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Bulletin Board for May 26, 2011

UVI Encourages Planning for Upcoming Hurricane Season

In conjunction with the National Hurricane Preparedness week, which is being observed from May 22 to May 28, the University of the Virgin Islands encourages members of the University community to give serious consideration and planning for the upcoming hurricane season which begins on June 1 and continues through Nov. 30. NOAA predicts that the 2011 hurricane season will be an above active one, with 12 to 18 named storms, and expects three to six of those will become major storms.

In preparation for the upcoming season, individuals in UVI departments and Emergency Operations Area Representatives (formerly Building Coordinators) are asked to begin active preparation for the season. Updated plans for hurricane preparedness will be posted on the UVI Emergency Preparedness website in June. More information and a series of recommended preparations for hurricane season are included in this: National Hurricane Preparedness Week Announcement (click to view announcement) issued by the office of UVI's St. Thomas Campus Executive Administrator.

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 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 an 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.

Alumni Phonathon Part II Concludes Today; See Photos of Volunteers on UVI Today...

UVI's 2011 Alumni Phonathon - Part II concludes this evening, with volunteers finishing four days of placing calls to the University's special alumni - updating contact and career information, sharing details of recent UVI accomplishments and inviting their financial support for UVI and its students.

Visit the UVI Today... photo blog to see photos of the volunteers.

Part one of UVI's annual Alumni Phonathon was launched in March, with a calling campaign during charter month. Part two of the effort is focusing 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. To volunteer, contact Liza Margolis at (340) 693-1053 or send e-mail to lmargol@uvi.edu.

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 special two-night stay at Treasure Isle Hotel in Tortola, 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.

'The Caribbean Writer' Accepting Applications for Marvin E. Williams Scholarship

Applications are being accepted for the 2011-2012 Marvin E. Williams Scholarship from students enrolled in UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Two, $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. The scholarship was established in memory of Marvin E. Williams, a home-grown Crucian, accomplished poet and scholar, UVI English professor on St. Croix from 1992 to 2008, and editor of UVI's annual literary journal "The Caribbean Writer" from 2003 to 2008. Marvin E. Williams died in April of 2010.

To apply, students must: be enrolled full-time in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Science at UVI; be in good academic standing; have a 2.67 or above GPA (B-); Submit an essay on Marvin E. Williams' poetic and/or literary contributions (two pages, double-spaced, 12-point font); submit two letters of recommendation (one must be from a former or current teacher); and be required to perform 30 hours of UVI-related community service in conjunction with "The Caribbean Writer" for the academic year of the scholarship.

Applications should be addressed to: The Marvin E. Williams Scholarship, c/o The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix USVI 00850. Submit completed applications via e-mail to: info@thecaribbeanwriter.org or to qmars@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

Territory Celebrating Small Business Week May 23-27

The Virgin Islands is celebrating 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.

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.

Registration for 40th 4-H Summer Academy on St. Croix and St. Thomas opens May 31

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.

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.

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.

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:


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.