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New and Updated Items for Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011

UVI to Close Jan. 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Monday, Jan. 17, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. While UVI's libraries will be closed on Jan. 17, they will be open on Saturday, Jan. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 16, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. UVI computer labs - the 24/7 lab on St. Thomas and the NWW 120 Lab on St. Croix - will be available to students on the holiday.

Caribbean Writer 2011 Calendar Available at Discount Rate

The Caribbean Writer's 2011 Calendar "12 Months of Art and Poetry" are available at a discounted rate of $15 or two for $28. Even though the holidays are past, the calendars make great gifts for birthdays and anniversaries. Copies of the current issue of "The Caribbean Writer" anthology - Volume 24 - are also available for $20.

To place an order or for more information, contact Quilin Mars (340) 692-4152 or send e-mail to qmars@uvi.edu . Visit the Caribbean Writer website at: www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org .

Speaker to Address Connections Between Math and Biology on Jan. 19

Dr. Louis Gross, a professor and researcher from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will present a talk - "What's math got to do with it? Connections between math and biology." - at UVI at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The presentation will be available in Business Building room 110 on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center room 713 on the St. Croix campus.

Dr. Gross is a James R. Cox and Alvin and Sally Beaman Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics. He is the director of UT's Institute for Environmental Modeling and also directs the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis. His research focuses on applications of mathematics and computational methods in many areas of ecology, including disease ecology, landscape ecology, spatial control for natural resource management, photosynthetic dynamics and the development of quantitative curricula for life science undergraduates.

Dr. Gross' visit is supported by the National Science Foundation's HBCU-UP program and coordinated by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Program in UVI's College of Science and Mathematics. For more information contact Dr. Robert Stolz at rstolz@uvi.edu .

Boston University Early Medical School Program Presentation Set Jan. 21 at UVI

Virgin Islands high school students with an interest in medical school careers are invited to attend a lecture by Dr. John Polk, M.D., assistant dean for student affairs at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Polk will discuss BU's Early Medical School Selection Program from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21. The lecture will take place in first floor of the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus, with a video conference link to the Theatre (Evans Center Room 401) on the St. Croix campus. Student interviews with Dr. Polk on Jan. 21 may be arranged by contacting Dr. Sandra Romano, UVI's Pre-Health Professions Advisor, at (340) 693-1389.

Students in the Boston University Early Medical School Program attend UVI, and spend two summers and their senior year in Boston.

Free VIUCEDD Workshops for Siblings/Care Takers of Disabled Set for Feb. 7 & 9

Workshops for the siblings, family members, caretakers and service providers of persons with developmental and mental health disabilities will be offered at UVI on St. Thomas on Monday, Feb. 7, and on Wednesday, Feb. 9, on St. Croix. The workshops are hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands-Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD).

Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The St. Thomas workshop will take place in UVI's Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix the workshop will be held in the Great Hall, located in the North West Wing Building.

The workshops will address the specific concerns and the unique needs of siblings and family members. Continuing support and future care planning will also be covered.

The workshops are free and breakfast and lunch are included. For more information or to register, contact Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 (e-mail: aplunke@uvi.edu ) or Maritza Swan at (340) 776-9200 ext. 2334 (e-mail: mswan@uvi.edu ).

Students Encouraged to Explore TMCF Scholarship Opportunities

Interested UVI students are encouraged to explore scholarship opportunities organized by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and several national organizations. Specific opportunities are available to students who are also outstanding community leaders who exemplify the values of volunteerism and service. The scholarships cover a variety of fields - business, finance, hospitality, tourism, and ROTC programs. Latisha Ramsey, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Student Ambassador for UVI, has prepared an overview of currently available scholarships. Click to read TMCF Scholarship Opportunities . (PDF file.) More information and applications are available from the TMCF website: www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org . Interested UVI students can also contact Latisha Ramsey at 910061547@myuvi.net .

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Society of V.I. Historians to Hold 25th Annual Meeting Jan. 15 on St. Croix

UVI Professor Emeritus Dr. Arnold Highfield and part-time UVI Professor of Anthropology and History Dr. Betsy Rezende will be among the presenters at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians set for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, at Government House in Christiansted, St. Croix. The meeting's theme is "Celebrating the 275th Commemoration of Christiansted Town." Drs. Highfield and Rezende are among seven presenters. Dr. Highfield will provide "An Overview of Christiansted Town." Dr. Rezende will join Anna Walbom in presenting a "Historic Viewing of 20 Rare Photographs: 1860-1917."

Other presenters include George F. Tyson (The Contributions of Africans to the Establishment of Christiansted Town), Poul Olsen (Fights, Frights and Fire Fighters: Social Conflict, Social Capital and the Christiansted Brand Corps), and Bill Cissel (The Military History of Christiansted Town).

A panel comprised of the historians and St. Croix National Park Service Superintendent Joel Tutein will address the theme: "Christiansted Town: Past and Future." The meeting is funded in part by the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts. For more information contact Dr. Altetha Baumann at (340) 692-4178.

Dr. Hall to be Among DST Sorority's Tribute To Trailblazers Honorees on Jan. 16

The St. Thomas Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will pay tribute to five dynamic and outstanding organizations in the Virgin Islands community and the individuals representing them at a reception at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel and Beach Resort. Among the organizations to be honored are UVI's Brothers With A Cause and UVI President Dr. David Hall. Other organizations to be honored are Kidscope, Inc. (Dilsa Cadeville), HOPE, Inc. (Ivy Moses), SPARKS (Shereese Jurgen and Attroney Judy M. Gomez), and the Young Professionals Network (Vernon Araujo and Carlah Malek). The reception is titled "DST: A Tribute to Trailblazers."

Tickets for the event are $45. For tickets and additional information contact Cava Pemberton at (340) 626-0729 or Vernelle deLagarde at (340) 771-1825.

UVI Bookstores Offer Extended Hours as Spring Semester Opens

The UVI Bookstores on both the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses are offering extended hours as the 2011 spring semester begins. On St. Croix, the extended hours continue through Jan. 21. For details visit the Bookstore's website at STX Bookstore Hours . On St. Thomas, extended hours will continue through Jan. 22. For details visit the Bookstore's website at STT Bookstore Hours .

CES to Begin Free Weight Management Workshops on St. Thomas in January

Two, six-week Weight Management Workshops will be offered to members of the UVI community and the general public beginning in January on St. Thomas. The free workshops, presented by Dr. Caryl Johnson, will focus on topics such as the food pyramid, portion size, energy balance, exercise, behavior modification and menu planning. Sessions are planned from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays from Jan. 18 through Feb. 22, and on Thursdays, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. from Jan. 20 through Feb. 24. The workshops are sponsored by the 4-H, Family and Consumer Sciences Program of the UVI Cooperative Extension Services (CES). Sessions will be held at the CES office in the New House Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

To register or for more information, contact: Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082, or Orpha Penn at (340) 693-1080.

Students Encouraged to Submit Afternoon on the Green Artwork; Deadline Jan. 21

The University of the Virgin Islands Afternoon on the Green Committee has issued a call for artwork for the 2011 Afternoon on the Green. All amateur artists in the Virgin Islands are asked to submit artwork that depicts this year's theme, "Join UVI in Going Green, Afternoon on the Green 2011." The artwork should be submitted in PDF format via e-mail to UVI's Special Events Coordinator Liza Margolis at lmargol@uvi.edu . Each entry must include the artist's name, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number and school (if applicable). Parents' names must be included for artists who are under the age of 18. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, Jan. 21.

The selected artwork will be used in all Afternoon on the Green posters, flyers and t-shirts. The name of the winner will also be used in marketing efforts. High school and college students are especially encouraged to submit artwork. All entries will be displayed at Afternoon on the Green. This contest is a good way for amateur artists in the Virgin Islands to get exposure. Afternoon on the Green will be held on March 13, on the Herman E. Moore Golf Course on UVI's St. Thomas campus. For more information, contact Liza Margolis at 693-1053 or send e-mail to lmargol@uvi.edu .

SGA Accepting Applications for Miss UVI Pageant Through Jan. 27

The Queen's Committee of the St. Croix campus Student Government Association (SGA) has announced that Miss UVI applications are available at the SGA offices and Student Activities Office. Interested female students are encouraged to participate. The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27. For more information, contact Malkia Morton at sgastx@myuvi.net .

Michael Bolton to Perform at Reichhold Center on Jan. 29

Michael Bolton, one of the music industry's most successful and accomplished artists, will perform at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 29. The show begins at 8 p.m. Bolton has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide. Along with selections from his many classics - "Soul Provider," "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" and "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" - he will perform music from his most recent album, "One World One Love," in which he collaborates with some of today's hottest acts, including Lady GaGa, R&B singer Ne-Yo and Jamaican sensation Tami Chynn. For details and ticket information call (340) 693-1559 or purchase online from the Reichhold Center website - http://www.reichholdcenter.com . St. John residents are encouraged to sign up for the discount shuttle service between Red Hook and the Reichhold Center by calling (340) 693-1559.

Male Empowerment Conference Slated for February at UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands and the Virgin Islands Department of Education will host a male empowerment conference on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Tuesday, Feb. 8 and on UVI's St. Croix campus on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011. The theme of the conference is "Man-Up: Realize your Potential - Tools and Resources for Males on the Journey Toward a Successful Life." The primary focus of the conference is on high school males, young men who desire to get back on the academic track and community leaders. The fundamental message is that there is something very powerful about staying on an academic path and aiming for a university-level education.

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

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for December 2010

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Dec. 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 .

Hassel Island Beach Cleanup Featured on UVI Today... Photo Blog

A group of UVI graduate students dubbing themselves "ecozationists" (derived from the terms eco and organizations) spearheaded a pre-Christmas beach cleanup on St. Thomas' Hassel Island. Joining the students in UVI's Masters of Marine and Environmental Studies program were members of the UVI Green Ambassadors student group, representatives from tour operator Virgin Islands Ecotours, members of the Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John and a number of UVI faculty. A photo from the cleanup is featured on the UVI Today... photo blog. The photo blog is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com/

Students Invited to Apply for UVI Honors Program

Applications are now being accepted for admission into the UVI Honors Program. The Honors Program seeks to produce exceptional scholars and citizens by providing UVI student participants with enriched intellectual, leadership and outreach experiences designed to cultivate thoughtful, deliberative, articulate, ethically grounded, globally connected and actively contributing members of society. Interested students should review the criteria for admission and complete the application provided on the Honors Program website, which is available from the Academics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link . Questions and completed applications should be forwarded to Honors Program Director Dr. LaVerne Brown (LBrown@uvi.edu).

St. Croix Student Affairs SYNERGY Newsletter Published

The Spring 2011 edition of SYNERGY, the St. Croix Student Affairs newsletter is now available from the Student Activities section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link . The newsletter includes a welcome from the Student Affairs staff and photos of some students and staffers. Also featured are comments from several UVI students who attended the 10th Annual Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute held last November in New York City.

UVI CELL Items...

DOE, UVICELL Seeking Students for SAT Prep Course

The V.I. Department of Education (DOE) in collaboration with the UVICELL Center is once again accepting applications for its Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Prep course. Interested applicants must submit applications to the UVI-CELL Center by Friday, Jan. 21, to be considered for the program. 

  The SAT Prep Course is free and is being sponsored by the V.I. Department of Education. The program is designed to improve SAT scores by lowering testing anxiety and improving test-taking skills. Applicants must be a public high school student on St. Thomas or St. Croix and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Weekday and Saturday classes will begin the week of Feb. 7, on both St. Croix and St. Thomas. Students accepted into the program must attend a mandatory orientation where they will receive the complete course schedule and other pertinent information. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request an application, call (340) 693-1106. 

UVICELL to Offer Basic QuickBooks Training on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use QuickBooks, the full-featured small business accounting software. 

Introduction to QuickBooks will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Feb. 2, on the St. Thomas Campus. Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more. 

For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVICELL at (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL to Offer Bookkeeping Course Beginning in March

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer courses for individuals interested in acquiring basic bookkeeping skills beginning in March on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas, Intro to Bookkeeping will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday starting March 1, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday starting March 2, at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted.

Participants will learn to perform basic bookkeeping functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions, preparing basic financial statements, reconciling bank statements, preparing payroll and much more.

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