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Bulletin Board for September 12, 2011

UVI Staff Council to Affirm New Officers on Wednesday, Sept. 14

Members of the UVI community are invited to the affirmation ceremony for officers of the UVI Staff Council in a session to be videoconferenced on both campuses from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The ceremony will be available in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in the Great Hall on St. Croix.

UVI President Dr. David Hall will be the keynote speaker. An update on the University's fiscal year 2011-2012 health insurance coverage will be presented by Veda Richards, director of Employee Benefits and Immigration Services. Light refreshments will be served. For more information contact Raquel Silver at (340) 692-4061 or send e-mail to rsantia@uvi.edu.

UVI Alumna Dr. Delivette Castor to Present Research on Global HIV on Sept. 14 & 16

UVI alumna Dr. Delivette Castor ('97) will outline her research on the "Global Epidemiology of HIV Disease" for students and faculty in UVI College of Science and Mathematics in presentations on St. Thomas and St. Croix. On St. Thomas, her presentation is set for noon on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Chase Auditorium (Business 110). Dr. Castor will also make the presentation at noon, on Friday, Sept. 16, in Evans Center Room 401, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

Dr. Castor earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology from Columbia University and currently is the epidemiologist/statistician in the Technical Leadership and Research Division of the Office of HIV/AIDS for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Her responsibilities include applying empirical data and complex analytical approaches to HIV/AIDS in a number of African countries. For more information contact Dr. Teresa Turner at (340) 693-1382.

Scotiabank Scholarship Donations to UVI Reach $245,000

UVI graduate Shareece Cannonier's words and image came through the web-based video call loud and clear. "If I hadn't had this (Scotiabank) scholarship I'm not sure how I would have made it through my final three years," Cannonier said. "It really, really helped me. And I will be forever grateful."

Cannonier, who graduated in 2010, was one of the most recent recipients of scholarship support provided by Scotiabank. She shared those words during the bank's presentation of a check for $20,000 to the University of the Virgin Islands Scholarship Fund on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. With this this latest contribution, Scotiabank has provided $245,000 in scholarship and other support for UVI students.

A news release, with photos from the presentation, is available from the UVI homepage - www

www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link Scotiabank news release.

Collaborative Strategic Planning Documents Available from myCampus Portal

Members of the University community - students, faculty and staff - are invited to review documents that have been produced during the initial stages of UVI's Collaborative Strategic Planning effort. The process is being used to develop the University's 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. The documents were generated by University faculty, staff and administrators in meetings and workshops that began on Oct. 8, 2010, and continued through Aug. 26, 2011. They are now available from a new "Strategic Planning" page in UVI's myCampus web portal.

Collaborative Strategic Planning sessions for UVI students are scheduled for Sept. 21, on St. Thomas, and for Sept. 22, on St. Croix. Documents detailing the ideas and comments will be added to the Strategic Planning page following those sessions.

The myCampus portal login screen is available from a link at the top right of any page in the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link - http://mycampus.uvi.edu.

A "Strategic Planning" tab at the top-right of an individual's myCampus home page can be selected at any time. Individuals can also directly access the Strategic Planning page from this Strategic Planning link. (Note: You will be prompted to login to myCampus if you have not already done so.)

For details contact Special Assistant to the President Dr. Haldane Davies at (340) 693-1004 or send e-mail to hdavies@uvi.edu.

CES Offers Erosion Sediment Control Workshop for St. John on Sept. 22

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service will offer a Erosion Sediment Control Workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, at the University's St. John Academic Center in Cruz Bay. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information call Dale Morton at (340) 693-1086 or Carmen Wesselhoft at (340) 693-1587.

CES Plans Healthy Homes Workshop for St. John on Sept. 29

A session of the Caribbean Healthy Homes Workshop offered by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, at UVI's St. John Academic Center in Cruz Bay. The free workshop provides training on toxic properties and adverse health effects of common household cleaning products and other items such as pesticides, furniture and treated fabrics. Participants will also learn how to read product labels and evaluate potential product toxicity, recipes for less-toxic cleaning alternatives using common household items and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

For more information call Dale Morton at (340) 693-1086 or Carmen Wesselhoft at (340) 693-1587.

Other Current Items...

Free Vaccine Distribution Set for Sept. 13 on St. Thomas Campus

The UVI Health Services Center will distribute free vaccine at the Health Services Building on the St. Thomas campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Vaccines included are for: Hepatitis B, Hepatitis A&B, Varicella and Gardisil. Students should present their immunization cards. For details, contact Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

Coastweeks 2011 Effort to Begin Sept. 17 at Brewers Beach on the St. Thomas Campus

Members of the UVI community are again invited to participate in the annual Coastweeks beach cleanup effort that will run through Oct. 31 this year. The kickoff event for UVI is slated for Saturday, Sept. 17, at Brewers Beach on the St. Thomas campus. The party starts at 8 a.m. and runs until noon. Trash bags, gloves, data cards, pencils and water will be provided at this as well as all other scheduled cleanup events. Individuals should bring gloves and a water bottle. The V.I. Waste Management Authority is once supporting the overall efforts, placing bins at or near each cleanup site as needed.

Island coordinators for Coastweeks events include Christine Settar at UVI on St. Thomas - call (340) 693-1392, Audrey Penn at Friends of the Park on St. John - call (340) 693-1392, and Marcia Taylor at UVI on St. Croix - call (340) 692-4046. Individuals who can't make it to a cleanup, are asked to consider donating to the cause. Supplies are needed, as is transportation for student groups to cleanup sites. Individuals who own boats could help by providing transport to hard-to-access locations. For more information, and a report on the results of last year's global effort, visit: http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/marine-debris/international-coastal-cleanup-11.html.

First 'Buzzaar' Sessions Will Commemorate Virgin Fresh Beekeeping Project

The First Annual Virgin Fresh Beekeeping "Buzzaar" will commemorate the Virgin Fresh Beekeeping Project with sessions on St. Croix and St. Thomas in September. The activity is sponsored by the V.I. Department of Agriculture, in association with the UVI Cooperative Extension Service, the VI Department of Tourism, the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center and Virgin Islands beekeepers.

On St. Croix, the "Buzzaar" will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Sunshine Mall parking lot. On St. Thomas, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, near the center court at the Tutu Park Mall.

The "Buzzaar" will feature educational displays and exhibits (including an observation bee hive). Raw products and bi-products from bee hives will also be available for sale, including a wide variety of honey, bee pollen, lotions, soaps, lip balms, honeycomb, candles and beekeeping supplies. All products that will be displayed were locally produced, prepared and packaged.

The public is encouraged to come out and learn more about the importance and benefits of honey and the beekeeping industry while supporting local beekeepers in celebration of National Honey Month. Persons interested in participating in the Beekeeping Buzzaar should contact Department of Agriculture Deputy Commissioner Errol Chichester at (340) 778-0997/8 ext. 238.

Health and Wellness Day Slated Sept. 29 on UVI's St. Thomas Campus

A Health and Wellness Day for the UVI community and the general public will be held at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Thursday, Sept. 29. The day's activities will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include vision testing, Nikken therapy, HIV testing and counseling, stress reduction activities, massage therapy and more. The activity, which is free, is sponsored by the UVI Health Services Office. For more information contact Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

Visit the New UVI Energy Management Office Community on myCampus

Students, faculty and staff are invited to visit UVI new Energy Management Office Community which is hosted on the University's myCampus web portal. The Energy Management Community on myCampus is a project of Courtney Mayes, UVI's new energy manager.

According to Mayes, who joined UVI in May, UVI's Energy Management Office is charged with reducing the consumption of electricity at UVI. To do this her office will pursue alternative energy sources, investigate upgrades to current systems and set protocols on how the University uses energy.

To visit the UVI Energy Management Office Community, login to myCampus - http://mycampus.uvi.edu - and select the Communities tab. Then select the "Communities I Have Joined" (Everyone at UVI has been "pre-enrolled" in the Energy Management Community.) In the Energy Management row, select "Open." Alternatively, use this direct link - UVI Energy Management Office. (Note: You will be prompted to login to myCampus if you have not already done so.)

Individuals with questions are encouraged to contact Mayes at (340) 693-1503 send email to cmayes@uvi.edu.

Faculty Asked to Submit Proposals to New UVI Emerging Research Program by Sept. 15

A new program is being started to support UVI faculty participation in the development of the University's research capacity. Members of the faculty may submit proposals for use of funds from recovered indirect costs though the Emerging Research Program. All faculty are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. Applications are due by Sept. 15, 2011. Please contact Dr. Henry H. Smith at (340) 693-1067 or send e-mail to hsmith@uvi.edu for additional information.

St. Croix SGA Installation Scheduled for Sept. 15

The Student Government Association (SGA) on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will hold its 2011-2012 officers installation at noon on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Evans Center Room 401. The installation theme is "SGA: Making a Difference." Malkia Morton, the 2010-2011 SGA President, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, contact Student Activities Supervisor Hedda Finch-Simpson at hfinch@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.

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.

Introduction to American Sign Language Offered on St. Thomas, St. Croix in September

Introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) courses will be offered beginning in September on St. Thomas and St. Croix by UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). The course is designed for individuals who work with person who are deaf or hard of hearing. Courses meet twice weekly and run for nine weeks. The cost is $100.

On St. Croix, the course is offered from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays, from Sept. 19 through Nov. 17. It will take place in the VIUCEDD Conference Room at #1 Estate Golden Grove (across from Spicy Grill). To register or for details on St. Croix, call Sandra Pierre-Louis at (340) 692-4276 or send e-mail to slouis@uvi.edu.

On St. Thomas, the course is offered from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Sept. 20 through Nov. 17. It will take place in Room N-103 at Charlotte Amalie High School. To register or for details on St. Thomas, call Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or Maritza Swan at (340) 693-2334. Send e-mail to aplunke@uvi.edu or mswan@uvi.edu, respectively.

CGTC Sets Teacher Workshop on Open Space Stewardship; Sign-up Deadline Sept. 20

UVI's Center for Green Technology will host a workshop exploring the Open Space Stewardship Program for Virgin Islands teachers on Sept. 27-29 in the Administration and Conference Center on the University's St. Thomas campus. The deadline for registration, which is free, is Sept. 20.

The workshop will be co-produced by the Brookhaven National Laboratory, which developed the Open Space Stewardship Program (OSSP). It is designed for biology, chemistry and environmental science teachers. It will explore the interdisciplinary nature of the OSSP and how it can serve as a basis for multiple content areas.

Other goals include:

finding open spaces near your school, and developing a plan for implementing OSSP in your classroom

learning about and practice field and hands-on techniques for studying the environment

examining ways to incorporate Open Space activities into your school day

correlating Open Space to local and state learning standards and expectations

instilling an understanding of, and appreciation for, the outdoor environment in your students

This practical, hands-on workshop provides an opportunity to experience the equipment and field techniques that are used in Open Space Stewardship Program. It is being offered to teachers at no charge. Certificates of completion for 15 hours of credit will be presented at the conclusion of the workshop.

For more information and details on how to register, call Dr. Wayne Archibald at (340) 693-1158 or send e-mail to warchib@uvi.edu. Information is also available by calling Heru Ofori-Atta at (340) 693-1158 or sending e-mail hoforia@uvi.edu and by calling Dr. Mel Morris at (631) 344-5963 or sending e-mail to mmorris@bnl.gov. Details are also available at the Caribbean Green Technology Center website at http://cgtc.uvi.edu.

University Community Urged to Begin Planning for 2012 Agriculture & Food Fair

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) has announced that it is time for the University community to begin planning for the 2012 Agriculture & Food Fair of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Agrifest 2012 will be held Feb. 18-20, on the Grounds of the Rudolph Shulterbrandt Agricultural Complex in Estate Lower Love on St. Croix. The theme for the fair will be "Youth in Agriculture - Growing our Future."

Next year the University will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary and the 40th Anniversary of UVI's status as a Land-Grant Institution. "That means we are pulling out all the stops," said CES Public Information Specialist Clarice Clarke. "Our exhibit, of course, will be better than last year as we look forward to various units within the University to showcase their services to our community."

For 2012, all UVI exhibits must be integrated and interactive, and reflect the fair theme. No backdrops will be provided or allowed for displays. Units are encouraged to get their creative juices flowing and make sure their exhibits are hands-on and will engage fairgoers. Tabletop displays are acceptable.

The UVI exhibit area must reflect the creativity and professionalism of the institution, so all tables will be draped with uniform table covers. Units can either use the CES covers or purchase their own; however, covers must be of the same color scheme. Call Clarice C. Clarke at (340) 692-4060 or send email to cclarke@uvi.edu for information on how to purchase matching table covers. A UVI Agrifest request form is available from this direct link.

The deadline for submission of your intent to participate is Friday, October 28, 2011.