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Bulletin Board for June 24, 2013

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UVI Student Khadijah Lee Named 2013 St. John Festival Queen

UVI student Khadijah Lee was named the 2013 St. John Festival Queen on Saturday, June 22. She was among three UVI students competing in the pageant. Her fellow student participants were Charisma Hypolite and Monee' Edwards. Lee also took awards for Miss Photogenic, Most Cooperative, Best Talent and Miss Intellect. Edwards won the competition's Miss Congeniality award. Hypolite, who was named first runner-up, earned the Best International Wear and Best Evening Wear awards. Congratulations to all.

Charles King Named Virgin Islands Small Business Person of the Year

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) named Charles N. King, president of Delta Electric and Construction Co., the Virgin Islands Small Business Person of the Year. King will compete with small business owners in the mainland United States, Guam and Puerto Rico for the National Small Business Person of the Year award, which will be presented in Washington D.C. The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI-SBDC) and the U.S. SBA celebrated Virgin Islands Small Business Week, from May 26 to June 1, with workshops, trainings and lectures, and honored the territory's top small businesses at luncheons held on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The theme of this year's VI Small Business Week was, "Small Business: Persevering and Growing Your Business One Day at a Time." The SBDC and SBA honored 12 small businesses, business persons and organizations that exemplify sound business practices at award ceremonies held on May 29, at Marriott Frenchman's Reef on St. Thomas and on May 30, at the St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort and Spa. More information is available in a news release on the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

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

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UVI Choir and WUVI Receive Presidential Award - Two student organizations were presented the University of the Virgin Islands President's Appreciation Award on June 15. -> 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 Conducting English and Math Placement Tests for 2013 Fall Semester

The University of the Virgin Islands is conducting mathematics and English placement testing for the Fall 2013 semester. See dates, times and locations for the remaining tests 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
Dates: Friday, July 19 - 3 p.m. for Math; 5 p.m. for English

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

Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix
Dates: Friday, July 19 - 3 p.m. for Math and 5 p.m. for English

Place: Math testing is in the Northwest Wing, room 133.

Reichhold Center Seeks Volunteers for 35th Anniversary Season Launch at 'Business After Hours' Event

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers to assist with its upcoming "Business After Hours" activity - the annual season launch party for the Reichhold's upcoming performance line-up. The Center will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary season and is seeking assistance from individuals with outgoing and friendly personalities and a sincere appreciation for the arts. The season launch "Business After Hours" event, held in conjunction with the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce, takes place on Thursday, Aug. 22. For more information, please contact Tracie Wells-Clarke at (340) 693-1553 or send email to

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.

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.

Success of UVI's '50 for 50' Campaign Continues to Receive National Recognition

The historic success of UVI's "50 for 50" Campaign during the University's 2012 Golden Jubilee year continues to be recognized nationally. The June edition of the magazine "Business Officer," published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, features a submission by UVI President Dr. David Hall. The article includes a description of the efforts that led to an increase in the number of UVI alumni who financially support the university from 13 percent to 42 percent in one year. This effort was featured earlier in Dr. Hall's "The Virgin Islands Miracle" article, which was carried by the Huffington Post, the HBCU Digest, the Tom Joyner Foundation website and HBCU Connect.

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

UVI's 2013 University Bound Program runs 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. Formerly known as the Upward Bound Program, University Bound 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.

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.

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