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Bulletin Board for Feb. 4, 2013

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Update: Feb. 5, 2013...

UVI Sets Follow-up Town Hall Meeting on Community Violence for 1 p.m. Feb. 8

As a follow-up to UVI's October Town Hall meeting on community violence that was convened following the tragic loss of David Payne, Jr., a UVI alum and graduate student in the School of Education, President David Hall has announced that he will host a follow-up Town Hall meeting for the UVI Community at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8.

Dr. Hall expressed his thanks for the outpouring of support and ideas that came from the last Town Hall meeting 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 these recommendations and propose next steps. This Friday's meeting will update the UVI Community on our collective efforts and anti-violence and peace initiatives.

The Town Hall meeting will be available in:

Seminar Room, West Hall (new residence hall) - St. Thomas campus

Evans Center Room 401 - Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix

St. John Academic Center Room 103 - St. John Academic Center in Cruz Bay

In his email announcement of the session, Dr. Hall wrote that "The issue of violence in our communities is still a prevalent and important concern for us all. I look forward to your attendance and thoughtful participation this Friday."

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson is 2013 'Man-Up' Keynote Speaker

World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., is the keynote speaker for the third-annual "Man-Up" Male Empowerment Conference held today (Monday, Feb. 4) on the St. Thomas campus and Tuesday, Feb. 5 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. This year's theme is: "Man-Up: Discovering Your Gifts and Talents." Also selected to speak at the conference are professor, author and director M.K. Asante, Jr., and Mothers Against Guns (MAG) Executive Director Celia Carroll.

A news release is available from the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Bucs to Play First Home Games on Feb. 8 and 9 at Sports and Fitness Center

The UVI Buccaneers men's and women's basketball squads are scheduled to play their first home games of the 2013 season in the Sports and Fitness Center on Friday, Feb. 8, and Saturday, Feb. 9. They will host Caribbean University on Friday and UPR-Bayamon on Saturday. The women's games are slated for 5 p.m. with the men's games following at 7 p.m. Tickets ($5) are available from the Sports and Fitness Center or from the Buccaneers and Lady Bucs team members.

Both squads played their first regular season games on Feb. 2, against American University in Puerto Rico. The men lost 68-65. The Lady Bucs lost 58-35. An updated 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, follow and like them at https://www.facebook.com/UVIBucs.

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.

IRP Announces Completion of 2012 Freshman Survey; Results Available Online

UVI's Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) has announced the completion of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) 2012 Freshman Survey. The report helps UVI understand the needs of its students and learn how to improve and provide better higher educational services. This year's CIRP Freshman Survey report is more comprehensive than previous years and there are two additional reports. It features student opinions on such areas as academic preparedness, admissions decisions, college expectations, student values and goals and college financing.

The report results are available for review on the IRP section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link Surveys. Information is also available from the IRP Communities folder on myCampus.

National Student Exchange Applications Program Extended to Feb. 8

The deadline to submit applications for the National Student Exchange Program has been extended to Friday, Feb. 8, 2013. Applications can be downloaded from the "Forms" link on the Counseling Services page of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Please direct questions or requests for more information to Dahlia Stridiron on the St. Thomas campus at (340) 693-1136 or Patricia Towal on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix at (340) 692-4187.

Meeting for Winter 2012 and Prospective Spring 2013 Graduates Set on St. Croix for Feb. 10

Prospective spring graduates of the class of 2013 and winter 2012 graduates on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix are invited to a very important meeting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Evans Center Room 401 (Little Theater). Everyone is urged to attend.

Human Resources Office New Hires/Separations List Available for January 2013

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Jan. 1-31, 2013. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal - http://mycampus.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

VIUCEDD to Offer American Sign Language Classes on St. Thomas and St. Croix

Beginner Level I and Level II classes in American Sign Language will be offered in February on St. Thomas and St. Croix by UVI's Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). Classes begin on Feb. 4 and 5 and continue through April. The Level I class will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays. Level II classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost for classes is $110.

Classes on St. Thomas are offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Teacher Education Room T114 on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes are offered from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. at the VIUCEDD Office at #1 Golden Grove (across from Spicy Grill). Call (340) 776-9200 ext. 2334 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4266 on St. Croix to register, or for more information.

Free HIV Testing Set for St. Thomas Campus on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Feb. 7

Free HIV testing will be offered by Hope, Inc. and UVI's Health Services Center on the St. Thomas campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 - National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Testing will take place in the UVI Bookstore parking lot. For more information contact the Health Services Center at (340) 693-1124.

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. 8 Training Schedule - St. Croix

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

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

2 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. - Working Lab w/Webmaster

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.

Healthy Lifestyle Workshops Planned by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on St. John

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service 4-H/Family & Consumer Sciences Program will conduct a series of workshops on Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle on St. John in February. Topics of discussion include: weight management, diabetes and hypertension, food pyramid and portion size, energy balance and exercise, behavior modification and menu planning.

The workshops will be held every Wednesday for six weeks beginning Feb. 6. Sessions will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cooperative Extension Service Office in UVI's St. John Academic Center, located in The Market Place, Cruz Bay, St. John. Workshops conclude on March 13, 2013. For more information please call Carmen Wesselhoft at (340) 693-1587.

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.