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Bulletin Board for January 15, 2009

UVI to Close Monday 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.

UVI Hires Dr. George Lord as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Dr. George F. Lord has joined the University of the Virgin Islands as Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Dr. Lord comes to UVI from the University of Memphis in Tennessee, where he was a research associate professor and director of the Mid South Survey Research Center in the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Dr. Lord has extensive administrative experience, including serving as a dean at Indiana University Northwest and at Grambling State University. Dr. Lord also has an extensive background in research. He was the director of Research, Assessment and Program Development for the Partners in Public Education in Memphis. He also has more than two decades of teaching experience. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

National CPA Chairman Begins V.I. Visit with UVI Presentation Today

Ernie Almonte, chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the nation's largest organization of CPAs, will kick off a financial literacy campaign in the territory with a presentation on UVI's St. Croix campus today (Thursday, Jan. 15). Almonte's presentation will take place from 7 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. in room 401 of the Melvin Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. The session will also be available via video link in Chase Auditorium (Business Building room 110) on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The presentation, sponsored by the Virgin Islands Board of Accountancy, is free and open to the public. Almonte will also appear at a luncheon meeting on Friday, Jan. 16, on St. Thomas. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Student Leadership Conference Set Jan. 17-18

Student Activities Offices on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands will host a Student Leadership Conference on Jan. 17-18 on St. Thomas. The conference goal is to provide opportunities for student leaders to participate in leadership training and improve their professional development. Students holding leadership or executive positions in campus clubs, student government and other organizations will participate.

Jonathan Sprinkles, a noted author and motivational speaker will present the conference keynote address titled "Jumpstart your leadership with L.I.V.E - How to live like a real leader." Sprinkles was named the 2006 College Speaker of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Carnival Committee Fishfry Fundraiser Set Jan. 16 on St. Thomas Campus

The UVI Carnival Committee will conduct a fishfry, its first major fundraiser on St. Thomas, from 3 p.m. 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, for an additional $2, will be available. The UVI troupe will participate in the Carnival Adults Parade on May 2. Persons who wish to participate in the parade or provide support for the effort are invited to fill out an online- UVI Carnival Interest 2009.

Details on the UVI Carnival effort are available from the Student Activities Offices - at 693-1111 on St. Thomas and 692-4228 on St. Croix.

UVI Community Invited to Watch Inauguration on Both Campuses

On the St. Thomas campus, the Division of Student Affairs is providing four sites for members of the University community to watch the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20. Members of the UVI Community are invited to participate.

- Health Services Center - Inauguration Watch starts at 12:30 p.m. This site can only accommodate up to 25 persons seated. For details, call ext. 1120 or 1124.

- Student Activities Center - Student Activities Office will be hosting "2009 Inauguration Watch" in the Student Activities Center. (All Day Coverage). This site can accommodate up to 100 persons. For details call ext. 1111. (See student activities item below.)

- East Lobby Residence Hall - Student Housing is hosting the Inauguration Watch in East Residence Halls (All Day Coverage). This site can accommodate up to 60 persons. For details, call ext. 1110.

- Dining Pavilion - The Dining Pavilion is available to watch the Inauguration (All Day Coverage). This site can accommodate up to 200 persons. For details, call ext. 1110.

On the St. Croix campus, the Student Government Association will host the SGA Presidential Inaugural Watch on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

- Cafetorium - From 9 a.m. until ... for details, call ext. 4228. (See student activities item below.)

Workshop to Help Parents of Children with Disabilities with Life Transitions

The fourth session in a series of 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 (VI FIND) and the State Office of Education is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Sun Room in the Schneider Regional Hospital, on St. Thomas. The workshops are designed for parents of children with disabilities. It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The January session will focus on navigating children into adult services and success. Jill Singer, the Assistant Director of Special Education will speak about policy, practices and the new task force on transition for the territory. Marc Kransnick, who is a retired risk manager and has an adult child with a disability, will speak on the topic of guardianship and trust funds. There will be resources available for parents including handouts and information on the newly reauthorized Special Education Law (IDEA 2004) specific to transition, special needs trust funds and more.

Future workshops in the series will focus on a wide variety of issues including employment, college rights, assistive technology and early childhood. Parents will be asked to suggest additional subjects. Workshops include question-and-answer sessions, a resource table and dinner.

For details and/or registration, contact Shammi Carr at VIUCEDD at 693-1173 or Judee Slosky at VI FIND at 774-1662.

OTHER CURRENT ITEMS ...

'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.

St. ThomasStudent Activities

- Tuesday, Jan. 20 - "2009 Inauguration Watch," all day in the Student Activities Center.

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

- 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

ONGOING ITEMS ...

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.

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.

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/.

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.