UVI Bulletin Board

  Jan. 29, 2013

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WUVI AM 1090 Radio Holds Grand Opening on St. Thomas Campus

WUVI AM 1090 radio held its official grand opening at the WUVI studio in Penha House on UVI’s St. Thomas campus on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. The station, which went live on Jan. 9, is on the air daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. broadcasting from a 250-watt transmitter on St. Thomas. More information and photos from the grand opening are available from the UVI Today… photo blog, available from the Social Media links at the top of all UVI website pages and from this direct link: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

Caribbean Green Technology Center Forum to Focus on ‘Keeping the Lights On’The Caribbean Green Technology

Center (CGTC) at the University of the Virgin Islands will host a forum on renewable energy policy and financing options titled “Keeping the Lights On” on Jan. 29 and 30, at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The forum will be offered in two sections, the first for policy makers from the Virgin Islands and neighboring islands and the second for members of the general public. The session for policy makers runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The public session is scheduled for 5 to 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Sessions will be held in UVI’s first-floor conference room. A news release is available from the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link. Information is also available from the CGTC website – http://cgtc.uvi.edu.

SBDC to Present 2012 Tax Workshop for Farmers on St. Croix and St. Thomas

The V.I. Small Business Development Center (VI-SBDC) in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Agriculture, V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue (IRB) and the UVI Cooperative Extension Service (CES) will present 2012 tax workshops for farmers. The St. Croix workshop is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the SBDC Training Facility in Sion Farm Shopping Center in Christiansted. The St. Thomas workshop is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the SBDC Training Facility in Nisky Center. The presenter will be Sonia Maynard John. She will cover the basic tax preparation for farmers. A question-and-answer session is also planned. The workshop is free, however pre-registration is required. Register online with the VI SBDC website – www.sbdcvi.org – or call the St. Croix Service Center at (340) 692-5270 or the St. Thomas Service Center at (340) 776-3206.

UVI to Open New Geospatial Laboratory, CGTC Quarters on St. Thomas Campus

The unveiling of two major additions to the science and technology resources available on UVI’s St. Thomas campus is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Resources to be unveiled include: the new UVI Geocomputational Analysis and Statistics Institute (GeoCAS) and new quarters for UVI’s Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC). Expanded facilities at UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) will also be displayed.

GeoCAS will offer world-class laboratory facilities for the analysis of geographic and spatial data. It will be available to researchers from UVI and throughout the territory. The CGTC, launched in April 2011, serves as an intellectual hub to stimulate learning, networking and innovation in all areas pertaining to green technology in the Caribbean. The CMES is a research and outreach arm of UVI’s Marine Science Program. These expansions and renovations to UVI’s research capacity were supported by The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), with funding from the National Science Foundation.

St. Croix Launch of VI Caribbean Cultural Center Set for Jan. 30

The St. Croix launch of UVI’s Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center (VICCC) is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Great Hall on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus. It will feature video presentations of VICCC events and summits held in 2012 and several presentations. The launch will be hosted by VICCC Director Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina, with presentations expected from UVI President Dr. David Hall and Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson, dean of UVI’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. A special presentation is expected by Dr. David L. Horne, a professor of Critical Thinking and African History and former chair of the PanAfrican (inclusive of Caribbean) Studies Department at California State University-Northridge. A roundtable discussion on VI and Caribbean Culture and Heritage Restoration is also planned. The VICCC is part of UVI’s College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. For more information on the IVCCC contact Dr. Davis Kahina at (340) 692-4272 or send email to vicc.uvi@gmail.com.

St. Croix SGA Joins Project Alpha with Youth Forum on Sexual Responsibility for Teen Males on Feb. 2

Young men ages 12 to 16 in the St. Croix community are invited to participate in a forum on sexual responsibility for teenage males as part of a program known as Project Alpha. The forum will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 2, in the Great Hall on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus. Members of the Student Government Association (SGA) on St. Croix have joined with the Iota Sigma Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in the launch of Project Alpha, an educational, motivational and skills-building program which focuses on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases for young males. Project Alpha is a national effort of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

The free program is designed to develop leaders. It also promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for communities. Presenters will include members of the fraternity and SGA President Kevin Dixon. Thought provoking and educational discussions, as well as, fun filled activities are planned throughout the day. A light lunch will be provided. Other program highlights will include coaching on the decision making process, suggestions for actions that support their decisions, and building skills through role-playing with role models and mentors.

Project Alpha is one of several national programs of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. A spokesperson for the fraternity’s local chapter said members are pleased to have UVI and its SGA students join the ranks of institutions that are collaborating in implementing programs that have a positive impact on their communities. For more information, contact fraternity members Frank Abendigo at (340) 226-3551 or Arthur B. Canaii, Jr. at (310) 597-2878.

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson to be ‘Man-Up’ Keynote Speaker

World-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., will be the keynote speaker next week at the University of the Virgin Islands’ third-annual “Man-Up” Male Empowerment Conference. The conference slated for Feb. 4, on St. Thomas at UVI’s Sports and Fitness Center, and Feb. 5, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. This year’s theme is: “Man-Up: Discovering Your Gifts and Talent.” Also selected to speak at the conference are professor, author and director M.K. Asante, Jr., and Mothers Against Guns (MAG) Executive Director Celia Carroll.

The Man-Up Conference will be the subject of the next “Face to Face” program on the Public Broadcasting System’s Channel 12 TV at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

A news release is available from the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu – and from this direct link.

VIUCEDD to Offer American Sign Language Classes on St. Thomas and St. Croix

Beginner Level I and Level II classes in American Sign Language will be offered in February on St. Thomas and St. Croix by UVI’s Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). Classes begin on Feb. 4 and 5 and continue through April. The Level I class will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays. Level II classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost for classes is $110.

Classes on St. Thomas are offered from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Teacher Education Room T114 on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, classes are offered from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. at the VIUCEDD Office at #1 Golden Grove (across from Spicy Grill). Call (340) 776-9200 ext. 2334 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4266 on St. Croix to register, or for more information.

Free HIV Testing Set for St. Thomas Campus on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Feb. 7

Free HIV testing will be offered by Hope, Inc. and UVI’s Health Services Center on the St. Thomas campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Testing will take place in the UVI Bookstore parking lot. For more information contact the Health Services Center at (340) 693-1124.

UVI Bucs Bring Home Two Wins from Puerto Rico Tournament

The UVI Buccaneers men’s basketball squad brought home two wins from an early season LAI (Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria) tournament. After falling to UPR-Bayamon, 76-41, in the first round of the Bayamon Tournament, the BUCS re-grouped and went on to beat UPR-Humacao, 57-67, and finally, UPR-Arecibo, 64-72. Regular season games begin in February. A basketball schedule is available from the Athletic section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu – and this direct link. The Bucs have also launched a Facebook, follow and like them at https://www.facebook.com/UVIBucs

UVI Employees, Others Urged to Review UVI Online Job Postings

UVI employees and external interested individuals are encouraged to review the University’s online job postings for updates on available vacancies from the Human Resources Office section of the University website – http://www.uvi.edu – or from this direct link: http://careers.uvi.edu. UVI is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education and research. The University of the Virgin Islands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

‘Fresh from the Farm Video’ on Innovative Government Channels Focuses on UVI-AES Research

Members of the VI community can view a “Fresh from the Farm” segment featuring research being conducted in the UVI Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) Biotechnology Program by Research Associate Professor Thomas Zimmerman on Innovative Government Channels 6 (on St. Croix) and 10 (on St. Thomas). The research is a result of funding provided by the V.I. Department of Agriculture which allowed the study of sweet potato tissue culture virus that of free plants, field production, varieties and sweet potato weevil control. For more information contact Dr. Zimmerman at (340) 692-4074.

Healthy Lifestyle Workshops Planned by UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service on St. John

UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service 4-H/Family & Consumer Sciences Program will conduct a series of workshops on Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle on St. John in February. Topics of discussion include: weight management, diabetes and hypertension, food pyramid and portion size, energy balance and exercise, behavior modification and menu planning.

The workshops will be held every Wednesday for six weeks beginning Feb. 6. Sessions will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cooperative Extension Service Office in UVI’s St. John Academic Center, located in The Market Place, Cruz Bay, St. John. Workshops conclude on March 13, 2013. For more information please call Carmen Wesselhoft at (340) 693-1587.

UVI Today… Recent Photo Blog Updates…

To view the latest entries to the “UVI Today…” photo blog, click on the Blogger button in the social media links at the top, right of any page in the UVI website on the direct links below.

WUVI 1090 AM Marks Grand Opening – The station, which went live on Jan. 9, is on the air daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  > read more

UVI Supports MLK March on St. Croix – UVI showed its colors in the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March held Jan. 21 on St. Croix. A total of 38 students and staff turned out for the UVI entry, sponsored by the Student Affairs and Student Activities offices. > read more

UVI to Sponsor Man Up 2013 – The third Man-Up conference is slated for Feb. 4, on St. Thomas and Feb. 5, on St. Croix. > read more

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 lmargol@uv.edu.

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 kyzawood3@yahoo.com, Colleen Wilson at cwilson620@aol.com or call the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1040.

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Follow and like UVI’s official Facebook page during 2013 – www.facebook.com/UVI.edu. Check out the entries and share your comments. And be sure to Like Us.



Gary Metz

Public Relations Specialist III

University of the Virgin Islands

Phone: (340) 693-1057

Fax: (340) 693-1055

Email: gmetz@uvi.edu


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