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UVI Bulletin Board for November/December

UVI to Close Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving Day, Fortsberg Day The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27, in observance of Thanksgiving Day and Fortsberg/Discovery Day. UVI classes will resume and administrative offices will open on their regular schedules on Monday, Nov. 30.

UVI Libraries to be Open for Saturday, Sunday Access UVI’s libraries will also be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day and Fortsberg/Discovery Day on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27, respectively. The libraries will be open on their regular schedules on Saturday, Nov. 28 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, Nov. 29 (1-8 p.m.).
During the holiday period, students will have access to the 24/7 computer lab on St. Thomas and the NWW 120 computer lab on St. Croix. Students may also access online library resources at any time by going to library.uvi.edu. The Help Desk voice mail at ext.1466 and e-mail will be monitored during the holiday.
Paradise Jam Notes… Bucs Down Metropolitan 73-70 in First Paradise Jam Appearance
UVI’s Buccaneers men’s basketball team defeated LAI league rivals Metropolitan in a thriller of a pre-season match-up Saturday, Nov. 21, during the 2009 Paradise Jam basketball tournament. The Bucs trailed by seven at the half, but fought back in the second half, cheered on by a home crowd estimated at over 2,000. Alvaro DeLugo delivered the game-winning, three-point shot with only two seconds on the clock.
The Bucs’ regular season begins the first week of February 2010. Prior to that, they will play two more pre-season contests in Puerto Rico and one at home. The home game will pit the current Bucs squad against a team composed of past UVI players. That game is scheduled for the last weekend in January.
Tennessee Faces Purdue in Paradise Jam 2009 Men’s Championship Today The 2009 Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament continues today (Monday, Nov. 23) with championship round action beginning at 2 p.m. in UVI’s Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. Four games are on the schedule, with the University of Tennessee Volunteers taking on the Purdue University Boilermakers for the Paradise Jam crown at 9:30 p.m. The contest for third-place, between DePaul and St. Joseph’s, begins at 7 p.m. Both games will be televised nationally on Fox College Sports (check local listings). A video featuring a UVI campus tour will be featured during the TV coverage. Streaming coverage of Paradise Jam games is also available via the Fox Sports net channel. Click here to view live pay-per-view.
Paradise Jam Women’s Round Games Set Nov. 26-28 The women’s division of Paradise Jam 2009 runs from Thursday, Nov. 26, through Saturday, Nov. 28, with four games each day. The women’s field, in two divisions, includes Notre Dame, Oklahoma, San Diego State, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Southern California and Texas.
Paradise Jam tickets are $15 for V.I. adults (with local ID), $10 for V.I. senior citizens (65+), and $5 for UVI students and V.I. children (ages 5 to 18). Non-V.I. resident tickets are $45.
Details: Paradise Jam 2009 poster | Paradise Jam Web Site
UVI to Host Planetarium Shows Nov. 24 and Dec. 1 at the Reichhold Center As it marks the end of the International Year of Astronomy celebration, the Physics and Astronomy Program in UVI’s Division of Science and Mathematics will host free planetarium shows for the university community on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus.
The shows will be lead by Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Cynthia Gómez Martín, with astronomy and physics students making the presentations. The students have been trained in the usage of the STARLAB traveling planetarium and have been preparing their presentations over the last month. More information on IYA: astronomy2009.org/general/about/.
Four shows will be presented each day, on the following schedule:
Tuesday, Nov. 24
6 – 7 p.m.: Our Solar System and Galaxy
7 – 8 p.m.: Starfield (group I)
8 – 9 p.m.: Constellations (Greek Mythology)
9 – 10 p.m.: Starfield (group II)
Tuesday, Dec. 1
6 – 7 p.m.: Constellations
7 – 8 p.m.: Plate Tectonics
8 – 9 p.m.: African Mythology
9 – 10 p.m.: Our Solar System and Galaxy
UVI Financial Aid/Scholarship Students Advised to Visit Cashier’s Offices Returning UVI students who have received financial aid or scholarships, and who have registered for the spring 2010 semester, can now visit Cashier’s Offices on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses to pay for classes. Failure to do so will result in classes being cancelled. Students must contact the Cashier’s Offices in person to have their awards credited to their accounts. The last day to pay for classes for the spring 2010 semester is Jan. 5, 2010. For details, call the Cashier’s Office on the St. Croix campus at 692-4160, or the cashier’s office on the St. Thomas campus at 693-1437.
Special Meeting of UVI Staff Council Set Nov. 24 A special meeting of the UVI Staff Council will be held at noon, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, Business Building Room 110 on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center Room 713 on the St. Croix campus. The meeting is to discuss the election process for Group 2 officers. Details and an agenda were sent via e-mail to members of UVI’s regular, professional and administrative staff on Nov. 16.
UVI Faculty Recital Scheduled Nov. 29 at Nisky Moravian Church Magda Lupeschi, coloratura soprano, and Lorna Young-Wright, pianist, will present a UVI faculty recital at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Nisky Moravian Church on St. Thomas. The program includes works by Mozart, Dvořák, Rimsky-Korsakov, Granados, Handel, Verdi and Puccini. The pair will also present a song cycle composed by Young-Wright. Event tickets may be purchased at the UVI Bookstore, the Humanities Division Office and from UVI Choir members. Adult tickets are $20 and student tickets are $7. For more information, call 693-1340.
Mandatory Meeting for UVI Agriculture and Food Fair Participants Set for Dec. 1 Members of the UVI family are reminded that now is the time to plan their involvement in the V.I. Agriculture and Food Fair which is scheduled for Feb. 13 to 15, 2010, on St. Croix.
All UVI program entities wishing to participate must send a representative to a mandatory meeting of the UVI Research and Public Service Steering Committee scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1, in Room 143 of the Research and Extension Center, on the St. Croix campus.
Each program component should come prepared to present their proposed exhibit. All exhibits should follow the fair theme – “Healthy Food & a Safe Environment Make Sen$e.” They should also focus on health and safety. Following these presentations, the committee will discuss ways to facilitate greater integration. It will also spend time exploring how each program/component can make their efforts more interactive in nature.
Nov. 30 Deadline Set for Program Needs Forms All participating UVI programs and components must complete and return a Program Needs Form – click for Program Needs Form – on or before Nov. 30, 2009. Due to limited space and the close proximity to the fair, no applications will be accepted after the deadline.
For more information, contact Steering Committee Chair Clarice Clarke at 692-4060 or send e-mail to: cclarke@uvi.edu.
St. Thomas Golden Key Society Collecting Clothing for Haiti The St. Thomas chapter of the Golden Key International Honor Society is conducting a clothing drive for families and individuals in need on Haiti. Donated clothing can be dropped off at the Counseling Services/Student Affairs Center on the St. Thomas campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 30. Members of the Golden Key’s Community Services Committee will also accept donations. For more information, contact us via e-mail: goldenkeysttchapter@yahoo.com
Submissions Sought for 24th Issue of The Caribbean Writer Through Nov. 30 The Caribbean Writer is seeking submissions for its 24th edition. Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and personal essays, critical articles and insights on Trevor Rhone and Wayne Brown are specifically being sought for a special section. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 30, 2009. The Caribbean should be central to submissions or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective.
Writers are encouraged to submit poems, short stories, personal essays and one-act plays. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Mail submissions to The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781, or submit electronically to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. For details, visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call 692-4152.
A news release is available from the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu .
60 V.I. Nursing Scholarships Available; Application Deadline is Dec. 2 UVI students and prospective UVI students who are interested in nursing as a career are advised that the V.I. Board of Education recently amended the qualifications for $400,000 in scholarships being funded by the Virgin Islands government. Scholarships will be offered for 30 students each in the St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix districts.
To qualify, students studying to be licensed practical nurses or registered nurses must:
Possess a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
Be a resident of the territory.
Promise to work one to two years in the territory after completing their education.
Be accepted into an accredited, licensed or Board of Education-approved institution.
The V.I. Board of Education is now accepting applications through Dec. 2 at their offices on Dronningens Gade on St. Thomas and the Sunny Isles Professional building on St. Croix. Details are also available by calling 774-4546 on St. Thomas or by calling 772-4144 on St. Croix.
University to Honor Retiree Mavis Gilchrist on Dec. 5 Members of the UVI community are invited to join in a retirement celebration for Mavis Gilchrist, UVI’s director of Financial Aid, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Gertrude’s Restaurant on St. Croix. The evening will honor Gilchrist for 32 years of service to the University. Tickets are $40. They include dinner, entertainment and a gift for the retiree. A cash bar will be available. Interested individuals are asked to RSVP by calling 692-4193 or sending e-mail to cferris2@uvi.edu by Nov. 18.
UVI ‘A Christmas Celebration’ Concert Set for Dec. 5 at the Reichhold Center The University of the Virgin Islands’ annual Christmas concert, titled: A Christmas Celebration, is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts. The program will feature the University Concert Band, under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen, and the Steel Pan Ensemble, under the direction of instructor Shenelle N. Warner.
The concert will highlight performers from UVI, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and community members including Lorna Freeman-Dennis, Lynesha Sweeney, Gylchris Sprauve, Drew Bowers, Detra Davis and others. The concert is sponsored by the Music Area of the University’s Division of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for senior citizens. They are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office, the UVI Bookstore, the UVI Humanities Office, Nora’s Beauty Palace, Dockside Bookstore, VI Bridal & Tuxedo, and members of the UVI Concert Band and the Steel Pan Ensemble. For details, call 693-1192.
CELL Offering Three-Year SAT Prep Program on St. Thomas and St. Croix Tenth-grade students on St. Thomas and St. Croix are invited to apply to a three-year Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Preparatory Program offered by the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center in partnership with Innovative Communications Corp.
Launched in 2005, the SAT Preparatory Program was designed to help Virgin Islands public high school students improve their SAT scores. It also tracks student progress from their sophomore through senior years. Classes will start on Jan. 9, 2010, and will be held 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Sessions will be held on UVI’s St. Croix and St. Thomas campus.
Applicants must be 10th-grade public high school students, with GPAs of 2.0 to 3.5. An administrative fee of $20 is required at orientation. Interested applicants must submit their applications to the UVI CELL Center by Monday, Nov. 30, to be considered. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information or to request an application, call 693-1106 or visit the UVI CELL Web site: cell.uvi.edu.
SBDC Offers Seminars on Preparing Success Plans for Business The Virgin Island Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) will present two seminars designed to help prepare success plans for small businesses in December on St. Thomas.
“Show Me the Money! The Narrative for Preparing a Success Plan for Your Business” will be offered on Thursday, Dec. 10. The second seminar “Show Me the Money! The Financials for Preparing a Success Plan for Your Business” will follow on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Both sessions are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center.
The presenter is Daryl Edwards, a business counselor at the VI SBDC. Admission is $25 for each seminar. Admission for individuals who pre-register for both seminars is only $35. The discount admission for those who pre-register for one seminar is $20. UVI students, staff, faculty and veterans of the U.S. military with proper ID will be admitted for free. Pre-registration is required to qualify for free admission.
It is recommended that business owners or potential business owners have a success plan for their business. These seminars will focus on the basics of how to put together a success plan. A success plan is a great guide for the day to day operations of any business. They are mandatory for businesses to qualify for bank loans.
For details, contact the VI SBDC at 776-3206.
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