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Bulletin Board for February 8, 2010

SGA President Asks Students to Pay Their Tuition by Feb. 9

In a statement on behalf of the Office of the Provost, SGA St. Thomas campus President Jaedee Caines sent a message to students reminding them about their financial commitment to the University and to encourage them to either pay or make arrangements to pay. In her message she said, "The Office of Access and Enrollment Services has indicated that, if students with outstanding balances have not made arrangements for payment with the cashier's office or through financial aid by February 9, 2010, the classes will be dropped they will not be admissible to your classes thereafter."

Bucs Victorious in Home Openers Against American University and UCB

The UVI Buccaneers defeated University of Central Bayamon at home on Saturday evening 101-70, with five players scoring in double figures. Max Cymerint dropped 22, Wilson Ferrance and Nahshun Jeffers had 17, Robert Duck and Cedric Smith ended up with 15 points each.

American University and the Male BUCS went toe-to-toe in the first half Sunday evening, with UVI winning 59-52. Their LAI record is now 2 wins, 1 loss. Wilson Ferrance and Nahshum Jeffers top scored with 14 points apiece. Robert Duck had 13 in the win.

The UVI Lady Bucs opened at home Sunday night, defeating American University 67-59. Ashley Birch scored 29 points and had a game high of 15 rebounds while Angelina Prince grabbed 13 points and 10 rebounds. The UVI Lady Bucs led 31-23 at half time and led by as many as 20 pts in the 3rd Q.

The Bucs hit the road next weekend for two road games against UPR -Carolina and Sacred Heart University. The next home games are scheduled for February 19th and 20th.

RTPark Finance and Audit Committee to Meet Monday, Feb. 8

The University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park and the Research and Technology Park Protected Cell Corporation will conduct a meeting of the RTPark Finance and Audit Committee at 1 p.m. (AST) on Monday, Feb. 8. The session will take place at the RT Park office on UVI's St. Croix campus. It will also be available via teleconference. To participate, or to get more information, contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200. Seating is limited.

RTPark/RTPark-PC Executive Committee to Meet Thursday, Feb. 11

The University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park and the Research and Technology Park Protected Cell Corporation will conduct a meeting of the RTPark and RTPark-PC Executive Committee at 3 p.m. (AST) on Thursday, Feb. 11. The session will take place at the RT Park office on UVI's St. Croix campus. It will also be available via teleconference. To participate, or to get more information, contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200. Seating is limited.

2010 Census Office Jobs Available -

The 2010 Census Office has approximately 300 positions available per district for the following temporary positions: Crew Leaders, Crew Leader Assistants and Enumerators.

Crew Leaders (Part-time) are responsible for training and directly supervising approximately eight Enumerators. You will be required to collect completed Census forms from Enumerators, work in the field and must work varied hours.

Crew Leader Assistants (Part-time) work varied hours in order to assist the Crew Leader in the daily collection of completed work from Enumerators.

Enumerators (Part-time) conduct interviews with respondents and work evening and weekend hours.

A valid driver's license and use of a vehicle are required for all jobs. All applicants must pass a written test. Test will be administered at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at the St. Croix Census Office in Villa La Reine Shopping Center Suite 14 and at the St. Thomas Census Office in Nisky Center Suite 600 (No appointment necessary). Evening and weekend testing is available by appointment. To make an appointment, on St. Croix call 772-2010 and on St. Thomas call 714-2010. On St. John the test will be administered at the Nazareth Lutheran Church Community Center in Cruz Bay. St. John testing will occur on Mondays & Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Prospective 2010 Graduates on St. Croix to Meet Feb. 21

An important meeting of prospective 2010 prospective graduates on UVI's St. Croix campus has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21. The meeting will take place in the Melvin Evans Center Room 401. For more information call the Office of Access and Enrollment Services at (340) 692-4103 or (340) 692-4158

Spring Semester CLEP Test Schedule Announced for St. Croix Campus

CLEP will be administered on UVI's St. Croix campus on the following dates for the spring 2010 semester.


Thursday, February 18 Friday, February 12

Thursday, March 25 Friday, March 19

Thursday, April 15 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

UVI's CERC Advisory Board to Meet March 5-6 on St. Thomas

The Caribbean Exploratory {NCHMD} Research Center (CERC) Advisory Board will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on St. Thomas on Friday, March 5 and Saturday March 6, 2010. The board is comprised of consultants from research intensive mainland institutions of higher learning, as well as St. Croix, St. Thomas & St. John community partners in education, public health and counseling.

For more information please contact:

Lorna J. Williams-Sutton, BA, MPA

Administrative Coordinator

Caribbean Exploratory [NCMHD] Research Center

University of the Virgin Islands

#2 John Brewers Bay

St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990 Tel: 340-693-1172

Call for Cooks Issued for 2010 Afternoon on the Green

UVI's Afternoon on the Green Committee has issued a "Call for Cooks" for the 2010 edition of the University's annual "friend-raising" event scheduled for March 7 on the St. Thomas campus. Individuals interested in providing food dishes for the event and those who would like to work as volunteers are asked to call 693-1040.

UVI Student Researchers Honored at National Conferences

During the fall semester five scholars from UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program won awards at three different national conferences. Through different UVI programs, ECS students are provided with scholarships and financial support for research and study in science and mathematics. The students were Cassandra Benjamin, Tiffany Bernier, Troi Williams, Cherissre Tyrell-Boateng, and Shellese Cannonier. A news release on the students' achievements is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VI-EPSCoR Issues Request for 2010 Incubator Grant Proposals

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) has announced its 2010 request for Incubator Grant proposals. VI-EPSCoR Incubator Grants support researchers in exploring new research directions related to the project focus on Integrated Caribbean Coastal Ecosystems (ICCE) as well as exploring research approaches for improving education and outreach outcomes.

Potential applicants should attend a one-day grant proposal-writing workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. VI-EPSCoR staff will be available to answer questions about the Incubator Grants Program. Limited assistance for travel is available for interested individuals on St. Croix. For more information contact Program Coordinator Nick Drayton at (340) 693-1239 or send email to ndrayto@uvi.edu.

'How to Pay for College' Seminar Highlights Financial Aid Week on St. Croix

The Office of Financial Aid on UVI's St. Croix campus will conduct the annual Financial Aid Week Activities beginning on Monday, Feb., with an open house from 9 a.m. to noon in Evans Center Room 814. A highlight of the week will be a seminar titled "How to Apply for College" on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Great Hall in the North West Wing. High school juniors and seniors, and their parents, are invited to attend. The seminar will provide valuable information on financial aid eligibility and programs such as grants, loans and scholarships. Assistance will also be providing for those who wish to complete the 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid application.

See below for the schedule of Financial Aid Week Activities. For more information call 692-4193.

Financial Aid Week Activities Schedule

Monday, Feb. 8 - Financial Aid Open House - 9 a.m. to noon. EVC 814

Tuesday, Feb. 9 - Promoting Financial Aid Office on Campus

Student Center Courtyard - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Library Terrace - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 - Seminar: "How to Pay for College" - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - NWW Great Hall

Thursday, Feb. 11 - Financial Aid One-on-One Workshop - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. NWW 131. Registration is required as space is limited. To register call 692-4193 or 692-4251 or send email to cferris2@uvi.edu or ajoseph2@uvi.edu.

St. Croix Friends of Denmark Offering Scholarship for Student Travel

UVI students are invited to apply for a scholarship for travel and home stays in Denmark offered by the St. Croix Friends of Denmark. One scholarship for three weeks around July 24 to Aug. 14 for one student, between the ages 18-26, is available. This is a historical and cultural exchange in which the student will stay one week in Jutland and one week in Copenhagen. The student must have the intent of procuring a valid U.S. passport. All expenses will be paid. For application details, contact Dr. Aletha Baumann at 692-4177 at UVI. Finalists will be required to make an oral presentation in front of a panel of judges. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Applications must be mailed to the Friends of Denmark, P.O. Box 682, Christiansted, St. Croix, 00821. For further information, call 998-4147 or email erezende@gmail.com.

UVI Students Invited to Apply for Heyward G. Hill Scholarship

UVI students have until March 1 to apply for the Heyward G. Hill Scholarship which is offered by the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR) Bacon House Foundation. The scholarship is opened to full-time students who are interested in the field of international affairs. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average, be at least a junior or senior and be an American citizen.

Applications are available at the Provost's offices on both UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. For more information, contact Zaida Castro at 693-1200 (zcastro@uvi.edu) or Dr. Kula Francis at 692-4065 (kfranci@uvi.edu).

Additional Surveillance Cameras Installed on St. Croix Campus

Additional security cameras were recently installed on UVI's St. Croix campus. The cameras now provide an almost complete view of the exterior perimeter of the campus as well as the parking lots and outdoor tennis and basketball courts. The new cameras, which supplement existing indoor surveillance cameras, reflect a continuing commitment to campus security. They also follow the results of a campus survey in which safety was ranked the number one concern of students.

The cameras were funded partially by funds allocated during the Fiscal Year 2009 and this project was led by Security Supervisor Ralph Cook. For details call the St. Croix Security Office (340) 692-4155 or ext. 4444.

Other Current Items...

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Papers on Haiti; Deadline is Feb. 15

The office of The Caribbean Writer, which produces UVI's annual anthology of Caribbean literature, has issued a special call for articles about Haiti. Accepted submissions will be featured in a special section to be included in Volume 24, the publication's 2010 edition.

Individuals may reference their articles to Haiti's on-going struggles and to how the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12 will impact their development. The deadline for articles on Haiti is Feb. 15. Articles should be prepared in the Microsoft Word or RTF formats and submitted via email to: submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. For more information, call 340-692-4152. Guidelines for submissions are available on The Caribbean Writer web site - www.thecaribbeanwriter.org.

Application Deadline for Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship is Feb. 15

UVI students are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship is Feb. 15, 2010. This scholarship is for students interested in technology, public policy, ethics and diversity. The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship, which is part of the Eben Tisdale Fellowship, is a summer internship available to undergraduate and graduate students. This Fellowship offers a $5,000 grant for students to intern in Washington D.C., where the latest in technology meets the public policy arena.

The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, Dell's former vice president of global diversity and chief ethics, privacy and compliance officer. The Summer 2010 Fellowship runs from June 14 through Aug. 6. The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.

Those interested should use the Eben Tisdale Fellowship Application, available at www.tisdalefellowship.org, and follow the instructions for submitting an additional essay on ethics and diversity. For additional information, contact Jonathan Tilley at info@tisdalefellowship.org or call (202) 986-0384.

Big Read Program Offers Essay Contest for UVI Students

The Virgin Islands Big Read 2010 program, part of a national effort to spur a return to reading, was launched Friday, Jan. 22, on St. John, where numerous supporters - including V.I. First Lady Cecile deJongh and UVI President David Hall - were in attendance. (See photo in UVI Today... photo blog.)

One of the first activities of the program is an essay contest for UVI students. Students entering the contest will write an essay using one of the pre-selected themes from the novel "A Lesson before Dying." The novel, by Ernest Gaines, is serving as the focal point of the campaign. Students have three weeks to register for the essay contest, from Jan. 25 through Feb. 12. The contest ends March 3. A free copy of the book is available for all registrants and the winner will be announced during UVI's Charter Week. Registration forms and contest details are available in the Melvin H. Evans Center for Learning (library) on St. Croix and the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on St. Thomas.

As part of a national initiative to spur a return to reading, more than 100 free copies of the featured book are now available for pick up, while supplies last, at the Julius E. Sprauve Library. More copies will be available for loan from libraries throughout the Territory. Community members will be brought together through a variety of related activities from now through the middle of June.

The Big Read Program is a partnership between the Department of Planning & Natural Resources - Division of Libraries and Museums, the University of the Virgin Islands' Reichhold Center for the Arts and the IT Learning Resources & Student Technology Services Area, the Department of Education and the Virgin Islands Police Department.

UVI-Queen Mary 5K Walk/Run Slated for March 26 on St. Croix

Members of the UVI community are advised that the 9th annual UVI-Queen Mary 5K Walk/Run will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2010. For individuals who wish to park at the St. Croix campus, where the race concludes, transportation will be provided at 5 a.m. from the campus to Kmart, where the race begins. For more information call (340) 692-4236.

FY 2010-2011 Budget Presentation Posted to Administration and Finance Page

A PowerPoint presentation, created by the University Budget Committee to present UVI's Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget recommendation to President David Hall at an informational forum on Jan. 14, is now available from the Administration and Finance section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Ongoing Items...

Goals of UVI Male Initiative Outlined in New Web Page

The University of the Virgin Islands has begun a Male Initiative with the goal of attracting more male students to the University and providing tools and support to help them graduate. The University and Virgin Islands communities will be hearing more about the Male Initiative and how they can participate in and support the effort in the coming weeks and months. A web page detailing this initiative is now available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Spring Semester CLEP Test Dates Announced for St. Thomas Campus

UVI students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Spring 2010 semester has been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. CLEP will be administered on March 2, March 18, April 7 and April 19, 2010, 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. Acceptable forms of identification include a current driver's license, state or Federal ID, a current passport, tribal ID card, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship.

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.

Preparations Underway for Inauguration of Dr. David Hall

The University of the Virgin Islands is preparing for the inauguration of UVI's fifth President, Dr. David Hall, on March 6, 2010. Members of the Inaugural Steering Committee and Inaugural subcommittees are finalizing the arrangements for events that will take place throughout the month of March, including Dr. Hall's Installation at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

A number of public and VIP events are scheduled, which can be greatly enhanced by volunteer participation. Individuals who are interested in volunteering to assist with inaugural events and activities are asked to send an e-mail to: inaugvolunteer@uvi.edu

Inaugural information can be found by clicking on the INAUGURATION 2010 tab on the Board of Trustees and President's Office pages of the UVI website or from this direct link.

NSE Applications Available from Counseling Services Office

Students interested in studying abroad through the National Student Exchange (NSE) program may obtain the NSE application and directory booklet from UVI Counseling Services office on the St. Thomas campus. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible. More information can be obtained from Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm, at (340) 693-1136 or via email at: ahamm@uvi.edu.

CELL Notes...

CELL and AMA sponsor Fundamentals of Human Resources

The UVICELL Center has partnered with the American Management Association (AMA) to provide a certificate program entitled Fundamentals of Human Resources. The curriculum covers the basic HR functions using the Web for recruiting. Whether new to the profession or a newly promoted professional, participants will find all the information and skills needed to do the job and make a positive impact in an organization.

Complete six of the workshops offered in the series to obtain a Certificate in Management Skills from the UVI Cell Center. Workshops are being taught on Wednesday, March 3 on St. Thomas and on Thursday, March 4 on St. Croix. The fee is $250 per person, per workshop or $225 per person, per workshop for groups of 5 or more. To register, contact the UVICeLL Center at 693-1100 or visit: http/cell.uvi.edu

First Responders Sought for Advanced Incident Management Training

In an effort to better prepare the territory in the event of any large-scale incident, the V.I. office of Homeland Security will offer a course in advanced incident management for emergency response supervisors and mid-to-upper level managers. The course - Advanced Incident Management/Unified Command (MGT-344) - will equip participants with the skills necessary to effectively plan for and manage large-scale incidents.

The two-day training will begin Thursday, Feb. 11, on St. Thomas and on Tuesday, Feb. 16, on St. Croix. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas and the Charles Harwood Medical Complex on St. Croix.

The course addresses the most advanced incident management concepts, including multi-agency coordination, area command and other complex incident management solutions. Participants will learn to apply the Incident Command System's Unified Command Concepts, and to how to manage a multi-agency response to an incident scenario.

The training is funded by a grant through the V.I. Office of Homeland Security and administered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center, which serves as the official training center for the V.I. Office of Homeland Security.

For course prerequisites or to register, contact Ayopha Stalliard, UVI-CELL, at (340) 693-1106 or Irvin Mason, V.I. Office of Homeland Security, at (340) 626-2629.

Homeland Security Offers Threat, Risk Assessment Training Through VI-CELL

In an effort to better prepare the territory in the event of hazardous threats, the V.I. Office of Homeland Security will offer its three-day Threat and Risk Assessment (MGT-310) course through UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center on St. Thomas and St. Croix in February. The course will prepare emergency response managers and community leaders to conduct a comprehensive, capabilities-based threat and risk assessment for weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and hazards incidents.

On Thomas, the training will begin Wednesday, Feb. 17, and on St. Croix, it starts on Monday, Feb. 22. Course sessions will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas and the Charles Harwood Medical Complex on St. Croix.

The training is funded by a grant through the V.I. Office of Homeland Security and administered by the UVI-CELL, which serves as the official training center for the V.I. Office of Homeland Security. For course prerequisites or to register, contact Ayopha Stalliard at UVI-CELL at 693-1106 or Irvin Mason at the V.I. Office of Homeland Security at 626-2629.

UVI-CELL to Offer Course on Improving Test Taking Skills

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center will offer a new course in March designed to help individuals increase their chances of passing standardized tests and promotional exams. Test Taking Skills will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., beginning March 1, at the UVI-CELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

The course is open to anyone with an interest in developing the confidence and skills needed to maximize their test scores. Participants will learn effective strategies and techniques to study for and take tests, the importance of pre-exam readiness, how to correctly interpret test questions, strategies for determining correct answers, and more.

Financial assistance may be provided for qualified individuals through the V.I. Department of Labor. V.I. veterans may enroll in the class free of charge. For more information or to register, call the UVI-CELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI-CELL Offers Course in Massage Therapy on St. Thomas

Residents of the Virgin Islands with an interest in learning massage therapy are invited to register for a course to be offered in March by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center. Massage Techniques with Complementary and Alternative Therapy will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday beginning March 2. Sessions will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas.

The course will provide participants with an opportunity to explore a variety of therapeutic massage techniques such as Thai, reflexology, Ayuvedic, herbal and aromatherapy. Complementary and Alternative Therapy will be offered as a separate session for individuals who simply wish to learn more about the science and health applications of quantum physics, the natural therapy of sound healing, energy balancing, internal martial arts and more. For more information, call 693-1100 or visit the UVI-CELL web site at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI Radio Program Ideas Sought from UVI Community

Members of the UVI Community are invited to suggest topics for the University's daily radio program - The Afternoon Mix - which airs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays on Radio One/WVWI-AM 1000. This show is hosted on Mondays through Fridays by Liza Margolis, UVI's Special Events Coordinator, and on Fridays by UVI Associate Professor of Political Science/History Dr. Malik Sekou. The show's goal is to keep the Virgin Islands community aware of what is going on at the University. Some ideas for program topics, according to Margolis, are exceptional student work, faculty accomplishments, seminars, upcoming conferences, specialized research and events. "We would like to incorporate more stories from both campuses," Margolis added. She said that live interviews can be conducted via telephone for individuals located on St. Croix. Please contact Margolis with program suggestions and questions at (340) 693-1053 or via email at: lmargol@uvi.edu.