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Bulletin Board for Feb. 11, 2013

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UVI Unveils Anti-Violence and Peace Initiative

UVI President Dr. David Hall unveiled an Anti-Violence and Peace Initiative (AVPI) during a University wide Town Hall meeting on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Dr. Hall expressed his thanks for the outpouring of support and ideas that came from a previous session on how the University can utilize its resources, insights and expertise to play a critical role in addressing violence in our community and on our campuses.

An anti-violence task force group was created to review those recommendations and propose next steps. Those next steps were unveiled at Friday's meeting. The Anti-Violence Town Hall session was available from UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix and from the St. John Academic Center. The results of these initial efforts - grouped under the subject areas of research, policy, outreach and advocacy - were included in the Anti-Violence and Peace Initiative presentation offered by Dr. Hall during the Town Hall meeting.

The Anti-Violence and Peace Initiative presentation is available from the President's section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: Click to view Anti-Violence and Peace Initiative - (10 pages - PDF file).

2013 Agrifest Scheduled for Feb. 16-18 on St. Croix

The 42nd edition of the Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands takes place from Feb. 16 to 18, on the grounds of the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love on St. Croix. More than 30,000 people are expected to attend. The theme is "Agriculture: Grow, Eat and Live." The entrance fee is $6 for adults, $3 for children and $4 for senior citizens.

Known by most simply as "Agrifest," the event is organized by the V.I. Department of Agriculture and the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service. It is presented this year by the V.I. Department of Tourism. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and this direct link.

'First to 50' Campaign Volunteers Sought for Agriculture and Food Fair on Feb. 16-18

The UVI Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs office is seeking campaign staffers to promote President David Hall's "First to 50" Challenge at the upcoming 42nd Annual Agriculture and Food Fair from Feb. 16-18.

Incentives include gaining valuable networking skills and opportunities, meeting new people, promoting institutional pride, and payment at the end of the campaign. Interested persons should have excellent communication skills and an outgoing personality. Anyone who is interested in this event should contact the Alumni Affairs Office at (340) 692-4231 to provide name, email address and primary contact number before Tuesday, Feb. 12.

UVI Financial Aid Outreach Activities Slated for Feb. 11-14 on St. Croix

UVI's Financial Aid Office on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix has scheduled a week of Financial Aid outreach activities for Feb. 11-14. This year's deadline for students and prospective students interested to applying for a scholarship to the University is March 1. Included in the St. Croix events are an open house, sessions on promoting the Financial Aid Office on campus, an evening session for junior and senior high school students and an online workshop. Scholarship information is available from the Financial Aid Section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and this direct link. For details on outreach week activities contact the St. Croix Financial Aid Office and (340) 692-4193.

St. Croix Financial Aid Outreach Schedule

Monday, Feb. 11 - 9 a.m. to noon - Financial Aid Office Open House, Evans Center Room 814

Tuesday, Feb. 12 - Promoting the Financial Aid Office on Campus

o 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Student Activities Courtyard

o 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Melvin H. Evans Center Library Terrace

Wednesday, Feb. 13 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Financial Aid Night: "How to Pay for College" Seminar
for junior and senior high school students

UVI Great Hall, North West Wing Rooms 134-136

Thursday, Feb. 14 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Financial Aid On-Line Workshop, UVI Computer Lab, North West Wing Room 133

UVI Financial Aid Outreach Activities Slated for Feb. 12-15 on St. Thomas

UVI's Financial Aid Office on the St. Thomas campus has scheduled a week of Financial Aid outreach activities for Feb. 12-15. This year's deadline for students and prospective students interested to applying for a scholarship to the University is March 1. The various sessions are designed for returning students. Outreach activities for new students are held separately in the individual schools. Students are reminded that they need pin number(s) and 2011 Tax forms to complete the FAFSA Application. Scholarship information is available from the Financial Aid Section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and this direct link. For more information call (340) 693-1090.

St. Thomas Financial Aid Outreach Schedule

Tuesday, Feb. 12 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Financial Aid Online Session in Room 103 of the Classroom and Administration Building.

Wednesday, Feb. 13 - 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Financial Aid Informational Session at the Dining Pavilion

Friday, Feb. 15 - 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Ask the Specialist session in the Financial Aid Office, first-floor of the Administration and Conference Center.

SGA to Host St. Croix Campus Shadow Our Students Program on March 13

The Student Government Association on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will host its seventh annual SOS (Shadow Our Students) Program on Wednesday, March 13. 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.

This year's theme is "SOS: SWAGG (Students With A Greater Goal) Edition." The goal is to inspire those in attendance to transition from good to great. The program will highlight "SOS Alumni" who have made a significant impact at UVI and the wider community and the many successes they have attained. The presenter will be Stan Pearson II, Association for the promotion of Campus Activities Speaker of the Year and Campus Activities Magazine Diversity Artist of the Year Nominee. Pearson is a salsa dancing, Spanish speaking presenter who uses comedy, interactive activities and real-life, easy-to-apply expertise to connect to his audience. He has spoken in more than 40 states in the U.S., Mexico, the British Virgin Islands and Canada. His presentations are designed to connect, entertain and educate everyone regardless of race, cultural or socio-economic backgrounds.

For details, contact SGA President Kevin Dixon, at Dixon_Kevin@live.com or call (340) 692-4191, or SOS Program Coordinator Raydiance Watts-Clarke, at Ray_Clarke6@live.com or call at (301) 204-6080. Information is also available from Student Activities Supervisor/SGA Advisor Hedda Finch-Simpson at (340) 692-4228.

Wide Participation Sought in 'UVI Open House' Recruiting Events Set Feb. 27-28

UVI's Access and Enrollment Services department will conduct "UVI Open House" for junior and senior high school students on Wednesday, Feb. 27, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, and on Thursday, Feb. 28, on the St. Thomas campus. The open house is an effort to attract, recruit and eventually enroll more of the Territory's students upon graduation from high school. The open house on both campuses will run from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. They will take place on the Reichhold Center on St. Thomas and in the Great Hall on St. Croix.

UVI offices and service areas are encouraged to participate with displays highlighting individual areas. Display possibilities include poster-sessions, recruitment table with informational brochures and handouts, audio/visual presentation via laptop or iPad, etc. Deans or appointed designees will be introduced during the open house welcome session and may be asked to offer brief, informative, remarks. Faculty, staff and student organizations will have time specifically set aside to engage with students as they visit displays.

More information will be shared as plans and logistics are solidified.

Call for Abstracts Issued for UVI Research Day 2013; Deadline March 8

The second annual UVI Research Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6, 2013. UVI research faculty, teaching faculty and students are invited to submit abstracts of 200 words or less for research posters and roundtable discussions. Proposals are welcomed from all disciplines and on all topics to demonstrate the research talent at UVI. The formats - posters and roundtables - are intended to encourage the presentations and discussion of research projects at different stages of development, as well as to foster intellectual exchange and collaboration.

Faculty members are particularly encouraged to collaborate with students, assisting them in the development of abstracts and posters for UVI Research Day. The abstract submission deadline is Friday, March 8, 2013. There will be no extension of this deadline. Complete details on poster and roundtable requirements, plus submission information, are available from the Research section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and this direct link.

UVI's MBA Comprehensive Exam Set for April 5 on Both Campuses; Application Deadline is March 15

The University of the Virgin Islands Spring 2013 Master of Business Administration (MBA) Comprehensive Exam is scheduled to be administered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, simultaneously on the St. Thomas and Albert A. Sheen campuses. Exam locations are Teacher Education Room 103 on St. Thomas and Evans Center Room 405 on St. Croix.

Students who plan to take the exam must complete and submit an Application Petition by March 15. All information needed to prepare for the examination - including the Application Petition - is accessible through the MBA Program's Blackboard site. Students should direct any questions to School of Business, MBA Program Director, Dr. Utha Williams - at uwillia@live.uvi.edu.

UVI Bucs, Lady Bucs Edged in Home Openers; To Face UPR-Rio Piedras in Puerto Rico Feb. 18

The UVI Buccaneers men's and women's basketball squads dropped their 2013 home openers against Caribbean University and UPR-Bayamon over the weekend. The Lady Bucs fell to Caribbean on Friday, 69-49, and to Bayamon, 65-34, on Saturday. The Buccaneers enjoyed much closer matchups, losing to Caribbean 74-69, and then to Bayamon 90-84.

Both squads have this weekend off, before returning to the road, with matchups against UPR-RioPiedras on Feb. 18.

The 2013 basketball schedule is available from the Athletic section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and this direct link. The Bucs have also launched a Facebook page, follow and like them at https://www.facebook.com/UVIBucs.

Sisters With Purpose Schedules General Meeting on St. Thomas for Feb. 13

The Sisters With Purpose organization on the St. Thomas campus will hold a general meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The session takes place in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center. Agenda items include the election of committee chairs, development of a spring 2013 calendar and a 2013 induction ceremony. For more information, send email to uviswp@gmail.com.

Reichhold Center Family Series Presents Cirque Zuma Zuma on Feb. 22 and 23

Next up at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will be two performances by Cirque Zuma Zuma, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23. More than 20 African team members come together in Cirque Zuma Zuma for a fun show of gymnastics, jumping, juggling, balancing and human pyramids. This high-energy show is part dance, part Cirque du Soleil, part Harlem Globetrotters and full-time family fun. Cirque Zuma Zuma recently earned a berth as a finalist on the hit NBC show "America's Got Talent." The show is part of the Reichhold Center's Family Series.

Tickets are available online from the Reichhold Center website - www.reichholdcenter.com - and from these ticket outlets: The Reichhold Box Office, Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, KC Movie and Home Again on St. Thomas; Urban Threadz on St. Croix; and Connections on St. John. The Reichhold has also arranged special discounted getaway packages, with special offers from Seaborne Airlines and Best Western Carib Beach Resort. For discount and other details call the Reichhold Box Office at (340) 693-1559

UVI Today...Recent Photo Blog Updates...

To view the latest entries to the "UVI Today..." photo blog, click on the Blogger button in the social media links at the top, right of any page in the UVI website on the direct links below.

St. Croix Students Attend Inaugural - A seven-student delegation from UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. > read more

Center for Student Success Holds Opening - An opening ceremony for the University of the Virgin Islands Center for Student Success was held on Jan. 31, on the St. Thomas Campus. > read more

Other Current Items...

IRP to Administer 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at UVI

UVI's Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) will collaborate with the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research to administer the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) at UVI from Feb. 5 through March 15, 2013. This survey will focus on selected freshmen and seniors. They will have the opportunity to voice opinions, share how they interact with faculty and peers, describe how they utilize time and say what they gained from their overall educational experience at UVI. The research is an essential step for the University as UVI works towards its accreditation review in 2015. Data collected will assist the administration, faculty and staff to implement changes for improving and meeting the needs of our students.

Additionally, when a student fully completes the whole survey, their name will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win one iPad. To learn more about NSSE, visit their web site at this link http://nsse.iub.edu. For questions about the project, contact Institutional Research and Planning at (340) 693-1010. Persons interested in viewing past NSSE reports, should visit our website link at this link this direct NSS link.

Training Set for UVI Website Content Contributors; RSVP Required

UVI faculty and staff interested in managing their department's section of the UVI website are invited to participate in upcoming Website Content Contributors' Trainings. Participants must RSVP before the training. The Trainings will be held as follows:

Feb. 15 Training Schedule - St. Thomas

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Level 1: Posting Basic Content

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Level 2: Uploading Forms, Brochures & Other Documents

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Working Lab w/Webmaster

First-level training participants learn to log-in to SharePoint, utilize the page edit menu, navigate the tool bar menus to edit a page, layout a page, make a table, preview a webpage and publish a webpage. Second-level training participants learn to upload graphics, forms and brochures into their respective websites. If time permits, the trainer will demonstrate the use Microsoft Picture Manager to edit and resize images. Participants should bring a jump drive with text, graphics and other files for posting online.

Interested persons should RSVP to UVI Webmaster Moneca Pinkett, in the Public Relations Office via e-mail at mpinket@uvi.edu.

UVI to Offer Summer Course in Global Leadership Development

The University of the Virgin Islands will offer a unique, two-week summer course in Global Leadership Development in 2013. The intensive course is designed for students as well as non-students interested in a wide range of disciplines including: business, education, liberal arts, social science, nursing, science, mathematics, psychology, social sciences, tourism, hospitality, social work, public administration and communication. It is designed to provide training from a multi-discipline perspective for individuals who are passionate about making a difference and who aspire to the top leadership positions in their fields. The course is titled Business 400 Summer Institute Global Leaders for undergraduates and Business 540 Summer Institute Global Leaders for graduates.

Participants in the course may also qualify to attend the Inaugural "International Conference on Leadership, Management and Strategic Development" planned during UVI's Summer Institute course. More information can be found on the Global Institute for Leadership and Management Development section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. For more information, contact Dr. Gabriel Ogunmokun, director of UVI's Global Institute for Leadership and Management Development, at gogunmo@uvi.edu.

Afternoon on the Green Items...

Dishes Sought for UVI's Afternoon on the Green

The University of the Virgin Islands annual Afternoon on the Green is set for noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, on the St. Thomas campus' Herman E. Moore Golf Course. The entire community is invited to the Afternoon on the Green for a day of food, family and fun.

The Afternoon on the Green Committee is looking for individuals and restaurants to be a part of this special event by contributing cooked dishes or food items. For more information or to find out how to contribute to the Afternoon on the Green, call UVI at 693-1040 or send e-mail to lmargol@uv.edu.

Volunteers Sought for Afternoon on the Green

Volunteers are sought to assist with the 2013 Afternoon on the Green on March 10. UVI's annual "friendraiser," is seeking food servers, child game supervisors, bartenders, ticket collectors, persons to set-up and more. For more information or to volunteer, individuals should contact Volunteer Committee Chairperson Kyza Callwood at kyzawood3@yahoo.com, Colleen Wilson at cwilson620@aol.com or call the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1040.

Nominations for Afternoon on the Green Student and Non-Student Volunteer Scholarships Sought

UVI's Afternoon on the Green Committee is seeking nominations for two scholarships presented annually at the popular Afternoon on the Green "friendraiser" held each March on the St. Thomas campus. Nominations are sought for the UVI Student Volunteer of the Year Scholarship and for the UVI Volunteer of the Year Scholarship. The scholarships - valued at $3,000 for the student and $1,000 for the non-student - are designed to honor individuals who provide significant contributions of service to either UVI or to the Virgin Islands community.

UVI Student Volunteer: To be eligible for the Student Volunteer of the Year Scholarship, individuals must be currently enrolled at UVI and expect to matriculate to full-time status during the 2013-14 academic year. There are no residency or grade point requirements. To apply students must: submit an application form - see below for a link; attach a summary showing a minimum of 50 hours of community service at UVI or in the local community over the past 12 months; and submit a letter or letters verifying the community service performed.

UVI Volunteer: To be eligible for the UVI Volunteer of the Year Scholarship, a person affiliated with the University, who is not a student, must: provide basic personal information; and provide specific, verifiable details on how their substantial contributions (a minimum of 50 hours during the past 12 months) impacted the quality of service to the recipient organization. Persons affiliated with UVI could be alumni, parents of students, faculty, staff or supporters.

The deadline to submit application forms and materials is Feb. 15, 2013. Applications and information are available from the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement and from these direct links: AOTG Student Volunteer | AOTG Volunteer.

Send submissions to the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement, #2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802. Submissions will also be accepted via email to lmargoli@uvi.edu. For more information contact Liza Margolis via email at lmargoli@uvi.edu.