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Bulletin Board for August 6, 2009

UVI-CES 4-H Summer Academy to Hold Closing Program on St. Croix Today

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to the closing program for 4-H Summer Academy at 6 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 6) at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Six campers will be honored as "Campers of the Year," and all the campers will showcase their exhibits and share the knowledge, talent and skills learned over the past weeks.

More than 150 youth from five to 14 participated in this summer's camps which focused on the theme "4-H Makes You #1 in One Big World." Camps were hosted at Sunny Isles Baptist Christian School and at UVI's St. Croix campus. The youngsters received instruction in nutrition, computer technology, writing, sign language, cooking and sewing cultural wear. This year, a Science Olympiad activity, with a focus on mathematics, was introduced to the UVI campers. For more information contact Assistant Director Lois Sanders at 692-4096.

UVI Community Invited to 2009 University Convocation on Aug. 14

The Fall 2009 University Convocation for the University of the Virgin Islands has been scheduled for 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 14. All members of the University community are invited to attend Dr. David Hall's first University Convocation. The activity will take place in Chase Auditorium (B-110) and T-101 on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center rooms EC-401 and EC-713 on the St. Croix campus. For more information, contact the Office of the President at 693-1000.

24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Begins Sept. 19 at Brewer's 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 Brewer's 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.

UVI New Hires Report Posted for July

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

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 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 are $30 per person and 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. For details, call 693-1040.

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.

Fall Semester Notes...

UVI 2009-2010 Catalog Now Available from UVI Web Site

UVI's 2009-2010 Catalog is now available from the Academics tab of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The online catalog includes the full, 255-page catalog in PDF format that is searchable and printable. The contents of the catalog are also available in five sections, also PDF format files, to allow for faster down-load over dial-up internet connections.

UVI's Fall Semester Orientation Begins Aug. 9; Classes to Begin Aug. 17

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 classes begin on Aug. 17. 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.

UVI Placement Tests Set Monday, Aug. 10, on St. Croix and St. Thomas Campuses

UVI's Math and English Placement Test will be offered on Monday, Aug. 10, on UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses.

St. Croix Campus

English Test - Location: Q100 and R100

8-8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30-9:30 a.m. English 100 - Essay Writing

9:45-11 a.m. English 101 - Reading and Vocabulary

Math Test - Location: Q100 and R100

4-6 p.m. Math Placement

St. Thomas Campus

English Test - Location: Sports and Fitness Center (2nd floor)

8-8:30 a.m. Registration

8:30-9:30 a.m. English 100 - Essay Writing

9:45-11 a.m. English 101 - Reading and Vocabulary

Math Test - Location: Classroom Administration Building - CA 305

4-6 p.m. Math Placement

Graduate applicants are not required to take the placement tests. Students who received less than 24 transfer credits will be notified if they are required to take the placement exam on their transfer evaluations. Incoming freshman (i.e. students with no prior college credit, less than 12 college credits with no college-level English or Math credits, or no Math and/or English AP scores of three or higher) are required to take the placement tests. Students who have earned the following SAT or ACT scores are not required to take the Placement Test: SAT Math - 490; SAT Reading Comprehension - 500; ACT Math - 20; and ACT English - 21.

Students are asked to bring two blue or black ink pens and photo identification. For more information, call 693-1168 on St. Thomas or 692-4158 on St. Croix.

Libraries Observing Intercession Hours from August 1-16

UVI's libraries on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses will operate on an intersession schedule from Aug. 1 through Aug. 16. During this period, the libraries will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Regular hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. For more information, contact the UVI Help Desk at helpdesk@uvi.edu or call 693-1466.

St. Thomas Campus Student Activities Center Closed 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.

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.

Sean Georges - Student Housing Supervisor, Ph: 693-1112, Fax: 693-1091

Junie Violenes - Student Activities Supervisor, Ph: 693-1111, Fax: 693-1105

Aneka Francis - Administrative Assistant (Housing and Activities), Ph: 693-1110, Fax: 693-1091

UVI Bookstore Notes ...

St. Croix Bookstore Book Buyback Scheduled Aug. 7

A one-day book buyback is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 7, at the UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus.

St. Thomas Bookstore to Close Aug. 3-7 for Repairs

The St. Thomas Campus Bookstore will be closed from Monday, Aug. 3, to Friday, Aug. 7, to allow for the replacement of broken floor tiles. Anyone wanting to make purchases at the Bookstore is asked to do so before the close of business on Friday, July 31.

St. Croix Bookstore Sets Staff, Faculty Appreciation Day

The St. Croix Bookstore will conduct an appreciation day for all UVI staff and faculty members from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11. Along with discounts on selected items, staff and faculty will be treated to Hors d'oeuvres, door prizes and games. DJ Ryan Stone will provide the entertainment. For details, call 692-4162.

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.

Other Current Items...

UVI Science Students Show Results of Summer Research Labors

UVI science students made the front page of the Virgin Islands Daily News and earned air time on TV-2's local news following the UVI Division of Mathematics and Science's Seventh Annual Summer Research Symposium held Friday, July 31, on the St. Thomas campus. Nineteen young scientists - representing both the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses - took the opportunity to make poster presentations detailing the results of their summer research endeavors. Photos are available on the UVI Today... photo blog at http://uvitoday.blogspot.com..

The research topics ranged from number theory to bacterial flora, and from St. Croix sheep populations the Tabu Search Algorithm. Another six students were recognized for completing the Summer Bridge2 Calculus program for college-bound students. The symposium is sponsored by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program of the Division of Science and Mathematics. These programs are funded by University of the Virgin Islands, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Jones, Holloway & Bryan Foundation.

Related links: Research Symposium Abstract; Virgin Islands Daily News article; UVI News Release.

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 on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas the remaining Pre-Retirement Workshop was held 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.

Texas Chili Cook-off Set Aug. 16 at Brewer's; 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.