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Bulletin Board for January 7, 2010

New, Transfer Student Orientation for Spring Semester Continues

Orientation schedules for new and transfer students for the spring 2010 semester are now available for both campuses on the Admissions Section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Academic Advisement and Registration is set for today (Thursday, Jan. 7). Late registration and registration for non-matriculated/non-degree students takes place on Friday, Jan. 8. Spring Semester classes begin on Monday, Jan. 11.

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

UVI's Libraries are observing Intersession hours through Jan. 10. The Libraries will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday, and will be closed on Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10.

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 Continues on Both Campuses

UVI faculty training in technology continues today and tomorrow, 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

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. - 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.

PRAXIS Exam to be Offered on St. Thomas Campus on Jan. 9

The PRAXIS Exams will be administered in the Nursing Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9. Only persons who have registered with ETS will be tested. No walk-ins are allowed. Call 693-1462 with further questions.

Open Informational Forum for UVI's 2010-2011 Operating Budget Set Jan. 14

The University community is invited to attend an open informational forum on Thursday, January 14, 2010, at which the University Budget Committee Chair, Vincent J. Samuel, will report on the recommendation of the University Budget Committee regarding the Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Operating Budget. The forum will be available from 10 a.m. to Noon in North West Wing room 134 on the St. Croix campus, and in room 142 of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

This forum is in keeping with the budget process as outlined by President David Hall in his communication to the University community on Oct. 22, 2009, in which he indicated that the budget process will be "an open and transparent process that upholds the tenets of shared governance".

Agrifest 2010 Organizers to Vendors, Visitors: Plan Ahead

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.

Other Current Items...

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 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.

Reichhold Center Offers Sneak Peek 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

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.

SBDC Notes...

VI SBDC to Offer Seminars on Surety Bonding on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

UVI's Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) will present seminars on surety bonding at its training facilities on St. Croix at Sunshine Mallon Thursday, Jan. 14, and on St. Thomas at Nisky Center on Friday, Jan. 15. The St. Croix seminar is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the St. Thomas session is from 10 a.m. to Noon. The presenter is Steve Golia, executive vice president of IBCS Group, Inc. Admission is free. Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited.

For more information call (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix.