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Bulletin Board for March 29, 2010

UVI Concert Band to Join in 'Lenten Season Concert' on March 30

A "Lenten Season Concert" will be presented by the UVI Concert Band and the Wesley Methodist Combined Choir at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, at the Wesley Methodist Church in Tutu, St. Thomas. The concert is sponsored by the Music Area of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Prof. Austin A. Venzen will be the conductor. A goodwill offering will be collected. For more information call Prof. Venzen at (340) 693-1192.

The Caribbean Writer Schedules First Annual Artist Talk March 30

UVI students, faculty, staff and the greater St. Croix community are invited to attend The Caribbean Writer's first annual Artist Talk from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 30, in the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus. The talk will feature local artists Danica David, Cynthia Hatfield, Elisa McKay and Sue Snow, and from Egypt, Nubian artist Shayma Kamel, who will display her works in paint, pencil and collage. Atlanta mixed-media artist Lauren Baccus (working under the name Peanut Jones) will also exhibit her pieces. For more information, please send email to info@thecaribbeanwriter.org or call (340) 692-4152. Visit The Caribbean Writer at http://www.thecaribbeanwriter.org.

UVI to Host Rex Nettleford Celebration March 31

A celebration of the life of the late Rex Nettleford entitled, "Rex Nettleford: Caribbean Renaissance Man," is scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, March 31, in the first floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. A videoconference link to the Melvin Evans Center, Room 401, will provide access to the celebration on the St. Croix campus.

Nettleford, a Rhodes Scholar and leading Caribbean intellectual, artist and cultural activist, unleashed his creative power by expressing the struggles of people in the Caribbean. At the University of the West Indies he held the positions of Professor, Vice Chancellor and emeritus Vice Chancellor. A display of Prof. Nettleford's works will be exhibited in the UVI library from March 29 to April 2, 2010. Prof. Nettleford gave the commencement address at UVI on May 18, 1999.

St. Thomas Student Employee of Year Nominations Extended to March 31

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 has been extended to Wednesday, March 31. 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.

April 1 Lecture to Focus on The Incarceration of African Americans in the US

The UVI St. Croix Psychology Club and the Criminal Justice program at UVI will sponsor a lecture by Dr. Paul Gormley, assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Bronx Community College, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., on Thursday, April 1, in North West Wing Room 102, with a videoconference link to Business Room 101 on the St. Thomas campus. The topic will be "The Incarceration of African Americans in the United States of America."

Dr. Gormley has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Criminology from the City University of New York and a B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. After working for the United States Marshals Service for 12 years, Dr. Gormley worked in the Pennsylvania court system and educational systems in New York City and Tanzania.

The lecture is free and open to the UVI Community and the Virgin Islands public. For details, contact Dr. Aletha Baumann at (340) 692-4178.

UVI to Close April 2-4 for Easter Recess; Technology Services Remain Available

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed from April 2 through 4, for Easter Recess. Classes will resume and administrative offices will open on their regular schedules on Monday, April 5. UVI's libraries will also be closed during the recess.

During the recess, students on both campuses will continue to have access to technology service including computer labs - NWW 120 on St. Croix and the 24/7 Library Lab on St. Thomas. Students may also access online library resources at any time by going to http://library.uvi.edu.

UVI's Help Desk voice mail at ext.1466 and email will be monitored during the holiday.

30th Annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Pageant Set April 3

Three contestants - Joneisa Smith, Royette Carriere and Indira Turney - will participate in the 30th Annual Miss University of the Virgin Islands Ambassadorial Pageant on Saturday, April 3. The pageant is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. This year's theme is "Collective Aspirations ... Colossal Achievements." General admission is $20, UVI student admission is $15. The pageant is sponsored by the Student Government Association.

St. Croix Class of 2010 Plans Community Service at Lighthouse Mission on April 3

The UVI Class of 2010 on the St. Croix campus, in collaboration with Rotary Club Harborside will provide assistance to the Lighthouse Mission staff on Saturday, April 3. The goal is to provide a hot breakfast to those who are not able to do so for themselves. This community service will commence at 7:30 a.m. at the Lighthouse Mission in Christiansted. Serving will continue until 9 a.m. The class, which will use this opportunity to provide community service hours, has issued an invitation to UVI staff and students to participate. Interested persons should contact Charmin Springer at (340) 332-4744 or send email to itsourenvironment@yahoo.com to join in this community service.

UVI Plans Major Haiti Fundraiser for April 5 on St. Croix

Organizers of a major fund-raising breakfast designed to support UVI's Haiti Relief effort hope to fill the Great Hall on the St. Croix campus to capacity on Monday, April 5. The breakfast is the latest in an ongoing series of efforts by members of the UVI community on St. Croix to provide aid and assistance to the people of Haiti. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Along with the food, the event will feature the inaugural performance of the UVI Inspirational Choir under the leadership of UVI Residence Hall Supervisor and Choir Director Priscilla Williams. Williams said the choir will present its rendition of gospel artist Kirk Franklin's Haiti relief song "Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti."

Several informational presentations are also scheduled. Kathy Daniel, of Speak the Word Ministry, will address the plight of women after the earthquake. An emotional description of what it feels like to leave your country just two hours before the earthquake will be shared by Andre McBean. Finally, a member of St. Croix Rescue will describe his experiences while working as a relief volunteer in Haiti.

 

Tickets for the breakfast - which are $15 - are being sold by numerous members of the organizing committee and are available in the office of Acting Campus Executive Administrator Nereida Washington.

The goal, according to Washington, is to get members of the UVI and wider St. Croix communities involved and aware of the critical need for continued support for the people of Haiti. For more information call (340) 692-4000.

Wiesner Scholarship Fund at UVI Aids Business, Nursing Students on St. Croix

The Wiesner Scholarship Fund has awarded $33,500 to the University of the Virgin Islands during the 2009-2010 academic year to support the establishment of two academic scholarships - the Margaret Wiesner Scholarship and the Erick Erschen Scholarship. High school seniors from St. Croix who are enrolling full-time at the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus are eligible. The scholarships are for freshman students entering the School of Nursing and the School of Business. A news release, including photos, is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Announces Winners for 21st Afternoon on the Green

The University of the Virgin Islands announces the winners of the food competition of the 21st Annual Afternoon on the Green held on March 7, in the St. Thomas campus' Sports and Fitness Center.

"Many thanks to all the cooks, volunteers, and patrons for their support of the 21st staging of Afternoon on the Green," said Chairperson Jacqueline Sprauve. "The University and the committee appreciate very much that the public has demonstrated that it will support the event, whether rain or shine." A news release, including photos, is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link......

UVI-CES to Hold Free Baking Demonstrations on St. Croix on April 21

Free demonstrations on making the traditional Virgin Islands cookie called a horse shoe and tarts are scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, in Room 134 of the UVI Research and Extension Center on the St. Croix campus. Two sessions are planned. Presenter Arlene Abraham will demonstrate how horse shoe cookies are made from 10 a.m. to noon. The session on making tarts follows, with Louise Samuel instructing, from 1 to 3 p.m. Class size is limited. Interested persons should register by calling Jo-An Josiah at (340) 692-4083 or Evannie Jeremiah at (340) 693-4094.

  The classes are sponsored by the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service.

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.

UVI Today... Photo Blog Highlights Recent UVI Events

                   

Photos from several recent UVI activities are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog. The most recent is a shot of students inducted as Peer Educators into UVI's Substance Abuse, HIV/AIDS Prevention Program. Other photos provide a look at Dr. Steve Perry who delivered the 2010 Alfred O. Heath Lecture Series presentation on March 18, an image from UVI's 4th Annual Law School Fair held on March 19, on St. Thomas, and March 22, on St. Croix, and a look at four St. Croix campus students who won UVI's Model United Nations Competition on March 18. UVI Today... is updated with new photos frequently. Photos featured on the blog may be shared easily with friends and families by clicking on the email icon at the bottom of each entry. UVI Today... is always available from a link on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu.

VI Chapter of Psi Chi Honor Society Schedules Induction for April 6 on St. Thomas

The induction ceremony for the University of the Virgin Islands Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, April 6. It will take place in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. For more information contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman on 693-1277.

UVI Concert Choir to Perform Spring Concert April 18 on St. Thomas

The UVI Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, will present a Spring Concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, at the Nisky Moravian Church on St. Thomas. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchase at the UVI Bookstore, the Humanities Division Office or from choir members. For further information please call 693.1340.

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.

VI Department of Agriculture, Urban Forestry Grants - Call for Applications

The Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Assistance Program has announced the availability of grants for the 2010 Challenge Cost-Share program. Organizations and agencies in the US Virgin Islands may apply for grants up to $20,000. The deadline for proposal submissions for this grant cycle is May 3, 2010.

The Department of Agriculture is looking for projects in the following areas: local government program development or improvement, demonstration or site-specific projects, and information and education projects.

Please visit the U&CF website, www.viucf.org, for more information about the types of projects that receive funding and an application packet, or call Marilyn Chakroff, Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator, at 778-0997 ext. 233. Chakroff is available to help with writing proposals and with identifying the types of projects that may be funded.

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.

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 for St. Croix Campus

CLEP will be administered on UVI's St. Croix campus on Thursday, April 15. The deadline to register for the tests is 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 for St. Thomas Campus

The remaining College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Spring 2010 semester on the St. Thomas campus are April 7 and April 19, 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.

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.

CELL Notes...

CELL Offers Seminar on Transitioning Into Management on April 1

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.

CELL to Offer Customer Service Workshop April 7 on St. Croix

Businesses needing assistance in providing stellar customer service are invited to participate in a one-day Customer Service Excellence workshop to be offered on St. Thomas and St. Croix from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7. The workshop is part of a series being conducted by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA).

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

Customer Service Excellence will teach participants how to deliver better, faster service and increase customer satisfaction, know what customers expect, recognize signals of customer irritation and how to respond appropriately, manage stressful situations more effectively and much more.

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

CELL to Offer Training on Accounting Software for Small Businesses

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center is offering a course for individuals and small businesses interested in learning to use QuickBooks, a full-featured small business accounting software. Introduction to QuickBooks will be held 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday beginning April 10, on St. Croix. On St. Thomas, the course will be held 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning May 11. Sessions will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas and the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more. For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVI-CELL at (340) 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.