Student Employee Appreciation Week Activities Underway on St. Thomas Campus UVI is marking National Student Employee Appreciation Week with a series of activities on the St. Thomas campus. Included are a Career Development Day, today (April 8), an Employment Trivia Day on April 9, a Resume Mechanic Shop on April 10 and a Professional Image Workshop on April 11. The week concludes with the presentation of the 2013 Student Employment Awards from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12. The awards ceremony, including the naming of the Student Employee of the Year, will take place in the Sports and Fitness Center. Student Employees will also be recognized with Lighter Side Awards.
For more information, call UVI’s Office of Counseling and Career Services at 693-1088 or 693-1134 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UVI English Proficiency Exam Set for St. Croix, St. Thomas on April 11 UVI’s English Proficiency Exam (EPE) will be administered on April 11 at UVI.
On the St. Thomas campus the EPE will be given in Rooms 223, 224 and 225 of the Sports and Fitness Center. The exam begins at 8 a.m. Students should bring blue or black ink pens, a dictionary in hard copy and white out, if needed. For more information, contact English Proficiency Exam Coordinator Dr. Vincent Cooper at (340) 693-1351 or email@example.com.
On the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix the EPE will be given in Rooms 302, 303, 305 and 308 of the Evans Center. Students should be seated with photo IDs by 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Professor Valerie Combie at 692-4126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VI-EPSCoR Conference to Open with Marine Facility Rededication on April 12 The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) will launch its annual conference with a rededication of the newly renovated MacLean Marine Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility on the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands, at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 12. The two-day conference will celebrate five years of VI-EPSCoR support for research in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It will feature a presentation by Dr. Jeanne R. Small, the EPSCoR Program Officer at the National Science Foundation. She will provide perspective on large programs nationwide compare with local EPSCoR programs. The public is invited.
The conference continues at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the UVI Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas with Plenary sessions which will highlight community engagement activities research facilitated by VI-EPSCoR. For more information contact Nick Drayton, VI-EPSCoR project assistant director, at 692-4003 or email@example.com.
Psi Chi Psychology Society to Add 20 New Members on St. Thomas, St. Croix Twenty new members will join the UVI Chapter of the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology during induction ceremonies on the St. Thomas campus on Thursday, April 11, and on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Saturday, April 13. The St. Thomas induction is set for 1:30 p.m. in Business 110. On St. Croix, the induction will take place at 4 p.m. in Evans Center Room 401. The inductees include 14 on St. Thomas and six on St. Croix. For more information, contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman at 693-1277.
UVI to Host Free, Public Symposium on ‘Spirituality and Higher Education’ on April 12 UVI’s Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) will offer a free symposium on "Spirituality and Higher Education" from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. The symposium, which is open to the public, will be held in the first-floor conference room of UVI’s Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus, with a videoconference link to Evans Center Room 401 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
The symposium is designed to provide an academic platform that allows for open dialogue between students, faculty, administration and professionals in the field of spirituality and higher education. It will consist of informational materials, interactive sessions followed by question-and-answer opportunities, panel discussions and more. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
The symposium’s featured speakers will be Dr. Kathy Ann Hernandez of Eastern University, Dr. Marla Frederick of Harvard University, Dr. Safiya George Dalmida of Emory University and Dr. Chenzira Kahina of the University of the Virgin Islands.
A registration form is available from the CSAP link in the "Community" tab on the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link. For more information, contact Dr. Wendy V. Coram, CSAP project assistant at 693-1499 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UVI Spring Concert to Feature St. Thomas Campus Student Ensemble Groups on April 14 The UVI Music Department will present a Spring Concert on the St. Thomas campus lawn near the Recreation Center at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. The concert, which is free, will feature performing ensembles including the Concert Band, the Concert Choir, the Steel Pan Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble. The UVI Community and the general public are invited to attend. Bring a chair or blanket and relax on the lawn while enjoying great music. For more information, contact Dr. Lorna C. Young-Wright 693-1191.
Wellness Week Planned for UVI Community on St. Thomas Campus April 15-19 The UVI Health Services office will conduct Wellness Week from April 15 to 19, on the St. Thomas campus. “Your Health Is Your Priority” is the theme. A variety of tests and screenings – blood pressure, cholesterol, weight, body mass index (BMI) measurements and health counseling – are planned by appointment from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. To make appointments contact the Employee Benefits Office at (340) 693-1429. Wellness coaches from Health insurance provider CIGNA will also be on hand for consultations. A forum on alcohol addiction is slated from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17. (See next item.)
The Health Services Center will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. A gynecological clinic for students only will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon. On Friday, April 19, vision testing for students only is scheduled at the Health Services Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The week concludes with a Wellness Walk for all interested beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The week’s activities are offered in conjunction with UVI Counseling and Placement, the Wellness Center, Employee Benefits and the UVI Psychology Student Association. For more information contact Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at 693-1124.
Forum on ‘Alcohol: the Silent Addiction’ Slated April 15 on St. Thomas Campus UVI’s Division of Counseling and Placement, Health Services Department, and the Psychology Student Association on St. Thomas will host a forum entitled "Alcohol: the Silent Addiction" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Administration and Conference Center. The forum is being organized in recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month.
The forum is designed to help increase awareness and knowledge of the pervasive impact that alcohol, alcoholism and alcohol related problems have on individuals, their friends, families and the community. The panelists will be psychologist Dr. Sheena Walker and Lieutenant Rosalyn Jarvis, Traffic Commander at the Virgin Islands Police Department.
For more information contact Counseling Supervisor Dahlia Stridiron at 693-1136 or Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at 693-1124.
UVICELL to Offer Course in Basic Computing Beginning April 15 UVI’s Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is conducting registration for its upcoming Basic Computing course. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. every Monday and Thursday, starting April 15. All sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.
The course is designed for individuals interested in learning the basics of using a computer. Participants will learn the essentials of computing such as working with windows, using the Internet, emailing, safe computing and more. The information will be presented in an easy to understand format and will includes hands-on exercises.
For more information or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.
UVI to Host Annual Autism Conference April 17 on St. Thomas, April 18 on St. Croix The Virgin Islands’ 6th Annual Autism Conference will feature presentations by an expert from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals. Conference sessions are scheduled at the University of the Virgin Islands for April 17, on St. Thomas, and April 18, on St. Croix.
The conference is designed to help Virgin Islanders develop a better understanding of what autism is and what best practices are in use for dealing with it, according to Dr. Charles H. Beady. Dr. Beady is the acting executive director of the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, which is organizing the event in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Autism Network.
Conference sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at each location. The St. Thomas session will take place in the UVI Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix, it will be held in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Lunch will be provided. Advanced registration is required.
Registration is available online by visiting http://autism.viucedd.org. For more information on the conference, call 692-4266 or send e-mail to email@example.com. A news release is available from the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu
UVI Alumni Association Issues Call for Alumni Trustee Nominations The UVI Alumni Association has issued a call for nominations for the position of Alumni Trustee. Alumni Trustees serve a three year term. To be eligible, a nominee:
• shall be a graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
• shall have on record active membership in a Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association including the payment of annual/lifetime dues and also the giving of financial contributions to the University of the Virgin Islands for at least three years prior to applying for this nomination. In lieu of the three-year financial contributions to UVI, the nominee can pay to the University, $100.00 per year, for each outstanding year at the time his/her application is submitted.
• must submit a letter of application, his/her biography, and a police record to the Nominating Committee by the application receipt deadline.
The deadline to receive applications is Monday, April 29, 2013. Applications must be mailed to the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee at the following address:
Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee
RR 10,000, Kingshill
St. Croix, USVI 00850-9781
Ballots containing information of the eligible nominees will be mailed to UVI Alumni whose dues (annual/lifetime) are current with an established Chapter of the Alumni Association. Alumni will be directed to complete and return the ballot in a return envelope to the Election Committee which must be received by the Committee no later than Friday, May 24, 2013. The Election Committee will tally ballots, and certify election results by Friday, May 31, 2013. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 692-4023.
Public Relations Office to Close Early on April 19, for Staff Retreat The UVI Public Relations Office will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, to allow staff to attend a retreat. All matters pertaining to the Public Relations Office during that time should be forwarded to the Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1040. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
7th Annual Read on the Green Community Day Slated at UVI on April 20 The University of the Virgin Islands Libraries, in conjunction with the St. Thomas-St. John Library Association, will host the 7th Annual Read on the Green Community Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, on the UVI golf course. The day will feature storytelling by Senator Tregenza Roach, an open-mic session for poetry, short stories and feedback on libraries and literacy. Also planned are reading sessions on the green, face painting and art sessions allowing young readers to create paintings depicting their favorite books or favorite places on the island. The Public Library Bookmobile will also be on hand. A book giveaway and hourly raffles for book gift certificates and other prizes are scheduled.
Community members are encouraged to bring their family, a blanket and picnic lunch and join in an afternoon of fun.
For more information, call Christine Freeland at 693-1366 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available from Sherna Gumbs at 693-1363, e-mail: email@example.com.
Miss UVI Competition Now Set for April 21 on St. Croix The 33rd Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition is set for 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Miss UVI pre-pageant interviews will take place from 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at UVI’s Student Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The candidates are St. Thomas student Murchtricia Charles, a sophomore majoring in mathematics and computational biology, and St. Croix students Estella Obando and Denicia Suarz, both of whom are nursing majors.
St. Thomas Class of 2013 Students Invited to Join UVI Choir in Commencement Presentation Interested members of UVI St. Thomas campus graduating class of 2013 are invited to join with the UVI Choir in the singing of an anthem during this year’s Commencement exercise on Saturday, May 11. In order to participate, students must participate in a rehearsal with the UVI Choir. Choir rehearsals are held from 4 to 5:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Music Building. For more information contact Dr. Lorna Young-Wright at 693-1191 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masters in Psychology Program Accepting Student Applications for Fall 2013 Semester The University of the Virgin Islands Master of Arts in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration Program is accepting applications for the fall 2013 semester. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills and experiential opportunities to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. A program overview and admission criteria are available online from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu. Interested applicants on St. Croix and St. Thomas should submit admission applications by April 30, 2013, to be considered for the fall 2013 semester. For more information contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo at 692-4264 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
UVI Early Registration for Fall Semester Returning Students Now Available The University of the Virgin Islands is now offering early registration for the fall semester for returning students. To view course offerings and other registration information, visit the Registrar’s section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu.
UVI Voices of Inspiration Community Choir Offers Three Shows on St. Croix April 13-14 The UVI Voices of Inspiration Community Choir will present three shows titled a “Musical Journey Through Time” at the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14. The first show is at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Two shows – at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. – are slated for Sunday.
The choir is composed of 45 UVI students, alumni and staff, as well as V.I. community members and potential students. It is directed by Josephine Thomas-Lewis. Dr. Priscilla Williams is the choir advisor. The program will feature a wide variety of tunes, including classical, jazz and Negro spirituals. Tickets – $10 for adults and $5 for students and children under 12 – are available from the UVI Bookstore and from choir members. For more information, contact Dr. Priscilla Williams 692-4181 or (912) 398-7174.