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Bulletin Board for October 13, 2011

All UVI Students Invited to 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition Meeting Today

Student entrepreneurs at UVI are invited to the inaugural informational meeting about the 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 13). The videoconferenced session will be available in the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in the Great Hall on St. Croix.

A total of $60,000 in cash prizes - first-place $30,000, second-place $20,000 and third-place $10,000 - will be awarded to the competition's top three teams to help support their business plans. A news release is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Details are also available from this direct link 13D Entrepreneurship Competition.

UVI to Host Former President of Ecuador Jamil Mahuad Oct. 14

The University of the Virgin Islands continues its Hispanic Heritage Month activities on St. Croix with a special public presentation by former president of Ecuador President Jamil Mahuad, at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen campus.

UVI Associate Campus Administrator for Operations Nereida Washington said Mahuad, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will speak on "Hispanic Challenges and Successes." This focus on an inspiring individual of Hispanic heritage who has achieved dramatic success represents a broadening of the traditional heritage month celebrations, according to Washington. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

UVI Invites Public to Hispanic Heritage Month Open House at Pedro Cruz Park on Oct. 15

A UVI Open House at the Pedro Cruz Ball Park in Estate Profit (across from the Diageo USVI distillery) from 1 to 6 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 15, will conclude the University's Hispanic Heritage Month activities on St. Croix.

The public is invited to join in the fun and games. Food and drink, DJ music and community softball games are scheduled throughout the afternoon. The Open House will also feature presentations on UVI academic programs, assistance with the admissions process and details of the wide variety of other services offered by the University. The UVI Health Services office and members of the School of Nursing faculty will provide free health screenings. For more information, call (340) 692-4161.

Bucs Soccer Squad Notches first Win; To Host UPR-Rio Piedras Oct. 15 on St. Croix

UVI's men's soccer team racked up their first win with a 4-3 defeat of Metropolitan University in LAI league play on Saturday, Oct. 8. The Bucs take their 1-0-2 record into their final scheduled home match against UPR-Rio Piedras at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The contest takes place at Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted. Admission is free. A UVI win on Saturday could help ensure a place in the league playoffs, according to Coach Yohannes Worede.

View local media coverage of the Bucs: Bucs Notch First Win in Resounding Fashion - Virgin Islands Daily News (http://virginislandsdailynews.com).

Follow the team - and Coach Worede's comments on the upcoming match - on Facebook at "UVI Bucs Soccer Team" or at this direct link. Click here to view the 2011 UVI Soccer Schedule.

CERC Institute Pre-Registration Deadline is Oct. 15; Faculty, Staff Offered Special Rate

Saturday, Oct. 15, is the pre-registration deadline for the upcoming Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute set for Oct. 20-21 at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel on St. Thomas.

UVI's Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC), which will conduct the institute, has issued the following registration details for members of the UVI faculty and staff who plan to participate.

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 to Host World Food Day Activities on St. Croix on Sunday, Oct. 16

UVI will host the Virgin Islands' World Food Day activities on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. An international effort begun in 1981, World Food Day events around the world are designed to spur action to end hunger and help insure food security for all.

This year, junior high and high school students will compete in the 4th Annual World Food Day "Youth Super Chef" Competition. Adults are invited to enter their best bread, dessert or drink recipes in the open "Pineapple Splash Competition." Workshops will focus on pineapples, peppers and lamb. The first 30 persons to sign-up and attend the workshops will receive additional seedlings, a small pineapple plant and free samples of dishes featuring these crops.

There will be a food vendor court, a farmers' market, tours of UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station field facilities, a petting zoo, music by the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra and DJ Porter, performances by the Guardians of Culture Moko Jumbies, St. Croix Martial Arts, and the Emancipation Quadrille Dancers.

The entry fee is a non-perishable food item for the food drive. Donations will be given to the local food banks.

Click here for a 2011 World Food Day program.

World Food Day activities are sponsored by the UVI Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Department of Agriculture and UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station. For more information, call Clarice Clarke at 692-4060 or Marthious Clavier at 692-4090.

UVI Professor to Launch Detective Series with Book Signing on Oct. 18

UVI Associate Professor of Journalism Dr. Gillian Royes, will launch the first in a series of detective novels at a book signing at 5 p.m. on Oct. 18, at Dockside Bookstore in Havensight Mall, on St. Thomas. The UVI community is invited to attend. The series is being published by the Atria Imprint division of Simon & Schuster.

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Submissions

The Caribbean Writer, the University of the Virgin Islands' international, refereed, literary journal with a Caribbean focus, announces a submission call for its 26th edition. Issues unique to the Caribbean should be central to work submitted, or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Besides the usual poetry, short fiction and personal essays, Volume 26 will be dedicated to the environment - nature and ecology. Volume 26 will also celebrate women writers.

The deadline for making submissions is Nov. 30, 2011. For more information, or to submit online, visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call (340) 692-4152. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

Fall Graduation Requirements, Deadlines Announced

UVI seniors who intend to graduate in December of 2011 are advised that they must complete a graduation evaluation with their academic advisors and an online degree self-examination. The self-examination is available from this link on UVI's myCampus portal - https://mycampus.uvi.edu/web/mycampus/home.

On completion of a successful evaluation, students must apply for fall graduation by Oct. 31, 2011. The graduation application and payment must be submitted online at - https://mycampus.uvi.edu/web/mycampus/home. The fee is $75. It covers the diploma, and a cap and gown for use in commencement ceremonies in May 2012. Cap and gown measurements will be taken at the UVI Bookstores from Feb. 1, 2012 - March 15, 2012.

UVI's Aquaponics Program Featured on Consumer Advocacy Group's New Podcast

The Aquaponics program on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix has been selected as the subject of the first podcast in a new series produced by the U.S.-based Recirculating Farms Coalition (RFC). The consumer advocacy coalition is a collaborative group of farmers, educators, non-profit organizations and others committed to building local sources of healthy, accessible food. The group focuses on research, education and advocacy of recirculating farm systems as a way to create green jobs and healthy, locally- and sustainably-grown plants, fruits and vegetables, and humanely-raised seafood in diverse communities nationwide.

The new RFC podcast - available from the group's website: www.recirculatingfarms.org and from this direct podcast link - features an interview with UVI Research Specialist Donald Bailey. The 15-minute interview features a look at the UVI aquaponics system and a review of UVI's popular International Aquaponics and Tilapia Aquaculture Course. The five-day course is designed for interested students, entrepreneurs and farmers. This education program makes extensive use of the facilities with hands-on training in the practical aspects of aquaponic and biofloc systems and tilapia production. For more information call (340) 692-4038.

Bucs Basketball Squad, Brothers With A Cause to Participate in Family Fun Day Oct. 19

UVI's Buccaneers men's basketball squad will join in the day-long Family Fun Day sponsored by the V.I. Law Enforcement Planning Commission on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Emile Griffith Ballpark on St. Thomas. The Bucs will play an exhibition game against the Governmental Men All Stars at noon. The day's theme is Positive Men Create Strong Families. The UVI group Brothers With A Cause will be on hand to present an affirmation message. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a motorcade from Fort Christian to the ballpark. A car show, live music by Top Notch Band, music by DJ Pete, games and a magic show are planned in addition to the exhibition game. For more information contact Carmen Rogers-Green at (340) 774-0930, ext. 4477.

Dr. Callwood Inducted as Fellow in American Academy of Nursing

Dr. Gloria B. Callwood, former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), was recently inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in recognition of her outstanding leadership in nursing spanning more than four decades. The American Academy of Nursing's approximately 1,500 fellows are nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research and serve the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generation, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge.

More information is available in a news release on the UVI homepage - direct link.

Reichhold Center to Kick-off Season with Caribbean Powerhouse Band Kassav' on Oct. 28

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts kicks-off its 2011 season with a performance by Kassav' at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. The Caribbean powerhouse band promises a big dance party. From massive crowds at Paris' Zenith concert hall to the intimate spaces of New York City nightclubs. Kassav' has been mesmerizing audiences for three decades. For tickets - $55, $45 and $35 - contact the Reichhold Center Box Office at (340) 693-1559 or visit the Reichhold Center website - www.reichholdcenter.com.

Virgin Islands Writing Project Literacy Conference Set for Nov. 1 on St. Croix

The third Annual Literacy Conference, sponsored by the Virgin Islands Writing Project, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The conference theme is "Rethinking Education in a Technological Age." For more information, contact Valerie Combie at (340) 692-4126.

St. Thomas Reef Fest 2011 Set for Nov. 13; Participants Sought

Interested groups and organizations are invited to join in the 2011 edition of St. Thomas Reef Fest which is scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Brewers Bay Beach. The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service at UVI, in partnership with the Virgin Islands Network of Environmental Educators (VINE), the Lana Vento Foundation, the Environmental Association of St. Thomas and Sea Grant are sponsoring the event.

Reef Fest's goals are to raise awareness of the value of coral reef, promote environmental stewardship, and strengthen natural resource management and conservation. Activities such as educational games, snorkel clinics, sandcastle building, reef tours and presentations by experts in natural resources, science and management are planned. Environmental exhibits and activity booths will be presented by various government and community organizations, and local "green" vendors of both food and retail are encouraged. For more information contact Christine Settar at csettar@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1392. Reservations to participate must be placed by Nov. 1.

Other Current Items...

Breast Cancer Awareness Activities on St. Croix Slated for Oct. 10-15

The following Breast Cancer Awareness Activities are scheduled on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix from Oct. 10 through 15. For more information, contact Irene Hatchett-Sealey at (340) 692-4208.

Monday, Oct. 10: Noon - March starts at the end of Palm Drive; Information tables, informal presentations; Door Decorating Contest begins; Wear Everything Pink Day; UVI Dance Squad to perform

Tuesday, Oct. 11: Wear Pink Hair; Information tables 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Demonstration on how to perform a breast self exam 11a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 12: Wear Pink Shirt Day; Presentation 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 13: Health Services Center Open House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Clinical Breast Self Exam 9 a.m. to noon

Saturday, Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Committee 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Estate Profit Pedro (Pet) Cruz Park

UVI Intramural Stand-Up Boarding, Kayaking Set for Fridays in October

UVI students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in intramural stand-up boarding and kayaking on each Friday in October. Participants gather at 3 p.m. at the dock of UVI's MacLean Marine Science Center. Activities continue until dark. Six boards and six kayaks are available. There is no charge. Individuals with their own boards or boats should bring them.

Student Leadership Conference Set Nov. 4-5 on St. Croix; Sign-up Deadline Oct. 14

A student leadership conference titled "Leading with Purpose: Charting a Path to Student Success" is set for Nov. 4-5, on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The Office of Student Activities will host the event at the Hibiscus Hotel, La Grande Princess. The keynote presentation will be made by Mona L. Barnes, the first female Command Sergeant Major of the Virgin Islands National Guard. All student organizations and clubs on the Albert A. Sheen Campus are urged to register two student representatives for the conference. The registration deadline is Oct. 14. To register, contact the conference coordinator Necola Charles, at (340) 692-4000 or send e-mail to ncharle@uvi.edu.

Volunteers from UVI Community Sought for Two Events

Volunteers from the UVI community - students, faculty and staff - on St. Croix are sought to assist with two upcoming events, a multi-agency Children's Health Fair scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at UVI, and the fifth Project Homeless Connect, hosted by the VI Interagency Council for Homelessness from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Agricultural Complex. Persons interested in providing assistance with general activities at these events should sign up by Monday, Oct. 17. To do so, contact Marybell Martinez in Evans Center Room 802A or call (340) 692-4236.

UVI RTPark Executive Committee to Meet on Oct. 14

The executive committee of the UVI RTPark/RTPark-PC will meet at 2 p.m. (AST) on Friday, Oct. 14, via teleconference. The session will be available from the RTPark office on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Call (340) 692-4200 to participate, or for more information. Seating is limited.

UVI Concert Band and Rising Stars Plan Concert/Competition on Oct. 15

The Virgin Islands public is invited to a concert by UVI's Concert Band and the Rising Stars Steel Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Charlotte Amalie High School on St. Thomas. The concert is titled "Motown Review" The evening will also include the "Second Classical Solo Steel Pan Competition." Guest performers are Danielle Greenaway, Ledell Mulraine, Evanna Chinnery, Danny Challenger, Eugene Kuntz, Vanessa Tamar, Rivo J. Hodge and "The Dudes." Steel Pan Competitors will include: Seymour Dawson (Charlotte Amalie High School/Rising Stars Steel Orchestra) Ja'Quanie Hansby (Ivanna Eudora Kean High School/Rising Stars), Sherika Jacobs (Charlotte Amalie High School/Rising Stars) and Ajayi Pickering-Haynes (Charlotte Amalie High School/Rising Stars).

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and $10 for seniors. They may be purchased at Nora's Beauty Palace, Rising Stars Panyard, the UVI Humanities Office, UVI Bookstore and from UVI concert band members.

Deadline to Apply to UVI's Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is Oct. 15

UVI's School of Nursing has announced that the deadline to submit applications for the school's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program for the Spring Semester is Oct. 15, 2011. More information is available from the BSN Entry Requirements page of the School of Nursing section of the UVI website - direct link. The application form is available from this direct link. For more information call the School of Nursing at (340) 693-1290.

VI-WRRI Issues Call for Project Proposals; Submission Deadline Nov. 30

The Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute (VI-WRRI) at the University of the Virgin Islands has issued a Call for Proposals for the 2012 - 2013 U.S. Geological Survey Water Institute Program. Proposals that address water resources issues in the U.S. Virgin Islands are being sought. Funds for this program - approximately $80,000 - are made available through the Section 104 Institute Program of the U.S. Department of Interior - U.S. Geological Survey. All faculty and staff of the University of the Virgin Islands are eligible to apply for these funds through the VI-WRRI. Collaborations with non-UVI personnel are allowed.

Proposals are due by Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. Persons having questions or considering submitting proposals should contact the VI-WRRI for more information. The VI-WRRI may be reached at (340) 693-1062 or at hsmith@uvi.edu.

Applications Being Accepted for Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers

UVI's Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers (MMAT) Program is accepting applications for the spring 2012 semester. Applications may be completed by going on line at www.uvi.edu. The deadline to submit applications is Dec. 1, 2011. For further information please contact Dr. Vanere Goodwin at vgoodwi@uvi.edu or by calling 778-1620 ext 3143.

UVI Security Posts 2011 Annual Report Online

The UVI Security Department has posted its 2011 Annual Report to the Security section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu. The Report is available from the Security Home page and from this direct link: UVI Annual Report 2011.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for September 2011

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Sept. 1-30, 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 - http://mycampus.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Hours

UVI's St. Thomas Campus Bookstore regular business hours are now 9 a.m. 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (340) 693-1561.

CELL Notes...

Certification Program Offered for Human Resources Professionals on St. Croix

Human Resource professionals who wish to obtain nationally recognized certification can now take advantage of a preparatory course offered by the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The Human Resource Certification program will be held 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday starting Oct, 18. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

The review course provides a solid foundation for meeting human resource challenges found in today's demanding work environment and prepares professionals to achieve their Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designations. Certification is awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and signifies that human resource professionals have achieved the industry certification that sets them apart as true professionals in their field.

For details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer QuickBooks Training on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center is offering a course for individuals and small businesses who are interested in learning to use QuickBooks, the full-featured small business accounting software program. Introduction to QuickBooks will be held 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday starting Oct. 22, 2011 at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Participants will learn how to set up a standard list of accounts, manage accounts receivable and payable, reconcile bank accounts, track credit card transactions and much more.

For details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Introduction to Bookkeeping on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will offer a course for individuals interested in acquiring basic bookkeeping skills. Introduction to Bookkeeping will be held 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday, starting Oct. 22, at the UVICELL Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

Participants will learn to perform basic bookkeeping functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions, preparing basic financial statements, reconciling bank statements, preparing payroll and much more.

For details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.