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Bulletin Board for March 31, 2011

New and Updated Items for Thursday, March 31, 2011

UVI 4-H Program Seeking Applicants for 20th Anniversary Carnival 4-H Troupe

The UVI Cooperative Extension Service (CES) 4-H Program is seeking children between the ages of 5-14 years old to participate in the 2011 4-H Carnival Troupe. This year the 4-H troupe celebrates 20 years of participating in VI Carnival. The troupe will feature special costumes in celebration of the 20th anniversary. Costumes will be on display and measurements will begin taking place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the UVI CES Office on the St. Thomas campus. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call Yvonne Phillips at (340) 693-1078 or 693-1080.

Free Hypertension Panel to be Held at UVI on Saturday, April 2

The University of the Virgin Islands School of Nursing will sponsor a panel discussion on hypertension titled "Live Longer and Healthier: Control Your Hypertension," from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center, on the St. Thomas campus. Current evidence-based information on hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, will be shared by an interdisciplinary team. Attendees will receive expert information from integrative medicine physician Dr. Hillary Woodson, kidney disease specialist Dr. Richard Schluessel, registered dietitian Kari Burton, and senior nursing student Camesha George-Caines.

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

St. Thomas Campus Golden Key Society to Induct 45 New Members; Extend Honors

UVI's Golden Key International Honour Society on the St. Thomas campus will induct 45 new members at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 3. The ceremony will take place in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. During the session, Golden Key will also extend honors to UVI Provost Dr. Karl S. Wright, Assistant Professor of English Gene K. Emanuel and Probation Officer of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands Dr. Dionne Simmonds, as well as students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or better. All members of the UVI community - students, faculty and staff - are invited to attend.

Golden Key is the world's premier collegiate honor society. It recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. Its mission is to enable members to realize their potential through the advancement of academics, leadership and service. For more information, contact Kyza A. Callwood via e-mail at kyzawood3@yahoo.com.

MMES Graduate Students to Defend Their Master Theses

Two graduate students in UVI's Masters of Marine & Environmental Sciences (MMES) program will mount thesis defenses at seminars in April. Members of the UVI community are invited to attend.

Gabrielle Renchen will defend the thesis entitled "Assessing the Impact of Derelict Fish Traps in the U.S. Virgin Islands" at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, in the conference room of UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. Committee members are Dr. Simon Pittman (principal investigator, project advisor), Dr. Angela Dikou (UVI major advisor) and Dr. Marilyn Brandt.

Christina Collette will defend the thesis entitled "The effects of seascape structure on the spatial distribution of juvenile fish within Benner Bay Mangrove Lagoon, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands" at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the conference room of UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. Committee members are Dr. Simon Pittman (principal investigator, project advisor), Dr. Richard Nemeth (UVI major advisor) and Dr. John Barimo.

For more information contact Dr. John Barimo, director of the MMES program, at (340) 693-1457 or send e-mail to jbarimo@uvi.edu.

Psi Chi Honor Society to Conduct Induction Ceremony April 5

Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, will conduct an induction ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, in Business Building Room 110 on the St. Thomas campus. For more information, contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman on 693-1277.

Dr. David Gould to Present Faculty Colloquia on St. Croix and St. Thomas

Faculty colloquia featuring Dr. David Gould reporting on his sabbatical and Margin for Excellence Grant project are scheduled at UVI for April 5 on St. Croix and April 12 on St. Thomas. Dr. Gould's project was a translation of the Middle English poem "Pearl." It is forthcoming from the University Press of America. "Pearl" is one of the most intricate and beautiful poems in the English language; unfortunately it is written in a dialect of Middle English which is practically unintelligible to the modern reader. This translation is designed to make the poem accessible to a wider audience.

The presentations will include background information on the project and recitation of substantial portions of the poem. Refreshments will be provided by the Office of the Provost. The colloquia are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, April 5 - from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - in Evans Center Room 716 on St. Croix

Tuesday, April 12 - from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Business Education Room 110 on St. Thomas

For more information contact Dr. Gould at (340) 692-4103 or send e-mail to dgould@uvi.edu.

Law Enforcement Career Days Set at UVI for April 7 & 8

The University of the Virgin Islands will host Law Enforcement Career Days on St. Thomas, on April 7, and on St. Croix, on April 8. The activities represent an expansion of UVI's traditional Law School Awareness Fair, adding participation by law enforcement field officers from more than 23 federal and local agencies. This year's career days will also feature presentations by local law practitioners and representatives and recruiters from seven law schools.

The sessions are open to recent or prospective college graduates and to anyone in the community with an interest in careers in law and law enforcement. Both sessions will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On St. Thomas, the activities will take place in the Sports and Fitness Center. On St. Croix, Career Day will be held in the Evans Center. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival Set for April 8-10 at UVI

For the fifth consecutive year, the Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival will be available free to the Virgin Islands public on UVI's campuses on St. Croix and St. Thomas. The festival, which features six films, is slated for April 8, 9 and 10. The 2011 Traveling Festival features select titles from the 2010 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, the longest-running, premiere showcase for international documentaries in the United States. Two films will be viewed each evening, with screenings begin at 6 p.m. and running until 10 p.m. On St. Thomas the festival will take place in Business Education Room 110 and on St. Croix it will be in Evans Center Room 401.

The traveling festival is featured at museums, universities and colleges throughout the United States and abroad, according to UVI Professor of Communication Dr. Alex Randall, who was instrumental in bringing the festival to the University. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI to Mark National Library Week with Introduction of Enhanced Library

The Information and Technology Services component of the University of the Virgin Islands plans to kick-off National Library Week 2011 with a ceremony on Monday, April 11, to introduce recent enhancements made to the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas campus.

On that day, various student organizations will be led by the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School marching band in a parade from the UVI Bookstore to the library, where former Governor Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D., will offer a keynote address. UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and local library affiliates are invited to the celebration and are welcome to attend tours of the facility after the ceremony.

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

Essay Contest for UVI Students on St. Croix to Mark National Library Week

National Library Week 2011 (April 11-17) is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians within the communities they serve. This year UVI's library on St. Croix has planned several activities to celebrate NLW in keeping with the National theme - "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library."

As part of this annual event, UVI students on St. Croix are invited to participate in a short essay contest. Essays should be 300 to 400 words on the subject "What is your most memorable Library experience that contributed to your educational success?" The contest's top prize is a $75 gift certificate to the UVI Bookstore. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, April 15. Click here for complete Essay Contest Rules and Details. For more information call the library at (340) 692-4130.

VIUCEDD Offers Introduction to American Sign Language on St. Thomas and St. Croix

UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will offer a course titled Introduction to American Sign Language during April on St. Thomas and on St. Croix. The classes will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays from April 11 through June 6, and will run from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. daily. The course is designed for individuals who work with or come into contact with people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The cost is $150.

On St. Thomas, classes will be held at Charlotte Amalie High School, Room N-103. For more information or to register on St. Thomas, contact Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or send e-mail to: aplunke@uvi.edu.

On St. Croix the classes will be held in the conference room of the VIUCEDD office at #1 Estate Golden Grove (across from the Spicy Grill). For more information or to register on St. Croix, contact Sandra Pierre-Louis at (340) 692-4267 or send e-mail to: slouis@uvi.edu.

Dateline: UVI Covers Campus Naming, Charter Day, St. John Academic Center

The March issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI has been published. It is available from the Public Relations section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The issue features coverage of the naming of the campus on St. Croix as the Albert A. Sheen Campus of the University of the Virgin Islands. Also included is a story on the 49th Charter Day ceremony, a look at UVI's new St. John Academic Center and a photo from the recent Spring Student Research Symposium.

37th Annual Academic Awards Program on St. Croix Slated for April 16

The 37th Annual Academic Awards Program for UVI Students on St. Croix is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. This event will be held in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. For more information contact Dr. Kenny A. Hendrickson at (340) 692-4124 or send e-mail to khendri@uvi.edu.

47th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony Slated April 17 on St. Thomas

The 47th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for UVI students on St. Thomas will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, in the Sports and Fitness Center. For more information, contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman (340) 693-1277 or send e-mail to kengerm@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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

The University of the Virgin Islands-Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Autism Network (VIAN) will host the 4th Annual Autism Conference at UVI.

The conference will be held on St. Thomas in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on April 19. On St. Croix, the conference will take place in the Great Hall of the Northwest Wing building on April 20. Both sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Registration can be handled as follows:

Register online at http://viucedd.org under the Events tab.

On St. Thomas, contact Maritza Swan at (340) 693-1322 or send e-mail to: mswan@uvi.edu, or contact Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or send e-mail to: aplunke@uvi.edu.

On St. Croix contact Sandra Pierre-Louis at (340) 692-4267 or send email to: slouis@uvi.edu.

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.

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 campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix 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.

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.

Student Testing Notes...

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: 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: 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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.