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Bulletin Board for August 10, 2011

VITEMA to Conduct Operational Test of Tsunami Sirens on Thursday

Between 10 and 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), and its contractor American Signal Corp., will conduct an operational test of the first phase of the Tsunami Siren Warning System.

VITEMA is asking for feedback from those who heard the sirens. Tell us what you heard and where you were when you heard it. Take VITEMA's online survey at , post it on our Facebook page, Tweet us at @readyusvi or call our office at 773-2244 on St. Croix, 776-6444 on St. John and 774-2244 on St. Thomas.

CERC Announces Inaugural Christensen Health Disparities Lecture Series

The Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center for Excellence at the University of the Virgin Islands will present the inaugural Donna M. Christensen Lecture Series during its Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute, Oct. 19-21, on the island of St Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The lecture series is named for the Honorable Donna M. Christensen, eighth term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dr. Christensen is the first female physician in the history of the U.S. Congress, the first woman to represent an offshore Territory, and the first woman Delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands. For details about 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.

CERC Seeks Abstracts for Health Disparities Institute

The organizing committee of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center's Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute is seeking abstracts for oral presentations and/or poster displays. The Institute will take place on Oct. 20 and 21, 2011, on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original research, community-based programs, education, training or clinical programs, and evidence-based practice models relevant to any of the following topics:

Issues and Challenges in Reducing Health Disparities Related to Acute and Chronic Conditions in Ethnic/Racial Minority and Caribbean Populations

Impact of Culture on Prevention, Early Detection, Treatment, and Policy Implications Related to Health Disparity Issues in Ethnic/Racial Minority and Caribbean Populations

Best Practice Partnerships, Collaborations, and Models for Reducing Disparate Health Issues that can be Applied to US Virgin Islands and Caribbean Populations.


DEADLINE: All abstracts must be received by the organizers no later than midnight, Atlantic Standard Time, Aug. 15, 2011. Please construct your abstract according to Abstract Submission Guidelines available on the CERC Institute's website, which can be found at: www.cercinstitute.org.

Eligibility: All abstracts should represent clinical, research, education, training activities, or community-based programs.

Acknowledgement: All abstracts will receive notification of receipt within two business days. All notifications will be made via email from abstracts@cercinstitute.org.

SGA on St. Croix Seeking Students for Committees

The Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is seeking students who are interested serving on SGA committees for the 2011-2012 academic year. Available committees include Black History, Elections, Food, Social and Cultural, Sports, Queens, Publications and Academic/Grievance. For details, send questions to sgastx@myuvi.net. Application forms are available from the Student Activities office adjacent to the UVI Bookstore.

UVI Community Invited to Farewell Session for Steven Goode

UVI's Research and Public Service Component invites the UVI community to join in saying farewell to Steven Goode, director of Sponsored Programs, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 12, in second floor conference room (Room 203) of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Semester Notes...

Orientation for New/Transfer Students Set Aug. 14-19; STJAC Open House Set Aug. 12

UVI's Fall Semester 2011 Orientation Week for new and transfer students is scheduled from Aug. 14 to 19, on St. Thomas and St. Croix. A special open house for students planning to take videoconference classes at the new St. John Academic Center (STJAC) in Cruz Bay is set for 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. Visitors can tour the center, view available resources and learn more about orientation and registration from UVI officials. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

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Noted motivational speaker Marlon Smith, a former employee with IBM and Hewlett-Packard who left corporate America to pursue a passion for helping people maximize their potential, will speak during orientation on both campuses. Honored as a top motivational speaker by Essence Magazine in 2004, Smith speaks throughout the United States and around the world. He will speak on Monday, Aug. 15, on St. Croix and on Tuesday, Aug. 16, on St. Thomas.

UVI's Fall Semester Classes to Begin Aug. 22, 2011; Registration Details

Returning Students: Online registration for returning students is now underway. It continues through Friday, Aug. 12. To register, returning students must confer with their advisors to have courses approved and to receive login PINs for access to UVI's BanWeb system. For details, call (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4158 on St. Croix.

Details - class schedules and information sheets - are available from the of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. The deadline for returning students to pay tuition and fees is 4 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Late Registration: Late registration is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18 and Friday, Aug. 19. A $75 late fee will be charged for late registration.

UVI Offering Wait Listing Option for Limited Number of Classes

The University of the Virgin Islands Access and Enrollment Services Office, as part of its customer service improvement plan, introduced a Banner Wait Listing for a limited number of classes on Monday, July 25. With this new feature, students who opt to be wait-listed for a class in which they were unable to register will receive an automatic e-mailed notification when a place becomes available. Students will have 24 hours from the time the e-mail is generated in which to register for the class.

Students are encouraged to choose the Wait Listing option, as it will also provide the University with useful planning information on classes that are in high demand. For more information on St. Thomas or St. Croix send e-mail to registrar@uvi.edu.

Online Version of UVI's 2011-2012 Catalog Now Available

An online version of UVI's 2011-2012 Catalog is now available from the Academics section of the UVI website - direct link. In addition to the current catalog, archived online versions of previous catalogs are also available on the same page.

New Faculty Orientation Slated for Aug. 17-19; Faculty Convocation Set for Aug. 19

New members of the UVI faculty will be attending orientation sessions on UVI's campuses on St. Thomas and St. Croix from Aug. 17 through 19. Sessions on St. Thomas will be held in Business Education Room 110. On St. Croix, the sessions will take place in Evans Center Room 401. On Aug. 17 and 18, the sessions will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Aug. 19, the sessions will start at 8:30 a.m. and end with Faculty Convocation. Faculty Convocation is scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. in Business Education 110 on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 401 on St. Croix. For more information contact Maria Fleming at (340) 692-4183 or via e-mail at: mflemin@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

UVI to Co-host International Federation of Library Associations Pre-Conference

University of the Virgin Islands Libraries, in collaboration with the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), Acquisitions and Collection Development Section, will host a pre-conference satellite meeting on Aug. 10-12, in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The meeting's theme is "Maximizing collection development of electronic and print media in the digital environment." Approximately 40 international and local participants, and presenters representing Denmark, Austria, Astonia, USA, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Mexico, Caribbean islands and other countries, are expected to attend. This pre-conference is a lead up to the 77th IFLA World General Congress to be held immediately following in San Juan, PR. For more information visit the IFLA website - http://www.library.mcgill.ca/ifla-stthomas/index.html - or contact Judith Rogers at jrogers@uvi.edu.

Trustees for VIAC Awards Endowment to Meet Aug. 18 on St. Thomas

The Board of Trustees for the V.I. Academic and Cultural Awards Endowment will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, in the third-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The agenda will include a discussion on applicants for funding for the 2011-12 academic year. An update on current and past recipients will also be provided. An executive session is expected. For more information call (304) 693-1040.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for July 2011

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for July 1-31, 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

  and from thisdirect link.

Faculty, Staff, Students Invited to Join Hampton U. Videoconference on Global Education

UVI faculty, staff and students are invited to participate (via videoconference) in a UNCF/Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute scheduled at Hampton University from Aug. 10 to 12. The theme for the institute is "Extending a Legacy of International Presence and Outreach at HBCUs - Social Justice and Education Policy for the Twenty-First Century." Sessions will explore ways to enhance global education at HBCUs.

The institute will feature a discussion of UVI's Institute for Future Global Leaders, which is considered a leading model in global education, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 12. A discussion of how UVI's program equips students with building blocks to become effective leaders in a global environment will be led by Dr. Carlyle Corbin and Dr. Solomon Kabuka. Dr. Corbin has served as an adjunct faculty to the Summer Institute since 1995, and Dr. Kabuka is the director of UVI's Summer Institute.

Individuals who would like to participate should contact Dr. Kabuka, via e-mail at skabuka@uvi.edu, by Thursday, Aug. 4, for more information.

Scores of faculty and staff from HBCUs will be participating in person at Hampton. Additionally, HBCU's joining via video and teleconference include: Bethune Cookman University, Bennett College, Benedict College, Spelman College, Xavier University of Louisiana, Dillard University, Clark Atlanta University, Lane College, Tuskegee University, Prairie View A&M University, Fayetteville State University, Southern University and A&M College and Norfolk State University.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Special Alumni Phonathon - Phase III

Volunteers are sought for Phase III of the UVI Special Alumni Phonathon, scheduled for Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Sponsored by UVI's Office of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs, the Phonathon has become the primary venue for communicating with UVI alumni. Phase I of the effort, which connected with alumni through a national calling program, was officially launched on March 1, and is ongoing. Phase II was held from May 23-26 with over 100 volunteers contributing their valuable time reaching special alumni. Special alumni are persons who attended UVI for a minimum of 12 months and, although they did not graduate from UVI, maintain a special interest, tie or experience with the institution.

The phonathon allows the University to reconnect with special alumni, update their contact and career information, share the latest University information, and secure donations which continue to fund scholarships for UVI students. Individuals, as well as groups, are encouraged to join the effort as volunteers. Each volunteer receives a special gift and dinner each night of the phonathon. Prizes will be given to the top callers each night and a special "Director's Challenge" has been issued to reward the volunteer who raises the most pledges and highest amount of gifts during the four-night effort. The winner will receive a two-night stay at Treasure Isle Hotel in Tortola, BVI. There are many other prizes for volunteers being contributed by the community, including dinners, spa service, leather goods, etc. To volunteer, contact Cherilyn Brown - at cbrowne@uvi.edu - or Astrid Carmona - at acarmon@uvi.edu.

UVI Libraries, STJAC Announce Intersession Hours

The UVI Libraries and the St. John Academic Center (STJAC) will observe intersession hours from Sunday, July 31, to Sunday, Aug. 21. Intersession hours of operation are as follows:

UVI Libraries: Monday to Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays - closed.

St. John Academic Center: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 10 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.; Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays - closed.

Regular Library and St. John Academic Center hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 22. For more information contact the UVI helpdesk@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1466.

UVI Homepage Features Links to Latest Weather and Emergency Information

As the territory heads into the heart of 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.

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

CELL Notes...

UVI's CELL Center to Offer Free Energy Efficiency Workshops in August

Educating the community about ways to save money and energy is the goal of a series of free workshops to be hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) workshops are designed to promote energy efficiency and encourage the use of renewable energy. The first workshops in the series - Energy Efficiency for Residential Consumers - is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Workshops will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus and at the UVI-CELL Center in Frederiksted on St. Croix. Workshops designed specifically for the business community will follow from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11, in the same island locations.

Participants are urged to bring copies of their most recent WAPA bills for a chance to obtain a free energy monitor which can be used to track energy consumption and savings. For more information call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu. EERE workshops are made possible by the Energy Office Discretionary Grant Program which is funded by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

UVI CELL to Host Real Estate Sales Course Beginning in August

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

On St. Thomas, classes will be held 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Aug. 16, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Aug. 20, at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The Real Estate Sales course 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, USVI Rules and Regulations and all applicable sections of the VI Code.

For fees and more information on the course, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

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 by Monday, Aug. 22.

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.

Business Writing and Grammar Skills Workshops on St. Thomas, St. Croix

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

Participants will learn to sharpen their competitive edge through clear, well-focused writing; perfect grammar and usage skills; avoid embarrassing mistakes; polish documents so they are inviting and easier to read; spot common usage errors; and more. For fees or more information call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC to Host COPE Conference Series for Business Superstars on St. Thomas

The COPE Caribbean Conference Series for Business Superstars will conduct two days of training at the VI Small Business Development Center at Nisky Center on St. Thomas on Aug. 19 and 20. The sessions are free and include breakfast and lunch. They will run from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. The conference goal is to provide skill-building events for business women throughout the Caribbean, helping them to get Clear-Organized-Productive-Efficient (COPE). A cadre of professional speakers will focus on improving personal productivity, financial, and technology skills for business. Men are also welcome. For details, or to register visit the COPE website at: http://copecaribbean.com.

Small Business Development Center to host 'Business Plan' Course

The VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer the NXLEVEL® - How To Write A Business Plan course beginning on Aug. 22, on St. Thomas. The five-week, 30-hour course is designed for entrepreneurs who want to expand an existing business or start a new business. Participants will receive professional guidance in a classroom setting and one-on-one counseling taught by a certified NXLEVEL® instructor.

The course will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on Aug. 22 and ending on Sept. 26. It will be held at the SBDC St. Thomas training facility in Nisky Center, Suite 720. The cost is $399. A limited number of scholarships may be available for those who apply. People interested in participating are encouraged to register because enrollment is limited. For more information, to register for the course or to apply for a scholarship, call the SBDC at 776-3206 or visit www.sbdcvi.org.

The SBDC is a partnership of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the University of the Virgin Islands.