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UVI Bulletin Board for March

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet March 12 on St. Croix The UVI Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, in the Great Hall, North West Wing, on the UVI St. Croix campus. The meeting will convene with regular session agenda items and reports from UVI President David Hall and Board of Trustees Chairman Alexander A. Moorhead. The board will receive an update report from the Research and Technology Park Board. Then the Board of Trustees will consider agenda items that require action. A news release is available on the UVI homepage – www.uvi.edu
Public Invited to UVI’s Spring 2011 Research Symposium on St. Croix on March 12 The Virgin Islands public is invited to the University of the Virgin Islands’ Ninth Annual Spring Research Symposium, set for 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. The symposium will take place in the cafetorium on the University’s St. Croix campus. The event is organized by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Programs office in UVI’s College of Science and Mathematics. Admission is free.
Approximately 30 graduate and undergraduate students will present their innovative scientific research. A news release with photos is featured on the UVI homepage – www.uvi.edu
‘Join UVI in Going Green’ at Afternoon on the Green on March 13 The Virgin Islands community is invited to “Join UVI in Going Green” at the 2011 Afternoon on the Green event slated for Sunday, March 13, on the Herman E. Moore Golf Course on UVI’s St. Thomas campus. Food, fun and family games are again planned for this 22nd edition of the popular event. Top Notch Band, the Becca Darling Band and the Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers will provide the entertainment. Members of the community, organizations and businesses are encouraged to contribute food, drinks, money or volunteers. For more information, call 693-1040. A news release is featured on the UVI homepage – www.uvi.edu
St. Croix Senior Class Meeting Slated for March 13 The St. Croix Senior Class of 2011 will hold a class meeting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 13. The meeting will be held in Evans Center Room 401. Topics to be discussed include updates on events and fundraisers along with other class activities. All members of the Class of 2011 are urged to attend. For more information send e-mail to: uviclassof2011@gmail.com.
Seminar on Sandy Point NWR Mongoose Population Set March 15 at UVI Dr. Buzz Hoagland of the biology department at Westfield (Mass.) State University will present a seminar on the control of the mongoose population at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) on St. Croix from 1-2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15. The presentation will be made in Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus, with a videoconference link to the Business Education Building Room 110 on the St. Thomas campus. For more information, contact Marcia Taylor of UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies at 692-4046.
Executive Committee RTP Board of Directors to Meet March 16 The Executive Committee of the Research and Technology (RT) Park Board of Directors will meet via teleconference on Wednesday, March 16. The session will begin at 11 a.m. AST. To participate or for more information, interested persons should contact the RTPark office at 692-4200. Seating is limited.
Business Tax Return Seminar Set March 16 on St. John The VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in collaboration with the VI Bureau of Internal Revenue will conduct a free seminar entitled "Filing Your 2010 Business Tax Return” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at the Julius Sprauve School Cafeteria in Cruz Bay, on St. John. The presenter is Senior Revenue Agent Clifford Charleswell. Topics to be covered will include: tax changes for 2010, how to compute taxes, how to file business taxes accurately and how tax returns are selected for audit.
While admission to the seminar is free, individuals are asked to pre-register with the SBDC by calling 776-3206.
Jazz Legend Hugh Masekela to Present Lecture at UVI on March 17 South Africa’s legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela will present a free lecture – discussing his work as an activist and how his music helped to raise international awareness of apartheid – at the University of the Virgin Islands on Thursday, March 17. The presentation will be made from 6-7 p.m. in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building on the St. Croix campus. It will also be available, via videoconference, in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on UVI’s St. Thomas campus. A brief question and answer session will follow. UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts is bringing Masekela and Afro-pop vocalist Lira to the Virgin Islands to perform shows on St. Thomas and St. Croix on March 18 and 19. The lecture is available to the public as well as to members of the university community.
St. Croix Senior Class Plans ‘Dinner and A Date’ Event for March 25 The St. Croix Senior Class of 2011 will host a “Dinner and A Date” event on March 25. You can win a date with someone special. An interest meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on March 11, in Evans Center Room 401. Please bring valid ID. For more information send e-mail to: uviclassof2011@gmail.com. To keep updated with other class events, add the class’ Facebook page, Graduating Class (to find, use uviclassof2011@gmail.com).
VIUCEDD Plans Annual Open House for March 31 on St. Thomas The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will conduct its annual open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, in the first-floor conference room of the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.
An informative program is planned, featuring opening remarks by VIUCEDD Executive Director Dr. Yegin Habtes and an overview of programs and services for persons with disabilities in the Virgin Islands. The center opened in 1994. The open house will also include a financial planning workshop and demonstrations of newly developed devices that can be employed as assistive technology by persons with disabilities. Many of these devices can also benefit individuals without disabilities.
Door prizes, refreshments and information and awareness about VIUCEDD programs and services will be offered. For more information, call 693-1185.
CES and Frederick Lutheran to Host St. Thomas Community Health Fair on March 12 A free, community health fair will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. The event is sponsored by the Frederick Lutheran Church and the UVI Cooperative Extension Service.
During the fair, UVI student nurses will offer health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose tests. Members of the church will offer spiritual counseling. UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service will present a healthy homes demonstration, nutrition information and a course on how to construct a box garden. A variety of informational and support activities will be provided by other participants, including the VIUCEDD, the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, the American Cancer Association, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the V.I. Department of Health, Project HOPE and the Department of Health Immunization. For more information, contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at 693-1082.
UVI’s AES to Host 13th International Aquaponics and Tilapia Aquaculture Course The UVI Agricultural Experiment Station’s Aquaculture Program will host the 13th annual International Aquaponics and Tilapia Aquaculture Course from March 14-18 on the St. Croix campus.
Nearly 60 participants from the Caribbean, the U.S. and the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe will attend. Individuals will study the principles and practical application of the Aquaponic and Biofloc Tilapia Production Systems developed at UVI. Information about the course can be found on the Agriculture Experiment Station section of the UVI Web site – www.uvi.edu
UVI is recognized around the world as the academic leader in the study of aquaponics. Under the direction of Dr. James Rakocy, the program developed and refined a commercial production system that recycles and reuses water resources and recovers waste nutrients in vegetable by-products. Dr. Rakocy retired last December but has returned to St. Croix to teach the course one more time.
Members of the UVI community are encouraged to welcome Dr. Rakocy and aquaponics course participants to the campus.
10th UVI Charter Day-Queen Mary Highway 5K Walk/Run Slated for March 18 The University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Croix campus will host the 10th Annual UVI Charter Day-Queen Mary Highway 5K Walk/Run on Friday, March 18. The popular activity is coordinated by the V.I. Pace Runners. The event, which takes runners and walkers from Sunshine Mall in Fredericksted to the UVI campus, has a 6 a.m. start time. For those who wish to park at UVI, transportation to the race start will be provided at 5 a.m. The registration fee is $10 for UVI students and children, and $15 for adults. To register, call 692-4236. Walk/Run sponsors are Chef’s Catering, Cost-U-Less, Coca Cola Bottling Company and Plaza Extra.
Reichhold Center Bringing Hugh Masekela and Lira for Two V.I. Shows UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts is bringing legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Afro-pop vocalist Lira together for two outstanding evenings of world music – March 18, at the Island Center for the Performing Arts on St. Croix, and March 19, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas. The South African performers, who captivated audiences during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup, are bringing their dynamic synergy to the Virgin Islands for two unforgettable nights of instrumental music and hypnotic vocals with an African flair.
Tickets are available at the Reichhold Ticket Office, or by calling 693-1559, or via the Web at www.reichholdcenter.com. Other ticket outlets are on St. Thomas: Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again and the UVI Bookstore, on St. John: Connections, on St. Croix: Urban Threadz, Undercover Books & Gifts (Gallows Bay), Riddims, Alliance Clothing and the UVI Bookstore.
The performances are sponsored by International Capital & Management Company, the V.I. Lottery, First Bank, the V.I. Waste Management Authority, V.I. Council of the Arts, Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef Resort, the V.I. Department of Education, Tropical Shipping and Innovative Communications Company.
SGA to Host St. Croix Campus Shadow Our Students Program on March 29 The Student Government Association on UVI’s St. Croix campus will host its fifth annual SOS (Shadow Our Students) Program on Tuesday, March 29. The program is designed to enhance UVI’s recruitment efforts and build mentoring relationships between UVI students and graduating seniors in the local high schools. SOS gives students an opportunity to see first-hand the wealth of academic opportunities, professional development initiatives and extra-curricular programs offered at the university. Participants can shadow students studying in their prospective fields of interest and interact with student leaders. The highlight of this year’s event will be a presentation by motivational speaker UVI Professor Ricardo Caldwell. The SOS 2011 theme on the St. Croix campus is “Inspiring Minds…Pursing Greatness.” For details, contact SOS Program Coordinator/SGA Public Relations Officer Kevin Dixon at 692-4191 or send e-mail to sgastx@myuvi.net. Information is also available from Student Activities Supervisor Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228.
April 30 Is Deadline to Apply for UVI Graduate Math Program for Teachers The third cohort of UVI’s Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (MMAT) program is scheduled to begin in August 2011. The program is for teachers of mathematics at the secondary level and prospective teachers with undergraduate degrees in mathematics. April 30 is the application deadline for the program. For an overview of the program, costs and requirements, visit the College of Science and Mathematics section of the UVI Web site – www.uvi.edu. More information is also available from Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Vanere Goodwin at 692-4115 or send e-mail to vgoodwi@uvi.edu.
UVI Accepting Master of Marine and Environmental Science Program Applications The Master of Marine and Environmental Science program at the University of the Virgin Islands is now accepting application for the Fall 2011 semester. For more information please visit the Web site: http://mmes.uvi.edu.
UVI Accepting Applications for the Master of Arts in Psychology Program The University of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications from students interested in enrolling in its Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in counseling program for the fall 2011 semester. The MAP program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills and experiential opportunities to allow them to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. A program overview and admission criteria are available from the UVI Web site – www.uvi.edu. Interested applicants can also contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo on St. Croix at 692-4264 or Dr. Angela Adams on St. Thomas at 693-1258 for more information.
NIH Meeting on Aging Research Planned for St. Thomas and St. Croix in April The U.S. Virgin Islands will host a National Institutes of Health (NIH) regional meeting on aging research in April. The meeting is designed to provide information on existing opportunities for research and training, provide hands-on technical assistance in grant writing, solicit advice on the design of new research opportunities, and gain strategies for recruiting underrepresented students and investigators to aging research.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Director’s Regional Meeting will be held on April 7 and 8, on UVI’s St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses concurrently, via video-conference. Individuals who should attend this meeting include health science professionals and students within health science research institutions with an interest in beginning or strengthening their aging research expertise and/or portfolio.
The featured speakers will be NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes, NIMHD Director Dr. John Ruffin, Dr. James S. Jackson, a professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Dr. Gloria B. Callwood, director of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands.
The application deadline is Friday, March 25, with registration available online. To register, visit the NIH Web site at http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/2011DirectorsRegionalMtg.htm and click on Web Registration. For additional information on this meeting, contact Andrea Griffin-Mann at (301) 496-0765 or send e-mail to griffinmanna@mail.nih.gov.

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