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Bulletin Board for June 13, 2011

UVI Board Approves $60 Million HBCU Loan for Capital Projects

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees held its quarterly meeting on Saturday, June 11, on the St. Thomas campus. The Board unanimously approved a University proposal to borrow $60 million from the Historical Black Colleges and Universities Capital Financing Program, which will be used to refund UVI's 1999A Bonds and Series 2004A Bonds and to finance a 100-bed residence hall on the St. Thomas Campus. The HBCU loan will also fund improvements to teaching laboratories, classrooms, faculty offices, and conference rooms on the Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix, and will be used to improve campus facilities that have been approved by the Building and Grounds Committee of the Board of Trustees.

A news release on the board meeting is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Alumni Invited to Help Name New Alumni E-newsletter

UVI alumni have been invited to participate in a contest to name a new E-newsletter which is being designed by the Alumni Affairs and Public Relations offices. "We are looking for a creative, catchy name for the newsletter which will attract interest from the community, friends and supporters," wrote Linda I. Smith ('98, '03), in a recent e-mail to alumni. Smith, who is director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs, said the winner will receive two reserved tickets to the upcoming production of Patrick Brown's hilariously scary who-dun-it "Midnight at Puss Creek." Performances of the play, which features Jamaican "King of Comedy" Oliver Samuels, is scheduled for July 9 and 10 at UVI's Reichhold Center for the arts.

All contest submissions must be sent - via e-mail - to mbartle@uvi.ed. Submissions must be sent by midnight on Thursday, June 30.

CERC Urging Men to Learn Conditions Leading to Heart Disease

UVI's Caribbean Exploratory (NIMHD) Research Center (CERC) is marking the observation of National Men's Health Week with the distribution of information designed to help men become aware of the conditions that lead to heart disease - the number-one killer of both men and women. View the flyer "Men and Heart Disease."

For more information, visit the CERC website - http://cercuvi.com/index.php - or contact Research Coordinator Desiree R. Bertrand at (340) 692-1919 or send e-mail to dbertra@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

UVI Awarded $1.5 Million NIH Grant for MARC Program

The University of the Virgin Islands has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program. The funding is for five years, with $403,000 for the first year.

The Minority Access to Research Careers program is designed to produce a diverse group of rigorously trained, motivated students who will compete for highly selective doctoral programs.

Program Director Dr. Teresa Turner said UVI's MARC Program was awarded funding in part because of its history of success. UVI has had a MARC Program since 1992. To date 66 percent of UVI MARC graduates have enrolled in Ph.D. programs. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VI SBDC Service Center on St. John Plans Open House on June 17


The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center will conduct an open house for its St. John Service Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, June 17. The SBDC Service Center is located in UVI's new St. John Academic Center, which is housed in the Marketplace in Cruz Bay, St. John.


The public is invited to learn about the wide array of services the SBDC Center provides for existing business and for entrepreneurs who want to begin businesses. The SBDC offers free, one-on-one counseling, seminars, workshops and training sessions on a wide variety of business topics. The VI SBDC St. John Service Center is located on the third floor of the Marketplace. For more information call (340) 776-3206. To learn more about the SBDC visit www.sbdcvi.org.

Fall Class Schedule for UVI's St. John Academic Center Available

A list of UVI Fall Semester classes that will be offered via the University's new St. John Academic Center is now available from the Academics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

New UVI Residential Summer Bridge Program to Begin in July

The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will launch a new program this July for graduating high school students who have been accepted to the University as freshmen for the Fall 2011 semester. The program will help students jump-start their college careers at UVI by improving their understanding and skills in Math and English, according to Dr. Haldane Davies, special assistant to UVI President Dr. David Hall.

Students, 40 on St. Thomas and 40 on St. Croix, will live in UVI residence halls and take courses in mathematics, English, reading and speech, while getting introduced to college life and the institutions' support systems. More information is available from the "Summer Bridge" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - from a news release on the UVI home page and at this direct link.

No Dinner Service at St. Thomas Campus Dining Pavilion from June 6 through June 17

The Dining Pavilion on UVI's St. Thomas campus will be open for breakfast and lunch only from Monday, June 6, through Friday, June 17. There will be no dinner service on those dates. Regular service will resume on June 20. For more information call 693-1138.

UVI Accepting Applications for the Master of Arts in Psychology Program

The University of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications from students interested in enrolling in its Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in counseling program for the Fall 2011 semester. The MAP program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills and experiential opportunities to allow them to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. This graduate Psychology program seeks to prepare practitioners to use the science of psychology for the promotion of human well-being, specifically in the provision of psychological services to children, adolescents, and families in the mental health, judicial, and educational systems. It provides some with a stepping stone toward licensure.

Details on the program and admission criteria are available from the UVI web site website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Interested applicants can also contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo on St. Croix at (340) 692-4264 or Dr. Angela Adams on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1258 for more information.

Oliver Samuels Returns to the Reichhold Center in July

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts welcomes back Oliver Samuel, the Jamaican "King of Comedy," in Patrick Brown's hilariously scary Who-Dun-It? - "Midnight at Puss Creek." The play opens at the Reichhold Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. A second performance is slated for 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 10.

"Midnight at Puss Creek" is a clever, hilarious tale of conspiracy, family dysfunction and revenge. Oliver Samuels plays Edgar, an ambitious son. His mother, wealthy Miss Zelda, is on her deathbed and loved ones have gathered at the home (Puss Creek) as she nears her final breath. Miss Zelda's snooty granddaughter, Rita, along with other family members waste no time in letting their true colors show. The play features favorite actors from other Samuels plays including Glen "Titus" Campbell, Camille Davis, Sharee McDonald-Russell and Courtney Wilson.

Tickets - $40, $30 and $22 - available at V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, Home Again, the UVI Bookstore and the Reichhold Box office at (340) 693-1559 or online at www.reichholdcenter.com.

Reichhold Center Extra: Jonathan Butler to Perform June 19 at Reichhold Center

Partners for Health St. Thomas/St. John will present a live concert by two-time Grammy Award Nominee Jonathan Butler at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The concert will feature guest appearances by Denise Barclay and John Stoddart. Tickets are $45 and $60 - are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office at (340) 693-1559 or online at www.reichholdcenter.com.

Summer Research Symposium Slated for July 29 on St. Thomas

UVI's Summer Research Symposium is slated for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 29. It will be held in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The symposium provides a showcase for a student research in STEM disciplines, with faculty at the University of the Virgin Islands, as well as at other institutions. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.) For details, visit the UVI's Student Research Symposia webpage on the College of Science & Mathematics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link:


Summer Session II Notes...

Registration Underway for UVI Summer Session II

UVI's Summer Session II is scheduled to begin on June 23. BanWeb registration for this second session is now underway. Visit the Registrar's Page of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - to view Class Schedules and login to BanWeb from the BUCSS tab.

Financial Aid Office Offers Summer 2011 Financial Aid Update

UVI's Office of Financial Aid has posted Summer 2011 Financial Aid eligibility criteria and documentation on the UVI web site. With the passage of the FY 2011 spending bill by Congress, the second scheduled Pell Grant award will remain in effect only for the Summer 2011 term. The second scheduled Pell Grant will be eliminated for Summer 2012. Please visit the Financial Aid Section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - or click the following direct links: Pell Grant and Direct Loan Program Information | Summer Pell Grant Application Form.

For additional information concerning Summer Aid, please contact UVI's Financial Aid Offices on St. Croix at (340) 692-4193 or on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1090.

Science 100 Offered During Summer Session II on St. Thomas Campus

UVI students who need to retake the course SCI 100 - The Natural World: The Caribbean - can do so during Summer Session II on the St. Thomas campus. SCI 100 is a Freshman Experience course and general education requirement for students entering UVI as freshmen. Students who have earned a C-, D or F in the course may retake the course to earn a better grade. Summer Session II classes run from June 23 to July 29. SCI 100 will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to11:50 a.m. for lectures, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. for labs.

To enroll in this offering of SCI 100 students must get permission from Dr. Sandra Romano. She can be reached at (340) 693-1389 or via e-mail at: sromano@uvi.edu.

CELL Notes...


SIP Program to Host Free Emergency Planning Workshops for Businesses


The Safety in Paradise (SIP) Program will be host free Emergency Action Planning workshops to assist U.S.V.I. businesses prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from fire, tropical storms, tsunamis, workplace violence and other emergency situations that may threaten a business or its employees. The SIP Program is administered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center.


On St. Croix, the workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, June 24, at the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held 9:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 28, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center.


The half-day workshops will focus on the development of an organized plan for reducing the adverse impact of emergencies on businesses. It will also address the importance of maintaining compliance with OSHA regulations and increasing the likelihood that businesses can effectively resume operations after an emergency.


Although the workshop is free, participants must register to reserve a seat. For more information on the workshop, or the free consultation services offered by the Safety In Paradise Program call (340) 693-1146 on St. Thomas or (340) 713-1619 on St. Croix. Send an e-mail to safetyinparadise@uvi.edu.  


CELL Offers Seminar on the Art of Writing Fundable Grants


The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a two-part seminar for anyone interested in seeking grant funding. The first session of the Grant and Proposal Writing Series will be offered at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. Sessions will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted, St. Croix.


The first part of the series will provide effective strategies for organizing the grant writing process, preparing the application, data sources, and provide tips for writing fundable grants. It is open to novice as well as experienced grant writers who work in governmental, non-profit and faith-based settings.


For fees or more information on the series, call the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.