UVI Bulletin Board for March

An aerial view of the University of the Virgin Islands’ Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas. (Photo courtesy of UVI)

UVI Board of Trustees Approves Two New Academic Degrees; Restructures Executive MBA Tuition and Program, Approves FY2022 Budget Proposal In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on Saturday, March 5, via Zoom, the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve two new academic degree programs in the School of Agriculture (SOA) and to restructure the tuition and offerings for the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree program.

The board approved the Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Business (AASAB) and Associate of Applied Science in General Agriculture (AASGA) degrees after hearing a presentation from School of Agriculture Dean Usman Adamu, Ph.D.

“The Associate of Applied Science in Agricultural Business is one of the most in demand degrees today,” said Adamu, in his report to the board. “Many employment opportunities are available to students with training in agricultural business.”

Positions are available with businesses that process and market agricultural products, and with the large number of businesses that sell products and services to farmers and ranchers, such as fertilizer companies, farm machinery companies, banks, and farm credit institutions. The national average salary for agricultural business is $63,000 annually and salaries range from $19,000 to $125,000.

The SOA’s Associate of Applied Science in General Agriculture degree program is designed to prepare students for employment in a variety of agriculture-related positions. Courses include Introduction to Agriculture, Livestock Production, Tropical Agroecology, and Farm Management and Planning. Career   possibilities range from a farmer, rancher or farm manager to an agricultural technician supervisor at a greenhouse or nursery.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website www.uvi.edu/

UVI African Art Collection on Display at Fort Christian Museum The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Reichhold Center for the Arts (RCA) has installed an exhibit of African masks from the university’s African Art Collection at the Fort Christian Museum on St. Thomas.   The university launched the exhibit on Feb. 14 as part of the celebration of UVI’s 60th anniversary. It will remain open to the public until March 31.

The historic art collection was originally on display at the Reichhold Center for the Arts until hurricanes Irma and Maria caused severe damage to the facility, partially exposing the exhibit.  With support from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH)  and the aid of conservators from the Smithsonian Institution and A.M. Art Conservation, Reichhold was able to restore several critically damaged pieces that are now on display.  “We are ecstatic to collaborate with Fort Christian and museum curator Monica Prosper on this exhibit.  It breathes new life into the collection” said Denise Humphrey, director of the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

The exhibit contains Bundu helmets from the Sande society of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Also included are two “Maiden Spirit” masks from Nigeria.  The Bundu helmets are initiation masks worn by young girls during rituals that induct them into womanhood, whereas the Maiden Spirit masks are worn by male dancers who perform for agricultural rituals during the dry season or at funerals of prominent figures in their society.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website www.uvi.edu/

Be Creative, Have Fun and Celebrate UVI’s 60th Charter Day As the university prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, the public relations office is currently working to develop mini celebration videos and posts to share via the university’s social media pages.

The UVI community is encouraged to create a 10 to 12- second video wishing UVI a “Happy Birthday” or “Happy Charter Day UVI.”  On March 16, these videos can be posted to your social media pages or emailed to PR@uvi.edu or tamika.thomaswilliams@uvi.edu to be featured on UVI’s Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn pages.

Be Creative, Have Fun and Show Your UVI Pride!

Want to share your own video on your social media platforms but want to see all the UVI pride in one place? Use the #Happy60thUVI! Be sure to tag UVI Facebook ​or Instagram.

Thank you in advance and we look forward to your submissions.

For more information, send an email to pr@uvi.edu.

Registration now Open for the Junior Ocean Explorers Summer Program The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) announces the opening of the Junior Ocean Explorers Summer Program registration. This program is open to Virgin Islands youth in grades 3-6. It will focus on teaching the fundamentals of swimming, marine animal identification and enhancing STEM skills.

Two one-week sessions will be hosted:

  • June 13-17, 2022 – Session 1
  • June 20-24, 2022 – Session 2

For more information about this and other VIMAS programs, log on to www.vimas.uvi.edu

 Registration Now Open for the Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program Reconnect with Nature this Summer! Registration for the 2022 Youth Ocean Explorers Summer Program on St. Thomas and St. Croix is now open until May 1.

The program will be conducted from July 11 – Aug. 5. Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be available to USVI residents to cover registration and scuba certification costs.

Log on to the link and register today.


For additional information, contact Howard Forbes Jr. at 693-1672 at the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies or email howard.forbes@uvi.edu