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Bulletin Board for February 28, 2011

New and Updated Items for Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

V.I. Public Radio to Air MAN UP Interview with President Hall Today (Feb. 28)

Virgin Islands National Public Radio station WVGN - 107.3 FM - will present an interview with UVI President Dr. David Hall concerning the recent MAN UP Conference held on the University's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. The program, scheduled for 7 p.m. today - Monday, Feb. 28, will be hosted by executive producer Jamila Harris. It is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard P. Bourne Vanneck, Comprehensive Orthopaedic Global, Eagle Realty, the V.I. Energy Office and Eagle Energy.

Seminar on Developing Commercial Cassava Varities Set March 1 on St. Croix

A seminar titled "Developing FEC from Cassava for Transgenic Plants" will be presented at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI's St. Croix campus. The seminar will be presented by Research Associate Professor Dr. Thomas W. Zimmerman. It is open to the UVI community and the general public.

Developing friable embryogenic callus (FEC) is the first step in cassava plant genetic engineering. Few cassava varieties have been successful since the original line TMS 604444, which is not a commercial variety. Research was focused on initiating FEC in commercial cassava varieties that could be used for starch modification to develop cassava with a more sticky starch. The proof of cassava starch modification resulted in the first field trials of GMO (genetically modified organisms) cassava at UVI on St. Croix.

For more information contact Dr. Zimmerman at (340) 692-4074 or via e-mail at tzimmer@uvi.edu.

Annual Artist Talk to Feature Renowned American Indian Artists on St. Croix

UVI's The Caribbean Writer, in collaboration with the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, will feature a presentation by renowned American Indian Artists Edgar Heap of Birds and Shanna Ketchum Heap of Birds at the Museum Center's second annual Artist Talk scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. The artist will speak and show slides of their art works in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI's St. Croix campus.

The Caribbean Writer promises an engaging evening, one that will explore ways to approach collaborative art projects, and provide techniques to re-look and re-interpret the works of artists. The program should prove informative for local artists and would-be artists, art teachers, high school students and anyone interested in public art and American Indian cosmology.

A news release is featured on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

CES and Frederick Lutheran Set St. Thomas Community Health Fair on March 12

A free, community health fair will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. The event is sponsored by the Frederick Lutheran Church and the UVI Cooperative Extension Service.

During the fair, UVI student nurses will offer health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose tests. Members of the church will offer spiritual counseling. UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will present a healthy homes demonstration, nutrition information and a course on how to construct a box garden. A variety of informational and support activities will be provided by other participants, including the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, the American Cancer Association, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the V.I. Department of Health, Project HOPE and the Department of Health Immunization. For more information contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082.

10th UVI Charter Day-Queen Mary Highway 5K Walk/Run Slated for March 18

The University of the Virgin Islands' St. Croix campus will host the 10th Annual UVI Charter Day-Queen Mary Highway 5K Walk/Run on Friday, March 18. The popular activity is coordinated by the V.I. Pace Runners. The event, which takes runners and walkers from Sunshine Mall in Fredericksted to the UVI campus, has a 6 a.m. start time. For those who wish to park at UVI, transportation to the race start will be provided at 5 a.m. The registration fee is $10 for UVI students and children, and $15 for adults. To register, call (340) 692-4236. Walk/Run sponsors are Chef's Catering, Cost-U-Less, Coca Cola Bottling Company and Plaza Extra.

Reichhold Center Bringing Hugh Masekela and Lira for Two V.I. Shows

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts is bringing legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Afro-pop vocalist Lira together for two outstanding evenings of world music - March 18, at the Island Center for the Performing Arts on St. Croix, and March 19, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas. The South African performers, who captivated audiences during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup, are bringing their dynamic synergy to the Virgin Islands for a two unforgettable nights of instrumental music and hypnotic vocals with an African flair.

Tickets are available at the Reichhold Ticket Office, or by calling (340) 693-1559, or via the web at www.reichholdcenter.com. Other ticket outlets are on St. Thomas: Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again and the UVI Bookstore, on St. John: Connections, on St. Croix: Urban Threadz, Undercover Books & Gifts (Gallows Bay), Riddims, Alliance Clothing and the UVI Bookstore.

The performances are sponsored by International Capital & Management Company, the V.I. Lottery, First Bank, the V.I. Waste Management Authority, the V.I. Council of the Arts, Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort, the V.I Department of Education, Tropical Shipping and Innovative Communications Company.

SGA to Host St. Croix Campus Shadow Our Students Program on March 29

The Student Government Association on UVI's St. Croix campus will host its fifth annual SOS (Shadow Our Students) Program on Tuesday, March 29. The program is designed to enhance UVI's recruitment efforts and build mentoring relationships between UVI students and graduating seniors in the local high schools. SOS gives students an opportunity to see first-hand the wealth of academic opportunities, professional development initiatives and extra-curricular programs offered at the University. Participants can shadow students studying in their prospective fields of interest and interact with student leaders. The highlight of this year's event will be a presentation by motivational speaker UVI Professor Ricardo Caldwell. The SOS 2011 theme on the St. Croix campus is "Inspiring Minds...Pursing Greatness." For details, contact SOS Program Coordinator/SGA Public Relations Officer Kevin Dixon at (340) 692-4191 or send email to sgastx@myuvi.net. Information is also available from Student Activities Supervisor Hedda Finch-Simpson at (340) 692-4228.

AES Offering Student Internship at University of Guam

UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) on the St. Croix campus has funds available to send one UVI student to the University of Guam for a four-week internship beginning on May 31. The internship will emphasize agriculture in a tropical island setting. UVI is seeking a student who is interested in pursuing a career agriculture, food science or environmental sciences. The opportunity is open to all UVI students. Funding is from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant awarded through the CariPac Consortium.

The program offers an opportunity for a student to expand his/her awareness and appreciation of island life and cultures. Students from the other schools in the CariPac Consortium will participate. CariPac Consortium schools include: University of the Virgin Islands, University of Puerto Rico, University of Guam, Northern Marianas College, Palau Community College, American Samoa Community College, College of the Marshall Islands and College of Micronesia - FSM.

More information is available from Dr. Bob Godfrey, acting director of UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station, at (340) 692-4042 or via e-mail: rgodfre@uvi.edu.

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 St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses 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.

Other Current Items...

ECS Invites More UVI Student Researchers; March 1 is Application Deadline

UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Programs invite UVI students to apply for available financial support and to participate in research training programs. The programs are available to UVI students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, psychology and nursing programs. All ECS Programs include career development, research experiences and mentoring. Some ECS programs fund travel to conferences and scientific meetings, and provide a stipend over and above tuition.

Two summer research programs will be offered in 2011, the Summer Sophomore Research Institute (SSRI) and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). More information on the SSRI and SURE programs and their application requirements is available from the Summer Programs tab on UVI's ECS web page and from these links SSRI Program | SURE Program.

To qualify, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above and an interest in research careers. The deadline for interested students to apply is March 1. Students can apply online from the ECS web page http://ecs.uvi.edu or from this direct link.

UVI-CES to Co-Sponsor 40th EPA Anniversary Conference on St. Croix on March 4

The UVI Cooperative Extension Service will co-sponsor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 40th Anniversary Conference to be held on UVI's St. Croix campus on March 4.

The conference, which is free, will highlight the EPA's environmental and public health priorities for the Virgin Islands. The agenda includes remarks by V.I. Governor John P. deJongh, Jr., a debate on waste-to-energy efforts and discussion of recycling and air pollution control in the Virgin Islands. The conference is open to all and especially appropriate for government officials, members of the business community, scientists, environmental leaders, academics and students.

More information and on-line registration is available from the EPA web site:


March 4 Deadline Set for 2011 Cap and Gown Measurements on St. Croix

March 4 is the deadline for students who expect to graduate in 2011 to provide cap and gown measurements at the UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus. Failure to provide measurements in a timely manner will result in a late fees being attached to regalia orders.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Announces Graduation Deadline

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced that the deadline for graduates to present measurements for commencement regalia is March 10. The Bookstore is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Mocko Jumbies Sought for UVI Carnival Parade Contingent; Training Offered

UVI Professor Dr. David Smith is seeking members of the UVI community - students, faculty, staff and alumni - who would like to march in the 2011 Carnival Parade as a mocko jumbie. Dr. Smith, who annually organizes a mocko jumbie contingent from the University, is offering to train interested persons. "I have trained young kids to grandmas since the late 80s," writes Dr. Smith. "You can do it if you try." Interested persons should contact Dr. Smith by phone at (340) 693-1257 or send e-mail to dsmith@uvi.edu. According to Dr. Smith, "There is no better way to enjoy Carnival Parade than from above."

NIH Meeting on Aging Research Planned for St. Thomas and St. Croix in April

The U.S. Virgin Islands will host a National Institutes of Health (NIH) regional meeting on aging research in April. The meeting is designed to provide information on existing opportunities for research and training, provide hands-on technical assistance in grant writing, solicit advice on the design of new research opportunities, and gain strategies for recruiting underrepresented students and investigators to aging research.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Director's Regional Meeting will be held on April 7 and 8, on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses concurrently, via video-conference. Individuals who should attend this meeting include health science professionals and students within health science research institutions with an interest in beginning or strengthening their aging research expertise and/or portfolio.

The featured speakers will be NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes, NIMHD Director Dr. John Ruffin, Dr. James S. Jackson, a professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Dr. Gloria B. Callwood, director of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands.

The application deadline is Friday, March 25, with registration available on-line. To register, visit the NIH website at http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/2011DirectorsRegionalMtg.htm and click on Web Registration. For additional information on this meeting contact Andrea Griffin-Mann at (301) 496-0765 or send e-mail to griffinmanna@mail.nih.gov.

TMCF Scholarship and Internship Opportunities for UVI Students

Interested UVI students are encouraged to explore these scholarship and internship opportunities organized by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and several national organizations.

Wells Fargo Offers Business and Finance Scholarships

The TMCF and Wells Fargo Financial will provide financial assistance to outstanding male and female African American students who are interested in careers in the business and finance industry. In addition to excelling in the classroom, these individuals should be leaders in the community and exemplify the values of volunteerism and service.

The Wells Fargo Scholarship provides academic scholarships of $4,400 to students attending TMCF member schools with a focus on business or finance majors; although all majors are welcome to apply. This scholarship is eligible for annual renewal provided the scholars meet the GPA requirement and continue to demonstrate unmet financial need. Details and applications are available from the TMCF web site - http://thurgoodmarshallfund.net/student/well-fargo-scholarship.

Teach for America Paid Summer Internships Available

Teach for America is offering paid summer internship opportunity for several available operations coordinator positions. Operations coordinators manage summer training institutes to ensure that corps members are able to focus on their own professional development and student achievement. They receive a guaranteed salary ranging from $2,500 to $3,000, with room, board, and a portion of travel expenses also provided.

Teach For America will operate summer institutes this year in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and the Mississippi Delta. To find out more about the internships or to submit an application, visit www.teachforamerica.org/careers/institute. Interested UVI students can also contact TMCF Student Ambassador Latisha Ramsey at 910061547@myuvi.net.

IRP Conduction National Survey of Student Engagement at UVI

UVI's Office of Institutional Research & Planning (IRP) has announced it will administer the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at UVI in collaboration with the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research from Feb. 8 through March 23, 2011.

The survey is designed to collect feedback from UVI freshman and senior students on both campuses. It will focus on the quality of student interactions with faculty and peers, how students spend their time, and what they gain educationally from classes and other activities. The results will help the University to assess the quality of its undergraduate programs and show where improvement is needed. Students selected for the survey will receive customized letters of invitation and survey packages from the Provost. Those who respond to the survey by April 28, 2011, will be entered into a gift drawing.

The complete announcement is available from the IRP section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. More about the NSSE is available from the NSSE website: www.nsse.iub.edu. Individuals with questions about the project or interest in using the project's results should contact Institutional Research & Planning at irp@uvi.edu.

Student Testing Notes...

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 C (03/09/2011) WED 12:00-02:00 p.m. NW133 Clavier M

CLE A (03/24/2011) THU 12:00-02:00 p.m. NW131 Clavier M

CLE D (04/09/2011) SAT 12:00-02:00 p.m. NW131 Clavier M

Computer Literacy Examination Tutorial Scheduled

CLE C (03/02/2011) WED 12:00-02:00 p.m. NW133 Clavier M

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.

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, March 17, 2011 Friday, March 11, 2011

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.

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. CLEP tests will be administered on Feb. 25, March 8, March 24 and 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.

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.

UVI CELL Items...

UVICELL to Offer Bookkeeping Course Beginning in March

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer courses for individuals interested in acquiring basic bookkeeping skills beginning in March on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas, Intro to Bookkeeping will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday starting March 1, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday starting March 2, at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted.

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 more information or to register, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL Offers Free Grant Writing Seminar

The University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a free seminar for anyone who has an interest in learning how to get grant funding. The seminar is titled Effective Proposal Development Process. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the UVICELL Center on St. Thomas.

The two-hour seminar will provide a brief overview on developing successful grant proposals and will serve as a precursor to the upcoming Grants and Proposal Writing Skills course which will also be offered in March. Participants will receive information on the entire grant writing process from laying the groundwork to reporting requirements.

For more information on this free seminar, call the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Workshops for Human Resources Professionals Slated for March 16

The UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center and the American Management Association (AMA) will offer workshops titled Fundamentals of Human Resource Management from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. On St. Croix, the session will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

The workshop is part of a series being offered by the UVICELL in conjunction with the AMA. Participants will learn the essentials of key Human Resources functions such as implementing a results-based performance management system, writing job descriptions and specifications, developing cost-effective, competitive compensation and benefits programs, recruiting, selecting, and interviewing and hiring employees in compliance with federal and state laws.

For more information on the program or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

Intermediate Bookkeeping Course Offered by UVICELL

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a course for individuals interested learning bookkeeping in order to function as an entry-level bookkeeper or manage their own books.

On St. Thomas, Intermediate Bookkeeping will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning March 29. On St. Croix, the course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting March 30. All sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on St. Thomas and the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Participants will to prepare basic financial statements, journalize and post accrual, reconcile a bank statement, prepare payroll and much more.

For more information or to register, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.