UVI Seeking Input on Next VI-EPSCoR Project in Town Hall Sessions The public is invited to provide research theme recommendations for the next Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) proposal, which will be submitted to the National Science Foundation in October 2012. The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), as the host institution for the Virgin Islands EPSCoR, has started the process of preparing the project proposal.
A St. Thomas town hall meeting is scheduled for today – Thursday, Aug. 30 – at 6 p.m. in the Windward Passage Hotel. Similar meetings have already been held on St. John and St. Croix.
Phase I of V.I. Community Survey Underway; Phase II to Begin in September The Eastern Caribbean Center of the University of the Virgin Islands is conducting its annual Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS) among a sample of households in the territory. Now in Phase I – mapping – UVI employees are on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John mapping residential areas. During the first phase of this project, UVI employees will travel to selected areas to map housing units using GPS devices. Phase II – interviewing – will begin in late September and end in December. During the second phase, UVI employees will administer a housing and population survey to sample households. All mappers and interviewers will have official UVI identification cards.
The goal of the VICS is to provide a clearer understanding of the changing population and housing statistics in the US Virgin Islands. A news release is available on the UVI homepage – http://www.uvi.edu
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Do You Know This Week’s “We Are UVI” Contributor?
“We Are UVI” is the University’s Golden Jubilee blog. To see this week’s contributor and read their story, visit the blog at: http://weareuvi.blogspot.com
“We Are UVI” features people sharing CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years….A new submission is added each week, this one was posted Sunday, Aug. 26.
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), Vincent Cooper (’72), Dennis Parker and UVI President Emeritus Orville Kean.
Public Invited to Join in the Creation of a Science and Technology Plan for the USVI Members of the public are invited to contribute to the creation of the Territory’s first Science and Technology Plan by participating in a series of public consultations beginning with a focus group sessions planned for Sept. 12, 13 and 14, on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, respectively.
Developing a VI Science and Technology Plan is an early goal of the STEP UP Initiative, announced on Aug. 17, by Gov. John P. deJongh. The initiative name – STEP UP – stands for Science, Technology, Education and Economic Progress. The Governor, who serves as chair of the VI Science and Technology Council, described the effort as an opportunity to take good science from the laboratories of the University of the Virgin Islands to the local and global marketplace. The VI Science and Technology He said the council was established to "act as a catalyst for leveraging resources in the U.S.V.I. in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and innovation for economic development."
Focus groups are scheduled for the following dates (times and locations will be announced when they are confirmed):
- St Croix: Wednesday, Sept. 12, and Thursday, Sept. 13.
- St. Thomas: Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday, Sept. 14.
- St. John: Friday, Sept. 14.
For more information contact the VI-EPSCoR office at 693-1422
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 Sept. 10. For further information call Sandra Pierre-Louis on St. Croix at 692-4266 or Andrea Plunkett on St. Thomas at 693-1173.
UVI’s Final 2012 Phonathon Scheduled for Sept. 17-20; Volunteers Sought
Volunteers are needed for UVI’s final Phonathon of 2012, which is now scheduled from Sept. 17 through 20, 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
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
- Proposal Preparation Workshop
Date/Time: St. Thomas on Thursday, Sept. 6 – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: SBDC Training Facility in Nisky Center on St. Thomas.
Cost: Free for 7(j) eligible businesses. Local Contact: Mary Joe Williams, email@example.com
Topics Include: Strategizing for a winning price; How RFP elements influence strategy; Developing the tech proposal; Past Performance; How the winner is selected; and The proposal review process.
- Government Contract Negotiations Workshop
Date/Time: Friday, Sept. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the SBDC, Training Facility in the Sion Farm Shopping Center in Christiansted on St. Croix. Local Contact: Carmen Acevedo Adams, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: Free for 7(j) eligible businesses.
Topics Include: How and when to negotiate during government contracting; Cost considerations when negotiating price; Tips and techniques for successful negotiations; and Negotiations with government vs. commercial negotiations.