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Heath Lecture Series to Present Symposia on Edward Wilmot Blyden March 22-23

Edward Wilmot Blyden, known as the father of Pan-Africanism, will be the focus of the University of the Virgin Islands 2012 Alfred O. Heath Distinguished Lecture Series. In recognition of the centennial of Blyden's death, the lecture series will feature symposia on "The Life and Accomplishments of Edward Wilmot Blyden." Sessions will be held at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas on Thursday, March 22, and at the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Friday, March 23. Both events are free and begin at 6 p.m.

Blyden was born a free man in 1832 on St. Thomas in the pre-emancipation Danish West Indies. Denied entry into Rutgers University, in 1850 Blyden repatriated to Liberia, in West Africa, where he challenged the universal notion of white supremacy, asserted the equality of African people, aimed to eliminate the black inferiority complex and was a life-long champion of the race. A full UVI news release is available from the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Edward Wilmot Blyden Essay Contest Open to All UVI Students

All UVI students are invited to participate in an Edward Wilmot Blyden Essay Contest. Participating students will attend one of the symposium sessions, fill in official entry forms available at the symposium and from UVI professors, and compose and submit an essay of 750 to 1000 words by April 13. Contest details have been provided to the University community via email.

UVI Student Radio Program Debuts Today - March 21 - on Radio One

A new, student produced radio program titled "Voice of the University" debuts today (Wednesday, March 21) at 2 p.m. on radio station WVWI-Radio One. The program will feature information on UVI events and programs. Interviews and sound clips from recent UVI events will be included. The program will air twice a week, from 2 to 3 p.m., on Wednesdays and Fridays. Radio One is found at AM 1000. For more information contact UVI Communication Professor Dr. Alex Randall at (340) 693-1377 or send email to arandal@uvi.edu.

Public Invited to Spring Research Symposium on St. Croix March 24

The Virgin Islands public is invited to the University of the Virgin Islands' Tenth Annual Spring Research Symposium, set for 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. The symposium will take place in the Great Hall in the North West Wing of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Admission is free for the event which is part of the University's ongoing Golden Jubilee celebration.

Approximately 30 undergraduate and graduate students will present their innovative scientific research. Research areas include biology, environment, chemistry, mathematics, and physical and computer sciences. A complete news release is available from the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

President Hall to Host Receptions for Dean's List Honorees on St. Croix, March 25

President Hall will host a reception for Dean's List honorees on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 25. The activity will take place in the Great Hall, North West Wing. A meet and greet with President Hall will begin at 2 p.m. A St. Thomas campus Dean's List reception was held on March 18.

New VI-EPSCoR Lab at UVI to Open on Monday, March 26

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) and the University of the Virgin Islands' Center for Marine and Environmental Studies will host a grand opening of the University's new Environmental Analysis Laboratory at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 26, at the former UVI Accounting Building, Faculty East, on the St. Thomas campus.

The lab will serve the growing needs of the territory and the region, offering research services for specialized environmental analyses, including marine and freshwater quality testing, microbiological analyses, and toxicological and other chemical analyses related to environmental health and quality. It will significantly improve the capacity of Virgin Islands scientists and students to conduct more rigorous and highly complex laboratory-based research. It will also provide office and laboratory space for faculty, staff and graduate research personnel.

VI-EPSCoR secured funding for the lab through a National Science Foundation-EPSCoR grant. For details, contact Nick Drayton, assistant director of VI-EPSCoR, at (340) 692-4068 or send email to ndrayto@uvi.edu.

Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition Set on St. Thomas for March 31

The Queen's Committee of the UVI Student Government Association will present the 32nd annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. The theme is "Past Meets the Present." Tickets - $15 for UVI students, $20 general admission and $25 at the door - are available at UVI Bookstores on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Vying for the title are Contestant # 1 Ivory Carter, Contestant # 2 Latoya Rouse, Contestant #3 Najuma Dunn and Contestant #4 Raynyse Nesbitt.

Queen's Tea Party Reception and Fundraiser Planned for March 31

A "Pre-Miss UVI Ambassadorial Queen's Tea Party Reception" has been added to the University's Golden Jubilee event schedule. The tea party reception and associated fundraiser is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the President's Guest House on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

The event, organized by the Miss UVI 2011-2012 Queen's Club and Miss UVI Daniella Henry, is designed to honor past queens for their commitment and dedication as ambassadors who contributed to the growth and development of the institution since its founding in 1962.

A special guest appearance is planned by Ashleigh Taylor, the reigning Miss National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. Taylor is also Miss Tennessee State University.

The Tea Party will also serve as a fundraiser for the Miss UVI 2012-2013 Fund. The fund will provide UVI's 2011-2012 Queen with a stipend for professional attire and general support for her participation in the 2012 National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Competition. The national competition provides contestants with the opportunity for personal growth and networking.

This event is sponsored by the University of the Virgin Islands Student Government Association on St. Croix and St. Thomas, the Student Activities Office on St. Croix, the Virgin Islands Police Departments Grove Place Weed & Seed project, the V.I. Department of Tourism, and 107.9 FM Da Vybe Radio Station.

Information on UVI Summer Programs Sought for UVI Website

UVI summer program coordinators are asked to provide information on their upcoming programs for posting to a new section of the UVI website. UVI Webmaster Moneca Pinkett is preparing the new Summer Programs section and wants to ensure that all UVI summer outreach, enrichment, college prep, academies, bridge and camp programs are accurately represented. Please send details of all summer programs - including program title/name, description, contact information, eligibility criteria, application deadline, start date and end date - via email to mpinket@uvi.edu by April 10, 2012. Participating coordinators will be asked to share ideas, and to preview the new design and provide feedback.

Student Employee of the Year Nominations Sought

The Student Employment Office of UVI's Division of Student Affairs is accepting nominations for the 2012 Student Employee of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 2. For more information contact Mary Myers at mmyers@uvi.edu. Details and a nomination form are available from this direct link.

Student Volunteers Sought for 'Kite Flying for Autism Awareness' Event on St. Croix

The Virgin Islands Autism Network (VIAN) will host its annual "Kite Flying for Autism Awareness" event on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. The event brings together individuals with disabilities and their family members, professional service providers, educators and physicians to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Admission is a free.

UVI's Student Affairs Office is seeking student volunteers to assist with welcoming guests, assembling of kites, flying kites and cleaning up the UVI grounds after the event. Volunteers are needed from 1:30 to 7 p.m. The first 20 students to sign up will receive a free T-Shirt.

Interested persons can sign up at the Student Affairs Office in Evans Center Room 802A. For details, call (340) 692-4236 or send email to mmartin2@uvi.edu.

Volunteers Sought to Assist with the Law Enforcement Recruitment & Annual Career Fair

UVI's Counseling and Career Services Office is seeking volunteers for the Law Enforcement Recruitment and Annual Career Fair. The Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4, in the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The Annual Career Fair will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in the UVI Great Hall.

Students who would like to volunteer can sign-up in the Counseling & Career Services lobby area on the 700 Level of Evans Center or send an email to studentemploymentstx@myuvi.net and indicate the time(s) that they are available. For more information, students can contact the Counseling & Career Services Office at (340) 692-4180/4187.

UVI Employee Service Awards Set April 10 on St. Croix, April 12 on St. Thomas

UVI's 38th Annual Employee Service Awards ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and Thursday, April 12, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The 2012 theme, in this Golden Jubilee year, is "Honoring Our Past - Creating Our Future." The ceremonies will begin at 12:30 p.m. on both campuses and will include a buffet style lunch. A list of award recipients and additional information was shared with employees via email by the Human Resources Office. The deadline for submitting nominations for Employee of the Year 2012 is Wednesday, March 28. The deadline for submitting Service Awards Testimonials is Friday, March 30.

UVI Purchasing Department Accepting Bids on Used Vehicles

The University of the Virgin Islands will accept sealed bids for the items noted below. Bid documents can be obtained from the Purchasing Department from March 19, through April 3, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

A. One (1) each - 2007 Jeep Liberty Automatic (Color: White)

B. One (1) each - 2007 Jeep Liberty Automatic (Color: White)

The vehicles are located at the Physical Plant building on the St. Thomas campus. Items will be sold AS IS. Only sealed bids will be accepted for the purchase of these items. Bid submission must be delivered to the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas campus Purchasing Office no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2012. For more information contact Eric A. Christian at (340) 693-1491 or go to this direct link.

Can You Identify This Week's Golden Jubilee Blog Contributor?

Rosary Harper

Can you identify this week's contributor to UVI's Golden Jubilee blog - We Are UVI? This submission was added on Sunday, March 18. It joins stories from Sinclair Wilkinson ('72), Rafe Boulon, Jr. ('76), Carmie Thompson ('10), Frank Mills ('67), James Rakocy, Arah Lockhart ('78), Utha Williams ('82), former UVI President LaVerne Ragster, Marthious Clavier ('02,'08), John Lucas and Maxine Nunez.

New submissions are added each week. Visit 'We Are UVI' at http://weareuvi.blogspot.com/

Registration and Testing Notes...

Online Registration for UVI's 2012 Fall Semester Began on March 15

Online registration for UVI's 2012 Fall Semester began on March 15. Fall semester will begin on Aug. 20. More information is available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - with updated web registration instructions available from this link.

Online Registration for UVI's 2012 Summer Sessions Now Available

Online registration is now available for UVI's 2012 Summers Sessions I and II.

Summer I Classes are scheduled from Monday, May 14 through Monday, June 18. In-person registration will be available on May 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer II Classes are scheduled from Thursday, June 21 - Friday, July 27. In-person registration will be available on June 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information is available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Or, you can contact the Registrar or Associate Registrar (Albert A. Sheen Campus) at registrar@uvi.edu.

CLEP Test Dates on St. Thomas Campus

Students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the spring 2012 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. Remaining CLEP tests will be administered on April 11 and April 17, 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 the test day 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. Students can email cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Other Current Items...

UVI Research and Technology Park Board of Directors to Meet March 22

The University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park Corporation (RTPark) will conduct a meeting of the RTPark Board of Directors, via teleconference, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Contact the RTPark at (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information. Seating is limited.

11th Annual UVI Queen Mary Walk/Run Slated for March 23; Applications Available

The University of the Virgin Islands will host the 11th Annual Queen Mary Highway Walk/Run on Friday, March 23, in celebration of its Golden Jubilee 50th anniversary. The course for the Walk/Run will start at Sunshine Mall and end at UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus. Pre-registration for this event begins on March 1 and ends on March 22. The first 100 pre-registered participants are guaranteed a commemorative T-shirt. Transportation will be provided. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. For more information please contact Necola Charles at (340) 692-4000 or ncharle@uvi.edu. Click here for an application form.

UVI Senate Scheduled to Meet Friday, March 23

The next meeting of the UVI Senate is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 23.

Items on the agenda include: Middle States Program Review Report, Human Resources Policy Manual, Board of Trustees meeting follow-up, Leadership Development Seminars, 50th Anniversary Jubilee activities, Budget Committee report and Scholarly activities.

All meetings of the UVI Senate are open to members of the UVI Community. Videoconference locations are to be announced. For more information contact UVI Senate Chair Dr. Nancy Morgan at (340) 692-4121 or send email to nmorgan@uvi.edu.

Lamkin Schedules Final Concert As Director of the UVI Jazz Ensemble on March 24

Music Professor Martin Lamkin will conduct his final concert as director of the UVI Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m. on March 24, in the UVI Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. The performance is free of charge and will feature present Jazz Ensemble members as well as those from previous years. Lamkin has been director of the UVI Jazz Ensemble for 26 years.

Psychology Honor Society to Induct 23 Students at UVI on March 29, April 12

The University of the Virgin Islands Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, will induct 23 students in ceremonies set for March 29, on St. Thomas and April 12, on St. Croix.

Twelve individuals - nine undergraduate and three graduate students - will be inducted in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in Chase Auditorium (Business 110) on the St. Thomas campus. Another 11 students - five undergraduate and six graduate - will be inducted at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Kimarie Engerman at (340) 693-1277 or send email to kengerm@uvi.edu.

SGA Sets Spring Olympics 2012 for April 13-15 on St. Thomas

The St. Thomas campus Student Government Association (SGA) will conduct Olympic-style games for students on April 13-15. Sports to be included are basketball, softball, swimming, obstacle course, tennis, table tennis, billiards, volleyball, bicycling, dominoes, dance and flag football. For details, contact Rita Green at rita.l.green@gmail.com.

ICMC Career Development Program Available to Graduating UVI Seniors

The International Capital & Management Company (ICMC) Accelerated Career Development Program (ACDP) provides graduating seniors and recent college graduates from the USVI an entry-level opportunity for accelerated development in the fields of accounting, business administration, organizational development, marketing, finance, hospital process improvement, and information technology.

This two year rotational program is highly selective and delivers a unique learning opportunity across all facets of our company and our clients. Requirements include: minimum 3.0 GPA, V.I. resident, UVI Graduating Senior with Bachelor's Degree, strong interest in business, good communication skills and an admirable work ethic.

ICMC, located on St. Thomas, provides management and consulting services to Cancer Treatment Centers of America and other enterprises. For more information on how to apply, contact Program Manager Melita Etienne at (340) 715-5817 or send email to etiennem@icmcvi.com.

Internship Available for UVI Student at University of Guam

UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station has announced that it has funds from a Resident Instruction in the Insular Areas grant to send a student to the University of Guam for a three- to four-week internship in June 2012. The student should be interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, food sciences, environment and natural resources, or biology related sciences, but this is not required. All classes and materials will be offered in English.

UVI students who have participated in this opportunity in the past are Akima George (internship at the University of Puerto Rico) and Luca LaPlace (internship at the University of Guam) and they both reported back that it was a good experience.

The course will run from June 4 through June 28. Interested students must be nominated by a faculty member and the student should send a letter of interest and explain how this opportunity would benefit their academic career to Dr. Bob Godfrey (Director AES, Professor - Animal Science,) rgodfre@uvi.edu by April 11, 2011. For more information visit this link: UOG Internship 2012.

Free Online Mental Health Screenings for UVI's St. Croix Students

Have you ever wondered if you are moving toward depression or post-traumatic stress syndrome? Are you worried about excessive alcohol consumption? Have you wrestled with eating disorder issues and don't know where to turn? Now UVI offers an anonymous, on-line tool for you that is fast, anonymous and designed to give information and helpful resources.

The new service is available from the Counseling Services section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. Individuals may complete the screenings as many times as they like. The results are quick and anonymous. Resources to help you are also available at the site. Contact Counselor Patricia Towal on St. Croix by calling (340) 692-4187 for confidential counseling services. Counseling services are free for UVI students.

Counseling and Careers Office on St. Croix Announces Student Opportunities

UVI's Counseling and Career Services Office on St. Croix has announced two current opportunities for students. An all-expenses-paid internship is available at the University of California Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders. The deadline to apply is March 30.

The office also announced that April 15 is the deadline for students to apply for "Creating Global Opportunities for Success" scholarships offered by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc.

Application forms for these opportunities are available in the Counseling and Career Services lobby area in the Melvin Evans Center on the 700 Level. For more information contact Anyha Lord-Jerris at (340)-692-4180.

NEH Awards Available for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency in Washington, D.C., administers a fellowships program that provides financial support for faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities who wish to pursue scholarly research projects in the humanities. The 2012 application deadline is April 17, for projects beginning in 2013 and 2014. NEH staff will provide comments on application drafts received by Sunday, March 25.

Projects should involve advanced research that is of value to scholars, general audiences, or students in the humanities. The awards support the equivalent of six to twelve months of full-time work and carry a stipend of $4,200 per month. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions or other scholarly tools. Proposals for research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course are also eligible.

For a detailed program description, application guidelines, and contact information, please see the NEH website at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AF_HBCU.html.

Golden Jubilee Items...

Golden Jubilee Calendar Available Online


Information and a calendar of other upcoming Golden Jubilee events are available from the Golden Jubilee button on the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu/ - and from this direct link.

UVI Looking for Historic UVI Photos for Golden Jubilee Publication

UVI is seeking historic photos from alumni, faculty, students and the general public for a book that will celebrate the University's 50th Golden Jubilee. Examples would be photos from sporting events, class activities, dormitories and queen contests. Early photos from the 1960s through 1980s are especially needed. Clearly labeled originals should be brought to the UVI Public Relations Office, Room 229 of the Administration and Conference Center, on the St. Thomas campus, and to The Caribbean Writer office, on the St. Croix campus. They may also be mailed to UVI Public Relations, #2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, V.I., 00802.

All photos will be returned. Please attach labels to the back of photos with contact, as well as complete descriptive, information. High resolution scans (full size at 300 dpi) are especially welcome and should be sent to uvijubilee@gmail.com. Photo credit and special thanks will be included in the book. For more information, contact the UVI Public Relations Office at (340) 693-1057.

Submissions for UVI Golden Jubilee Time Capsules Sought

Submissions of ideas for commemorative items to be placed in UVI Golden Jubilee time capsules on both campuses are sought by the Time Capsule Subcommittee of UVI's Golden Jubilee Committee.

"This is our opportunity to pass on legacies, lessons, knowledge, formulas, equations and models that may impact humanity, along with artifacts, poetry, hopes and dreams," said Raquel Silver chair of the subcommittee. "What do we want our students, alumni, faculty and staff to know about our University, our community and the early 21st Century?"

Contributions will be accepted from UVI students, alumni, departments and staff members. Collection of items will commence March 1, and conclude Oct, 31. Please submit items to be considered for inclusion in the time capsule. Indicate the contributor's name, department and campus, and include contact information. Items can be mailed or dropped off as follows:

  • Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix: Raquel Silver / rsantia@uvi.edu / ext 4061 / Research and Extension Center Room 106
  • St. Thomas campus: Dr. Angela Dikou / adikou@uvi.edu / ext 1284 / Quarters B Room 202

The Time Capsule Subcommittee will make the final determination of what should be included in the time capsules before they are finally capped in December 2012. Members of the committee are Raquel Silver, Dr. Gene Lacy Butcher III and Dr. Angela Dikou (faculty), Sharon Pickering (student), Maria Friday, Shelly Ansyln-Jones and Lorna J. Williams-Sutton (staff/alumni).

Official UVI Golden Jubilee Logos Available from myCampus Portal

Access to the official UVI Golden Jubilee logo artwork is now available from the "UVI Projects" page on the University's myCampus portal. To access the portal, go to http://mycampus.uvi.edu. A link is available from the top of all UVI web pages. Logos are provided in high-resolution (print) and low-resolution (email) JPG formats. They may be used without alteration to promote 50th anniversary events and activities. Please refer to the official UVI Golden Jubilee Logo Use Policy. Please contact UVI Public Relations - pr@uvi.edu - for special size or high resolution (CMYK/EPS) files.

CELL Notes...

CELL Slates March 27-28 Presentations on Ancient Egyptian Medicine

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will feature two evenings of presentations on the origin, foundation and fundamentals of the medical and healing practices of the physicians of ancient Egypt. The presentation is titled "Ancient Egyptian Medicine: The Psycho-Spiritual Basis of Human Well-Being." It will be offered in two sessions, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 28. The workshop will be held at the Melvin Evans Center on the St. Croix Campus and will be avail via videoconference at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The presentation will provide a unique perspective on the origins, foundations and fundamentals of the medical and healing practices of Ancient Egyptian physicians. It will briefly examine the healing practices of the Ancient Egyptians and shed light on the implications for human health and wellbeing in today's world.

For more information on the workshop, call (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC to Host Skills Discovery Workshop on March 24

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) in conjunction with Rare Earth Studio, Inc. located in historic Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas will conduct a two-hour Skills Discovery Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.

The workshop is designed for participants to learn about the many facets of the lucrative fine jewelry industry, and other creative expressions. The experience provides an opportunity to self-test to evaluate potential skills that may reveal a talent for learning how to become generationally self-sustaining, with the possibilities of owning your own business. The cost is $45. For more information contact the SBDC at (340) 776-3206 or Rare Earth Studio at (340) 777-7774.