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Bulletin Board for March 18, 2013

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UVI Attracts National Leaders and Experts to Speak at Upcoming Events

The University of the Virgin Islands has attracted an impressive list of national leaders and experts to speak at major upcoming UVI events. Prominent businesswoman, entrepreneur and philanthropist Loida Nicolas Lewis, Harvard Law School Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. and former U.S. Congressman, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and President of the NAACP Kweisi Mfume will present the 13D Entrepreneurship Lecture, the Alfred O. Heath Distinguished Lecture and UVI Commencement, respectively.

UVI President Dr. David Hall said that securing speakers of such stature is a tremendous sign of UVI's ability to attract outstanding national leaders to the University. "All of the speakers have excelled in their fields and made outstanding contributions to business, politics, civil rights and the legal profession," Dr. Hall said. "It is impressive that they are sharing their knowledge, insights and wisdom with the University and the community," Dr. Hall added. More information is available in a news release on the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

Entrepreneur Loida Lewis to Speak at UVI 13D Entrepreneurship Series Today

Acclaimed business woman and philanthropist Loida Nicolas Lewis will be the featured speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands' first 13D Entrepreneurship Speaker Series at 5:30 p.m. today (Monday, March 18), in UVI's St. Thomas campus Administration and Conference Center first-floor conference room. Lewis will speak on the topic "Corporate Governance and Ethics." Business owners, government administrators, UVI students and the general public are invited to attend the presentation.

More information is available in a news release on the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

UVI Postpones Start of Early Registration for Fall Semester Returning Students to March 25

The University of the Virgin Islands has postponed the start of early registration for the fall semester for returning students until March 25, 2013.

14th UVI Health Fair Set March 21-22; Open to All on St. Croix

The 14th Annual UVI Health Fair is scheduled for March 21 and 22, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The goal is to promote healthier living among UVI students, faculty and staff, and the entire Virgin Islands Community. Fair events and activities will take place daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. under a tent in front of the Cafetorium. Included will be a blood donor drive, free immunizations for flu, meningitis, HVP and Tdap, and health screenings for glucose (sugar), blood pressure, vision, mental health, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV. The day will also feature workshops on diabetes and heart disease, fire prevention, first aid, hand washing, herbal medicine, home gardening, mental health, nutrition, self-defense, sleep disorders, STDs, Supertracker online nutrition tracking, testicular exams and weight management. Zumba classes and Healthy Living campus tours are also planned.

UVI and community partners participating include the Juan F. Louis Hospital, UVI nursing students, Frederiksted Health Center, Pearle Vision, UVI Counseling and Placement, Frederiksted Healthcare and STD Clinic, VI Health Care, VI Fire Service, Acute Alternative, the VI Waste Management Authority, AARP, the American Cancer Society, St. Croix Rescue, the UVI Research and Extension Center, the UVI Psychology Club, Sisters With Purpose, Brothers With a Cause and ROTC.

For more information contact Health Services Supervisor Irene Hatchett-Sealey at (340) 692-4208.

2013 Afternoon on the Green Winners Announced; Photos Featured on UVI Facebook Page

The University of the Virgin Islands announced the winners of the 24th Annual Afternoon on the Green held on Sunday, March 10. Afternoon on the Green Co-Chair Cheryl Miller thanked all participants, cooks and volunteers for coming out to support UVI's annual "friendraiser" and congratulated all of the cooks and volunteers that received awards on Sunday.

For a second year in a row, Brianna Hairston received the "People's Choice" award, by receiving the most texts through the Choice Wireless text voting. A photo of Hairston and her Tropical Coconut Cupcakes, and with the complete list of food competition winners are featured in a news release on the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

More photos from the day are featured on the UVI Facebook page - Check them out and be sure to Like the UVI page and share with your friends.

MBA Comprehensive Exam Set April 5 on Both Campuses; Application Deadline Extended to March 20

The University of the Virgin Islands Spring 2013 Master of Business Administration (MBA) Comprehensive Exam is scheduled to be administered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 5, simultaneously on the St. Thomas and Albert A. Sheen campuses. Exam locations are Teacher Education Room 103 on St. Thomas and Evans Center Room 405 on St. Croix.

Students who plan to take the exam must complete and submit an Application Petition by March 20. All information needed to prepare for the examination - including the Application Petition - is accessible through the MBA Program's Blackboard site. Students should direct any questions to School of Business, MBA Program Director Dr. Utha Williams - at

Student Input Sought for National Library Week Activities

National Library Week is coming in April and UVI students are invited to join in planning the festivities! Interested students with ideas for events and activities on both campuses should send their contact information via email to Include the following information: name, campus and email address.

Opening Round of 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition Set March 22 on St. Croix

The first competitive round in the 13d Student Entrepreneurship Competition of 2013 on St. Croix is scheduled Friday March 22. Presentations are scheduled by 14 teams. UVI student and faculty members are invited to attend the presentations which will begin at 9 a.m. in Evans Center Room 401. St. Thomas participants will be on hand to join with their St. Croix counterparts for this opening round. Presentations are expected to last until 12:30 p.m.

This year's student participants represent a wide variety of schools and degree programs, including: criminal justice, business (various majors), chemistry, education, psychology, humanities, computer science, applied mathematics, nursing and process technology.

The first 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition was held in 2012. The initial competition - which was open to all undergraduate and graduate students at UVI - drew a field of 72 students in 21 teams. The competitions are funded by a $5 million gift to UVI from Kiril Sokoloff, an investment strategist and entrepreneur who founded 13D Research, which is based on St. Croix. The competition is under the director of Dr. Glenn Metts, director of Entrepreneurship Education at UVI. For more information call (340) 693-1303.

UVI Buccaneers Men's Basketball Squad Opens LAI Playoff Action Today

UVI's Buccaneers men's basketball squad opens LAI league playoff action today (Monday, March 18) with a game against Catholica University in Puerto Rico. Game time is 7 p.m. The Bucs carry a 4-6 regular season record into the playoffs.

See team photos, headshots and more coverage on the Bucs' Facebook page 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

Reggae Star Etana to Perform at Reichhold Center for the Arts on March 30

Conscious reggae star Etana will perform at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Etana debuted on the reggae scene in 2008 with her breakout hit "Roots" and quickly built a catalogue of conscious music and a massive fan base. Her debut CD, "The Strong One," was extremely successful. It included the hits "I Am Not Afraid," "Blessings" and "Don't Forget." Jamaica's reggae princess performs at the biggest reggae festivals around the world, and made her debut in South America in 2011. Tickets are available from the Reichhold Center Box Office and online at the Reichhold's website - For more information call (340) 693-1555.

Volunteers Sought to Assist with the Annual Career and Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair

UVI's Counseling and Career Services Office is seeking volunteers for the Annual Career and Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair which will take place on Tuesday, April 2, in the UVI Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students who would like to volunteer can sign-up in the Counseling & Career Services lobby area on the 700 Level of the Evans Center or send an email to and indicate the time(s) that they are available. For more information, students should contact the Counseling & Career Services Office at (340)-692-4180/4187.

Video Tutorial on Campus Technology Available on UVI's YouTube Channel

A new video tutorial on campus technology has been prepared by Information Technology Services for UVI students. Topics include: the UVI network, computer labs/printing, the myCampus portal (intranet), software downloads and student email. The video can be viewed on the UVI YouTube channel, available from the social media links on any UVI website page and from this direct link:

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 the direct links below.

UVI Student's Art to Denmark - The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority selected a banner designed by UVI senior Sheniqua Robinson to display on its recent trade mission to Denmark. > read more

New Shuttle Bus - A new, 15-passenger shuttle bus has arrived on the St. Thomas campus. > read more

Commencement 2013 Notes...

Deadline for Ordering Commencement Regalia Set for March 18 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI faculty and professional staff on the St. Thomas campus are reminded that the deadline to place orders for commencement regalia is March 18. The deadline for graduating students to be measured for their regalia is also March 18. The St. Thomas campus UVI Bookstore has announced that, in addition to accepting regalia orders, it has an inventory of used regalia for sale. For more information visit the Bookstore or call (340) 693-1560.

St. Croix Bookstore Commencement Regalia Deadline Set for March 18

UVI faculty and professional staff on the St. Croix campus are reminded that the deadline to place orders for commencement regalia is March 18. For more information visit the Bookstore or call (340) 692-4162. An Express Mail delivery fee will be charged for orders placed after March 18.

Other Current Items...

Energy Conservation Workshops Scheduled for St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (CES) and the VI Energy Office invite all St. Croix, St. Thomas and John residents to participate Energy Conservation Workshop planned in the observance of "Energy Education Week." The workshops are scheduled as follows:

St. Croix - 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 - in Research and Extension Center Room 133 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix

St. Thomas - 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, in the Small Business Development Center's Training Facility at Nisky Center on St. Thomas

St. John - 5:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21, at UVI's St. John Academic Center in Cruz Bay.

For more information on St. Thomas, call Carlos Robles at (340) 693-1080 or send email to For details on St. Croix or St. John call Carmen Wesselholft-Hendrington at (340) 693-1587 or send email to

11th Annual St. Croix Spring Student Research Symposium on March 23rd

The College of Science and Mathematics invites the UVI community and the general public to attend the 11th Annual Spring Student Research Symposium. The symposium will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in UVI's Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

The goal of the symposium is to showcase student research conducted with faculty at UVI and other institutions. UVI hosts students during the summer to conduct research at both campuses, but many students travel off-island to institutions like Boston University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Western Michigan University, University of Puerto Rico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Texas A&M University. Approximately 30 undergraduate and graduate students will be making poster presentations to display the results of their research experiences.

The symposium is a collaborative effort between the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program and the College of Science and Mathematics. The mission of the ECS Program is to increase research training and promote excellence for students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), psychology and nursing at UVI. The program provides opportunities for student research through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For more information visit the program's website at For more details about the symposium, contact Dr. Velma Tyson on St. Croix (, (340) 692-4157) or Aimee Sanchez on St. Thomas (, (340) 693-1249).

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:

March 22 - Prospective Students gateway

April 5 - Parents, Families & Community gateway

April 12 - Educators & Guidance Counselors gateway

April 19 - Research section

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

Last Call for Submissions for UVI 50th Anniversary Time Capsules; Deadline March 29

The Time Capsule Subcommittee of UVI's Golden Jubilee Committee has issued a last call for submissions of historical items for inclusion in time capsules that will mark the University's first 50 years. The committee is also seeking letters from students, staff, faculty and alumni describing what they think UVI will be like in 50 years. There will be time capsules placed on both St. Thomas and St. Croix. Please submit items and/or letters for inclusion in the time capsules by March 29, 2013, to Raquel Silver at or call (340) 692- 4061. The time capsules will be capped later this year, not to be opened for 50 years - in 2062.

UVI's Global Leaders Institute Expands Offerings, Gets New Name; Application Deadline April 2

The University of the Virgin Islands' popular Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean enters its 18th year with a brand new name, a wider array of opportunities and an expanded audience.

The new name is the Global Institute for Leadership and Management Development or GILMD. "The name change reflects our determination to expand the program to involve a wider array of participants and to offer programs at any time, instead of being restricted only to summer programs," said GILMD Director Dr. Gabriel Ogunmokun. "The institute's expanding focus also allows us to offer courses in both leadership and management, not just in leadership."

Applications are now being accepted for the Institute's traditional Certificate in Global Leadership Development Course that is scheduled for May 13 to 27, on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The course has been expanded to admit professionals involved in all aspects of the general workforce, in addition to college graduate and undergraduate students, as in the past. The deadline to apply is April 2. Details are available in a news release on the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Miss UVI Competition Set for April 6 on St. Croix

The 33rd Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Miss UVI pre-pageant interviews will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at UVI's Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The candidates are St. Thomas student Murchtricia Charles, a sophomore majoring in mathematics and computational biology, and St. Croix students Estella Obando and Denicia Suarz, both of whom are nursing majors.

UVI Sets English Proficiency Exam Set for St. Croix, St. Thomas on April 11

UVI's English Proficiency Exam (EPE) will be administered on April 11 at UVI.

On the St. Thomas campus the EPE will be given in Rooms 223, 224 and 225 of the Sports and Fitness Center. The exam begins at 8 a.m. Students should bring blue or black ink pens, and a dictionary in hard copy, and white out, if needed. For more information, contact English Proficiency Exam Coordinator Dr. Vincent Cooper at (340) 693-1351 or

On the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix the EPE will be given in Rooms 302, 303, 305 and 308 of the Evans Center. Students should be seated with photo IDs by 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Professor Valerie Combie at (340) 692-4126 or

VIUCEDD Plans Annual Autism Conference for April 17 and 18 at UVI

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will conduct the Virgin Islands' 6th Annual Autism Conference on April 17, on St. Thomas, and April, 18, on St. Croix. Dr. Georgina Peacock, a medical officer and developmental-behavioral pediatrician at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be the keynote speaker.

The conference, which is offered in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Autism Network, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. On St. Thomas it will take place in the UVI Administration and Conference Center. On St. Croix it will be held in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Early registration is available online by visiting For more information call (340) 692-4266 or send email to

CELL Notes...

Workshop on Microsoft Word Basics Set for April 6 on St. Thomas

Residents interested in mastering the basics of the popular word processor Microsoft Word are encouraged to register for an upcoming one-day workshop offered by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center on St. Thomas. Space is limited. Introduction to Word 2010 will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the UVICELL Center on St. Thomas.

This hands-on session will prepare participants to confidently use Microsoft Word to develop documents with less time and effort. Students will learn how to create, format, edit, print, and save their documents with ease. For fees or more information on the program, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at