UVI Bulletin Board for March and April

UVI to Host Empowering Women to “Break the Glass Ceiling” Forum In celebration of Women’s History Month, a forum entitled “Empowering Women to Break the Glass Ceiling” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in the Administration and Conference Center, first-floor conference room. The purpose of the forum is to inspire conversations among students and persons in the community that will empower and aspire women to break through the glass ceiling in various careers. The panelists will include:

  • Dr. Laverne Ragster, UVI President Emerita
  • Lorna Freeman, Virgin Islands Songstress
  • Tamara Lang, UVI Director of Hotel and Tourism Management
  • Delyno “Pressure Busspipe” Brown, Musician
  • Donna Christiansen, former Congresswoman

Community Invited to Science Café — “Trash in the Sea, Come Talk to Me”           From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 31, join Dr. Grimes at the Sunny Isles Amphitheater for Science Café, an informal science talk on marine debris in our coastal waters, the event is for all ages.

          Dr. Wilson Grimes will have an interactive, fun presentation. He will present a trivia game and will introduce student projects currently active on St. Croix. For more information contact Migdalia Roach at [email protected].

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, which will be an additional 2-3 days before and after the program.

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          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 public and private agriculture 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 as required by the end of the internship.

          Funds will cover round trip travel to Pohnpei from the U.S.V.I., 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 his or her academic career. Send it to Dr. Bob Godfrey, director AES and professor of Animal Science, at [email protected]. After reviewing students’ 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 [email protected].       

The Caribbean Writer Remembers Derek Walcott “The Caribbean Writer (TCW) mourns the passing of its esteemed founding editorial board member,   Nobel Prize winner, playwright, poet and artist Derek Walcott, who passed away earlier this morning,” said, Alscess Lewis-Brown, editor of The Caribbean Writer, a refereed, international  journal published by UVI, annually. 

          To read more about the achievements of the distinguished Derek Walcott, visit UVI Today: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com/2017/03/the-caribbean-writer-remembers-derek.html

Community Invited to Annual Career Fair on St. Croix on April 5-10 Come to 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 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 [email protected]

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

          It 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, Psy.D. 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

          For more information on the conference, call 692-4266 (St. Croix) or 693-1406 (St. Thomas) or send an e-mail to [email protected].

Agricultural Experiment Station Student Presentations Four students from the university’s Albert A. Sheen Campus will make a special presentation on the educational tour of Agriculture Research Centers at the University of Florida. The seminar will be held from 10-11 a.m., Tuesday, March 28, in the Research and Extension Center, Room 133.

          The presenters will be: Shamali Dennery, Micaiah Forde, Augustus Laurencin, Jr. and Amran Nero. The seminar is open to the university community.

          Student Research Interns are supported by a USDA-NIFA Grant for Resident Instruction in the Insular Areas (2016-70004-25662). 

          For more information, contact Jacqueline Romer at 692-4020 or e-mail: [email protected].

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

For more information, contact Utha Williams at [email protected]

VI-EPSCoR 2017 Annual Conference Set for April 6 The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) has announced its 2017 annual conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 6, in the Administration and Conference Center Building, Room 142, UVI’s 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 education activities that have been facilitated in the territory through VI-EPSCoR’s support and partnerships under a 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 [email protected]

Navigating the V.I.’s Cultural, Economic, and Political Spaces Symposium to be Held on April 8 UVI will host the “Navigating the V.I.’s Cultural, Economic, and Political Spaces Symposium” on April 8. The symposium provides 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 public. However, students must only 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 692-4123 or e-mail: [email protected].

V.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. Territorial residents pursuing graduate studies or cultural projects are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Applicants seeking graduatedegrees to teach in the V.I. at the secondary level, particularly in areas of mathematics and science, are especially encouraged to apply. 

          The VIACAE program was created by the V.I. Legislature in 1970.  It provides financial support to eligible 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, go to 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 [email protected].

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 e-mail notification will be sent when Commencement regalia arrive at the bookstore.

          For more information visit Shay Roberts at [email protected].

TEAS Testing Scheduled for Spring 2017 Semester UVI has announced 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, which is a basic aptitude test designed to identify students who are likely to succeed in nursing school and are able 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

St. Thomas

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

For testing fees or more information on the exam, contact the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 on St. Thomas or 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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