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Bulletin Board for April 22, 2013

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President Hall Calls Shooting a Reminder That We Must Work Harder to Prevent Violence in Our Communities

Following the Friday, April 19, shooting on the University of the Virgin Islands Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, which claimed the life of a young man, UVI President David Hall called on the Virgin Islands community to work harder to prevent violence.

"The University is saddened and disturbed by the senseless killing and robbery of Troy Joseph that occurred on our Albert A. Sheen Campus on Friday night," Dr. Hall said. "Though Troy was not a UVI student, his death is a tremendous loss for all of us. I have personally conveyed our sympathy to his mother, and promised to provide information to the Virgin Islands Police Department so that his killer is apprehended," Dr. Hall continued. "The senseless violence that exists within the community has now reached our campus. The death of Troy Joseph should remind all of us that we must work even harder to prevent violence in our communities and change the values of so many of our youth."

Congratulations to Murchtricia Charles - Miss UVI 2013

Congratulations to Miss UVI Murchtricia Charles, 20, a junior majoring in mathematics and computational biology. She was crowned on Sunday, April 21, at the St. Croix Educational Complex during the 33rd Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition. Charles was born on St. Croix and attends UVI on the St. Thomas campus.

UVI's 2013 Carnival Entry Ready for Adult's Parade on April 27

Don't miss the Carnival 2013 Adult's Parade on Saturday, April 27. More than 50 students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends will make up UVI's Carnival Troupe. They will be joined by a nine-person Mocko Jumbie group headed by UVI professor Dr. Dave Smith. They will also be joined by Murchtricia Charles, the newly crowned Miss UVI.

Troupe members will be divided into three sections: Golden Sun, Glistening Sand and Crystal Sea. Each will be wearing a unique set of costumes designed by designed by Ainsley Mitchell of Trinidad. They are practicing at mas camp (the UVI Recreation Center) at 5:30 p.m. on April 22, 23, 24 and 26. The troupe coaches are Leon Lafond and Paulette Stevens. Also practicing for the hours-long parade are UVI's Mocko Jumbies including students Gabriel St Remy and Shamoi Garcia, alumnus Rick Grant, Mary Joe Williams from the SBDC, and UVI faculty members Drs. Dave Smith, Tyler Smith, Marilynn Brandt, Renata Platenberg and Sandra Romano.

The UVI community is urged to show its support for the participants who are investing time and effort into this important cultural tradition.

UVI to Close for Carnival Recess on Friday, April 26

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed for Carnival Recess on Friday, April 26.

UVI Mourns the Passing of Dr. Pearl Varlack

UVI mourns the passing of Professor Emerita Dr. Pearl Ianthe Varlack. Dr. Varlack died on April 12, in New York. The long-time UVI employee began her career at the then College of the Virgin Islands in 1968 as a research assistant in the Caribbean Research Institute. Shortly thereafter, she joined the faculty of the Division of Education as an assistant professor of Elementary Education, where she also served as chair of the division intermittently for 10 years. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

April 30 Is Priority Deadline for Fall 2013 Admission to UVI

The UVI Admissions Office reminds prospective students that the priority deadline for fall 2013 admission is Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Interested persons should submit the following items no later than this date: the UVI admissions application, the $25 application fee (or College Board Application Fee Waiver Form), official transcripts, and official test scores.

Applications are being accepted for all undergraduate programs and the following graduate programs: Master of Arts in Education (MAE), Master of Arts in Psychology (MAPSY), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Mathematics for Secondary Education Teachers (MMAT), and Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Prospective undergraduate and graduate students may apply online at or submit a hard copy application to the Admissions Office on the St. Thomas or St. Croix campuses.

For more information or assistance, please contact the Admissions Office by phone at (340) 693-1160 on the St. Thomas campus or (340) 692-4158 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The Admissions Office also may be reached via email at and the toll-free number 1-877-468-6884 (1-877 Go-To-UVI).

ITS Issues Technology Update As Semester Nears End

UVI's Information Technology Services (ITS) has issued a technology update regarding inter-island microwave system repairs planned for April 25 to 28, suggestions for password updates as the semester nears an end, and Banner access via UVI's myCampus portal. Information was sent via email. Individuals can also read more by logging in to myCampus at and viewing Messages.

Territorial Scholarships Available for Professional, Graduate and Other Studies, Research and Cultural Projects

The Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Academic & Cultural Awards (VIACAE) Endowment Scholarship is accepting applications through May 17, 2013, for its scholarship program. Virgin Islands residents pursuing professional, graduate or other studies, or those involved in cultural projects, are encouraged to apply for the VIACAE Endowment Scholarship. Created by the VI Legislature in 1970, this program provides financial support to eligible VI residents with a desire to advance their academic and professional studies, and also to those interested in engaging in Cultural Projects that provide significant benefit the people of the territory.

The VIACAE Scholarship is a Virgin Islands territorial scholarship program that is administered by the University of the Virgin Islands. Applications are available from the Provost's Office on both campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands. Electronic applications are available from the Other Scholarship Opportunities area of the Financial Aid-Scholarships Section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link. For more information and eligibility requirements contact Program Administrator Mavis Gilchrist at (340) 778-1620, extension 3065.

UVI Today... Recent Photo Blog Updates...

To view the latest entries to the "UVI Today..." photo blog, click on the Blogger button in the social media links at the top, right of any page in the UVI website or on this direct Links directly to individual items are featured below.

UVI Scholars Tackle Current Issues - Students, faculty and staff researchers displayed the results of their work on Research Day on April 6, in the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus and the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. > read more

Hazel Named Student Worker of the Year on St. Thomas - Teaching Assistant Elesha Hazel was named the 2013 St. Thomas Campus Student Worker of the Year on April 12. > read more

Carnival Spirit at UVI - UVI is getting into the Carnival spirit as the St. Thomas Carnival Adults Parade draws near. See 2013 costumes and more. > read more

Other Current Items...

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 -

UVI Center for Student Success Seeking Learning Assistants for 2013-2014 Academic Year

UVI Center for Student Success has announced vacancies for learning assistants for the 2013-2014 Academic Year. Learning assistants needed for the areas of English, Spanish, French, mathematics, psychology, science, chemistry and more.

Applicants should be junior or senior students with a least a 3.0 Grade Point Average. They should also have the recommendation from a faculty member. Sophomores will be considered for mathematics and science. For more details, please contact coordinator Jennifer Palmer Crawford at 693-1196 or by email at

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 - 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 (340) 692-4264 or send email to

UVI Community Invited to Website Committee Content Meetings

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a series of meetings to collaboratively share ideas for the next generation of the UVI website. The Website Content and Layout Subcommittee will meet weekly to develop content outlines for the gateways and non-departmental sections of the new website. Sessions and the planned areas of focus are:

April 23 - Access & Enrollment Services section

May 3 - Academics section

May 10 - Community Services section

May 17 - Student Life section

All meetings will begin at 10 a.m. in the library conference rooms on both campuses. Upon request, video conferencing is available to the St. John Academic Center. For more information about the new UVI website, visit the Website Management webpage in the Public Relations section of the UVI website - - or email

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; UVI Alumni; 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 (340) 692-4023.

Commencement 2013 Notes...

Volunteers Sought to Assist with 2013 Commencement on the Albert A. Sheen Campus

The Commencement Committee is seeking volunteers for the events leading up to and on the day of the 2013 Commencement that will take place on Sunday, May 12, 2013 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Volunteers will be needed starting from Monday, April 29, 2013. Individuals who would like to volunteer can sign-up with the Counseling & Career Services Office which is located in Evans Center Room 720.

Please contact Anyha Lord-Jerris at (340) 692-4180 or via email at for additional information regarding volunteer needs and to sign-up as a volunteer.

Volunteers from UVI Community Sought to Assist with St. Thomas Commencement

Volunteers from the UVI Community are sought to assist the St. Thomas Campus Commencement Committee with the 2013 Commencement exercise planned for Saturday, May 11, at the Sports and Fitness Center. Volunteer responsibilities include assisting with ticket taking, ushering and program distribution. Interested individuals are asked to contact Tracie Wells-Clarke for more information and to provide their contact information. Send email to

Public Relations Office Seeking Stories About 2013 Graduates

As the University anticipates its single most important event - Commencement - the Public Relations Office is interested in learning about graduates who have interesting and/or extraordinary stories that can be shared with the public. Do you know of any 2013 graduates who have won national awards, have overcome major obstacles or who have displayed exemplary leadership? Are there any graduates who have done extraordinary things or are just extraordinary students? If any students you know fit these descriptions, please send a paragraph detailing his/her story to Be sure to include his/her email address and telephone number. See additional information on the 2013 Commencement in the "Commencement 2013 Notes..." section below.

Graduating Students Reminded to Complete Exit Interviews

Students who will graduate in UVI's 2013 Commencement exercises in May are reminded that they are required to participate in an exit interview designed to cover their overall student experience at the University. The interviews, which began in March, are being conducted at the UVI Institutional Advancement Offices on both campuses. Students who have not yet completed the interview should make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. Call Institutional Advancement on St. Croix at 692-4231 or on St. Thomas at 693-1607. The goal is to have students, who are the University's main focus, provide constructive feedback that can help the institution improve the UVI experience.

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 (340) 693-1191 or send email to

Regalia, Kente Stoles Expected in First Week of May at St. Thomas Campus Bookstore

Regalia and Kente stoles are scheduled to be available for pick-up in the UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus during the first week of May. For more information, contact the Bookstore at (340) 693-1561.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Carnival Sale

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus is also offering a 20 percent-off sale on all Carnival attire items.