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Bulletin Board for September 15, 2011

UVI 2010 Graduate Alvaro de Lugo to Play Pro Volleyball in Puerto Rico

Stand-out UVI athlete Alvaro de Lugo, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in computer science, has signed a contract to play professional volleyball in Puerto Rico. He will play for a team in Mayaguez which competes in the Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation's Superior Volleyball League.

De Lugo was a starter on UVI's volleyball and basketball squads for four years and served as captain for both teams.

"Alvaro is the first known Virgin Islander to earn a professional volleyball contract offer in Puerto Rico and we are very proud of him," said UVI Athletic Director Peter Sauer. An article - Pro Volleyball Team in P.R. Signs UVI's de Lugo - was featured on Sept. 10 in The Virgin Islands Daily News. It can be read at from the sports section of The Daily News website - http://virginislandsdailynews.com - or from this direct link.

Miss UVI to Give Preview of Her College Queens Competition Performances

A performance by Miss UVI 2011-2012 Daniella Henry is scheduled for 7 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 15) at the Cafetorium on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. This event will showcase the performances she plans to present at the Competition of College Queens to be held during the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame's Conference from Sept. 22-26, in Atlanta, Ga. The UVI community is encouraged to support Miss UVI as she prepares to represent the University and the territory. Henry was crowned Miss UVI on April 9, on St. Croix. A news release with more details is available from this direct link.

Construction Projects Planned for Upper Campus on St. Thomas

UVI's Office of Capital Projects has announced that a series of construction projects that are part of an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accessibility Project will begin today (Thursday, Sept. 15) on the Upper Campus area of the St. Thomas campus. The work will take place in the area of the Paiewonsky Library and the Nursing, Science, Business and Teacher Education buildings.

While the work is expected to continue through the end of the semester, every effort will be made to minimize disruption of classes and other activities. Access to each of the buildings will be maintained while contractors are working, and all appropriate safety measures will be in effect. UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as visitors, are urged to exercise caution while walking through the impacted area. Everyone is asked to pay close attention to signage posted for their protection.

UVI Theatre Announces Open Auditions for Holiday Play

The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre announces open auditions for its upcoming holiday play, O Christmas Three! The work is a trilogy of short holiday plays for children, including Dorcas the Christmas Duck (Or Vincent the Violet-Nosed Vulture - A Cautionary Tale), Peas on Earth (A Birds-Eye View of Christmas) and The Last Straw (Holiday Fable). The play will be produced during the holiday season and will include performances at selected local schools as part of UVI's community outreach effort.

The production needs actors, singers, dancers, gymnasts, builders, painters, electricians, costumers, hair and make-up designers, and musicians, especially those who play keyboard/synthesizer, bass, drums and guitar. Auditions are open to all members of the UVI community and to members of the greater community who are of junior high school age or older. College credit is available for participation.

Auditions will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, September 20, 22, and 23, in the VIP Room on the second floor of the Sports and Fitness Center on UVI St. Thomas campus. Interested persons can direct questions to Dr. Larche at (340) 695-1341 or send a note to dlarche@uvi.edu. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

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.

UVI Alumna Dr. Delivette Castor to Present Research on Global HIV on Sept. 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 a presentation at noon on Friday, Sept. 16, in Evans Center Room 401, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. (She made a similar presentation on Sept. 14 on the St. Thomas campus.) A photo from Dr. Castor's St. Thomas presentation is featured on the UVI Facebook page - www.facebook.com/UVI.edu.

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. 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.

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.

UVI Bookstores to Close for Inventory from Sept. 26 to 30

UVI's Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed for inventory from Sept. 26 through Sept. 30. Both bookstores will reopen for business on Monday, Oct. 3. For more information call (340) 693-1561 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4162 on St. Croix.

Fall Research Symposium Slated for Sept. 25 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI's Annual Fall Research Symposium, hosted by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Program, is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. It will take place in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas Campus. For more information visit the ECS website at http://ecs.uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

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.

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 activity 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.

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.

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.

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

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) will offer an 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Luncheon Meetings to Focus on Procurement

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center will offer luncheon meetings on St. Croix and St. Thomas focusing on the procurement process. The session is titled "How to Prepare a Correct Estimate for Bidding On Work -Part 2." The speakers are Michael Weary, the Virgin Islands tenant and property operations service manager for the General Services Administration (GSA), and Jennifer Heno, the small business advocate for the GSA's Public Building Services.

On St. Croix, the luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the SBDC's St. Croix Service Center in Sunshine Mall.

On St. Thomas, the luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Admission is $20. For more information or to register, call (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix or (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas. Space is limited. Individuals must register to attend.

CELL Notes...

Workshop on Business Writing and Grammar Skills Set for Sept. 22-23

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

Participants will learn: to sharpen their competitive edge through clear, well-focused writing; perfect grammar and usage skills; to avoid embarrassing mistakes; to polish documents so they are inviting and easier to read; and to spot common usage errors.

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