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With schools across the territory getting ready for a Sept. 2 opening date, V.I. Education Commissioner Donna Frett-Gregory told the community the Education Department is focused on "putting in the framework we need to support our students, our teachers and our administrators."

 
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WAPA Board OKs Funds for Propane Conversion

The board of the V.I. Water and Power Authority approved a $4.2 million contract for design and upgrade of the fire protection systems needed for the conversion to propane gas.

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2014-10-23 20:55:56
Philanthropist Peter Gruber Dies

Peter Gruber, a businessman who donated generously to various entities in the Virgin Islands and around the world, died Saturday after a long illness, with his wife Patricia at his side

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2014-10-22 23:17:02
Ferry and Sailboat Collide Near Red Hook

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of a collision between Varlack Venture’s ferry, Capitol Venture, and the 65-foot sailboat New Horizons. The collision occurred Wednesday, according to the Coast Guard.

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2014-10-22 22:25:56
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UVI Bulletin Board for June

Reichhold Center Issuing Refunds for Kassav Concert Ticket Holders UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts will issue refunds to patrons who purchased tickets for the Kassav concert, which will not be presented this season due to scheduling conflicts. Patrons requesting a refund must come to the Reichhold Center Box Office and turn in their tickets to receive a refund. Refunds will be granted until June 30, 2012. For any inquiries regarding the refund, contact the Reichhold Center box office at  693-1559. 
UVI RTPark Real Estate Administration Committee Meeting Set for May 31 on St. Croix UVI's Research and Technology Park Board of Directors will hold a meeting of the RTPark Real Estate Administration Committee at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at the RTPark Offices on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The session will be available via teleconference. Seating is limited. Call (340) 692-4200 to arrange for participation or to get more information. 
UVI RTPark Directors to Hold Annual Meeting June 2 UVI's Research and Technology Park Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix. According to the RTPark's annual meeting notice, the session will be available via teleconference. Individuals who wish to participate should contact the RTPark office at 692-4200. Seating is limited. 
UVI CELL to Offer Energy Assessment Training Offered on St. Croix In an effort to assist the territory with energy efficiency and renewable energy project planning and development, the University of the Virgin Islands’ Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will offer an Energy Assessment Training to residents of St. Croix in June.  The training - developed by NREL in partnership with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program - will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June 4 to 6. It will be held at the Division of Personnel Conference Room in Estate Orange Grove on St. Croix.  
The training will introduce state-of-the-art assessment techniques using standardized analysis and assessment tools. Upon completion of the course, trainees will have the knowledge and resources needed to conduct comprehensive energy assessments. Participants will learn how to identify energy savings and renewable energy opportunities, analyze buildings and calculate energy saving opportunities, and implement energy saving and renewable energy opportunities.  
The training is ideal for energy managers, facility managers, resource efficiency managers (REMs), building engineers, HVAC technicians, electricians and programmatic energy staff. For more information on the training call  692-4230
UVI to Host 15th ‘Islands In Between’ Conference; Call for Papers Extended The 15th Annual ‘Islands In Between” Conference, celebrating the cultures of Caribbean islands, will be hosted Nov. 8-10, 2012, at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas. The conference is being organized by the University of Puerto Rico - Río Piedras, the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill, Barbados, the University of the Virgin Islands and the Per Ankh Institute of the Virgin Islands. Papers on V.I. and Eastern Caribbean culture, literature, linguistics, politics and are being sought. 
An early deadline for abstracts and proposals is June 15, with a final deadline of Aug. 15. Submissions or enquiries should be sent to the Puerto Rico Conference Organizing Committee members Dannabang Kuwabong and Nicholas Faraclas at islandsconference@gmail.com. Information regarding the conference will soon be available on the Islands In Between Web Page –  http://humanidades.uprrp.edu/ingles/students/resources/islandsinbetween.htm.  
UVI Master of Arts in Psychology Program Extends Application Deadline for Fall Semester The University of the Virgin Islands Master of Arts in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration Program is accepting applications for the 2012 Fall Semester. The deadline for accepting applications has been extended to July 6. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills, and experiential opportunities to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. A program overview and admission criteria are available online at the CLASS section of the UVI Web site - www.uvi.edu – and this direct link: www.uvi.edu/sites/uvi/Pages/DHSS-MAP.aspx. Interested applicants should submit admission applications to be considered for the Fall 2012 semester. For more information contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo at 692-4264
VIMAS Offers Free ‘Coral Reef Discovery Week’ Program for High School Students UVI's Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) is offering its free “Coral Reef Week” program for high school-aged students who are seriously interested in studying coastal, marine and environmental science, natural resource management and conservation, and in learning about careers in these fields. Coral Reef Discovery Week is a fun and intense hands-on course that involves short presentations and lectures from UVI faculty, staff and community partners. It will focus on learning scientific techniques with tools in the field.  The program runs from June 25 through 29. Participants report to the UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, but can expect to travel with staff to other on-island locations for field work and activities. Snorkel gear and instructional materials are provided for the week.  
Space is limited. Applications are being accepted until June 11. Notification to qualified students will be issued on a rolling basis. For details and application forms, contact Christine Settar at  693-1392, or send email to: csettar@uvi.edu. Information is also available from the Coral Reef Discovery Week web page at this direct link and from UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies Facebook page.  
Registration for 4-H Summer Academies Available Through June 2 The UVI Cooperative Extension Service's annual 4-H Summer Academies will be offered on St. Thomas and St. Croix from June 25 through Aug. 3. This year's Summer Academy theme is “Get in the Groove.” The fee for five to 14 year old campers is $200 for the first child and $150 for each additional child in the same family. 
Registration will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 30 through June 2, in Room 139 of the Research and Extension Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, and at the Cooperative Extension Service’s New House Building on the St. Thomas campus. Birth certificates and immunization records are required at registration. To qualify, children must be five years old on or before June 25, 2012. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch and snacks during the academies will be provided by the V.I. Department of Education-Summer Feeding Program. 
For more information on St. Croix contact Lois Sanders at  692-4096 or Sarah Smith at  692-4084. For details on St. Thomas, call Carlos Robles at  693-1083 or Dr. Caryl Johnson at 693-1082. 
UVI Accepting Applications for ‘Mathematics Behind the Science’ Summer Bridge Program UVI's College of Science and Mathematics invites incoming and prospective UVI freshman with an interest in biology, marine biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics (engineering) or physics to apply to a new Mathematics Behind the Science summer bridge program. This residential program will take place on UVI's St. Thomas campus from June 18 to July 27, 2012. There is no cost to participants.
Mathematics Behind the Science is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) college preparation program. It serves students who have completed grade 12 and will enter university as freshmen in the fall, or students already attending UVI who have successfully completed the MAT 024 course. The program provides an introduction to the demands of a college STEM program. In addition to mathematics coursework, this year three new classes are being introduced: computer science, scientific writing and a Success in STEM course. They are designed to give incoming freshman students a head start on how to navigate college life. Students will also participate in workshops that introduce them to academic resources available on campus and take fieldtrips to local businesses to learn what jobs are available to students who major in STEM fields. Mathematics Behind the Science is intended to serve as a bridge between high school curriculum and expectations at the university level. 
Admission applications can be obtained from the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Web site - ecs.uvi.edu. ECS will continue to accept applications on a rolling admission basis until all slots are filled. For details, call Amanda Wright at  693-1397 or send e-mail to awright@uvi.edu.

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