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Bulletin Board for September 24, 2009

Research and Public Service Staff Retreat Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25

Offices in the Research and Public Service (RPS) Component of UVI will be closed on Friday, Sept. 25, to allow employees to take part in the annual staff retreat. Offices involved include the Office of the Vice Provost for RPS (VPRPS), the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES), the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), the Eastern Caribbean Center (ECC), the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), the Research Publications Unit (RPU), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), and the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI).

Students, Public Invited to Join 'Video Chats' with UVI Professor on 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 will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and continue 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. A photo 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.

Administration and Finance Component Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 29

UVI's Administration and Finance Component has scheduled a component meeting for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the first-floor conference room in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The UVI Community is advised that component offices will be closed during the meeting period. They will reopen at 1 p.m. Individual offices will post notices on office doors to alert visitors. The following offices are included: Administration and Finance (third floor), Accounting (second floor), Human Resources (first floor), and Purchasing (second floor).

Forums on State-Side Graduate Education Opportunities Offered by UVI

Students and other persons interested in pursuing graduate education in the fields of engineering, mathematics, pharmaceutical sciences, science, technology and other science-related disciplines are invited to participate in the Big Ten+ Graduate School Forum which will be held on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The forum will be offered from noon to 1 p.m. on the St. Croix campus, in room 716 of the Evans Center. To schedule individual appointments with the representatives, contact Doris Farrington-Hepburn or Anyha Lord in the Counseling and Career Services Center at (340) 692-4187 or 692-4180.

The forum will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. on the St. Thomas campus, in room 302 Classroom Administration Building (CAB). To schedule individual appointments with the representatives, contact the Division of Science and Mathematics at (340) 693-1397or send email to awright@uvi.edu.

General information is available from UVI's Career Services Offices: on St. Thomas (340) 693-1087 or send email to: vrivers@uvi.edu; on St. Croix (340) 692-4187 of send email to: dfarrin@uvi.edu. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Opens Special Scholarship Applications Period Through Oct. 9

The UVI Scholarship Committee has announced a special application period for students seeking scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year. All undergraduate students currently enrolled at UVI, who meet the eligibility requirements, are encouraged to apply. The special application period will run through Oct. 9, 2009. The announcement of recipients will be made by Oct. 31.

To be considered for scholarship awards, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or indicate their F-1 status. They must also be full-time, matriculated UVI students, not be receiving aid in excess of the cost of attendance, and submit one letter of recommendation.

Please use the appropriate application form:

Text link to UVI Special Scholarship Application Form

Text link to Special Scholarship Application Form (F1-Status)

For more information, contact the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1047.

St. Croix Psychology Club Offers GRE Study Group

The St. Croix Psychology Club invites anyone on the St. Croix campus who is interested in graduate school to participate in a GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Study Group that meets every Friday from noon to 4:00 in Evans Center room 505. Those interested should bring a laptop capable of wireless internet connection to the group. For further information, contact the Psychology Club's advisor, Dr. Aletha Baumann at 692-4178.

President Hall to Address Legal Services of the V.I. Luncheon on Oct. 20

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. 20. 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.

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/.

Other Current Items...

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.

Call the UVI Public Relations Office at (340) 693-1059 to arrange for headshots to be taken on the St. Croix campus.

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.

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 10 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.

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.

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

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. 24 - Postponed - A luncheon for faculty and staff advisors to student organizations has been postponed. A date for the rescheduled luncheon will be announced as soon as possible.
  • Sept. 25 - treasurers - noon to 1 p.m.

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-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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ongoing Items ...

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.)

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.

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.

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 - Oct. 7 (STX only)

Communication Skills for Managers - Oct. 5 (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.

CELL to Offer Basic Work Skills Program for V.I. Residents

A newly program designed to help Virgin Islands residents improve basic work skills has been developed by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center. The course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning on Oct. 1, at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Participants will learn effective problem solving and critical thinking skills, and techniques to enhance reading comprehension. They will also be guided on ways to improve writing, math and test-taking skills. The goal is to help individuals pass employment entrance and promotion exams. The program is also ideal for anyone interested in enhancing their reading, writing or basic math skills.

Financial assistance may be provided for qualified individuals through the V.I. Department of Labor. V.I. veterans may enroll in the class free of charge. For more information or to register, call the UVI-CELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit the web site: http://cell.uvi.edu.