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Bulletin Board for October 25, 2010

UVI Marking Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 25-29 - with Marches, Activities

Members of the UVI community on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses are marking Red Ribbon Week with public marches, walks, a rally, blood drives, motivational presentations, competitions and other activities from Monday, Oct. 25, through Friday, Oct. 29. Red Ribbon Week is part of a nationwide awareness campaign designed to prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse and violence. It is observed annually in October.

UVI's Health Services Office on the St. Croix campus will open the week's activities with a march and rally against drug abuse at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 25. On the St. Thomas campus, a highlight on St. Thomas will be a walk/rally at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27. The walk will be followed by a speak-out against substance abuse and crime at the Recreational Center.

Detailed Schedules: St. Croix Schedule | St. Thomas Schedule. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Employee Attendance Encouraged at UVI Staff Council General Meeting on Oct. 26

A general meeting of the UVI Staff Council will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26. It will be available via videoconference in Business Room 110 on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 401 on St. Croix. The meeting's agenda includes discussion of the Staff Satisfaction Surveys, the UVI Staff Council Officers' Retreat, the salary increase, nominations and elections, the Jan. 7 recess, and family health insurance.

In an Oct. 18, e-mail message to the University, UVI President Dr. David Hall encouraged staff members to attend the general meetings of the Staff Council. Staying involved is "an essential aspect of the process of making UVI a 'great university,'" Dr. Hall wrote. UVI Staff Council Chair Raquel Silver also asked all department heads to encourage all regular, professional and administrative staff members to attend. For more information contact Silver at (340) 692-4061 or send e-mail to rsantia@uvi.edu.

Workshops on Growing Tropical Trees Set for St. Thomas, St. Croix

The UVI Cooperative Extension Service will offer free workshops this week on St. Thomas and St. Croix on avocado pruning and manipulating citrus tree flowering for maximum yield. Dr. Thomas Davenport, an associate professor in the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, will be the presenter. Dr. Davenport studies the reproductive physiology of tropical trees. The St. Thomas workshop runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Chase Auditorium (Business 110). The St. Croix workshop follows from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, in Room 133 of the UVI Research and Extension Center.

To pre-register on St. Thomas, contact Orpha Penn at (340) 693-1080 or Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1083. To pre-register on St. Croix, contact Christene Henry at (340) 692-4069 or Stafford Crossman at (340) 692-4071.

UVI RTPark Board of Directors to Meet Thursday, Oct. 28

A teleconferenced meeting of the Executive Committee of the Research and Technology Park (RTPark) Board of Directors is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. AST on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at the RTPark offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. Seating is limited. Teleconferencing is available. To participate, or to obtain more information contact the RTPark office at (340) 692-4200.

St. Croix Biodiversity Film Fest to Focus on 'Winged Migration' on Sept. 28

The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest on St. Croix continues on Thursday, Oct. 28, with a free screening of the film "Winged Migration." The feature, an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary, was produced by Jacques Perrin. The film offers stunning videography, with viewers seemingly flying along with some of the world's most gorgeous birds through areas as remote as the Arctic and the Amazon and as populated as Paris and New York City.

The screening is set for 6 p.m. in Room 133 of the UVI Research & Extension Center on the St. Croix campus. Admission is free and no reservations are required. The festival is co-hosted by the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) and the University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service. The final film in the series is set for Dec. 2.

The festival is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance of St. Croix. For details contact SEA's Environmental Education Coordinator Lynnea Roberts at 773-1989.

Farmer, Home Gardener of the Year Nominations Sought; Deadline is Oct. 29

Nominations for three major awards at this year's St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair - Crop Farmer of the Year, Livestock Farmer of the Year and Home Gardener of the Year - are being sought from the Virgin Islands public.

The Crop Farmer of the Year and the Livestock Farmer of the Year prizes will be awarded to producers whose farming operations are registered with the Department of Agriculture. The Home Gardener of the Year award will go to a gardener who is successfully growing fruits and vegetables around his/her home in the St. Thomas/St. John District. Garden size does not matter. A home gardener with flourishing plants grown in pots on a balcony will be given as much consideration as another with a yard full of plants.

Individuals who would like to nominate someone - including themselves - that they consider an excellent crop farmer, livestock farmer or home gardener should contact the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture at (340) 774-5182 or UVI's Cooperative Extension Service at (340) 693-1080. The awards program is conducted by the St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Committee.

UVI Debate Team on St. Croix Sets Informational Meeting Oct. 29

The Offices of Student Activities and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences will host an informational meeting for the UVI Debate Team on the St. Croix campus at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. The session will take place in Room 103 of the North West Wing. For more information, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at (340) 692-4228 or send email to hfinch@uvi.edu.

Future Business Leaders of America Set STX Informational Meeting Oct. 29

Individuals interested in the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) student organization on UVI's St. Croix campus are invited to an informational meeting from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29. The session will be held in the Residence Hall Conference Room.

FBLA is a national association of nearly a quarter million students interested in becoming more successful in the business world. Membership helps individuals learn about business and gives them the opportunity to see the "real world" through interaction with business leaders from across the country. The organization focuses on career preparation, leadership development and networking with peers and business professionals. For details, contact Denise Lake at (340) 692-4101.

Nominations should be submitted by Friday, Oct. 29. The fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20 and 21, on the grounds of the Reichhold Center for the Arts on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet Saturday, Oct. 30, on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The meeting will convene with regular session agenda items. President David Hall will give the President's Report. It will be followed by the Chairman's Comments from Board Chairman Alexander A. Moorhead. Next the Board will receive an update report from the Research and Technology Park Board. Then the Board of Trustees will consider the agenda items that require action. The meeting will also include discussion of consent agenda items including the Provost's report, a report on enrollment and details about ongoing University projects.

Hundreds Turned Out for World Food Day on St. Croix; Photos on UVI Today...

Hundreds on St. Croix turned out for UVI's annual observation of World Food Day on Sunday, Oct. 17, on the UVI campus. World Food Day brings attention to the plight of the hungry and undernourished in the territory and the world. It also provides an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the complex solutions required to reduce hunger. This year's event featured workshops focused on tomato, citrus and poultry. More information and photos from the event are available on the UVI Today... photo blog. The photo blog is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

Online Publication 'Virgin Voices' Focuses on UVI's Carlos Robles

Carlos Robles, acting district supervisor of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on St. Thomas and St. John, is the subject of a current feature article in the online publication Virgin Voices. The article focuses on Robles' role as host of the WTJX Public Television program "Homegrown." It also includes an audio interview. To see the article, go the Virgin Voices home page - www.virginvoices.com - or use this direct link Carlos Robles Article.

'Why UVI?' Campaign Commercials Featured on UVI Today... Photo Blog

UVI's current TV commercials - featuring UVI student Danelle Baptiste, alumna and Trustee Jennifer Nugent-Hill and alum and employee Dale Morton - are now available for viewing on the UVI Today... photo blog. The commercials are presented in YouTube format and can be shared via email. The photo blog is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

Other Current Items...

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.

Army ROTC Officer Symposium Set Oct. 26 on St. Thomas Campus

A V.I. Army National Guard/UVI Army ROTC Officer Symposium will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the first-floor conference room of the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Those who are attending this event will be exposed to an array of program options; that include Officer Candidate School (OCS), Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), and Direct Commission and Specialty Branch Programs. This year's event will have a special presentation by the sixth Brigade Nurse Recruiter, Captain Marlene Arias. The session will provide information for nursing majors who have an interest in becoming Army nurses. The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program offers scholarships for tuition and fees or room and board, monthly stipends and numerous other benefits. For more information, contact UVI's Senior Military Instructor MSG Eugene Farrell at (340) 693-1359.

St. Croix Campus Open Houses Marking Careers in Student Affairs Month

October is National Careers in Student Affairs Awareness Month and UVI's St. Croix campus is marking the month with a series of open houses. All members of the UVI community are invited to learn more about what Student Affairs has to offer, the individuals charged with these duties, and the opportunities available to UVI students.

Open Houses are scheduled in the following areas: Oct. 26 - Health Services Open House; and Oct. 27 - College Access Challenge Grant Program. For more information contact Campus Associate Administrator for Student Affairs Miriam Osborne Elliott at (340) 692-4188.

UVI Debate Society, SGA to Sponsor Political Forum Oct. 27 on St. Thomas

The UVI Debate Society on the St. Thomas campus and the Student Government Association invite the University community to a 2010 Political Forum scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at the UVI Administration and Conference Center. The forum is designed to provide a venue for the voting public to learn about the individuals running for public office and their positions on issues affecting the community. For more information contact Kyza Callwood via e-mail at kyzawood3@yahoo.com.

St. Croix Campus SGA Sets V.I. Senatorial Election Forum for Oct. 28

The Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's St. Croix campus will host a V.I. Senatorial Election Forum and meet-and-greet social from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28. The forum will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building.

The forum will allow each senatorial candidate to make a short presentation, discuss his/her platform and address concerns raised by the audience. The social will allow students, faculty, staff and community members to become directly acquainted with candidates. The goal of the activity is to help voters to make an informed decision in the upcoming election. For more information contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at (340) 692-4228.

Students to Attend 10th Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute Oct. 28

Eighteen UVI students have been selected to attend the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute scheduled for Oct. 28 through Nov 2, in New York City. They are: Daniella Henry, St. Clair Hodge, Felix Miga, Kyza Callwood, Alyssa Ryan, Jessica Taylor, Indira Turney, Necola Charles, Miguelina Valdes, Bernhardt Simmonds III, Latisha Ramsey, Carice Glasgow, Sherma Albert-Ferdinand, Laurie Barnwell, Damiana Gonzalez, Andrew Warbington III, Troi Williams and Mandisa Williams. Accompanying the students will be UVI staff members Miriam Osborne-Elliott, Verna Rivers and Ardrina Scott-Elliott.

The Institute will focus on presenting "the best of the best" students from member colleges and universities to leaders and recruiters from the corporate, academic, legal and private industry sectors. Congratulations are extended to all UVI students who interviewed with Scott Lilly, senior director of talent acquisitions and campus relations for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, during his visit to our campuses September 28-30.

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.

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.

Planning Underway for UVI Participation in V.I. Agrifest 2011

Planning for the UVI booth at the Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair - Agrifest 2011 - is underway under the guidance of the Research and Public Service Steering Committee. The 40th anniversary of the Virgin Islands Agriculture and Food Fair is scheduled for Feb. 19 to 21, 2011, on the grounds of the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love on St. Croix. The theme will be "40 Years and Still 'Growing' Strong." The deadline for submission of intent to participate is Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. Click here for the Agrifest 2011 UVI Participation Form. Contact Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060 or cclarke@uvi.edu for more information.

Discounted Wellness Center Rates Offered for UVI Alumni

The UVI Wellness Center on the St. Thomas campus is accepting alumni memberships.

UVI alumni are able to purchase annual memberships for $350. That's a significant savings when compared to the $600 membership fee charged to the general public. Monthly memberships are also available to alumni at the following discounted rates: $30 per month; $85 for 3 months; $170 for 6 months; $260 for 9 months; $350 for 1 year

For alumni who wish to take fitness classes, the drop-in price for non-member alumni is $8 per class. Alumni who are members pay only $6 per drop-in class. An alumni member class passbook (15 classes) is $82. Alumni who are not members can purchase a 15-class passbook for $105. Click here to View the Wellness Center Class Schedule.

The UVI Wellness Center is open Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fitness classes began on Oct. 15.

UVI Awarded $500K National Science Foundation Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant of $499,692 to the University of the Virgin Islands in support of a project to assess the impact of creative problem solving skills training on STEM retention. STEM refers to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics academic disciplines. The UVI project team involved with the grant includes principal investigator Dr. Kimarie Engerman of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and co-principal investigators Dr. Donald Drost and Dr. Konstantinos Alexandridis, both of the UVI College of Science and Mathematics.

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

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 Oct. 26, 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 tests are scheduled for Oct. 28, and Nov. 18, in Evans Center Room 304. The registration deadlines for these tests are Oct. 1, Oct. 22, and 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 dates 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.

A Computer Literacy tutorial on St. Croix is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, in Room 131 of the North West Wing Building. No registration is required to take part in a tutorial.

CELL Notes...

Free Praxis Tutorial Program Extended for St. Thomas Public School Teachers

A free tutorial program covering the Praxis I and II tests for V.I. public school teachers on St. Thomas has been extended by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Education. The tutorials started Saturday, Oct. 16, and continue through Nov. 13. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the UVICELL Center on St. Thomas.

This free service is being funded by the V.I. Department of Education. It prepares public school teachers for the Praxis I and II exams so that they can be designated as highly qualified in order to meet the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. To register for the free tutorials, teachers must be employed by the Department of Education and provide verification of employment upon registering.

For more information or to register, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.