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UVI Bulletin Board for March

University of the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Campus

Greenleaf VI II, Inc. Gives Generously to UVI Rise Relief Fund Over 2,600 students and staff members at the University of the Virgin Islands were negatively impacted by the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria. On Wednesday, Feb. 21, Greenleaf VI II Inc. donated a $65,000 matching to the UVI Rise Relief Fund Initiative, which was created shortly after the storms, to assist university students and employees with the recovery process.

At a check presentation ceremony on Wednesday at the Great House on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, Greenleaf VI II Inc. owner Philip Arcidi presented a check for $65,000 to UVI President David Hall.  The company is a member of the Economic Development Authority.

Arcidi is hopeful that his company’s kind donation to UVI will propel more businesses and individuals to play a role in the Virgin Islands by making monetary contributions to causes like the UVI Rise Relief Fund (UVIRRF).  

“Myself and the Greenleaf VI family are so proud to be part of the UVI Rise Relief Fund. The UVI Rise will have a major impact on the future growth and stability of the territory,” said Arcidi. “We hope our gift will inspire others to join us in investing in the future of the Virgin Islands.”

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 “Our students, faculty and staff have struggled along with other Virgin Islanders to get on their feet back on solid ground,” said UVI President David Hall. “Though dealing with the loss of homes and basic necessities, faculty still forged ahead to fulfil their mission to provide the highest quality education and students continued to move forward to achieve their dreams. With this donation, more dreams can become a reality. We thank Mr. Arcidi for this generous gift.”

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/ 

The Caribbean Writer Announces Release of their Latest Volume The Caribbean Writer is pleased to announce that its latest Volume – “A tribute to Nobel Laureate Derek A. Walcott” is on the bookshelves.

Order a copy today from The Caribbean Writer at thecaribbeanwriter@uvi.edu or call 692-4122 or purchase from the UVI bookstore. Pick-up the latest edition of The Caribbean Writer today.

For more information, contact Alscess Lewis Brown at 692-4152 or email: abrown@uvi.edu.

UVI’s Youth Ocean Explores to Expand Program Thanks to Donation; Tropical Shipping & Saltchuk Gift to Enlighted Hundreds of VI Youth Each summer the Youth Ocean Explorers (YOE) Program educates middle school and high school youth about the marine ecosystems that surround the territory.  Coral reefs and vital marine habitats come to life when students explore the marine environment and hear from leading experts working in eco fields. Thanks to a $18,500 donation from Tropical Shipping and their parent company, Saltchuk, more VI youth will be able to learn about the marine environment and possible marine careers in the industry.

 “The additional funds provided to us from Tropical Shipping will allow us to facilitate more technical and interactive activities and field trips,” said Howard Forbes Jr., Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) coordinator. “We will now be able to offer a wider range of curriculum, increase the diversity of the students we can accept and provide more linkages with STEM professionals within our community.”

The YOE program is an integral educational program offered by VIMAS. YOE offers students in grades 7-12 an opportunity to continue their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education during the summer but in a fun and engaging way.  The program’s comprehensive curriculum is centered on mathematics, science, marine science, chemistry, geosciences, technology and professional development.

“Students learn about the importance our coral reefs and all of the invertebrate, vertebrate animals as well as plants that live among our reefs,” said Forbes. “Classroom activities are brought to life when students explore the many natural habitats available on St. Thomas, whether it be in the nearshore environment or in the open ocean.”

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/ 

2018 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Administration Begins Feb. 22 The Office of Institutional Research and Planning will collaborate with Indiana University for Postsecondary Research to administer the 2018 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) from Feb. 22 through April 10.

Freshman, sophomore and senior students are asked to check their emails and or Blackboard to see if they have been selected to take the online survey. Students will have the opportunity to voice their opinions, share experiences of how they interact with faculty and peers, share how they utilize their time and what they gained from their entire educational experience at UVI.

The data collected will assist the administration, faculty, and staff to implement changes for improving and meeting the needs of our students. To learn more about NSSE, visit their website at http://nsse.iub.edu/  

For questions about the project, contact Institutional Research and Planning at 693-1012, or if you are interested in viewing past NSSE reports, please visit the website at Surveys & Reports.

Three UVI Students to Benefit from Alpine Securities Scholarships Three University of the Virgin Islands students majoring in accounting, finance or computer information systems will benefit from a generous donation from Alpine Securities USVI LLC. A $15,000 check was presented to UVI on Monday, Feb. 12, at the U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority’s offices in Nisky Center.

Students awarded the scholarship will receive a $5,000 scholarship to aid in pursuit of their respective bachelor’s degrees.

Alpine Securities USVI LLC, which falls under the Economic Development Commission (EDC) program, expressed the need for EDC companies to remain committed to their mission to invest in and improve the Virgin Islands community.

“Alpine Securities USVI, LLC is pleased to partner with the University of the Virgin Islands, especially during these challenging times.  With all that this community has been through over the past four months, it is important that companies in the Economic Development Commission (EDC) program continue to stand by their commitment of reinvestment in our community,” said Jason Charles, chief of external affairs at Alpine Securities.

“Alpine Securities is proud to play a major role developing the people of the Virgin Islands,” said Charles.

“Alpine believes the island’s most precious asset is its people,” he said. “On behalf of Alpine Securities USVI, LLC and as a graduate of this University, please accept this contribution as an indication of our unwavering commitment to education and the territory.”

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/ 

UVI ‘President for a Day’ Program Accepting Applications; Deadline set for March 30 The “UVI President for A Day” program is currently accepting applications from eligible undergraduate students interested in participating in a President for a Day role reversal. The successful student will have the opportunity to swap roles with UVI President Dr. David Hall. In turn, Hall will attend the student’s classes and take part in events in the student’s current schedule.

Here’s your chance to:

  • Gain first-hand insight into running a university.
  • Exchange roles with President Hall for one day.
  • Show President Hall what it’s like to be a student at UVI.
  • Have a unique professional development experience.
  • Implement one of your ideas for real, lasting change at UVI.

Eligible applicants must be a full-time, undergraduate UVI student with a GPA of 2.5 or above and must be enrolled in classes on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The application deadline is Friday, March 30.

“The President for A Day” role reversal day will take place Friday, April 13. Both Dr. Hall and the chosen student will give a public presentation of their experiences.

Applications are available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu This annual event affords the president the chance to experience student academic and social life first-hand. Also, it provides UVI students insight into the roles and responsibilities of a university president. The student chosen for this honor receives a $1,000 scholarship.

For additional information, please visit www.uvi.edu. People may also contact Jose Raul Carrillo at 693-1043 or at jcarril@uv.edu.

UVI Research Day Committee Issue Call for Papers The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) issues a call for abstracts for the 7th annual UVI Research Day, which is scheduled to be held on Friday, April 20. UVI faculty, students and staff are invited to submit abstracts of approximately 200 words or less for research papers and presentations.

We strongly urge teaching and research faculty to encourage the participation of students engaged in all levels of research. Undergraduate student poster entries will be judged on several research criteria and given a chance to win an award of $500 based on the merits of their judged poster presentation.

This year, with the strong support of President Hall and Provost McKayle, a faculty research award will be conferred on the best faculty research poster presentation. Faculty presentations should be focused on successful communication to the public of the kind that would reach “a grandmother.” Research should be useful and have applied value.

The faculty research award is in the amount of $1,000 — one on each campus. Research projects from all areas and on all topics are welcome to demonstrate the research talent at UVI.

The formats (posters and roundtables) are intended to encourage presentations and discussion of projects at different stages of development, as well as to foster intellectual exchange and collaboration. Demonstrations that will be of interest to high school seniors are encouraged as well.

Attending the event will be UVI students, high school students and the public at large.

Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UVI-Research-Day2018  Format Description conferred

  1. POSTER sessions allow participants to present their research and have informal discussions with attendees.
  2. ROUNDTABLE Roundtables will allow a group of participants along with general attendees to assemble with the goal of generating discussion around a shared research interest
  3. DEMONSTRATION Demonstrations will allow attendees to see or experience something related to one of the STEM fields.

The submission deadline for abstracts is Sunday, Feb. 25. Please register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UVI-Research-Day2018.

Abstracts received after the deadline will not be printed in the abstract booklet. Send email questions to uviresearchday@uvi.edu

 Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program Registration is Now Open Applications for the four-week marine science-based Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program are now available. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply. Students in grades 11-12, undergraduate and graduate levels are encouraged to apply to be a mentor.

Log on to http://vimas.uvi.edu and register today!

For additional information, contact Howard Forbes Jr. at 693-1672 or send an email to Howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu.

UVI Faculty & Professional Staff Urged to Order Commencement Regalia The UVI Commencement Committee is preparing for the 2018 commencement ceremony, which will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, in the Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas Campus.

The UVI St. Thomas Campus Bookstore staff began accepting regalia orders beginning on Monday, Jan. 29, and it will continue to do so until Thursday, March 1. 

Be advised that late orders after March 1, are difficult to satisfy and cannot be guaranteed. Fees will be incurred for those needing this service.

Feel free to stop by the Bookstore or contact Mr. Taylor at mtaylor@uvi.edu or call 693-1560.

Save the Date for the Annual Afternoon on the Green 2018 Save the Date for the 29th annual Afternoon on the Green, which will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 15.

The Afternoon on the Green is UVI’s annual “friend raiser,” where the community comes together for live music, delicious food and family fun. This year’s theme is “Relief and Recovery on the Green for 2018.”

Mark your calendars for Afternoon on the Green 2018 on the Herman E. Moore Golf Course on UVI’s St. Thomas Campus.

For more information, call the Institutional Advancement Office at 693-1040.

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