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Bulletin Board for August 1, 2011

UVI Mourns Passing of Prof. Gene Emanuel

University of the Virgin Islands President David Hall leads the UVI community in mourning the death of Associate Professor of Humanities Gene Emanuel, a member of the faculty of the UVI College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Prof. Emanuel died Thursday evening, July 28. The complete text of a joint message by President Hall and Provost Dr. Karl Wright is available from this direct link. A news release and photo are featured on the UVI homepage - direct link.

The administration will advise the University family in the near future of plans to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions Prof. Emanuel made to this historic institution.

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.

4-H Academies to Host Closing Programs on St. Thomas, St. Croix

Closing programs for the 4-H Summer Academies hosted by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, on St. Thomas, and at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, on St. Croix. The St. Thomas program will be held at the Gladys Abraham Elementary School. The St. Croix closing takes place at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Both sessions will showcase the talent of the young people enrolled in the academies. Several participants in the Extension Service's Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program will also participate. For more information contact CES Public Information Specialist Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060.

 

Dateline: UVI Features Summer Bridge Program

The latest issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI has been published and is available from the Public Relations section of the UVI website - direct link.

The issue takes a close look at UVI's new Summer Bridge program which is deisgned to help jump-start the college careers of graduating high school students planning to attend UVI this fall. Also featured is UVI student Delia Miller who enters the Boston University School of Medicine this fall as a first-year medical student. A limited number of printed copies of Dateline:UVI are distributed monthly.

Marathon Airing of WTJX TV's 'The Home Grown Garden' Program Set Aug. 7

Virgin Islands Public TV WTJX (Channel 12) plans a marathon presentation of "The Home Grown Garden" show programs on Sunday, Aug. 7. The marathon begins at 10 a.m. UVI's Cooperative Extension Service invites the UVI community to tune in for this special airing of all 16 segments in the series. The series was produced by WTJX in collaboration with the Cooperative Extension Service and the VI Department of Agriculture. The "Home Grown" projects represents an outreach effort and television program designed to address several critical issues, such as the extremely high cost and poor quality of imported vegetables in the Virgin Islands, a desire to encourage healthy eating habits and a need to help Virgin Islands' residents save money.

Faculty, Staff, Students Invited to Join Hampton U. Videoconference on Global Education

UVI faculty, staff and students are invited to participate (via videoconference) in a UNCF/Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute scheduled at Hampton University from Aug. 10 to 12. The theme for the institute is "Extending a Legacy of International Presence and Outreach at HBCUs - Social Justice and Education Policy for the Twenty-First Century." Sessions will explore ways to enhance global education at HBCUs.

The institute will feature a discussion of UVI's Institute for Future Global Leaders, which is considered a leading model in global education, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. A discussion of how UVI's program equips students with building blocks to become effective leaders in a global environment will be led by Dr. Carlyle Corbin and Dr. Solomon Kabuka. Dr. Corbin has served as an adjunct faculty to the Summer Institute since 1995, and Dr. Kabuka is the director of UVI's Summer Institute.

Individuals who would like to participate should contact Dr. Kabuka, via e-mail at skabuka@uvi.edu, by Thursday, Aug. 4, for more information.

Scores of faculty and staff from HBCUs will be participating in person at Hampton. Additionally, HBCU's joining via video and teleconference include: Bethune Cookman University, Bennett College, Benedict College, Spelman College, Xavier University of Louisiana, Dillard University, Clark Atlanta University, Lane College, Tuskegee University, Prairie View A&M University, Fayetteville State University, Southern University and A&M College and Norfolk State University.

Photos from UVI Summer Research Symposium featured on Photo Blog, Facebook

Photos from UVI's Ninth Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, held Friday, July 29, are now featured on the UVI Today... photo blog available from the UVI homepage - http://uvitoday.blogspot.com. At the symposium, 20 UVI science students presented posters displaying the results of research they have conducted in the Virgin Islands this summer. Another 10 students who participated in UVI's "Math Behind the Science" summer bridge received certificates.

UVI Libraries, STJAC Announce Intersession Hours

The UVI Libraries and the St. John Academic Center (STJAC) will observe intersession hours from Sunday, July 31, to 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.

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.

Fall Semester Notes...

Fall Semester 2011 Orientation Schedules for New Students Available

The Fall Semester 2011 Orientation Schedules for new UVI students have been posted on the Admissions section of the UVI website - direct link. Orientation begins on Sunday, Aug. 14, with students arriving at residence halls and continues through Aug. 19.

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 8:30 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 (693) 692-4183 or via e-mail at: mflemin@uvi.edu.

UVI's Fall Semester Classes to Begin Aug. 22, 2011; Registration Details

Returning Students: Online registration for returning students is now underway. It continues through Friday, Aug. 12. To register, returning students must confer with their advisors to have courses approved and to receive login PINs for access to UVI's BanWeb system. For details, call (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4158 on St. Croix.

Details - class schedules and information sheets - are available from the of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. The deadline for returning students to pay tuition and fees is 4 p.m. on Aug. 12.

New Students: New student registration is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17, at UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Late registration is slated for Aug. 18-19.

Late Registration: Late registration is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 19. A $75 late fee will be charged for late registration.

UVI to Offer Wait Listing Option for Limited Number of Classes

The University of the Virgin Islands Access and Enrollment Services Office, as part of its customer service improvement plan, introduced a Banner Wait Listing for a limited number of classes on Monday, July 25. With this new feature, students who opt to be wait-listed for a class in which they were unable to register will receive an automatic e-mailed notification when a place becomes available. Students will have 24 hours from the time the e-mail is generated in which to register for the class.

Students are encouraged to choose the Wait Listing option, as it will also provide the University with useful planning information on classes that are in high demand. For more information on St. Thomas or St. Croix send e-mail to registrar@uvi.edu.

UVI to Offer 46 Video Conference Classes on St. John for Fall Semester

The University of the Virgin Islands will begin offering classes at the St. John Academic Center for the Fall 2011 semester. A total of 46 credit courses will be offered using video conference technology at the newly opened center located on the third floor of The Marketplace shopping center. UVI's Fall 2011 semester begins on Aug. 22.

New student registration at the St. John Academic Center will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16. Online registration is underway for matriculated or current UVI students for Fall semester classes.

A full list of courses being offered at the St. John Academic Center is available on the Academics webpage of the UVI website - direct link. The complete news release is available from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

St. Thomas Campus Summer Session Book Buy-Back Dates Set for July 29, Aug. 1 & 2

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has scheduled the Summer Session book buy-back program dates for July 29 and Aug. 1 and 2. The Bookstore's buy-back program will only be available on those dates from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information contact the Bookstore at (340) 693-1561.

UVI Contributed to Unique Underwater Video Series Airing Wednesdays on TV2

In an effort to educate the Virgin Islands community about the expansive Virgin Islands marine environment, the University of the Virgin Islands Sea Grant Marine Outreach Program and For The Sea Productions present "Learning to Sea - The USVI," a 13-week series of underwater videos during the local CBS affiliate TV2's evening news program. A new, three-minute video is being shown each Wednesday during the newscast. Each episode features a marine animal in its natural habitat, filmed in the waters of the U.S. Virgin Islands. They are accompanied with narration and original music composed by local artists. The series was produced by award-winning underwater filmmaker Ziggy Livnat, the founder of For The Sea Productions. A news release and links to view underwater videos is featured on the UVI homepage - direct link.

CELL Notes...

UVI's CELL Center to Offer Free Energy Efficiency Workshops in August

Educating the community about ways to save money and energy is the goal of a series of free workshops to be hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) workshops are designed to promote energy efficiency and encourage the use of renewable energy. The first workshops in the series - Energy Efficiency for Residential Consumers - is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Workshops will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus and at the UVI-CELL Center in Frederiksted on St. Croix. Workshops designed specifically for the business community will follow from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, in the same island locations.

Participants are urged to bring copies of their most recent WAPA bills for a chance to obtain a free energy monitor which can be used to track energy consumption and savings. For more information call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu. EERE workshops are made possible by the Energy Office Discretionary Grant Program which is funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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.