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Free Arborists’ Workshops “Preparing Your Trees for Hurricane Season and Restoring Storm Damage Trees” The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service’s (UVI-CES) Agriculture and Natural Resources Program in partnership with the V.I. Department of Agriculture’s Forestry Division will hold arborist workshops on “Preparing Your Trees for Hurricane Season and Restoring Storm Damaged Trees.” The workshops will be held Tuesday, June 19, in Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus and Thursday, June 21, in the UVI-CES Training Room on the St. Thomas Campus. Both workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stafford Crossman, acting state director of UVI-CES, said “All homeowners with trees on their property along with persons involved with, or interested in, caring for trees are encouraged to attend these important workshops. The information provided in the workshops will be very valuable as we prepare our trees for this year’s hurricane season, which is already here. It is time to start getting prepared.”
For additional information or to register, contact UVI-CES’s Stafford Crossman on St. Croix at 692-4071, email scrossm@uvi.edu, or contact Dale Morton on St. Thomas at 692-1086, email dmorton@uvi.edu.
Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on non-discrimination regarding race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender preference, age, disability and political beliefs.

Pesticide Applicator Safety and IPM Training for “Commercial and Private Applicator License” The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) encourages all interested individuals, especially those interested in applying for a pesticide applicator license, to attend training sessions on integrated pest management and pesticide safety.
Trainings will be held from 9 a.m. to n4 p.m., at the UVI Albert A. Sheen Campus in the Research and Extension Center in Room 133, located on the east side of the campus.
On Thursday, June 21, the topic for discussion will be on structural pests, and on Friday, June 22, the topic for discussion will be ornamental and turf pests. Examinations will be offered on Tuesday, June 26.
The Pesticide Education Safety CORE program will be offered all day on Thursday, July 19; the Agriculture Plant Pest category will be presented on Tuesday, July 24. Both will be held on the Albert A. Sheen Campus.
Federal law requires any person who applies or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) to be certified. Trainings are offered to teach applicators of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws and regulations, applying RUPs properly and effectively, comprehending labels, calculating rates, introducing best pest management, and practicing safe pesticide use.
For additional information or to register, contact Amy J. Dreves, Ph.D., UVI-CES pest management specialist, at 692-4045 or email Amy.Dreves@uvi.edu.

UVI Students Place First in Global Top 100 – Business Strategy Game University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) students of the Business Strategy class of spring 2018 achieved a first-place ranking in the Global Top 100. The students earned the top position on Global Top 100 ranking for their company’s Business Strategy Game (BSG) performance during the week of April 2 – 8.
The students’ company, Future Kicks, tied for first place with 20 other teams out of a total of over 13,500 playing the simulation. Co-managing the company were Joash Liburd, Kriston Petty and Brenton Skeete.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – https://www.uvi.edu/

UVI Rewards Students for Innovation and Entrepreneurship University of the Virgin Islands Hackathon participants, Business Design Program participants, 13D competition competitors and UVIDEA club officers of both the Albert A. Sheen and St. Thomas Campuses were recognized at the first Annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Gala Luncheon held on Saturday, May 12.
This event celebrated the growing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem at UVI. The Hackathon, Business Design Program, and 13D competition students all received awards.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – https://www.uvi.edu/

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New Member Appointed to UVI’s Board of Trustees A new member had been appointed to the University of the Virgin Islands’ (UVI) Board of Trustees. John A. Quelch, Ph.D., was appointed by Gov. Kenneth Mapp to fill the vacant position on the board. He has been appointed to join its 12-member body and will fill the vacancy left by former Trustee Carol Fulp. His appointment came into effect on April 4.
“It is our pleasure to welcome Dr. Quelch to the board of trustees. Dr. Quelch comes with years of expertise, and the contributions and guidance that he has to offer will be valuable to the future of the university,” said Chairman Henry Smock. “His resume is quite extensive and impressive both in regard to academia as well as business.”
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – https://www.uvi.edu/

UVI Announces Winners for 2018 Research Day The University of the Virgin Islands announces the students and faculty winners of the 7th annual Research Day held in spring 2018.
Of the 32 undergraduate student entries on the St. Thomas Campus, Shantae Lewis from the College of Science and Mathematics emerged as the winner.
Lewis’ poster was titled “DNA Extraction of Halophila Stipulacea Plants for Genetic Variability Around the Virgin Islands.” Halophila stipulacea is an invasive species of sea grass that is quickly spreading throughout the territory’s waters. It originates from the western Indian Ocean and is thought to have spread into the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas in ship ballasts and by fragmentation caused by anchoring and other bottom disturbances. In her abstract, Lewis mentioned that the goal of the project is to determine the genetic variability of Halophila stipulacea and to use that information to help create an invasion history model. She conducted her research using samples from Magens Bay, John Brewers Bay and Lindbergh Bay on St. Thomas. UVI Professor Alice Stanford advised Lewis during her research.
On the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix, there were nine entries. Tione Grant from the College of Science and Mathematics walked away as this year’s undergraduate winner.
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/

New Student Orientation for Summer 2018 Set for July 11-12 The University of the Virgin Islands will hold Summer Orientation from Wednesday, July 11 to Thursday, July 12, for new students enrolling on both campuses. All newly accepted students are required to participate in orientation activities prior to the start of the semester for academic advising and development of their class schedules. Orientation also includes sessions to introduce new students to UVI, networking with other students and instructors, campus tours, an official welcome from UVI President David Hall and a National Student Exchange meeting.
New student advisement and registration are scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and Thursday, July 12, on the St. Thomas Campus.
“We look forward to welcoming our Buccaneers who have chosen to get a jump start on their academic pursuits,” said Hedda Finch-Simpson, dean of students on the Sheen Campus. “As a part of the UVI family, students will be provided with a ‘uniquely Caribbean’ learning experience. Orientation is intended to acquaint students [with] life on campus to ensure their rapid success socially and academically.”
“The university is excited to welcome new students to our campuses for spring 2018,” said Verna Rivers, dean of students on the St. Thomas Campus. “Planned activities will get them ready to be successful academically. Campus tours will inform them of computer lab access, including needed resources like our 24/7 computer labs and our Center for Student Success.”
More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/

Students, Employees Urged to Sign Up for UVI’s Rave Emergency Notification System All UVI students and employees are urged to sign up for UVI’s Rave emergency notification system that 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. UVI will periodically issue Rave system test announcements.

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