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Bulletin Board for July 27, 2009

UVI's Summer Band/Opera Camp to Conclude Public Concerts on July 29

UVI's Summer Band and Opera Camp will present its final free public concert of this summer at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at Emancipation Garden, in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Camp participants are from schools on St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Campers are under the direction of UVI Professor of Music Austin A. Venzen.

The camp is sponsored in part by the Law Enforcement Planning Commission, the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services, The Prior Family Foundation and the Antigua-Barbuda Association. For more information, contact Prof. Venzen at the UVI Music Office at 693-1192.

Dateline: UVI Chronicles Farewell Luncheon for Dr. Ragster

The July issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI has been distributed to UVI administrative offices and is available on both campuses. The newsletter features photos and coverage of a surprise farewell luncheon for Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster and a look at the Multi-Sport Summer Sports Clinic being offered on the St. Thomas campus. Dateline: UVI is also available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Ag Experiment Station Releases Analysis of St. Croix Land-Cover Changes

UVI's Agricultural Experiment Station has released the results of a land-cover change analysis in a technical bulletin. The Agroforestry research project used satellite images, aerial photographs and GIS software to map changes in the landscape of St. Croix over a ten-year period. The project found that forest, agriculture and development have interacted to cause a high degree of change in St. Croix. Reforestation and deforestation occurred in equal amounts and the resulting maps show how the change is clustered around existing developments in the lowlands. This technical bulletin and other Agroforestry publications are available for download from the AES-Agroforestry section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: /import/sites/uvi/Pages/publications.aspx?s=RE&sectionCode=AES-Agroforestry. Printed copies can be obtained from Brian Daley of AES (692-4078) or Clarice Clark (692-4060) of the Cooperative Extension Service. This publication was made possible through a grant from UVI's Water Resources Research Institute.

Free Workshop on Building an Accurate GIS Offered to UVI Faculty, Students

In support of the University's GIS Curriculum Development effort, an invitation is extended to UVI faculty and students to participate in a free GIS (Geographic Information System) Training workshop.

This workshop will describe the importance of utilizing the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) as the framework for geospatial data development for land and water use development. An introduction to the Territorial Framework project will be provided, detailing project specifications, goals and outcomes. Workshop sub-topics will include components of the NSRS, Accuracy and Precision in a GIS, GPS, Metadata and Datums. In addition, an overview of NGS products and services will be provided.

Four workshop sessions are offered, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 4, and again at the same times on Wednesday, Aug. 5. They will be held in Business Education Building room 204E on UVI's St. Thomas campus. To register, please fill out this registration form and return by fax by July 31, to Duvane Hodge at 693-1025. For more information, call 693-1020.

The workshop is offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Geodetic Survey, in cooperation with the Office of the Virgin Islands Lieutenant Governor and the University of the Virgin Islands.

Alumni Recognition Breakfast on St. Thomas Scheduled for Aug. 8

The St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association will hold its Annual Alumni Recognition Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 8, at the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The event was originally scheduled for July. The chapter will honor alumni Donnie Dorsett ('00), Dr. Henry Smith ('76), Jean Forde ('85), Winston Smith ('90) and Terrence Thomas ('88) for their work and contributions to the University and the Virgin Islands community.

Tickets for the breakfast - $35 per person - are available at the UVI Bookstore or from chapter officers: Pamela Toussaint, Helen Hart, Michelle Johnson and Chapter President Jackie Sprauve. Proceeds go to the chapter's scholarship fund which supports incoming freshman students at UVI. The continued support of chapter members is greatly appreciated. Chapter President Sprauve said the event promises to be an "exciting trip down memory lane." For more information, call 693-1040.

St. Croix Campus Bookstore Announces Extended Hours

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus has announced the following extended hours for the opening of the Fall Semester.

  • August 13 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • August 14 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • August 17 - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (first day of classes)
  • August 18-20 - 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 21 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • August 24-27 - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • August 28 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 692-4162.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore Announces Extended Hours

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Thomas campus has announced the following extended hours for the opening of the Fall Semester.

  • August 13-14 - 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • August 17-28 - 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • August 15, 22 and 29 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The St. Thomas campus Bookstore resumes regular business hours - Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. - on Monday, Aug. 31. For more information, call 693-1561.

St. Thomas Campus Student Housing Office Relocates to Rouppe House

UVI's Office of Student Housing on the St. Thomas campus has been relocated to Rouppe House. Student Housing Supervisor Sean Georges and Aneka Francis, the Administrative Assistant for both Housing and Student Activities, are now located at Rouppe House. The Student Activities Office remains in the Student Activities Center. See below for relevant phone contact information. Please note changed fax numbers.

Name Title Phone Fax

Sean Georges Student Housing Supervisor 693-1112 693-1091

Junie Violenes Student Activities Supervisor 693-1111 693-1105

Aneka Francis Administrative Assistant (Housing and Activities) 693-1110 693-1091

St. ThomasCampus Student Activities CenterClosed Through Aug. 9

The Student Activities Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus is closed from July 27 through August 9 and reopens on August 10. Campus Mail Service will remain available during this time, with access through the Activity Center's side door.

UVI's Fall Semester classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 17, 2009.

Returning Students: Fall Semester registration - online or in person - for returning students is available now through Aug. 7, 2009. Students must confer with advisors to receive information on their academic plans and to obtain PIN numbers needed for registration. Fall Semester Class schedules and detailed information for registration on each campus are available from the Academics/Class Schedules tabs on the UVI home page: www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

New and Transfer Students: Orientation for new and transfer students is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 9. Advisement and registration for new students for the Fall Semester are scheduled for Aug. 12. Advisement and late registration are set for Aug. 13 and 14. Complete orientation schedules for both campuses and important information on UVI policies regarding placement exams and student rights are now available from the Admissions section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. Orientation schedules and related information can also be accessed from this direct link.

Open Enrollment Period for UVI Group Insurance Plans Set for Aug. 17-Sept. 18

An open enrollment period for UVI's group medical, dental, supplemental life insurance, vision care and AFLAC plans will be available from Monday, Aug. 17, 2009, through Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. An email memo with details about open enrollment options was sent to UVI employees on July 22, by Director of Employee Benefits and Immigration Services Veda Richards. "You are reminded that our health and life insurance rates will increase Oct. 1, 2009," Richards wrote. "If you want to make changes to your current plan selections, the open enrollment period is the time to do it." Department heads in UVI's Security and Physical Plant areas were asked to post the memo for easy access by all staff members. For more information, contact Richards by phone at 693-1429 or send email to veda.richards@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items ...

Managers, Assistants Reminded People Admin End User Training Sessions Scheduled for July

UVI managers and designated administrative assistants are reminded to attend mandatory People Admin End User Training Sessions on July 28, and July 31, 2009, on St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, respectively.

The training is designed to provide participants with the effective use of the system and to familiarize them with the approved and accepted medium to handle all of their employment needs, from creating a position job description to posting a vacancy notice, from setting employees' performance objectives to providing employees' performance feedback.

The People Admin System is a one-stop management vehicle that will increase the overall efficiency, accuracy and accountability at the University.

Date

Time

Campus

Venue

July 28 , 2009

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

or

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

St. Thomas

ACC building 1st Floor

RM 142 and 146

July 31, 2009

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

or

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

St. Croix

NNW 131

To Register for People Admin End User Training participants should click on the appropriate link below to choose the session they would like to attend.

St. ThomasRegistration

People Admin Registration on July 28, 2009, at 9 a.m.

People Admin Registration on July 28, 2009, at 1 p.m.

St. CroixRegistration

People Admin Registration on July 31, 2009, at 9 a.m.

People Admin Registration on July 31, 2009, at 1 p.m.

Texas Chili Cook-off Slated Aug. 16 at Brewer's Bay Beach; UVI Participants, Volunteers Sought

The Texas Society of the Virgin Islands' 2009 Chili Cook-off will be held at Brewer's Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas Campus on Sunday, Aug. 16. The popular annual event features some of the island's top chili cooks vying for the coveted top prize - a trip as the Virgin Islands representative to the Terlingua International Chili Championship held in November in Terlingua, Texas. Along with the chili tasting, the day features a variety of beach games and musical entertainment by top local groups. Funds raised during the event are donated to local charities. Members of the UVI Community are invited to participate by forming a chili team or working as event volunteers. Those interested should call Patrice Johnson at 693-1058.

VIUCEDD to Offer Fall Course in American Sign Language on St. Thomas

UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will offer a course on American Sign Language during the 2009 fall semester. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Aug. 18 through Dec. 8, 2009, on the St. Thomas campus in room 114 of the Teacher Education building. The cost is $130 per student. Books and related materials will be provided. For more information, or to register, contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

UVI Family and Friends Pre-Labor Day Picnic Set Aug. 30 on St. Croix

UVI will host a pre-Labor Day beach picnic for UVI family and friends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frederiksted Beach on Sunday, Aug. 30. For more information, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228 or send email to hfinch-@uvi.edu.

Pre-Retirement Workshops set for GERS Participants

Government Employees Retirement System participants interested in information about retirement are invited to Pre-Retirement and Count Down to Retirement Workshops scheduled on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas the remaining Pre-Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Aug. 5. The Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 2. The St. Thomas workshops will be held at the GERS offices on the Waterfront.

On St. Croix the remaining Pre-Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Aug. 12, and the Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 9, at the GERS offices in Orange Grove.

Individuals interested in attending, must pre-register in advance by calling 340-776-7703 ext. 4202 on St. Thomas or 340-773-5480 ext. 5406 on St. Croix. Additional questions should be directed to Veda V. Richards, UVI's director of employee benefits and immigration services at 693-1429.

Ongoing Items ...

UVI's 2010 Holiday Schedule Available

The University's 2010 holiday schedule is now available from the Human Resources links included in the 'Inside UVI' section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or select this direct link (PDF file).

Renovation Work Continues on Second Floor of CA Building; Caution Urged

UVI's Physical Plant has announced that renovation work is continuing on the second floor of the Classroom Administration (CA) Building on the St. Thomas campus. Physical Plant personnel will install appropriate barriers and signage in the construction area. All UVI students and University personnel are asked to exercise caution while in the construction area.

CELL Notes...

CELL to Offer Certificate in Bookkeeping on St. Thomas and St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a new series of courses this fall leading to a certificate in bookkeeping on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Course content is designed for individuals who want to qualify for entry-level jobs in bookkeeping or for entrepreneurs who want to manage their own books in a more professional and efficient manner. To earn a certificate, participants must take three courses. Introduction to Bookkeeping and Intermediate Bookkeeping are required. Following that, students will select one of two online courses: Introduction to QuickBooks 2009 or

Performing Payroll in QuickBooks 2009.

  • Introduction to Bookkeeping will be offered from Sept. 15 through Oct. 1. Classes will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on St. Croix, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on St. Thomas. The registration deadline is Aug. 10. The fee is $275.
  • Intermediate Bookkeeping will be offered from Oct. 13 through 19. Classes will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on St. Croix, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on St. Thomas. The registration deadline is Sept. 14. The fee is $275.
  • The cost for the online electives is $129 per course.

For more information or to register, contact the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Skills Workshops for First-Line Supervisors in

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a workshop series titled First-Line Supervision - a certificate program designed to help supervisors develop effective management skills - beginning in August on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Workshop sessions, which will run on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., begin on Aug. 12. On St. Croix, workshops will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, at #23A Hospital Street, in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshops will be held at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. First-Line Supervision provides basic management skills and training for supervisors with less than five years of supervisory experience. Participants will learn to: use practical strategies to plan and conduct effective meetings, solve problems, motivate employees, manage people, deal with conflict and handle change in the organization.

The workshops are offered in collaboration with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants may take individual workshops, or complete six of the workshops to obtain a Certificate in Management Skills in the Workplace from the University of the Virgin Islands and the AMA. For details or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI CELL Offers Course for Spanish Speakers

Spanish-speaking individuals interested in acquiring a basic level of skill in the English language are urged to register for a course to be hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center in August on St. Croix. English for Spanish Speakers will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting August 4. All sessions will be held at the UVI-CELL Center, located in the Joseph A. Simpson Building in Frederiksted.

The course is designed for Spanish speakers with no prior knowledge of the English language, but would like to acquire a basic level of competence in understanding and speaking in English. Participants will learn to recognize basic English words, use words in the correct context during conversation, hold a basic conversation in English and much more.

For more information or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI CELL online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI CELL Offering 40-Hour Skills Builder Program Beginning in August

A 40-hour Skills Builder Program designed to prepare individuals for employment or promotion exams will be offered on St. Croix and St. Thomas beginning in August by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center. The program will help individuals enhance reading, writing and math skills and improve their problem solving, critical thinking and test-taking abilities. A 9th grade reading level is a pre-requisite. The program fee of $375 includes registration, instruction and course materials.

On St. Croix, the program will run on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Aug. 8, through Oct. 17, at UVI CELL's Frederiksted Office.

On St. Thomas, the program will run on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Aug. 15, through Oct. 24, at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

For more information or to register, contact the UVICELL Center at 693-1100. The complete course schedule is also available online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Plans Business Outreach Programs for Veterans

UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will conduct free outreach workshops for veterans on St. Croix on July 13, on St. John on July 14, and on St. Thomas on July 15. Carl Christensen, the Small Business Administration's (SBA) officer in charge will be the presenter. SBA services to be discussed include the Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative, the America's Recovery Capital Loan Program and the Community Express Loan Program.

The St. Croix session is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at the SBDC Training Center in Sunshine Mall. The St. John outreach will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the V.I. Legislature Conference Room in Cruz Bay. The St. Thomas session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SBDC Training Facility in Nisky Center.

To pre-register, call 692-5270 on St. Croix or 776-3206 on St. Thomas and St. John.

SBDC Seminars to Provide Answer to 'Employee or Contractor' Question

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will sponsor seminars on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John designed to help workers and small business owners answer the question: "What Am I, An Independent Contractor Or An Employee?" The seminars will feature presentations from the V.I. Department of Labor, the V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue, the V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, the U.S. Social Security Administration and Division of Corporations and Trademarks in the Lt. Governor's Office. Answering the "contractor or employee" question makes a difference to both parties.

The St. Croix seminar runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at the VI SBDC Training Center at the Sunshine Mall. On St. Thomas the seminar is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at the VI SBDC Training Facility at the Nisky Center. The St. John seminar will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at the V.I. Legislature Conference Room in Cruz Bay.

For more information or to pre-register for a seminars contact the VI SBDC at 692-5270 on St. Croix or 776-3206 on St. Thomas/St. John. Information is also available from the website: www.sbdcvi.org.