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Bulletin Board for August 22, 2011

Fashion Show Sept. 2 Will Support Miss UVI's College Queens Competition

Miss UVI Daniella Henry will represent the University and the Virgin Islands at the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame's Conference from Sept. 22-26, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga. She will also participate in the conference's annual Competition of College Queens scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24. To help support her preparation for the competition, a fund-raising fashion show - the Freshman Fall Fashion Explosion: What's H.O.T.T. This Fall - will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Cafetorium of UVI Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. All proceeds from the show will be used to help Miss UVI prepare for her journey to Atlanta.

Click here for a Fashion Show Poster

The show will showcase styles from Alliance Clothing, Eagle's Fashion, the UVI Bookstore, Strictly the Best Men & Kids Wear, Garment City, Rainbow, Crucian Apparel, Marianne's, Hair Unlimited Beauty Supply & Salon, Stilettos & Bow Ties, Accessorize, and the S.T. B. Golden Surprise. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. sharp. General Admission is $12, and $10 for students with I.D.s. Tickets will be sold exclusively at the UVI Bookstore.

UVI Special Alumni Phonathon - Phase III Begins Aug. 29; Volunteers Sought

Volunteers are needed for Phase III of the UVI Special Alumni Phonathon, set for Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. The Phonathon has become the primary venue for communicating with UVI alumni. Phase I of the effort connected with alumni through a national calling program. It was launched March 1, and is ongoing. Phase II was held May 23 to 26 with over 100 volunteers contributing their valuable time. Special alumni are persons who attended UVI for a minimum of 12 months and, while they did not graduate from UVI, they maintain a special interest, tie or experience with the institution.

The Phonathon allows the University to reconnect with special alumni, update contact and career information, share the latest University news, and secure donations which fund scholarships for UVI students. Individuals, as well as groups, are encouraged to volunteer. Each volunteer receives a special gift and dinner each night of the Phonathon. Prizes will be awarded to top callers each night and to the overall top caller. Prizes for volunteers have been contributed by the community. They include hotel stays, dinners, spa service, leather goods, etc. To volunteer, contact Cherilyn Brown - at cbrowne@uvi.edu - or Astrid Carmona - at acarmon@uvi.edu.

UVI Senate Slates First Fall Meeting for Sept. 16

The UVI Senate will convene its first meeting of the academic year from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16, according to Senate Co-chair Dr. Nancy Morgan. Specific room locations will be confirmed prior to the meeting. The UVI community is encouraged to contact any senator with suggested agenda items for consideration.

'Power Up St. Croix' Assistive Technology and Health Fair Scheduled for Aug. 31

An Assistive Technology and Health Fair will be hosted on Wednesday, Aug. 31, by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the VI Department of Human Services (DHS). Titled "Power Up St. Croix," the expo and fair will target senior citizens and persons with disabilities. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Great Hall, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Homebound participants or others unable to attend in person may also view the fair activities live via VIUCEDD Channel online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/viucedd.

VIUCEDD Associate Director Dr. Charles Beady will open the fair. A brief presentation covering the inroads made for persons with disabilities since VIUCEDD brought awareness and assistive technology resources to the territory in 1994 will follow. Also presenting will be Murlene VanBeverhoudt, acting administrator for the VI Department of Human Services Division of Senior Citizens Affairs

"Power Up St. Croix" will feature the latest in assistive technology - augmentative, daily living, hearing, iPad, vision devices, computers and software. A financial planning workshop, wheelchair aerobics, presentations on ear care and hearing instruments, and vision and hearing screenings are also planned. Details on available VIUCEDD and DHS programs and services will be presented. For more information call (340) 692-4267.

Other Current Items...

UVI Bookstores Offer Extended Hours; Fall Semester Textbook Lists Posted

As the fall semester gets underway, UVI's Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix are offering extended operating hours.

Both UVI Bookstores have also published lists of textbooks for the fall semester on UVI website - www.uiv.edu - pages. See these direct links: St. Thomas Books | St. Croix Books

St. Thomas Campus (Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Extended hours will be offered from Aug. 17 through Sept. 2, as follows:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Thomas Book List

Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix (Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Extended hours will be available as follows:
Aug. 18 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Aug. 19 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 22 - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Aug. 23 to 25 - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Aug. 26 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

Logo Competition Set for Sisters with Purpose Organization; Sept. 18 Deadline

UVI's Sisters with Purpose organization is seeking ideas and artwork from students to help develop a logo for the group. The deadline for submissions is midnight, Sunday, Sept. 18. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to femaleinitiative@myuvi.net. Click here to view a Logo Poster.

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.

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.

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...

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...

Small Business Development Center to host 'Business Plan' Course

Due to the inclement weather, this course will now begin on Wednesday, Aug. 24

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 http://www.sbdcvi.org.

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