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Bulletin Board for April 5, 2010

Joneisa Smith Crowned Miss UVI in Pageant Held April 3

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.

SGA's Black Heritage Committee Schedules Black Heritage Week Events

The Black Heritage Committee of UVI's Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring a series of Black Heritage Week events through Friday, April 9, on the St. Thomas campus. Events will feature films, games, karaoke and UVI students and members of the community in performances of poetry, music, skits, dance, modeling, drumming, singing and art. The Heritage Week theme is "Expression of African Heritage and Oneness in our Virgin Islands Culture."

Highlights of the week include a motivational speech by Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina of Per Ankh, Inc., at noon on Thursday, April 8, and an African Heritage Extravaganza featuring poetry, music, African and salsa dance, and Anansi skits at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 9 (date subject to change), at the UVI Dining Pavilion. See below for all events and schedule details. Events are open to the general public. Events, unless otherwise noted, are free.

April 5 - Movie and Discussion - "The Blind Side" at 8 p.m. at the UVI Dining Pavilion

April 6 - Games and Karaoke - At 8 p.m. at the UVI Dining Pavilion

April 7 - Arts and Crafts - At 8 p.m. at the UVI Dining Pavilion

April 8 - Motivational speech by Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina of Per Ankh, Inc. - noon to 2 p.m. at UVI's Chase Auditorium (B110).

April 9 - (date subject to change) African Heritage Extravaganza - 8 p.m. at the UVI Dining Pavilion. General admission $5, students $3.

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 to Offer English Proficiency Examination on April 8

The University of the Virgin Islands will offer the English Proficiency Examination, a graduation requirement for all students, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 8, on both campuses. The test will be administered on St. Thomas in rooms 222, 224 and 225 of the Sports and Fitness Center. The test will be administered on St. Croix in rooms 302, 203, 305 and 308 of the Evans Center. For more information, contact Dr. Trevor Parris on St. Thomas at 693-1258 or Valerie Combie on St. Croix at 692-4126.

Heath Lecture Video of Dr. Steve Perry to be Shown April 8 on St. Croix Campus

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."

April 8 Deadline Set for Graduation Ring Orders on St. Thomas Campus

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced that the last chance to place graduation rings before graduation is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. A deposit of $100 is required to order a ring. For more information contact Mervin Taylor at (340) 693-1560.

UVI-CES to Hold Recognition Award Ceremonies

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to the Basic Computer Training Recognition Award Ceremonies at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8. The ceremony will take place at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix Campus.

The Computer Training course is designed to increase the participants' knowledge and usage of computers. The eight-week-long course covers Microsoft Window, Microsoft Word and Email/Internet. For more information contact the Cooperative Extension Service at (340) 692-4060.

Library Week to Introduce 'The Human Library' on UVI's St. Thomas Campus

The St. Thomas-St. John Library Association (STSJLA) invites the public to help kick-off the local celebration of National Library Week 2010 from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, on the Herman E. Moore Golf Course on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The event coincides with the annual "Read on the Green Community Day" activities, also slated for the Golf Course.

During the day, the Virgin Islands community will be introduced to "The Human Library," a technique originated in Denmark in 2000 designed to encourage the appreciation of the diversity of minority groups in the greater society.

"The Human Library" functions as a typical library, but with often-stereotyped and misunderstood individuals serving as the "books." The public can "check out" these human "books" for a specified time period of interaction. "Human books" that will be available for 20 to 30-minute check out periods on April 10 include: Baha'i, African, Muslim Woman, Dominican(o) and Filipino. Instructors and student affairs personnel are encouraged to have students attend this enlightening and free event.

For details, visit the STSJLA website: http://sites.google.com/site/stsjla/human-library or check the Facebook page - St. Thomas-St. John Library Association.

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

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

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.

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.

Expanded dateline: UVI Focuses on Inauguration, Charter Month Activities

The March edition of the monthly newsletter dateline:UVI has been published and distributed to both campuses. An on-line version of the newsletter, which features expanded coverage of UVI's recent series of Inaugural and Charter Month activities, is now available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.