UVI Bulletin Board for February and March

The RT Park building on UVI's St. Croix campus. (File photo)
The RT Park building on UVI’s St. Croix campus. (File photo)

Free Tuition Forums to be held on UVI’s Campuses on February 20 and 21 UVI’s associations will host forums on free tuition this week beginning with the Student Government Association (SGA) on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. A free tuition forum will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Evans Center (EVC) Room 401 and at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall.
On the St. Thomas Campus, the forum will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the UVI Cafeteria.
The presenter will be UVI’s President Dr. David Hall.
All students are asked to take advantage of these forums to gather pertinent information on how they can be eligible to receive free tuition.
For information, call 693-1098 on St. Thomas or 692- 4228 on St. Croix.
Three Day Training with the National Institutes of Health to be Held on February 20 – 22 The University of the Virgin Islands will host the National Institutes of Health (NIH) 3-day training from Feb. 20 -22 on federal contract acquisition and grant writing.
Representatives from the NIH will be on both campuses to answer key questions on how to apply for federal contracts and grants, and share tips on how to secure federal funding.
Trainings will be held simultaneously in the Great Hall, Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and in the Administration and Conference Center (ACC) Building on the St. Thomas Campus.
These pieces of trainings are open and available to grant and contract writers, individuals or entities interested in securing federal funding, and or anyone interested in learning about the federal contract acquisition process.
Register today to secure your spot. Seats are limited.
For additional information and to register, contact Jessica Taylor at 693-1006 or email jessica.taylor@uvi.edu
“Medical Marijuana: Cultivating a New Virgin Islands” Presentation to be Held on Feb. 21 Commissioner Designee Terrence “Positive” Nelson will discuss the Medicinal Cannabis Care Act (Bill No. 32-0135), which legalized medicinal marijuana in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2019.
Come out on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration and Conference Center, First Floor Conference Room for “Medical Marijuana: Cultivating a New Virgin Islands” presentation.
Commissioner Nelson will discuss the impact of the act on our health care system, tourism and workforce. Information will also be shared about how to start a ‘cannabusiness.’
It is guaranteed to be a stimulating and informative presentation.
For more information, contact Dahlia Stridiron-Felix at 693-1136 or email dstridi@uvi.edu.
UVI Board Approves Free Tuition Policies and Procedures In a special session on Jan. 23, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Board of Trustees approved policies and procedures to aide with the implementation of Act No. 8155, the Virgin Islands Higher Education Scholarship Program, which requires that financial aid be granted to residents of the Virgin Islands for post-secondary education at UVI. The Board voted unanimously to approve the policies and procedures, with several amendments.
“This is a very historic accomplishment for the university and the territory,” said UVI President David Hall. “The board should be proud for putting this issue on the territory’s agenda and for the overwhelming support that we received from the legislative branch and the executive branch.”
Act No. 8155 or the Virgin Islands Higher Education Scholarship Program (VIHESP) was signed into law by former Gov. Kenneth Mapp and introduced by Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach, who was a senator at the time.
The scholarships will be available to all Virgin Islanders who graduate from a private, public or parochial high school regardless of age, date of graduation or household income.
Recipients of the tuition aid, which would supplement students’ federal scholarship awards, university scholarships, and private donations, will be required to maintain a GPA of 2.50 and to work in the territory for a specific length of time after completing their studies. The university will collaborate with the Department of Labor to secure job placement for scholarship recipients.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/
Bureau of Internal Revenue Partners with UVI Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance Program Dean Aubrey Washington of the School of Business has partnered with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) which allows accounting students of UVI to provide a community service to taxpayers. The Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance Program will start on all three islands on Saturday, Feb. 23, and will run until April 13, except for Saturday, March 16 and March 30. Assistance will be provided on a first come first serve basis.
On St. Thomas, the program will be at the BIR office 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., located 6115 Estate Smith Bay, in Red Hook, across the street from the Red Hook dock. On St. Croix, the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the BIR’s office located at 4008 Estate Diamond. On St. John, the program will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the BIR’s office at the Motor Vehicle Bureau in Cruz Bay.
The BIR’s audit staff and the UVI students will help taxpayers with the filing of their 2018 income tax returns. This is a free service offered to taxpayers who are filing simple tax returns with the BIR. Taxpayers should have available all W-2VIs, 1099Rs (Retirement Income), other Form 1099s (Interest and Other Income), and Form SSA (Social Security Income) readily available when they arrive at the office.
Please refer questions about the Volunteer Taxpayer Assistance Program to Perpetua Cranston on St. Croix at 773-1040 ext. 4233 or to Le’Tishma Smith on St. Thomas-St. John at 715-1040, ext. 2276.
Joel Lee, CPA and director nominee, reminds the taxpaying public that it is against the law for any Bureau of Internal Revenue employee to charge fees for preparation of a tax return. Any taxpayer who can provide proof of payment to a BIR employee for the preparation of tax returns is asked to contact Lee at 773-1040 ext. 4223 to report this violation.
Cooks Sought for Afternoon on the Green We know you’ve heard that Afternoon on the Green is on March 24, 2019!
Well, what is Afternoon on the Green without our sweet and delicious delicacies?
So, we are calling all cooks to sign-up!
Never participated before? Here’s your chance to display your mouth-watering treats at one of the Virgin Islands most anticipated events.
To register as an individual or a group, click the link below:
For more information, call Cherilyn Browne at 693-1040.
Volunteers Needed for Afternoon on the Green We know you are ready for Afternoon on the Green on March 24, 2019!
But first, do you enjoy serving others or maybe working with kids or even bartending and organizing?
If so, then we need you!
Here’s your chance to be a part of one of the Virgin Islands most anticipated events. Featuring the best foods and drinks, the most fun and games, friends and families.
To find out how you can help, please contact Kyza Callwood at 513-9346.