July 21, 2003 — The University of the Virgin Islands Bulletin Board issued today has these announcements:
Summer Session 2003 Classes End Today
Today, July 21, is the last day of summer session 2003 classes at UVI. The session officially ends Wednesday, July 23, which is the last day for instructors to submit grades.
International Students Advised to Obtain New Travel Documents
UVI is advising all international students to contact the school's enrollment management or admissions offices to obtain new travel documents. Current travel documents used by international students, known as I-20s, will expire on August 1.
UVI has recently been entered into the federal government's new Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) system. New I-20 documents are generated from this system. International students are urged to visit in person or call the office of enrollment management at 693-1120 or the admissions office at 693-1150 to obtain their travel documents.
More information is also available from UVI's director of enrollment management, Carolyn Cook, at 693-1224.
Safe Drinking Water Workshops Scheduled July 22-24
UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will conduct workshops on drinking water safety on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John. The workshops – which will cover keeping cistern water clean and filtration techniques – are free and open to the public. The first 100 individuals attending the workshops will receive free home water test kits. Workshops will be held on the following schedule:
— July 22 on St. Croix – 7 to 9 p.m. in room 133 of the UVI Research and Extension Building, St. Croix campus
— July 23 on St. Thomas – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the training room of the UVI Sports and Fitness Center
— July 24 on St. John – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the UVI Cooperative Extension Service Office in Cruz Bay (upstairs from Fashion Palace).
Seating is limited. For more information call Julie Wright at 693-1082 or
Dale Morton at 693-1086.
Christian Albrecht University Study Group to Attend UVI Symposium, Lectures
UVI and Christian Albrecht University of Kiel, Germanu, will co-sponsor a symposium on the social, economic and political relations of the former Danish West Indies and the resulting cultural influences from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 25, in room 101 of the Business Education building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
Symposium participants will include Dr. Aimery Caron, a former French consul; Dr. Ole Hagemann, Stefanie Robl and Dr. Thomas Riis of the Christian Albrecht University; Gail Shulterbrandt of the St. Thomas Friends of Denmark; and UVI professor Dr. Malik Sekou.
Special guests at the symposium will be the 18 members (including 14 students) of a study tour group from Christian Albrecht University. The St. Thomas symposium is free and open to the public.
The Christian Albrecht group will also tour St. Croix. A series of short lectures is planned from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, in Evans Center room 401 on the St. Croix campus. Presenters will include William Cissel of the National Park Service and part-time UVI history instructors Dr. Elizabeth Rezende and Dr. Lauren Larsen. The lecture presentations are free and open to the public.
For more information contact the UVI Social sciences division at 693-1260 on St. Thomas or Dr. Aletha Baumann at 692-4117 on St. Croix.
Internet Registration Continues for Returning UVI Students
Returning UVI students can beat the long lines at registration by registering via the Internet. Fall semester 2003 registration for returning UVI students is now under way online. Links to the secure web site that students are using for the registration process are available on the UVI home page (click on link at end of this article). Students must obtain personal identification numbers from their faculty advisors in order to logon to the registration page.
UVI Registrar Robert Fontaine stresses that enrollment in classes is not guaranteed until payment is made. After registering, students must visit the cashier's offices on either campus to pay tuition and fees. August 11 is the deadline for returning students to pay tuition and fees. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation of classes. For more information call 693-1160 on St. Thomas or 692-4158 on St. Croix.
UVI Financial Aid Students Advised to Visit Cashiers Offices
UVI Students who have registered for the fall 2003 semester and who are receiving financial aid are advised to visit the cashier's offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix to accept their charges between July 14 and August 11. The cashier's office on St. Thomas is located in the Chancellor's Building – Quarters B. For more information on St. Thomas, call 693-1437. The cashier's office on St. Croix is located in Evans Center room 134. For information on St. Croix, call to 693-4160. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Summer Science Closing Ceremony Set on St. Croix
A closing ceremony for seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in the Summer Science Enrichment Academy held on UVI's St. Croix campus will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, in Evans Center room 405. For more information, contact program coordinator Tanya Nichols at 778-1620 Ext. 3143.
Young Scientists to Share Results of Summer Research on St. Thomas
A sampling of the work of some 69 budding scientists who have spent this summer studying and conducting research at UVI will be presented to the public from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus.
Poster presentations from many of the students involved in two UVI programs — the Summer Science Enrichment Academy (SSEA) and the Emerging Caribbean Scientist programs — will be included. Forty-four V.I. high school students are participating in the Summer Science Enrichment Academy. Another 25 UVI students have also spent the summer in scientific endeavor under the auspices of the Emerging Caribbean Scientist program. These students paired with UVI professors to conduct studies related to their ongoing academic programs. Representative from this group will also participate in the poster presentation.
Photos of many the SSEA student scientists and details and pictures from academy activities — such as field trips on submarines and kayaks — are available on the Internet at this direct link.
For more information on the SSEA program, contact Adam Quandt at 693-1332. For more on the Emerging Caribbean Scientist program contact Judy Roland at 692-1232.
VIMAS to Sponsor Presentation on the Ecology of St. Croix Salt Pond
The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) on St. Croix will sponsor a presentation by researcher Dr. Elizabeth Gladfelter entitled "Seasonal migration and water-dependency as factors controlling the diversity and abundance of birds at the SEA Southgate Coastal Reserve" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, at Evans Center room 501 on the UVI St. Croix campus.
Dr. Gladfelter is one of several scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Massachusetts who have been conducting fieldwork at the reserve for the past six months. Her presentation will outline data developed in these studies. The reserve, one of St. Croix's largest salt ponds, lies on the island's northeast shore. Study results will be used to help develop a management guide for the St. Croix Environmental Association which owns the reserve. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Marcia Taylor at 692-4046.
Seminars to Detail EDC Benefits for Small Businesses
The UVI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the V.I. Economic Development Authority will conduct a seminar on "EDC Benefits for Small Businesses" on St. John on July 22, on St. Croix on July 23 and on St. Thomas on July
24. The sessions are aimed at operators of small businesses who may have thought EDC benefits were only available to large companies.
— St. John – Tuesday, July 22, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Legislature Conference Room
— St. Croix – Wednesday, July 23, from 5:45 to 8 p.m. at the UVI-SBDC Training Center at the Sunshine Mall, lower level
— St. Thomas – Thursday, July 24, from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the UVI-SBDC Training Facility, Suite 720 at Nisky Center.
Admission to the seminar is $20 at the door. A $10 discount is available to those who pre-register and pay by Monday, July 21. UVI employees and students are admitted free but they must pre-register. For additional information and to pre-register contact UVI-SBDC on St. Thomas at 776-3206 or on St. Croix at 692-5270.
Five-Week Real Estate Salesperson's Course Offered on St. Croix
A five-week Real Estate Salesperson's Course will be offered on UVI's St. Croix campus on Saturdays beginning July 26. Designed as a preparatory course for individuals planning to take the Real Estate Salesperson's Licensing Exam, the course is also open to persons interested in real estate careers or those simply considering the sale or purchase of property. Real estate law, financing, appraisal, contracts and mathematics will be covered.
The cost is $450. Included are 38 hours of instruction, manuals and registration fees. There are no prerequisites. Registration is available until Wednesday, July 23. The course is offered by the UVI Community and Personal Development Unit. For details or to register call 693-1100 or send e-mail.
"ABCs of Small Business Loans" Seminars Set for St. Thomas, St. Croix
The UVI Small Business Development Center, FirstBank Virgin Islands and the Government Development Bank will conduct seminars titled "The ABCs of Small Business Loans" on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The St. Thomas seminar is scheduled for 5:45 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at the UVI-SBDC Training Center at Nisky Center. The St. Croix seminar will take place from 5:45 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, at the UVI-SBDC Training Center, Sunshine Mall on St. Croix.
Admission is free. The seminar will provide guidelines for individuals starting small business. For more information and to pre-register contact UVI-SBDC at 776-3206 on St. Thomas or 692-5270 on St. Croix by Wednesday, July 30.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the Web site at www.uvi.edu.
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