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UVI to Close for Annual Holiday Recess; St. Croix Festival, Three Kings Holiday
The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed from Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, for its annual holiday recess. University offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Wednesday, Jan. 2. UVI will also be closed on Friday, Jan. 4, for the St. Croix Festival, and Monday, Jan. 7, in observance of the Three Kings Day holiday. The VI Small Business Development Center offices on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John will observe the same holiday schedule.
UVI Libraries, STJAC Announce Holiday Schedule
UVI's libraries and the St. John Academic Center (STJAC) have announced the following end-of-semester/holiday schedule.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 12 – Closed for staff development.
Thursday, Dec. 13 - Open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 14 – Open 8 a.m. 1 p.m. Closed 1 to 4:30 p.m. for staff development.
Dec. 15, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013 – Closed for University Holiday Recess.
STJAC remains closed through Jan. 7. STJAC resumes regular hours Tuesday, Jan. 8.)
Lab Access: All computer labs will be closed during the University Holiday Recess.
Wednesday, Jan. 2 – libraries resume regular hours.
UVI Students Win Miss St. Croix, Runner-up Titles in Christmas Festival Pageant
Congratulations to UVI St. Croix student Cliaunjel Williams who was crowned Miss St. Croix Festival Queen on Sunday, Dec. 9. Williams, 23, is graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Education degree, with a concentration in administration and supervision. She earned a bachelor of science in biology from UVI in 2009. She also won the St. Croix Festival Queen pageant’s Best Evening Wear and Best Costume competitions. UVI student, contestant Naydyeyah Acoy-Thomas was named second runner-up in the pageant. A 20 year old junior, Acoy-Thomas also won the Miss Photogenic and Congeniality categories in the competition. She is majoring in Business Administration, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. A third contestant, Jessica Willock, is a freshman at UVI. The contest’s first runner-up, A’Jada Delana Burke plans to study Biology at UVI.
Other contestants were Rashauna Christopher, Jo’Liza John and Iman Hamilton. Miss St. Croix is expected to preside over Christmas Festival events such as the opening of the village, the food fair and parades.
Middle States Commission Reaffirms UVI’s Accreditation
The University of the Virgin Islands’ accreditation has been reaffirmed through the periodic review process by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), which accredits degree-granting colleges and universities in the Middle States region.
UVI received a favorable response to the Periodic Review Report (PRR), also known as the five-year mid-point report, a requirement of the MSCHE when member institutions reach the half-way point in their ten-year cycle of reaffirmation of accreditation. In 2007, MSCHE acted to reaffirm UVI’s accreditation through 2017, with recommendations for additional reports prior to the submission of the PRR. UVI has favorably met all of the recommendations. A news release is available from the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link.
7th Annual St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Expo Continues on St. John Dec. 14-16
UVI's Cooperative Extension Service continues the seventh annual Virgin Islands’ Woodworkers’ Expo with the St. John session slated for Dec. 14 to 16. The Expo features the works by members of St. Croix Wood Artists, Inc. and the St. Thomas/St. John Woodworkers Society. The St. Thomas session, held at Tutu Park Mall, ran from Dec. 7 to 9.
The St. John session of the Expo takes place at the Market Place in Cruz Bay on St. John. It will open at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, and at 10 a.m. on Dec. 15 and 16. Pieces will be available for sale. Demonstrations by master woodworkers are planned.
Individuals who are not members of the woodworker groups may also apply to join exhibit and sell locally made wood products at the Cooperative Extension Service on St. Thomas. The fee for a space at the Expo is $50 per day. For more information, contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1083 or 692-1080. The Woodworkers’ Expo is sponsored by UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the V.I. Department of Tourism and Tutu Park Mall.
Nominations for Afternoon on the Green 2013 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 email@example.com. For more information contact Liza Margolis via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UVI Concludes 50th Anniversary Events With St. Croix Golden Gala
UVI’s official Golden Jubilee events concluded with the St. Croix Golden Gala at the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort Hotel and Casino on Saturday, Dec. 8. The evening featured a silent auction, cocktail hour for mingling, dining and dancing to Xpress Band. The Gala on St. Croix, like the one held Dec. 1, on St. Thomas, was billed as “A Grand Affair to End the Year.” The formal events were also designed to give UVI employees and friends a way celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary and as fundraisers to establish a Golden Jubilee Scholarship.
Photos for UVI Community Members Photographed at Golden Galas
Members of the UVI community who had their photos taken during the 50th Anniversary Golden Gala celebrations on Dec. 1, on St. Thomas, and Dec. 8, on St. Croix, can now access their photos in the UVI shared Dropbox. Please download only your own photos.
The Dropbox can be accessed from most computers on the UVI network and from this direct link: X:\Dropbox
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 email@example.com 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
2013 Program Information Sought from All UVI Summer Program Coordinators
UVI summer program coordinators are asked to provide information on their upcoming programs for posting on UVI’s 2013 Summer Enrichment Programs webpage. The page includes an archived link to 2012 program information. UVI Webmaster Moneca Pinkett is preparing the new Summer Programs section and wants to ensure that all UVI summer outreach, enrichment, college prep, academies, bridge and camp programs are accurately represented. Please send details of all summer programs – including program title/name, description, location, contact information, eligibility criteria, application/registration deadline, start date and end date – via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 7, 2013. Participating coordinators may share program logo and photos for the slideshow.
Do You Know This Week’s ‘We Are UVI’ Contributor?
To see photos of this week’s “We Are UVI” contributor, and to read her story, visit http://weareuvi.blogspot.com. “We Are UVI” is the University’s Golden Jubilee blog. It features people sharing CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years. A new submission is added each week. This one was posted Sunday, Dec. 9.
Sunday’s submission joins stories from the following: Sinclair Wilkinson ('72), Rafe Boulon, Jr. ('76), Carmie Thompson ('10), Frank Mills ('67), James Rakocy, Arah Lockhart ('78), Utha Williams ('82), former UVI President LaVerne Ragster, Marthious Clavier ('02,'08), John Lucas, Maxine Nunez, Rosary Harper, Yegin Habtes, Gloria Callwood, Laurent Javois (’76), Helen Dookhan ('79, '84, '98), Curtis Gilpin ('80), Carolyn O’Neal-Morton ('85), Ali McClean ('93), Constance Gumbs ('87, '91), Malcolm Kirwan ('67), Sharleen Fahie ('86, '93), Sam Hall Jr., Richard Lippke, Randy Brown, Paul Flemming ('95, '98, '99), Kishma Allen ('09), Lawrence Lewis ('73), Aimery Caron, Quilin Mars ('08), Alvincent Hutson ('76), Vincent Cooper ('72), Dennis Parker, UVI President Emeritus Orville Kean, Richard Schrader, Albert Bryan (’04), Jerome McElroy, Velma Tyson ('80, '83), Marchelle D. Clarke Brown (‘82), Anita Gordon Plaskett (’74, ’78), Nanyamka Farrelly (’99, ’06), Robert H. Ruskin, Jr. (’77) and Juanita Woods, Judy Grybowski, Lucia Woods (’73), Ellis Webster (’86), George Condon, Linette Rabsatt (’99) and Joycelyn Hewlett (’86).
Eastern Caribbean Center to Begin Phase II of Community Survey
The University of the Virgin Islands Eastern Caribbean Center (ECC) is conducting Phase II of its annual Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS). During Phase II of the survey process, which runs from Dec. 8, 2012 to Jan. 12, 2013, ECC staff will interview the community.
“The goal of the VICS is to provide a clearer understanding of the changing population and housing statistics in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said Dr. Asha DeGannes, Eastern Caribbean Center’s acting director. “Demographic surveys provide important information to educators, the legislature, businesses and anyone needing information about the community.” Dr. DeGannes said the survey will generate official statistics relating to economics, population, housing, health and employment. A news release is available from the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link.
UVI Website Feedback Available for Review
In November, the University of the Virgin Islands gathered input to improve its website – http://www.uvi.edu – by surveying UVI students, faculty and staff. Three surveys were developed by the Website Homepage Subcommittee. Participants and others can now review the results of the surveys.
Select a link below to view results of the survey.
UVI community input was sought in keeping with the University’s mission of being a learner-centered institution that puts students first. Students, faculty and staff were encouraged to get involved and share their vision of the next generation of the UVI website. Among UVI’s core values is the effective use of technology. Website improvements will reflect the mission, programs, community, brand, strategic direction and high standards the University strives to maintain in all its public images. Questions and suggestions should be directed to email@example.com.
Members of UVI Community Sought to Serve on Website Committee
UVI is searching for faculty, staff, alumni and students to serve on the University’s Website Committee. The Website Committee will provide guidance and establish standards for the UVI website to ensure high quality and consistency of content, organization, and presentation of information. Interested persons should contact UVI Webmaster, Moneca Pinkett, in the UVI Public Relations Office on the St. Thomas campus via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (340) 693-1495.
Recent myCampus Email Items…
Here’s a selection of recent email messages shared with members of the UVI community via the Messages function of UVI’s myCampus portal. UVI students, faculty and staff can see all their messages by logging in to myCampus at https://mycampus.uvi.edu.
Final Exams Scheduled for Dec. 4-10 at UVI
Final exams for UVI fall semester students are scheduled for Dec. 4-10. During this period, other student activities are not scheduled.
Math and English Placement Testing Set for Jan. 7-8 on Both Campuses
The University of the Virgin Islands will conduct another session of student placement testing in math and English for the Spring 2013 semester on Jan. 7 and 8, 2013, on both campuses. The tests are computer-based and are administered simultaneously. Admitted students should bring a picture ID and SAT or ACT scores, if possible. Calculators will not be permitted on the math placement test. A math test preparation guide is available at this link: http://bit.ly/taGZ6q. Reading and writing sample tests can be found at www.accuplacer.org – use the “Information For Students” button.
St. Thomas Campus
Tests: English and Math
Date: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
Placement test reviews: 5:30 to 7 p.m. for English and Math
Location: Classroom Administration Building (CAB) Room 107
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013
Registration: 8:30 a.m.; Testing: 9 a.m. for English and Math
English testing: Classroom Administration Building (CAB) computer lab, Room 103
Math testing: Center for Student Success (CSS) computer lab, Room CAB 123
Albert A. Sheen Campus – St. Croix
Tests: English and Math
Date: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
Placement test reviews: 5:30 to 7 p.m. for English and Math
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013
Registration at 8:30 a.m.; Testing: 9 a.m. for English and Math
English testing: North West Wing Room 131
Math testing: North West Wing Room 133
Spring and Summer Online Registration for Continuing UVI Students Underway
Continuing UVI students can now register online, via Banweb, for spring and summer 2013 courses. Registration for spring classes continues through Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, for spring. Summer registration will continue up to the start of those sessions. Students are reminded that they must first meet with their academic advisors to prepare individual schedules, and obtain an alternate PIN, which they will need to access Banweb. To find out the name of their advisor, students should contact the office of the dean of their school or college, or the Office of the Registrar, or the Associate Registrar (email@example.com). Further details are available from the Registrar’s section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu – or this direct link Registrar Home Page.
Computer Literacy Exam Testing Schedule Available Online
The schedule for the upcoming Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) at UVI is now available. Students must register for the CLE via Banweb. The examination is online, and will be administered via Blackboard. All sections of the CLE must be completed and passed in order to receive a passing grade. Students must bring current photo ID to the testing room for verification.
For a full list of exam dates visit the Registrar’s page on the UVI website www.uvi.edu or this direct link. For assistance with web registration contact the Registrar's Office at (340) 692-4103/4158 on St. Croix or (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas. Direct other questions to Dr. Tonjia Coverdale at firstname.lastname@example.org or (340) 693-1523.
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VIUCEDD, Community Groups Offer Workshops for Parents of Children with Behavioral Problems
Parents of children who are exhibiting behavioral problems are invited to workshops titled "The Magic Wand of Positive Consequences" on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The workshops, sponsored by community groups and UVI's Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), are free and offered as a community service event. They take place on Monday, Dec. 10, on St. Thomas, and on Wednesday, Dec. 12, on St. Croix. The sessions are designed to help parents and caregivers understand while the child is misbehaving and to provide steps they can take to improve the behavior. The presenter is Dr. Candace Baker, a professor of Autism Interventions and Positive Behavioral Supports at Texas A&M International University in Laredo Texas.
The St. Thomas workshop runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 10, at the Head Start conference room at the Sugar Estate Complex. To register on St. Thomas call 776-9200 ext. 2334. The St. Croix session is slated for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 12, at the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus. To register on St. Croix call (340) 292-4266. Accommodations for special services, such as Sign Language Interpreters should be requested in advance.
Joining VIUCEDD in sponsoring the workshops are the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands and the Inter-Island Parent Coalition for Change.
Fall Edition of VIUCEDD Newsletter ‘HARAMBEE’ Available Online
The fall edition of “HARAMBEE,” the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) newsletter has been published and is available to the general public. The 12-page newsletter is packed with photos and articles covering events such as the 9th Annual Voices that Count conference, the 5th Annual Autism conference and the Best Beginnings conference. Also featured is a look at “New Faces at VIUCEDD.” To view “HARAMBEE,” visit the VIUCEDD website – http://www.viucedd.org/ - and select the Documents button to download the complete newsletter. For more information contact Sandra Pierre-Louis at (340) 692-4266.
Survey: Financial Stress Affects College Students’ Academics
UVI’s Office of Institutional Research and Planning is sharing a National Survey Student Engagement (NSSE) news release titled: “Financial Stress Affects Academics for College Students, Survey Finds” with the University community. The release details findings from a new report – "Promoting Student Learning and Institutional Improvement Lessons from NSSE at 13" – Annual Results 2012. While UVI did not participate in the 2012 survey, Institutional Research is preparing to administer the NSSE in the spring of 2013. The news release is available from this direct link Institutional Research communities section of the myCampus portal – NSSE News Release. The full report is also available from the NSSE website at http://nsse.iub.edu.
SBDC Offers Workshop on Government Procurement Process on Dec. 11
The next Procurement Luncheon Workshop in a series offered by the VI Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC), covering the U.S. Small Business Administration’s role in the procurement process and available loan programs,” is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11. On St. Croix it will be held at the UVI Albert A. Sheen Campus in the Cooperative Extension Service Room 133. The workshop will be video conferenced to the first-floor conference room in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. The session is designed to provide business owners with information vital for doing business with federal and local governments and securing government contracts for a variety of products and services. The workshop series topics are coordinated by VI SBDC Procurement Consultant Dr. Anita Roberts.
Admission is $20. A light lunch is included. Preregistration is required. Registration is available from the VI SBDC website at www.sbdcvi.org or by calling the St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206 or the St. Croix Service Center at (340) 692-5270.
SBDC, Rare Earth Studio Offer Two-Hour Workshops Focus on Fine Jewelry Industry
The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC), in conjunction with Rare Earth Studio, Inc., will host a two-hour workshop on the many facets of the fine jewelry industry and other creative expressions. The experience is designed to give participants an opportunity to explore the possibilities of working or owing a business in the jewelry industry. Sessions of the workshop are offered from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. 15, 2012, and Jan. 5, 2013. Workshops take place at Rare Earth Studio, at 32 A Dronningens Gade, Suites 2 and 7 in Charlotte Amalie.
The facilitators will be Tina Blue and Ivanne Farr. Seating is limited. Pre-registration and prepayment of the $45 fee is required. For more information contact the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center at (340) 776-3206 or Rare Earth Studio at (340) 777-7774.