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Bulletin Board for September 14, 2009

St. Croix Activities Mark Observance of National Campus Safety Awareness Month

The University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus is joining with colleges and universities across the United States in recognizing September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. This year, in cooperation with a number of different UVI departments and community organizations and agencies, UVI is offering a series of informational, round-table and other discussion forums to raise safety awareness across the campuses. A wide variety of topics will be covered, ranging from theft prevention to cyber-space safety, from hurricane preparedness to anger management, and from date rape to RAVE (UVI warning system) training. Please use the following links to access the St. Croix Campus Event/Activities Schedule.

For more information, contact Acting Campus Executive Administrators Nereida Washington at (340) 692-4001.

Student Organization Updates/Deadlines for St. Thomas Campus

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15 - Deadline for student organizations to register for this semester
  • Friday, Sept. 18 - Final 'How To' session outlining organization procedures for new officers and advisors; noon to 1 p.m., in the Student Activities Center Conference Room.
  • Week of Sept. 21 - Nuts-N-Bolts Executive Leadership Sessions. Student Sessions take place in the Business Building room B-101. Friday, Sept. 18, is the deadline to RSVP for all persons planning to attend Nuts-N-Bolts sessions, including the luncheon on Thursday.

• Sept. 21 - presidents and vice-presidents - noon to 1 p.m.

• Sept. 22 - secretaries - noon to 1 p.m.

• Sept. 23 - public relations officers - noon to 1 p.m.

• Sept. 24 - luncheon for faculty and staff advisors to student organizations - noon to 2 p.m., in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center

• Sept. 25 - treasurers - noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, call the Student Activities Office at (340) 693-1110/1111.

Buccaneers Open Volleyball Season with Home Match-ups Sept. 18 & 19

The UVI Buccaneers men's volleyball team opens its 2009 LAI season with home games on Sept. 18 and 19, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The Bucs take on UPR-Humacao in a match that begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18. UPR-Carolina visits at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. UVI Head Coach Jason Liburd said he will be relying on six returning veterans and four newcomers to the squad. He encouraged students and the entire UVI Community to come out to support the team. Admission to both matches is free. Liburd also advised that matches are expected to start on time, as scheduled.

The Buccaneers LAI schedule includes ten regular season matches, five at home and five on the road in Puerto Rico. Depending on their performance, the squad could qualify for additional inter-league matches, which lead in league quarter- and semi-finals and a championship round that begin in late November.

Mandatory Meeting for Reichhold Center Volunteers Set Saturday, Sept. 19

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will conduct a mandatory meeting for volunteers at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19, in the Reichhold lobby. All persons who are currently enrolled in the Reichhold Center Volunteer Program are required to attend. Adults who are interested in joining the program are also required to attend. For more information, call Tracie Wells at (340) 693-1553 or send email to twells@uvi.edu.

Free Basic Boating Course Slated Sept. 22 through Oct. 13

The free Basic Boating Course offered by the St. Thomas Division of the United States Sail and Power Squadron will be offered beginning Sept. 22, at the MacLean Marine Science Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, through Oct. 13.

The U.S. Sail and Power Squadron is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. The course includes lessons on seamanship, boat handling, boat types, rules of the road, navigation aids, regulations, adverse conditions, marine VHF radio, knots, trailering and introductory piloting. Successful participants receive a certificate that is recognized by many insurance and boating organizations.

Individuals who operate any motorized University vessels are required to take this course or an equivalent.

While the course is offered free of charge, the cost of materials - including books, equipment and a CD featuring digital chart training - is $75. For more information, contact Tom McCoy at (340) 690-0729.

Calling All Student Models

If you've always wanted to be in pictures, this is your time to shine. The UVI Public Relations Office is planning an October photography shoot and is looking for male and female students who'd like to take part in this volunteer opportunity.

At least 10 students are needed for unpaid daytime modeling assignments on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Audition head shots and photography release forms can be obtained by visiting the UVI Public Relations Office on the St. Thomas campus (ACC Building room #229) weekdays between the hours of noon and 3 p.m.

On St. Croix headshots will be taken from 12:30 to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Student Activities Center.

For additional information, please contact Lois Rivera at 693-1059.

Other Current Items...

UVI New Hires Report Posted for August

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Aug. 1-31, 2009. The list is available to the UVI community via the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu.

TIAA-CREF Consultants Offer Finance Seminars, Retirement Planning Sessions

TIAA-CREF consultants are scheduled to conduct finance seminars and individual retirement planning and information sessions at UVI from Monday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Sept. 25. Details of the seminars and individual sessions were sent to all UVI employees via email on Sept. 8, by Veda Richards, director of Employee Benefits and Immigration Services. Interested individuals should contact Richards at 693-1429 or via email at veda.richards@uvi.edu

Intramural Coed Volleyball Coming to St. Thomas Campus

An intramural coed volleyball league is being formed on UVI's St. Thomas campus, with league play scheduled to begin in mid-September. Matches will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Teams will consist of 10 players, with no more than six players on the court at any time. Teams must have a minimum of three female players on the court to play. Currently enrolled UVI students, faculty and staff are eligible. No currently active varsity volleyball athletes are permitted in this league. Interested individuals should also signup. For more information, contact Prof. Erik Heikkila at extension 1213.

Open Enrollment for Group Insurance Plans Continues Thorough Friday, Sept. 18

An open enrollment period for UVI's group medical, dental, supplemental life insurance, vision care and AFLAC plans is currently available. The open enrollment period will continue 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.

VIMAS Organizing Coastweeks Cleanups on St. Croix Starting Sept. 19

The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) is organizing Coastweeks cleanups on St. Croix, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 10, 2009. Anyone interested is organizing or joining a beach or underwater cleanup on St. Croix should call Marcia Taylor at 692-4046 or send email to mtaylor@uvi.edu.

24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Set Sept. 19 at Brewers Beach

Members of the Virgin Islands public are encouraged to participate in the 24th annual International Coastal Cleanup which begins this September. Organized globally by the Ocean Conservancy, the USVI Coastweeks effort is coordinated locally by the University of the Virgin Islands, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Coastal Zone Management Division, Friends of the V.I. National Park and the V.I. Waste Management Authority.

Cleanups of beaches and watershed areas are being planned throughout the territory, with the effort beginning on Sept. 19, at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Clean-ups will be held at numerous other locations on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John during the remainder of September and into October. Details are available from a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Symposium to Feature Student Researchers on Sept. 20; UVI Community Invited

The University of the Virgin Islands' 11th annual Fall Student Research Symposium will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. More than 60 UVI student researchers are expected to participate in the event that will take place in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Sponsored by UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program, the symposium's goal is to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of undergraduate and graduate student research that UVI students have conducted over the summer and during the past year. The symposium is designed to demonstrate the importance of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and psychology oriented research to the greater UVI and Virgin Islands communities.

Dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics Dr. Camille A. McKayle has invited the entire UVI community to attend the symposium. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Croix Bookstore to Close for Inventory Sept. 24-30

The St. Croix Bookstore will be closed from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Wednesday, Sept. 30 for inventory. The Bookstore will resume normal operation on Thursday, Oct. 1. Students who have not purchased their required textbooks for the fall semester are asked to do so before Sept. 14. All unsold textbooks will be returned to the publishers and used books wholesalers after that date.

The Bookstore also plans to hold a student appreciation day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, with discounts on UVI merchandise, along with treats, games and prizes. Student IDs will be required.

St. Thomas Bookstore to Close for Inventory Sept. 25 through 30

The St. Thomas Campus Bookstore will be closed for Inventory taking from Friday, September 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Bookstore will resume normal operation on Thursday, Oct. 1. Students, faculty, staff, department heads, division heads, heads of government agencies and the general public are asked to take note and to conduct the necessary business with the Bookstore before or after the affected dates.

Students, who have not purchase their required textbooks as yet, are asked to do so before Sept. 14. After that, all unsold textbooks will be returned to the publishers and used books wholesalers for credit.

HIV/AIDS Conference Set for Oct. 2 on St. Thomas Campus

A day-long conference on HIV/AIDS titled "Youth Taking Control" will be held on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Friday, Oct. 2. All UVI students and high school seniors are invited to participate. The goal is to increase awareness of the risk of drug use and HIV/AIDS. The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Campus Executive Administrator for Student Affairs. More information on registration will be provided to students in the near future. For more information call 340-693-1120.

Researchers to Spotlight Virgin Islands Health Disparities on Oct. 15-16

Researchers from across the nation will visit the Virgin Islands this fall to share their insights on issues related to health disparities at the Second Annual Health Disparities Institute sponsored by the Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands. "Bridging Science, Practice and Culture to Improve Health in the U.S. Virgin Islands" is the theme for the institute, which is slated for Oct.15 and 16 at The Westin St. John Resort & Villas.

"The institute will provide important health information to the entire Virgin Islands community," said Dr. Gloria Callwood, director of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, which is operated by UVI's Division of Nursing Education. "We're expecting at least 175 persons to participate, including both local and national presenters," Dr. Callwood said. "We invite all persons who are concerned about their health and the health of our community to join us at this important event."

A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Other links: Institute Details | Institute Brochure | Registration Form | CERC web site http://cercuvi.com.

IASTED Computer Conferences Set in November

The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) will conduct two conferences in St. Thomas this November that could be of interest to computer science and other students at UVI. The conferences will focus on Human-Computer Interaction, and Computers and Advanced Technology in Education. Information is available at the web links below and from Dr. Marc Boumedine at (340) 693-1255.

Human-Computer Interaction: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/cfp-673.html

Computers and Advanced Technology in Education: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/home-672.html

Student Testing Notes...

UVI Computer Literacy Exam Dates Announced

Dates and locations for UVI's Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) have been announced for both campuses. The schedules listed below are also available under the Testing tab in the Registrar's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Thomas campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Sign-up sheets are available in the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. For more information, call 693-1160.

St. Croix CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Croix campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building. Students can register for the test in the Academic Services Office, in the Evans Center. For more information, call 692-4090 or send email to mclavie@uvi.edu.

• Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

• Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009

• Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

• Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

• Thursday, Nov. 24, 2009

• Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

• Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

• Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009

CLE Tutorials Offered on St. Croix Campus

Computer Literacy Tutorials are offered on the following schedule from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building. No registration is required to take part in a tutorial. Remaining tutorials are scheduled for: Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009; and Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

English Proficiency Examinations Scheduled for Nov. 5

UVI's fall semester English Proficiency Examination (EPE) test is scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. On St. Thomas, the exam will be administered in Sports and Fitness Center rooms 221, 224 and 225. On St. Croix, the exam will be administered in Evans Center rooms 302, 303, 305 and 308. EPE registration forms are available from the Registrar's Office on St. Thomas (693-1150) and the Academic Affairs Office on St. Croix (692-4103). All UVI students must meet the English Proficiency Requirement in order to graduate. For more information, contact EPE Coordinator Dr. Trevor Parris at 693-1258.

EPE workshops are scheduled for the St. Croix campus from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 30, in Evans Center room 716.

Ongoing Items ...

Hurricane Season Preparedness Brief; Hotline Numbers Available on Web Site

The 2009 UVI Hurricane Season Preparedness Brief is available for members of the UVI community from the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. The "Inside UVI" link is featured at the top right of the UVI home page. The brief includes a wide variety of hurricane season information, including the season forecast, a listing of weather information web sites, UVI and Virgin Islands emergency contact numbers, preparedness checklists, and the names of individuals in charge of various levels of emergency operations and response.

Also available for on-going reference are the University's Emergency Hotline Numbers. When emergency situations arise on UVI's campuses, official information is presented via the UVI Emergency Hotlines feature of UVI's voice mail (Audix) system. UVI Emergency Hotlines: St. Thomas - 340-693-1016 | St. Croix - 340-692-4168

Purchasing, Accounting Announce End-of-Year Deadlines

As the end of the current fiscal year nears, the UVI Purchasing and Accounting offices have announced the following important deadlines to allow for the timely processing of the appropriate documents to complete purchasing requirements. (Click here for the full End-of-Year Memo.)

Purchase Requisition(s): Should be in Accounting Department as follows:

(1) On island vendors Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

(2) Off island vendors Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

Direct Pay-Check Requisition(s): Should be in Accounting Department as follows:

(1) On island vendors Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

(2) Off island vendors Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Purchase Order(s):

(1) Receiving Reports - submit to Purchasing before Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

(2) Invoices - must be received in Accounting by Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Receiving reports must be processed before payment can be made against an invoice. For most purchase orders, the invoice is sent directly from the vendor to the Accounting Department. To meet the aforementioned deadlines, you may have to contact the vendor and request the invoice.

Contact the Purchasing Office at x1480, the Accounting Office at x1430, or the St. Croix campus Business Office at x4167 for help in resolving purchase order related issues.

President's Office Notes...

Save the Date: Inauguration of UVI President Dr. David Hall Set for March 6, 2010

The installation of Dr. David Hall as UVI's fifth president has been scheduled for Saturday, March 6, 2010. The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. For more information, contact the Office of the President at (340) 693-1000.

Dr. David Hall's Introduction, Convocation Speeches Available on Web Site

The text of presentations made by UVI President Dr. David Hall during introductory meetings held on Aug. 10, and at the University Convocation on Aug. 14, is now available from the Presentations tab of the President's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. The presentations can also be accessed from these direct links: Introduction | Convocation. Photos of Dr. Hall greeting new and returning UVI students are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog. UVI Today... is available from the UVI web site's home page - www.uvi.edu - and at this direct link.

President Hall Expands on Management Values Introduced at Convocation

UVI President Dr. David Hall has provided a detailed document concerning the seven management values he presented to the University Community during the University Convocation on Aug. 14, 2009. The document was provided directly to the entire University Community via email on Monday, Aug. 24. The complete text of the document is now available from the President's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. The Seven Management Values document can be viewed from this direct link.

VIUCEDD Notes...

HUGS Parent Empowerment Workshop Set for Sept. 16

The parents support group HUGS (Here to Understand & Give Support) will conduct its first meeting and workshop of the school year from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Sugar Estate Head Start Center on St. Thomas. This and other HUGS sessions are held in collaboration with the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Islands Family Information Network on Disabilities (VIFIND). Presenter Pamela Prescott, an advocate from the Disability Rights Center, will discuss special education rights and what parents should know about their child's individual education plan. This and future workshops will include a question and answer session, a resource table with handouts, and dinner. For more information or to register, contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

Virgin Islands Seizure Disorder Support Group to Meet Sept. 24

The Virgin Islands Seizure Disorder Support Group (VISD) will conduct its monthly meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Schneider Regional Hospital's Sun Room on St. Thomas. Shammi Carr, program coordinator of the VI University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, will present information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title I) and discuss how it impacts job seekers and employees with seizure disorders in the workplace. Time will also be spent discussing and planning for Seizure Disorder Awareness Month in November. To register or to obtain more information, call Dean DeGraff, president and founder of VISD, or Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

VIUCEDD, WTJX to Screen 'Including Samuel' on Oct. 2 at UVI

The Virgin Islands Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and public television station WTJX Channel 12 will sponsor a free disability and diversity event, a screening of the moving film "Including Samuel," at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center

A free screening of the moving documentary film "Including Samuel" will be held as a disability and diversity event at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus. The event is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and Public TV station WTJX Channel 12.

The movie details the work of photojournalist Dan Habib, who rarely thought to include children with disabilities in his work until he had a son, Samuel, eight years ago. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Habib documented his family's efforts to include Samuel, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives. The effort has transformed each of them. The film has been screened at universities, national conferences, public television stations and independent theatres across the country. For more information, registration or accommodations related to disability, contact VIUCEDD Program Director Shammi Carr (340) 693-1173.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC and First Bank to Present Free Economic Stimulus Package Seminars

UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and First Bank will present a series of free "economic stimulus package" seminars in September on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The series includes sessions titled: "Insurance Products for Small Businesses," "A Marketing Plan, Is It Important?" and "Grow Your Business with Strong Credit."

The seminars will be held on St. Thomas from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 14, 16 and 17, at the SBDC Training Facility at Nksky Center. On St. Croix, the series is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 21, and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 23 and 24, at the SBDC Training Center in Sunshine Mall.

Pre-registration for the seminars is required. For more information call (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5290 on St. Croix.

SBDC to Host GIA Jewelry Professionals Course on St. Thomas in November

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will conduct its accredited Jewelry Professional Intensive Diploma Program course from Nov. 2 through 6 on St. Thomas. Classes in the course will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at UVI's Small Business Development Center Training Facility at Nisky Center. The course offers intensive study of the essentials of jewelry product knowledge and proven sales techniques needed to approach customers, earn trust and close sales. Students learn to communicate the value of diamonds and acquiring in-depth product information on diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.

The Caribbean Islands Education Foundation, Inc., and Rare Earth Studio are sponsoring the course. For details or to join the GIA's Caribbean Islands Alumni Chapter, call Ivanne Farr at (340) 777-7774 or send email to ciacgia@msn.com