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Bulletin Board for October 19, 2009

Student Notice:

Academic Calendar, Registration/Payment, Contact Details Offered Via Blackboard

A notice to students featuring important information concerning the updated 2010 Academic Calendar, pre-registration and payment dates, and details of several new services has been provided by UVI's Office of Access and Enrollment Services via the Blackboard course delivery system. Students are also encouraged to access the BUCSS/BanWeb online records system to update their contact information. Accurate student information allows the University to share important information and to contact students during emergencies.

Further information is available at the Access & Enrollment Services Office on either campus. St. Thomas: (340) 693-1160/2150; St. Croix Campus: (340) 692-4158/4103.

Luncheon for Faculty and Staff Advisors Set for Oct. 22 on St. Thomas

A luncheon for faculty and staff who serve as advisors to registered student organizations on UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center. Advisors who have not responded are reminded to RSVP to (340) 693-1111, by Tuesday, Oct. 20.

UVI Concert Band Fall Semester Concert Set Oct. 24 on St. Thomas

UVI's Fall Semester Concert, sponsored by the Music Area of the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Christchurch Methodist Church at Market Square in Charlotte Amalie. This benefit concert, titled "Precious Lord," will feature the University Concert Band under the direction of Professor Austin A. Venzen. Other guest performers from public schools and community churches include Nora and Ian Williams, Emily and Howard Francis, D'Quanya Huggins and Ajayi Haynes, Portia and Marcus Norkaitis, Lorna Freeman-Dennis and Malvern V. Gumbs, Monet I. Davis and Rebecca Faulkner.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for senior citizens. They are available from members of the concert band and from the UVI Bookstore, the UVI Humanities Office and Nora's Beauty Palace. For details, (340) 693-1192.

Cooperation of UVI Community Sought During Photo Shoot

UVI's Public Relations Office is asking for the cooperation of the UVI Community this week as the office conducts a University-wide stock photography shoot. Noted Virgin Islands photographer Quiana Duncan and art director Laurie Wakefield will visit both campuses. Photography Schedule:

  • St. Thomas campus - Monday, Oct. 19, through Wednesday, Oct. 21
  • St. Croix campus - Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23

While a number of student models have been recruited for the shoot, the photo team may ask members of the UVI Community to be photographed while going about their daily activities. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Public Relations will make every effort to keep the shoot from being disruptive.

Photos taken during this shoot will be featured in any number of official University publications, as well as in future UVI advertisements, on the website and in other marketing materials. For details, call the Public Relations Office at 693-1057.

Final 'Video Chat' with UVI Professor on Ocean Expedition Set Oct. 25

UVI students and the general public have one final opportunity to participate in a video chat with Prof. Nasseer Idrisi live from the decks of the JOIDES Resolution, a research ship which is embarked on a mission in the Sea of Japan. Dr. 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 studying an ocean plateau located about 900 miles east of Japan. A series of "video chats" with UVI students, which was begun on Sept. 19, will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 25. The final chat begins at noon, will be available from Teacher Education room 101 on the St. Thomas campus and Evans Center room 713 on the St. Croix campus. A photo from the initial chat is available on the UVI Today... photo blog. For more information, contact Gary Ray at 693-1389. Details are also available in a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Annual Virgin Gorda Get-A-Way Slated for Nov. 11

The Annual Virgin Gorda Get-A-Way, a day trip to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, is scheduled for Nov. 11. The trip is for UVI students, staff, faculty and friends.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the UVI Bookstores. Space is limited to the first 149 persons to signup. Ticket prices are as follows: UVI students STT/STX: $40; staff/faculty STT/STX: $60; non-staff/non-students: $80; and students under 12: $25. For more information, call 693-1111 on St Thomas or 692-4228 on St. Croix.

Free Seasonal Flu Vaccine Available on STT Campus

Members of the UVI community on the St. Thomas campus can obtain free seasonal influenza vaccinations. Distribution from the Health Services Office began on Oct. 13. (See the UVI Today... photo blog for coverage of the first day of vaccinations on the St. Thomas campus.) The vaccine is now being administered from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, 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 for campus distribution.

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. For more information, call 692-4214

Holiday Recess Approved by UVI President Dr. David Hall

UVI's Human Resources Office has announced that UVI President Dr. David Hall has approved the 2009 Administrative end-of-the-year Holiday Recess.

All offices will be closed for the holiday recess from Monday, Dec. 21, 2009, through Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. All offices will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2010. In observance of Three King's Day, all offices will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. Normal business hours will resume on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010. Note: Paid "Administrative Leave" is applicable only for the regular work week (from Monday through Friday).

Other Current Items...

UVI Revises Academic Calendar for Spring Semester 2010

The University of the Virgin Islands has announced the revision of its Academic Calendar covering the 2010 spring semester. The calendar stipulates the schedule for all academic activities at the University - such as the registration, orientation, the start and end dates of classes, holidays, final exams and commencement - for the period from Jan. 4 through May 16, 2010.

The revised calendar begins on Jan. 4, the date UVI staff members will return from the holiday break. UVI faculty members return on Jan. 7. New student orientation and registration are set for Jan. 7. Advisement and late registration are scheduled for Jan. 8. Spring semester classes begin on Jan. 11. Click here to view the Spring 2010 Academic Calendar.

A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

West African Dance Classes for Students Offered Oct. 20 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. 20, at the Dining Pavilion on UVI's St. Thomas campus. A class originally scheduled for today (Thursday, Oct. 15) has been cancelled. 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.

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.

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. 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.

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.

Gruber Foundation to Present International Women's Rights Prizes on Oct. 29

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will host the presentation of the 2009 Gruber Foundation's International Women's Rights Prize at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. Co-recipients of the prize are Teboho Molebatsi, of the Women's Legal Centre of South Africa, and Leymah Gbowee, who spearheaded a women's movement in Liberia.

The prize winners will make presentations on their work promoting peace and equality at a symposium scheduled as part of the awards presentation. UVI Trustee Judge Audrey Thomas will join Molebatsi and Gbowee in a panel discussion on women's rights. Other panel participants will be Judge Patricia Steele, of the V.I. Superior Court's Family Division, and Sandra Hodge Benjamin, representing the Family Resource Center.

Admission to the presentation and panel discussion is free and the public is welcome to attend.

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, which is headquartered in the Virgin Islands, honors and encourages educational excellence, social justice and scientific achievements that better the human condition. A major focus of the Foundation's philanthropy is its International Prize Program, created to recognize excellence in science and humanities by highlighting five fields that create a better world: Cosmology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Justice, and Women's Rights. For more, visit the foundation's web site:


Educators Invited to V.I. Writing Project Conference on Literacy on Nov. 2

The Virgin Islands Writing Project (VIWP) invites educators to its first conference on literacy to be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 2, at the Great Hall of the North West Wing building on UVI's St. Croix campus.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jacqueline Jones Royster, a professor of English at Ohio State University. Dr. Royster will address the theme: "Building Literacy in an Age of Technology." There will be two workshop sessions, where presenters will address and demonstrate the theme in eleven separate workshops.

The registration fee is $30.00 until October 25. After October 25, it will be $50.00.

The Virgin Islands Writing Project is a partnership between the National Writing Project, the Virgin Islands Department of Education and the University of the Virgin Islands. For more information, please call any of the following individuals: Valerie Combie at 692-4126; Sharon Charles at 778-5286; Fenella Cooper at 774-0780; or Veronica Prescott at 773-0050.

4-H Food Sale to Fund Participation in St. Croix Festival Rescheduled to Nov. 13

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) has been re-scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Nov. 13. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dates Announced for CLEP Testing on St. Croix Campus

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, which allow students to earn college credit for acquired skill and knowledge in specific subjects, will be administered on UVI's St. Croix campus on the following schedule during the 2009 fall semester:


Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 Friday, Oct. 22, 2009

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009 Friday, Nov. 13, 2009

Registration for the tests is available at the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center room 811. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test.

The cost associated with CLEP examinations is $72 per test. Checks or money orders are payable to CLEP (cash will not be accepted). A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI, will be charged prior to the test date. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158

VIUCEDD Notes...

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" legislative 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.

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.

Workshops to Mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October) is being marked in the Virgin Islands with workshops for employees with disabilities and their employers. The workshops are designed to generate awareness and provide education on the issue of employment and disability. Each two hour session will offer a presentation, networking opportunity and an extensive resource table.

The employer workshop will address such issues as the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, understanding reasonable accommodation and how to stay in compliance with EEOC and the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and tax breaks that help off-set the cost of accommodations. Workshops will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. on St. Thomas, on Oct. 26, and on St. Croix, on Oct. 27.

The employee with disabilities workshop (including job seekers) will address such issues as reasonable accommodation, rights and responsibilities in the workplace, and discrimination procedures under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Workshop will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. St. Thomas, on Oct. 26, and on St. Croix, on Oct. 27.

St. Thomas sessions will take place at the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the UVI campus. On St. Croix, the workshops will take place at the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) office next to the UVI campus.

To register, contact VIUCEDD Program Coordinator Shammi Carr at (340) 693-1173 or VIDOL Disabilities Program Navigator Diane Hampton at (340) 778-0429.

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.