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Bulletin Board for March 28, 2012

UVI to Sponsor Golden Jubilee Women's Forum on March 29

The University of the Virgin Islands Division of Student Affairs will sponsor the second annual Women's Leadership Forum from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, as part of the University's 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee festivities. The forum will feature five UVI alumnae and their accomplishments in business, education, medicine, the military and the ministry. It is being held in observance of Women's History Month, and will be conducted via videoconference between the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus and the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

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

Workshop on the Green Infrastructure Approach to Coastal Resilience Set March 30

The University of the Virgin Islands will host a NOAA Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 30, in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The workshop is titled "Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience."

This one-day course, led by NOAA Coastal Services Center staff, has been organized by first-year students of UVI's Masters of Marine and Environmental Sciences graduate program. It will introduce participants to the fundamental green infrastructure concepts that play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards. Through lectures, group discussions, and exercises, participants will identify natural assets in their communities that improve coastal resilience and will identify key stake-holders and planning processes that can support green infrastructure network design and protection. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Green infrastructure is described as a network of natural areas that benefit nature and people. The green infrastructure approach to community planning helps diverse community members come together to balance environmental and economic goals. Workshop participants become familiar with Green Infrastructure terms and concepts and the variety of contexts in which they are used.

The workshop fee is $30, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, contact Sandra Romano at (340) 693-1389 or send email to

Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition Set on St. Thomas for March 31

The Queen's Committee of the UVI Student Government Association will present the Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. The theme is "Past Meets the Present." Tickets - $15 for UVI students, $20 general admission and $25 at the door - are available at UVI Bookstores on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Vying for the title are Contestant # 1 Ivory Carter, Contestant # 2 Latoya Rouse, Contestant #3 Najuma Dunn and Contestant #4 Raynyse Nesbitt.

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

Queen's Tea Party Reception and Fundraiser Planned for March 31

A "Pre-Miss UVI Ambassadorial Queen's Tea Party Reception" has been added to the University's Golden Jubilee event schedule. The tea party reception and associated fundraiser is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the President's Guest House on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

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 #7 Building 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.

UVI Libraries schedule Saturday Hours in Advance of Final Exams

UVI's libraries on both campuses will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the following Saturdays - March 31, April 14 and April 21 - to provide students with additional support for final exam preparation.

Direct any questions to the HelpDesk at or call ext. 1466 with your inquire.

UVI to Launch On-Line Mental Health Screening on St. Croix April 2

UVI will launch an On-Line Mental Health Screening service on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Monday, April 2. The launch is slated in the North West Wing Room 131 Lab for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Members of the UVI community are invited join in an interactive introduction to the On-Line Mental Health Screenings NOW Available on the Counseling Office website. This is a powerful new tool designed to help students according to Counseling and Career Services Supervisor Patricia Towal. For more information call (340) 693-4187 or send email to

Law Enforcement, Law School Career Days Slated at UVI April 3, 4 and 5; Public Invited

UVI will be the place to be during the first week of April for anyone interested in a career in law enforcement or in attending law school. Recruitment fairs for law enforcement and law school are slated for April 3 and 5, respectively, on the St. Thomas campus. Both fairs will be offered on April 4 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

Organizers said more than 500 persons passed through the doors at UVI for last year's law enforcement and law school fairs. The fairs will provide any interested persons - not just recent high school or college graduates - a chance to meet professionals in the various fields and discuss employment opportunities.

St. Thomas - On Tuesday, April 3, recruiters from 26 law enforcement agencies will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center. On Thursday, law school representatives will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., also in the Sports and Fitness Center.

St. Croix - On Wednesday, April 4, both recruitment fairs - with 26 law enforcement agencies and 11 law schools represented - will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Great Hall.

For more information on St. Thomas, call Verna Rivers at (340) 693-1087 or send email to For details on St. Croix call Anyah Lord at (340) 692-4180 or send email to

Horticultural Seminar Scheduled April 5 on St. Croix

UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station will sponsor a two-part seminar on horticultural subjects from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Dilip Nandwani and Vanessa Forbes of the AES Horticulture Program. Dr. Nandwani's presentation is titled "Variety Trials of Taro (Colocasia spp.) in the American Pacific." Research Analyst Forbes' presentation is titled "Growth & Yield Response of Four Tomato Varieties in the U.S. Virgin Islands." For more information call (340) 692-4020.

Golden Jubilee Premiere of 'Kill the Rabbits' Postponed to April 6 at UVI's Little Theatre

The UVI Golden Jubilee production of the world premiere of Tiphanie Yanique's "Kill the Rabbits," adapted and directed by David Edgecombe, has been postponed for one week. This will allow the author to attend opening night and answer questions from the audience.

The play will now premiere at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 6, at the UVI Little Theatre on the University's St. Thomas campus. Additional performances are scheduled for April 7-9 and April 12-15.

Yanique is the author of the short story collection entitled "How to Escape From a Leper Colony," that serves as the source of the play. The short story "Kill the Rabbits" and the play get their title from the song "Legal" popularized by Nick Friday and The Jam Band. It was at the heart of a 1987 Carnival controversy that local writers and scholars are yet to fully examine. The play features an exploration of how cultural/historic events can lead to the kind of creative expression seen in the short story and play.

UVI's Little Theatre, which has about 100 seats and was recently renovated, is located in the second floor of the CA Building. Tickets - $20 for the general public and $10 for students - are available from the Humanities Office of UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas.

For more information contact Edgecombe at (340) 693-1355 or send email to

UVI 2012 Carnival Troupe Forming; UVI Community to Join the Fun

Members of the UVI community as well as the general public are invited to participate in the University's 2012 Carnival troupe. The troupe will march in the Carnival's Adults Parade on April 28. This year UVI highlights and promotes the success of the University by celebrating its Golden Jubilee. The troupe's theme is "Honoring Our Past for the World to See, Celebrating UVI's Golden Jubilee."

Information about registration cost, a printable registration form, the troupe's three sections and photos of the costumes are available from the Student Life section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link. Click here to view a UVI Carnival Costume Slide Show. For more information, call (340) 693-1111 or 693-1120.

UVI Catalog Committee Seeks All Suggested Changes for 2012-2013 Catalog

The UVI Catalog Committee is reviewing the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog and seeks information on any changes that are needed for the 2012-2013 Catalog. Changes should be forwarded to the committee representative from each college or school and copy the individual deans. Dean or department heads should forward all changes to the Catalog Committee Chair Dr. Rita Howard via email at

UVI VOICE Posts New Articles to Online Version

The UVI VOICE student newspaper has posted several new articles to the paper's online version. The stories are "products of our Journalism classes," according to Journalism advisor Dr. Gillian Royes. Featured stories are from November, 2011, through March 2012. The online paper is available from this link:

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

Rosary Harper

Can you identify this week's contributor to "We Are UVI?"

"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, March 25. 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 and Rosary Harper.

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

Other Current Items...

St. Croix Golden Key Membership Drive set March 29

The St. Croix Chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society will hold a membership drive for all prospective members from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Thursday, March 29, on the Library Terrace. Participants will learn more about Golden Key. A dollar raffle and bake sale, from 2 to 6 p.m., will be included. Profits will support the society's 2012 induction ceremony.

UVI Student Radio Program Airs Wednesdays, Fridays on Radio One

A student produced radio program titled "Voice of the University," feature information on UVI events and programs. Interviews and sound clips from recent UVI events, airs from 2 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday on radio station WVWI-Radio One, AM 1000. For more information contact UVI Communication Professor Dr. Alex Randall at (340) 693-1377 or send email to

Student Employee of the Year Nominations Sought

The Student Employment Office of UVI's Division of Student Affairs is accepting nominations for the 2012 Student Employee of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 2. For more information contact Mary Myers at Details and a nomination form are available from this direct link.

Information on UVI Summer Programs Sought for UVI Website

UVI summer program coordinators are asked to provide information on their upcoming programs for posting to a new section of the UVI website. UVI Webmaster Moneca Pinkett is preparing the new Summer Programs section and wants to ensure that all UVI summer outreach, enrichment, college prep, academies, bridge and camp programs are accurately represented. Please send details of all summer programs - including program title/name, description, contact information, eligibility criteria, application deadline, start date and end date - via email to by April 10, 2012. Participating coordinators will be asked to share ideas, and to preview the new design and provide feedback.

UVI Employee Service Awards Set April 10 on St. Croix, April 12 on St. Thomas

UVI's 38th Annual Employee Service Awards ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, at the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and Thursday, April 12, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The 2012 theme, in this Golden Jubilee year, is "Honoring Our Past - Creating Our Future." The ceremonies will begin at 12:30 p.m. on both campuses and will include a buffet style lunch. A list of award recipients and additional information was shared with employees via email by the Human Resources Office. The deadline for submitting nominations for Employee of the Year 2012 is Wednesday, March 28. The deadline for submitting Service Awards Testimonials is Friday, March 30.

UVI Purchasing Department Accepting Bids on Used Vehicles

The University of the Virgin Islands will accept sealed bids for the items noted below. Bid documents can be obtained from the Purchasing Department from March 19, through April 3, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

A. One (1) each - 2007 Jeep Liberty Automatic (Color: White)

B. One (1) each - 2007 Jeep Liberty Automatic (Color: White)

The vehicles are located at the Physical Plant building on the St. Thomas campus. Items will be sold AS IS. Only sealed bids will be accepted for the purchase of these items. Bid submission must be delivered to the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas campus Purchasing Office no later than 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2012. For more information contact Eric A. Christian at (340) 693-1491 or go to this direct link.

Registration and Testing Notes...

Spring 2012 Computer Literacy Exam Dates

Registration for the upcoming Computer Literacy Exam (CLE) sessions at UVI is now available. Students must register for the CLE via Banweb. The examination is online, and will be administered via Blackboard. Exam dates and more are available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

English Proficiency Examinations Scheduled for April 5 on St. Thomas, St. Croix

English Proficiency Examinations are scheduled for April 5 on UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Exam times and locations are available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

CLEP Test Dates for St. Thomas, St. Croix

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the spring 2012 semester have been finalized on UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Remaining CLEP tests are scheduled as follows: St. Thomas - April 11 and April 17; St. Croix - March 29 and April 12. Exam times, locations and other details are available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

Online Registration for UVI's 2012 Fall Semester

Online registration for UVI's 2012 Fall Semester is continuing. The Fall Semester will 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

Other Current Items...

Psychology Honor Society to Induct 23 Students at UVI on March 29, April 12

The University of the Virgin Islands Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, will induct 23 students in ceremonies set for March 29, on St. Thomas and April 12, on St. Croix.

Twelve individuals - nine undergraduate and three graduate students - will be inducted in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in Chase Auditorium (Business 110) on the St. Thomas campus. Another 11 students - five undergraduate and six graduate - will be inducted at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Psychology Dr. Kimarie Engerman at (340) 693-1277 or send email to

SGA Sets Spring Olympics 2012 for April 13-15 on St. Croix

The St. Croix campus Student Government Association (SGA) will conduct Olympic-style games for students on April 13-15. Sports to be included are basketball, softball, swimming, obstacle course, tennis, table tennis, billiards, volleyball, bicycling, dominoes, dance and flag football. For details, contact Rita Green at

Internship Available for UVI Student at University of Guam

UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station has announced that it has funds from a Resident Instruction in the Insular Areas grant to send a student to the University of Guam for a three- to four-week internship in June 2012. The student should be interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, food sciences, environment and natural resources, or biology related sciences, but this is not required. All classes and materials will be offered in English.

UVI students who have participated in this opportunity in the past are Akima George (internship at the University of Puerto Rico) and Luca LaPlace (internship at the University of Guam) and they both reported back that it was a good experience.

The course will run from June 4 through June 28. Interested students must be nominated by a faculty member and the student should send a letter of interest and explain how this opportunity would benefit their academic career to Dr. Bob Godfrey (Director AES, Professor - Animal Science,) by April 11, 2011. For more information visit this link: UOG Internship 2012.

Counseling and Careers Office on St. Croix Announces Student Opportunities

UVI's Counseling and Career Services Office on St. Croix has announced two current opportunities for students. An all-expenses-paid internship is available at the University of California Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders. The deadline to apply is March 30.

The office also announced that April 15 is the deadline for students to apply for "Creating Global Opportunities for Success" scholarships offered by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc.

Application forms for these opportunities are available in the Counseling and Career Services lobby area in the Melvin Evans Center on the 700 Level. For more information contact Anyha Lord-Jerris at (340)-692-4180.

NEH Awards Available for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency in Washington, D.C., administers a fellowships program that provides financial support for faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities who wish to pursue scholarly research projects in the humanities. The 2012 application deadline is April 17, for projects beginning in 2013 and 2014. NEH staff will provide comments on application drafts received by Sunday, March 25.

Projects should involve advanced research that is of value to scholars, general audiences, or students in the humanities. The awards support the equivalent of six to twelve months of full-time work and carry a stipend of $4,200 per month. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions or other scholarly tools. Proposals for research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course are also eligible.

For a detailed program description, application guidelines, and contact information, please see the NEH website at

Golden Jubilee Items...

Golden Jubilee Calendar Available Online

Information and a calendar of other upcoming Golden Jubilee events are available from the Golden Jubilee button on the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

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 ideas for commemorative items to be placed 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 / / ext 4061 / Research and Extension Center Room 106
  • St. Thomas campus: Dr. Angela Dikou / / ext 1284 / Quarters B Room 202

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

Official UVI Golden Jubilee Logos Available from myCampus Portal

Access to the official UVI Golden Jubilee logo artwork is now available from the "UVI Projects" page on the University's myCampus portal. To access the portal, go to A link is available from the top of all UVI web pages. Logos are provided in high-resolution (print) and low-resolution (email) JPG formats. They may be used without alteration to promote 50th anniversary events and activities. Please refer to the official UVI Golden Jubilee Logo Use Policy. Please contact UVI Public Relations - - for special size or high resolution (CMYK/EPS) files.

CELL Notes...

CELL Slates March 27-28 Presentations on Ancient Egyptian Medicine

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will feature two evenings of presentations on the origin, foundation and fundamentals of the medical and healing practices of the physicians of ancient Egypt. The presentation is titled "Ancient Egyptian Medicine: The Psycho-Spiritual Basis of Human Well-Being." It will be offered in two sessions, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, and Wednesday, March 28. The workshop will be held at the Melvin Evans Center on the St. Croix Campus and will be avail via videoconference at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The presentation will provide a unique perspective on the origins, foundations and fundamentals of the medical and healing practices of Ancient Egyptian physicians. It will briefly examine the healing practices of the Ancient Egyptians and shed light on the implications for human health and wellbeing in today's world.

For more information on the workshop, call (340) 693-1100 or visit

SBDC Notes...

SBDC to Offer Free 'Women in Business Forum" on St. Thomas, St. Croix

The VI Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) will present a "Women in Business Forum" on Wednesday, March 28, SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center on St. Thomas and on Thursday, March 29, at the Virgin Islands Cardiac Center on St. Croix. Both sessions will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The forum is designed for aspiring and new business owners. It will feature a panel of women business owners who will answer questions from the audience. Women who have considered going into business for themselves and who have questions about the process are encouraged to participate.

The panelists on St. Thomas are: Cheryl Nicholls - owner of Cheryl's Gift Basket, Stacy Bourne - owner of Innovations by Design, Joanne Cooksey - owner of Joanne's Sweet Memories, Desserts & Catering, Carmen Perez Thomas - owner of Fantastic Beauty Center & Spa, and Toni Jackson - owner of Silk Greenery.

The St. Croix panelists are: Abbelle Johanna Bakr - owner/operator of IBCVI & Co., and the founder of Integrity Women In Business Center, Inc., Christine Hilty, co-owner of Violette's Boutique and Refill Plus, Natalie N. Ballantine, co-owner of Any Thing In A Basket & Catering Services, and Petuanna "Petra" Matthew, owner of Nat'ral Xpression Hair, Health and Beauty Palace.

Seating for the sessions is limited. Contact the VI SBDC to register, or for more information, at (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix. Information is also available from the VI SBDC website: