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UVI Bulletin Board for April III

Virgin Islands Literary Festival & Book Fair Set for April 13-14 The fourth Annual Virgin Islands Literary Festival and Book Fair is scheduled for April 13 and 14, 2018 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) on St. Croix.

The program will be chaired, for the third year in succession, by Alscess Lewis-Brown, UVI adjunct professor and editor of the Caribbean Writer. The Literary Festival and Book Fair is billed as a benefit event with an abbreviated itinerary.

“We are aiming to make this abbreviated version of our treasured festival an unforgettable event,” Brown said. “Our central theme, “Rough Tides, Tough Times: Reflections and Transitions,” is both a gesture to and capitalizing on our all-around tumultuous transition into 2018.”

  “As in the past, the festival is a toast to ideas and a celebration of the imagination through literature, panel discussions and workshops on writing, publishing and film production. This year, there will be a special emphasis on film production.”

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While the main events will be held at UVI, there will also be several other venues including the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts on the waterfront in Frederiksted, Balter’s St. Croix Restaurant in Christiansted and, for the first time, UVI’s St. Thomas Campus where the keynote speaker, author and Professor of Philosophy Lewis Gordon, will address an audience of bibliophiles and literature lovers in the Administration and Conference Center at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 13.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/  

UVI Carnival Troupe is Accepting Applications/Registration Access your carnival application on the UVI website at http://carnival.uvi.edu  and drop off your application at Student Activities to Leon Lafond or Student Affairs to Johnson Wispe.

Sign up today and hear all your favorite Carnival songs on the parade route with one of the best disc jockeys in the Virgin Islands, DJ Chubby.

There will be a deadline extension for a limited time, so don’t wait too late.

Register now and reserve your spot. The registration fee has been waived, so lock-in your costume with your $50 deposit today and let us know if you are interested in a more conservative option.

Applications are available for pickup at the Student Activities Center and the Student Affairs Office on the St. Thomas campus.

For more information, call Jessica Taylor at 693-1006 or Student Activities at 693-1640.

Three Vie for 2018-2019 Miss UVI Ambassadorial Title on April 14 The University of the Virgin Islands’ Student Government Association (SGA) Queens Committee invites the public to its annual Miss University of the Virgin Islands Ambassadorial Competition at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, in the St. Croix Educational Complex Gymnasium on St. Croix.

“We are glad to continue the tradition of hosting the Miss University of the Virgin Islands Ambassadorial Competition,” said Kevin Dixon, coordinator of Student Activities on St. Croix. “We are always ecstatic about providing opportunities for our students to showcase their talents, and intellect, as they all vie to serve as an ambassador for our institution.”

The competition is alternated between the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses. Though the competition was slated to be held on St. Thomas this year, due to the damage on St. Thomas from Hurricane Irma, specifically to the Reichhold Center, SGA- St. Thomas was unable to host the event.

The Miss University of the Virgin Islands Ambassadorial Competition seeks to find a young, vibrant goodwill ambassador for the university.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/  

AES is Recruiting a Student for an Internship in Guam; Deadline set for April 16 Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) has grant funds to support a UVI student attending a two-week internship in Guam from June 10, to the 24, 2018. This is a great opportunity to see other areas off the world that deal with issues that are relevant to the USVI, to meet other students and make new friends. The application deadline is April 16th. Students from other Land Grant Institutions in the United States Territories will also be participating with the University of Guam College of Natural and Applied Science as an official host.

For more information on the application process visit the AES website at http://aes.uvi.edu or email Bob Godfrey at rgodfre@uvi.edu

UVI Homepage Features: UVI Launches New Online Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs Through the newly established UVI Online Division, UVI now offers courses and programs in a 100 percent online format. Courses start the second Wednesday of each month and will run for eight weeks.

In special session on Dec. 19, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees approved UVI to offer online degrees. Through the newly established UVI Online Division, the University now offers courses and programs in a 100 percent online format. Courses start the second Wednesday of each month and will run for eight weeks.

Degrees available online include:

  • Associate of Science – Applied Computing
  • Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice
  • Associate of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology
  • Associate of Arts – Engineering Management Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts – Accounting
  • Bachelor of Arts – Management
  • Bachelor of Arts – Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Arts – Financial Planning
  • Bachelor of Arts – Interdisciplinary Studies – Strategic Communications
  • Bachelor of Science – Applied Computing
  • Bachelor of Science – Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Science – Computer Engineering Technology
  • Bachelor of Science – Engineering Management Technology
  • Bachelor of Science – Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Master of Arts – Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration

During the March 3rd UVI Board of Trustees meeting, President Hall recognized university employees for their efforts to bring the UVI’s online degree program online.

“These individuals represent the larger group of people who played a role, and I am very honored to be able to designate them as the recipients of the President’s Appreciation Award for this Board meeting,” said President Hall.

Read more about UVI’s new Degree Programs by visiting the UVI Blog

UVI Community Invited to Annual Service Awards on April 17, 19 The entire UVI community is invited to the annual Service Awards hosted by the Human Resources Department. The awards themed “We’ve Risen & We’re Gaining Steam – Service Awards 2018,” will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, in the cafeteria on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. On the St. Thomas Campus, the Service Awards will be held at 2 p.m. in the Sports and Fitness Center on Thursday, April 19.

Congratulate your favorite recipient using this direct link: Submit Remarks. The deadline is set for Friday, April 6. Nominations for the 2018 Employee of the Year are also accepted through Friday, April 6, 2018.

Use this link to submit your nomination for Employee of Year.

For more information, contact Shelly Anslyn-Jones at 692-4280 or sanslyn@uvi.edu. Visit the Annual Service Awards page.

Reef Fest 2018 to Highlight the Reduction of Plastic Use and Sustainable ‘Seafooding’ The community is invited to attend the annual Reef Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at Yacht Haven Grande. The event is free for everyone and there are activities for both youth and adults.

The theme for this year is Marine Ecosystem Health, which encompasses topics such as sustainable ‘seafooding,’ marine debris, coral bleaching, and mangrove protection.

Reef Fest, organized by Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), and the Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), aims to promote and educate the Virgin Islands community about our marine ecosystems as well as highlight sustainability practices including the reduction of plastic.

The organizers of this year’s Reef Fest will educate restaurants on St. Thomas in the practice of supporting local fisheries, keeping updated / seasonal seafood menus, incorporating invasive species—that are detrimental to overall ecosystem health—in recipes.

“New to Reef Fest this year is the promotion of sustainable seafood through the Reef Responsible Program run by Kemit Amon Lewis for The Nature Conservancy,” said Howard Forbes, Jr., Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) coordinator on St. Thomas. “Various restaurants on St. Thomas will be preparing their take on sustainable seafood samplers like lionfish.” Attendees can sample these delicious delights for $3 a ticket and seven tickets are $20.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/  

Agricultural Experiment Station Publishes its 2017 Annual Report AES is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 Annual Report. This document contains information on some of the research conducted by the scientists (faculty, staff and students) of AES. It also contains lists of grants received and publications produced in the past year by the AES research faculty, staff and students.

This publication, along with other information about AES and our research programs, may also be viewed and downloaded on web page at http://aes.uvi.edu.

To contact one of AES personnel, email Bob Godfrey at rgodfre@uvi.edu.

The Great Mangrove Cleanup set for April 21 Starting at 9 a.m. on April 21, volunteers are needed for The Great Mangrove Cleanup. Volunteers will assist researchers and staff from the University of the Virgin Islands with cleaning two of the publicly owned cays within the St. Thomas East End Reserves. Anticipate finding more debris than usual during this beach cleanup. Pizza will be provided by Pizza Pi to volunteers.

For more information, contact Howard Forbes at howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu  or at 513-7203.

Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program Registration is Now Open Applications for the four-week marine science-based Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program are now available. Students in grades seven-12 are eligible to apply. Students in grades 11-12, undergraduate and graduate levels encouraged to apply to be a mentor.

Log on to http://vimas.uvi.edu to register

For additional information, contact Howard Forbes Jr. at 693-1672 or send an e-mail to Howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu.

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