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Bulletin Board for June 30, 2011

Summer Classes to Take Place on Tuesday, July 5th

The University of the Virgin Islands will follow the UVI Academic Calendar, which lists a holiday in observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 4th.

Classes will take place on Tuesday, July 5th. Both campus libraries will be open.

Based on the holiday schedule distributed by the UVI Human Resources Department, staff will observe the Independence Day holiday on Monday July 4th and the Emancipation Day holiday on Tuesday, July 5th. Faculty, however, who have contracts to teach during the second summer session, must honor the UVI Academic Calendar and teach on Tuesday, July 5th. Classes will take place on Tuesday, July 5th, at their regularly scheduled times.

Research and Technology Park Board to Meet July 7

The Board of Directors of the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park will meet at 2 p.m. (AST) on Thursday, July 7, at the RTPark offices on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Teleconference is available. To participate or for more information, call the RTPark at 340-692-4200.

Fitness Workshop to be Held at UVI's Wellness Center

The UVI Wellness Center on the St. Thomas campus will host an exciting new fitness workshop July 5-15, conducted by well-known fitness trainer Linda O'Toole. The workshop offers three options - six classes, nine classes or 18 classes. Some of the classes include Power Pilates, Bodywork Buttkicker, Bodywork Blast and Booty Beat. Classes are offered between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

To register for the fitness workshop visit www.bodyworkvi.com. For more information call the Wellness Center at 693-1075.

UVI CELL to Host Real Estate Sales Class

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.

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UVI's MMES Program Seeks Snorkel Participants for Marine Research

The University of the Virgin Islands Masters of Marine and Environmental Science program will host a free snorkel trip to conduct marine research as part of a study titled "Experiential Learning and Reef Resilience." UVI students and members of the community are invited to participate in this research and free snorkel trip from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12. It will include snorkeling off the Center for Marine and Environmental Science dock and at Flat Cay. Participants will conduct hands-on research and must take an online pre and post survey. Lunch will be provided.

Participants must be at least 18 years old and must be able to swim. A mandatory swim test for all wishing to participate will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, July 11.

To register or for more information call UVI Professor Dr. Kostas Alexandridis at 340-693-1376 or Research Assistant Elena Kobrinski at 202-607-1786.

UVI Libraries to Observe Reduced Hours During Summer Session II

UVI Libraries will observe reduced operating hours during Summer II as follows:

Closed on Saturdays, beginning Saturday, June 25th

Open on Sundays, 3 - 8 p.m., beginning Sunday, June 26th

Summer Session II will be held from June 23 to 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 August 22.

New student registration at the St. John Academic Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, August 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 www.uvi.edu or from this direct link. The complete news release is available from this direct link.

UVI Music Camp Offers Free Concerts on St. Thomas; Public Invited

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.

The students will perform free weekly concerts in June and July at the Emancipation Garden, in Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas. The concerts will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15p.m. every Wednesday. A special Pre-Fourth of July concert will be held at the Emancipation Garden from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 3. 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 Emancipation Garden performances are scheduled as follows:

Sunday, July 3, 4:30 to 5:45p.m.            

Wednesday, July 6, 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m.                                 

Wednesday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.                           

Wednesday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.                           

Wednesday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.                           

In addition to performing the free concerts, members of the camp also perform each Sunday at various churches. The group's final performance will be the children's opera "The Barber of Seville" at 7 p.m. on July 27, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

For more information, call Prof. Venzen at 693-1192.

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.

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.

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 mbartle@uvi.ed. Submissions must be sent by midnight on Thursday, June 30.

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.

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)

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 - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link:

/import/sites/uvi/Pages/DSM-Student_Research_Symposia.aspx?s=RE.

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 - 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.