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Bulletin Board for November 9, 2009

UVI to Host National HIV/AIDS Community Discussion Today

UVI will host a National HIV/AIDS Community Discussion today (Monday, Nov. 9) from 4 to 6 p.m. via videoconference on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Organized by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, the conference is one of 14 to be held nationally. It is designed to find out what local residents think a National HIV/AIDS Strategy should include.

In a news release, V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen urged all interested parties to take part in the discussion. The session will take place in the first-floor conference room of the UVI Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on St. Croix.

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.

Renowned Jamaican Author to Edit The Caribbean Writer

The University of the Virgin Islands is proud to announce that Jamaican author Opal Palmer Adisa has been appointed editor of The Caribbean Writer, UVI's anthology of Caribbean literature, which she, with her own talents, helped make famous. The works of this Caribbean poet, educator and author appear in more than 200 publications and have been praised as vivid and impassioned, filled with courage and integrity. Dr. Adisa, the author of 14 books, will join UVI faculty as a part-time instructor. She will teach creative writing at UVI in the spring.

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

V.I. Board of Education Accepting Applications for 60 Nursing Scholarships

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.

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.

UVI's Hudspeth Publishes 'The Power of a Learning Culture'

UVI Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing Dr. Lonnie Hudspeth has announced the recent publication of a new book titled "The Power of a Learning Culture." The 120-page book is sub-titled "An Enabler of Strategic Responsiveness and Mass Customization Capabilities to Deliver Value to Customers." It explores the strategic capabilities that U.S. manufacturers must acquire to in order to survive and thrive in an increasingly turbulent and competitive global environment.

Professor Hudspeth also serves as UVI's director of Student Learning Outcomes Assessment. His book was published by Lambert Academic Publishing and is available on Amazon.com.

Rock Lounge to Feature Grant Haze and The Writer's Block Students

The next meeting of The Rock Lounge - an open mic experience of poetry, music, visual arts and creative expression - is scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Frenchtown Deli on St. Thomas. Featured will be singer, song-writer and portrait artist Grant Haze. Members of The Writer's Block student creative writers from UVI will also perform. For details call Jahweh David at 643-5851 or DaraMonifah Cooper at 473-6659. Send email to: therockcollective@gmail.com.

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.

Program Needs Form

Please use this Program Needs Form to provide the necessary information for the committee to make final plans for the layout of exhibit space. Submission of this form also constitutes 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.

UVI Salsa Dance Club Invites UVI Community to Join

The UVI Salsa Dance Club invites members of the UVI Community to join the group's weekly practice sessions on Fridays, in room 204 of the Classroom Administration Building on the St. Thomas campus. Practice for beginners and advance students runs from 6 to 7 p.m., with a session from 7 to 8 p.m. for advanced students. The first class is free. Subsequent classes are $5 for students and $10 for faculty and staff.

The Salsa Dance Club is comprised of students and instructors who are passionate about salsa dancing. The goal is to spread the passion for salsa dancing and Latin culture through dance. Instructors are from a variety of countries and share a broad knowledge of Cuban Salsa. They include: Andy Gever (California, Spain), Betty Alemu (Ethiopia, Cuba, Spain), Cynthia Gómez Martín (Spain, Florida) and Lesmore Robinson (St. Thomas, New York, Miami). Other classes are available on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at Antilles School, and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. at Havana Blue.

For more information, contact Cynthia Gómez Martín at 693-1391.

Other Current Items...

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, Nov. 24, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009

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...

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.