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Bulletin Board for April 12, 2010

St. Thomas Student Employee Appreciation Week Continues Through April 17

April 11 to 17 is Student Employee Appreciation Week on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Activities begin with "Words of Appreciation Day" today (Monday, April 12), when UVI students, faculty and staff are encouraged to individually recognize student workers. The week also includes a Career Services Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, at Roupp House, a workshop on Etiquette in the Workplace from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, (location to be announced), and a Social Night with Karaoke from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at the Dining Pavilion. The week's highlight will be the presentation of student employee awards and the announcement of the 2010 Student Employee of the Year at a 12:15 p.m. ceremony on Thursday, April 15, in the Dining Pavilion. For more information, contact Mary Myers at (340) 693-1088.

UVI Observing National Library Week on St. Thomas Campus

UVI continues its observance of National Library Week - which officially runs from April 11 to 17 - with a variety of activities on the St. Thomas campus. Events are sponsored by the Information and Technology Services area. For details, contact Tanisha Mills at (340) 693-1373.

National Library Week Events and Activities include:

All Week: April 11 - 17: Fine Amnesty Week - no fines for returning books that are overdue

Monday, April 12: Library Fest, with food, music, poetry and games from noon to 3 p.m. - at the Paiewonsky Library

Tuesday, April 13: Library Workers Appreciation Day - show some love to your library workers

Wednesday, April 14: Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - sponsored by the UVI Literary Club

Wednesday, April 14: A Scavenger Hunt at 10:30 a.m. - at the Paiewonsky Library

Thursday, April 15: A Scavenger Hunt at 2:30 p.m. - at the Paiewonsky Library

Friday, April 16: Library Flair Day

Employee Service Awards 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." The list of award recipients for St. Croix and St. Thomas campus employees is available from the Inside UVI section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Meeting to Organize UVI Team for St. Thomas Relay for Life Set April 15

An effort is underway to organize a UVI team for the V.I. American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life fundraising event scheduled for June 26-27 on St. Thomas. An organizational meeting for individual - UVI students, staff, faculty and friends - interested in participating in a UVI team is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 15, in the second floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. The meeting will include discussion of possible themes, donations and other organizational matters. Interested persons who are unable to attend Thursday's meeting are asked to contact Cary Galdo - phone: (340) 693-1371, email: cgaldo@uvi.edu - or Christine Freeland - phone: (340) 6931336, email cfreela@uvi.edu.

Pannist, Woodwind Trio to Present Music Program April 15 on St. Thomas

A music presentation by UVI students, featuring the junior recital of pannist Kwesi Williams and the UVI Woodwind Trio Ambassadors - Shermel Richardson, Danté Morton and Vanessa Tamar - is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, at the Music Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The program is free and open to all. It is sponsored by the Music Area of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. For more information contact Professor Austin A. Venzen at (340) 693-1192.

Funeral for Former Caribbean Writer Editor Marvin Williams Set April 16

Funeral services for Marvin Williams, former associate professor of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and former editor of The Caribbean Writer, are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 16, at the Friedensberg Moravian Church in Frederiksted, St. Croix. Interment will follow at the Kingshill Cemetary. Williams died quietly on Wednesday, April 7, at his home. He joined the University of the Virgin Islands on the St. Croix campus in August of 1992, as a visiting faculty member for the academic year. He later rejoined the faculty in 1995, in another visiting capacity, and became permanent in 2001. He became the editor of The Caribbean Writer, the journal of regional literature published annually by UVI, in 2002. He ended his tenure with the University in September 2008, when he became ill. A special tribute, prepared by The Caribbean Writer, is available from this link - Marvin Williams Tribute.

St. Thomas Campus Offered Taste of Anguilla Food, Culture on April 16

The Anguilla Student Association (ASA) invites the UVI community to sample a taste of the culture of Anguilla from 11:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 16, at the Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. The cafeteria will serve traditional Anguillan dishes, such as peas soup, stew conch and whelk, and potato pudding. Anguilla's vibrant culture will also be featured in music and art presented by some of the association approximately 30 members. For more information contact ASA President Conisha Gumbs by phone at (340) 626-9166 or send email to asa_uvi@hotmail.com.

  'Ocean Doctor' is first Celebrity for new Program at UVI

Acclaimed ocean conservationist Dr. David Guggenheim, also known as the "Ocean Doctor," will be the first scientist to tour the territory's schools as part of a new Celebrity Scientists Tour set to begin this month. Well-known local, national and international scientists will make their way to schools across the territory in hopes of increasing students' interest in the sciences through the new program by VI-EPSCoR. A major goal of VI-EPSCoR is to increase the number of Virgin Islands students entering into the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines, by strengthening their interest, research skills and intellectual development. Dr. Guggenheim will also give a special public presentation at Coral World on St. Thomas at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 23. Space is limited.

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

VIUCEDD to Host Conference on Autism on St. Thomas, St. Croix

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Islands Autism Network will host the Third Annual Conference on Autism this month at UVI. The conference will be held on the St. Thomas campus on Monday, April 19, at the Administration and Conference Center, and on the St. Croix campus on Wednesday, April 21, at the Great Hall in the North West Wing. Both sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Conference keynote and breakout sessions will feature leading experts in the field of Autism, including Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D., Chief Program Officer for the Autism Society of America, and Sheila M. Smith, Ph.D., Assistant Director for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence. A special breakout session will highlight a parent advocate and mother of a child with autism, Lisa Bass, and Thomas M. Caffrey, M.Ed., a board certified behavior analyst who specializes in developing evidence-based programs for children with autism.

Among those scheduled to give welcome remarks at the conference are Gov. John P. deJongh Jr., first lady Cecile deJongh, UVI President Dr. David Hall and V.I. Commissioner of Education Dr. LaVerne Terry.

Advance conference registration is required. To register on St. Thomas, contact Maritza Swan via email at: mswan@uvi.edu or call (340) 776-9200 - Ext. 2334. To register on St. Croix contact Gerri Hanna via email at: ghanna@uvi.edu or call (340) 692-1919.

For more information on the Virgin Islands Autism Network and Parent Support Groups send email to: viaustismnetwork@gmail.com or call (340) 626-3330. The conference is co-sponsored by the V.I. Association of Psychologists. Full-day attendance is required to qualify for continuing education unit credit.

Student Art and Design Show Opens April 19 on St. Croix Campus

Works by 12 UVI students enrolled in the Basic Design (Art 117) course will be featured at a show that opens on Monday, April 19, at the St. Croix campus library. The show will include works created for the next Caribbean Writer journal, labyrinth books with surprise endings, beautiful object studies and abstractions. The student artists and Professor Cynthia Hatfield will be on hand from 7:30 to 9 p.m. for the opening party, which will include refreshments.

Art 117 is a three-credit course and is the first in a series of studio art classes offered on UVI's St. Croix campus. The course, which Prof. Hatfield will teach again during the fall semester, serves as a beginning offering along the path toward a possible Humanities minor in the Visual Arts. Drawing skills are not required. For more information, contact Prof. Hatfield at (340) 718-1550.

A slide presentation offering a look at some of the works to be featured in the show is available from this slide show link. The show will continue at the library through April 26. The library, located in the Evans Center, is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays.

SGA Election Notes...

SGA, Student Trustee Election Scheduled for April 14 to 16 on St. Thomas Campus

The election to fill Student Government Association (SGA) leadership positions on UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for April 14 to 16. Positions that will be filled on St. Thomas are: president, vice president, treasurer, senior senators, junior senators and sophomore senators. Candidates will be presented to the student body from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, at the Dining Pavilion. Electronic balloting for the St. Thomas SGA posts, as well as for the student trustee position (to be selected from the St. Croix campus), will be available from 4 p.m. on April 14, through noon on Friday, April 16, on the St. Thomas campus. For details, contact the Student Activities office at (340) 693-1111.

SGA, Student Trustee Election Scheduled for April 20 on St. Croix Campus

The election to choose members of the Student Government Association (SGA) and the 2010-2011 Student Representative to the UVI Board of Trustees have been scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, on the St. Croix campus. Balloting will take place in the Library Terrace of the Melvin Evans Center from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The student trustee position alternates between campuses, with the representative for 2010-2011 to come from the St. Croix campus.

The SGA Elections Committee on St. Croix is seeking qualified students for the following leadership positions: president, vice president, treasurer, senior senators, junior senators and sophomore senators. Applications and election petitions are available in both the SGA and Student Activities' offices. A mandatory meeting for candidates is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, in North West Wing Room 103. A Meet-the-Candidates Social is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Friday, April 16, in North West Wing Room 102.

For details contact the Elections Committee Chair Kim Phillip-St. Hall, at kimvphillip@yahoo.com or Co-Chair Kyle Stevenson at kyle-stevenson@hotmail.com.

Other Current Items...

St. Croix Intramural Basketball Championship Rescheduled to April 13

Kingdom Come will take on On da Rock the championship game of UVI's St. Croix campus Intramural Basketball League. The game has been rescheduled to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. St. Croix campus Intramural Coach Bruce Wray encourages the UVI community to come out and support the intramural athletes.

UVI Bookstores Surveying Students; Responses Sought Before April 16

The University of the Virgin Islands Bookstores on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses are asking students to participate in a survey designed to help the stores improve their quality of service and to better serve students. The survey is available to students in two formats - a PDF form linked form the Bookstore section of the UVI web site and a form that can be completed and submitted online. Students who print, complete and deliver the PDF form to either the St. Croix or St. Thomas Bookstore before April 16, will receive a free token of appreciation. Use these links to access either survey form:

2010 Bookstore Survey - Printable PDF file

2010 Bookstore Survey - Online electronic form

For more information on St. Thomas call Wilfred Cooksey at (340) 693-1567 or send email to wcookse@uvi.edu. On St. Croix, call Surria James at (340) 692-4166 or send email to sjames@uvi.edu.

UVI Concert Choir to Perform Spring Concert April 18 on St. Thomas

The UVI Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, will present a Spring Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, at the Nisky Moravian Church on St. Thomas. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchased at the UVI Bookstore, the Humanities Division Office or from choir members. For further information please call 693-1340.

Joneisa Smith Crowned Miss UVI for 2010; Photo Featured on UVI Today...

Congratulations to Joneisa Smith who was crowned Miss UVI in the Unviersity's 30th Annual Ambassadorial Pageant on Saturday, April 3, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. This year's theme was "Collective Aspirations ... Colossal Achievements." Other contestants in the pageant were Royette Carriere and Indira Turney. A photo from the pageant is featured on the UVI Today... photo blog, available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

The Caribbean Writer Publishes Newsletter on National Poetry Month

The Caribbean Writer has published its first newsletter, featuring articles and information promoting the local celebration of April as National Poetry Month. The four page newsletter features an overview of National Poetry Month, poetry from a Virgin Islands poet Gerwyn Todman, and an article on what families and friends can do to mark the month. The newsletter, in PDF format, is available from this direct newsletter link. The Caribbean Writer is a refereed international literary journal with a Caribbean focus. It is published by the University of the Virgin Islands.

SGA Black Heritage Committee Sponsors Youth Poster Contest

The Black Heritage Committee of UVI's Student Government Association (SGA) on the St. Thomas campus is organizing a Youth Poster Contest as a community outreach effort. The contest is open to students in grades five through 12, as well as to UVI students. Posters should explore the theme: Expressions of African Heritage and Oneness in our Virgin Islands Culture. Cash prizes will be awarded in four categories: 1 - Grades 5-6; 2 - Grades 7-8; 3 - Grades 9-12; 4 - UVI students. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. For details on poster contest rules, guidelines and prizes, send email to

africanheritagevi@gmail.com or to DaraMonifa Cooper at dcooper@uvi.edu.


UVI-CES to Hold Free Baking Demonstrations on St. Croix on April 21

Free demonstrations on making the traditional Virgin Islands cookie called a horse shoe and tarts are scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, in Room 134 of the UVI Research and Extension Center on the St. Croix campus. Two sessions are planned. Presenter Arlene Abraham will demonstrate how horse shoe cookies are made from 10 a.m. to noon. The session on making tarts follows, with Louise Samuel instructing, from 1 to 3 p.m. Class size is limited. Interested persons should register by calling Jo-An Josiah at (340) 692-4083 or Evannie Jeremiah at (340) 693-4094.

The classes are sponsored by the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service.

Academic Awards Program Set for April 24 on St. Croix

The UVI's St. Croix Campus will host the 36th Annual Academic Awards Program at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24. The program will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing. For more information, call Dr. Kenny Hendrickson at (340) 692-4124 or send email to khendri@uvi.edu.

St. Thomas Campus Academic Awards Ceremony Set for April 25

The Academic Awards Ceremony for UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, 2010, in the Sports and Fitness Center. For more information, please contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman at (340) 693-1277.

Fall Semester 2010 Advisement and Registration Now Available

Advisement and registration for ongoing UVI students for the fall semester 2010 opened on 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.

VI Department of Agriculture, Urban Forestry Grants - Call for Applications

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Assistance Program has announced the availability of grants for the 2010 Challenge Cost-Share program. Organizations and agencies in the US Virgin Islands may apply for grants up to $20,000. The deadline for proposal submissions for this grant cycle is May 3, 2010.

The Department of Agriculture is looking for projects in the following areas: local government program development or improvement, demonstration or site-specific projects, and information and education projects.

Visit the U&CF website, www.viucf.org, for more information about the types of projects that receive funding and an application packet, or call Marilyn Chakroff, Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator, at 778-0997 ext. 233. Chakroff is available to help with writing proposals and with identifying the types of projects that may be funded.

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.

Testing Notes...

Spring Semester Final Exams Scheduled for May 3 through May 8

UVI's final exams for Spring Semester 2010 will be held from Monday, May 3, through Saturday, May 8. The complete final exam schedule is available from the Academics section of the UVI web site web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Spring Semester CLEP Test Schedule for St. Croix Campus

CLEP will be administered on UVI's St. Croix campus on Thursday, April 15. The deadline to register for the tests was Friday, April 9. 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 for St. Thomas Campus

The remaining College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test date for the Spring 2010 semester on the St. Thomas campus is April 19. Tests are administered 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.

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.

CELL Notes...

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.

5th Annual Governor's Safety and Health Conference Set for May

Registration is now available for the 5th Annual Governor's Safety and Health Conference which will be conducted by the UVI-CELL Safety in Paradise Program, in collaboration with the V.I. Office of Homeland Security and the V.I. Department of Labor - Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

The conference will be held in May, with sessions on St. Thomas from May 5 to 7, at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort and on St. Croix from May 10 to 12, at the Carambola Golf and Beach Resort. The theme of the conference is "Keeping Paradise Safe and Secure: Awareness, Preparation and Prevention."

Topics to be covered include: Green Jobs, pandemics, planning for disasters, keeping campuses Safe, workplace Safety and hazard recognition, recognizing and responding to acts of terrorism, and more.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor opportunities are also available. To register or for more information call UVI-CELL at (340) 693-1146 or send email to: safetyinparadise@uvi.edu.