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Bulletin Board for February 24, 2011

New and Updated Items for Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

"What does it mean to be an HBCU?" Panel Discussion Set Feb. 25 on St. Thomas

Members of the UVI community are invited to join in a panel discussion on the question "What does it mean to be an HBCU?" from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, at the Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas campus. The session is sponsored by Buzz Media, in association with the Black Heritage Committee of the Student Government Association on the St. Thomas campus.

Four UVI professors who are graduates of HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), V.I. Senator Shawn Michael-Malone and Miss UVI Jonesia Smith will serve as panelists. They will share their personal experiences and opinions on the topic. The discussion will be open to all UVI students, professors and staff. Students in attendance can earn Science 100 Campus Wide Experience points.

Financial Aid Staff Training Slated for Friday, Feb. 25

UVI's Financial Aid staff will be engaged in a training session with ITS from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, at the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the St. Thomas campus library.

The student assistants on both campuses will provide abbreviated office coverage. St. Croix coverage will be from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On St. Thomas, coverage is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to accommodate the student worker's class schedule.

UVI Homecoming Basketball Games Set Saturday, Feb. 26

UVI's basketball home games on Saturday, Feb. 26, are designated as Homecoming for 2011. Both the Lady Bucs and the Buccaneers men's team will face off against squads from Sacred Heart University of Puerto Rico. Game times are 6 p.m. for the Lady Bucs and 8 p.m. for the Buccaneers.

The Eudora Kean Marching Band will lead a tramp from the UVI Bookstore parking lot beginning at 5 p.m., and ending at the Sports & Fitness Center. The UVI Dance Team will perform during halftime, while the new look UVI Cheerleaders - see a photo on the UVI home page (www.uvi.edu) and on the UVI Today... photo blog - will be courtside.

Admission is free. The UVI Athletic Department will distribute free tickets beginning Monday, Feb. 21. The concession will be open with their famous huge hot dogs and tasty smoothies. Buccaneer t-shirts will be given away to the first 100 fans in the door. Giveaways and chances to win tickets to Reichhold Center shows will be part of the evening's entertainment.

Everyone is encouraged to support UVI's teams by wearing blue.

ECS Invites More UVI Student Researchers; March 1 is Application Deadline

UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Programs invite UVI students to apply for available financial support and to participate in research training programs. The programs are available to UVI students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, psychology and nursing programs. All ECS Programs include career development, research experiences and mentoring. Some ECS programs fund travel to conferences and scientific meetings, and provide a stipend over and above tuition.

Two summer research programs will be offered in 2011, the Summer Sophomore Research Institute (SSRI) and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). More information on the SSRI and SURE programs and their application requirements is available from the Summer Programs tab on UVI's ECS web page and from these links SSRI Program | SURE Program.

To qualify, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above and an interest in research careers. The deadline for interested students to apply is March 1. Students can apply online from the ECS web page http://ecs.uvi.edu or 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.

Other Current Items...

St. Kitts-Nevis Association Students on St. Thomas Plan Auction for Feb. 25

A fund-raising auction will be hosted at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, by the UVI St. Kitts and Nevis Students Association in the Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. Participants will offer bids for dates "with some of UVI's finest." Bidding starts at 10 p.m. Music will be provided by Krippler Soundz. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Lucinda Millen Home.

Parent Empowerment Conferences Set Feb. 25 on St. Thomas, Feb. 28 on St. Croix

A parent empowerment conference entitled "Parents and Teachers Working Together for Academic Success" will be held at the University of the Virgin Islands on Feb. 25, on the St. Thomas campus and on Feb. 28, on the St. Croix campus. The conference sessions are hosted by UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) in collaboration with the Inter-Island Parent Coalition for Change.

Both conference sessions - which are free - will feature presentations on Universal Design for Learning, assistive technology, Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and advocacy. Lunch will be served.

The conference will be held on St. Thomas from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, on the first floor of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix, the conference runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 28, in the Great Hall of the North West Wing Building. To register call Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or Velina John at (340) 774-1662, or send e-mail to aplunke@uvi.edu.

AKA Sets Fundraising/Recycling Fashion Show for Feb. 26 on St. Croix Campus

A fundraiser and recycling fashion show - Beauty and the Beat - will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Cafetorium on UVI's St. Croix campus. The show is sponsored by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The show will include performances by Dennis De Mennis, Mada Nile, Stylee Band, Ellery Evans, Sparkle Lite Twirlers, Music in Motion and the UVI Dance Squad. The show's recycling theme will contribute the sorority's environmental stewardship and sustainability initiative - Going Green by Living Green. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. They are available from AKA members and at the UVI Bookstore.

UVI-CES to Co-Sponsor 40th EPA Anniversary Conference on St. Croix

The UVI Cooperative Extension Service will co-sponsor the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 40th Anniversary Conference to be held on UVI's St. Croix campus on March 4.

The conference, which is free, will highlight the EPA's environmental and public health priorities for the Virgin Islands. The agenda includes remarks by V.I. Governor John P. deJongh, Jr., a debate on waste-to-energy efforts and discussion of recycling and air pollution control in the Virgin Islands. The conference is open to all and especially appropriate for government officials, members of the business community, scientists, environmental leaders, academics and students.

More information and on-line registration is available from the EPA web site:

www.epa.gov/region02/40thanniversaryvi.

March 4 Deadline Set for 2011 Cap and Gown Measurements on St. Croix

March 4 is the deadline for students who expect to graduate in 2011 to provide cap and gown measurements at the UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus. Failure to provide measurements in a timely manner will result in a late fees being attached to regalia orders.

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 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. A program overview and admission criteria are available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. 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.

Mocko Jumbies Sought for UVI Carnival Parade Contingent; Training Offered

UVI Professor Dr. David Smith is seeking members of the UVI community - students, faculty, staff and alumni - who would like to march in the 2011 Carnival Parade as a mocko jumbie. Dr. Smith, who annually organizes a mocko jumbie contingent from the University, is offering to train interested persons. "I have trained young kids to grandmas since the late 80s," writes Dr. Smith. "You can do it if you try." Interested persons should contact Dr. Smith by phone at (340) 693-1257 or send e-mail to dsmith@uvi.edu. According to Dr. Smith, "There is no better way to enjoy Carnival Parade than from above."

NIH Regional Meeting on Aging Research Planned for St. Thomas and St. Croix in April

The U.S. Virgin Islands will host a National Institutes of Health (NIH) regional meeting on aging research in April. The meeting is designed to provide information on existing opportunities for research and training, provide hands-on technical assistance in grant writing, solicit advice on the design of new research opportunities, and gain strategies for recruiting underrepresented students and investigators to aging research.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Director's Regional Meeting will be held on April 7 and 8, on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses concurrently, via video-conference. Individuals who should attend this meeting include health science professionals and students within health science research institutions with an interest in beginning or strengthening their aging research expertise and/or portfolio.

The featured speakers will be NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes, NIMHD Director Dr. John Ruffin, Dr. James S. Jackson, a professor at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Dr. Gloria B. Callwood, director of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands.

The application deadline is Friday, March 25, with registration available on-line. To register, visit the NIH website at http://www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/2011DirectorsRegionalMtg.htm and click on Web Registration. For additional information on this meeting contact Andrea Griffin-Mann at (301) 496-0765 or send e-mail to griffinmanna@mail.nih.gov.

TMCF Scholarship and Internship Opportunities for UVI Students

Interested UVI students are encouraged to explore these scholarship and internship opportunities organized by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and several national organizations.

Wells Fargo Offers Business and Finance Scholarships

The TMCF and Wells Fargo Financial will provide financial assistance to outstanding male and female African American students who are interested in careers in the business and finance industry. In addition to excelling in the classroom, these individuals should be leaders in the community and exemplify the values of volunteerism and service.

The Wells Fargo Scholarship provides academic scholarships of $4400 to students attending TMCF member schools with a focus on business or finance majors; although all majors are welcome to apply. This scholarship is eligible for annual renewal provided the scholars meet the GPA requirement and continue to demonstrate unmet financial need. More information and applications are available from the TMCF web site - http://thurgoodmarshallfund.net/student/well-fargo-scholarship.

Teach for America Paid Summer Internships Available

Teach for America is offering paid summer internship opportunity for several available operations coordinator positions. Operations coordinators manage summer training institutes to ensure that corps members are able to focus on their own professional development and student achievement. They receive a guaranteed salary ranging from $2,500 to $3,000, with room, board, and a portion of travel expenses also provided.

Teach For America will operate summer institutes this year in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and the Mississippi Delta. To find out more about the internships or to submit an application, visit www.teachforamerica.org/careers/institute. Interested UVI students can also contact TMCF Student Ambassador Latisha Ramsey at 910061547@myuvi.net.

IRP Announces Schedule for National Survey of Student Engagement at UVI

UVI's Office of Institutional Research & Planning (IRP) has announced it will administer the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at UVI in collaboration with the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research from Feb. 8 through March 23, 2011.

The survey is designed to collect feedback from UVI freshman and senior students on both campuses. It will focus on the quality of student interactions with faculty and peers, how students spend their time, and what they gain educationally from classes and other activities. The results will help the University to assess the quality of its undergraduate programs and show where improvement is needed. Students selected for the survey will receive customized letters of invitation and survey packages from the Provost. Those who respond to the survey by April 28, 2011, will be entered into a gift drawing.

The complete announcement is available from the IRP section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. More about the NSSE is available from the NSSE website: www.nsse.iub.edu. Individuals with questions about the project or interest in using the project's results should contact Institutional Research & Planning at irp@uvi.edu.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Announces Graduation Deadlines

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced the following schedule concerning orders for commencement related items.

Deadline for graduate's measurements - March 10, 2011

Location: STT Bookstore; Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Orders for college rings starting February 10, 2011

Location: Bookstore; Time: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM.

Student Testing Notes...

Spring 2011 Computer Literacy Examination (CLE) Schedule Set for St. Croix

The schedule for Spring 2011 Computer Literacy Examinations (CLE) and the schedule for CLE Tutorials for UVI's St. Croix campus has been released.

Computer Literacy Examination Schedule

CLE C (03/09/2011)  WED 12:00-02:00 p.m.              NW133 Clavier M

CLE A (03/24/2011)  THU    12:00-02:00 p.m.              NW131 Clavier M

CLE D (04/09/2011) SAT      12:00-02:00 p.m.              NW131 Clavier M

Computer Literacy Examination Tutorial Scheduled

CLE C (03/02/2011) WED  12:00-02:00 p.m.              NW133 Clavier M

CLE D (04/02/2011) SAT      12:00-02:00 p.m.              NW131 Clavier M

For more information contact Marthious Clavier at (340) 692-4090 or send e-mail to: mclavie@uvi.edu.

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, March 17, 2011                          Friday, March 11, 2011

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.

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. CLEP tests will be administered on Feb. 25, March 8, March 24 and 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 cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

English Proficiency Exam Slated for April 7 at UVI

UVI's Spring semester English Proficiency Exam (EPE) for the University is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on April 7, 2011.

On St. Thomas, the test will be administered in Rooms 223, 224 and 225 of UVI's Sports and Fitness Center. Students should be prepared to present an I.D. in order to be admitted. Students must register for the EPE in the Access and Enrollment Office located in the Administration and Conference Center building. For more information on St. Thomas, contact Dr. Vincent Cooper at (340) 693-693-1351.

On St. Croix, the exam will be administered in Rooms 302, 303, 305, and 308 of the Evans Center. Students are required to register at the Enrollment and Access Office in Room 807. Two EPE workshops are scheduled on the St. Croix campus, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, March 18, and from 4 to 6 p.m., on Friday, April 1. The workshop venue is Evans Center Room 716. For more information on St. Croix, please Dr. Valerie Combie at 692-4126.

MPA Comprehensive Exam Scheduled for April 8 at UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands will administer the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Comprehensive Exam on Friday, April 8, 2011. The exam will be offered on both campuses. The rooms for the exam are to be announced. Candidates for the exam should contact Dr. Sunday Odezah no later than Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at (340) 693-1283 or via e-mail to sodezah@uvi.edu.

  UVI CELL Items...

Basic Quickbooks Training Offered by UVICELL

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is offering a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use the full-featured small business accounting software - QuickBooks.

Introduction to QuickBooks will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays beginning Feb. 26, at the UVICELL Center on St. Croix. Participants will learn to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more.

For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVICELL at (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL to Offer Bookkeeping Course Beginning in March

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer courses for individuals interested in acquiring basic bookkeeping skills beginning in March on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas, Intro to Bookkeeping will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday starting March 1, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday starting March 2, at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted.

Participants will learn to perform basic bookkeeping functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions, preparing basic financial statements, reconciling bank statements, preparing payroll and much more.

For more information or to register, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL Offers Free Grant Writing Seminar

The University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a free seminar for anyone who has an interest in learning how to get grant funding. The seminar is titled Effective Proposal Development Process. It will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the UVICELL Center on St. Thomas.

The two-hour seminar will provide a brief overview on developing successful grant proposals and will serve as a precursor to the upcoming Grants and Proposal Writing Skills course which will also be offered in March. Participants will receive information on the entire grant writing process from laying the groundwork to reporting requirements.

For more information on this free seminar, call the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Intermediate Bookkeeping Course Offered by UVICELL

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a course for individuals interested learning bookkeeping in order to function as an entry-level bookkeeper or manage their own books.

  On St. Thomas, Intermediate Bookkeeping will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning March 29. On St. Croix, the course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting March 30. All sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on St. Thomas and the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Participants will to prepare basic financial statements, journalize and post accrual, reconcile a bank statement, prepare payroll and much more.

For more information or to register, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Workshops for Human Resources Professionals Slated for March 16

The UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center and the American Management Association (AMA) will offer workshops titled Fundamentals of Human Resource Management from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. On St. Croix, the session will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

The workshop is part of a series being offered by the UVICELL in conjunction with the AMA. Participants will learn the essentials of key Human Resources functions such as implementing a results-based performance management system, writing job descriptions and specifications, developing cost-effective, competitive compensation and benefits programs, recruiting, selecting, and interviewing and hiring employees in compliance with federal and state laws.

For more information on the program or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.