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Bulletin Board for May 18, 2009

UVI to Confer 290 Degrees During 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 University will confer 290 degrees. The St. Thomas campus ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. today (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.

Public parking for the St. Thomas Commencement will be provided at the new Administration and Conference Center and Reichhold Center for the Arts parking lots. Shuttle buses will operate between the upper campus, both parking lots and the Sports and Fitness Center. Parking nearest the Sports and Fitness Center will be by permit only.

The St. Thomas Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live over Radio One 1000 AM. The St. Croix ceremony will be broadcast live over 103.5 FM - Da Vybe."

May 19 Deadline Set for 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 Tuesday, 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.

St. Croix Reef Jam Set Sunday, May 24, at Rainbow Beach, Frederiksted.

The UVI community is invited to the second annual St. Croix Reef Jam from 1 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 24, at Rainbow Beach in Frederiksted. Reef Jam is a family friendly beach festival with musical guests - Siete Son, Kurt Schindler and the Reggae Bubblers. There will be a free family activity corner with snorkel lessons, a fish dissection demonstration and a sea turtle talk. Food and drinks will be on sale.

The entry fee is $5. Proceeds will be used to support local coral reef education and conservation efforts. Visit www.reefjam.com for more details or call Emily Tyner of UVI-VIMAS at 692-4144.

Ten UVI Students Win 2009 NSSE Gift Certificates

UVI's Office of Institutional Research & Planning has announced the completion of the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). "We thank and appreciate those students who took time to complete the 2009 NSSE Survey," said Institutional Research & Planning Director Dr. Mary Ann LaFleur. The survey was just for freshmen and seniors and the results from the responses will help UVI to improve undergraduate education. Students, who completed the survey had their names entered in a drawing for $25 gift certificates redeemable at the UVI book store. Five winners were selected from each campus. The drawing took place May 13. There were 164 participants; 106 students on St. Thomas Campus and 58 on St. Croix Campus. "We are extending best wishes to all our students in their future endeavors and a special note of thanks to the UVI staff who assisted in pulling the names of the winners," Dr. LaFleur said.

Winners on the St. Thomas campus were Freshman students Chinet Bernier, Kishma Herbert and Deneesha Smith, and Senior students Tanya Industrious and Chela Thomas.

Winners on the St. Croix campus were Freshman students Jarilyn Donowa and Don Prime, and Senior students Toriefa Alexander, Mark Corneiro and Tamara Simon.

Information on Pandemic Flu Available from UVI Health Services Web Site

Information on seasonal flu and pandemic flu has been posted to the Health Services section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - by St. Croix Health Services Supervisor Maritza Belardo DeCosta. Included are discussions of the risk of pandemic flu, what individuals can do to protect themselves and a link to information from the Centers for Disease Control. Also offered are links, in English and Spanish, to a family preparedness fact sheet prepared by the American Red Cross. Click here for a direct link to the information sheet. For details, contact Belardo DeCosta at 692-4214.

Other Current Items ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.