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Bulletin Board for June 27, 2011

UVI to Observe Emancipation Day and Independence Day Holidays

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in observance of Emancipation Day and Independence Day on Monday, July 4 and Tuesday, July 5, respectively, according to UVI's Holiday Schedule. UVI will resume normal operations on Wednesday, July 6.

UVI Libraries and St. John Academic Center Closed on July 4 and 5

The UVI Libraries and St. John Academic Center will be closed in observance of the Emancipation and Independence Day holidays scheduled for Monday July 4 and Tuesday, July 5. Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, July 6 at 8 a.m.

In an effort to maintain technology services to students during the Emancipation and Independence Day holidays, both campuses will observe the following schedule for student lab access during the holiday period.

Lab Access:

On the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix students will be able to utilize the NWW 120 Lab. Students may request access through the Security Department. Students must present their UVI ID and sign in order to gain access.

On the St. Thomas campus the 24/7 library lab is available for students, who can access the lab by using their ID key cards.

Students may also access online library resources at any time by going to http://library.uvi.edu.

The Help Desk voice mail at ext.1466 and email will be monitored during the holidays. In the event of a technology emergency, callers should leave a message and an ITS technician will follow up.

UVI's MMES Program Seeks Snorkel Participants for Marine Research

The University of the Virgin Islands Masters of Marine and Environmental Science program will host a free snorkel trip to conduct marine research as part of a study titled "Experiential Learning and Reef Resilience." UVI students and members of the community are invited to participate in this research and free snorkel trip from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. It will include snorkeling off the Center for Marine and Environmental Science dock and at Flat Cay. Participants will conduct hands-on research and must take an online pre and post survey. Lunch will be provided.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and must be able to swim. A mandatory swim test for all wishing to participate will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, July 11.

To register or for more information call UVI Professor Dr. Kostas Alexandridis at 340-693-1376 or Research Assistant Elena Kobrinski at 202-607-1786.

UVI Libraries to Observe Reduced Hours During Summer Session II

UVI Libraries will observe reduced operating hours during Summer II as follows:

Closed on Saturdays, beginning Saturday, June 25th

Open on Sundays, 3 - 8 p.m., beginning Sunday, June 26th

Summer Session II will be held from June 23 to July 29.

UVI to Offer 46 Video Conference Classes on St. John for Fall Semester

The University of the Virgin Islands will begin offering classes at the St. John Academic Center for the Fall 2011 semester. A total of 46 credit courses will be offered using video conference technology at the newly opened center located on the third floor of The Marketplace shopping center. UVI's Fall 2011 semester begins on August 22.

New student registration at the St. John Academic Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16. Online registration is underway for matriculated or current UVI students for Fall semester classes.

A full list of courses being offered at the St. John Academic Center is available on the Academics webpage of the UVI website direct link. The complete news release is available from this direct link.

UVI Graduate Student Earns First Place Award at Research Conference

Shruti Arora, a second year graduate student in the University of the Virgin Islands' Master of Marine and Environmental Science program, was recently awarded first place in a scientific poster competition at the 2011 Association of Marine Labs of the Caribbean conference in Costa Rica.

Arora's winning poster is based on research that is critical to increasing knowledge of how human activities on land may be impacting the health of coral reef communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her research found that microbial communities that corals of the same species host are distinctly different and less diverse on corals located far from land-based sources of pollution.

Her poster, entitled: "Diversity of bacteria associated with Montastraea spp. across a sea water quality gradient in the U.S. Virgin Islands," won the Ivan Goodbody Student Achievement Award for best student poster presentation. The complete news release is available from this direct link.

UVI Music Camp Offers Free Concerts on St. Thomas; Public Invited

The UVI Music Area of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is hosting its annual Summer Music Camp under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen. The camp is made up of students from junior and senior high schools on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The students will perform free weekly concerts in June and July at the Emancipation Garden, in Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas. The concerts will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15p.m. every Wednesday. A special Pre-Fourth of July concert will be held at the Emancipation Garden from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. Prof. Venzen encourages members of the community to show their support to the Virgin Islands budding musicians and to be treated to wonderful music by attending the free concerts.

The Emancipation Garden performances are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, July 3, 4:30 to 5:45p.m.           

Wednesday, July 6, 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m.                                 

Wednesday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.                           

Wednesday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.                           

Wednesday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.                           

In addition to performing the free concerts, members of the camp also perform each Sunday at various churches. The group's final performance will be the children's opera "The Barber of Seville" at 7 p.m. on July 27, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

For more information, call Prof. Venzen at 693-1192.

UVI Bookstore Remains Open Late Today

Today, Monday, June 27, is the last day of the St. Thomas campus UVI Bookstore's extended hours of operation to accommodate students for the start of Summer Session II. Extended hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 693-1561.

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SIP Program to Host Free Emergency Planning Workshops for Businesses

 

The Safety in Paradise (SIP) Program will host free Emergency Action Planning workshops to assist U.S.V.I. businesses to prepare for, respond to and recover from fire, tropical storms, tsunamis, workplace violence and other emergency situations that may threaten a business or its employees. The SIP Program is administered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center.

 

On St. Croix, the workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 24, at the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 28, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center.

 

The half-day workshops will focus on the development of an organized plan for reducing the adverse impact of emergencies on businesses. It will also address the importance of maintaining compliance with OSHA regulations and increasing the likelihood that businesses can effectively resume operations after an emergency.

 

Although the workshops are free, participants must register to reserve a seat. For more information on the workshops, or the free consultation services offered by the Safety In Paradise Program call (340) 693-1146 on St. Thomas or (340) 713-1619 on St. Croix. Send an e-mail to safetyinparadise@uvi.edu.

UVI's Hurricane Preparedness Teams invited to Emergency Action Planning Workshops

Members of UVI's Hurricane Preparedness Teams are invited to Emergency Action Planning Workshops hosted by the Safety in Paradise (SIP) Program, which is administered UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center. On St. Croix, the workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 24, at the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 28, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center.

"Your participation in this seminar is encouraged as the University moves toward the development of a comprehensive emergency response plan," said Lily Mae Durante, UVI's associate campus executive administrator on St. Thomas. "Please designate someone to represent you if you are unable to attend," she added. "Remaining space is limited and advance registration is encouraged as soon as possible."

To register or for more information call UVI CELL on St. Thomas at 693-1146, on St. Croix at 713-1619, or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Small Business Development Center to host 'Business Plan' Course

The VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) presents NXLEVEL® - How To Write A Business Plan course. The five-week 30-hour course is designed for entrepreneurs who want to expand an existing business or start a new business. Participants will receive professional guidance in a classroom setting and one-on-one counseling taught by a certified NXLEVEL® instructor.

The course will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on July 11 and ending on August 10. It will be held at the SBDC St. Thomas training facility in Nisky Center, Suite 720. The cost is $399. A limited number of scholarships may be available for those who apply. People interested in participating are encouraged to register because enrollment is limited. For more information, to register for the course or to apply for a scholarship, call the SBDC at 776-3206 or visit www.sbdcvi.org.

The SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of the Virgin Islands.

Fall Class Schedule for UVI's St. John Academic Center Available

A list of UVI Fall Semester classes that will be offered via the University's new St. John Academic Center is now available from the Academics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

June 30 Deadline Set for Applications for Heyward G. Hill Memorial Scholarship

Applications are being accepted by UVI's Office of the Provost through June 30, 2011, for the $5,000 Heyward G. Hill Memorial Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Full-time, matriculated junior and senior UVI students, with a 3.0 GPA and an interest in international affairs are eligible. Students must be U.S. citizens. Application forms and information on all requirements, including an essay on how applicants think the scholarship will help them pursue a career in international affairs, have been forwarded via e-mail to UVI students. They are also available from the Scholarships page of the Financial Aid section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Bookstores Publish Book Lists on Website

UVI's Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix have published lists of books required for the upcoming Summer Session II on their sections of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. Links to printer-friendly versions of the book lists are featured here.

Summer Session II - St. Croix Book List (PDF file)

Summer Session II - St. Thomas Book List (PDF file)

Alumni Invited to Help Name New Alumni E-newsletter

UVI alumni have been invited to participate in a contest to name a new E-newsletter which is being designed by the Alumni Affairs and Public Relations offices. "We are looking for a creative, catchy name for the newsletter which will attract interest from the community, friends and supporters," wrote Linda I. Smith ('98, '03), in a recent e-mail to alumni. Smith, who is director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs, said the winner will receive two reserved tickets to the upcoming production of Patrick Brown's hilariously scary who-dun-it "Midnight at Puss Creek." Performances of the play, which features Jamaican "King of Comedy" Oliver Samuels, is scheduled for July 9 and 10 at UVI's Reichhold Center for the arts.

All contest submissions must be sent - via e-mail - to mbartle@uvi.ed. Submissions must be sent by midnight on Thursday, June 30.

St. Thomas SGA Seeking Applications for Various Committee Chair Positions

The Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's St. Thomas campus is accepting applications from interested students to fill the following positions: Vice President of Membership (Public Relations); Queens Committee Chair; Sports Committee Chair; Grievance Committee Chair; Social and Cultural Committee Chair; Food Committee Chair; Publications (Yearbook) Committee Chair; Elections Committee Chair; and Black Heritage Committee Chair.

The SGA serves as the voice of students. Elected representatives aim to work to ensure that student life at UVI is at its optimum. Interested students should send a detailed resume along with a letter of interest, via e-mail, to sgastt@myuvi.net. Applications should be submitted by July 15. Applications will be reviewed for approval by the SGA Student Senate. Appointed individuals will form part of the official SGA inauguration ceremony which is scheduled during the Fall Semester.

Oliver Samuels Returns to the Reichhold Center in July

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts welcomes back Oliver Samuel, the Jamaican "King of Comedy," in Patrick Brown's hilariously scary who-dun-it? - "Midnight at Puss Creek." The play opens at the Reichhold Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. A second performance is slated for 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.

"Midnight at Puss Creek" is a clever tale of conspiracy, family dysfunction and revenge. Oliver Samuels plays Edgar, an ambitious son. His mother, wealthy Miss Zelda, is on her deathbed and loved ones have gathered at the home (Puss Creek) as she nears her final breath. Miss Zelda's snooty granddaughter, Rita, along with other family members waste no time in letting their true colors show. The play features favorite actors from other Samuels plays including Glen "Titus" Campbell, Camille Davis, Sharee McDonald-Russell and Courtney Wilson.

Tickets - $40, $30 and $22 - available at V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again, the UVI Bookstore and the Reichhold Box office at (340) 693-1559 or online at www.reichholdcenter.com.

Summer Research Symposium Slated for July 29 on St. Thomas

UVI's Summer Research Symposium is slated for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29. It will be held in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The symposium provides a showcase for a student research in STEM disciplines, with faculty at the University of the Virgin Islands, as well as at other institutions. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) For details, visit the UVI's Student Research Symposia webpage on the College of Science & Mathematics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link:

/import/sites/uvi/Pages/DSM-Student_Research_Symposia.aspx?s=RE.

UVI Accepting Applications for the Master of Arts in Psychology Program

The University of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications from students interested in enrolling in its Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in counseling program for the Fall 2011 semester. The MAP program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills and experiential opportunities to allow them to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. This graduate Psychology program seeks to prepare practitioners to use the science of psychology for the promotion of human well-being, specifically in the provision of psychological services to children, adolescents, and families in the mental health, judicial, and educational systems. It provides some with a stepping stone toward licensure.

Details on the program and admission criteria are available from the UVI web site website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Interested applicants can also contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo on St. Croix at (340) 692-4264 or Dr. Angela Adams on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1258 for more information.

UVI Community Encouraged to Visit University's Official Facebook Page

Members of the UVI community are reminded that the University now maintains an official page on the popular Facebook social networking website. It is available at www.facebook.com/UVI.edu. The page allows the University to share information about UVI events and activities. One of the most recent additions is a link to an online version of the UVI 2011 Commencement program, which features the lists of all graduates.

Everyone with a Facebook account is encouraged to visit the page and select the "Like" button. That will allow Facebook users to recommend news items, photos or videos they find interesting to family and friends. A news release issued when the page was launched on April 1 is available at this direct link.