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Bulletin Board for January 25, 2010

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.

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.

RTPark/RTPark-PC Board of Directors to Meet Jan. 27

The Board of Directors of UVI's Research and Technology Park and the Research and Technology Park Corporation will meet at 3 p.m. (AST) on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the RT Park offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. Seating is limited. The session is also available via teleconference. For more information contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200.

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.

St. Croix Psychology Club to Host Presentation by Prof. Murphy Anderson

UVI's St. Croix Psychology Club will host a presentation by Prof. Alexandra Murphy Anderson, a nationally-certified school psychologist who works for the V.I. Department of Education and teaches psychology part-time at UVI, entitled "Make a Difference: A Career as a School Psychologist." The presentation is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Cafetorium on UVI's St. Croix campus.

Students Invited to BU Early Medical School Presentation Jan. 28 at UVI

Virgin Islands high school students with interests in medical school careers are invited to attend a lecture by Dr. Jonathan Woodson, MD, associate dean for students and minority affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Woodson will discuss Boston University's Early Medical School Selection Program from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28. The lecture will take place in Chase Auditorium (B-110) on UVI's St. Thomas campus, with a video conference link to the Theatre (EC-401) on the St. Croix campus. Student interviews with Dr. Woodson may be arranged on Jan. 28 by contacting Amanda Wright at 693-1397. Students in the BU program attend UVI, and spend two summers and their senior year in Boston. More information on the program is available on the Division of Science and Mathematics section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu. For questions concerning the program contact UVI Professor and BU EMSSP liaison Dr. Sandra Romano at sromano@uvi.edu or 693-1389

UVI St. Thomas Campus Shuttle Hours Reduced

The UVI St. Thomas campus shuttle bus will operate on reduced hours - from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. - through Friday, Jan. 29.

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UVI to Offer Free Seminars on Mango Production on St. Thomas and St. Croix

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will conduct free seminars on how to manipulate mango tree flowering to produce maximum yield on St. Thomas on Jan. 25 and on St. Croix on Jan. 27. Dr. Thomas Davenport will be the presenter for all sessions.

Two sessions are planned on St. Thomas on Jan. 25. A 9 a.m. seminar - titled "Pruning Mango Trees for Maximum Yield" - will take place at the Cooperative Extension Services New House Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus and at the Charles Leonard farm in Bordeau. The second St. Thomas session, planned from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., is titled "Manipulating Mango Tree Flowering for Maximum Yield." It will take place at the Administration and Conference Center (formerly the Harvey Student Center) on UVI's St. Thomas campus. To pre-register on St. Thomas, contact Orpha Penn at 693-1080.

One session - titled "Pruning Mango Trees for Maximum Yield" - is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on St. Croix on Jan. 27. The location is to be determined. To pre-register on St. Croix, contact Christine Henry at 692-4069 or Stafford Crossman at 692-4071.

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 Feb. 3, 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.

Americans with Disabilities Training Available on St. Croix, St. Thomas

Interested members of the UVI community are invited to participate in free Americans with Disabilities Act training opportunities scheduled on St. Croix and St. Thomas in January. The training is offered in association with Cornell University's Northeast ADA Center. Sessions are available on St. Croix on Jan. 25 and 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, and on St. Thomas on Jan. 28 and 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort.

For more information, contact Gerarda Hanna at UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at (340) 692-1919.

Funeral Services Scheduled Jan. 26 for UVI Security Officer Emily Gumbs

Funeral services for St. Thomas campus Security Officer Emily Gumbs, who passed away during the holiday break, will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral. Interment will follow at the Western Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Davis Funeral Home. Visitation with the family at the funeral home is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, and from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 26.

Student Health Survey Results to be Presented to Staff and Students Jan. 28

Julie Sanem, MPH of Boynton Health Services of the University of Minnesota, will be presenting the results of the College Student Health Survey on Thursday, Jan. 28, to administrators, faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. A presentation for students will take place from 1-2 p.m. in the same room.

The College Student Health Survey was the first comprehensive survey of UVI students that sought to understand their health status, health care coverage and utilization, emotional and mental health, personal safety, nutrition and physical activity, chemical health, and sexual health. The presentation will include the survey results, services offered by UVI Counseling and Health Services, how the data is used at other institutions and how it will be used at UVI.

Refreshments will be served. Individuals interested in attending the presentation should RSVP to UVI Counseling Supervisor Andrea Hamm at (340) 693-1136 or ahamm@uvi.edu or to UVI Career and Counseling Supervisor Doris Farrington Hepburn at 692-4188 or dfarrin@uvi.edu by Jan. 21.

Agrifest 2010 Organizers to Vendors, Visitors: Plan Ahead for Feb. 13-15 Fair

Organizers of the 39th St. Croix Agriculture and Food Fair are urging the public to make plans now to attend this year's fair scheduled for Feb. 13 to 15.

Vendors, farmers and exhibitors are being reminded that display space is in high demand for the largest fair of its kind in the Caribbean.

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

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.

Ongoing Items...

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.