Trustees Sussman Donates $1 Million to UVI; Tuition Remission Policy Approved
University of the Virgin Islands Trustee S. Donald Sussman has donated $1 million toward the construction of a new science building on UVI's St. Thomas campus. UVI President David Hall announced Sussman's donation while delivering the President's Report to the UVI Board of Trustees at its quarterly meeting on the St. Croix campus on Saturday, June 12. Sussman also recently issued a matching gift challenge, pledging to match first-time donations to the University of $100 or more, up to a maximum of $100,000. A news release on that program is available from this direct link.
In other business, the Board unanimously approved a revised tuition remission policy and adopted the Tuition Exchange Program. A full news release on Saturday's Board meeting is available on the UVI web site's home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
Meetings with CEA Candidates Continue on St. Thomas and St. Croix
Finalists for the position of Campus Executive Administrator on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses will visit with each campus community in open sessions this week as part of the interview process. (One St. Thomas CEA candidate, Attorney D. Dianne Piper, visited the St. Thomas campus last week.)
Please Note Venue Change for Today's (June 14) Meeting:
St. Thomas CEA candidate Dr. Karin Edwards will visit with the campus community in an open session today (Monday, June 14), from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. in the President's Office conference room on the third floor of the Administration and Conference Center.
On Thursday, June 17, St. Croix CEA candidate Dr. Thomas Corti will visit with the campus community in an open session from 3:05 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. in Room 103 of the Northwest Wing.
An open session has been scheduled with St. Croix CEA candidate Nereida Washington on Friday, June 18, from 1:30 p.m. until 2:25 p.m. in Room 103 of the Northwest Wing.
An announcement will be forthcoming regarding two additional candidates for the St. Croix campus CEA position - Dr. Heemanshu Baghat and Mr. Claude Steele - when dates for their visits are finalized.
For further information please contact the Office of the President at 693-1000.
Biodiversity Film Fest Continues June 24 on St. Croix with 'State of the Planet'
The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest continues this Thursday, June 24, with a free screening of "The State of the Planet." In the presentation, which is part of the PBS "Journey to Planet Earth" series, filmmakers investigate the health and sustainability of the world's oceans, with a special emphasis on climate change and issues affecting marine reserves, fisheries and coastal ecosystems. The film was produced by award-winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner. It is narrated by Matt Damon. The screening is set for 6 p.m. in the UVI Theatre, Evans Center Room 401, on the University's St. Croix campus. Admission is free and no reservations are required. The festival is co-hosted by the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) and the University of the Virgin Islands. It continues on July 22, with "State of the Planet's Animals," 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 Offering Vehicles for Sale on St. Thomas Campus
The University of The University of the Virgin Islands will be accepting sealed bids which can be picked up from the Purchasing Department starting June 16, 2010, through June 29, 2010, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for the items noted below:
A. One (1) ea. 1994 Toyota Truck Automatic (Color: White)
B. One (1) ea. 2003 Chevy Tracker Automatic (Color: White)
C. One (1) ea. 1997 Chevy S10 Automatic (Color: Brown)
D. One (1) ea. 2007 Ford Ranger Automatic (Color: White)
Vehicles are located at the Physical Plant building on the St. Thomas campus. Items will be sold AS IS. Only sealed bids will be accepted for the purchase of these items. Bid submission must be delivered to the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas campus Purchasing Office no later than 3 p.m., on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Within five working days after the unsealing of the bids, the successful bidder will be notified by telephone and/or by mail. For more information contact Valderie Abramsen at 693-1483.
UVI Summer Music Camp Slated June 23 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 23 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.
USVI Census 2010 Poster Available at UVI Bookstores
Copies of the official USVI Census 2010 poster are now available for free at the UVI Bookstores on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. The poster - titled "It's In Our Hands" - features a traditional Virgin Islands scene painted by artist Max Johnson.
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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: Chair, Secretary, Regular Staff Rep STX, Professional Staff Rep STT, Administrative Staff Rep STX, Chair -Communications Committee, Chair - Nomination Committee, UVI Senate (one opening available).
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 email@example.com.
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. To 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 - send an email to Maria Fleming at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Set June 17 on St. Thomas Campus
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.
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.
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.
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, the installation of 'Smart Classrooms' on both campuses and the upgrade of the instructional sea vessel Willie Mac. It also features an 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.
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.
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.
Epson Ink Cartridges Available on the St. Thomas Campus
Several ink cartridges for Epson printers are available for free to faculty and staff on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The following are available:
Ink Cartridge #
For use with models:
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 693-1241.
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.
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.