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Bulletin Board for March 18, 2010

Dr. Steve Perry to Present Heath Lecture Today - March 18 - on St. Thomas

UVI Charter Month activities continue today (Thursday, March 18) with the presentation by Dr. Steve Perry of the annual Alfred O. Heath Lecture Series address at 6 p.m. in the Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. Sometimes controversial, often correct and always passionate Dr. Perry is an educator, author and founder/principal of the Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut.

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

UVI Senate Meeting Scheduled for March 19 Canceled

Adrina Scott Elliott, chair of the UVI Senate, has announced that a meeting of the body scheduled for Friday, March 19, has been cancelled. The next meeting of the UVI Senate will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 9.

Funeral Arrangements Set for UVI Custodian Muriel Maduro Set for March 19

Funeral arrangements for Muriel Maduro, who was employed on the St. Thomas campus as a custodian, are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, March 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. - Viewing at Davis Funeral Home

Friday, March 19, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. - Viewing at St. Andrews Church, Sugar Estate

The Celebration of Life Ceremony will immediately follow the viewing at 10 a.m. on Friday. Interment will take place at Western Cemetery #3. The University Community extends its condolences to her husband, UVI Security Officer Julien Maduro, and the family.

Tiphanie Yanique to Read from Debut Novel Today - March 18 - on St. Thomas

The UVI College of Liberal Arts and Social Science invites the UVI community to meet author and St. Thomas native, Tiphanie Yanique, who will read from her debut novel, "How to Escape from a Leper Colony," at 7 p.m. today (Thursday, March 18) in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Yanique is a fiction writer, poet and essayist. She is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Kore Press Fiction Prize, The Academy of American Poets Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship in writing and the Boston Review Fiction Prize.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Vincent Cooper at 693-1351.

French Films to be Featured in Series on St. Thomas Campus

A screening of French films will be offered by the Modern Languages Area of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Science (formerly the Division of Humanities and Social Science) on March 18 and April 15 on the St. Thomas campus.

The UVI community and the general public are invited to attend the viewings which will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Chase Auditorium (B-110). Pascal Quignard's film "Tous les matins du monde" will be shown on March 18, with Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac" scheduled on April 15. The films are offered with the patronage of the Honorary French Consul. The entry fee is $1. Refreshments will be served. For more information call Professor Roberto Terrasi at 693-1353.

Induction of 23 UVI Student Peer Educators Set for March 21 on St. Thomas

UVI's Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS Prevention Program will conduct its first formal induction ceremony for Student Peer Educators (SPEs) from 3 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 21, at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Twenty three SPEs will officially be inducted into the program. Tameka Browne, a 2007 UVI graduate and registered nurse at Schneider Regional Medical Center, will be the featured speaker. Browne was the first lead student peer educator in the UVI program. There are currently 37 SPEs in the program, 11 on St. Croix and 16 on St. Thomas. Their goal is to educate their peers about the risks of drug use and HIV/AIDS.

For information call Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs Dr. Doris Battiste at (340) 693-1120.

Public Invited to Activities Honoring Exceptional Children's Week, March 21-27

UVI's Student Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (UVI-CEC) is inviting the public to support Exceptional Children's Week activities - which run from March 21 to 27 - throughout the territory. "Children with disabilities need and deserve our support and resources," said Chapter President Zoe Matthis. "Providing educational opportunities for children with disabilities enhances their ability to live independent, productive lives and to become integral, contributing members of their communities." The theme of the observance - In Someone Else's Shoes - calls attention to the need for Virgin Islanders to consider the challenges faced by those with disabilities or those with children with disabilities.

Awareness walks and fun days are planned on Sunday, March 21, from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Registration is $5 per person or $25 for groups of 10 or more. The events will take place as follows: St. Thomas from Tutu Park mall to Joseph Gomez School; on St. John from the tennis courts to the National Park Play ground; and on St. Croix from Times Square in Christiansted to Canegata Ball Park. Other activities include an Ice Cream Event on March 24, a Teen Italian Night on March 26, a Down Syndrome Dinner on March 27, at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus (tickets are $55 for adults and $25 for children), a UVI-CEC Gala on March 28, in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus (Tickets are $80).

For details call Zoe Mathis at (340) 344-6884 or Rashida Francis at (340) 693-1185 or send email to uvicec@gmail.com. Co-sponsors of the observance are MJM Discovery Cove and Dreams, LLC.

4th Law Awareness Fair Set March 19 on St. Thomas, March 22 on St. Croix

UVI's 4th Annual Law Awareness Fair will feature sessions on the St. Thomas campus on March 19 and on the St. Croix campus on March 22. Representatives from 17 law schools and legal organizations to the University of the Virgin Islands will be on hand to speak with students and others interested in pursuing careers in the legal profession. Also featured will be a panel discussion comprised of law school administrators, recent law school graduates and local practitioners. They will offer an interactive session to inform participants about the law school application process, the law school experience and the diverse practice of law. Participants will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the law school representatives to find out about law school requirements and scholarship information.

The fair will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 19, on St. Thomas. On St. Croix the fair will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 22.

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

Acclaimed Author Ernest J. Gaines to Speak at UVI Via Videoconference

On Wednesday, March 24, acclaimed African-American author Ernest J. Gaines will engage in a conversation via videoconference with members of the public on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands. Gaines, the author of "A Lesson Before Dying," which is the Territory's 2010 Big Read selection, will read portions of his work aloud, and will engage in a live question and answer session.

Gaines will speak from the Pointe Coupee Parish Library in New Roads, Louisiana at 6 p.m. The session will be carried live to the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and to Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus. A news release is available on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Natural Resources Management Seminar Slated March 24 on St. Thomas

A seminar on natural resources will be held as part of UVI's Charter Month activities at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. The featured speaker will be Dr. Francis Nwosu, a Fullbright Fellow from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Geography at the University of South Florida. The presentation is part of a series sponsored by VI-EPSCoR (the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) and UVI's College of Science and Mathematics and the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. The seminar will be offered in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference on the St. Thomas campus with a videoconference link to Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus. For more information contact Dr. Angela Dikou at (340) 693-1284.

Inter-Campus Student Debate to Focus on Caribbean Society on March 25

An Inter Campus Debate, sponsored by UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas Student Activities Offices, is scheduled for 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, on St. Thomas. The debate will pit three students from the St. Croix campus against three from the St. Thomas campus. Their debate subject is "Be it resolved that the Educating and Empowering of the Caribbean Male is the Solution for the Deteriorating Caribbean Society." St. Thomas students will deliver the proposition and St. Croix students will take the opposition. St. Croix participants Kenya Emanuel, Kirk Grant and Diane Acosta will travel to St. Thomas to take on Campbell Douglas, Vandel Percival and Charlesworth McCarty. The debate will take place in Chase Auditorium (Business 110) with a videoconference link to Evans Center Room 401.

The debate is free and open to the UVI community. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Hedda Finch-Simpson on St. Croix at 692-4228 and the Student Activities Office on St. Thomas at 693-1111.

Kindergarten Transition Conference for Parents Set May 25 on St. Croix

A transition conference for parents on St. Croix who are preparing children for kindergarten will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. The conference is designed to help children in school and in life. Topics will include community resources, special education, academics, parent involvement, social, emotional and physical health, and early literacy skill. For more information Head Start parents should call Nedarrey Knight at 773-1972 extension 236. Private day parents should call Antoinette Boissiere at the Department of Human Services' Office of Child Care at 773-2323.

The conference is sponsored by the Inter Island Parent Coalition for Change, Ind. the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Human Services Head Start Program.

Annual Queen Mary Walk/Run Set March 26; Will Raise Funds for Haiti Relief

The 9th Annual Queen Mary Highway 5K Walk/Run, a UVI Charter Month activity, will kickoff at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26. Participants will walk or run from Sunshine Mall in Frederiksted to UVI's St. Croix campus. $2 of every entry fee - $10 for UVI Students and children and $15 for adults - will go to the UVI Campus' Haiti relief efforts. Transportation from the campus to the start area at Kmart will be provided at 5 a.m. Members of the general public as well as the UVI Community are invited to participate. Those who don't wish to run or walk can support the event with the purchase of a Walk/Run t-shirt. The cost is $20 and shirts are available at the office of the Campus Executive Administrator (Evans Center Room 802A).

The Walk/Run is organized by the St. Croix Campus Executive Administrator's Office and the Virgin Islands Pace Runners. Sponsors are Chef's Catering, Kmart, Cost-U-Less, Coca Cola and Plaza Extra. To register for the event, or for more information, call 692-4236.

UVI Spring Research Symposium Planned March 27 on St. Croix

UVI's Spring Research Symposium - which gives UVI students the opportunity to showcase their research to the St. Croix community - is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, at the Cafetorium on the St. Croix campus. More details will be release as they are finalized. For more information, contact Amanda Wright of UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists Programs at (340) 693-1397.

Extravaganza to Celebrate the Cultures of St. Croix on March 28

A Charter Month Cultural Extravaganza - featuring a celebration of all the cultures that make up present day St. Croix - kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Cafetorium on UVI's St. Croix campus on Sunday, March 28. More than 20 cultural activities and presentations are planned, beginning with the blowing of the conch shell by Junie "Bomba" Allick, Jr. and a grand entrance quadrille featuring members of the UVI faculty and staff. Organizers promise a colorful cavalcade of music, dance, poetry, story-telling and more. The day will include presentations by UVI students of Spanish, historical narrations, an original jazz fusion piece in honor of UVI President Dr. David Hall, African dance, belly dancers, flamenco dancers, the Bomba Dancers and Drummers, and the St. Croix Heritage Dancers.

For more information contact Dr. Shirley Highfield at (340) 692-4109.

New UVI Student Organization to Increase Interest in the Sciences

A new student organization at the University of the Virgin Islands hopes to attract students to study the sciences, specifically engineering. UVI recently reinstated its membership in the National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) under the leadership of new faculty member Dr. Wayne Archibald. The mission of the national organization is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community." NSBE has more than 30,000 members and is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country. At UVI, the fledgling group, formed in January, has 22 members. It is based on St. Thomas but has members on both campuses.

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

Caribbean Atlantic and Homeland Security Conference Issues Call for Papers

The University of the Virgin Islands has issued a first call for papers for the 1st International Caribbean Atlantic and Homeland Security Conference. The conference is scheduled for Oct. 13 to 15, 2010. Representatives of Virgin Islands government agencies, military, law enforcement and first responder groups are encouraged to make presentations.

The conference is requesting technical papers and poster presentations addressing the areas of combating terrorism, contraband smuggling and immigration control. Submissions should focus on novel technologies capable of near-term production and deployment, and applied research and strategies that address difficult problems for law enforcement, first responders and transportation security.

Areas of Interest include border and maritime security, critical infrastructure protection (physical/cyber), transportation security, surveillance and screening technologies, improvised explosive device (IED) detection and defeat, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) detection (chemical/biological/nuclear), disaster response, post-incident mitigation and threat/risk assessment.

Submit 500 word abstracts of papers or presentations by March 31, in Word or PDF format, to Conference Chair Dr. Edward Tarver, via email to: etarver@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

Fall Semester 2010 Advisement and Registration Now Available

Advisement and registration for ongoing UVI students for the fall semester 2010 opened on March 15. Members of the University community are advised that this date reflects a change in UVI's previously published academic calendar.

Links to the fall semester class schedules, as well as associated Information Sheets, are available from the BUCSS and Registrar's sections of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: BUCSS | Registrar.

Trustees Rename Divisions, Approve Master's in Psychology

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved name changes Saturday for each of the University's academic divisions, during the Board's quarterly meeting on the St. Thomas campus. The Board also approved a master's degree program in Psychology.

The Division of Business will be renamed the School of Business, the Division of Education will be renamed the School of Education, the Division of Humanities and Social Science will be renamed the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science, the Division of Science and Mathematics will be renamed the College of Science and Mathematics, and the Division of Nursing will be renamed the School of Nursing.

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

ECS Program Extends Scholarship Application Date to March 22

UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Programs has extended the application deadline for students who wish to apply for one of the program's scholarships and research programs. The new deadline is March 22. Included are the MARC, MBRS-RISE, SURE and SSRI academic scholarship and summer research programs. The programs are available to all science, mathematics, engineering and technology students at UVI. For more information visit the ECS website - http://ECS.uvi.edu.

St. Croix Campus Bookstore to Offer Charter Month Sale March 22-26

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus will mark UVI's 48th Charter Month with a 20 percent off sale on all blue and white merchandise with the UVI seal or logo from March 22 through 26. For more information contact the Bookstore at 692-4162.

St. Croix Campus 11th Annual Health Fair Set March 23-25

The University of the Virgin Islands - St. Croix Campus 11th Annual Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on March 23, 24 and 25. The fair's goal is to promote healthier living among UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as the entire Virgin Islands Community. On March, 25 V.I. emergency personnel -police officers, marshals, correction officers, representatives from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, fire personnel, and National Guard members - have been invited to be screened. For more information contact: Irene Hatchett-Sealey, in the Division of Student Affairs Health Services Center at (340) 692-4208.

The Caribbean Writer Seeking Graphic Designer

The Caribbean Writer is seeking an independently contracted individual for the redesign of the publication's cover and inside layout of it 24th issue. The journal is expected to be 6 * 9 inches, 304 pages paperback and will include graphics/photos inside and outside. All text and cover/inside artwork will be provided. It is imperative that The Caribbean Writer's new design speaks to the public and maintains its status as a literary publication.

Magazine layout design experience is preferred. Please email your resume, sample book/magazine covers/layouts, and your estimated price for job to qmars@uvi.edu by March 26, 2010. Attached files should be in PDF format.

Student Employee of Year Nominations on St. Thomas Sought; Deadline March 24

UVI will observe National Student Employment Appreciation Week on the St. Thomas campus from April 11 to 17. The goal is to show special appreciation to student employees for the invaluable services they render to the institution and the community. The deadline to submit nomination for Student Employee of the Year recognition is Wednesday, March 24. The winner will be announced at the Student Employee Awards Ceremony set for 12:15 p.m. on April 15, at the Dining Pavilion.

Nomination forms were emailed to the UVI Community on March 5. For more information contact the Student Employment Office at extension (340) 693-1088 or 693-1087 or send email to mmyers@uvi.edu or vrivers@uvi.edu.

UVI Employee of the Year Nominations Due by March 26

UVI's Human Resources Office has announced that the Employee of the Year nomination process is now open to all full-time faculty and staff.

The Employee of the Year award is an important recognition of the contributions that individuals have made to the advancement of the University. Nominees should exemplify the standards and core values that the University has identified in the Service Charters.

Please submit completed nomination forms - available from the Forms link on the Human Resources Section of the UVI web site (www.uvi.edu) and from this direct link -addressing any three of the established criteria listed, to the Human Resources Office by mail, fax or hand no later than Friday, March 26, 2010.

St. Thomas Campus Health Services Office Seeks Peer Health Advocates

UVI's St. Thomas campus Health Services Office is seeking students interested in becoming Peer Health Advocates. Peer Health Advocates take the lead in promoting health awareness. Their motto is "Spread the word, not the risks." No previous experience is needed for these positions. Interested persons should visit the Health Services office and complete an application. For more information, contact Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

Call for Calendar Artwork Issued by The Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer, publisher of the annual anthology of Caribbean literature, is seeking high quality artwork to illustrate a calendar which it plans to launch. Local artists are invited to submit their original, color work in 12" by 9" size format. All artwork media will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2010. Artists are asked to include contact information. All artists retain copyright to their images. Payment will be in copies of the calendar. The Caribbean Writer seeks one-time use. Artists are asked to submit images in JPG format, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution via email to qmars@uvi.edu.

For more information, call 340-692-4152 or visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org.

Service Awards Ceremonies Set April 13 on St. Croix, April 16 on St. Thomas

UVI's Human Resources Office has issued an invitation to the University's 36th Annual Service Awards Ceremonies to UVI faculty and staff. The awards ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, in the Great Hall North West Wing on the St. Croix campus, and for Friday, April 16, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. Both activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Making a Commitment." Monday, April 5, is the deadline for submitting Service Awards Testimonials.

Testing Notes...

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.

Test Date Registration Deadline

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.

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 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.

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 - 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.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Offers Seminar on Products and Services on March 17

A seminar on pricing products and services will be offered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, at the VI Small Business Development Center at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. The presenter will be Sharon A. Simmons, associate professor of accounting. The focus will be on getting the right price and getting consumer buy-in. Topics to be discussed include competitiveness, market analyses, the benefits and pitfalls of holding sales, hidden costs, and setting individual businesses apart. Admission is $25 and a 20 percent discount is offered for those who pre-register. UVI students, staff, faculty and veterans are admitted free with ID and preregistration.

CELL Notes...

CELL to Offer Workshop on Improving Writing Skills on March 24

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center will offer a workshop for business professionals who wish to improve their writing skills. Sharpening Your Business Writing Skills will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, on St. Thomas and St. Croix. On St. Croix, the workshop will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Participants will learn how to compose powerful professional documents that get attention and prompt action, overcome writers block, recognize and avoid common mistakes, edit their writing for clarity and more. The workshop is part of a series being offered by the UVI-CELL Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Upon successful completion of the series, participants will be awarded a certificate, jointly signed by UVI-CELL and the AMA.

For more information on the program or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Fundamentals of Human Resources Workshop in March, April

A workshop titled "Fundamentals of Human Resources" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, on St. Thomas and on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, on St. Croix.

The workshop is part of a series being offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants will learn the essentials of key HR functions such as implementing a results-based performance management system; writing job descriptions and specifications; developing cost-effective, competitive compensation and benefits programs; recruiting, selecting, interviewing, and hiring employees in compliance with Federal and State laws and much more.

The St. Thomas session will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, the workshop will be at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

For more information on the program or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL Offers Seminar on Transitioning Into Management

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center (UVI-CELL) will offer a one-day seminar titled "Making the Transition Into Management," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, at the Center's St. Thomas location. The instructor will be Dr. Kathleen Reddick, an Associate Professor and former Director of the Graduate Program in Management at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. The session will address challenges faced by new managers and what bosses, peers and companies expect. The seminar fee is $200 per person. A $25 discount is available to groups of five or more.

For more information or to register, contact the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.