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World-Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to be 'Man-Up' Keynote Speaker

World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., will be the keynote speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands' third-annual "Man-Up" Male Empowerment Conference. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 4, at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas, and Feb. 5, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. This year's theme is: "Man-Up: Discovering Your Gifts and Talent." 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.

SBDC Offers Workshops on DOT's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Program

The VI Small Business Development Center will host luncheons to present information on the Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program on St. Croix, on Jan. 15, and St. Thomas on Jan. 16. The luncheon - titled "What's In It For Me?" - will feature an overview of the DBE program, which is instrumental in the award and administration of federally-funded contracts for highway and transit projects in the VI Department of Public Works, and financial assistance for airport programs of the VI Port Authority. The St. Croix session runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 15, at the SBDC Training Facility at the Sion Farm Shopping Center. The St. Thomas session is slated for noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center.

Admission for both sessions is $20. Seating is limited. To reserve a place on St. Croix call (340) 692-5270. To RSVP on St. Thomas call (340) 776-3206. Information is also available online at www.sbdcvi.org.

UVI Senate Sets First Meeting of 2013 for Friday, Jan 18

The first meeting of the UVI Senate for 2013 is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. It will be held in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center Room 807 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

UVI Senate meetings are open to all members of the UVI community.

Public Observing Session at Etelman Observatory Slated for Jan. 18

A public observing session at UVI's Etelman Observatory is scheduled for 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. The observatory is home to the Virgin Islands Robotic Telescope (VIRT). Observatory Director Dr. David Morris, said guests will be treated to views of the planet Jupiter, with its Galilean moons, and the Orion Nebula star forming region. "We are pleased to invite the public to join us and enjoy the night sky, views of our galaxy, and a discussion of interesting and exciting topics in the world of Astrophysics and Space Science," Morris said. The event is free, through charitable sponsorship offered by Celtic Therapeutics. Space is limited. And due to limited parking at the observatory, shuttle service from Sibilly School will be arranged. Interested persons should contact Dr. Morris by email (dmorris@uvi.edu) or phone at (617) 610-1148 to make arrangements. More information on the observatory is available from the College of Science and Mathematics section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this http://astro.uvi.edu.

UVI to Close for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday on Monday, Jan. 21

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

St. Croix Students, Faculty and Staff Invited to Join in Martin Luther King, Jr. March on Jan. 21

The UVI Student Activities Office on St. Croix invites faculty, staff, and students to participate in its parade entry in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Monday, Jan. 21. The parade is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Central Labor Council. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at the Claude O. Markoe Elementary School and moving to Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted. Free T-shirts will be presented to the first 20 students to register. Round-Trip transportation will be provided from the campus. To register or for more information contact Hedda Finch-Simpson in the Student Activities Office on the Albert A. Sheen Campus or call (340) 692-4228.

Commissioning Ceremony Set for Senior Cadet Khalid Matthew on Jan. 23 on St. Croix

The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on the Albert A. Sheen Campus invites members of the UVI community to the commissioning ceremony for Khalid D. Matthew on Wednesday, Jan. 23. The ceremony will take place in the Great Hall at 1 p.m. Cadet Matthew recently completed a BA degree in business administration. UVI President Dr. David Hall will represent the University. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel McCray will preside over the swearing in and serve as the day's guest speaker. McCray is the ROTC Regional Commander, based at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. For more information contact Retired Major William Velazquez, senior military science instructor for the Virgin Islands, at (340) 692-4203 or (787) 435-6538.

Reichhold Center Invites UVI Community to Launch of the Second Half of 2013 Season on Jan. 26

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts invites the UVI community to the launch of the second half of its 2013 season with a concert on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. Enjoy the music of Grammy-winning saxophonist Najee, R&B vocalist Maysa, and piano player Alex Bugnon. UVI faculty, staff and students who present their UVI ID at the box office receive $10 off the first two tickets purchased. Tickets are as low as $35 for this triple header. It's a night of jazz and R&B, to kick off 2013 at the Reichhold Center. To learn more about the artists and sample music visit www.reichholdcenter.com.

National Student Exchange Program Applications Now Available; Deadline Jan. 31

Now is the time for UVI students considering participation in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program in academic year 2013-2014 to complete and return NSE application forms. The deadline for applications is Thursday, Jan. 31. Applications are available from the Counseling and Placement Center located in Rouppe House (along with Student Housing) on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 721 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The application form is also available from the NSE page of the Counseling Services section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

For more information and assistance on St. Thomas, call NSE Coordinator Dahlia Stridiron at (340) 693-1136 or send email to dstridi@uvi.edu. For details and assistance on St. Croix, call NSE Coordinator Patricia Towal at (340) 692-4187 or send email to ptowal@uvi.edu.

UVI's CETL Offers myCampus Training Sessions in January

UVI's Center for Excellence in Teaching Learning has scheduled training sessions in the use of the University's myCampus portal for Jan. 23, 28 and 30. The portal, among other things, offers a "Messages" function that is now the University's selected method for sending email to internal groups such as students, faculty, staff, etc. MyCampus training takes place from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Library conference rooms on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Faculty and staff who would like to attend should call Christy Vineyard at (340) 693-1214/1609 or send email to cvineya@live.uvi.edu to confirm that space is available. Access to myCampus is featured at the top of all UVI website pages and from this direct link - http://mycampus.uvi.edu.

Recent myCampus Message Items...

Here's a selection of recent email messages shared with members of the UVI community via the Messages tab of UVI's myCampus portal. UVI students, faculty and staff can review messages sent to their respective groups by logging in to myCampus at https://mycampus.uvi.edu.

Jan. 14 - CETL Training Sessions for January

Jan. 11 - Reminders from ITS

Jan. 8 - Telephone System

View This 'We Are UVI' Contribution; Do You Know This Contributor?

We Are UVI latest submissionDo you know this week's "We Are UVI" contributor? "We Are UVI" is the University's Golden Jubilee blog. It features people sharing CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years. New submissions were added each week over the past year. This one was posted Sunday, Jan. 13. With the University's Golden Jubilee year ended, a permanent web home to the "We Are UVI" blog has been added to the social media section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. It can be accessed from the "Blogger" button in the header (top right) of all UVI web pages. Visit this direct link - http://weareuvi.blogspot.com - to read this and other submissions.

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.

Academic Notes...

Spring Semester Classes Begin Today; Drop/Add Continues Through Jan. 18

UVI 2013 Spring Semester classes began today, Jan. 14. The drop/add period continues through Jan. 18. Classes continue through April 24.

St. Thomas Bookstore Sets Extended Hours, Refund/Exchange and Buyback Schedule

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced extended hours for the beginning of Spring Semester 2013. The Bookstore will resume regular business hours - Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - on Jan. 24, 2013.

Bookstore Extended Hours:

Jan. 14-18: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 19: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Jan. 22-23: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The St. Thomas campus Bookstore's Spring Semester refund and exchange period is scheduled for Jan. 14 through Jan. 18. The Spring Semester used-book buyback period is set for April 30 to May 3, and May 6. For more information call the Bookstore at (340) 693-1560 or send a fax to (340) 693-1565.

St. Croix Bookstore Sets Extended Hours, Refund/Exchange and Buyback Schedule

The UVI Bookstore on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix has announced extended hours for the beginning of Spring Semester 2013. The Bookstore will resume regular business hours - Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - on Jan. 25, 2013.

Bookstore Extended Hours:

Jan. 14: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Jan. 15-17: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jan. 18: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jan. 22-24: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The St. Croix Bookstore's Spring Semester refund and exchange period is scheduled for Jan. 14-18 for financial aid students and for Jan. 14-25 for non-financial aid students. For more information call the Bookstore at (340) 692-4162 or send a fax to (340) 692-4004.

Other Current Items...

CSAP January Gathering to Focus on Cultivating Mindfulness; Set Jan. 24

UVI's Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) invites the UVI community to a January Gathering from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, on the patio of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Presenter Anne Nayer, MSW, ACC, will speak on the topic of "Cultivating Mindfulness." She will cover strategies for navigating relationships and an overview of the spiritual roots of mindfulness and its expansion into and beyond psychology, and mental and emotional wellbeing, into the fields of neuroscience, education and business.

Nayer, a licensed psychotherapist and certified life coach, works with Synergy Center for Health and Wellness. She holds a master's degree in clinical social work from Yeshiva University in New York and a Life Coaching certification from the Academy of Coaching Excellence. She combines the traditional approaches of psychotherapy with an eclectic and empowering approach to healing, sustainable well-being and happiness. Individuals planning to participate should RSVP to CSAP Project Assistant Wendy V. Coram at (340) 693-1499 or send email to wendy.coram@live.uvi.edu.

Deadline for Submissions, Letters for UVI's 50th Anniversary Time Capsules Now Set for Jan. 31, 2013

The Time Capsule Subcommittee of UVI's Golden Jubilee Committee is again asking members of the University community to submit items for inclusion in each time capsule. The committee is also seeking letters from students, staff, faculty and alumni describing what they think UVI will be like in 50 years. Please submit items and/or letters for inclusion in the time capsules by January 31, 2013, to Raquel Silver at rsantia@live.uvi.edu or call (340) 692- 4061.

Since announcing plans to create UVI 50th Anniversary Time Capsules on both campuses, many suggestions and some forwarded items have been received. "The sky is the limit on what can be placed in the time capsule," said Subcommittee Chair Raquel Silver. "Be imaginative." The time capsules will be capped in 2013, not to be opened for 50 years - in 2062.

Human Resources Office New Hires/Separations List Available for December 2012

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Dec. 1-31, 2012. 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.

UVI Bulletin Board Deadline: Noon on Thursdays for Monday Publication/Release

The UVI Bulletin Board is published on the UVI website each week on Mondays. Items intended for inclusion must be received by the Public Relations Office by noon on the Thursday prior to publication. The Bulletin Board is also made available to the UVI community via the myCampus portal - http://mycampus.uvi.edu. A link is also featured in the header of all UVI website pages. A version of the Bulletin Board, with items of general public interest, is also released to all Virgin Islands media outlets following internal release.

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