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Bulletin Board for November 10, 2010

UVI to Close Nov. 11 in Observance of Veteran's Day

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in observance of Veteran's Day on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. UVI classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Friday, Nov. 12.

In an effort to maintain technology services to students during the holiday, the following computer labs will be open for students on Nov. 11: NWW 120 on St. Croix and the 24/7 library lab on St. Thomas. Students may also access online library resources at anytime by going to http://library.uvi.edu. Help Desk voice mail at extension 1466 and e-mail - helpdesk@uvi.edu - will be monitored during the holiday.

Emmy Winner Williams, UVI Theatre Present 'South Pacific' on Nov. 12-13

Emmy Award-winning actor and author GregAlan Williams is the featured performer in the UVI Theatre's fall production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "South Pacific." Williams will join a UVI Theatre cast and crew of more than 60 for the production's two nights - Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. Showtime is 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are on sale now at the Reichhold Center Box Office, the UVI Bookstore, the UVI Humanities Building and Dockside Book Shop.

Williams, who has appeared in more than 150 films and TV shows and written three books, will play the musical's lead in the role of Emile de Becque. UVI student Natalie Opoku will play opposite Williams as Nellie Forbush. Other UVI students in lead roles are Joshua Jon-Pierre, who plays Luther Billis, and April Rose Fale, in the part of Liat. UVI employee Rita Aguila will portray Bloody Mary, while UVI Professor Dr. Doug Iannucci fills the role of Stewpot. Community members in featured roles are Tim Abraham, as Lieutenant Joe Cable, Gene Lancaster, as Captain Brackett, and Dana Paradise, as Commander Harbison.

A news release featuring photos of cast members is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

President Hall Calls University-Wide Meeting on Green Project for Nov. 12

UVI President Dr. David Hall has invited UVI faculty and staff to a University-wide planning meeting on the UVI Goes Green Project from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 12. The meeting will take place in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 401 on St. Croix. At that meeting, Dr. Hall will share his thoughts on this initiative and seek suggestions and recommendations on how the University can develop this project. "This initiative is very important to the future of the University and I look forward to your full participation," Dr. Hall said in an e-mail sent Thursday, Nov. 4.

Mandatory New Student Employee Orientation Set Nov. 12 on St. Thomas

A mandatory new student employee orientation session is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The orientation will take place in the Counseling & Placement Conference Room in the Roupp House Building. Students should call (340) 693-1134 to confirm attendance.

Students who are scheduled to work when the orientation session is scheduled should inform their supervisors. Students who are unable to attend the orientation sessions should send an e-mail to: mwillia5@uvi.edu and mmyers@uvi.edu with dates and time slots of availability. The orientation is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Counseling and Placement.

PRAXIS Exam to be Offered on St. Thomas Campus on Nov. 13 and 15

The PRAXIS Exams will be administered in the Nursing Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, and Monday, Nov. 15. Only persons who have registered with ETS (http://www.ets.org) will be tested. No walk-ins are allowed. Call (340) 693-1462 for more information.

New 'Why UVI?' Commercial Featured on 'UVI Today...' Photo Blog

A new TV and radio commercial in the "Why UVI?" campaign has been entered into the rotation on local stations and the video is now available for viewing on the "UVI Today..." photo blog. The new commercial features UVI graduate student Christopher Loeffler. The photo blog also includes the campaign's three other commercials, featuring UVI student Danelle Baptiste, UVI Trustee Jennifer Nugent Hill and UVI employee Dale Morton. The photo blog is available from a link on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

St. Thomas SGA Officers Attend National Conference on Student Leadership

Executive officers of UVI's St. Thomas Student Government Association recently participated in the National Conference on Student Leadership (NCSL) Fall 2010 Conference in Orlando, Fla. The contingent included of SGA President Charlesworth McCarthy, Vice President Merl Eustache, Treasurer Davin Francis, Secretary LeslynTonge, Public Relations Officer Carlin Berridge and Senior Senator Randel Thompson. The group participated in a series of leadership workshops and seminars over four days. They also participated in the NCSL Certified Leadership Program and earned Certified Student Leader status.

The students reported that the overall experience was good for all. The conference provided an opportunity to meet and mingle with students from other schools and colleges across the U.S. Students from as far as away as Guam participated.

UVI Students Participate in Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

Eight undergraduate and graduate students from the University of the Virgin Islands recently participated in the 63rd annual meeting of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, held Nov. 1 to 5 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the institute the students presented their research findings. Participating students were Keturah McCrae and Benise Tavernier. Graduate student from the Masters of Marine and Environmental Programs included Lia Ortiz, Gabrielle Renchen, Christina Colletti, Steven McCauley and Bryan Legare. And Jeff Renchen???

A news release featuring photos of cast members is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI-CES to Hold Diabetes Self-Management Workshop on Nov. 22

A free Diabetes Self-Management Workshop will be offered by the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Expanded Food, Nutrition and Education Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service. The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Nov. 22, in the UVI Research and Extension Center, Room 133, on the St. Croix campus. Presenters will be nurse Desiree James and Dr. Ian K. Cook, a podiatrist. For more information or to register, contact Jo-Ann Josiah or Helena Shoy at (340) 692-4083.

UVI Students Urged to Apply for Dell Summer Fellowship in Washington, D.C.

UVI graduate and undergraduate students with an interest in technology, public policy, ethics and diversity are encouraged to apply for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship as part of the Eben Tisdale Fellowship. This fellowship offers a $5,000 grant for a student to intern next summer - June 13 to Aug. 5, 2011 - in Washington, D.C., where the latest in technology meets the public policy arena.

The Woodard Fellowship was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, a former vice president for Dell Computer company. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2011. Those interested should use the Eben Tisdale Fellowship Application, found at www.tisdalefellowship.org, and follow the instructions for submitting an additional essay on ethics and diversity.

Students may find more information and apply at www.tisdalefellowship.org. Questions? Contact Jonathan Tilley at info@tisdalefellowship.org or (202) 986-0384.

Other Current Items...

UVI Concert Choir to Perform Sunday, Nov. 14, at Nisky Moravian

The Music Area of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will present a performance of the UVI Concert Choir at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Nisky Moravian Church on St. Thomas. The Concert Choir will be under the direction of UVI Professor of Music Dr. Lorna Young-Wright. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the UVI Humanities Building, the UVI Bookstore and from choir members. For more information call (340) 693-1340.

"The Caribbean Writer" 'Creative Luncheon' Series Continues Nov. 18

Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of UVI's "The Caribbean Writer," invites students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, to a "Creative Luncheon Series" during the fall semester. Remaining luncheons are slated for noon on Nov. 18, and Dec. 9. They will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 102 of the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. Participants are asked to bring lunch and a poem or short piece of prose to share. Dr. Adisa will begin the sessions with a poem and then lead a short writing activity. Participants can read something they have written or share a favorite piece by a published writer. For details, call (340) 692-4122 or send e-mail to oadisa@uvi.edu.

Scholarship Drive, Memorial Ceremony Set Nov. 19 to Honor Marvin Williams

"The Caribbean Writer" will host a scholarship drive and memorial program in honor of the late Marvin E. Williams, a UVI professor of humanities and former editor of "The Caribbean Writer" who died in April of this year, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19. The program will include reflections on the life of Williams, a choral reading of selected poems by Williams, a musical tribute by the UVI Community Inspirational Choir, and a dance performance. A broadside dedicated to Williams will also be sold.

The memorial will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus, with a videoconference link to the first-floor conference room at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Funds raised will go toward an annual $1,000 scholarship to be awarded in Williams' name. Those wishing to make a donation to the fund should send contributions to The Marvin E. Williams Scholarship Fund, The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 00850 or to Institutional Advancement, University of the Virgin Islands, #3 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802. For more information call (340) 692-4152 or send e-mail to info@thecaribbeanwriter.org.

A news release featuring photos of cast members is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

28th St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Set Nov. 20-21

The 28th Annual St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair will be held Nov. 20 and 21, on the grounds of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The theme for this year is "Farm Today for a Healthier Tomorrow." Fruits and vegetables, nursery plants, fruit trees, vegetable seedlings, local arts and crafts, food and much more will be on sale. Educational displays and workshops will also be available. Throughout the day there will be live entertainment and lots of games and activities for children, including a petting zoo at the livestock pavilion. Highlights of the fair will be the presentation of the 2010 Farmer of the Year awards, along with the award for best youth rap.

A news release featuring a look at the official Ag Fair poster is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Croix Campus Accepting Bids on Aerial Lifting Equipment Until Nov. 29

The University of the Virgin Islands will accept sealed bids until Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for used aerial lifting equipment currently located by the Physical Plant Office on the St. Croix Campus. The equipment will be sold as is. Only sealed bids will be accepted for the purchase of the equipment. Bid documents/instructions can be picked up from the Campus Operations Office. More information is available on the Bid Memo at this direct link, or by calling St. Croix Campus Operations at (340) 692-4161.

Other Current Items...

GERS to Host Town Hall Meeting on St. Croix on Dec. 2

The Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) has scheduled a town hall meeting for employees enrolled in the system on St. Croix from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the VI Cardiac Center. A similar meeting on St. Thomas was held Oct. 19. Among topics to be covered are Tier II implementation effective in January 2011, the recalculation of annuities, the election of GERS retirees to the Board of Trustees and Havensight Mall. The session will prove information to members at UVI who may be making plans to retire. For more information contact GERS at (340) 776-7703 Ext. 4203.

VI-EPSCoR Conference to Explore Science & Technology for Economic Growth

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), in collaboration with the University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center, invites policy makers, academics and the business community to explore ways that science and technology can promote economic development in the territory at its first annual conference. The conference themed "Integrating Science and Our Economy: A Model for Island Ecosystems," will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, at the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort on St. Thomas.

The goal of this free conference is to provide greater awareness and understanding of the opportunities and mechanisms for optimizing economic leverage from science and technology initiatives in the territory.

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

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for October 2010

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Oct. 1-31, 2010. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's "myCampus" web portal and from this direct link.

'The Caribbean Writer's™ 2011 Art/Poetry Calendar Available for Preorder

"The Caribbean Writer," UVI's literary journal with a Caribbean focus, has announced it will publish a 2011 Art/Poetry Calendar featuring quality fine art by professional, local artists and some of the best poems to have graced the journal's pages. Along with a careful integration of art and poetry, the calendar will include the independence dates of the various Caribbean islands, birthdays of local as well as regional poets, and important dates specific to the Virgin Islands. Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of The Caribbean Writer, describes the calendar as "a celebration of all of us."

Proceeds from the calendar sales will help support the 25th anniversary "Ay-Ay Conference" which will be held at UVI for teachers and writers in June of 2011. Preorders for the calendar are being accepted. Calendars are $20 each, with bulk orders are available at three calendars for $50. Send order requests, via e-mail, to orders@thecaribbeanwriter.org. Calendars will be delivered on or before Dec. 1, in time for the holiday giving. For more visit The Caribbean Writer's web site: www.thecaribbeanwriter.org.

Agrifest 2011 Notes...

Nov. 12 Deadline Set for UVI Participants in V.I. Agrifest 2011 Booth

Friday, Nov. 12, is the deadline for University units to indicate they will participate in the UVI booth at the Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair set for Feb. 19 to 21, on St. Croix. Agrifest 2011 will mark the event's 40th anniversary. UVI is a co-sponsor of the fair and its booth gives the University's various units a chance to showcase their services to the community.

For 2011, all UVI exhibits will be integrated and interactive. No backdrops will be provided or allowed for displays. Units are encouraged to be creative and to make sure their exhibits are hands-on and engaging for fairgoers. Tabletop displays are acceptable. The 2010 theme will be "40 Years and Still 'Growing' Strong."

Click here for the Agrifest 2011 UVI Participation Form. Contact Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060 or cclarke@uvi.edu for more information.

Articles for 2011 Agrifest Bulletin Due by Dec. 1

Dec. 1, 2010 is the deadline for submission of articles intended for publication in the 2011 Agrifest Bulletin. Articles should be prepared using Microsoft Word and be no longer than three pages, with photos. Authors are reminded that the bulletin's audience is the general public and that the average reader should be able to understand them. The Agrifest Board of Directors will give preference to instructional "how to" articles. Articles should not be restricted to agricultural topics. Items on cultural or heritage issues are welcome. Articles must be submitted via email to: cclarke@uvi.edu.

Student Testing Notes...

Fall CLEP Test Schedule for St. Thomas Campus

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. The remaining CLEP tests are scheduled for Nov. 12, and Nov. 18, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123).

Students can register for the test at the front desk of the Office of Access and Enrollment Services, 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. See page 25 of the 2010-2011 UVI Catalog for details on CLEP tests accepted by UVI.

The cost associated with CLEP is $77 per test (payable to College Board) 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 may e-mail cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Fall CLEP Test Schedule for St. Croix Campus

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Croix campus. The remaining CLEP test is scheduled for Nov. 18, in Evans Center Room 304. The registration deadline for this test is Nov. 12, respectively. Register for the test in 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. Click here to view page 25 of the 2010-2011 UVI Catalog for details on CLEP tests accepted by UVI.

The cost associated with CLEP is $77 per test; make check or money order payable to CLEP (no Cash) and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. Cash will not be accepted.

Students must wait six months before repeating an examination. Please bring a photo I.D. on the day of the examination. Do not bring books, papers or study aids. Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during the examinations. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.