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Bulletin Board for September 1, 2011

Reichhold Center for the Arts Unveil 2011-2012 Season Today

Reichhold Center for the Arts launches another exciting season of entertainment today (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 details call (340) 693-1550.

UVI Special Alumni Phonathon - Phase III Concludes Today

UVI's Special Alumni Phonathon III concludes today (Thursday, Sept. 1). Beginning at 5:30 p.m., volunteers 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.

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 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 New Hires-Separations Report Posted for August 2011

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for August 1-31, 2011. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits tab of UVI's myCampus web portal and from this direct link.

St. Croix SGA Installation Scheduled for Sept. 15

The Student Government Association (SGA) on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will hold its 2011-2012 officers installation at noon on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Evans Center Room 401. The installation theme is "SGA: Making a Difference." Malkia Morton, the 2010-2011 SGA President, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, contact Student Activities Supervisor Hedda Finch-Simpson at hfinch@uvi.edu.

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.

St. Thomas Campus SGA Seeking Student Participation

The Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's St. Thomas campus is seeking students interested in participating in the decision making process at the University. Students are needed to represent the SGA by serving on various UVI committees. Interested students should contact the SGA office at (340) 693-1098.

Faculty Encouraged to Submit Proposals to New UVI Emerging Research Program

A new program is being started to support UVI faculty participation in the development of the University's research capacity. Members of the faculty may submit proposals for use of funds from recovered indirect costs though the Emerging Research Program. All faculty are encouraged to apply for funding through this program. Applications are due by Sept. 15, 2011. Please contact Dr. Henry H. Smith at (340) 693-1067 or send e-mail to hsmith@uvi.edu for additional information.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

CELL Conduction Free Workshops on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

A series of free workshops on energy efficiency and renewable energy are being offered on St. Thomas and St. Croix by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center (CELL). The workshops will focus on energy saving methods for the home or business, wind and water renewable energy solutions, solar hot water heaters and the Energy Star program. The presenters will be Bevan Smith, Jr. and Heru Ofori-Atta.

The remaining workshops are slated for Tuesday, Sept. 6, Thursday, Sept. 8 and Saturday, Sept. 10. For more information contact UVI-CELL at (340) 693-1100 or visit the website - http://cell.uvi.edu.

Funds for this project were made available in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Engergy that is administered by the Virgin Islands Energy Office.