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Bulletin Board for May 21, 2009

UVI's Summer Session I Classes Begin Today

Classes in UVI's Summer Session I begin today (Thursday, May 21) on St. Croix and St. Thomas. Add/Drop is scheduled for today and Friday, May 22. Classes will continue through June 24.

  • 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.

St. Thomas Campus Shuttle Bus Service Resumes Today, May 21

UVI's shuttle bus service on the St. Thomas campus was scheduled to resume today (Thursday, May 21).

UVI to Close Monday for Memorial Day

UVI will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Classes will resume and administrative offices will be open on their regular schedules on Tuesday, May 26.

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.

Other Current Items ...

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.

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.

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 Page

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.

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.

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 News & 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.

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'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 ...

Two-Day St. Thomas Workshop to Focus on Fundamentals of Business Survival

A two-day workshop on the fundamentals of business survival will be offered on June 3 and 4 on St. Thomas by the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the business development and training firm IdealOutcomes, Inc. The sessions, led by IdealOutcomes' consultant Jason Richmond, will cover customer focused service, high performance work teams and communication. The workshop - which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, costs $198 per person and will include a light breakfasts and lunches. They will take place at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center. Seating is limited. For more information or to pre-register, call 776-3206.

SBDC's Annual St. Thomas-St. John Small Business Awards Set June 5

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host the 2009 St. Thomas-St. John

Small Business Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 5, at UVI's Administration & Conference Center (formerly the Harvey Building) on the St. Thomas campus. The ceremony, which is part of the local observance of Small Business Week, will also serve as a St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After-Hours event.

Recognized during the evening will be Small Business Person of the Year Ashley L. Allen, Sr., of Smooth Kreationz. Other awards to be presented include: the Woman-Owned Business Award to Michelle Joshua of New Horizon Clothing; the Small Business Advocate of the Year Award to José Penn of Penn's Corporation; Entrepreneur of the Year Awards to Alisonia Griffith and Julie Merrifield of Commercial Services, Inc.; and the Nascent Business of the Year Award to Karen Bowry of The Mail Hub. FirstBank Virgin Islands will be recognized as the Small Business Development Center Contributor of the Year.

Special awards will be presented to Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, president of the University of the Virgin Islands, and to Carl Christensen, the SBA Project officer for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Three schools, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School, Charlotte Amalie High School and Tutu Church of God Academy, will be recognized as mentors of the Innovative Youth Business Concept Competition. Small Business Development Center employees will also be honored.

The general public is invited to attend. Individuals planning to attend are asked to RSVP by sending email to dthomas@uvi.edu or calling 776-3206 by Wednesday, May 27. Dinner will be served during the evening.

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 ...

Parents of Children with Disabilities Invited to Workshop on V.I.'s Transition Model Program

A workshop, designed to bring parents of children with disabilities together to discuss, critique and give input on a draft of the territory's Transition Model program for students with disabilities, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at the Estate Thomas Head Start Center on St. Thomas. The free workshop is sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD), the Virgin Islands Family Information Network on Disabilities (VIFIND), Here to Understand & Give Support (HUGS VI), and the Virgin Islands State Office of Special Education. The draft of the Transition Model program will be available for viewing by parents at the Edith Baa Library before the workshop.

During the workshop, parents will be "given the floor" to provide feedback on the Model and to make suggestions on how to improve it. The Transition Model was developed to facilitate real-life, functional, post-school outcomes for students with disabilities. It was developed by a multi-agency taskforce with the vision of improving outcomes for students and providing readily available resources. The Transition Model is scheduled for implementation beginning in the fall of the 2009 school year. Dinner will be provided. Information and applications for Camp Shriver will also be available. For more information and to register, contact VIFIND at 774-1662 or VIUCEDD at 693-1322.

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.