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Bulletin Board for April 15, 2013

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Fourth Annual Academic Jam Tutoring Sessions Slated for Both Campuses April 15-29

UVI's Center for Student Success (CSS), in collaboration with Brothers With a Cause, is conducting the fourth annual Academic Jam tutoring effort. Tutoring sessions on both campuses will be offered from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., from April 15 through April 29. Sessions will be offered in the following locations:

St. Thomas - CAB118 and the CSS Lab in the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library

St. Croix - Math and Writing labs in the Modular Building West and in the Computer Lab in the Center for Student Success suite (Evans Center Room 714)

For details, call Jennifer Palmer Crawford at (340) 693-1196 or send email to or Maria Fleming at (340) 692-4183 or send email to

UVI Community Invited to Join National Library Week Celebration April 15-19

The UVI community is invited to join in the celebration of National Library Week 2013 at UVI. A wide range of events and activities designed to educate, entertain and promote literacy and learning is planned from April 15-19 on both campuses. The theme is "Communities Matter at Your Library." Activities continuing through the week are a Facebook - UVI.ITS - Library Trivia Contest (Like us on Facebook and be entered for raffle prizes), featured displays promoting libraries and literacy, a Library Fines Amnesty Week program, treasure hunts at VI historical sites (see UVI.ITS on Facebook) and a Know Your ITS Staff Contest at the STX Library. Libraries on both campuses will also launch renewed customer service efforts, complete with Harlem Shake videos. "Lightening Round" training sessions will also be offered to acquaint students and faculty with UVI research.

A detailed schedule of UVI National Library Week activities and events is available from the "News & Info" link on the Library section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

7th Annual Read on the Green Community Day Slated at UVI on April 20

UVI's Libraries, in conjunction with the St. Thomas-St. John Library Association, will host the 7th Annual Read on the Green Community Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, on the UVI golf course. It will feature storytelling by Senator Tregenza Roach, an open-mic session for poetry, short stories and feedback on libraries and literacy. Also planned are reading sessions on the green, face painting and art sessions allowing young readers to create paintings depicting their favorite books or favorite place. The Public Library Bookmobile will also be on hand. A book giveaway and hourly raffles for book gift certificates and other prizes are scheduled.

Community members are encouraged to bring their family, a blanket and picnic lunch and join in an afternoon of fun.

For more information, call Christine Freeland at (340) 693-1366 or email: Information is also available from Sherna Gumbs at (340) 693-1363, email:

Wellness Week for UVI Community on St. Thomas Campus Runs April 15-19

The UVI Health Services office will conduct Wellness Week from April 15 to 19, on the St. Thomas campus. "Your Health Is Your Priority" is the theme. A variety of tests and screenings - blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, body mass index (BMI) measurements and health counseling - are planned by appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. To make appointments contact the Employee Benefits Office at (340) 693-1429. Wellness coaches from Health insurance provider CIGNA will also be on hand for consultations. A forum on alcohol addiction is slated from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. (See next item.)

The Health Services Center will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. A gynecological clinic for students only will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon. On Friday, April 19, vision testing for students only is scheduled at the Health Services Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The week concludes with a Wellness Walk for all interested beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The week's activities are offered in conjunction with UVI Counseling and Placement, the Wellness Center, Employee Benefits and the UVI Psychology Student Association. For more information contact Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

Free Biometric Health Screening Offered During Wellness Week

As part of Wellness Week, onsite health and wellness biometric screening from CIGNA Health Coach Charlene White-Hewitt and UVI Nurse Practitioner Ronda Herbert are being offered on the St. Thomas campus. To schedule an appointment at the Health Services Center call UVI Director of Employees Benefits & Immigration Veda Richards at (340) 693-1429 and leave a message or send email Specify available times for appointments. Health Risk Assessment (HRA) cards and other information will be distributed at the screening. Kmart gift cards worth $25 will be given to the first 30 individuals to complete the process of posting HRA assessments information to the secure CIGNA website between April 22 and 26. To register and post HRA information go to Individuals with established CIGNA accounts can complete HRA posting at

Public Relations Office Seeking Stories About 2013 Graduates

As the University anticipates its single most important event - Commencement - the Public Relations Office is interested in learning about graduates who have interesting and/or extraordinary stories that can be shared with the public. Do you know of any 2013 graduates who have won national awards, have overcome major obstacles or who have displayed exemplary leadership? Are there any graduates who have done extraordinary things or are just extraordinary students? If any students you know fit these descriptions, please send a paragraph detailing his/her story to Be sure to include his/her email address and telephone number. See additional information on the 2013 Commencement in the "Commencement 2013 Notes..." section below.

Public Observing Session Set at UVI's Etelman Observatory on April 19

The next public observing session using the Virgin Islands Robotic Telescope (VIRT) at UVI's Etelman Observatory is slated for 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19. Guests can expect to see views of the planet Jupiter with its Galilean moons, Saturn and its ring system, and the Orion Nebula star forming region. The evening will also feature a video presentation and lecture on the Einstein's theories of relativity and how they describe the nature of and our place in the Universe.

"We are pleased to invite the public to join us and enjoy the night sky, views of our galaxy, and a discussion of interesting and exciting topics in the world of astrophysics and space science," said Etelman Observatory Director Dr. David Morris. The event is hosted by UVI's College of Science and Mathematics. It is presented free of charge to the St. Thomas community through charitable sponsorship by Celtic Therapeutics.

Space is limited so please RSVP to Dr. Morris by email to or call (617) 610-1148. The rain date is Saturday, April 20.

First Annual VICCC Symposia to focus on 21st Century Issues on April 19 and 22

The Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center invites members of the UVI and Virgin Islands communities to its First Annual VICCC Symposia, scheduled for Friday, April 19, on St. Croix, and Monday, April 22, on St. Thomas. The symposia, which are free and open to the public, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both campuses. A variety of panelists and presenters with wide-ranging expertise will lead the sessions. (See campus lists below.)

The topic for the 2013 symposia: "21st Century Issues and Strategies for Cultural Economics, Heritage and Arts in the V.I. and Caribbean." The St. Croix session will take place in the UVI Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. The St. Thomas session is planned in UVI's Administration and Conference Center. Details on panelists and presenters are included in a news release available on the UVI homepage - - or from this direct link.

UVI Academic Awards Programs Marking Student Success; St. Croix Program Set for April 21

The University of the Virgin Islands is celebrating student achievement with the 49th Academic Awards Programs. The St. Thomas program was held on April 14. The program on St. Croix is set for 3 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on Sunday, April 21. These programs recognize students who are among the best in the academic areas of business, education, liberal arts, social sciences, nursing, science and mathematics. Student participants include those who have been awarded scholarships or who have been recognized by honor societies. Members of the UVI community and student guests are invited. For more information contact Dr. Kenny Hendrickson at on St. Croix.

UVI Center for Student Success Seeking Learning Assistants for 2013-2014 Academic Year

UVI Center for Student Success has announced vacancies for learning assistants for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. Learning assistants needed for the areas of English, Spanish, French, mathematics, psychology, science, chemistry and more.

Applicants should be junior or senior students with a least a 3.0 Grade Point Average. They should also have the recommendation from a faculty member. Sophomores will be considered for mathematics and science. For more details, please contact coordinator Jennifer Palmer Crawford at 693-1196 or by email at

New 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 Wellness Center can use the short URL "" instead of the full web link. Short URLs are appropriate for business cards, brochures and other promotional materials. Short URL requests should be emailed to

New short URLs are available for the following: the Center for Marine & Environmental Studies (; UVI's Summer Bridge Program (; the Wellness Center (; the Man-Up Male Initiative (; Public Relations (; the Aquaculture - Aquaponics Workshop (; UVI Bulletin Board Announcements (; Development (; and the UVI Master Events Calendar ( The next set of short URLs will be released in December.

More than 50 short URLs are available for various UVI web resources. A complete list of UVI short URLs is available from the Domain Names link on the UVI Webmaster page or from this direct link.

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 or on this direct Links directly to individual items are featured below.

Potential UVI Students? - Second grade students from McKinley Elementary School in Bakersfield, Cal., sent their thank you via a photo of UVI for promotional items they received for a college board at their school.> read more

Senior Biology Major Wins iPad for Survey Participation - Following her graduation this spring, Akima George will have the use of a new iPad as she pursues a Ph.D. program. > read more

Nursing Students Create Programs to Improve Healthcare in the VI - Senior Nursing Students displayed poster presentations of their final projects on April 8 and 9, at the University of the Virgin Islands' Ralph Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas campus. > read more

Other Current Items...

Forum on 'Alcohol: the Silent Addiction' Set April 17 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI's Division of Counseling and Placement, Health Services Department, and the Psychology Student Association on St. Thomas will host a forum entitled "Alcohol: the Silent Addiction" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Administration and Conference Center. The forum is being organized in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month.

The forum is designed to help increase awareness and knowledge of the pervasive impact that alcohol, alcoholism and alcohol related problems have on individuals, their friends, families and the community. The panelists will be psychologist Dr. Sheena Walker and Lieutenant Rosalyn Jarvis, Traffic Commander at the Virgin Islands Police Department.

For more information contact Counseling Supervisor Dahlia Stridiron at (340) 693-1136 or Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

UVI to Host Annual Autism Conference April 17 on St. Thomas, April 18 on St. Croix

The Virgin Islands' 6th Annual Autism Conference will feature presentations by an expert from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and one of the nation's top children's hospitals. Conference sessions are scheduled at the University of the Virgin Islands for April 17, on St. Thomas, and April 18, on St. Croix.

The conference is designed to help Virgin Islanders develop a better understanding of what autism is and what best practices are in use for dealing with it, according to Dr. Charles H. Beady. Dr. Beady is the acting executive director of the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, which is organizing the event in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Autism Network.

Conference sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at each location. The St. Thomas session will take place in the UVI Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix, it will be held in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Lunch will be provided. Advanced registration is required.

Registration is available online by visiting For more information on the conference call (340) 692-4266 or send email to A news release is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Public Relations Office to Close Early on April 19, for Staff Retreat

The UVI Public Relations Office will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, to allow staff to attend a retreat. All matters pertaining to the Public Relations Office during that time should be forwarded to the Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1040. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Miss UVI Competition Now Set for April 21 on St. Croix

The 33rd Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition is set for 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Miss UVI pre-pageant interviews will take place from 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at UVI's Student Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The candidates are St. Thomas student Murchtricia Charles, a sophomore majoring in mathematics and computational biology, and St. Croix students Estella Obando and Denicia Suarz, both of whom are nursing majors.

Masters in Psychology Program Accepting Student Applications for Fall 2013 Semester

The University of the Virgin Islands Master of Arts in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration Program is accepting applications for the fall 2013 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 from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences section of the UVI website - Interested applicants on St. Croix and St. Thomas should submit admission applications by April 30, 2013, to be considered for the fall 2013 semester. For more information contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo at (340) 692-4264 or send email to

UVI Early Registration for Fall Semester Returning Students Now Available

The University of the Virgin Islands is now offering early registration for the fall semester for returning students. To view course offerings and other registration information, visit the Registrar's section of the UVI website -

UVI Community Invited to Website Committee Content Meetings

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a series of meetings to collaboratively share ideas for the next generation of the UVI website. The Website Content and Layout Subcommittee will meet weekly to develop content outlines for the gateways and non-departmental sections of the new website. Sessions and the planned areas of focus are:

April 19 - Research section

April 23 - Access & Enrollment Services section

May 3 - Academics section

May 10 - Community Services section

May 17 - Student Life section

All meetings will begin at 10 a.m. in the library conference rooms on both campuses. Upon request, video conferencing is available to the St. John Academic Center. For more information about the new UVI website, visit the Website Management webpage in the Public Relations section of the UVI website - - or email

UVI Alumni Association Issues Call for Alumni Trustee Nominations

The UVI Alumni Association has issued a call for nominations for the position of Alumni Trustee. Alumni Trustees serve a three year term. To be eligible, a nominee:

shall be a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree.

shall have on record active membership in a Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association including the payment of annual/lifetime dues and also the giving of financial contributions to the University of the Virgin Islands for at least three years prior to applying for this nomination. In lieu of the three-year financial contributions to UVI, the nominee can pay to the University, $100.00 per year, for each outstanding year at the time his/her application is submitted.

must submit a letter of application, his/her biography, and a police record to the Nominating Committee by the application receipt deadline.

The deadline to receive applications is Monday, April 29, 2013. Applications must be mailed to the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee at the following address:

Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee; UVI Alumni; RR 10,000, Kingshill; St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781

Ballots containing information of the eligible nominees will be mailed to UVI Alumni whose dues (annual/lifetime) are current with an established Chapter of the Alumni Association. Alumni will be directed to complete and return the ballot in a return envelope to the Election Committee which must be received by the Committee no later than Friday, May 24, 2013. The Election Committee will tally ballots, and certify election results by Friday, May 31, 2013. For more information contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at (340) 692-4023.

Commencement 2013 Notes...

Volunteers from UVI Community Sought to Assist with St. Thomas Commencement

Volunteers from the UVI Community are sought to assist the St. Thomas Campus Commencement Committee with the 2013 Commencement exercise planned for Saturday, May 11, at the Sports and Fitness Center. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting with ticket taking, ushering and program distribution. Interested individuals are asked to contact Tracie Wells-Clarke for more information and to provide their contact information. Send email to

Graduating Student Reminded to Complete Exit Interviews

Students who will graduate in UVI's 2013 Commencement exercises in May are reminded that they are required to participate in an exit interview designed to cover their overall student experience at the University. The interviews, which began in March, are being conducted at the UVI Institutional Advancement Offices on both campuses. Students who have not yet completed the interview should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. Call Institutional Advancement on St. Croix at 692-4231 or on St. Thomas at 693-1607. The goal is to have students, who are the University's main focus, provide constructive feedback that can help the institution improve the UVI experience.

St. Thomas Class of 2013 Students Invited to Join UVI Choir in Commencement Presentation

Interested members of UVI St. Thomas campus graduating class of 2013 are invited to join with the UVI Choir in the singing of an anthem during this year's Commencement exercise on Saturday, May 11. In order to participate, students must participate in a rehearsal with the UVI Choir. Choir rehearsals are held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Music Building. For more information contact Dr. Lorna Young-Wright at (340) 693-1191 or send email to

Regalia, Kente Stoles Expected in First Week of May at St. Thomas Campus Bookstore

Regalia and Kente stoles are scheduled to be available for pick-up in the UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus during the first week of May. For more information, contact the Bookstore at (340) 693-1561.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Plans Procurement Luncheons on Doing Business with the Department of Transportation

The VI Small Business Development Center will host procurement luncheon on Doing Business with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday, April 16, on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Adrianna Clark, director of the Southeast Small Business Transportation Resource Center will provide an overview of the U.S. DOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization and the opportunities available for doing business with the DOT. The sessions will be connected via videoconference and will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $20. The St. Croix luncheon takes place at the SBDC Training Facility at Sion Farm Shopping Center. On St. Thomas the luncheon will take place at the SBDC Training Facility in Nisky Center.

Seating is limited. To pre-register or for more information, visit or call (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix or (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas.

CELL Notes...

UVICELL to Offer Course in Basic Computing Beginning April 15

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is conducting registration for its upcoming Basic Computing course. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, starting April 15. All sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

The course is designed for individuals interested in learning the basics of using a computer. Participants will learn the essentials of computing such as working with windows, using the Internet, emailing, safe computing and more. The information will be presented in an easy to understand format and will includes hands-on exercises.

For more information or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at