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Bulletin Board for July 13, 2009

UVI Professor to Share Research Voyage with Students

This fall, freshman students at the University of the Virgin Islands will experience a new twist on a UVI staple - attending classes via videoconference. While the University routinely uses videoconferencing technology to connect instructors on one campus with students on the other, students enrolled in all sections of the fall semester's Science 100 course will be treated to regular presentations by Dr. Nasseer Idrisi, who will be broadcasting from the decks of a research vessel steaming from Japan to Australia.

Dr. Idrisi, UVI research biological oceanographer and professor in the Marine and Environmental Science masters program, was selected to fill the "HBCU Educator" post for an international research project that will study an ocean plateau located about 900 miles east of Japan. In his position as a teacher at sea, Dr. Idrisi will have the opportunity to learn shipboard science alongside the expedition's science party and translate his learning experiences for students, their families and the general public through the creation of blogs, live videoconferencing from the ship and other classroom activities.

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

Government Health Insurance Rate Increases Expected

UVI employees have been advised to expect rate increases for health insurance coverage by UVI Director of Employee Benefits Veda Richards. In an email message sent to all employees, Richards noted that the annual negotiations between the Government Employees Service Commission, Health Insurance Board of Trustees (GESC), CIGNA HealthCare and MetLife, our life insurance carrier, are on-going. All covered UVI employees are urged to read the detailed information sent via email and posted in departmental offices for employees without easy access to email. Employees should direct questions about insurance rates to Richards at extension 1429 or via email at veda.richards@uvi.edu.

Managers, Assistants Reminded People Admin End User Training Sessions Scheduled for July

UVI managers and designated administrative assistants are reminded to attend mandatory People Admin End User Training Sessions on July 28, and July 31, 2009, on St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, respectively.

The training is designed to provide participants with the effective use of the system and to familiarize them with the approved and accepted medium to handle all of their employment needs, from creating a position job description to posting a vacancy notice, from setting employees' performance objectives to providing employees' performance feedback.

The People Admin System is a one-stop management vehicle that will increase the overall efficiency, accuracy and accountability at the University.

Date

Time

Campus

Venue

July 28 , 2009

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

or

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

St. Thomas

ACC building 1st Floor

RM 142 and 146

July 31, 2009

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

or

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

St. Croix

NNW 131

To Register for People Admin End User Training participants should click on the appropriate link below to choose the session they would like to attend. Please register by July 21, 2009.

St. Thomas Registration

People Admin Registration on July 28, 2009, at 9 a.m.

People Admin Registration on July 28, 2009, at 1 p.m.

St. Croix Registration

People Admin Registration on July 31, 2009, at 9 a.m.

People Admin Registration on July 31, 2009, at 1 p.m.

Four Current and Former UVI Faculty Collaborate in Publication of Poetry, Art and Prose

Five Virgin Islanders, four of whom have ties to the University of the Virgin Islands, recently published "All This Is Love: A Collection of Virgin Islands Poetry, Art & Prose."

Hilda Lewis Joyce, a retired UVI administrator and business systems professor, Elaine Warren Jacobs, an English teacher and part-time instructor at UVI, Tregenza A. Roach, Esq., UVI alum and adjunct instructor in law and humanities, and Jeanne O'Day, a former UVI English professor, were joined by former newspaper columnist and magazine publisher Daisy Holder Lafond on the project. "All This Is Love" is described as a poignant reminder of the reservoir of artistic talent constantly percolating in the Virgin Islands. The work is motivated by a sincere love of the art of oral elaboration, of telling; guided by a passionate love of traditions, cultures and histories; and sealed and delivered by an even more abiding love for the Virgin Islands and humanity itself.

"All This Is Love" is available from the www.authorhouse.com web site for $17.95 in paperback and $26.95 in hardcover. The book will be available in local bookstores in the near future.

Other Current Items ...

UVI New Hires Report Posted for June

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for June 1-30, 2009. The list is available to the UVI community via the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - section and from this direct link.

Texas Chili Cook-off Slated Aug. 16 at Brewer's Bay Beach; UVI Participants, Volunteers Sought

The Texas Society of the Virgin Islands' 2009 Chili Cook-off will be held at Brewer's Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas Campus on Sunday, Aug. 16. The popular annual event features some of the island's top chili cooks vying for the coveted top prize - a trip as the Virgin Islands representative to the Terlingua International Chili Championship held in November in Terlingua, Texas. Along with the chili tasting, the day features a variety of beach games and musical entertainment by top local groups. Funds raised during the event are donated to local charities. Members of the UVI Community are invited to participate by forming a chili team or working as event volunteers. Those interested should call Patrice Johnson at 693-1058.

UVI's Fall Semester Classes to Begin Aug. 17

UVI's Fall Semester classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 17, 2009.

Returning Students: Fall Semester registration - online or in person - for returning students is available now through Aug. 7, 2009. Students must confer with advisors to receive information on their academic plans and to obtain PIN numbers needed for registration. Fall Semester Class schedules and detailed information for registration on each campus are available from the Academics/Class Schedules tabs on the UVI home page: www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

New and Transfer Students: Orientation for new and transfer students is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 9. Advisement and registration for new students for the Fall Semester are scheduled for Aug. 12. Advisement and late registration are set for Aug. 13 and 14. Complete orientation schedules for both campuses and important information on UVI policies regarding placement exams and student rights are now available from the Admissions section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. Orientation schedules and related information can also be accessed from this direct link.

UVI Process Technology Program Summer Employment/Internship Program Begins

The University of the Virgin Islands has obtained funding from several sources that will provide employment opportunities this summer for 21 Process Technology students at the HOVENSA Refinery. Six UVI students have been offered internships by HOVENSA LLC, which is a requirement for obtaining their associates degree in Process Technology at the end of the Fall Semester 2009. Another 15 students will be employed as summer students. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

June Issue of Dateline: UVI Available On-Line

The June Issue of the newsletter Dateline: UVI has been distributed to campus offices and is available from the Public Relations section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The June issue focuses on VI Small Business Week, during which local businesses were featured and awarded. The article contains a list of the 2009 award recipients of the UVI Small Business Development Center and the US Small Business Administration. Other articles feature UVI professor Dr. Nasseer Idrisi who will spend months conducting research in the Pacific Ocean and the upcoming television series 'Home Grown' - a partnership between UVI, WTJX and the VI Agriculture Department.

Pre-Retirement Workshops set for GERS Participants

Government Employees Retirement System participants interested in information about retirement are invited to Pre-Retirement and Count Down to Retirement Workshops scheduled on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas the Pre-Retirement Workshops are scheduled for July 8, and Aug. 5. The Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 2. The St. Thomas workshops will be held at the GERS offices on the Waterfront.

On St. Croix the Pre-Retirement Workshops are scheduled for July 15 and Aug. 12, and the Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 9, at the GERS offices in Orange Grove.

Individuals interested in attending, must pre-register in advance by calling 340-776-7703 ext. 4202 on St. Thomas or 340-773-5480 ext. 5406 on St. Croix. Additional questions should be directed to Veda V. Richards, UVI's director of employee benefits and immigration services at 693-1429.

Ongoing Items ...

UVI Summer Band/Opera Camp Offering Weekly Public Concerts During July

UVI's annual Summer Band and Opera Camp, co-hosted by the V.I.'s Law Enforcement Planning Commission and the University, is presenting a series of free, public concerts on St. Thomas each Wednesday during July. Junior and senior high school students from St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua and Virgin Gorda are expected to participate, according to Prof. Austin A. Venzen, camp director and professor of music at UVI.

The group's concerts are scheduled each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning July, 1 in Emancipation Garden, in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Venzen said the group is also committed to attending and performing at Sunday services at various churches on St. Thomas.

  • Performance schedule:

Emancipation Garden: July 8, 15, 22, 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Closing Ceremony at Reichhold Center for the Arts: July 22 - time TBA

For more information, call the UVI Music Office at 693-1192.

Renovation Work Continues on Second Floor of CA Building; Caution Urged

UVI's Physical Plant has announced that renovation work is continuing on the second floor of the Classroom Administration (CA) Building on the St. Thomas campus. Physical Plant personnel will install appropriate barriers and signage in the construction area. All UVI students and University personnel are asked to exercise caution while in the construction area.

UVI's Eastern Caribbean Center Conducting 2009 V.I. Community Survey

The Eastern Caribbean Center of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will conduct the 2009 Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS) during the months of April through July. This scientific survey of a sample of households is a follow-up to the one conducted in 2008 that collected information similar to that gathered in the census of 2000. VICS data for 2009 will be gathered on two topics - population and housing. A news release and photo are available on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

CELL Notes...

UVI CELL Offering 40-Hour Skills Builder Program Beginning in August

A 40-hour Skills Builder Program designed to prepare individuals for employment or promotion exams will be offered on St. Croix and St. Thomas beginning in August by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center. The program will help individuals enhance reading, writing and math skills and improve their problem solving, critical thinking and test-taking abilities. A 9th grade reading level is a pre-requisite. The program fee of $375 includes registration, instruction and course materials.

On St. Croix, the program will run on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Aug. 8, through Oct. 17, at UVI CELL's Frederiksted Office.

On St. Thomas, the program will run on Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Aug. 15, through Oct. 24, at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

For more information or to register, contact the UVICELL Center at 693-1100. The complete course schedule is also available online at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Plans Business Outreach Programs for Veterans

UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will conduct free outreach workshops for veterans on St. Croix on July 13, on St. John on July 14, and on St. Thomas on July 15. Carl Christensen, the Small Business Administration's (SBA) officer in charge will be the presenter. SBA services to be discussed include the Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative, the America's Recovery Capital Loan Program and the Community Express Loan Program.

The St. Croix session is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. at the SBDC Training Center in Sunshine Mall. The St. John outreach will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the V.I. Legislature Conference Room in Cruz Bay. The St. Thomas session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the SBDC Training Facility in Nisky Center.

To pre-register, call 692-5270 on St. Croix or 776-3206 on St. Thomas and St. John.