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Bulletin Board for July 25, 2012

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UVI Summer Bridge Program Sets Public Closing Ceremony for July 25

More than 100 college-bound students enrolled in UVI's 2012 Summer Bridge Program will participate in a joint, videoconferenced closing ceremony today (Wednesday, July 25). The session, which is open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in the UVI Great Hall on St. Croix.

The five-week residential program brought 55 students to the St. Thomas campus and 52 to the Albert A. Sheen Campus for classes in reading, writing, mathematics and college success. For more information on the Summer Bridge Program, call (340) 693-1499 or send email to on St. Thomas, or St. Croix Program Coordinator Shari Wiltshire at (340) 692-4003 or send email to

Math Behind the Science Program Plans Poster Presentation July 26 on St. Thomas

The UVI community is invited to attend a poster presentation by students of the University's Math Behind the Science summer program, a six-week summer residential program for college-bound students. The poster presentation is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, in the St. Thomas campus Dining Pavilion. It is designed to allow students to present projects that represent the culmination of their summer's work studying scientific reading and writing, and computing principles.

For more information, contact program organizer Alexia Mintos at Information on the program is also available from the Summer Programs section of the UVI website -

10th Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium Set July 27 at UVI

The public is invited to attend the 10th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of the Virgin Islands from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 27. The activity, organized by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program of UVI's College of Science and Mathematics, will take place in the Administration Conference Center (ACC) on the St. Thomas campus.

Approximately 20 undergraduate students will present posters displaying the results of research they have conducted this summer. At the closing of the symposium, 17 participants from Math Behind the Science summer bridge program will receive certificates. Alexia Mintos, UVI Mathematics graduate from 2008 is coordinating the Math Behind the Science program.

The program will provide an opportunity to learn about exciting research projects conducted in the region and to interact with our future scientists on a diverse range of topics.

UVI Music Camp Students Slate Special Concert, Awards Ceremony on July 28

Students participating in UVI's annual Summer Music Camp will perform a special concert and take part in an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Christchurch Methodist Church at Market Square on St. Thomas. The special performance is in addition to a series of free, mid-day concerts presented over the past several weeks. The final Wednesday concert will take place at Emancipation Garden from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 1.

Tickets for the special concert, being presented as part of Christchurch Methodist's 100th anniversary, are $5. Proceeds will go to benefit the church.

UVI's Summer Music camp, under the direction of UVI Music Professor Austin A. Venzen, has attracted students from junior and senior high schools on St. Thomas and Anguilla. Prof. Venzen encourages members of the community to show support for the budding musicians and to be treated to wonderful music by attending the concerts.

Remaining Concerts

  • Saturday, July 28 - 6:30 p.m. - Concert & Awards Ceremony at Christchurch Methodist Church
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1 - 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Emancipation Garden

UVI Research & Technology Park Directors to Meet on Aug. 1

The Board of Directors of UVI's Research & Technology Park will hold a meeting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the RTPark offices on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The session will also be available via teleconference. For more information call (340) 692-4200

UVI Schedules Fall Semester 2012 Orientation for Aug. 13-17

Orientation for new and transfer students for UVI's Fall 2012 Semester is scheduled to take place from Monday, Aug. 13, through Friday, Aug. 17. Complete schedules for both campuses and important information on UVI policies regarding placement exams and student rights have been posted on the Admissions section of the UVI website - They are also available from this direct link.

St. Thomas Campus Testing Emergency Siren and Public Address System

Testing is planned over the next several days of the emergency siren and public address system on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The system, operated by the Campus Police and Security Department, is designed to alert the campus community to any emergency situation that may arise and to provide voice direction on any actions that may need to be taken.

Employees, Others Urged to Review UVI Online Job Postings

UVI employees and external interested individuals are encouraged to review the University's online job postings for updates on available vacancies from the Human Resources Office section of the UVI website - - or from this direct link: UVI is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education and research. The University of the Virgin Islands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

St. Thomas Bookstore Schedules Book Buy Back Program Dates

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced the schedule for the Summer Session Book Buy Back program. The book buy back dates are Friday, July 27, Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Students must present their Student IDs and UVI Bookstore receipts to participate. Books must be clean, not torn or stained.

Do You Know This Week's 'We Are UVI' Contributor

Can you identify this week's "We Are UVI" contributor? For the answer, visit the "We Are UVI" Golden Jubilee blog at: The blog features people sharing their CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years. New submissions are added each week. This one was posted Sunday, July 22.

It joins stories from 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) and Aimery Caron.

SBDC Notes...

VI SBDC and SBA to Host Government Contract Matchmaking Events

Small business owners interested in developing contracts with federal and state purchasing officers and prime contractors are invited to participate in the 4th Annual Government Contracting Matching Event on Thursday, July 26, on St. Croix and Friday, July 27, on St. Thomas. The events are sponsored by the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Both events are free and will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. On St. Croix the session will be held in the VI Cardiac Care Center at Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center. On St. Thomas the event will take place at the VI SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center.

Preregistration is required. For information call (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix or (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas.

Other Current Items...

UVI Offers English, Math Placement Tests for Incoming Freshman Students

UVI will offer English and math placement tests in July for incoming freshman students who plan to enroll in the University's Fall Semester, which starts on Aug. 20. All students with SAT college admissions scores below 490 on the math test or below 500 on the English tests (both reading and writing), or those with ACT test scores below 20 in math or below 21 in English, are encouraged to take these tests in order to avoid being required to take no- or reduced-credit developmental courses.

Students who pass the placement tests this month will enjoy the benefit of being registered early. They may also find a greater choice of course offerings and class schedules that better fit their personal needs. Students who wait to take placement tests in August, just prior to registration, risk the chance that some classes they wish to take may already be filled.

Tests are scheduled as follow:

Albert A. Sheen St. Croix Campus - St. Croix

English & Math tests: Monday, July 23 & Thursday, July 26 - 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

St. Thomas Campus

Math tests: Tuesday, July 24 & Thursday, July 26 - 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

English tests: Tuesday, July 24 & Thursday, July 26 - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On St. Thomas the English and math tests will be offered in Computer Labs 101 A & B and 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). On St. Croix, the English and math tests will be administered in Rooms 131 and 133 of the North West Wing. Students who intend to take this opportunity should indicate their intention by calling the following numbers: (340) 693-1583 (St. Thomas) or (340) 692-4140 (St. Croix). The tests are computer-based and are administered simultaneously. A picture ID is required. Calculators will not be permitted during the math placement test.

A news release, including access to free test preparation resources, is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Virgin Islands Native Trees Workshop Set July 26 at UVI's St. John Academic Center

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a workshop on native trees of the Virgin Islands at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the UVI Academic Center in Cruz Bay, St. John. Dr. Gary Ray, a former UVI biology professor, and Extension Agent Dale Morton will be the presenters. Subjects to be covered include the usefulness of native plants, recognition of well-known traditional uses for trees and the potential for landscaping and commercialization of native resources. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dale Morton at (340) 693-1086 (email: or Carmen Wesselhoft at (340) 693-1587 (email:

VI-EPSCoR Seeks UVI Community Input in Preparing New Funding Proposal

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) is in the process of preparing its proposal to the National Science Foundation for a new funding cycle. The entire UVI community is invited to become involved in this effort and in the program that will result from a favorable review by the NSF. Detailed announcements and presentations will be made in the near future, but interested persons may contact the VI-EPSCoR Director, Dr. Henry H. Smith, at or at (340) 693-1422.