PRESS RELEASE Jan. 15, 2013
for immediate release
SBDC Offers Workshops on DOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Program
The VI Small Business Development Center will host luncheons to present information on the Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) program on St. Croix, on Jan. 15, and St. Thomas on Jan. 16. The luncheon – titled “What’s In It For Me?” – will feature an overview of the DBE program, which is instrumental in the award and administration of federally-funded contracts for highway and transit projects in the VI Department of Public Works, and financial assistance for airport programs of the VI Port Authority. The St. Croix session runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 15, at the SBDC Training Facility at the Sion Farm Shopping Center. The St. Thomas session is slated for noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center.
Admission for both sessions is $20. Seating is limited. To reserve a place on St. Croix call (340) 692-5270. To RSVP on St. Thomas call (340) 776-3206. Information is also available online atwww.sbdcvi.org.
Public Observing Session at Etelman Observatory Slated for Jan. 1
A public observing session at UVI’s Etelman Observatory is scheduled for 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. The observatory is home to the Virgin Islands Robotic Telescope (VIRT). Observatory Director Dr. David Morris, said guests will be treated to views of the planet Jupiter, with its Galilean moons, and the Orion Nebula star forming region. “We are pleased to invite the public to join us and enjoy the night sky, views of our galaxy, and a discussion of interesting and exciting topics in the world of Astrophysics and Space Science,” Morris said. The event is free, through charitable sponsorship offered by Celtic Therapeutics. Space is limited. And due to limited parking at the observatory, shuttle service from Sibilly School will be arranged. Interested persons should contact Dr. Morris by email (email@example.com) or phone at (617) 610-1148 to make arrangements. More information on the observatory is available from the College of Science and Mathematics section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this http://astro.uvi.edu.
St. Croix Students, Faculty and Staff Invited to Join in Martin Luther King, Jr. March on Jan. 21
The UVI Student Activities Office on St. Croix invites faculty, staff, and students to participate in its parade entry in the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Monday, Jan. 21. The parade is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Central Labor Council. It runs from 10 a.m. to noon, starting at the Claude O. Markoe Elementary School and moving to Buddhoe Park in Frederiksted. Free T-shirts will be presented to the first 20 students to register. Round-Trip transportation will be provided from the campus. To register or for more information contact Hedda Finch-Simpson in the Student Activities Office on the Albert A. Sheen Campus or call (340) 692-4228.
Commissioning Ceremony Set for Senior Cadet Khalid Matthew on Jan. 23 on St. Croix
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program on the Albert A. Sheen Campus invites members of the UVI community to the commissioning ceremony for Khalid D. Matthew on Wednesday,Jan. 23. The ceremony will take place in the Great Hall at 1 p.m. Cadet Matthew recently completed a BA degree in business administration. UVI President Dr. David Hall will represent the University. Lieutenant Colonel Daniel McCray will preside over the swearing in and serve as the day’s guest speaker. McCray is the ROTC Regional Commander, based at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. For more information contact Retired Major William Velazquez, senior military science instructor for the Virgin Islands, at (340) 692-4203 or (787) 435-6538.
National Student Exchange Program Applications Now Available; Deadline Jan. 31
Now is the time for UVI students considering participation in the National Student Exchange (NSE) program in academic year 2013-2014 to complete and return NSE application forms. The deadline for applications is Thursday, Jan. 31. Applications are available from the Counseling and Placement Center located in Rouppe House (along with Student Housing) on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 721 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The application form is also available from the NSE page of the Counseling Services section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link.
For more information and assistance on St. Thomas, call NSE Coordinator Dahlia Stridiron at (340) 693-1136 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For details and assistance on St. Croix, call NSE Coordinator Patricia Towal at (340) 692-4187 or send email to email@example.com.
Dishes Sought for UVI’s Afternoon on the Green
The University of the Virgin Islands annual Afternoon on the Green is set for noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, on the St. Thomas campus’ Herman E. Moore Golf Course. The entire community is invited to the Afternoon on the Green for a day of food, family and fun.
The Afternoon on the Green Committee is looking for individuals and restaurants to be a part of this special event by contributing cooked dishes or food items. For more information or to find out how to contribute to the Afternoon on the Green, call UVI at 693-1040 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers Sought for Afternoon on the Green
Volunteers are sought to assist with the 2013 Afternoon on the Green on March 10. UVI’s annual “friendraiser,” is seeking food servers, child game supervisors, bartenders, ticket collectors, persons to set-up and more. For more information or to volunteer, individuals should contact Volunteer Committee Chairperson Kyza Callwood at email@example.com, Colleen Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org or call the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1040.