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UVI Bulletin Board Nov. 26, 2012

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UVI Invites Alumni, Friends, Supporters and General Public to Golden Gala Celebrations

UVI invites its alumni, friends, supporters and members of the general public to celebrate the conclusion of UVI's 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee year at Golden Galas in December. These formal events will also serve as fundraisers to establish a Golden Jubilee Scholarship. The theme for the events is "A Grand Affair to End the Year."

The Galas are set for Dec. 1, on St. Thomas, and Dec. 8, on St. Croix. Ticket information and more is available from a news release, with photos, on the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

"We are truly excited to host these high-end events where members of the community can celebrate with the UVI family," said St. Thomas Golden Gala Committee Volunteer Co-Chairperson Jacqueline Sprauve. "We have had a fabulous year celebrating the milestone that is UVI's 50th Anniversary. We wanted to end the year in a grand fashion where everyone can dress in their finest, have a good time and welcome the holiday season," Sprauve continued. "Galas on St. Thomas and St. Croix mean that everyone can come celebrate with us."

Submissions, Letters Sought for UVI's 50th Anniversary Time Capsules; Deadline Dec. 14

Since announcing plans for UVI 50th Anniversary Time Capsules on both campuses, many suggestions and some forwarded items have been received. The Time Capsule Subcommittee of the Golden Jubilee Committee is again asking members of the University community to submit items for inclusion in each time capsule. "The sky is the limit on what can be placed in the time capsule," said Subcommittee Chair Raquel Silver. "Be imaginative." The time capsules will be capped in 2013, not to be opened for 50 years - in 2062.

Please submit items and/or letters for inclusion in the time capsules by Dec. 14, 2012, to Raquel Silver at or call (340) 692-4061.

Theme Suggestions Based on Pathways to Greatness Sought for 2013 Afternoon on the Green

UVI's Afternoon on the Green Committee is seeking theme suggestions for the 2013 edition of the University's popular "friend raiser" activity on St. Thomas. Themes should be based on UVI's 2017 Strategic Plan - Pathways to Greatness - with an emphasis on community engagement. Click here to see an overview of the 2012 Strategic Plan. Please forward suggested themes to Liza Margolis at, by Tuesday, Nov. 27.

UVI Students are Major Winners at National Science Conference

University of the Virgin Islands' College of Science and Mathematics students received multiple awards this month after attending the 12th Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in San Jose, California.

More than 3,000 people, including 1,800 students from 350 colleges in the United States, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam, competed for multiple awards in the disciplines of mathematical, biomedical and behavioral sciences. Four awards were presented to current and former UVI students during the four day conference, which was held from Nov. 7 to 10. A news release, with photos, is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

GERS to Hold Town Hall Meetings to Discuss System Reform Initiatives

The Government Employees' Retirement System will host Town Hall Meetings to discuss GERS Reform Initiatives and other matters of concern to members. Meetings will be held as follows:


  • Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix
  • Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Windward Passage Hotel on St. Thomas

GERS members and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend as vital information about the future of the retirement system will be discussed. Members will also have an opportunity to share their concerns and dialog with panelist. For more information, call (340) 776-7703 and ask for the Public Information and Communications Unit.

Rev. Jennie Alvarez to Speak at Dec. 6 CSAP 'Gathering' on Dec. 6 on St. Thomas

UVI's Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) invites members of the UVI community to a "Gathering" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6. The session takes place on the patio of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Rev. Jennie Alvarez, a certified relationship enhancement counselor, will speak on the topic "Transforming Relationships with Compassionate Communication." Rev. Alvarez is an ordained ministerial counselor from the Spiritual Church, Pathways of Light, a mediator for dispute resolution, and a certified yoga teacher. She is the co-founder for Heart and Soul Unions, Bliss Events, and the non-profit Ananda Nilayam, Center for Conscious Living. She also works with couples to improve communication skills that build trust, understanding, compassion and unconditional love.

Participants should bring their lunch and indicate their intention to participate by calling Wendy Coram at (340) 693-1499 or sending email to

7th Annual Woodworkers Expo Sessions Slated for St. Thomas, Dec. 7-9 and St. John Dec. 14-16

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will hold the seventh annual Virgin Islands' Woodworkers' Expo at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas from Dec. 7 to 9. The Expo will feature the works by members of the St. Croix Wood Artists, Inc. and the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society. The expo opens at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, and at 10 a.m. on Dec. 8 and 9. The Expo offers an opportunity to view and purchase exquisite quality work by some of the finest woodworkers anywhere. There will also be demonstrations by master woodworkers.

Individuals who are not members of the woodworker groups may also apply to join exhibit and sell locally made wood products at the Cooperative Extension Service on St. Thomas. The fee for a space at the Expo is $50 per day.

A second session for the 2012 Expo is scheduled on St. John for Dec. 14 to 16. The St. John expo - with works by the same St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John groups - is planned at the Market Place in Cruz Bay. It will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, and at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15 and 16. Pieces will be available for sale and demonstrations by master woodworkers are planned.

For more information, contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1083 or 692-1080. 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 and Tutu Park Mall.

VIUCEDD, Community Groups Offer Workshop for Parents of Children with Behavioral Problems

Parents of children who are exhibiting behavioral problems are invited to workshops titled "The Magic Wand of Positive Consequences" on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The workshops, sponsored by community groups and UVI's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), are free and offered as a community service event. They take place on Monday, Dec. 10, on St. Thomas, and on Wednesday, Dec. 12, on St. Croix. The sessions are designed to help parents and caregivers understand while the child is misbehaving and to provide steps they can take to improve the behavior. The presenter is Dr. Candace Baker, a professor of Autism Interventions and Positive Behavioral Supports at Texas A&M International University in Laredo Texas.

The St. Thomas workshop runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, at the Head Start conference room at the Sugar Estate Complex. To register on St. Thomas call 776-9200 ext. 2334. The St. Croix session is slated for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, at the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus. To register on St. Croix call (340) 292-4266. Accommodations for special services, such as Sign Language Interpreters should be requested in advance.

Joining VIUCEDD in sponsoring the workshops are the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands and the Inter-Island Parent Coalition for Change.

UVI Today... Recent Photo Blog Updates...

To view the latest entries to the "UVI Today..." photo blog, click on the Blogger button in the social media links at the top, right of any page in the UVI website on the direct links below.

We Are UVI Contribution for Nov. 25 ... This submission was posted Sunday, Nov. 25, to UVI's Golden Jubilee Blog. It joins more than 45 other stories from other individuals with close ties to the University. We Are UVI

UVI Jazz Ensemble and a Few Friends ... The UVI Jazz Ensemble rehearsed with some of the nation's top jazz professionals who just happen to hail from St. Thomas, Dion Parson (UVI's Artist in Residence), Ron Blake and Reuben Rogers, just before their joint appearance at the Thanksgiving Musical Celebration at Havensight Mall on St. Thomas on Nov. 20. UVI Jazz Ensemble and Friends

Do You Know This Week's 'We Are UVI' Contributor?

To see this week's "We Are UVI" contributor visit "We Are UVI" is our Golden Jubilee blog. It features people sharing CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years. A new submission is added each week. This one was posted Sunday, Nov. 25.

Sunday's submission joins stories from Sinclair Wilkinson ('72), Rafe Boulon, Jr. ('76), Carmie Thompson ('10), Frank Mills ('67), James Rakocy, Arah Lockhart ('78), Utha Williams ('82), former UVI President LaVerne Ragster, Marthious Clavier ('02,'08), John Lucas, Maxine Nunez, Rosary Harper, Yegin Habtes, Gloria Callwood, Laurent Javois ('76), Helen Dookhan ('79, '84, '98), Curtis Gilpin ('80), Carolyn O'Neal-Morton ('85), Ali McClean ('93), Constance Gumbs ('87, '91), Malcolm Kirwan ('67), Sharleen Fahie ('86, '93), Sam Hall Jr., Richard Lippke, Randy Brown, Paul Flemming ('95, '98, '99), Kishma Allen ('09), Lawrence Lewis ('73), Aimery Caron, Quilin Mars ('08), Alvincent Hutson ('76), Vincent Cooper ('72), Dennis Parker, UVI President Emeritus Orville Kean, Richard Schrader, Albert Bryan ('04), Jerome McElroy, Velma Tyson ('80, '83), Marchelle D. Clarke Brown ('82), Anita Gordon Plaskett ('74, '78), Nanyamka Farrelly ('99, '06), Robert H. Ruskin, Jr. ('77) and Juanita Woods, Judy Grybowski, Lucia Woods, Ellis Webster and George Condon.

UVI Website Feedback Wanted; Website Surveys Due on Nov. 30

The University of the Virgin Islands is seeking input to improve its website - - in keeping with the University's mission of being a learner-centered institution that puts students first. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to get involved and share their vision of the next generation of the UVI website.

All surveys are now due on Nov. 30. Select a link below to take the appropriate survey:

Among UVI's core values is the effective use of technology. Website improvements will need to reflect the mission, programs, community, brand, strategic direction and high standards the University strives to maintain in all its public images. These surveys were developed by the Website Homepage Subcommittee. Questions and suggestions should be directed to

UVI Employees, Others Urged to Review UVI Online Job Postings

UVI employees and external interested individuals are encouraged to review the University's online job postings for updates on available vacancies from the Human Resources Office section of the University website - - or from this direct link: UVI is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education and research. The University of the Virgin Islands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Other Current Items...

Student Nurses Association Organizes Holiday Gift Collection Effort on St. Thomas Campus

The Student Nurses Association on the St. Thomas campus is inviting members of the UVI community to share in this season of giving to those less fortunate. The group has organized collection sites at the Nursing Building, the Library, the Student Activities Center, the Humanities Building, the Classroom and Administration Building and the Administration and Conference Center.

Suggested items for donation include: personal hygiene products, baby care items, sanitary products, gently used and new clothing for all ages and toys for all ages. The collection effort started on Friday, Nov. 16, and continues through Friday, Nov. 30.

UVI 50th Anniversary Christmas Concert Set for Dec. 8, at the Reichhold Center

The UVI Music Department and the Reichhold Center for the Arts will present the Golden 50th Anniversary Christmas Concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The show will include the UVI Concert Band and Concert Choir, the UVI Jazz Ensemble and the Steel Pan Ensemble. Ticket - $20 for adults, $15 for students, and $10 for seniors - are available at the Reichhold Center Box Office, the UVI Bookstore, VI Bridal and Tuxedo, Nora's Beauty Palace and the Dockside Bookstore. This will be UVI Professor Austin A. Venzen's Farewell Concert.

2013 Agriculture & Food Fair Accepting Exhibitor Space Requests; Deadline Nov. 30

The 2013 Agriculture and Food Fair of the USVI will take place on St. Croix from Feb. 16 to 18. The fair committee is now accepting requests for exhibit space. Organizers are seeking a short description of planned exhibits. They strongly encourage prospective exhibitors to explore how they and the committee can work together to make displays more seamless and more hands on. A Space Request Form is available from this direct link. Please complete and email this form to Clarice Clarke at on or before Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.

Submissions, Letters Sought for UVI's 50th Anniversary Time Capsules; Deadline Nov. 30

Since announcing plans for UVI 50th Anniversary Time Capsules on both campuses, many suggestions and some forwarded items have been received. The Time Capsule Subcommittee of the Golden Jubilee Committee is again asking members of the University community to submit items for inclusion in each time capsule. "The sky is the limit on what can be placed in the time capsule," said Subcommittee Chair Raquel Silver. "Be imaginative." The time capsules will be capped in January, 2013, not to be opened for 50 years - in 2062.

The committee is also seeking letters from students, staff, faculty and alumni describing what UVI will be like in 50 years. Please submit items and/or letters for inclusion in the time capsules by Nov. 30, 2012 to the following individuals:

- Albert A. Sheen Campus: Raquel Silver / / ext 4061

- St. Thomas Campus: Dr. Angela Dikou / / ext 1284

The Caribbean Writer Call for Submissions for Volume 27 is Nov. 30

The Caribbean Writer, the University of the Virgin Islands' international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, has announced a submission call for its 27th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30, 2012.

Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and essays, Volume 27 will pay special tribute to Caribbean musicians and visual artists. Interviews with and personal narratives on the Caribbean's leading musicians and visual artists, at home as well as in the diaspora, are welcomed.

For more information, visit The Caribbean Writer website at or send email A news release is also available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Short URLs Available for Many Sections of UVI Website

Members of the UVI community are advised that a number of short URL web addresses are available for use when publicly promoting their individual sections of the UVI website. For example, UVI's Admissions Office can use the short URL "" instead of the full web link "/import/sites/uvi/Pages/Admissions-Home.aspx."

The available short URLs are: Admissions -; Alumni Affairs -; School of Education -; School of Nursing -; College of Science & Mathematics -; School of Business -; and Summer Programs -

These short URLs are appropriate for business cards, brochures and other promotional materials.

Training Set for UVI Website Content Contributors on Dec. 12; RSVP Required

UVI faculty and staff interested in managing their department's section of the UVI website are invited to the Website Content Contributors' Training slated for Dec. 12 on St. Thomas. Participants must RSVP at least one week before the training. The Trainings will be held as follows.

Dec. 12 Training Schedule - St. Thomas

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Level 1: Posting Basic Content
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Level 2: Uploading Forms Brochures & Other Documents
  • 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Working Lab w/Webmaster

Details on what the training entails are available from this direct link. Interested persons should RSVP to UVI Webmaster Moneca Pinkett, in the UVI Public Relations Office on the St. Thomas campus, via e-mail at

UVI Bulletin Board Release Now Set for Each Monday; Deadline for Submissions is Noon on Thursdays

In order to facilitate the sharing of University information, both within the University community and with local media, on a timely basis, the UVI Public Relations Office has resumed the practice of releasing the UVI Bulletin Board on Monday of each week.

  • Distribution: The UVI Bulletin Board is posted on the UVI homepage each Monday. The most current Bulletin Board is available anytime at - Headlines from each week's Bulletin Board, with a quick link to the full text of the Bulletin Board online are shared with UVI students, faculty and staff via the myCampus web portal's "Messages" function. A version of the Bulletin Board, with items of general public interest, is also released to all Virgin Islands media following internal release.
  • Deadline for Receipt of Items to be Included: All items for inclusion in the UVI Bulletin Board, and subsequent sharing with local media, should be received no later than NOON on the preceding Thursday. Please forward appropriate information (who, what, when, where, why, how) via email to:

Academic Notes...

UVI Student for Student Success, Brothers With A Cause Conducting Academic Jam 2012

UVI's Center for Student Success in collaboration with Brothers With A Cause are hosting an Academic Jam from through Dec. 3, on both campuses. The Academic Jam offers intense tutoring sessions designed to assist students, especially in remedial courses, with their papers and math courses. The sessions feature students tutoring students, with assistance available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The sessions will take place in the Center for Student Success tutoring & computer labs on both campuses, the Paiewonsky Library on St. Thomas, the Math and Science Learning Center on St. Croix, and the Writing Learning Center on St. Croix. For more information contact Maria Fleming on the Albert A Sheen Campus by calling (340) 642-4183 or Jennifer Palmer Crawford on the St. Thomas campus by calling (340) 693-1196.

More detailed Academic Jam schedules are also available from these links:

Mathematics for Secondary Teachers Program Applications Deadline Set Dec. 7

The next cohort for UVI Masters of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (MMAT) Program is scheduled to begin classes on Jan. 14, 2013. Applications should be submitted to UVI's Admissions Office by Dec. 7, 2012. UVI Graduate Application Forms are available from the UVI Admissions homepage and from these direct links:

Information on program requirements, etc. is available from the UVI School of Mathematics and Science homepage - - and from MMAT Program Director Dr. Vanere Goodwin at

Math and English Placement Testing Set for Dec. 8 on Both Campuses

The University of the Virgin Islands will conduct student placement testing in math and English for the Spring 2013 semester on Dec. 8, 2012, on both campuses. The tests are computer-based and are administered simultaneously. Admitted students should bring a picture ID and SAT or ACT scores, if possible. Calculators will not be permitted on the math placement test. A math test preparation guide is available at this link: Reading and writing sample tests can be found at - use the "Information For Students" button.

St. Thomas Campus

  • Tests: English and Math
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
  • Place:
    English testing is in the Classroom Administration Building (CAB)computer lab, room 103.
    Math testing is in the Center for Student Success (CSS) computer lab, room CAB 123.
  • Time: Registration at 9:30 a.m. Tests begin at 10 a.m.

Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix

  • Tests: English and Math
  • Date: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
  • Place:
    English testing is in the Northwest Wing, room 131.
    Math testing is in the Northwest Wing, room 133.
  • Time: Registration at 9:30 a.m. Tests begin at 10 a.m

Spring and Summer Online Registration for Continuing UVI Students Underway

Continuing UVI students can now register online, via Banweb, for Spring and Summer 2013 courses. Registration for Spring classes continues through Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, for spring. Summer registration will continue up to the start of those sessions. Students are reminded that they must first meet with their academic advisors to prepare individual schedules, and obtain an alternate PIN, which they will need to access Banweb. To find out the name of their advisor, students should contact the office of the dean of their school or college, or the Office of the Registrar, or the Associate Registrar ( Further details are available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - - or this direct link Registrar Home Page.

Computer Literacy Exam Testing Schedule Available Online

The schedule for the upcoming Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) at UVI is now available. Students must register for the CLE via Banweb. The examination is online, and will be administered via Blackboard. All sections of the CLE must be completed and passed in order to receive a passing grade. Students must bring current photo ID to the testing room for verification.

For a full list of exam dates visit the Registrar's page on the UVI website or this direct link. For assistance with web registration contact the Registrar's Office at (340) 692-4103/4158 on St. Croix or (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas. Direct other questions to Dr. Tonjia Coverdale at or (340) 693-1523.

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