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UVI Bulletin Board for May

UVI to Award Over 300 Degrees at 2017 Commencement Ceremony The University of the Virgin Islands will award more than 300 degrees at the 53rd annual Commencement Ceremonies on May 11 and 12, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and on the St. Thomas Campus, respectively.  Over 100 degrees will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, on the grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus.  More than 200 degrees will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

          The class speaker on the Albert A. Sheen Campus will be Carlotta M. Walcott.  The class speaker on the St. Thomas Campus will be Monel Marcellin.

          Iyanla Vanzant – prolific and commanding author, inspirational speaker, television personality and healer of people — will be UVI’s 2017 commencement keynote speaker, and will receive an honorary doctorate.  Outstanding educator Ruth Elma Thomas and musical icon Stanley Jacobs will also receive honorary doctorates.

          Admission to the St. Thomas ceremony is by ticket only.  Parking on the St. Thomas Campus will be available in the parking lot of the Reichhold Center for the Arts.  Shuttle service will be provided from the Reichhold Center to the Sports and Fitness Center, beginning at 11 a.m.  Parking will not be available at the Sports and Fitness Center.  

          More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Web site –http://www.uvi.edu/ 

UVI Announces Research Day Winners The University of the Virgin Islands announces the winning students of the 6th annual UVI Research Day.

          The Office of Research and Public Service and the Eastern Caribbean Center hosted the event in April on the St. Thomas Campus and Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix as an open forum for students, faculty, and staff to discuss a myriad of topics that affect the community. Each research presentation involved a poster display and invited discussion about a specific topic.

          Michael Rosario and Chanae Ottley emerged as the Research Day joint winners on UVI’s Sheen Campus on St. Croix. Rosario, an undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, presented “Cardiovascular Fitness is Directly Related to Left Entorhinal Cortical Thickness in Healthy Young Adults.” This research concluded that cardiovascular fitness may be implicated in the experience-dependent plasticity of structures in the medial temporal lobe, even in healthy young adults. Chanae Ottley is an undergraduate in the College of Science and Mathematics, and presented on “Behavioral Patterns of the Index of Non-Repetitive Sequences.” This study focused on sequences of group elements which sum to zero, as it has numerous applications in game and graph theory.

          More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Web site – http://www.uvi.edu/ 

Agriculture Enrichment Summer Camp Applications Available Applications are now available at the UVI Cooperative Extension Service office for the 3rd Annual Agriculture Enrichment Summer Camp. Parents are invited to contact the UVI Cooperative Extension Service (UVICES) office if their 14-17-year-old is interested in spending the summer learning about agriculture and related fields.

          The four-week program is a collaboration between UVICES along with the Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation Program, the Department of Labor Summer Youth Work Experience and Training Program and The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). The Agriculture Enrichment Summer Camp (AESC) is designed to create awareness in the importance of the agricultural industry and related career opportunities. Youth participate in guest presentations, hands-on exercises, and field trips. They also learn social skills and sensitivity training for interacting with those who have special abilities through games and other activities.

          Contact Dr. Louis E. Petersen Jr. by e-mail at louis.petersen@uvi.edu, call 693-1083 or visit http://ces.uvi.edu for more information.

          This annual AESC program along with our sewing and nutrition camps are hosted by the UVICES office staff at the New House Building on the St. Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands. There is no cost to the applicants, but UVICES reserves the right to select 10 from the first 20 applicants.

          For more information, call the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080. Stay connected with UVI CES online for finding pictures, videos and the latest information on Facebook or visit http://ces.uvi.edu for details.

UVI – CSAP to Offer Mediation Certification Course UVI CSAP will be offering a five-day certification course in Mediation from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on May 15-19, in North West Wing (NWW )103 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix  

          The Mediation course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 22-26, on the St. Thomas Campus in the Administration and Conference Center, Room 142. This course uses the PULSE Framework and provides participants with the training necessary to qualify as a mediator and to gain an understanding of how the communication tools used by other mediators and negotiators are used to guide other kinds conversations. The cost is $1,499. To register, visit the Web site at http://csap.uvi.edu,  click on the PUSLE icon, select events, then registration for the five-day course.

          For more details on the course, contact Dr. Wendy V Coram Vialet at 693-1003 or e-mail csap@live.uvi.edu.

UVI Student Entrepreneurs Awarded $60,000 in 5th Annual 13D Competition Three University of the Virgin Islands student entrepreneurs earned $60,000 at the 5th annual 13D Entrepreneurship Competition on April 21, on the St. Thomas Campus. The 13D Competition, sponsored by 13D Research and Viya, formerly Innovative, is designed to eliminate the obstacle of financing for UVI student entrepreneurs who have developed potentially profitable businesses, but have no access to start-up capital.

          Last fall, nearly 50 teams started with interesting ideas and began the rigorous journey from customer discovery to business model development to business execution.  Ten teams presented at the competition’s semi-final round on Friday, April 7.  Of those 10, five moved on to the final round.  According to Dr. Tim Faley, Sokoloff distinguished professor of entrepreneurship, all five competitors had viable business plans that could be profitably executed. “Dr. Metts’ and my goal is to make it very difficult for the judges to select the competition winners,” said Dr. Faley.  “We could not be prouder of all the teams that presented today.  They are all winners.”

          More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Web site: http://www.uvi.edu/ 

UVI- Safety in Paradise Joins Nation in Recognizing National Safety Stand-Down Injuries and fatalities among workers, especially in the construction industry is a growing concern across the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), falls are the leading cause of death in construction and every year falls from ladders make up nearly a third of those deaths. These injuries and deaths are preventable once proper safety measures are in place.

          To raise awareness of these issues and to stop fall fatalities and injuries, the University of the Virgin Islands – Safety in Paradise (SIP) program will join the nation in observing National Safety Stand-Down Week from May 8-12.

          A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to their employees about safety. As part of this effort, SIP will host a free Stand-Down workshop from 9 – 11a.m. on Friday, May 5, at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

          The activity will present employers with information and training materials to help organize Stand-Down activities in the workplace. Companies are encouraged to take a break to have talks or other safety activities such as conducting safety equipment inspections, develop rescue plans or discuss specific job hazards. The event is free and open to workers in the construction, roof maintenance, painting, tree trimming, communication towers or any industry where employees are required to work above four feet.

          For more information on the Safety Stand-Down, contact Maricel Flores Diaz at 693-1146 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

Law Enforcement and Security Professionals invited to Report Writing Course Report writing has become an essential skill for many professions, especially those in law enforcement.  Being able to produce a professional document is critical as reports become public documents, are presented in court, and are used to compile vital statistics. For professionals who are required to write reports, yet struggle with the task, the UVI-CELL Center is offering a course to help improve report-writing skills. 

          Writing Effective Reports will be held 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, and on Wednesday, May 17, at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.  The two-day workshop will provide the skills necessary to develop and prepare proper documentation and reports.  While primarily designed for law enforcement personnel and security professionals, the course is open to anyone interested in improving their report writing skills. 

          For fees or more information on the course, contact the UVI-CELL Center at 692-4230 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

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