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Bulletin Board for October 7, 2011

UVI Opens... CONTINUES... Hispanic Heritage Month Activities Today on St. Croix

UVI continues its Hispanic Heritage Month observance on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix today (Friday, Oct. 7) with an evening of activities with a free Zumba health and fitness class at 5 p.m., refreshments and cultural performances, including the UVI Bucs Dance Squad, followed at 6 p.m. and a Latin Rhythm dance competition starts at 7 p.m. Dancers will compete for a cash prize. Today's activities take place in the Great Hall.

Next Friday, Oct. 14, UVI will host a special presentation by former Ecuadorian President Jamil Mahuad at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall. Mahuad, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, served as president of Ecuador from August of 1998 to January of 2000. He is expected to address Hispanic challenges and success in a keynote address.

UVI Intramural Stand-Up Boarding, Kayaking Set for Fridays in October

UVI students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in intramural stand-up boarding and kayaking on each Friday in October. Participants gather at 3 p.m. at the dock of UVI's MacLean Marine Science Center. Activities continue until dark. Six boards and six kayaks are available. There is no charge. Individuals with their own boards or boats should bring them.

Students, Volunteers Interested in Joining 4-H Invited to Session Oct. 8

The UVI Cooperative Extension Service is seeking students and volunteers who are interested in joining the 4-H club. An open information session for the public is scheduled at the CES office on the St. Thomas campus at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. The session is part of the local observance of National 4-H Week. The goal is to celebrate the 4-H youth who have made an impact on the community, and are stepping up to the challenges of a complex and changing world. For more information contact Dara Cooper at (340) 693-1081.

Hispanic Month Celebration Set Oct. 10 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI will host a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The celebration is open to all and especially to prospective UVI students and their parents. The day will feature performances by the Guateque Ballet Folklórico de Puerto Rico and the Charlotte Amalie High School Spanish Dancers. Visit this YouTube link for a preview of the dance company from Puerto Rico.

Hispanic cuisine will be available for purchase - students with valid UVI IDs eat free. A special highlight of the day will be a campus tour for prospective students at 2:15 p.m. The tour will be offered with commentary in Spanish. For more information contact Dr. Doris Battiste at (340) 693-1121 or Dr. Xuri Maurice Allen at (340) 693-1224 for more information.

IA Component Retreat Set for Monday, Oct. 10

Staff of the Institutional Advancement (IA) component on St. Thomas and St. Croix (Development, Alumni Affairs, Reichhold Center for the Arts and Public Relations) will be participating in an all-day retreat on Monday, Oct. 10. Individuals planning to make a donation to the University on that day should call Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne Jackson at (340) 690-3720. All Institutional Advancement offices will reopen for business on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 8:30 a.m.

Breast Cancer Awareness Activities on St. Croix Slated for Oct. 10-15

The following Breast Cancer Awareness Activities are scheduled on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from Oct. 10 through 15. For more information, contact Irene Hatchett-Sealey at (340) 692-4208.

              Monday, Oct. 10: Noon - March starts at the end of Palm Drive; Information tables, informal presentations; Door Decorating Contest begins; Wear Everything Pink Day; UVI Dance Squad to perform

              Tuesday, Oct. 11: Wear Pink Hair; Information tables 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Demonstration on how to perform a breast self exam 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

              Wednesday, Oct. 12: Wear Pink Shirt Day; Presentation 12:15 to 1 p.m.

              Thursday, Oct. 13: Health Services Center Open House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Clinical Breast Self Exam 9 a.m. to noon

              Saturday, Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Committee 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Estate Profit Pedro (Pet) Cruz Park

Student Leadership Conference Set Nov. 4-5 on St. Croix; Sign-up Deadline Oct. 14

A student leadership conference titled "Leading with Purpose: Charting a Path to Student Success" is set for Nov. 4-5, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The Office of Student Activities will host the event at the Hibiscus Hotel, La Grande Princess. The keynote presentation will be made by Mona L. Barnes, the first female Command Sergeant Major of the Virgin Islands National Guard. All student organizations and clubs on the Albert A. Sheen Campus are urged to register two student representatives for the conference. The registration deadline is Oct. 14. To register, contact the conference coordinator Necola Charles, at (340) 692-4000 or send e-mail to ncharle@uvi.edu.

Volunteers from UVI Community Sought for Two Events

Volunteers from the UVI community - students, faculty and staff - on St. Croix are sought to assist with two upcoming events, a multi-agency Children's Health Fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at UVI, and the fifth Project Homeless Connect, hosted by the VI Interagency Council for Homelessness from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Agricultural Complex. Persons interested in providing assistance with general activities at these events should sign up by Monday, Oct. 17. To do so, contact Marybell Martinez in Evans Center Room 802A or call (340) 692-4236.

UVI Security Posts 2011 Annual Report Online

The UVI Security Department has posted its 2011 Annual Report to the Security section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. The Report is available from the Security Home page and from this direct link: UVI Annual Report 2011.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for September 2011

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Sept. 1-30, 2011. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal - http://mycampus.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Hours

UVI's St. Thomas Campus Bookstore regular business hours are now 9 a.m. 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (340) 693-1561.

VI-WRRI Issues Call for Project Proposals; Submission Deadline Nov. 30

The Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute (VI-WRRI) at the University of the Virgin Islands has issued a Call for Proposals for the 2012 - 2013 U.S. Geological Survey Water Institute Program. Proposals that address water resources issues in the U.S. Virgin Islands are being sought. Funds for this program - approximately $80,000 - are made available through the Section 104 Institute Program of the U.S. Department of Interior - U.S. Geological Survey. All faculty and staff of the University of the Virgin Islands are eligible to apply for these funds through the VI-WRRI. Collaborations with non-UVI personnel are allowed.

Proposals are due by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Persons having questions or considering submitting proposals should contact the VI-WRRI for more information. The VI-WRRI may be reached at (340) 693-1062 or at hsmith@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

Visiting Researcher on St. Croix to Discuss Satellite Tracking of Whimbrels on Oct. 8

The UVI community is invited to a presentation by visiting researcher Fletcher Smith describing the migration ecology of whimbrels tagged with satellite transmitters. Whimbrels are migratory seabirds which regularly visit St. Croix. The presentation is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, in Evans Center Room 401 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The talk will also focus on a whimbrel named "Hope" as it makes the annual fall migration to St. Croix. This presentation is being given as part of International Migratory Bird Day festivities in the Caribbean.

 

Smith is a research biologist at Center for Conservation Biology at The College of William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked on a variety of resident and migrant bird species, studying diverse aspects of their biology, including breeding bird surveys, foraging strategies and migration patterns, reproductive success, and energy requirements of seasonal migrants. This presentation is co-sponsored by UVI's VIMAS program on St. Croix. For more information, contact Marcia Taylor at (340) 692-4046.

UVI Invites All Students to 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition Meeting on Oct. 13

Are you a student entrepreneur with a business idea that you're passionate about? Do you have the persistence, passion and commitment to bring your idea to fruition but lack the cash? Are you prepared to work hard for the opportunity of a lifetime? If your answer to each of these questions is "Yes!" then the University of the Virgin Islands 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition is what you've been waiting for.

An informational meeting about the competition has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the UVI Administration and Conference Center (ACC Rm. 142) on the St. Thomas campus and in the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix.

Imagine winning the financing to launch your business in the spring of 2012. UVI and 13D are prepared to make this happen. The winning teams will be awarded cash prizes to support their business plans. First-place will receive $30,000, second-place will get $30,000 and third-place will win $10,000.

A news release is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VIUCEDD, Blind Veterans Association to Host White Cane Safety Day Oct. 13 on St. Croix

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Blind Veterans Association will host a White Cane Safety Day from 8 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Veterans Affairs Clinic in The Village Mall, Barren Spot, St. Croix. The local activity - along with a national event on Oct. 15 - will celebrate the achievements of blind and visually impaired people. One goal is to remind motorists and pedestrians to yield the right-of-way to blind and visually impaired individuals using canes. For more information contact Joe Cooler at (340) 692-4267 or 692-1919.

UVI RTPark Executive Committee to Meet on Oct. 14

The executive committee of the UVI RTPark/RTPark-PC will meet at 2 p.m. (AST) on Friday, Oct. 14, via teleconference. The session will be available from the RTPark office on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Call (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information. Seating is limited.

UVI Concert Band and Rising Stars Plan Concert/Competition on Oct. 15

The Virgin Islands public is invited to a concert by UVI's Concert Band and the Rising Stars Steel Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Charlotte Amalie High School on St. Thomas. The concert is titled "Motown Review" The evening will also include the "Second Classical Solo Steel Pan Competition." Guest performers are Danielle Greenaway, Ledell Mulraine, Evanna Chinnery, Danny Challenger, Eugene Kuntz, Vanessa Tamar, Rivo J. Hodge and "The Dudes." Steel Pan Competitors will include: Seymour Dawson (Charlotte Amalie High School/Rising Stars Steel Orchestra) Ja'Quanie Hansby (Ivanna Eudora Kean High School/Rising Stars), Sherika Jacobs (Charlotte Amalie High School/Rising Stars) and Ajayi Pickering-Haynes (Charlotte Amalie High School/Rising Stars).

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for seniors. They may be purchased at Nora's Beauty Palace, Rising Stars Panyard, the UVI Humanities Office, UVI Bookstore and from UVI concert band members.

Deadline to Apply to UVI's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is Oct. 15

UVI's School of Nursing has announced that the deadline to submit applications for the school's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for the Spring Semester is Oct. 15, 2011. More information is available from the BSN Entry Requirements page of the School of Nursing section of the UVI website - direct link. The application form is available from this direct link. For more information call the School of Nursing at (340) 693-1290.

Applications Being Accepted for Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers

UVI's Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (MMAT) Program is accepting applications for the spring 2012 semester. Applications may be completed by going on line at www.uvi.edu. The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 1, 2011. For further information please contact Dr. Vanere Goodwin at vgoodwi@uvi.edu or by calling 778-1620 ext 3143.

UVI Faculty and Staff Offered Special Rate for Upcoming CERC Institute

UVI's Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC) has issued the following registration details for members of the UVI faculty and staff who plan to participate in the center's upcoming Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute set for Oct. 20-21 at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel on St. Thomas.

When registering for the CERC Institute - at the website: http://www.cercinstitute.org/registration.html - UVI faculty and staff should select either LOCAL ATTENDEE or DAY RATE. When asked for a discount code, they should enter UVIFS9000. As they move forward to the Attendee Participation page, they will be given the opportunity to upload a copy of their University Identification.

For more information call (340) 693-1172 or send e-mail to the CERC Secretariat directly at secretariat@cercinstitute.org. Details on the Institute are available from this link: http://www.cercinstitute.org.

DHHS' Dr. Garth N. Graham Selected as Donna M. Christensen Inaugural Lecturer

The Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center for Excellence (CERC) at the University of the Virgin Islands School of Nursing has announced Dr. Garth N. Graham will be the inaugural Donna M. Christensen Series lecturer. The lecture will be presented during CERC's Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute, set for Oct. 19-21, at Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort on St. Thomas. Dr. Graham is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. A news release is available on the UVI homepage - direct link.

CELL Notes...

Certification Program Offered for Human Resources Professionals on St. Croix

Human Resource professionals who wish to obtain nationally recognized certification can now take advantage of a preparatory course offered by the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The Human Resource Certification program will be held 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday starting Oct, 18. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

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

For details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer QuickBooks Training on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is offering a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use QuickBooks, the full-featured small business accounting software program. Introduction to QuickBooks will be held 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday starting Oct. 22, 2011 at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more.

For details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Introduction to Bookkeeping on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a course for individuals interested in acquiring basic bookkeeping skills. Introduction to Bookkeeping will be held 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday, starting Oct. 22, at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Participants will learn to perform basic bookkeeping functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions, preparing basic financial statements, reconciling bank statements, preparing payroll and much more.

For details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.