UVI Celebrating 50 Years with Golden Jubilee in 2012
In recognition of the founding of the University of the Virgin Islands 50 years ago, UVI is celebrating its "Golden Jubilee" throughout the 2012 calendar year. A wide variety of Golden Jubilee events is being planned, giving students, alumni, faculty, staff, supporters, friends and past and current administrators an opportunity to commemorate the University's history, to celebrate its current successes and to plan for the future. A schedule of events planned for the first three months of 2012 - including kickoff receptions scheduled for Jan. 25, 26 and 27 on St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix, respectively, is available from this direct link. The theme for the Golden Jubilee is "Honoring Our Past - Creating Our Future."
"It is an extremely special honor to serve as President of the University of the Virgin Islands during the time when we celebrate the 50-year journey of this very special institution," said Dr. Hall, who began his tenure as the fifth president in 2009. "UVI was carved from a "stone of need" but has grown to become a jewel of the Caribbean. I am convinced that our next 50 years will be even greater than the first because of the wonderful foundation laid by those who came before, and the outstanding qualities of this present generation of students, faculty, staff and supporters. There is no limit to what UVI can achieve."
Students, Faculty and Staff Invited to Golden Jubilee Receptions Jan. 25, 26 and 27
The Board of Trustees of the University of the Virgin Islands and President David Hall cordially invite all students, faculty and staff to attend Golden Jubilee Receptions Commemorating UVI's 50th Anniversary. The receptions are scheduled as follows: St. John Academic Center - Wednesday, Jan. 25; St. Thomas UVI Sports and Fitness Center - Thursday, Jan. 26; and St. Croix UVI Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on Friday, Jan. 27. All receptions will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The attire is island elegant. Please RSVP by Jan. 20. To do so, call (340) 693-1604 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register Now for 'MAN-UP' Male Empowerment Conference Feb. 7 & 9
The University of the Virgin Islands, the Virgin Islands Department of Education and the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services will host the second annual MAN-UP Male Empowerment Conference on UVI's St. Croix campus on Tuesday, Feb. 7 and on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. The theme of the conference is "MAN-UP: Realize your Potential - Celebrating Responsible Manhood."
In 2011, more than 3,000 young men from throughout the territory participated in the first MAN-UP Conference. The discussion themes for this year's conference will be delivered utilizing a multimedia stage play, "Real Men Talking," directed by Flemuel "Fleetwood" Brown, III. The play depicts five African American men talking about accountability, sex, relationships, self-esteem, incarceration, the falsehood of the streets, insecurities, fatherhood, mentoring, and history, just to name a few.
For more information about the Male Empowerment Conference, please contact Dr. Haldane Davies, special assistant to UVI President David Hall, at (340) 693-1004. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
Building Green Workshop Set Jan. 19 at UVI's Administration and Conference Center
A free "Building Green in the V.I." workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 19 in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. The workshop will focus on a variety of topics including siting and design projects, sediment and other land based pollutant impacts, the critical role of heavy equipment operators and general contractors during construction, and the importance of innovation in site design and construction as it relates to natural resources. Three building green workshops - sessions have already been held on St. John and St. Croix - were sponsored by the NOAA Fisheries Service and the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. The V.I. Department of Planning & Natural Resources, in partnership with other V.I. agencies, is providing technical and logistical support. Other partnering organizations and agencies include UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center, the Island Green Building Association, the Green Building Council, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
For more information visit the Caribbean Green Technology Center website - http://cgtc.uvi.edu - or call Dr. Wayne Archibald, director of UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center at (340) 693-1158.
'Angelina Ballerina: The Musical' Slated at Reichhold Center on Jan 21
The next production at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will be "Angelina Ballerina: The Musical" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Angelina Ballerina: The Musical is a whimsical musical is based on the popular PBS show Angelina Ballerina, as well as the popular children's book series. Watch as Angelina and friends try to impress a school visitor with various forms of dance, from hip-hop to modern dance and of course ballet.
Visit the Reichhold Center website - www.reichholdcenter.com - to buy tickets or for more information.
Discount Reichhold Center Tickets Available to UVI Students, Faculty, Staff
UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts offers special discount ticket rates for UVI students, faculty and staff. Buy individual tickets for select performances in the Reichhold Center Foundation Series and receive $10 off each ticket. Discounts are limited to two tickets per person per show. Purchase tickets for packages of four or five shows in the Foundation Series and receive $12 off each ticket (a savings of $8 to $60). Discounts are limited to two packages per person. Discount tickets are only available for seats in the uncovered section. They cannot be combined with other discounts and apply only to new ticket purchases.
Seaborne Reservation Update Requires UVI Travelers to Obtain Tickets Before Making Reservations
Seaborne Airlines has informed the UVI Purchasing Office that an update to its reservation system now requires that UVI travelers obtain tickets from Purchasing prior to making their reservations. Reservations cannot be entered into the new system unless the traveler furnishes Seaborne with the specific ticket's number. For more information, contact the UVI Purchasing Office at (340) 693-1480.
'We Are UVI' Web Project Available from UVI Homepage; Submissions Still Sought
As part of the University's celebration of its 50th anniversary, the UVI website now includes a special, weekly feature titled "We Are UVI." In it, individuals who have had a close affiliation with the institution at some point in the last 50 years will share their memories and experiences. A new submission is being featured each week during 2012.
The first submission - from Sinclair Wilkinson ('72) - was posted on Jan. 1. This week's photo was posted Jan. 15. See the accompanying photo.
"We Are UVI" can be viewed from a link at the top, right on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. Interested individuals can add their own comments to any submissions. They are also encouraged to share the "We Are UVI" page via e-mail and social media links which accompany each entry.
"We Are UVI" will give a wide range of persons a chance to actively join in celebrating the University's anniversary. Narratives are still being assembled for the ongoing project. Persons interested in contributing should contact Dr. Henry H. Smith at email@example.com or call (340) 693-1062.
'The Caribbean Writer' Issues Call for Cover Art
"The Caribbean Writer" - the international, literary anthology published by the University of the Virgin Islands - is soliciting colorful, eye-catching, Caribbean artwork for the cover of its upcoming issue. This issue, Volume 26 of the celebrated journal, will be dedicated to the environment, with the theme: Nature and Ecology.
Artists who want their work to be considered for use should submit it in vertical orientation, in either TIFF or JPG format, with a resolution of 300 dpi or greater. Black and white art (line drawings, sketches, block prints, etc.) is also needed for use inside the 300-page publication. Vertical orientation is also preferred for these submissions. Please include all necessary contact information and a brief biographical note with art submissions and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for artwork submission is Feb. 29, 2012. For more information please call (340) 692-4152. Previously selected cover artwork of "The Caribbean Writer" can be viewed at the website: www.thecaribbeanwriter.org.
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UVI Wellness Center Plans New Class Schedule Started Jan. 17
The UVI Wellness Center on the St. Thomas campus has announced that a new schedule of fitness classes went into effect on Tuesday, Jan. 17. New classes include Evolve Method Power Pilates and willpower and grace group exercises. These complement the existing schedule of yoga, Zumba toning and abs, martial arts, Capoeira and others. Individuals can learn more by visiting the Wellness Center or by calling (340) 693-1075. Sign-up and payment for classes is offered at the Center's front desk. The hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays - 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturdays - 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sundays - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
UVI Theatre to Present 'Old Story Time' at Stoutt Community College in Tortola
The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre will stage three presentations of Trevor Rhone's "Old Story Time" at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC) on Tortola, BVI in January. The play is under the direction of UVI Associate Professor of Communication Dr. David Edgecome. Show times are: 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21; and 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. Tickets are available from the Road Town Bakery, LIME, UMI Fashions, the HSLCC Bookstore and Sunny Caribbee.
Researcher to Discuss 'Driving While Distracted' Feb. 3 on St. Croix
The St. Croix Psychology Club will host a guest lecture by Dr. Richard Wesp from the University of East Stroudsburg in Pennsylvania from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, in Evans Center Room 308 on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Dr. Wesp will share the results of his research on "Driving While Distracted." The presentation is free and open to the public. For details contact Dr. Aletha Baumann via e-mail at email@example.com or call (340) 692-4178.
St. Thomas Campus Open Mic Program Set for Feb. 3
The UVI community is invited to join in an open mic program at the St. Thomas campus Dining Pavilion at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. The evening is sponsored by the student club Sophistique Marketing. Individuals are invited to express themselves through poetry and song, sharing what drives them. For more information call (340) 727-1900.
Sponsored Programs/Title III Issue New Internal Routing Form for Grant Applications
UVI's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Title III has issued a new Internal Routing Form that should be used when circulating grant applications and contracts for internal approval. The form may be found on the Sponsored Programs/Title III section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. For details contact Dayle Barry at (340) 693-1054.
National Student Exchange Applications Available at UVI
Applications are now available for UVI students who wish to participate in the National Student Exchange Program. Applications can be obtained at UVI's Counseling and Placement Centers on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and from this direct link. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 on St. Croix, and Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 on St. Thomas. For more information, contact Dahlia Stridiron on St. Thomas at (340) 693-693-1136 or Patricia Towal at (340) 692-4187 on St. Croix. More information is available on the UVI website's National Student Exchange page.