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Bulletin Board for November 24, 2010

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.

Paradise Jam Women's Tournament Games Set Nov. 25-27

Play in the women's division of the U.S.V.I. NCAA Division I Paradise Jam Tournament opens on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25, and concludes on Saturday, Nov. 27. Teams playing include: Iowa State, TCU, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Tennessee. Team rosters, brackets and other details - along with complete results from the men's tournament which concluded on Monday, Nov. 22 - 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

Reichhold Center to Feature Dion Parson, 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.

UVI Jazz and Steel Pan Ensembles Plan Concert Dec. 3 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI's Jazz Ensemble and Steel Pan Ensemble will appear in concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. The concert is presented by the Music Area of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

The Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Prof. Martin Lamkin and the Steel Pan Ensemble is directed by Shenelle Warner. The performance will feature guest vocalist Detra Davis. The concert will feature holiday favorites as well as a variety of jazz and popular standards. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the UVI Bookstore, UVI Humanities, and from ensemble members. For more information call (340) 693-1340 or 693-1194.

November Issue of Dateline: UVI Newsletter Published

The November issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI has been published. The newsletter includes a story and photo from the recent Washington D.C. road trip taken by the Buccaneers men's basketball team, as well as a wrap-up of the Bucs' win at Paradise Jam on Nov. 20. Also included are items on the hospitality degree approved by the UVI Board of Trustees and a look at one of the Professional Seminar Luncheons being sponsored by the UVI Brothers With A Cause group. Dateline: UVI is available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Smokin' Acez Win St. Croix Intramural Volleyball Championship

Smokin' Acez, led by captain Hudson Browne, upset Street Vybez' to win (25-16, 22-25, 25-13 and 25-20) an exciting championship intramural volleyball game Wednesday on UVI's St. Croix campus. Five co-ed volleyball teams competed in the fall semester intramural league, with more than sixty UVI student competitors. Though the league was frequently interrupted by the tremendous amount of rain the territory experienced this fall, the teams came together for a very competitive final, according to Intramural Coordinator Bruce Wray.

St. Thomas SGA Recognized by National Center for Student Leadership

The St. Thomas campus Student Government Association (SGA) has been named the "Group of the Week" by the National Center for Student Leadership. Previously known as the National Conference on Student Leadership, NCSL provides leadership development opportunities for college student leaders and their advisors. UVI's SGA earned the organizations recognition for developing a newsletter named the Weekly Buzz. A look at what the NCSL has to say about the UVI SGA is available from the organization's web site - www.ncslcollege.com - and from this direct link.

A delegation from the St. St. Thomas campus SGA also attended the organization's semi-annual National Conference on Student Leadership held Nov. 3-7, in Orlando, Fla. Students in attendance from St. Thomas - Merl Eustache, Davin Francis, Charlesworth McCarty Jr., Leslyn Tonge, Carlin Berridge and Randel Thompson - each earned NCSL leadership certification. A photo of the group is featured in the UVI Today... photo blog - available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Matthew Thomas, the acting Student Activities supervisor on St. Thomas, said the conference provided networking opportunities for the students as well as sessions on various aspects of student government work - administrative operations, social justice concerns and the management of interactive media.

'The Caribbean Writer' Publishes 2011 Art/Poetry Calendar

"The Caribbean Writer," UVI's literary journal with a Caribbean focus, has published a 2011 Calendar in time for holiday giving. Sub-titled "12 Months of Art and Poetry," the calendar features 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 includes the independence dates of 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," said the calendar is "a celebration of all of us."

Proceeds from calendar sales will help support the 25th anniversary "Ay-Ay Conference" for teachers and writers to be held at UVI in June of 2011. Calendars are $20 each, with bulk orders of three calendars for $50.

A news release with a look at the calendar cover art is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

Bucs Remain Perfect in Paradise Jam Play Defeating Católica 70-54

UVI's Buccaneers are perfect in Paradise Jam play. The Bucs downed fellow LAI league opponents Católica University of Ponce 70-54, moving their Paradise Jam Record to 2-0. And while Saturday's matchup wasn't quite as thrilling as last year's 73-70 last-second win over LAI rival UPR-Metropolitan, the large hometown crowd was appreciative.

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

R.E.A.D. Plans Book Sales on Nov. 23-24 on St. Thomas Campus

R.E.A.D., a student organization on UVI's St. Thomas campus, will conduct book sales from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the CA Building, and on Wednesday, Nov. 24, in front of the Science and Mathematics Building. R.E.A.D. stands for Reading Encourages Academic Development. The group's eight members aim to foster comradery among UVI students, faculty and staff who love to read. Books in the sales are mostly romance and mysteries that have been donated to the group. Proceeds from the sale go to purchase additional books, copies of which are donated to the Paiewonsky Library.

'UVI's Got Talent' Show Set for Nov. 24 on St. Croix Campus

The UVI community is invited to attend the "UVI's Got Talent" talent show scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, in the UVI Cafetorium on the St. Croix campus. The show will feature students performing a variety of talents. Admission is free.

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.

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.

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 campuses 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.

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.

World AIDS Day Poetry Competition Slated for Dec. 1 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI students are invited to participate in a poetry competition marking World AIDS Day on the St. Thomas campus from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Participants will create their own poem, song, jingle, skit or rap with the subject being HIV/AIDS prevention. Entries are limited to five minutes. The competition will take place in the UVI Dining Pavilion. Gift certificates worth $75, $50 and $25 will go to the top three finishers. The poetry competition is sponsored by the ACA and the UVI Health Services Office. For more information, contact Nurse Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

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.

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 Spirit of Christmas Concert Slated for Dec. 4 on St. Thomas

UVI's College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences 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.

VI-EPSCoR Conference to Explore Science & Tech for Economic Growth on Dec. 6

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 is "Integrating Science and Our Economy: A Model for Island Ecosystems." It 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 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. 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 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.