2012 Texas Chili Cook-off Set Aug. 19 at Brewers Bay on St. Thomas Campus The Texas Society of the V.I. will hold its Texas Chili cook-off on Sunday, Aug. 19, at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI’s St. Thomas campus. Live music, food, drinks, a Coast Guard rescue demonstration and fly-by, raffle prizes and games are planned. Contact Lori 474-0019 at email@example.com.
Green Tech Center to Sponsor Roots Reggae VI Conversation and Sustainability Concert Aug. 18 A sustainability conversation and concert, sponsored and hosted by UVI’s Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) in partnership with the V.I. Humanities Council and Movementunes.com, is scheduled from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Aug. 18. Dubbed the “Roots Reggae VI Conversation & Sustainability Concert,” the evening begins with the V.I. Humanities Council presenting the Daniel L. Heftel Lecture and Humanist Award. The venue is the STARZ night club in Port of Sale Mall, in Havensight on St. Thomas. Speakers will include Ras Attitude, Reemah, Jalani Horton and Melame Gange.
CGTC spokesman Heru Ofori-Atta said the presentations and concert would focus on sustainability and renewable energy, using music as a unifying outreach tool. The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority will discuss their 18 megawatt power purchase agreement and the V.I. Energy office will provide information on energy saving programs. At 9 p.m. the attention turns to music, featuring Melame Gange and Ras Attitude being backed by the Black Star band. Also on hand will be radio personality Ras Regg, Kafunya Ife, producer Tippy Alfred and MC Deh Realist. Admission is free before 7:30 p.m. and $20 after. For more information contact Heru Ofori-Atta at (954) 593-4998.
UVI Fall Semester Classes Begin Monday, Aug. 20; Orientation Continues Through Aug. 17 Orientation for new and transfer students for UVI’s Fall 2012 Semester continues through Friday, Aug. 17. UVI Fall Semester classes are set to begin on Monday, Aug. 20. More information is available from the UVI Web site – http://www.uvi.edu.
UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts to Unveil 2012-2013 Season on Aug. 23 UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts unveils its 2012-2013 season at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, with the traditional St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the Reichhold Theatre. Reichhold fans in attendance will be the first to find out which exciting artists are on tap for the new season. Business After Hours features complimentary appetizers and the famous “Chamber $2 Bar.” It will also offer the opportunity to sign up for seasons subscriptions and qualify for a special eight percent-off the regular price. There will also be a raffle, with prizes such as tickets to Reichhold Shows and $500 shopping sprees at Gottlieb’s Quick Way, Cost-U-Less and PriceSmart. Top Notch Band will provide the entertainment. For more information call 693-1550.
Do You Know This Week’s “We Are UVI” Contributor? “We Are UVI” is the University’s Golden Jubilee blog. It features people sharing CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years. A new submission is added each week, with the most recent posted on Sunday, Aug. 12. To find out who made the submission, visit “We Are UVI” at: http://weareuvi.blogspot.com.
It joins stories from Sinclair Wilkinson (’72), Rafe Boulon, Jr. (’76), Carmie Thompson (’10), Frank Mills (’67), James Rakocy, Arah Lockhart (’78), Utha Williams (’82), former UVI President LaVerne Ragster, Marthious Clavier (’02,’08), John Lucas, Maxine Nunez, Rosary Harper, Yegin Habtes, Gloria Callwood, Laurent Javois (’76), Helen Dookhan (’79, ’84, ’98), Curtis Gilpin (’80), Carolyn O’Neal-Morton (’85), Ali McClean (’93), Constance Gumbs (’87, ’91), Malcolm Kirwan (’67), Sharleen Fahie (’86, ’93), Sam Hall Jr., Richard Lippke, Randy Brown, Paul Flemming (’95, ’98, ’99), Kishma Allen (’09), Lawrence Lewis (’73), Aimery Caron, Quilin Mars (’08), Alvincent Hutson (’76) and Vincent Cooper (’72).
UVI Sets Final Phonathon of 2012; Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed for UVI’s final Phonathon of 2012, which is scheduled from Aug. 27 through 30, on St. Thomas. Volunteers will work from 5:30 to 9 p.m. each evening in the first-floor conference room of UVI’s Administration and Conference Center. They will make calls and process on-line pledges from Reichhold Center for the Arts patrons as well as traditional and special alumni. Prizes will be awarded to top performers and dinner will be served. Persons interested in volunteering one or more evenings should call the Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1047.
Employees, Others Urged to Review UVI Online Job Postings UVI employees and external interested individuals are encouraged to review the university’s online job postings for updates on available vacancies from the Human Resources Office section of the university Web site – http://www.uvi.edu – or from this direct link: http://careers.uvi.edu. UVI is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education and research. The University of the Virgin Islands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
VIUCEDD to Offer American Sign Language Classes in September Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will be offering (ASL) American Sign Language Classes – Level I and Level II – on St. Thomas and St. Croix beginning September 10. For further information call Sandra Pierre-Louis on St. Croix at 692-4266 or Andrea Plunkett on St. Thomas at 693-1173.
VI-EPSCoR Seeks UVI Community Input in Preparing New Funding Proposal The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) is in the process of preparing its proposal to the National Science Foundation for a new funding cycle. The entire UVI community is invited to become involved in this effort and in the program that will result from a favorable review by the NSF. Detailed announcements and presentations will be made in the near future, but interested persons may contact the VI-EPSCoR director, Dr. Henry H. Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 693-1422.
UVI-CELL to Offer Six-week Praxis II Preparation Course on St. Thomas UVI’s Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a six-week, classroom course designed to prepare teachers to take and pass the Praxis II exam. The course will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on six Saturdays – Sept. 22 and 29, and Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27. The course will use clear explanations, numerous examples, and graphics and animation, to prepare teachers to take the Praxis II test. Sessions take place at the CELL Center on UVI’s St. Thomas campus. The fee is $500. For more information and to sign-up for the course call UVI-CELL at 693-1100.
Course to Focus on Getting the Most of Your Smart Phone or Tablet Smart phones and tablets – the latest technological advances – are designed to make lives easier, but the novice user can be overwhelmed. To unravel the mystery of these devices, the UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will conduct a course to help novice users understand their devices and use their capabilities to the fullest.
Although titled Mastering Your iPhone/iPad, the course is open to individuals with any smart phone or tablet device. The three-week course will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays with the start date to be determined. The cost is $150 for 15 hours of instruction. Students will learn to master basic features and functions, efficiently operate their devices, integrate apps into their daily lives, sync with other devices and other applications, and personalize their devices. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. For more information on the workshop, call Debra Stevens 693-1108 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.
VI SBDC Summer Schedule The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center is offering a variety of training and informational sessions during August. The following is the list for sessions on St. Thomas and St. Croix. For more information, visit the VI SBDC website – http://www.sbdcvi.org – or use this direct link to SBDC Course Information and Registration. Call the St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at 776-3206 or the St. Croix Service Center at 692-5270.
Aug. 15 – Take IT to the Clouds
Aug. 22 – Procurement Luncheon – Marketing: Say What Your Mean
Aug. 29 – Retirement Plan For Your Small Business – Simple IRA Plan
Aug. 17 – Starting Your Business in the Virgin Islands
Aug. 21 – Procurement Luncheon – Marketing: Say What Your Mean
Aug. 28 – SBA Express Loan Program