Trustees Approve Honors Program and Tuition Increase
On March 12, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved the UVI Honors Program, which will provide dedicated UVI students with enriched intellectual, leadership and outreach experiences. Trustees also voted unanimously to increase tuition by 10 percent in the Fall of 2005. A complete news release on the Trustees' meeting is available on the UVI Web site – www.uvi.edu.
A.O. Heath Speaker's Forum Continues UVI Charter Celebration March 14
The University of the Virgin Islands today (March 14) continues the celebration of its 43rd annual Charter Day with the Dr. Alfred O. Heath Distinguished Speaker's Forum. Dr. Compton Bourne, president of the Caribbean Development Bank, will be the featured speaker. Dr. Bourne took up his current post in May of 2001. Prior to that, he served as principal of the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies. Dr. Bourne's specialties are money and finance, macroeconomic policy, economic development, and education policy and management. The lecture is set for 6 p.m. at UVI's Chase Auditorium (B-110) on the St. Thomas campus. Videoconference links will also be available in Teacher Education room 101 on St. Thomas and in Evans Center rooms 401 and 713 on St. Croix.
Official Charter Day Celebration Set Wednesday, March 16
The official Charter Day celebration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16, in the following locations: Chase Auditorium (room B110), and T-101 on the St. Thomas campus, with a videoconferenced link to the Theater (room EC 401), and EC-302a on the St. Croix campus. A list of Charter Day activities is included on the UVI web site – www.uvi.edu.
UWI Mona Wins Championship of Annual Caribbean Intercollegiate Debate
The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus walked away with the first place win in the 15th Annual Caribbean Intercollegiate Debate Competition held this weekend at the University of the Virgin Islands. Warrick Lattibeaudiere of UWI Mona was also named the "Best Speaker" of the event. The UWI St. Augustine Campus came in second place, with the UVI St. Thomas Campus in third place. The University of Technology in Jamaica and UWI Cave Hill came in fourth and fifth, respectively. The five teams participated in round-robin styled competition after three of the other teams scheduled to participate withdrew. Chairwoman of the Caribbean Intercollegiate Debate Competition Committee Junie Violenes said that she was impressed by the community turn out. "I can hardly wait for next year," she said.
Regalia Orders for St. Thomas Faculty and Staff Needed As Soon As Possible
UVI faculty and staff on the St. Thomas campus who need to rent regalia for the 2005 commencement should visit or contact the UVI Bookstore as soon as possible to place their orders. The Bookstore's phone number is 693-1561. UVI's Forty-first Annual Commencement Exercise on the St. Thomas campus is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 in the Sports & Fitness Center.
Deadline to Apply for UVI Scholarships is April 1
The University of the Virgin Islands Scholarship Committee has announced that Friday, April 1, is the deadline to apply for scholarships to UVI. Interested high school seniors, as well as UVI undergraduate and graduate students, can obtain application forms at UVI Financial Aid and Institutional Advancement offices, as well as the libraries on both campuses. Applications are also available from guidance counselors at high schools throughout the territory. For more information call the UVI Financial Aid Offices at 693-1090 on St. Thomas or 692-4193 on St. Croix.
Seminar on Seafood Safety Set Today (March 14) on St. Thomas
A seminar on seafood safety will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today (March 14) on St. Thomas. Dr. Maria Beatriz Riesco from the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program will present the session which is geared toward restaurateurs and grocers, as well as community members who buy, prepare and eat fresh seafood. Issues to be addressed include: safe seafood handling, Ciguatera, histamine poisoning, seafood quality and more. Registration is free. For details or to reserve a place, call Elizabeth Ban of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMS) at 340-693-1392. The VIMS is part of UVI's Center for Marine & Environmental Studies.
Meteorological Radar to be Topic of EPSCoR Lecture on March 15
Meteorological radar will be the topic of the next VI-EPSCoR Science Lecture, scheduled for noon, on Tuesday, March 15, in Chase Auditiorium (B-110) on UVI's St. Thomas campus, with a videoconference link to Evans Center room 713 on the St. Croix campus. The guest speaker will be research scientist Dr. William Martin of the University of Oklahoma's Center for the Analysis and Prediction of Storms. Dr. Martin's topic is: "Birds, Insects, and Refractive Index Gradients as The Source of Clear-Air Return in Meteorological Radars." The 2005 EPSCoR Science Lecture Series is free and open to the public. It continues at noon on Tuesdays through April 26. All lectures feature UVI or visiting scientists presenting results from their original research. The series is sponsored by the VI-Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. For more information, call 693-1380.
Free Film: 'Run Lola Run' set March 16 on St. Thomas Campus
"The Year of Languages" celebration continues with free foreign films each Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Chase Auditorium (B-110) on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The British film "Run Lola Run" is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16. For details, visit the UVI Year of Languages web page in the "Latest Links" menu of the UVI home page – www.uvi.edu.
St. Croix Campus Health Fair Scheduled March 22-24
The Annual Health Fair for 2005 will be held on UVI's St. Croix campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 22 through 24. The fair is designed to promote healthier living among UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as the general Virgin Islands community. Fair activities will include a blood drive, glucose testing, blood pressure checking and vision screening. Information on exercise fitness, introductory massage therapy and HIV education will also be available. Workshops are planned on mental health, general health, herbal medicine, nutrition and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). For more information contact Irene Hatchett of the St. Croix campus Student Affairs Office at 778-1620, extension 3314.
UVI-CELL Announces April Course Schedule
The University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center is offering a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses on the St. Thomas Campus. For more information or to register for any of the courses, call 693-1100 or visit CELL on-line.
— OSHA 510: Standards for Construction Industry
This course provides an introduction to OSHA policies, procedures, and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. Students will learn how to identify common causes of accidents/fatalities in hazardous areas and identify abatement techniques. Individuals interested in taking the Trainer Course in OSHA Standards for Construction Industry (OSHA 500) may also register for the course which will be held May 16-19, 2005. Date: April 4-7, 2005; Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Fee: $600; Location: CELL Center – St. Thomas campus
— Success Skills for the Administrative Professional
This unique course enables administrative professionals to improve their decision-making, communication, and time management skills. Upon successful completion, students will receive 2.0 Continui
ng Education Units (CEUs). Date: April 12 to May 17, 2005; Time: 6-8 pm Tuesdays & Thursday; Fee: $475; Location: CELL Center – St. Thomas campus.
— Basic Conversational Spanish
This eight-week course will facilitate more successful encounters in business, travel, social or educational settings. Students will learn to enhance their understanding of Spanish by focusing on communication strategies and conversational skills. Date: April 18 to June 8, 2005; Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Mondays & Wednesday; Fee: $350; Location: CELL Center – St. Thomas campus.
— Cake Decorating for Beginners
This introductory course provides step-by-step instructions on how to decorate cakes with a professional touch. Date: May 4 to June 1, 2005; Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.; Fee: $400 (includes beginner's kit); Location: CELL Center – St. Thomas campus.
For more about the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site: www.uvi.edu.
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