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Dr. Ragster Attending Launch of International University Consortium in Mauritius
UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster is attending a meeting on the island of Mauritius from Jan. 10 through 15 that will launch the United Nations Small Island States Universities Consortium. A news release is available on the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.
UVI Mourns the Death of Chief Information Officer Beth Heyliger
Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, president of the University of the Virgin Islands, leads the University in mourning the death of Beth Weldon Heyliger, who had served as the University's chief information officer since 2003. A news release is available on the UVI Home page – www.uvi.edu.
Spring Semester Classes to Begin Jan. 13; Orientation Schedules Are Online
Spring Semester classes will begin on Thursday, Jan. 13. Student orientation schedules for UVI's 2005 Spring Semester on both the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses are available on the UVI web site. The information is available from the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.
New Student Registration Continuing; New Courses Set for UVI Spring Semester
Registration for new UVI students is being held from Jan. 10-12, 2005. Late registration is scheduled for Jan. 12 and 13. For details on St. Croix, call the Academic Services office at 692-4158. For more information on St. Thomas, call the Registrar's Office at 693-1160.
New courses to be offered during Spring Semester:
Forensic Science Course for Criminal Justice Professionals Offered
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).
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]
UVI to Offer New Course on 'Drugs, Behavior and Society'
The University of the Virgin Islands will offer a new psychology course "Drugs, Behavior and Society," PSY 350, during the 2005 Spring semester. The class will be offered by videoconference on both the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The three-credit course will explore the use and misuse of legal and illegal drugs historically and in contemporary society, with particular emphasis on the Caribbean. Topics will include the psychopharmacological activity and long-term effects of drug use. Successful techniques of prevention and treatment of addiction will be studied. The prerequisite is General Psychology, PSY 120, or permission from the instructor. For more information on PSY 350, contact the instructor, Dr. Paul Abney, at 692-4142 or send e-mail at [email protected]
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 Teacher Education Room 101 on the St. Thomas campus and videoconferenced to Evans Center Room 807 on the St. Croix campus. (Please note venue change from previous announcements.) Refreshments will be served. Registration is free. For details or to register, contact Elizabeth Ban at 340-693-1392.
Motivational Speaker Dr. Dennis Watson to Appear Jan. 12 on St. Croix Campus
The Virgin Islands public is invited to a free presentation by renowned motivational speaker Dr. Dennis Rahiim Watson at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, in the Cafetorium of UVI's St. Croix campus. The presentation, part of the Spring Semester student orientation program, is titled "100 Challenges Facing Students of Color in the 21st Century."
A UVI spokesman said Dr. Watson's message is particularly appropriate for college and high school age students and their parents. Dr. Watson, who previously visited both UVI campuses in 1998, is executive director of the National Black Youth Leadership Council. His presentations have been described as a cross between Jesse Jackson and Bill Cosby. Dr. Watson's appearance is sponsored by UVI's Office of Associate Chancellor, the Student Activities Office and the UVI Small Business Development Center.
For details, call Student Activities Supervisor Clint Ferris at 692-4188.
UVI Authors' Fair and Book Signing Set Jan. 12 on St. Croix
Faculty of the University of the Virgin Islands will read from their recently published books at a UVI Authors' Fair and Book Signing on the St. Croix campus from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2005. The event will be held in the campus Cafetorium. Books will be autographed by the authors and available for sale. The public is invited to attend this event free of charge. A full news release is available on the UVI web site – www.uvi.edu.
VI Historians to Meet on UVI's St. Croix Campus on January 15
The Annual Conference of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Cafetorium on UVI's St. Croix campus on Saturday, Jan. 15. The event will feature four scholarly papers by experts in their various fields. Admission is free and the meeting is open to the public. Several bookstores and publishers will be on hand to offer for sale publications on Virgin Islands and broader Caribbean history. Society President Dr. Arnold R. Highfield, a retired UVI professor of Linguistics and Social Sciences, said the papers to be presented included the following:

  • A Comparative Analysis of the Legal and Economic Aspects of the Colonization of the Caribbean by Four European Powers — by Wilfredo Geigel
  • To Be Sephardic in the US Virgin Islands: Judaism, Heritage and the Politics of Identity — by Judah Cohen
  • Clash of Cultures: The 1852 Christmas Eve Riot — by William Cissel
  • Taino Chiefdoms on the Eastern Periphery — by Ken Wild

For more information contact Highfield at 773-8375.
SBDC Plans Time Management Seminar on St. Thomas for Jan. 19
UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present a seminar titled "Time Management: A Key to Your Success" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. The seminar is designed for potential business owners, business owners, students and employees. Admission is $20. Individuals who pre-register will receive a $5 discount. UVI and high school students with an I.D. and UVI employees are admitted free, however, they must pre-register. To pre-register or for more information contact 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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