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Bulletin Board for June 8, 2009

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.

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.

Rain Water Harvesting, Rain Garden Workshop Scheduled for June 9

The public is invited to participate in a free workshop on Rain Water Harvesting and Rain Gardens to be WebCast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, on UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses. The WebCast will be available via videoconference in room 133 of the Research & Extension Center on St. Croix and in room 114 of the Teacher's Education building on St. Thomas. The workshop is sponsored by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with the V.I. Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. (VI RC&D).

The workshop will be led by storm water management experts from North Carolina State University and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Space in the videoconferencing rooms is limited. Topics to be covered include: watersheds and water quality, rain water harvesting systems and rain gardens. Individuals are asked to pre-register by calling the V.I. RC&D office at 692-9607 or UVI's Cooperative Extension Service at 692-4066. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI-CES to Hold Recognition Award Ceremony for Computer Course Participants on June 9

The University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service invites the public to the recognition awards ceremony for participants of a recently concluded Basic Computer Training Course at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. The ceremony will take place in the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix Campus. The eight-week Computer Training Course covered Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word and e-mail/Internet.

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet June 13 on St. Thomas Campus

The next meeting of the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The meeting will convene with regular session agenda items. President LaVerne E. Ragster will give the President's Report, followed by Chairman's Comments from Board Chairman Alexander A. Moorhead. This will be Dr. Ragster's final Board meeting as UVI's president. Following the Chairman's Comments, the Board will consider the agenda items that require action. A news release is available on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Student, Faculty and Staff Discounts Available for UVI's Multi-Sport Skills Youth Clinics

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 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.

New Hires, Promotions List for May Posted to 'Inside UVI'

UVI's Human Resources Office has released the New Hires, Promotions, Change in Titles & Separations list for the period of May 1 through May 31, 2009. The list is available from the "Inside UVI" area of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. Members of the UVI faculty and staff accessing "Inside UVI" for the first time should use their network system login name and the initial password "welcomeUVI." Following that, they will be prompted to make a new, permanent password. When the new password is accepted, select the "Staff Home" or "Faculty Home" link in the list of links on the left side of the page.

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.

Other Current Items ...

UVI Community Invited to Free Workshop on Building an Accurate GIS

UVI students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a free GIS (Geographic Information System) training workshop titled "Building an Accurate GIS" on Wednesday and Thursday, June 10 and 11, on St. Croix. The workshop is being offered in support of the University's GIS Curriculum Development effort. It will focus on the importance of utilizing the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) as the framework for geospatial data development for land and water use development. An introduction to the Territorial Framework Project will also be provided. It will highlight details of project specifications, goals and outcomes. Workshop sub-topics include components of the NSRS, Accuracy and Precision in a GIS, GPS (global positioning system), Metadata and Datums. In addition, an overview of NGS Products and Services will also be provided. The workshop sessions will take place in Evans Center room 902 and will run from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. on both days. The workshop is organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / National Geodetic Survey and offered in cooperation with the Office of the Virgin Islands Lieutenant Governor and UVI. For more information, contact Stevie Henry at 693-1033. A registration form is available from this direct link.

St. Croix Campus Business Services to Close June 17 for Staff Training

The Business Services Office on UVI's St. Croix campus will be closed on June 17, 2009, to allow the staff to attend a cross-functional training workshop in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Regular office hours will resume on June 18. For more information, call 629-4167.

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.

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.

Ongoing Items ...

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 - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

SBDC Notes ...

Small Business Workshop Series Scheduled in June on St. Thomas and St. Croix

The Virgin Island Small Business Development Center, in collaboration with the Georgia Small Business Development Center, will present the Virgin Islands community with a series of small business workshops from June 15 to 19. The workshops - titled "Improving Cash Flow," "Managing by the Numbers" and "Intermediate QuickBooks" - will be available on both St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Improving Cash Flow and Boosting Profits will be presented from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 15, on St. Thomas with a video conference link to St. Croix. Presenter David Lewis, from the Georgia SBDC, will explain how business owners can gain financial control of their businesses by understanding the differences between profits and cash flow. Since many small businesses operate with small or no cash reserves, they are vulnerable to fluctuations in the timing of cash inflows and outflows. This workshop will examine the path cash takes as it flows through a business and offer strategies to improve a business' cash position and financial stability. It also examines time proven techniques for adding more profit to the bottom line. The workshop costs $40 per person.

Managing by the Numbers will be presented on June 16, on St. Thomas, and June 17, on St. Croix. Sessions will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. in both locations. The workshop will introduce participants to the various cash flow management techniques necessary to plan and manage the cash flow challenges of their businesses. Participants will gain an understanding of basic financial statements through examples and case studies. Georgia SBDC instructor Lynn Voss will focus on the critical information available from income statements, cash flow statements and balance sheets. Participants will learn to create and analyze ratios using historical data and industry information, and learn techniques to preserve their cash. The workshop costs $40 per person.

Intermediate QuickBooks are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on June 18, on St. Croix, and June 19, on St. Thomas. Georgia SBDC presenter Robert Andoh will provide participants with the ability to track and manage business finances, while deepening their QuickBooks knowledge and skills. The cost for the QuickBooks workshops is $100 per person (including lunch).

All workshops in St. Thomas will be held at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center. St. Croix workshop sessions will be held at the SBDC Training Center at Sunshine Mall in Frederiksted, except for the QuickBooks Workshop, which will take place on UVI's St. Croix campus in room 131 of the North West Wing. To pre-register or for more information call 692-5270 on St. Croix or 776-3206 on St. Thomas.