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Bulletin Board for November 5, 2009

UVI to Close Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Observance of Veterans Day

The University of the Virgin Islands will close on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, in observance of Veterans Day. UVI classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Thursday, Nov. 12.

UVI Libraries, Computer Labs Holiday Schedule Details

While UVI's Libraries will be closed on Veterans Day, students will have access to computer labs on St. Thomas - the 24/7 Library Lab - and on St. Croix - the NWW 120 Lab. Students may also access online library resources at anytime by going to http://library.uvi.edu. Also, UVI's Information Technology Services Help Desk voice mail at ext.1466 and email - helpdesk@uvi.edu - will be monitored during the holiday.

New Offerings in Playwriting, Creative Writing Planned for 2010 Spring Semester

Students at the University of the Virgin Islands are invited to develop their writing abilities during the upcoming spring semester with the help of two dynamic instructors. Those who accept the invitation will have a chance to explore different writing genres, encourage one another in the creative process and learn about flash fiction, a succinct form of storytelling that's catching on in Latin and South America.

Renowned author Opal Palmer Adisa, a frequent contributor to UVI's annual publication, The Caribbean Writer, UVI's anthology of Caribbean literature, is the scheduled instructor for ENG301 and ENG302. UVI Playwright-in-Residence, Dr. Doug Larche, is scheduled to teach the THE466.

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

ITS Newsletter Updates University Community

UVI's Information and Technology Services (ITS) Component has published the latest issue of the ITS Newsletter via email to the University community. The newsletter includes updates on a wide variety of services the Component provides to UVI students, faculty and staff. Among the items covered are a WiFi Update, a preview of the Campus EAI Portal Grant, survey results, and key card access to campus technology assets. The newsletter also includes stories on new ITS staffers, details on how UVI faculty and staff can access Microsoft software, and a follow up on the successful satellite connection linking UVI students with a research ship at sea.

The newsletter is also available from the Publications link on the Information and Technology Services section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI to Host Environmental Health and Safety Workshops Nov. 17

The University of the Virgin Islands will host a series of environmental health and safety workshops on Tuesday, Nov. 17, on its St. Thomas campus. The University is conducting the workshops as part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency which requires it to provide community outreach to schools and selected small businesses.

The workshops will take place over the course of the day. The morning session, from 9 a.m. to noon, will target schools and students on the junior high and secondary levels. The afternoon session, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., is for UVI faculty and staff. The evening session, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., is designed for specific elements of the small business community.

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

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.

Reichhold Center, Havana Blue Presenting 'Havana Nights' Salsa Dance Parties

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts and the Havana Blue Restaurant at Marriott's Morningstar Beach Resort have partnered to present "Havana Nights" salsa dance parties on Saturday nights. The parties, which begin at 9:30 p.m., will conclude with a salsa dance contest at Havana Blue following the performance by Ballet Hispanico at the Reichhold Center on Nov. 21. Tickets for Ballet Hispanico are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office at 693-1559 or visit www.reichholdcenter.com on the web. The dance parties, which are free, feature Latin music, salsa dancing and drink specials. Havana Blue marks its fifth anniversary Nov. 7. For details, call 779-2822 or visit The Heat Is On: Virgin Islands Salsa Facebook page.

Other Current Items...

Reichhold to Host Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Hispanico in November

The 2009-2010 season of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts continues with two major productions in November. The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and VI native mezzo-soprano Melita Etienne, as the featured vocalist, perform Saturday, Nov. 14. High-energy Latin dance follows Saturday, Nov. 21, with Ballet Hispanico taking the stage. Both shows begin at 8 p.m.

The Reichhold continues its longstanding partnership with The Forum in bringing the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra to the Virgin Islands. The evening will feature performances of Sibelius' Spring Song, Op. 16, Chausson's Poeme de l'amoure et de la mer, Op. 19, and Mendelssohn's Symphony n3.

The dance company Ballet Hispanico is known for its flamboyant and expressive style. Along with a portrait of 1950s Latin ballroom productions and a raucous tribute to Brizillian carnival, the company will introduce the world premier of a new work performed to Latin jazz.

Tickets are available from the Reichhold Box Office at (340) 693-1559, and from these St. Thomas ticket outlets - Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again and the UVI Bookstore. Tickets are also available from Connections on St. John. For details and online ticket purchases, visit the Reichhold Center web site - www.reichholdcenter.com.

Nominations for UVI Staff Council Positions Due Nov. 6

Members of UVI's regular, professional and administrative staff are advised that the UVI Staff Council has the following positions open: Vice Chair, Regular Staff Representative-STT, Professional Staff Representative-STX; Administrative Staff Representative-STT; Human Resources Committee; and Membership Committee.

Nominations for persons to serve in these positions are being sought. Please forward nominations, by Nov. 6, to Maria Fleming at mflemin@uvi.edu or Don Bailey at dbailey@uvi.edu.

Annual Virgin Gorda Get-A-Way Slated for Nov. 11

The Annual Virgin Gorda Get-A-Way, a day trip to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, is scheduled for Nov. 11. The trip is for UVI students, staff, faculty and friends.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the UVI Bookstores. Space is limited to the first 149 persons to sign up. Ticket prices are as follows: UVI students STT/STX: $40; staff/faculty STT/STX: $60; non-staff/non-students: $80; and students under 12: $25. For more information, call 693-1111 on St Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix.

UVI Music Education Grads Plan St. Croix Benefit Concert on Nov. 15

UVI Music Education graduates along with UVI Prof. Austin A. Venzen will present a benefit recital at the Kingshill Lutheran Church on St. Croix at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. Joining Venzen, who plays flute, will be Neils A. Gooding on saxophone, Kevre' L. Hendricks on trumpet, Eltino S. Pickering on steel pan, and accompanist Monet I. Davis.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, call (340) 693-1192. Proceeds will go to the benefit of the Kingshill Lutheran Church.

UVI Concert Choir to Perform a Choral Celebration Nov. 15 on St. Thomas

The UVI Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, will present a Choral Celebration at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Nisky Moravian Church on St. Thomas. The program will include student accompanists and conductors. Soloists will include Christalia Mark, Rebecca Darling, Ledell Mulraine, Lystra Edwards and Blessyn Washington. Tickets, which may be purchased at the UVI Bookstore, the Humanities Division office and from choir members, are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

VI Sedimentation and Storm Water Runoff in Seminar Set Nov. 16 at UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands will host a comprehensive "Land and Sea" research seminar and leadership conference focusing on sedimentation and how to reduce environmental degradation from storm water runoff in the Virgin Islands on Nov. 16. The conference will take place at the Administration and Conference Center on the University's St. Thomas campus.

The day-long seminar (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) is sponsored by the Coral Bay Community Council and the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR). Other partners include Eckerd College, the Island Green Building Association of St. John and the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service.

The seminar will also include an introduction to and overview of the EPA-CARE (Community Action for a Renewed Environment) activities underway in Coral Bay to reduce environmental toxics, a review of progress on the Coral Bay Watershed Management Plan and a discussion among decision makers and partners about the next steps that need to be taken.

For details, or to register as a participant, contact UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies at (340) 693-1380 or send email to csetter@uvi.edu.

Afternoon on the Green Committee Seeking 2010 Theme Suggestions

UVI's Afternoon on the Green Committee is seeking theme suggestions for the next edition of the annual "friend-raiser" event which is scheduled for March 7, 2010, on the University's St. Thomas campus. Members of the UVI community are invited to suggest a theme that relates to the University and the community or the inauguration of UVI President Dr. David Hall, which is scheduled for March 6, 2010. Note: The theme does not have to rhyme. Send suggestions, via email, to Liza Margolis at lmargol@uvi.edu. The deadline for suggestions is Tuesday, Nov. 17.

St. Thomas SGA Publishes Second Student Focus Newsletter

The second issue of the newsletter Student Focus has been published by the St. Thomas campus Student Government Association. The four-page publication includes stories on the SGA student forum held Oct. 21 with UVI President Dr. David Hall and other administrators, and the SGA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day held Oct. 30. The newsletter also features small items on four students and on the Anguilla Student Association and the St. Kitts-Nevis Association.

Student Focus is distributed on campus and is available from this direct link. For more information on Student Focus or the SGA, call (340) 244-2630.

Agfair 2010 Planning Underway; Articles Sought for Agfair Booklet

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service Steering Committee is making plans for participation in the upcoming 39th Annual Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The fair will be held Feb. 13-15, 2010, on St. Croix. The Theme is "Healthy Food and a Safe Environment Make Sen$e."

All UVI units planning to participate are advised that it is now time to plan their interactive and innovative exhibits. As one of the few times the University has a captive audience, this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the services offered to residents and visitors.

The committee will soon release a Program Needs Form. This will allow the committee to make final plans for the layout of exhibit space. It will also constitute a Unit's formal application to exhibit at the Fair.

Unit heads are also asked to encourage staff members to submit articles to be published in the 2010 Agfair Booklet. The deadline for articles is Dec. 3, 2009. Articles should reflect the theme. All are asked to take this opportunity to publicize the work of the University.

For more information, contact Clarice C. Clarke at (340) 692-4060, or send email to cclarke@uvi.edu.

Submissions Sought for 24th Issue of The Caribbean Writer

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.

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.

Nov. 13 Food Sale to Raise Funds to Support 4-H Festival Troupe

A food sale at the CES Office (located in the former UVI Business Office) on the St. Thomas campus to support the group's participation in the St. Croix Festival is set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 13. Delivery on campus will also be available to those who call ahead. BBQ chicken, tofu, mutton, fish, rice, macaroni, stuffing and vegetables will be available. For information, call Jacqueline Blyden at 693-1079.

UVI's Buccaneers to Host Rival Metropolitan During Paradise Jam 2009

St. Thomas fans of big-time NCAA college basketball are in for their annual fall treat, as the 2009 edition of the Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament opens on Nov. 20, at the Sports and Fitness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. This year, UVI fans have a special treat, as the Buccaneers men's basketball squad will play an LAI League game during the event. They will face off against their Puerto Rican rivals Metropolitan University on Nov. 21.

In the regular tourney, 16 Division I teams, eight men's and eight women's squads, will play over a two-week period, with the men's championship game on Nov. 23 and the women's tourney running from Nov. 26 to 28. The men's lineup includes Boston College, DePaul, East Carolina, Northern Iowa, Purdue, Saint Joseph's, South Dakota State and Tennessee. The women's field, in two divisions, includes Notre Dame, Oklahoma, San Diego State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Southern California and Texas.

The tournament is organized by Basketball Travelers, Inc. Information on ticket prices, game brackets and much more on the teams, as well as featured travel packages for visitors, is available from the official Paradise Jam web site: www.paradisejam.com. Live national TV coverage of championship games has become a tournament fixture in recent years. Tickets for V.I. residents will be available at very reasonable prices.

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. Submissions of articles and advertisements for the fair program booklet are also being sought. For details, contact the Department of Agriculture at 774-5182 or the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080.

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.

Application Form for Census 2010 Jobs Available from UVI Web Site

The Virgin Islands Census Office has announced that a number of census jobs are available in association with Census 2010, which is being conducted under the auspices of UVI's Eastern Caribbean Center. Local residents are needed to list addresses, pick up completed questionnaires and interview households. Enumerators and crew leaders, along with some clerks and office workers, are also needed.

An application form, which includes descriptions of the jobs available and qualifications that applicants must meet, is available from the Human Resources page of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link (PDF file). For more information, contact the Eastern Caribbean Center, on UVI's St. Thomas campus, at (340) 693-1022.

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.

UVI Human Resources Office Publishes Quarterly Newsletter

UVI's Human Resources Office has published Volume III of its quarterly newsletter - Inside the World of Human Resources. The newsletter includes information on performance evaluations, GERS verification and more. The newsletter is available from the Human Resources Office home page on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

October Issue of Dateline: UVI Published, Available on Website

The Public Relations Office has published the October issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI. The October issue includes articles on the recent UVI visit by AIDS Activist Rae Lewis-Thornton and the 2nd Annual Health Disparities Conference hosted by UVI's Caribbean Exploratory Research Center. Also featured are photos of World Food Day activities on the St. Croix campus and Wellness Center construction on the St. Thomas campus. Dateline: UVI can be viewed from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Student Testing Schedule...

UVI Computer Literacy Exam Dates Announced

Dates and locations for UVI's Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) have been announced for both campuses. The schedules listed below are also available from the Testing tab in the Registrar's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Thomas campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Sign-up sheets are available in the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. For more information, call 693-1160.

St. Croix CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Croix campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building. Students can register for the test in the Academic Services Office, in the Evans Center. For more information, call 692-4090 or send email to mclavie@uvi.edu.

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

• Thursday, Nov. 24, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009

English Proficiency Examinations Scheduled for Nov. 5

UVI's fall semester English Proficiency Examination (EPE) test is scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. All UVI students must meet the English Proficiency Requirement in order to graduate. For more information, contact EPE Coordinator Dr. Trevor Parris at 693-1258.

On St. Thomas, the exam will be administered in Sports and Fitness Center rooms 221, 224 and 225. On St. Croix, the exam will be administered in Evans Center rooms 302, 303, 305 and 308. EPE registration forms are available from the Registrar's Office on St. Thomas (693-1150) and the Academic Affairs Office on St. Croix (692-4103).

Final CLEP Test on St. Croix Campus Set Nov. 19

The last scheduled College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests of the year on UVI's St. Croix campus will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19. The registration deadline for that test is Friday, Nov. 13. The CLEP testing program allows students to earn college credit for acquired skill and knowledge in specific subjects. Registration for the tests is available at the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center room 811. 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 examinations is $72 per test. Checks or money orders are payable to CLEP (cash will not be accepted). A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI, will be charged prior to the test date. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158

SBDC Notes...

Meetings Set for VI Businesses Interested in Puerto Rico Business Connections

Representatives from Puerto Rico companies interested in meeting with V.I. businesses who want to do business in Puerto Rico or who want to do business with Puerto Rican companies will be available for meetings on St. Thomas this week. Sessions are slated from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, at the Windward Passage Hotel in Charlotte Amalie. A wide variety of sectors - from

food manufacturers and distributors, to engineering and construction firms, to agricultural commodities and beauty products - will be represented.

The sessions are co-sponsored by UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the VI Economic Development Authority, Scotiabank, the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association and the Puerto Rico Small Business & Technology Development Centers (SBTDC). For a complete list of business sectors involved and information on how to participate, contact the VI SBDC at (340) 776-3206 or the PR SBTDC at (787) 763-2665.

VI SBDC Names Dannica Thomas 2009 State Star

Dannica L. Thomas, an administrative assistant at the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC), has been named the center's State Star for 2009 as part of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) annual recognition program. She received the honor for her "extraordinary contributions to the work of the SBDC and small businesses in the territory," said VI SBDC State Director Leonor Dottin. Thomas received the honor at the ASBDC's 29th Annual Conference in September in Orlando, Fla. (See photo in UVI Today... photo blog.) She said she was proud to serve as a "starting point for helping so many people achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own businesses." The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center is a partnership program of the University of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, call (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix, or visit the VI SBDC web site www.sbdcvi.org.

SBDC Encourages Small Businesses to Attend Senate Hearings on Economy

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is encouraging local small business persons to participate in Virgin Islands Senate hearings designed to focus on small business and overall economic development issues in the territory. Hearings are planned on St. Croix and St. Thomas by Committee on Economic Development, Energy and Technology, which is chaired by Senator-at-Large Craig Barshinger. The sessions are scheduled at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Legislative Chambers on St. Croix, and at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, at the Legislative Chambers on St. Thomas. Senator Barshinger has invited persons to testify or to participate in general discussion sessions.

For additional information, contact Elizabeth Vazquez on St. Croix at (340) 712-2307 or Micha Petersen on St. Thomas at (340) 693-3546.