UVI Bulletin Board for November and December

UVI Closed for Thanksgiving Day and Fortsberg Day Holidays; November 26-27 The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in commemoration of Thanksgiving Day and Fortsberg Day on Nov. 26 – 27, respectively.

Administrative offices will resume on Monday, Nov. 30, at its scheduled time.

Silicon Valley Icon Speaker at UVI’s Hackfest 2020 Reimagined Tech-savvy industry leaders, facetime with Silicon Valley icons and an extended competition, were just a few of the highlights that made Hackfest 2020 more impactful to students at the University of the Virgin Islands. While the COVID-19 Pandemic caused the move to virtual, University organizers did their best to re-imagine Hackfest 2020. Typically, a one-day competition, Hackfest offers students an opportunity to innovate and come up with theme-based applications.

“This year was different. We did a virtual hackathon that extended over a week,” said Tim Faley, Ph.D., program coordinator and distinguished professor of entrepreneurship. “We also added a noon-hour seminar series each day of “Hackfest Week” that provided insights into all aspects of the tech industry,” said Faley “We were honored to have the president of Woz U, Mr. Chris Coleman. Woz U was founded by Silicon Valley icon and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.” This year’s event ran from Oct. 26 – Oct. 30.

Five teams comprised of 11 University of the Virgin Islands students participated and completed “Hack the Pandemic,” the challenge for HackFest 2020. In previous years, participants generated prototype phone apps in 24-hour marathon problem-solving sessions.

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

Davies Appointed to Serve on International Economic Development Council The Nominations Committee of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has elected Haldane Davies, who is vice president for Business Development and Innovation of the University of the Virgin Islands, to serve on the IEDC Board of Directors.  The nomination took place during IEDC’s 2020 Annual Conference, which ran from Oct. 13-16.  Davies’ term begins on Jan. 1, 2021.

“Dr. Davies is an invaluable part of IEDC’s member community. From his years of service within IEDC’s range of disaster recovery initiatives to his role on our Higher Education Advisory Committee, his dedication to our profession and IEDC has been exceptional,” said Kenny McDonald, CEcD, president and chief economic officer of One Columbus and 2020 Chair of the IEDC Board of Directors.

“I am thankful for the opportunity granted to me to serve as a member of the IEDC Board of Directors. As a member of the USVI EDA Board of Directors and an administrator at UVI, I look forward to representing the territory well and using the experiences gained to help advance the economic resiliency of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the nation,” said Davies, whose office currently oversees the development of the USVI Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and the Tourism Development Plan.

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

UVI to Host Virtual Commencement on Dec. 11; U.S. Inspector General, UVI Alumnus Hannibal Ware to Give Keynote Address; Notable Virgin Islander Dr. Eugene ‘Doc’ Petersen to Receive Honorary Degree This December, the University of the Virgin Islands will host a Virtual Commencement Ceremony to commemorate degrees earned by more than 300 graduates in the Class of 2020.

Last spring, in consultation with the members of the 2020 graduation class, the University decided to postpone the May 2020 commencement ceremonies until December. The decision was made on the assumption that by December 2020, COVID-19 would have receded and UVI would be able to safely resume normal activities. The university continues to monitor incidents of the coronavirus in the territory, and it ultimately decided to convene an online commencement ceremony.

Typically, two commencement exercises on both campuses occur in May, but the St. Thomas and Albert A. Sheen Campuses will celebrate with a joint ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11.

“The Class of 2020 is worthy of this university’s sincere admiration and respect, and I hope this reimagined commencement ceremony, though different than what we initially planned, will remind them of the wonderful journey they successfully completed, and the wonderful people that made it all possible,” said UVI President David Hall. “The Class of 2020 is like no other, and they are an exemplary of resiliency and success.”

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

The V.I. Society of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Announces Minority Scholarship The Virgin Islands Society of Certified Public Accountants (VISCPA) minority scholarship is now open for the 2021-2022 academic year. Scholarship awards range from $3,000 to $5,000.

Eligible applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at UVI majoring in accounting, and of an ethnic minority.

To apply, visit http://viscpa.org/scholarship.html.

The application deadline is 3 p.m., Dec. 1, EST.

For additional information or to ask questions, email scholarships@aicpa.org