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Bulletin Board for November 8, 2011

UVI to Close Friday, Nov. 11, in Observance of Veterans Day

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

UVI Concert Choir Plans Concert Nov. 11 on St. Thomas Campus

The UVI Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Lorna Young-Wright, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They may be purchased at the UVI Bookstore, the Liberal Arts office or from UVI Concert Choir members. For further information call (340) 693-1340.

Spyro Gyra to Perform at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on Nov. 12

The next act in the Reichhold Center's 2012 season will be the phenomenally popular jazz group Spyro Gyra at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. With over 25 albums released and 10 million copies sold, Spyro Gyra is one of the most commercially successful groups in jazz. Their latest album - A Foreign Affair - features music inspired by their travels, from the Caribbean to South America, and even to South Africa, India and Japan.

Tickets for the Spyro Gyra performance are $30, $40 and $50. For details, contact the Reichhold Center Box Office at (340) 693-1559 or visit the Reichhold website at www.reichholdcenter.com.

St. Thomas Reef Fest 2011 Set for Nov. 13

The 2011 edition of St. Thomas Reef Fest is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Brewers Bay Beach. The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service at UVI, in partnership with the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE), the Lana Vento Foundation, the Environmental Association of St. Thomas and Sea Grant are sponsoring the event.

Reef Fest's goals are to raise awareness of the value of coral reef, promote environmental stewardship, and strengthen natural resource management and conservation. Activities such as educational games, snorkel clinics, sandcastle building, reef tours and presentations by experts in natural resources, science and management are planned. Environmental exhibits and activity booths will be presented by various government and community organizations, and local "green" vendors of both food and retail are encouraged. For more information contact Christine Settar at csettar@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1392.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Thank-a-Thon on St. Croix Nov. 14-16

The University of the Virgin Islands Office of Alumni Affairs will conducts its annual Thank-a-Thon from 5:30 to 9 p.m. daily from Nov. 14 through 16, in the UVI Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix. All donors who have contributed to the UVI annual fund over the past ten years will be contacted and thanked.

Interested UVI students, alumni, faculty and staff are sought to join in the Thank-a-Thon effort. Individuals who will not be able to attend the scheduled evening shifts can volunteer during the day shift, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Nightly prizes and light refreshments will be presented to Thank-a-Thon volunteers for their time. To volunteer, please contact Marsha Bartlett at mbartle@uvi.edu or tjallick@yahoo.com.

UVI Theatre Seeks Instrumentalists for Holiday Production of 'O Christmas Three!'

The UVI Theatre - currently rehearsing for the upcoming holiday children's show, "O Christmas Three!" - is seeking three instrumentalists to join the production.

"O Christmas Three!" is a trilogy of children's Christmas plays that has been performed across America and Canada. It was written by UVI Playwright-in-Residence Dr. Doug Larche. Almost 40 UVI students will appear in this rollicking, fun-filled production. The production will make a tour of four elementary schools on St. Thomas the week after Thanksgiving, culminating with a performance on the St. Thomas campus on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Musicians needed are a keyboard/synthesizer player, a bass player and a percussionist. Fun is assured and credit is available. Musicians must be available from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, as well as at a few other specific times during the week. For detailed information contact Dr. Larche at (340) 693-1341 or (340) 513-4318 or send e-mail to dlarche@uvi.edu.

UVI Photo Shoot Scheduled for Nov. 14 through 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 will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the St. John Academic Center. Ahmad Sandidge of Sandidge Photography will conduct photo sessions in 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.

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.

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 will be available for UVI employees in the Human Resources Office on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Monday, Nov. 14. 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.

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.

Repairs Underway on Albert A. Sheen Campus Roads

Road repairs are underway on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Work began on Monday, Nov. 7, and will involve the main palm drive, the road adjacent to the Great Hall and others. The first phase of work will include repairs to potholes, etc. The repaving of existing roads is tentatively scheduled for January 2012.

While repairs are being made, motorists will be diverted to other roadways on campus as necessary. Your cooperation is appreciated in this effort to upgrade the campus road system. For more information, contact Physical Plant Supervisor John Waugh, via email at jwaugh@uvi.edu or call (340) 692-4164.

Other Current Items...

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Submissions

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.

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.

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.

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.

UVI's Purchasing Office Announces Seaplane Ticket Change

UVI's Purchasing Office has announced that the price for tickets on the Seaborne Seaplane has changed. Seaborne tickets are now $92.50 one way, and $185 round-trip. For details contact the Purchasing Office at (340) 693-1480.

Academic Notes...

Computer Literacy Exam Dates Posted

Registration for the upcoming Computer Literacy Exam (CLE) sessions at UVI is now available. Students must register for the CLE via Banweb. CLE session dates and times are listed below:

St. Croix

CRN Number Date

84161 11/10/2011 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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

St. Thomas

CRN Number Date

84163 11/08/2011 12:30 to 3 p.m.

84164 11/15/2011 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Additional dates will be announced if they are made available. The CLE is an online examination that will be administered via Blackboard. 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.

Detailed CLE registration information is available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - direct link. Please direct 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...

Energy Efficiency Workshops for Spanish Speakers Set for Nov. 12 on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will host a free workshop for members of the Hispanic community from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. The workshop will be conducted entirely in Spanish and will provide Hispanic residents with valuable information to aid in reducing their energy costs, saving money and conserve energy.

This workshop - titled Energy Efficiency for Residential Consumers - is the last in the series designed to promote energy efficiency and encourage the use of renewable energy. The workshop series was made possible from funding received through the Energy Office Discretionary Grant Program, under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Participants will learn what factors contribute to high energy consumption in their households or businesses, learn strategies to mitigate the related fuel surcharge and gain valuable information transitioning to renewable energy technology.

Interested individuals should bring a copy of their most recent WAPA bill for a chance to obtain a free energy monitor, which can be used to track energy consumption and savings. For more information or a complete list of available workshops, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Offers Estate Planning Seminar on St. Thomas on Nov. 15

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center will conduct an estate planning seminar from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the SBDC Service Center at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. Attorney Anna Paiewonsky will address the topic "What Can A Trust Do For Me? Admission is $20. UVI students, faculty and staff with a valid I.D. are admitted free, however, preregistration is required. Registration is due by Thursday, Nov. 10. For more information contact the SBDC office at (340) 776-3206 or the SBDC website: www.sbdcvi.org.

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.

Sessions are scheduled as follows:

Nov. 9 - How to Start A Business - $15 - St. John - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 10 - Entrepreneur Self-Assessment - $25 - St. Thomas - 6 to 8 p.m.

Nov. 16 - Entrepreneur Self-Assessment - $25 - St. John - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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.