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Bulletin Board for February 26, 2009

UVI Spring Recess for Students Set March 2-3

The University of the Virgin Islands students will observe spring semester recess on Monday and Tuesday, March 2 and 3. Regular class schedules will resume on Wednesday, March 4.

Students, Faculty, Staff Urged to Join Emergency Text Messaging System

UVI students, faculty and staff who wish to participate in the University's newly implemented emergency text messaging system are urged to add or update their cell phone numbers and email addresses in the personal information section of their Banweb accounts by Friday, Feb. 27. The first round of phone and email contacts will be programmed into the system after that date.

Text messaging is a practical option for quickly and efficiently transmitting vital information to members of the University community in the event of a campus closing or when a safety or security emergency occurs. The systems text message - sent to registered cell phone numbers and email accounts - will provide information about the event and instructions as to how to proceed.

There is no UVI fee to participate in the emergency text message alert system. However, based on an individual's cell phone plan, text messaging fees may apply.

Complete participation details were previously provided in a UVI Special Announcement sent to all UVI faculty and staff email addresses and to students who have registered their email addresses with the Blackboard on-line course delivery system. Details are also available from the "Inside UVI" web pages for UVI students, faculty and staff.

E.A.S.T. Offers Whale Watch Discount for UVI Students

All UVI students are invited to participate in the upcoming E.A.S.T. (Environmental Association of St. Thomas) whale watches at a discounted rate of $40 per person. The remaining whale watching boat trips are scheduled for March 8 and 22.

Humpback whales migrate through Virgin Islands waters each winter, where they mate and give birth. The watches will be held on "Jolly Mon," a large catamaran, and eco-guides will be on board to instruct participants about the whales as well as sea birds and other marine life. The boat departs at 8:30 a.m. from the National Park Dock in Red Hook. Whale watchers should bring lunch, sun screen, bathing suits and binoculars.

Tickets are $55 for EAST members, $65 for non-members and are available on St. Thomas from Dockside Book Store in Havensight and East End Secretarial Services in Red Hook. On St. John, tickets can be purchased from Connections of St. John. To obtain $40 tickets, UVI students must contact Dalma Simon directly. Discount tickets are not available at the regular ticket offices. Simon can be contacted at Dalma.Simon@viwapa.vi. Please reserve in advance as tickets sell out quickly.

For more information call 774-1837 or 344-9075.

Lady Bucs, Buccaneers Continue Home Stand on Friday, Saturday

UVI's Lady Bucs and the Buccaneers varsity basketball teams continue their home stand with games on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27 and 28, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The Friday games are against the University of Puerto Rico - Carolina. The Lady Bucs play at 7 p.m. and the men's game follows at 8:30 p.m. Sacred Heart visits on Saturday, with the Lady Bucs playing at 6 p.m. and the Buccaneers following at 7:30 p.m. The lady Bucs have a 2-5 season record, after winning last week's home opener over Caribbean University. The Buccaneers men's squad also has a 2-5 season record.

Admission is $1 for students, $2 for faculty and staff, and $3 for the general public. Admission for children under 12 is free.

UVI Swimmers Mark Personal-Best Times in First Swim Meet of 2009

The University of the Virgin Islands competed in its inaugural swim meet of the 2009 season on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Alberque Olympico Natatorium in Salinas, Puerto Rico. The highlight of the meet was UVI competing in its first-ever relay. "We have worked for two years to field a relay team at a LAI league competition and the wait was worth it," said Head Coach Kevin Tyrrell. "All of our swimmers performed admirably and we came away with a seventh place finish." Tyrrell also noted that the meet marked the first time that a swimmer from the St. Thomas portion of the UVI team competed in a meet. All swimmers recorded personal-best times at the meet, he added. A photo of the team members who participated is available on the UVI Today photo blog which can be accessed from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Students interested in swimming for the Bucs should contact Coach Tyrrell at 719-7946 or send email to dolphinscoach@islands.vi. A flexible practice schedule is available. The Bucs next meet is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at Catholic University in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Note: Venue has been changed from original announcement...
UVI to Host St. Croix Psychology Club Guest Lecture on March 4

The St. Croix Psychology Club will present a guest lecture on "Helping Children and Families Live Successfully" at 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in Evans Center room 401 (The Theatre) on UVI's St. Croix campus. Dr. Sarah Hurley, director of research at Youth Villages, a non-profit health service provider working with children and families in 10 states and the District of Columbia, will be the speaker. Youth Villages is one of the leading private providers of help to children with serious emotional and behavioral problems and their families. The nonprofit organization offers an array of research-based programs, designed to help children in the least restrictive setting - preferably their own homes. For more information, contact Dr. Aletha Baumann, an assistant professor of psychology at UVI, at 692-4178.

April 5 Luncheon Planned to Help Fund King Museum at UVI

Ms. Lillia E. King, daughter of the late Gov. and Mrs. Cyril E. King, invites the UVI community to attend a luncheon on St. Thomas at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort in honor of her parents. The luncheon will take place on Sunday, April 5. Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to create a museum at UVI dedicated to the memory of Gov. King, the second elected governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, and his wife, First Lady Agnes A. Schuster-King.

Ticket prices for the luncheon are $60 for adults and $35 for children. Tickets will be available in the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas. To place an advertisement in the commemorative booklet or to reserve a table, please contact Bernadine Barnes at 776-7162 or send email to bernsbarn07@gmail.com.

Training on Health Care Disparities Set March 12-13 on St. Thomas and St. Croix

Continuing education training sessions on "Health Care Disparities, Culture and Cross-Cultural Communication in the Setting of Children and Families" will be offered on March 12 and 13 on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The videoconferenced sessions, scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. both days, will take place simultaneously on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands. The training is presented by the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) in association with the New York Medical College and in partnership with the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at UVI.

The sessions are designed for individuals who live in the U.S. Virgin Islands and work as professionals serving children with special needs and their families. They are also offered for students preparing for careers serving this population. A light supper will be provided on both days. For more information and to register, visit the WHID web site at http://www.wihd.org/usvi/conference2/. Details are also available by calling (914) 493-8175.

Other Current Items ...

Regalia Order Deadlines

  • St. Croix - Friday, Feb. 27, is the deadline for the placement of commencement regalia orders for both students and faculty/staff at the UVI Bookstore on St. Croix. A late fee will be charged on orders placed after today.

UVI to Host Seminar on Global Warming and Ocean Acidification on March 6

The UVI community is invited to a seminar on global warming, ocean acidification and its potential biological impacts at noon on Friday, March 6, on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The seminar, to be held in room 200 of the MacLean Marine Science Center, will be presented by Dr. John Barimo, a research specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Barimo is a physiological ecologist. He primarily studies adaptation to environmental stress at the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. He earned his doctorate at the University of Miami-RSMAS in 2006. For more information, call 693-1380.

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.

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's Etleman Observatory Announces Logo Contest; Deadline March 9

UVI's Etleman Astronomical Observatory has announced a contest for Virgin Islands artists to develop a logo for the observatory. Observatory Directory Dr. Cynthia Gómez Martín said that logo ideas should incorporate three concepts: the logo will represent an astronomical observatory; the observatory is set in a botanical garden; and the goal is to operate the observatory as a "green" facility - generating its own energy, etc. Although no monetary remuneration is offered, the final logo design will receive world-wide exposure through the observatory's scientific and outreach connections. For details contact Dr. Martín via email at cgomezm@uvi.edu or call 693-1391. The logo submission deadline is March 9, 2009.

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.

Junior, Senior Students Sought for Hill Scholarship Project; Deadline March 12

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.

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.

Human Resources Announces 35th Annual Service Awards for April 16-17;

Employee of the Year Nominations Due by March 27

The University of the Virgin Islands' 35th Annual Service Awards ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, respectively. The theme for this year's ceremonies is "UVI Poised for Change." Employees reaching significant service milestones and employees of the year from each campus will be recognized during these ceremonies. UVI employees of the year will also be recognized at the Annual Public Awards Programs administered by the Virgin Islands Division of Personnel.

UVI's Human Resources Department has announced that nominations for Employees of the Year are due by March 27, 2009. More information about the employee service awards, the employee of the year program guidelines and nomination forms for employee of the year can be obtained from the Human Resources Department. This information is also available in the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: 2009 Annual Service Awards Schedule | Employee of the Year Guidelines | Employee of the Year Nomination Form.

For more information, contact the UVI Human Resources Department at 693-1410.

Report on UVI Cyber-Infrastructure Available

A report on the results of a recent review of UVI's existing and planned cyber-infrastructure is now available for review by members of the UVI community. The report was conducted by CGNET Services International under the direction of a UVI committee including Dr. Nasseer Idrisi, Stevie Henry, Chief Information Officer Tina Koopmans, Dr. Lynn Rosenthal and VI-EPSCoR Director Dr. Meri Whitaker. The process, approved by the committee, included several meetings with faculty, staff and students on both campuses, and much interaction with the Information & Technology Services staff.

The CGNET Infrastructure Assessment report is now available for review at this web link: /import/sites/uvi/Pages/ITS-Policies_and_Documentation.aspx?s=CO.

Dr. Whitaker said the University community is encouraged to read the report in depth and can send any comments or questions to the committee.

Information Technology Services Offers Customer Service Survey

UVI's Information Technology Services Component is offering a customer service survey. The information gathered in this survey will be utilized to implement new policies and procedures for improved ITS customer service to the UVI community. The survey takes approximately three minutes to complete. It is available from this link: http://www.formdesk.com/UVI/ITSCustomerServiceSurvey. Comments will be anonymous unless individuals wish to provide names or email addresses.

Information Technology Services Updates Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ - frequently asked questions - area of UVI's Information Technology Services web pages have been updated with the latest information on the University's Banner/Banweb and Blackboard systems, computer labs, email, emergency notification system, libraries, the telephone system and more. The ITS web pages are accessible from the Offices tab of the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. The FAQ link available at the bottom of all ITS web pages.

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.

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.

SBDC Notes ...

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.

CELL Notes ...

CELL Seeks SAT Math Instructor

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong (CELL) Center is seeking a part-time math instructor for the upcoming Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Preparatory Program on St. Thomas. Interested instructors can fax resumes to 693-1115, email astalli@uvi.edu or contact Ayopha Stalliard at 693-1106 for more information.

The SAT program provides public high school students in grades 10 through 12, with tips and strategies to effectively prepare for the SAT exam and maximize their scores. The program is administered by the UVI-CELL Center and sponsored by Innovative Communications Corporation.

For more information visit the UVICELL web site at http://cell.uvi.edu.

One Day Excel Workshops Scheduled March 17-18

The University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will be hold one-day workshops for individuals interested in becoming proficient with the features and techniques of Microsoft Excel on March 17 at the CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus and March 18 on the St. Croix campus. The workshops will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of using Excel tools and commands, learn time saving shortcuts, and master the formulas that make working with Excel much more powerful. For details or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

Human Resources Certification Seminar Offered on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center is inviting human resource professionals to register for its upcoming seminar in human resource management. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, beginning on March 11. Sessions will be held at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

The course is designed to prepare participants for the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification exams by providing a comprehensive review of the entire body of human resources; it highlights areas for further study and enhances test-taking skills.

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

Project Management Workshop Set

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will hold a blended learning workshop entitled "Successful Project Management." The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11. On St. Croix, the session will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVI CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The workshop is part of the blended learning series held in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). It is designed to provide participants with the skills needed to plan and execute projects to ensure the identified goals, timeline and expected costs are met.

As part of the program, participants will be provided with access to an AMA podcast by Joan Knutson. The podcast, a series of audio or digital media files that are distributed over the Internet, will focus on linking strategy, execution and project management.

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

Free Seminars on Hazardous Waste Disposal Set on St. Thomas, St. Croix

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center, in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources will conduct a series of free seminars on the maintenance and disposal of hazardous waste geared specifically for business owners and government agencies. The seminars are designed to increase awareness of the proper management and disposal of hazardous waste. The seminars will provide information on how to properly identify, handle, store and dispose of potentially hazardous waste across the territory.

Seminars are planned as follows:

March 17 on St. Thomas - for government agencies - Session I: 9 a.m. to noon;

Session II: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Both sessions at the UVI Administration and Conference Center.

March 18 on St. Thomas - for business owners - from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UVI CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

March 19 on St. Croix - for business owners - from 9 a.m. to noon, at the UVI CELL Center in Frederiksted.

March 19 on St. Croix - for government agencies - from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the UVI CELL Center in Frederiksted.

For more information, call the UVI-CELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit the we site at http://cell.uvi.edu.