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Bulletin Board for April 1, 2010

UVI to Close April 2-4 for Easter Recess; Technology Services Remain Available

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed for Easter Recess from April 2 through 4. Classes will resume and administrative offices will open on their regular schedules on Monday, April 5. UVI's libraries will also be closed during the recess.

During the recess, students on both campuses will continue to have access to technology service including computer labs - NWW 120 on St. Croix and the 24/7 Library Lab on St. Thomas. Students may also access online library resources at any time by going to http://library.uvi.edu.

UVI's Help Desk voice mail at ext.1466 and email will be monitored during the holiday.

St. Croix Intramural Basketball Playoffs Scheduled April 1-8

UVI St. Croix campus Intramural Coach Bruce Wray has announced the final standings from the regular league play and the playoff schedule for the 2010 St. Croix Intramural Basketball League as follows:

Standings: (1) Danger Zone 3-1; (2) Kingdom Come 3-1; (3) Guardians 2-2; (4) On da Rock 2-2; (5) B-Spot 0-4

Playoff Schedule:

Thursday, April 1, On da Rock vs B-Spot at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 6, Danger Zone vs Winner of On da Rock/B-Spot game at 9 p.m.

Tuesday, April 6, Kingdom Come vs Guardians - following first game

Thursday, April 8, Championship Game at 9 p.m.

Kite Festival and Easter Egg Hunt Planned April 3 on St. Croix Campus

A Kite Festival and Easter Egg Hunt Fun Day are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, on the North Lawn of UVI's St. Croix campus. Easter egg decorating, an Easter egg hunt, kite making and flying competition, face painting and other fun and games are planned. The event is sponsored by the V.I. National Guard Family Programs, in partnership with the UVI Cooperative Extension Services' 4-H Program. For more information call (340) 692-4084.

UVI Plans Major Haiti Fundraiser for April 5 on St. Croix

Organizers of a major fund-raising breakfast designed to support UVI's Haiti Relief effort hope to fill the Great Hall on the St. Croix campus to capacity on Monday, April 5. The event is the latest in an ongoing series of efforts by members of the UVI community on St. Croix to provide aid and assistance to the people of Haiti. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Along with the food, the event will feature the inaugural performance of the UVI Inspirational Choir under the leadership of UVI Residence Hall Supervisor and Choir Director Priscilla Williams. Williams said the choir will present its rendition of gospel artist Kirk Franklin's Haiti relief song "Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti."

Several informational presentations are also scheduled. Kathy Daniel, of Speak the Word Ministry, will address the plight of women after the earthquake. An emotional description of what it feels like to leave your country just two hours before the earthquake will be shared by Andre McBean. Finally, a member of St. Croix Rescue will describe his experiences while working as a relief volunteer in Haiti.

 

Tickets for the breakfast - which are $15 - are being sold by numerous members of the organizing committee and are available in the office of Acting Campus Executive Administrator Nereida Washington.

The goal, according to Washington, is to get members of the UVI and wider St. Croix communities involved and aware of the critical need for continued support for the people of Haiti. For more information call (340) 692-4000.

The Caribbean Writer Creative Luncheon Series Continues April 8

Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of The Caribbean Writer, invites UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, to join her for the next in a series of Creative Luncheons scheduled for Thursday, April 8. The session, which runs from noon to 1 p.m. in North West Wing Room 102 on UVI's St. Croix campus, is designed to promote and foster an outpouring of creativity from the UVI community. Interested persons are asked to bring lunch and a poem or short prose piece to share. Dr. Adisa will begin the session by reading a poem and then lead participants in a short writing activity. The next Creative Luncheon will be held on May 6. For more information, call Dr. Adisa at (340) 692-4122 or send email to oadisa@uvi.edu.

Heath Lecture Video Slated for St. Croix Campus on April 8

A video of the Alfred Heath Lecture presented during UVI's Charter Month activities in March by Dr. Steve Perry will be aired on the St. Croix campus from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. The video will be shown in Evans Center Room 401. It is free and open to the public. Dr. Perry, the founder and principal of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Conn., is a noted lecturer and author. He based his engaging and provocative presentation on his latest book, "Raggedy Schools - the Untold Truth."

RTPark Executive Committee to Meet April 8 on St. Croix

A meeting of the Executive Committee of UVI's Research and Technology Park Corporation is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at the RTPark Offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. The meeting will be available via teleconference. To participate in the meeting, or for more information, call Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200. Seating is limited.

Fourth Margaret Mead Film Festival Set April 9-11

The fourth annual American Museum of Natural History Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival will bring six films on three nights to the University of the Virgin Islands on April 9 through 11. Films are from directors in India, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Austria, Bosnia, Germany, Mauritania and the U.S.

The Communication Program in UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is hosting the remarkable series of films, described as all new, all striking and all revealing about the world far from the Virgin Islands. The series is co-hosted by the Virgin Islands Montessori School International Academy in Red Hook, on St. Thomas.

Films will be shown each evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus and in Room 401 of the Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. While everyone is invited, seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A news release, including photos, is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VI Invited to Caribbean Math Olympiad; Youth Team Members Sought

UVI is seeking local high school students interested in participating in the 12th Caribbean Math Olympiad competition which will take place in Mayaguez in Puerto Rico in late May. This is the first year that the Virgin Islands has been invited to the competition, according to Dr. Mark Lawrence, a visiting professor of mathematics at UVI who is working to form a three-person team for the event.

The Olympiad will feature two days of competition, with three problems offered each day. Areas to be covered in the competition are geometry, algebra, combinatorics, number theory and games and strategies. To be eligible, team members must 15 or under as of Dec. 31, 2009. All expenses for participants (with the exception of plane fare) will be covered by the Olympiad during the competition.

Dr. Lawrence is asking that Virgin Islands high school teachers nominate potential team members. He plans a competitive exam from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, on UVI's St. Thomas campus. For more information, contact Dr. Lawrence by phone at (340) 693-1329 or send email to mlawren@uvi.edu.

The Virgin Islands Caribbean Math Olympiad Team is expected to compete with teams from Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, Salvador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago.

National Poetry Month Celebration Set April 10 at UVI

Students, faculty, staff and the Virgin Islands public are invited to join with The Caribbean Writer in celebrating the First Annual National Poetry Month Celebration at the University of the Virgin Islands from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. Admission is free. Some 13 Virgin Islands, UVI and high school poets will be featured presenting their works. The celebration will be held on both campuses, using videoconferencing to connect participants in Evans Center Room 401 on St. Croix and Chase Auditorium (B-110) on St. Thomas. Featured local poets include Dara Monifah Cooper, Patricia Harkins-Pierre, Winifred "Oyoko" Loving, Mark Sylvester, Vincent O. Cooper, ChenziRa D. Kahina, Maud Pierre-Charles and Opal Palmer Adisa. Student poets include Carl "Mufasa" Christopher, Adelso Henry, Wendell Grouby Jr. and Crystal Peter from UVI and high school student Shanah Bannis.

For more information, call The Caribbean Writer office at 692-4152 or send email to info@thecaribbeanwriter.org. Information is also available from The Caribbean Writer web site at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org.

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.

Other Current Items...

30th Annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Pageant Set April 3

Three contestants - Joneisa Smith, Royette Carriere and Indira Turney - will participate in the 30th Annual Miss University of the Virgin Islands Ambassadorial Pageant on Saturday, April 3. The pageant is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. This year's theme is "Collective Aspirations ... Colossal Achievements." General admission is $20, UVI student admission is $15. The pageant is sponsored by the Student Government Association.

St. Croix Class of 2010 Plans Community Service at Lighthouse Mission on April 3

The UVI Class of 2010 on the St. Croix campus, in collaboration with Rotary Club Harborside, will provide assistance to the Lighthouse Mission staff on Saturday, April 3. The goal is to provide a hot breakfast to those who are not able to do so for themselves. This community service will commence at 7:30 a.m. at the Lighthouse Mission in Christiansted. Serving will continue until 9 a.m. The class, which will use this opportunity to provide community service hours, has issued an invitation to UVI staff and students to participate. Interested persons should contact Charmin Springer at (340) 332-4744 or send email to itsourenvironment@yahoo.com to join in this community service.

VI Chapter of Psi Chi Honor Society Schedules Induction for April 6 on St. Thomas

The induction ceremony for the University of the Virgin Islands Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, April 6. It will take place in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. For more information contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman on 693-1277.

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 purchase at the UVI Bookstore, the Humanities Division Office or from choir members. For further information please call 693-1340.

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.

UVI Announces Winners for 21st Afternoon on the Green

The University of the Virgin Islands announces the winners of the food competition of the 21st Annual Afternoon on the Green held on March 7, in the St. Thomas campus' Sports and Fitness Center.

"Many thanks to all the cooks, volunteers, and patrons for their support of the 21st staging of Afternoon on the Green," said Chairperson Jacqueline Sprauve. "The University and the committee appreciate very much that the public has demonstrated that it will support the event, whether rain or shine." A news release, including photos, is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Wiesner Scholarship Fund at UVI Aids Business, Nursing Students on St. Croix

The Wiesner Scholarship Fund has awarded $33,500 to the University of the Virgin Islands during the 2009-2010 academic year to support the establishment of two academic scholarships - the Margaret Wiesner Scholarship and the Erick Erschen Scholarship. High school seniors from St. Croix who are enrolling full-time at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus are eligible. The scholarships are for freshman students entering the School of Nursing and the School of Business. A news release, including photos, is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

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.

Caribbean Atlantic and Homeland Security Conference Issues Call for Papers

The University of the Virgin Islands has issued a first call for papers for the 1st International Caribbean Atlantic and Homeland Security Conference. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 13 to 15, 2010. Representatives of Virgin Islands government agencies, military, law enforcement and first responder groups are encouraged to make presentations.

The conference is requesting technical papers and poster presentations addressing the areas of combating terrorism, contraband smuggling and immigration control. Submissions should focus on novel technologies capable of near-term production and deployment, and applied research and strategies that address difficult problems for law enforcement, first responders and transportation security.

Areas of Interest include border and maritime security, critical infrastructure protection (physical/cyber), transportation security, surveillance and screening technologies, improvised explosive device (IED) detection and defeat, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) detection (chemical/biological/nuclear), disaster response, post-incident mitigation and threat/risk assessment.

Submit 500 word abstracts of papers or presentations by March 31, in Word or PDF format, to Conference Chair Dr. Edward Tarver, via email to: etarver@uvi.edu.

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.

Please 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.

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 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 is 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 for St. Thomas Campus

The remaining College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Spring 2010 semester on the St. Thomas campus are April 7 and April 19, 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 Customer Service Workshop April 7 on St. Croix

Businesses needing assistance in providing stellar customer service are invited to participate in a one-day Customer Service Excellence workshop to be offered on St. Thomas and St. Croix from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The workshop is part of a series being conducted by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA).

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

Customer Service Excellence will teach participants how to deliver better, faster service and increase customer satisfaction, know what customers expect, recognize signals of customer irritation and how to respond appropriately, manage stressful situations more effectively and much more.

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

CELL to Offer Training on Accounting Software for Small Businesses

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center is offering a course for individuals and small businesses interested in learning to use QuickBooks, a full-featured small business accounting software. Introduction to QuickBooks will be held 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday beginning April 10, on St. Croix. On St. Thomas, the course will be held 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning May 11. Sessions will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas and the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more. For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVI-CELL at (340) 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.