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Bulletin Board for September 8, 2011

UVI Homepage Features Links to Latest Weather and Emergency Information

As the territory continues through 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.

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 rain to the Virgin Islands over the weekend. Click here for the latest emergency and hurricane season updates. Members of the UVI community can also access the University's 2011 Hurricane Season Preparedness Manual from the homepage.

Buccaneers Soccer Squad Begins Practice on St. Croix; Interested Students Welcome

UVI's newly formed Buccaneers soccer team started practice this week on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Students interested in playing for the team are invited to attend the next practices, which are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, and for 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. Practices are held in front of the residence hall.

This is the first year that UVI will field an inter-collegiate soccer team. The Buccaneers' coach is Yohanes Worede, who also coaches the USVI Women's National Team and serves as a player-coach for the club team Rovers. Worede is the former coach of St. Croix Country Day Tigers, champions of the St. Croix High School league for the past three years. The team will compete in the Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria (LAI), which consists of 20 college soccer teams in Puerto Rico. Fans can stay up-to-date with the Bucs on Facebook at this link: UVI Bucs Soccer Team.

Bookstore to Return Unsold Text Books Sept. 10; Students Urged to Complete Purchases

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced that all unsold textbooks will be returned to the publishers after Saturday, Sept. 10. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase all their required textbooks prior to that return date. For more information visit the Bookstore or call (340) 693-1560.

UVI French Club to Meet Sept. 10 on St. Thomas Campus; Interested Persons Welcome

The first general meeting of the UVI French Club on the St. Thomas campus is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. It will be held in the Humanities building. Students, faculty and staff interested in the French language and French culture are welcome to attend. General elections will also be held during this meeting. For more information contact the club's advisor Prof. Robert Terrasi via e-mail at rterraz@uvi.edu.

9/11 Ceremony Planned on UVI's St. Thomas Campus on Sept. 12

UVI's St. Thomas campus community is invited to join in a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12. The ceremony will take place at the site on the Upper Campus where a commemorative tree has been planted (across from the Social Sciences building) in memory of those who died in the attacks. The ceremony is being organized by the Division of Student Affairs, in conjunction with Student Government Association.

9/11 Commemoration Set on Albert A. Sheen Campus on Sept. 12

UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus community will commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a short service to raise thoughts and hearts for peace at 9:50 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 12, in the courtyard of the Melvin Evans Center. The tribute will last for the ten minute period before the start of 10 a.m. classes. The UVI campus family is invited to participate. Sponsors include Freshman Development Coordinator David Capriola, the Golden Key International Honour Society, the Student Government association, members of the UVI Choir and the Office of the Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs.

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.

Reichhold Center for the Arts Unveils 2011-2012 Season

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts launched its 2011-2012 season on Sept. 1, unveiling the lineup of performers during a St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours session. The new season opens on Oct. 8, with a whimsical musical Angelina Ballerina: The Musical. To view the full season, visit the Reichhold Center's website - www.reichholdcenter.com.

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' 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.

In the month of May, according to Mayes, UVI's energy bill was $339,953, based on a consumption of 850,260 kilowatt hours. "While we can't do much about electricity rates, we can reduce actual consumption," Mayes said. "Everyone at UVI plays a role in helping to reduce our energy consumption." The Energy Office's myCampus community page now includes sections offering Energy Saving Tips and Consumption Calculations. There is also a link to the VI Energy Office Weatherization Program. Mayes stresses that many of the conservation strategies being suggested for UVI can also be applied to an individual's residence, helping to reduce their personal WAPA bills.

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.

Other Current Items...

Fourth CERC Health Disparities Institute Set Oct. 20-21; Early Signup Deadline Sept. 9

Members of the UVI community are invited to participate in the Fourth Annual CERC Health Disparities Institute scheduled for Oct. 20-21 on St. Thomas. Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders will make the opening day keynote address. Her topic will be "The Importance of Place in Improving Health Outcomes."

Discount registration fees are available to individuals who register before Sept. 9. Online registration is available from this direct link: http://www.cercinstitute.org/registration.html.

The institute is expected to attract public health scientists, pharmacists, nurses, allied health professionals, physicians, social workers, health policy makers, health educators, researchers, and public and community health leaders. It's goal is to work towards eliminating health disparities in the USVI and the Caribbean. The focus will be on collaborative models and approaches from the clinical, research and community arenas that integrate all levels of health care providers. One highlight of the institute will be the presentation of the inaugural presentation of the Donna M. Christensen Lecture Series on Oct. 21.

For details on 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.

Clubs and Organizations Awareness Day Set on St. Croix for Sept. 9

A Clubs and Organizations Awareness Day is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The activity will take place in the Melvin Evans Center. For more information contact the Student Activities Office at (340) 692-4228.

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.

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.

Faculty Encouraged to Submit Proposals to New UVI Emerging Research Program

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.

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.

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.

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.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for August 2011

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for August 1-31, 2011. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits tab of UVI's myCampus web portal and from this direct link.

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 as soon as possible.

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.

CELL Conduction Free Workshops on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

A series of free workshops on energy efficiency and renewable energy are being offered on St. Thomas and St. Croix by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center (CELL). The workshops will focus on energy saving methods for the home or business, wind and water renewable energy solutions, solar hot water heaters and the Energy Star program. The presenters will be Bevan Smith, Jr. and Heru Ofori-Atta.

The remaining workshops are slated for Tuesday, Sept. 6, Thursday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 10. For more information contact UVI-CELL at (340) 693-1100 or visit the website - http://cell.uvi.edu.

Funds for this project were made available in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that is administered by the Virgin Islands Energy Office.