Tom Joyner's Fantastic Voyage Cruise Visiting St. Thomas Today
Radio personality Tom Joyner, whose Tom Joyner Foundation supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), brings his Fantastic Voyage cruise to St. Thomas today (Thursday, May 20). More than 3,000 passengers will be on board when Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Liberty of the Seas.
A UVI contingent of volunteers, including physics professor and mocko jumbie David Smith, was scheduled to be on hand to greet the cruise passengers. A welcome tent was also scheduled to be set up by the UVI Bookstore. A live Ackley Media Group broadcast was also planned. The University of the Virgin Islands has benefitted from its affiliation with the Tom Joyner Foundation as a "Tom Joyner School of the Month" in the past, having raised more than $200,000 with the help of Tom Joyner's national radio broadcast which is heard locally on Ackley Media Group station WWKS - 101.3 FM.
Musiq Soulchild, Vivian Green Next Up at the Reichhold Center on May 22
Two of the hottest acts on the Neo-Soul music circuit take to the stage for the season finale at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. Musiq Soulchild - with hits such at "Teach Me," "Halfcrazy" and "Love" - will join with Vivian Green an R&B and soul singer-songwriter and pianist. A multiple Grammy award nominee, Soulchild has developed a style blending contemporary R&B, soul, funk, alternative, blues, jazz and hip hop. More information and tickets are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office - at (340) 693-1559 - and from the Reichhold Center web site: www.reichholdcenter.com.
Student Employee Wins Reichhold Tickets
UVI student employee Derron Ambrose won two tickets to the Reichhold Center's Soulchild/Green concert on Saturday by correctly answering this week's Reichhold-UVI Bulletin Board quiz. The question was: What is Musiq Soulchild's given name? Ambrose, who was recently named the St. Thomas campus Student Employee of the Year, came up with the correct answer: Talib Johnson.
UVI Sets 2010 Alumni Phonathon for June 1-4
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. Persons interested in assisting with the Phonathon should call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1040.
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!"
UVI Professor Honored for HIV/AIDS Education Efforts
Dr. Gloria B. Callwood, R.N., is the recipient of the 2010 AIDS Education and Training Centers Appreciation Award In Recognition of Outstanding Leadership in HIV Education and Quality Care. The award was announced at the 19th Annual HIV Conference of the Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center, held May 14-15 in Orlando, Fla.
Dr. Callwood is an associate professor in the School of Nursing at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas. She is a clinical specialist in psychiatric/mental health nursing and leader of the Center's training program in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Callwood is also principal investigator and director of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center on Minority Health Disparities which is located at UVI.
Public Invited to Summer Institute's World Forum Debate
UVI 2010 Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders opened, May 18, and continues through June 2, on the University's St. Thomas campus. The institute brings together 40 students from 16 countries and 22 university campuses in the Caribbean and the U.S mainland for two weeks of intensive study. This year's theme is "Managing Natural Disasters: A Call for Future Global Leaders."
A highlight of the institute is the World Forum Debate, which is slated for Monday, May 31, at the UVI Administration and Conference Center. The forum, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, May 31. The World Forum will follow the United Nations format, with students taking the roles of representatives from different countries debating a topic of world importance. Their topic of debate will be: "Developed nations should shoulder the responsibility for managing natural disasters." A news release is available on the UVI web site's home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
UVI Staff Encouraged to Participate in Satisfaction Survey
UVI President Dr. David Hall has asked in an email memorandum that all members of the University staff participate in a Staff Satisfaction Survey that has been distributed by the Human Resources Department. Staff members are encouraged to participate fully in this opportunity to share their views regarding the institution. Staffers are asked to follow instructions accompanying the surveys and return them by Monday, May 24, 2010.
RT-Park Executive Committee to Meet May 24 on St. Croix
The UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation and the Park Protected Cell Corporation will conduct a meeting of the executive committee at 4:30 p.m. (AST) on Monday, May 24, at the RTPark Offices on UVI's St. Croix campus. The session will be available via teleconference. To participate, or for more information, call (340) 692-4200. Seating is limited.
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.
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Upward Bound Parents to Present Youth Role Model Awards May 23 on St. Thomas
The Upward Bound Parents' Association on St. Thomas will host its 20th Annual Youth Role Model Awards Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort. The keynote speaker will be UVI President Dr. David Hall.
The 2010 honorees are: Shekaya McCarthy of All Saints School, Clinton Williams of Antilles School, Addis Elliott of Charlotte Amalie High School, Jeffrine A. Niles of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Hanna-Marie Charles of Sts. Peter & Paul School, Oshana S. Mitchell of the Seventh-Day Adventist School and Kendra Boyd of the St. John Upward Bound Program.
Honorees were selected by administrators at their schools, based on the following criteria: Each student must maintain a B+ or higher grade point average, excel in music or athletics, actively participate in community and/or religious affairs and personify a high standard of leadership and character. All the honorees plan to attend a college or university in the fall.
The general public is invited to come out and support the honorees and their parents. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased at the Upward Bound Office in the CA Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus. For more information call 693-1130 or 693-1133. Proceeds will go towards scholarships for the honorees and Upward Bound graduating seniors. Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program administered by UVI. There are 106 students from the territory's high schools currently enrolled: 55 on St. Thomas, 46 on St. Croix and five on St. John.
2010 Biodiversity Film Fest Continues May 27 on St. Croix with 'Learning to Sea'
The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest continues this Thursday, May 27, with a free screening of "Learning to Sea," an award winning film that explores the co-evolution of marine life in the Red Sea and the Caribbean Sea. The 2004 production, narrated by Martin Sheen, includes unique footage (a new species of fish was discovered during this expedition) and amazing portraits of sea creatures. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. in the UVI Theatre, in Evans Center Room 401, on the University's St. Croix campus. Ziggy Livnat, the producer and director, will be on hand to lead discussion after the showing.
The film festival is co-hosted by the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) and the University of the Virgin Islands. It will continue on June 24, with "State of the Planet's Oceans," another film from the PBS series "Exploring Planet Earth."
The festival is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance of St. Croix. For more information contact SEA's Environmental Education Coordinator Lynnea Roberts at 773-1989.
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.
Summer Session II Slated for June 23-July 29
Summer Session II will run from June 23 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.
4-H Summer Academy Set June 28-Aug. 6; Reduced Fees Available for UVI Employees
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.
Reduced fees are offered for family members of UVI employees who take part in early registration on May 27 and 28. See contact numbers below for registration details.
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.
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.
St. Thomas/St. John Awards Ceremony to Highlight VI Small Business Week
UVI's VI Small Business Development Center will host its annual St. Thomas/St. John Awards Ceremony from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 4, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa. The ceremony will highlight the observance of Virgin Islands Small Business Week. Jerry Garcia, public relations and marketing director for the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority will be the event's keynote speaker. Garcia will discuss the "Importance of Competitive Marketing for Small Businesses." The event is offered in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Association. Space at the awards ceremony is limited. Interested persons must pre-register by contacting the SBDC St. Thomas office at (340) 776-3206 or sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org.