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‘Kill the Rabbits’ Continues Thursday, April 12, at UVI’s Little Theatre The Golden Jubilee production of Tiphanie Yanique’s “Kill the Rabbits” enters its second weekend run at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at the UVI Little Theatre on the St. Thomas campus. Additional performances are scheduled for April 13-15.
The play was adapted and is directed by David Edgecombe. It is based on Yanique’s short story collection entitled “How to Escape From a Leper Colony.” The short story “Kill the Rabbits” and the play get their title from the song “Legal” popularized by Nick Friday and The Jam Band. It was at the heart of a 1987 Carnival controversy that local writers and scholars are yet to fully examine. The play features an exploration of how cultural/historic events can lead to the kind of creative expression seen in the short story and play.
UVI’s Little Theatre, which has about 100 seats and was recently renovated, is located in the second floor of the Classroom Administration (CA) Building. Tickets – $20 for the general public and $10 for students – are available from the Humanities Office of UVI’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas. For details contact Edgecombe at 693-1355 or send e-mail to dedgeco@uvi.edu.
Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival Slated April 13-15 at UVI The sixth annual American Museum of Natural History Margaret Mead Traveling Film Festival visits the University of the Virgin Islands on April 13, 14 and 15. Viewings are scheduled on both St. Thomas and St. Croix from 7 to 10 p.m. each day.
This year’s seven films are “some of the very finest independent cultural documentaries in the United States," according to local organizer Alex Randall, a UVI professor of communication. Dr. Randall said the films are for individuals who love to learn about other people in other places in the world. "These films are real eye openers, world class cinematography and subjects that stretch the imagination and bring a slice of the outside world to our community.” The festival’s UVI visit is presented by the Communication Program in UVI’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
The public is invited. Admission is free, but seating is limited. The films will be shown in the Chase Auditorium (Business 110) on the St. Thomas campus, and in Evans Center (EVC 401) on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. More information and previews of the films are featured in a news release on the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu
UVI Research Day to Feature UVI Faculty, Staff and Student Research on April 14 The University of the Virgin Islands will conduct its first annual UVI Research Day on Saturday, April 14, 2012. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center on UVI’s St. Thomas campus and from 9 a.m. until noon in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. It will showcase research conducted by UVI faculty, staff and students. It will feature displays and scheduled round table sessions designed to engage the public in discussions about UVI research.
UVI areas that will display their research include the Eastern Caribbean Center, the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES), Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC), the College of Science and Mathematics, the School of Education, and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. For more information contact Dr. Frank Mills by email at fmills@uvi.edu or call 693-1027. A news release is available from the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu
AKA Schedules Miss Pearl Pageant Saturday, April 14 The Miss Pearl 2012-2013 pageant, sponsored by the Rho Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on UVI’s St. Thomas campus, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in UVI’s Administration and Conference Center. The contestants are Rhanda Aaron, Chelsea Herman, Kinia Blyden and Ce’Amba Amory. The reigning queen is Robyn Moorhead. Tickets are available from sorority members, the contestants and at the UVI Bookstore. Admission is $10 with UVI ID and $15 for non-students.
Ivory Carter Wins Miss UVI Crown for 2012-2013 Congratulations to Ivory Carter who was crowned Miss UVI 2012-2013 during the Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition held Saturday, March 31, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. Carter is a 21-year-old junior on the St. Croix campus with a major in Criminal Justice. She also won the evening’s Miss Intellect, Miss Congeniality and Best Ambassadorial Presentation segments. Raynyse Nesbitt was first runner-up. She also won the Miss Photogenic, Miss Popularity and Best Performing Talent segments. Latoya Rouse won the Best Evening Wear segment and Najuma Dunn and Nesbitt tied in the Best Business Wear segment.
A photo of the newly crowned Miss UVI and seven previous Miss UVI winners is featured in a news release on the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu
48th Academic Awards Program Scheduled for STX on April 15; STT on April 22 The University of the Virgin Islands will conduct the 48th Academic Awards program on St. Croix, on April 15, and on St. Thomas on April 22.
These programs recognize the students who are among the best in business, education, liberal arts, social sciences, nursing, science and mathematics. Scholarships are awarded and honor society students are recognized for outstanding achievement. The UVI community and the general public are encouraged to attend and support the students as UVI continues its celebration of the 50th Golden Jubilee.
The St. Croix program will take place at 4 p.m., on Sunday, April 15, in the Great Hall. On St. Thomas, the activity will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.
For details, contact Dr. Emily Carter on St. Thomas at 693-1342. On St. Croix, contact Dr. Kenny Hendrickson at 692-4124.
Entrepreneurship/Business Development Summit Slated April 17-18 on St. Croix An Entrepreneurship/Business Development Summit, designed for individuals interested in starting businesses, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 17 and 18. It will take place in the Great Hall on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The summit will be hosted by the V.I. Department of Education in coordination with several community partners, including the V.I. Small Business Development Center and the University of the Virgin Islands, the UVI Research and Development Park, UVI’s 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition and others.
The summit is designed to serve as a "one stop" opportunity for community members to learn methods, requirements and resources for starting or expanding a business in the territory. It is free and open to the public, with students and entrepreneurs encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Mandi Roberts, assistant director of the Virgin Islands Department of Education’s State Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, at 772-3153.
5th Annual Autism Conference Slated for April 18 and 20 The University of the Virgin Islands-Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host the 5th Annual Autism Conference, with sessions on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The conference’s keynote presentation, titled "Autism Spectrum Disorder: Current Approaches to Supports and Interventions," will be presented Dr. Patricia Towel of the Westchester Institute for Human Development. Additional sessions are titled Understanding Behavior and How to Address the Challenges of Autism Spectrum Disorders in the School Setting; and Assistive Technology Supports and Solutions for Learners with Autism Spectrum disorders.
The conference will be held on Wednesday, April 18, in the Administrative and Conference Center on UVI’s St. Thomas campus and on April 20, 2012 at the University of the Virgin Islands Great Hall on St. Croix from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meals will be provided.
Advanced registration is required. To register on-line, go to www.viucedd.org. Registration is also available by calling Jerae Forde at 776-9200 extension 2334 on St. Thomas or Sandra Pierre-Louis at 692-4267 on St. Croix.
CSAP Announces April ‘Gatherings’ Schedule for St. Croix, St. Thomas UVI’s Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) invites members of the University community to participate in its April “Gatherings” session. Gatherings are a series of monthly informal conversations centered on themes which reflect the work of the Center.
The first activity will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, on the grounds of the Great House on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Psychologist Dr. Migdalia Brathwaite will lead a conversation centered on the theme of "The Wealth of our Personal Resources." Dr. Brathwaite, a counseling psychologist known for using creative methods to effect lifestyle changes, will encourage participants to take stock, to identify and value the resources they command, particularly as we confront a challenging economy. This conversation will provide an opportunity for participants to think about personal resources, with money being only one component of the package.
The discussion series continues from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, on the St. Thomas campus where Business Professor Eustace Esdaille will lead a similar conversation on the patio of the Administration and Conference Center. Dr. Esdaille will draw on his accounting, instructional and writing experiences and those as executive director of the University’s new Center for Student Success, where identifying, developing and maximizing personal resources are all relevant themes.
A light lunch will be provided for participants at both events. Interested students, faculty and staff who wish to attend and participate in these activities are asked to RSVP to by contacting Tregenza A. Roach, Esq., 693-1240 or by email at troach@uvi.edu, by April 17.
Scholarships Available for Advanced Degrees, Cultural Projects The Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment (VIACAE) Scholarship is accepting applications through May 4, 2012 for its scholarship program. Virgin Islands residents pursuing Advanced Degrees (J.D., M.D., or other doctorate degrees) or Cultural Projects are encouraged to apply for the Virgin Islands Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment Scholarship.
Created by the Virgin Islands Legislature in 1970, this program provides financial support to eligible V.I. residents to advance their academic and professional studies, and also to eligible V.I. residents engaged in cultural projects that will benefit the people of the Virgin Islands. Recipients may receive up to $10,000 per year. This is a V.I. territorial scholarship program that is administered by the University of the Virgin Islands.
Applications are available at the Provost’s Office on both UVI campuses. Electronic applications and additional information are available from the Financial Aid section of the UVI website – www.uvi.edu – and from these links:
For more information and eligibility requirements contact Mavis Gilchrist, Program Manager at 693-1200.
UVI-CES to Conduct Weight Management Workshop on April 20 The University of the Virgin Islands’ 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program of the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) will conduct a free Weight Management Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 20. The workshop is slated in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The presenter will be Dr. Caryl Johnson, program supervisor for the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program.
For more information or to register, contact Jo-Ann Josiah at 692-4083 or Evannie Jeremiah at 692-4094.
4-H Seeks UVI Support in King and Queen of the Band Competition UVI’s Cooperative Extension Services 4-H Youth Program will participate in the Virgin Islands Carnival 2012. Jonori Benjamin and Raynel Maynard, two members of the 4-H Youth Program, will compete in the King and Queen of the Band Competition for the titles of Junior King and Queen of the Band. The event is free and will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18, in Lionel Roberts Stadium. Members of the UVI family are invited to attend the competition in support of the 4-H contenders.
Additionally, the 4-H Youth Program will participate in the Children’s Parade on April 27. This year’s participation marks the program’s 21st Children’s Parade entry. All costumes for this year’s Carnival 2012 participation were designed by Lisa Durity Mollineau of Trinidad.
The 4-H program aims to help develop knowledge, life skills, cultural awareness and positive attitudes of children in the Virgin Islands. For details call the Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080.
UVI Looking for Historic UVI Photos for Golden Jubilee Publication UVI is seeking historic photos from alumni, faculty, students and the general public for a book that will celebrate the University’s 50th Golden Jubilee. Examples would be photos from sporting events, class activities, dormitories and queen contests. Early photos from the 1960s through 1980s are especially needed. Clearly labeled originals should be brought to the UVI Public Relations Office, Room 229 of the Administration and Conference Center, on the St. Thomas campus, and to The Caribbean Writer office, on the St. Croix campus. They may also be mailed to UVI Public Relations, No. 2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, V.I., 00802.
All photos will be returned. Please attach labels to the back of photos with contact, as well as complete descriptive, information. High resolution scans (full size at 300 dpi) are especially welcome and should be sent to uvijubilee@gmail.com. Photo credit and special thanks will be included in the book. For more information, contact the UVI Public Relations Office at 693-1057.

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