UVI Researchers Plan TV Program on Impact of Climate Change on Public Health
Climate change is real and is having an impact now on the environment of the Virgin Islands. That is the message researchers from the University of the Virgin Islands plan to present during a live, interactive program scheduled to air on Channel 12 - WTJX-TV - at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 6.
Environmental changes in the territory are expected to promote an increase in the incidence of well-known diseases such as dengue fever and ciguatera (fish poisoning), according to Drs. Gloria Callwood and LaVerne Ragster, and their associates who are working under a grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The NIMHD is a division of the National Institutes of Health. Also involved in the effort are the Medical University of South Carolina and the V.I. Department of Health.
Public Invited to UVI's Spring 2011 Research Symposium on St. Croix...
The Virgin Islands public is invited to the University of the Virgin Islands' Ninth Annual Spring Research Symposium, set for 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. The symposium will take place in the Cafetorium on the University's St. Croix campus. The event is organized by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Programs office in UVI's College of Science and Mathematics. Admission is free.
Approximately 30 graduate and undergraduate students will present their innovative scientific research. A news release with photos is featured on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
UVI Announces Winners of Fall 2010 Research Symposium...
The winners of the Fall 2010 Research Symposium, held on Sept. 26, were Sanlin Robinson and Emilio Edwards. They were among 50 students who showcased 42 research topics on the St. Thomas campus. A news release is featured on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
April 30 Is Deadline to Apply for UVI Graduate Math Program for Teachers
The third cohort of UVI's Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (MMAT) program is scheduled to begin in August 2011. The program is for teachers of mathematics at the secondary level and prospective teachers with undergraduate degrees in mathematics. April 30, 2011 is the application deadline for the program. For an overview of the program, costs and requirements, visit the College of Science and Mathematics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link. More information is also available from Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Vanere Goodwin at (340) 692-4115 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Join UVI in Going Green' at Afternoon on the Green on March 13
The Virgin Islands community is invited to "Join UVI in Going Green" at the 2011 Afternoon on the Green slated for Sunday, March 13, on the Herman E. Moore Golf Course on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Food, fun and family games are again planned for this 22nd edition of the popular event. Top Notch Band, the Becca Darling Band and the Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers will provide the entertainment. Members of the community, organizations and businesses are encouraged to contribute food, drinks, money or volunteers. For more information call (340) 693-1040.
UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for February 2011
The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Feb. 1-28, 2011. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal and from this direct link.
Special Issue of Dateline: UVI Available Online
A special, four-page edition of dateline: UVI was published on Feb. 28. Along with an in-depth feature and photos from the recent Man Up Conference, the newsletter highlights the recent 40th anniversary of Agrifest on St. Croix, provides a preview of the 2011 edition of Afternoon on the Green - which is slated for March 13 on St. Thomas. It also covers the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) conference on siblings, features a look at UVI Student Trustee Elizabeth Pichardo and explains a student survey underway at the University. The February issue of dateline: UVI is available online from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.
UVI's St. Croix Bookstore to Take Class Ring Orders on March 25
A representative of the Herff Jones Company will be available at the St. Croix campus Bookstore from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 25, to take class ring orders. A deposit of $100 will be required when placing orders. For more information call (340) 692-4166.
Other Current Items...
UVI-CES to Co-Sponsor 40th EPA Anniversary Conference on St. Croix on March 4
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:
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 fee being attached to regalia orders.
St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Announces Graduation Deadline
The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced that the deadline for graduates to present measurements for commencement regalia is March 10. The Bookstore is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Annual Artist Talk to Feature Renowned American Indian Artists on St. Croix
UVI's The Caribbean Writer, in collaboration with the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, will feature a presentation by renowned American Indian Artists Edgar Heap of Birds and Shanna Ketchum Heap of Birds at the Museum Center's second annual Artist Talk scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. The artist will speak and show slides of their art works in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI's St. Croix campus.
The Caribbean Writer promises an engaging evening, one that will explore ways to approach collaborative art projects, and provide techniques to re-look and re-interpret the works of artists. The program should prove informative for local artists and would-be artists, art teachers, high school students and anyone interested in public art and American Indian cosmology.
CES and Frederick Lutheran Set St. Thomas Community Health Fair on March 12
A free, community health fair will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. The event is sponsored by the Frederick Lutheran Church and the UVI Cooperative Extension Service.
During the fair, UVI student nurses will offer health screenings, including blood pressure and glucose tests. Members of the church will offer spiritual counseling. UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will present a healthy homes demonstration, nutrition information and a course on how to construct a box garden. A variety of informational and support activities will be provided by other participants, including the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), the Rotary Club of St. Thomas, the American Cancer Association, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the V.I. Department of Health, Project HOPE and the Department of Health Immunization. For more information contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082.
10th UVI Charter Day-Queen Mary Highway 5K Walk/Run Slated for March 18
The University of the Virgin Islands' St. Croix campus will host the 10th Annual UVI Charter Day-Queen Mary Highway 5K Walk/Run on Friday, March 18. The popular activity is coordinated by the V.I. Pace Runners. The event, which takes runners and walkers from Sunshine Mall in Fredericksted to the UVI campus, has a 6 a.m. start time. For those who wish to park at UVI, transportation to the race start will be provided at 5 a.m. The registration fee is $10 for UVI students and children, and $15 for adults. To register, call (340) 692-4236. Walk/Run sponsors are Chef's Catering, Cost-U-Less, Coca Cola Bottling Company and Plaza Extra.
Reichhold Center Bringing Hugh Masekela and Lira for Two V.I. Shows
UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts is bringing legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Afro-pop vocalist Lira together for two outstanding evenings of world music - March 18, at the Island Center for the Performing Arts on St. Croix, and March 19, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas. The South African performers, who captivated audiences during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup, are bringing their dynamic synergy to the Virgin Islands for a two unforgettable nights of instrumental music and hypnotic vocals with an African flair.
Tickets are available at the Reichhold Ticket Office, or by calling (340) 693-1559, or via the web at www.reichholdcenter.com. Other ticket outlets are on St. Thomas: Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again and the UVI Bookstore, on St. John: Connections, on St. Croix: Urban Threadz, Undercover Books & Gifts (Gallows Bay), Riddims, Alliance Clothing and the UVI Bookstore.
The performances are sponsored by International Capital & Management Company, the V.I. Lottery, First Bank, the V.I. Waste Management Authority, the V.I. Council of the Arts, Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort, the V.I Department of Education, Tropical Shipping and Innovative Communications Company.
SGA to Host St. Croix Campus Shadow Our Students Program on March 29
The Student Government Association on UVI's St. Croix campus will host its fifth annual SOS (Shadow Our Students) Program on Tuesday, March 29. The program is designed to enhance UVI's recruitment efforts and build mentoring relationships between UVI students and graduating seniors in the local high schools. SOS gives students an opportunity to see first-hand the wealth of academic opportunities, professional development initiatives and extra-curricular programs offered at the University. Participants can shadow students studying in their prospective fields of interest and interact with student leaders. The highlight of this year's event will be a presentation by motivational speaker UVI Professor Ricardo Caldwell. The SOS 2011 theme on the St. Croix campus is "Inspiring Minds...Pursing Greatness." For details, contact SOS Program Coordinator/SGA Public Relations Officer Kevin Dixon at (340) 692-4191 or send email to email@example.com. Information is also available from Student Activities Supervisor Hedda Finch-Simpson at (340) 692-4228.
AES Offering Student Internship at University of Guam
UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) on the St. Croix campus has funds available to send one UVI student to the University of Guam for a four-week internship beginning on May 31. The internship will emphasize agriculture in a tropical island setting. UVI is seeking a student who is interested in pursuing a career agriculture, food science or environmental sciences. The opportunity is open to all UVI students. Funding is from a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant awarded through the CariPac Consortium.
The program offers an opportunity for a student to expand his/her awareness and appreciation of island life and cultures. Students from the other schools in the CariPac Consortium will participate. CariPac Consortium schools include: University of the Virgin Islands, University of Puerto Rico, University of Guam, Northern Marianas College, Palau Community College, American Samoa Community College, College of the Marshall Islands and College of Micronesia - FSM.
More information is available from Dr. Bob Godfrey, acting director of UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station, at (340) 692-4042 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BWC Planning Pre-Finals Academic Jams on St. Thomas, St. Croix
UVI's Brothers With A Cause organization will sponsor week-long academic jams on the University's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses from April 22 through 27. The jams are designed to create an atmosphere that allows students to sharpen their understanding of course materials in preparation for final exams through peer tutoring, group study and counseling. On-campus sessions are planned daily, stretching from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
On St. Thomas sessions will be available daily - from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. - in the Campus Advising & Tutorial Services (CATS) office. Group study and tutorials will be offered daily in the Dining Pavilion from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Access will also be available 24/7 in the Library Room 120 Computer Lab. On April 26 and 27 special sessions will be available in the VIP Room of the Sports and Fitness Center from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Counseling for individuals experiencing test anxiety will be available by appointment. Call (340) 693-1136.
On St. Croix sessions will be available daily - from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. - in the Campus Advising & Tutorial Services (CATS) office. Sessions for commuter students will be offered from 9 a.m. to midnight daily in the Residence Hall Seminar Room. Sessions for residential students will also be available in the Seminar Room from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Access will also be available 24/7 in the North West Wing Room 120 Computer Lab. Counseling for individuals experiencing text anxiety will be available by appointment. Call (340) 692-4187.
For more information on St. Thomas, contact (340) 693-1112. For more information on St. Croix, contact (340) 692-4181.
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.
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 email@example.com. According to Dr. Smith, "There is no better way to enjoy Carnival Parade than from above."
NIH 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRP Conduction 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 email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
UVI CELL Items...
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.
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.
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.