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Bulletin Board for March 28, 2011

UVI Celebrates Naming of Campus on St. Croix for Attorney Albert A. Sheen, Sr.

The University of the Virgin Islands celebrated the naming of its campus on St. Croix in honor of the late Albert A. Sheen, Sr., with a ceremony on Thursday, March 24. Sheen was a prominent Virgin Islands judge, attorney, legislator, businessman and former instructor at UVI on St. Croix. The event was attended by family members, including Sheen's widow, J'Ada Finch-Sheen, and children, members of the V.I. court, UVI administrators and Chairman of the UVI Board of Trustees Alexander A. Moorhead. A news release, including a photo of the new campus sign, is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Signup Extended to April 1 for Director's Regional Meeting on Aging, Health Disparities

Virgin Islands health science professionals and students studying health sciences are invited to participate in the Director's Regional Meeting of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to be held on the University of the Virgin Islands' St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses on April 7 and 8. Hosting this prestigious meeting in the Virgin Islands is a first for UVI, according to Dr. Gloria Callwood, director of the Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center at UVI. The conference is free. The registration deadline for the Meeting has been extended to Friday, April 1. Interested individuals should go to the NIH website - http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/2011DirectorsRegionalMtg.htm - and click on Web Registration. A news release is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Reggae Old School Meets New School Saturday, April 2, at UVI's Reichhold Center

The entertainment continues at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts when reggae old school meets new school in a show Saturday, April 2, featuring legendary singer Jimmy Cliff and breakout solo artist Gramps Morgan. The fun starts at 8 p.m. For more information visit the Reichhold Center website - www.reichholdcenter.com.

Biologist and CAHS Graduate to Tour Schools as 'Celebrity Scientist'

Research Fishery Biologist Dr. Cecil A. Jennings will be the next scientist to tour the territory's schools as part of the VI-EPSCoR Celebrity Scientists Tour, in which well-known local, national and international scientists make their way to schools across the territory in hopes of increasing students' interest in the sciences. Dr. Jennings, a graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School, works for the US Geological Survey and is an adjunct professor of Fisheries in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia. A news release is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Kwesi Williams to Present Senior Recital Sunday, April 10, on St. Thomas

Steele pannist Kwesi Williams will present his senior recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 10, at the Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church on St. Thomas. Williams will be accompanied by Monet I. Davis. The free presentation is sponsored by the Music Area of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

UVI Offering Collegiate Learning Assessment on Both Campuses

The University of the Virgin Islands in conjunction with the Council for Aid to Education is conducting the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) for graduating seniors. The CLA measures graduating seniors' knowledge in critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving and written communication abilities.

CLA Test Information on St. Thomas

Dates: March 28, April 11 and 15, 2011 or by arrangement
Times: 6 to 7:30 p.m. or by arrangement

Locations: Labs 101 and 103 in the Classroom Administration (CA) Building

CLA Test Information on St. Croix

Dates: March 28, April 11 and 15, 2011 or by arrangement

Times: 6 to 7:30 p.m. or by arrangement

Location: Computer Lab

Student participation will help UVI with its national assessment and students will receive their scores from CLA. Cash awards are available to students who perform well. Graduating seniors who have attended UVI for all undergraduate years are invited to attend. For more information contact Professor Linda Wymer at (340) 693-1346 or lwymer@uvi.edu or Dr. Lonnie Hudspeth at 693-1315 or lhudspe@uvi.edu.

UVI Production of "Old Story Time" Changes Venue to Reichhold Center for the Arts

The venue for the UVI Theatre mainstage production of "Old Story Time," by Trevor D. Rhone, has been switched from Yacht Haven Grande to the Reichhold Center for the Arts and the opening date has changed from Friday April 8 to Thursday April 14, 2011.

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

4th Annual Autism Conference to Be Hosted at UVI on April 19 and 20

April is Autism Awareness Month and the 4th Annual Autism Conference will be hosted on UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix on April 19 and April 20, respectively. The conference will be hosted by the UVI Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Islands Autism Network (VIAN). The conference will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Advance registration is required. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jed Baker, director of the Social Skills Training Project, an organization serving individuals with autism and social communication issues.

On St. Thomas the session will take place in the Administration and Conference Center. The venue on St. Croix is the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. On St. Thomas call Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or send e-mail to: aplunke@uvi.edu, or call Angela Belfon at (340) 693-1322 or send e-mail to: abelfon@uvi.edu. On St. Croix Sandra Pierre-Louis at (340) 692-4267 or send e-mail to: slouis@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

Community Asked to Vote Online for UVI Student Filmmaker

UVI junior communications major Sondria Pemberton has been selected as one of seven finalists in the national Sprint 4G Filmmakers Challenge. Members of the University and V.I. community are asked to cast votes for Pemberton's short film at: http://www.4gcompetitiveedge.com. Her film, "Sprint 4G Saves Tropical Day," can be viewed at the website. Voting is open until Tuesday, March 29.

The Sprint 4G Filmmakers Challenge is open to college students across the nation, in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The competition pits Pemberton's short film against those produced by six other finalists, all of whom were required to utilize a video-enabled 4G Sprint mobile device or any video-capable device. The two entries with the highest number of votes win a $2,500 cash prize to launch their career, roundtrip airfare and ground transportation to Washington, D.C., hotel accommodations for two nights, and lunch with a Sprint executive. A news release is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Community Urged to Vote for UVI in 'Retool Your School' Program

The University of the Virgin Islands has been announced as a finalist in The Home Depot's 2011 "Retool Your School" campus improvement grant program, designed to provide resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). UVI is competing against 56 other HBCUs for $150,000 in grants for on-campus improvements. UVI is asking the Virgin Islands community to visit www.retoolyourschool.com each day until April 22, to vote for UVI's sustainable campus improvement project. One $50,000 major grant and ten $10,000 minor grants will be awarded. The Home Depot® will announce the winners on May 16. "We are encouraging everyone to log on daily to www.retoolyourschool.com and vote for UVI," said UVI's Director of Major Gifts Mitchell Neaves. A news release is available from the UVI website -www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VIUCEDD Plans Service Coordination Workshops on St. Croix and St. Thomas

UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host a Service Coordination Workshops on St. Croix and St. Thomas for professionals who provide care coordination for children and youth with disabilities and special health care needs and/or assist families with services from childhood through transition to adult services.

The St. Croix workshop is set for 8 a.m. to noon on March 28, the Northwest Wing Great Hall on the UVI campus. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on March 29, on the second floor of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. To register, please contact these individuals: Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or via e-mail at aplunke@uvi.edu or Maritza Swan at (340) 776-9200 ext. 2334 or via e-mail at mswan@uvi.edu.

Prominent VI Women to Join Leadership Forum at UVI on March 29

A women's leadership forum entitled "VI Women in Leadership: Myths and Realities" will be held on Tuesday, March 29, on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The goal is to increase student awareness of and exposure to Virgin Islands women who hold leadership positions and to empower them to realize their possibilities. Virgin Islands women in prominent leadership roles - Superior Court Judge Audrey L. Thomas, Memorial Moravian Church Pastor Winnel Roberts, St. Croix District Senator Nellie Rivera-O'Reilly, UVI's St. Thomas campus physician Dr. Audria Thomas, and Vice President for Public Relations and Governmental Affairs at Innovative Jennifer Matarangas-King - will participate.

The forum - held in celebration of Women's History month which is observed nationally each March - will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

SGA to Host St. Croix Campus Shadow Our Students Program on March 29

The Student Government Association on UVI's St. Croix campus will host its fifth annual SOS (Shadow Our Students) Program on Tuesday, March 29. The program is designed to enhance UVI's recruitment efforts and build mentoring relationships between UVI students and graduating seniors in the local high schools. SOS gives students an opportunity to see first-hand the wealth of academic opportunities, professional development initiatives and extra-curricular programs offered at the University. Participants can shadow students studying in their prospective fields of interest and interact with student leaders. The highlight of this year's event will be a presentation by motivational speaker UVI Professor Ricardo Caldwell. The SOS 2011 theme on the St. Croix campus is "Inspiring Minds...Pursing Greatness." For details, contact SOS Program Coordinator/SGA Public Relations Officer Kevin Dixon at (340) 692-4191 or send email to sgastx@myuvi.net. Information is also available from Student Activities Supervisor Hedda Finch-Simpson at (340) 692-4228.

UVI Music Instructor to be Honored March 29 at Annual March Music Series Concert

Jo Sandra Jones-James, a UVI part-time music instructor, has been selected to be honored by the Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute and the Virgin Islands Council of the Arts, as part of the territory's Fifth Annual March Music Series. This tribute is sponsored by the Cultural Education Division of the Department of Education, which selects individuals who have contributed tremendously to the advancement of music in the Virgin Islands. James will receive this prestigious award on Tuesday, March 29, during a tribute concert featuring the Ivannna Eudora Kean High School Music Department at Emancipation Garden from 10 a.m. to noon.

AES Sets Seminar on Tilapia Production on St. Croix Campus on March 30

A seminar on tilapia production using UVI's Biofloc System is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in Research and Extension Center Room 133 on the St. Croix campus. The seminar, part of a series hosted by UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), will be hosted by Research Specialist Donald Bailey, who works with the Aquaculture Program. The seminar title is "Tilapia Production in the UVI Biofloc System: Opportunities and Options for Profitable Farming." The seminar is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Bailey at (340) 692-4038.

VIUCEDD Plans Annual Open House for March 31 on St. Thomas

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will conduct its annual open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, in the first-floor conference room of the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

An informative program is planned, featuring opening remarks by VIUCEDD Executive Director Dr. Yegin Habtes and an overview of programs and services for persons with disabilities in the Virgin Islands. The center opened in 1994. The open house will also include a financial planning workshop and demonstrations of newly developed devices that can be employed as assistive technology by persons with disabilities. Many of these devices can also benefit individuals without disabilities.

Door prizes, refreshments and information and awareness about VIUCEDD programs and services will be offered. For more information call (340) 693-1185.

St. Croix Faculty Regalia Measurements Needed by March 31

UVI faculty members on the St. Croix campus who need to rent or purchase regalia for commencement are urged to visit the Bookstore by Thursday, March 31, to provide measurements. For details, call (340) 692-4166.

UVI Concert Choir to Perform at Nisky Moravian Church on April 3

The UVI Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, will present a concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the Nisky Moravian Church on St. Thomas.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the UVI Bookstore, the Liberal Arts office or from choir members. For further information call (340) 693-1340.

UVI Spring Student Research Symposium Winners Announced

The winners of the 2011 Spring Student Research Symposium, held March 12, have been announced by the UVI College of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Program. There were 38 registered participants. This was the first time that graduate students presented their research at the Spring Research Symposium, which was held on the St. Croix campus. The winners will receive certificates at the UVI's Spring Academic Awards Ceremony scheduled for April 17.

A news release, featuring details of the students' research and their mentors is available on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

CES Launches Weekly Radio Program on 107.9 FM

The University of the Virgin Islands' Cooperative Extension Service has taken to the airwaves to inform Virgin Islands residents of its programs and services by launching "Agriculture on the Grow." This weekly program discusses a wide range of topics that include the business of agriculture, research projects, environmental science and marine interests among other subjects.

CES Public Information Specialist Clarice Clarke serves as host. "Agriculture on the Grow" can be heard on 107.9 FM DaVybe, from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturdays.

As the outreach arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Land-Grant University System, UVI's Cooperative Extension Service takes the University to the people with programming that focuses on nutrition, diet and health, 4-H and youth development, sustainable agriculture, natural resources, and leadership and volunteer development. For more information, call 692-4060 or email cclarke@uvi.edu.

CES 4-H Program Seeking Children Five to 12 for 2011 Carnival Troupe on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (CES) 4-H Program on the St. Thomas campus is looking for children between the ages of five and 12 to become a part of the 2011 4-H Carnival Troupe. For more information, please contact Yvonne Phillips at (340) 693-1078.

Volunteers Sought to Assist with Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition on April 9

The St. Croix campus Student Government Association has announced that the Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the Island Center for the Performing Arts. The SGA is seeking ten volunteers to assist with this event. UVI students must register in the Student Government Association Office or the Student Activities Office no later than Friday, March 25.

Deadline to Apply for UVI Graduate Math Program for Teachers Is April 30

The third cohort of UVI's Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (MMAT) program is scheduled to begin in August 2011. The program is for teachers of mathematics at the secondary level and prospective teachers with undergraduate degrees in mathematics. April 30, 2011 is the application deadline for the program. For an overview of the program, costs and requirements, visit the College of Science and Mathematics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link. More information is also available from Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Vanere Goodwin at (340) 692-4115 or send e-mail to vgoodwi@uvi.edu.

UVI Accepting Applications for 'Math Behind the Science' Free Summer Program

UVI is accepting applications for its 2011 "Math Behind the Science" summer bridge program. The free program (previously called Summer Bridge2Calculus) is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, technology or medicine.

Math Behind the Science will prepare students to enter UVI's introductory calculus course and provide a foundation for success in that important course. Field trips, guest speakers and workshops are integrated into the five-week summer program. Sessions begin on June 20, and end with an awards ceremony on July 29. Recent high school graduates and current Math Skills students are eligible to participate in this program.

Applications for the program are due by May 25. More information and an online application form are available from the Summer Programs tab on the Emerging Caribbean Scientists web page - http://ecs.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Click here for the application form.

UVI Accepting Master of Marine and Environmental Science Program Applications

The Master of Marine and Environmental Science program at the University of the Virgin Islands is now accepting application for the Fall 2011 semester. For more information please visit the web site: http://mmes.uvi.edu.

UVI Accepting Applications for the Master of Arts in Psychology Program

The University of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications from students interested in enrolling in its Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in counseling program for the Fall 2011 semester. The MAP program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills and experiential opportunities to allow them to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. A program overview and admission criteria are available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. Interested applicants can also contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo on St. Croix at (340) 692-4264 or Dr. Angela Adams on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1258 for more information.

BWC Planning Pre-Finals Academic Jams on St. Thomas, St. Croix

UVI's Brothers With A Cause organization will sponsor week-long academic jams on the University's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses from April 22 through 27. The jams are designed to create an atmosphere that allows students to sharpen their understanding of course materials in preparation for final exams through peer tutoring, group study and counseling. On-campus sessions are planned daily, stretching from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

On St. Thomas sessions will be available daily - from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. - in the Campus Advising & Tutorial Services (CATS) office. Group study and tutorials will be offered daily in the Dining Pavilion from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Access will also be available 24/7 in the Library Room 120 Computer Lab. On April 26 and 27 special sessions will be available in the VIP Room of the Sports and Fitness Center from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Counseling for individuals experiencing test anxiety will be available by appointment. Call (340) 693-1136.

On St. Croix sessions will be available daily - from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. - in the Campus Advising & Tutorial Services (CATS) office. Sessions for commuter students will be offered from 9 a.m. to midnight daily in the Residence Hall Seminar Room. Sessions for residential students will also be available in the Seminar Room from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Access will also be available 24/7 in the North West Wing Room 120 Computer Lab. Counseling for individuals experiencing text anxiety will be available by appointment. Call (340) 692-4187.

For more information on St. Thomas, contact (340) 693-1112. For more information on St. Croix, contact (340) 692-4181.

Student Testing Notes...

Spring 2011 Computer Literacy Examination (CLE) Schedule Set for St. Croix


The schedule for Spring 2011 Computer Literacy Examinations (CLE) and the schedule for CLE Tutorials for UVI's St. Croix campus has been released.

Computer Literacy Examination Schedule

CLE D (04/09/2011) SAT 12:00-02:00 p.m. NW131 Clavier M

Computer Literacy Examination Tutorial Scheduled

CLE D (04/02/2011) SAT 12:00-02:00 p.m. NW131 Clavier M

For more information contact Marthious Clavier at (340) 692-4090 or send e-mail to: mclavie@uvi.edu.

Spring 2011 Computer Literacy Examination (CLE) Schedule for St. Thomas

The Computer Literacy Examination (CLE) will be offered on UVI's St. Thomas campus on four separate occasions in April.

Thursday, April 14 - from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, April 15 - from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All exams will take place in Room 204E of the Business Education building. Students should visit the School of Business Office to sign up for the examination.

English Proficiency Exam Slated for April 7 at UVI

UVI's Spring semester English Proficiency Exam (EPE) for the University is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on April 7, 2011.

On St. Thomas, the test will be administered in Rooms 223, 224 and 225 of UVI's Sports and Fitness Center. Students should be prepared to present an I.D. in order to be admitted. Students must register for the EPE in the Access and Enrollment Office located in the Administration and Conference Center building. For more information on St. Thomas, contact Dr. Vincent Cooper at (340) 693-693-1351.

On St. Croix, the exam will be administered in Rooms 302, 303, 305, and 308 of the Evans Center. Students are required to register at the Enrollment and Access Office in Room 807. Two EPE workshops are scheduled on the St. Croix campus, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18, and from 4 to 6 p.m., on Friday, April 1. The workshop venue is Evans Center Room 716. For more information on St. Croix, please Dr. Valerie Combie at 692-4126.

MPA Comprehensive Exam Scheduled for April 8 at UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands will administer the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Comprehensive Exam on Friday, April 8, 2011. The exam will be offered on both campuses. The rooms for the exam are to be announced. Candidates for the exam should contact Dr. Sunday Odezah no later than Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at (340) 693-1283 or via e-mail to sodezah@uvi.edu.

CLEP Test Schedule for Spring 2011 Announced for St. Croix Campus

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests will be administered on the following schedule for the Spring 2011 semester on UVI's St. Croix campus.

Test Date Registration Deadline

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Friday April 8, 2011

Students can register for the tests in the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center Room 811. Testing begins promptly at 9 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test. The cost associated with CLEP tests is $77 per test; make check or money order payable to CLEP. An additional administrative fee of $15 is 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. More information is available from this St. Croix Campus CLEP Guidelines link. Students can also call (340) 692-4103 or 692-4158 for additional information.

CLEP Test Schedule for Spring 2011 Announced for St. Thomas Campus

Students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Spring 2011 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. The remaining CLEP tests will be administered on April 11, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123). Students can register for the test at the Office of Access and Enrollment Services' front desk, 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 test days 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. The cost associated with CLEP is $77 (payable to College Board) per test 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. More information is available from this St. Thomas Campus CLEP Guidelines link. Students can also send email to cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.