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Bulletin Board for February 5, 2009

UVI Board of Trustees Approves Shared Governance Framework

At its special meeting on Saturday, Jan. 31, the UVI Board of Trustees approved the Shared Governance Framework. This was the only action of the Board in public session. The approved Shared Governance Framework and Resolution for Shared Governance is available from the Office of the President web page on the UVI website www.uvi.edu. To access the documents directly click on the following links: Shared Governance Framework and Resolution for Shared Governance.

UVI to Observe National Black HIV Awareness Day with Free Testing on Feb. 6

Free HIV/AIDS testing for members of the UVI community will be offered on the St. Thomas campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. The testing is sponsored by the St. Thomas campus Health Services Office as part of the local observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The national slogan is "A Black Life is Worth Saving." Testing will take place in the UVI Bookstore parking lot. It will be conducted by HOPE Inc. For details, contact Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at 693-1124 or send email to rhatche2@uvi.edu

Bowling Night Set for Feb. 7 at Tropical Ten Pins

The UVI St. Croix campus Psychology Club will host a Bowling Night at the Tropical Ten Pins Bowling Alley in Castle Coakley from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. All members of the UVI family are invited to attend. The Psychology Club will cover the cost of the first hour rental for three lanes. All participants must cover the cost of shoe rental and any additional hours.

Screening of Film 'Black to Our Roots' to be held on UVI's St. Thomas Campus

On Monday, Feb. 9, the St. Thomas campus Student Government Association (SGA) Black Heritage Committee and the SGA The Writer's Block will host a U. S. Virgin Island Film Premiere of "Black to Our Roots," an inspirational story of a group of teenagers' journey from the inner-city of Atlanta, to Washington, DC, to Ghana, West Africa in search of their ancestral home. 'Black to Our Roots' is a film by Ras Tresubira Whitlow. The event will start at 7 p.m. in the UVI Chase Auditorium (B-110) with spoken word from members of The Writer's Block. A question and answer session will follow the screening.

"Black to Our Roots" is an observational film that highlights the courage and determination of these underestimated teenagers as they work to raise money to fund their travels, grapple in focus sessions with issues of African-American/African history, and leave their familiar surroundings. A full release is available on the UVI website www.uvi.edu and from this direct link.

Senior Ball Committee of St. Thomas Class of 2009 to Meet Feb. 11

The Senior Ball Committee of the UVI St. Thomas campus Class of 2009 will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 11. Standing members and others who are willing to join the committee are encouraged to attend. Participants should meet at the entrance of the Business Building.

Issues for discussion include possible venues, color schemes, entertainment, menu, price and all other necessary details to make the ball a success. For more information contact Joylette Hunte-Gore at joylettehunte@hotmail.com.

Mangrove Clean-up and Restoration Set for Feb. 15

The Virgin Islands Mangrove Research and Conservation Coalition, will host a "Love Your Mangroves" clean-up and restoration effort from 1 p.m. until sunset on Feb. 15 at -Cas Cay Mangrove Lagoon. Participants should meet at VI Ecotours. Supplies and refreshments will be provided. For more information call Sophia McKenzie at 817-300-0828.

The Virgin Islands Mangrove Research and Conservation Coalition, which encompasses several organizations, was formed in 2007 when the University of the Virgin Islands received a grant to support debris removal and monitoring at the Mangrove Lagoon.

UVI to Partner with Agencies on Safety and Security Issues

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (VI-DOSH) 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.

OTHER CURRENT ITEMS ...

University Implements Emergency Text Messaging Service

The University of the Virgin Islands has implemented a new text messaging service to provide critical information to students, faculty and staff in the event of a campus emergency. Text messaging is a practical option for quickly and efficiently transmitting vital information. When a safety or security emergency occurs on campus, a text message will be sent immediately to each user who is enrolled in the service, to alert them to the emergency and to provide instructions as to how to proceed.

To participate, students, faculty and staff must sign up to receive critical emergency broadcast communication by registering their email address and cell phone number on-line through their BanWeb account. Open enrollment has been extended until Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.

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

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Complete registration details have been 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.

Activities Scheduled for Financial Aid Awareness Week on St. Croix Campus

The University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus hosts a series of activities in recognition of Financial Aid Awareness Week, Feb. 3-5. For details, contact the St. Croix campus Office of Financial Aid at 692-4193. The last item in the scheduled events is as follows:

- Thursday, Feb. 5: "Financial Aid On-line Application Workshop for the 2009-2010 School Year" in room NWW 131. Registration is required for this workshop call 692-4193 to reserve space.

Viewing of UVI Carnival Troupe Costume Designs Set for Feb. 6

Members of the UVI community and the general public are invited to join's UVI's students, alumni, faculty and staff from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, to view costume designs for UVI's 2009 Carnival entry. The theme is "UVI Goes Green" for Carnival 2009. The session will take place in the Dining Pavillion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Individuals are also invited to join the troupe. Registration will be available during the costume viewing session. Food and drinks will be on sale. Individuals interested in helping to organize the University's 2009 Carnival entry should contact the Student Activities Offices - 693-1111 on St. Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix - or use this online form: UVI Carnival Interest 2009. The UVI troupe will participate in the Carnival Adults Parade on May 2.

St. Croix Campus to Host Student Forum and Ice Cream Social Feb. 11

The Student Government Association (SGA) of the St. Croix campus will host a Student Forum and Ice Cream Social from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11. The forum will be held at the pavilion between the residence hall and the Student Activities Center. All students are invited to attend. Administrators from various components and departments, including Academic Services, Student Affairs, Business Office, Provost's Office and Security, have been invited to attend. For more information call the Student Activities Office at 692-4228.

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, February 12, 2009 Friday, February 6, 2009

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 $70.00 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 Theatre Announces Auditions for Spring Play

The University of the Virgin Islands Theatre has announced the first play of the 2009 season, Truth on Trial: The Ballad of Sojourner Truth. It will be performed at the Pistarckle Theater April 17, 18, 19, and again on April 24, 25 and 26. Auditions and technical positions are open to all members of the UVI family and the greater Virgin Islands community who are over 18 (or 16 with parental consent). It is possible to earn university credit for participation if desired.

The play requires a multi-cultural cast of nearly thirty, ranging in age from late teen-agers to senior citizens. There are six major roles - three for men and three for women - and many smaller roles. Auditions will be held at two venues on two different days, and by appointment. The first auditions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the CA Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus, at noon, 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The second set of auditions will be held a week later, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Pistarckle Theater.

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

Thurgood Marshall Conference Recruiters to Speak with UVI Students

Representatives of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund will visit UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses on Feb. 4 and 5, respectively, to interview and recruit students interested in participating in an annual professional institute and leadership conference scheduled for March 15-18 in New Orleans. The conference will offer students training in the areas of sales, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Interested junior and senior students should have a strong interest in pursuing careers in the fields of sales or technology. A minimum grade point average of 2.7 for the sales track and 3.0 for the science and technology track are required. Students must also be pursuing bachelor's degrees in one of these majors: physics, biology, chemistry, computer science, information technology, CIS, MIS or computer science.

For assistance with preparing resumes and cover letters and on improving interviewing skills, contact a UVI Counseling and Placement Office. On St. Croix, reach Counseling & Career Services Supervisor Doris Farrington-Hepburn at 692-4187 or via email at dfarrin@uvi.edu. On St. Thomas, reach Counseling & Career Services Supervisor Verna Rivers at 693-1087 or via email at vrivers@uvi.edu. Details on the conference are available from UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement at 693-1040.

Noted Climate Experts to Address V.I. Prospects at UVI Workshop on Feb. 6

A one-day conference for individuals concerned about the impact climate change will have in the U.S. Virgin Islands is scheduled for Feb. 6, 2009, on St. Thomas at the University of the Virgin Islands. Keynote speakers for the conference are Dr. Leonard Nurse, a University of the West Indies researcher who, along with former Vice Predsident Al Gore, was part of the United Nations team awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their climate-related efforts, and Dr. Ulric "Neville" Trotz, the senior advisor of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center in Belize.

The conference is designed to heighten awareness of what climate change could mean for the Virgin Islands and to develop guidelines, policies and procedures to address potential threats to the islands' ecology and economy. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. The registration deadline is Jan. 15, 2009, and a registration form is available from this link.

Public Relations Workshops Planned on St. Thomas, St. Croix

The UVI Public Relations Office invites members of the University community to attend Public Relations Workshops on St. Croix and St. Thomas on Feb. 10 and 13, respectively.

Workshops on St. Croix will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in room 713 of the Melvin Evans Center. The St. Thomas workshops will take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in the Administration and Conference Center's 2nd Floor Conference Room. Each workshop will take one hour.

Topics that will be discussed include branding policy, promotional opportunities, media guidelines and the UVI website. There will be an opportunity for individuals who are responsible for producing printed University materials to gain valuable information and draft critiques. For further information please contact the Public Relations Office at 693-1057.

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.

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.

Summer Leadership Program Available to Male College Students

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship is accepting applications from male African-American college students for its summer leadership program in Washington, D.C. The Institute provides networking opportunities, leadership development and life-long mentorship. The Institute's goal is to equip young men with the tools required for successful careers in business, education, journalism, law, government, the sciences, public policy, ministry, medicine, public service and the arts. Details are available from the Office of the Associate Campus Administrator, Division of Student Affairs, on the St. Thomas campus. Contact Carolyn Wattley at 693-1120. Details of the program are also available online at http://www.i4rc.org/.

CELL NOTES ...

CELL's Taxi and Tour Certification Course Begins Feb. 5

A Taxi and Tour Certification program offered by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning Center is scheduled to begin Feb. 5 on St. Thomas. The six-week program will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The certification program, developed by UVI CELL, is endorsed by the USVI Hotel and Tourism Association and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association.

The course will focus on customer service, V.I. history and culture, points of interest and presentation skills. The training costs $250 and includes materials. Students will be required to pass a 100-question exam and put the presentation skills acquired in class to use in order to receive certification. Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion and a certification identification card.

Interested individuals are urged to register by call ing the UVI CELL Center at 693-1000 or visiting the website - http://cell.uvi.edu - by Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Intermediate Bookkeeping Course Offered by CELL on St. Thomas

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a course for individuals interested in brushing up on their bookkeeping skills beginning in February on St. Thomas. The course will cover the financial operations of a business and how to monitor the progress of business financial operations. Participants will also learn about accruals and payments, fixed assets and depreciation, bad and doubtful debt provisisions, and posting salaries. Intermediate Bookkeeping will be held every Tuesday and Wednesday, from Feb. 17 through March 4. All sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

For more information or to register, call UVI's CELL Center at 693-1100 or visit the website http://cell.uvi.edu.

Introduction to Bookkeeping Offered by CELL on St. Croix

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer an Introduction to Bookkeeping course for individuals seeking basic bookkeeping skills in February on St. Croix. Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, from Feb. 17 through March 12 at UVI's CELL Center in Frederiksted. Participants will learn to perform basic bookkeeping functions such as journalizing and posting business transactions, preparing basic financial statements, reconciling bank statements and preparing payroll.

For more information, or to register, call UVI's CELL Center at 693-1100 or visit the website http://cell.uvi.edu. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 10.

CELL to Offer Therapeutic Massage Courses on St. Croix and St. Thomas

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer the Introduction to Therapeutic Massage course for Virgin Islands residents on St. Croix and St. Thomas in February. The hands-on course will give participants the opportunity to explore the benefits of massage therapy as a way to de-stress or for therapeutic treatment. Students will learn the basics of anatomy, kinesiology, aromatherapy and various forms of massage.

Classes on St. Croix will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting Feb. 9 at the CELL Center in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, classes will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Feb. 24.

For registration deadlines or more information, call 693-1100 or visit the CELL web site at http://cell.uvi.edu.