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Bulletin Board for October 28, 2010

St. Croix Campus to Host Chamber's Business After Hours Today (Oct. 28)

The St. Croix Chamber of Commerce will conduct a Business After Hours activity on UVI's St. Croix campus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 28, in the courtyard of the Melvin Evans Center. Click here to view flyer.

A number of St. Croix campus offices and areas - Nursing, Cooperative Extension Service, The Caribbean Writer, Agricultural Research, Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning and Alumni Affairs - will present information tables. The Kalalloo Marketplace website - http://kalalloo.com - will provide live coverage. The event will also include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, tours of the Melvin Evans Center and music by the Eddie Russell Jazz Band. The public is invited.

St. Croix Campus SGA Sets V.I. Senatorial Election Forum Today (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. today (Thursday, Oct. 28). The forum will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. UVI Professor Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson will moderate the event.

The forum will provide time for 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.

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

Red Ribbon Week activities - designed to combat alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse - continue through Friday on UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses. Public marches were held on both campuses. A door decoration contest is scheduled for Friday on St. Croix, with a costume contest and karaoke beginning at 11:30 a.m. on St. Thomas at the Dining Pavilion. Photos from the St. Thomas and St. Croix campus marches are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog. The photo blog is available from the - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

Detailed Red Ribbon Week 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.

'Coming to the Stage' Show Slated for UVI Dining Pavilion on Oct. 29

UVI's Office of Student Affairs on the St. Thomas campus will host a "Coming to the Stage" song and dance presentation featuring eight talented acts at the Dining Pavilion on Friday, Oct. 29. Previous "Coming to the Stage" productions have helped to launch a number of local groups, including BV and Drastic. The winning act will receive a cash prize. The theme for the event is "We're Masquerade" and patrons of the show are encouraged to join in the fun by wearing Halloween costumes. The doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for UVI students (with I.D.) and $8 for non-students. Music will be provided by DJ Keg and DJ Malie. An after-party will follow, featuring Daddy Jones and the Crew, and Pumpa. After-party admission is $15 for UVI students (with I.D.) and $20 for others. After-party admission is only $10 for UVI students who paid $5 for the early show. For more information call (340) 693-1112.

UVI's Musicians on the Rise Club Plans Haunted Theatre on Oct. 31

The newly formed UVI music club Musicians on the Rise will host a "Haunted Theatre" at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31, in the UVI Music Suite on the St. Thomas campus. New and classic horror films (The Shining, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc.) will be shown. Two films will be shown at a time, with the first showing at 8 p.m. and the second at 10 p.m. The UVI community is invited. Tickets are $2 for one film and $3 for two. The Music Suite, on the upper campus, will be suitably decorated. For more information send email to beccadarling24@gmail.com.

UVI to Close Nov. 1 in Observance of Liberty Day Holiday

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Monday, Nov. 1, in observance of Liberty Day. UVI classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. 2, on their regular schedules. While UVI's libraries will also be closed on Nov. 1, they will be open on their regularly scheduled hours over the weekend: Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 31, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In an effort to maintain technology services to students during the Liberty Day Holiday, both campuses will observe the following schedule for student lab access on Monday, November 1, 2010.

Computer labs that will be open for students on Nov. 1, are 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.

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.

October Issue of Dateline: UVI Newsletter Published

The October issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI has been published. The newsletter includes a story and photos from World Food Day on the St. Croix campus, a feature on the UVI literary journal "The Caribbean Writer" and a look at the recent Health and Wellness screening day on St. Croix. Dateline: UVI is available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - 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.

Other Current Items...

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.

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 the Thurgood Marshall College Fund earlier this semester.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 deadlines 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 fors 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.