, and to their caregivers. Agencies, healthcare providers and females with disabilities are encouraged to participate. The fair is part of a week long effort to promote the health of women with disabilities. The week, which runs from May 10 to 16, has the theme "A Healthier You - Helping Women and Young Girls with Disabilities Live Healthy Lifestyles." It will include discussions on various local radio and TV programs, some featuring guests from UVI. Programs include: the "Afternoon Mix" program, from 4 to 5 p.m. on May 11; the Mario Moorehead Show, from 2 to 3 p.m. on May 12; and the Face To Face program on WTJX TV, from 8 to 9 p.m. on May 13. For more information contact Rashida Francis at the VIUCEDD at 693-1185 or 693-1322.

Training on Americans with Disabilities Act Scheduled for St. Thomas, St. Croix

Training for individuals responsible for evaluating accessibility requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be held on May 11 on St. Thomas and on May 13 on St. Croix. The program is free and limited to 50 participants.

This program will provide attendees with an overview of the new revised ADA/ABA Accessibility Guidelines and its harmonization with model codes as they relate to accessibility requirements. This full day training will include lecture, multi-media and materials. Anyone charged with determining if the built environment complies with ADA Accessibility requirements should attend this event.

  • St. Thomas: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 11; Location: TBA
  • St. Croix: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 13; Location: The Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus

This training is offered by Cornell University's DBTAC - Northeast ADA Center in partnership with United Spinal Association and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). For registration and information on disability accommodations call Program Coordinator Shammi Carr at 693-1173 or send email to scarr@uvi.edu.

Taking Action: How to be an Effective Self-Advocate Upcoming Training - May 14

Programs offering training in self-advocacy for individuals with disabilities are scheduled for May 12 on St. Thomas and May 14 on St. Croix. Participants will get an overview of the "do's and don'ts" of self-advocacy, as well as a review of the "Five Steps of Self Advocacy." Sample Advocacy letters will be provided and self-advocacy in relation to the legislative process will be reviewed. Helpful tips for communicating with legislators will also be offered. Individuals with disabilities, Advocates and any interested parties are encouraged to attend this training. The programs are free and limited to 50 participants each.

  • St. Thomas: 9 a.m. to noon on May 12; Location: The Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus
  • St. Croix: 9 a.m. to noon on May 14; Location: The Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus

The training programs are sponsored by Cornell University's DBTAC - Northeast ADA Center in partnership with United Spinal Association and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). For registration and information on disability accommodations call Program Coordinator Shammi Carr at 693-1173 or send email to scarr@uvi.edu.