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Bulletin Board for January 24, 2011

New and Updated Items for Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

Forums Set to Meet Candidate for Executive Director of Center for Student Success

Members of the UVI community are invited to open forums today and tomorrow (Jan. 24 and 25) to meet the first of four candidates for the position of Executive Director for UVI's Center for Student Success. On St. Thomas, the forum is scheduled for 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. today (Monday, Jan. 24) in Room 216 of the Teacher Education Building. On St. Croix the forum will begin at 2:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25. The St. Croix venue is to be announced. The candidate is Dr. Tyson Beale, who currently serves as the Network Student Services Liaison for the Baltimore (Md.) City Public Schools. Dr. Beale formerly served as Dean of Operations and Student Success at Kipp Village Academy, also in Baltimore. For more information contact UVI Director of Academic Administration Maria Fleming at (340) 692-4183.

Applications for Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition Accepted Through Jan. 27

Applications for the Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition are being accepted on both campuses through 4 p.m. on Jan. 27. The competition is tentatively scheduled for April 9. Miss UVI serves as a goodwill ambassador for the University. The winner of the competition is offered a full tuition, room and board scholarship for the fall and spring semesters.

On St. Croix, applications are available at the Student Government Association Office and the Student Activities Office. For more information, contact Malkia Morton at sgastx@myuvi.net . On St. Thomas, applications are available from the Student Housing Office. For more information contact UVI Student Housing Office at (340) 693-1110.

Mr. Kool Competition on St. Thomas Campus Seeking Participants

Individuals interested in vying for the title of UVI Mr. Kool on the St. Thomas campus are encouraged to pick up an application from the Student Housing Office. The deadline to apply as a contestant in the UVI Mr. Kool Competition is 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4. The Mr. Kool Competition is tentatively scheduled for April 16. For more information contact the UVI Student Housing Office at (340) 693-1110.

St. Thomas Campus Graduating Class Meeting set for Friday, Jan. 28

A meeting of UVI's St. Thomas campus 2011 graduating class is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, in Teacher Education Room 101. For more information contact Student Government Association President Charlesworth McCarty, Jr., at (340) 693-1098 or send email to 900052997@myuvi.net .

Other Current Items...

Public Invited to Join a Conversation with Dion Parson at UVI on Jan. 27

World renowned percussionist and drummer Dion Parson will visit the UVI Music Center for a conversation with interested individuals at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27. Parson, a Virgin Islands native, performed this past November with his 21st Century Band at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. In addition to performing, Parson is involved in mentoring youth and teaching the fundamentals of jazz. The conversation, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the UVI Music Choir Room. For more information, contact Prof. Austin A. Venzen at 693-1192.

Michael Bolton to Perform at Reichhold Center on Jan. 29

Michael Bolton, one of the music industry's most successful and accomplished artists, will perform at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 29. The show begins at 8 p.m. Bolton has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide. Along with selections from his many classics - "Soul Provider," "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You" and "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" - he will perform music from his most recent album, "One World One Love," in which he collaborates with some of today's hottest acts, including Lady GaGa, R&B singer Ne-Yo and Jamaican sensation Tami Chynn. For details and ticket information call (340) 693-1559 or purchase online from the Reichhold Center website - www.reichholdcenter.com. St. John residents are encouraged to sign up for the discount shuttle service between Red Hook and the Reichhold Center by calling (340) 693-1559.

Free VIUCEDD Workshops for Siblings/Care Takers of Disabled Set for Feb. 7 & 9

Workshops for the siblings, family members, caretakers and service providers of persons with developmental and mental health disabilities will be offered at UVI on St. Thomas on Monday, Feb. 7, and on Wednesday, Feb. 9, on St. Croix. The workshops are hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands-Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD).

Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The St. Thomas workshop will take place in UVI's Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix the workshop will be held in the Great Hall, located in the North West Wing Building.

The workshops will address the specific concerns and the unique needs of siblings and family members. Continuing support and future care planning will also be covered.

The workshops are free and breakfast and lunch are included. For more information or to register, contact Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 (e-mail: aplunke@uvi.edu) or Maritza Swan at (340) 776-9200 ext. 2334 (e-mail: mswan@uvi.edu).

Male Empowerment Conference to Feature Farrah Gray and Rock City

A male empowerment conference - designed to help male high school juniors and seniors, and young men who want to return to the academic track realize their potential - will be held at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas on Feb. 8, and on St. Croix on Feb. 10. The conference is organized by UVI and the Virgin Islands Department of Education. The theme is: "Man-Up: Realize your Potential - Tools and Resources for Males on the Journey Toward a Successful Life." The fundamental message is that there is something very powerful about staying on an academic path and attaining a post-secondary education.

The conference keynote speaker will be American businessman and motivational speaker Farrah Gray, a self-made millionaire by the age of 14. The internationally recognized R&B singing, rapping and songwriting duo known as Rock City (V.I. natives and brothers Timothy and Theron Thomas) is slated to perform. A news release is available on the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu  - and from this direct link.

Purchasing Department Seeks Bids on Used Vehicles for Sale on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands is accepting sealed bids on six used vehicles for sale on the St. Thomas campus from Jan. 24, through 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3. Bid forms are available from the UVI Purchasing Department (Room 231 of the Administration and Conference Center) from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Mondays through Fridays - from Jan. 24 through Jan. 31. Details of the vehicles to be sold are available from the News and Info page of the Purchasing section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu  - and from this direct link. For more information contact Valderie Abramsen at 693-1483.

Students Encouraged to Explore TMCF Scholarship Opportunities

Interested UVI students are encouraged to explore scholarship opportunities organized by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and several national organizations. Specific opportunities are available to students who are also outstanding community leaders who exemplify the values of volunteerism and service. The scholarships cover a variety of fields - business, finance, hospitality, tourism, and ROTC programs. Latisha Ramsey, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Student Ambassador for UVI, has prepared an overview of currently available scholarships. Click to read TMCF Scholarship Opportunities. (PDF file.) More information and applications are available from the TMCF website: www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org. Interested UVI students can also contact Latisha Ramsey at 910061547@myuvi.net.

Students Invited to Apply for UVI Honors Program

Applications are now being accepted for admission into the UVI Honors Program. The Honors Program seeks to produce exceptional scholars and citizens by providing UVI student participants with enriched intellectual, leadership and outreach experiences designed to cultivate thoughtful, deliberative, articulate, ethically grounded, globally connected and actively contributing members of society. Interested students should review the criteria for admission and complete the application provided on the Honors Program website, which is available from the Academics section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu  - or from this direct link. Questions and completed applications should be forwarded to Honors Program Director Dr. LaVerne Brown (LBrown@uvi.edu).

UVI CELL Items...

UVICELL to Offer Basic QuickBooks Training on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use QuickBooks, the full-featured small business accounting software.

Introduction to QuickBooks will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Feb. 2, on the St. Thomas Campus. Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more.

For more information on the program or how to register, contact the UVICELL at (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

DOE, UVICELL Seeking Students for SAT Prep Course

The V.I. Department of Education (DOE) in collaboration with the UVICELL Center is once again accepting applications for its Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Prep course. Interested applicants must submit applications to the UVI-CELL Center by Friday, Jan. 21, to be considered for the program.

  The SAT Prep Course is free and is being sponsored by the V.I. Department of Education. The program is designed to improve SAT scores by lowering testing anxiety and improving test-taking skills. Applicants must be a public high school student on St. Thomas or St. Croix and have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Weekday and Saturday classes will begin the week of Feb. 7, on both St. Croix and St. Thomas. Students accepted into the program must attend a mandatory orientation where they will receive the complete course schedule and other pertinent information. Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request an application, call (340) 693-1106.

UVICELL to Offer Bookkeeping Course Beginning in March

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer courses for individuals interested in acquiring basic bookkeeping skills beginning in March on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas, Intro to Bookkeeping will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday starting March 1, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday starting March 2, at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted.

Participants will learn to perform basic bookkeeping functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions, preparing basic financial statements, reconciling bank statements, preparing payroll and much more.

For more information or to register, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Items...

Free Farmers and Fishermen Workshops Set Jan. 24/25 on St. Thomas/St. Croix

Free workshops for farmers and fishermen will be hosted on St. Thomas and St. Croix by the Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (VIEDA) in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC). The St. Thomas session is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Monday, Jan. 24) at the SBDC offices in Nisky Center. On St. Croix the workshop is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Great Hall in the North West Wing building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Topics to be discussed will include the increased maximum lending limit of the Farmers and Fishermen Loan program to $50,000, program eligibility requirements and technical assistance that is available to farmers and fishermen. Presenters for the workshops will be representatives from the VIEDA lending entities (Small Business Development Agency and the Government Development Bank), and the SBDC.

For more information on VIEDA loan programs, call (340) 714-1700 on St. Thomas or (340) 773-6499 on St. Croix.