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Bulletin Board for December 6, 2010

  Seminar on Tropical Foliage Production Set for Dec. 8 on St. Croix

A free seminar on diseases affecting tropical foliage production in south Florida will be offered at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI's St. Croix campus. The presenter will be Dr. Aaron Palmateer, a plant pathologist from the University of Florida Tropical Research Station in Homestead.

Florida leads the nation in tropical foliage plant production, accounting for 55 percent of the national wholesale value since the 1960s. The majority of these plants are used for interior decoration and in landscapes throughout warm climates. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the industry with emphasis on economically important diseases and disorders. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas W. Zimmerman at (340) 692-4074 or send email to tzimmer@uvi.edu.

Free Holiday Baking Workshops Planned on St. Croix on Dec. 8-9

Free workshops on making sweet breads and fruit cakes are scheduled for Dec. 8 and 9 on UVI's St. Croix campus. The classes are offered by the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service. Classes will be offered in Room 134 of the UVI Research & Extension Center on the following schedule:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 8 - Sweet Breads - Times: 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9 - Fruit Cakes - Times: 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jo-An Josiah at 692-4083 or Evannie Jeremiah at 692-4094.

Woodworkers' Expo Sessions Moves to St. John on Dec. 10-12

The fifth annual Virgin Islands' Woodworkers' Expo - featuring works from members of the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society and the St. Croix Wood Artist, Inc. group - moves to the Market Place on St. John for sessions on Dec. 10 to 12. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The expo's St. Thomas sessions were held Dec. 3-5.

The Woodworkers' Expo is sponsored by UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the V.I. Department of Tourism, and the West Indian Company, Ltd. For details, contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1080. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI's Music Area to Present Works by African-Diaspora Composers on Jan. 9

The Music Area of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will present a performance of music by African-Diaspora composers at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011. Works by R. Nathaniel Dett, Leslie Adams, Lorna C. Young-Wright, Andrés Wheatley, Florence B. Price and Wendell Whalum will be presented. Admission is free. The concert will take place at the Nisky Moravian Church on St. Thomas. The presentation will feature mezzo soprano Janice R. Jackson of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and pianist Lorna C. Young-Wright of the University of the Virgin Islands.

Online Publication 'Virgin Voices' Focuses on VI-EPSCoR's Nicolas Drayton

A number of activities and events sponsored by the University of the Virgin Islands are featured in the current issues of the online publication Virgin Voices. Among these are items on the Woodworkers Expo, today's VI-EPSCoR conference and professional growth opportunities offered by UVI-CELL. A feature article focuses on VI-EPSCoR Program Director Nicolas Drayton, who has been working to demonstrate how research findings can lead to practical application and innovation. To see the article, go the Virgin Voices home page - www.virginvoices.com - or use this direct link: Nicolas Drayton article.

Other Current Items...

VI-EPSCoR Annual Conference Set Dec. 6; Economic Development is Goal

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) will hold its annual conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Monday, Dec. 6), at the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort on St. Thomas. EPSCoR invites policy makers, academics, students and members of the business community to join in exploring how science and technology can promote economic development in the territory. The conference is being held in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center.

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

RT Park Real Estate Administration Committee to Meet Dec. 6

A meeting of the UVI Research and Technology Park Real Estate Administration Committee is scheduled for 3 p.m. (AST) on Monday, Dec. 6, at the RTPark Offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. The session will be available via teleconference. Seating is limited. Call the RTPark at (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information.

RT Park Finance and Audit Committee to Meet Dec. 6

A meeting of the UVI Research and Technology Park Finance and Audit Committee is scheduled for 3 p.m. (AST) on Monday, Dec. 6, at the RTPark Offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. The session will be available via teleconference. Seating is limited. Call the RTPark at (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for November 2010

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Nov. 1-30, 2010. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal and from this direct link.

UVI Christmas Recess and Administrative Leave Schedule

Here is UVI's revised Christmas Recess and Administrative Leave schedule as approved by President Dr. David Hall.

  • Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 - Christmas Recess commences
  • Friday, Dec. 31, 2010 - Christmas Recess ends
  • Monday, Jan. 3, 2011 - Normal business will resume
  • Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 - Three Kings' Day - University Holiday
  • Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 - Administrative Leave Day (for both campuses) - St. Croix Festival

Academic Calendar Notes...

Fall Semester Final Exams Underway - Dec. 6-11

The last day of classes for UVI's fall semester was Saturday, Dec. 4. Final examinations are underway from today (Dec. 6) through Saturday, Dec. 11. No other academic activities are allowed during this period. The fall semester officially ends on Dec. 11.

Spring Registration Now Open for Returning Students; New Students Register Jan. 5

Online registration for the spring semester using the University's BanWeb system is available to returning UVI students now through Jan. 3, 2011. To register, students must confer with advisors to have courses approved and to receive login PINs. Tuition and fees for returning students may be paid - in person, by mail, by credit card or online - through Jan. 4, 2011. Payment by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 17, 2010.

Registration for new students is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2011. Registration is available in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. On the St. Croix campus, registration is available in the Great Hall.

Complete details on registration and the spring academic calendar are available from the Current Students/Registrar section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. On the Registrar page, select the Info Sheets/Spring Semester tab.

For details, call (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4158 on St. Croix.

Ongoing Items...

'The Caribbean Writer' Publishes 2011 Art/Poetry Calendar

"The Caribbean Writer," UVI's literary journal with a Caribbean focus, has published a 2011 Calendar in time for holiday giving. Sub-titled "12 Months of Art and Poetry," the calendar features quality fine art by professional, local artists and some of the best poems to have graced the journal's pages. Along with a careful integration of art and poetry, the calendar includes the independence dates of various Caribbean islands, birthdays of local as well as regional poets, and important dates specific to the Virgin Islands. Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of "The Caribbean Writer," said the calendar is "a celebration of all of us."

Proceeds from calendar sales will help support the 25th anniversary "Ay-Ay Conference" for teachers and writers to be held at UVI in June of 2011. Calendars are $20 each, with bulk orders of three calendars for $50.

A news release with a look at the calendar cover art is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Free Flu Shots Available to UVI Community on St. Thomas Campus

Free flu shots to members of the UVI community are available from the Health Services Office on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Vaccines are limited. Individuals should call (340) 693-1124 for more information or to make appointments.

UVI Students Urged to Apply for Dell Summer Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

UVI graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in technology, public policy, ethics and diversity are encouraged to apply for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship as part of the Eben Tisdale Fellowship. This fellowship offers a $5,000 grant for a student to intern next summer - June 13 to Aug. 5, 2011 - in Washington, D.C., where the latest in technology meets the public policy arena.

The Woodard Fellowship was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, a former vice president for Dell Computer. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2011. Those interested should use the Eben Tisdale Fellowship Application, found at www.tisdalefellowship.org, and follow the instructions for submitting an additional essay on ethics and diversity.

Students may find more information and apply at www.tisdalefellowship.org. Questions? Contact Jonathan Tilley at info@tisdalefellowship.org or (202) 986-0384.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Workshop to Outline Impact of Small Business Jobs Act on V.I.

A free workshop outlining the impact that the recently enacted Small Business Jobs Act will have on small businesses in the Virgin Islands will be offered by the V.I. Small Business Development Center (SBDC) from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 14. The session will be hosted at the SBDC Training Center in Sunshine Mall on St. Croix, with a videoconference link to the SBDC Training Center at Nisky Center on St. Thomas.

The new law, signed by President Obama on Sept. 27, will provide critical resources to help small businesses continue to drive economic recovery and create jobs. It extends successful SBA-enhanced loan provisions while offering billions more in lending support, tax cuts and other opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The Virgin Islands workshop will cover important temporary and permanent features of the act. The presenter will be SBA VI Officer in Charge Carl C. Christensen.

While the workshop is free, persons planning to attend are asked to pre-register by calling the SBDC at (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix or (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas.

CELL Notes...

UVICELL Offers Performance Management Workshops on St. Thomas, St. Croix

UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will host one-day workshops to help in the development of performance management systems for businesses and organizations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, on St. Croix and St. Thomas. The St. Croix session will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVICELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Offered in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA), the workshop will present managers and supervisors with a clear model to follow for planning, monitoring, analyzing and maintaining a satisfying process of performance improvement for their staff. Participants will learn to identify and remedy performance gaps, document and evaluate performance, establish non-monetary rewards, use training and development tools to enhance performance and more. For more information or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.