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Bulletin Board for May 23, 2011

Alumni Phonathon Part II Begins Today; Volunteers Still Welcome to Join the Fun

UVI begins part two of its annual Alumni Phonathon today, with volunteers placing calls to special alumni beginning at 5:30 p.m. today at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Volunteers from the UVI community - students, alumni, faculty and staff - are still welcome to join in the fun. To volunteer, contact Liza Margolis at (340) 693-1053 or send e-mail to lmargol@uvi.edu.

Part one of the phonathon was launched this year with a calling campaign during UVI's charter month. Part two of the effort focuses on special alumni - persons who attended UVI or CVI (the College of the Virgin Islands) for a minimum of 12 months, but did not graduate. It is part of an over-arching effort to reconnect with individuals who attended this institution before it offered a four-year degree. Special alumni, like graduates, have unique interests, ties and experiences with UVI. During the phonathon, volunteers will call special alumni, update contact and career information, share current news about UVI and the upcoming 50th anniversary celebration, and invite them to support the University and its students.

Funds raised through the phonathon support student scholarships, UVI's areas of greatest need, the Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands, the Reichhold Center for the Arts, and UVI's research and academic divisions.

Gifts for Volunteers

Volunteers will each receive special thank you gifts and dinner will be provided. A variety of prizes - BVI trip, a hotel stay, Plaza Extra coupons and gift certificates from Essentric Shoe Boutique, Clover's Shoe Boutique, the UVI Bookstore and the UVI Wellness Center - will be awarded to the top callers each night and to the overall top callers for the four days of the phonathon. View the Phonathon flyer.

Territory to Celebrate Small Business Week May 23-27

The Virgin Islands will celebrate entrepreneurship in the Territory with the observance of Small Business Week from May 23 to 27 with activities on St. Croix and St. Thomas, and video conferencing to St. John on a limited amount of trainings from the St. Thomas schedule. Small Business Week activities are presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) at the University of the Virgin Islands.

  "Without a doubt, the most important week of the year within the national scope of the U.S. Small Business Administration is Small Business Week," said Carl Christensen, SBA Virgin Islands branch manager. "This week celebrates the purpose and accomplishment of small businesses throughout our country. Although known for its great job creation, small businesses are the very fiber of our great capitalist system," he said.

A news release is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI RTPark Schedules Annual Meeting for May 26

The University of the Virgin Islands' Research and Technology Park will conduct the Annual Meeting of its Board of Directors at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 26. The meeting will be available via teleconference at the RT Park offices on UVI's Albert A Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Seating is limited. To participate, or to obtain more information, call the RTPark office at (340) 692-4200.

UVI to Observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 30

The University of the Virgin Islands, including UVI Libraries and the St. John Academic Center, will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30. During the holiday, UVI students will have access to computer labs on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Students may also access online library resources at any time by going to http://library.uvi.edu. UVI's Help Desk voice mail, at ext.1466, and e-mail (helpdesk@uvi.edu) will be monitored during the holiday. UVI Summer Session I classes will resume and administrative Offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Tuesday, May 31.

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:


Other Current Items...

UVI Men's Soccer Team Meeting Scheduled for Today - May 23 - on St. Croix

A meeting of the UVI Buccaneers men's soccer team is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today (Monday, May 23), at the Cafetorium on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Discussions at the meeting will include an update on the pre-season game, ordering of uniforms, a summer 2011 tournament and the design of a team logo. All male soccer players at UVI are invited to attend and make history as UVI forms its first collegiate soccer team. For more information contact Coach Yohannes Worede at (340) 277-5311 or Nereida C. Washington at (340) 692-4146.

UVI Community Invited to Planned Giving Workshop on May 24

Members of the UVI community are cordially invited to attend a planned giving workshop (also known as an estate planning workshop) scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24, at the UVI Small Business Development Center in Nisky Center on St. Thomas. Anna Paiewonsky, Esquire, will present the benefits of planning for your future income stream and provide guidance on how to ensure the future of your family while making a major commitment to your preferred charity. Please phone (340) 776-3206 to register. The workshop is part of the Virgin Islands Small Business Week Activities. (See item below for the schedule.) Please phone (340) 776-3206 to register.

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.

Global Leaders Institute Continues Through June 1 at UVI; World Forum Set May 30

UVI's 17th Annual Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean continues through June 1, on the St. Thomas campus. Approximately 35 junior, senior and graduate college students from the Virgin Islands, the U.S. mainland and throughout the Caribbean are expected to participate in the intensive, two-week leadership development course that aims to broaden student knowledge of the impact global forces of technology, commerce, and communication have on the Caribbean. Students are attending a variety of lectures, workshops and other learning experiences to nurture their aspirations for global leadership.

An annual highlight of the institute is the World Forum Debate, scheduled this year for 9 a.m. on Monday, May 30, in the first-floor conference room of Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The forum is open to the public. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

CES 4-H Program to Offer 40th 4-H Summer Academy on St. Croix and St. Thomas

The UVI Cooperative Extension Service's (CES) 40th annual 4-H Summer Academy will be conducted from June 27 through Aug. 5, on St. Croix and St. Thomas. This summer's theme is: "40 Years of Believing - Another 40 Achieving."

The fee for campers ages 5 to14 is $200 for the first child and $175 for each additional child in the same family. Applications are available from the CES offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas or via e-mail by calling one of the numbers listed below. Completed applications should be taken to Room 139 of the Research and Extension Center on St. Croix or to the CES Office in the New House Building on St. Thomas.

Birth certificates and immunizations records must be presented with the applications, along with payment, at the time of registration. All registrations will only be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information on St. Croix, contact Lois V. Sanders at (340) 692-4096, Sarah Smith at (340) 692-4084 or Jillean Webster at (340) 692-4087. For information on St. Thomas contact Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1083, Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082 or Yvonne Phillips at (340) 693-1078.

Financial Aid Office Releases Summer 2011 Financial Aid Update

UVI's Office of Financial Aid has announced the release of the Summer 2011 Financial Aid eligibility criteria and documentation. With the passage of the FY 2011 spending bill by Congress, the second scheduled Pell Grant award will remain in effect for the Summer 2011 term, only. 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.

Scholarships Available for Advanced Degrees, Cultural Projects

The board of directors of the Virgin Islands Academic & Cultural Awards Endowment Scholarship is accepting applications through May 16, for its scholarship program. Virgin Islands residents pursuing advanced degrees are encouraged to apply. Funding is also available for VI residents conducting research and projects designed to promote cultural awareness in the territory. Recipients may receive up to $10,000 per year.

The scholarship program was created by the Virgin Islands Legislature in 1970 to assist residents with financial support to advance their academic and professional studies. On-line applications are available from the UVI website's - www.uvi.edu - Institutional Advancement page and from the Scholarship page in the Financial Aid section, and from this direct link. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. For more information and eligibility requirements contact Ardrina Scott-Elliott at 693-1040.

TMCF Seeking Scholarship Applications for 2011-2012 School Year

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) has opened its scholarship application process to all students seeking financial assistance for the 2011-2012 school year. TMCF scholarship recipients are awarded annually to students meeting the TMCF eligibility criteria for scholarship. Awards are made per semester based on a verification process designed to ensure students are meeting academic expectations and have an unmet financial need. All classifications of students are invited to apply for a TMCF scholarship. The application deadlines for many of the scholarship programs offered in this program have been extended until June 1, 2011.

TMCF scholarship requirements and programs accepting applications are featured at this link: http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/student/scholarshipprograms.

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.

UVI Accepting Applications for 'Math Behind the Science' Free Summer Program

UVI is accepting applications for its 2011 "Math Behind the Science" summer bridge program. The free program (previously called Summer Bridge2Calculus) is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, technology or medicine.

Math Behind the Science will prepare students to enter UVI's introductory calculus course and provide a foundation for success in that important course. Field trips, guest speakers and workshops are integrated into the five-week summer program. Sessions begin on June 20, and end with an awards ceremony on July 29. Recent high school graduates and current Math Skills students are eligible to participate in this program.

Applications for the program are due by May 25. More information and an online application form are available from the Summer Programs tab on the Emerging Caribbean Scientists web page - http://ecs.uvi.edu  - and from this direct link. Click here for the application form.

  Student Testing Notes...

UVI Schedules Placement Tests for English and Mathematics

The following schedule for English Placement Tests and Math Placement Tests have been announced by UVI.

St. Thomas Campus

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

Place: Sports and Fitness Center, Room 222

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. - English 100 (writing)

  2:30-3:30 p.m. - English 101 (reading)

  4:00-6:00 p.m. - Math

St. Croix Campus

Date: Monday, June 13, 2011

Place: Rooms Q 100 and R 100 (Nursing area)

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. - English 100 (writing)

  2:30-3:30 p.m. - English 101 (reading)

Students should bring two blue or black ink pens for English, pencils for math (calculators are optional and allowed on Part I of the exam), and a photo ID. Students should plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to any test in order to register.

A guide that could help you prepare for the Math exam is available here: /import/sites/uvi/Publications/Show_them_you_know_some_math.pdf

For more information contact Linda Wymer (340) 693-1346 or send e-mail to lwymer@uvi.edu.

CELL Notes...

SAT Preparation Course Offered for High School Students on St. Thomas, St. Croix


UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center is offering a SAT Preparation Course for high school students on both St. Croix and St. Thomas. The program is designed to improve SAT scores by lowering testing anxiety and enhancing test-taking skills. The 10-week course will meet on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m., beginning June 18. The Deadline to register is May 27. The course fee of $500 includes instruction, the SAT Prep Book, an SAT approved calculator and an entrance practice exam and a final practice exam. To qualify students must attend a public or private high school, submit an application and have a GPA of 2.0 to 3.5. For more information, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100.


SBDC Notes...

How to Start a Business in the V.I. Seminars Offered by SBDC on St. Thomas

A series of step-by-step seminars on how to start a business in the Virgin Islands is being offered by the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center on St. Thomas. The one-hour seminar covers business licenses and fees, business structures, insurance, tax considerations and financing. The fee is $10 for individuals who pre-register and $15 at the door.


Three sessions are offered at the SBDC Service Center at Nisky Center on the following schedule: May 11 at 6 p.m.; May 19 at 6 p.m. and May 25 at 9 a.m. For more information call the SBDC St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206 or send email to sbdcstt@uvi.edu.



Author, Entrepreneur and Columnist Rhonda Abrams to Present SBDC Seminars

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host seminars by author, entrepreneur and nationally syndicated columnist Rhonda Abrams on St. Thomas today (Monday, May 23) and on St. Croix on Tuesday, May 24.


Abrams, a widely recognized expert on small businesses and entrepreneurship, writes the nation's most widely-distributed column on the subjects, appearing weekly in USA Today and quarterly in the Costco Connection. She has written more than a dozen books on small business, which have been translated into more than 30 languages. Among her best-selling works are "Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies," now in its fifth edition, and "Six-Week Start-Up," "Business Plan In A Day," "What Business Should I Start?" and "Successful Marketing: Secrets & Strategies." Her work has been adopted by more than 600 business schools throughout the U.S. - including UCLA, MIT, University of Arizona, Cornell, University of California, Berkeley and USC.


Abrams has started three successful companies and is currently president and chief entrepreneur of The Planning Shop, a publishing endeavor that creates content for small businesses. Her real-life experience along with her broad view of entrepreneurship gives her a unique understanding of the challenges and rewards of being an entrepreneur.


Her seminar - "The Leap: Going from Income to Wealth" - will focus on growing a business and sharing success strategies with small business owners and potential entrepreneurs. The St. Thomas session is set for 6 to 8 p.m. at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef on May 23. The St. Croix seminar will be offered at 6 to 8 p.m. at the Theatre (Evans Center Room 401) on UVI's campus on St. Croix on May 24. Admission is $25 at the door or $20 in advance. For details, visit the SBDC website - www.sbdcvi.org - (340) 692-5270 for St. Thomas/St. John or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix.