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Bulletin Board for January 28, 2010

UVI's Ongoing Haiti Relief Effort

As part of the V.I.-Haiti relief effort, the University of the Virgin Islands' Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas will serve as a drop-off location for canned goods. On the St. Croix campus, donation boxes for canned goods are located at the Student Activities Office, outside the library in the Melvin Evans Center, inside the cafeteria, and inside the residence halls. Canned goods are preferred over other packaged foods.

Money may be donated to the V.I. Haiti relief effort at any Banco Popular branch, by depositing to Account 190-151706. Donations can also be sent to the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, P.O. Box 11790, St. Thomas, V. I. 00801 marked "Haiti Relief Fund."

Online monetary donations may be made to Haiti Community Support at www.haitisupport.org or to the Red Cross at www.redcross.org.

St. Croix Campus Haiti Relief Follow-Up Session Set for Friday, Jan. 29

An informational session on Haiti relief efforts is scheduled for UVI's St. Croix campus from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 29, in North West Wing Room 134. All members of the UVI community - students, faculty and staff - are invited to attend.

The agenda includes updates on prospective relief drives including: WTJX telethon, Black History Month-Open House, Adopt-a-School, student community service project and other campus drives.

Celebrity Challenge, 'Past and Present' Games to Kickoff LAI Basketball Season

UVI will kick off its fourth season of play in the Intercollegiate Athletic League (LAI) on Saturday, Jan. 30, with the annual "Past and Present Game" in which former UVI team members come out to challenge the current Buccaneers men's basketball squad. Saturday's game will be preceded by a special celebrity basketball game, featuring a veritable "Who's Who" of local community leaders - including members of the Virgin Islands Legislature.

The celebrity challenge game begins at 7 p.m. in UVI's Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The "Past and Present Game" will be played following the celebrity contest. General admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students (with ID) and $1 for children under 12. The evening will include fun activities, games and prizes for children.

The evening will also serve as a fund raiser organized by the UVI Athletic Department and the Sigma Psi Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Proceeds from special VIP seating sales will go to support two local non-profit organizations, Kidscope, Inc. and the Gentleman's Club of Addelita Cancryn Junior High School. Sean Georges, head coach of the UVI men's basketball team, said the organizations were chosen because of their ability to provide a positive influence in the community.

For more information, contact Georges at (340) 690-1477 or Denelle Baptiste at (340) 201-0739.

Buccaneers, Lady Bucs Begin Regular Basketball Season Play Next Week

UVI's men's and women's basketball squads begin LAI regular season action next week. The Bucs men's squad travels to Puerto Rico to play UPR Humacao on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in a 6:30 p.m. matchup. The Lady Bucs will begin their season with a home game, hosting American University at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The men's squad is scheduled for back-to-back home games on Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 7, hosting the University of Central Bayamon and American University, respectively. Members of the University community are encouraged to show their support for UVI's student athletes.

Security Expert to Present Humanities/Social Science Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Ivelaw Griffith, an expert in security policy in the Caribbean, will present the fifth UVI Humanities and Social Science Division Distinguished Lecture at 3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the first-floor conference room in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The lecture will also be available via videoconference in Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus.

Dr. Griffith is a professor of political science and provost and senior vice president of York College at the University of New York He recently testified on President Obama's security policy toward the Caribbean before the U.S. House of Representatives. His UVI lecture is titled "Some Realities of Caribbean Security at the Dawn of the New Decade?"

The UVI community and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call Rishina Williams at 692-4110 on the St. Croix campus or Mary Dickinson at 693-1260 on the St. Thomas campus.

Expert to Speak on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on St. Thomas Campus

In observance of Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, UVI's Division of Student Affairs has invited Dr. Sir Prince Ramsey, a family physician in private practice in Antigua, to address the topic "HIV/AIDS in Caribbean Women and Their Offspring." Dr. Ramsey will speak from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, in Chase Auditorium (B-110) on the St. Thomas campus.

Dr. Ramsey has taken his personal and professional messages on HIV/AIDS to over 20 Caribbean countries and the United States. He is considered to be one of the region's foremost experts on HIV/AIDS, and has been tagged as the "father of all AIDS fighters."

The entire University community as well as the general public is invited to attend this event. The presentation is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, through the Minority Education Institution Initiative. It is sponsored by UVI's Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention Program in the Office of the Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs.

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Papers on Haiti; Deadline is Feb. 15

The office of The Caribbean Writer, which produces UVI's annual anthology of Caribbean literature, has issued a special call for articles about Haiti. Accepted submissions will be featured in a special section to be included in Volume 24, the publication's 2010 edition.

Individuals may reference their articles to Haiti's on-going struggles and to how the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12 will impact their development. The deadline for articles on Haiti is Feb. 15. Articles should be prepared in the Microsoft Word or RTF formats and submitted via email to: submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. For more information, call 340-692-4152. Guidelines for submissions are available on The Caribbean Writer web site - www.thecaribbeanwriter.org.

Organizational Sessions Set for UVI Staff, Volunteers at 2010 Agrifest

UVI staff and volunteers who will participate in the upcoming Agriculture and Food Fair, scheduled for Feb 13-15, are asked to attend organizational meetings scheduled for Feb. 3 and Feb. 10. The session on Wednesday, Feb. 3, will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI's St. Croix campus. It will cover the new UVI exhibit, the roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers, and customer service strategies. The meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the UVI tent at the fairgrounds. This session will include a walk-through of the UVI tent and the distribution of passes. For more information contact Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060.

UVI-Queen Mary 5K Walk/Run Slated for March 26 on St. Croix

Members of the UVI community are advised that the 9th annual UVI-Queen Mary 5K Walk/Run will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2010. For individuals who wish to park at the St. Croix campus, where the race concludes, transportation will be provided at 5 a.m. from the campus to Kmart, where the race begins. For more information call (340) 692-4236.

Other Current Items...

St. Croix Psychology Club to Host Presentation by Prof. Murphy-Anderson

UVI's St. Croix Psychology Club will host a presentation by Prof. Alexandra Murphy-Anderson, a nationally-certified school psychologist who works for the V.I. Department of Education and teaches psychology part-time at UVI, entitled "Make a Difference: A Career as a School Psychologist." The presentation is slated for 7:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Jan. 28), in the Cafetorium on UVI's St. Croix campus.

UVI St. Thomas Campus Shuttle Hours Reduced

The UVI St. Thomas campus shuttle bus will operate on reduced hours - from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - through Friday, Jan. 29.

Americans with Disabilities Training Available on St. Croix, St. Thomas

Interested members of the UVI community are invited to participate in free Americans with Disabilities Act training opportunities scheduled on St. Croix and St. Thomas in January. The training is offered in association with Cornell University's Northeast ADA Center. Sessions are available on St. Croix on Jan. 25 and 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, and on St. Thomas on Jan. 28 and 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort.

For more information, contact Gerarda Hanna at UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at (340) 692-1919.

Big Read Program Offers Essay Contest for UVI Students

The Virgin Islands Big Read 2010 program, part of a national effort to spur a return to reading, was launched Friday, Jan. 22, on St. John, where numerous supporters - including V.I. First Lady Cecile deJongh and UVI President David Hall - were in attendance. (See photo in UVI Today... photo blog.)

One of the first activities of the program is an essay contest for UVI students. Students entering the contest will write an essay using one of the pre-selected themes from the novel "A Lesson before Dying." The novel, by Ernest Gaines, is serving as the focal point of the campaign. Students have three weeks to register for the essay contest, from Jan. 25 through Feb. 12. The contest ends March 3. A free copy of the book is available for all registrants and the winner will be announced during UVI's Charter Week. Registration forms and contest details are available in the Melvin H. Evans Center for Learning (library) on St. Croix and the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on St. Thomas.

As part of a national initiative to spur a return to reading, more than 100 free copies of the featured book are now available for pick up, while supplies last, at the Julius E. Sprauve Library. More copies will be available for loan from libraries throughout the Territory. Community members will be brought together through a variety of related activities from now through the middle of June.

The Big Read Program is a partnership between the Department of Planning & Natural Resources - Division of Libraries and Museums, the University of the Virgin Islands' Reichhold Center for the Arts and the IT Learning Resources & Student Technology Services Area, the Department of Education and the Virgin Islands Police Department.

FY 2010-2011 Budget Presentation Posted to Administration and Finance Page

A PowerPoint presentation, created by the University Budget Committee to present UVI's Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget recommendation to President David Hall at an informational forum on Jan. 14, is now available from the Administration and Finance section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Application Deadline for Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship is Feb. 15

UVI students are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship is Feb. 15, 2010. This scholarship is for students interested in technology, public policy, ethics and diversity. The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship, which is part of the Eben Tisdale Fellowship, is a summer internship available to undergraduate and graduate students. This Fellowship offers a $5,000 grant for students to intern in Washington D.C., where the latest in technology meets the public policy arena.

The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, Dell's former vice president of global diversity and chief ethics, privacy and compliance officer. The Summer 2010 Fellowship runs from June 14 through Aug. 6. The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.

Those interested should use the Eben Tisdale Fellowship Application, available at www.tisdalefellowship.org, and follow the instructions for submitting an additional essay on ethics and diversity. For additional information, contact Jonathan Tilley at info@tisdalefellowship.org or call (202) 986-0384.

Ongoing Items...

Goals of UVI Male Initiative Outlined in New Web Page

The University of the Virgin Islands has begun a Male Initiative with the goal of attracting more male students to the University and providing tools and support to help them graduate. The University and Virgin Islands communities will be hearing more about the Male Initiative and how they can participate in and support the effort in the coming weeks and months. A web page detailing this initiative is now available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Spring Semester CLEP Test Dates Announced for St. Thomas Campus

UVI students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Spring 2010 semester has been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. CLEP will be administered on Feb. 3, March 2, March 18, April 7 and April 19, 2010, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123).

Students can register for the test at the Office of Access and Enrollment Services' front desk, located on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. Test candidates must report to the test site no later than 9:30 a.m. on each test day with appropriate identification and form of payment. Acceptable forms of identification include a current driver's license, state or Federal ID, a current passport, tribal ID card, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship.

The cost associated with CLEP is $72 (payable to College Board) per test and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). Payment must be made in the form of check, money order, or credit card; cash will not be accepted. Students can email cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Preparations Underway for Inauguration of Dr. David Hall

The University of the Virgin Islands is preparing for the inauguration of UVI's fifth President, Dr. David Hall, on March 6, 2010. Members of the Inaugural Steering Committee and Inaugural subcommittees are finalizing the arrangements for events that will take place throughout the month of March, including Dr. Hall's Installation at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

A number of public and VIP events are scheduled, which can be greatly enhanced by volunteer participation. Individuals who are interested in volunteering to assist with inaugural events and activities are asked to send an e-mail to: inaugvolunteer@uvi.edu

Inaugural information can be found by clicking on the INAUGURATION 2010 tab on the Board of Trustees and President's Office pages of the UVI website or from this direct link.

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.

CELL Notes...

First Responders Sought for Advanced Incident Management Training

In an effort to better prepare the territory in the event of any large-scale incident, the V.I. office of Homeland Security will offer a course in advanced incident management for emergency response supervisors and mid-to-upper level managers. The course - Advanced Incident Management/Unified Command (MGT-344) - will equip participants with the skills necessary to effectively plan for and manage large-scale incidents.

The two-day training will begin Thursday, Feb. on St. Thomas and on Tuesday, Feb. 16, on St. Croix. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas and the Charles Harwood Medical Complex on St. Croix.

The course addresses the most advanced incident management concepts, including multi-agency coordination, area command and other complex incident management solutions. Participants will learn to apply the Incident Command System's Unified Command Concepts, and to how to manage a multi-agency response to an incident scenario.

The training is funded by a grant through the V.I. Office of Homeland Security and administered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center, which serves as the official training center for the V.I. Office of Homeland Security.

For course prerequisites or to register, contact Ayopha Stalliard, UVI-CELL, at (340) 693-1106 or Irvin Mason, V.I. Office of Homeland Security, at (340) 626-2629.