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Bulletin Board for June 3, 2010

Former UVI President Dr. LaVerne Ragster to be Honored in San Diego

Former UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster will be honored by the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) at its annual Awards for Excellence on June 5. Dr. Ragster is among four distinguished alumni of UCSD that will be honored. Along with being a past president of UVI, Dr. Ragster is a respected conservationist, research scientist and educator. She earned her Ph.D. in biology from UCSD in 1980.

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet June 12

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, on UVI's St. Croix campus.

UVI 2009-2010 Fact Book Available On-line

UVI's Office of Institutional Research and Planning has announced that the completed 2009-2010 UVI Fact Book is now available on-line. The UVI Fact Book contains information regarding enrollment for both fall 2009 and spring 2010. This information is presented, in a variety of ways, so that relative information by campus, gender and class are available. In addition, historical enrollment, admissions, SAT scores, degrees conferred, course enrollment, faculty characteristics, tuition and fees, 2008 UVI financial statement, facilities, and current peer institutions are also available. The UVI Fact Book can be accessed from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning page of the UVI website www.uvi.edu or from this direct link.

Latest Issue of Dateline:UVI Available

The latest issue of Dateline:UVI, a monthly newsletter produced by the UVI Public Relations Office, is now available. This issue gives a report on the UVI Commencement Ceremonies held on each campus. It also takes a look at a session of UVI's Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders where participating students from Haiti shared their experiences of surviving the Jan. 12 earthquake. A picture featuring radio personality Tom Joyner at his Fantastic Voyage's visit to St. Thomas is also included. To read Dateline:UVI visit the Public Relations page on the UVI website www.uvi.edu or from this direct link.

UVI's Purchasing Department Updates Hotel Room Rates

UVI's Purchasing Department has released an updated list of the hotel room rates on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The updated list is available from the News and Info section of the Purchasing page on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

'Sussman Challenge' to Match Donations to UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands and UVI Trustee Donald Sussman are issuing a matching gift challenge to the Virgin Islands community. In an effort to encourage charitable giving to the University by alumni and non-alumni, Sussman, a member of the University's Board of Trustees, has stepped forward with a $100,000 matching gift challenge for individuals and companies who have not supported the University since Oct. 1, 2008. Sussman will match every alumni contribution dollar-for-dollar for all gifts in excess of $100. All non-alumni gifts, from businesses and individuals, in excess of $1,000 will be matched 50 cents per dollar donated. All gifts meeting these criteria will be matched up to $100,000. Sussman's matching gift challenge runs until Sept. 30, 2010.

To make your donation or to learn more about University initiatives contact the UVI Institutional Advancement Office at 693-1040.

A news release is available on the UVI web site's home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

Small Business Award Ceremonies to be Held June 4

The University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center will observe Small Business week May 31-June 5. The theme of this year's observance is "Small Businesses: Driving America's Economy."

Events continue Friday with VI Small Business Week Award Ceremony on St. Thomas. It is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 4, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

For more information contact the VI SBDC at (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix. The VI SBDC is a partnership program of the University of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Registration for 4-H Summer Academy Programs Continue Through June 4

The 2010 UVI/4-H Summer Academy - a six-week summer camp program for children ages five through 14 - will be held June 28 through August 6, on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. Camps will feature a myriad of academic enhancement and educational activities, field trips and guest speakers, all with the goal of providing fun for all the participants.

The fee is $200 for the first child and $175 for each additional child. On St. Croix, camps will be located at the Sunny Isle Baptist Church School and at the UVI campus. On St. Thomas the camp will be held at Gladys Abraham School. The St. John camp will be offered at Julius Sprauve School.

The general public will register, on a first-come, first-served basis, from June 1 to 4, with registration continuing until all slots are filled. Fees must be paid by money order at registration.

For more information on St. Thomas contact Yvonne Phillips at 693-1078 or 693-1083. On St. Croix, information is available from Evannie Jeremiah at 692-4094 or 692-4096. Details are also available from the 4-H Summer Academy page in the Cooperative Extension Service section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

2010 Alumni Phonathon Continues Through June 4

The University of the Virgin Islands' 2010 Alumni Phonathon has been scheduled for June 1 through 4. Each evening of the Phonathon, UVI administrators, staff, alumni and student volunteers will gather - from 5:30 to 9 p.m. - in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus to place calls to many of the more than 7,000 UVI alumni in the territory and abroad. They will be updating alumni contact information and asking them to pledge their financial support to their alma mater.

The Phonathon is expected to have 20 phone lines for use this year. Persons interested in working as volunteers should call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1040.

A news release is available on the UVI web site's home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Epson Ink Cartridges Available on the St. Thomas Campus

Several ink cartridges for Epson printers are available to faculty and staff on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The following are available:

Ink Cartridge Number

For use with models:


Number Available


680/685, 777


EMJ 108B

800, 850, 1520, S020108/MJIC8




400, 600, 800, 850, 1520, S020089




680, 777, 777i



For more information or to arrange for pick-up call Alkin Paul at 693-1236.

UVI Summer Music Camp Slated June 3 to July 30 on St. Thomas Campus

The University of the Virgin Islands' Summer Music Camp - a five-and-one-half-week, comprehensive music camp for junior and senior high school students - is scheduled to run from June 3 through July 30, at the Music Education Building on the University's St. Thomas campus. The camp, for students ages 12 to 17, will operate on Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

Organized by UVI's Music Area, the camp is under the direction of Prof. Austin A. Venzen, and funded in part by the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Law Enforcement Planning Commission and the Department of Human Services. For more information contact Prof. Venzen at (340) 693-1192.

RT-Park Board of Directors to Meet June 4 on St. Croix

The UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation and the Park Protected Cell Corporation Board of Directors will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. (AST) on Friday, June 4, at the Beach Meeting Room of the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix. To participate, or for more information, contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200.

UVI Team Members Sought for St. Thomas' 2010 Relay for Life

UVI's 2010 Relay for Life Committee on the St. Thomas campus has already organized one team of 15 for the American Red Cross's 2010 event and is working on a second. The Relay for Life is scheduled for June 26-27. To join a team, individuals need to raise at least $100 in contributions to the event. This can be done as an individual contribution or team members can solicit contributions. Individuals interested in joining a team, or in providing volunteer support - set-up, take-down, food, beverages, etc. - should contact Carey Galdo at 693-1371 or send email to cgaldo@uvi.edu.

Summer Session II Slated for June 24-July 29

Summer Session II will run from June 24 through July 29. Online registration for Summer Session II classes continues through June 22, with in-office registration slated for June 23. For more information, call (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4158 on St. Croix.

UVI's Academic Calendar for 2010 through 2012 is available online. Links to the two-year Academic Calendar are featured on the Academics, Admissions and Provost's sections of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. The calendar is also available from this direct link.

Students to Present Work at Summer Research Symposium on July 30

UVI's College of Science and Mathematics will conduct the annual Summer Research Symposium from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 30, in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Approximately 36 summer undergraduate students who are participating in a variety of STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - programs will showcase their interdisciplinary research projects.

For more information contact Moneca Pinkett at UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists Programs at (340) 693-1249.

Ongoing Items...

Class of 2009 Officers Urge Continued Support for the University

The officers of the UVI class of 2009 have taken the occasion of the one-year anniversary of their graduation to issue a request that all class members find ways to stay connected to the University. Among their suggestions, shared via email, was that each member of the class make a contribution of $20.09 to UVI. The officers wrote: "For a variety of reasons, many of us cannot contribute a substantial amount to the financial sustainability of our Alma Mater by the Sea. However, collectively, if each of us were to honor our $20.09 pledge, we would leave a mark!" Donations to UVI can be made by calling (340) 693-1040.

UVI 2010 Commencement Program Available Online

The complete program from last weekend's UVI 2010 commencement ceremonies is now available the home page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The program includes the lists of graduates on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses.

UVI Seeks Applicants for Psychology Master's Degree Program

UVI is seeking applicants for a new graduate program in psychology, which was approved by the UVI Board of Trustees in March. While the University's application deadline for graduate programs is officially April 30, the deadline for the Master of Arts in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration program has been extended until all of the allotted slots in the program are filled. The program seeks to enroll 15 students on the St. Thomas campus and 15 students on the St. Croix campus for the Fall 2010 semester.

The Master of Arts in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration enables individuals to work as psychological counselors in the public and private sectors. A news release is available on the UVI web site's home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Marvin E. Williams Scholarship Fund Established at UVI

The office of The Caribbean Writer, in conjunction with UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement, has announced the establishment of the Marvin E. Williams Scholarship Fund to provide ongoing support to deserving students studying humanities in the University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Marvin Williams, who died in April, first joined the University of the Virgin Islands as a visiting faculty on the St. Croix campus in 1992. He later rejoined the faculty in 1995 in another visiting capacity and became a permanent faculty member in 2001. He was named editor of UVI's literary anthology The Caribbean Writer in 2002. He ended his tenure with the University in September 2008, when he became ill.

The goal of the Williams Scholarship Fund, according Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of The Caribbean Writer, is to provide an annual scholarship of $1,000, beginning with the upcoming 2010 fall semester. Individuals who wish to contribute to the fund should send tax deductible contributions to the office of The Caribbean Writer - University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1 Box 10000, Kingshill VI 00850-9781. Make checks payable to UVI, including Marvin E. Williams Scholarship in the memo line. Credit card payment is also acceptable. For details on the scholarship and how to make contributions, contact the office of The Caribbean Writer at (340) 692-4152 or visit the web site: www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org.

Harrigan Memorial Scholarship Offered to Children of British Virgin Islanders

The League of British Virgin Islanders of St. Thomas-St. John is accepting applications for its 2010 Norwell Harrigan Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship offers $1,500 per year, for two years, for a student attending either UVI campus.

To qualify, students must:

be the child of at least one British Virgin Islander

be a former graduate or a prospective graduate of either the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College or any secondary school or secondary department in the British Virgin Islands

be either accepted for admission by or already enrolled in any program at the University of the Virgin Islands

Formal transcripts, a letter of application and three letters of recommendation should be forwarded by June 15, 2010, to the following address: Scholarship Committee; P.O. Box 306587, St. Thomas, V.I., 00803. For more information, contact the League's Scholarship Committee at (340) 771-3523 or 774-9484.

Federal Pell Grant, Direct Loan Programs Offer Funds for Summer School

UVI students who are 2009-2010 financial aid recipients and who need money for summer school are advised to visit the University's Financial Aid Offices to determine if they are eligible for the New Year Round Federal Pell Grant or Direct Loan programs. Information and application forms for the programs are available from the Financial Aid Section (Applying for Aid/Summer Aid tab) of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link.

To be eligible, students need to meet these requirements:

Have a valid financial aid application on file for 2009-2010 aid year.

Have remaining financial aid from the 2009-2010 aid year.

Have met all Federal and University of the Virgin Islands eligibility requirements.

If registering for both summer sessions, financial aid eligibility will be determined based on combined enrollment. Any changes in a student's enrollment status during the summer term can result in the Federal Pell Grant or Direct Loan being reduced or cancelled. A minimum of six credits are required for Direct Loan eligibility. Financial Aid Summer Payment Authorization to accept your charges will commence on May 7, 2010. The UVI Cashier's Offices are open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

UVI's Financial Aid Offices can also be reached at these numbers: St. Croix campus (340) 692-4193; St. Thomas campus (340) 693-1090.