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Bulletin Board for July 21, 2011

UVI Grad Enters BU as Medical Student; Two Selected for Early Medical Program

Recent UVI graduate Delia Miller joins Boston University this fall as a first-year medical student. Miller, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from UVI this past May, will matriculate at Boston University School of Medicine in August. UVI is one of 14 universities to participate in the highly selective Early Medical School Selection Program.

Two additional UVI students, Chinamaere Igwebuike and Monique Meade, have been accepted into this year's Early Medical School Selection Program. A news release is available from the UVI website homepage - direct link.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Special Alumni Phonathon - Phase III

Volunteers are being sought for Phase III of the UVI Special Alumni Phonathon, scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Sponsored by UVI's Office of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs, the Alumni Phonathon has become the primary venue for communicating with UVI special alumni. Phase I of the effort, which connected with alumni through a national calling program, was officially launched on March 1, and is ongoing. Phase II was held from May 23-26 with over 100 volunteers contributing their valuable time reaching persons who attended UVI for a minimum of 12 months and, although they did not graduate from UVI, maintain a special interest, tie or experience with the institution.

The phonathon allows the University to reconnect with special alumni, update their contact and career information, share the latest University information, and secure donations which continues to fund scholarships for UVI students. Individuals, as well as groups, are encouraged to join the effort as volunteers. Each volunteer receives a special gift and dinner each night of the phonathon. Prizes will be given to the top callers each night and a special "Director's Challenge" has been issued to reward the volunteer who raises the most pledges and highest amount of gifts during the four-night effort. The winner will receive a two-night stay at Treasure Isle Hotel in Tortola, BVI. There are many other prizes for volunteers being contributed by the community, including dinners, spa service, leather goods, etc. To volunteer, contact Cherilyn Brown - at cbrowne@uvi.edu - or Astrid Carmona - at acarmon@uvi.edu.

UVI Music Camp Finale Set July 27 at Reichhold Center for the Arts

Music lovers have one final opportunity to enjoy the talent of the 23 junior high and high school students enrolled in UVI's 2011 Summer Music Camp when the students perform "The Barber of Seville" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The students, under the direction of UVI music professor Austin Venzen and eight counselors from St. Thomas and St. Croix schools, have spend the past four weeks honing their skills, with a variety of activities and classes. They have also given free, weekly performances at Emancipation Garden in Charlotte Amalie and visited various local churches on Sundays.

Tickets for the music camp finale are $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call Prof. Venzen at (340) 693-1192. Supporters of the music camp finale include the Office of the Governor, the Prior Family Foundation, the V.I. Council on the Arts, the American Legion Post 90 choir and the V.I. Lottery.

College Business Residency Program Holds Closing Ceremony

The UVI College Business Residency Program held its closing ceremony on Thursday, July 14, on the St. Thomas campus. The program's 27 students from high schools throughout the territory spent three weeks studying ethics, business etiquette and business management. More information and photos are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog - which is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

Alumni, Guests and Oliver Samuels Are All Smiles

It was all smiles as UVI alumni and guests met renowned comedian Oliver Samuels, after his performance of the play "Midnight at Puss Creek" at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on July 9. Reserved tickets to the performance were won by alumna Colleen Williams ('83, '97), for submitting the winning entry in a contest to name the upcoming alumni e-newsletter. More details and a photo from the evening are featured on the UVI Facebook page: .

President's Report 2009-2010 Available from UVI Website

The most recent issue of the UVI President's Report is now available in electronic format from the President's and Public Relations sections of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. The report - also available from this direct link - includes the University's financial report, data on enrollment trends and lists of donors for the periods of 2008-2009 and 2009-2010. Also featured is a look at UVI alumni who financially support their institution and new funding initiatives such as online giving and the government payroll deduction program. For printed copies of the report contact the Office of the President at (340) 693-1000.

Fall Semester Notes...

UVI to Offer Wait Listing Option for Limited Number of Classes

The University of the Virgin Islands Access and Enrollment Services Office, as part of its customer service improvement plan, is set to introduce Banner Wait Listing for a limited number of classes, on Monday, July 25. With this new feature, students who opt to be wait-listed for a class in which they were unable to register will receive an automatic e-mailed notification when a place becomes available. Students will have 24 hours from the time the e-mail is generated in which to register for the class.

Students are encouraged to choose the Wait Listing option, as it will also provide the University with useful planning information on classes that are in high demand. For more information on St. Thomas or St. Croix send e-mail to registrar@uvi.edu.

UVI's Fall Semester Classes to Begin Aug. 22, 2011; Registration Details

Returning Students: Online registration for returning students is now underway. It continues through Friday, Aug. 12. To register, returning students must confer with their advisors to have courses approved and to receive login PINs for access to UVI's BanWeb system. For details, call (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4158 on St. Croix.

Details - class schedules and information sheets - are available from the of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. The deadline for returning students to pay tuition and fees is 4 p.m. on Aug. 12.

New Students: New student registration is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17, at UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Late registration is slated for Aug. 18-19.

Late Registration: Late registration is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 19. A $75 late fee will be charged for late registration.

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.

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.

Other Current Items...

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UVI's CELL Center to Offer Free Energy Efficiency Workshops in August

Educating the community about ways to save money and energy is the goal of a series of free workshops to be hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) workshops are designed to promote energy efficiency and encourage the use of renewable energy. The first workshops in the series - Energy Efficiency for Residential Consumers - is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Workshops will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus and at the UVI-CELL Center in Frederiksted on St. Croix. Workshops designed specifically for the business community will follow from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, in the same island locations.

Participants are urged to bring copies of their most recent WAPA bills for a chance to obtain a free energy monitor which can be used to track energy consumption and savings. For more information call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu. EERE workshops are made possible by the Energy Office Discretionary Grant Program which is funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

UVICELL to Offer Human Resources Certification Program in September

Human resource professionals who wish to obtain nationally recognized credentials can now take advantage of a preparatory course being held by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The Human Resources Certification Program is scheduled to begin on Monday, Sept.12, on St. Thomas. Persons interested in participating in the program should submit applications to the UVICELL Center by Monday, Aug. 22.

The review course provides a solid foundation for meeting human resources challenges found in today's demanding work environment and prepares professionals to qualify for Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designations. The certifications are awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and signify that human resources professionals have achieved the industry certification that sets them apart as true professionals in their field.

For information on fees and the complete course schedule, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.