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Bulletin Board for November 4, 2010

UVI Buccaneers to Play Three College Teams in Washington, D.C., Area

The University of the Virgin Islands Buccaneers men's basketball team will play three games in the Washington, D.C. area this weekend.

On Friday, Nov. 5, the Bucs will play Montgomery College in the Montgomery College Rockville, Md. campus gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 6, at 3 p.m., UVI plays Goucher College in the Goucher campus arena in Towson, Md. On Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m., UVI plays the University of Mary Washington at the UMW campus arena in Fredericksburg, Va. The games on Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast live on WSTA 1340 A.M. (in the U.S. Virgin Islands) and streamed live over WSTA.com.

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

UVI Theatre's South Pacific Starring GregAlan Williams Set for Nov. 12-13

Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, Nov. 6, for the UVI Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific starring GregAlan Williams, an Emmy Award-winning actor and author. Williams will be joined by a local cast of more than 60, including UVI students and employees, and others from the community. Shows will be presented at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 12, and Saturday, Nov. 13. Show time is 7 p.m. The musical is directed by UVI Playwright-in-Residence Dr. Doug Larche.

Ticket prices for the reserved covered seating area are: $10 for students, $20 for adults and $30 for orchestra seating. General admission seating - under the stars - is $7.50 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets will be available from the Reichhold Center Box Office, the UVI Bookstore, the UVI Humanities Building and Dockside Book Shop. They may also be purchased online at www.reichholdcenter.com.

Trustees Approve Tuition Increase, Hotel and Tourism Bachelor's Degree Program

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved a Fall 2011 increase in tuition and fees, and approved the establishment of a Bachelor of Business Administration degree program in Hotel and Tourism Management at its quarterly meeting on Saturday, October 30 on the St. Thomas campus.

Beginning with the Fall 2011 semester, UVI tuition will increase 6 percent or $120 per semester for full-time undergraduate resident students, while the room rate will increase 12 percent, or $149 per semester. The campus meal plan will increase 8 percent, or $150 per semester. The Board of Trustees also approved a deferred tuition payment plan reinstatement fee of $100 per instance, effective with the Fall Semester 2011.

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

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.

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.

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.

Other Current Items...

St. Thomas Campus Debate Society Sets Recruiting Meeting for Nov. 4

The UVI Debate Society on the St. Thomas campus will hold an information and membership recruiting meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, in the Humanities Building Room 103. For more information send e-mail to: uvidebatesociety@gmail.com.

MSA Plans Fasting Challenge for Nov. 4 on St. Croix Campus

The St. Croix Chapter of UVI's Muslim Student Association (MSA) will host a fasting challenge on Thursday, Nov. 4. All students, faculty and staff are challenged to fast - abstain from eating and drinking - from noon until sunset (5:45 p.m.). At 5 p.m. the MSA invites everyone to join in UVI's Great Hall for an Iftar, a ceremonial breaking of the fast with food and drink, including some Middle Eastern cuisine. The MSA hopes to use this event to dispel some misconceptions about Islam and fasting, and at the same time provide a learning experience. It is also a great opportunity for those who want to ask questions about Islam. Sign-up is required for participation. Individuals can sign up with any MSA members or at sign-up lists available on bulletin boards around campus. For more information, send e-mail to msa_uvi@hotmail.com.

UVI Opens Special Scholarship Application Period; Deadline Set for Nov. 5

The University of the Virgin Islands has announced the availability of additional scholarship funding for undergraduate students for the 2010-2011 school year. To be considered individuals must be: matriculated as a full-time UVI students, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, not be receiving aid in excess of cost of attendance, submit a letter of recommendation and complete an essay on their educational goals. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. They should be returned to the Office of Institutional Advancement on St. Thomas or Corally Beaupierre in the Financial Aid Office on St. Croix.

Application forms are available from the Financial Aid Scholarships page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link: Special Scholarship Application Form. For more information contact the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1040.

St. Croix Applicants Sought for Who's Who Among Students; Deadline is Nov.5

The University of the Virgin Islands Counseling & Career Center on the St. Croix campus is now recruiting for students to be considered for the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Award.

Who's Who Among Students is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation. It recognizes outstanding campus leaders and represents the pinnacle of their scholastic achievement. This exclusive honor is conferred by more than 2,842 schools nationwide. Successful applicants will be included in the prestigious Who's Who Among Students biographical volume.

To apply, students must be full-time, college seniors with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. They must be active in the community and maintain participation in leadership roles in school organizations and extracurricular activities. They must also demonstrate future leadership potential. Applications are available from the Student Employment Office in Evans Center Room 720. The application, an autobiographical essay and three letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Student Employment Office by 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5. For more information please visit http://www.whoswhoamongstudents.com.

R.E.A.C.H Ministry Plans Youth Rallies Nov. 5-7 on St. Thomas Campus

The R.E.A.C.H Ministry, a student organization on UVI's St. Thomas campus, will conduct Youth Rallies at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Dining Pavilion. Speakers will include Pastor Audley Charlton and Brother David Christmas. For more information, send e -mail to Kyoni Walters at 900067891@myuvi.net.

Paiewonsky Library Upgrade Work Underway

The Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library is undergoing renovations. The work, which began on Monday, Oct. 25, will continue through the end of the semester. During the renovation period, the back area of the library (including both the east and west Bound Journal study areas) will be blocked off and the books normally held there will be placed in storage. There will be no direct or immediate access to books within call number range KF 4192.5 through PS 3555; the corresponding subject areas include Law, Education, Fine Arts, Language and Literature. Those books may be requested by filling out a call slip. They will be retrieved within 24 hours, Monday-Friday. Books requested on week-ends may not be available until Monday. Inter-library loan requests from STX for books in these areas will also be affected. The library staff has issued an apology for any inconvenience this may cause.

Click here for a Storage Collection Request Form for items housed in the Paiewonsky Library's storage collections. Items requested will be delivered to the library's circulation desk and held for pickup for seven days. To check for online availability, look up titles in UVI Library Catalog.

Maintenance Scheduled for UVI Blackboard System on Nov. 7

UVI's Blackboard course delivery system server will be taken down for maintenance between 6 and 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7. Faculty members who experience any issues with Blackboard after the scheduled maintenance are asked to contact the helpdesk at extension 1466 or send e-mail to: helpdesk@uvi.edu.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exam Dates

Dates and locations for UVI's Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) have been announced for both campuses. Details are also available from the Registrar's Section of the UVI web site www.uvi.edu and this direct link.

The remaining CLE exam date for St. Thomas are Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, and

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. They will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Sign-up sheets are available in the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. For more information, call 693-1160.

The remaining CLE exam date for St. Croix is Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. It will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 131 of the North West Wing Building. Students can register for the test in the Academic Services Office, in the Evans Center. For more information, call 692-4090 or send e-mail to mclavie@uvi.edu.

President Hall Calls University-Wide Planning Meeting on UVI Goes Green Project

UVI President Dr. David Hall has invite UVI faculty and staff to a University-wide planning meeting on the UVI Goes Green Project from 9 a.m. 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 said, in an e-mail message, that he will share his thoughts on this initiative and seek suggestions and recommendations on how the University develops this project. "This initiative is very important to the future of the University and I look forward to your full participation," Dr. Hall said. The e-mail, sent on Thursday, Nov. 4, included several background documents.