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Bulletin Board for June 10, 2010

PRAXIS Exam to be Offered on St. Thomas Campus Saturday

The PRAXIS Exam will be administered at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, in the Nursing Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Only persons who have registered with ETS will be tested. No walk-ins are allowed. For more information call 693-1462.

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet Saturday

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, in the Great Hall North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. The meeting will convene with regular session agenda items. President David Hall will give the President's Report. The report will be followed by Chairman's Comments from Board Chairman Alexander A. Moorhead. Next the Board will receive an update report from the Research and Technology Park Board. Then the Board of Trustees will consider the agenda items that require action.

Agenda items requiring the Board's action include a proposal for the University to grant honorary degrees, approval of a charter for the Audit Committee, a proposal for the Board to adopt a trustees manual and the proposal of the slate of nominations for chair and vice-chair positions on the Board. Other items requiring the Board's action include ratification of the Melvin Evans Center upgrade project, the revision of the University's operating budget to reflect the addition of the Master of Psychology Degree Program, and the proposal of the revised UVI Tuition Remission Policy and Tuition Exchange Program.

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

UVI Relay for Life Committee to Host a Fundraisng Concert

The University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus will field two teams in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, scheduled for June 26-27, at the Charlotte Amalie High School Track. Each team must raise a $1,500 contribution for the event. UVI's Relay for Life Committee will host a concert to help raise funds. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, at the Seven Minus Seven Alternative Art Alliance in Sub Base (Between Pueblo and Doctor's Choice Pharmacy). Music will be provided by Rita, Turbidity and UncovereD. The suggested donation is $10 per person.

For more information contact Carey Galdo at 693-1371 or send email to cgaldo@uvi.edu.

UVI Staff Council Seeks Nominations to fill Upcoming Positions

The University of the Virgin Islands Staff Council (UVISC) is seeking nominations from regular, professional and administrative staff for upcoming positions on the UVISC, the UVI Budget Committee and the UVI Senate.

The following positions will be available on the UVISC:



Regular Staff Rep STX

Professional Staff Rep STT

Administrative Staff Rep STX

Chair - Communications Committee

Chair - Nomination Committee

UVI Senate (1 opening available)

Nominations for persons to serve in these positions are being sought. Please send your choice(s) to Maria Fleming at mflemin@uvi.edu or Raquel Santiago de Silver at rsantia@uvi.edu by June 15th.

The UVISC also seeks representatives for the UVI Budget committee - one from the St. Croix campus and one from the St. Thomas campus. Please forward names to Maria Fleming at mflemin@uvi.edu.

The UVISC also seeks staff members to serve on the UVI Senate for one-year and two-year terms. The following persons are presently serving and have indicated that they are willing to continue. Please vote for the person you wish to continue for a one-year or for a two-year term - Raquel Santiago de Silver, Maria Fleming and Ardrina Scott-Elliott. Nanyamka Farrelly has decided to step down at the end of her term, leaving one seat open on the UVI Senate for a member of the regular, professional or administrative staff.

National and Caribbean HIV Testing Day

UVI's St. Thomas campus Health Services will host free HIV screening in observance of National and Caribbean HIV Testing Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, in the UVI Bookstore parking lot. Screening services will be provided by HOPE Inc. The entire UVI community - students, staff and faculty - is invited to be screened. Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert guarantees confidentiality. There will be free giveaways. For more information call Student Health Services at 693-1124.

Research and Technology Park Board to Meet June 21

The UVI Research and Technology Park (RTP) Board of Directors will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 21, at the RTP Offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas via teleconference. To participate or for more information call Ingrid Santangelo at 340-692-4200. Seating is limited.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for May 2010

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for May 1-31, 2010. The list is available to the UVI community via the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

SBDC Featured in UVI Today Blog

The VI Small Business Development Center celebrated Small Business Development Week with activities on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The highlight of the week was the Small Business Awards Ceremonies, where small business owners, advocates and lending agencies were recognized. A photo from the event is featured in the UVI Today Blog on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

Ongoing 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.

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.

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.