UVI Summer Session II Begins Today
UVI Bookstores Temporarily Extend hours of Operations
The UVI Bookstores will extend their hours of operation to accommodate students for the start of Summer Session II. The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus will open one additional hour for three days. Extended hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, Friday, June 24 and Monday, June 27.
The UVI Bookstore on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will be open two additional hours on Thursday, June 23, only - from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information about the UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus, call 693-1561, and for the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix call 692-4162.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Public Invited to Mango Melee on Sunday
It will be all about mangoes and fruits at the "Mango Melee & Tropical Fruit Festival" scheduled for Sunday, June 26, at the St. George Village Botanical Garden on St. Croix. Mangoes will be featured throughout, including in the "Mango Dis - Mango Dat" food competition, the tasting of mangoes and tropical fruits, the mangoes and tropical fruits display and the "Mega-Mini Mango" contest. A crowd favorite is the "Mango Eating Contest." There will also be garden tours, nursery sales and a fruit auction. Produce from farmers and crafts from vendors will also be on sale. Live entertainment for this family event will be provided by DJ Swain, Santa Cruz Brass and the Superior Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6-12 years. Children 5 years and under are free. Sponsors of Mango Melee include the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station, the St. George Village Botanical Garden, the V.I. Department of Agriculture and the V.I. Department of Tourism. For more information call 692-2874 or 692-4060.
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.
Other Current Items...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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:
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.
Summer Session II Notes...
Financial Aid Office Offers Summer 2011 Financial Aid Update
UVI's Office of Financial Aid has posted Summer 2011 Financial Aid eligibility criteria and documentation on the UVI web site. With the passage of the FY 2011 spending bill by Congress, the second scheduled Pell Grant award will remain in effect only for the Summer 2011 term. The second scheduled Pell Grant will be eliminated for Summer 2012. Please visit the Financial Aid Section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or click the following direct links: Pell Grant and Direct Loan Program Information | Summer Pell Grant Application Form.
For additional information concerning Summer Aid, please contact UVI's Financial Aid Offices on St. Croix at (340) 692-4193 or on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1090.