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UVI Bulletin Board for June

Youth Violence Prevention Summit to Be Held on June 27 and 28 The Youth Violence Prevention Summit, hosted by the Center for Spirituality and Professionalism in collaboration with More Too Life Inc., will be held on St. Croix on Tuesday, June 27, in the Great Hall at the University of the Virgin Islands and on Wednesday, June 28, in the Administration and Conference Center, first-floor Room 142, on the St. Thomas Campus. Time for both conferences will be from 8:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.

            The Virgin Islands have been experiencing a rise in the rate of violence, and to address this growing problem the Center for Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) will host this summit to raise awareness in the community and provide sustainable solutions and strategies in order to curb this onslaught of violence.

            For more information, contact Wendy Coram Vialet by telephone at 693-1003 or by e-mail: wendy.coram@uvi.edu.

Intermediate Grant Writing Course Offered on St. Croix Individuals interested in furthering their understanding of the grant writing process are invited to register for the upcoming Intermediate Grant Writing course. Sessions will be held 5:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. on Thursdays starting June 29.

            Classes will be held at the UVICELL Center, located at No. 23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted, St. Croix. The course is a continuation of the “Introduction to Grant Writing” course previously offered. It will provide participants with practical information to successfully construct and complete a grant proposal.

            Topics will include crafting an accurate needs statement, securing and documenting stakeholder commitment, correctly identifying and meeting funder expectations, creating realistic program design and submitting a winning proposal. The course is open to individuals who have completed the introductory course or who may have experience in grant writing. Space in the course is limited and the deadline to register is June 22.

            For fees or more information on the program, call the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI to Host Two Astronomy Conferences Showcasing Major Discoveries The University of the Virgin Islands’ College of Science and Mathematics, together with the Etelman Observatory, are organizing two upcoming astronomy conferences this summer.  The first one, “Generation-GW: Diving into Gravitational Waves” will take place from June 5-9. The second conference, “Unveiling the Physics Behind Extreme AGN Variability” will take place from July 11-14.  Both conferences will facilitate discussions about crucial breakthroughs in the field of astronomy over the last few years.

            “We are establishing a legacy, and these events will improve the recruitment of Virgin Islands students to study physics and astronomy at UVI,” said Dr. Antonino Cucchiara, assistant professor of physics. “The conferences will also demonstrate how research and activities undertaken at UVI can benefit the community.” 

            The scientific breakthrough to be discussed by groups of international astrophysicists from around the world at the June conference is “Gravitational Waves.” Widely considered to be the greatest discovery of 21st century astronomy, this phenomenon describes ripples in the curvature of space-time that propagate at the speed of light, outward from their source.

            The other discovery to be discussed by more than 50 astronomers at the July conference is Fast Variable Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN).  The center of every galaxy has a ‘super massive black hole’ which is millions of times heavier than our sun.  Everything that gets too close to it or falls in is destroyed, explained Cucchiara.  That destruction produces energy that is observable in optical, X-ray, gamma-ray radiation – producing an AGN.  The July conference will focus on Fast Variable AGNs, which radiation changes quickly in time and are therefore difficult to observe in detail.

            More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of 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 which 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 UVI-CELL 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) 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 website 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 UVI-CELL Center on their respective islands. On St. Croix, the UVI-CELL Center is located at No. 23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the testing site is located at the UVI-CELL Center on the UVI St. Thomas Campus.

            The CLEP testing schedule is as follows:

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

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

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