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Bulletin Board for July 7, 2011

Oliver Samuels Returns to the Reichhold Center in July

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts welcomes back Oliver Samuels, the Jamaican "King of Comedy," in Patrick Brown's hilariously scary who-dun-it? - "Midnight at Puss Creek." The play opens at the Reichhold Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. A second performance is slated for 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.

"Midnight at Puss Creek" is a clever tale of conspiracy, family dysfunction and revenge. Oliver Samuels plays Edgar, an ambitious son. His mother, wealthy Miss Zelda, is on her deathbed and loved ones have gathered at the home (Puss Creek) as she nears her final breath. Miss Zelda's snooty granddaughter, Rita, along with other family members waste no time in letting their true colors show. The play features favorite actors from other Samuels plays including Glen "Titus" Campbell, Camille Davis, Sharee McDonald-Russell and Courtney Wilson.

Tickets - $40, $30 and $22 - available at V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again, the UVI Bookstore and the Reichhold Box office at (340) 693-1559 or online at www.reichholdcenter.com.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for June 2011

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for June 1-30, 2011. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal and from this direct link.

25th Anniversary Issue of The Caribbean Writer Focuses on Ayiti/Haiti

The Caribbean Writer is going places, and Volume 25, which is now available, will take readers to Haiti, originally known as Ayiti, land of high mountains. Volume 25 features prose and poetry by some of Haiti's locally and internationally celebrated writers. This 640-page edition features 70 pages of poetry by some of the Caribbean's leading poets. Also included are 100 pages of prose, a special section on Haitian Art and interviews with Earl Lovelace, who recently won the 2011 Caribbean Literary Prize, and Trinidad-American writer Elizabeth Nunez.

Volume 25 is currently available at local bookstores on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, as well as at the UVI Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Copies are $25 and can also be ordered directly from The Caribbean Writer's office by calling (340) 692-4152, emailing orders@thecaribbeanwriter.org or visiting www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org. A news release, complete with a photo of cover artwork by Pasko Mérisier, is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

CES Newsletter Focuses on Educational Activities and More

The latest issue of "From the Ground Up" a newsletter published by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is now available from the CES section - http://ces.uvi.edu - of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The issue features highlights of recent educational activities conducted by the Cooperative Extension Service and explores the impact these programs have on the lives of the people in the community. The wide variety of CES programs covered in the newsletter's 16 pages range from basic computer training to the weekly CES radio program "Agriculture on the Grow" on 107.9 FM. Also included are tips on nutrition, gardening and water safety, and a look at the award-winning 4-H Carnival Troupe. A highlight of the newsletter is a story on the cultural exchange trip to Ghana this past spring, during which CES Associate Director Kofi Boateng escorted 37 students, teachers and parents from St. Croix Central High School.

UVI Contributed to Unique Underwater Video Series Airing Wednesdays on TV2

In an effort to educate the Virgin Islands community about the expansive Virgin Islands marine environment, the University of the Virgin Islands Sea Grant Marine Outreach Program and For The Sea Productions present "Learning to Sea - The USVI," a 13-week series of underwater videos during the local CBS affiliate TV2's evening news program. A new, three-minute video is being shown each Wednesday during the newscast. Each episode will feature a marine animal in its natural habitat, filmed in the waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and accompanied with narration and original music composed by local artists. The series was produced by multiple award-winning underwater filmmaker Ziggy Livnat, the founder of For The Sea Productions. A news release and links to view underwater videos is featured on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

UVI Music Camp Offers Free Wednesday Concerts on St. Thomas; Public Invited

The UVI Music Area of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is hosting its annual Summer Music Camp under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen. The camp is made up of students from junior and senior high schools on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The participating students are performing free weekly concerts on Wednesdays through July 27 at Emancipation Garden, in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. The concerts are presented from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday. Prof. Venzen encourages members of the community to show their support to the Virgin Islands budding musicians and to be treated to wonderful music by attending the free concerts. The remaining Emancipation Garden performances are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

In addition to performing the free concerts, members of the camp also perform each Sunday at various churches. The group's final performance will be the children's opera "The Barber of Seville" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. For more information, call Prof. Venzen at (340) 693-1192.

UVI's MMES Program Seeks Snorkel Participants for Marine Research

UVI's Masters of Marine and Environmental Science program will host a free snorkel trip to conduct marine research as part of a study titled "Experiential Learning and Reef Resilience." UVI students and members of the community are invited to participate in this research and free snorkel trip from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. It will include snorkeling off the Center for Marine and Environmental Science dock and at Flat Cay. Participants will conduct hands-on research and must take an online pre and post survey. Lunch will be provided.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and must be able to swim. A mandatory swim test for all individuals wishing to participate will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 11. To register, or to obtain more information call UVI Professor Dr. Kostas Alexandridis at (340) 693-1376 or Research Assistant Elena Kobrinski at (202) 607-1786.

UVI Libraries to Observe Reduced Hours During Summer Session II

UVI Libraries are observing reduced operating hours during Summer Session II. The Libraries are closed on Saturdays and open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through July 29.

UVI to Offer 46 Video Conference Classes on St. John for Fall Semester

The University of the Virgin Islands will begin offering classes at the St. John Academic Center for the Fall 2011 semester. A total of 46 credit courses will be offered using video conference technology at the newly opened center located on the third floor of The Marketplace shopping center. UVI's Fall 2011 semester begins on Aug. 22.

New student registration at the St. John Academic Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Online registration is underway for matriculated or current UVI students for Fall semester classes.

A full list of courses being offered at the St. John Academic Center is available on the Academics webpage of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. The complete news release is available from this direct link.

St. Thomas SGA Seeking Applications for Various Committee Chair Positions

The Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's St. Thomas campus is accepting applications from interested students to fill the following positions: Vice President of Membership (Public Relations); Queens Committee Chair; Sports Committee Chair; Grievance Committee Chair; Social and Cultural Committee Chair; Food Committee Chair; Publications (Yearbook) Committee Chair; Elections Committee Chair; and Black Heritage Committee Chair.

The SGA serves as the voice of students. Elected representatives aim to work to ensure that student life at UVI is at its optimum. Interested students should send a detailed resume along with a letter of interest, via e-mail, to sgastt@myuvi.net. Applications should be submitted by July 15. Applications will be reviewed for approval by the SGA Student Senate. Appointed individuals will form part of the official SGA inauguration ceremony which is scheduled during the Fall Semester.

Summer Research Symposium Slated for July 29 on St. Thomas

UVI's Summer Research Symposium is slated for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29. It will be held in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The symposium provides a showcase for a student research in STEM disciplines, with faculty at the University of the Virgin Islands, as well as at other institutions. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) For details, visit the UVI's Student Research Symposia webpage on the College of Science & Mathematics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

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. This graduate Psychology program seeks to prepare practitioners to use the science of psychology for the promotion of human well-being, specifically in the provision of psychological services to children, adolescents, and families in the mental health, judicial, and educational systems. It provides some with a stepping stone toward licensure.

Details on the program and admission criteria are available from the UVI web site website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. 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.

CELL Notes...

UVI CELL to Host Real Estate Sales Course Beginning in August

Individuals interested in learning more about the real estate industry are urged to register for the Real Estate Sales course offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center.

On St. Thomas, classes will be held 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 16, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Aug. 20, at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The Real Estate Sales course is designed to expose individuals to the real estate industry and specifically prepares them for the Real Estate Salesperson licensing examination. A variety of topics will be covered including Real Estate Theory, Mathematics, USVI Rules and Regulations and all applicable sections of the VI Code.

For fees and more information on the course, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

Small Business Development Center to host 'Business Plan' Course

The VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) presents NXLEVEL® - How To Write A Business Plan course. The five-week 30-hour course is designed for entrepreneurs who want to expand an existing business or start a new business. Participants will receive professional guidance in a classroom setting and one-on-one counseling taught by a certified NXLEVEL® instructor.

The course will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on July 11 and ending on August 10. It will be held at the SBDC St. Thomas training facility in Nisky Center, Suite 720. The cost is $399. A limited number of scholarships may be available for those who apply. People interested in participating are encouraged to register because enrollment is limited. For more information, to register for the course or to apply for a scholarship, call the SBDC at 776-3206 or visit www.sbdcvi.org.

The SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of the Virgin Islands.