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Bulletin Board for September 19, 2011

Customer Appreciation Sale Set for St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Sept 21-23

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus will conduct a Customer Appreciation Days Sale - for students, faculty and staff - on Sept. 21 through 23. This will feature 10 percent off prices on electronics, ink and toner cartridges. All supplies and clothing (not currently on sale) will be offered at 20 percent off. There will be no sale prices for textbooks or food and beverage items.

UVI Soccer to Open Season with Home Game Saturday, Sept. 24, on St. Croix

UVI's men's soccer team is scheduled to begin play in the LAI (Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria) league with a home game on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Buccaneers, coached by Yohannes Worede, will host Polytechnica University. Game time is 2 p.m. The game will be played at the Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted. Admission is free. Follow the team on Facebook at UVI Bucs Soccer Team or at this direct link.

Click here to view the 2011 UVI Soccer Schedule.

V.I. Humanities Council to Honor UVI's Marvin E. Williams

The Virgin Islands Humanities Council will present the organization's Humanist Award posthumously to former UVI professor Marvin E. Williams on Friday, Sept. 30. Williams, who also served as editor of UVI's "The Caribbean Writer" anthology, will be honored during the Humanities Council's two-day, We The People initiative titled "Place, Time & Memory: 'Story Toh Tell!'" at Government House in Christiansted on St. Croix. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 30. It continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Oct. 1, at Fort Frederik, in Frederiksted. Admission is free. For more information call (340) 776-4044.

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.

Intramural Volleyball Begins Sept. 22 on St. Thomas; Players Sought

UVI's Intramural Department is seeking players for the 2011 St. Thomas campus coed volleyball league which will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All currently enrolled UVI students, as well as faculty and staff, are eligible. This is an opportunity to play with friends, get active and have fun. Now is the time to get teams together. A full team consists of 10 players and one non-playing coach, if desired. League rules limit male participation by never allowing more males on the court than females. A team may be all female. To submit a team or for more information contact Prof. Erik Heikkila at extension (340) 693-1213 or visit Room 227 in the Sports and Fitness Center. A team get-together and registration is set for 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Sports and Fitness Center.

ROTC Plans Cake Sale Sept. 23 on St. Thomas Campus

The UVI community is invited to a UVI-ROTC cake sale from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at the CA Building on the St. Thomas campus. For more information contact Gail Alexander at (340) 244-5784 or send e-mail to 900063512@myuvi.net.

UVI Logos, Graphics, Branding Elements Available from myCampus Portal

Members of the UVI community are advised that access to UVI logos, wordmark and other approved graphic elements, for use in official UVI publications, newsletters and websites, are available from the http://mycampus.uvi.edu. A link to these graphic elements is featured in the "UVI Branding Guide" portlet. Also included is a link to the UVI Brand Identity Style Guide (click to view), which outlines the University's overall graphics and branding policies. This guide should also be shared with any external graphic artists who provide designs, printing, publishing or web development. For details, contact the Public relations Office at (340) 693-1057.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

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.

Collaborative Strategic Planning Documents Available from myCampus Portal

Members of the University community - students, faculty and staff - are invited to review documents that have been produced during the initial stages of UVI's Collaborative Strategic Planning effort. The process is being used to develop the University's 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. The documents were generated by University faculty, staff and administrators in meetings and workshops that began on Oct. 8, 2010, and continued through Aug. 26, 2011. They are now available from a new "Strategic Planning" page in UVI's myCampus web portal.

Collaborative Strategic Planning sessions for UVI students are scheduled for Sept. 21, on St. Thomas, and for Sept. 22, on St. Croix. Documents detailing the ideas and comments will be added to the Strategic Planning page following those sessions.

The myCampus portal login screen is available from a link at the top right of any page in the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link - http://mycampus.uvi.edu.

A "Strategic Planning" tab at the top-right of an individual's myCampus home page can be selected at any time. Individuals can also directly access the Strategic Planning page from this Strategic Planning link. (Note: You will be prompted to login to myCampus if you have not already done so.)

For details contact Special Assistant to the President Dr. Haldane Davies at (340) 693-1004 or send e-mail to hdavies@uvi.edu.

CES Offers Erosion Sediment Control Workshop for St. John on Sept. 22

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) will offer an Erosion Sediment Control Workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, at the University's St. John Academic Center in Cruz Bay. The workshop is free and open to the public. For more information call Dale Morton at (340) 693-1086 or Carmen Wesselhoft at (340) 693-1587.

Fall Research Symposium Slated for Sept. 25 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI's Annual Fall Research Symposium, hosted by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists Program, is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25. It will take place in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas Campus. For more information visit the ECS website at http://ecs.uvi.edu.

UVI Bookstores to Close for Inventory from Sept. 26 to 30

UVI's Bookstores on St. Thomas and St. Croix will be closed for inventory from Sept. 26 through Sept. 30. Both bookstores will reopen for business on Monday, Oct. 3. For more information call (340) 693-1561 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4162 on St. Croix.

CES Plans Healthy Homes Workshop for St. John on Sept. 29

A session of the Caribbean Healthy Homes Workshop offered by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29, at UVI's St. John Academic Center in Cruz Bay. The free workshop provides training on toxic properties and adverse health effects of common household cleaning products and other items such as pesticides, furniture and treated fabrics. Participants will also learn how to read product labels and evaluate potential product toxicity, recipes for less-toxic cleaning alternatives using common household items and how to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

For more information call Dale Morton at (340) 693-1086 or Carmen Wesselhoft at (340) 693-1587.

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.

UVI Theatre Announces Open Auditions for Holiday Play

The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre announces open auditions for its upcoming holiday play, O Christmas Three! The work is a trilogy of short holiday plays for children, including Dorcas the Christmas Duck (Or Vincent the Violet-Nosed Vulture - A Cautionary Tale), Peas on Earth (A Birds-Eye View of Christmas) and The Last Straw (Holiday Fable). The play will be produced during the holiday season and will include performances at selected local schools as part of UVI's community outreach effort.

The production needs actors, singers, dancers, gymnasts, builders, painters, electricians, costumers, hair and make-up designers, and musicians, especially those who play keyboard/synthesizer, bass, drums and guitar. Auditions are open to all members of the UVI community and to members of the greater community who are of junior high school age or older. College credit is available for participation.

Auditions will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, September 20, 22, and 23, in the VIP Room on the second floor of the Sports and Fitness Center on UVI St. Thomas campus. Interested persons can direct questions to Dr. Larche at (340) 695-1341 or send a note to dlarche@uvi.edu. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

UVI Faculty and Staff Offered Special Rate for Upcoming CERC Institute

UVI's Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC) has issued the following registration details for members of the UVI faculty and staff who plan to participate in the center's upcoming Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute set for Oct. 20-21 at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Hotel on St. Thomas.

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.

Construction Projects Planned for Upper Campus on St. Thomas

UVI's Office of Capital Projects has announced that a series of construction projects that are part of an ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) Accessibility Project will begin today (Thursday, Sept. 15) on the Upper Campus area of the St. Thomas campus. The work will take place in the area of the Paiewonsky Library and the Nursing, Science, Business and Teacher Education buildings.

While the work is expected to continue through the end of the semester, every effort will be made to minimize disruption of classes and other activities. Access to each of the buildings will be maintained while contractors are working, and all appropriate safety measures will be in effect. UVI students, faculty and staff, as well as visitors, are urged to exercise caution while walking through the impacted area. Everyone is asked to pay close attention to signage posted for their protection.

UVI 2010 Graduate Alvaro de Lugo to Play Pro Volleyball in Puerto Rico

Stand-out UVI athlete Alvaro de Lugo, who graduated in 2011 with a degree in computer science, has signed a contract to play professional volleyball in Puerto Rico. He will play for a team in Mayaguez which competes in the Puerto Rico Volleyball Federation's Superior Volleyball League.

De Lugo was a starter on UVI's volleyball and basketball squads for four years and served as captain for both teams.

"Alvaro is the first known Virgin Islander to earn a professional volleyball contract offer in Puerto Rico and we are very proud of him," said UVI Athletic Director Peter Sauer. An article - Pro Volleyball Team in P.R. Signs UVI's de Lugo - was featured on Sept. 10 in The Virgin Islands Daily News. It can be read at from the sports section of The Daily News website - http://virginislandsdailynews.com - or from this direct link.

First 'Buzzaar' Sessions 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.

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.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Luncheon Meetings to Focus on Procurement

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center will offer luncheon meetings on St. Croix and St. Thomas focusing on the procurement process. The session is titled "How to Prepare a Correct Estimate for Bidding On Work -Part 2." The speakers are Michael Weary, the Virgin Islands tenant and property operations service manager for the General Services Administration (GSA), and Jennifer Heno, the small business advocate for the GSA's Public Building Services.

On St. Croix, the luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the SBDC's St. Croix Service Center in Sunshine Mall.

On St. Thomas, the luncheon is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Admission is $20. For more information or to register, call (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix or (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas. Space is limited. Individuals must register to attend.

CELL Notes...

Workshop on Business Writing and Grammar Skills Set for Sept. 22-23

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

Participants will learn: to sharpen their competitive edge through clear, well-focused writing; perfect grammar and usage skills; to avoid embarrassing mistakes; to polish documents so they are inviting and easier to read; and to spot common usage errors.

For fees or more information on the program, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

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.