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Bulletin Board for November 17, 2011

UVI Announces St. Thomas Campus Parking Restrictions for Paradise Jam

The University of the Virgin Islands has announced parking restrictions that will be in effect on the St. Thomas campus during the upcoming Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament. Paradise Jam will be played at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center from Nov. 18 to 21 (men's games) and Nov. 24 to 26 (women's games).

Parking will be available in the main Sports and Fitness Center parking lot, with additional parking available at the Classroom Administration Building, the Administration and Conference Center, and the Reichhold Center for the Arts parking lots. Parking is prohibited on the sidewalks along the Julian Jackson Drive (between the UVI Golf Course and ball fields). Vehicles parked illegally or those blocking intersections may be ticketed and/or towed. For more information on parking call (340) 693-1104.

Paradise Jam Information, Tickets

Information on Paradise Jam - complete game schedules, tickets, etc. - is available on the web at: . Ticket prices, at the door, are $15 for VI Adult Residents with local ID, $10 for VI Senior Citizens 65 or older, $5 for VI children and students (ages 5 to 18, including UVI students), and $35 for non-VI residents. Tickets are also available at the UVI Bookstore, Fat Turtle and FYE in Tutu Park Mall.

UVI Senate to Meet Friday, Nov. 18

The next meeting of the UVI Senate is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. Meeting venues are the Administration and Conference Center first floor conference room on St. Thomas, Evans Center Room 807 on St. Croix and the St. John Learning Center. The UVI community and the public are welcome to attend. Items on the agenda for Friday are the installation of new student representative Cherise Burton, UVI Senate Bylaws and Terms of Office, the UVI Periodic Review Report, Actions taken at the UVI Board of Trustees meeting, the UVI Personnel Manual, the UVI Acceptable Use Policy and Development of the 2012-2017 UVI Strategic Plan.

VIUCEDD Plans Training Series for Accessible Computers, Devices and Websites

UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) is hosting a series of free training sessions on ADA accessible computers, electronic devices, websites and apps. ADA is the Americans With Disabilities Act. The sessions are designed for consumers with disabilities, especially including mobility, hearing impairment and blindness/low vision. Participants can take laptops, PCs, iPads or other electronic device for hands-on training. The sessions will include demonstrations on accessible devices and an introduction to websites, apps and more. ADA certified trainers Joe Cooler and Dr. Sandra Ross will conduct the sessions. Students are welcome. For more information, or to register, call (340) 692-4267.

Trainings take place from 9 to 11:45 a.m. The remaining sessions are scheduled as follows:

VIUCEDD, T-114, Teacher Education Bldg, UVI, St. Thomas

Accessible Computers - Friday, Nov 18, 2011

Accessible Websites/Apps - Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011

Accessible Computers - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011

Accessible Websites/Apps - Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

VIUCEDD Office, 1 Golden Grove, St. Croix

Accessible Websites/Apps - Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

Accessible Computers - Monday, Nov 28, 2011

Accessible Websites/Apps - Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011

UVI French Club Movie Night to feature "Welcome" on Friday, Nov. 18

The UVI French Club will be presenting a movie titled "Welcome" at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, in the Chase Auditorium (BUS 110) on UVI's St. Thomas campus. "Welcome" is the story of a 17-year-old Kurdish boy from Iraq who sets of out on an adventure-filled journey across Europe.

Renowned Forensic Scientist to Speak at UVI on Nov. 22

Crimes, clues and investigations will be the intriguing subjects covered by leading forensic scientist, author and scholar Dr. Fred Smith, when he speaks at the University of the Virgin Islands at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Dr. Smith will lecture on the topic, "Forensic Science and Crime in the Caribbean," which should be of interest to a wide audience of students, law enforcers, lawyers and others.

The first presenter in the new "Open Doors" lecture series presented by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Smith comes to the territory with an extensive background in forensic research, publishing and court testimony. Dr. Smith will be speaking from the UVI Great Hall on St. Croix and by video-conference to St. Thomas viewers in Chase Auditorium (B110). A news release is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

UVI to Close Nov. 24-25 to Observe Thanksgiving Day, Fortsberg/Discovery Day

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, in observance of Thanksgiving Day and the Fortsberg/Discovery Day holiday, respectively.

Melvin Evans Center Improvement Project Underway on Albert A. Sheen Campus

A project to improve the Melvin Evans Center on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix has begun. UVI students, faculty, staff and the general public are advised to exercise caution and cooperate with any special directions issued during the construction period, which will continue through Dec. 31. The project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will focus on retrofitting the building's electrical system and provide repairs to the roof. For details on the electrical project contact UVI Capital Projects Manager Gerard Buggy at (340) 693-1531 or send e-mail to gbuggy@uvi.edu. For information on the roof repairs, contact UVI Physical Plant Supervisor John Waugh at (340) 693-4164 or send e-mail to jwaugh@uvi.edu.

Prof. Mary Stewart to Sign Book - 'Memories of CVI from 1964 - 1969' - on Dec. 1

Former UVI Assistant Professor Mary R. Stewart will sign copies of her book - "Memories of CVI from 1964 - 1968" - at a book signing from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the UVI Bookstore on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Everyone is invited to meet Stewart, one of the first faculty members on the St. Croix campus of the College of the Virgin Islands (CVI). For details, contact the UVI Bookstore at (340) 692-4162.

Staff Council 'Make A Difference' Campaign Seeks Holiday Gifts for Children

The UVI Staff Council Executive Committee invites the UVI staff community to participate in a "Make a Difference" campaign to donate holiday gifts for children in the Nana-Baby Children's Home on St. Thomas and the Queen Louise Home for Children on St. Croix. Drop boxes for gifts are in the main lobbies of the Administration and Conference Center and the Paiewonsky Library on St. Thomas, and in the Melvin Evans Center breezeway (next to the Business Office) and the Library on St. Croix. The deadline for donations is Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. For details contact Linda I Smith at (340) 692-4023 or Dale Morton at (340) 693-1086.

Other Current Items...

UVI Photo Shoot Continues Through Nov. 18

University of the Virgin Islands students, faculty and staff will be the subject of photography sessions that will take place the week of Nov. 14-18 on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Photos are needed to ensure that the UVI Public Relations Office (and all UVI areas) have UVI stock images for use in marketing, recruitment and advertising materials.

It is hoped that there will be very little disruption during classes and that faculty, staff and students will agree to be photographed during normal campus activities, as needed. Those who do not wish to be photographed will have the opportunity to decline.

A photography session with Don Hebert took place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the St. John Academic Center. Ahmad Sandidge of Sandidge Photography conducted photo sessions at various locations on the St. Thomas campus on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 14, 15 and 16. On Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, he will photograph the St. Croix campus.

Students who wish to participate as unpaid models in any of the UVI locations must contact Lois Rivera in the UVI Public Relations Office at 693-1059 or by e-mail at lrivera@uvi.edu.

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Submissions; Deadline Set for Nov. 30

The Caribbean Writer, the University of the Virgin Islands' international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, announces a submission call for its 26th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to work submitted, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and personal essays, Volume 26 will be dedicated to the environment - nature and ecology. Volume 26 will also celebrate women writers.

Individuals are encouraged to submit poems (five maximum), short stories, personal essays or one-act plays. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. (If self-published, give details.) Include brief biographical information and put all contact information, plus the title of the manuscript, on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the manuscript. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30, 2011.

For more information, visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call (340) 692-4152. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

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.

Dec. 5 Deadline Set for Submission of Articles for 2012 Agrifest Bulletin

The deadline for submission of articles intended for publication in the 2012 Agrifest Bulletin is Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Articles should be prepared using Microsoft Word and be no longer than three pages, with photos. Authors are reminded that the bulletin's audience is the general public and that the average reader should be able to understand them. The Agrifest Board of Directors will give preference to instructional "how to" articles. Articles are not restricted to agricultural topics. Topics on culture or heritage are also welcome.

The theme for the 2012 Agrifest - scheduled for Feb. 18-20 - is "Youth in Agriculture-Growing Our Future." Submitters should also keep in mind that the University is celebrating its 50th anniversary and its 40th anniversary as a Land-Grant institution. The Golden Jubilee theme is "Honoring Our Past: Creating Our Future." Please include the two themes in your articles.

Articles must be submitted via email to: cclarke@uvi.edu.

Contributors Sought for 'We Are UVI' Web Project

As part of the University's celebration of its 50th anniversary, the UVI website will offer a special, weekly feature throughout 2012 titled "We Are UVI." In it, memories from individuals who have had a close affiliation with UVI at some point in the last 50 years will be shared. This will offer a wide range of persons a chance to actively join in celebrating this grand event in UVI's history. Remembrances included in "We Are UVI" will consist of no more than 450 words describing a significant event in the contributor's UVI experience. They will also include "then" and "now" photographs of the author. Narratives are now being assembled for "We Are UVI" and persons interested in contributing or helping in any way with this project should contact Dr. Henry H. Smith at hsmith@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1062.

Human Resources Office Posts New Hires/Separations List for October 2011

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Oct. 1-31, 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 - http://mycampus.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Albert A. Sheen Campus Holiday Gala Scheduled Dec. 10

The annual UVI Holiday Gala for the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Divi Carina Bay Resort. Music will be by X-press Band, with karaoke by Dean Hodge. Prizes and giveaways are planned. Faculty and staff admission is complimentary. Guest tickets are $40. To make reservations call (340) 692-4010 or 692-4094.

St. Thomas Campus Holiday Gala Scheduled for Dec. 11 at Frenchman's Reef

The St. Thomas campus UVI Holiday Gala will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Resort. Cocktail hour will continue until 7:30 p.m., with dinner, dancing and fun to follow. Complimentary tickets are available for UVI employees in the Human Resources Office on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Guest tickets are $20. Space is limited. Music will be by Top Notch Band. A holiday buffet and door prizes are planned. For more information call Human Resources at (340) 693-1410.

Academic Notes...

Computer Literacy Exam Dates - Please Note Additional Date on St. Thomas

Registration for the upcoming Computer Literacy Exam (CLE) sessions at UVI is now available. Students must register for the CLE via Banweb. The CLE is an online examination that will be administered via Blackboard in the rooms listed below. All sections of the CLE must be completed and passed in order to receive a passing grade for the CLE. Students must bring proper ID to the testing room for verification.

Remaining CLE session dates, times and locations are listed below:

St. Croix

CRN Number Date Time Room

84162 11/17/2011 12:30 to 3 p.m. NWW 131

St. Thomas

CRN Number Date Time Room

84166 11/19/11 12:30 to 3 B204-E - Additional Date

84165 11/21/2011 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. B 204-E

Additional dates will be announced if they are made available.

Detailed CLE registration information is available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - direct link. For assistance with web registration contact the Registrar's Office at ext. (340) 692-4103 on St. Croix or (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas. Direct other questions to Dr. Tonjia Coverdale at tcoverd@uvi.edu or (340) 693-1523.

Online Registration for Spring and Summer Returning Students Now Available

Advisement and Online Registration for returning UVI students for the 2012 Spring Semester and Summer Sessions started on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Online registration is mandatory for all continuing students. Online registration for the Spring Semester continues until Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012; thereafter, a late registration fee of $75 will be incurred.

Details and links to UVI's online registration system are available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - direct link. For more information, contact the Registrar (St. Thomas campus) or Associate Registrar (Albert A. Sheen Campus) at registrar@uvi.edu.

UVI Net Price Calculator Now Available for First-time Undergraduate Students

UVI Director of Financial Aid Cheryl Roberts has announced that, in keeping with the U.S Department of Education regulatory requirement, a UVI Net Price Calculator (NPC) is now available on the University website. The NPC is a tool for full-time, first-time degree seeking undergraduate students. The calculator prompts would-be students to enter basic information and then estimates the price of attendance and financial aid provided to students in a previous year. The UVI Net Price Calculator is available from the Financial Aid section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct UVI Net Price Calculator.

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.

CELL Notes...

Small Business Accounting Software Training Being Offered

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 the full-featured small business accounting software - QuickBooks. Introduction to QuickBooks will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting Nov. 29, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus. Participants will learn to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more.

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

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Seminars on Business Startups in the Virgin Islands Set for St. Thomas, St. John

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center is offering a series of seminars on St. Thomas and St. John focusing on how to startup a business in the Virgin Islands. The remaining seminars will include a session on entrepreneur self-assessment, one focused on money matters and a final session on the topic "But Can Your Business Idea Make Money?"

Sessions on St. Thomas are at the SBDC Service Center in Nisky Center. On St. John they are at the UVI St. John Academic Center. For details, call the St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206. Online registration is available at www.sbdcvi.org.

Remaining sessions are scheduled as follows:

Nov. 17 - Money Matters (includes textbook) - $49 - St. Thomas - 6 to 8 p.m.

Nov. 30 - Can Your Business Idea Make Money - $25 - St. John - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 1 - Can Your Business Idea Make Money - $25 - St. Thomas - 6 to 8 p.m.

Dec. 7 - Money Matters (includes textbook) - $49 - St. John - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.