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Bulletin Board for July 20, 2009

UVI's Summer Band/Opera Camp to Perform Children's Opera on July 25

The public is invited to the closing program of the UVI Summer Band and Opera Camp which will feature a performance of the children's opera "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. Approximately 50 students, ages eight through 18, will present the free program which will also feature performances by instrumental ensembles and the concert band.

Camp participants are from schools on St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. Campers, under the direction of UVI Professor of Music Austin A. Venzen, have also been presenting free, mid-day public concerts each Wednesday in July at Emancipation Garden, in downtown Charlotte Amalie. The group's final concerts are set for 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on July 22 and 29.

The camp is sponsored in part by the Law Enforcement Planning Commission, the Virgin Islands Department of Human Services, The Prior Family Foundation and the Antigua-Barbuda Association. For more information, contact Prof. Venzen at the UVI Music Office at 693-1192.

PRAXIS Exam to be Administered July 25 on St. Thomas Campus

The PRAXIS Exams will be administered in the Nursing Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 25th. Only persons who have registered with ETS will be tested. No walk-ins are allowed. For more information call 693-1462.

VIUCEDD to Offer Fall Course in American Sign Language on St. Thomas

UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will offer a course on American Sign Language during the 2009 fall semester. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Aug. 18 through Dec. 8, 2009, on the St. Thomas campus in room 114 of the Teacher Education building. The cost is $130 per student. Books and related materials will be provided. For more information, or to register, contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

Other Current Items ...

VIUCEDD to Show 'Praying With Lior' Documentary on July 25

The Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will show the award winning, 2007 film "Praying With Lior" from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, in the first-floor conference room of Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. "Praying With Lior," a documentary posing the question: Can someone with Down syndrome can be a spiritual genius? Lior, a Jewish boy on his way into manhood, is depicted as a best friend, burden, embarrassment and inspiration, as his faith and disability awe his community. Kosher style refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173 or send email to scarr@uvi.edu. Please RSVP by July 22. The film is free and open to the public.

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.





July 28 , 2009

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


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.


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. ThomasRegistration

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

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

St. CroixRegistration

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

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

Alumni Recognition Breakfast on St. Thomas Postponed Until August

A UVI alumni recognition breakfast scheduled for July 18 on St. Thomas has been postponed until early August. The UVI Alumni Association's St. Thomas/St. John Chapter will honor alumni Donnie Dorsett ('00), Dr. Henry Smith ('76), Jean Forde ('85), Winston Smith ('90) and Terrence Thomas ('88) at the event. Breakfast organizers apologize for any inconvenience this change in plans may cause. Tickets for the breakfast - $35 per person - are available at the UVI Bookstore or from chapter officers: Pamela Toussaint, Helen Hart, Michelle Johnson and Chapter President Jackie Sprauve. Proceeds go to the chapter's scholarship fund which supports incoming freshman students at UVI. The continued support of chapter members is greatly appreciated. Chapter President Sprauve said the event promises to be an "exciting trip down memory lane."

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.

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.

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 Family and Friends Pre-Labor Day Picnic Set Aug. 30 on St. Croix

UVI will host a pre-Labor Day beach picnic for UVI family and friends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Frederiksted Beach on Sunday, Aug. 30. For more information, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228 or send email to hfinch-@uvi.edu.

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.

Fall Semester Notes ...

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.

Ongoing Items ...

UVI 2008-2009 FACTBOOK Available from UVI Web Site

UVI's Office of Institutional Research and Planning has announced that the University's 2008-2009 FACTBOOK is now available from the Institutional Research and Planning link (select this link: /import/sites/uvi/Pages/IRP-Home.aspx?s=RE) on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. Convenient access is also available by entering the term "Institutional Research and Planning" in the "Search" window on any page of the UVI site. Access to individual sections of the 2008-2009 FACTBOOK is available from this direct link.

The FACTBOOK contains information on fall 2008 and spring 2009 enrollment, historical comparisons, admissions, SAT scores, degrees granted, course enrollment, faculty characteristics, tuition and fees, state of facilities information, and a list of UVI's peers.

Individuals with questions or comments should contact the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at ext. 1013.

'The World of Human Resources' Newsletter Published, Also Available Online

UVI's Office of Human Resources Newsletter "The World of Human Resources" is being distributed via campus mail to all UVI department managers. The newsletter can also be read or downloaded from the Human Resources section of the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu/ - or from this direct link (PDF file).

UVI's 2010 Holiday Schedule Available

The University's 2010 holiday schedule is now available from the Human Resources links included in the 'Inside UVI' section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or select this direct link (PDF file).

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.

CELL Notes...

CELL to Offer Skills Workshops for First-Line Supervisors in

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a workshop series titled First-Line Supervision - a certificate program designed to help supervisors develop effective management skills - beginning in August on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Workshop sessions, which will run on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., begin on Aug. 12. On St. Croix, workshops will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, at #23A Hospital Street, in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshops will be held at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. First-Line Supervision provides basic management skills and training for supervisors with less than five years of supervisory experience. Participants will learn to: use practical strategies to plan and conduct effective meetings, solve problems, motivate employees, manage people, deal with conflict and handle change in the organization.

The workshops are offered in collaboration with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants may take individual workshops, or complete six of the workshops to obtain a Certificate in Management Skills in the Workplace from the University of the Virgin Islands and the AMA. For details or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI CELL Offers Course for Spanish Speakers

Spanish-speaking individuals interested in acquiring a basic level of skill in the English language are urged to register for a course to be hosted by the University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center in August on St. Croix. English for Spanish Speakers will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting August 4. All sessions will be held at the UVI-CELL Center, located in the Joseph A. Simpson Building in Frederiksted.

The course is designed for Spanish speakers with no prior knowledge of the English language, but would like to acquire a basic level of competence in understanding and speaking in English. Participants will learn to recognize basic English words, use words in the correct context during conversation, hold a basic conversation in English and much more.

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

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.

SBDC Seminars to Provide Answer to 'Employee or Contractor' Question

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will sponsor seminars on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John designed to help workers and small business owners answer the question: "What Am I, An Independent Contractor Or An Employee?" The seminars will feature presentations from the V.I. Department of Labor, the V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue, the V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, the U.S. Social Security Administration and Division of Corporations and Trademarks in the Lt. Governor's Office. Answering the "contractor or employee" question makes a difference to both parties.

The St. Croix seminar runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at the VI SBDC Training Center at the Sunshine Mall. On St. Thomas the seminar is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at the VI SBDC Training Facility at the Nisky Center. The St. John seminar will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, at the V.I. Legislature Conference Room in Cruz Bay.

For more information or to pre-register for a seminars contact the VI SBDC at 692-5270 on St. Croix or 776-3206 on St. Thomas/St. John. Information is also available from the website: www.sbdcvi.org.