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Bulletin Board for February 19, 2009

In-house Mediation Forums Set Today on St. Thomas and St. Croix

As part of the University's ongoing development of mediation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism, Mediation Forums will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, in the Administration and Conference Center first-floor conference room on the St. Thomas campus and in the Great Hall on the St. Croix campus.

The forums, which will include mock mediation sessions, will demonstrate the use of the PULSE frame for resolving conflict and will give all stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about the UVI Mediation Program. Proced ures regarding the use of mediation at UVI are available from the President's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link: Guidelines and Procedures for Utilizing the Services of In-house Mediators at the University of the Virgin Islands.

The sessions will be informative, fun and interactive. Please make a special effort to attend.

SGA Sponsors Session Today on 'What It Means to be an HBCU'

"What It Means to be an HBCU" is the topic of a presentation scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Feb. 19) in the Dining Pavilion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Sponsored by the Black Heritage Committee of the Student Government Association, the session will feature guest speakers Krim Ballentine, Rosalie Simmonds Ballentine, Esq., Carl Christopher and Dr. Chenzira Kahina. Along with the main topic, speakers are expected to discuss the responsibilities of an HBCU to its students and its community, and how to instill HBCU pride.

Institutional Advancement Component Seeks Input on Strategic Plan

UVI's Institutional Advancement Component will host the last in a series of meetings designed to obtain public input on its strategic plan today, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday, Feb. 19) in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Strategic Planning Conversations were held earlier this week on St. Croix and St. John. The component is comprised of the following areas at the University: Annual Giving, Major Gifts, Alumni Affairs, Development, Public Relations and the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

The Strategic Planning Conversations will allow members of the public to suggest strategies that each of the areas can use to better meet their mission and better serve the community. For more information contact Institutional Advancement at 693-1040.

A news release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

Lady Bucs, Buccaneers to Face Caribbean University in First Home Games

UVI's Lady Bucs and Buccaneers varsity basketball squads will host teams from Caribbean University in this season's first home games on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The women's game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and the men's contest will follow at 8:30 p.m. The Buccaneers are looking for their third win against four losses in overall play this season. The Lady Bucs have one win and five losses on the season. The updated season schedule is available from this Varsity Schedule link in the Athletics section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu.

The Student Government Association is planning to present door prizes and to conduct activities during the games, including face painting from 7 to 8 p.m.

UVI Students Participating in College Student Health Survey

UVI students are participating in the 2009 College Student Health Survey which is being offered locally by the University's Counseling and Health Services in conjunction with the University of Minnesota.

This comprehensive survey addresses the following areas of student participants: health care coverage and utilization, health status, emotional and mental health, personal safety, nutrition and physical activity, chemical health and sexual health.

UVI students chosen for the survey were selected randomly from all UVI students. They began taking the online survey on Feb. 6 and have until March 31 to complete it.

Students who complete the survey will be entered into a prize drawing. Three lucky students will win gift cards -- $3,000, $1,000 and $500 -- to any combination of the following stores: Radio Shack, Champ Sports, FYE (For Your Entertainment), Foot Locker, Urban Threadz and Kmart. In addition, every two weeks, students who have completed the survey will also have a chance to win an iPod touch™.

Members of the UVI community - students, staff and faculty - can follow the status of the survey by joining the "2009 College Student Health Survey" Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=47300582367. For details about UVI's participation, contact: Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm at (340) 693-1136 or ahamm@uvi.edu.

Carnival Troupe Seeks Participants; Costume Viewing Set March 6 on St. Thomas

Members of the UVI community invited to join the UVI 2009 Carnival troupe. This year's theme is "UVI Goes Green" for Carnival 2009. More information is available from a new Carnival 2009 web page which can be accessed from the "Spotlight" button on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu or from this direct link.

The general Virgin Islands community is also invited to view the 2009 costumes and register to join the troupe from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 (the last day to catch Early Bird Special discount), at the Dining Pavilion on the St. Thomas campus. The first general meeting for the troupe is scheduled to follow the viewing at 7:30 p.m.

UVI Professor Dr. David Smith will again coach the Mocko Jumbies segment of the troupe. Dr. Smith is looking for fresh talent to join the veteran Mocko Jumbies who are planning to participate. Anyone interested in joining the Mocko Jumbies group should contact Dr. Smith via email at dsmith@uvi.edu or call 693-1257. "If you ever thought you couldn't do it - well, you thought wrong," Dr. Smith said. "I have trained five-year-old kids and I have trained grandmas (who wouldn't tell me how old they were). You can do it. And you'll have a blast and lifetime of memories."

The UVI troupe will participate in the Carnival Adults Parade on May 2. Information is available from UVI Student Activities Offices at 693-1111 on St. Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix.

Human Resources Announces New Online Careers Link for UVI

UVI's Human Resources Department has announced the launch of the PeopleAdmin web base system to enhance service delivery through the implementation of process improvements in the Human Resources Department. The system is design to increase overall efficiency, accuracy and accountability in Position Management and Applicant Tracking.

  • The Position Management feature will automate and streamline the employment application process; reduce response time in the approval process and workflow of personnel requisitions - just to name a few.
  • The Applicant Tracking feature will enable online review of applicant profiles by HR, the hiring managers and members of search committees; as well as, provide all applicants with automated feedback regarding the status of their job search, etc.

Individuals seeking employment opportunities at the University, including current employees, should visit the new online service at https://careers.uvi.edu.

Premiere of Katrina Documentary Slated for Feb. 21; Scholarship Fundraiser

The Virgin Islands premiere of the film "Trouble the Water," which won the best documentary prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 21, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. Proceeds from the premiere will go to support scholarships for UVI students. The powerful, Academy Award-nominated documentary takes viewers inside Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath. A discussion, led by several volunteers who visited the Gulf Coast and saw the aftermath of the storm first-hand, will follow.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Reichhold Center Box office (Phone: 693-1559), VI Bridal in Tutu Park Mall and Modern Music in Havensight. For more information call 693-1040 or 693-1053. More information is available at this direct link.

UVI Invites the Community to 'Lime for the 20th Time' at Afternoon on the Green

This year the University of the Virgin Islands celebrates 20 years of food and family fun with the 20th Anniversary of Afternoon on the Green on Sunday, March 8. The fun begins at noon on the St. Thomas campus golf course. Started as a scholarship fundraiser two decades ago, Afternoon on the Green has grown to become a friend-raiser where everyone can count on having a grand time.

Food is a mainstay at Afternoon on the Green. Members of the community contribute dozens of dishes for the event and for $2 and $3 a taste attendees get to sample their favorites.

A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI SBDC Office on St. Croix Without Phone Service

Phone service has been restored to the UVI Small Business Development Center office on St. Croix, after being out much of today (Thursday, Feb. 19).

Other Current Items ...

Fifth Parent Empowerment Workshop Set for Feb. 19 on St. Thomas

The fifth session in a series of monthly Parent Empowerment Workshops to be offered by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), the Virgin Islands Family Information Network on Disabilities (VIFIND) and the State Office of Education is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 19, at the new Head Start building (First Street Estate Thomas location) on St. Thomas. The monthly workshops are designed for parents of children with disabilities. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

This session will focus specifically on parents of Hispanic background who have children in special education. All materials, information and workshop will be provided in Spanish. Future workshops in the series will focus on a wide variety of issues including employment and college rights, assistive technology and early childhood. Parents will be asked to suggest additional subjects. The February 19th workshop will also include a question and answer session, a resource table with materials in Spanish and dinner.

For details and/or registration, contact Shammi Carr at VIUCEDD at 693-1173 or Judee Slowsky VIFIND at 774-1662,

Black Heritage Week - Feb. 15-20 - Events Set for St. Thomas Campus

The Black Heritage Committee of the Student Government Association on UVI's St. Thomas campus will host the following events during Black Heritage Week - Feb. 15 through 20.

  • Thursday - Motivational Speaker -- during dinner time in Dining Pavilion from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday - Miss Black Heritage Fashion Show -- Starts at 8:30 p.m. First prize: $400.00, Second prize: 100.00, gift-card for miss popularity winner. Contestants will be judged on their introductory speeches and a Black Heritage costumes.

Faculty, Student Deadlines to Order Commencement Regalia Set on St. Thomas

The St. Thomas campus Commencement Committee has announced that professional staff members who plan to participate in commencement must order regalia for the ceremony no later than Monday, Feb. 23. Orders are placed at the University Bookstore. A late fee will be charged on orders placed after that date. Details and an order form are available from this direct link. The deadline for students to order regalia has been extended until Friday, Feb. 20.

Senior Class Student Speaker Competition Set for Feb. 22 on St. Thomas

The advisors of the Senior Class on UVI's St. Thomas campus have selected "Transferable Skills" as the topic for the annual student speaker competition.

Students interested in participating in this competition must be present at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, at Chase Auditorium (Business room 110) to present their papers to the senior class. Class members will vote and input will be given from advisors. The first runner-up will serve as the alternate in the event that the winner is unable to be the Student Speaker at commencement.

The competition topic will explore these areas: How will the broad-based education received at UVI facilitate entry into the real world? What skills will be useful, no matter what field one studied or will enter upon graduation? Are there specific skills that can be used to enhance one's transition from student to worker? How might these skills be applicable for those who are going on to graduate school? Are there any specific skills that are transferable to make graduate education more productive and rewarding?

For more information, contact Dr. Kimarie Engerman on 693-1277 or send email to kengerm@uvi.edu

Special Session on Youth Offered as Part of Governor's Safety & Health Conference

As part of the 4th Annual Governor's Safety & Health Conference, a special session will be held on St. Thomas for individuals or companies who interact specifically with youth in the workplace. Entitled "Youth @Work: Talking Safety," the session is slated for 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 23 at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef. It will be presented by trainers from the Labor Occupational Health Program at the University of California, at Berkeley. (See a related item in the "Other Current Items ..." section below.)

A special invitation is extended to career technical and vocational education teachers, guidance counselors, job placement and work/school coordinators, workplace supervisors and anyone working directly with employed youth. The registration fee is $75.

This interactive, four-hour session is designed to prepare participants who work with youth already in the workforce, or those preparing to enter the workforce with information to identify young workers at risk for injury, help young workers find ways to make their jobs safer, and use the "Youth @ Work: Talking Safety" curriculum funded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

For details, call the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center at (340) 693-1100.

UVI to Partner with Agencies on Governor's Safety and Security Conference

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the V.I. Office of Homeland Security will host the 4th Annual Governor's Safety and Health Conference in February. The conference will be held Feb. 18-20, at the Carambola Beach Resort on St. Croix and Feb. 23-25, at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef on St. Thomas.

This year's theme, "Keeping Paradise Safe and Secure: Together we can...Together we will," represents the combined efforts and dedication of the entities involved to keep worksites safe and ensure that the territory remains secure. The Governor's Safety and Health Conference provides an opportunity for the private and public sectors to come together and learn about developing effective programs to prevent workplace injury and illness, as well as keeping our borders secure. A full release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

Junior and Senior Students Sought for Hill Scholarship Project

UVI's Office of the Provost is seeking full-time undergraduate juniors and seniors to participate in an educational project for the Heyward G. Hill Scholarship. The deadline for students to submit their application and supporting documents is March 12, 2009.

Students must submit a resume, two letters of recommendation, a scholarship application letter and official transcripts. To qualify, students must be full-time undergraduate juniors or seniors, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, be a US Citizen and be pursuing an interest in an academic discipline in international affairs.

Students may obtain an application from the Provost's Offices on either the St. Thomas or St. Croix campus.

New UVI Alumni eMagazine Available Online

The inaugural issue of the University of the UVI's Alumni eMagazine is now available from the Alumni section of the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu. The spring 2009 issue of Alumni eMagazine is full of information, events and updates. The license plate initiative, the events calendar and our nine reasons to give to UVI are a few highlights. Students, faculty and staff are invited to share Alumni eMagazine with other members of the University community.

UVI-RT Park Schedules Directors Meeting for March 11

A meeting of the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park Board of Directors has been scheduled for 11 a.m. (AST) on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

The meeting will be held in the meeting facilities of the Buccaneer Hotel on St. Croix. Interested parties wishing to attend must notify Ingrid Santangelo, in advance, at the Research and Technology Park office. For further information call 692-4200.

UVI Community Invited to Casting Call for Film in Puerto Rico

Members of the UVI community are invited to participate in a casting call for a feature film (Rum Diary) that will be shot in Puerto Rico. Professor Magda Rodriguez, a part-time vocal instructor at UVI, said a talented male, around 5' 11" tall and in good shape is needed for the film. Anyone interested in the paying role whould contact Rodriquez at 693-1193. The production will be shot soon (March- April) in Puerto Rico. Don't delay!

STEM Scholarships Available to UVI Students

The University of the Virgin Islands Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) Programs is offering a variety of scholarships and summer research programs for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students for the summer 2009 and academic year 2009-2010. This year more than 70 STEM students are expected to receive direct support for tuition, books, conference travel expenses, hourly research salaries and monthly stipends of up to $913. ECS Scholars, as students supported by the programs are called, also receive research and career mentoring.

A news release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

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

A course on American Sign Language will be offered this spring on St. Thomas by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). The course will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays on UVI's St. Thomas campus from March 3 through May 7. Sessions will be held in Teacher Education room 114. The cost is $130 per person. Books and related materials will be provided. For more information, contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

V.I. Community Invited to Join Queen Mary Highway Walk/Run

The entire Virgin Islands community is invited to participate in the eighth annual 5K Queen Mary Highway Walk/Run scheduled for 6:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13. The run, which is part of the official University of the Virgin Islands Charter Month activities, begins at Kmart and ends on UVI's St. Croix campus. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers. Registration for UVI faculty, staff and friends is $12. The fee for UVI students and children is $7. The fee includes a commemorative t-shirt and refreshment at the end of the course. The event is co sponsored by UVI and the V.I. Pace Runners association. For more information, call 692-4000, 692-4236, or 692-4228.

ONGOING ITEMS ...

Cooks Needed for UVI's 20th Afternoon on the Green

The University of the Virgin Islands is preparing for the annual Afternoon on the Green event, which is scheduled for Sunday, March 8, 2009, on the St. Thomas campus' golf course. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Afternoon on the Green and organizers are planning for it to be the best. The theme is "Have a Roast of a Lime for the 20th Time - Afternoon on the Green 2009."

It is not too early to sign up to participate. Food contributions are needed in these categories: pastries and sweets, soups, native drinks, vegetables/casseroles, main dishes/meats/poultry, seafood, and breads. To contribute a prepared dish or drinks call the Institutional Advancement Office at 693-1040.

PR Seeks Notification of Events Planned During Charter Month - March 2009

As it prepare for the 47th Anniversary of the founding of the University of the Virgin Islands, UVI's Public Relations Office is asking for information - times, dates, locations, target audience, speakers, etc. - about events scheduled to take place on both campuses throughout the month of March 2009. March 16 is the University's actual Charter Day anniversary. In addition to promoting the Charter Day ceremony on that day, Public Relations will compile and publish a list of all Charter month activities and events for the University and wider Virgin Islands communities.

CLEP Test Dates Announced for the St. Croix Campus

A series of College Level Exam Program (CLEP) tests has been scheduled for UVI students on the St. Croix campus. CLEP tests make it possible for students to earn college credits by demonstrating their knowledge in a wide range of subject areas. The following are testing dates and registration deadlines for CLEP tests for the St. Croix campus.

TEST DATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Thursday, March 12, 2009 Friday, March 6, 2009

Thursday, April 2, 2009 Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, April 23, 2009 Friday, April 17, 2009

Students may register at the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center Room 811. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test.

The cost associated with CLEP is $70 per test. A check or money order should be payable to CLEP. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI prior to the test date, is also required. A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. Cash will not be accepted.

For more information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.

UVI's SBDC Seeking Seminar Presenters

UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is seeking individuals who can serve as presenters for various topics, including but not limited to the following general areas: law, finance, economics, accounting, marketing, information systems, operations management, statistics, small business management, sales, the Microsoft Office Suite and QuickBooks. For more information about SBDC services or how to register to become a presenter, contact Mary Joe Williams at (340)) 776-3206 ext 206 or send email to mwillia@uvi.edu.

Custom License Plate Initiative Allows UVI Community to Show Support

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of the University of the Virgin Islands have an opportunity to express their loyalty to UVI with the introduction of the UVI Buccaneer License Plate Program, an initiative that allows Virgin Islands vehicle owners to display customized University of the Virgin Islands license plates. Funds raised by the program will support the UVI Athletic Scholarship Fund.

"This is an excellent way to show support for UVI while at the same time benefiting the UVI Athletic Scholarship Fund," UVI Athletic Director Peter Sauer said. "The license plates provide another way to promote UVI in our community." A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.