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Bulletin Board for May 20, 2013

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UVI and Division of Personnel to Launch 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 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. The deadline to apply for the CPM Program is May 31. More information is available in a news release available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Job Fair, Open House Scheduled May 21 on St. Thomas Campus

Geniuscove is a leading internet company with multiple fast growing, highly related brands. It operates in the U.S. and now in the Virgin Islands. Geniuscove will host a Job Fair/Open House in the UVI Career Services Office meeting room from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21. For more information at UVI contact Verna Rivers (340) 693-1087 or send email to Geniuscove is currently seeking to fill the following positions: finance intern, web designer, PHP/MySQL developer and community manager. Interested persons should visit this link for information and to apply:

Memorial Service for Dr. Pearl Varlack Scheduled for May 24

A memorial service for the late UVI Professor Emerita Dr. Pearl Ianthe Varlack will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at the St. Andrews Episcopal Church on First Avenue, St. Thomas. Friends and colleagues of Dr. Varlack are invited to attend the service.

Dr. Varlack 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. Her tenure at UVI spanned 31 years until her retirement in 1999. Following her retirement, Dr. Varlack was bestowed Professor Emerita status. Dr. Varlack died on April 12, in New York.

VICCC to Host VI African Heritage Week and African Liberation Day Forum on May 25; African Heritage Parade on May 27

The Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) at UVI will host a forum on VI African Heritage and African Liberation Day on Saturday, May 25, on St. Thomas, and an African Heritage Parade/Walk and Roundtable on Monday, May 27, on St. Croix. Both activities are in support of the celebration of Virgin Islands African Heritage Week, running from May 19 to 25 and African Liberation Day on Saturday, May 25.

Saturday's VICCC forum, held in collaboration with the Pan African Support Group, takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. in UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Monday's parade and roundtable, held in collaboration with St. Croix African Heritage Village organizations, will gather at the entrance to the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix at 1:30 p.m., and continue to the UVI Great Hall. A Commemoration Roundtable and Bamboula Marketplace will follow in the Great Hall at 3 p.m. It will include multi-media presentations, culture and unity statements and tributes. Both events are free. Cultural bearers and traditional artists are welcome. Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. recently signed a proclamation declaring VI African Heritage Week and African Liberation Day 2013. The international theme for African Liberation Day is "Pan Africanism is Power: We Must Unite!" The African Union is hosting global summit events in South Africa through May 25, on "Pan Africanism and African Renaissance."

The VICCC is helping to promote the celebration through a number of radio appearances on the UVI student radio station WUVI 1090 AM (streaming at, on WSTA 1340 AM. WUVI will also provide live reports from the VI Legislature's annual observances for VI African Heritage Week and African Liberation Day which is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 30. For details of radio appearances and other related activities visit the VICCC Facebook page at, email or call the VICCC office at (340) 692-4272.

Top VI Businesses to be Honored During Small Business Week - May 26 to June 1

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) and the U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate Small Business Week from May 26 to June 1. A total of 12 small businesses, business persons and organizations that exemplify sound business practices will be honored at the Small Business Week Award Ceremonies at noon on May 29, at Marriott Frenchman's Reef on St. Thomas and at noon on May 30, at Carambola Beach Resort and Spa on St. Croix. This year's theme is, "Small Business: Persevering and growing your business one day at a time."

VI SBDC State Director Leonor Dottin said "this year was a difficult selection year, as there were many companies that have been successful." Small businesses that receive awards are continuously evaluated to ensure that their businesses are models for other potential or existing businesses. They must exhibit business continuity, improved management, business growth and be current with their financial commitments. For more on all the activities scheduled during Small Business Week, please contact the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center at (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas and (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix, or the U.S. Small Business Administration at (340) 718-5381.

UVI to Close for Memorial Day Observance Monday, May 27

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27. Summer Session classes and administrative offices will resume their regular schedules on Tuesday, May 28.

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 Center for Study of Spirituality and Professionalism Sets Next Gathering on May 28

UVI's Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism invites the University community to its May "Gathering" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28. It will take place on the patio of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Presenter Dr. Wendy V. Coram, CSAP project assistant, will speak on the topic of "Detoxification." Detoxification is the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from the body. She will discuss the importance of detoxification and various methods of cleansing.

In addition to here CSAP efforts, Dr. Coram works to educate the public about complementary and alternative medicine and natural childbirth through lectures, seminars and workshops. She is a naturopathic physician in the Virgin Islands. To RSVP call (340) 693-1499 or send an email to Lunch is planned at 11:30 a.m.

ECHORN Symposium to Examine Rise of Chronic Disease for May 29-31

The University of the Virgin Islands and Yale University have partnered to host the 2nd Annual Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN) Symposium, set for May 29 to May 31. ECHORN is a community-based prospective cohort study dedicated to expanding clinical research on chronic diseases affecting racial ethnic minority populations across the Eastern Caribbean. The ECHORN Symposium will begin at 8 a.m. at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel. Health research professionals from across the Caribbean basin and the Unites States will attend. The symposium is designed to improve their research techniques in dealing with Caribbean populations.

Founded in 2011, ECHORN is funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The yearly symposium rotates between islands sites. The 3rd annual ECHORN Symposium will take place in Puerto Rico in spring 2014. To learn more about ECHORN, visit their website at

UVI Awards Three Honorary Degrees at Commencement

The University of the Virgin Islands awarded three honorary degrees at the 49th Annual Commencement Ceremonies held Saturday, May 11, on the St. Thomas Campus and on Sunday, May 12, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Former U.S. Congressman and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume, who also served as keynote speaker and Career Ambassador Terence Todman received diplomas on the St. Thomas campus, while historian George Tyson received a diploma on the Albert A. Sheen Campus. Mfume and Todman received honorary degrees of doctorates of law and Tyson received a doctorate of humane letters.

UVI grants honorary degrees to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of individuals whom the institution admires and desires its students to emulate. More information, including photos of the recipients, is available in a news release available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

UVI's Students Produce Their Own Harlem Shake Video to Mark National Library Week

As part of the National Library Week celebration in April, UVI students filmed their own Harlem Shake video. It can be viewed on the UVI YouTube channel from this link:

Cooperative Extension Service Publishes May Edition of 'From the Ground Up' Newsletter

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service takes a look back at entrepreneurship and creativity in its displays at the 2013 Agrifest in the recently published "From The Ground UP" CES newsletter. The newsletter's May 2013 issue also features a visit to UVI by 20 students from Rutgers University, a new bee species discovered on St. Croix, grafting techniques, clothing design, workforce training for seniors and more. The newsletter is available from the Cooperative Extension Service section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link.

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Free Math Behind the Science Summer Program Offered at UVI; First Application Deadline May 15

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. It 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

Priority is given to students who submit all application materials by May 15, 2013. Applications received after that date may be considered, based on space availability.

UVI RTPark Corporation Sets Board of Directors Meeting for June 1

The board of directors of UVI's Research and Technology Park and RTPark-PC will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1. The session will take place in the RTPark offices on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. It will also be available via teleconference. Seating is limited. Contact Melissa Miller at (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information.

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 -

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 to 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.