UVI Carnival Troupe Practice Starts Today; There's Still Time to Join the Fun
There's still time to join UVI's 2011 Carnival troupe. Marchers in the Adults Parade on May 7 meet for their first practice at 5 p.m. today (Thursday, May 5) at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center. For details, contact Leon Lafond in Student Affairs at (340) 693-1120 or Kyza A. Callwood via e-mail at email@example.com. Info on housing for St. Croix students who want to join the fun is available from Aneka Francis at (340) 693-1110. Details are also available from the St. Thomas Student Activities section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: UVI Troupe Information | UVI Troupe Registration Form.
UVI Carnival T-Shirts On Sale in Administration and Conference Center
UVI Carnival T-Shirts are available for sale today (Thursday, May 5) in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Shirts are $15 and are available in Lime Green, Kelly Green and Hunter Green - in keeping with the UVI Carnival Troupe theme - Let our Cultural Spirit Enliven Carnival 2011 as UVI Goes Green.
UVI to Close Friday, May 6, for Carnival Friday Recess
The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Friday, May 6, for the Carnival Friday Recess. Administrative Offices will reopen on their normal schedules on Monday, May 9. A full list of UVI holidays is featured on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal and from this direct link.
UVI Libraries Announce Intersession Hours
UVI Libraries will observe intersession hours from Wednesday, May 4, through Sunday, May 15, 2011. Both UVI Libraries and the St. John Academic Center will be closed on Carnival Friday, May 6. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (340) 693-1466.
VIUCEDD Sets Forum on Mental Illness in the Virgin Islands for May 12
May is Mental Health Month and Clear Blue Sky, Inc., in collaboration with the UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), will present a Forum on Mental Illness in the Virgin Islands from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 12, in the Administration and Conference Center on the University's St. Thomas campus.
The forum is designed to encourage awareness and understanding by the public of mental health issues and the services that are available to help people with a mental illness get well, stay well and progress beyond the confines of mental illness. The forum will also feature a panel of service providers who work with individuals along the continuum of a mental illness.
The forum's special guest speaker will be Evan Gerrard, a training coordinator with Genesis Club in Worcester, Mass., and the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD). The ICCD is a global resource for communities creating solutions for people with mental illness. It helps communities around the world create ICCD Clubhouses, which are community centers that give people with mental illness hope and opportunities to reach their full potential.
Gerrard will discuss the Clear Blue Sky Clubhouse model. The public is invited to take advantage of this opportunity to change perceptions and take control of mental illness in the U.S. Virgin Islands. For details contact VIUCEDD Program Coordinator Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173.
UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for April 2011
The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for April 1-30, 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.
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. A list of the week's events follows:
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.
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End of Semester and Service Awards Ceremony for Part-time Faculty Set May 5
UVI will honor 11 part-time faculty members with an End of Semester and Service Award Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Those to be honored, and their years of service, are:
College of Science and Mathematics: Basil Williams (20), Kodzo Ekpe (10) and Mario Golden (10); College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences: Claritza Castro (15), Charles Peters (15),Gayle Dancy-Benjamin (10), Gerard Emanuel (10), LaVaughn Belle (5), Martha Joseph (5) and Shanelle Warner (5); School of Education: Winona Hendricks (10).
The University community is invited to attend and support the part-time faculty. The ceremony will be available via videoconference in Business Room B 110 on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 401 on St. Croix.
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.
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.
UVI Ad Club President Wins Best of Show in 2011 USVI ADDY Awards
Recaldo Richardson, president of the UVI Ad Club, received the Student Addy Award for Best of Show at the 2011 ADDY Awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of the U.S. Virgin Islands, on Saturday, April 30. Richardson won for his student project advertising campaign titled "I Am Drama: School of Theatrical Arts." UVI Ad Club members celebrated on stage with Richardson while receiving a standing ovation from the audience. UVI Ad Club members assisted the AAF USVI to organize the 2011 event, serving as red carpet photographers, award delivery ushers and at the registration and payment table. Photos from the event are featured on the AAF UVI Ad Club Facebook page. A news release is available on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. A photo is also featured on the UVI Today... photo blog: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.
Dateline: UVI Features Look at Miss UVI and Visits the UVI Wellness Center
The April issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline:UVI has been published and is available from the Public Relations page of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The issue takes a closer look at the UVI Wellness center and its new coordinator Lorenzo Donastorg. It also features the newly crowned Miss UVI Daniella Henry and Susan L. Taylor, the 2011 Alfred O. Heath Distinguished lecture Series speaker. Limited printed copies of Dateline:UVI are distributed monthly.
Senior Class Notes...
Graduating Students Participation in Exit Interview Process
UVI's Offices of Counseling and Placement and Institutional Advancement are collaborating on the Exit Interview process for all UVI graduating students. Information on the process and exit interview forms from Career Development and Alumni Affairs have been provided, via e-mail, to all graduating students. Members of the UVI community are asked to encourage any graduating students they may know to respond in a timely manner to these important surveys.
Appreciation Dinner, Ball for 2011 Graduates on St. Croix Slated for May 7
An appreciation dinner and ball for the 2011 graduating class at UVI Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at the Great Hall of the North West Wing. The ball is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. The evening is designed to give special recognition to the parents, spouses, family, friends, faculty and staff who have aided the upcoming graduates on their academic journey. Attire for the event is formal. Admission is $25 for graduates, $30 for general admission, and $10 for persons age 10 and under. The deadline to purchase tickets is May 5. They are available from Necola Charles in the Campus Executive Administrator's office, Sana Hamed, Miguelina Valdes, Joel Dorsett and Sasha Green.
Graduation Ball 2011 Set Sunday, May 8, on St. Thomas
The 2011 St. Thomas campus Graduation Ball will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort. The deadline to purchase tickets - which are $55 - is today (Tuesday, May 3). For details and to purchase tickets send e-mail to: email@example.com. Students can now make their ticket payments at the UVI Bookstore.
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: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Place: CA 305 and 307
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Math
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: Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Place: Rooms Q 100 & R 100 (Nursing area)
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m. - Math
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, pencils for math and a photo ID. Students should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to any test in order to register. For more information contact Linda Wymer (340) 693-1346 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
UVICELL to Offer Basic QuickBooks Course on St. Thomas Beginning May 10
UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use the full-featured small business accounting software QuickBooks beginning May 10. Introduction to QuickBooks sessions will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas Campus. Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more.
For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVICELL at 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.
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.
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 email@example.com.
SBDC Export Training Session to Focus on Upcoming West Indian Festival in Denmark
The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will conduct a special training for individuals interested in starting or developing export businesses. The training, which is free, is slated for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9, at the SBDC St. Thomas Service Center at Nisky Center. The session will cover the basics of export, important markets and how to "go global."
There will be a special emphasis on the upcoming Virgin Islands trade mission attending the Caribbean and Danish West Indian Festival scheduled May 30 - June 1, in Aarhus, Denmark. The 2011 festival is expected to up to 300,000 visitors. A tent to house trade mission participants from the Virgin Islands is being arranged. The SBDC also invites participation by individuals with small businesses in the Virgin Islands through the newly developed BIZVI Virtual Mall. The virtual mall offers the chance to showcasing products and services online and a unique opportunity to reach European markets.
For more information contact the SBDC at (340) 776-3206. Details are also available from BIZVI at (340) 772-4984 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.