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UVI Hosting Holiday and Sunsational Basketball Tourney
UVI's men's and women's basketball teams are hosting NCAA Division II and III teams from throughout the U.S. in the annual Sunsational Basketball Tournament at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The Lady Buccaneers begin play today (Thursday, Dec. 16), against Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuits. Action will continue through Jan. 2.
Admission to all games is free for UVI students with student IDs and just $2 for the general public.
Holiday/Sunsational Games Schedule:
— Thursday, Dec. 16
Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit vs. UVI — 8 p.m. (W) Women
— Friday, Dec. 17
Berea (Ky.) College vs. UVI — 8 p.m. W
— Saturday, Dec. 18
Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit vs. UVI — 7 p.m. W
— Sunday, Dec. 19
V.I. Junior National vs. Berea (Ky.) College — 6 p.m. W
— Monday, Dec. 20
Berea (Ky.) College vs. UVI — 8:00 p.m. W
— Wednesday, Dec. 29
UVI vs. Scranton — 4 p.m. W
Messiah vs. Randolph-Macon — 6 p.m. W
UVI vs. Mary Washington — 8 p.m. (M) Men
— Thursday, Dec. 30
Salem State vs. Mary Washington — 5 p.m. M
Scranton vs. Salem State — 7 p.m. W
UVI vs. Randolph-Macon — 9 p.m. W
— Friday – Dec. 31
Messiah vs. UVI — 5 p.m. W
— Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005
UVI vs. Salem State — 6 p.m. W
UVI vs. Salem State — 8 p.m. M

Family Life Center Steel Pan Orchestra to Perform in 'Miracle on Main Street'
The UVI Family Life Center's (FLC) steel pan orchestra – The Pan Panthers – will perform at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, in St. Thomas' "Miracle on Main Street" holiday event. UVI's FLC runs an after-school and a summer enrichment program for students from M. J. Kirwan Elementary School between the ages of 9-12. Members of the 30 person orchestra practice steel pan for a total of three hours per week and are very enthusiastic about performing for the public. The Center is encouraging all members of the UVI community to come out and support the students. For details call 693-1126.
Family Life Center Collecting Books for Program's 33 Students
The UVI Family Life Center (UVI-FLC) is inviting members of the UVI community to participate in the spirit of giving this holiday season. The goal is to give each child in the UVI-FLC program at least one book to take home to read over the holidays. Children in the program attend the M. J. Kirwan Elementary School. The program's 33 students are in grades two through six. Books can be new or used. Books are being collected at the following drop-off points on UVI's St. Thomas campus: Paiewonsky Library, Physical Plant, the UVI Book Store and the Health Services Office. For more information, call 693-1126 or 693-1123.
UVI Spring Semester Registration Fees Due by Dec. 17
The payment deadline for Spring Semester 2004 registration is Dec. 17. Students are urged to save the $75 late registration fee by paying on time. This and other helpful information for students about registration is available in a new newsletter – Registrar's Office News for Students – which is available on the UVI web site from a link on the home page – www.uvi.edu.
Spring Semester Begins Jan. 13; Information, Class Schedules Are Online
UVI's Spring semester will begin on Jan. 13, 2005, and end on May 8, 2005. Spring class schedules are available on the UVI web site's – www.uvi.edu – Academics page.
For more information on St. Croix, call the Academic Services office on St. Croix at 692-4158. For more information on St. Thomas call the Registrar's Office at 693-1160.
Orientation Schedules for Spring Semester 2005 Available Online
Student orientation schedules for UVI's 2005 Spring Semester on both the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses are now available on the UVI web site. The orientation information is available from a link on the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.
UVI 2004-2005 Administrative Recess to Begin Dec. 24
University of the Virgin Islands administrative offices will be closed from Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, through Friday, Jan. 7, 2005, for an administrative recess. The last day of work for UVI employees this year will be Thursday, Dec. 23, 2004. All offices will re-open on Monday, Jan. 10, 2005.
Forensic Science Course for Criminal Justice Professionals Offered at UVI
Criminal justice professionals are invited to take a Biological Evidence in Forensic Science course, PSA 265, at the University of the Virgin Islands during the 2005 Spring semester. The course is part of the Police Science and Administration major, but is not a PSA requirement.
The course will be offered via video conference on both the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses from 9 to 11:40 a.m. on Saturdays. It will examine various types of biological evidence obtained from a crime scene and analyzed in a laboratory. Pre-requisites include either Introduction to Law Enforcement (PSA 120), General Biology (BIO 141) or Changes in the Natural World (SCI 200).
Registration for new students will be held on Jan. 10-12, 2005. Late registration is from Jan. 12-13. The cost of this three-credit-hour course for Virgin Islands residents is $273, plus $65 in fees. For more information, contact instructor Diana Freas-Lutz at 692-4159 or via e-mail at: [email protected]
Afternoon on the Green Theme Contest Announced
The University of the Virgin Islands Afternoon on the Green Committee invites members of the community to participate in the Afternoon on the Green 2005 Theme Contest. Themes should be catchy, creative and reflect the spirit of the event. To submit a theme or themes for consideration: call 693-1040; fax your name, theme, telephone number and address to 693-1045; or e-mail your name, theme, telephone number and address to [email protected]
Afternoon on the Green, the islands premier food, family and fun event, will be held on March 6, 2005, on the UVI St. Thomas campus golf course. It will be the 16th year of the event. The person who contributes the winning theme will receive $10 worth of taste tickets for Afternoon on the Green and an AOG t-shirt.
Seminar on Human Impact on Small Island Ecosystems Scheduled for Jan. 11
The University of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invite the public to attend a seminar, "Human Impacts on Small Island Ecosystems," to be presented by Dr. Richard Nemeth, director of UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. Dr. Nemeth will address the status of our marine ecosystems, how we have impacted these ecosystems and what we can do to help them recover.
The seminar is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 11. It will be held in UVI's Chase Auditorium (Business Education room 110) on the St. Thomas campus and videoconferenced to UVI's Evans Center Theater (EC-401) on the St. Croix campus. Refreshments will be served. Registration is free. For more information and to register, contact Elizabeth Ban at 340-693-1392.
UVI Students Who Paid Yearbook Deposit Advised to Contact Activities Office
UVI Students who paid a deposit for the 2004 UVI Yearbook are asked to contact the Student Activities Office at 693-1111. During the Dec. 24, 2004 to Jan. 7, 2005 UVI break, messages can be left with contact numbers and e-mail addresses.
For more about the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site: www.uvi.edu.

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