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UVI Bulletin Board for May — June

UVI Social Media Update: Facebook Features Commencement 2017 Photos The UVI Class of 2017 received their degrees on May 11 and 12 at Commencement Ceremonies held on St. Croix and St. Thomas, respectively.  Check out photos from the events on the UVI Facebook page – facebook.com/UVI.edu 

For more information, contact the Public Relations Office at pr@uvi.edu

UVI & the VI Sea Turtle Project Document Their 100th Turtle The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Center for Marine and Environmental Science and the VI Sea Turtle Project (VISTP) documented their 100th sea turtle last month, hitting a major milestone for marine research.

“When we started tagging and documenting sea turtles in the fall of 2014, Dr. Paul Jobsis and I estimated the number of turtles using Brewers Bay and Hawksbill Cove to be around 40-50 turtles, at most,” said Scott Eanes, UVI alumnus and founder of VI Sea Turtle Project. “The estimation was based off of pervious research by Dr. Jobsis and Kemit Amon Lewis, but almost three years later we were really wrong and we couldn’t be happier.”

 Eanes is best known for naming the bay, south of the runway, Hawksbill Cove. He and Dr. Jobsis started tagging turtles in 2014 as part of Scott’s Masters of Arts in Marine and Environment Science thesis and they haven’t look back.

“This has been a long difficult road only accomplished through a lot of hard work and teamwork. Scott’s passion and commitment to understanding and protecting sea turtles have been crucial to our success,” said Dr. Paul Jobsis, director of the UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies. “Every turtle we document is measured and weighed and receives a series of identification tags and a small genetic sample is taken.” Dr. Jobsis continued, “This allows us to know how fast our turtles are growing, how many we have, how they are using the bays, and possibly, where our turtles are from in the Caribbean. It also means that when these turtles reach adulthood and leave the USVI they have a greater chance of being identified, wherever they go next.”

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

UVI Announces Summer CLEP Testing Schedule The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) is pleased to announce CLEP exam dates for the Summer 2017 semester. The College Level Exam Program (CLEP) is a computer-based exam taken by college students with previous knowledge of the subject matter and is taken in lieu of college courses. Students can earn college credit by achieving qualifying scores on any of the 33 exams offered by CLEP. Students interested in taking the CLEP exam should first consult their academic advisors. To register for the exam, students should visit the College Board Web site at https://clep.collegeboard.org/register/exam. Once the online registration has been completed, students should then contact the appropriate testing center to schedule an appointment. Testing Centers are located at the UVICELL Center on their respective islands.

On St. Croix, the UVICELL Center is located at No. 23A Hospital Street Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the testing site is located at the UVICELL Center on the UVI St. Thomas Campus. The CLEP testing schedule is as follows: St. Croix 12:30 p.m. – Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:30 p.m. – Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:30 p.m. – Thursday, July 13, 2017 St. Thomas 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Wednesday, June 28, 2017 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

For testing fees, eligible courses or more information on the CLEP exam, contact the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 on St. Thomas or 692-4230 on St. Croix. Students may also visit the UVICELL Web site at http://cell.uvi.edu/programs/clep-testing.aspx.

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., 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 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 us at csap@live.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.

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