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Bulletin Board for March 25, 2010

Today's Inter-Campus Student Debate to Focus on Caribbean Society

A venue change has been announced for the Inter Campus Debate today (March 25) from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on St. Thomas. The debate will be held in the Administration and Conference Center with a videoconference link to Evans Center Room 807 on St. Croix. The debate, which is sponsored by the St. Croix and St. Thomas Student Activities Offices, 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 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.

Biodiversity Film Fest Screening Slated Today on St. Croix

The St. Croix Environmental Association and UVI present the 2010 Biodiversity Film Fest featuring "The State of the Planet's Wildlife," narrated by Matt Damon, at 6 p.m. today (Thursday, March 25) in the UVI Theatre (Evans Center Room 401), on the St. Croix campus. Produced by award-winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner, "The State of the Planet's Wildlife," is an investigation of what scientists call "the sixth great extinction" of the world's animals. It is part of the PBS series Journey to Planet Earth. Following the film, guest speaker Jennifer Valiulis will facilitate a group discussion. Films in the festival are screened on the fourth Thursday of the month. On the Brink will be featured in April.

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.

26 UVI Students to Present at Spring Research Symposium Saturday on St. Croix

The results of research conducted by 26 top science and mathematics students at the University of the Virgin Islands - representing both the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses - will be showcased to the St. Croix community at the Eighth Annual Spring Research Symposium scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 27, in the Cafetorium on the University's St. Croix campus.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program of UVI's College of Science and Mathematics. This program prepares students to be nationally competitive in the STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Psychology - fields. ECS scholars are required to engage in research with a mentor throughout the academic year and the summer.

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


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

The 6th Cultural Extravaganza, a cavalcade of music, dance, poetry and story-telling celebrating the rich cultural history of the U.S. Virgin Islands, will kick off at 4 p.m. with the traditional blowing of the conch shell by Junie "Bomba" Allick, Jr., this Sunday, March 28, at the University of the Virgin Islands Cafetorium on St. Croix.

This year the Cultural Extravaganza is the final event celebrating the inauguration of UVI's new president, Dr. David Hall, who will be in attendance. More than 20 cultural activities and presentations are planned, beginning with 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 President 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. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Black Violin to Play Island Center on Friday, Reichhold Center on Saturday

Audiences on both St. Croix and St. Thomas will have the opportunity to enjoy the performances by Black Violin, a hip hop duo that has captivated audiences across the United States with their unique blend of up-tempo hip hop and classical music. Kev Marcus plays the violin, while Wil B. plays the viola. The duo opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 26, at Island Center on St. Croix. A show at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas follows at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 27. Tickets are available at the Reichhold Center Box Office at (340) 693-1559. Information is also available from the Reichhold Center web site - www.reichholdcenter.com.

The Caribbean Writer Announces First Annual Artist Talk March 30

UVI students, faculty, staff and the greater St. Croix community are invited to attend the 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," will take place at UVI from 4 to 5 p.m., on Wednesday, March 31, in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus, with a videoconference link to the Melvin Evans Center, Room 401, 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.

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 UVI community and the public are invited to this free lecture. For details, contact Dr. Aletha Baumann at (340) 692-4178.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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 whose children are disabled.

An Ice Cream Event will take place 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.

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.

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.

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 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, 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.

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.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Offers Details on SBA Express and Stimulus Loan Programs on March 25

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a presentation on the Small Business Administration's Express and Stimulus Loan programs from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday, March 25), at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. The presenter will be Car Christensen,the Small Business Administration officer in charge for the USVI.Admission is free. To pre-register, call (340) 776-3206 or send email to visbdcstt@uvi.edu.

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.