Student Employee Appreciation Week Runs Through April 15 on St. Thomas Campus
UVI is conducting National Student Employee Appreciation Week activities through Friday, April 15, on the St. Thomas campus. The effort begins today with a Career Services Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Affairs conference room and a movie at 6:15 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion.
A scavenger hunt with registration at 9 a.m. at the CATS Center and a door (or area) decorating contest will be held Tuesday, April 12. A workshop titled Marketing Your Personal Brand is slated for 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Student Affairs building on April 13. Student employees will be honored and the 2011 Student Employee of the Year will be announced at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Dining Pavilion. Friday, April 15, has been designated "Funtivity Day," with supervisors and employees invited to join in games on the ball field east of the Sports and Fitness Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
'Old Story Time' Opens April 14 at UVI's Reichhold Center
UVI Little Theatre begins its spring semester production of "Old Story Time" by Trevor D. Rhone at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. The production, directed by David Edgecombe, continues nightly through April 19.
"Old Story Time" is the story of Len Tomlinson (Noel Charles) and his mother, Miss Aggie (Heather Hogarth Smith), told amusingly by Pa Ben (George Silcott, Jr.), a caring neighbor. Miss Aggie is a salt-of-the-earth Caribbean woman 'from country' who has nothing but the highest ambitions for her son, Len. Tickets - $10 for students and $20 for adults - are available at the UVI Bookstore, the Humanities Building, Natural Livity and the Reichhold Center Box Office. For details, call (340) 693-1559 or 693-1340.
Second National Poetry Month Celebration Set at UVI on St. Croix on April 16
"The Caribbean Writer" will sponsor the Second Annual National Poetry Month Celebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on UVI's Albert A Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The celebration is open to all UVI students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as to the greater Virgin Islands community. Local poets Opal Palmer Adisa, S.B. Jones-Hendrickson, Smoothe Verse and Patricia Welcome will present works. UVI student poets who will participate include Sarah Greenaway, Shenelle Henry, Ramona Hobson and Glen Webster. High school poets Raijeen Edwards, Kaila Mitchell and Chasen will also read. For more information contact "The Caribbean Writer" at (340) 692-4152 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students have until April 15 to apply for 2011-2012 scholarships at the University of the Vrigin Islands. UVI accepts scholarship applications from high school, undergraduate, graduate and international students. Applications are available from the Financial Aid pages of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. They can also be obtained from Financial Aid Offices at UVI and from high school counselors.
Completed applications should be submitted to the University of the Virgin Islands Financial Aid Office Financial Aid Offices on St. Croix at RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, VI 00850-9681 or on St. Thomas at #2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990. For more information contact UVI's Financial Aid Offices at (340) 692-4193 on St. Croix or at (340) 693-1090 on St. Thomas.
UVI-CMES to Host Launch of Data Buoy With Connection to Internet
The University of the Virgin Islands Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) will host the launch of a data buoy that will transmit information over the Internet in real time. To better serve stakeholder needs in coastal waters around the U.S. Virgin Islands, scientists from UVI and the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, are deploying new technology around the territory's coastlines. The Caribbean Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing (CaRA) intends to launch a state-of-the-art ocean data buoy off St. Thomas on or around April 14 at a site on the insular shelf edge approximately seven nautical miles south of St. John.
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.
The Caribbean Writer Releases April Newsletter; Focuses on National Poetry Month
UVI's "The Caribbean Writer" has released the April issue of its newsletter with a focus on National Poetry Month. Included are a series of goals for National Poetry Month and a feature article on Virgin Islander Tutti Highfield. The newsletter has been distributed by e-mail to the UVI and Virgin Islands communities and is available from this direct link. It is also available on "The Caribbean Writer" Facebook page.
2011 Carnival Notes...
April 13 Signup Deadline Set for 2011 UVI Carnival Floupe Members
The UVI Carnival Committee is seeking participants for the University's floupe - float/troupe - entry in the 2011 St. Thomas Carnival Adults Parade. The parade is slated for Saturday, May 7. The cost of costumes is being determined. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, April 13. For more information, or to add your name to the UVI Floupe list, send e-mail to Kyza Callwood at email@example.com.
Staff Council Chair Encourages Participation in 2011 Carnival Troupe
UVI Staff Council Chair Raquel Silver has issued a call for all full-time regular, professional and administrative staff members to consider joining the UVI troupe being organized for the 2011 St. Thomas carnival.
UVI 4-H Program Seeking Applicants for 20th Anniversary Carnival 4-H Troupe
The UVI Cooperative Extension Service (CES) 4-H Program is seeking children between the ages of 5-14 years old to participate in the 2011 4-H Carnival Troupe. This year the 4-H troupe celebrates 20 years of participating in VI Carnival. The troupe will feature special costumes in celebration of the 20th anniversary. Costumes will be on display and measurements will begin taking place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, at the UVI CES Office on the St. Thomas campus. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call Yvonne Phillips at (340) 693-1078 or 693-1080.
St. Thomas Senior Class Notes...
Class Ring Deliveries, Orders Available April 14
A representative for the company providing class rings will be available to take ring orders and distribute previously ordered rings at the Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus from 2 p.m. to closing on Thursday, April 14.
Graduating Class Meetings Slated for April 14-15
Meetings are for members of the St. Thomas graduating class of 2011 are slated at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in Teacher Education Room 212, and at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in Teacher Education Room 101.
Other Current Items...
UVI Marking National Library Week with Introduction of Enhanced Library
The Information and Technology Services component of the University of the Virgin Islands plans to kick-off National Library Week 2011 with a ceremony on Monday, April 11, to introduce recent enhancements made to the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas campus.
On that day, various student organizations will be led by the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School marching band in a parade from the UVI Bookstore to the library, where former Governor Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D., will offer a keynote address. UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as alumni and local library affiliates are invited to the celebration and are welcome to attend tours of the facility after the ceremony.
Essay Contest for UVI Students on St. Croix to Mark National Library Week
National Library Week 2011 (April 11-17) is a time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians within the communities they serve. This year UVI's library on St. Croix has planned several activities to celebrate NLW in keeping with the National theme - "Create Your Own Story @ Your Library."
As part of this annual event, UVI students on St. Croix are invited to participate in a short essay contest. Essays should be 300 to 400 words on the subject "What is your most memorable Library experience that contributed to your educational success?" The contest's top prize is a $75 gift certificate to the UVI Bookstore. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, April 15. Click here for complete Essay Contest Rules and Details. For more information call the library at (340) 692-4130.
Dr. David Gould Faculty Colloquium Rescheduled to April 19 on St. Thomas
A faculty colloquium featuring Dr. David Gould reporting on his sabbatical and Margin for Excellence Grant project has been rescheduled on UVI's St. Thomas campus from 1 to 2 p.m. on April 19. It will take place in Business Education Room B110. (He presented on St. Croix on for April 5.) Dr. Gould's project was a translation of the Middle English poem "Pearl." It is forthcoming from the University Press of America. "Pearl" is one of the most intricate and beautiful poems in the English language; unfortunately it is written in a dialect of Middle English which is practically unintelligible to the modern reader. This translation is designed to make the poem accessible to a wider audience.
The presentation will include background information on the project and recitation of substantial portions of the poem. Refreshments will be provided by the Office of the Provost. For more information contact Dr. Gould at (340) 692-4103 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
37th Annual Employee Service Awards Set April 12 on St. Thomas, April 14 on St. Croix
The University of the Virgin Islands will conduct the 37th Annual Employee Service Awards ceremonies on Tuesday, April 12, on St. Thomas and on Thursday, April 14, on St. Croix. The 2011 theme is "Embracing Change." Ceremonies begin at 12:30 p.m. on both campuses. On St. Thomas the event will take place in the Sports and Fitness Center. The venue on St. Croix's Albert Sheen Campus will be the Great Hall in the North West Wing. A buffet style lunch will be served. For more information contact UVI's Human Resources Office at 693-1410.
V.I. Writing Project 2011 Summer Institute Application Deadline is April 15
The Virgin Islands Writing Project invites teachers to register for the 2011 Summer Institute to be held on St. Thomas and St. Croix, simultaneously, from June 20 to July 13. Teachers may obtain applications from their schools. They can also get information from Professor Valerie Combie by calling (340) 692-4126 or sending e-mail to: email@example.com.
37th Annual Academic Awards Program on St. Croix Slated for April 16
The 37th Annual Academic Awards Program for UVI Students on St. Croix is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. This event will be held in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. For more information contact Dr. Kenny A. Hendrickson at (340) 692-4124 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior ROTC Program Plans Paintball Tournament for April 16 on St. Thomas Campus
The Senior ROTC Program of the University of the Islands
will present the first annual "SROTC Paintball Tournament" from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the golf course on the St.
Interested individuals 16 or older are encouraged to attend the event. A sign-up sheet is located at UVI's Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library. The registration fee is $30 per person and $120 per team. Food and drinks will be on sale. Live music and entertainment will be provided. The competition will include teams representing various organizations island-wide. Preliminary, semi-final and final rounds are planned. For more information contact Stanley Barbel, president of the UVI SROTC Club at (340) 690-5175.
47th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony Slated April 17 on St. Thomas
The 47th Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for UVI students on St. Thomas will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, in the Sports and Fitness Center. For more information, contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman (340) 693-1277 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism to Open April 18
The University of the Virgin Islands will launch its new Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism with a daylong symposium featuring local, regional and national speakers who will offer dynamic presentations centered around the theme, "Spirituality and Professionalism: Nurturing the Whole Person." The launch will begin at 10 a.m. on April 18, in the St. Thomas campus Administration and Conference Center first floor conference room, and will be teleconferenced to the Great Hall in the Northwest Wing of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and to the University's new Academic Learning Center located at the Marketplace on St. John.
The Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) represents one of the initiatives for greatness instituted by UVI President Dr. David Hall and will serve as a catalyst and a source of support for research in this field as it applies to the professions, particularly, law, business, health, education and counseling psychology. A news release is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
4th Annual Autism Conference to be Hosted at UVI on April 19 and 20
The University of the Virgin Islands-Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Autism Network (VIAN) will host the 4th Annual Autism Conference at UVI.
The conference will be held on St. Thomas in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on April 19. On St. Croix, the conference will take place in the Great Hall of the Northwest Wing building on April 20. Both sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration can be handled as follows:
Register online at http://viucedd.org under the Events tab.
On St. Croix contact Sandra Pierre-Louis at (340) 692-4267 or send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Essence Magazine Legend Susan L. Taylor to Give Heath Series Lecture at UVI
Known for her grace, wisdom and influence for leading one of the most popular African-American women's magazines, magazine publishing legend Susan L. Taylor will be the featured speaker at the Alfred O. Heath Distinguished Lecture Series of the University of the Virgin Islands. Her presentation is titled, "Women and Health: the Search for Balance." Taylor will speak at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on UVI's St. Thomas campus. She will also speak at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
Both lectures are free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. A news release is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
BWC Planning Pre-Finals Academic Jams on St. Thomas, St. Croix
UVI's Brothers With A Cause organization will sponsor week-long academic jams on the University's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix from April 22 through 27. The jams are designed to create an atmosphere that allows students to sharpen their understanding of course materials in preparation for final exams through peer tutoring, group study and counseling. On-campus sessions are planned daily, stretching from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
On St. Thomas, sessions will be available daily - from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. - in the Campus Advising & Tutorial Services (CATS) office. Group study and tutorials will be offered daily in the Dining Pavilion from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Access will also be available 24/7 in the Library Room 120 Computer Lab. On April 26 and 27 special sessions will be available in the VIP Room of the Sports and Fitness Center from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Counseling for individuals experiencing test anxiety will be available by appointment. Call (340) 693-1136.
On St. Croix, sessions will be available daily - from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. - in the Campus Advising & Tutorial Services (CATS) office. Sessions for commuter students will be offered from 9 a.m. to midnight daily in the Residence Hall Seminar Room. Sessions for residential students will also be available in the Seminar Room from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Access will also be available 24/7 in the North West Wing Room 120 Computer Lab. Counseling for individuals experiencing text anxiety will be available by appointment. Call (340) 692-4187.
For more information on St. Thomas, contact (340) 693-1112. For more information on St. Croix, contact (340) 692-4181.
Deadline to Apply for UVI Graduate Math Program for Teachers Is April 30
The third cohort of UVI's Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (MMAT) program is scheduled to begin in August 2011. The program is for teachers of mathematics at the secondary level and prospective teachers with undergraduate degrees in mathematics. April 30, 2011 is the application deadline for the program. For an overview of the program, costs and requirements, visit the College of Science and Mathematics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link. More information is also available from Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Vanere Goodwin at (340) 692-4115 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
UVI Community Urged to Vote for UVI in 'Retool Your School' Program
The University of the Virgin Islands has been announced as a finalist in The Home Depot's 2011 "Retool Your School" campus improvement grant program, designed to provide resources to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). UVI is competing against 56 other HBCUs for $150,000 in grants for on-campus improvements. UVI is asking the Virgin Islands community to visit www.retoolyourschool.com each day until April 22, to vote for UVI's sustainable campus improvement project. One $50,000 major grant and ten $10,000 minor grants will be awarded. The Home Depot® will announce the winners on May 16. "We are encouraging everyone to log on daily to www.retoolyourschool.com and vote for UVI," said UVI's Director of Major Gifts Mitchell Neaves. The deadline vote is April 22.A news release is available from the UVI website -www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
UVI Accepting Applications for 'Math Behind the Science' Free Summer Program
UVI is accepting applications for its 2011 "Math Behind the Science" summer bridge program. The free program (previously called Summer Bridge2Calculus) is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, technology or medicine.
Math Behind the Science will prepare students to enter UVI's introductory calculus course and provide a foundation for success in that important course. Field trips, guest speakers and workshops are integrated into the five-week summer program. Sessions begin on June 20, and end with an awards ceremony on July 29. Recent high school graduates and current Math Skills students are eligible to participate in this program.
Applications for the program are due by May 25. More information and an online application form are available from the Summer Programs tab on the Emerging Caribbean Scientists web page - http://ecs.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Click here for the application form.
UVI Accepting Master of Marine and Environmental Science Program Applications
The Master of Marine and Environmental Science program at the University of the Virgin Islands is now accepting application for the Fall 2011 semester. For more information please visit the web site: http://mmes.uvi.edu.
UVI Launches Official Page on Facebook Social Networking Site
The University of the Virgin Islands has launched an official page on the extremely popular Facebook social networking website. The page is available at www.facebook.com/UVI.edu. It was introduced to members of the University community on March 31. There is also now a link featured at the top, right of most UVI web site pages that looks like this -
The University will use this page to share information about UVI events and activities. The University invites everyone with a Facebook account 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 is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
UVI Offers Used Washers, Dryers for Sale from Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix
UVI will accept sealed bids for four washers and three dryers on St. Croix from Monday, April 4, through Monday, April 25, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Bid documents and instructions are available from the Campus Operations Office. Detailed descriptions, minimum bid levels, etc. are available from the document "Invitation for Bid No.C2011004/5," which is available from this direct link.
The washers and dryers - used in the Residence Hall on UVI's Albert Sheen campus - are located by the Delta M. Jackson Dorsch Complex. The equipment will be sold "as is." Only sealed bids will be accepted. The bid opening will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 25, in the UVI Business Office Conference Room (Evans Center Room 138). Successful bidders will be notified within five working days by telephone and/or by mail. For more information contact Campus Operations at (340) 692-4161.
Student Testing Notes...
Collegiate Learning Assessment Offered on Both Campuses Through April 15
The University of the Virgin Islands in conjunction with the Council for Aid to Education is conducting the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) for graduating seniors. The opportunity for UVI seniors to take the Collegiate Learning Assessment continues through April 15, 2011. Seniors can sign up at the front desk of the library on either campus. They can also sign up with Prof. Jewel Brathwaite on St. Croix - (340) 692-4123 or firstname.lastname@example.org - or Prof. Linda Wymer on St. Thomas - (340) 693-1346 or email@example.com. Dates and times are available each day of the week, and throughout the day, on both campuses.
Financial awards from $100 to $300 are available for seniors who participate and score 65 percentile and above. The CLA measures graduating seniors' knowledge in critical thinking, analytic reasoning, problem solving and written communication abilities.
CLA Test Information on St. Thomas
Dates: April 11 and 15, 2011 or by
Times: 6 to 7:30 p.m. or by arrangement
Locations: Labs 101 and 103 in the Classroom Administration (CA) Building
CLA Test Information on St. Croix
Dates: April 11 and 15, 2011 or by arrangement
Times: 6 to 7:30 p.m. or by arrangement
Location: Computer Lab
Student participation will help UVI with its national assessment and students will receive their scores from CLA. Cash awards are available to students who perform well. Graduating seniors who have attended UVI for all undergraduate years are invited to attend. For more information contact Professor Linda Wymer at (340) 693-1346 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Lonnie Hudspeth at 693-1315 or email@example.com.
CLEP Test Schedule for Spring 2011 Announced for St. Thomas Campus
Students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Spring 2011 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. The remaining CLEP tests will be administered on April 11, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123). Students can register for the test at the Office of Access and Enrollment Services' front desk, located on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center.
Test candidates must report to the test site no later than 9:30 a.m. on test days with appropriate identification and form of payment. Acceptable forms of identification include a current driver's license, state or federal ID, a current passport, tribal ID card, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship. The cost associated with CLEP is $77 (payable to College Board) per test and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). Payment must be made in the form of check, money order, or credit card; cash will not be accepted. More information is available from this St. Thomas Campus CLEP Guidelines link. Students can also send email to firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
CLEP Test Schedule for Spring 2011 Announced for St. Croix Campus
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests will be administered on the following schedule for the Spring 2011 semester on UVI's St. Croix campus.
Test Date Registration Deadline
Thursday, April 14, 2011 Friday April 8, 2011
Students can register for the tests in the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center Room 811. Testing begins promptly at 9 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test. The cost associated with CLEP tests is $77 per test; make check or money order payable to CLEP. An additional administrative fee of $15 is payable to UVI prior to the test date. A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. Cash will not be accepted. More information is available from this St. Croix Campus CLEP Guidelines link. Students can also call (340) 692-4103 or 692-4158 for additional information.
Spring 2011 Computer Literacy Examination (CLE) Schedule for St. Thomas
The Computer Literacy Examination (CLE) will be offered on UVI's St. Thomas campus on four separate occasions in April.
Thursday, April 14 - from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, April 15 - from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
All exams will take place in Room 204E of the Business Education building. Students should visit the School of Business Office to sign up for the examination.
V.I. SBDC Sets Dates for Annual Awards During Small Business Week May 23-27
The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has scheduled its 2011 annual awards ceremonies during V.I. Small Business week which will run from May 23 through 27. The ceremony on St. Croix will be held on May 26. The St. Thomas Ceremony is set for May 27. For more information call (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix.