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UVI Bulletin Board for May/June

UVI to Close for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28 The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.UVI’s libraries and the St. John Academic Center will also be closed. Computer labs on UVI’s campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be available for student access. Labs that will be available are the 120 Lab in the North West Wing on St. Croix and the 24/7 library lab on St. Thomas. Students may also access online library resources at any time by going to library.uvi.edu.
VIMAS Offers Free ‘Coral Reef Discovery Week’ Program for High School Students UVI’s Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) is offering its free “Coral Reef Week” program for high school-aged students who are seriously interested in studying coastal, marine and environmental science, natural resource management and conservation, and in learning about careers in these fields. Coral Reef Discovery Week is a fun and intense hands-on course that involves short presentations and lectures from UVI faculty, staff and community partners. It will focus on learning scientific techniques with tools in the field. The program runs from June 25 through 29. Participants report to the UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, but can expect to travel with staff to other on-island locations for field work and activities. Snorkel gear and instructional materials are provided for the week.
Space is limited. Applications accepted until June 11. Notification to qualified students will be issued on a rolling basis. For details and application forms, contact Christine Settar at 693-1392, or send email to: csettar@uvi.edu.
Registration for 4-H Summer Academies Opens May 30 The UVI Cooperative Extension Service’s annual 4-H Summer Academies will be offered on St. Thomas and St. Croix from June 25 through Aug. 3. This year’s Summer Academy theme is “Get in the Groove.” The fee for five to 14 year old campers is $200 for the first child and $150 for each additional child in the same family.
Registration will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 30 through June 2, in Room 139 of the Research and Extension Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, and at the Cooperative Extension Service’s New House Building on the St. Thomas campus.
Birth certificates and immunization records are required at registration. To qualify, children must be five years old on or before June 25, 2012. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch and snacks during the academies will be provided by the V.I. Department of Education-Summer Feeding Program.
For more information on St. Croix contact Lois Sanders at 692-4096 or Sarah Smith at 692-4084. For details on St. Thomas, call Carlos Robles at 693-1083 or Dr. Caryl Johnson at 693-1082.
UVI RTPark Directors to Hold Annual Meeting June 2 UVI’s Research and Technology Park Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix. According to the RTPark’s annual meeting notice, the session will be available via teleconference. Individuals who wish to participate should contact the RTPark office at 692-4200. Seating is limited.
UVI’s Summer Programs Tailored to Diverse Audience In addition to its two, regular academic Summer Sessions, UVI offers a host of other summer programs tailored to meet the needs of a diverse audience ranging from UVI students, to grade school students and the general public. Programs included are: Coral Reef Discovery Week, SAT Prep, Summer School Credit Recovery, Mathematics Behind the Science Bridge, the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, the Summer Sophomore Research Institute, the Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders, Upward Bound Summer, 4-H Summer Academies and the Summer Bridge Program.
Details on these 10 special programs are featured on a new Summer Enrichment Programs page available from the Community tab of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu Brief descriptions of the programs, the dates and locations they are available, contact information and links to more information are included.
UVI Plans Commemorative Programs to Mark 40th Anniversary of Land Grant Designation The staff and directors of UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service (CES) and the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) have planned a number of activities to commemorate this year’s 40th anniversary of the University’s designation as a Land Grant institution on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The College of the Virgin Islands and the University of Guam became land-grant institutions of higher learning, when President Richard Nixon signed into law the Education Amendments Act of June 23, 1972. The public is invited to come out and participate in the celebration of this milestone in the University’s history.
Commemorative Event Calendar
  • Wednesday, June 20 – CES and AES directors appear on the Virgin Islands Public Television “Face to Face” program with Addie Ottley on WTJX, from 8 to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 21 – Ag Forum discussion – Great Hall on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix – 6 to 8 p.m. – Topic: The Role of Land Grant Programs in the Development of Agriculture and The Role of Agriculture in the Economic Development of the Local Community.
  • Sunday, June 24 – Anniversary Celebration – 1 to 6 p.m. – Albert A. Sheen Campus grounds.
    – Opening ceremony, open house, tree planting and workshops. The celebration will feature farmers and food vendors, the distribution of vegetable seedlings and musical entertainment.
For more information, call Clarice Clarke at 692-4060.

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