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Bulletin Board for January 4, 2010

New, Transfer Student Orientation for Spring Semester is Under Way

Orientation schedules for new and transfer students for the spring 2010 semester are now available for both campuses on the Admissions Section UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Orientation activities on Tuesday, Jan. 5, include English and mathematics placement testing on both campuses (see schedules for details). Also on Tuesday, renowned motivational speaker and author James Amps III will be the keynote speaker at the 6:30 p.m. opening session on the St. Croix campus (see news release). Academic Advisement and Registration is set for Thursday, Jan. 7, and classes begin on Monday, Jan. 11.

UVI to Close for Three Kings Day on Jan. 6

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in observance of the Three Kings Day holiday on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Orientation for new and transfer students will resume and UVI administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Thursday, Jan. 7.

UVI Libraries Observing Intersession Hours; Regular Hours Begin Jan. 11

UVI's Libraries are observing Intersession hours from Jan. 4 to 10. The Libraries will be open at 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10.   The Libraries will also be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 in observance of Three Kings Day.

Regular Library hours will begin on Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, as follows:

8 a.m. to 10 p.m. - Mondays through Thursdays

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Fridays

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Saturdays

1 p.m. to 8 p.m. -Sundays

Please direct technology concerns or questions to the UVI HelpDesk to ext. 1466 or send email at helpdesk@uvi.edu.

Faculty Technology Training Scheduled for Both Campuses

UVI faculty training in technology is scheduled for Jan. 7 and 8 on both campuses. Training times and locations were announced by Judith Rogers, manager of Learning Resources and Faculty Tech Services, as follows:

Thursday, January 7th

Location: EVC713 - TED101 (snacks provided)

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Clickers with Stuart Ketcham

10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Introduction to TLT Group session

(Blended learning for enhanced videoconference and face-to-face instruction)

Location: EVC 304 (STX); CETL (STT)

11:15 a.m. to Noon - Blackboard basics (hands-on)

Location: EVC 713 - TED 101

6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Podcasting with Alex Randall

Location: EVC 304(STX); CETL (STT) (snacks provided)

7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Blackboard basics (hands-on)

Friday, January 8th

Location: EVC 713 - TED 101 (snacks provided)

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. - Teaching with Technology (TLT Group) - group discussion

11 a.m. to Noon - TLT Group - skill building - hands-on activities

Location: EVC 807 - TED 101

1:30pm - 4:00 pm - Small group or individual consultations with TLT presenters

TLT (Teaching, Learning and Technology) Group presenters will visit each campus. CETL stands for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Instructors can register for sessions via email to: jrogers@uvi.edu or cprince@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

VI Historians to Hold Annual Meeting at UVI Jan. 16

UVI's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences will cosponsor the 24th annual conference of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the at Great Hall of the Northwest Wing Annex on the University's St. Croix campus. The theme for the annual meeting is "Virgin Islands Crossroads: Managing our Cultural Resources."

Presenters include Dr. Jeannette A. Bastian, associate professor and Director of the Archives at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. Her paper, "'Play Mas': Carnival in the Archives and the Archives in Carnival," will be followed by a workshop. Cultural production workers wishing to participate in her blog, and a post-lecture on-site workshop ("Community and Culture") at UVI, may contact Dr. Bastian at: jeannette.bastian@simmons.edu.

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

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.

The deadline to register is Jan. 11. For more information, contact Gerarda Hanna at UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at (340) 692-1919.

Other Current Items...

Reichhold Center Offers Sneak Peak at Soweto Gospel Choir

The Reichhold Center for the Arts invites the public to a sneak peek at the Soweto Gospel Choir featured on the home page of the Reichhold's web site: http://www.reichholdcenter.com.

The Soweto Gospel choir will launch its U.S. tour with a performance at the Reichhold Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. The choir, based in South Africa, will perform a series of traditional American gospel songs, along with upbeat African freedom songs. The choir is noted for its explosive harmonies and exuberant choreography. Performing in colorful African attire, the Soweto Gospel Choir's presentation is stunning.

In 2007 the choir received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album, followed by a 2008 Grammy Award for its third album, "African Spirit."

Tickets are available at Home Again, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, VI Bridal and Tuxedo, the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas and Connections on St. John. They are also available for purchase online at www.reichholdcenter.com or call (340) 693-1559.

UVI Students Invited to Participate in Model U.N. Competition in 2010

UVI is seeking students interested in participating in the third annual UVI Model U.N. Competition, scheduled for March 18, 2010, on the St. Thomas campus. The competition is open to all UVI students on both campuses who have taken or who plan to take any political science course at the University.

Students who participate will experience a wide variety of opportunities, including representing their campus, gaining knowledge of the world, improving their public speaking, sharpening problem solving skills, learning conflict resolution, improving research and writing skills and making a difference in the world.

The competition is cosponsored by Rotary Clubs in the Virgin Islands and the UVI Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information, contact Dr. Kula Francis at 340-692-4065 or kfranci@uvi.edu

UVI Financial Aid/Scholarship Students Advised to Visit Cashier's Offices

Returning UVI students who have received financial aid or scholarships, and who have registered for the spring 2010 semester, can now visit the Cashier's Offices on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses to pay for classes. Failure to do so will result in classes being cancelled. Students must contact the Cashier's Offices in person to have their awards credited to their accounts. The last day to pay for classes for the spring 2010 semester is Jan. 5, 2010. For details, call the Cashier's Office on the St. Croix campus at  (340) 692-4160, or the Cashier's Office on the St. Thomas campus at (340) 693-1437.

Ongoing Items...

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.