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Bulletin Board for October 20, 2011

Co-ed Intramural Volleyball Begins Today on St. Croix

Games in the UVI Intramural Co-Ed Volleyball League are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 20) on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Games continue on Oct. 31 and Nov. 3, with playoffs set for Nov. 7 and a championship match on Nov. 10. For more information contact Bruce Wray at (340) 692-4139.

UVI Senate Meeting Postponed

A meeting of the UVI Senate, scheduled for October 21, has been postponed. A new meeting date will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information contact Ardrina Scott-Elliott at (340) 693-1043.

Bucs Soccer Squad Playing for Spot in LAI Playoffs

UVI's men's soccer team returns to the road for two of their three remaining regular-season games in Puerto Rico today (Friday, Oct. 21) and Saturday, Oct. 22. The Bucs take on Sacred Heart University at 2 p.m. in today's match in Balboa Stadium, in Bayamon. On Saturday, Oct. 22, the Bucs return to Balboa Stadium to take on UPR-Bayamon, again at 2 p.m. The Bucs lost their final regular season home game to UPR-Rio Piedras on Oct. 15, on St. Croix. Coach Yohannes Worede, writing on the UVI Bucs Soccer Team Facebook page, said the team is in fourth place in the LAI league, with five points. "One more win will secure us a spot in the playoffs...," he wrote.

Follow the team - and more of Coach Worede's comments on the upcoming match - on Facebook at "UVI Bucs Soccer Team" or at this direct link. Click here to view the 2011 UVI Soccer Schedule.

Noted Social Historian to Lecture at IYPAD Event Oct. 23; Prof. Emanuel to be Honored

A lecture by noted University of the West Indies (UWI) Social History Professor Dr. Verene Shepherd is set for 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The lecture, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, is being held in collaboration with the International Year for People of African Descent-St. Thomas, led by St. Thomas resident Ludlow Bailey. The lecture and panel discussion that follows will be available on St. Croix by videoconference in Evans Center Room 401 on the Albert A. Sheen campus.

Members of the UVI faculty are dedicating this event to the memory of their esteemed colleague, Professor Gene Emanuel, who died in July. A news release is available on the UVI homepage - direct link.

Supplemental Study Sessions Offered for Math Students on St. Thomas

Student on the St. Thomas campus having difficulty passing the Mathematics 023 or Mathematics 024 courses can now take advantage of a series of Supplemental Instruction Study Sessions being offered by CATS and the School of Science and Mathematics.

Study sessions are available in the CATS Center in CA Room 118 on the following schedule:

Monday through Friday - 10 to 11 a.m.

Monday and Friday - 2 to 3 p.m.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 4 to 9 p.m.

For more information call (340) 693-1226.

UVI to Mark Red Ribbon Week - Oct. 24-28 - on St. Thomas and St. Croix

Students, faculty and staff on UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be seeing red next week, Oct. 24 to 28, as they participate in local celebrations of Red Ribbon Week - the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention campaign. Red Ribbon Week provides a vehicle for communities and individuals to take a stand for the hopes and dreams of children by making a commitment to drug prevention and education, and by making personal commitments to live drug free lives.

Both campuses will feature full slates of activities, including pledge days, contests, games, karaoke competitions, a blood drive and HIV/AIDS testing (St. Croix), a costume party (St. Thomas) and community outreach efforts. Marches are also planned on both St. Croix and St. Thomas.

On St. Croix, participants will gather at the entrance to Palm Drive, at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, to march to the UVI Cafetorium for a rally and performance by the UVI Bucs Dance Squad. The St. Croix Educational Complex Marching Band will lead the way. On St. Thomas, the march goes downtown, with the Charlotte Amalie High School Marching Band leading the way from the Frenchtown area to Emancipation Garden at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26. The march, and the program that follows, are co-sponsored by the Law Enforcement Planning Commission Prevention Council.

For information on St. Thomas call (340) 693-1120 or 693-1111. For details on St. Croix call (340) 692-4208. UVI will issue a news release with complete details on Friday, Oct. 21.

UVI Students Offered Opportunity to Study Abroad; Information Sessions Set Oct. 26

The University of the Virgin Islands is providing opportunities for students to study in a foreign country while obtaining credit at UVI. To qualify, students must have been attending UVI for at least one year and have a GPA higher than 2.60. Information sessions on the foreign study program, available via videoconference on St. Thomas and St. Croix, are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26. Two sessions are planned, to accommodate student schedules. The first will be from noon to 1 p.m., the second from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Library conference rooms. For more information contact Prof. Violeta Donovan at (340) 693-1349 or send e-mail to vdonova@uvi.edu. Click this link to view Study Abroad Flyer.

Reichhold Center to Kick-off Season with Kassav' on Oct. 28

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts kicks-off its 2011 season with a performance by the Caribbean powerhouse band Kassav' at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Kassav' promises a big dance party. From massive crowds at Paris' Zenith concert hall to the intimate spaces of New York City nightclubs, Kassav' has been mesmerizing audiences for three decades. For tickets - $55, $45 and $35 - contact the Reichhold Center Box Office at (340) 693-1559 or visit the Reichhold Center website at www.reichholdcenter.com.

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on St. Croix Oct. 29

The UVI Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. A news release is available on the UVI homepage - direct link.

St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Set Nov. 5-6 at UVI on St. Thomas

The St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, at the grounds of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas. The theme for this year's fair is "Farm Today for a Healthier Tomorrow." Entrance fees are $3 adults and $1 children under 12 years.

UVI Concert Choir to Present Concert Nov. 11 on St. Thomas Campus

The UVI Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchased at the UVI Bookstore, the Liberal Arts office or from UVI Concert Choir members. For further information call (340) 693-1340.

World Food Day Photos Featured on UVI Today... Photo Blog

Many members of the University and Virgin Islands communities came together for the 2011 World Food Day activities held on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on Sunday, Oct. 16. The goal - accomplished through a day of food, fun, competition, workshops, entertainment and, most important, sharing - was to increase awareness and understanding and to provoke year-round action to alleviate hunger. Photos from the event are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog, which is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

Bucs Basketball Squad, Brothers With A Cause to Participate in Family Fun Day Oct. 29

UVI's Buccaneers men's basketball squad will join in the day-long Family Fun Day sponsored by the V.I. Law Enforcement Planning Commission on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Emile Griffith Ballpark on St. Thomas. The Bucs will play an exhibition game against the Governmental Men All Stars at noon. The day's theme is Positive Men Create Strong Families. The UVI group Brothers With A Cause will be on hand to present an affirmation message. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a motorcade from Fort Christian to the ballpark. A car show, live music by Top Notch Band, music by DJ Pete, games and a magic show are planned in addition to the exhibition game. For more information contact Carmen Rogers-Green at (340) 774-0930, ext. 4477.

Other Current Items...

Fall Graduation Requirements, Deadlines Announced

UVI seniors who intend to graduate in December of 2011 are advised that they must complete a graduation evaluation with their academic advisors and an online degree self-examination. The self-examination is available from this link on UVI's myCampus portal - https://mycampus.uvi.edu/web/mycampus/home.

On completion of a successful evaluation, students must apply for fall graduation by Oct. 31, 2011. The graduation application and payment must be submitted online at - https://mycampus.uvi.edu/web/mycampus/home. The fee is $75. It covers the diploma, and a cap and gown for use in commencement ceremonies in May 2012. Cap and gown measurements will be taken at the UVI Bookstores from Feb. 1, 2012 - March 15, 2012.

UVI Intramural Stand-Up Boarding, Kayaking Set for Fridays in October

UVI students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in intramural stand-up boarding and kayaking on each Friday in October. Participants gather at 3 p.m. at the dock of UVI's MacLean Marine Science Center. Activities continue until dark. Six boards and six kayaks are available. There is no charge. Individuals with their own boards or boats should bring them.

Planning for 2012 Agriculture & Food Fair Under Way; Oct. 28 is Participation Deadline

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) has announced that it is time for the University community to begin planning for the 2012 Agriculture & Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Agrifest 2012 will be held Feb. 18-20, on the Grounds of the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love on St. Croix. The theme for the fair will be "Youth in Agriculture - Growing our Future."

For 2012, all UVI exhibits must be integrated and interactive, and reflect the fair theme. No backdrops will be provided or allowed for displays. Units are encouraged to get their creative juices flowing and make sure their exhibits are hands-on and will engage fairgoers. Tabletop displays are acceptable.

The deadline for submission of your intent to participate is Friday, Oct. 28. For more information call Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060 or send e-mail to cclarke@uvi.edu. A UVI Agrifest request form is available from this direct link.

Virgin Islands Writing Project Literacy Conference Set for Nov. 1 on St. Croix

The third Annual Literacy Conference, sponsored by the Virgin Islands Writing Project, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The conference theme is "Rethinking Education in a Technological Age." For more information, contact Valerie Combie at (340) 692-4126.

St. Thomas Reef Fest 2011 Set for Nov. 13; Participants Sought

Interested groups and organizations are invited to join in the 2011 edition of St. Thomas Reef Fest which is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Brewers Bay Beach. The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service at UVI, in partnership with the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE), the Lana Vento Foundation, the Environmental Association of St. Thomas and Sea Grant are sponsoring the event.

Reef Fest's goals are to raise awareness of the value of coral reef, promote environmental stewardship, and strengthen natural resource management and conservation. Activities such as educational games, snorkel clinics, sandcastle building, reef tours and presentations by experts in natural resources, science and management are planned. Environmental exhibits and activity booths will be presented by various government and community organizations, and local "green" vendors of both food and retail are encouraged. For more information contact Christine Settar at csettar@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1392. Reservations to participate must be placed by Nov. 1.

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.

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.

UVI's Aquaponics Program Featured on Consumer Advocacy Group's New Podcast

The Aquaponics program on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix has been selected as the subject of the first podcast in a new series produced by the U.S.-based Recirculating Farms Coalition (RFC). The consumer advocacy coalition is a collaborative group of farmers, educators, non-profit organizations and others committed to building local sources of healthy, accessible food. The group focuses on research, education and advocacy of recirculating farm systems as a way to create green jobs and healthy, locally- and sustainably-grown plants, fruits and vegetables, and humanely-raised seafood in diverse communities nationwide.

The new RFC podcast - available from the group's website: www.recirculatingfarms.org and from this direct podcast link - features an interview with UVI Research Specialist Donald Bailey. The 15-minute interview features a look at the UVI aquaponics system and a review of UVI's popular International Aquaponics and Tilapia Aquaculture Course. The five-day course is designed for interested students, entrepreneurs and farmers. This education program makes extensive use of the facilities with hands-on training in the practical aspects of aquaponic and biofloc systems and tilapia production. For more information call (340) 692-4038.

UVI Logos, Graphics, Branding Elements Available from myCampus Portal

Members of the UVI community are advised that access to UVI logos, wordmark and other approved graphic elements, for use in official UVI publications, newsletters and websites, are available from the http://mycampus.uvi.edu. A link to these graphic elements is featured in the "UVI Branding Guide" portlet. Also included is a link to the UVI Brand Identity Style Guide (click to view), which outlines the University's overall graphics and branding policies. This guide should also be shared with any external graphic artists who provide designs, printing, publishing or web development. For details, contact the Public relations Office at (340) 693-1057.

CELL Notes...

CELL to Offer QuickBooks Training on St. Croix

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 QuickBooks, the full-featured small business accounting software program. Introduction to QuickBooks will be held 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday starting Oct. 22, 2011 at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

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 details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Introduction to Bookkeeping on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a course for individuals interested in acquiring basic bookkeeping skills. Introduction to Bookkeeping will be held 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday, starting Oct. 22, at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

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 details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

Free Praxis Prep Course Helps Public School Teachers Become Highly Qualified

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Education, Division of Human Resources, announces that registration is open for the second session of Fall semester for its Praxis I & II prep course.

The six-week course will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday from Oct. 29, on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays from Oct. 31, at the St. Croix Educational Complex.

This course is free to public school teachers and is funded by the V.I. Department of Education. The program prepares public school teachers for the Praxis I and II exams so that they can be designated as highly qualified in order to meet the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.  To register, teachers must be employed by the Department of Education and provide verification of employment upon registering. For details or to register, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.