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Bulletin Board for June 10, 2013

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UVI's School of Education Invitation for Third-Party Testimony

The School of Education at the University of the Virgin Islands is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) on November 17-20, 2013. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party's relationship to the institution (graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). We invite you to submit written testimony to: Board of Examiners, NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036-1023. Or by email to:

Correspondence, which must be received by NCATE no later than three months prior to the visit, will be submitted to the School of Education for response via NCATE's Accreditation Information Management System (AIMS). NCATE will not upload anonymous comments to the Board of Examiners (BOE) team or the School of Education.

Eighth UVI Summer Band Camp Set June 24 to July 26; Application Deadline June 14

The eighth annual UVI Summer Band Camp is scheduled for June 24 through July 26 on the University's St. Thomas Campus. Retired UVI Professor Austin A. Venzen, the camp director, said the camp is open to junior high and senior high school music or band students ages 12 to 17. The camp is not for beginners. Band teachers from the territory's public, private and parochial schools mainly recommend students who should attend. The camp fee is $400, with a $75 application. An optional lunch during the five-week program is available for an additional $225. For more details and an application form send email to Prof. Venzen at The deadline to apply is June 14.

Guest Lecturer to Speak on Salt River Bioluminescence Bay on June 13

UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies will host a presentation on "Bioluminescence in Salt River Bay" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, by guest lecturer Dr. Michael Latz from Scripps School of Oceanography. It will take place in Room 401 of the Evans Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Dr. Latz is a marine biologist who has been studying bioluminescence for more than 25 years. He is assisting with the study of the bioluminescence bay in the Salt River estuary. For details call Marcia Taylor at (340) 692-4046 or send email to

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on Saturday, June 15

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas Campus. The UVI Board of Trustees last met on March 9. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

UVI Alumni Association Nominated for National Award

The University of the Virgin Islands' Alumni Association has been nominated for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) National Alumni Association of the Year Award. UVI earned the nomination as a result of a 223 percent increase in its alumni giving rate in 2012 and the national exposure the University received as a result of this accomplishment. UVI President Dr. David Hall documented the achievement in an article titled "Virgin Islands Miracle," which was featured in the Huffington Post, the HBCU Digest, the Tom Joyner Foundation website, HBCU Connect and was involved in an Academic Impressions case study. The winner will be announced at the Third Annual HBCU Awards on June 28, on the Jackson State University Campus, in Mississippi. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

June Issue of UVI Alumni Chronicles Newsletter Published

The June issue of the UVI Alumni Chronicles newsletter has been published and shared with members of the UVI Alumni Association via email and posted to the UVI Alumni Network Facebook page - It is also available from this direct link. The newsletter features items reviewing significant participation by alumni during UVI's 51st Charter Day celebration earlier this year and reflections from outgoing UVI Alumni Trustee Marthious Clavier ('02). The issue's Alumni Spotlight is on Imani Marley-Husbands ('96), co-president of the South Atlanta Regional Alumni Chapter. It also shares responses to a Facebook question about favorite professors.

WUVI 1090 AM, College Radio 1 Present CES Program Tuesdays from St. Croix

Every Tuesday, UVI's Cooperative Extension Service communications staffers host a radio program from 2-3 p.m. from the Albert A. Sheen Campus on student radio station WUVI 1090 AM. The program focuses on agriculture, research and community research programs, outreach efforts and training classes offered by the Cooperative Extension Service and the Agricultural Experiment Station. The program is hosted in collaboration with College Radio 1 and College Voices UnZipped. WUVI 1090 AM broadcasts daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Programming is also streamed live on the Internet at College Radio 1 programming can be accessed at this link:

2013 University Bound Program to Host 50 High School Students at UVI This Summer

UVI's 2013 University Bound Program is scheduled to run from June 23 through July 19, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen and St. Thomas campuses. A total of approximately 50 students are expected to participate in this summer's residential component of the program, with students staying in UVI's residence halls. The program, formerly known as the Upward Bound Program, provides students with academic instruction, individual and small group tutorials and counseling, college admissions information, and cultural, social and recreational activities. The new name reflects a change in the program's funding source. Originally funded by the U.S. Department of Education, University Bound is now locally funded through the Virgin Islands Legislature. For more information contact Director Rosalia Rhymer-Rohan at (340) 693-1133 on St. Thomas or Assistant Director Michelle Albany-Crispin at (340) 692-4182 on St. Croix.

Human Resources Posts New Hires/Separations List for May 2013

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for May 1-31, 2013. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal - - and from this direct link.

Application Deadline Extended to June 14 for UVI, Division of Personnel Certified Public Manager Program

The University of the Virgin Islands' Institute for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness and the VI Division of Personnel have launched the Virgin Islands Certified Public Manager Program (CPM). The first of its kind in any U.S. territory, the CPM Program is a nationally recognized management development certificate program specifically for managers working in federal, state and local governments, and non-profit organizations.

The application deadline for the first Government of the Virgin Islands cohort of the VI CPM program has been extended to Friday, June 14, 2013. This extension was made due to the large volume of calls the Division of Personnel has been receiving this week from individuals interested in learning about the program.

The program is designed to prepare participants for the challenges and unique demands of the public management profession. Participants will learn seven core competencies, including personal and organizational integrity, managing work, leading people, developing self, systemic integration, public service focus and change leadership. The program will begin on July 9, and will be available on UVI's St. Thomas Campus and the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. More information is available in a news release available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Free Math Behind the Science Summer Program Offered at UVI; Applications Accepted on Rolling Basis

The Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program at the University of the Virgin Islands is accepting applications for Math Behind the Science, an intensive six-week residential summer program designed to ease the transition from high school to college. Math Behind the Science will run from June 17 through July 26, on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The free program is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, technology or medicine. Specifically, it will prepare students to take the introductory calculus course and provide a foundation for success in that important course. Program components also include classes in computing, reading, writing and college prep class. There will also be field trips.

High school seniors and current UVI freshmen from St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John are all encouraged to apply. For more details, visit the Emerging Caribbean Scientist website Direct any questions to Aimee Sanchez at (340) 693-1249 or send email Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

Virgin Islands Port Authority Announces Summer Employment Program for UVI and Other College Students

Summer employment opportunities are available at the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) for U.S. Virgin Islands high school and college students, including UVI students, according to a VIPA press release. The summer program will focus on giving students real-life job experiences that will help mold their career choices and inspire them to want to work in the aviation, marine or tourism industry. Students will be on job sites with VIPA engineers, marine pilots and in the administrative staff offices. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. The program will run for six weeks beginning July 1. Students that meet the necessary legal age and employment requirements may apply at VIPA's human resources office at the Administrative Building on St. Thomas, the assistant executive director's office at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix or at the Marine Administrative Office at Enighed Pond, St. John. Summer employment applications are also available for download on the Port Authority's Web site at

VI Legislature Seeking UVI Students for Summer Internship Program; Application Deadline June 14

UVI students in good standing are invited to apply for a summer internship with the Virgin Islands Legislature. The internship program will provide students with an opportunity to learn more about various aspects of politics and public administration. It will run from June 24 through July 26. Included will be enrichment activities pertaining to parliamentary procedure, legislative research and archival processes, post audit analysis, management information systems, public affairs, bill drafting and legal analysis.

To qualify students must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher and be between the ages of 18 to 30. Ten students will be selected to participate. Internships are available on both St. Thomas and St. Croix. Applications must be submitted by June 14. The application is available at this link: VI Legislature Internship Application Form. For more information please contact (340) 693-3723 or (340) 712-2270.

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CES 4-H 2013 Summer Academies on St. Croix and St. Thomas to Open July 1; Register Now

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will offer its annual summer camp for young people ages five to 14 on St. Croix and St. Thomas beginning in July. Known as the 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program's 4-H Summer Academy, session will run for five weeks, from July 1 to August 1. The 2013 theme is "Celebrating the Past, Creating the Future." The camps will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The fee is $200 for the first child in a family, and $150 for each additional child in the same family. Registration will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at the Cooperative Extension Service located in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and in the New House Building on the St. Thomas campus. Parents and guardians must bring birth certificates and immunization cards for each child to be registered. Children must be five years of age before July 1. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a special rate for children of UVI employees. For more information please call: (340) 692-4094, 692-4084, or 692-4096 on St. Croix and (340) 693-1078 or 693-1082 on St. Thomas.

UVI Conducting English and Math Placement Tests for 2013 Summer Sessions and Fall Semester

The University of the Virgin Islands is conducting mathematics and English placement testing for the Summer and Fall 2013 semesters. See dates, times and locations below. Both tests are computer-based and are administered simultaneously. There is no set time period for completing the tests, as persons continue until they are finished. However, many individuals are able to finish in approximately one hour. A picture ID is required to take the placement tests. Calculators will not be permitted during the math placement test. A math preparation guide is available at this link:

St. Thomas Campus


Wednesday, June 12 - noon for both English and Math

Friday, July 19 - 3 p.m. for Math; 5 p.m. for English


English testing is in the Classroom Administration Building (CAB) computer lab, room 103.

Math testing is in the Classroom Administration Building (CAB) computer lab, room 123.

Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix


Wednesday, June 12 - noon for both English and Math

Friday, July 19 - 3 p.m. for Math and 5 p.m. for English


English testing is in the Northwest Wing, room 131.

Math testing is in the Northwest Wing, room 133.

USVI/BVI High School Students Invited to Join Free Coral Reef Discovery Week Summer Camp

The UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies will conduct Coral Reef Discovery Week 2013, a free camp for USVI and BVI high school students from July 22 to 26, on the St. Thomas campus. Participants will learn about natural marine resources and marine science opportunities of the US Virgin Islands. This camp will be in session daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. This fun and hands-on experience is supported by UVI faculty, staff and students, and is made possible with sponsorship from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. The camp will focus on increasing the diversity of marine science educational opportunities offered in the territory with the ultimate goal of increasing local participation in marine science. USVI and BVI students aged 15-19 are welcome to apply.

Space is limited. Interested students are urged to apply now. Contact Dr. Marilyn Brandt at (340) 693-1376 or send email For more information, or to download an application, follow the Summer Enrichment Program link on the UVI homepage - - or use this direct link.

Register Now for UVI's Summer Session II: Deadline June 19

The University of the Virgin Islands invites current and prospective students to register for summer classes. Summer Session II runs from June 20 to July 26. The registration deadline for the second summer session is June 19.

UVI Business Professor and Summer Sessions Coordinator Dr. Tonjia Coverdale encouraged everyone to see what UVI Summer Sessions have to offer. She said courses may be beneficial for people of all ages who want to enhance their education, re-tool their skills for a career change, or start a degree program. "You don't have to be enrolled or matriculated at UVI to take courses," Dr. Coverdale said. Summer Sessions also provide a good opportunity for matriculated students to stay in sequence with courses for their respective degree programs. More information is available in a news release on the UVI home page - - and from this direct link.

UVI Students Can Take Selected Summer Courses Through UVI ONLINE

The University of the Virgin Islands now offers its students the ability to take selected summer courses online. While traveling or otherwise away from campus, students can complete course work online this summer through UVI ONLINE. For additional information contact the course professor or the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Current students can register for courses online at, once schedules are approved by their advisor.

A few of the courses available through UVI ONLINE this summer are: Web Applications Development, Statistics for Management Decisions, Production & Operations Management, Foundations of Education, Black American Literature, Advanced Creative Writing, Fundamentals of Finance, History of the U.S., Probability for Teachers, General Psychology, Life Span Development, and Changes in the Natural World. A full listing of online classes can be found on the UVI website at this link: Summer 2013 Class Schedule.

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 Employees, Others Urged to Review UVI Online Job Postings

UVI employees and external interested individuals are encouraged to review the University's online job postings for updates on available vacancies from the Human Resources Office section of the University website - - or from this direct link: UVI is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education and research. The University of the Virgin Islands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

UVICELL Notes...

UVICELL Course to Help Businesses Maneuver in the World of Social Media

Businesses and organizations interested in learning how social media can benefit their efforts are invited to attend a new Social Media Marketing course to be offered by the UVICELL Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday beginning July 30. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

Social Media Marketing is designed to help businesses connect with their customers and grow their business. The course is ideal for individuals who are just getting started in social media as well as those who are already on board. Participants will learn to integrate social media into their business, choose the right platform, to use social media to market their businesses more effectively. For details on fees or more information, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at

UVICELL to Offer Basic Computing Courses on St. Croix and St. Thomas

Individuals interested in learning to use a computer can take advantage of a Basic Computing course to be offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. This course is ideal for individuals with little or no computer experience and will be offered on both St. Croix and St. Thomas. The schedule is as follows: St. Croix: 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Mondays starting July 22, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus; St. Thomas: 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays starting Aug. 10, at the UVICELL Center

Basic Computing is designed to help individuals overcome their fear of computers and will help them become better acquainted with technology. Participants will learn the essentials of computing such as basic computer concepts, using a keyboard and mouse, moving around the desktop, managing files, surfing the Internet and using email. The information will be presented in an easy to understand format and includes hands-on exercises. For details on fees and more information, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at