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Bulletin Board for September 22, 2011

DHHS' Dr. Garth N. Graham Selected as Donna M. Christensen Inaugural Lecturer

The Caribbean Exploratory NIMHD Research Center for Excellence (CERC) at the University of the Virgin Islands School of Nursing has announced Dr. Garth N. Graham will be the inaugural Donna M. Christensen Series lecturer. The lecture will be presented during CERC's Fourth Annual Health Disparities Institute, set for Oct. 19-21, at Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort on St. Thomas. Dr. Graham is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. A news release is available on the UVI homepage - direct link. (See related item on UVI faculty and staff rates for the Institute. - make anchor -)

RTPark Construction Project Gets Underway on Albert A. Sheen Campus

UVI's Research and Technology Park has announced the start of a major construction project on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The $13 million project, recently authorized by the RTPark Board of Directors, will feature a two-story, roughly 18,000-square-foot building located near the main campus entrance, just off the Queen Mary Highway. In an e-mail to the UVI community, RTPark Executive Director David Zumwalt said the project will soon be in full swing, with a projected completion in 18 months. Zumwalt's letter also noted that Denise Kurg and Jeremy Tyson will be the key RTPark personnel responsible for shepherding the project to completion.

The full letter is available from this direct link. More information is also available on the RTPark website at: www.uvirtpark.com.

SGA Carnival Organizing Committee Sets First Meeting Today on St. Thomas

The Student Government Association (SGA) Carnival Organizing Committee on UVI's St. Thomas campus invites members of the UVI community to its first meeting slated for 8 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 22), at the Dining Pavilion. The committee is inviting all students, alumni and friends to attend this important meeting, as work gets underway to share UVI's Golden Jubilee celebration with the Virgin Islands community.

UVI Students Invited to Chiropractic Recruiting Session

UVI students interested in pursuing a career in chiropractic are invited to a recruitment dinner with a representative from Life University at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23, at Randy's Bar and Bistro, on St. Thomas. Life University's Dr. Miguel Hastings, who is visiting from Atlanta, will host the session. A special invitation has been extended by UVI's Career Services Office to individuals studying in the areas of health arts, nursing, biology, athletics and physical therapy. Interested persons should indicate their intention to participate to Dr. Hastings by calling (404) 909-7999 or sending e-mail to miguelhastings@yahoo.com. For more information contact Dr. Kevin Lenaham at (340) 643-0709 or send e-mail to chcvi@islands.vi. For details at UVI contact Mary Myers in the Career Services Office at (340) 693-1088.

UVI Theatre Auditions for Holiday Play Continue Today and Friday, Sept. 22 & 23

The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre continues open auditions for its upcoming holiday play, "O Christmas Three!" today (Sept. 22) and Friday, Sept. 23. 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 will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. 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) 693-1341 or via e-mail at dlarche@uvi.edu. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - direct link.

St. Croix SGA Supports Miss UVI's Participation in Hall of Fame Queens Competition

The Student Government Association on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix has issued a statement of support and appreciation for the reigning Miss UVI Daniella Henry as she competes in this year's HBCU Hall of Fame Queens Competition. On Sept. 15, Miss UVI gave a preview of her planned Queens Competition performance on campus. The Competition of College Queens will be held as part of the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame's Conference from Sept. 22-26, in Atlanta, Ga. Henry was crowned Miss UVI on April 9. A news release with more details is available from this direct link.

35 UVI STEM Students to Present Research Sunday on St. Thomas

UVI STEM students - those studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics - and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Programs invite the community to the 13th Annual Fall Research Symposium, set for 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, in the Administration Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Thirty-five students will present posters summarizing their research findings in areas including biology, environmental science, chemistry, psychology, engineering, computer science and physics. The majority of these research projects have not been previously presented at UVI. Most of the students, 63 percent, conducted their research at institutions other than UVI.

For more information and to preview the symposium's abstract booklet, visit http://ecs.uvi.edu or call Amanda Wright at 693-1397.

Hispanic Heritage Month Panel Discussion Set for Sept. 29 on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands will host a panel discussion marking Hispanic Heritage Month from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The panel will feature VI Senator Nellie O'Reilly-Rivera, plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Centeno, Innovative Vice President of Labor Relations Carmelo Rivera and UVI's Cooperative Extension Service State Director Kwame Garcia. The discussion topic will be "Challenges and Successes of Hispanics in Health, Labor, Education and the Family Setting." The discussion will be held in the Cafetorium. For more information, contact Nereida Washington at (340) 692-4161 or Necola Charles at (340) 692-4000.

St. Croix SGA Students to Attend National Student Government Summit

Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus will receive training at the National Student Government Summit hosted by the American Student Government Association scheduled for Sept. 29 through Oct. 2, in Washington D.C. Details and a photo from the SGA's recent installation ceremony are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog - http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

UVI Research and Technology Park Executive Committee Meeting Set Sept. 30

The Executive Committee of the UVI Research and Technology Park Board of Directors will meet via teleconference at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011. For more information contact the RTPark at (340) 693-1118.

CES Issues September Issue of "From the Ground Up" Newsletter

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) has issued the September issue of its "From the Ground UP" newsletter. The newsletter includes a feature on the CES's six-week Summer Academy and numerous articles detailing the community service while interacting with the international society. An online version of "From the Ground Up" is accessible from the Publications links on the CES section of the UVI website - direct link.

CGTC Issues Inaugural Newsletter for September 2011

UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) has published its inaugural newsletter. Volume 1 outlines several recent and current CGTC initiatives such as the Open Space Stewardship Program for Virgin Islands teachers planned for Sept. 27-29 at UVI (see related item). Approximately 12 teachers from the Virgin Islands are expected to attend the event which will open with remarks from Congresswoman Donna Christensen. The newsletter is available from this direct link. More information is available from the CGTC website: http://cgtc.uvi.edu.

UVI Homepage Features Links to Latest Weather and Emergency Information

As hurricane season continues, the homepage of UVI's website - www.uvi.edu - continues to feature 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. The homepage also features links to emergency and hurricane season updates, which are posted as they are published by the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA). Click here for the latest emergency and hurricane season updates.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

CGTC Sets Teacher Workshop on Open Space Stewardship Set Sept. 27-29

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.

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.

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.

V.I. Humanities Council to Honor UVI's Marvin E. Williams on Sept. 30

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.

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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.

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.

SBDC Notes...

VI SBDC Names Debra Thompson the 2011 State Star

Debra Thompson has been named the 2011 State Star by the VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Thompson was chosen by the VI SBDC for being an outstanding performer, making a major contribution to the VI SBDC program, and showing a strong commitment to the growth of the network. Thompson is an administrative specialist for the SBDC on St. Thomas. She was recently honored at a special awards reception honoring the America Small Business Development Center's 2011 State Stars on Friday, Sept. 6, in San Diego, California. A photo of the presentation is featured on the UVI Today... photo blog - available at this direct link.

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.