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UVI Bulletin Board Nov. 13, 2012

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UVI Students Attend National Leadership Conference

Nine students from the University of the Virgin Islands attended the National Conference on Student Leadership held Nov. 1-4, in Orlando, Fla. The students represented the Student Government Associations on both UVI campuses. More than 500 students from the U.S. and around the world - from as far as Saudi Arabia and Guam - participated. The conference is an annual event for UVI students.

During the conference leaders participated in additional training sessions and successfully completed a comprehensive leadership plan that was considered a road map to address a strategic issue on campus. In addition to earning NCSL national certification, the student leaders participated in additional training sessions. A news release, with photo, is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Open Space Stewardship Workshop Slated for Nov. 13 to 16 at UVI

Brookhaven National Laboratory in partnership with UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center, the National Park Service and the USVI Department of Education-St. Thomas/St. John School District will conduct the second annual environmental education workshop - the Open Space Stewardship Workshop - for St. Thomas secondary public school teachers. Fifteen teachers participated in the first workshop in September 2011. "The feedback was wonderful," said CGTC Director Wayne Archibald. "Both trainers and teachers were pleased with the outcomes and that led us to expanding and improving on the previous workshop."

The Open Space Stewardship Program is a partnership between schools, land stewards and government agencies to have students get out into their local environment and to take on stewardship responsibilities for properties within this local environment, according to Dr. Archibald. Small island environments, such as in the U.S. Virgin Islands, have their own unique set of environmental pressures and stressors," according to Dr. Archibald. "It is critical that the students begin to learn about and take responsibility for their local environment." The workshop will take place on the campus of UVI with field trips to Hassel Island, presented in conjunction with a grant the National Park Service has received.

For more information on the workshop, contact Dr. Wayne Archibald at

UVI-CES to Hold Virgin Islands Native Trees Workshop on St. Croix and St. Thomas

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service invites all St. Thomas and St. Croix residents to a Virgin Islands Native Trees Workshops. On St. Croix, the workshop will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, in Research and Extension Center, Room 133. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, at the UVI Small Business Development Center in Nisky Center.

The workshop will cover traditional uses of native plances and their potential for landscaping and commercialization. The presenters are Dr. Gary Ray and Dale Morton. For details, call Dale Morton at (340) 693-1086 send email to

RTPark Board of Directors to Meet Friday, Nov. 16

The UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation will conduct a meeting of the RTPark/RTPark-PC Board of Directors at 3:30 p.m. (AST) on Friday, Nov. 16. The meeting will take place via teleconference at the RTPark Offices on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Seating at the RTPark office is limited. Contact Melissa Miller to participate, or for more information, at (340) 692-4200.

UVI Guests Slated for Abdul Ali Radio Talk Show on Nov. 17

Several guests from the University of the Virgin Islands are scheduled to appear as guests on Abdul Ali's radio talk show on Saturday, Nov. 17. The shows airs on WSTX - AM 970 at 1 p.m. Guest expected include Mavis Gilchrist and Ann-Merrie Hendrickson speaking about UVI's upcoming Golden Galas and several UVI students along with SGA Advisor Hedda Finch-Simpson discussing their recent attendance at a National Student Leadership Conference.

Tito Puente Jr. and Band to Perform at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts Nov. 17

Tito Puente, Jr., and his band are the next featured performers at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The show is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The son of legendary mambo king Tito Puente, Sr., percussionist Puente, Jr., is keeping the tradition alive, playing his father's classics, as well as modern spins on Latin jazz and salsa. Puente, Jr., and his orchestra have played to sold-out audiences at hundreds of jazz festivals and performing arts centers. Flanked by a 13-piece band, Puente, Jr., offers up Afro-Cuban beats that leave audiences of all cultures and generations dancing in the aisles.

Tickets - in the uncovered section are $30 (upper), $40 (lower) and $65 in the covered section - are available from the Reichhold Box Office, at (340) 693-1559, and the UVI Bookstore. Tickets are also available at Dockside Bookstore, Urban Threadz, VI Bridal and Tuxedo, and Essentric Shoe Boutique on St. Thomas, and at Urban Threadz (Sunny Isle) on St. Croix.

UVI Buccaneers to Play UMET During 2012 Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament on Nov. 17

The 2012 edition of the Paradise Jam basketball tournament at the University of the Virgin Islands will again include a game featuring the UVI Buccaneer men's squad playing their LAI league opponent Universidad Metropolitana (UMET). The game, slated for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, will also feature appearances by the UVI Dance Squad and Cheerleading Team. Members of the University community - students, faculty and staff - are encouraged to come out and support their team and to wear blue. The Bucs are looking to extend their unbeaten record in Paradise Jam action.

This year's tournament men's division games run from Nov. 16 through 19. The women play from Nov. 22 to 24. Admission for Virgin Islands residents is only $15, while Virgin Islands students - including UVI students - and children is just $5. Tickets are available at the UVI Bookstore and Fat Turtle. This year's top tournament games will be televised on CBS television. The UVI community should look out for a new commercial slated to be aired during the CBS coverage. More on this year's matchups and complete schedules are available from the Basketball Travelers website -

UVI Students, Public Invited to 4th Reef Fest Set for Nov. 18 at Coral World

UVI students, as well as the general public, are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Reef Fest set at Coral World Ocean Park and Coki Beach on St. Thomas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Reef Fest 2012 is organized by the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Education and supported by VI-EPSCoR (the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) and UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies.

The goal of Reef Fest is to give Virgin Islanders a chance to learn more about the important role reefs play in the territory's economy, culture and heritage. Along with the usual array of water and land-based activities, Reef Fest will feature the premiere Science Cafe event, a forum designed to provide science information in an informal setting. Presenters will include UVI Professor Dr. Tyler Smith, discussing his EPSCoR-funded research on ocean health, and UVI President Emerita Dr. LaVerne Ragster discussing climate change and the effects it will have on the environment and people of the Virgin Islands. Dr. Smith will speak at 11 a.m. and Dr. Ragster will present at 1 p.m. The day's activities also include free admission to Coral World Ocean Park, a tour by local naturalists, food booths and entertainment by local musicians. For more information contact Valerie Peters at 775-1555, extension 246 or send email to

UVI to be Featured on 'Face to Face' on Wednesday, Nov. 21

As the University of the Virgin Islands nears the end of an extremely busy Golden Jubilee Year, President David Hall and others will appear on Addie Ottley's "Face to Face" program on Channel 12 Public TV at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The University will have the program's entire hour to review topics such as the new Strategic Plan 2017 - Pathways to Greatness (including a public airing of the Strategic Plan video), the 50 for 50 challenge's increase in alumni giving, the Sisters With Purpose student organization and more.

Public Asked to Mark their Calendars for UVI's 'Golden Gala' Fundraisers

The Virgin Islands public is asked to mark their calendars for UVI's 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee celebrations on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The entire community is invited to celebrate with UVI at the black-tie events. On St. Thomas the Golden Gala will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Resort. On St. Croix the Golden Gala will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort and Casino. The public is invited to mark their calendars for "A Grand Affair to End the Year." Ticket prices and locations will be announced shortly. For more information contact Liza Margolis at (340) 693-1053 or

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.

UVI Website Feedback Wanted!

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.

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

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.

Caribbean Green Technology Center Issues News Letter

UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) has posted the fall issue of its newsletter. The newsletter is available from the CGTC website - - and from this direct link. It features items on a UVI student team and faculty doing research at the Brookhaven National Lab, the center's partnership with the Virgin Islands Energy Office to increase energy efficiency in public schools, workforce development initiatives, and a National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award to CGTC Director Dr. Wayne Archibald for work on solar cells.

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 11.

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 and Lucia Woods.

UVI to Close for Thanksgiving and Discovery Day Holidays

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving and Fortsberg/Discovery Day holidays. Classes and University offices will resume normal operating hours on Monday, Nov. 26.

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:

Other Current Items...

Human Resources Office New Hires/Separations List Available for October 2012

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Oct. 1-31, 2012. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal - - and from this direct link.

Free Films to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage on Nov. 13-14 on St. Thomas Campus

Members of the UVI community - students, faculty and staff - are invited to free film presentations designed to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and the UVI Spanish Club. Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Rocio Delgado will present the films "Al Otro Lado" ("To the Other Side") and the documentary "Más Allá de la Frontera" ("Beyond the Border") from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. The viewings on both days will be available in Business Room 110 on the St. Thomas campus. Instructors are invited to encourage their students to attend. For more information contact Dr. Delgado at

Student Government Association on St. Croix to Host Second Shadowing Our Students Event on Nov. 14

The second annual Shadowing Our Students (SOS) program on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14. The program - titled SOS: Planting the Seed - is a project of the St. Croix Student Government Association. It is designed to build a mentoring relationship between UVI students and fifth and sixth graders in elementary schools on St. Croix.

The goal is to increase awareness of the benefits of higher education, while highlighting the many opportunities for advancement available at UVI. High school students will see first-hand the wealth of academic opportunity, professional development initiatives and extra-curricular activities offered. They will also shadow students in their prospective fields of study and attend a structured UVI social event.

The event will also include information on the college application process and funding options. Students will engage in group discussions, mock classes and hear a motivational speaker. The SGA effort is designed to complement UVI's existing recruitment effort. The day-long activity begins at 8 a.m. in the UVI Great Hall. For more information contact SOS Committee Chairperson Raydiance Watts-Clarke via email at or Advisor Hedda Finch-Simpson via email at or call (340) 692-4228.

Interdepartmental Workshop on Research Slated for Nov. 14 on St. Thomas

UVI's first Interdepartmental Research Workshop for new and experienced researchers, principal investigators, and program managers will take place on the St. Thomas campus from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Programs Grant Accounting area, Human Resources and Purchasing, with support from the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost. Presentations will be made on proposal submission and award management. There will be a question and answer segment after the presentations. A second Interdepartmental Research Workshop will be held in Spring 2013 for the St. Croix Campus. Boxed lunches will be provided to attendees.

Participants should RSVP to Diahann Ryan, Sponsored Programs Coordinator at

UVI Thank-A-Thon Slated on St. Croix for Nov. 19-21; Student Volunteers Sought

UVI's annual Thank-A-Thon is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 19 and 20, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 21, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Members of all UVI student club and associations are being asked to participate in the effort as a way of accumulating community service hours. To participate, call Iyanna Jones or Ivory Carter at (340) 692-4231.

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Submissions for Volume 27

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.

Intramural Competition Underway on Albert A. Sheen Campus

The St. Croix Intramural Program is free. For details, contact Coach Bruce Wray at (340) 692-4139 or sign-up in the Student Activities Office.

  • Thanksgiving Archery Tournament: A Fall 2012 Intramural Thanksgiving Archery Tournament is set for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, on the UVI tennis courts. Competition is in men's, women's and co-ed team categories. Participants must have some previous archery experience. A practice round is set for 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15.

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

Academic Notes...

Student Academic Jam Slated for Albert A. Sheen Campus

The fall semester Student Academic Jam on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is slated to run from Nov. 18 to Dec. 3. The jam features students tutoring students, with assistance available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The jam locations are the Math and Science Learning Center, Writing Learning Center, Center for Student Success. For more information contact the Center for Student Success at (340) 642-4140.

Online Registration for Continuing UVI Students Underway

Continuing UVI students will be able to register online, via Banweb, for Spring and Summer 2013 courses starting Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. 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.

CLEP Dates Set on St. Thomas Campus for November

Students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2012 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. Remaining CLEP test will be administered on Nov. 8, and Nov. 16, 2012, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123). Students can register for the test at the Office of Access and Enrollment Services' front desk, located on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center.

Test candidates must report to the test site no later than 9:30 a.m. on each test day with appropriate identification and form of payment. Acceptable forms of identification include a current driver's license, state or Federal ID, a current passport, tribal ID card, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship. The cost associated with CLEP is $80 per test (payable to College Board) and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). Payment must be made in the form of check, money order, or credit card; cash will not be accepted. Students can email for additional information.

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.