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Bulletin Board for November 23, 2011

UVI to Close Nov. 24-25 to Observe Thanksgiving Day, Fortsberg/Discovery Day

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of Thanksgiving Day and the Fortsberg/Discovery Day holiday, respectively.

UVI's Libraries and the St. John Academic Center will also be closed for the holidays on Nov. 24 and 25. Students will have normal access to computer labs - North West Wing 120 Lab on St. Croix and the 24/7 Library lab on St. Thomas - during the holidays. The Libraries will resume regular schedules at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27. The St. John Academic Center will resume its regular schedule at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 28.

UVI's Libraries, normally closed on Saturdays, will continue offering Saturday Exam Prep Special Hours - 1 to 8 p.m. - on Saturday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Dec. 3.

Evans Center Closed to All for Electrical Upgrade Work Nov. 24-25

Major electrical upgrade work - which may result in occasional electrical power outages - in UVI's Melvin Evans Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus are scheduled to continue during the holiday break, Nov. 24 and 25. Evans Center will be closed to all members of the faculty, staff, students and the general public in order to minimize disruption of the project from 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23, until 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Public cooperation while this project is ongoing is greatly appreciated. To arrange for use of other facilities on campus during this period, call Facilities Coordinator Riise Thurland at (340) 692-4155 or send e-mail to rthurla@uvi.edu.

UVI Publishes 'The Alumni Chronicles' E-newsletter

UVI has published the alumni e-newsletter, "The UVI Alumni Chronicles." This first edition of the quarterly e-newsletter was published in November and is available on the Alumni pages of the UVI website - direct link.

The issue takes a look at how the University has helped to shape the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, through the large number of that nation's residents who have earned degrees from UVI. The segment "Where are they Now," features a photo and asks alumni to identify the former students. Another segment, "Best of the Best," asks alumni to tell the best memory of something experienced as a student. Finally, "Did You Know," provides a tidbit of information that should be useful.

A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

Women's Paradise Jam Tourney Set Nov. 24-26; UVI Parking Restrictions Announced

The University of the Virgin Islands has announced parking restrictions will be in effect on the St. Thomas campus during the Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament. The Paradise Jam men's tourney concluded on Monday, Nov. 21. Women's tournament games are scheduled for Nov. 24 to 26, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.

Parking will be available in the main Sports and Fitness Center parking lot, with additional parking available at the Classroom Administration Building, the Administration and Conference Center, and the Reichhold Center for the Arts parking lots. Parking is prohibited on the sidewalks along the Julian Jackson Drive (between the UVI Golf Course and ball fields). Vehicles parked illegally or those blocking intersections may be ticketed and/or towed. For more information on parking call (340) 693-1104.

Paradise Jam Information, Tickets

Information on Paradise Jam - complete game schedules, tickets, etc. - is available on the web at: . Ticket prices, at the door, are $15 for VI Adult Residents with local ID, $10 for VI Senior Citizens 65 or older, $5 for VI children and students (ages 5 to 18, including UVI students), and $35 for non-VI residents. Tickets are also available at the UVI Bookstore, Fat Turtle and FYE in Tutu Park Mall.

UVI Bucs Notch Third Consecutive Paradise Jam Win

The UVI men's basketball squad boosted its Paradise Jam win record to 3-0, defeating LAI rival Metropolitan University 84-76 on Saturday, Nov. 19, before an enthusiastic home crowd. Click here to view coverage of the game in the Virgin Islands Daily News online - UVI looks strong in exhibition game following Paradise Jam games

In their first Paradise Jam appearance, in 2009, the Buccaneers edged UMET with a last-second shot. The Bucs also won last year's matchup against Pontificia Universidad Catholica.

RTPark Slates Board of Directors Meeting for Nov. 30, 2011

The UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation (RTPark) will conduct a meeting of the RTPark/RTPark-PC Board of Directors at 1 p.m. (AST) on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in the RTPark Offices on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Seating is limited. The meeting is also available via teleconference. For more information call the RTPark office at (340) 692-4200.

UVI Theatre Announces Holiday Children's Shows for Dec. 1

The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre has announced the upcoming production of "O Christmas Three!" a children's holiday musical written by UVI Playwright-in-Residence Dr. Doug Larche. The production features more than 40 UVI students, faculty and staff members. It consists of a trilogy of children's Christmas plays published by Dramatic Publishing and performed originally across the U.S. and Canada. For this UVI premiere, Dr. Larche has converted the play, which he also directs, into a full-scale holiday musical.

Special productions are set for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 28 and 29, at local schools. Two public productions of the full trilogy are set for Thursday, Dec. 1, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Those shows are set for 4 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for children and students of all ages. Adult admission is $10. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

UVI Graduates Obtain 100 Percent Pass Rate on RN Exam

Recent graduates of the University of the Virgin Islands School of Nursing who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) all passed on their first attempt, putting UVI's May 2011 nursing class at a 100 percent pass rate.

All 16 students who earned Associate of Science degrees in Nursing on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix passed the exam on the first attempt, said UVI School of Nursing Dean Dr. Cheryl Franklin. On the St. Thomas campus, nine of the 12 students who earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing took the licensure exam. All nine of those who have sat for the exam so far, passed on the first attempt, Dr. Franklin said.

A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

Prof. Mary Stewart to Sign Book - 'Memories of CVI from 1964 - 1969' - on Dec. 1

Former UVI Assistant Professor Mary R. Stewart will sign copies of her book - "Memories of CVI from 1964 - 1968" - at a book signing from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the UVI Bookstore on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Everyone is invited to meet Stewart, one of the first faculty members on the St. Croix campus of the College of the Virgin Islands (CVI). For details, contact the UVI Bookstore at (340) 692-4162.

6th Annual Woodworkers' Expo to be Held on St. Croix Dec. 2-4

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will hold the sixth annual Virgin Islands' Woodworkers' Expo in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from Dec. 2 to 4. The expo will feature the works of the St. Croix Wood Artists, Inc. and St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society. The public is invited to view and purchase the exquisite quality work of some of the finest woodworkers anywhere. There will also be demonstrations by master woodworkers Avelino Samuel of St. John, Afreekan Southwell and William Johnson of St. Thomas, and Bien Brignoni of St. Croix. The expo will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 and 4.

Individuals who are not members of these groups may also exhibit and sell locally made wood products by applying for space at the Cooperative Extension Service offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The cost for space is $50 per day. For more information, contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1080 or Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060.

The Woodworkers' Expo is sponsored by UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the V.I. Department of Tourism, the V.I. Department of Agriculture and the West Indian Company, Ltd.

UVI-CES to Hold Holiday Baking Workshops on St. Thomas on Dec. 5 & 8

The UVI Cooperative Extension Services' 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program on the St. Thomas campus will conduct free workshops on making sweet breads at from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 8. The workshops will take place in the Cooperative Extension Service Off in the New House building. Class size is limited. To register, contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082 or Orpha Penn at (340) 693-1080.

Academic Notes...

UVI Final Exams Scheduled for Dec. 5-10

UVI's Fall Semester 2011 final exams are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. The official Final Exam Schedule is available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link - Fall 2011 Final Exam Schedule.

In addition to referring to the posted Final Exam Schedule, students are urged to confer directly with their instructors if they have any questions regarding exams.

St. Thomas Campus Academic Jam Underway Through Dec. 9

Brothers with a Cause, in conjunction with the Mathematics Department and CATS (Campus Advising and Tutorial Services), is hosting an Academic Jam on UVI's St. Thomas campus through Dec. 9. The Academic Jam is designed to help students prepare for final exams which begin Monday, Dec. 5.

Students are encouraged to participate. As part of the jam, individual and group tutoring and other assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, in CA Building Room 118 - the CATS Suite. CATS will be closed for the holidays on Nov. 24 and 25.

For more information call CATS (340) 693-1220/1222/1226.

Academic Jam Slated for Nov. 28 to Dec. 10 on Albert A. Sheen Campus

UVI Students on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will be offered Student Athletic Jam services to help prepare for final exams from 5 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 28 through Dec. 10, in the CATS (Campus Advising and Tutorial Services) Office on the 700 level of Evans Center and in the Writing Center in the Modular Building. Normal CATS tutoring assistance is available on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Academic Jam is a collaborative effort between Brothers with a Cause and Campus Advising and Tutorial Services (CATS). For more information, contact Trudi Golphin at (340) 692-4140.

Online Registration for Spring and Summer Returning Students Now Available

Advisement and Online Registration for returning UVI students for the 2012 Spring Semester and Summer Sessions is now available. Online registration is mandatory for all continuing students. Online registration for the Spring Semester continues until Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012; thereafter, a late registration fee of $75 will be incurred.

Details and links to UVI's online registration system are available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - direct link. For more information, contact the Registrar (St. Thomas campus) or Associate Registrar (Albert A. Sheen Campus) at registrar@uvi.edu.

Applications Being Accepted for Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers

UVI's Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (MMAT) Program is accepting applications for the spring 2012 semester. Applications may be completed by going on line at www.uvi.edu. The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 1, 2011. For further information please contact Dr. Vanere Goodwin at vgoodwi@uvi.edu or by calling 778-1620 ext 3143.

Other Current Items...

Staff Council 'Make A Difference' Campaign Seeks Holiday Gifts for Children

The UVI Staff Council Executive Committee invites the UVI staff community to participate in a "Make a Difference" campaign to donate holiday gifts for children in the Nana-Baby Children's Home on St. Thomas and the Queen Louise Home for Children on St. Croix. Drop boxes for gifts are in the main lobbies of the Administration and Conference Center and the Paiewonsky Library on St. Thomas, and in the Melvin Evans Center breezeway (next to the Business Office) and the Library on St. Croix. The deadline for donations is Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. For details contact Linda I Smith at (340) 692-4023 or Dale Morton at (340) 693-1086.

VIUCEDD Plans Training Series for Accessible Computers, Devices and Websites

UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) is hosting a series of free training sessions on ADA accessible computers, electronic devices, websites and apps. ADA is the Americans With Disabilities Act. The sessions are designed for consumers with disabilities, especially including mobility, hearing impairment and blindness/low vision. Participants can take laptops, PCs, iPads or other electronic device for hands-on training. The sessions will include demonstrations on accessible devices and an introduction to websites, apps and more. ADA certified trainers Joe Cooler and Dr. Sandra Ross will conduct the sessions. Students are welcome. For more information, or to register, call (340) 692-4267.

Trainings take place from 9 to 11:45 a.m. The remaining sessions are scheduled as follows:

VIUCEDD, T-114, Teacher Education Bldg, UVI, St. Thomas

Accessible Computers - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011

Accessible Websites/Apps - Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

VIUCEDD Office, 1 Golden Grove, St. Croix

Accessible Computers - Monday, Nov 28, 2011

Accessible Websites/Apps - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011

Melvin Evans Center Improvement Project Underway on Albert A. Sheen Campus

A project to improve the Melvin Evans Center on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix has begun. UVI students, faculty, staff and the general public are advised to exercise caution and cooperate with any special directions issued during the construction period, which will continue through Dec. 31. The project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will focus on retrofitting the building's electrical system and provide repairs to the roof. For details on the electrical project contact UVI Capital Projects Manager Gerard Buggy at (340) 693-1531 or send e-mail to gbuggy@uvi.edu. For information on the roof repairs, contact UVI Physical Plant Supervisor John Waugh at (340) 693-4164 or send e-mail to jwaugh@uvi.edu.

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Submissions; Deadline Set for Nov. 30

The Caribbean Writer, the University of the Virgin Islands' international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, announces a submission call for its 26th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to work submitted, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and personal essays, Volume 26 will be dedicated to the environment - nature and ecology. Volume 26 will also celebrate women writers.

For more information, visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call (340) 692-4152. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

VI-WRRI Issues Call for Project Proposals; Submission Deadline Nov. 30

The Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute (VI-WRRI) at the University of the Virgin Islands has issued a Call for Proposals for the 2012 - 2013 U.S. Geological Survey Water Institute Program. Proposals that address water resources issues in the U.S. Virgin Islands are being sought. Funds for this program - approximately $80,000 - are made available through the Section 104 Institute Program of the U.S. Department of Interior - U.S. Geological Survey. All faculty and staff of the University of the Virgin Islands are eligible to apply for these funds through the VI-WRRI. Collaborations with non-UVI personnel are allowed.

Proposals are due by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Persons having questions or considering submitting proposals should contact the VI-WRRI for more information. The VI-WRRI may be reached at (340) 693-1062 or at hsmith@uvi.edu.

Dec. 5 Deadline Set for Submission of Articles for 2012 Agrifest Bulletin

The deadline for submission of articles intended for publication in the 2012 Agrifest Bulletin is Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Articles should be prepared using Microsoft Word and be no longer than three pages, with photos. Authors are reminded that the bulletin's audience is the general public and that the average reader should be able to understand them. The Agrifest Board of Directors will give preference to instructional "how to" articles. Articles are not restricted to agricultural topics. Topics on culture or heritage are also welcome.

The theme for the 2012 Agrifest - scheduled for Feb. 18-20 - is "Youth in Agriculture-Growing Our Future." Submitters should also keep in mind that the University is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its 40th anniversary as a Land-Grant institution. The Golden Jubilee theme is "Honoring Our Past: Creating Our Future." Please include the two themes in your articles.

Articles must be submitted via email to: cclarke@uvi.edu.

Albert A. Sheen Campus Holiday Gala Scheduled Dec. 10

The annual UVI Holiday Gala for the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. Music will be by X-press Band, with karaoke by Dean Hodge. Prizes and giveaways are planned. Faculty and staff admission is complimentary. Guest tickets are $40. To make reservations call (340) 692-4010 or 692-4094.

St. Thomas Campus Holiday Gala Scheduled for Dec. 11 at Frenchman's Reef

The St. Thomas campus UVI Holiday Gala will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Resort. Cocktail hour will continue until 7:30 p.m., with dinner, dancing and fun to follow. Complimentary tickets are available for UVI employees in the Human Resources Office on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guest tickets are $20. Space is limited. Music will be by Top Notch Band. A holiday buffet and door prizes are planned. For more information call Human Resources at (340) 693-1410.

Contributors Sought for 'We Are UVI' Web Project

As part of the University's celebration of its 50th anniversary, the UVI website will offer a special, weekly feature throughout 2012 titled "We Are UVI." In it, memories from individuals who have had a close affiliation with UVI at some point in the last 50 years will be shared. This will offer a wide range of persons a chance to actively join in celebrating this grand event in UVI's history. Remembrances included in "We Are UVI" will consist of no more than 450 words describing a significant event in the contributor's UVI experience. They will also include "then" and "now" photographs of the author. Narratives are now being assembled for "We Are UVI" and persons interested in contributing or helping in any way with this project should contact Dr. Henry H. Smith at hsmith@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1062.

CELL Notes...

Small Business Accounting Software Training Being Offered

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is offering a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use the full-featured small business accounting software - QuickBooks. Introduction to QuickBooks will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting Nov. 29, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus. Participants will learn 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 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Seminars on Business Startups in the Virgin Islands Set for St. Thomas, St. John

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center is offering a series of seminars on St. Thomas and St. John focusing on how to startup a business in the Virgin Islands. The remaining seminars will include a session on entrepreneur self-assessment, one focused on money matters and a final session on the topic "But Can Your Business Idea Make Money?"

Sessions on St. Thomas are at the SBDC Service Center in Nisky Center. On St. John they are at the UVI St. John Academic Center. For details, call the St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206. Online registration is available at www.sbdcvi.org.

Remaining sessions are scheduled as follows:

Nov. 30 - Can Your Business Idea Make Money - $25 - St. John - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 1 - Can Your Business Idea Make Money - $25 - St. Thomas - 6 to 8 p.m.

Dec. 7 - Money Matters (includes textbook) - $49 - St. John - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.