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Bulletin Board for April 25, 2012

UVI to Close for Carnival Recess April 27-29; Finals Slated for April 30 through May

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed for Carnival Recess from Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29. UVI administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Monday, April 30. The last day of classes for the Spring Semester is April 26. Final Exams will be administered from April 30 through May 5.

UVI Adult's Troupe UVI Carnival T-Shirts Available at UVI Bookstores on St. Thomas, St. Croix

The UVI community is encouraged to support the University's Golden Jubilee Carnival troupe in the 2012 Adults Parade set for Saturday, April 28. Show your spirit with a UVI Carnival T-shirts, which are available for purchase at the UVI bookstore on both campuses. The Carnival Parade Committee urges everyone to "get in the carnival spirit as we 'Honor Our Past for the World to See, Celebrating UVI's Golden Jubilee.'" Persons unable to join the troupe are encouraged to wear a UVI Carnival 2012 t-shirt on parade day to support the troupe and show school spirit as the troupe marches in the 60th Anniversary VI Carnival Adult's Parade.

Congratulations to 4-H Youth Program Junior King and Queen of the Band Competition Winners

Congratulations to UVI's Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Youth Program and to members Jonori Benjamin and Raynel Maynard, who took Junior King and Queen of the Band Competition honors for the 2012 St. Thomas Carnival on April 18.

The UVI community is also encouraged to support the 4-H Youth Program entry in the Children's Parade on Friday, April 27. This year's participation marks the program's 21st Children's Parade entry. All costumes for this year's Carnival 2012 participation were designed by Lisa Durity Mollineau of Trinidad.

St. Thomas Campus Forums on Security Scheduled for May 1 and 3

UVI will conduct campus forums on security enhancements at noon on Tuesday, May 1, and again at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, on the St. Thomas campus. The sessions - which will take place in the Dining Pavilion - will allow for a discussion on security enhancements for the campus, particularly on the possible installation of security gates. The entire UVI community - students, faculty and staff - is encouraged to participate. A similar discussion was held earlier this spring on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

UVI 48th Annual Commencement Scheduled for May 12 and 13

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will conduct its 48th Annual Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13, 2012. The Commencement keynote address will be given by Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum.

Commencement on UVI's St. Thomas campus will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, in the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. Attendance is by ticket only. Tickets can be obtained from members of the UVI Class of 2012. The Commencement marshal is UVI Professor of English and Linguistics Dr. Vincent O. Cooper. UVI's St. Croix Commencement will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on Sunday, May 13. The Commencement marshal is UVI Professor of Economics Dr. Simon B. Jones-Hendrickson and the Commencement co-marshal is UVI Associate Professor of Business Dr. Gabriel Ogunmokun.

President Daniel Tatum and noted Virgin Islands physician Dr. Alfred Heath will each be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University. Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Dr. Donna Christensen will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

UVI-CES to Hold Recognition Award Ceremonies April 25

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to the Introduction to Computer Training Recognition Award Ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. The ceremony will take place in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

Eighty-six persons will receive certificates for participating in the program. Participants in the program came from the private as well as the public sector to include the V.I. Department of Human Services. The Computer Training course is designed to increase the participants' knowledge and usage of computers. The eight-week computer literacy course covers Microsoft Window, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and E-mail/Internet. For details contact Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060.

UVI to Present Second Playwrights in Paradise Festival on Thursday, April 26

UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and UVI Theatre will present the St. Thomas section of the second annual Playwrights in Paradise Festival of Original Drama at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. The festival - which will take place in the UVI Little Theatre, located in the CA Building on the St. Thomas campus - will feature readings of four short (under 20 minutes) plays performed by students, faculty and community members. The performance is free and open to the public.

Works featured in the festival were generated by students and community members who participated in thirteen-week playwright workshop classes offered on UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The workshops were led by UVI Playwright in Residence Dr. Doug Larche and UVI Professor David Edgecombe. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

UVI Theatre to Present Public Reading of 'A Play on Words' on Sunday, April 29

UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and UVI Theatre will present a public reading of the production "A Play on Words: A Trans-Atlantic Romantic Comedy," at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 29. The presentation will take place in the UVI Little Theatre, located in the CA Building on the St. Thomas campus.

Written and directed by UVI Playwright-in-Residence Dr. Doug Larche, the production features local favorites from UVI and Pistarckle Theatre. They include actor-singer Natalie Opoku, actor-math professor Dr. Doug Iannucci, actor-artist-teacher Jai Kenyatta Anderson (of Ulla Muller School), and actor-athlete Max Cymerint, a point guard for the UVI Buccaneers.

A news release is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Winners of 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition to be Selected May 4; $60,000 in Awards at Stake

The final round for the 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition at the University of the Virgin Islands will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 4, at the Administration and Conference Center on the University's St. Thomas campus. Eight teams of UVI students are vying for a total of $60,000 in prizes designed to provide the financing for the first, second and third place teams to launch business plans they developed during the competition. Members of the UVI community and the general public are invited to watch the teams make the final, 20-minute presentations in support of their business plans. The day will conclude with the presentation of the prizes between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. For details contact Dr. Glenn Metts in the UVI School of Business at (340) 693-1303 or by email to:

UVI Golden Key Co-Advisor Dahlia Stridiron Honored During Volunteer Week

Dahlia Stridiron, UVI's co-advisor for the Golden Key International Honour Society on St. Thomas, was selected as one of five Golden Key volunteers to be honored by the Society during Golden Key's National Volunteer Week. Stridiron, who was featured on the Golden Key blog on Friday, May 20, was nominated for the honor by UVI Golden Key members Makiijah Crabbe, Phil Smith, Crystal Watson, Amanda Williams and K'Nisha Gumbs. Other volunteers honored during the week were from Hawaii, Miami and South Carolina. More on the honor and a photo are available from the Golden Gee blog - - and from this direct link: Details are also available from the Golden Key Facebook page.

Got News? UVI Broadcast Communication Students Seek Input for Weekly Radio Program

Students in UVI's Broadcast Communication class are seeking University news to broadcast on their twice weekly "Voice of the University" program on Radio One (AM 1000). The show airs on Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 3 p.m. Individuals with news about what's going on around campus can share it with the community. The students can be reached through their professor, Dr. Alexander Randall, at (340) 693-1377 or via email at:

Hotel Rates for UVI Travelers Updated

The UVI Purchasing Department has issued updates to its lists of inter-island ticket prices and hotel room rates for use by employees traveling on UVI business. The lists are available from the Purchasing section of the UVI website - - and from these direct links:

Can You Identify This Week's Golden Jubilee Blog Contributor?
... Curtis Gilpin

"We Are UVI" is the University's Golden Jubilee blog featuring individuals sharing their CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years. This submission was added on Sunday, April 15. It 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) and Helen Dookhan ('79, '84, '98).

New submissions are added each week. Visit "We Are UVI" at

Other Current Items...

RTPark Schedules Executive Committee Meeting for April 25

The Executive Committee of UVI's RTPark Board of Directors will meet via teleconference at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25. The RTPark office is located on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Contact the RTPark at (340) 692-4200, to participate, or for more information.

Summer 2012 Financial Aid Update

UVI's Office of Financial Aid has announced the release of the Summer 2012 Financial Aid Guidelines and the Summer Aid Application form. Please visit the links below for the Summer 2012 Financial Aid Information. Completed applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office for review and processing.

For additional information concerning Summer Aid, please contact UVI Financial Aid Offices - St. Croix: (340) 692-4193; St. Thomas: (340) 693-1090.

CATS, Brothers With a Cause Sponsoring Academic Jam on St. Thomas, St. Croix

The UVI CATS Center and Brothers With a Cause are conducting Academic Jams on UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. They are designed to help students prepare for Spring Semester final exams. The Academic Jam began on Monday, April 16, and continues through Friday, May 4.

On St. Thomas, sessions are held in Room 118 of the CA Building. Click here to view the St. Thomas Academic Jam Schedule. For more details, visit the CATS Center in the CA Building or call (340) 693-1226.

On St. Croix, sessions will be available in the following locations: CATS Center/Computer Lab - (EVC 700 Level); The Writing Center - Tutorial Centre; and Math & Science - Tutorial Center. Contact the CATS office for additional assistance on other subjects at (340) 692-4140.

UVI Selected as Tom Joyner Hercules Scholarship Recipient for June 2012; Applications Available

The University of the Virgin Islands has been selected as the recipient of the Tom Joyner Hercules Scholarship for the month of June, 2012. Applications are available in UVI Financial Aid Offices on the St. Thomas campus and on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Winners of the $1,500 scholarship will be announced every Thursday throughout the month of June.

Applicants must be fulltime undergraduate students with a demonstrated financial need and a 2.5 or better grade point average. Complete requirements for the Tom Joyner Foundation Hercules Scholarship are available from the Financial Aid Offices. The application deadline is May 1, 2012. All application packets must be submitted to UVI's Financial Aid Office.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Sets Book Buyback Period

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced that a Book Buyback Period has been scheduled for April 30 through May 4, and again on May 7. Buy Back hours will be 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Students must present a student ID to participate. A Bookstore receipt is needed and textbooks will be inspected for condition. For details, contact the Bookstore at (340) 693-1561.

UVI Schedules Summer Class in Website Creation

UVI will offer a new class on How to Create a Website during the upcoming summer session. The class will cover all phases of setting up a web site. Students will have a chance to secure their own URL (a web address like, secure hosting for the site and develop the pages that will be seen by everyone. Creating the art, music, backgrounds and the message are all part of this class. No prior experience is assumed when it comes to creating a web site. For more information call UVI Professor of Communication Dr. Alexander Randall at (340) 514-9995.

UVI Master of Arts in Psychology Program Accepting Applications for Fall Semester

The University of the Virgin Islands Master of Arts in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration Program is accepting applications for the 2012 Fall Semester. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills, and experiential opportunities to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. A program overview and admission criteria are available online at Interested applicants should submit admission applications by April 30, to be considered for the Fall 2012 semester. For more information contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo at (340) 692-4264.

Energy Conference to Focus on Renewable Technologies, Lowering WAPA Bills Set April 30-May 1

The public is invited to a two-day Distributed Energy Grid Conference at the University of the Virgin Islands on April 30 and May 1. The conference is designed to share information on renewable technologies that would allow the V.I. Government lower WAPA (Water and Power Authority) bills. The conference - hosted by UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) - will consist of a trade exposition from 1 to 5 p.m. each day, followed by presentations from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The sessions will be held at the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and available via videoconference in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The effort is sponsored by the Caribbean Green Technology Center, Senators Craig Barshinger and Sammuel Sanes, and the Virgin Islands Energy Office. For more information call (340) 712-2307 or (340) 693-3546. Details are also available at the CGTC website:

Scholarships Available for Advanced Degrees, Cultural Projects

The Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment (VIACAE) Scholarship is accepting applications through May 4, 2012 for its scholarship program. Virgin Islands residents pursuing advanced degrees (J.D., M.D., or other doctorate degrees) or cultural projects are encouraged to apply for the Virgin Islands Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment Scholarship.

Created by the Virgin Islands Legislature in 1970, this program provides financial support to eligible V.I. residents to advance their academic and professional studies, and also to eligible V.I. residents engaged in cultural projects that will benefit the people of the Virgin Islands. Recipients may receive up to $10,000 per year. This is a V.I. territorial scholarship program that is administered by the University of the Virgin Islands.

Applications are available at the Provost's Office on both UVI campuses. Electronic applications and additional information are available from the Financial Aid section of the UVI website - - and from these links:

For more information and eligibility requirements contact Mavis Gilchrist, Program Manager at 693-1200.

Intramural Sports - Table Tennis and Water Sports - Available to Students, Staff, Faculty

UVI's St. Thomas Intramural Program is offering several opportunities for UVI students, staff and faculty to get active and have fun. All activities are free of charge. Events and times:

  • Table Tennis League - Both Male and Female Divisions are conducted. The Table Tennis League will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. in the mezzinine of in the Sports and Fitness Center arena. Play dates are April 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26.
  • Splash Fridays. This is a chance to paddle a kayak, experience snorkeling or try the new sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding - (SUP). Equipment and lessons will be provided on April 13, 20 and 27, at the MacLean Marine Science Center dock from approximately 3 p.m. until dark.

For details, contact Erik Heikkila at (340) 693-1213 or send email to

Prospective 2012 UVI Graduates Required to Complete Exit Interview

All prospective graduates of UVI's Class of 2012 are asked to visit the Office of Institutional Advancement and complete a UVI Exit Interview. The interview is mandatory and focuses on the UVI experience.

The Institutional Advancement office is located at Faculty West, Building #7, on the St. Thomas campus and in Research and Extension Center Room 107, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. For details, contact the office at (340) 693-1040 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4023 on St. Croix.

Registration and Testing Notes...

Online Registration for UVI's 2012 Fall Semester

Online registration for UVI's 2012 Fall Semester is continuing. Fall Semester classes begin on Aug. 20. More information is available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - - with updated web registration instructions available from this direct link.

Online Registration for UVI's 2012 Summer Sessions Now Available

Online registration is now available for UVI's 2012 Summers Sessions I and II.

Summer I Classes are scheduled from Monday, May 14 through Monday, June 18. In-person registration will be available on May 10-11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Summer II Classes are scheduled from Thursday, June 21 - Friday, July 27. In-person registration will be available on June 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information is available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link. Or, you can contact the Registrar or Associate Registrar (Albert A. Sheen Campus) at

UVI 2012-2013 Academic Calendar Available Online

The UVI Academic Calendar for the 2012-2013 Academic Year are now available from the Academics section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

Golden Jubilee Items...

Golden Jubilee Commemorative Plates Available at UVI Bookstores

Commemorative plates, prepared for UVI's Golden Jubilee celebration, are now available for sale at the UVI Bookstores on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

UVI Looking for Historic UVI Photos for Golden Jubilee Publication

UVI is seeking historic photos from alumni, faculty, students and the general public for a book that will celebrate the University's 50th Golden Jubilee. Examples would be photos from sporting events, class activities, dormitories and queen contests. Early photos from the 1960s through 1980s are especially needed. Clearly labeled originals should be brought to the UVI Public Relations Office, Room 229 of the Administration and Conference Center, on the St. Thomas campus, and to The Caribbean Writer office, on the St. Croix campus. They may also be mailed to UVI Public Relations, #2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, V.I., 00802.

All photos will be returned. Please attach labels to the back of photos with contact, as well as complete descriptive, information. High resolution scans (full size at 300 dpi) are especially welcome and should be sent to Photo credit and special thanks will be included in the book. For more information, contact the UVI Public Relations Office at (340) 693-1057.

Submissions for UVI Golden Jubilee Time Capsules Sought

Submissions of commemorative items for inclusion in UVI Golden Jubilee time capsules on both campuses are sought by the Time Capsule Subcommittee of UVI's Golden Jubilee Committee.

Contributions will be accepted from UVI students, alumni, departments and staff members through Oct. 31. Please submit items to be considered for inclusion in the time capsule. Indicate the contributor's name, department and campus, and include contact information. Items can be mailed or dropped off as follows:

  • Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix: Raquel Silver / / extension 4061 / Research and Extension Center Room 106
  • St. Thomas campus: Dr. Angela Dikou / / extension 1284 / Quarters B Room 202

The time capsule will be capped in December 2012. Members of the subcommittee are Raquel Silver and Dr. Angela Dikou (faculty), Sharon Pickering (student), Maria Friday, Shelly Ansyln-Jones and Lorna J. Williams-Sutton (staff/alumni).