UVI Bulletin Board for November and December

UVI’s Etelman Observatory at night at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas

UVI Call Center Hosts its Third Annual Thank-a-Thon The University of the Virgin Islands Alumni Call Center is hosting its 3rd annual Thank-a-Thon from Nov. 21-28. Alumni will be phoned and thanked for their contributions to UVI over the years. The Thank-a-Thon is primarily powered by highly trained UVI students and seeks to show appreciation for the support shown by the alumni and global community.
“It is a great feeling to be a member of the student body and a member of the dynamic Call Center team which has aided in raising funds for scholarships and academic programs. Even though we were a small team this year, we made a big impact with our alumni,” said Dayanara Felix, a sophomore attending UVI pursuing a degree in criminal justice. “I really enjoyed myself while interacting with our alumni who took time to share their stories and memories while they were attending UVI and or CVI.”
Last fiscal year, the center was challenged with a goal to achieve a 25 percent alumni participation rate. Although impacted by the hurricanes, the team was able to reach more than half of the goal.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/

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 were: 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 Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Glenn Metts. “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/

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/