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Bulletin Board for October 12, 2009

Free Seasonal Flu Vaccine Available on STT Campus Beginning Oct. 13

Members of the UVI community on the St. Thomas campus can obtain free seasonal influenza vaccinations beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, from the Health Services Office. The vaccine will be administered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday following Oct. 13 until supplies are exhausted. Interested individuals must make an appointment for a vaccination by calling Health Services at 693-1124. A limited amount of vaccine is available. It is offered on first-come, first-served basis.

Health Services will notify the UVI community when supplies of the H1N1 vaccine become available.

St. Croix Campus Vaccination Dates to be Announced

Flu vaccine will be available on the St. Croix campus in the near future. When it is available the St. Croix Health Services Office will announce details.

West African Dance Classes for Students Offered Oct. 13 and 15 on St. Thomas

West African dance classes - Ife Ni Jo - will be offered free to UVI students from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and Thursday Oct. 15, at the Dining Pavilion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The classes are sponsored by the Student Government Association's Black Heritage Committee. Musicians and dancers willing to perform and those who wish to improve their fitness level while learning African culture and history are invited. For details, send email to africanheritagevi@gmail.com.

National Student Exchange Open House Set Oct. 14 on St. Croix Campus

An informational open house on the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program will be held on UVI's St. Croix campus in Evans Center room 501, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The event is open to all freshman, sophomore and junior students.

The NSE program is a domestic version of study abroad programs, according to Doris Farrington-Hepburn, the program's St. Croix campus coordinator. It gives eligible UVI students access to a consortium of 200 member colleges and universities in 48 states, three U.S. territories (including Guam and Puerto Rico), the District of Columbia, and five Canadian provinces. Member schools include 21 Hispanic serving institutions and 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Wednesday's activity will provide an overview of how the NSE works and the process that interested students need to follow. Presentations are planned by Farrington-Hepburn and Miriam Osborne-Elliot, the Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs on St. Croix. For more information, call Farrington-Hepburn at (340) 692-4187/4180 or send email to dfarrin@uvi.edu.

UVI to Sponsor Second Annual Health Disparities Institute Oct. 15-16 on St. John

Researchers from across the nation will visit the Virgin Islands this week to share their insights on issues related to health disparities at the Second Annual Health Disparities Institute sponsored by the Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center at the University of the Virgin Islands.

"Bridging Science, Practice and Culture to Improve Health in the U.S. Virgin Islands" is the theme for the institute, which is slated for Oct.15 and 16 at the Westin St. John Resort & Villas. "The institute will provide important health information to the entire Virgin Islands community," said Dr. Gloria Callwood, director of the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, which is operated by UVI's Division of Nursing Education.

More information is available from this CERC web site: http://cercuvi.com. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Application Form for Census 2010 Jobs Available from UVI Web Site

The Virgin Islands Census Office has announced that a number of census jobs are available in association with Census 2010, which is being conducted under the auspices of UVI's Eastern Caribbean Center. Local residents are needed to list addresses, pick up completed questionnaires and interview households. Enumerators and crew leaders, along with some clerks and office workers, are also needed.

An application form, which includes descriptions of the jobs available and qualifications that applicants must meet, is available from the Human Resources page of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link (PDF file).

For more information, contact the Eastern Caribbean Center, on UVI's St. Thomas campus, at (340) 693-1022.

Former Doobie Brother to Perform Oct. 17 at the Reichhold Center

Singer and songwriter Michael McDonald, who played with the hit groups Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on UVI's St. Thomas campus. McDonald's break-out solo career propelled him to new heights of popularity with a string of hits, including I Keep Forgetting, Yah Mo B There, Sweet Freedom, and On My Own, a duet with Patti Labelle. More recently McDonald released a series of albums celebrating the music of Motown.

More information is available from the Reichhold Center web site - www.reichholdcenter.com. Tickets are available online and from the Reichhold Box Office and the Reichhold's regular ticket outlets: Urban Threadz, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo, Home Again, and Eccentric Shoe Boutique on St. Thomas, and Connections on St. John.. For details, call (340) 693-1559.

Student Poetry Club Schedules 'Mixed Media' Event Oct. 18, on St. Thomas

The Writer's Block, UVI's student poets club, will present a poetry merged with mixed media event at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Dining Pavilion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The presentation is titled "A Penny for Your Thoughts." General admission is $5. Students with ID will pay $3. Proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Society. The Writer's Block invites the participation of musicians, dancers and visual artists willing to present impromptu performances or accompany poets.

Members of The Writer's Block will also participate in "The Poetry Corner" radio program on WSTA (1340-AM) at 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14. The listener call-in number is 774-1340. For details, send email to thewritersblockvi@gmail.com.

Dr. Henry Smith Honored by the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association

Dr. Henry Smith, UVI's Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Vice Provost for Research and Public Service, was recently honored by the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association for his work with water and wastewater systems. The association held its 18th annual conference and exhibition on St. Thomas on Oct 8. Dr. Smith was presented with the association's gold award during the closing ceremony program.

UVI New Hires Report Posted for September

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Sept. 1-30, 2009. The list is available to the UVI community via the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

Two Employees Appointed to UVI's Donate Leave Committee

UVI President Dr. David Hall has appointed two members to the University's Donate Leave Committee. The members are Purchasing Technician Fiola Alexander and Information Technology Specialist Mark Bough. Alexander and Bough will serve on the committee with two ex-officio members, Acting Human Resources Director Yvonne Lawrence and Director for Employee Benefits Veda Richards. Richards serves as the policy administrator. The committee oversees the participation of UVI employees in the V.I. Donated Leave Program. That program allows individuals who suffer a catastrophic health condition or injury to seek donations of leave from others employed by the V.I. government and related semi-autonomous agencies. For more information, you may contact Veda Richards at 693-1429.

Four Students Selected as Winners of the Fall Research Symposium

Four UVI students - Shellese Cannonier, Mary Mootoo, Odari Thomas and Cherissre Tyrell-Boateng - are the winners of the University's 11th Annual Fall Student Research Symposium. They were among more than 50 UVI students who presented the results of research conducted over the summer at the symposium which was held on Sept. 20, on the St. Thomas campus. The students' research was conducted at UVI and other institutions nationwide. Student presentations were evaluated by a panel of judges from the community for scientific content and clarity of presentation. The winners will receive certificates at UVI's Spring Academic Awards Ceremony.

A detailed news release, along with photos of the winners, will be available in the near future. The Division of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program sponsored the symposium. Details are available at the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program web site, http://ecs.uvi.edu, or via email at ecs@uvi.edu.

Breast Cancer Awareness Week Activities Set Oct. 12-16 on St. Croix Campus

Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Week activities scheduled on UVI's St. Croix campus from Oct. 12 through 16. Each day has been assigned a different theme (see schedule). Events and presentations designed to increase the awareness of breast cancer are also scheduled at the Cafetorium from noon to 2 p.m. daily. For more information, contact Health Services Supervisor Maritza Belardo DeCosta at 692-4214.

Note: The UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus is offering a 10 percent discount on all items that are pink.

Breast Cancer Awareness Schedule

Monday, Oct. 12 - Wear Pink Shirt Day!

- Pink Ribbons and Information Distribution

- Noon to 1 p.m. - presentation by Dr. A. Galiber

Tuesday, Oct. 13 - Pink Hair Day!

- Noon - Performance by the UVI Steppers

Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Wear Everything Pink Day!

- 12:30 to 1 p.m. - Walk from Palm Drive to the Cafeteria

- Pink Lemonade Distribution

Thursday, Oct. 15 - Wear Pink Shoes Day!

- noon to 1 p.m. - Presentation by Dr. J. Thompson

Friday, Oct. 16 - Wear Pink Bottom (Pants, Skirt)

- noon to 1 p.m. - "I am a Survivor" presentation by Janzie Allmacher

SBDC on St. Thomas, St. Croix Plans Staff Development Oct. 13-16

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offices on St. Croix at Sunshine Mall and on St. Thomas at Nisky Center will be closed for staff development and training from Tuesday, Oct. 13, through Friday, Oct. 16. Both offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Monday, Oct. 19. The SBDC's regular office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 340-692-5270 on St. Croix or 340-776-3206 on St. Thomas. The VI SBDC is a partnership program of the University of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

St. Croix Sets Open Houses to Mark 'National Careers in Student Affairs Month'

UVI's St. Croix campus has scheduled a series of open house events to mark October as "National Careers in Student Affairs Month." Students are encouraged to stop by the offices of Student Affairs on each "open house" day to learn about career opportunities, services and developmental and leadership programs available in the student affairs area. Professionals in student affairs can take advantage of a thriving career track, work on college campuses and make a difference in the lives of students and communities.

Open house events will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following schedule.

Oct. 13 - Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs & Campus Executive Administrator

  • Oct. 26 - Student Activities
  • Oct. 27 - Health Services
  • Oct. 28 - College Access Challenge Grant Program
  • Oct. 29 - Residence Life
  • Oct. 30 - Counseling and Career Services

For more information and details about other upcoming events, contact Miriam Osborne Elliott, Associate Campus Administrator for Student Affairs-St. Croix Campus, at 692-4188/692-4000 or send email to mosborn@uvi.edu.

4-H Food Sale Set Oct. 16 to Help Fund Participation in St. Croix Festival

The 4-H program operated by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on the St. Thomas campus is raising funds to support the group's participation in the upcoming Christmas Festival on St. Croix. A food sale at the CES Office (located in the former UVI Business Office) is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 16. Delivery on campus will also be available to those who call ahead. BBQ chicken, tofu, mutton, fish, rice, macaroni, stuffing and vegetables will be available. For information, call Jacqueline Blyden at 693-1079.

Nursing Program to Host Accreditation Review Team Oct. 20-22 on St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Associate Degree Nursing Program has announced that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of the program on the St. Croix campus. Team members of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) will make a site visit to the Associate Degree Nursing Program for review and reaccreditation from Oct. 20 to 22.

Members of the general public are invited to meet the site-visit team and share comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at UVI nursing complex, Building U-105, on the St. Croix campus.

Written comments are also welcome by the NLNAC. They should be submitted directly to: NLNAC, C/O Executive Director, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326 or e-mail sjtanner@nlnac.org. All written comments should arrive at NLNAC by October 14, 2009.

NSE Applications Available from Counseling Services Office

Students interested in studying abroad through the National Student Exchange (NSE) program may obtain the NSE application and directory booklet from UVI Counseling Services office on the St. Thomas campus. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible. More information can be obtained from Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm, at (340) 693-1136 or via email at: ahamm@uvi.edu.

Modern Languages Area to Screen the Film 'Casi Casi' on Oct. 16

The Modern Language Area of UVI's Division of Humanities and Social Studies will present the Spanish language film "Casi Casi" at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 16, in Chase Auditorium (B-110), on the St. Thomas campus. "Casi Casi" is a Puerto Rican comedy that runs 93 minutes. The UVI community is invited to attend. Admission is $1. Drinks and snacks will be given away. For details, contact Prof. Mike Anders at 693-1353. The next film in the series - the powerful French film "Au revoir les enfants" - will be offered on Nov. 20.

World Food Day Activities Set Oct. 18 on St. Croix

World Food Day activities will be held on the grounds of the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. This year's theme is: "Global Food Crisis: Opportunities, Responsibilities and Solutions."

The Virgin Islands community is urged to come out and support junior high and senior high school students as they compete in the second World Food Day "Youth Super Chef Competition." There will also be an open "Breadfruit Bonanza Cooking Competition" for the public. Entries will be accepted from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. Categories are breads, desserts and side dishes. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries.

For the past 27 years, the UVI Cooperative Extension Service has taken the lead in providing educational workshops and interactive activities during World Food Day to encourage the planting of vegetables, fruits, and other food crops, thus, securing our own food security. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

'Video Chats' Link Students, Public with UVI Professor on Ocean Expedition

St. Thomas high school students and members of the general public interested in deep-ocean geological research are invited to attend live Wednesday morning "video chats" with a UVI professor conducting ocean research in the Sea of Japan. The video conference sessions, which began on Sept. 30, will continue at 10 a.m. on subsequent Wednesday mornings through Oct. 28. The conferences are held in room T-101 of the Teacher Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus. High school groups requiring transportation assistance will be accommodated.

Dr. Nasseer Idrisi, a research biological oceanographer and professor in UVI's Marine and Environmental Science master's degree program, is participating in an international research project that is studying an ocean plateau located about 900 miles east of Japan. Dr. Idrisi began a series of video chats with UVI students on Sept. 19. Future sessions are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 25. A photo from the initial chat is available on the UVI Today... photo blog.

More information, including details on how school groups and others can organize their own videoconference sessions with Dr. Idrisi, is available in a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VIUCEDD to Host 6th 'Voices That Count' Forum on Oct. 21 and 23

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host the 6th annual "Voices That Count" policy forum at the University of the Virgin Islands on Oct. 21, on St. Croix and Oct. 23, on St. Thomas.

"Voices that Count" is an annual, territory-wide forum that calls attention to the issues and concerns that people with disabilities face as they relate to education, public safety, accessibility and transportation in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The theme for this year's forum is "A Call for Action."

On St. Croix, the forum will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. It will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. On St. Thomas the forum will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23. It will be held in the Administration and Conference Center. St. Thomas participants are asked to park at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center and use shuttle services that will be provided.

There is no fee for conference participants, but space is limited on both islands. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 16. To participate on St. Croix, contact Gerri Hanna - email at ghanna@uvi.edu or call 692-1919 - or Stephanie Barnes - email: viautismnetwork@gmail.com or call 626-3330. On St. Thomas, contact Maritza Swan - email: mswan@uvi.edu or call 776-9200 ext. 2334.

Details are available at the VIUCEDD web site: http://VIUCEDD.uvi.edu. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

President Hall to Address Legal Services of the V.I. Luncheon on Oct. 29

UVI President Dr. David Hall will be the keynote speaker at the 40th Anniversary Commemoration Luncheon for the Legal Services of the Virgin Islands, Inc., at noon on Thursday, Oct. 29. The luncheon will take place in the Great Hall, in the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. Donations are $40. For more information contact Attorney Richard Austin at (340) 773-2626.

Employees Informed of Group Health Insurance Rate Increase

UVI Director of Employee Benefits Veda Richards has provided information to UVI employees via email on the CIGNA HealthCare insurance rate increases recently approved by the Virgin Islands Legislature. This email included specifics on bi-weekly and monthly payments. Employees with questions should contact Richards at 693-1429.

TMCF Launches STEM Web Site for Students at HBCUs

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund has announced the launch of a new website dedicated to the advancement of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The site is designed to provide career resources to STEM students and to make available links to published works at member schools. It also features a message board for students to post questions and share information with professors and students at other colleges and universities.

The STEM site also includes a graduate school database that offers students information on the many graduate programs offered at the public HBCUs. The site is available from the main menu of the www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org web site.

IASTED Computer Conferences Set in November

The International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) will conduct two conferences in St. Thomas this November that could be of interest to computer science and other students at UVI. The conferences will focus on Human-Computer Interaction, and Computers and Advanced Technology in Education. Information is available at the web links below and from Dr. Marc Boumedine at (340) 693-1255.

  • Human-Computer Interaction: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/cfp-673.html
  • Computers and Advanced Technology in Education: http://www.iasted.org/conferences/home-672.html

St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair Scheduled for Dec. 5-6

The St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair will be held on Dec. 5 and 6, on the grounds of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on the University's St. Thomas campus. The theme for this year's fair is "Fresh Start - Grow Smart." Applications for vendors wishing to participate are available from UVI's Cooperative Extension Service Office and from the V.I. Department of Agriculture. Submissions of articles and advertisements for the fair program booklet are also being sought. For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at 774-5182 or the UVI Cooperative Extension Service at 693-1080.

10th V.I. Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference Set for May

The 10th Virgin Islands Nonpoint Source Pollution Conference has been scheduled for May 6 and 7, 2010, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa on St. Thomas. The conference - titled: Changing Direction & Directing Change: Solutions 2 Nonpoint Pollution - aims to involve all sectors of society. Those invited include government and non-government association officials, scientists and educators, students, community groups and home owners associations, construction and boating industry representatives, farmers and vendors.

The conference is sponsored by the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources, UVI's Cooperative Extension Service and Marine Advisory Service, the V.I. Resource Conservation & Development Council, the V.I. Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Committee, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Details and registration information are available from this web site: http://www.usvircd.org/NPS/.

Student Testing Schedule...

UVI Computer Literacy Exam Dates Announced

Dates and locations for UVI's Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) have been announced for both campuses. The schedules listed below are also available under the Testing tab in the Registrar's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Thomas campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Sign-up sheets are available in the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. For more information, call 693-1160.

St. Croix CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Croix campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building. Students can register for the test in the Academic Services Office, in the Evans Center. For more information, call 692-4090 or send email to mclavie@uvi.edu.

• Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

• Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

• Thursday, Nov. 24, 2009

• Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009

CLE Tutorials Offered on St. Croix Campus

Computer Literacy Tutorials are offered on the following schedule from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building. No registration is required to take part in a tutorial. Remaining tutorials are scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, and Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

English Proficiency Examinations Scheduled for Nov. 5

UVI's fall semester English Proficiency Examination (EPE) test is scheduled for 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. All UVI students must meet the English Proficiency Requirement in order to graduate. For more information, contact EPE Coordinator Dr. Trevor Parris at 693-1258.

On St. Thomas, the exam will be administered in Sports and Fitness Center rooms 221, 224 and 225.

On St. Croix, the exam will be administered in Evans Center rooms 302, 303, 305 and 308. EPE registration forms are available from the Registrar's Office on St. Thomas (693-1150) and the Academic Affairs Office on St. Croix (692-4103).

EPE workshops are scheduled for the St. Croix campus from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 30, in Evans Center room 716.

VIUCEDD Notes...

Free Parent Advocacy Training Scheduled for Oct. 24 on St. Thomas

A three-hour, parent advocacy training session is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon, on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Sugar Estate Head Start building. The training is designed for parents of children with disabilities. It is sponsored by HUGS VI, Head Start, the Disability Rights Center and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD).

The training will cover such topics as, the do's and don'ts of advocating, how to be assertive and effective at your child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting, strategies on how to help develop your child's IEP, and ensuring a smooth transition of your child from high school to adult life after graduation.

The training is free and child care and refreshments will be provided. Parents must register for the event to ensure enough food and child care support staff. To register, please contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173 or scarr@uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC to Host GIA Jewelry Professionals Course on St. Thomas in November

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will conduct its accredited Jewelry Professional Intensive Diploma Program course from Nov. 2 through 6 on St. Thomas. Classes in the course will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at UVI's Small Business Development Center Training Facility at Nisky Center. The course offers intensive study of the essentials of jewelry product knowledge and proven sales techniques needed to approach customers, earn their trust and close sales. Students learn to communicate the value of diamonds and acquiring in-depth product information on diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and other precious stones.

The Caribbean Islands Education Foundation, Inc., and Rare Earth Studio are sponsoring the course. For details or to join the GIA's Caribbean Islands Alumni Chapter, call Ivanne Farr at (340) 777-7774 or send email to ciacgia@msn.com.