Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff Greet Tom Joyner's Fantastic Voyage
Radio personality Tom Joyner brought his 2010 Fantastic Voyage cruise ship tour to St. Thomas on Thursday, May 20, and was greeted by UVI mocko jumbies as well as students, alumni, faculty and staff. The cruise, sponsored by the Tom Joyner Foundation as a "Party with a Purpose" helps to raise scholarship funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. To see photos from the event, visit the UVI Today... photo blog.
St. Croix Campus E-Waste Collection Set for May 26-28
UVI will conduct an e-waste drive from Wednesday, May 26, through Friday, May 28, on the St. Croix campus. A list of the types of electronics that will be accepted, along with details of the drop-off location and schedule, were sent to St. Croix staffers via email on May 21. Completed forms containing each individual department's information should be submitted electronically by Wednesday, May 26, to email@example.com.
For details, contact Shareece Cannonier at 692-4236 or 692-4000.
ICMC to Host Student Hall of Hope Awards on May 27 at the Reichhold Center
International Capital & Management Company (ICMC) will host its Sixth Annual Student Hall of Hope "Celebrate Life" Awards Ceremony and Fun Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The event honors the artistic talents and creativity of students from the St. Thomas public, elementary and junior high schools.
The keynote speaker will be Shayla Solomon, Miss Virgin Islands 2009 and a producer on the popular, local, youth-focused television show, Graffiti Street. Performers will include classical mezzo-soprano Melita Etienne, the Addelita Cancryn Junior High School Wachanga Drummers, and the Gladys A. Abraham Elementary School Choir. Supporters include Bread and Cakes, Hunter Foods and Spirits and The Reichhold Center for the Arts. For more information contact Michelle Mardenborough at (340) 777-1302.
International & Capital Management Company, founded in 2003, is a private merchant bank providing management services to Cancer Treatment Centers of America and several international and U.S. based companies. Its president is Cornel Williams, a 1982 graduate of UVI. The company is an ongoing supporter of UVI and is currently the lead contributor to the Summer Business Residency program offered by UVI's School of Business. That program helps prepare students for management opportunities in business.
Public Invited to Summer Institute's World Forum Debate on May 31
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. 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 to Close May 31 for Memorial Day Observance
The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. Summer Session I classes and University administrative offices will resume their regular schedules on Tuesday, June 1. While the UVI libraries will also be closed on Monday, students will have access to these computer labs: The 24/7 Lab on St. Thomas and the North West Wing 120 Lab on St. Croix. Students can access online library resources at any time at http://library.uvi.edu.
UVI Sets 2010 Alumni Phonathon for June 1-4; Volunteers Sought
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.
Bucs Travel Club Sets Food Sale for June 2 on St. Croix
The UVI Bucs Travel Club on St. Croix will conduct a fund-raising food sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, at the Melvin Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. The cost will be $13 per plate (with extras) of baked chicken or stewed fish and $6 for lasagna (veggie, turkey or beef). Orders should be placed by Friday, May 28, via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
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 Registration for 4-H Summer Academy Programs Set May 27-28
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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
SBDC's Small Business Awards Ceremonies Set for June 3-4
The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) will present the territory's annual Small Business Awards Ceremonies on Thursday, June 3, on St. Croix and on Friday, June 4, on St. Thomas. The ceremonies, held in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, coincide with the observance of Virgin Islands Small Business Week.
The St. Croix ceremony will be held at noon in the Great Hall in the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. On St. Thomas, the ceremony is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort and Spa.
Interested persons must pre-register by contacting 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.