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Bulletin Board for October 29, 2009

UVI Red Ribbon Week Activities Continue on St. Thomas and St. Croix

The UVI community is invited to join in Red Ribbon Week activities which continue through Friday, Oct. 30, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Red Ribbon Week is the annual campaign to encourage the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, and the violence and health impacts that accompany the illicit drug trade. The 2009 theme is "Run Your Own Life ... Stay Drug Free!"

UVI students, faculty and staff on both islands are joining with millions of people across the nation to express their support for the effort with pledges, decoration contests, protest walks and open microphone "Speak Outs." Red Ribbon Week schedules for St. Thomas and St. Croix are featured at the bottom of these announcements.

Gruber Foundation to Present International Women's Rights Prizes Today

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will host the presentation of the 2009 Gruber Foundation's International Women's Rights Prize at 4 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 29). Co-recipients of the prize are Teboho Molebatsi, of the Women's Legal Centre of South Africa, and Leymah Gbowee, who spearheaded a women's movement in Liberia.

The prize winners will make presentations on their work promoting peace and equality at a symposium scheduled as part of the awards presentation. UVI Trustee Judge Audrey Thomas will join Molebatsi and Gbowee in a panel discussion on women's rights. Other panelists will be Judge Patricia Steele of the V.I. Superior Court's Family Division, and Sandra Hodge Benjamin representing the Family Resource Center. Admission to the presentation and panel discussion is free. The public is invited.

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, which is headquartered in the Virgin Islands, honors and encourages educational excellence, social justice and scientific achievements that better the human condition. For more, visit the foundation's web site:

www.gruberprizes.org.

Submissions Call for 24th Issue of The Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer has announced a submissions call 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. Please do not include submissions in body of email.

For details, visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call (340) 692-4152. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

SGA Sets Oct. 30 as Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on St. Thomas

The Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's St. Thomas campus has set Friday, Oct. 30, as Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. Students are encouraged to show their appreciation to their favorite members of the faculty or staff. Presentations will be made between 12:15 and 1:15 p.m. at the Dining Pavilion. For more information, contact Jaedee Caines at sweetjaed@hotmail.com or jskcaines@myuvi.net.

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on St. Croix Campus on Oct. 31

UVI's Board of Trustees meets at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus. UVI President Dr. David Hall will give his first President's Report to the Board. Following that, Board Chairman Alexander A. Moorhead will present the Chairman's Comments. The Board will then consider agenda items that require action. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

UVI to Close Nov. 2 in Observance of Liberty Day Holiday

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, in observance of Liberty Day. UVI classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Other Current Items...

Initial H1N1 Vaccination Program to Include UVI Distribution Site on St. Thomas

UVI's Health Services Office on the St. Thomas campus will participate this week in the initial dissemination of the H1N1 flu vaccine to individuals in specific priority groups in the Virgin Islands.

A limited number of H1N1 doses are available in the Virgin Islands. Because of this, persons in the following groups will receive the vaccine during this initial offering: pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age, health care and emergency medical service personnel, children six months through four years old, and children ages five through 18 with chronic medical problems.

Vaccinations for these individuals are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 26 - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - at Sunshine Mall on St. Croix
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the St. Ursula's Senior Center on St. John

Non-Priority H1N1 Vaccinations Expected in Future at UVI

UVI's Health Services Offices on both campuses will offer H1N1 vaccinations to non-priority groups as soon as supplies become available.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Availability on UVI Campuses

Vaccine for the seasonal flu has been available on UVI's St. Thomas campus since Oct. 13, and is expected to become available on the St. Croix campus beginning this week.

On both campuses, vaccinations are offered by the Health Services Offices.

On St. Thomas, Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert stressed that limited quantities of the seasonal flu vaccine remain. Interested individuals should call 693-1124 to make an appointment for a vaccination.

On St. Croix, Health Services Supervisor Meritza DeCosta-Bellardo said she expects to receive a limited amount of seasonal flu vaccine from the V.I. Department of Health this week. She advises individuals interested in getting a seasonal flu vaccination to call her office at 692-4208.

UVI Students Invited to Help Teach Children for Thriller Halloween Production

UVI students are invited to join with volunteer dance teachers and parents who love dancing to prepare young students for a Halloween Night Show at Island Center on St. Croix. Volunteers will teach groups of students the iconic choreography from Michael Jackson's Thriller. The show will feature a grand finale where all the children sing "We Are the World - We Are the Children." Volunteers and students will receive a video of the Thriller dance moves. It is also available at www.thrilltheworld.com. The free event is designed raise awareness about how important dance, music and theater are to young children. For details, contact volunteer event coordinator Diane Hampton at (340) 626-3447, or volunteer choreographer Judith Carroll at (340) 227-6606. Interested persons can also send email to thrillerstx09@yahoo.com for more information.

St. Croix Marking 'National Careers in Student Affairs Month'

UVI's St. Croix campus has scheduled a series of open house events to mark October as "National Careers in Student Affairs Month." Students are encouraged to stop by the offices of Student Affairs on each "open house" day to learn about career opportunities, services and developmental and leadership programs available in the student affairs area. Professionals in student affairs can take advantage of a thriving career track, work on college campuses and make a difference in the lives of students and communities.

Open house events will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following schedule.

  • Oct. 26 - Student Activities
  • Oct. 27 - Health Services
  • Oct. 29 - Residence Life
  • Oct. 30 - Counseling and Career Services

For more information and details about other upcoming events, contact Miriam Osborne Elliott, Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs-St. Croix Campus, at 692-4188/692-4000 or send email to mosborn@uvi.edu.

Educators Invited to V.I. Writing Project Conference on Literacy Nov. 2

The Virgin Islands Writing Project (VIWP) invites educators to its first conference on literacy to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 2, at the Great Hall of the North West Wing building on UVI's St. Croix campus.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jacqueline Jones Royster, a professor of English at Ohio State University. Dr. Royster will address the theme: "Building Literacy in an Age of Technology." There will be two workshop sessions, where presenters will address and demonstrate the theme in eleven separate workshops.

The registration fee is $30 until Oct. 25. After Oct. 25, it will be $50.

The Virgin Islands Writing Project is a partnership between the National Writing Project, the Virgin Islands Department of Education and the University of the Virgin Islands. For details call Valerie Combie at 692-4126, Sharon Charles at 778-5286, Fenella Cooper at 774-0780 or Veronica Prescott at 773-0050.

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.

4-H Food Sale to Fund Participation in St. Croix Festival Rescheduled to Nov. 13

The 4-H program operated by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on the St. Thomas campus is raising funds to support the group's participation in the upcoming Christmas Festival on St. Croix. A food sale at the CES Office (located in the former UVI Business Office) has been re-scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on 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 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.

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.

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 Campus Renovation Project Creates Additional Classroom Space

The University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus has more than 140 additional classroom seats thanks to a Classroom Administration (CA) Building rehabilitation project completed by UVI's Physical Plant Department.

When several departments relocated from the CA Building to the Administration and Conference Center in 2007, spaces were left empty. During the summer the empty spaces were transformed into classrooms, a laboratory and faculty offices. Additionally, the Division of Science and Mathematics administrative office was relocated to a smaller space and the old office was turned into a classroom. Also, CA Building room 302 was totally renovated. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

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 more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at 774-5182 or the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080.

Ongoing Items...

Holiday Recess Approved by UVI President Dr. David Hall

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 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.

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 - such as the registration, orientation, the start and end dates of classes, holidays, final exams and commencement - 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.

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 under 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

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

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).

Red Ribbon Week Schedules...

St. ThomasCampus Red Ribbon Schedule

  1. Monday, Oct. 26 - Pledge Day- Make a pledge to be drug free and collect a Red Ribbon token at the UVI Dinning Pavilion or Class Room Administration Building (CAB) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  1. Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Decoration Day Contest (Best Decorated Area) Offices and/or organizations encouraged to participate. Judging begins after 10 a.m. A trophy and prize will be given to the winner. To sign up, call the Student Affairs Office at 693-1120/1121 or visit the Student Activities Center.
  1. Wednesday, Oct. 28 - Walk & Speak Out: Walk against Drugs and Crime - See above for details. 1st Prize - $200, 2nd Prize $100. To sign up contact the Student Affairs Office at 693-1120/1121 or the Student Activities Center. Light refreshments will be served.
  1. Thursday, Oct. 29 - Dinner and a Movie in the UVI Dinning Pavilion - 8:30 to 10 p.m. Giveaways and light refreshments.
  1. Friday, Oct. 30 - Wear Red Day - Competition for the "most unique/original red outfit" at the Dining Pavilion from noon to 1:30 p.m. Music, prizes and more. The entire university community is encouraged to wear red in support of Red Ribbon Week. Judging at 1 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion. Winner receives dinner for two at a local restaurant.

St. CroixCampus Red Ribbon Schedule

Day 1 Activities - Kick Off: Monday, Oct. 26

  1. Candlelight March - 6 p.m. - Gather at Educational Complex at 5:45 p.m.
  2. Information tables and informal presentations - outside Cafetorium
  3. Demonstration by VIPD K9 unit - Outside Cafetorium
  4. Promote door decorating contest - Judging on Friday, Oct. 30.

Day 2 Activities: Tuesday, Oct. 27

  1. Information table - Student Activities Center
  2. Open House - Sign Drug Free Banner
  3. Blood Drive - Student Activities Center - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  4. HIV Testing - Department of Health STD/HIV/TB Clinic - Great House - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Day 3 Activities: Wednesday, Oct. 28

  1. Wear Red Day
  2. Pledge Poster
  3. Blood Drive - Student Activities Center - 3 to 6 p.m.
  4. Jeopardy - 12:15 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Day 4 Activities: Thursday, Oct. 29

  1. Wear Red Day

Day 5 Activities: Friday, Oct. 30

  1. Door Decorating Contestant - Judging, prizes awarded Nov. 3.

. 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.