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Bulletin Board for March 15, 2010

Trustees Rename Divisions, Approve Master's in Psychology

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved name changes Saturday for each of the University's academic divisions, during the Board's quarterly meeting on the St. Thomas campus. The Board also approved a master's degree program in Psychology.

The Division of Business will be renamed the School of Business, the Division of Education will be renamed the School of Education, the Division of Humanities and Social Science will be renamed the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science, the Division of Science and Mathematics will be renamed the College of Science and Mathematics, and the Division of Nursing will be renamed the School of Nursing.

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

Charter Day Ceremony - March 16 - Will Recognize Outgoing Trustees

The University of the Virgin Islands is celebrating its 48th anniversary during the month of March - Charter Month. This year's festivities coincide with the inauguration of Dr. David Hall as UVI's fifth president.

The Charter Day ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16, in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and will be available via videoconference in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus.

One highlight of this year's Charter Day ceremony will be the honoring of individuals who recently completed service as members of the UVI Board of Trustees. They are:

Mr. Roy D. Jackson, CPA
Dr. Bernard Paiewonsky
Dr. Auguste E. Rimpel, Jr.
The Honorable Audrey L. Thomas
Ms. Juanita M. Woods

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

Charter Month Notes...

March 16 - St. Thomas Campus Open House in ACC

A Charter Month Open House is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in UVI's Administration and Conference Center (ACC) building on the St. Thomas campus. UVI alumni, faculty, staff and students are invited to participate. The community is invited to join Dr. Hall and representatives of the UVI School of Business, the UVI School of Nursing, the UVI College of Science and Mathematics, and the UVI College of Liberal Arts and Social Science as they exhibit their work.

The program begins with the invocation at 10 a.m., followed by a welcome from St. Thomas campus SGA President Jaedee Caines, a poem from The Writers Block, and remarks from Dr. Hall. The Princeton University Wildcats' A Capella Tour will also perform. Refreshments will be served.

March 18 - Heath Lecture Series

Dr. Steve Perry will present the annual Alfred O. Heath Lecture Series address at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, in UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. Sometimes controversial, often correct and always passionate Dr. Perry is an educator, author and founder/principal of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut. A news release is available on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

March 18 - Tiphanie Yanique to Read From Debut Novel

The UVI College of Liberal Arts and Social Science invites the UVI community to come out on Thursday, March 18, and meet author and St. Thomas native, Tiphanie Yanique, who will read from her debut novel, "How to Escape from a Leper Colony," in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center at 7 p.m. A book signing will follow.

Ms. Yanique is a fiction writer, poet and essayist. She is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Kore Press Fiction Prize, The Academy of American Poets Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship in writing and the Boston Review Fiction Prize.

March 24 - Natural Resources Management Seminar

A seminar on natural resources will be held as part of UVI's Charter Month activities at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. The featured speaker will be Dr. Francis Nwosu, a Fullbright Fellow from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Geography at the University of South Florida. The presentation is part of a series sponsored by VI-EPSCoR (the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) and UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics and the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. The seminar will be offered in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference on the St. Thomas campus with a videoconference link to Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus.

For more information contact Dr. Angela Dikou at (340) 693-1284.

March 25 - Inter-Campus Student Debate to Focus on Caribbean Society

Another activity scheduled during UVI's Charter month is an Inter Campus Debate involving three students from the St. Croix campus and three from the St. Thomas campus. Sponsored by the Student Activities Offices on both campuses, the debate is slated for 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 25. The debate's moot is "Be it resolved that the Educating and Empowering of the Caribbean Male is the Solution for the Deteriorating Caribbean Society." St. Thomas students will deliver the proposition and St. Croix students will take the opposition. St. Croix participants Kenya Emanuel, Kirk Grant and Diane Acosta will travel to St. Thomas to take on Campbell Douglas, Vandel Percival and Charlesworth McCarty. The debate will take place in Chase Auditorium (Business 110) with a videoconference link to Evans Center Room 401.

The debate is free and open to the general UVI community. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Hedda Finch-Simpson on St. Croix at 692-4228 and the Student Activities Office on St. Thomas at 693-1111.

March 26 - Annual Queen Mary Walk/Run to Raise Funds for Haiti Relief

The 9th Annual Queen Mary Highway 5K Walk/Run, a UVI Charter Month activity, will kickoff at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26. Participants will walk or run from Sunshine Mall in Frederiksted to UVI's St. Croix campus. $2 of every entry fee - $10 for UVI Students and children and $15 for adults - will go to the UVI Campus' Haiti relief efforts. Transportation from the campus to the start area at Kmart will be provided at 5 a.m. Members of the general public as well as the UVI Community are invited to participate. This year's event is organized by the St. Croix Campus Executive Administrator's Office and the Virgin Islands Pace Runners. Sponsors are Chef's Catering, Kmart, Cost-U-Less, Coca Cola and Plaza Extra. To register for the event, or for more information, call 692-4236.

March 28 - Extravaganza to Celebrate the Cultures of St. Croix

A Charter Month Cultural Extravaganza - featuring a celebration of all the cultures that make up present day St. Croix - kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Cafetorium on UVI's St. Croix campus on Sunday, March 28. More than 20 cultural activities and presentations are planned, beginning with the blowing of the conch shell by Junie "Bomba" Allick, Jr. and a grand entrance quadrille featuring members of the UVI faculty and staff. Also featured will be presentations by UVI students of Spanish, historical narrations, an original jazz fusion piece in honor of UVI President Dr. David Hall, African dance, belly dancers, flamenco dancers, the Bomba Dancers and Drummers, and the St. Croix Heritage Dancers. For more information contact Dr. Shirley Highfield at (340) 692-4109.

Fall Semester 2010 Advisement and Registration Begins Today - March 15

Advisement and registration for ongoing UVI students for the fall semester 2010 begins today (Monday, March 15). Members of the University community are advised that this date reflects a change in UVI's previously published academic calendar.

Links to the fall semester class schedules, as well as associated Information Sheets, are available from the BUCSS and Registrar's sections of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: BUCSS | Registrar.

Public Invited to Activities Honoring Exceptional Children's Week, March 21-27

UVI's Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (UVI-CEC) has announced that Gov. John de Jongh has declared March 21 to 27 as Exceptional Children's Week in the territory. "Children with disabilities need and deserve our support and resources," said Chapter President Zoe Matthis. "Providing educational opportunities for children with disabilities enhances their ability to live independent, productive lives and to become an integral, contributing members of their communities." The theme of the observance - In Someone Else's Shoes - calls attention to the need for Virgin Islanders to consider the challenges faced by those with disabilities or those with children with disabilities.

Awareness walks and fun days on Sunday, March 21, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Registration is $5 per person or $25 for groups of 10 or more. The walk/fun day events will take place as follows: St. Thomas from Tutu Park mall to Joseph Gomez School; on St. John from the tennis courts to the National Park Play ground; and on St. Croix from Times Square in Christiansted to Canegata Ball Park. Other activities include an Ice Cream Event on March 24, a Teen Italian Night on March 26, a Down Syndrome Dinner on March 27 at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus (Tickets are $55 for adults and $25 for children), a UVI-CEC Gala on March 28, in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus (Tickets are $80).

For more information contact Zoe Mathis at (340) 344-6884 or Rashida Francis (340) 693-1185. The UVI Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children email address is uvicec@gmail.com. Co-sponsors of the observance are MJM Discovery Cove and Dreams, LLC.

Other Current Items...

3rd Annual UVI Model United Nations Conference Set March 18 at UVI

Students from UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses will participate in the third annual University of the Virgin Islands Model United Nations Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The conference will simulate committees and programs of the United Nations. Through the conference, UVI students gain a better sense of international concerns, policies and affairs. Students will also improve on their communication skills as they learn approaches of debate, deliberation and development of solutions to world problems. The UVI Model United Nations Conference is sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division of UVI, and Rotary Club Harborside and Rotary Club West of St. Croix.

Students from the St. Croix delegation will represent China, while the St. Thomas delegation will represent Russia. Topics to be discussed include child trafficking, drug trafficking, air pollution and environmental hazards, and rural poverty.

The Chinese representatives are Carlinthia Cox, Nikki R. Lucas, Preston Miller, and Miguelina Valdes. Representing Russia are Lessley-Ann Gumbs, DeLeon Richardson, Re'Neesha J. Thomas and C'Neesha Williams. Dr. Kula Francis, assistant professor of Political Science at UVI, serves as advisor to competing students.

For more information, contact Dr. Francis at (340) 692-4065 or Sonia Boyce at (340) 626-9207. You may also send email to kfranci@uvi.edu.

St. Thomas Health Services Center to Offer Free Gynecological Services March 18

The University of the Virgin Islands Health Services Center on the St. Thomas campus will offer free gynecological services to students from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 18, at the Health Services Office. Services include breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears, sexually transmitted diseases testing (Gonorrhea, Trichomonas and Chlamydia), pregnancy testing, and evaluation and treatment for conditions such as vaginitis and urinary tract infections. No appointments are necessary. The testing is sponsored by UVI Health Services in collaboration with the Department of Health Family Planning Clinic

For more information, contact Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

4th Law Awareness Fair Set March 19 on St. Thomas, March 22 on St. Croix

The 4th Annual Law Awareness Fair, with sessions on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, will bring representatives from 17 law schools and legal organizations to the University of the Virgin Islands to speak with students interested in legal professions. The fair will also feature a panel discussion comprised of law school administrators, recent law school graduates and local practitioners participate in an interactive session to inform participants about the law school application process, law school experience and the diverse practice of law. Participants will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the law school representatives to find out about law school requirements and scholarship information.

The fair will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19, on the St. Thomas campus. The St. Croix campus session is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 22.

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

Induction of 24 UVI Student Peer Educators Set for March 21 on St. Thomas

The Office of the Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs in conjunction with the UVI Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS Prevention Program is pleased to announce the first formal induction ceremony for UVI Student Peer Educators (SPEs) on Sunday, March 21, at the Administration and Conference Center, first floor conference room from 3:00p.m - 4:00p.m. Twenty four SPEs will officially be inducted into the Program. Tameka Browne, UVI Class of 2007and a Registered Nurse at the Roy Lester Schneider Regional Medical Center, is the keynote speaker. She was also the first lead student peer educator in the program.

For information call Dr. D.C. Battiste Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs (340) 693-1120.

ECS Program Extends Scholarship Application Date to March 22

UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Programs has extended the application deadline for students who wish to apply for one of the program's scholarships and research programs. The new deadline is March 22. Included are the MARC, MBRS-RISE, SURE and SSRI academic scholarship and summer research programs. The programs are available to all science, mathematics, engineering and technology students at UVI. For more information visit the ECS website - http://ECS.uvi.edu.

St. Croix Campus Bookstore to Offer Charter Month Sale March 22-26

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus will mark UVI's 48th Charter Month with a 20 percent off sale on all blue and white merchandise with the UVI seal or logo from March 22 through 26. For more information contact the Bookstore at 692-4162.

St. Croix Campus 11th Annual Health Fair Set March 23-25

The University of the Virgin Islands - St. Croix Campus 11th Annual Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on March 23, 24 and 25. The fair's goal is to promote healthier living among UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as the entire Virgin Islands Community. On March 25 V.I. emergency personnel -police officers, marshals, correction officers, representatives from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, fire personnel, and National Guard members - have been invited to be screened. For more information contact: Irene Hatchett-Sealey, in the Division of Student Affairs Health Services Center at (340) 692-4208.

The Caribbean Writer Seeking Graphic Designer

The Caribbean Writer is seeking an independently contracted individual for the redesign of the publication's cover and inside layout of it 24th issue. The journal is expected to be 6 * 9 inches, 304 pages paperback and will include graphics/photos inside and outside. All text and cover/inside artwork will be provided. It is imperative that The Caribbean Writer's new design speaks to the public and maintains its status as a literary publication.

Magazine layout design experience is preferred. Please email your resume, sample book/magazine covers/layouts, and your estimated price for job to qmars@uvi.edu by March 26, 2010. Attached files should be in PDF format.

Student Employee of Year Nominations on St. Thomas Sought; Deadline March 24

UVI will observe National Student Employment Appreciation Week on the St. Thomas campus from April 11 to 17. The goal is to show special appreciation to student employees for the invaluable services they render to the institution and the community. The deadline to submit nomination for Student Employee of the Year recognition is Wednesday, March 24. The winner will be announced at the Student Employee Awards Ceremony set for 12:15 p.m. on April 15, at the Dining Pavilion.

Nomination forms were emailed to the UVI Community on March 5. For more information contact the Student Employment Office at extension (340) 693-1088 or 693-1087 or send email to mmyers@uvi.edu or vrivers@uvi.edu.

UVI Employee of the Year Nominations Due by March 26

UVI's Human Resources Office has announced that the Employee of the Year nomination process is now open to all full-time faculty and staff.

The Employee of the Year award is an important recognition of the contributions that individuals have made to the advancement of the University. Nominees should exemplify the standards and core values that the University has identified in the Service Charters.

Please submit completed nomination forms - available from the Forms link on the Human Resources Section of the UVI web site (www.uvi.edu) and from this direct link -addressing any three of the established criteria listed, to the Human Resources Office by mail, fax or hand no later than Friday, March 26, 2010.

St. Thomas Campus Health Services Office Seeks Peer Health Advocates

UVI's St. Thomas campus Health Services Office is seeking students interested in becoming Peer Health Advocates. Peer Health Advocates take the lead in promoting health awareness. Their motto is "Spread the word, not the risks." No previous experience is needed for these positions. Interested persons should visit the Health Services office and complete an application. For more information, contact Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

Call for Calendar Artwork Issued by The Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer, publisher of the annual anthology of Caribbean literature, is seeking high quality artwork to illustrate a calendar which it plans to launch. Local artists are invited to submit their original, color work in 12" by 9" size format. All artwork media will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2010. Artists are asked to include contact information. All artists retain copyright to their images. Payment will be in copies of the calendar. The Caribbean Writer seeks one-time use. Artists are asked to submit images in JPG format, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution via email to qmars@uvi.edu.

For more information, call 340-692-4152 or visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org.

Service Awards Ceremonies Set April 13 on St. Croix, April 16 on St. Thomas

UVI's Human Resources Office has issued an invitation to the University's 36th Annual Service Awards Ceremonies to UVI faculty and staff. The awards ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, in the Great Hall North West Wing on the St. Croix campus, and for Friday, April 16, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. Both activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Making a Commitment." Monday, April 5, is the deadline for submitting Service Awards Testimonials.

Testing Notes...

Spring Semester CLEP Test Schedule Announced for St. Croix Campus

CLEP will be administered on UVI's St. Croix campus on the following dates for the spring 2010 semester.

Test Date Registration Deadline

Thursday, March 25 Friday, March 19

Thursday, April 15 Friday, April 9

Registration for CLEP 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 is $72 per test. Checks or money orders should be made payable to CLEP. No cash will be accepted. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI, is due prior to the test date. A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.

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 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.

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 - 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.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Offers Seminar on Products and Services on March 17

A seminar on pricing products and services will be offered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, at the VI Small Business Development Center at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. The presenter will be Sharon A. Simmons, associate professor of accounting. The focus will be on getting the right price and getting consumer buy-in. Topics to be discussed include competitiveness, market analyses, the benefits and pitfalls of holding sales, hidden costs, and setting individual businesses apart. Admission is $25 and a 20 percent discount is offered for those who pre-register. UVI students, staff, faculty and veterans are admitted free with ID and preregistration.

CELL Notes...

CELL to Offer Workshop on Improving Writing Skills on March 24

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center will offer a workshop for business professionals who wish to improve their writing skills. Sharpening Your Business Writing Skills will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, on St. Thomas and St. Croix. On St. Croix, the workshop will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Participants will learn how to compose powerful professional documents that get attention and prompt action, overcome writers block, recognize and avoid common mistakes, edit their writing for clarity and more. The workshop is part of a series being offered by the UVI-CELL Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Upon successful completion of the series, participants will be awarded a certificate, jointly signed by UVI-CELL and the AMA.

For more information on the program or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Fundamentals of Human Resources Workshop in March, April

A workshop titled "Fundamentals of Human Resources" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, on St. Thomas and on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, on St. Croix.

The workshop is part of a series being offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants will learn the essentials of key HR functions such as implementing a results-based performance management system; writing job descriptions and specifications; developing cost-effective, competitive compensation and benefits programs; recruiting, selecting, interviewing, and hiring employees in compliance with Federal and State laws and much more.

The St. Thomas session will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, the workshop will be at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

For more information on the program or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.