UVI Bulletin Board for November

University of the Virgin Islands — St. Thomas Campus

UVI Students Capture First Place in National HP Competition Five University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) students won the 2nd Annual HP HBCU Business Challenge competition on Nov. 12. The national competition was hosted and sponsored by Hewlett Packard (HP), a multinational enterprise information technology company. The competition is designed to inspire future talent, foster emerging careers in technology and increase student business acumen.

The students representing UVI are Gerald Bellot, Jamilla Connor, Joash Liburd, Joevarney Herbert and Orian Stapleton. Each student will be gifted a HP laptop and printer. If the students choose to apply for one or more open internship positions at HP, they would have the opportunity to present and interview at the HP Boise and Palo Alto locations in California during the week of January 13th. While in California, they will have dinner with the President of HP.

“These students deserve all the credit for what they have accomplished. Their entrepreneurial spirit, hard work and amazing tenacity blew the HP executive team out of their seats,” said Dr. Glenn Metts, professor of management and entrepreneurship. “As a group, they represent the quality of our students and the importance of UVI’s entrepreneurship initiatives, which provide them with a stage to exercise their talent.”
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website –http://www.uvi.edu/
UVI Students Exhibit Visual Work Display of Art in Local Gallery Visual artwork of students from the University of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Art1 class was on display at an exhibit under the instruction of Prof. Danica M. David, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. Art Thursday is a monthly activity on St. Croix that is held at Art at Top Hat Gallery, located in downtown Christiansted.

Geraldine Bryan, Earl Morris Jr., Matthew Perry, Hailey Tresch and Tarika Woods are among the five UVI students who participated. “This exhibit is also a part of the overall course learning experience and that students are able to understand that art galleries are imperative to Caribbean artists’ development,” said David.

Their artwork uses Caribbean art themes which include pre-Hispanic, cultural nationalism, popular religion, and nature in the Caribbean and emanates from the course textbook Caribbean Art by Veerle Poupeye.

“To prepare for this exhibit, the UVI students have been painting with acrylic on canvas for several weeks. Since late August, they continue to study sundry Caribbean artists.”

Taking this course, Caribbean Art1 makes me confident in painting and sketching, said Tarika Woods, a student from St. Croix. “In Prof. David’s class, I learn about many Caribbean artists, living and dead, and discover that the U.S. Virgin Islands and surrounding areas have many talented individuals,” said Hailey Tresch, an exchange student from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs.

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

UVI to Close for Thanksgiving and Fortsberg/Discovery Holidays – Nov. 24-25 The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of Thanksgiving Day and Fortsberg/Discovery Day, respectively.
Classes and administrative offices will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26, at their normally scheduled hours.

Eastern Caribbean Center to Conduct V.I. Community Survey The Eastern Caribbean Center of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will conduct the 2018 Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS) during the months of November and December 2018. This scientific survey of a sample of households is a follow-up to the one conducted in 2016. The information collected is similar to that gathered in the Population and Housing Census of 2010.

Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS) data for 2018 will be gathered on two topics: population and housing. Population questions cover items such as age, sex, education, ethnic origin, employment, health insurance, veteran status and disability. Housing questions cover items about the housing unit in which respondents live, such as water source, internet access, number of rooms, utilities, ownership and rent.

“When processed, the 2018 VICS will provide data for agencies whose jobs are to organize and plan for the social, educational, health, economic and other needs of the community,” said Dr. Frank Mills, acting director of the Eastern Caribbean Center. “The data are also used by private-sector individuals for decision making and employed by others to develop important indices of the status of children in the territory,” Mills said.

The University of the Virgin Islands requests the cooperation of the public when interviewers carrying UVI photo IDs visit households on all three islands. Unlike the census, this is a scientific sample survey and not every household will be interviewed.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/