UVI Bulletin Board for April II – St, Thomas Source
The Research and Technology Park on UVI's St. Croix campus(File photo)
The Research and Technology Park on UVI’s St. Croix campus(File photo)

Edmund Penn Scholarship Available to High School Students; Apply by April 19 High school seniors are invited to apply for the Edmund Penn Scholarship, which is available to high school students. The deadline for the scholarship is April 19, 2019.
The scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and supplies.
This reoccurring scholarship will be awarded for a maximum of five years to a student attending the University of the Virgin Islands.
To apply submit the following to UVI’s Office of Institutional Advancement:
• UVI acceptance letter
• High school transcript
• SAT Scores
• 1,000-word essay explaining “the benefits of preserving natural coastal regions throughout the Virgin Islands”
• Provide your name and contact information on a separate cover page
Eligibility: The scholarship recipient must be an incoming freshman who graduated from a high school in either St. Croix or St. John/St. Thomas District. The applicant must plan to major in Marine Biology, Biology, Chemistry, or minor in Environmental Science at the University of the Virgin Islands.
To be considered, applicants must have a minimum SAT Score of 490 Math/500 English. The recipient must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA overall to retain the scholarship.
The scholarship recipient must provide the Magens Bay Authority Board with an academic progress report at the conclusion of each academic year the scholarship is awarded.
Submit application to:
Office of Institutional Advancement University of the Virgin Islands
c/o Magens Bay Authority Edmund Penn Scholarship Fund
2 John Brewers Bay
Faculty West No.7
St. Thomas, VI 00802-9990
For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1040.

UVI Community Invited to Annual Service Awards on April 23 and 25 On Tuesday, April 23 on the St. Thomas Campus and Thursday, April 25 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus, the UVI community is invited to attend our “Sapphire Year” Service Awards Ceremony. We will honor employees with 175 years of combined service to UVI. Both ceremonies will begin at 1 pm sharp.
You may nominate your choice for UVI Employee of the Year at https://www.uvi.edu/administration/administration-and-finance/human-resources/service-awards/eform.aspx Nominations are accepted through Friday, April 12.
You may also access the link below to enter congratulatory remarks to recipients. https://www.uvi.edu/administration/administration-and-finance/human-resources/service-awards/default.aspx The link will remain available through Friday, April 26.
This year our participatory activity is “Stomp the Yard” with our Footwear Contest. The best decked out Sandal, Shoe and Boot will be rewarded for creativity and style. So, put your best foot forward!
For more information, please contact Valena Veda Richards at 693-1429.
Government Contracting 101 Seminars to be held on April 9 and 10 The VI Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) in collaboration with the Small Business Administration (SBA) present the Government Contracting 101 seminars on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 on St. Thomas at the VI SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center, Suite 720 and Wednesday, April 10, on St. Croix at the Albert A. Sheen Campus in the Cooperative Extension Service Room 143.

The morning seminars will be offered in English from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The afternoon seminars will be offered in Spanish from 1:30 – 4 p.m. p.m.

In these seminars, participants will learn how the government buys and sells goods, how to register as a contractor for the federal government, key certifications available, and the basics of marketing your services effectively to federal contracting officers.

Contratación Federal 101 En este seminario, los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de conocer como el Gobierno Federal adquiere sus productos y servicios. Podrán conocer los pasos necesarios para registrarse y poder vender sus productos y/o servicios al Gobierno Federal. Tendrán la oportunidad de conocer las distintas certificaciones disponibles bajo la Administración Federal de Pequeños Negocios, (SBA) por sus siglas en inglés, y algunas técnicas básicas de mercadeo y lograr contactar a los oficiales de compras/contratación.

Admission is free. Register at https://sbdcvi.ecenterdirect.com/events

For more information, call the VI SBDC at 776-3206 or 692-5270.

All Invited to Reef Fest 2019 – “From Land to Sea” Conservation is About All of Us The University of the Virgin Islands invites the general Virgin Islands community to the 9th Annual Reef Fest from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Yacht Haven Grande. Reef Fest promotes reef conservation and environmental awareness in the Virgin Islands. This year’s theme is “From Land to Sea.”
“Our goal is to highlight the importance of our natural resources on land and at sea and the connections between them,” said Jarvon Stout, community engagement specialist for the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR).
The exhilarating outdoor event will feature its usual lineup of activities to include live musical entertainment, exciting presentations, environmental exhibitions, and raffle prizes. There is no admission fee and individuals of all ages are welcomed to take part in fun activities.
“Growing from last year’s event, we will be expanding our Sustainable Showdown contest, which is being coordinated by the Virgin Islands Clean Coasts program,” said Kristina Edwards, outreach coordinator, Department of Planning and Natural Resources Coastal Zone Management Division. “We are inviting several businesses and chefs to prepare lionfish as we are promoting its consumption as a means to control the population size of this invasive species.”
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website http://www.uvi.edu/
Seventh Annual VICCC Symposium to be Held on April 14 on the AA Sheen Campus The 7th Annual VICCC Symposium will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, in Evans Center (EVC 401) theatre on the University’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. This year’s theme is “Culture, Creatives & STEAM”
Presentation and keynote and Bamboula panel will be made by Dr. David L. Horne, Genevieve Whitaker, J.D., Dr. George A. Franklin, Mada Nile, Baba Tyehimba Mtu and Dr. ChenziRa Davis Kahina.
There will be an awards reception in celebration of 6 plus years at the University will also be made by Our VI Caribbean Community. This event is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC).
RSVP and pre-registration are strongly suggested by contacting 692-4283 or email [email protected].
Visit the website: http://viccc.uvi.edu for more information.
Volunteers Needed for the Second Annual Great Mangrove Cleanup to be held on April 13 The University of the Virgin Islands, Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) and other partners will take part in the second annual Great Mangrove Cleanup to be held at VI-EcoTours from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13.
This large-scale effort is essential for removing tangled debris lodged within mangrove roots along coastal shorelines. These areas are typically not cleaned during the International Coastal Cleanup (Coastweeks), thus the importance of this event which removes debris from essential marine habitat.
For more information, contact Howard Forbes, Jr. at 693-1672 at Center for Marine and Environmental Studies or email [email protected] .
CLASS Public Administrative Open-Door Lecture to be held on April 17 The Virgin Islands community is invited to attend the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) Public Administrative Open-Door Lecture at the University of the Virgin Islands on April 17.
The event takes place from 5:45 – 8 p.m. in Administration and Conference Center (ACC) Room 142 on the St. Thomas Campus and in the Great Hall Room 134, on the St. Croix Campus.
The invited guest speaker is Dr. Jason Coupet, an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at North Carolina State University. The topic of Dr. Coupet’s lecture centers around the contributions of
public administrative and economic disciplines on understanding and solving public-sector problems.
Opening remarks will be given by Senator Donna Frett-Gregory.
For more information, contact College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences – Dr. Sheena Walker at 693-1260 or email [email protected] or Kenny Hendrickson at 692-4124 or email [email protected]

Community Invited to Reef Fest The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) and partners extend an invitation to the Virgin Islands community to be a part of Reef Fest 2019. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yacht Haven Grande on Saturday, April 27.
Come out and learn about ways in which you can help maintain the vitality of our U.S. Virgin Islands ecosystems both marine and terrestrial.
There will be live musical entertainment, raffle prizes, a seafood cooking competition and much more.
The event is free and will feature activities for both youth and adults.
For more information, visit www.vimas.uvi.edu or contact Howard Forbes at [email protected].
VIUCEDD Hosts its 12th Annual Autism Conference The Virgin Islands University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host its 12th Annual Autism Conference on Monday April, 15, on St. Thomas at the Administration and Conference Center (ACC) on St. Croix, Wednesday April 17 at the Great Hall. The conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
This year’s conference is designed to bring awareness to research that explores how music therapy can support cognitive and social activity for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Additionally, an approach for creating an inclusive community, which offers support, through mentoring, networking and education in the Virgin Islands will be discussed.
The keynote presentation will be “Music, the Brain, and Child Development” by Dr. Miriam Lense of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There will be two break-out session topics, “The Nashville Approach: Developing Community-driven Expectations of Inclusion” by A. Pablo Juárez, M.Ed., BCBA of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, as well as “Music and Social-Emotional Well Being: Research and Clinical Applications” by Dr. Miriam Lense of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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