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Bulletin Board for November 30, 2009

St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Scheduled for Dec. 5-6

The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair will be held on Dec. 5 and 6, on the grounds of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on the University's St. Thomas campus. The theme for this year's fair is "Fresh Start - Grow Smart." Applications for vendors wishing to participate are available from UVI's Cooperative Extension Service Office and from the V.I. Department of Agriculture. For details, contact the Department of Agriculture at 774-5182 or the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080.

St. Thomas Golden Key Raising Funds for Children's Christmas Gifts

The St. Thomas chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society is partnering with the Salvation Army to supply Christmas gifts for some of the less fortunate children in the community. Monetary contributions, cash and checks or money orders made out to Golden Key-UVI, are being accepted by Chapter Faculty Advisor Dr. Patricia Harkins-Pierre and chapter Public Relations Officer Eustus Saunders. Receipts for tax purposes are available. For details, contact Dr. Harkins-Pierre at 693-1357 or send email to: pharkin@uvi.edu, or Eustus Saunders at (340) 201-9041 or send email to: eustus.saunders@gmail.com. Information is also available from Golden Key committee members: Kurt Alexander, Troi Willams, Keroma Pollock, Nicola Maduro, Triola Browne, Jadee Caines, Chelcy Angol, Dacil Heyliger, Keri Weeks, Campbell Douglas, Ericia Haliday, Jo-Anne Neale and Derron Ambrose.

Campus Advising and Tutorial Services Center Offers Workshop on Advising

UVI's CATS (Campus Advising and Tutorial Services) center will conduct a workshop on advising for faculty and interested staff members from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The session is titled "Taking the First Step: Reaching Out to Students." Subtopics to be covered include intrusive advising, and helping students to identify and reach academic, personal and career goals. Intrusive advising is particularly important when working with at-risk students, first generation students and entering freshmen in general. Varied methods of advising will also be discussed that can be of benefit to all students. The workshop presenter will be Marsha Green Henry. Sessions will be videoconferenced between Teacher Education room 114 on St. Thomas and Research and Extension Center Room 133 on St. Croix. For details or to make reservations, call 693-1339 or send email to mhenry2@uvi.edu.

November Issue of Dateline: UVI Newsletter Published, Available Online

The November issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI has been published and is available from the UVI web site's - www.uvi.edu - Public Relations section and from this direct link. Featured are articles on UVI President Dr. David Hall's recent presentation to high school boys on St. Croix, the Comprehensive Land and Sea Conference held Nov. 16 at UVI, and recent accomplishments of UVI Professor Don Drost in Belgium. Also featured is a photo from the Bucs Alumni Reunion held Nov. 22 on Brewer's Beach.

UVI Budget Hearings Scheduled for Dec. 1 and Dec. 3

UVI's Office of Administration and Finance has announced that UVI Budget Hearings are scheduled for 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and Thursday, Dec. 3. The hearings are open to the UVI community. They will take place, via videoconference, in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and in room 401 of the Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. The UVI community was provided a schedule of presenters via email on Nov. 25.

Mandatory Meeting for UVI Agriculture and Food Fair Participants Set for Dec. 1

Members of the UVI family are reminded that now is the time to plan their involvement in the V.I. Agriculture and Food Fair which is scheduled for Feb. 13 to 15, 2010, on St. Croix.

All UVI program entities wishing to participate must send a representative to a mandatory meeting of the UVI Research and Public Service Steering Committee scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Room 143 of the Research and Extension Center, on the St. Croix campus.

St. Thomas Campus Representatives Asked to Attend Session on St. Croix

Since videoconference enabled rooms were unavailable for this meeting, individuals on St. Thomas who plan to participate in the fair are asked to find a counterpart on St. Croix to attend the meeting for them.

Each program component should come prepared to present their proposed exhibit. All exhibits should follow the fair theme - "Healthy Food & a Safe Environment Make Sen$e." They should also focus on health and safety. Following these presentations, the committee will discuss ways to facilitate greater integration. It will also spend time exploring how each program/component can make their efforts more interactive in nature.

Nov. 30 Deadline Set for Program Needs Forms

All participating UVI programs and components must complete and return a Program Needs Form - click for Program Needs Form - on or before Nov. 30, 2009. Due to limited space and the close proximity to the fair, no applications will be accepted after the deadline.

For more information, contact Steering Committee Chair Clarice Clarke at 692-4060 or send email to: cclarke@uvi.edu.

UVI Staff Council Election Scheduled for Friday, Dec. 4

The UVI Staff Council Ad Hoc Committee has announced that the election for officers of the UVI Staff Council will be held on Friday, Dec. 4. The official slate of nominees is as follows:

  • Linda Smith and Ardrina Scott-Elliott - Vice Chair
  • Astrid Carmona - Regular Staff Representative/St. Thomas campus
  • Cheryl Roberts and Yvette Taylor - Professional Staff Representative/St. Croix campus
  • Cherie Wheatley - Administrative Staff Representative/St. Thomas campus
  • Jacquiel Fredericks (STT), Myrtle Pemberton (STX) - Chair - Human Resources Committee
  • Shelly Anslyn-Jones (STX) - Chair/Membership Committee

Ballots will be distributed to employees by Wednesday, Dec. 2, with regular staff employees receiving white ballots and professional staff employees receiving yellow ballots. Administrative staff employees will receive blue ballots.

Ballots may be dropped off at the Administration and Conference Center's front desk and at the Library on the St Thomas campus. Ballots on the St. Croix campus may be dropped off at the Library on the St. Croix campus.

President Hall Meets With School Counselors in the Territory

UVI President Dr. David Hall addressed some 40 middle school and high school counselors from the territory at workshops this month on the University's St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses. The first workshop, for St. Thomas and St. John counselors, took place at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The St. Croix workshop was held Friday, Nov. 20, in the Melvin Evans Center. The theme of the workshops was Charting the Future of the U.S. Virgin Islands through Academic Excellence and Relevant Career Choices.

A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

UVI's St. Thomas Campus Holiday Gala Set for Dec. 19 at Marriott

The Annual UVI Holiday Gala event for UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort. Music will be provided by Spectrum Band. Employee tickets are complimentary. Guest tickets are $35. They will be available beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1, from the Human Resources Office in the Administration and Conference Center.

Other Current Items...

UVI to Host Planetarium Shows on Dec. 1 at the Reichhold Center

As it marks the end of the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) celebration, the Physics and Astronomy Program in UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics will host free planetarium shows for the University community on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. See show schedule below.

The shows will be led by Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Cynthia Gómez Martín, with astronomy and physics students making the presentations. The students have been trained in the usage of the STARLAB traveling planetarium, and have been preparing their presentations over the last month. More information visit the IYA web site: http://www.astronomy2009.org/general/about/.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

6 - 7 p.m.: Constellations

7 - 8 p.m.: Plate Tectonics

8 - 9 p.m.: African Mythology

9 - 10 p.m.: Our Solar System & Galaxy

UVI Financial Aid/Scholarship Students Advised to Visit Cashier's Offices

Returning UVI students who have received financial aid or scholarships, and who have registered for the spring 2010 semester, can now visit Cashier's Offices on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses to pay for classes. Failure to do so will result in classes being cancelled. Students must contact the Cashier's Offices in person to have their awards credited to their accounts. The last day to pay for classes for the spring 2010 semester is Jan. 5, 2010. For details, call the Cashier's Office on the St. Croix campus at  (340) 692-4160, or the Cashier's Office on the St. Thomas campus at (340) 693-1437.

St. Thomas Golden Key Society Collecting Clothing for Haiti

The St. Thomas chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society is conducting a clothing drive for families and individuals in need on Haiti. Donated clothing can be dropped off at the Counseling Services/Student Affairs Center on the St. Thomas campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 30. Members of the Golden Key's Community Services Committee will also accept donations. For more information contact us via email: goldenkeysttchapter@yahoo.com

Submissions Sought for 24th Issue of The Caribbean Writer Through Nov. 30

The Caribbean Writer is seeking submissions for its 24th edition. Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and personal essays, critical articles and insights on Trevor Rhone and Wayne Brown are specifically being sought for a special section. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30, 2009. The Caribbean should be central to submissions or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective.

Writers are encouraged to submit poems, short stories, personal essays and one-act plays. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Mail submissions to The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781 or submit electronically to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. For details, visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call (340) 692-4152.

A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

60 V.I. Nursing Scholarships Available; Application Deadline is Dec. 2

UVI students and prospective UVI students who are interested in nursing as a career are advised that the V.I. Board of Education recently amended the qualifications for $400,000 in scholarships being funded by the Virgin Islands government. Scholarships will be offered for 30 students each in the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix districts.

To qualify, students studying to be licensed practical nurses or registered nurses must:

  • Possess a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Be a resident of the territory.
  • Promise to work one to two years in the territory after completing their education.
  • Be accepted into an accredited, licensed or Board of Education-approved institution.

The V.I. Board of Education is now accepting applications through Dec. 2 at their offices on Dronningens Gade on St. Thomas and the Sunny Isles Professional building on St. Croix. Details are also available by calling 774-4546 on St. Thomas or by calling 772-4144 on St. Croix.

University to Honor Retiree Mavis Gilchrist on Dec. 5

Members of the UVI community are invited to join in a retirement celebration for Mavis Gilchrist, UVI's director of Financial Aid, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Gertrude's Restaurant on St. Croix. The evening will honor Gilchrist for 32 years of service to the University. Tickets are $40. They include, dinner, entertainment and a gift for the retiree. A cash bar will be available. Interested individuals are asked to RSVP by calling 692-4193 or sending email to cferris2@uvi.edu by Nov. 18.

UVI 'A Christmas Celebration' Concert Set for Dec. 5 at the Reichhold Center

The University of the Virgin Islands' annual Christmas concert - titled: A Christmas Celebration - is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The program will feature the University Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen, and the Steel Pan Ensemble, under the direction of Instructor Shenelle N. Warner.

The concert will highlight performers from UVI, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, and community members including Lorna Freeman-Dennis, Lynesha Sweeney, Gylchris Sprauve, Drew Bowers, Detra Davis and others. The concert is sponsored by the Music Area of the University's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for senior citizens. They are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office, the UVI Bookstore, the UVI Humanities Office, Nora's Beauty Palace, Dockside Bookstore, VI Bridal & Tuxedo, and members of the UVI Concert Band and the Steel Pan Ensemble. For details, call (340) 693-1192.

UVI's St. Croix Campus Holiday Gala Set for Dec. 12 at Divi

The Annual UVI Holiday Gala event for UVI's St. Croix campus is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. The evening's theme will be "Shades of Blue." Tickets - which are complimentary for faculty and staff and $35 for guests - are now available in the Office of the Executive Administrator- St. Croix Campus. For more information call 692-4236 or 692-4161.

Divi Carina Bay is offering a special room rate of $129 (plus tax and energy surcharge) for UVI employees and guests who would like to stay that night. For details, contact Divi Carina Bay at (340) 773-9700.

Youth Participants Sought for 4-H Groups' 2010 St. Croix Festival Troupe

The 4-H Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service is looking for Virgin Islands children between the ages of five and 12 to become a part of a 4-H Festival Troupe that will participate in the 2010 St. Croix Christmas Festival Children's Parade. The parade is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2010. For more information, contact Yvonne Phillips at 693-1078 on St. Thomas or Jillean Webster at 692-4087 on St. Croix.

EPSCoR Annual Conference to Focus on Integrating Science and Management

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) will present its annual one-day conference on Friday, Dec. 4, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. This year's subject is Integrating Science and Management in Island Ecosystems.

The conference is designed to bring together scientists, natural resource managers and decision makers to address important, cross-cutting issues relevant to managing the Virgin Islands' fragile island ecosystems. This dialog will allow natural and social scientists to better understand the data needs of resource managers, while at the same time helping resource managers and policymakers to better utilize scientific information and integrate it into their decision making processes. The goal of the conference is to help chart a course towards making better informed decisions in planning, designing and implementing regulations with people in mind.

The conference will run from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Interested persons are asked to RSVP by Friday, Nov. 20, to Kaisa Prentice via email at kprenti2@uvi.edu or by phone at (340) 693-1428.

Ongoing Items...

UVI Holiday Recess Schedule

UVI's Human Resources Office has announced that UVI President Dr. David Hall has approved the 2009 Administrative end-of-the-year Holiday Recess.

All offices will be closed for the holiday recess from Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, through Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. All offices will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2010. In observance of Three King's Day, all offices will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Note: Paid "Administrative Leave" is applicable only for the regular work week (from Monday through Friday).

UVI Revises Academic Calendar for Spring Semester 2010

The University of the Virgin Islands has announced the revision of its Academic Calendar covering the 2010 spring semester. The calendar stipulates the schedule for all academic activities at the University for the period from Jan. 4 through May 16, 2010.

The revised calendar begins on Jan. 4, the date UVI staff members will return from the holiday break. UVI faculty members return on Jan. 7. New student orientation and registration are set for Jan. 7. Advisement and late registration are scheduled for Jan. 8. Spring semester classes begin on Jan. 11. Click here to view the Spring 2010 Academic Calendar.

NSE Applications Available from Counseling Services Office

Students interested in studying abroad through the National Student Exchange (NSE) program may obtain the NSE application and directory booklet from UVI Counseling Services office on the St. Thomas campus. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible. More information can be obtained from Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm, at (340) 693-1136 or via email at: ahamm@uvi.edu.

Reichhold Offers Payroll Deduction for UVI Employee Ticket Purchases

UVI employees are encouraged use payroll deductions to purchase tickets to Reichhold Center for the Arts shows. Employees should visit the Reichhold Ticket Office to sign an authorization form. This allows employees to spread the cost of tickets over four easy payments. For details, call 693-1559. Visit www.reichholdcenter.com for a list of upcoming performances.

Student Testing Schedule...

UVI English Placement Tests Scheduled for Jan. 5, 2010

UVI English Placement tests are scheduled to be administered on Jan. 5, 2010. On the St. Thomas campus the testing will be held in Room 222 of the Sports and Fitness Center. On the St. Croix campus the test will be held in Evens Center Room 401. Students should bring a photo ID and two pens with blue or black ink.

The testing schedule is as follows:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. - Registration
  • 9:00-10 a.m. - English 100
  • 10-10:15 a.m. - Break
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. - English 101

English Placement tests are offered for students who have never taken the SAT or who took the SAT and scored below 500 in Reasoning or below 21 on the ACT-English. Students who took but did not pass the test(s) may not take the tests again.

CELL Notes...

CELL Offering Three-Year SAT Prep Program on St. Thomas and St. Croix

Tenth-grade students on St. Thomas and St. Croix are invited to apply to a three-year Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Preparatory Program offered by the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center in partnership with Innovative Communications Corp.

Launched in 2005, the SAT Preparatory Program was designed to help Virgin Islands public high school students improve their SAT scores. It also tracks student progress from their sophomore through senior years. Classes will start on Jan. 9, 2010 and will be held 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Sessions will be held on UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas campus.

Applicants must be 10th-grade public high school students, with GPAs of 2.0 to 3.5. An administrative fee of $20 is required at orientation. Interested applicants must submit their applications to the UVI CELL Center by Monday, Nov. 30, to be considered. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information or to request an application, call (340) 693-1106 or visit the UVI CELL web site: http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Offers Seminars on Preparing Success Plans for Business

The Virgin Island Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) will present two seminars designed to help prepare success plans for small businesses in December on St. Thomas.

"Show Me the Money! The Narrative for Preparing a Success Plan for Your Business" will be offered on Thursday, Dec. 10. The second seminar, "Show Me the Money! The Financials for Preparing a Success Plan for Your Business," will follow on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Both sessions are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center.

The presenter is Daryl Edwards, a business counselor at the VI SBDC. Admission is $25 for each seminar. Admission for individuals who pre-register for both seminars is only $35. The discount admission for those who pre-register for one seminar is $20. UVI students, staff, faculty and veterans of the U.S. military with proper ID will be admitted for free. Pre-registration is required to qualify for free admission.

It is recommended that business owners or potential business owners have a success plan for their business. These seminars will focus on the basics of how to put together a success plan. A success plan is a great guide for the day to day operations of any business. They are mandatory for businesses to qualify for bank loans.

For details, contact the VI SBDC at (340) 776-3206.