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Bulletin Board for September 8, 2009

Students Applications to Attend TMCF Leadership Conference Being Accepted

UVI students still have time to apply to attend the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) 2009 Leadership Conference scheduled for Oct. 23-26, in New York City. While there is a preference for juniors and seniors, all UVI students with a 3.0 grade point average or better are eligible to apply, according to Andrew Warbington, UVI's TMCF Student Ambassador. Thurgood Marshall representatives will visit UVI to conduct student interviews on St. Croix on Wednesday, Sept. 9, and on St. Thomas on Thursday, Sept. 10.

More information and an online application form are available from the Thurgood Marshall website: http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/v1/. Information is also available from Counseling Supervisors Verna Rivers on St. Thomas at 693-1087 or via email at: vrivers@uvi.edu, and Doris Farrington-Hepburn on St. Croix at 692-4187 or via email at: dfarrin@uvi.edu. Information is also available from Andrew Warbington at 643-7555 or via email at: awarbingtontmcf@yahoo.com.

UVI Staff Invited to Conversation with President Hall on Thursday, Sept. 10

All UVI regular, professional and administrative staff members are invited to "A Conversation with President Hall" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009. UVI Staff Council Chair Raquel Silver has asked that supervisors encourage their staff members to attend this activity. The conversation will take place via videoconference in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus and in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. To obtain an estimate of the quantity of refreshments needed, staff members are asked to indicate whether they will or will not attend the session by no later than Tuesday, Sept. 8. Send this indication via email to: rsantia@uvi.edu.

UVI Receives $275K Grant for Master of Marine Science Program

The University of the Virgin Islands Master of Marine and Environmental Science program has been awarded a $275,900, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation's S-STEM program to support student scholarships. The S-STEM grant - Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - is a competitive grant designed to support scholarships for academically talented students with financial need, enabling them to enter the scientific workforce after completion of their degrees. For the first year of the grant cycle, the 2009-2010 academic year, UVI will receive $68,875.

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

HUGS Parent Empowerment Workshop Set for Sept. 16

The parents support group HUGS (Here to Understand & Give Support) will conduct its first meeting and workshop of the school year from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Sugar Estate Head Start Center on St. Thomas. This and other HUGS sessions are held in collaboration with the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) and the Virgin Islands Family Information Network on Disabilities (VIFIND). Presenter Pamela Prescott, an advocate from the Disability Rights Center, will discuss special education rights and what parents should know about their child's individual education plan. This and future workshops will include a question and answer session, a resource table with handouts, and dinner. For more information or to register, contact Shammi Carr at 693-1173.

Symposium to Feature Student Researchers on Sept. 20; UVI Community Invited

The University of the Virgin Islands' 11th annual Fall Student Research Symposium will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. More than 60 UVI student researchers are expected to participate in the event that will take place in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus.

Sponsored by UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program, the symposium's goal is 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. The symposium is designed to demonstrate the importance of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and psychology oriented research to the greater UVI and Virgin Islands communities.

Dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics Dr. Camille A. McKayle has invited the entire UVI community to attend the symposium. A news release is available from the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Sept. 9 Deadline Set for Students to Register

The Division of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the 11th Annual UVI Fall Student Research Symposium. Students who wish to participate in the symposium must register and submit their abstract at http://ecs.uvi.edu by, Wednesday, Sept. 9. Students will begin the symposium set up at 11 a.m. and the symposium will be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Airfare may be provided for St. Croix students who have registered and submitted an abstract by the Sept. 9 deadline. The registration fee is $25. Waivers are available. Participant will receive a name badge, lunch, abstract booklet and presentation feedback. For details, contact Amanda Wright at (340) 693-1397.

St. Croix Bookstore to Close for Inventory Sept. 24-30

The St. Croix Bookstore will be closed from Thursday, Sept. 24 through Wednesday, Sept. 30 for inventory. The Bookstore will resume normal operation on Thursday, Oct. 1. Students who have not purchased their required textbooks for the fall semester are asked to do so before Sept. 14. All unsold textbooks will be returned to the publishers and used books wholesalers after that date.

The Bookstore also plans to hold a student appreciation day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 15, with discounts on UVI merchandise, along with treats, games and prizes. Student IDs will be required.

St. Thomas Bookstore to Close for Inventory Sept. 25 through 30

The St. Thomas Campus Bookstore will be closed for Inventory taking from Friday, September 25 through Wednesday, Sept. 30. The Bookstore will resume normal operation on Thursday, Oct. 1. 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 Bookstore before or after the affected dates.

Students, who have not purchase their required textbooks as yet, are asked to do so before Sept. 14. After that, all unsold textbooks will be returned to the publishers and used books wholesalers for credit.

Other Current Items...

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

'How To' Sessions on Student Organizations Set in September on St. Thomas

Students on UVI's St. Thomas campus interested in starting new student organizations, or becoming involved with existing organizations, can find out how at sessions planned on Sept. 10 and 18, in the Student Activities Center Conference Room. The sessions for students, student officers and advisors will run from noon to 1 p.m. each day.

Sept. 15 is the deadline for student organizations to register for this semester. A series of leadership development seminars - the Nuts-N-Bolts Executive Leadership Sessions - will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Teacher Education building room 101, each day during the week of Sept. 21. The sessions are for the following groups: Sept. 21 - presidents and vice-presidents; Sept. 22 - secretaries; Sept. 23 - public relations officers; Sept. 24 - luncheon for faculty/staff advisors; and Sept. 25 - treasurers.

For more information, call the Student Activities Office at (340) 693-1110.

Intramural Coed Volleyball Coming to St. Thomas Campus

An intramural coed volleyball league is being formed on UVI's St. Thomas campus, with league play scheduled to begin in mid-September. Matches will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Teams will consist of 10 players, with no more than six players on the court at any time. Teams must have a minimum of three female players on the court to play. Currently enrolled UVI students, faculty and staff are eligible. No currently active varsity volleyball athletes are permitted in this league. Interested individuals should also signup. For more information, contact Prof. Erik Heikkila at extension 1213.

Clubs & Organizations Awareness Day Set Sept. 10 on St. Croix Campus

A Clubs and Organizations Awareness Day is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, by the Student Activities Office on UVI's St. Croix campus. Clubs and organizations that wish to participate should register by Friday, Sept. 4. For more information, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at hfinch@uvi.edu or (340) 692-4228.

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, Sept. 10, 2009

• 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. Tutorials are scheduled for: Monday, Sept. 14, 2009; Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009; and Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

Open Enrollment for UVI Group Insurance Plans Continues Thorough Sept. 18

An open enrollment period for UVI's group medical, dental, supplemental life insurance, vision care and AFLAC plans is currently available. The open enrollment period will continue through Friday, Sept. 18, 2009. An email memo with details about open enrollment options was sent to UVI employees on July 22, by Director of Employee Benefits and Immigration Services Veda Richards. "You are reminded that our health and life insurance rates will increase Oct. 1, 2009," Richards wrote. "If you want to make changes to your current plan selections, the open enrollment period is the time to do it." Department heads in UVI's Security and Physical Plant areas were asked to post the memo for easy access by all staff members. For more information, contact Richards by phone at 693-1429 or send email to veda.richards@uvi.edu.

Count Down to Retirement Workshops set for GERS Participants

Government Employees Retirement System (GERS) participants interested in information about retirement are invited to Count Down to Retirement Workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas the Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 2, at the GERS offices on the Waterfront. On St. Croix the Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 9, at the GERS offices in Orange Grove.

Individuals interested in attending, must pre-register in advance by calling 340-776-7703 ext. 4202 on St. Thomas or 340-773-5480 ext. 5406 on St. Croix. Additional questions should be directed to Veda V. Richards, UVI's director of employee benefits and immigration services at 693-1429.

24th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Set Sept. 19 at Brewers Beach

Members of the Virgin Islands public are encouraged to participate in the 24th annual International Coastal Cleanup which begins this September. 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.

Cleanups of beaches and watershed areas are being planned throughout the territory, with the effort beginning on Sept. 19, at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Clean-ups will be held at numerous other locations on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John during the remainder of September and into October. Details are available from a news release on the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

HIV/AIDS Conference Set for Oct. 2 on St. Thomas Campus

A day-long conference on HIV/AIDS titled "Youth Taking Control" 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. More information on registration will be provided to students in the near future. For more information call 340-693-1120.

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.

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

UVI Students, Alumni Attend NBNA Institute and Conference

Nine University of the Virgin Islands students and alumni attended the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Institute and Conference in Toronto, Canada, from Aug. 2 through 6. A photo of the participants and more details are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog. UVI Today... is available from a button on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Dateline: UVI Newsletter Features New President, Fall Orientation Activities

The August issue of the Dateline: UVI newsletter has been distributed to University offices on both campuses and is now available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The newsletter includes stories on UVI's new President Dr. David Hall and fall semester orientation activities. Also included are photos of recently honored alumni and sorority members taking part in an Organizations Fair on the St. Croix campus.

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.

Dr. David Hall's Introduction, Convocation Speeches Available on Web Site

The text of presentations made by UVI President Dr. David Hall during introductory meetings held on Aug. 10, and at the University Convocation on Aug. 14, is now available from the Presentations tab of the President's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. The presentations can also be accessed from these direct links: Introduction | Convocation. Photos of Dr. Hall greeting new and returning UVI students are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog. UVI Today... is available from the UVI web site's home page - www.uvi.edu - and at this direct link.

President Hall Expands on Management Values Introduced at Convocation

UVI President Dr. David Hall has provided a detailed document concerning the seven management values he presented to the University Community during the University Convocation on Aug. 14, 2009. The document was provided directly to the entire University Community via email on Monday, Aug. 24. The complete text of the document is now available from the President's section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu. The Seven Management Values document can be viewed from this direct link.

CELL Notes...

UVI CELL to Offer Real Estate Course in September

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a course in real estate in September on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The course is designed to prepare individuals to take the Real Estate licensing exam. Classes will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17. The course will cover real estate theory, mathematics, USVI rules and regulations, and applicable sections of the VI Code.

The course fee of $500 includes materials. It will be taught in the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus and at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street, in Frederiksted, on St. Croix.

For more information, call the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer International Computer Driving License Program

A nationally recognized computer certification program will once again be offered by the University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center. The International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Program is a globally recognized training and certification program that allows individuals to become proficient in the use of information technology. It is recognized in more than 100 countries as the standard for certification of basic computer skills.

The seven-week program starts Sept. 14. Classes will be held 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas.

ICDL focuses on developing basic computer skills in seven areas: Basic Concepts of Information Technology, File Management, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Database, Presentations, Communication and Information. Candidates who successfully complete all seven modules and pass the certification exams will receive an ICDL Certification card which serves as an achievement of fundamental knowledge in all seven computer skill areas.

For details, or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Certificate in Bookkeeping on St. Thomas and St. Croix

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will offer a new series of courses this fall leading to a certificate in bookkeeping on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Course content is designed for individuals who want to qualify for entry-level jobs in bookkeeping or for entrepreneurs who want to manage their own books in a more professional and efficient manner. To earn a certificate, participants must take three courses. Introduction to Bookkeeping and Intermediate Bookkeeping are required. Following that, students will select one of two online courses: Introduction to QuickBooks 2009 or Performing Payroll in QuickBooks 2009.

Introduction to Bookkeeping will be offered from Sept. 15 through Oct. 1. Classes will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on St. Croix, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on St. Thomas. The registration deadline is Aug. 10. The fee is $275.

Intermediate Bookkeeping will be offered from Oct. 13 through 19. Classes will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on St. Croix, and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on St. Thomas. The registration deadline is Sept. 14. The fee is $275.

The cost for the online electives is $129 per course.

For more information or to register, contact the UVICELL Center at 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.