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Bulletin Board for June 22, 2009

UVI Updates Students, Faculty and Staff on H1N1 Virus

An e-mail was sent out to the UVI community on June 22, announcing The World Health Organization's (WHO) declaration of the H1N1 virus as a pandemic. According to the information, WHO has declared the H1N1 virus a level 6 pandemic due to its world wide dispersion. The V.I. Department of Health (DOH) has indicated that there are two confirmed cases and one suspected case of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus in the territory.

In accordance with recommended protocols, the Department of Health advises individuals who exhibit influenza like illnesses (ILI) to immediately contact their health care provider or contact the hospitals to be tested. General influenza like illnesses (ILI) or flu symptoms include fever of 100 degrees or greater, sore throat, sneezing, cough, muscle pains and aches. Other symptoms associated with the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus may include headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, and dizziness.

Individuals who are on campus and are exhibiting flu like symptoms should visit the Health Services Office for testing. UVI's Health Services Offices have a limited number of test kits and should the supply become exhausted, individuals will be referred to the V.I DOH or the individual's health care provider to be tested.

The Health Services Office is located on the second floor in Gordon House (extension 1124) on the St. Thomas Campus, and on the first floor of the Great Hall (extension 4208, 4214) on the St. Croix campus.

To avoid contracting the flu or the spreading of the germs, students, faculty, and staff are advised to do the following:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

• If you get influenza-like symptoms, stay home from work or school except to seek medical care, and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

• Practice other healthy habits such as get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods and manage your stress.

For further information or guidance on the H1N1 virus, please contact the local Department of Health at 773-1311 - Ext. 6205 and Ext. 3262 or contact the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at cdcinfo@cdc.gov.

UVI's Multi-Sport Skills Youth Clinics Begins Today, Registration On-going

UVI students, faculty and staff with children planning to enroll in the University's 2009 Multi-Sport Skills Summer Clinics are entitled to a five percent discount on clinic rates. Three, two-week clinics - basketball starts today, Monday, June 22, volleyball starts July 6, and soccer starts July 20 - are being offered for boys and girls ages nine through 18. Clinic sessions run Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The clinics are designed to create an environment conducive to learning, sportsmanship and teamwork for Virgin Islands youth. They will promote increased skill levels among young athletes, increasing their opportunities for college scholarships. They also help to raise funds for the UVI Student Athlete Scholarship Program.

Clinic costs are $200 for those who sign up for one sport, $375 for two sports and $550 for all three sports. After-clinic care, if pre-arranged, is available from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the rate of $25 per week. Walk-in registration is on-going at the UVI Athletics Office in the Sports and Fitness Center daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 693-1199 or 693-1228 for details. Registration by appointment is available from the Physical Education Office of the St. Thomas/St. John Education District by calling 775-2250 ext. 8557.

More information for UVI employees is available from this link. A registration form is available from this link.

Other Current Items ...

Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. Presents UVI with $25K Gift; Contributions Total $535,000

The University of the Virgin Islands received a gift of $25,000 from Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. at a check presentation on Wednesday, June 17, at the Cruzan Rum headquarters on St. Croix. Gary C. Nelthropp, president and chief executive officer of Cruzan VIRIL Ltd., presented UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster with the donation to support scholarships at UVI.

"This partnership between the University of the Virgin Islands and Cruzan VIRIL began under my father's leadership, some 21 years ago, and continues today and into the foreseeable future," said Nelthropp. "Cruzan VIRIL is totally committed to doing our part to assist in ensuring that the Virgin Islands has a homegrown, well-educated talent pool to support industry and government. It makes a lot of sense for us to do what we are doing in this regard."

"The support shown by Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. over the years has been consistent and valued," Dr. Ragster said. "Our students have benefited from this relationship, which has given so many the tools they've needed to excel. The University thanks Cruzan VIRIL Ltd., for continuing to ensure that UVI is able to 'Specialize in Futures.'"

Marvin Pickering, senior vice president and chief financial officer for Cruzan VIRIL Ltd., and a proud graduate of UVI's Class of 1985, said UVI has been and continues to be vital in providing higher education experiences for the people of the territory. "Once again we are pleased to be able to make this investment in the future of the Virgin Islands," he said, adding that Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. is honored to provide scholarship support to UVI students. "We look forward to continuing this relationship," Pickering said.

Since 1987, Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. has made annual contributions, now totaling $535,000 in support of University of the Virgin Islands scholarships and the Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands' (FUVI) Golf Classic. In 2000, Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. established an endowed UVI scholarship in recognition of the late Knud Oliver Parris, the longest tenured employee of Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. at the time of his passing, twelve years ago. He was employed at the distillery for more than 45 years.

UVI Awards More than $150K in Freshmen Scholarships

The University of the Virgin Islands has awarded more than $150,000 in scholarships to incoming freshmen. Twelve UVI freshmen will receive scholarships ranging in amounts from $2,800 to $60,000. The recipients are Aletia Hodge, Tiana Brown and Kiana Woods of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School; Cara Spencer and Derron Callwood of Seventh Day Adventist School; Kia Griffith, J'Nique Smith, Karina Austin and Brandys Scott of Central High School; Marisha Perkins of Educational Complex; Aniqua Donadelle and Franique Ryan of Charlotte Amalie High School; and Ch'Koia Bryan of Antilles School.

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

First Observing System Buoy Launched Off Puerto Rico by Caribbean Regional Association

The first buoy of the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System has been launched 1.6 miles south of the Puerto Rico coast. This is the first large instrument deployed on behalf of CaRA, the Caribbean Regional Association, in which the University of the Virgin Islands is a major partner with the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (UPRM). CaRA is organized under an agreement between UPRM as the senior partner and UVI. Others have joined the collaboration through a Memorandum of Agreement, signed in December 2007.

The buoy was commissioned on June 8, with the smashing of a bottle of champagne on its superstructure by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Lcda Lucé Vela in the Port of Ponce. UVI was represented by a CaRA co-principal investigator, retired professor Roy Watlington, who delivered remarks on behalf of UVI President Dr. LaVerne Ragster.

A photo is featured on the UVI Today ... photo blog and a news release is available on the UVI web site - direct link.

Prof. Green-Harney Participates in Competitive Virginia Tech Business Program

University of the Virgin Islands Associate Professor of Education Suzy Green Harney, Ph.D., is one of only 11 educators nationwide who have been accepted into a highly competitive "bridge to business" post-doctoral program at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business. The 8-week program, which began June 1, was conceived to help alleviate the critical national shortage of business-school faculty.

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

UVI Summer Band/Opera Camp Plans 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, will present 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. Campers will also attend a special benefit concert to be performed by Prof. Venzen's son, Dr. DeWayne T. Venzen, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, at Christchurch Methodist Church. Dr. Venzen is a trumpeter and member of the U.S. Army's Fife & Drum Corps. He will also teach a special session during the camp.

  • Performance schedule:

Emancipation Garden: July 1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Christchurch Methodist Church: July 5 at 4 p.m.

Closing Ceremony at Reichhold Center for the Arts: July 22 - time TBA

  • Student Registration Remains Open

Space is still available for students who wish to register for the camp's band and opera sections. The camp's band segment is open to students in grades seven through 12. The opera segment is for students in grades five through 12. Camp costs $300 (lunches are included) and there is a $50 registration fee. Camp sessions begin on Wednesday, June 24. Classes, which will take place in the UVI Music Building, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, through July 31. For more information, call the UVI Music Office at 693-1192.

UVI Prof. Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson Publishes New Novel

UVI Professor of Economics Dr. Simon Jones Hendrickson has published a new novel. "Dana, Steven & Brenda" is about the political intrigue, machinations and melee in the academic world at a University on the fictitious island of St. Siven. The novel is $14.95. It is available from Dr. Jones-Hendrickson and will be available at the UVI Bookstores and other book stores in the Virgin Islands. The novel is published by the Eastern Caribbean Institute (2009) on St. Croix. More information is available at this link: http://www.kalalloo.com/Kalalloo_Entertainment.html.

Ongoing Items ...

UVI Board OKs Faculty Organizing; UVI Receives $150,000 Donation

The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees, in its annual June meeting on Saturday, withdrew its opposition to the V.I. Public Employees Relations Board's (the PERB) decision certifying the UVI Chapter of the American Association of University Professors as the representative of the teaching faculty of University. At the conclusion of its executive session, Board Chair Alexander Moorhead announced that UVI's administration and legal counsel was authorized and directed to suspend opposition to the organization of the faculty but to continue with a petition to the PERB to clarify who is covered in the bargaining unit.

At the meeting Trustee and local businessman S. Donald Sussman made a $150,000 donation to the University fulfilling an offer that he made earlier this year. When the UVI Presidential Search Committee found that its finalists for the position of president both were being paid at a salary higher than the salary budgeted for 2009-2010, it was faced with the possibility of restarting the search to identify a candidate who satisfied its qualifications and whose current salary was below the budgeted salary. Trustee Sussman, who was a member of the Committee, encouraged the Committee to proceed to select whomever it believed was the best candidate and he privately offered to make a donation to substantially cover the shortfall. Based on the Committee's recommendation, during its last meeting on March 14th, the Board approved a contract employing Dr. David Hall as the president of the University effective on August 1, 2009.

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

CES 4-H Summer Academy on St. Thomas Cancelled; St. Croix Academy to Continue as Planned

UVI's Cooperative Extension (CES) Service 4-H Summer Academy scheduled to begin this month on St. Thomas has been cancelled due to low registration numbers. Parents of students enrolled have been advised. Parents who still need reimbursement for any funds paid should contact the CES Office on St. Thomas at 693-1080.

The 4-H Summer Academy on St. Croix will be conducted as planned, from June 29 to August 7. St. Croix Academy hours will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. For details on St. Croix call 692-4087, 692-4084 or 692-4094.

Purchasing Department Posts Updated Hotel Rates

UVI's Purchasing Office has posted updated hotel rates for UVI personnel traveling between St. Thomas and St. Croix. The rates are available from the News & Info tab on the Purchasing section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: St. Thomas Hotel Rates | St. Croix Hotel Rates.

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

UVI's Physical Plant has announced that renovation work has begun 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.

VI Writing Project Joins the Nation in Teaching Writing

The Virgin Islands Writing Project (VIWP), a partnership between the National Writing Project (NWP), the Virgin Islands Department of Education, and the University of the Virgin Islands, will conduct its seventh annual Summer Institute from June 22 to July 17, on UVI's St. Croix campus. Fourteen public school teachers from throughout the territory will participate in the Summer Institute, and have begun working with their coaches preparing projects assigned during a pre-institute retreat. For more information contact VIWP Director Valerie Combie at 692-4126. A news release is available on the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Mangrove Coalition Selected as Coastal Zone Organization of the Year

The Virgin Islands Mangrove Research and Conservation Coalition (VIMRCC) has been selected the Coastal Zone Organization of the Year by the Coastal Zone Management Program of the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources. VIMRCC is also the recipient of the 2008 VI Coastal Zone Management Program Awareness Award, which honors and recognizes individuals or organizations for their dedication and contribution to helping manage, enhance and protect the territory's coastal and ocean resources.

The coalition originated from a project awarded to Dr. Nasseer Idrisi at UVI's Center for Marine and Environmental Studies in 2006. UVI graduate student Sophia McKenzie, the VIMRCC project director, will receive the awards from DPNR on St. Croix on June 26, 2009, on behalf of the coalition. A news release is available on the UVI web site - direct link.

Summer Bridge 2 Calculus Program Offered for College-Bound Students on St. Thomas

UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics will conduct a six-week Summer Bridge 2 Calculus program on the St. Thomas campus, with daily sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., from June 22 to July 31. There is no cost to participants and lunch is provided. High school students who have completed grade 12 or students who are already attending UVI who have successfully completed the MAT 024 course are eligible to apply.

The Summer Bridge2Calculus program is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, technology or medicine. It will prepare students to enroll in the introductory calculus course and provide a foundation for success in that important course. Through this experience, students will gain confidence in tackling new problems, thus moving from a level of knowledge and comprehension to a level of application and analysis. This will strengthen the student's ability to succeed in a strongly quantitative science curriculum. Field trips will enhance connections to biology, chemistry, physics and the environment. Participants who complete the Summer Bridge 2 Calculus program will receive a certificate of completion and a book scholarship worth $500 if they are attending UVI in the fall of 2009.

Applications may be obtained on the ECS website at http://ecs.uvi.edu. For further information call Amanda Wright at 693-1397 or send email to Dr. Rosalie Dance at rdance@uvi.edu.

Honors Mathematics Workshop Offered for College-Bound Students on St. Croix

UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics will conduct a two-week Honors Mathematics Workshop on the St. Croix campus, with daily sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, from July 6 to July 17. There is no cost to participants. High school students leaving grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 are eligible to apply.

The workshop is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering or technology. It will focus on computational science and mathematical explorations in scientific contexts, with the goal of helping students to understand how mathematics is used in science. Through this workshop, students will gain confidence in tackling new problems, thus moving from a level of knowledge and comprehension to a level of application and analysis. This will strengthen the students' ability to succeed in a strongly quantitative science curriculum. Field trips will enhance connections to biology, chemistry, physics and the environment. Participants who complete the Math Honors Workshop will receive a certificate of completion and a book scholarship worth $150.

For further information call Dr. Velma Tyson at 692-4157 or send email to ecs@uvi.edu. Applications may be obtained on the ECS website at http://ecs.uvi.edu.

Reichhold to Host Oliver Samuels Play on St. Croix, St. Thomas

Oliver Samuels returns to the Virgin Islands in July with his hilarious new comedy "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing."

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will present "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" on St. Croix, at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Island Center. The play will premiere on St. Thomas at the Reichhold Center, with 8 p.m. shows on Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12.

A news release is available on the UVI web site - direct link.

People Admin End User Training Sessions Scheduled for July

UVI managers and designated administrative assistants are invited 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

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ACC building, 1st Floor
July 28, 2009 or St. Thomas RM 142 and 146
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
July 31, 2009 or St. Croix NNW 131
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

Fall Semester Orientation Schedules Posted to UVI Web Site

UVI's 2009 Fall Semester Orientation for new and transfer students is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 9. 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.

Summer Session II, Fall Semester Registration

  • Registration for UVI's 2009 Summer Session II is continuing. Summer Session class schedules are available from the Academics section of the UVI web - www.uvi.edu. They are also available from this direct link. Final registration for Summer Session II classes is set for June 25 and classes run from June 26 through July 31.
  • Registration for the 2009 Fall Semester is available now through Aug. 7, 2009. Returning students will be able to register online and in person for the fall 2009 semester. Students are reminded that they must confer with advisors to receive information on their academic plan and to obtain pin numbers that provide access to registration. Fall Semester Class schedules are available from the Academics/Class Schedules link on the UVI home page: www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link. 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. Fall Semester classes will begin on Aug. 17.

    For more information, contact UVI Access and Enrollment Services at 693-1160.

UVI Offers Financial Assistance to Summer Session Students

Individuals who are registered, or who are planning to register, for 2009 Summer Session classes at the University of the Virgin Islands are invited to visit the University's Financial Aid Offices to determine if they are eligible for financial aid or direct loans. Prospective students can visit the Financial Aid Offices - in the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in the Evans Center on St. Croix - to begin processing aid requests. More information is available from the Current Students/Financial Aid section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this Money for Summer Direct link. Loan applications are also available at the offices on both campuses. For details, contact the St. Croix campus Financial Aid Office at 692-4193. On St. Thomas, the Financial Aid Office is available at 693-1090.

UVI Employees Can Order Stationery Online

UVI faculty and employees may now order official UVI stationery from a new, web-based ordering system available from a link on the Inside UVI section of the UVI web site www.uvi.edu.

The new stationery link makes it possible to order business cards and letterhead online. The listed prices include shipping. Once submitted, your order, with the invoice, will arrive in about 10 business days.

After logging in to INSIDE UVI*:

  • Click on the Stationery/Letterhead tab, at left, above the small photo.
  • Click on ONLINE ORDERS link, which takes you to a screen that says: PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF. Please fill in all required fields in the First Time Customer area.
  • Once you log in, you'll be taken to a screen that allows you to choose what you want to order under PRODUCTS.
  • Select a style by clicking CHOOSE A TEMPLATE.
  • Select CREATE NEW and fill in the blanks. After that, follow the shopping cart instructions.

* Note: First-time users of Inside UVI must use their UVI network username and the initial password "welcomeUVI" to gain access. They will immediately be asked to create a permanent password for future access to Inside UVI. Individuals who have problems logging in to Inside UVI should send email to the Public Relations Office at pr@uvi.edu.

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 - direct link.