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UVI Bulletin Board for September/ October

University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas (file photo: VI SOURCE)

Taylor Tapped as UVI’s Men’s Basketball Head Coach The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) Athletics Department has selected Shannon Taylor to serve as head coach of its men’s basketball team.

Taylor joins UVI after his tenure as men’s head assistant basketball coach at Riverside City College (RCC) in Riverside, Calif. He will also assume the role of the university’s wellness coordinator, managing the Wellness Center and other related activities.

Taylor’s college coaching highlights include leading the RCC Tigers to four consecutive appearances in the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Southern Regional playoffs, four “Sweet 16” appearances and one Final 8 appearance. Taylor’s Tigers also boasted one Orange Empire Conference Championship and 12 All Orange Empire Conference selections as well as one Offensive Player of the Year.

“We are tremendously excited that Coach Taylor is bringing his impressive skills and talents to bear on our men’s basketball team. His coaching, recruiting, accountability and mentoring philosophies align perfectly with our commitment to encouraging the holistic development of our student-athletes both on and off the court,” said Jerel Drew, Ph.D., UVI’s director of athletics.

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More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website www.uvi.edu/

Three UVI Students Receive Marine Science Awards from OCOVI Ocean and Coastal Observing Virgin Islands, Inc. (OCOVI) has announced that three students from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) have been awarded funding to help support their marine sciences research and study.

The recipients of the 2022 Vembu Subramanian Awards — Zachary Briggs, Dishon Heyliger and Andrew McGregor — were selected based on the strengths of proposals they submitted related to the mission and work of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS)/OCOVI.

“It is tremendously gratifying for our students to be recognized and rewarded by OCOVI for their interest in and commitment to studying and protecting our marine resources,” said Dr. Paul Jobsis, Ph.D., director of UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website www.uvi.edu/

2022 UVI Fall Student Research Symposium Winners The Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program and the College of Science and Mathematics would like to thank everyone that participated in the 2022 UVI Fall Student Research Symposium. ECS takes this opportunity to announce the student winners who will receive certificates of recognition at the Spring Academic Awards Ceremony.

See the names listed below.

Oral Presenters:

LS9ey8EuHEoRZXfoXxZf5CbiRCxuAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC    First Place – Destinee Turnbull, Mentor: Dr. Herbert Quintero-Fonseca, UVI

QPj7RhPCpbs6gAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==    Second Place – Miranda Goad, Mentors: Dr. Stephen Ratchford and Dr. Paul Jobsis, UVI

wLguujdd8LYTQAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==    Third Place – Allana Jackson, Mentor: Dr. Bernard Castillo III, UVI

Poster Presenters:

LS9ey8EuHEoRZXfoXxZf5CbiRCxuAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC    First Place – Alexanne Carr, Mentors: Dr. Dustin Haskell and Dr. Michael Hart, UVI and UPenn

LS9ey8EuHEoRZXfoXxZf5CbiRCxuAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC    First Place – Ashley Challenger, Mentors: Dr. Kaston Anderson-Carpenter, UVI and MSU

LS9ey8EuHEoRZXfoXxZf5CbiRCxuAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC    First Place – Teh’Rhon Rabsatt, Mentor: Dr. Noreen Michael, UVI, VI DOH

QPj7RhPCpbs6gAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==    Second Place – Azriel Williams, Mentors: Dr. Noreen Michael, Janis Valmond DrPH, Camille Paul MPH, UVI, VI DOH

wLguujdd8LYTQAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==    Third Place – Makayla Peterson, Mentors: Dr. Sean Kelly, Jahnyah Brooks and Nicole Angeli, UVI SEAS

wLguujdd8LYTQAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==    Third Place – Tara Thompson, Mentors: Dr. Kristin Wilson Grimes & Allie Durdall, UVI SEAS

Congratulations to the Winners!

The Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Program share with everyone the photos from the 2022 Fall Research Symposium.

To access the gallery, click here. The gallery password is FRS22.

The mission of the ECS Programs is to increase research training and promote excellence for students at the University of the Virgin Islands through a variety of programs and activities. Funding is provided by federal grants from agencies like the NSF, NIH, NASA, DOE as well as from private donors. To learn more, visit the website at http://ecs.uvi.edu, follow ECS on Facebook or subscribe to the YouTube channel.

For questions and more information, contact ECS by sending an email to ecs@uvi.edu.

UVI to Host Energy Sustainability Fair for VI Residents & Businesses The VI Energy Office (VIEO) and the Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) are pleased to announce the dates of the inaugural VI Energy Sustainability Fair aimed at empowering Virgin Islanders to transition towards energy independence and become more resilient. The events will take place at the Orville E. Kean Campus on St. Thomas on Oct. 15, and at the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix on Oct. 30. Starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m. each day, activities will include workshops, live demonstrations, and the chance to meet with vendors, professionals and leaders in the territory.

“The 2017 hurricanes and the recent increase in gas prices served as a wake-up call for the territory. We realized the need to increase our energy independence, the robustness of our system and our overall resilience,” said Greg Guannel, director of CGTC.

“Fortunately, we have plenty of sun and wind, so solutions exist that can help us at all times and fit all budgets. Energy efficiency equipment from off-grid or grid interconnected systems to solar-powered generators or even solar cell phones chargers provide many options that allow households and businesses to increase their ability to operate when small or large disturbances occur,” said Guannel.

The Energy Fair will connect the public and businesses to products and services that will strengthen the robustness of their energy systems and increase their resilience. Live demonstrations will showcase electric vehicles and other renewable energy products while workshops will provide information on solar and wind energy systems and how everyday consumers can reduce their energy consumption and live more sustainably at home.

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI Website at www.uvi.edu/

Students, Employees Urged to Sign Up for Bucs Alert Emergency Notification System June 1 marked the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. All UVI students and employees are urged to sign up for Bucs Alert, UVI’s emergency notification system which is used to share critical information via text messages and e-mail. Participants simply add their cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses to the “Personal Information” page in UVI’s BanWeb accounts. Those who have already added information to the system are encouraged to periodically check their details in case updates are needed.

Additional instructions on signing up for Bucs Alert are available from this direct link.

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