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UVI Community Invited to Attend V.I. Historians Conference on St. Croix
UVI's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences will co-sponsor the annual conference of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus. The conference theme is "Little Recognized Virgin Islanders" including William Alexander Leidesdorff, August Neumann, and the two Tuskegee Airmen from the Virgin Islands, Herbert H. Heywood and Henry E. Rohlsen. Historians William Cissel, Svend Holsoe, Carmen Heywood and George Tyson will share their research and insights into the lives of these remarkable Virgin Islanders. The conference is free and open to the UVI community. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Dr. Aletha Baumann at 692-4178.

'Steppin' in Paradise III' Set Jan. 19 on UVI's St. Thomas Campus
UVI's Delta Sigma Theta organization will sponsor a "Steppin' in Paradise III" show and party at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, in the UVI Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. Music will be provided by DJ After Dark. Other artists performing include the UVI Dance Team, BV & Drastic and Ambush. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for others.
St. Croix Class of 2008 to Meet Sunday, Jan. 20
Members of UVI's St. Croix class of 2008 will hold their first meeting for the spring semester at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, in the UVI Cafetorium. All class members are welcome to attend. The session will cover important dates for graduating students. For more information, contact Class Vice President Andres Valazques at mannyfl84@yahoo.com.

St. Thomas Class of 2008 to Hold Meeting on Jan. 20
A meeting for all prospective graduates of UVI's St. Thomas campus class of 2008 is set for 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, in the conference room of the Administration and Conference Center. The session will include the selection of a class speaker and class colors. Various deadlines and other issues will also be discussed. For details, contact Class President Gaetan Gentius at 277-0035 or send email to gaetanpresident@gmail.com.

Student 'Welcome Back Beach Picnic' Set for Jan. 20 on St. Croix
The Student Activities Office on UVI's St. Croix campus will host a "Welcome Back Beach Picnic" for students from 1 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Frederiksted Beach – next to the Frederiksted Fort. For details, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228.

UVI to Observe Martin Luther King Holiday on Monday, Jan. 21
The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. UVI classes will resume and administrative offices will open on their regular schedules on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

St. Thomas SGA to Host 'Bucnic' Beach Picnic on Monday, Jan. 21
The Student Government Association on UVI's St. Thomas campus will host the second annual "Bucnic" beach picnic from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, at Brewer's Bay Beach. DJ Music, beach games and lunch will be available.

Application Deadline of Jan. 22 Set for UVI Calypso Competition
Tuesday, Jan. 22, is the deadline for members of the UVI community – students, faculty and staff on both campuses – to apply as a contestant in the 2008 UVI Calypso Competition scheduled for Feb. 29 on the St. Thomas campus. Cash prizes of $800, $500 and $400 will be presented to the first, second and third place winners, respectively. For details, contact the St. Thomas campus Student Activities Office at 693-1111.
UVI-BU Medical School Program Targets Virgin Islands Students
Virgin Islands high school students interested in pursuing medical careers can learn more about the opportunities offered by the joint program conducted by the University of the Virgin Islands and the Boston University School of Medicine at a lecture on Thursday, Jan. 24. The lecture, offered from noon to 1 p.m. on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, will feature Dr. John Polk, assistant dean for Students and Minority Affairs at BU's School of Medicine. Dr. Polk will discuss details of BU's early medical school selection program. He will also be available for individual student interviews. A news release is available from the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.

VIMAS to Sponsor Blue Planet Film to Mark Year of the Reef
In honor of the 2008 International Year of the Reef, the UVI-Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) will sponsor a movie night featuring the Blue Planet film "Coral Seas" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Corix campus. The public is invited to view this film which features beautiful underwater footage of coral reefs from around the world. The viewing is free. Free popcorn will be available and snacks will be offered for sale. The movie night will be an opportunity for the UVI and St. Croix communities to learn more about the International Year of the Reef and how to get involved in the local celebration of this worldwide event. Contact Emily Tyner at 692-4144 for details.

UVI Prof. Linda Wymer Wins Clute Institute Best Paper Award
UVI Humanities Professor Linda Wymer won a best paper award from the Clute Institute for Academic Research for her presentation at a recent conference in Florida entitled "Coordinating and Assessing English 100-WAC 011, Writing Across the Curriculum, and English 101-RCA 02, Reading in the Content Areas, as Developmental Interdisciplinary Courses at the University of the Virgin Islands." Wymer attended the College Teaching & Learning Conference held from Jan. 2-5 in Orlando. UVI professors Dr. Patricia Harkins-Pierre and Pat Hector also attended the conference. Prof. Wymer's paper is being reviewed for possible publication in one of the Clute Institute's eleven academic journals. The institute's TLC Conference is designed to provide a forum for faculty and administrators to share proven and innovative methods in teaching at the college level. For details, visit the Clute web site: www.cluteinstitute.com.

St. Croix Campus Affairs Forum Scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 23
A St. Croix Campus Affairs Forum is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the NWW Great Hall. Among the agenda items are searches to fill student affairs and student activities positions, new capital projects, a new health and wellness initiative, a prospective First Bank ATM on campus, an overview of spring orientation and institutional security enhancements. The forum is open to all students, faculty and staff. Light refreshments will be served.

UVI VOICE Submissions Sought, First 2008 Issue Set for Feb. 4
The deadline for submissions to the first 2008 issue of the UVI VOICE student newspaper has been extended to Friday, Jan. 18. The distribution date for this first issue will be Feb. 4. Please submit student-oriented news/events briefs, meeting notices/deadlines, etc. to: uvivoice@gmail.com.

Miss V.I., UVI Student Janeisha John Featured in 'Miss America' TV Program
Miss Virgin Islands Janeisha John, a student on UVI's St. Croix campus and former Miss UVI Ambassadorial Pageant contestant, is being featured in a four-part reality TV special that is following 52 beauty queens as they prepare to compete in the 2008 Miss America Pageant. Titled "Miss America: Reality Check," the program premiered on Friday, Jan. 4, on The Learning Channel (TLC). The show continues each Friday at 10 p.m. ET (11 p.m. local time) through Jan. 25. Details and a promotional video are featured on the TLC web site – tlc.discovery.com. The program is designed to entice viewers to TLC's live two-hour broadcast of the 2008 Miss America Pageant on Saturd
ay, Jan. 26. In a news release, Cynthia Jerry, executive director of the Miss Virgin Islands Scholarship Organization said she was proud of John. "Her poise and grace are noted wherever she goes as our state representative," she said. For details, contact Cynthia Jerry at 777-8883.
For more about the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site: www.uvi.edu.

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