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Bulletin Board for August 17, 2009

UVI Add/Drop Period Continues Through Aug. 21

Fall semester classes at the University of the Virgin Islands began today - Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. The period during which students can add or drop classes continues through Friday, Aug. 21. For details on St. Thomas, call Enrollment Services at 693-2150 or the Admissions/Registrar's Office at 693-1160. For details on St. Croix, call the Registrar's Office/Academic Services office at 692-4158. See Other Fall Semester Notes Below...

Health Awareness Day on St. Croix Campus Cancelled

Health Awareness Day activities, scheduled for today (Aug. 17) on UVI's St. Croix campus, have been cancelled due to inclement weather. For information on rescheduling of the event contact Maritza Belardo DeCosta at 340-692-4214 or send email to mdecost@uvi.edu.

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.

Open Enrollment Period for UVI Group Insurance Plans Begins Today

An open enrollment period for UVI's group medical, dental, supplemental life insurance, vision care and AFLAC plans will be available from today (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...

Directors of VI Academic and Cultural Awards Endowment to Meet Aug. 24

The Virgin Islands Academic and Cultural Awards Endowment Board of Directors will meet at 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24, in the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The meeting will convene with regular session agenda items.

Items requiring the Board's action include ratification of the 2009-2010 requests for funding. The Board will go into executive session before being adjourned.

Alexander A. Moorhead, chair of UVI's Board of Trustees, serves as the chair of the Endowment Board, with Dr. Henry H. Smith, interim vice president of UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement, serving as the executive director. The Endowment is funded by the Virgin Islands government and awards scholarships for advanced studies.

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service Unveils Quarterly Newsletter

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) has published From the Ground Up, a new quarterly newsletter which highlights the ways in which the Extension Service works to have a positive affect on the lives of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean. CES State Director Kwame Garcia, Sr., said From the Ground Up illustrates the many aspects of the work of the Cooperative Extension service, with the goal of "improving and preserving our natural resources, and of growing and developing our lives, our families and our community in a sustainable manner." Printed copies of the full-color, 12-page newsletter are available to Virgin Islands residents upon request. The newsletter is also available online, from the Publications link on CES pages of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Second Health Disparities Institute Set for Oct. 15-16 on St. John

The Second Annual Health Disparities Institute, sponsored by UVI's Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, will be held on Oct.15 and 16, at The Westin St. John Resort & Villas. The institute's theme is "Bridging Science, Practice and Culture to Improve Health in the U.S. Virgin Islands."

The institute's goals include increasing awareness and understanding of health disparities; identifying best-practice models in research and community participation; strengthening partnerships among research, practitioners, policy makers and residents; and exploring current scientific investigations on racial and ethnic minority health disparities.

The institute is designed for local health and human services professionals, health policy leaders, criminal justice professionals, elected and appointed officials, educators, students, community leaders, concerned citizens, religious leaders and the media. Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Unit credits are available.

An information brochure and registration form for the institute are available from the Health Disparities Conference page on UVI's CELL Center web site and from these direct links: Institute Brochure | Registration Form

The Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC) is operated by UVI's Division of Nursing Education and funded by a grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, a unit of the National Institutes of Health. Details are available at the CERC web site - http://cercuvi.com - or from Lorna Williams-Sutton at lsutton@uvi.edu.

Count Down to Retirement Workshops set for GERS Participants

Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) participants interested in information about retirement are invited to Count Down to Retirement Workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas the Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 2, at the GERS offices on the Waterfront.

On St. Croix 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.

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.

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.

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

24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Begins 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.

Fall Semester Notes...

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.

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 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 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.

Ongoing Items ...

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.

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).

   

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.

UVI CELL to Offer Real Estate Course in September

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a course in real estate in September on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The course is designed to prepare individuals to take the Real Estate licensing exam. Classes will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17. The course will cover real estate theory, mathematics, USVI rules and regulations, and applicable sections of the VI Code.

The course fee of $500 includes materials. It will be taught in the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus and at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street, in Frederiksted, on St. Croix.

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

CELL to Offer International Computer Driving License Program

A nationally recognized computer certification program will once again be offered by the University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center. The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Program is a globally recognized training and certification program that allows individuals to become proficient in the use of information technology. It is recognized in more than 100 countries as the standard for certification of basic computer skills.

The seven-week program starts Sept. 14. Classes will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas. 

ICDL focuses on developing basic computer skills in seven areas: Basic Concepts of Information Technology, File Management, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database, Presentations, Communication and Information. Candidates who successfully complete all seven modules and pass the certification exams will receive an ICDL Certification card which serves as an achievement of fundamental knowledge in all seven computer skill areas.

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