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Bulletin Board for Feb. 25, 2013

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Sneak Preview of UVI President for a Day Initiative Now on YouTube

A special, sneak preview of a full-length video covering the day UVI student Marsha Laurencin and UVI President Dr. David Hall switched roles is now available from UVI's YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/user/UVIvideos. UVI's first-ever President-for-a-Day initiative took place on Feb. 18, 2013. Laurencin and Dr. Hall appeared together on Feb. 21 to personally share their reactions in a videoconference with the University community. Check the UVI YouTube Channel soon to see the full video.

EPA, Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group to Host Listening Session at UVI Today

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and its government partners will hold a public listening session from 1 to 3:30 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 25) via videoconference at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas and St. Croix, with a link to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The effort is designed to solicit input from the public regarding the state of coral reefs throughout Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and how best to protect them. The sessions will be available from the first-floor conference room of UVI Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas, in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, and in the EPA's offices at City View Plaza II - Suite 7000, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.

More information is available from this EPA news release: EPA and Caribbean Coral Reef Protection Group to Host Public Listening Session.

UVI Spring Open House Sessions Set Feb. 27, on St. Croix and Feb 28, on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands will hold its annual Spring Open House for potential students on Wednesday, Feb. 27, on St. Croix, and on Thursday, Feb. 28, on St. Thomas. The sessions will provide potential students a chance to explore the numerous opportunities available at UVI. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with academic deans and department heads, interact with student group leaders and members, and obtain information on admissions, financial aid and scholarships. Time will be set aside to tour and explore both campuses.

Both Open Houses will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The St. Croix event will be centered on the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. On St. Thomas, the Open House will take place at the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

The Open House has been promoted at recent USVI and British Virgin Islands college fairs, at Agrifest, with the Territory's high schools, on WGOD radio, and in one-on-one discussions with prospective students and their parents. For more information, contact UVI Access and Enrollment Services at (340) 692-4158 on St. Croix or (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas. Send email requests to admissions@uvi.edu.

UVI Sets Homecoming Game for March 9; Weekend Losses to Sacred Heart; Home Games Set March 1

UVI's Homecoming basketball game for 2013 will pit the Buccaneers men's squad against Central Bayamon at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The matchup is also the squad's final scheduled home game for the LIA season. The first 250 fans will receive Homecoming shirts. There will also be many other prizes given away during the game. Admission is free. UVI's Cheerleaders and the Dance Team will perform.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, the men's and women's squads suffered losses to Sacred Heart, with the Lady Bucs falling, 76-59, and the Buccaneers being edged, 79-77, when a last-second shot failed to hit the mark.

The next home games are slated for Friday March 1, when the Lady Bucs and Bucs host their counterparts from UPR Carolina. The women's game starts at 5 p.m., with the men's to follow at 7 p.m. You can follow the Bucs on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UVIBucs.

UVI Employees Embark on '10,000 Steps' Wellness Program

UVI employees begin official participation today (Monday, Feb. 25) in the new "Just Walk - 10,000 Steps A Day" wellness program. To kick off the eight-week, 10,000 Steps program, UVI joined with Virgin Islands Port Authority staffers with special walks designed to cover approximately 10,000 steps on St. Thomas and St. Croix on Feb. 23.

Registration for the program remains open. Anyone interested in joining should visit this website click the link http://www.cornerstonefitness.com/uvi-viport/10ksteps.html to sign-up online. UVI Physical Plant and Security employees can register on paper at their department offices. All other employees must register online.

More information and the link to the online signup page are available from the Human Resources section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. For more information contact Veda Richards at (340) 693-1429 or send email to veda.richards@uvi.edu.

Center for Spirituality and Professionalism to Host Ethics Workshops at UVI March 12 and 13

UVI's Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) will present a half-day ethics workshops titled "Resolving Ethical Issues in the Workplace" at UVI on March 12, on St. Thomas, and on March 13, on St. Croix. The workshops will feature the following panel: Attorneys Tamika Archer and Carol Jacobs, UVI education professor Dr. Nancy Morgan, UVI Vice President for Administration and Finance Shirley Lake-King and entrepreneur, consultant and performing artist Claudette Hinds-Young.

The sessions will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the UVI Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in a room to be determined on the Alfred A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Participants should register online by Wednesday, March 6, using the CSAP website, which is available from the Communities tab of the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Information is also available from the CSAP's Dr. Wendy V. Coram at (340) 693-1499 or csap@live.uvi.edu.

Colloquium on Performance-Based Assessment Set Feb. 26 at UVI; Open to Public

Education professor Dr. Nancy Morgan will present results of research and student work related to the growing trend of performance-based assessment during a colloquium from 1:15 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the University of the Virgin Islands. The session will be open to the University community and the general public. It will be held in North West Wing Room 103, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, and available in Teacher Education Room 101, on the St. Thomas campus.

More information is available - including instructions on how UVI academics and researchers, as well as administrators and graduate students, can submit research proposals or full research papers for presentation at future colloquia - is available in a news release on the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VICCC to Host Free Lecture on Nobel Prize Winner Sir W. Arthur Lewis on Feb. 27

The Virgin Islands Cultural Center (VICCC) will host a free lecture and Bamboula Roundtable with Dr. Simon B. Jones Hendrickson, interim dean of UVI College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27. It will take place in the UVI Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The theme will be "Works and Achievements of Sir W. Arthur Lewis." Sir Lewis was a prominent educator from St. Lucia and the first Caribbean economist to obtain the Nobel Prize in Economics. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. For more information contact VICCC Director Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina at viccc.uvi@gmail.com.

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Pioneer in Market Development Robert P. Smith to Speak at UVI on Feb. 25

Robert P. Smith, a pioneer in helping markets develop, as well as the President, founder and managing director of Turan Corporation, of Boston, Mass., will speak on "America's Promise and Perils for the Twenty-First Century," at the second lecture in the Open Doors Lecture at the University of the Virgin Islands. The St. Thomas presentation will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb.25, in the Administration Conference Center (ACC Building) ground floor with a link to the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

Open Doors Lectures, sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, are designed to provide a forum in which internationally recognized academics and practitioners can share their knowledge on vital topics with the University community and the public. With the closing of HOVENSA and the general economic recession, there has been much discussion on the state of the economy and its effects on tourism, financial services and other sectors here and in the wider Caribbean. Smith, the author of "Riches Among the Ruins: Adventures in the Dark Corners of the Global Economy," has worked governments in the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nigeria, Vietnam and Russia. He is well positioned to provide an authoritative up-to-date perspective on the present state of the global economy.

For more information, please contact Dian Levons at (340) 693-1260 or dlevons@live.uvi.edu on St. Thomas or Rishina Williams at (340) 692-4110 or rwillia@live.uvi.edu on St. Croix.

Call for Abstracts Issued for 2013 Spring Student Research Symposium; Register by Feb. 25

 

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in UVI's 11th Annual UVI Spring Student Research Symposium. Students must register and submit their abstracts online at http://ecs.uvi.edu by Monday, Feb. 25th in order to participate. The symposium is organized by UVI's College of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program.

The Spring Research Symposium will be held Saturday, March 23, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, in the Great Hall of the North West Wing. Students will set up beginning at 11 a.m. and the symposium will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The registration fee is $100. Travel and registration waivers may be provided for undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) students who have registered and submitted an abstract by Feb. 25. Please contact Aimee Sanchez for details at (340) 693-1249 or send email to aimee.sanchez@uvi.edu.

 

The symposium is part of an overall effort to increase research training and promote excellence among UVI students. It provides an opportunity for students to display the results of their research projects, showcase their talent and to interact with the community. Presentations are evaluated by a panel of judges for their scientific content and the clarity of presentation.

UVI RTPark/RTPark PC Real Estate Administration Committee to Meet Feb. 25

A meeting of the Real Estate Administration Committee of the UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation (RTP) and the Research and Technology Park Protected Cell Corporation (RTPark PC) is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (AST) on Monday, Feb. 25. The session will take place via teleconference at the RTPark Offices on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Contact Melissa Miller at (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information. Seating is limited.

UVI RTPark/RTPark PC Finance and Audit Committee to Meet Feb. 25

A meeting of the Finance and Audit Committee of the UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation (RTP) and the Research and Technology Park Protected Cell Corporation (RTPark PC) is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (AST) on Monday, Feb. 25. The session will take place via teleconference at the RTPark Offices on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Contact Melissa Miller at (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information. Seating is limited.

Center for Student Success Sets Workshop on 'College Survival Skills' for Feb. 26

UVI's Center for Student Success will present its first workshop of the Spring semester entitled "College Survival Skills" from 3 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 26, with sessions available on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The workshop will have an emphasis on UVI. All instructors are asked to encourage their students to attend. The workshop will be available in Teacher Education Room 211 on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 505 on St. Croix.

For more information contact Maria Fleming at the center at (340) 692-4183 or send email to mfleming@uvi.edu.

UVI RTPark/RTPark PC Board of Directors to Meet Feb. 27

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation (RTP) and the Research and Technology Park Protected Cell Corporation (RTPark PC) is scheduled for 2 p.m. (AST) on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The session will take place via teleconference at the RTPark Offices on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Contact Melissa Miller at (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information. Seating is limited.

Center for Spirituality Sets Next Gathering on Feb. 28

 

UVI's Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism invites the University community to its February Gathering, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28. It will take place on the patio of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Dr. Lois Habtes will speak on the topic of "Culture and Spirituality."

Dr. Hassell-Habtes, a well-known storyteller and musician, has served in many capacities in the Department of Education, including music supervisor, coordinator of arts and culture, assistant principal at the Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School and principal of the Joseph Sibilly Elementary School. She now serves as principal at the Emanuel Benjamin Oliver Elementary School.

Please RSVP by contacting Wendy V. Coram, at (340) 693-1499 or send an email to wendy.coram@live.uvi.edu. Lunch will commence at 11:30 a.m. followed by the conversation at noon. The goal of the center's Gatherings is to leave participants with a smile in their your hearts, provide new connections with professionals in the community, stimulate and provide spiritual awareness, and provide a renewed sense of passion and love for life.

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.

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.

UVI Sets English Proficiency Exam on St. Thomas for April 11

The English Proficiency Exam for UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for April 11 in the Sports and Fitness Center Rooms 223, 224 and 225. The exam begins at 8 a.m. Students should bring blue or black ink pens, and a dictionary in hard copy, and white out, if needed. For more information contact English Proficiency Exam Coordinator Dr. Vincent Cooper at (340) 693-1351 or vcooper@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.