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Water Colors, Pastels by UVI Senior Andre Francis on Display at Reichhold
A series of 17 paintings, in water colors and pastels, by UVI senior Andre Francis are now on display at the gallery of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. Francis, a native of Trinidad, studied art at Queen's Royal Collage in Port of Spain. He is now pursuing a degree in chemistry and mathematics at UVI, with a long-term ambition of studying medicine. Francis, who has explored the various styles of Caribbean and European artists, works in acrylics, watercolors, pastels, charcoals and oils. He searches for basic shapes and colors in nature. His paintings have been exhibited in Trinidad, Tortola and Virgin Gorda in the BVI, and in St. Croix. Francis' works premiered at the Reichhold with the Feb. 5 performance of "Strings." They will remain at the Gallery through the end of February. Part of the proceeds from any pieces that are sold will go to benefit two cancer patients. The Reichhold Gallery is open on business days from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. as well as during intermissions and following shows. Other artists interested in exhibiting at the Reichhold Gallery should call 693-1550.
Spring Break Getaway to Jost Van Dyke Scheduled on March 7
The Student Affairs Office is coordinating a spring break getaway to Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands on Monday, March 7. Cost: Students – $35; Faculty/Staff – $45; Others – $50; Child under 12 – $25. There is an additional $5 departure tax from Tortola. Sign up, with payment only, at the Student Activities Office.
Price includes:
— Transportation from campus to the boat and back
— Round trip transportation to Jost Van Dyke on the luxurious Ocean State catamaran
— Refreshments and games on board
— Transportation in Jost Van Dyke to White Bay Beach
Ocean State departs from the Tortola Wharf in downtown Charlotte Amalie at 8:15 a.m. and returns from Jost Van Dyke to the Tortola Wharf at 5 p.m. A safari bus departs the Students Affairs Office at UVI at 7:45 a.m. for those needing transportation to the wharf. Lunch is at the traveler's expense. There are four options to purchase food on the beach, or a buffet lunch at Gertrude's on Jost Van Dyke for $12-$15 can be arranged. Call the Student Activities Office by Feb. 25 to sign up for the buffet lunch. For details, contact the Student Activities at 693-1111. Space is limited to the first 149 persons to sign up.
St. Croix Intramural Basketball Play Begins Feb. 17
St.Croix campus intramural basketball action kicks off today (Thursday, Feb. 17) at 8:45 p.m. on the UVI basketball courts. Five teams have entered this semester's round-robin tournament. The 2004 Intramural Champions, Knyghts, will be defending their title. The Cryptics, Tru Playaz, UVI Staff, and the Underdoggs will try to wrestle the crown away. Two games will be played every Thursday night beginning at 8:45 p.m., with the second game to commence immediately after the first game ends. For more information contact St. Croix Intramural Coordinator Bruce Wray at 692-4139.
Book Launching for 'Seasoning for the Mortar' Set Feb. 18
The University of the Virgin Islands community is invited to the official "Seasoning for the Mortar" – a collection of poetry, fiction, drama and essays by Virgin Islands writers that originally appeared in "The Caribbean Writer" – at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 18, in Evans Center room 401 on UVI's St. Croix campus. Edited by Marvin Williams, "Seasoning" is published by UVI's Research Publications Unit. The works included appeared in volumes one through 15 of "The Caribbean Writer." Friday's program will include selected readings by contributing writers, book signing by the editor and writers, and a sale of the anthology. For more information, call Quilin Mars at 692-4152 or send e-mail to qmars@uvi.edu.
St. Croix Yearbook Photo Sessions Available Beginning Feb. 19
Beginning on Saturday, Feb.19, 2005 yearbook cap-and-gown photos for members of the St. Croix campus graduating class will be taken at Hugh's Photo in the Sunny Isles Shopping Center. Hugh's is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, call Ycianda Neptune at 277-5119.
St. Croix Yearbook Orders Being Taken
Orders for the 2005 St. Croix campus yearbook are now being taken. The cost is $62, which includes a one-line personalization. The sale price of $62 will be available through March 7. The regular price is $67. To place orders call Ycianda Neptune at 277-5119.
Feb. 22 VI-EPSCoR Science Lecture to Focus on Iraq's Embattled Marshlands
Prospects for restoring southern Iraq's marshlands will be the topic of the next VI-EPSCoR science lecture scheduled at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The guest speaker will be Dr. Nasseer Idrisi, the VI-EPSCoR BioComplexity of Caribbean Coral Reef research assistant professor in biological oceanography. The lecture will be presented in Chase Auditorium (B-110) on the St. Thomas campus with a videoconferenced link to Evans Center room 713 on the St. Croix campus. The lecture's title is: "Iraq-Advancing Watershed Assessment, Research, and Education (AWARE): Restoring the southern Iraqi marshlands after a decade of devastation." The 2005 EPSCoR lecture series is free and open to the public. It continues at noon on Tuesdays through April 26. In the lectures, UVI and visiting scientists present results from their original research. The series is presented by the VI-Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. For more information, call 693-1380.
Son of Civil Rights Icon the Rev. Ralph Abernathy to Speak at UVI Feb. 23
The Reverend Ralph David Abernathy III, eldest son of American civil rights leader the Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Sr., will make a Black History Month presentation at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, in the Sports and Fitness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Abernathy is a former Georgia state senator and serves as an associate pastor at the West Hunter Baptist Church in Atlanta. His presentation, which is free, will cover the civil rights movement, giving a new voice and vision to the legacy of this important movement. In his personal journey, from sit-ins to the senate, from prison to the pulpit and back, Abernathy connects the past to the present in a manner that only one who has truly lived it can. A question and answer session will follow his presentation, with a book signing to follow. The event will be videotaped by Public Television – WTJX. For further information, contact the Student Activities Office at 693-1111.
St. Thomas Campus 'Languages' Celebration Free Films Continue Feb. 23
The Humanities Division's Modern Languages Area on UVI's St. Thomas campus continues its celebration of "2005: The Year of Languages" with free foreign films each Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Chase Auditorium (B-110). The Indian film "Logoan" is scheduled for Feb. 23. For more information, visit the UVI Year of Languages web page in the "Latest Links" menu of the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.
Class Notes for UVI St. Thomas campus Class of 2005
— A representative from Jostens will be available from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, Feb. 24 in the Sports and Fitness Center for seniors who are interested in ordering class rings.
— The next general meeting of the class will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27 in the Chase Auditorium, room B110.
For more information contact Class President Anne Auguste at 643-2175 or send e-mail to augusteanne@hotmail.com.
2005 Water Resources Conference Scheduled Feb. 24
UVI's Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), in collaboration with VI-EPSCoR, will sponsor the 2005 Water Resources Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday,
Feb. 24, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. Presentations will be based on research projects that were funded by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) through WRRI. In addition, local government agencies having water resources responsibilities will participate in this conference. A major conference objective is for participants to become better acquainted with ongoing and planned water resources activities in the territory. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information call the Institute at 693-1063, visit the WRRI web site at rps.uvi.edu/WRRI/announcements.html.
Pictorial Exposition 'My Journey to Ghana' Scheduled Feb. 25 on St. Croix
A pictorial exposition titled "My Journey to Ghana" by photographer Dr. Denise Bennerson will be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, in the Cafetorium of UVI's St. Croix campus. The event is part of ongoing Black History Month Activities sponsored by the St. Croix Student Activities Office. Dr. Bennerson will showcase photos she took while visiting Ghana. She will also describe how she celebrated her birthday with an entire village. The UVI community and the general public are invited. Optional dress is African attire. Admission is free. A taste of Ghanaian cuisine will also be offered. For more information call Clint Ferris at 692-4188.
New VI-EPSCoR Newsletter Available On-line
The latest edition of the VI-EPSCoR newsletter – Volume 3, No. 1 – is now available from the UVI web site in Portable Document File (PDF) format. The newsletter is available from the "Latest Links" menu on the UVI home page www.uvi.edu.
Afternoon on the Green Committee Seeking Cooks and Volunteers
The UVI Afternoon on the Green Committee is seeking cooks and volunteers for the 16th anniversary Afternoon on the Green scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 6. If you're interested in preparing a dish or you have a valid health permit and are interested in volunteering to serve food, please call the UVI Institutional Advancement Component at 693-1040. A news release about Afternoon on the Green 2005 is available on the UVI web site – www.uvi.edu.
UVI's St. Thomas Campus Sets Spring Open House for March 11
The St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands will conduct its Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in the Sports and Fitness Center. The event will provide high school students and adult learners from the St. Thomas/St. John District an in-depth look at UVI's diverse educational opportunities, as well as detailed information on housing, financial aid, counseling and placement, career opportunities and student activities. Guidance counselors and principles at all St. Thomas and St. John high schools, as well as the Department of Education's two adult education programs, have sign-up sheets for the open house. Parents are also encouraged to attend. Program highlights include:
— Academic overviews — opportunities to speak with instructors and division chairs about potential majors
— Program overviews — covering the National Student Exchange and early admission engineering and medical school programs
— Special incentives — preliminary reviews of completed UVI admissions applications (with high school transcripts)
— Lunch provided for student participants
For more information call call Karen Blyden at 693-1163.
UVI Humanities Division Opens Poetry, Short Story Contests; Deadline March 24
The University of the Virgin Islands Humanities Division has announced poetry and short story contests to be held in conjunction with its 2005 Humanities Festival. The theme of the festival, which will run April 3 through 9, is "Focus on the Folk: Virgin Islands Arts and Culture." Adults and students from the entire Virgin Islands community are eligible. Prizes for the best poems and short stories will be awarding in four categories: Caribbean Grade School, Caribbean High School, Caribbean College and Caribbean Community.
Participants should submit stories and poems with the title only on the manuscript. On a separate sheet, submit your name, mailing and e-mail address, and telephone number, along with category of entry and title of poem(s)/story(stories). No manuscripts will be returned; only winners will be notified. Poetry winners will have the opportunity to read their work on the St. Croix campus on April 6. Short story winners will read their stories on April 8 on the St. Thomas campus. Mail submissions to Dr. David Gould, UVI Humanities Division, RR1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix VI 00850. The deadline for submissions is March 24.
For more information call Dr. Gould at 692-4143 or send e-mail to dgould@uvi.edu.
— SBDC Roundtables and Seminars —
'Women in Business as Entrepreneurs and Employees' Discussion Set March 2
In honor of March as Women's Month, UVI's Small Business Development Center will conduct a roundtable session entitled "Women in Business as Entrepreneurs and Employees" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at the center's Training Facility at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. Pre-registration is required. Admission is free. Subjects covered will include concerns and challenges – as well as solutions – faced by women in business as either entrepreneurs or employees. For information or to pre-register call the SBDC at 776-3206.
Seminar on Filing 2004 Business Taxes Scheduled March 9 on St. John
UVI's Small Business Development center, in collaboration with the V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue, will conduct seminars entitled "Filing Your 2004 Business Taxes" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, at the VI Legislature Conference Room in Cruz Bay, St. John. Admission is free. Pre-registration is needed by Monday, March 7. Topics to be covered will include: tax changes for 2004; How to compute your taxes; Which local and federal taxes are you must pay; How to file your business taxes accurately; and how tax returns are selected for audit. For information or to pre-register call the SBDC at 776-3206.
SBA Community Express Loan Program Seminar Set March 16
UVI's Small Business Development Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, will conduct an orientation seminar on the "SBA's Community Express Loan Program" at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. Pre-registration is required. Admission is free.
The Community Express Loan Program is the SBA's newest. It offers unsecured business loans from $5,000 to $25,000. No business plan is required and approval decisions are made within 48 hours. For information or to pre-register call the SBDC at 776-3206.
For more about the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site: www.uvi.edu.

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