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Bulletin Board for May 13, 2011

UVI to Conduct 47th Annual Commencement Ceremonies

The University of the Virgin Islands' 47th annual commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 14, on the St. Thomas campus and Sunday, May 15, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

The St. Thomas event begins at 7 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center. Faculty and professional staff who wish to participate should arrive in full regalia at the Sports and Fitness center by no later than 6 p.m. A rehearsal on St. Thomas is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11.

On St. Croix the ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m. under the large tent on the campus grounds. Members of the faculty and professional staff who wish to participate are expected to arrive in full regalia no later than 3:30 p.m. A rehearsal on St. Croix is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

Volunteers Needed for Part Two of UVI's 2011 Alumni Phonathon Initiative

Volunteers are needed for part two of UVI's 2011 Alumni Phonathon which will be conducted in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus from May 23-26. Volunteers from the UVI community - students, alumni, faculty, and staff - are needed to make calls, process paperwork, and help organize call sheets. Calling will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly.

The annual Alumni Phonathon has become one of the University's primary vehicles for communicating with its alumni body. This year, part one of this initiative was launched with a calling campaign in observance of UVI's Charter Month. Part two of this effort, will focus on special alumni - persons who attended UVI or CVI (the College of the Virgin Islands) for a minimum of 12 months, but did not graduate. This is also part of an over-arching effort to reconnect with individuals who attended this institution before it offered a four-year degree.

Special alumni, like graduates, have a unique interests, ties or experience with UVI. During the phonathon, volunteers will call special alumni, update contact and career information, share current news about UVI and the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration, and invite them to support the University and its students. Funds raised through the annual phonathon support student scholarships, UVI's areas of greatest need, the Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands, the Reichhold Center for the Arts, and UVI's research and academic divisions. 

Volunteers will each receive a special thank you gift and dinner will be provided. Prizes will be awarded to the top callers each night and to the overall top callers for the four days of the phonathon. The 2011 Alumni Phonathon is sponsored by the UVI's Offices of Development and Alumni Affairs.

To volunteer, contact Liza Margolis at (340) 693-1053 or send e-mail to lmargol@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

Pinning Ceremony Set for UVI Nursing Graduates on St. Croix

The pinning ceremony for graduates of UVI's Associate of Science in Nursing program will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 13. It will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing Building on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. A pinning ceremony for graduates of UVI's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was held on St. Thomas, on May 12.

UVI Libraries Announce Intersession Hours

UVI Libraries are observing intersession hours through Sunday, May 15, 2011. Regular hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Intersession hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Closed: Saturdays and Sundays.

All student computer labs, except those in the Library will be closed for maintenance during intersession. For details, contact the UVI Help Desk at helpdesk@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1466.

Virgin Islands Small Business Week Activities Slated for May 23-27

Virgin Islands Small Business Week activities are scheduled for May 23-27 on St. Thomas and St. Croix. "Empowering Entrepreneurs!" will be the theme for the week's series of seminar presentations and award ceremonies presented by the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration. UVI President Dr. David Hall will be the featured speaker at the Small Business Week Awards Ceremony on St. Thomas on Friday, May 27.

The week's events include:

Monday - May 23 - FirstBank-VI Seminar: How Credit Impacts Your Ability to Get a Loan - 2 to 4 p.m. - SBDC Training Center St. Croix

Monday - May 23 - Seminar: "The Leap: Going from Income to Wealth" with author, entrepreneur and columnist Rhonda Abrams - 6 to 8 p.m. - Marriott Frenchman's Reef - St. Thomas.

Tuesday May 24 - Seminar: The Leap: Going from Income to Wealth with author, entrepreneur and columnist Rhonda Abrams - 6 to 8 p.m. - TBD - St. Croix

Tuesday - May 24 - Free Seminar: Estate Planning - 6 to 9 p.m. - SBDC Training Center - St. Thomas

Wednesday - May 25 - Seminar: How to Start A Business in the U.S. Virgin Islands - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - SBDC Training Center St. Thomas

Thursday - May 26 - Virgin Islands Small Business Week Awards Ceremony/St. Croix - noon to 3 p.m. - UVI Great Hall - St. Croix

Thursday - May 26 - FirstBank-VI Seminar: How Credit Impacts Your Ability to Get a Loan - 6 to 8 p.m. - SBDC Training Center - St. Thomas

Friday - May 27 - COPE Caribbean Conference for Business Superstars - Women Helping Women - 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Rennaisance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort and Spa - St. Croix

Friday - May 27 - Virgin Islands Small Business Week Award Ceremony/St. Thomas - Guest Speaker: UVI President Dr. David Hall - 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Reichhold Center for the Arts - St. Thomas

For details call the VI-SBDC St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206 or the VI-SBDC St. Croix Service Center at (340) 692-5270.

UVI Community Encouraged to Visit Official 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 University is using its page to share information about UVI events and activities. 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.

Financial Aid Office Releases Summer 2011 Financial Aid Update

UVI's Office of Financial Aid has announced the release of the Summer 2011 Financial Aid eligibility criteria and documentation. With the passage of the FY 2011 spending bill by Congress, the second scheduled Pell Grant award will remain in effect for the Summer 2011 term, only. 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.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to Perform May 21 at the Reichhold Center

The widely acclaimed Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will bring exhilarating dance to UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. The company's presentation is described as contemporary ballet with a European twist. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet features 12 dancers and is led by directors Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty. It performs year-round home seasons in both Aspen and Santa Fe, and has made landmark appearances at the famed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Kennedy Center, New York City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, Wolftrap, and the Joyce Theater in New York City, as well as performing in virtually every corner of the United States.

Tickets are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office and from Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again and the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas. They can be purchased from Connections on St. John. Residents of St. John are encouraged to sign-up for the discount shuttle service offered between Red Hook and the Reichhold Center. For details, call (340) 693-1559. The performance is supported by International Capital & Management Company, the V.I. Lottery, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority, the V.I. Department of Education, FirstBank, Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Resort, and Innovative. For more information visit the Reichhold Center website at www.reichholdcenter.com.

Scholarships Available for Advanced Degrees, Cultural Projects

The board of directors of the Virgin Islands Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment Scholarship is accepting applications through May 16, for its scholarship program. Virgin Islands residents pursuing advanced degrees are encouraged to apply. Funding is also available for VI residents conducting research and projects designed to promote cultural awareness in the territory. Recipients may receive up to $10,000 per year.

The scholarship program was created by the Virgin Islands Legislature in 1970 to assist residents with financial support to advance their academic and professional studies. On-line applications are available from the UVI website's - www.uvi.edu - Institutional Advancement page and from the Scholarship page in the Financial Aid section, and from this direct link. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. For more information and eligibility requirements contact Ardrina Scott-Elliott at 693-1040.

TMCF Seeking Scholarship Applications for 2011-2012 School Year

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has opened its scholarship application process to all students seeking financial assistance for the 2011-2012 school year. TMCF scholarship recipients are awarded annually to students meeting the TMCF eligibility criteria for scholarship. Awards are made per semester based on a verification process designed to ensure students are meeting academic expectations and have an unmet financial need. All classifications of students are invited to apply for a TMCF scholarship.

TMCF scholarship requirements and programs accepting applications are featured at this link: http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/student/scholarshipprograms.

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 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.

  Student Testing Notes...

UVI Schedules Placement Tests for English and Mathematics

The following schedule for English Placement Tests and Math Placement Tests have been announced by UVI.

St. Thomas Campus

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

Place: Sports and Fitness Center, Room 222

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. - English 100 (writing)

  2:30-3:30 p.m. - English 101 (reading)

  4:00-6:00 p.m. - Math

St. Croix Campus

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

Place: Rooms Q 100 and R 100 (Nursing area)

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. - English 100 (writing)

  2:30-3:30 p.m. - English 101 (reading)

Students should bring two blue or black ink pens for English, pencils for math (calculators are optional and allowed on Part I of the exam), and a photo ID. Students should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to any test in order to register.

A guide that could help you prepare for the Math exam is available here: /import/sites/uvi/Publications/Show_them_you_know_some_math.pdf

For more information contact Linda Wymer (340) 693-1346 or send e-mail to lwymer@uvi.edu.

CELL Notes...

CELL Offers Intermediate Quickbooks Course on St. Croix Beginning May 14

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center is offering a course for experienced users of the full-featured small business accounting software QuickBooks. Intermediate QuickBooks will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays beginning May 14. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

 

The training is a continuation of the material covered in the Introduction to QuickBooks course. Participants will gain a better understanding of their financial records and how to utilize this information to make managerial decision for their companies.

 

For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVICELL at (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

 

 

UVICELL to Begin Grant Writing Series of Seminars on St. Croix on May 14

 

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a series of grant writing seminars for individuals interested in developing successful, fundable grants.

 

The first course in the series - Grant and Proposal Writing Skills - Module 1 - will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and May 21, 2011. The sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

 

The course will provide seasoned and beginning grant writers with effective grant-writing strategies to craft successful grant proposals. Participants will learn how to organize the grant writing process, prepare the basic elements of a grant application, locate funding sources and much more.

 

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

 

 

CELL Plans Workshops on Managing Change in Organizations on May 18

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will host one-day workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix titled "Planning and Managing Change" on Wednesday, May 18. The workshop will center on the importance of proactively managing change in organizations and avoiding knee-jerk reactions that undermine efforts to deal change. The workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at both islands. On St. Thomas, it will be held at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, the workshop will take place at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street, in Frederiksted.

The workshop is part of a series offered by UVICELL in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants will learn to manage the change process; help others move successfully through the process; diagnose the impact of change; determine key success factors; monitor change implementation and much more. The AMA - a recognized leader in management education for more than 75 years - provides a full range of management development and educational services to individuals, companies and government agencies worldwide, including 486 of the Fortune 500 companies.

For more information on the program or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

 

 

SBDC Notes...

How to Start a Business in the V.I. Seminars Offered by SBDC on St. Thomas

A series of step-by-step seminars on how to start a business in the Virgin Islands is being offered by the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center on St. Thomas. The one-hour seminar covers business licenses and fees, business structures, insurance, tax considerations and financing. The fee is $10 for individuals who pre-register and $15 at the door.

Three sessions are offered at the SBDC Service Center at Nisky Center on the following schedule: May 11 at 6 p.m.; May 19 at 6 p.m. and May 25 at 9 a.m. For more information call the SBDC St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206 or send email to sbdcstt@uvi.edu.

 

 

Author, Entrepreneur and Columnist Rhonda Abrams to Present SBDC Seminars

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host seminars by author, entrepreneur and nationally syndicated columnist Rhonda Abrams on St. Thomas on May 23 and on St. Croix on May 24.

 

Abrams, a widely recognized expert on small businesses and entrepreneurship, writes the nation's most widely-distributed column on the subjects, appearing weekly in USA Today and quarterly in the Costco Connection. She has written more than a dozen books on small business, which have been translated into more than 30 languages. Among her best-selling works are "Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies," now in its fifth edition, and "Six-Week Start-Up," "Business Plan In A Day," "What Business Should I Start?" and "Successful Marketing: Secrets & Strategies." Her work has been adopted by more than 600 business schools throughout the U.S. - including UCLA, MIT, University of Arizona, Cornell, University of California, Berkeley and USC.

 

Abrams has started three successful companies and is currently president and chief entrepreneur of The Planning Shop, a publishing endeavor that creates content for small businesses. Her real-life experience along with her broad view of entrepreneurship gives her a unique understanding of the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur.

 

Her seminar - "The Leap: Going from Income to Wealth" - will focus on growing a business and sharing success strategies with small business owners and potential entrepreneurs. The St. Thomas session is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef on May 23. The St. Croix seminar will be offered at 6 to 8 p.m. at the Theatre (Evans Center Room 401) on UVI's campus on St. Croix on May 24. Admission is $25 at the door or $20 in advance. For details, visit the SBDC website - www.sbdcvi.org - (340) 692-5270 for St. Thomas/St. John or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix.

 

 

Media Marketing to Represent Territory During National Small Business Week

Jennifer Sibilly and Rita Jones, owners of Media Marketing of St. Thomas, have been named the 2011 Virgin Islands Small Business Persons of the Year on the national level by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They will represent the territory at National Small Business Week events to be held in Washington, D.C., on May 18 through 20. This is the first time that the Virgin Islands will be represented at the national level. The formal placement of the territory's representative at the national level was made possible by the Office of Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen and the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center.

 

"Jennifer and Rita exemplify the true entrepreneurship spirit," said Leonor Dottin, state director of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center. "As our small business clients, we are honored to have nominated Media Marketing for this distinguished recognition. Their efforts and dedication to continuously grow their business, while maintaining the high quality standards they offer, are in itself reasons for them to have been nominated by the VI SBDC."

 

Sibilly and Jones founded Media Marketing in 2003. Their business publishes Places to Explore, the official digest publication of the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association, the Marine Guide, Places to Eat Maps for St. Thomas and St. Croix, and specialty products. Media Marketing also represents HCP/Aboard Custom Publishing in Miami with the DISCOVER magazine, the hard-cover, in-room guide for the Hotel & Tourism Association. For more information regarding National Small Business Week, visit the website: www.nationalsmallbusinessweek.com.

 

 

V.I. SBDC Sets Dates for Annual Awards During Small Business Week May 23-27

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has scheduled its local 2011 annual awards ceremonies during V.I. Small Business week which will run from May 23 through 27. The ceremony on St. Croix will be held on May 26. The St. Thomas Ceremony is set for May 27. For more information call (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix.