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Bulletin Board for January 12, 2009

Spring Semester 2009 Classes Begin Today

UVI's Spring Semester classes begin today - Monday, Jan. 12, 2009. Information for students interested in dropping or adding classes before the Jan. 20 deadline, is available from the Information Tab on the BUCSS page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu.

'Welcome Back Jam' Set Jan 16; Carnival Costume Designs to be Unveiled

UVI's Carnival band - Jam Tyme - will entertain at a "Welcome Back Jam" from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, at the Dining Pavilion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Admission for UVI students is $10 before midnight and $15 after midnight. Admission for the general public is $20. UVI's 2009 Carnival costume designs will be unveiled during the evening. (See below for more on the UVI 2009 Carnival troupe.) Food will be available. The jam is sponsored by the UVI Carnival Committee and the Student Government Association's Social and Cultural Committee. For details, contact the St. Thomas Student Activities Office at 693-1111.

UVI Student Activities Welcome Back Party 'Back in Full Effect' Set Jan. 16

The St. Croix campus UVI Student Activities Office will sponsor a "Back in Full Effect" party from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. The party will take place in the UVI Cafetorium. Music will be provided by the UMB Soldiers band. Admission is $10 for UVI students. For more information contact the St. Croix Student Activities Office at 692-4228.

St. Croix Student Activities - St. Croix Campus

  • Tuesday, Jan. 20 - SGA Presidential Inaugural Watch, 9 a.m. until ... in the Cafetorium.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 21 - Outdoor Movie - 7 p.m. - until at the Student Center.
  • Friday, Jan. 23 - Students Clubs/Organization and Service Awareness Day/Fair - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Evans Center.
  • Friday, Jan. 23 - 'Down-on-de-Corner' get-together - from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. - at the Student Center.

International Scholars to Highlight V.I. Historians Conference on Jan. 17

(Note: The conference will now be available on St. Thomas via videoconference link.)

The Society of Virgin Islands Historians has recruited an international panel of scholars to make presentations at its annual conference slated for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 17. The conference, which is open to the public, will be held in the Northwest Wing of the Great Hall on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus with a videoconference link to the first-floor conference room in UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. It is co-sponsored by the University's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. For more information, contact the Society of Virgin Islands Historians President Edgar Lake at 773-1095 or Dr. Aletha Baumann at 692-4178. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

UVI to Close for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. UVI classes and administrative offices will resume their regularly scheduled hours on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

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Free Basic Boating Course Begins Jan. 14 at SBDC

A new session of the St. Thomas Sail and Power Squadron's basic boating course begins Wednesday, Jan. 14, at UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Nisky Center. The six-week course, which is open to the general public, will meet on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. The course is free. A fee of $75 is charged for books, navigation/plotting materials and a CD. For more information, contact Capt. Tom McCoy at 774-2715.

UVI Carnival Committee to Meet Jan. 14; Fish Fry Set. Jan 16

The next video-conferenced meeting between St. Thomas and St. Croix of the UVI 2009 Carnival Committee is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 14, in Teacher Education Building room 101 on St. Thomas and in a location to be announced on St. Croix. Any individuals interested in joining the UVI Carnival troupe or in supporting the troupe are invited to attend. The UVI troupe will participate in the Carnival Adults Parade on May 2. An online form - UVI Carnival Interest 2009 - is available for individuals to express their interest.

The troupe's first major fundraiser on St. Thomas will be a fish-fry scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 16. Fried fish and Johnny cake will be available at the UVI Dining Pavilion. Tickets - available from Carnival Committee members and the Student Activities Office - are $10. On-campus delivery will be available.

Details on the UVI Carnival effort are available from the St. Thomas campus Student Activities Office - phone 693-1111 - and from Jay Wiltshire - phone 692-4181 - on the St. Croix campus.

Access to Employee Information Eliminates Printing of Direct Deposit Pay Stubs

In an effort to improve employee access to personnel data, Self-Service Banner (BanWeb) functionalities are continually being enhanced. Employees now have access http://banweb.uvi.edu - to view their leave balances, job details and history from initial hiring, W2 forms, benefits information and pay information from their first up to the most recent pay period.

For this reason, pay stubs for persons receiving direct deposit no longer require printing. This information can be viewed and/or printed from BanWeb using any web browser, from anywhere in the world. Therefore, effective February 2009, direct deposit pay stubs will not be printed.

For complete information on how to access BanWeb's Self-Service section, see the UVI Announcements on the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu.

UVI New Hires/Separations Report Posted for December

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Dec. 1-31, 2008. The list is available to UVI faculty and staff from the "Inside UVI" link at the top right of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Reichhold Center's Denise Humphrey Featured on St. Thomas Source

Reichhold Center Co-Director Denise Humphrey is the subject of a January 5th St. Thomas Source profile. Humphrey, a UVI alumna, is responsible for the behind-the-scenes technical aspects of Reichhold Center performances. To read her profile, please follow this St. Thomas Source link.

Free Financial Literacy Workshops Planned for Virgin Islanders with Disabilities

Free workshops on financial literacy for Virgin Islanders with disabilities and their family members will be held on St. Croix on Thursday, Jan. 29, and on St. Thomas on Friday, Jan. 30. The sessions are presented by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Island Assistive Technology Foundation (VIATF) in partnership with Banco Popular and UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The workshops, which are the first of a series of three on each island, are designed to assist individuals who have credit problems, or no credit, and who are interested in obtaining loans in order to purchase assistive technology equipment or services. The following areas will be covered: establishing credit for the first time, credit building techniques, accessing low-interest loans, getting free credit reports, budgeting techniques to reduce debt and increase savings, repairing damaged credit and securing insurance coverage on loans.

The St. Croix workshop is set for 10 a.m. to noon at the SBDC office in Sunshine Mall. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the VIUCEDD office, room 114 in the Teacher Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Each session will be limited to 20 persons. Representatives from the VIATF, Banco Popular and the SBDC will be on hand to answer questions and provide individualized assistance. For details or to register, contact Diane Hampton at 692-1919 or Deborah Samuel-Sinclair at 692-5270.

Deadline for 'The Caribbean Writer' Submissions Extended

The Caribbean Writer has extended the submissions deadline for its 23rd edition. The deadline for submissions is now Jan. 30, 2009. The Caribbean Writer is an annual anthology produced by the University of the Virgin Islands. As usual, the Caribbean should be central to the work or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective. Mail submissions to The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 00850-9781 or submit electronically to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. More information is available in a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. Details are also available from www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org or call (340) 692-4152.

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 - http://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/.

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.

UVI Participating in 2008-2009 United Way Campaign

The 2008-2009 United Way Campaign is now underway. The total UVI goal for 2008-2009 is to raise $20,000 for this worthy community cause. Individuals may make a tax-deductible contribution as a one-time amount via cash or check or through payroll deductions. United Way Payroll Deduction Cards are available in the UVI Human Resources Office on St. Thomas and in the UVI Business Office on St. Croix. For more than 28 years, the United Way organizations of St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix have funded more than 75 agencies that help thousands in our communities.

UVI's 2008-2009 United Way coordinator is Yvonne Lawrence - 693-1424 - and the co-coordinators are Nereida Washington - 692-4161, Desha Brathwaite - 693-1462 and LilyMae Durante - 693-1144. They are available to answer questions and assist with any concerns.

Volunteers Sought for UVI Fundraising Activities

UVI's Office of Institutional Advancement is seeking volunteers to assist with fundraising activities and special events for the University. This is a unique opportunity for individuals to network with people throughout the Virgin Islands community while helping to plan and develop signature events on both campuses. This includes events and activities such as Afternoon on the Green. Interested individuals should contact UVI's Special Events Coordinator Liza Margolis at 693-1053 or send email to lmargol@uvi.edu.