Dec. 10, 2013
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UVI Mourns the Passing of Mandela; President Hall Says Mandela’s Life Should Inspire All
The University of the Virgin Islands mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, and one of the world’s most transformative leaders. UVI President Dr. David Hall saluted Mandela’s legacy. “His life, leadership and deep commitment to the freedom of the people of South Africa has created a lasting legacy that will never be equaled,” Dr. Hall said. A news release is available from the Media Section of the UVI website –http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link.
UVI Researchers ID Virus as Possible Cause of White Plague Coral Disease
The Virgin Islands are known as a hot spot for tourism – snorkeling, diving, deep sea fishing, sailing and cruise ship visits. Unfortunately, say researchers at the University of the Virgin Islands, the territory is also a hotspot for coral disease. They have turned their attention to a specific threat to the territory’s coral reefs, known as white plague, which is one of the more abundant diseases killing coral here. Recent investigations of the causes of severe coral diseases in Virgin Islands waters, led by Dr. Marilyn Brandt of UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, have identified viruses as a potential coral pathogen. A news release is available from the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link.
UVI Holiday and Administrative Leave Schedule Announced
The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed for Holiday Recess from Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, through Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. Additionally, the University will be closed the following days: for New Year’s Day on Jan. 1, 2014, for the St. Croix Festival on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, and for the Three Kings Holiday on Monday, Jan. 6. The University will be open on Thursday,Jan. 2, 2014, and will resume its regular schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.
RTPark Meetings Slated: Executive Committee on Dec. 12; Board of Directors on Dec. 20
Meetings of the UVI Research and Technology Park Executive Committee and the RT Park Board of Directors are scheduled in December. The Executive Committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. (AST) on Thursday, Dec. 12. The Board of Directors will meet at 2:30 p.m. (AST) on Friday, Dec. 20. Both meetings will take place in the RTPark offices on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Seating is limited. The sessions will also be available via teleconference. To participate, or for more information, contact the RTPark at (340) 773-5000.
Young People Invited to 4-H Program Christmas Ornament Festival on St. Croix on Dec. 15
The 4-H Youth Development Program of UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service’s on the Albert H. Sheen Campus invites young people ages eight and up to the annual 4-H Christmas Ornament Festival on Sunday, Dec. 15. The activity will take place in Research and Extension Center Room 133 from 1 to 4 p.m. A fee of $7 per child covers the cost of materials and supplies. Children must be accompanied by their parents or other adults. At the festival, they will use their creativity and Christmas spirit to craft ornaments for children. A guest appearance by a very special visitor is planned. Christmas spirit in abundance along with Christmas cookies and a variety of holiday music are planned. For more information call the 4-H program (340) 692-4084.
Hip-Hop Legend Common to Perform at UVI’s Reichhold Center on Jan. 11
Actor, poet, musician and hip-hop recording artist Common takes to the stage of UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts in a show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Common is an American hip-hop legend who also stars in the AMC western television series Hell on Wheels. Common’s breakout hit and hip-hop classic “I Used To Love H.E.R.” led to a musical career that has received widespread critical acclaim and commercial success, including two Grammy Awards. On stage, Common is known for his high energy, fluid transition to jazzy tempos, invigorating lyrics and audience interaction. For details, visit the Reichhold Center’s website – http://www.reichholdcenter.com
Show of Support Telethon Continues Marking Reichhold Center’s 35th Anniversary Telethon
The University of the Virgin Islands’ Foundation for the Reichhold Center for the Arts is hosting the first “Show of Support Telethon” in honor of the center’s 35th Anniversary. The telethon features a variety of local entertainment and more than 20 testimonials from long-time Reichhold Center fans and supporters. It began airing on Fox and NBC in November, and will be repeated during January. Check local listings for air times in January.
On tap are performances from Spectrum Band, the Rising Stars Steel Orchestra, the VI Philharmonic, Flights of Fire, the French Academy of Performing Arts and the Becca Darling Band. Long-time Reichhold Center supporters, Attorney Leigh Goldman and Deputy Commissioner of Tourism Chantal Figueroa will host the affair. The entire Virgin Islands community is invited to join with the Reichhold Center for the Arts in this celebration of 35 years of providing world-class entertainment in the most incredible venue in the Caribbean. A news release is available from the Media Section of the UVI website –http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link.
UVI’s 2014 Spring Semester Orientation Scheduled for Jan. 5-10
The University of the Virgin Islands will conduct orientation for newly admitted spring semester students from Jan. 5 through 10, 2014, on it campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. During orientation, new students check into residence halls, meet with academic advisors, interact with other students, faculty, administrators and staff, engage in social and recreational activities, become familiar with the campus, register for classes and obtain official student IDs. More information is available from the Student Life section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link.
The final round of math and English placement tests for incoming students is also scheduled during orientation. The first day of spring semester classes isMonday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Submissions Call for The Caribbean Writer – Volume 28
The Caribbean Writer, an international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, has announced a call for submissions for its 28th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to the work, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience, or perspective. The theme for Volume 28 is: Re-visioning the Future of the Caribbean Through, Time, Place and Memories. Submission deadline is Feb. 28, 2014.
Individuals are encouraged to submit poems (five maximum), short stories and personal essays on general topics and also on the theme. One-act plays will also be accepted. Only previously unpublished work will be considered. (If self-published, give details.) Include brief biographical information and list all contact information plus title of manuscript on a separate page. Only the title should appear on the manuscript.
All submissions are eligible for these prizes: The Daily News Prize for best poetry ($300), The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for best short fiction ($400), The David Hough Literary Prize to a Caribbean author ($500), The Marguerite Cobb McKay Prize to a Virgin Islands author ($200), and The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first-time publication ($250). A new prize for fiction is on the horizon for 2014. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org attached Word or RTF files or submit via the “Submissions” page at www.thecaribbeanwriter.org. Submissions may also be mailed to: The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill St. Croix, VI 00850-9781. Include SASE for response. For more information, visitwww.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or email email@example.com.
The Caribbean Writer Announces Volume 26 Prize Winners
The Caribbean Writer has announced its annual prize winners for contributors to its Volume 26, which is dedicated to Nature and Ecology. Topping the list of prizes is the David Hough Literary Prize, which was awarded to Linda Maria Rodriguez Guglielmoni, a Raymond Carver Best Story Award winner and Professor of Caribbean Literature, Film and Creative Writing at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. This $500 prize is given to an author who is a resident of the Caribbean. The prize is donated by Sonja Hough, owner of Sonja’s Designs, the handmade jewelry designer in Christiansted, St. Croix, in memory of her late husband.
The Daily News Prize for poetry ($300) was awarded to Orlando Ricardo Menes (Born in Chile to Cuban parents) who directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame. The Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for fiction ($400) was awarded to Cynthia James, a Trinidadian poet and author, currently living in Toronto, Canada. The Charlotte and Isidor Paiewonsky Prize for first time publication ($200) in The Caribbean Writer went to University of the West Indies student, Vladimir Lucien of St. Lucia. The Marguerite Cobb-McKay Prize to a Virgin Islands author ($200) went to Charlene Mathew of Frederiksted, St. Croix, who is a retired Language Arts Coordinator with the Virgin Islands Department of Education.
The 2013 edition of The Caribbean Writer, Volume 27, highlighting music and visual arts, will be published later on in December. The Biographies and photographs of these winners will be featured in that journal. For more information or to purchase The Caribbean Writer, please visitwww.TheCaribbeanWriter.org.
VI Caribbean Cultural Center Staging Amerindian Exhibit Through Jan. 24
“A Walk in My Moccasins,” a native Amerindian cultural exhibition installed at UVI’s Virgin Islands and Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is now available to the public as well as the University community. The exhibit, which continues through Jan. 24, was prepared in response to President Barak Obama’s National Native American Heritage Month proclamation in November. The exhibit honors the achievements, history and culture of indigenous people of the Virgin Islands and wider Caribbean.
VICCC Director Chenzira Davis Kahina issued a special thanks to Maekiaphan and Walking Eagle Phillips of the Opia Taino for this contribution to the center. For more information visit the www.viccc.net website or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To schedule holiday season visits to center, call(340) 692-4272.