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Bulletin Board for August 15, 2011

Fall Semester Orientation for New/Transfer Students Underway

UVI's Fall Semester 2011 Orientation Week for new and transfer students continues through Aug. 19, on St. Thomas and St. Croix. New student advisement and registration is set for Aug. 17. A news release with details is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

View orientation schedules at these links: STT Schedule|

Noted motivational speaker Marlon Smith, a former employee with IBM and Hewlett-Packard who left corporate America to pursue a passion for helping people maximize their potential, will speak during orientation on both campuses. Honored as a top motivational speaker by Essence Magazine in 2004, Smith makes presentations throughout the United States and around the world. He will speak at 6:30 p.m. today (Monday, Aug. 15) on St. Croix and at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, on St. Thomas.

UVI's Fall Semester Classes to Begin Aug. 22; Late Registration Set Aug. 18-19

UVI's Fall Semester 2011 Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 22. Details - class schedules and information sheets - are available from the Registrar's section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu.

Late registration is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18, and Friday, Aug. 19. A $75 late fee will be charged for late registration. The add/drop period is Aug. 22-26.

New Faculty Orientation Slated for Aug. 17-19; Faculty Convocation Set for Aug. 19

New members of the UVI faculty will be attending orientation sessions on UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix from Aug. 17 through 19. Sessions on St. Thomas will be held in Business Education Room 110. On St. Croix, the sessions will take place in Evans Center Room 401. On Aug. 17 and 18, the sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Aug. 19, the sessions will start at 10:30 a.m. and end with Faculty Convocation. Faculty Convocation is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. in Business Education 110 on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 401 on St. Croix. For more information contact Maria Fleming at (340) 692-4183 or via e-mail at: mflemin@uvi.edu.

University Convocation Scheduled Via Videoconference on Friday, Aug. 19

UVI President Dr. David Hall will present the University Convocation from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 19. All UVI faculty and staff are invited to attend. The videoconferenced session will be available in the following rooms:

St. Thomas: ACC 142-1B & 146-1A; B-110, VC 101 (CELL), T-101

• St. Croix: EC-401 and EC-713

St. John: St. John Academic Center - Room 103

A University Convocation invitation, suitable for posting, is available from this direct link.

Cruzan VIRIL Adds $40,000 to Support UVI Scholarships

A $40,000 contribution in support of student scholarships was presented by long-time University of the Virgin Islands supporter Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. at a check presentation on Thursday, April 11, at the Cruzan Rum distillery on St. Croix.

Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Gary C. Nelthropp and Chief Financial Officer Marvin L. Pickering were on hand to make the presentation to UVI President Dr. David Hall and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson. The gift brings the total Cruzan donation to the University, since 1987, to $655,000. A news release, with a photo from the presentation, is available from the UVI homepage - direct link. A photo is also featured in the UVI Today... photo blog: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

UVI Publishes Inaugural Issue of the Newsletter Philanthropy & You (POST COVER ART)

The inaugural issue of the semiannual newsletter Philanthropy & You has been published by the Institutional Advancement Component of the University of the Virgin Islands. In the issue, UVI President Dr. David Hall offers thanks to those who provide continuing financial support to the University and its students. "We want to keep you informed about how the money you contribute is being used to fulfill dreams," President Hall wrote. "This is about you - your contributions, your sacrifice, your caring, your philanthropy. You make wonderful things happen at UVI."

The first issue of Philanthropy & You highlights the philanthropy of Judge James Carroll III and his wife Celia Carroll, who have established the Jason Carroll Memorial Scholarship in memory of their son. Also featured is the historic pledge of a $5 million gift to UVI by entrepreneur Kiril Sokoloff, who heads the asset allocation and investment research firm 13D Research, which is a tenant of the UVI Research and technology Park.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson said, "Philanthropy & You will continue to highlight the phenomenal acts of generosity that improve the lives of our students and help build a vibrant academic environment at UVI." She also noted that Institutional Advancement is developing a revised and redesigned alumni newsletter - The UVI Alumni Chronicles - which will also be published on a semiannual basis.

The newsletter is available from the section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: Philanthropy & You Newsletter.

Reichhold Center for the Arts to Unveil 2011-2012 Season on Sept. 1

Reichhold Center for the Arts will launch another exciting season of entertainment on Thursday, Sept. 1, when it unveils the 2011-2012 season lineup during a St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours session scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Reichhold Theatre. The 2011-2012 season will be dedicated to UVI's 50th anniversary. The Business After Hours session includes a gourmet buffet, music and the Chamber's famous $2 cocktail bar. For more information call (340) 693-1550.

Upward Bound Offices on St. Thomas, St. Croix Closed Through Sept. 2

The Upward Bound Offices on UVI's St. Thomas campus and the Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix are closed for the period Monday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Sept. 2. The offices will reopen on Tuesday, Sept., 6.

Other Current Items...

Trustees for VIAC Awards Endowment to Meet Aug. 18 on St. Thomas

The Board of Trustees for the V.I. Academic and Cultural Awards Endowment will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, in the third-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The agenda will include a discussion on applicants for funding for the 2011-12 academic year. An update on current and past recipients will also be provided. An executive session is expected. For more information call (304) 693-1040.

CERC Announces Inaugural Christensen Health Disparities Lecture Series

The Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center for Excellence at the University of the Virgin Islands will present the inaugural Donna M. Christensen Lecture Series during its Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute, Oct. 19-21, on the island of St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lecture series is named for the Honorable Donna M. Christensen, eighth term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Christensen is the first female physician in the history of the U.S. Congress, the first woman to represent an offshore Territory, and the first woman Delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands. For details about the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center and the Fourth Health Disparities Institute, visit www.cercinstitute.org, send e-mail to secretariat@cercinstitute.org, or call (404) 559-6191. A news release is available from the UVI homepage -direct link.

CERC Seeks Abstracts for Health Disparities Institute

The organizing committee of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center's Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute is seeking abstracts for oral presentations and/or poster displays. The Institute will take place on Oct. 20 and 21, 2011, on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original research, community-based programs, education, training or clinical programs, and evidence-based practice models relevant to any of the following topics:

Issues and Challenges in Reducing Health Disparities Related to Acute and Chronic Conditions in Ethnic/Racial Minority and Caribbean Populations

Impact of Culture on Prevention, Early Detection, Treatment, and Policy Implications Related to Health Disparity Issues in Ethnic/Racial Minority and Caribbean Populations

Best Practice Partnerships, Collaborations, and Models for Reducing Disparate Health Issues that can be Applied to US Virgin Islands and Caribbean Populations.

Instructions:

DEADLINE: All abstracts must be received by the organizers no later than midnight, Atlantic Standard Time, Aug. 15, 2011. Please construct your abstract according to Abstract Submission Guidelines available on the CERC Institute's website, which can be found at: www.cercinstitute.org.

Eligibility: All abstracts should represent clinical, research, education, training activities, or community-based programs.

Acknowledgement: All abstracts will receive notification of receipt within two business days. All notifications will be made via email from abstracts@cercinstitute.org.

SGA on St. Croix Seeking Students for Committees

The Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is seeking students who are interested serving on SGA committees for the 2011-2012 academic year. Available committees include Black History, Elections, Food, Social and Cultural, Sports, Queens, Publications and Academic/Grievance. For details, send questions to sgastx@myuvi.net. Application forms are available from the Student Activities office adjacent to the UVI Bookstore.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Special Alumni Phonathon - Phase III

Volunteers are sought for Phase III of the UVI Special Alumni Phonathon, scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Sponsored by UVI's Office of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs, the Phonathon has become the primary venue for communicating with UVI alumni. Phase I of the effort, which connected with alumni through a national calling program, was officially launched on March 1, and is ongoing. Phase II was held from May 23-26 with over 100 volunteers contributing their valuable time reaching special alumni. Special alumni are persons who attended UVI for a minimum of 12 months and, although they did not graduate from UVI, maintain a special interest, tie or experience with the institution.

The phonathon allows the University to reconnect with special alumni, update their contact and career information, share the latest University information, and secure donations which continue to fund scholarships for UVI students. Individuals, as well as groups, are encouraged to join the effort as volunteers. Each volunteer receives a special gift and dinner each night of the phonathon. Prizes will be given to the top callers each night and a special "Director's Challenge" has been issued to reward the volunteer who raises the most pledges and highest amount of gifts during the four-night effort. The winner will receive a two-night stay at Treasure Isle Hotel in Tortola, BVI. There are many other prizes for volunteers being contributed by the community, including dinners, spa service, leather goods, etc. To volunteer, contact Cherilyn Brown - at cbrowne@uvi.edu - or Astrid Carmona - at acarmon@uvi.edu.

UVI Libraries, STJAC Announce Intersession Hours

The UVI Libraries and the St. John Academic Center (STJAC) are observing intersession hours through Sunday, Aug. 21. Intersession hours of operation are as follows:

UVI Libraries: Monday to Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays - closed.

St. John Academic Center: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays - closed.

Regular Library and St. John Academic Center hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 22. For more information contact the UVI helpdesk@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1466.

UVI Homepage Features Links to Latest Weather and Emergency Information

As the territory heads into the heart of the hurricane season, links to the latest weather and emergency information have been posted to the homepage of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. Also featured are a color-coded status bar and the UVI Emergency Hotlines that offer campus-specific information when emergency procedures are required. The hotline numbers are: St. Thomas - (340) 693-1016 | St. Croix - (340) 692-4168.

Members of the UVI community can also access the University's 2011 Hurricane Season Preparedness Manual from the homepage. As of press time, Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) officials were closely watching the development of a low pressure system east of the islands that has the potential to bring high winds and heavy rain to the Virgin Islands later this week. Click here for the latest emergency and hurricane season updates.

CELL Notes...

UVI CELL to Host Real Estate Sales Course Beginning in August

Individuals interested in learning more about the real estate industry are urged to register for the Real Estate Sales course offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center.

On St. Thomas, classes will be held 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 16, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Aug. 20, at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The Real Estate Sales course is designed to expose individuals to the real estate industry and specifically prepares them for the Real Estate Salesperson licensing examination. A variety of topics will be covered including Real Estate Theory, Mathematics, USVI Rules and Regulations and all applicable sections of the VI Code.

For fees and more information on the course, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL to Offer Human Resources Certification Program in September

Human resource professionals who wish to obtain nationally recognized credentials can now take advantage of a preparatory course being held by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The Human Resources Certification Program is scheduled to begin on Monday, Sept.12, on St. Thomas. Persons interested in participating in the program should submit applications to the UVICELL Center by Monday, Aug. 22.

The review course provides a solid foundation for meeting human resources challenges found in today's demanding work environment and prepares professionals to qualify for Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designations. The certifications are awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and signify that human resources professionals have achieved the industry certification that sets them apart as true professionals in their field.

For information on fees and the complete course schedule, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

Business Writing and Grammar Skills Workshops on St. Thomas, St. Croix

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA) will host workshops designed to improve written communication skills on St. Croix and St. Thomas on Sept. 22-23. Business Writing and Grammar Skills Made Fun and Easy will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The workshop will be offered at the UVICELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus and at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted on St. Croix.

Participants will learn to sharpen their competitive edge through clear, well-focused writing; perfect grammar and usage skills; avoid embarrassing mistakes; polish documents so they are inviting and easier to read; spot common usage errors; and more. For fees or more information call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC to Host COPE Conference Series for Business Superstars on St. Thomas

The COPE Caribbean Conference Series for Business Superstars will conduct two days of training at the VI Small Business Development Center at Nisky Center on St. Thomas on Aug. 19 and 20. The sessions are free and include breakfast and lunch. They will run from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The conference goal is to provide skill-building events for business women throughout the Caribbean, helping them to get Clear-Organized-Productive-Efficient (COPE). A cadre of professional speakers will focus on improving personal productivity, financial, and technology skills for business. Men are also welcome. For details, or to register visit the COPE website at: http://copecaribbean.com.

Small Business Development Center to host 'Business Plan' Course

The VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer the NXLEVEL® - How To Write A Business Plan course beginning on Aug. 22, on St. Thomas. The five-week, 30-hour course is designed for entrepreneurs who want to expand an existing business or start a new business. Participants will receive professional guidance in a classroom setting and one-on-one counseling taught by a certified NXLEVEL® instructor.

The course will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on Aug. 22 and ending on Sept. 26. It will be held at the SBDC St. Thomas training facility in Nisky Center, Suite 720. The cost is $399. A limited number of scholarships may be available for those who apply. People interested in participating are encouraged to register because enrollment is limited. For more information, to register for the course or to apply for a scholarship, call the SBDC at 776-3206 or visit www.sbdcvi.org.

The SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of the Virgin Islands.