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Bulletin Board for April 22, 2010

BWC Offers 'Academic Jam' Helps Prepare Students for Final Exams

The University of the Virgin Islands is offering a unique tool to help students succeed with final exams, which are scheduled to begin the week of May 3. As a result of the UVI initiative known as Brothers With a Cause (BWC), students on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses will, for the first time, be able to participate in what is being called an "Academic Jam," consisting of counseling, group study and peer tutoring sessions in key University subject areas.

The Academic Jam will take place from April 22 through April 27. Details - including St. Croix and St. Thomas campus flyers and an extensive schedule of the tutoring sessions offered - have been sent to UVI students via Blackboard's email function.

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

UVI Theatre Planning Unique Two-Campus Production

The UVI Theatre will present a unique new theatre experience next week when 18 students and faculty from the St. Thomas campus travel to St. Croix to join with another six actors for two performances of "In the Beginning," a four-part production featuring dynamic theatrical and choral readings. The entire group then returns to St. Thomas for three additional performances.

The two St. Croix performances of "In the Beginning" are scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, and at noon on Monday, April 26. The venue will be the Great Hall, in the North West Wing on the UVI campus. The three St. Thomas performances are set for 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 27, and at noon on Wednesday, April 28. All shows will be presented in the Administration and Conference Center on the UVI campus. All performances are free to UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as the entire Virgin Islands community.

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

2010 Biodiversity Film Festival Continues Today on St. Croix Campus

The St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) and UVI begin a Biodiversity Film Festival at 6 p.m. today (Thursday, April 22) at the UVI Theatre (Evans Center Room 401) on the St. Croix campus. Today's film features On the Brink, a segment of the PBS series "Journey to Planet Earth." On the Brink focuses on case studies that link armed conflict and political crises with environmental issues such as the loss of grasslands, spreading disease, deforestation, soil erosion, water scarcities, surging populations and global climate change. The program features the work of scientists, community organizers and political leaders, as they grapple with the fact that the world's political security may be bound up with the quality of the land, air and water.

Films in the series are shown on the fourth Thursday of each month. On tap for May 27 is Ziggy Livnat's presentation entitled "Learning to Sea." Following each showing a guest speaker will lead a group discussion. The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Festival is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance of St. Croix. For more information contact SEA's Environmental Education Coordinator Lynnea Roberts at 773-1989.

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

Second Annual Reef Fest Slated Saturday, April 24, at Hawksnest on St. John

The second annual Reef Fest, a celebration of the territory's wonderful coastal environment, will take place this year at Hawksnest Beach, on St. John, from noon to 5 p.m., on Saturday, April 24. Reef Fest is a free and family-friendly event, with activities ranging from sand-castle building contests, kayaking, reef snorkeling trails led by experts, snorkeling clinics, solar car racing, recycling demonstrations, informational booths and more. Free lunch and beverages will be available. Free shuttles will also be running from Cruz Bay to Hawksnest for the duration of the event. The focus will be on learning about the environment. Reef Fest is presented by Friends of the VI National Park and UVI's Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), with a number of UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies staffers helping to coordinate the event. Reef Fest is largely sponsored by the Lana Vento Charitable Trust. For more information contact Christine Settar at VIMAS at (340) 693-1392.

UVI Carnival Recess Set for April 29-May 1; UVI to be Closed April 30

The University of the Virgin Islands will observe Carnival Recess from April 29 through May 1. The last day for Spring Semester 2010 classes is Wednesday, April 28. University administrative offices will be open on Thursday, April 29, and closed in observance of Carnival Friday on Friday, April 30. UVI administrative offices will resume their regular schedules on Monday, May 3. Final exams are scheduled from May 3 through 8.

Library, Computer Lab Holiday Access

During the Carnival Recess, the Libraries on both campuses will observe the following schedule: April 29 - open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; April 30-May 1 - closed for the Carnival Recess; May 2 - open 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

UVI computer labs - 24/7 Lab on St. Thomas and NWW 120 Lab on St. Croix - will be available. Students may also access online library resources at any time by going to http://library.uvi.edu.

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 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.

Student Art and Design Show Continues Through April 26 on St. Croix Campus

Works by 12 UVI students enrolled in the Basic Design (Art 117) course are featured in a show which runs through April 26, at the St. Croix campus library. Included are works created for the next Caribbean Writer journal, labyrinth books with surprise endings, object studies and abstractions. 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. Cynthia 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.

Forest Resources Seminar Slated April 27, on St. Croix Campus

A seminar on forest resources will be presented at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 27, in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI's St. Croix campus. The presenter will be Michael Morgan, who earned a Masters in Forest Resources from the University of Florida in 2009. Morgan also spent 11 years working on forestry in Ecuador. The title of his presentation is "Increasing Seed Germination and Quantifying Drought Tolerance of Bursera graveolens, a Dry Forest Tree of the Neotropics." Bursera graveolens, better known as Palo Santo, is a traditionally important species in the tropical dry forests of southwest Ecuador and northwest Peru. The species suffers from unsustainable harvest for its aromatic resin. For more information contact Dr. Thomas Zimmerman at (340) 692-4074.

Soca King Machel Montano to Lead Reichhold J'ouvert Warm Up on April 28

Soca King Machel Montano will perform at the J'ouvert Warm Up at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The Reichhold's web site calls for fans to bring their flags, rags and towels to the hottest jouvert warm-up show ever. Montano will perform music from his string of hits: "One More Time," "Wining Season," "I Just Wanna Dance Wit You" and more. The night kicks off with St. Croix's Daddy Jones and the Crew featuring Pumpa. For more information, visit the Reichhold Center's web site - www.reichholdcenter.com. Tickets - $45 in advance and $55 at the door - are available from the Reichhold Box Office (340) 693-1559 and from Urban Threadz, VI Bridal and Tuxedo, Home Again, Essentric Shoe Boutique and the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas, Connections on St. John and Urban Threadz on St. Croix.

The Caribbean Writer Newsletter Continues Examination of Poetry Month

UVI's The Caribbean Writer has published a new newsletter, featuring a continuing look at National Poetry Month. The newsletter, Volume 3, Number 3, features an interview with St. Croix campus custodian Garry Richardson who discusses how he was introduced to poetry. Also featured are several poems by Virgin Islanders, such as Clement A. White's "Jumbee Jubilee," and a poetry trivia contest. The winner will receive a copy of Volume 23 of The Caribbean Writer, UVI's anthology of Caribbean literature. For more information, visit The Caribbean Writer's web site: www.thecaribbeanwriter.org. The newsletter can be viewed at this link: TCW Volume 3, Number 3.

UVI's Bookstores Announce 'Used Books Buyback' Schedule

UVI's Bookstores have announced the schedule for the end-of-semester "Used Book Buyback." The buyback program allows students to receive 50 percent of the purchase price for textbooks that are "requisitioned" for the following semester. Text books not requisitioned for the following semester will be bought back at the discretion of used book wholesalers, who generally provide 20 percent of the purchase price. Purchase receipts are required for full participation in the program.

St. Thomas Bookstore Schedule: May 3-8

May 3-7: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

May 8: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Note: Students, who are unable to provide the purchase receipts, will not be permitted to sell their textbooks to the Bookstore. For details call (340) 693-1560.

St. Croix Bookstore Schedule: May 3-10

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Note: While purchase receipts are required for program purchases, books without receipts will be accepted, but students won't receive as much for these books. For details call (340) 692-4162.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Sale

UVI's St. Thomas campus Bookstore is offering a Carnival/end-of-semester Sale, with selected items offered for 20 to 50 percent of their regular prices. For more information call 340)693-1560.

Part-Time Faculty Invited to End-of-Semester Service Awards on May 8

The Office of the Provost invites all Part-time Faculty to an end-of-semester information-sharing event and Service Awards Ceremony scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. The activity will be videoconferenced between Chase Auditorium (Business 110) on the St. Thomas campus and Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus. A pre-program social is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in both locations. Refreshments will be served.

Testing Notes...

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.

PRAXIS Exam to be Offered on St. Thomas Campus on April 24th and 26th

The PRAXIS Exams will be administered in the Nursing Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24, and Monday, April 26. Only persons who have registered with ETS will be tested. No walk-ins are allowed. For more information call (340) 693-1462.

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.



Other Current Items...

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.

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.

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.

Ongoing Items...

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.

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 highlight of this year's conference will be the keynote address by Congressman Bennie G. Thompson, the eight-term Democratic representative for Mississippi's Second District and chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. The Committee was established in 2002 following the attacks of September 11th and is responsible for providing government oversight on terrorism and disaster relief agencies.

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 and exhibitor opportunities are also available. UVI employees will receive $50 discount on a 3-day registration package. To register or for more information call UVI-CELL at (340) 693-1146 or send email to: safetyinparadise@uvi.edu.