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Bulletin Board for June 7, 2010

President Hall Receives Honorary Degree from New England Law

University of the Virgin Islands President David Hall was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree at New England Law | Boston's 99th Commencement on May 28, 2010. The ceremony at the Citi Performing Arts Center celebrated the graduation of 292 juris doctor recipients.

Kathleen Pfeifer Spurling, a member of the New England Law Board of Trustees, introduced President Hall before the honorary degree was conferred.

"I am pleased to introduce David Hall, President of the University of the Virgin Islands and the Distinguished University Professor of Spirituality and Professionalism," Spurling said in her introduction. "We are pleased to bestow an honorary degree on this renowned legal scholar and educational administrator."

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

St. Thomas CEA Candidate D. Dianne Piper Visits Campus Monday and Tuesday

One of the finalists for the position of Campus Executive Administrator on the St. Thomas campus is Attorney D. Dianne Piper. Atty. Piper will visit the St. Thomas campus on Monday and Tuesday, June 7 and 8.

An open session has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 8, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Chase Auditorium, at which time the entire St. Thomas campus is invited to meet her, as part of the interview process.

Atty. Piper's resume is available for review in the INSIDE UVI section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. For further information please contact the Office of the President at 693-1000.

Title III's Annual Newsletter Available On-line

The latest edition of 'Title III Impact,' the annual newsletter of UVI's Office of Sponsored Programs - Title III, is published and available online. In the featured story the Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands assumes management responsibilities for the Title III endowment. Other stories take a look at projects funded through Title III, including upgrades to the St. Thomas campus Biology Lab, installation of 'Smart Classrooms' on both campuses and the upgrade of the instructional sea vessel Willie Mac. It also features and Informational Corner, which answers frequently asked questions. 'Title III Impact' is available from the Sponsored Programs - Title III page of the UVI website www.uvi.edu and this direct link.

Virgin Islands Teachers Study Writing at Institutes on St. Thomas & St. Croix

Nineteen local teachers will join approximately 3,000 kindergarten-through-college teachers across the country who will be attending four-week National Writing Project (NWP) Summer Institutes to learn new strategies to improve their students' writing skills.

"The Virgin Islands teachers who attend the Summer Institute will return to their classrooms next fall equipped with proven strategies for teaching young people how to write and how to use writing to learn," said Sharon J. Washington, NWP Executive Director. "Writing continues to be the signature means of communication in the digital age, and these institutes provide valuable continuous learning opportunities for local teachers."

The Summer Institute model will be in place locally when the V.I. Writing Project (VIWP) gets underway on June 21. For the first time, the VIWP will conduct two institutes-one on St. Thomas and one on St. Croix-to accommodate St. Thomas teachers who were formerly required to live on St. Croix while attending the institute.

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

Summer Jobs Available Through UVI 4-H Program

Summer jobs are available for UVI's 4-H Program on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Interested students, teachers or people in the area of youth development or education from ages 15 and up can apply online for available positions of the UVI 4-H Summer Program. Positions of junior counselor, senior counselor, assistant site coordinator and site coordinator are available. Applicants must have digital copies of their resume and cover letter at the time of applying. Anyone needing assistance with applying may visit the Cooperative Extension Service Offices on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses with electronic versions of their resumes and cover letters. Apply on-line at https://careers.uvi.edu/ or at this direct link.

Registration Extended for 4-H Summer Program on St. Thomas

Registration has been extended for the St. Thomas 2010 4-H Summer Academy - a six-week summer camp program for children ages five through 14. Applications are being accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Wednesday, June 9, at the Cooperative Extension Service Office on the St. Thomas campus. The Camp 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. Fees must be paid by money order at registration.

For more information on St. Thomas contact Yvonne Phillips at 693-1078 or 693-1083. 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.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

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.

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.