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Bulletin Board for August 24, 2009

UVI's 2009 Alumni Phonathon Begins This Evening

UVI's annual Alumni Phonathon begins today, with students, administrators, staff, alumni and volunteers placing telephone calls to many of the more than 6,000 UVI alumni in the territory and abroad, updating their contact information and asking them to pledge their financial support to their alma mater. Calls will be made between 6 and 9 p.m. from today (Aug. 24) through Thursday, Aug. 27. Volunteers will be working from the Eastern Caribbean Center building on the St. Thomas campus. UVI Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs Linda I. Smith said the University's alumni giving goal this year is to raise $25,000. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI's Audix Voice Mail System Fails; Replacement Sought

UVI's Information and Technology Services has announced that the University's voice mail system - Audix - has stopped working and cannot be restored. ITS is working on obtaining a replacement system and will provide a status update by Friday, Aug. 28. For more information, send email to helpdesk@uvi.edu or call the HelpDesk at ext. 1466.

Free Workshops on Weight Management Set on St. Thomas

Two free, four-day workshops on weight management will be offered by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on St. Thomas, the first beginning on Aug. 26 and the second on Sept. 1. The workshops, led by Extension Program Supervisor Dr. Caryl Johnson, will cover topics such as food pyramid and portion size, energy balance and exercise, and behavior modification and menu planning.

The first series will be held on Wednesdays - Aug. 26 and Sept. 2, 9 and 16 - from noon to 1 p.m. in the Sun Room of the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital.

The second series will be held on Tuesdays - Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 22 - from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at UVI's Small Business Development Center's Training Facility at Nisky Center.

The workshops are organized by the Cooperative Extension Services' 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences Program. For more information or to register, contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082 or Blanche Mills at (340) 693-1072.

Student Leadership Training Set Sept. 1 on St. Croix Campus

Student leaders on UVI's St. Croix campus are invited to participate in a leadership training workshop titled "The ABC's of Parliamentary Procedures" on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in North West Wing room 103. Gwendolyn Hall Brady, the legislative director in the office of Senator Usie Richards, will be the presenter. The workshop is being offered in conjunction with the St. Croix campus Student Government Association. Those wishing to participate should register by Thursday, Aug. 27, with Hedda Finch-Simpson at hfinch@uvi.edu or call (340) 692-4228.

Clubs & Organizations Awareness Day Set Sept. 10 on St. Croix Campus

A Clubs and Organizations Awareness Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, by the Student Activities Office on UVI's St. Croix campus. Clubs and organizations that wish to participate should register by Friday, Sept. 4. For more information, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at hfinch@uvi.edu or (340) 692-4228.

Purchasing Office Posts New St. Thomas Hotel Rates for UVI Personnel

The list of hotel rates available for UVI personnel traveling to St. Thomas on University business has been updated. The new list has been posted to the Purchasing section of the UVI web site - site - www.uvi.edu. It is available by selecting the Offices/Purchasing tabs on the UVI home page and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

Open Enrollment for UVI Group Insurance Plans Continues Thorough 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.

Humanities Lunch Hour Film Festival Offers Playing for Change on Aug. 27

The first offering of an occasional "Lunch Hour Humanities Film Festival" is scheduled for noon, on Thursday, Aug. 27, in Humanities room 200, on the St. Thomas campus. The film Playing for Change/Songs Around the World will be shown. It consists of five musical numbers and an introduction to the Playing for Change Foundation.

Public Broadcasting Service host Bill Moyers called the film a remarkable example of "the simple yet transformative power of music ... to touch something in each of us." The newspaper Variety acknowledged it as "a great showcase for just what incredible, thoroughly accessible popular music is being made worldwide." Utilizing innovative mobile audio/video techniques, Playing for Change records musicians outdoors in cities and townships worldwide.

For more information, contact the Humanities Office at 693-1340.

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.

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.

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.

Researchers to Spotlight Virgin Islands Health Disparities at October Institute

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.

Fall Semester Notes...

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 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 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 ...

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.

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.

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.

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service Offers 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.

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: direct link. 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.