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Bulletin Board for September 27, 2011

UVI Announces 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition; Meeting Set Oct. 13

Are you a student entrepreneur with a business idea that you're passionate about? Do you have the persistence, passion and commitment to bring your idea to fruition but lack the cash? Are you prepared to work hard for the opportunity of a lifetime? If your answer to each of these questions is "Yes!" then the University of the Virgin Islands 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition is what you've been waiting for.

An informational meeting about the competition has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the UVI Administration and Conference Center (ACC Rm. 142) on the St. Thomas campus and in the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix.

Imagine winning the financing to launch your business in the spring of 2012. UVI and 13D are prepared to make this happen. The winning teams will be awarded cash prizes to support their business plans. First-place will receive $30,000, second-place will get $30,000 and third-place will win $10,000.

A news release is available from the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI to Receive $2.3 Million for STEM Education

The University of the Virgin Islands has been awarded two grants, representing $2.3 million, to support teaching and learning in the science, technology, education and math (STEM) fields. The grants, provided through the National Science Foundation's HBCU Undergraduate Program (HBCU-Up), will make it possible for incoming and existing UVI STEM students to prepare for graduate school, to build a strong foundation for STEM careers, and to become high school science teachers.

A $2 million grant entitled, "UVI's Comprehensive Approach to Retention and Persistence in STEM," will be awarded over a period of five years. Additionally, the University has been awarded $300,000, over a period of two years, for the "Noyce Capacity Building Project: STEM Teach VI."

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

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Buccaneers Open Soccer Season With Strong Performance

Congratulations to UVI's men's soccer team, which turned out a strong showing in their inaugural game in LAI League action on St. Croix, on Sept. 24. Despite a strong start against Polytechnica University, the young Buccaneers squad ended up with a 2-2 tie in the game that was held at Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted.

View local media coverage of the Bucs.

UVI's Earns Hard-Fought Draw in First-Ever Soccer Match - St. Thomas Source

Promising Start for UVI Soccer - Virgin Islands Daily News

The Bucs go on the road in Puerto Rico to take on UPR-Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 1. Their next home game - at Paul E. Joseph Stadium - is slated for Oct. 8, when they host Metropolitan University. 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.

Co-Ed Volleyball Organizational Meeting on St. Croix Set Today (Sept. 27)

A meeting for all intramural co-ed volleyball team captains on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus, on St. Croix, is slated for 5 p.m. on today (Tuesday, Sept. 27), in Coach Bruce Wray's office (MB106). The session will cover the upcoming league play, rules will be covered and team rosters/waivers will be distributed. League play is scheduled to begin the first week in October. For more information contact Coach Wray at (340) 692-4139.

Orientation Sessions Scheduled for New Student Employees on St. Thomas

Mandatory orientation sessions for new student employees on the St. Thomas campus are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, Sept. 28 - 2 to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 29 - 11a.m. to noon

Friday, Sept. 30 - 11 a.m. to noon

Sessions will take place in the Conference Room of the Roupp House Building (downstairs of the Student Employment Office). Their goal is to orient student employees to the guidelines governing their employment. While orientation is mandatory for new student employees, returning student employees can also benefit regarding policies, procedures and other changes. New student employees who are unable to attend one of the orientation sessions should send an e-mail to: mwillia5@uvi.edu and mmyers@uvi.edu indicating dates and times they have available. For more information contact Mary Myers at (340) 693-1088.

St. Thomas SGA Delegates to Attend National Student Government Summit

Representatives from the Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's St. Thomas campus will join over 700 other student government leaders at the 11th Annual American Student Government Association's (ASGA) National Student Government Summit in Washington, DC, from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.

The conference will feature more than 50 workshop sessions and roundtable discussions on ways to improve leadership within student lead clubs and organizations. Representatives will also have the opportunity to network while developing professional skills. According to conference officials, more than 110 institutions have registered for this year's summit. It is the first time UVI will be represented at any of ASGA's events. "We are excited about attending this year's conference," said St. Thomas SGA President Leslyn Tonge. "We recently became official members of ASGA and are looking forward to all that they have to offer. We believe that training opportunities like this are critical to our success as student leaders and will embrace it wholeheartedly. Upon our return we will be sharing all that we have learnt with the student body and look forward to working with them to implement some new programs aimed at enhancing student life on campus."

Representing St. Thomas SGA at the conference will be Leslyn Tonge, Vice President Merl Eustache, Treasurer Cherise Burton and Secretary Chamica Charles. SGA Student Advisor Melvin Mc Bean will accompany the students. The group leaves on Sept. 28 and will return on Oct. 2.

CGTC Invites UVI Faculty, Staff Invited to Workshop on Collaboration Possibilities

UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) will host a workshop for faculty and staff interested in possible collaborations between the Brookhaven National Lab and MIT, and to discuss the INCREASE program. INCREASE is a consortium of minority-serving institutions that seeks to facilitate research training for its undergraduate and graduate students, especially those from historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions. The videoconferenced workshop is slated for 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Chase Auditorium (B110) on St. Thomas and in Evans Center 401 on St. Croix. For details, contact Dr. Wayne Archibald at (340) 693-1158 or send e-mail to warchib@uvi.edu.

Coastweeks Clean Up of Perseverance Bay Set for Oct. 1

A Coastweeks clean up of St. Thomas' Perseverance Bay - located just west of Brewers Bay - is slated for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Volunteers will access Perseverance Bay via UVI's Willie Mac - space is limited - or kayaks and paddleboards. Participants should bring swimsuit, snorkel gear, and/or sturdy shoes and protective clothing, depending on where they expect to work. Bring water bottle and gloves if you have them. Organizers will provide data sheets, pencils, trash bags, latex gloves and a cooler of water. For details, or to get on the Willie Mac list, contact Christine Settar at (340) 693-1392 or send e-mail to csettar@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.

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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. Attending on the behalf of the St. Croix SGA will be President Siejah Mike, Vice President Estica Caesar, Treasurer Kevin Dixon, Secretary Solgisselle Torres and Advisor Hedda Finch-Simpson.

Other details and a photo from the St. Croix SGA's recent installation ceremony are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog - http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Workshop on Successful But Can Your Business Idea Make Money?

The VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) a workshop

This workshop is designed to help the pre-business person determine whether their idea represents a valid business opportunity. The high failure rate of new businesses indicates that relatively few new businesses result in successful ventures. Too many entrepreneurs strike out on a business venture absolutely convinced of its merits; without having adequately evaluated its real potential.

What you'll learn: A Feasibility Checklist will be provided to help evaluate the business idea. It's designed to screen out ideas that are likely to fail -- before you invest extensive time, money and effort in them.

Why should you attend? This workshop is designed to answer the question: Can this business make a profit?

Who should attend? Individuals who are thinking of starting a business and want to know whether the idea represents a valid business opportunity.

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2011; 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: St. Thomas Service Center at the Nisky Center

Instructor: Lucy Holifield, VI SBDC Associate State Director

Cost: $25

Details: Phone: 340-776-3206

Web: www.sbdcvi.org

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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