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Bulletin Board for November 29, 2011

Themes Sought for Afternoon on the Green 2012

Planning has begun for Afternoon on the Green 2012. The annual event, held on UVI's St. Thomas campus Herman E. Moore Golf Course, is scheduled for March 11, 2012. It has grown into a one-of-a-kind outdoor family event featuring, food, entertainment and children's games.

The Afternoon on the Green Committee is seeking theme suggestions. This year's event will celebrate UVI's 50th Anniversary. Theme suggestions should be short, catchy and lend themselves to efficient marketing. UVI students, faculty, alumni and staff are invited to submit theme ideas.

The person who comes up with the winning theme will receive an Afternoon on the Green event tee shirt, an Afternoon on the Green poster suitable for framing and $10 worth of Afternoon on the Green taste tickets.

Theme suggestions should be sent to Liza Margolis - lmargol@uvi.edu - by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12.

Spanish Film 'Sin Nombre' to Air at Free Movie Night Nov. 30 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI students, faculty and staff are invited to a free movie night hosted by Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Rocio Delgado at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30, on the St. Thomas campus. The feature film "Sin Nombre" (Without Names) will be shown in Teacher Education Building Room 101. The film - in Spanish with English subtitles - focuses on immigration and the Central American gang situation. Instructors, especially those with Spanish classes, are urged to have their students attend. For more information contact Dr. Delgado via e-mail at mdelgad@uvi.edu.

UVI Theatre Announces Holiday Children's Shows for Dec. 1

The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre will stage two presentations of "O Christmas Three!" - a children's holiday musical written by UVI Playwright-in-Residence Dr. Doug Larche - on Thursday, Dec. 1, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Shows are set for 4 and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for children and students of all ages. Adult admission is $10.

The production features more than 40 UVI students, faculty and staff members. It consists of a trilogy of children's Christmas plays published by Dramatic Publishing and performed originally across the U.S. and Canada. For this UVI premiere, Dr. Larche has converted the play, which he also directs, into a full-scale holiday musical.

Special productions of portions of the trilogy were presented Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 28 and 29, at local schools. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

CSAP to Sponsor Documentary Screenings, Discussions on 'Doing Virtuous Business' at UVI

UVI students, faculty, staff and interested members of the general public are invited to participate in screenings of the acclaimed documentary "Doing Virtuous Business" and follow-up discussions with Dr. Theodore R. Malloch, on whose book the film is based.

Dr. Malloch, a member of the faculty at Yale University, is visiting UVI to participate in the discussions. His book, "Spiritual Enterprise," attempts to explain the true purpose of business and illuminate the connection between a free economy and religious liberty. The documentary spotlights more than a dozen inspirational business success stories, featuring unprecedented access to many of the most celebrated and influential entrepreneurs and chief executives throughout the world.

The screenings are scheduled Thursday, Dec. 1, in Evans Center Room 401 on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, and on Friday, Dec. 2, in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Both events begin at 10 a.m. The screenings and discussions are sponsored by UVI's Center for Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) Individuals who plan to participate are asked to confirm attendance to Tregenza Roach, Esq., via e-mail at troach@uvi.edu or by calling (340) 693-1240.

UVI MMES Students to Appear on Brownie Radio Program on Dec. 2

Four UVI graduate students enrolled in the Master of Marine and Environmental Science (MMES) program are scheduled to appear on the Irvin "Brownie" Brown radio program at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. The show airs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on WSTA-Lucky 13 at 1340 on the AM dial. The students will be accompanied by associate professor of marine biology Dr. Sandra Romano. They will discuss environmental issues in the Virgin Islands that they have been studying this semester.

Golden Key Holding Holiday Drive; Donations Go to Salvation Army

The St. Thomas chapter of UVI's Golden Key Honour Society is conducting an on-campus Holiday Drive. Chapter President Makiijah Crabbe encourages members of the UVI community to donate socks, underwear, toys and books suitable for children ages 5-13 years old. Items must be new and unwrapped. All items will be donated to the Salvation Army. Donations will be collected until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Contact chapter advisor Dahlia Stridiron at (340) 693-1136 to make a donation, or for more information.

UVI to Host Entrepreneurial Fair Dec. 7 on St. Croix

The Virgin Islands' entrepreneurial spirit will take center stage at an Entrepreneurial Fair to be hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands on Wednesday, Dec. 7. The Fair will be run from 9 a.m. to noon in the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

Organized by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center and the VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the free event is designed to establish connections between aspiring business owners, existing business owners and agencies that offer assistance to these businesses. The Entrepreneurial Fair will provide vital tools, resources and ideas to people interested in opening their own businesses in one location. For more information on the Fair, contact the UVICELL St. Croix Office at 692-4230. A news release is featured on the UVI homepage - direct link.

VIUCEDD Plans Annual Open House for St. Croix Office on Dec. 12

The annual open house at the St. Croix office of UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) is slated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. The public is invited to visit and explore the many books, pamphlets, videos, American Sign Language resources and much more that are available for loan to the community from the lending library. All are encouraged to take the opportunity to learn about assistive technology for persons and to participate in awareness activities for mobility, prosthetics, low-vision and blindness, and hearing impairment. The open house will also feature a financial planning workshop and device demonstrations of assistive technology for the future that will also benefits those without disabilities such as the GPS-guided vehicles for blind persons.

VIUCEDD's St. Croix office is located at 1 Golden Grove, just west of UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus entrance. Door prizes and refreshments will be available. For more information contact Dr. Sandra L. Ross at (340) 692-1919.

Sweet Breads and Cakes Workshops set for St. Croix Dec. 7 & 8

The 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program of UVI Cooperative Extension Service will conduct free workshops on making sweet breads and fruit cakes on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Sweet breads workshops are slated for Wednesday, Dec. 7, and fruit cake workshops will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8. Two sessions of each workshop are planned. They will run from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Classes will be held in the UVI Research & Extension Center, Room 134. Class size is limited. To register, contact Jo-An Josiah at (340) 692-4083 or Evannie Jeremiah at (340) 692-4094. See item below for previously announced workshops on the St. Thomas campus.

Other Current Items...

RTPark Slates Board of Directors Meeting for Nov. 30, 2011

The UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation (RTPark) will conduct a meeting of the RTPark/RTPark-PC Board of Directors at 1 p.m. (AST) on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in the RTPark Offices on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Seating is limited. The meeting is also available via teleconference. For more information call the RTPark office at (340) 692-4200.

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.

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.

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 - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011

Accessible Websites/Apps - Thursday, Dec 1, 2011

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.

St. Thomas Campus Holiday Gala Scheduled for Dec. 11; Ticket Deadline Dec.1

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. The deadline to obtain tickets is Thursday, Dec. 1. 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.

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.

6th Annual Woodworkers' Expo to be Held on St. Croix Dec. 2-4

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will hold the sixth annual Virgin Islands' Woodworkers' Expo in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from Dec. 2 to 4. The expo will feature the works of the St. Croix Wood Artists, Inc. and St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society. The public is invited to view and purchase the exquisite quality work of some of the finest woodworkers anywhere. There will also be demonstrations by master woodworkers Avelino Samuel of St. John, Afreekan Southwell and William Johnson of St. Thomas, and Bien Brignoni of St. Croix. The expo will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, and at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3 and 4. Click here to view the expo poster.

Individuals who are not members of these groups may also exhibit and sell locally made wood products by applying for space at the Cooperative Extension Service offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The cost for space is $50 per day. For more information, contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1080 or Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060.

The Woodworkers' Expo is sponsored by UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the V.I. Department of Tourism, the V.I. Department of Agriculture and the West Indian Company, Ltd.

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.

UVI-CES to Hold Holiday Baking Workshops on St. Thomas on Dec. 5 & 8

The UVI Cooperative Extension Services' 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program on the St. Thomas campus will conduct free workshops on making sweet breads at from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 8. The workshops will take place in the Cooperative Extension Service Off in the New House building. Class size is limited. To register, contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082 or Orpha Penn at (340) 693-1080.

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.

Albert A. Sheen Campus Holiday Gala Scheduled Dec. 10 - TICKETS SOLD OUT

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.

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.

Academic Notes...

UVI Final Exams Scheduled for Dec. 5-10

UVI's Fall Semester 2011 final exams are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. The official Final Exam Schedule is available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link - Fall 2011 Final Exam Schedule.

In addition to referring to the posted Final Exam Schedule, students are urged to confer directly with their instructors if they have any questions regarding exams.

St. Thomas Campus Academic Jam Underway Through Dec. 9

Brothers with a Cause, in conjunction with the Mathematics Department and CATS (Campus Advising and Tutorial Services), is hosting an Academic Jam on UVI's St. Thomas campus through Dec. 9. The Academic Jam is designed to help students prepare for final exams which begin Monday, Dec. 5.

Students are encouraged to participate. As part of the jam, individual and group tutoring and other assistance will be available from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, in CA Building Room 118 - the CATS Suite. CATS will be closed for the holidays on Nov. 24 and 25.

For more information call CATS (340) 693-1220/1222/1226.

Academic Jam Slated Through Dec. 10 on Albert A. Sheen Campus

UVI Students on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will be offered Student Athletic Jam services to help prepare for final exams from 5 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 28 through Dec. 10, in the CATS (Campus Advising and Tutorial Services) Office on the 700 level of Evans Center and in the Writing Center in the Modular Building. Normal CATS tutoring assistance is available on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Academic Jam is a collaborative effort between Brothers with a Cause and Campus Advising and Tutorial Services (CATS). For more information, contact Trudi Golphin at (340) 692-4140.

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 is now available. 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.

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. 30 - POSTPONED - Can Your Business Idea Make Money - $25 - St. John

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.