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 was Wednesday, April 28. University administrative offices are open today (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.
Volunteers Sought to Assist with UVI Carnival Troupe, Help Assemble Float
Volunteers are sought to assist with the UVI carnival troupe which will present a "Buccaneer Bacchanal" as part of the V.I. Carnival Adult's Parade on Saturday, May 1. The theme is based on a pirate ship, which in 1962 was shipwrecked off the rocky shore of John Brewers Bay. Growing weary of the seafaring life, Captain Paiewonsky and his crew decided to build a fortress atop the hill overlooking the beach to bury their treasure. The fortress was called the College of the Virgin Islands. Recognizing that the pen is mightier than the sword, they put aside their swords and picked up their pens to develop the skills and talents of the citizens of the V.I. The troupe symbolizes the crew - made up of basketball champs, academic achievers, UVI cheerleaders and others - all in their blue and white uniforms.
Members of the UVI community can support the troupe by purchasing t-shirts, volunteering their time for the assembly of the float, or by volunteering as support staff during the parade. T-shirts are available for sale at the UVI Bookstore or at the CEA's Office. The colors are white with blue lettering and royal blue with white lettering. Prices range from $12 for sizes medium and extra large and $15 for 2XL and 3XL.
Persons interested in helping to assemble the float on Friday are asked to contact Denise Humphrey at 693-1552 or LilyMae Durante at 693-1144. Individuals interested in volunteering to assist with the troupe should call Durante or Yvonne Lawrence at 693-1424.
Marthious Clavier Elected UVI Alumni Trustee
Marthious Clavier ('02, '09) was recently elected as UVI's Alumni Trustee. The Alumni Trustee is a voting member of the UVI Board of Trustees, the policy-making body of the institution. Clavier replaced Deanna E. Rogers ('85, '87) on the Board. Clavier's term will run from 2010-2013. UVI Alumni Association President Jacqueline A. Sprauve ('94) welcomed Clavier to his new position and wished him much success. Sprauve also thanked outgoing Trustee Rogers for her service over the past five and a half years. A news release is available from the UVI web site home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.
The Caribbean Writer Newsletter Continues Examination of Poetry Month
UVI's The Caribbean Writer has published its final newsletter of National Poetry Month 2010. The newsletter, Volume 4, Number 4, features a look at UVI President Dr. David Hall's favorite poetry. Also included are several examples of Haiku and free verse poetry by UVI students. Finally, St. Croix campus Administrative Assistant Ann-Merrie Hendrickson correctly answered the Newsletter's prize question - Who is the Caribbean Poet who won the International Griffin Poetry Prize? She will receive a free copy of Volume 24 of The Caribbean Writer which is scheduled to be published in June. For more information, visit The Caribbean Writer's web site: www.thecaribbeanwriter.org. The newsletter can be viewed at this link: TCW Volume 4, Number 4.
Harrigan Memorial Scholarship Offered to Children of British Virgin Islanders
The League of British Virgin Islanders of St. Thomas-St. John is accepting applications for its 2010 Norwell Harrigan Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship offers $1,500 per year, for two years, for a student attending either UVI campus.
To qualify, students must:
be the child of at least one British Virgin Islander
be a former graduate or a prospective graduate of either the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College or any secondary school or secondary department in the British Virgin Islands
be either accepted for admission by or already enrolled in any program at the University of the Virgin Islands
Formal transcripts, a letter of application and three letters of recommendation should be forwarded by June 15, 2010, to the following address: Scholarship Committee; P.O. Box 306587, St. Thomas, V.I., 00803. For more information, contact the League's Scholarship Committee at (340) 771-3523 or 774-9484.
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UVI's Bookstores Schedule 'Used Books Buyback'
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.
Student Employee Supervisors Reminded of Evaluation and Request Deadlines
UVI's Offices of Student Employment on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses are reminding supervisors of student employees of the following important deadlines.
Tuesday, May 4 - deadline to submit student employee evaluation forms for the Spring Semester.
Tuesday, May 4 - deadline to submit student employee requests for Summer 2010 Sessions.
Friday, May 28 - deadline to submit student employee requests for the Fall Semester.
Student Employee Evaluation forms and Student Employee Request forms have been distributed via email. For details, visit the Career Services section of the web site - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link. Information is also available from Mary Myers at (340) 693-1088 or Verna Rivers at 693-1087, on the St. Thomas campus, and Anyha Lord-Jerris at (340) 692-4180 or Doris Farrington-Hepburn at 692-4187, on the St. Croix campus.
UVI-RTPark Board of Directors to Meet on May 5
A meeting of the board of directors of the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park and the Research and Technology Park Protected Cell Corporation is scheduled for 3 p.m. (AST) on Wednesday, May 5, at the RTPark Offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. Teleconferencing is available. Seating is limited. For more information contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200.
April Issue of Dateline: UVI Distributed; Available Online
The April issue of Dateline: UVI has been distributed to offices on both campuses and is now available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. This issue focuses on Employee Service Award ceremonies on both campuses - with photos of the St. Croix and St. Thomas employees of the year Jose Herrera and Cheryl Mingo, respectively, and 40-year St. Thomas employee Inez Bartlette. The monthly newsletter features a look at Joneisa Smith who was crowned Miss UVI on April 3. Also included are a photo from the St. Croix Cultural Extravaganza, held March 28, and a story on St. Thomas campus student employee of the year Derron Ambrose.
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.
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 common exams page.
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!
UVI English Placement Test Slated for May 12 on Both Campuses
UVI's English Placement tests are scheduled for 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, on both the St. Thomas and the St. Croix campuses. The English 100 (essay) test will be offered from 4 to 5:15 p.m., and the English 101 (reading) test will be from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
On the St. Thomas campus, testing will take place in Sports and Fitness Center, Room 222, unless otherwise notified. On the St. Croix campus, testing will be held in Q-100 and R-100, unless otherwise notified.
Individuals taking the tests should bring two pens, with blue or black ink, and picture identification.
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 from the Financial Aid Section (Applying for Aid/Summer Aid tab) of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link.
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.
UVI's Financial Aid Offices can also be reached at these numbers: St. Croix campus (340) 692-4193; St. Thomas campus (340) 693-1090.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For details, call 340-692-4152 or visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org.
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: email@example.com.