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Bulletin Board for August 29, 2012

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UVI Community Invited to Grand Opening of the New West Hall on the St. Thomas Campus on Sept. 6

The UVI Board of Trustees and President David Hall have invited members of the UVI community to celebrate the grand opening of the New Student Residence Hall (West Hall) on the St. Thomas campus at a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. Tours of the new hall will be available from 2:30 p.m. Please RSVP by Sept. 4, by calling (340) 693-1000 or send email to udyer@uvi.edu. For more information, contact the Office of the President at (340) 693-1000.

UVI Makes First Appointment to Sokoloff Chair in Entrepreneurship

The University of the Virgin Islands has appointed Dr. Chandra S. Mishra to fill the Kiril Sokoloff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, the University's first endowed chair. He comes to UVI from the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University, where he served as the Office Depot Eminent Scholar Chair for Small Business Research. At UVI, Dr. Mishra will also serve as a special assistant to the president for entrepreneurial initiatives. His appointment was effective August 15.

In making the announcement, UVI President Dr. David Hall said "This is an exciting time at the University." He said Dr. Mishra "brings a wealth of experience in the field of entrepreneurship in the areas of teaching, scholarship and professional service." A news release and photo are available on the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Seeking Input on Next VI-EPSCoR Project in Three Town Hall Sessions

The public is invited to provide research theme recommendations for the next Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) proposal, which will be submitted to the National Science Foundation in October 2012. The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), as the host institution for the Virgin Islands EPSCoR, has started the process of preparing the project proposal.

Town Hall Meetings are scheduled for next week on St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas as follows:

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  • St. John - 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 8/28 - St. Ursula's Multipurpose Center
  • St. Croix - 6 p.m. on Wednesday, 8/29 - UVI campus Northwest Wing
  • St. Thomas - 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 30 - Windward Passage Hotel

More information and a photo are available on the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Phase I of V.I. Community Survey Underway; Phase II to Begin in September

The Eastern Caribbean Center of the University of the Virgin Islands is conducting its annual Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS) among a sample of households in the territory. Now in Phase I - mapping - UVI employees are on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John mapping residential areas. During the first phase of this project, UVI employees will travel to selected areas to map housing units using GPS devices. Phase II - interviewing - will begin in late September and end in December. During the second phase, UVI employees will administer a housing and population survey to sample households. All mappers and interviewers will have official UVI identification cards.

The goal of the VICS is to provide a clearer understanding of the changing population and housing statistics in the US Virgin Islands. A news release is available on the UVI homepage - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Reichhold Center for the Arts Unveils 2012-2013 Season on Thursday, Aug. 30

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts unveils its 2012-2013 season at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30, (Postponed due to weather from the original date of Aug. 23.) with the traditional St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the Reichhold Theatre. Reichhold fans in attendance will be the first to find out which exciting artists are on tap for the new season. Business After Hours features complimentary appetizers and the famous "Chamber $2 Bar." It will also offer the opportunity to sign up for seasons subscriptions and qualify for a special eight percent-off the regular price. There will also be a raffle, with prizes such as tickets to Reichhold Shows and $500 shopping sprees at Gottlieb's Quick Way, Cost-U-Less and PriceSmart. Top Notch Band will provide the entertainment. For more information call (340) 693-1550.

Volunteers Needed by UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts is seeking volunteers for the 2012-2013 performance season. Volunteer applications are available on the Reichhold Center website - www.reichholdcenter.com, and from Tracie Wells-Clarke via email at twells@live.uvi.edu. Call (340) 693-1553 for more information. The deadline to submit applications is Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

Seminar on Growing Tomatoes and Peppers Slated for St. Croix on Aug. 30

A seminar entitled "Growth and Yield Response of Tomato and Pepper Varieties in the USVI" will be presented by Research Assistant Professor in Horticulture Dr. Dilip Nandwani from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30. The seminar venue will be Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on the Albert Sheen Campus on St. Croix. All interested persons are invited to attend. For more information contact Yvonne Horton at yhorton@uvi.edu.

UVI Staff Council Seeking Nominations for Group II Officers and UVI Senate

The UVI Staff Council (UVISC) is seeking nominations for Group II officers and for UVISC representatives on the UVI Senate. Regular, professional and administrative staff members are asked to return their ballots to Staff Council Chair Raquel Silver at rsantia@live.uvi.edu or to Nominations/Elections Chair Dale Morton at dmorton@live.uvi.edu by Friday, Sept. 7.

Nominations are open for the positions of Vice Chair, Secretary/Treasurer, Regular Staff Representative-STT, Administrative Staff Representative-STT, Chair-Human Resources Committee and Chair-Membership Committee. There are also four UVI Senate positions - two STT and two STX - open for nomination.

For more information contact Raquel Silver at rsantia@live.uvi.edu.

Do You Know This Week's "We Are UVI" Contributor?

"We Are UVI" is the University's Golden Jubilee blog. To see this week's contributor and read their story, visit the blog at: http://weareuvi.blogspot.com.

"We Are UVI" features people sharing CVI/UVI stories and photos from the past 50 years. A new submission is added each week, this one was posted Sunday, Aug. 26.

This submission joins stories from Sinclair Wilkinson ('72), Rafe Boulon, Jr. ('76), Carmie Thompson ('10), Frank Mills ('67), James Rakocy, Arah Lockhart ('78), Utha Williams ('82), former UVI President LaVerne Ragster, Marthious Clavier ('02,'08), John Lucas, Maxine Nunez, Rosary Harper, Yegin Habtes, Gloria Callwood, Laurent Javois ('76), Helen Dookhan ('79, '84, '98), Curtis Gilpin ('80), Carolyn O'Neal-Morton ('85), Ali McClean ('93), Constance Gumbs ('87, '91), Malcolm Kirwan ('67), Sharleen Fahie ('86, '93), Sam Hall Jr., Richard Lippke, Randy Brown, Paul Flemming ('95, '98, '99), Kishma Allen ('09), Lawrence Lewis ('73), Aimery Caron, Quilin Mars ('08), Alvincent Hutson ('76), Vincent Cooper ('72), Dennis Parker and UVI President Emeritus Orville Kean.

Public Invited to Join in the Creation of a Science and Technology Plan for the USVI

Members of the public are invited to contribute to the creation of the Territory's first Science and Technology Plan by participating in a series of public consultations beginning with a focus group sessions planned for Sept. 12, 13 and 14, on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, respectively.

Developing a VI Science and Technology Plan is an early goal of the STEP UP Initiative, announced on Aug. 17, by Gov. John P. deJongh. The initiative name - STEP UP - stands for Science, Technology, Education and Economic Progress. The Governor, who serves as chair of the VI Science and Technology Council, described the effort as an opportunity to take good science from the laboratories of the University of the Virgin Islands to the local and global marketplace. The VI Science and Technology He said the council was established to "act as a catalyst for leveraging resources in the U.S.V.I. in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and innovation for economic development."

Focus groups are scheduled for the following dates (times and locations will be announced when they are confirmed):

  • St Croix: Wednesday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 13.
  • St. Thomas: Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 14.
  • St. John: Friday, Sept. 14.

For more information contact the VI-EPSCoR office at (340) 693-1422.

Other Current Items...

Free GYN Clinic Planned for St. Thomas Campus on Sept. 6

The Health Services Office on UVI's St. Thomas campus will conduct a free GYN clinic from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Health Services Center. Pap smears, birth control pills, STD tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea and pregnancy tests will be available. To make an appointment, or for more information, call the office at (340) 693-1124.

SGA-St. Croix to Host Freshman and Special Election on September 12

The Student Government Association's Elections Committee on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will host freshman and special elections from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the 100 level of the Evans Center. The committee seeks students for various leadership roles, including freshman, sophomore and senior senators.

Applications and election petitions are available in the Office of Student Activities. The application deadline is September 5, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. For additional information please contact Kevin Dixon SGA President at sgastx@myuvi.net.

UVI Postpones Final 2012 Phonathon to Sept. 17-20; Volunteers Sought

Volunteers are needed for UVI's final Phonathon of 2012, which is now scheduled from Sept. 17 through 20, on St. Thomas. The postponement is due to inclement weather conditions. Volunteers will work from 5:30 to 9 p.m. each evening in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. They will make calls and process on-line pledges from Reichhold Center for the Arts patrons as well as traditional and special alumni. Prizes will be awarded to top performers and dinner will be served. Persons interested in volunteering one or more evenings should call the Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1047.

Call for Abstracts Issued for Fall 2012 ECS Student Research Symposium; Register by Sept. 10

UVI's College of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program invites undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Annual UVI Fall Student Research Symposium. Students must register and submit their abstract at http://ecs.uvi.edu by, Monday, Sept. 10, in order to participate.

The symposium is part of an overall effort to increase research training and promote excellence among UVI students. It provides an opportunity for students to display the results of their work from their summer research experiences and for the public to interact with them. Student presentations are evaluated by a panel of judges from the community for their scientific content and their clarity of presentation.

The Fall Research Symposium will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, on the St. Thomas campus in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. Students will set up beginning at 11 a.m. and the symposium will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Airfare may be provided for St. Croix students who have registered and submitted an abstract by Sept. 10. The registration fee is $100. Waivers are available. Each registered participant will receive a name badge, lunch, abstract booklet and presentation feedback. Participants may be eligible for travel awards. For details, contact Aimee Sanchez at (340) 693-1249, aimee.sanchez@live.uvi.edu. Registration is available from the ECS website - http://ecs.uvi.edu.

Fall Semester Notes...

UVI St. Thomas Campus Bookstore to Offer Extended Hours; Refund Policy Posted

The Bookstore on UVI's St. Thomas campus has announced it will be open for extended hours for the beginning of the Fall 2012 semester through Aug. 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Bookstore's regular hours - Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

UVI Bookstore on St. Croix Schedules Extended Hours for Beginning of Fall Semester

The UVI Bookstore on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix has announced the following schedule of extended hours for the opening weeks of the Fall 2012 semester.

  • Aug. 27-30 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Aug. 31 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Regular St. Croix UVI Bookstore hours - Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - resume on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

St. Thomas Campus SGA Sets Election for Sept. 12; Candidate Applications Due Aug. 31

UVI's St. Thomas Campus Student Government Association Elections Committee has approved a new schedule for the Fall elections. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 31. Elections will be held on Sept. 12.

Applications are available from the Student Affairs Office. All candidates who are considering running for office must submit a certification letter from the Registrar's office to verify eligibility, along with their application and petition. Candidates who previously applied to run for office may submit a new application or just submit the certification letter. For more information send e-mail to sgastt@myuvi.net or joseph.curlis4@gmail.com.

VIUCEDD to Offer American Sign Language Classes in September

Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will be offering (ASL) American Sign Language Classes - Level I and Level II - on St. Thomas and St. Croix beginning Sept. 10. For further information call Sandra Pierre-Louis on St. Croix at 692-4266 or Andrea Plunkett on St. Thomas at 693-1173.

CELL Notes...

PRAXIS Prep Course to be Offered at UVICELL on St. Thomas in September

Registration is now open for the PRAXIS preparation course offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Education.

The six-week course will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Sept. 22. Classes will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The course is designed for secondary school teachers or elementary content area teachers (art, music, physical education, etc.) hired after the 1995-1996 school year who are required to take the PRAXIS exam. The prep course prepares teachers for the exam so that they can be designated as highly qualified in order to meet the mandates of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act. For more information or to register, call the UVICELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL Course Designed to Help Human Resources Professionals Achieve National Certification

Human Resource professionals who wish to obtain nationally recognized certification 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 Resource Certification program will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 10. Classes will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The course provides a solid foundation for meeting human resource challenges found in today's demanding work environment and prepares professionals to achieve Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designation. The certification is awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute and signifies that human resource professionals have achieved the industry certification that sets them apart as true professionals in their field. For more information on the certification program, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVICELL Offers Course in Basics of Real Estate Industry

Individuals interested in learning more about the real estate industry are being urged to register for the real estate course offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center.

The course - Real Estate Principles and Practices - will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 11, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. It is designed to expose individuals to the real estate industry and specifically prepares them for the real estate salesperson licensing examination. A variety of topics will be covered including real estate theory, mathematics, and USVI rules and regulations, including applicable sections of the VI Code. For more information on the course, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI-CELL to Offer Six-week Praxis II Preparation Course on St. Thomas

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a six-week, classroom course designed to prepare teachers to take and pass the Praxis II exam. The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on six Saturdays - Sept. 22 and 29, and Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The course will use clear explanations, numerous examples, and graphics and animation, to prepare teachers to take the Praxis II test. Sessions take place at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The fee is $500. For more information and to sign-up for the course call UVI-CELL at (340) 693-1100.

Course to Focus on Getting the Most of Your Smart Phone or Tablet

Smart phones and tablets - the latest technological advances - are designed to make lives easier, but the novice user can be overwhelmed. To unravel the mystery of these devices, the UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will conduct a course to help novice users understand their devices and use their capabilities to the fullest.

Although titled Mastering Your iPhone/iPad, the course is open to individuals with any smart phone or tablet device. The three-week course will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays with the start date to be determined. The cost is $150 for 15 hours of instruction. Students will learn to master basic features and functions, efficiently operate their devices, integrate apps into their daily lives, sync with other devices and other applications, and personalize their devices. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. For more information on the workshop, call Debra Stevens (340) 693-1108 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

VI SBDC Sets Workshops in September

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering several workshops in September. The following is the list for sessions on St. Thomas and St. Croix. For more information, visit the VI SBDC website - http://www.sbdcvi.org - or use this direct link to SBDC Course Information and Registration. Registration is available at: http://sbaworkshops.stoverteam.com. Call the St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206 or the St. Croix Service Center at (340) 692-5270.

  • Proposal Preparation Workshop

Date/Time: St. Thomas on Thursday, Sept. 6 - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: SBDC Training Facility in Nisky Center on St. Thomas.

Cost: Free for 7(j) eligible businesses. Local Contact: Mary Joe Williams, mwillia@uvi.edu

Workshop Information: Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff at (770) 423-9888 or send email to http://sbaworkshops.stoverteam.com.

Topics Include: Strategizing for a winning price; How RFP elements influence strategy; Developing the tech proposal; Past Performance; How the winner is selected; and The proposal review process.

  • Government Contract Negotiations Workshop

Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the SBDC, Training Facility in the Sion Farm Shopping Center in Christiansted on St. Croix. Local Contact: Carmen Acevedo Adams, caceved@live.uvi.edu.

Cost: Free for 7(j) eligible businesses.

Workshop Information: Phyllis Embree or Chris Strudthoff at (770) 423-9888 or send email to http://sbaworkshops.stoverteam.com.

Topics Include: How and when to negotiate during government contracting; Cost considerations when negotiating price; Tips and techniques for successful negotiations; and Negotiations with government vs commercial negotiations.

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