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Bulletin Board for May 15, 2009

Billy Ocean Performs Saturday, May 16, at the Reichhold Center

Trinidad native and Grammy Award winning artist Billy Ocean will perform on Saturday, May 16, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. Ocean is best known for hit songs "Caribbean Queen," "When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going," "There'll Be Sad Songs (to make you cry)," "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Car" and "Lover Boy." In 2008, Ocean made a triumphant return to the music scene with the release of "Wilburforce." He left audiences wanting more at the 2008 St. Kitts Musicfest. For ticket information, visit the Reichhold Center web site http://www.reichholdcenter.com or call the Reichhold Box Office at (340) 693-1559.

University Community Encouraged to Attend May 17 Tribute Event Honoring Dr. Ragster

The University Community is encouraged to attend an upcoming tribute event for UVI President LaVerne E. Ragster on Sunday, May 17, on St. Croix. The tribute will be a luncheon at 12:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus. (A tribute event on St. Thomas was held on Saturday, May 9.) Tickets for the luncheon are $85 per person. Proceeds from these tribute events will be used to establish the LaVerne E. Ragster Scholarship Fund.

Gifting Circles for individual contributions have also been established to support the scholarship fund. Information on purchasing tickets and donating to the Gifting Circles is available from the Spotlight button on the home page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

First Annual Reef Fest Set Sunday, May 17, at Smith Bay Park

St. Thomas' first annual Reef Fest will be held at Smith Bay Park (Lindquist Beach) from noon to sunset on Sunday, May 17. Reef Fest is designed - as part of the International Year of the Reef observance - to encourage the Virgin Islands community to spur efforts to protect the territory's reefs and to augment awareness of the importance of all marine resources. Donations and proceeds raised at the event will go to help support coral reef community and education programs on St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. UVI's CMES Marine Outreach Program, which has promoted environmental education for more than 20 years, will lead the effort.

Reef Fest will include interactive marine educational games and activities for all ages, expert guest speakers, environmental exhibits and activity booths, and entertainment. For more information, contact Lihla Noori via email at lnoori@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1392. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Commencement Ceremonies Set May 18 and 19

The University of the Virgin Islands will hold its 45th Annual Commencement Ceremonies May 18 and 19, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, respectively. The St. Thomas campus ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, in the Sports and Fitness Center. The St. Croix campus ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, on the campus grounds. The class speakers - selected by their classmates - will be Rick S. Grant on the St. Thomas campus and Amaris N. Chew on the St. Croix campus. The keynote speaker for both campuses is the Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, the Prime Minister of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Staff Council Poll on Tuition Remission Policies

Regular, professional and administrative staff members at the University of the Virgin Islands are encouraged to complete a UVI Staff Council poll that compares the existing and proposed UVI Tuition Remission Policies. The poll was distributed to staff via email on May 12, by UVI Staff Council Chairwoman Raquel Santiago-Silver and must be completed by May 19. Completed forms should be forwarded to Nanyamka Farrelly at nfarrel@uvi.edu. Supervisors who have staff members without access to email are asked to print the poll and distribute it to their employees. Results of the poll will be provided to all staff and will be forwarded to the UVI Senate for consideration. Staff input will ultimately determine the UVI Staff Council's position with regards to the Tuition Remission Policy. For more information call Raquel Santiago-Silver at 692-4061.

Reichhold Foundation Board of Directors to Meet May 21

The Foundation for the Reichhold Center for the Arts Board of Directors will meet at 8 a.m. on Thursday, May 21, in the third floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The meeting will convene with regular session agenda items. President LaVerne E. Ragster will give the President's Report, followed by the Chairman's Comments from Board Chairman Attorney Warren Williams. Following the Chairman's Comments, the board will consider the agenda items that require action.

Items requiring the board's action include ratification of the Reichhold Center 2010 season.

The Board may go into executive session before being adjourned. Executive session agenda items include those matters specifically allowed by law.

Student Employee Evaluation Forms Now Due; Worker Request Forms Needed

UVI supervisors and prospective supervisors of student employees are reminded of two deadlines. Student employee evaluation forms for the just completed Spring Semester are now due immediately at UVI's Offices of Student Employment on both campuses.

Also, the Offices of Student Employment on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses are currently accepting Student Worker Request forms for the upcoming Summer Session and Fall Semester. Job descriptions must be attached to the Student Worker Request form if they are not already on file. The deadline to submit your Student Worker Request forms for the Summer Sessions was May 8. The Fall Semester 2009 deadline has been set for Friday, June 5.

Both forms are available from the Forms link on the Career Services section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. For more information, call 693-1088.

Training Sessions Available in May on University's People Admin System

UVI supervisors and mangers are invited to attend a mandatory People Admin End User Training Sessions scheduled for May 26, on the St. Thomas campus, and May 27, on the St. Croix campus. The training is designed to provide information on the effective use of the People Admin system and to familiarize individuals with the approved and accepted medium to handle all employment needs from creating a position job description to posting a vacancy notice, from setting employee performance objectives to providing employees with performance feedback. The People Admin System is a one-stop management vehicle that will increase overall the efficiency, accuracy and accountability at the University.

  • St. Thomas training sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in room 103 of the CA Building.
  • St. Croix training sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. in room 103 of the North West Wing.

Individuals should feel free to submit the names of any other personnel who would benefit from the End User Training. Please confirm participation by sending an email to ylawren@uvi.edu.

UVI New Hires Report Posted for April

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for April 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.

St. Thomas Bookstore Has Summer Session Text Books Available

UVI's St. Thomas campus Bookstore has announced that Summer Session text books have arrived and are available for sale. Bookstore hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Seaborne Ticket Prices Announced by Purchasing

The UVI Purchasing Office has announced that tickets are now available for travel on Seaborne Airlines at the rate of $87.50 one-way or $175 round-trip. Details of Seaborne and Cape Air ticket prices are available from the New & Info tab on the Purchasing Office's page the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items ...

Senior Week Activities on St. Thomas Campus

Senior Week activities on UVI's St. Thomas campus include the Senior Ball which will be held at 7 p.m. today (Friday, May 15), at the St. Peter Mountain Greathouse and Botanical Gardens. The 2009 pinning ceremony for graduates in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, in the Administration and Conference Center. The St. Thomas campus commencement ceremony takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at the Sports and Fitness Center.

Senior Week Activities on St. Croix Campus

Senior Week activities on UVI's St. Croix campus include a rehearsal for commencement at 3 p.m. today (Friday, May 15), in the Great Hall. There will be a pinning ceremony for 2009 graduates in the Associate of Science in Nursing program at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, in the V.I. Cardiac Center in the Juan Luis Hospital. The St. Croix campus commencement ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, on the campus grounds.

St. Thomas Campus Shuttle Bus Service Suspended Until May 21

With the end of the Spring Semester, UVI's shuttle bus service on the St. Thomas campus has been suspended until Summer Session I classes begin on Thursday, May 21. The University apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

UVI Poets to Participate in International Programs Featuring the Spoken Word on May 15-16

Performances of Microphone Messenjahs - cultural and educational programs that will highlight the spoken word - are scheduled for Friday, May 15, on St. Thomas, and on Saturday, May 16, on Tortola. Performers from Barbados, Trinidad and the United States, along with members of the Rock Collective Poets, The Writers Block - a UVI student organization for poets - and Callaloo Poets of Tortola, BVI, among others, will present positive words, creative expression, African dance and drumming. A cultural wear showcase featuring local My Day Discount Store models will also be featured. The St. Thomas event is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the Administrative and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The Tortola event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College auditorium. For more information, call (340) 473-6659 on St. Thomas or (284) 441-8422 on Tortola.

WTJX Launches 'Home Grown' Garden Project with UVI's CES and Department of Agriculture

The Virgin Islands Public Television System, WTJX Channel 12, in partnership with the University of the Virgin Islands Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture, are launching "Home Grown," a home garden project. "Home Grown" is an outreach project and television program designed to address several critical issues, including the extremely high cost and poor quality of fresh vegetables imported into the Virgin Islands, a desire to encourage healthy eating habits, and an effort to help Virgin Islands' residents save money.

All Virgin Islanders are invited to apply for the project. The application deadline is June 5. For details contact Tanya-Marie Singh at 690-6696 or Clarice C. Clarke at 692-4060. A news release and application form are available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas Campus SGA Executive Officers Elected

UVI's Student Activities Office has announced that students on UVI's St. Thomas campus have elected the following executive members to the 2009-2010 Student Government Association (SGA):

  • President - Jaedee Caines
  • Vice-President - St. Clair Hodge
  • Treasurer - Christa Harris

A list of officers for the Student Council will be provided at a later date.

Kyza Callwood Elected as Student Representative to the UVI Board of Trustees

UVI's Student Activities Office has announced that St. Thomas campus student Kyza A. Callwood has been elected as the 2009-10 student representative to the UVI Board of Trustees. The term begins in August of 2009. Callwood received 168 votes on the St. Thomas campus and 27 votes on the St. Croix campus in the April 23-24 election. Callwood can be reached at 693-3542 or at kyzawood3@yahoo.com.

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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 12. 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.

Student Internships Available for NOAA-UVI Summer Marine Research Project on St. John

A limited number of internships are being offered to Virgin Islands students interested in participating in a NOAA-UVI Marine Research Project tracking fish at Lameshur Bay on St. John this summer. The project is in need of students who could be available for a minimum of two assignments a month for up to two days at a time. Overnight accommodation and food will be provided at the Virgin Island Environmental Research Station. There may be opportunities for pay to a selected student worker. NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is funding the research, which is being conducted in collaboration with UVI scientists and the National Park Service on St. John. The internship involves tagging and tracking of coral reef fish species.

For more information, call UVI Professor Dr. Simon Pittman at 693-1179 or send email to simon.pittman@noaa.gov. Interested students should send a brief summary of why they are interested in the internship, what makes them a good candidate for the position and their availability during the summer. Contact information and phone numbers must be included.

GERS Retirement Workshop Schedule Provided to UVI Employees

The 2009 Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) retirement workshop schedule has been released to UVI employees via email by Veda Richards, UVI Director of Employee Benefits and Immigration Services. The workshops are held at the GERS offices on St. Thomas, at 3438 Kronprindsens Gade GERS Complex-STE 1, and on St. Croix at #3005 Orange Grove, Lot 5 in Christiansted. One workshop will be held on St. John, on June 19, at The Battery. Individuals must pre-register for the workshops by calling (340) 779-7703 ext. 4202 on St. Thomas or (340) 773-5480 ext. 5480 on St. Croix. For more information, contact Richards at 693-1429.

Ongoing Items ...

UVI Registration for Summer Sessions, Fall Semester Continuing

  • Registration for UVI's 2009 Summer Sessions I & II is continuing. UVI's 2009 Summer Session class schedule is available from the Academics section of the UVI web - www.uvi.edu. It is also available from this direct link. Dates: Summer Session I: Registration is set for May 20, classes run from May 21 through June 24, 2009; Summer Session II: Registration is set for June 25 and classes run from June 26 through July 31.
  • Registration for the 2009 Fall Semester is available now through August 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 August 12. Advisement and late registration are set for August 13 and 14. Fall Semester classes will begin on August 17.

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

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 ...

Youth Business Competition Concludes with Displays, Presentations on May 16

The "Innovative Youth Business Concept Competition" - a program developed by UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the USVI Department of Tourism - culminates with the display and presentation of projects by the participating schools at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Sunny Isle Amphitheatre on St. Croix and at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas. Two schools on St. Croix (St. Croix Educational Complex and Central High School) and three schools on St. Thomas (Addelita Cancryn, Charlotte Amalie High School, and Tutu Church of God Holiness Academy) are participating in this year's competition. Students will make their presentations to a panel of judges beginning at noon. The community is invited to come out to see the projects, listen to the presentations, and to cast their votes for the concept that best promotes tourism in the territory. The winning team will be announced and prizes awarded to students in both the district of St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John. For details, call the SBDC at (340) 692-5279 on St. Croix or (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas/St. John.

SBDC Postpones St. John Seminars on Writing Successful Business Plans

UVI's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has postponed seminars titled Writing a Success Plan for Your Business for individuals on St. John. The seminars, which were scheduled for May 13 and 20, will be rescheduled. For more information, call the SBDC office at 776-3206.

CELL Notes ...

CELL Offers Additional Supervisory Skills Workshop

Due to the overwhelming demand, UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center has scheduled an additional session of a training program for managers. The "Essentials for First-Line Supervisors" workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, at the UVI-CELL Center on the University's St. Thomas Campus.

The workshop is part of the blended learning series being offered in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). It is designed to prepare supervisors - both new and well-established - to develop the competencies required to achieve an organization's goals. The workshop will provide participants with the skills - including strategies to plan and conduct effective meetings, solve problems, motivate employees, manage people, deal with conflict and handle change - that are needed to increase productivity, handle diversity and build a top-performing team.

For more information on or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL Seeking Participants in Focus Group Series

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center is seeking volunteers to participate in a series of focus groups planned for one of CELL's corporate clients. Participants must be over 18 years of age and be a wireless telephone customer. In addition, they must be willing to provide the name of their current wireless company and indicate whether you are a prepaid or contract customer. In addition to sessions already held on St. Thomas and St. Croix, two additional sessions have been added on St. Thomas. They are from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 18 and 19, at the Innovative Corporate Offices in Tutu Park.

Each person selected to participate in the focus group will receive a $20 pre-paid calling card and be entered into a raffle to win a flat screen television. (To qualify, participants must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the session.) Space is limited. Interested persons must send an email to cell@uvi.edu and indicate willingness to participate, which session they would like to attend, and their carrier's name and type of service. For details, call the CELL office at (340) 693-1100.

VIUCEDD Notes ...

St. Croix Events to Focus HIV/AIDS Status in V.I., World

A series of events exploring the status of HIV/AIDS in the Virgin Islands and global communities is planned for May 28-30, on St. Croix. Included are a cocktail reception at Polly's at the Pier in Frederiksted from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, HIV/AIDS awareness presentations in St. Croix public junior high schools on Friday, May 29, and a free public workshop from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus.

The events will be presented by Project Safe Haven (www.safehavenproject.org), an organization that fosters informed dialogue on the current status of HIV/AIDS. Two young representatives from Project Safe Haven will explore the truths and myths about HIV/AIDS and explain new trends in infection and treatment. They will focus on helping young people practice prevention.

The events are open to the public. Parents and students, medical and human service professionals, and educators are especially encouraged to participate. Sponsors include, Hovensa LLC, UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Olans, The Buccaneer and Polly's at the Pier.

For more information from the Project Safe Haven Hosting Committee, call 340-692-7736 or send email to emilylavaun@gmail.com.

VIUCEDD to Promote Wellness for Women with Disabilities - May 10 to 16

A health fair for women with disabilities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15, at Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas. The fair is sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). It is designed to disseminate information about health and wellness to women and young girls with disabilities, and to their caregivers. Agencies, healthcare providers and females with disabilities are encouraged to participate. The fair is part of a week long effort to promote the health of women with disabilities. The week, which runs from May 10 to 16, has the theme "A Healthier You - Helping Women and Young Girls with Disabilities Live Healthy Lifestyles." For more information contact Rashida Francis at the VIUCEDD at 693-1185 or 693-1322.