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UVI's School of Education Invitation for Third-Party Testimony

The School of Education at the University of the Virgin Islands is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on November 17-20, 2013. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the institution (graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). We invite you to submit written testimony to: Board of Examiners, NCATE,

2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036-1023. Or by email to: callforcomments@ncate.org.


Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to the visit, will be submitted to the School of Education for response via NCATE's Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the Board of Examiners (BOE) team or the School of Education.

UVI Board Approves Degree to Meet the V.I. Info Tech Needs; Sets Operating Budget; Commends President Hall

In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on Saturday, June 15, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Information Systems and Technology, the fiscal year 2014 Operating Budget, a new Parking Policy and Traffic Regulation and funding for Reichhold Center renovations.

The Board approved a Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Systems and Technology degree with courses slated to begin in Spring 2014. The new degree is expected to produce graduates able to meet the information technology needs of the territory. Graduates of the program will leave UVI with technology certification and a portfolio of practical experience - senior year courses, Project Management I and II, will require students to provide technological solutions to local entities. Trustee Jennifer Nugent-Hill said the degree will cause "a big shift in the economic development strategy of this territory." A news release is available from the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Marine Science and VI EPSCoR to be Featured on WTJX 'Face to Face' Program on June 19

V.I. Public Television's "Face to Face" program with Addie Ottley will feature guests from UVI's EPSCoR and Marine Science programs on Wednesday, June 19. The program airs at 8 p.m. on WTJX Channel 12. VI-EPSCoR is the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

Success of UVI's '50 for 50' Campaign Continues to Receive National Recognition

The historic success of UVI's "50 for 50" Campaign during the University's 2012 Golden Jubilee year continues to be recognized nationally. The June edition of the magazine "Business Officer," published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, features a submission by UVI President Dr. David Hall. The article includes a description of the efforts that led to an increase in the number of UVI alumni who financially support the university from 13 percent to 42 percent in one year. This effort was featured earlier in Dr. Hall's "The Virgin Islands Miracle" article, which was carried by the Huffington Post, the HBCU Digest, the Tom Joyner Foundation website and HBCU Connect.

The "50 for 50" Campaign has also resulted in the UVI Alumni Association being nominated for the HBCU National Alumni Association of the Year Award. See related item below.

Reichhold Center Seeks Volunteers for 35th Anniversary Season Launch at 'Business After Hours' Event

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to assist with its upcoming "Business After Hours" activity - the annual season launch party for the Reichhold's upcoming performance line-up. The Center will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary season and is seeking assistance from individuals with outgoing and friendly personalities and a sincere appreciation for the arts. The season launch "Business After Hours" event, held in conjunction with the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce, takes place on Thursday, Aug. 22. For more information, please contact Tracie Wells-Clarke at (340) 693-1553 or send email to twells@live.uvi.edu.

Register Now for UVI's Summer Session II: Deadline June 19

The University of the Virgin Islands invites current and prospective students to register for summer classes. Summer Session II runs from June 20 to July 26. The registration deadline for the second summer session is June 19.

UVI Business Professor and Summer Sessions Coordinator Dr. Tonjia Coverdale encouraged everyone to see what UVI Summer Sessions have to offer. She said courses may be beneficial for people of all ages who want to enhance their education, re-tool their skills for a career change, or start a degree program. "You don't have to be enrolled or matriculated at UVI to take courses," Dr. Coverdale said. Summer Sessions also provide a good opportunity for matriculated students to stay in sequence with courses for their respective degree programs. More information is available in a news release on the UVI home page - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Students Can Take Selected Summer Courses Through UVI ONLINE

The University of the Virgin Islands offers students the ability to take selected summer courses online. While traveling or otherwise away from campus, students can complete course work online this summer through UVI ONLINE. For additional information contact the course professor or the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at cvineya@uvi.edu. Current students can register for courses online at http://banweb.uvi.edu, once schedules are approved by their advisor.

Some of the courses available through UVI ONLINE are: Web Applications Development, Statistics for Management Decisions, Production and Operations Management, Foundations of Education, Black American Literature, Advanced Creative Writing, Fundamentals of Finance, History of the U.S., Probability for Teachers, General Psychology, Life Span Development, and Changes in the Natural World. A full listing of online classes is available from the UVI website at this link: Summer 2013 Class Schedule.

UVI Conducting English and Math Placement Tests for 2013 Summer Sessions and Fall Semester

The University of the Virgin Islands is conducting mathematics and English placement testing for the Summer and Fall 2013 semesters. See dates, times and locations for the remaining tests below. Both tests are computer-based and are administered simultaneously. There is no set time period for completing the tests, as persons continue until they are finished. However, many individuals are able to finish in approximately one hour. A picture ID is required to take the placement tests. Calculators will not be permitted during the math placement test. A math preparation guide is available at this link: http://bit.ly/taGZ6q.

St. Thomas Campus

Dates: Friday, July 19 - 3 p.m. for Math; 5 p.m. for English

Location: Math testing is in the Classroom Administration Building (CAB) computer lab, room 123.

Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix

Dates: Friday, July 19 - 3 p.m. for Math and 5 p.m. for English

Place: Math testing is in the Northwest Wing, room 133.

Other Current Items...

UVI Alumni Association Nominated for National Award

The University of the Virgin Islands' Alumni Association has been nominated for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) National Alumni Association of the Year Award. UVI earned the nomination as a result of a 223 percent increase in its alumni giving rate in 2012 and the national exposure the University received as a result of this accomplishment. UVI President Dr. David Hall documented the achievement in an article titled "Virgin Islands Miracle," which was featured in the Huffington Post, the HBCU Digest, the Tom Joyner Foundation website, HBCU Connect and was involved in an Academic Impressions case study. The winner will be announced at the Third Annual HBCU Awards on June 28, on the Jackson State University Campus, in Mississippi. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

June Issue of UVI Alumni Chronicles Newsletter Published

The June issue of the UVI Alumni Chronicles newsletter has been published and shared with members of the UVI Alumni Association via email and posted to the UVI Alumni Network Facebook page - www.facebook.com/UVIAlumniNetwork. It is also available from this direct link. The newsletter features items reviewing significant participation by alumni during UVI's 51st Charter Day celebration earlier this year and reflections from outgoing UVI Alumni Trustee Marthious Clavier ('02). The issue's Alumni Spotlight is on Imani Marley-Husbands ('96), co-president of the South Atlanta Regional Alumni Chapter. It also shares responses to a Facebook question about favorite professors.

WUVI 1090 AM, College Radio 1 Present CES Program Tuesdays from St. Croix

Every Tuesday, UVI's Cooperative Extension Service communications staffers host a radio program from 2-3 p.m. from the Albert A. Sheen Campus on student radio station WUVI 1090 AM. The program focuses on agriculture, research and community research programs, outreach efforts and training classes offered by the Cooperative Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station. The program is hosted in collaboration with College Radio 1 and College Voices UnZipped. WUVI 1090 AM broadcasts daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Programming is also streamed live on the Internet at http://wuvi.am/. College Radio 1 programming can be accessed at this link: http://collegeradio.co/College_Radio_1.html.

2013 University Bound Program to Host 50 High School Students at UVI This Summer

UVI's 2013 University Bound Program is scheduled to run from June 23 through July 19, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen and St. Thomas campuses. A total of approximately 50 students are expected to participate in this summer's residential component of the program, with students staying in UVI's residence halls. The program, formerly known as the Upward Bound Program, provides students with academic instruction, individual and small group tutorials and counseling, college admissions information, and cultural, social and recreational activities. The new name reflects a change in the program's funding source. Originally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, University Bound is now locally funded through the Virgin Islands Legislature. For more information contact Director Rosalia Rhymer-Rohan at (340) 693-1133 on St. Thomas or Assistant Director Michelle Albany-Crispin at (340) 692-4182 on St. Croix.

Human Resources Posts New Hires/Separations List for May 2013

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for May 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.

CES 4-H 2013 Summer Academies on St. Croix and St. Thomas to Open July 1; Register Now

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will offer its annual summer camp for young people ages five to 14 on St. Croix and St. Thomas beginning in July. Known as the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program's 4-H Summer Academy, session will run for five weeks, from July 1 to August 1. The 2013 theme is "Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future." The camps will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The fee is $200 for the first child in a family, and $150 for each additional child in the same family. Registration will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the Cooperative Extension Service located in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and in the New House Building on the St. Thomas campus. Parents and guardians must bring birth certificates and immunization cards for each child to be registered. Children must be five years of age before July 1. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a special rate for children of UVI employees. For more information please call: (340) 692-4094, 692-4084, or 692-4096 on St. Croix and (340) 693-1078 or 693-1082 on St. Thomas.

USVI/BVI High School Students Invited to Join Free Coral Reef Discovery Week Summer Camp

The UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies will conduct Coral Reef Discovery Week 2013, a free camp for USVI and BVI high school students from July 22 to 26, on the St. Thomas campus. Participants will learn about natural marine resources and marine science opportunities of the US Virgin Islands. This camp will be in session daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. This fun and hands-on experience is supported by UVI faculty, staff and students, and is made possible with sponsorship from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. The camp will focus on increasing the diversity of marine science educational opportunities offered in the territory with the ultimate goal of increasing local participation in marine science. USVI and BVI students aged 15-19 are welcome to apply.

Space is limited. Interested students are urged to apply now. Contact Dr. Marilyn Brandt at (340) 693-1376 or send email mbrandt@uvi.edu. For more information, or to download an application, follow the Summer Enrichment Program link on the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - or use this direct link.

UVI Early Registration for Fall Semester Returning Students Now Available

The University of the Virgin Islands is now offering early registration for the fall semester for returning students. To view course offerings and other registration information, visit the Registrar's section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu.

UVI Employees, Others Urged to Review UVI Online Job Postings

UVI employees and external interested individuals are encouraged to review the University's online job postings for updates on available vacancies from the Human Resources Office section of the University website - http://www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link: http://careers.uvi.edu. UVI is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education and research. The University of the Virgin Islands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

UVICELL Notes...

UVICELL Course to Help Businesses Maneuver in the World of Social Media

Businesses and organizations interested in learning how social media can benefit their efforts are invited to attend a new Social Media Marketing course to be offered by the UVICELL Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday beginning July 30. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

Social Media Marketing is designed to help businesses connect with their customers and grow their business. The course is ideal for individuals who are just getting started in social media as well as those who are already on board. Participants will learn to integrate social media into their business, choose the right platform, to use social media to market their businesses more effectively. For details on fees or more information, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL to Offer Basic Computing Courses on St. Croix and St. Thomas

Individuals interested in learning to use a computer can take advantage of a Basic Computing course to be offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. This course is ideal for individuals with little or no computer experience and will be offered on both St. Croix and St. Thomas. The schedule is as follows: St. Croix: 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays starting July 22, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus; St. Thomas: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting Aug. 10, at the UVICELL Center

Basic Computing is designed to help individuals overcome their fear of computers and will help them become better acquainted with technology. Participants will learn the essentials of computing such as basic computer concepts, using a keyboard and mouse, moving around the desktop, managing files, surfing the Internet and using email. The information will be presented in an easy to understand format and includes hands-on exercises. For details on fees and more information, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.