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Bulletin Board for November 15, 2010

UVI Bucs Hoping for Repeat Win During Paradise Jam 2010

For the second consecutive year, UVI's Buccaneers men's basketball squad will take a turn on the court at the USVI Paradise Jam basketball tournament, the annual tourney that brings top NCAA Division I teams to St. Thomas. This year the Bucs will host Catholica University of Ponce, a team in the LAI league's Manuel Division, in a 9:30 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Nov. 20. The UVI Dance Team will perform during the game's halftime.

The Bucs are hoping for a repeat of their inaugural Paradise Jam appearance in 2009, when they downed LAI Beitia Division rival UPR-Metropolitan 73-70 in the closing seconds of an exciting matchup. This year's edition of Paradise Jam marks the 11th season for the tournament. It has been played in UVI's 4,000-seat Sports and Fitness Center since 2001.

Men's division play runs from Nov. 19-22. Teams include: Alabama, Clemson, Iowa, Long Beach State, Old Dominion, Seton Hall, Saint Peters and Xavier.

Play in the women's division is slated for Nov. 25-27. Teams include: Iowa State, TCU, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Tennessee.

Team rosters, brackets and other details are available from the Basketball Travelers' web site: www.paradisejam.com.

Paradise Jam - V.I. Ticket Prices at the Door

V.I. Adult Resident - $15 (with local ID)

V.I. Senior Citizen - $10 (65+)

V.I. Child-Student - $5 (ages 5-18 and UVI Student)

Non-V.I. Resident - $35

Dr. Hall Seeks Input on Plans for UVI Holiday Parties

UVI President Dr. David Hall is seeking input from members of the University community regarding plans for the annual holiday parties held on both campuses around the middle of December. In an e-mail last week, Dr. Hall summarized the projected cost of the events and asked for comments to get a sense from the community about the importance of these events. He also asked for suggestions about alternative approaches that will achieve the same goals at a much lower cost.

NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse and Compliance Workshops Set Nov. 15-16

The College Access Challenge Grant Program invites student-athletes, parents, coaches and counselors to a series of workshops about the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse and compliance rules. Workshops will be held this week on St. Thomas and on St. Croix.

The St. Thomas workshops are slated for today - Monday, Nov. 15. A session for counselors and coaches is set for 4 p.m., with a separate session for student-athletes and parents at 5:30 p.m. Both workshops will be held at Charlotte Amalie High School's Ruth E. Thomas Auditorium. The St. Croix workshops are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Evans Center Room 716, on UVI's St. Croix campus. The coaches and counselors session starts at 4 p.m., and the student-athletes and parents workshop begins at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building.

The workshops will provide information about the recruiting process for college athletics as well as information about the NCAA Eligibility Clearinghouse requirements and process. The Associate Athletic Director of Compliance at Shaw University, Marcus Clark, will be the presenter. For details contact Denise Lake by email at dlake@uvi.edu or Sheena Powell by phone at (340) 692-4102.

Free Flu Shots Available to UVI Community on St. Thomas Campus

Free flu shots to members of the UVI community will be available from the Health Services Office on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 16. Vaccines are limited. Individuals should call (340) 693-1124 for more information or to make appointments.

RT Park Board of Directors to Meet Thursday, Nov. 18

The next meeting of the RTPark Board of Directors is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. (AST) on Thursday, Nov. 18. The session will be available via teleconference and at the RT Park office on St. Croix. Seating is limited. For more information call (340) 692-4200.

CES to Confer 47 Computer Course Certificates on Nov. 18 on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service will hold closing ceremonies for participants of its Basic Computer Course at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the UVI Great Hall on the St. Croix campus. Forty-seven individuals will receive certificates of Achievement for completing the eight-week computer training course. The Cooperative Extension Service invites relatives and friends of class members to attend. For more information contact Marthious Clavier at (340) 692-4090.

2010 St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Cancelled

The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Organizing Committee has announced the cancellation of this year's annual event which was scheduled for Nov. 20-21, on the grounds of the Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas. "This unfortunate cancellation was made for numerous reasons, many of which were beyond the control of the organizers," the committee wrote. "Some of these factors included the flooding of the fairgrounds, difficulties in securing a suitable alternate site, overnight security for vendors and major losses suffered by farmers during the recent heavy rains."

The committee regrets any inconveniences caused by the cancellation. Fair applicants may collect refunds at the respective offices where application fee payments were made on Monday, Nov. 15. Concerns or questions may be directed to committee members by calling the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at (340) 693-1080 or the Department of Agriculture at (340) 774-5182.

UVI to Close for Thanksgiving and Fortsberg/Discovery Day Holidays, Nov. 25-26

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Fortsberg/Discovery Day on Friday, Nov. 26. University classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Monday, Nov. 29.

5th Woodworkers' Expo Sessions Set on St. Thomas and St. John in December

The fifth annual Virgin Islands' Woodworkers' Expo - featuring works from members of the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society and the St. Croix Wood Artist, Inc. group - will offer sessions on St. Thomas and St. John in December. The first session takes place at the Sports & Fitness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus from Dec. 3 to 5. The Expo runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. The St. John Expo will be held at the Market Place, from Dec. 10 to 12. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The Woodworkers' Expo is the ideal place to purchase holiday gifts. Individuals who are not members of these groups involved are also afforded a chance to exhibit and sell locally made wood products by applying for space through the UVI Cooperative Extension Service office on St. Thomas. Cost for space is $50 per day. For details, contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1080.

The Woodworkers' Expo is sponsored by UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the V.I. Department of Tourism, and the West Indian Company, Ltd.

UVI's CLASS Christmas Concert Slated for Dec. 4 on St. Thomas

UVI's College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) will present its annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Christchurch Methodist Church at Market Square in Charlotte Amalie. The concert will feature the UVI Concert Band under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen. Guest performers will be Lorna Freeman-Dennis, Andrea Lee, Detra Davis, Marcus and Portia Narkatis, Leah Trotman, Shirya Crabb and the Christchurch "Golden Jems." A special appearance by Santa is expected. Tickets are available from the UVI Bookstore and the UVI Humanities on the St. Thomas campus, and from Nora's Beauty Palace, Dockside Bookshop and from concert band members. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

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'The Caribbean Writer' Creative Luncheon Series Continues Nov. 18

Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of UVI's "The Caribbean Writer," invites students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, to a Creative Luncheon Series during the fall semester. Remaining luncheons are slated for noon on Nov. 18, and Dec. 9. They will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 102 of the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. Participants are asked to bring lunch and a poem or short piece of prose to share. Dr. Adisa will begin the sessions with a poem and then lead a short writing activity. Participants can read something they have written or share a favorite piece by a published writer. For details, call (340) 692-4122 or send e-mail to oadisa@uvi.edu.

Scholarship Drive, Memorial Ceremony Set Nov. 19 to Honor Marvin Williams

"The Caribbean Writer" will host a scholarship drive and memorial program in honor of the late Marvin E. Williams, a UVI professor of humanities and former editor of "The Caribbean Writer" who died in April of this year, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19. The program will include reflections on the life of Williams, a choral reading of selected poems by Williams, a musical tribute by the UVI Community Inspirational Choir, and a dance performance. A broadside poster dedicated to Williams will also be sold.

The memorial will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus, with a videoconference link to the first-floor conference room at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Funds raised will go toward an annual $1,000 scholarship to be awarded in Williams' name. Those wishing to make a donation to the fund should send contributions to The Marvin E. Williams Scholarship Fund, The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 00850 or to Institutional Advancement, University of the Virgin Islands, #3 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802. For more information call (340) 692-4152 or send e-mail to info@thecaribbeanwriter.org.

UVI-CES to Hold Diabetes Self-Management Workshop on Nov. 22

A free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be offered by the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Expanded Food, Nutrition and Education Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 22, in the UVI Research and Extension Center, Room 133, on the St. Croix campus. Presenters will be nurse Desiree James and Dr. Ian K. Cook, a podiatrist. For more information or to register, contact Jo-Ann Josiah or Helena Shoy at (340) 692-4083.

St. Croix Campus Accepting Bids on Aerial Lifting Equipment Until Nov. 29

The University of the Virgin Islands will accept sealed bids until Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for used aerial lifting equipment currently located by the Physical Plant Office on the St. Croix Campus. The equipment will be sold as is. Only sealed bids will be accepted for the purchase of the equipment. Bid documents/instructions can be picked up from the Campus Operations Office. More information is available on the Bid Memo at this direct link, or by calling St. Croix Campus Operations at (340) 692-4161.

Articles for 2011 Agrifest Bulletin Due by Dec. 1

Dec. 1, 2010 is the deadline for submission of articles intended for publication in the 2011 Agrifest Bulletin. Articles should be prepared using Microsoft Word and be no longer than three pages, with photos. Authors are reminded that the bulletin's audience is the general public and that the average reader should be able to understand them. The Agrifest Board of Directors will give preference to instructional "how to" articles. Articles should not be restricted to agricultural topics. Items on cultural or heritage issues are welcome. Articles must be submitted via email to: cclarke@uvi.edu.

GERS to Host Town Hall Meeting on St. Croix on Dec. 2

The Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) has scheduled a town hall meeting for employees enrolled in the system on St. Croix from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the VI Cardiac Center. A similar meeting on St. Thomas was held Oct. 19. Among topics to be covered are Tier II implementation effective in January 2011, the recalculation of annuities, the election of GERS retirees to the Board of Trustees and Havensight Mall. The session will prove information to members at UVI who may be making plans to retire. For more information contact GERS at (340) 776-7703 Ext. 4203.

VI-EPSCoR Conference to Explore Science & Technology for Economic Growth

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center, invites policy makers, academics and the business community to explore ways that science and technology can promote economic development in the territory at its first annual conference. The conference themed "Integrating Science and Our Economy: A Model for Island Ecosystems," will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, at the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort on St. Thomas.

The goal of this free conference is to provide greater awareness and understanding of the opportunities and mechanisms for optimizing economic leverage from science and technology initiatives in the territory.

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

New 'Why UVI?' Commercial Featured on 'UVI Today...' Photo Blog

A new TV and radio commercial in the "Why UVI?" campaign has been entered into the rotation on local stations and the video is now available for viewing on the "UVI Today..." photo blog. The new commercial features UVI graduate student Christopher Loeffler. The photo blog also includes the campaign's three other commercials, featuring UVI student Danelle Baptiste, UVI Trustee Jennifer Nugent Hill and UVI employee Dale Morton. The photo blog is available from a link on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

'The Caribbean Writer's™ 2011 Art/Poetry Calendar Available for Preorder

"The Caribbean Writer," UVI's literary journal with a Caribbean focus, has announced it will publish a 2011 Art/Poetry Calendar featuring quality fine art by professional, local artists and some of the best poems to have graced the journal's pages. Along with a careful integration of art and poetry, the calendar will include the independence dates of the various Caribbean islands, birthdays of local as well as regional poets, and important dates specific to the Virgin Islands. Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of "The Caribbean Writer," describes the calendar as "a celebration of all of us."

Proceeds from the calendar sales will help support the 25th anniversary "Ay-Ay Conference" which will be held at UVI for teachers and writers in June of 2011. Preorders for the calendar are being accepted. Calendars are $20 each, with bulk orders are available at three calendars for $50. Send order requests, via e-mail, to orders@thecaribbeanwriter.org. Calendars will be delivered on or before Dec. 1, in time for the holiday giving. For more visit "The Caribbean Writer's" web site: www.thecaribbeanwriter.org.

UVI Students Urged to Apply for Dell Summer Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

UVI graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in technology, public policy, ethics and diversity are encouraged to apply for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship as part of the Eben Tisdale Fellowship. This fellowship offers a $5,000 grant for a student to intern next summer - June 13 to Aug. 5, 2011 - in Washington, D.C., where the latest in technology meets the public policy arena.

The Woodard Fellowship was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, a former vice president for Dell Computer company. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2011. Those interested should use the Eben Tisdale Fellowship Application, found at www.tisdalefellowship.org, and follow the instructions for submitting an additional essay on ethics and diversity.

Students may find more information and apply at www.tisdalefellowship.org. Questions? Contact Jonathan Tilley at info@tisdalefellowship.org or (202) 986-0384.

Student Testing Notes...

Fall CLEP Test Schedule for St. Thomas Campus

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. The remaining CLEP test is scheduled for Nov. 18, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123).

Students can register for the test at the front desk of the Office of Access and Enrollment Services, 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. See page 25 of the 2010-2011 UVI Catalog for details on CLEP tests accepted by UVI.

The cost associated with CLEP is $77 per test (payable to College Board) 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 may e-mail cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Fall CLEP Test Schedule for St. Croix Campus

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Croix campus. The remaining CLEP test is scheduled for Nov. 18, in Evans Center Room 304. The registration deadline for this test was Nov. 12, respectively. Register for the test in 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. Click here to view page 25 of the 2010-2011 UVI Catalog for details on CLEP tests accepted by UVI.

The cost associated with CLEP is $77 per test; make check or money order payable to CLEP (no Cash) and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. Cash will not be accepted.

Students must wait six months before repeating an examination. Please bring a photo I.D. on the day of the examination. Do not bring books, papers or study aids. Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during the examinations. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.