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Bulletin Board for September 21, 2009

UVI Students Join 'Live Chat' with Ocean Researchers in Sea of Japan

UVI researcher Dr. Nasseer Idrisi conducted his first "live chat" from the decks of a research ship in the Sea of Japan with a room full of students and other interested persons on the University's St. Thomas campus on Saturday, Sept. 19. Dr. Idrisi first gave the UVI audience a tour of the ship and its laboratories. He and other scientists then fielded a variety of questions from students gathered in room 101 of the Teacher Education Building.

The students wanted to know about the subject of the research mission, the techniques used to obtain samples from the seabed, and if they had pulled up any precious gems. The project is investigating an extinct super volcano in an area known as the Shatsky Rise. Scientists use techniques similar to those of employed in drilling oil wells at sea. And, finally, they have found no gems just yet. The schedule of upcoming live chats, along with a photo of Dr. Idrisi at sea, is available from the UVI Today... photo blog, which is available from a button on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and this direct link.

Hundreds Attend Annual UVI Student Research Symposium

A standing room only crowd turned out for UVI's 11th annual Fall Student Research Symposium on Sunday, Sept. 20. Some 60 UVI student researchers presented the results of the past summer's research - conducted on-island and at locations throughout the U.S. - in poster form and took the opportunity to explain their efforts to visitors.

Sponsored by UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program, the symposium's goal was to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of undergraduate and graduate student research that UVI students have conducted over the summer and during the past year.

Photos of some of the exhibitors and visitors are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog, which is available from a button on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and this direct link.

Writing Project Participants Ready to Share Experience

Eleven public school teachers have returned to the classroom rejuvenated and refreshed after participating in the Virgin Islands Writing Project's (VIWP) Summer Institute. This year's institute, held from June 22 to July 17 on St. Croix, focused on "Teaching the New Writing," which involves the use of technology to teach writing. The teachers joined more than 3,000 new National Writing Project (NWP) Teacher-Consultants across the nation.

Because of the Institute, the 11 Virgin Islands' teachers and their coaches are more current in literacy research, have been exposed to a variety of ways of teaching writing, and are better equipped to use technology in the classroom, said VIWP Director Dr. Valerie Combie.

Details are available from a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Bucs Volleyball Squad Begins Two Weeks of Road Matches Friday

The UVI Buccaneers men's volleyball team continues its 2009 LAI season with two weeks of road games in Puerto Rico beginning Friday. The Bucs face American University at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, and follow up with a match against the University of Central Bayamon at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26. The Buccaneers lost home openers to UPR-Humacao on Friday and UPR Carolina on Saturday.

The Buccaneers LAI schedule includes ten regular season matches, five at home and five in Puerto Rico. Their next home games are scheduled for Oct. 8 and 10. Depending on their performance, the squad could qualify for additional inter-league matches, which lead to quarter-finals, semi-finals and a championship round play that begin in late November.

Opening Reception, Signing and Reading Set Sept. 25 for 'All This Is Love'

The UVI community is invited to the opening reception, book signing and reading of a collection of Virgin Islands poetry, art and prose by local artists entitled "All This Is Love." The authors include two former UVI professors, Jeanne O'Day and Hilda Lewis Joyce, and two adjunct faculty members, Elaine Warren Jacobs and Tregenza A. Roach. The other writer is Daisy Holder Lafond. The event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, at the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts office, located in the Francois Complex in downtown Charlotte Amalie. For more information, contact (340) 774-5984.

UVI Bookstores on St. Croix and St. Thomas to Close for Inventory

UVI's Bookstores on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses are planning breaks to allow for staffers to take inventory beginning this week. The St. Croix store will be closed from Sept. 24 through 30. On St. Thomas, the store will be closed from Sept. 25 through 30.

Students, faculty, staff, department heads, division heads, heads of government agencies and the general public are asked to take note and to conduct the necessary business with the Bookstores before or after the affected dates.

Both UVI Bookstores will resume normal operations on Oct. 1.

Renowned AIDS Activist to Speak at Oct. 2 Conference on St. Thomas Campus

Emmy Award-winning AIDS activist Rae Lewis-Thornton will be the featured speaker during a day-long conference on HIV/AIDS titled "Youth Taking Control" which will be held on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Friday, Oct. 2. All UVI students and high school seniors are invited to participate. The goal is to increase awareness of the risk of drug use and HIV/AIDS. The conference is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Campus Executive Administrator for Student Affairs.

While registration is free for all students, they must register in advance. Registration for other persons is $20. For details, call 340-693-1120/1121.

Coastweek Beach Cleanup Efforts to Continue Through Oct. 10

Members of the Virgin Islands community began their observance of the international Coastweeks beach cleanup effort with a cleanup at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas campus on Sept. 19. Other cleanups will take place throughout the territory through Oct. 10. Organized globally by the Ocean Conservancy, the USVI Coastweeks effort is coordinated locally by the University of the Virgin Islands, the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources' Coastal Zone Management Division, Friends of the V.I. National Park and the V.I. Waste Management Authority. The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) is organizing Coastweeks cleanups on St. Croix.

Details are available from a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

TIAA-CREF Consultants Offer Finance Seminars, Retirement Planning Sessions

TIAA-CREF consultants are scheduled to conduct finance seminars and individual retirement planning and information sessions at UVI from Monday, Sept. 21, through Friday, Sept. 25. Details of the seminars and individual sessions, and campus locations were sent to all UVI employees via email on Sept. 8, by Veda Richards, director of Employee Benefits and Immigration Services. Interested individuals should contact Richards at 693-1429 or via email at veda.richards@uvi.edu

Free Basic Boating Course to Begin at UVI on Sept. 22

The free Basic Boating Course offered by the St. Thomas Division of the United States Sail and Power Squadron will be offered beginning Sept. 22, at the MacLean Marine Science Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Classes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, through Oct. 13.

The U.S. Sail and Power Squadron is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. The course includes lessons on seamanship, boat handling, boat types, rules of the road, navigation aids, regulations, adverse conditions, marine VHF radio, knots, trailering and introductory piloting. Successful participants receive a certificate that is recognized by many insurance and boating organizations.

Individuals who operate any motorized University vessels are required to take this course or an equivalent.

While the course is offered free of charge, the cost of materials - including books, equipment and a CD featuring digital chart training - is $75. For more information, contact Tom McCoy at (340) 690-0729.

Student Organization Updates/Deadlines for St. Thomas Campus

A series of Nuts-N-Bolts Executive Leadership Sessions for student leaders, and faculty and staff advisors is planned for this week on the St. Thomas campus. Student Sessions take place in the Business Building room B-101. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at (340) 693-1110/1111.

Nuts-N-Bolts Schedule:

  • Sept. 21 - presidents and vice-presidents - noon to 1 p.m.
  • Sept. 22 - secretaries - noon to 1 p.m.
  • Sept. 23 - public relations officers - noon to 1 p.m.
  • Sept. 24 - luncheon for faculty and staff advisors to student organizations - noon to 2 p.m., in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center
  • Sept. 25 - treasurers - noon to 1 p.m.

UVI-RTPark Directors to Meet Sept. 26 on St. Thomas

The Board of Directors of the University of the Virgin Islands Research and Technology Park (RTPark) Corporation and the Research and Technology Park Protected Cell Corporation (RTPark-PC) will meet at 9 a.m. (AST/EST) on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009.

The session will take place in the third-floor conference room of Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Teleconferencing is available. To participate, or for more information, individuals should contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200. Seating is limited.

Meeting for Prospective UVI Graduates on St. Thomas Planned for Sept. 27

A meeting and social for all prospective 2010 St. Thomas campus University of the Virgin Islands graduates (students earning associates, bachelors and graduate degrees) will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. The session will take place in the Administration and Conference Center. The agenda includes elections of class officers, class activities and a review of requirements for graduation. For more information call the Student Activities Office at 693-1111.

St. Croix Activities Mark Observance of National Campus Safety Awareness Month

The University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus is joining with colleges and universities across the United States in recognizing September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. This year, in cooperation with a number of different UVI departments and community organizations and agencies, UVI is offering a series of informational, round-table and other discussion forums to raise safety awareness across the campuses. A wide variety of topics will be covered, ranging from theft prevention to cyber-space safety, from hurricane preparedness to anger management, and from date rape to RAVE (UVI warning system) training. Please use the following links to access the St. Croix Campus Event/Activities Schedule.

For more information, contact Acting Campus Executive Administrators Nereida Washington at (340) 692-4001.

Faculty, Staff Input Sought for UVI Experts List

The University of the Virgin Islands Public Relations Office is in the process of creating an experts list. The main purpose of the database is to provide reporters with a resource for finding experts to quote when they are working on news stories related to a variety of topics. It may also be used by researchers seeking information on specific topics. Most universities have some form of an experts list. In the effort to create this list, faculty members, administrators and staff who consider themselves experts in particular fields are asked to access and complete the sign-up form available at this direct link. For more information call Nanyamka Farrelly in the Public Relations Office at 693-1056 or send email to nfarrel@uvi.edu or pr@uvi.edu.

The Caribbean Writer Publishes 23rd Issue

The Caribbean Writer, an international literary anthology published by the University of the Virgin Islands, announces the publication of its 23rd issue. The volume contains new poetry by Edwidge Danticat and an interview with Kamau Brathwaite by Opal Palmer Adisa. The volume is dedicated to Professor Marvin E. Williams, who stepped down as editor this year.

The Caribbean Writer is available at local bookstores on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, and at the UVI bookstores on both islands. Copies can also be ordered directly by calling (340) 692-4152, emailing qmars@uvi.edu or visiting www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org web site. The Caribbean Writer is accepting submissions for Volume 24. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

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.

Calling All Student Models; UVI Photography Shoot Planned

If you've always wanted to be in pictures, this is your time to shine. The UVI Public Relations Office is planning an October photography shoot and is looking for male and female students who'd like to take part in this volunteer opportunity.

At least 10 students are needed for volunteer daytime modeling assignments on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Audition head shots and photography release forms can be obtained by visiting the UVI Public Relations Office on the St. Thomas campus (ACC Building room #229) weekdays between the hours of noon and 3 p.m.

On St. Croix headshots will be taken from 12:30 to 3 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Student Activities Center.

For additional information, please contact Lois Rivera at 693-1059.

Researchers to Spotlight Virgin Islands Health Disparities on Oct. 15-16

Researchers from across the nation will visit the Virgin Islands this fall 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. "We're expecting at least 175 persons to participate, including both local and national presenters," Dr. Callwood said. "We invite all persons who are concerned about their health and the health of our community to join us at this important event."

A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Other links: Institute Details | Institute Brochure | Registration Form | CERC web site http://cercuvi.com.

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

Student Testing Notes...

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, Sept. 22, 2009

• Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009

• Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009

• Thursday, Nov. 24, 2009

• Monday, Sept. 21, 2009

• Wednesday, Oct. 7, 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. 8, 2009 Friday, Oct. 2, 2009

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

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. 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). 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.

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.

Ongoing Items ...

Hurricane Season Preparedness Brief; Hotline Numbers Available on Web Site

The 2009 UVI Hurricane Season Preparedness Brief is available for members of the UVI community from the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. The "Inside UVI" link is featured at the top right of the UVI home page. The brief includes a wide variety of hurricane season information, including the season forecast, a listing of weather information web sites, UVI and Virgin Islands emergency contact numbers, preparedness checklists, and the names of individuals in charge of various levels of emergency operations and response.

Also available for on-going reference are the University's Emergency Hotline Numbers. When emergency situations arise on UVI's campuses, official information is presented via the UVI Emergency Hotlines feature of UVI's voice mail (Audix) system. UVI Emergency Hotlines: St. Thomas - 340-693-1016 | St. Croix - 340-692-4168

Purchasing, Accounting Announce End-of-Year Deadlines

As the end of the current fiscal year nears, the UVI Purchasing and Accounting offices have announced the following important deadlines to allow for the timely processing of the appropriate documents to complete purchasing requirements. (Click here for the full End-of-Year Memo.)

Purchase Requisition(s): Should be in Accounting Department as follows:

(1) On island vendors Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

(2) Off island vendors Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

Direct Pay-Check Requisition(s): Should be in Accounting Department as follows:

(1) On island vendors Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

(2) Off island vendors Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Purchase Order(s):

(1) Receiving Reports - submit to Purchasing before Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

(2) Invoices - must be received in Accounting by Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Receiving reports must be processed before payment can be made against an invoice. For most purchase orders, the invoice is sent directly from the vendor to the Accounting Department. To meet the aforementioned deadlines, you may have to contact the vendor and request the invoice.

Contact the Purchasing Office at x1480, the Accounting Office at x1430, or the St. Croix campus Business Office at x4167 for help in resolving purchase order related issues.

VIUCEDD Notes...

Virgin Islands Seizure Disorder Support Group to Meet Sept. 24

The Virgin Islands Seizure Disorder Support Group (VISD) will conduct its monthly meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Schneider Regional Hospital's Sun Room on St. Thomas. Shammi Carr, program coordinator of the VI University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, will present information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (Title I) and discuss how it impacts job seekers and employees with seizure disorders in the workplace. Time will also be spent discussing and planning for Seizure Disorder Awareness Month in November. To register or to obtain more information, call Dean DeGraff, president and founder of VISD, or Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

VIUCEDD, WTJX to Screen 'Including Samuel' on Oct. 2 at UVI

The Virgin Islands Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and public television station WTJX Channel 12 will sponsor a free disability and diversity event, a screening of the moving film "Including Samuel," at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center

A free screening of the moving documentary film "Including Samuel" will be held as a disability and diversity event at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus. The event is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and Public TV station WTJX Channel 12.

The movie details the work of photojournalist Dan Habib, who rarely thought to include children with disabilities in his work until he had a son, Samuel, eight years ago. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Habib documented his family's efforts to include Samuel, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, in every facet of their lives. The effort has transformed each of them. The film has been screened at universities, national conferences, public television stations and independent theatres across the country. For more information, registration or accommodations related to disability, contact VIUCEDD Program Director Shammi Carr (340) 693-1173.

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

CELL Notes...

UVI-CELL Offers Certificate in Management Skills in the Workplace

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a series of six-workshops on management skills beginning Sept. 30. The program, offered in cooperation with the American Management Association (AMA) provides a certificate to individuals who complete the six workshops.

The program combines instructor-led training and other resources to maximize training goals. It provides a rich, compelling, comprehensive experience for the learner, producing a greater return-on-investment for the employer.

Workshop Schedule:

What Managers Do - Sept. 30 (STT only)

Communication Skills for Managers - Sept. 30 (STX only)

Communication Skills for Managers - TBA (STT only)

Coaching for High Performance - Oct. 14

Managing Conflict in the Organization - Oct. 28

Leadership Skills for Managers - Nov. 4 (STT only)

Customer Service Excellence for Managers - Nov. 18

The fee is $250 per person, per workshops. Group discounts are available. For more information or to register, contact the UVI-CELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.