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Bulletin Board for April 19, 2010

VIUCEDD Hosting Conference on Autism at UVI on St. Thomas, St. Croix

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Islands Autism Network is hosting the Third Annual Conference on Autism at UVI today (April 19) on the St. Thomas campus and on Wednesday, April 21, in the Great Hall on the St. Croix campus. Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The conference features 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.

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.

Student Art and Design Show Opens Today 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 today (Monday, April 19), at the St. Croix campus library. The show includes works created for the next Caribbean Writer journal, labyrinth books with surprise endings, 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. 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.

Click here to view an Art Show Preview.

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.

UVI Nursing Students Displaying Health, Safety Posters at Schneider Hospital

Senior nursing students in UVI's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will present posters on their community health projects - including the thrust to ban smoking in the territory, strategies to prevent drunk driving, especially during Carnival, and a preparation protocol for surviving a tsunami - from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 19, and Friday, April 23. The display will be presented in the lobby of the Roy Lester Schneider Medical Center. The public is invited. For more information contact Professor Maxine Nunez at (340) 693-1289.

Spring 2010 Research Symposium Winners Announced

The University of the Virgin Islands College of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Programs have announced the winners of the Spring 2010 Research Symposium held on March 27, on the St. Croix Campus. Shellese Cannonier won Best Poster Award. Second place was awarded to Sara Danaher, Gabriel Rivera placed third. These students were among 26 other student presenters showcasing 22 research topics. Thanks to all the judges and presenters for making this a productive and successful conference.

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

Testing Notes...

UVI Math Placement Test Slated for May 11 on Both Campuses

UVI's next Mathematics Diagnostic and Placement Test will be administered from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, on both campuses. The St. Thomas venue will be Classroom Administration Building Room 307. On St. Croix, the test will be offered in these locations: Q-100 and R-100.

Incoming UVI students who scored below 490 on the SAT-Math test must take the Math Placement test before starting their first semester classes. The test is designed to place students in the courses that best meet their needs. Student information on how to prepare for the test is available from this web link: Show them you know some math!

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 Final Exams Schedule - Spring 2010.

Math Skills Final Exams are scheduled in two sessions on both UVI campuses from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. on Friday, May 7. More information is available on the Final Exams Schedule.

Graduating Seniors Reminded of Computer Literacy Examination Requirement

The Office of Access and Enrollment Services is advising all graduating seniors on the St. Thomas campus who have not satisfied the Computer Literacy Examination (CLE) requirement, to make arrangements to take and pass this examination at the next and final administration of the exam for the semester from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 23, in CA Building Room 103. Failure to do so will prohibit you from graduating.

Other Current Items...

ITS Conducting Customer Service Survey Through April 20

UVI's Information Technology Services department is asking all UVI students, faculty and staff to participate in its 2010 Customer Service Survey. Information gathered in the survey will be utilized to implement new policies and procedures for improved ITS customer service to the UVI community. The approximate time to complete the survey is three minutes. The survey will close on April 20.

Select this link to access the survey: http://www.formdesk.com/UVI/ITSCustomerServiceSatisfactionSurvey2010

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, in the Sports and Fitness Center. For more information, please contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman at (340) 693-1277.

Federal Pell Grant, Direct Loan Programs Offer Funds for Summer School

UVI students who are 2009-2010 financial aid recipients and who need money for summer school are advised to visit the University's Financial Aid Offices to determine if they are eligible for the New Year Round Federal Pell Grant or Direct Loan programs. Information and application forms for the programs are available beginning today (Thursday, April 15).

To be eligible, students need to meet these requirements:

Have a valid financial aid application on file for 2009-2010 aid year.

Have remaining financial aid from the 2009-2010 aid year.

Have met all Federal and University of the Virgin Islands eligibility requirements.

If registering for both summer sessions, financial aid eligibility will be determined based on combined enrollment. Any changes in a student's enrollment status during the summer term can result in the Federal Pell Grant or Direct Loan being reduced or cancelled. A minimum of six credits are required for Direct Loan eligibility. Financial Aid Summer Payment Authorization to accept your charges will commence on May 7, 2010. The UVI Cashier's Offices are open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For details, visit the Financial Aid Section (Applying for Aid/Summer Aid tab) of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link.

UVI's Financial Aid Offices can also be reached at these numbers: St. Croix campus (340) 692-4193; St. Thomas campus (340) 693-1090.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for March 2010

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for March 1-31, 2010. The list is available to the UVI community via the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Aluminum Recycling Effort Underway on UVI's St. Thomas Campus

St. Thomas campus student Benita Randolph recently initiated an on-campus recycling program as part of her senior nursing leadership project. The UVI Recycle Program aims to promote a healthier environment, preserve the beauty of the environment and decrease the amount of waste products sent to the landfill by promoting practices that encompass reusing, reducing and recycling. For more information on UVIRP and conservation practices visit Randolph's blog at http://www.uvirp.blogspot.com. A news release is 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.

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.

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 details, call 340-692-4152 or visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org.

SGA Election Notes...

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.

CELL Notes...

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.