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AgDiscovery Poster

Media Invited to Cover & Photograph Virtual AgDiscovery Summer Program Closing Ceremony

July 31, 2020 - Members of the media are invited to cover and photograph the University of the Virgin Islands’ virtual AgDiscovery Summer Program Closing Ceremony, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Friday, July 31, 2020. AgDiscovery is a summer outreach program designed to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, agribusiness, and much more! The program allows students to learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields.Read More
Symposium Photo

Media Invited to Cover & Photograph Virtual Summer Research Symposium

July 31, 2020 - Members of the media are invited to cover and photograph the University of the Virgin Islands’18th Annual Summer Research Symposium. For the first time, the event will be hosted virtually via Zoom and will occur from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. This event will showcase research presentations by student participants of the UVI Summer Undergraduate Research Program.Read More
Photo Map of TS Isaias

UVI Campuses to Re-Open for Regular Hours on Friday, July 31st Following TS Isaias

July 30, 2020 - Both University of the Virgin Islands' campuses will re-open for regular office hours following the passage of Tropical Storm Isaias. University nonessential employees are asked to report on Friday, July 31st based on COVID-19 protocols and scheduling already in place. ­­Read More
Potential Tropical Cyclone

UVI to Close in Advance of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine

July 29, 2020 - In preparation for Potential Tropical Cyclone (PTC) Nine, University of the Virgin Islands’ campuses will close at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Non-essential employees are asked to vacate the campuses at this time.Read More
UVI students at computers

UVI to Delay On-Campus Re-Opening Plan for Fall 2020

July 24, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands will delay the implementation of the Fall 2020 on-campus reopening due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Reopening Plan was approved by the UVI Board of Trustees on June 20. The plan had included guidelines for the University to resume in-person instruction, while utilizing a mixed modality approach that would allow for some virtual and in-person instruction. Additionally, on-campus living and work would have commenced with the inclusion of new safety protocols and procedures. Read More
Former Delegate to Congress Ron de Lugo

UVI Remembers Retired Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress Ron De Lugo

July 18, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands joins the Virgin Islands community in mourning the death of Ron De Lugo, who led the Territory as a career public servant for almost four decades. Read More
Etelman Observatory

UVI’s Etelman Observatory Joins Global Initiative Connecting Telescopes Worldwide

July 18, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands’ (UVI) Etelman Observatory has joined an international collaboration of telescopes across the globe focused on studying and understanding the elusive explosions in space that lead to the emission of powerful bursts of gravitational waves. The Global Rapid Advanced Network Devoted to the Multi-messenger Addicts (GRANDMA) collaboration is a worldwide partnership of 25 ground-based telescopes in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, and the CaribbeanRead More
UVI's School of Education Dean, Dr. Karen Brown.

UVI Childcare Lab & Diagnostic Center Provides Virtual Childcare Services

July 14, 2020 - Educators at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Inclusive Childcare Lab and Diagnostic Center are using technology to keep their preschool students connected while the center is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. In the morning, students and their parents log on to Zoom for virtual circle time with teachers to listen to stories, play games, practice counting and learn the alphabet. Read More
UVI's Marine Science Professor Brandt records bleaching of Coral Underwater.

UVI Awarded $20M National Science Foundation Grant for VI-EPSCoR's “Ridge to Reef” Project

July 14, 2020 - The Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) has been awarded funding for its fourth National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR grant titled “Ridge to Reef”. The Ridge to Reef (R2F) project is a five-year, $20 million grant dedicated to addressing the impacts of changing environmental conditions on small island social-ecological systems such as those in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read More
Photo of Dr. Ruth Harrigan Beagles, Retired UVI Chair of Education

UVI Mourns the Loss of Dr. Ruth Harrigan Beagles, Retired UVI Chair of Education

July 14, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) mourns the death of Dr. Ruth Harrigan-Beagles, a retired associate professor of Education and chair of the Education Division at the University of the Virgin Islands. She passed away on July 6. Read More
School of Business Webinar Event Flyer

UVI School of Business and the VISBDC to Host Webinar for Small Businesses

July 10, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands’ School of Business, in collaboration with the U.S. Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center and Blacks on Wallstreet, will host a webinar for small businesses at 3 p.m. on July 22, 2020. Oriented towards facilitating sustainability and resilience, the main goal of the webinar is to assist U.S. Virgin Islands small businesses with business strategy. Read More
UVI Student Using a Computer

V.I. Native Establishes $25,000 Endowment to Support UVI Computer Science Majors

July 07, 2020 - University of the Virgin Islands’ students with an avid interest in computer science and related fields will be afforded the opportunity to advance their interest, thanks to an endowed scholarship fund of $25,000, established by the charitable foundation AROC, in October 2019.Read More
Students on the Albert A.Sheen Campus on the island of St. Croix.

UVI to Resume Campus Operations This Fall - University President Announces Re-Opening Procedures During Town Hall Meeting

July 01, 2020 - University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) President Dr. David Hall addressed the UVI community on Tuesday, June 30, during a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the University’s fall 2020 semester plans and operations, in light of the continued challenges posed by COVID-19. Dr. Hall outlined plans to gradually resume in-person instruction this fall with restrictions and preventative measures to ensure the safety of students, employees and the public.Read More
UVI SNA

UVI SON Captures Two Prestigious National Awards

June 26, 2020 - The newly formed University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Student Nurses Association (SNA) chapter captured two national awards from the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA). After the announcement of the 2020 Program Award Winners, UVI School of Nursing’s (SON) SNA was named the recipient of the Winner's Way Award and the NSNA State Excellence Award. Read More
UVI Campus

UVI Board of Trustees Elects Officers; Grants Emeritus Status to Alexander A. Moorhead, Approves New School of Agriculture, Graduate Studies & Approves Revised FY 2019-2020 Operating Budget

June 20, 2020 - In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on June 20, via teleconference, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees re-elected Henry Smock to serve as chairman and Oran Roebuck as vice chairman.Read More
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UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on June 20

June 19, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, via teleconference. Read More
USVI Storm Program Flyer

USVI Storm Strong Program Searches for “Easy Recipes for Hard Times”

June 18, 2020 - The USVI Storm Strong program is calling on the U.S. Virgin Islands community to submit recipes for a hurricane-themed cookbook.Read More
Nursing Students receive their Pins at the Pinning Ceremony on AAS Campus on St. Croix

UVI School of Nursing’s Accreditation Reaffirmed

June 02, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) School of Nursing’s (SON) accreditation has been reaffirmed by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The ACEN Board of Commissioners (BOC) granted continuing accreditation to the baccalaureate nursing program in April 2020. The SON will remain accredited for the next seven years and is scheduled for its next evaluation visit for Fall 2027.Read More
Virtual Open House Flyer

UVI to Host Virtual Open House for Prospective Students

May 26, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will host a Virtual Open House on Wednesday, June 3, to present an overview of its programs, answer questions from the public and encourage students to enroll this fall. High school seniors, parents, and anyone interested in learning about undergraduate and graduate programs on St. Thomas and St. Croix, as well as online, are invited to participate. The event will be hosted live on UVI’s Facebook page and via a 90-minute Zoom video call at 4 p.m.Read More
University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Develop Center Signage

US Congress approves $1.2M in CARES ACT Funding for VI-SBDC - Funds to Assist USVI Small Businesses in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

May 19, 2020 - The United States Congress approved CARES ACT Funding of $1,280,000 to the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center to assist USVI small businesses affected by the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic. Read More
The Henry Sisters display their Smiles as Graduates of the University of the Virgin Islands.

UVI Class of 2020 Overcomes Overwhelming Odds - UVI Confers Over 300 Degrees

May 18, 2020 - On May 12, the University of the Virgin Islands Office of the Registrar certified over 300 degrees for the Class of 2020. As a result of the Coronavirus, commencement ceremonies originally slated for May 2020 have been postponed. UVI’s Class of 2020 will walk across the stage and celebrate their Commencement in December 2020. Currently, students who have earned their degrees will receive their diplomas in the mail. Read More
UVI Students beam with joy at the University's Graduation Ceremony.

UVI Graduation Ceremonies Rescheduled to December 2020

May 08, 2020 - Due to the impact of COVID-19, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) announced that graduation ceremonies will be rescheduled from May to December to afford students the experience of a traditional commencement celebration. Ceremonies are scheduled to take place on Thursday, Dec.10, 2020 on St. Thomas, and Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 on St. Croix. The decision to postpone the events to December, in lieu of other options, was based on feedback from a survey of expected graduates conducted by the University. Read More
Signage at the University of the Virgin Islands Campus on St. Croix, VI

Registration for Online Summer Courses at UVI Open - Summer Session I Starts on May 18

May 05, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands announced classes for Summer Session 2020 will be held remotely, due to the uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic. UVI students are encouraged to register online and will be able to do all scheduled class meetings and assignments remotely. Some courses will be entirely online and concurrent. Classes will begin on May 18, for Summer Session I, and on June 25, for Summer Session II.Read More
Makeda Mills

National Science Foundation Fellowship to Allow UVI Student Opportunity to Advance Research Career

April 29, 2020 - University of the Virgin Islands’ Biology student, Makeda Mills, is the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Mills will have access to opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct her own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education. With the fellowship award, she will receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 and a $12,000 cost for tuition and fees. Read More
3D Masks

UVI Supports Fight Against Coronavirus

April 08, 2020 - In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has extended a philanthropic hand by producing 3D respiratory masks. Personal protective gear is a scarce commodity, as the rapidly spreading Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) continues to wreak havoc the world over.Read More
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UVI to Extend Spring Break for Students & Transition to Online Learning

March 13, 2020 - In light of the evolving coronavirus pandemic in the United States and globally, out of an abundance of caution and care for our UVI Community members, some of whom may be in high-risk groups, the University will extend Spring Break for students until Sunday, March 22, 2020, and transition to online learning for all graduate and undergraduate classes on Monday, March 23, 2020. Read More
Signage at the University of the Virgin Islands Campus on St. Croix, VI

Mental Health Awareness Week Activities Set for March 23-27 at UVI

March 10, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands’ Counseling and Career Services Office will host “Mental Health Awareness Week” from March 23-27, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Themed “Mental Health Awareness Week at UVI: Mental Health – Not a Stigma,” this awareness campaign seeks to foster greater awareness and provide education on the concern on mental health in the territory. Read More
Leslyn Tonge receives President's Award from President David Hall

UVI Board of Trustees Approves FY 2021 Budget

March 07, 2020 - In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on March 7, on the St. Thomas Campus, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees unanimously approved a Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations request of $40.2 million to cover the University’s operations and programs. Read More
University of the Virgin Islands Signage on the St. Thomas Campus

GERS & UVI Closes Sale of Former West Bay Supermarket Building

March 05, 2020 - The Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS) and the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) are pleased to announce the closing on the purchase of the building that formerly housed the West Bay Supermarket for $8.4 million.Read More
Photo of the University of the Virgin Island Upper Campus on St. Thomas

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on March 7

March 03, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, in the Administration and Conference Center Building, first-floor conference room, on the St. Thomas Campus.Read More
President David Hall, Former U.S. A.G. Loretta Lynch and Board of Trustee vice-chair, Oran Roebuck

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Highlights Legacy at UVI Student Convocation

February 28, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands hosted the Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, former U.S. Attorney General, on Feb. 25, at a Student Convocation held in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus, on St. Croix. The event was accessible via a livestream on the University’s website and YouTube page - https://www.youtube.com to allow for students, staff and faculty on St. Thomas Campus to view the event.Read More
Loretta Lynch - Former U.S. Attoney General

Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to Speak at UVI’s Student Convocation

February 17, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has been selected to host a Student Convocation with the Honorable Loretta E. Lynch, former United States Attorney General, on Feb. 25, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Attorney Lynch was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2015 and served until 2017. She is the first African-American woman to be confirmed for the United States Attorney General position. Read More
Portrait of Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, former United States Attorney General

Media Invited to Cover Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch at UVI Student Convocation

February 17, 2020 - Members of the media are invited to cover and photograph the University of the Virgin Islands Student Convocation featuring the former United States Attorney General the Honorable Loretta E. Lynch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The event will be live-streamed on UVI’s YouTube Channel and website - www.uvi.edu.Read More
Photo of Dr. Suzanne Darrow-Magras, UVICELL Director

UVI Names Dr. Suzanne Darrow-Magras New UVI CELL Director

February 13, 2020 - The University of the Virgin Islands welcomes Dr. Suzanne Darrow-Magras as the director for the UVI Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI CELL). Dr. Darrow-Magras brings over 20 years of experience in education program management, online education, as well as career and technical education to the center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Central Connecticut State University, in New Britain, CT; a master’s degree in Instructional Technology, in Danbury, CT, and a Ph.D. in Education Technology and e-Learning from Northcentral University, in San Diego, CA.Read More
Marthious Clavier of the Cooperative Extension Service (CES) Interacts with Children

Agrifest 2020 Set for Feb. 15-17: "Agriculture: Trendy in 2020”

February 05, 2020 - The public is invited to attend the 49th Annual Agriculture and Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands from Feb. 15-17, at the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex, Estate Lower Love, on St. Croix. The theme is “Agriculture: Trendy in 2020.” The entrance fee is $6 for adults, $4 for children, and $5 for senior citizens. The fair will open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., with an opening ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15. Read More
University of the Virgin Islands Signage on the St. Thomas Campus

Intellectual Global Concepts USVI LLC, to Hold 2020 Music is Life Festival February 28

January 27, 2020 - Less than three years after Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed into the U.S. Virgin Islands, Intellectual Global Concepts, LLC (IGC), a local technology, media and entertainment company, hosts the 2020 Music is Life Festival on Feb. 28—an event focused on supporting music students at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) who were directly impacted by the disaster.Read More
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The Caribbean Writer Accepting Submissions for Volume 35

January 23, 2020 - The Caribbean Writer (TCW) announces a call for submissions for Volume 35 under the 2020 theme: Diasporic Rhythms: Interrogating the Past, Imagining a Future.” Submissions that explore the ideas resonating within the region and its diaspora are desired. The Caribbean Writer invites submissions that explore this theme in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays or one-act plays.” Read More
Signage of the University of the Virgin Islands Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix

UVI’s Spring Semester Begins Jan. 13; New Student Orientation Set for Jan. 8 – 11

January 08, 2020 - Spring semester classes at the University of the Virgin Islands are scheduled to begin on Monday, Jan. 13. Online registration for continuing UVI students is available, with access through the University’s BanWeb registration and MyCampus portal. Late registration for new and continuing students is set for Friday, Jan. 10. UVI class schedules, a link to the BanWeb login page and additional details are available from the Registrar’s section of the UVI website: www.uvi.edu. Read More