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Bulletin Board for August 29, 2011

UVI to Close for Labor Day Holiday on Monday, Sept. 5

UVI will be closed in observance of the Labor Day Holiday on Monday, Sept. 5. This includes the UVI libraries and the St. John Academic Center. Classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

UVI Special Alumni Phonathon - Phase III Begins Today

UVI's Special Alumni Phonathon III begins at 5:30 p.m. today (Monday, Aug. 29) and continues each evening through Sept. 1. Volunteers - who gathered on Friday for an orientation session (see the UVI Today... photo blog - http://uvitoday.blogspot.com) - will be making calls from the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The Phonathon is UVI's primary venue for communicating with UVI alumni and special alumni. Special alumni are persons who attended UVI for a minimum of 12 months and, while they did not graduate from UVI, they maintain a special interest, tie or experience with the institution. To volunteer, contact Cherilyn Brown - at cbrowne@uvi.edu - or Astrid Carmona - at acarmon@uvi.edu.

Motivational Lecture Aims on Aug. 30 on St. Croix to Boost Your Success

A lecture/presentation by mentoring expert Dr. Howard G. Adams is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix in Evans Center Room 401. The lecture title is "Get Up With Something on Your Mind - Strategic Thinking Tips for Achieving Academic/Career/Personal Success." UVI students, members of the public and local researchers are invited to attend.

Dr. Adams is the author of 15 self-help career, personal and professional guides and handbooks. He is founder and president of the Norfolk, Va.-based H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc., and has spoken at over 600 colleges and universities, presented seminars and workshops for Fortune 500 companies and served as the keynote speaker for hundreds of business and government conferences.

For additional information contact Dr. Velma Tyson at (340) 692-4157. This seminar is sponsored by UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Programs. For more on ECS programs visit http://ecs.uvi.edu.

Reichhold Center for the Arts to Unveil 2011-2012 Season on Sept. 1

Reichhold Center for the Arts launches another exciting season of entertainment on Thursday, Sept. 1, when it unveils the 2011-2012 season lineup during a St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours session scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Reichhold Theatre. Business After Hours includes a gourmet buffet, music and the Chamber's famous $2 cocktail bar. There will also be a chance to win tickets to upcoming Reichhold shows. For more information call (340) 693-1550.

UVI to Host 11th Labor Day Invitational Volleyball Tourney Sept. 2-4 on St. Thomas

The 11th Annual Labor Day Invitational Volleyball Tournament at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas is scheduled for Sept. 2 to 4. UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Virgin Islands community are invited. Admission is free.

Men's and women's teams from Antigua, the BVI, Chicago, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, in addition to UVI's Buccaneers, will face off beginning Friday, Sept. 2, with a reception sponsored by Subway Restaurant at 6:30 p.m. The first match follows at 7:30 p.m.

Morning and evening matches continue on Saturday, Sept. 3, and conclude on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 4. The championship matches are scheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and support UVI Buccaneers.

UVI Scientists to Publish Results of Climate Modeling Research

As hurricane season continues, the need to better understanding the oceans, weather and other components of the local ecosystem is on everyone's mind. That is especially true for researchers at the University of the Virgin Islands.

Scientists at UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies routinely collect information about the conditions of the waters surrounding the Virgin Islands and those of the broader Caribbean region. Recently, some of this data was used to create new, state-of-the-art computer-generated models of our oceans. These models are designed to help to determine patterns in the ocean, in the sky, and where the two interconnect. In September, an article describing the study by UVI's Dr. Richard Nemeth and Dr. Nasseer Idrisi, and Dr. Laurent Chérubin, visiting from the University of Miami, will be published in the prestigious international journal Ecological Modelling (volume 222, issue 17). This specific study is titled: "Flow and transport characteristics at an Epinephelus guttatus (red hind grouper) spawning aggregation site in St. Thomas (US Virgin Islands)."

A news release is available on the UVI website - direct link.

CGTC Plans Teacher Workshop on Open Space Stewardship Program

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.

Other Current Items...

Annual Inventory of UVI Assets Slated for Week of Aug. 29

UVI's Purchasing Office has announced that American Appraisal Associates will conduct the annual inventory of University assets. During the week of Aug. 29, representatives from American Appraisal Associates will visit all buildings and offices to inventory and tag University equipment. A University Security Officer or other designated University personnel will accompany them.

To facilitate this project, please do the following:

Identify any personal property that you may have in your office so it is not counted as University property.

Bring all small equipment (laptop computers, digital cameras etc.) that are University property to your office so that it can be properly accounted for.

Identify all property that was purchased by federal funds.

Please direct questions to the Purchasing Department at (340) 693-1483.

Upward Bound Offices on St. Thomas, St. Croix Closed Through Sept. 2

The Upward Bound Offices on UVI's St. Thomas campus and the Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix are closed for the period Monday, Aug. 8, through Friday, Sept. 2. The offices will reopen on Tuesday, Sept., 6.

Fashion Show Sept. 2 Will Support Miss UVI's College Queens Competition

Miss UVI Daniella Henry will represent the University and the Virgin Islands at the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame's Conference from Sept. 22-26, 2011, in Atlanta, Ga. She will also participate in the conference's annual Competition of College Queens scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24. To help support her preparation for the competition, a fund-raising fashion show - the Freshman Fall Fashion Explosion: What's H.O.T.T. This Fall - will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Cafetorium of UVI Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. All proceeds from the show will be used to help Miss UVI prepare for her journey to Atlanta.

Click here for a Fashion Show Poster

The show will showcase styles from Alliance Clothing, Eagle's Fashion, the UVI Bookstore, Strictly the Best Men & Kids Wear, Garment City, Rainbow, Crucian Apparel, Marianne's, Hair Unlimited Beauty Supply & Salon, Stilettos & Bow Ties, Accessorize, and the S.T. B. Golden Surprise. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. sharp. General Admission is $12, and $10 for students with I.D.s. Tickets will be sold exclusively at the UVI Bookstore.

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.

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.

OIRP Posts National Survey of Student Engagement Results

UVI's Office of Institutional Research & Planning (OIRP) has announced the completion of the 2011 NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement). The report is now available to members of the UVI community under the Communities tab of the myCampus portal. It can be accessed by selecting this direct link. The report is also available from the OIRP section of the UVI website - surveys sink.

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.

'Power Up St. Croix' Assistive Technology and Health Fair Scheduled for Aug. 31

An Assistive Technology and Health Fair will be hosted on Wednesday, Aug. 31, by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the VI Department of Human Services (DHS). Titled "Power Up St. Croix," the expo and fair will target senior citizens and persons with disabilities. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Great Hall, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Homebound participants or others unable to attend in person may also view the fair activities live via VIUCEDD Channel online at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/viucedd.

VIUCEDD Associate Director Dr. Charles Beady will open the fair. A brief presentation covering the inroads made for persons with disabilities since VIUCEDD brought awareness and assistive technology resources to the territory in 1994 will follow. Also presenting will be Murlene VanBeverhoudt, acting administrator for the VI Department of Human Services Division of Senior Citizens Affairs

"Power Up St. Croix" will feature the latest in assistive technology - augmentative, daily living, hearing, iPad, vision devices, computers and software. A financial planning workshop, wheelchair aerobics, presentations on ear care and hearing instruments, and vision and hearing screenings are also planned. Details on available VIUCEDD and DHS programs and services will be presented. For more information call (340) 692-4267.

UVI Bookstores Offer Extended Hours; Fall Semester Textbook Lists Posted

As the fall semester gets underway, UVI's Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix are offering extended operating hours.

Both UVI Bookstores have also published lists of textbooks for the fall semester on UVI website - www.uiv.edu - pages. See these direct links: St. Thomas Books | St. Croix Books

St. Thomas Campus (Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Extended hours will be offered from Aug. 17 through Sept. 2, as follows:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

St. Thomas Book List

Albert A. Sheen Campus - St. Croix (Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Extended hours will be available as follows:

Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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.

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 Participate in Fourth CERC Health Disparities Institute

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."

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.

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.

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.

UVI Publishes Inaugural Issue of the Newsletter Philanthropy & You

The inaugural issue of the semiannual newsletter Philanthropy & You has been published by the Institutional Advancement Component of the University of the Virgin Islands. In the issue, UVI President Dr. David Hall offers thanks to those who provide continuing financial support to the University and its students. "We want to keep you informed about how the money you contribute is being used to fulfill dreams," President Hall wrote. "This is about you - your contributions, your sacrifice, your caring, your philanthropy. You make wonderful things happen at UVI."

The first issue of Philanthropy & You highlights the philanthropy of Judge James Carroll III and his wife Celia Carroll, who have established the Jason Carroll Memorial Scholarship in memory of their son. Also featured is the historic pledge of a $5 million gift to UVI by entrepreneur Kiril Sokoloff, who heads the asset allocation and investment research firm 13D Research, which is a tenant of the UVI Research and technology Park.

Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson said, "Philanthropy & You will continue to highlight the phenomenal acts of generosity that improve the lives of our students and help build a vibrant academic environment at UVI." She also noted that Institutional Advancement is developing a revised and redesigned alumni newsletter - The UVI Alumni Chronicles - which will also be published on a semiannual basis.

The newsletter is available from the Giving section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: Philanthropy & You Newsletter.

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.