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Bulletin Board for November 18, 2010

Next UVI Senate Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Nov. 19

The next meeting of the UVI Senate is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19. The installation of new senators is the top item on the agenda. The session will be available in the first-floor conference room in the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and Evans Center Room 807 on St. Croix. The Senate is also expected to hear highlights from the UVI Board of Trustees meeting and updates on the salary study, the St. John Project, the UVI Goes Green Project, the planned Brothers with a Cause Conference, holiday party planning and institutional effectiveness.

All members of the UVI community are invited to attend meetings of the Senate.

Bucs Hope for Repeat Win in Paradise Jam 2010; Cathólica Game Set Nov. 20

UVI's Buccaneers will host Cathólica University of Ponce in a 9:30 p.m. matchup on Saturday, Nov. 20, during the 2010 Paradise Jam basketball tournament at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center. Fans will also be treated to a performance by the Buccaneer Treasures - UVI's 18-member varsity dance team - during halftime of the Bucs-Católica game. The Bucs are hoping for a repeat of their inaugural Paradise Jam appearance in 2009, when they downed LAI Beitia Division rival UPR-Metropolitan 73-70 in the closing seconds of an exciting matchup.

This year's edition of Paradise Jam marks the 11th season for the tournament. It has been played in UVI's 4,000-seat Sports and Fitness Center since 2001. Men's division play runs from Nov. 19-22. Teams include: Alabama, Clemson, Iowa, Long Beach State, Old Dominion, Seton Hall, Saint Peters and Xavier. Play in the women's division is slated for Nov. 25-27. Teams include: Iowa State, TCU, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Tennessee. Team rosters, brackets and other details are available from the Basketball Travelers' web site: www.paradisejam.com.

Paradise Jam - V.I. Ticket Prices at the Door

V.I. Adult Resident - $15 (with local ID)

V.I. Senior Citizen - $10 (65+)

V.I. Child-Student - $5 (ages 5-18 and UVI Student)

Non-V.I. Resident - $35

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

UVI Green Ambassadors Attending Sustainable Technology Conference

A group of six University of the Virgin Islands students, organized as the UVI Green Ambassadors, are attending the 1st International Conference on Green and Sustainable Technology: Research and Workforce Development, from Nov. 17-21, in Greensboro, N.C. The students - Odari Thomas, Basil Williams Jr., Mohammad Mustafa, David Mohammed, Mpho Sello and Troi Williams - are lead by Professor Cynthia Gómez Martin, the faculty advisor for the student group.

They will join energy professionals who are developing best practices policies for a variety of design, industrial and research fields. Participants at the conference will also include architects, building code officials, contractors, consulting engineers, local and state officials, researchers and educators.

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

Career Development Workshops Set for Student Employees on St. Thomas

Career development workshops are scheduled for UVI student employees on the St. Thomas campus on the following schedule:

  • Friday, Nov. 19 - 11 a.m. to noon - Etiquette: What's Your Professional IQ? Techniques used to empower individuals with confidence and authority will be explored.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 23 - 11 a.m. to noon - Ethics in the Workplace. To engage and inspire workers at all levels to examine their professional code of ethics.

Student employees are required to attend at least two career developments workshops during their employment. For details contact Verna Rivers at (340) 693-1087 or vrivers@uvi.edu or Melissa Williams at (340) 693-1134 or mwillia5@uvi.edu.

St. Croix SGA Plans Student Forum for Monday, Nov. 22

Two student forums will be hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's St. Croix campus at 12:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 22, in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. The forums were prompted by concerns from students regarding the spring 2011 class schedule. The forums, with the theme "Working Together for Those We Serve," are designed to give students the opportunity to address their concerns and to discuss possible solutions with UVI's Provost and Deans. Two sessions are scheduled to ensure that both day and evening students can participate. For more information contact SGA at sgastx@myuvi.net.

UVI Community Invited to GIS Day Activity on St. Thomas on Nov. 24

Members of the UVI community are invited to a Geographic Information System (GIS) Day activity on the St. Thomas campus from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at the Dining Pavilion. The activity is designed to demonstrate how GIS spatial analysis can be used for a variety of critical activities, ranging from earthquake recovery to local election analysis.

During the afternoon, UVI's Geographic Information System Curriculum Committee will present showings of a Penn State University video project titled "Geospatial Revolution: Why we need it?" The video graphically shows how geospatial analysis is contributing to the success of the recovery effort following the Haiti earthquake. Also on display will be GIS maps of the Virgin Islands - click here to see a sneak preview - that can help interpret the results of the recent Gubernatorial election in the Virgin Islands. The local GIS Day activity is supported by the UVI Geographic Information System Curriculum Committee. It is part of a national effort to spotlight the impact GIS tools can make. For more information contact UVI's Conservation Data Center Data Manager Stevie Henry at (340) 693-1033.

Reichhold Center to Feature Dion Parsons, V.I. Youth Jazz Ensemble on Nov. 27

Virgin Islands native Dion Parson returns home for a concert featuring his youth mentoring project, the V.I. Youth Jazz Ensemble, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27. As part of the V.I. Lottery Youth initiative, Parson has taught the fundamentals of jazz to more than a dozen young members of the V.I. Youth Jazz Ensemble over the past year. The students, who are from various schools, will perform on stage with Parson during his CD release concert. Also performing will the 21st Century Band and V.I. natives Ron Blake and Rashawn Ross. Tickets are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office at (340) 693-1559 and from the Reichhold Center web site: www.reichholdcenter.com.

Student Employee Evaluations, Employment Request Forms Due Nov. 30

Student Employee Evaluation forms, required at the end of each semester, are due for the current semester no later than Tuesday, Nov. 30. Evaluations must be submitted to UVI's Offices of Student Employment.

The Offices of Student Employment on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campus are also accepting Request for Student Worker forms for the spring 2011 semester. Job descriptions must be included with request forms. Forms should be submitted by Nov. 30.

For details, call (340) 693-1088 on St. Thomas and (340) 692-4180 on St. Croix.

Other Current Items...

CES to Confer 47 Computer Course Certificates on Nov. 18 on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service will hold closing ceremonies for participants of its Basic Computer Course at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 at the UVI Great Hall on the St. Croix campus. Forty-seven individuals will receive certificates of Achievement for completing the eight-week computer training course. The Cooperative Extension Service invites relatives and friends of class members to attend. For more information contact Marthious Clavier at (340) 692-4090.

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 poster 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.

Free Flu Shots Available to UVI Community on St. Thomas Campus

Free flu shots to members of the UVI community are available from the Health Services Office on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Vaccines are limited. Individuals should call (340) 693-1124 for more information or to make appointments.

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 to Close for Thanksgiving and Fortsberg/Discovery Day Holidays, Nov. 25-26

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Nov. 25, and Fortsberg/Discovery Day on Friday, Nov. 26. University classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Monday, Nov. 29.

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.

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.

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.

5th Woodworkers' Expo Sessions Set on St. Thomas and St. John in December

The fifth annual Virgin Islands' Woodworkers' Expo - featuring works from members of the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society and the St. Croix Wood Artist, Inc. group - will offer sessions on St. Thomas and St. John in December. The first session takes place at the Sports & Fitness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus from Dec. 3 to 5. The Expo runs from 1 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. The St. John Expo will be held at the Market Place, from Dec. 10 to 12. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The Woodworkers' Expo is the ideal place to purchase holiday gifts. Individuals who are not members of these groups involved are also afforded a chance to exhibit and sell locally made wood products by applying for space through the UVI Cooperative Extension Service office on St. Thomas. Cost for space is $50 per day. For details, contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1080.

The Woodworkers' Expo is sponsored by UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the V.I. Department of Tourism, and the West Indian Company, Ltd.

UVI's CLASS Christmas Concert Slated for Dec. 4 on St. Thomas

UVI's College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) will present its annual Christmas Concert - The Spirit of Christmas - at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Christchurch Methodist Church at Market Square in Charlotte Amalie. The concert will feature the UVI Concert Band under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen. Guest performers will be Lorna Freeman-Dennis, Andrea Lee, Detra Davis, Marcus and Portia Narkatis, Leah Trotman, Shirya Crabb and the Christchurch "Golden Jems." A special appearance by Santa is expected. Tickets are available from the UVI Bookstore and the UVI Humanities on the St. Thomas campus, and from Nora's Beauty Palace, Dockside Bookshop and from concert band members. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

'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.

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.

CELL Notes...

Students Offered Free SAT Preparation Program; Application Deadline Dec. 3

A free program designed to improve Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores for students on St. Thomas and St. Croix high schools will be offered in January by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center in collaboration with Innovative Communications Corp. (ICC).

Students attending public high-schools on St. Thomas and St. Croix are urged to apply to the four-year Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Program. Classes will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday, beginning Jan. 15, 2011. Sessions will take place on UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses.

Launched in 2005, the UVICELL/ICC SAT Prep Program provides students with tips and strategies to improve their test-taking skills. Students are tracked from their freshman years through their senior years and are given classroom instruction and a series of mock-exams. Applicants must be ninth or tenth-grade public high school students with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to 3.5. Interested applicants must submit their applications to the UVICELL Center by Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, to be considered for the program. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information or to request an application, call 693-1106 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL Offers Performance Management Workshops on St. Thomas, St. Croix

UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will host a one-day workshops to help in the development of performance management systems for businesses and organizations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, on St. Croix and St. Thomas. The St. Croix session will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVICELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Offered in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA), the workshop will present managers and supervisors with a clear model to follow for planning, monitoring, analyzing and maintaining a satisfying process of performance improvement for their staff. Participants will learn to identify and remedy performance gaps, document and evaluate performance, establish non-monetary rewards, use training and development tools to enhance performance and more. For more information or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.