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Bulletin Board for October 22, 2009

Buccaneers to Close Out 2009 Season at Home Game Today

UVI's Buccaneers men's volleyball squad will conclude its 2009 season with a home game today, at 7 p.m., in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The Bucs will host the UPR Bayamon team. Admission is free.

Access and Enrollment Offices to Close for Staff Retreat on Friday, Oct. 23

UVI's Offices of Access and Enrollment Services on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses will be closed for a retreat on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. Voice messages will be checked periodically at Access and Enrollment's 693-1160 number. Individuals can also communicate via the respective email accounts of staffers.

Vice Provost of Access and Enrollment Dr. Judith Edwin expressed her thanks to members of the UVI community for their patience as her staff convenes to provide better services.

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

The last chance for UVI students and the general public to participate in a "video chat" with Prof. Nasseer Idrisi live from the decks of a research ship at sea is set for noon, on Sunday, Oct. 25. 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. UVI students have joined in regular video chats - which started on Sept. 19 - with Dr. Idrisi and other mission scientists. The final chat begins at noon on Oct. 25 and 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.

Initial H1N1 Vaccination Program to Include UVI Distribution Site on St. Thomas

UVI's Health Services Office on the St. Thomas campus will participate in the initial dissemination of the H1N1 flu vaccine to individuals in specific priority groups in the Virgin Islands.

A limited number of H1N1 doses are available in the Virgin Islands. Because of this, persons in the following groups will receive the vaccine during this initial offering. These include: pregnant women, people who live with or care for children younger than six months of age, health care and emergency medical service personnel, children six months through four years old, and children ages five through 18 with chronic medical problems.

Vaccinations for these individuals are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 26 - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on - at Sunshine Mall on St. Croix
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas
  • Thursday, Oct. 29 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the St. Ursula's Senior Center on St. John

Non-Priority H1N1 Vaccinations Expected in Future at UVI

UVI St. Thomas campus Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert said her office will offer H1N1 vaccines to non-priority groups as soon as supplies become available. Likewise, H1N1 vaccine for non-priority groups is expected to be received for distribution by the Health Services Office on UVI's St. Croix campus.

Seasonal Flu Vaccine Availability on UVI Campuses

Vaccine for the seasonal flu has been available on UVI's St. Thomas campus since last week, and is expected to become available on the St. Croix campus beginning next week.

On both campuses, vaccinations are offered by the Health Services Offices. A photo of one of the first individuals to receive a vaccination is available on the UVI Today... photo blog.

On St. Thomas, Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert stressed that limited quantities of the seasonal flu vaccine remain. Interested individuals should call 693-1124 to make an appointment for a vaccination.

On St. Croix, Health Services Supervisor Meritza DeCosta-Bellardo said she expects to receive a limited amount of seasonal flu vaccine from the V.I. Department of Health next week. She advises individuals interested in getting a seasonal flu vaccination to call her office at 692-4208.

UVI Human Resources Office Publishes Quarterly Newsletter

UVI's Human Resources Office has published Volume III of its quarterly newsletter - Inside the World of Human Resources. The newsletter includes information on performance evaluations, GERS Verification and more. The newsletter is available from the Human Resources Office home page on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI to Mark Red Ribbon Week with Activities on St. Thomas and St. Croix

The UVI community is invited to join in Red Ribbon Week activities planned from Oct. 26-30 on the University's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Red Ribbon Week is the annual campaign to encourage the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, and the violence and health impacts that accompany the illicit drug trade.

The 2009 Red Ribbon Week theme is "Run Your Own Life ... Stay Drug Free!"

UVI students, faculty and staff on both islands will join with millions of people across the nation to express their support for the effort with pledges, decoration contests, protest walks and open microphone "Speak Outs." The week's informational efforts will focus on crime prevention, early intervention and treatment services.

St. Thomas Campus Red Ribbon Week Activities

A Walk Against Drugs and Crime will be among the highlights of the 2009 Red Ribbon Week observance on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The walk is slated for 4:30 p.m., beginning by the stoplight at the airport road and concluding on the University's Herman E. Moore Golf Course.

A vigil and open mike "speak out" contest will follow the walk, with participants encouraged to speak out against substance abuse and violence using any artistic talent - including song, dance, poetry, short skits, and musical instruments. Presentations should be five minutes or less and should reflect on one of the following themes: drugs and alcohol prevention, anti-violence, or substance abuse. The first 100 participants will receive a free t-shirt, water bottle and towel.

See the complete St. Thomas campus Red Ribbon Week schedule below.

St. ThomasCampus Red Ribbon Schedule

1. Monday, Oct. 26 - Pledge Day- Make a pledge to be drug free and collect a Red Ribbon token at the UVI Dinning Pavilion or Class Room Administration Building (CAB) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2. Tuesday, Oct. 27 - Decoration Day Contest (Best Decorated Area) Offices and/or organizations encouraged to participate. Judging begins after 10 a.m. A trophy and prize will be given to the winner. To sign up, call the Student Affairs Office at 693-1120/1121 or visit the Student Activities Center.

3. Wednesday, Oct. 28 - Walk & Speak Out: Walk against Drugs and Crime - See above for details. 1st Prize - $200, 2nd Prize $100. To sign up contact the Student Affairs Office at 693-1120/1121 or the Student Activities Center. Light refreshments will be served.

4. Thursday, Oct. 29 - Dinner and a Movie in the UVI Dinning Pavilion - 8:30 to 10 p.m. Giveaways and light refreshments.

5. Friday, Oct. 30 - Wear Red Day - Competition for the "most unique/original red outfit" at the Dining Pavilion from noon to 1:30 p.m. Music, prizes and more. The entire university community is encouraged to wear red in support of Red Ribbon Week. Judging at 1 p.m. in the Dining Pavilion. Winner receives dinner for two at a local restaurant.

St. Croix to Host 4th Annual Candle Light March and Rally

The University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus will begin the celebration of Red Ribbon Week with the fourth annual Red Ribbon Candlelight March and Rally beginning at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26. Participants will meet at St. Croix Educational Complex stop light and march to the UVI Cafetorium, where a demonstration by the K9 Unit of the Virgin Islands Police Department is scheduled. The evening will also include presentations and information tables featuring Customs & Border Protection, The Village, Unity Coalition, the V.I. Department of Health, the V.I. National Guard, and the Grove Place Weed & Seed program.

See the complete St. Croix campus Red Ribbon Week schedule below. For more information, call Irene Sealey at 692-4208.

St. CroixCampus Red Ribbon Schedule

Day 1 Activities - Kick Off: Monday, Oct. 26

1. Candlelight March - 6 p.m. - Gather at Educational Complex at 5:45 p.m.

2. Information tables and informal presentations - outside Cafetorium

3. Demonstration by VIPD K9 unit - Outside Cafetorium

4. Promote door decorating contest - Judging on Friday, Oct. 30.

Day 2 Activities: Tuesday, Oct. 27

1. Information table - Student Activities Center

2. Open House - Sign Drug Free Banner

3. Blood Drive - Student Activities Center - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

4. HIV Testing - Department of Health STD/HIV/TB Clinic - Great House - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Day 3 Activities: Wednesday, Oct. 28

1. Wear Red Day

2. Pledge Poster

3. Blood Drive - Student Activities Center - 3 to 6 p.m.

4. Jeopardy - 12:15 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

Day 4 Activities: Thursday, Oct. 29

1. Wear Red Day

Day 5 Activities: Friday, Oct. 30

1. Door Decorating Contestant - Judging, prizes awarded Nov. 3.

Panel Discussions to Highlight Careers in Student Affairs Month Observance

The Offices of the Associate Campus Administrators for Student Affairs on both campuses invite the UVI community to attend a series of panel discussions as part of the local observance of National Careers in Student Affairs Month.

Dr. Karen L. Pennington will serve as the keynote presenter on both campuses. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and as past-president of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators in 2003-2004. Dr. Pennington has also served as Vice President for Student Development and Campus Life at Montclair State University in New Jersey since 1998.

Additional panelists will include former Student Affairs professionals. On St. Thomas, the panel discussion will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Business Education room 110. On St. Croix, the panel discussion will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in the North West Wing annex rooms 102 and 103. Refreshments will be provided on both campuses.

For further information, contact the Offices of the Associate Campus Administrators for Student Affairs at 693-1121 on St. Thomas or 692-4188 on St. Croix.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

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).

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. 23 - College Access Program
  • Oct. 26 - Student Activities
  • Oct. 27 - Health Services
  • 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 until Oct. 25. After Oct. 25, it will be $50.

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.

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.

Ongoing 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.

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.

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.

• Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

• Thursday, Nov. 24, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009

• Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009

CLE Tutorials Offered on St. Croix Campus

A Computer Literacy Tutorial is offered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 131 of the North West Wing Building on Saturday, Nov. 14. No registration is required to take part in a tutorial.

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 Postponed

A Gemological Institute of America (GIA) Jewelry Professional Intensive Diploma Program course, scheduled from Nov. 2 through 6 on St. Thomas, has been postponed. For details, call Ivanne Farr at (340) 777-7774 or send email to ciacgia@msn.com.