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UVI Bulletin Board for May

Iyanla Vanzant, Inspirational Speaker and Prolific, Commanding Author to Speak at Commencement; Renowned Virgin Islanders to Receive Honorary Degrees Iyanla Vanzant, prolific and commanding author, soulful priestess, television personality and healer of people, will be the keynote speaker at the University of the Virgin Islands 2017 commencement ceremonies.  These ceremonies will take place on May 11, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix; and on May 12, on the St. Thomas Campus.  Both ceremonies will begin at 1:30 p.m.

            “Commencement is the most special part of our academic year,” said UVI President David Hall. “It is the time we celebrate the enormous work of our students, faculty and staff. It is the culmination of a life changing journey, especially for our students.”  Hall continued, “I am especially proud that our Commencement Speaker is world renowned author, inspirational speaker, and television personality, Iyanla Vanzant. She is the anchor program of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and has helped to heal and inspire so many individuals and families.”

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

Volunteers Needed for UVI’s Commencement Ceremony on May 12 on St. Thomas Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2017 will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, in the Sports and Fitness Center. Volunteers are needed to assist with this year’s ceremony. Interested volunteers should contact Trenette Donovan at tdonova1@uvi.edu or 693-1550.

UVI- Safety in Paradise Joins Nation in Recognizing National Safety Stand-Down

            Injuries and fatalities among workers, especially in the construction industry is a growing concern across the nation. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), falls are the leading cause of death in construction and every year falls from ladders make up nearly a third of those deaths. These injuries and deaths are preventable once proper safety measures are in place.

            To raise awareness of these issues and to stop fall fatalities and injuries, the University of the Virgin Islands – Safety in Paradise (SIP) program will join the nation in observing National Safety Stand-Down Week from May 8-12.

            A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to their employees about safety. As part of this effort, SIP will host a free Stand-Down workshop from 9 a.m. – 11a.m. on Friday, May 5, at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

            The activity will present employers with information and training materials to help organize Stand-Down activities in the workplace. Companies are encouraged to take a break to have talks or other safety activities such as conducting safety equipment inspections, develop rescue plans or discuss specific job hazards. The event is free and open to workers in the construction, roof maintenance, painting, tree trimming, communication towers or any industry where employees are required to work above four feet.

            For more information on the Safety Stand-Down, contact Maricel Flores Diaz at 693-1146 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

 UVI YouTube Channel Features UVI Student Convocation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor The University of the Virgin Islands hosted the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, on Feb. 9, at a Student Convocation held in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus. To view this historical events, visit UVI video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM1E9WQS2aM.

            For more information visit the Public Relations Office at www.pr.uvi.edu.

UVI Entrepreneurs Place Second in Global Health Game Design Competition University of the Virgin Islands Sophomore Joy Grant, social science major, and UVI Junior Gerald Bellot, applied math major, placed second in the international Games4Health, the world’s largest and most competitive student health game design competition, held at the University of Utah on March 30.  

            Grant and Bellot comprised the first ever team of students from the University of the Virgin Islands to participate in the event. This was a huge accomplishment given fierce competition and the fact that nearly half the teams were comprised of graduate students,” said Dr. Tim Faley, Sokoloff Distinguished professor of Entrepreneurship. Grant and Bellot placed second in their category, “Happy Fitness” with their Da Vinci phone app that combines mental exercise with physical movement.  They were awarded a cash prize of $3,000.

            “Joy and Gerald demonstrated such tenacity and resilience throughout the entire game development process,” said Dr. Faley.  “I’m so very proud of them for all they have accomplished.”

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

Law Enforcement and Security Professionals invited to Report Writing Course Report writing has become an essential skill for many professions, especially those in law enforcement.  Being able to produce a professional document is critical as reports become public documents, are presented in court, and are used to compile vital statistics. For professionals who are required to write reports, yet struggle with the task, the UVI-CELL Center is offering a course to help improve report-writing skills. 

            Writing Effective Reports will be held 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 16, and on Wednesday, May 17, at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.  The two-day workshop will provide the skills necessary to develop and prepare proper documentation and reports.  While primarily designed for law enforcement personnel and security professionals, the course is open to anyone interested in improving their report writing skills. 

            For fees or more information on the course, contact the UVI-CELL Center at 692-4230 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

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