UVI Bulletin Board for September

The RTPark building on UVI's St. Croix campus sustained heavy damage from Hurricane Maria. (File photo)
The Research and Technology Park on UVI’s St. Croix campus(File photo)

20th Annual Fall Student Research Symposium to be Held on September 21 The 20th Annual Fall Student Symposium will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus.
UVI undergraduates will present scientific posters that display the results of their research projects. The University administrators encourage students, parents, counselors and teachers from local schools to attend and learn more about research opportunities available at UVI and abroad.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Aimee Sanchez in the College of Mathematics and Science at 692-4109 or by email: aimee.sanchez@uvi.edu.

UVI Names Dr. Kendra L. Harris Dean of the School of Business The University of the Virgin Islands welcomes Dr. Kendra L. Harris as the new dean of the School of Business and professor of marketing.
Dr. Harris brings with her over 25 years of professional and higher education experience that include numerous awards. She received the 2019 Teaching Excellence Award for Alabama A&M University; the 2017 Ph.D. Project Service Recognition Award; the North Carolina Central University School of Business Undergraduate Students’ Choice Award “Teacher of the Year” in 2008 and 2009; and the National Doctoral Fellowship Recipient for the National Black MBA Association, just to name a few. Previously she taught at: Alabama A&M University, North Carolina Central University, Cornell University, George Washington University, Hood College, the University of Maryland University College, John Hopkins University and Howard University.
“We are pleased to have Dr. Harris join the UVI family. She brings a wealth of experience in various settings, and we hope to continue growth in programming in the School of Business through her leadership,” said Provost Camille McKayle.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/.

UVI NSE Student Receives Community Engagement Award at ASU The University of the Virgin Islands Student Selena Cuffy has been selected by the National Student Exchange (NSE) program for a Community Engagement Award for her academic accomplishments, social welfare service, contribution to the campus community and creative use of time while on exchange. Cuffy’s award is one of the three awards under the NSE’s Student Achievement Awards.
The award which is officially titled the “Dr. Richard R. Bond Community Engagement Award,” like the other NSE awards, is named after a former NSE consortium leader. As part of this award, Cuffy is awarded a $500 stipend.
“Since I have been in this position, this is the first UVI student that I know of that received this award,” said Dahlia Stridiron-Felix, NSE coordinator at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas Campus. “Ms. Cuffy is well-deserving of this award because she has embraced and taken advantage of the opportunities available through the NSE Program. She went on exchange with clear goals, and I feel she has accomplished them.”
The now rising senior psychology major, who left UVI for Alabama State University for the spring 2019 semester, is lauded by the NSE program coordinators for her exemplary performance.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/.

Grant Writing and Management Workshop to be Held Sept. 9 and 10 The University of the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Leadership Learning (UVICELL) will host a Grant Writing and Management Workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9 and Tuesday, Sept 10, at the Small Business Development Center in Nisky Center.
All attendees are required to have a laptop for the sessions.
Rashida Francis, grant writer expert, will facilitate the two-day workshop that offers relevant information on the following:
• Types of Grant Opportunities
• Making Your Organization Grant Ready
• Components of a Strong Grant Application
• The Grant Cycle (Pre and Post Award)
• How to Research Grants
• Building a Diversified Funding Portfolio
• Strategic Planning
• Program Evaluation & Reporting
• Compliance Monitoring
• Sustainability Planning
The registration deadline is Aug. 31, and the cost is $399 per person.
Do not miss the opportunity to register for the workshops; a late fee will be applied for late registrants.
For additional information, contact Dannica Thomas at 693-1471 or by email at dthomas@uvi.edu.

Coastweeks Cleanup 2019: Take the Pledge and Volunteer to Make a Difference The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) will have its Coastweeks cleanup from Sept. 21 through November. The first cleanup is at John Brewers Bay from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 21.
Our beaches are an important economic and recreational natural resource; yet, they are often littered with trash that can enter the ocean and harm marine life. Volunteer during Coastweeks to help keep our beaches clean and our oceans thriving. Take your action one-step further and join the #cleanseas movement.
Pledge your actions to reduce your usage of single-use plastic products at https://www.cleanseas.org/pledge
For more information, contact Howard Forbes Jr. at 693-1672 or by email howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu or visit the website: vimas.uvi.edu

Nominations Being Sought for Awarding of Honorary UVI Degrees The University of the Virgin Islands has established a policy regarding the awarding of honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments. Any member of the UVI administration, faculty, student body, or staff or the Board of Trustees, may nominate a person to be the recipient of an honorary degree.
Nominations are currently being accepted in the Office of the President and should be submitted in writing via e-mail to: honorarydegrees@uvi.edu and must include:
1. A letter of nomination
2. Completed nomination form
3. Curriculum Vitae of the nominee
4. A document that clearly delineates distinguished achievements and the impact of those achievements, including supporting documents (i.e. scholarly documents, magazine articles, newspaper articles, citations for major prizes, etc.)
5. Other supporting documents as may be appropriate.

Please note: Supporting documentation is of critical importance.
A nomination form and the policy approved by the UVI Board of Trustees for awarding honorary doctoral degrees, including a full listing of the criteria, is available.
Nominations will be accepted by e-mail until 11:59 p.m. (AST) on Sept. 6 or for those submitting by hand or by U.S. Postal Service until the close of business on that day.
For more information, email honorarydegrees@uvi.edu.