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Bulletin Board for July 18, 2011

UVI Class of 2011 Grads Offered Unique Present by Choice Communications

UVI's Class of 2011 graduates have been offered a unique graduation present, thanks to a collaboration between Choice Communications and the University's Office of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs. On Monday, July 18, an e-mail offer was sent to each graduate providing a certificate for a free Choice Wireless® Samsung Profile R580 cell phone. Grads must present the certificate at any Choice Wireless company store and select an unlimited monthly service plan to receive the free phone. Those who do will also have the phone's activation fee waived by Choice. An e-mail flyer with all the details is available on the UVI Facebook page - just click . UVI's Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs Linda I. Smith ('98, '03) said this promotion is one of several which will assist our 2011 grads in staying connected with their alma mater. Smith also encourages all UVI grads to get involved with the UVI alumni chapter in their area. Click here to locate a UVI alumni chapter.

UVI Music Camp Offers Free Concert Wednesday; Finale Set July 27 at Reichhold Center

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.

Participating students have been performing free weekly concerts on Wednesdays at Emancipation Garden, in Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas. The final free concert is slated for 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. this Wednesday, July 20. 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 young musicians' final performance will be the children's opera "The Barber of Seville" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call Prof. Venzen at (340) 693-1192.

Dateline: UVI Covers Fall Semester Introduction of Varsity Soccer on St. Croix

The latest edition of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI is now available from the UVI website - direct link. The June issue of Dateline: UVI covers the impending introduction of a UVI varsity soccer team based on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Official team play is slated to begin during the Fall 2011 semester. The Fall semester will also mark the beginning of video conference class offering at UVI's new St. John Academic Center located in The Marketplace shopping center in Cruz Bay. Dateline: UVI also highlights the recent start of UVI's new Summer Bridge Program which is designed to ease the transition from high school to college for students on St. Thomas and St. Croix. A limited number of newsletters are printed and distributed to University and other offices. The current and archived issues of Dateline: UVI are always available from this Public Relations Office link.

Other Current Items...

Alumna Colleen Williams Wins Newsletter Naming Contest

The UVI Alumni Affairs office is pleased to announce that alumna Colleen Williams ('83, '97) is the winner of the contest to name UVI's new alumni e-newsletter. The e-newsletter will be named "The UVI Alumni Chronicles," after Williams' winning entry. A panel of judges, including Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson and Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs Linda I. Smith, reviewed the contest's 367 entries. Alumna Williams is a principal at the Ricardo Richards Elementary School on St. Croix. For submitting the winning entry, she received two tickets to this past weekend's Reichhold Center's production of the Oliver Samuels play, "Midnight at Puss Creek."

UVI Contributed to Unique Underwater Video Series Airing Wednesdays on TV2

In an effort to educate the Virgin Islands community about the expansive Virgin Islands marine environment, the University of the Virgin Islands Sea Grant Marine Outreach Program and For The Sea Productions present "Learning to Sea - The USVI," a 13-week series of underwater videos during the local CBS affiliate TV2's evening news program. A new, three-minute video is being shown each Wednesday during the newscast. Each episode will feature a marine animal in its natural habitat, filmed in the waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and accompanied with narration and original music composed by local artists. The series was produced by multiple award-winning underwater filmmaker Ziggy Livnat, the founder of For The Sea Productions. A news release and links to view underwater videos is featured on the UVI homepage - direct link.

25th Anniversary Issue of The Caribbean Writer Focuses on Ayiti/Haiti

The Caribbean Writer is going places, and Volume 25, which is now available, will take readers to Haiti, originally known as Ayiti, land of high mountains. Volume 25 features prose and poetry by some of Haiti's locally and internationally celebrated writers. This 640-page edition features 70 pages of poetry by some of the Caribbean's leading poets. Also included are 100 pages of prose, a special section on Haitian Art and interviews with Earl Lovelace, who recently won the 2011 Caribbean Literary Prize, and Trinidad-American writer Elizabeth Nunez.

Volume 25 is currently available at local bookstores on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, as well as at the UVI Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Copies are $25 and can also be ordered directly from The Caribbean Writer's office by calling (340) 692-4152, emailing orders@thecaribbeanwriter.org or visiting www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org. A news release, complete with a photo of cover artwork by Pasko Mérisier, is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

CES Newsletter Focuses on Educational Activities and More

The latest issue of "From the Ground Up" a newsletter published by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is now available from the CES section - http://ces.uvi.edu - of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The issue features highlights of recent educational activities conducted by the Cooperative Extension Service and explores the impact these programs have on the lives of the people in the community. The wide variety of CES programs covered in the newsletter's 16 pages range from basic computer training to the weekly CES radio program "Agriculture on the Grow" on 107.9 FM. Also included are tips on nutrition, gardening and water safety, and a look at the award-winning 4-H Carnival Troupe. A highlight of the newsletter is a story on the cultural exchange trip to Ghana this past spring, during which CES Associate Director Kofi Boateng escorted 37 students, teachers and parents from St. Croix Central High School.

UVI Libraries to Observe Reduced Hours During Summer Session II

UVI Libraries are observing reduced operating hours during Summer Session II. The Libraries are closed on Saturdays and open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through 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 Aug. 22.

New student registration at the St. John Academic Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 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.

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.

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 - direct link.

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 - MAP web page. 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.

CELL Notes...

UVI CELL to Host Real Estate Sales Course Beginning in August

Individuals interested in learning more about the real estate industry are urged to register for the Real Estate Sales course offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center.

On St. Thomas, classes will be held 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 16, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Aug. 20, at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The Real Estate Sales course is designed to expose individuals to the real estate industry and specifically prepares them for the Real Estate Salesperson licensing examination. A variety of topics will be covered including Real Estate Theory, Mathematics, USVI Rules and Regulations and all applicable sections of the VI Code.

For fees and more information on the course, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.