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UVI Bulletin Board for June

LeFebvre of Anvil 1 to Donate $750,000 to UVI The University of the Virgin Islands received a $750,000 donation on Wednesday, May 24, from Dale LeFebvre, founder of the investment and holding company 35711 and manager of Anvil 1 LLC, a technology and knowledge-intensive consulting, advising and investment firm. Anvil 1 is a Research and Technology Park client (RTPark). This donation commitment will be disbursed to the university over a 15-year period and will initially support energy and process technology courses. Additional areas will be selected over the course of the donation period. The contribution will be divided annually between named scholarships for UVI students and support for UVI academic programs.

          “This commitment, which is a result of the company’s involvement with the RTPark, is a shining example of how the RTPark is fulfilling its mission and vision, and how Mr. LeFebvre continues to invest in the growth and quality of the university,” said UVI President David Hall. “His prior gift has strengthened our programs in various areas, and this one will do the same through scholarships and curriculum enhancements. We are delighted that Dale continues to invest in the future of the Virgin Islands by investing in UVI.”

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

 UVI Website Homepage Feature: Class of 2017 Celebrates Commencement Amid Themes of “Rising Up”    The University of the Virgin Islands Class of 2017 took their first steps into the future at Commencement Ceremonies, which were held on May 11, on St. Croix, and on May 12, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus. Themes of “rising up” and persevering in the face of adversity were embedded in every aspect of the event from President David Hall’s welcome to Iyanla Vanzant’s keynote address to Monel Marcellin’s class speaker remarks to select interviews with students and alums.”

          The thought that got me through college as a single mother on welfare with three children by three different fathers was that there is nothing to fear,” said keynote speaker Iyanla Vanzant, a commanding author, inspirational speaker, television personality and healer of people. “Fear comes from what you tell yourself about yourself and whether you believe it. Fear can hold you back, but only if you let it.”

          Vanzant, who helps people by encouraging them to engage in deliberate thinking, shared a narrative of her personal history peppered with insightful and amusing anecdotes. She then suggested to the graduates that they tackle the future by arming themselves with a kind of personal intelligence apparatus. But in the world according to Vanzant, CIA stands not for Central Intelligence Agency, but rather for Character, Integrity and Appreciation.

          “Developing your unique character means making sure that what you do is in line with who you are,” she said. “Integrity is about making sure that what you think, feel, do and say are all in alignment. Do what you know is right even when nobody is looking.”

More information is available the UVI Web site – http://www.uvi.edu/ 

UVI-CELL to Offer Certification for Individuals New to the HR Profession The UVI-CELL Center is pleased to offer the first entry-level certification program for the human resources (HR) profession. Launched in early 2016, this one-of-a-kind program is the industry’s first-ever HR certification designed specifically for those who are new to or transitioning into the HR profession.

          The Associate Professional in Human Resources™ (aPHR™) is a rigorous program that demonstrates basic knowledge of human resource operations. Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible to sit for the exam, which focuses on the fundamentals of HR principles and practices to include recruitment, development and retention, compensation and benefits, employee relations and health, safety and security.

          The aPHR program was developed by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), the premier professional credentialing organization for the human resources profession. The aPHR joins HRCI’s family of the most recognized, respected and sought after credentials in the profession. The aPHR Certification course will begin on June 22, and will run until July 29. Sessions will be on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

          A separate course will be available in September for current HR professionals who need to obtain their Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

          For more information on the aPHR course, call 693-1100 or visit the UVICELL Web site at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI to Host Event in Observance of ‘Safe+Sound Week’ The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), through its Safety In Paradise (SIP) Program will join the nation in observing Safe and Sound Week, June 12-18.

“Safe+Sound Week” is a nationwide effort to raise awareness about the value of workplace safety and health programs.  As part of the initiative, SIP will host a free Safe + Sound Workshop from 9-11a.m. on Friday, June 2, at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

          The Safe + Sound Campaign is designed to help employers and workers identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness. The event will highlight the core elements of an effective safety and health program – management leadership, worker participation and finding and fixing workplace hazards. Businesses will be presented with valuable information and training materials that can assist them in developing an effective safety and health program.

          The event is free and open to companies of any size or in any industry looking for an opportunity to show their commitment to safety.

          For more information on the Safe + Sound Program, contact Maricel Flores Diaz at 693-1146.

 UVI Announces Summer CLEP Testing Schedule The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) has announced 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 23A Hospital Street in 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:

  • Croix 12:30 p.m., Thursday, June 15
  • 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 11
  • 12:30 p.m., Thursday, July 13
  • Thomas, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 28

          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 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 and 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 Brewer’s 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 on previous 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 looked 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.”

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 U.S.V.I., 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/ 

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