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UVI Bulletin Board for April Continued

Angelique Flemming Crowned Miss University of the Virgin Islands 2017-2018 Angelique Flemming was crowned Miss University of the Virgin Islands 2017-2018 at the 37th Annual Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition held Saturday, April 8, at the St. Croix Educational Complex on St. Croix.

 Flemming, 19, is a sophomore psychology major.  She was born on St. Croix and is attending UVI on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

At Saturday’s competition, Shantee Sookraj was named first runner-up and Nigencia James awarded second runner-up. 

In addition to the UVI crown, Flemming won Best Ambassadorial Presentation and Best Performing Talent. Shantee Sookrajwas was named Miss Photogenic, Miss Popularity, Most Eloquent/Intellectual Speaker and Miss Congeniality. Best evening wear was awarded to Alexandra Abi-Mikhael.

For more information, contact Hedda Finch Simpson at 642-4228.

Community Invited to 2nd Annual UVI Village on April 13 The Student Government Association (SGA) is excited to host its second annual UVI Village at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, in the Sports and Fitness Center front parking lot on the St. Thomas Campus. 

At 2 p.m. the event will be open to the public with a student pride parade at the University’s entrance that leads to the Sports and Fitness Center. The Village will open to all.

Music will be provided by Spectrum Band, The Venomous Poizon Band and a special guest DJ.

The Student Government Association invites the public to come out and enjoy the free musical entertainment, and fun games. Lots of great food will also be on sale.

For more information, contact the Leon Lafond at 693-1111.

UVI Community Invited to Sexual Assault Prevention- ‘Engaging New Voices’ Join the University community at 2:30 p.m. March/Presentation on Tuesday, April 11, in the Pavilion on the Albert A. Sheen Campus for the ‘Engaging New Voices’ March and Presentation. Sponsored by Counseling and Career Services and the VI Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Council (DVSAC) this march and presentation will promote awareness regarding healthy relationships and prevention of sexual misconduct. There will also be a short march through the campus.  A speaker presentation and refreshments to follow at the Pavilion.

For more information contact Patricia Towal Counseling and Career Services, at ptowal@uvi.edu 692-4187.

2017 Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey Being Administered to All UVI Students The Office of Institutional Research and Planning announces the administration of the 2017 Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) Survey beginning the week of April 4 through April 25.

UVI has teamed up with Noel-Levitz to administer the SSI Survey, which evaluates student satisfaction and the importance of campus issues to students. UVI will benefit from the consulting and data services provided by the Noel-Levitz team to help identify the areas where UVI will need to focus, especially in the areas of student retention and improvement of enrollment goals. Student involvement, as well as involvement of the UVI community, is critical to the success of this project, and all UVI students are encouraged to complete the survey. Every UVI student will receive an e-mail containing a link to the online survey and instructions on how to complete the survey. Completing the Noel-Levitz SSI Survey is strictly voluntary, and a student’s decision to participate or not will have no effect on their grades. The last administration of the survey was in March 2014.

Results of the 2014 survey are available at UVI’s Institutional Research and Planning, Surveys and Reports page under Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Survey.

To learn more about the survey, visit the Noel-Levitz Web site at http://www.noellevitz.com or please contact Institutional Research and Planning at 693-1012.

Poetic Shout Out: Poetry and Music in Motion SET FOR April 12 Poems and presentations on African American Culture and music will be held from noon – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in the Library on the 2nd Floor in the Library in the Evans Center. Please bring your poems to be shared. This event is open to all and is sponsored by the library in commemoration of National Library Week.

For more information, contact MJ Wilder for further information at 626-1313

UVI Holds Annual Service Awards on the 18 and 20 of April The Human Resources Department is having its 43rd Annual Service Awards on April 18 and April 20 on the St. Thomas Campus and the Albert A. Sheen Campus, respectively.  Join the Human Resources staff as they recognize employees during the 43rd Service Awards Ceremony. This year’s theme: “Resilient & Keen.”

The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center on April 18 on the St. Thomas Campus. The awards ceremony on the Campus will follow at 2 p.m. in the Great Hall. A light Fare-Buffet will follow the ceremonies.

For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at 692-1410.

VI-EPSCoR 2017 Annual Conference Set for April 6 The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) is has announced its 2017 annual conference from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, in the Administration and Conference Center Building, Room 142, at the University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas Campus.

The community is invited to participate in this conference. This year’s theme is “Transforming Research into Economic Development.” The conference will be a conversation on the research, outreach and educational activities that have been facilitated in the territory through VI-EPSCoR’s support and partnerships under the Mare Nostrum Caribbean Grant. This will give the community a unique opportunity to learn in greater detail about several of our Mare Nostrum-related activities and to meet with our researchers, partners and potential partners.

          For more information. contact Joey DeMarco, outreach coordinator, at 693-1478 or by e-mail at joseph.demarco@uvi.edu

Spring 2017 MBA Comprehensive Exam to be held on April 7 The School of Business Spring 2017 MBA Comprehensive Exam is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fri., April 7. The exam will be administrated simultaneously on both the St. Thomas Campus in B206 and the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix in EVC 303. The deadline to submit an application petition is Thursday, March 30.

          For more information, contact Utha Williams at uwillia@uvi.edu

 Community Invited to Annual Career Fair on St. Croix on April 5-10 Join us for the annual Career Fair on the Albert A. Sheen Campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in the Great Hall. Meet potential employers and explore many career pathways. Start preparing for after graduation now. Also, there will be a workshop outlining how to maximize your opportunities at a career fair on March 29. More details will follow. Community members are also welcome.

          For more information, contact Patricia Towal at 692-4187 or at ptowal@uvi.edu

VIUCEDD Host Its 10th Annual Autism Conference The Virgin Islands University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) is hosting its 10th Annual Autism Conference on Monday, April 10, on St. Croix in the Great Hall at the University of the Virgin Islands Albert A. Sheen Campus.  On St. Thomas, Wednesday, April 12, in the Administration and Conference Center (ACC) at the University of the Virgin Islands Campus. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both islands.

          The conference is designed to bring awareness to autism and give parents and professional best practices and access to resources when dealing with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Virgin Islands. The keynote presentation will be “Autism Services in the Virgin Islands: Where We Came From and Where We Are Headed” by Dr. Lindsy Wagner, PsyD of Island Therapy Solution. Additionally, there will be two break-out session topics; “Applications of Applied Behavioral Analysis Across the Lifespan” by Dr. Adriane Maier, BCBA-D and Megan Crowley, MSEd, BCBA, LABA of Island Therapy Solutions, as well as “Advancing the Social-communication and Play of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder” by Dr. Brian A. Boyd, Ph.D., MEd from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

          Registration is available online by visiting http://www.eventbrite.com. To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/viucedd-11380188567

VICCC to Hosts Centennial Intergenerational Symposium – April 10 Monday, April 10 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the UVI Research and Technology Park (RTP) on Albert A. Sheen Campus, the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) at UVI with support from the Virgin Islands Transfer Centennial Commission (VITCC) presents the Centennial Intergenerational Symposium (CIS) on UVI Students’ Perspectives 2017-2117.  UVI students are facilitating the CIS inclusive of insightful discussions on the Virgin Islands through interactive conversations on the VI Centennial period. 

          Discussion topics include and are not limited to: What is Virgin Islands Transfer Day: Commemoration Celebration or What?  Where and which flags are to be flown at VI public buildings?  What future status and vision do you have for the VI after the Centennial events? The evening will open with exhibitions of winning entries of student essays and artwork from the CIS competition.  Our UVI and VI communities Invite you to join us for this UVI student-facilitated intergenerational and community centered event.   Please come ready to share your thoughts, perspectives and solutions. A reception will close this event.

          Please RSVP by calling Chenzira Kahina at 692-4283 or 692-4272 or e-mail at viccc@live.uvi.edu.

NSF $300,000 SEAS Your Tomorrow Grant to Educate VI Youth for Careers in STEM  The University of the Virgin Islands-led project, “Supporting Emerging Aquatic Scientists (SEAS) Your Tomorrow,” was chosen out of 36 grants distributed across the country to be featured in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (INCLUDES): Envisioning Impact Video Showcase.  UVI, along with Pennsylvania State University, Southern Utah University and local partners, was recently awarded a $300,000 grant from NSF to encourage more students in the U.S. Virgin Islands to engage in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

The NSF INCLUDES: Envisioning Impact Program (http://includes2017.videohall.com/) aims to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by creating more pathways through which young people can join the STEM fields.  A video showcase will be hosted online from March 20 – 27.  To view and comment on the SEAS Your Tomorrow video, which focuses on known drop-out points for students in science, visit http://videohall.com/p/826.  During this week, visitors to the site will be able to offer their thoughts and feedback about the project.

“This is a high impact project, and it is exciting that it is being featured on the national stage,” said Kristin Wilson Grimes, principal investigator and assistant professor of Watershed Ecology at UVI.  “Not only is the project taking place here in the Virgin Islands, but it also involves the ocean sciences, which are so vital to this community.  SEAS Your Tomorrow will create educational opportunities for VI youth, which will open pathways to careers in the ocean sciences.”

SEAS Your Tomorrow is funded by the NSF INCLUDES Program, which provides two years of support for projects that describe new ideas, create targeted initiatives, and forge new models that will improve access to STEM for underserved populations.  It provides Virgin Islands middle school, high school, early undergraduate and graduate students with support and unique opportunities to pursue their interests in the ocean sciences.  The project also builds partnerships between universities, government agencies, non-profit organizations, local businesses and professional societies to maximize the impact of targeted activities.

For more information about SEAS Your Tomorrow, visit http://www.seasyourtomorrow.org/ or contact Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes at Kristin.wilson@uvi.edu.

UVI Students Urged to Apply for Summer Internship Opportunity to attend the College of Micronesia The Agricultural Experiment Station has funding to support one UVI student to attend a summer internship at the College of Micronesia in the Federated States of Micronesia (COM-FSM) on Pohnpei (http://www.comfsm.fm/). The summer internship will be from June 8 to 27, excluding the travel dates that will be an additional two to three days before and after the program.

          The student should be interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, food sciences, environment and natural resources or biology related sciences, but this is not required. There will be a combination of classroom and field experience in the various agriculture sectors within private and public sectors. All classes and materials will be offered in English, giving students the information they need to have a written report and an oral presentation completed, required by the end of the internship.

          Funds will cover round trip travel to Pohnpei from the USVI, a per diem, housing and any other fees required by COM-FSM. Additional funds for supplies may also be provided if needed.

          The goal is to provide an experience in tropical agriculture to students from member institutions of CariPac Consortium, which include the University of the Virgin Islands, University of Puerto Rico, University of Guam, Community College of American Samoa, Northern Marianas College and College of Micronesia (Pohnpei, Marshal Islands and Palau)).

Application Procedure and Deadline:

          By April 12, interested students should be nominated by a faculty member and the student should send a letter of interest and explain how this opportunity would benefit their academic career to Dr. Bob Godfrey, director AES and professor of Animal Science, at rgodfre@uvi.edu. After reviewing students submitted letters a decision will be made as to which UVI student will travel to Micronesia and more information on the internship will be provided. For more information contact Dr. Robert Godfrey at rgodfre@uvi.edu

          For more information on the conference call (340) 692-4266 (STX) or (340) 693-1406 (STT) or send an email to shamika.thomas@uvi.edu.

Navigating the VI’s Cultural, Economic, and Political Spaces Symposium to be Held on April 8 UVI will host the “Navigating the VI’s Cultural, Economic, and Political Spaces Symposium” which will be held on April 8. The purpose of this symposium is to provide an opportunity to consider the identity of the Virgin Islands of the United States, from various platforms and positions, as we conclude the 100th year since the transfer of ownership from Denmark to the United States of America.

          A registration fee of $25 will be requested from faculty and the general public. However, students only have to show their student I.D. to not be charged.

          Researchers, scholars, and community activists are invited to present talks and papers that examine the topic of identity, in and of the Virgin Islands, across multiple perspectives, including sociological, psychological, economic, fine and performance art, literary and political.

          For more information contact Dr. Dara Hamilton at (340) 692-4123 or email: dhamilt@uvi.edu.

  1. I. Academic and Cultural Awards Endowment Scholarship/Loan Opportunity Now Available The Board of Directors of the Virgin Islands Academic and Cultural Awards Endowment (VIACAE) Program is accepting applications for its territorial scholarship program.  Virgin Islands residents pursuing graduate studies or cultural projects, are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Applicants seeking graduatedegrees to teach in the Virgin Islands at the secondary level, particularly in areas of mathematics and science, are especially encouraged to apply. 

          The VIACAE program was created by the Virgin Islands Legislature in 1970.  It provides financial support to eligible VI residents with a desire to advance their academic and professional studies, and also to those with a desire to engage in Cultural Projects that will provide significant benefit to the people of the Virgin Islands. 

          For more information and links to scholarship applications see this link http://www.uvi.edu/administration/provost/initiatives/viacae.aspx. The application deadline is Friday, April 28. 

          For more information contact Mavis Gilchrist in the Office of the Provost at 692-4285 or by e-mail at mgilchr@uvi.edu.

Attention 2017 Graduates- Report to AAS Campus Bookstore for Cap and Gown Order UVI 2017 graduates are asked to submit their cap and gown measurements to the Albert A. Sheen Campus Bookstore by Friday, March 24. Any orders placed after that day will incur a $75 express shipping fee. Anticipated arrival is the first week of May 2017. An email notification will be sent when Commencement Regalia arrive at the bookstore.

          For more information, visit Shay Roberts at shanta.robert@uvi.edu.

  • Attorney Genevieve Whitaker- deputy supervisor of the Election System- St. Croix District
  • Albert Bryan Jr. — entrepreneur, executive director of Junior Achievement USVI and Former Virgin Island Department of Labor Commissioner
  • Senator Kurt Vialet — former mathematics teacher, assistant principal, senator in 31st and 32nd Legislatures of the Virgin Islands

          For more information, contact Golden Key Advisor Patricia Towal at 692-4187 or via e-mail at PTowal@uvi.edu.        

TEAS Testing Scheduled for Spring 2017 Semester The University of the Virgin Islands is pleased to announce testing dates for the TEAS exam.  The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used as part of the admissions process by Nursing and Allied Health schools nationwide.  UVI students who desire to enter the School of Nursing are required to sit for the TEAS exam.  The TEAS exam is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who are likely to succeed in nursing school and have the ability to think like a nurse.  It is a multiple-choice assessment of basic academic knowledge in Reading, Mathematics, Science and English.  The four sections are timed for a total of approximately 4 hours. 

Testing Centers are located at the UVICELL Center on their respective islands.  On St. Croix, the UVICELL Center is located at 23A Hospital Street, Frederiksted.  On St. Thomas, the testing site is located at the UVICELL Center on the UVI St. Thomas Campus. 

The testing schedule is as follows:

St. Croix

  • 12:45 p.m. – Saturday, March 25, 2017

St. Thomas

  • 9:30 a.m. – Wednesday, February 22, 2017
  • 9:30 a.m. – Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • 9:30 a.m. – Thursday, April 20, 2017

For testing fees or more information on the exam, contact the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 on St. Thomas or at 692-4230 on St. Croix.  Students may also visit the UVICELL Web site at http://cell.uvi.edu/programs/teas-testing.aspx.    

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