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March 18, 2018

UVI Bulletin Board for March

University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus

UVI Board of Trustees Approve New Online Degree University Online Program to Launch on March 15 In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on March 3 unanimously approved a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies – Strategic Communications to be offered as part of the UVI Online program.

With the inclusion of the BA in Strategic Communications, UVI, in collaboration with Level Playing Field (LPF), will offer 16 degrees in an online format this spring. Classes are expected to begin on March 15.

“I am confident that we will be able to meet that launch date,” said UVI President David Hall.  “There has been a lot of work that has had to occur in developing platforms for us to be able to host these programs.”  Several University systems had to be changed, including UVI’s Banner system, financial aid and changes with the registrars’ office, he said.

“We do have applicants who have been applying for these programs,” said Dr. Hall. The actual numbers of those who have been accepted and that have been enrolled will be shared with the Board as the process continues.

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The Communication Program of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), the Curriculum Committee of CLASS, and the faculty of CLASS approved the strategic communications degree based on the Level Playing Field framework.

In December 2017, the Board approved the creation of 15 online degrees. In February 2017, the Board approved of a service agreement with Level Playing Field to provide instructional course design, technology infrastructure and academic support for online courses and degrees.

The University of the Virgin Islands has been working toward this goal for several years. The University’s strategic plan, Pathways to Greatness, approved by the Board of Trustees in June 2012 with input from faculty, staff and students, required the institution to develop and offer online degrees.

As customary, President Hall recognized those UVI employees or units that have performed exceptionally with the President’s Appreciation Award.  “One of the major accomplishments during this reporting period has been the development, approval and implementation of 15 online degrees,” said President Hall. “This is the most strategic development in the university that has the potential to address ongoing educational and revenue concerns or challenges in the territory and nationally.”

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

Six Contestants Vie for Mister and Miss Charter Day Ambassadorial Competition on March 7 The University of the Virgin Islands Student Government Association (SGA) on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix proudly presents and invites the public to the First Annual 2018 Mister and Miss Charter Day Ambassadorial Competition at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, in the cafeteria on St. Croix.

The Mister and Miss Charter Day Ambassadorial Competition was created with the intent of enlightening and showcasing the contributions of past UVI students, faculty and staff who have made considerable contributions to the university, thus aiding in the accomplishment of the overall vision and mission. The show will also feature various segments such as an introduction, creative UVI Pride wear, a Pioneer Presentation, and a question and answer segment.

The six contestants competing to capture the Mister and Miss Charter Day 2018-2019 title are:

 Contestant No. 1 Dante James

  • Contestant No. 2 Damalia Simmonds
  • Contestant No. 3 Matthew Perry
  • Contestant No. 4 Chevalia Bailey
  • Contestant No. 5 Jefferson Georges
  • Contestant No. 6, Josino Andrews

Tickets are on sale in the UVI Bookstore on St. Croix.

For more information contact Reba Dickson, SGA President, via email at reba.dickson@students.uvi.edu.

Volunteers Sought for Afternoon on the Green 2018 Volunteers are sought to assist with the 2018 Afternoon on the Green on Sunday, April 15. UVI’s annual “friend raiser” is seeking food servers, child game supervisors, bartenders, ticket collectors, persons to set-up and more.

For more information or to volunteer, individuals should contact Liza Margolis at lmargol@live.uvi.edu or call the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1040.

UVI’s Afternoon on the Green Seeks Dishes The Afternoon on the Green planning committee is seeking cooks to donate their culinary creations for the 2018 Afternoon on the Green – “Relief and Recovery on the Green for 2018.” Now in its 29th year, UVI’s annual “friend-raiser” features fabulous dishes, live music and family fun.

Prizes will be given to the top three winners in each category, which are Main Dishes: Seafood, Soups, Side Dishes: Breads, Pastries and Sweets, Native Drinks and, for the first time, the Vegetarian Dishes category.

Cooks interested in participating must contact Cherilyn Browne at 693-1040 or send an e-mail to cbrowne@live.uvi.edu by Monday, April 11, to confirm their donated dishes. All proceeds from the Afternoon on the Green support the Edward Thomas Volunteer Scholarship Fund.

          The Afternoon on the Green will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, on UVI’s St. Thomas Campus.  

For more information, call 693-1040.

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.  Greenleaf VI II 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.”

 “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 announces 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 University of the Virgin Island 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 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 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. We welcome research projects from all areas and on all topics to demonstrate the research talent at UVI.

The formats (posters and round-tables) 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.

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

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. ROUND-TABLE Round-tables 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. E-mail 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 7th through 12th grades 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 e-mail to Howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu.

UVI Faculty and 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 on the St. Thomas Campus.

The UVI St. Thomas Campus Bookstore staff will begin accepting regalia orders beginning on Monday, Jan. 29, and 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.

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