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Bulletin Board for February 11, 2010

UVI's Bucs, Lady Bucs Take to the Road Following Home-Opening Wins

UVI's Bucs and Lady Bucs varsity basketball squads hit the road this weekend for road games against UPR-Carolina on Saturday and Sacred Heart University on Sunday. Their next home games are scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, when the Bucs host Polytecnica in an 8 p.m. contest, and Sat. Feb. 20, when Metropolitan University's men's and women's squads take on the Lady Bucs at 6:30 p.m. and the Buccaneers at 8:30 p.m. UVI home games are played in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The UVI Buccaneers defeated University of Central Bayamon 101-70 in their home opener on Saturday, March 6. Five players scored in double figures. Max Cymerint sank 22, Wilson Ferrance and Nahshun Jeffers had 17, and Robert Duck and Cedric Smith ended up with 15 points each.

The Bucs won again at home on Sunday, Feb. 7, downing American University 59-52. Wilson Ferrance and Nahshum Jeffers were the top scorers with 14 points apiece. Robert Duck had 13 in the win. The Bucccaneers now stand 2-1 in LAI play. UVI's Lady Bucs also won their home-opener on Sunday, Feb. 7, defeating American University, 67-59. Ashley Birch scored 29 points and had a game-high 15 rebounds, while Angelina Prince grabbed 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Bucs led 31-23 at half time and led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter. The Lady Bucs are 1-0 in regular season LAI play.

Purchasing Office to be Closed Friday, Feb. 12, for Retreat

The UVI Purchasing Office will be closed on Friday, Feb. 12, in order to allow staff to attend an all-day professional development retreat. Persons needing inter-island tickets are encouraged to contact the office before the close of business on Thursday, Feb. 11, to pick up tickets. For more information, contact the Purchasing Office at extension 1480.

UVI Campus Maps Available from the UVI Web Site

Current maps of UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses are available - in printable form - from the About UVI section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: St. Thomas Campus Map | St. Croix Campus Map. UVI's Campus Executive Administrators encourage members of the UVI community to utilize these maps and to discontinue the use of out-of-date maps. Additionally, campus maps are located at the information kiosks located on each campus. Offices are asked to discard older versions of campus maps and to print out copies of the maps for distribution as needed.

Student Workshops on Diversity Scheduled Feb. 18-19 on St. Thomas Campus

Workshops on diversity will be offered to UVI students on the St. Thomas campus on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 19. The sessions will focus on how students deal with differences in the work place, classroom and social settings. They will also offer information about assistive technology devices and services that are available for students with disabilities and those experiencing emotional distress.

Student Activities Coordinator Junie Violenes said diversity is a major factor that the University considers as it works to prepare students to interact in a global environment. She said the workshops will offer the opportunity to celebrate our differences.

Workshops will be held in UVI's Administration and Conference Center. The Feb. 18 session will run from noon to 2 p.m. The Feb. 19 workshop will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The deadline for students to register is Tuesday, Feb. 16. Interested members of the UVI community are also welcome to participate.

A registration form for all participants is available from the St. Thomas Student Activities section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link .

The workshops are sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs: Counseling and Placement and Student Activities offices, and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD). For more information, contact the St. Thomas campus Student Activities Office at 693-1111.

Book Signing Scheduled Feb. 20 at Great Hall on St. Croix Campus

Members of the University community are invited to a reception and book signing with author Mervelle A. Sage, the daughter of UVI Prof. Jewel Ross Brathwaite, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Great Hall in the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. Limited copies of Sage's book, "Hanging with Uncle Eddie," will be available for purchase. The book is also available at www.authorhouse.com, www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnobles.com and at Treasure Attic Bookshop in downtown Christiansted. For more information, contact the author via email at poccasions@yahoo.com.

Workshop on Student Organization Processes Set Feb. 20 on St. Thomas

The St. Thomas campus Student Activities Office will conduct a workshop on processes and procedures for student organizations from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20. The workshop will take place in Teacher Education Room 101. New advisors and executive members of student organizations are invited to participate. The session is also open to executive officers who missed the previous workshops. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office at 693-1111.

Council for Exceptional Children Seeks Nominations for 'Yes I Can' Award

The Student Chapter of the University of the Virgin Islands Council for Exceptional Children is seeking nominations for the group's "Yes I Can" awards which will be presented on St. Thomas and St. Croix during the local celebration of National Down Syndrome Day and Exceptional Children's Week from March 21 through 28.

The "Yes I Can" award recognizes students ages six through 25 with varying exceptionalities (gifted and special education) who excel in any of the following categories: academics, art, athletics, community service, extracurricular activities, independent living skills, advocacy and technology.

Parents or teachers with outstanding children or students are invited to make nominations. To qualify, students must currently live in the territory, have parental consent and fill in a nomination form. Nominations must be postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 20. No late nominations will be accepted. For more information or to receive a nomination form, contact Rashida Francis at the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at (340) 693-1185 or send email to rfranci@uvi.edu.

March 1 is Deadline for Submission of VI-EPSCoR Incubator Grant Proposals

The Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) has announced its 2010 request for Incubator Grant proposals. VI-EPSCoR Incubator Grants support researchers in exploring new research directions related to the project focus on Integrated Caribbean Coastal Ecosystems (ICCE) as well as exploring research approaches for improving education and outreach outcomes.

The deadline for submitting grant proposals is March 1. Project funds will be available upon the award of the grants. Award announcements will be made on April 15. For more information contact VI-EPSCoR Acting Director Kim Waddell at (340) 693-1628 or send email to kwaddel@uvi.edu.

Fall Semester 2010 Advisement and Registration Set to Begin March 15

Advisement and registration for ongoing UVI students for the fall semester 2010 will begin on Monday, March 15. Members of the University community are advised that this date reflects a change in UVI's previously published academic calendar.

2010 Edition of UVI Magazine Being Distributed

The 2010 edition of UVI Magazine, Volume 11, has been published. Boxes of magazines have been sent to key individuals for distribution. Magazines destined for the St. Croix offices of the Campus Executive Administrator and Institutional Advancement will be shipped on Tuesday, Feb. 16. A total of 2,000 magazines were printed. If a division, component or University area anticipates a need for additional copies, please contact the Public Relations Office at (340) 693-1057.

dLOC Seeks Donations, Technical Assistance for Haiti Effort

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), an international collaboration of educational, research, governmental and non-governmental institutions that provides access to electronic collections about the Caribbean, is seeking donations and technical assistance for the recovery and protection of Haiti's libraries and their valuable historical, governmental and cultural resources.

The Digital Library of the Caribbean has initiated the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative, to assist recovery efforts at the country's three largest heritage libraries and the National Archives, all of which were damaged in the Jan. 12 earthquake. Needed are gloves, masks, archival boxes and temporary staff to assist in the clean-up. Later, they will need to replace broken shelving, repair or replace damaged electronic equipment and provide more advanced restoration for many of the rarest books and documents.

For more information or to contribute to the Protecting Haitian Patrimony Initiative, please visit http://www.dloc.com or call dLOC at (305) 348-3008.

The University of the Virgin Islands is a member of dLOC. For information about UVI's connection with the organization, contact Judith Rogers at (340) 692-4132 or send email to jrogers@uvi.edu.

St. Thomas Math Club Wins 2010 Black History Decoration Contest

The UVI Math Club has won the 2010 Black History Month Decoration Competition on the St. Thomas campus. The prize is a trophy and a $250 Organization Award.

Inaugural Notes...

Charter Flight from St. Croix Arranged for Inaugural

The University of the Virgin Islands Inaugural Steering Committee has made arrangements for a charter flight to provide transportation for UVI faculty, administrators and professional staff to travel from St. Croix to St. Thomas on March 6 to participate in the Installation of Dr. David Hall as UVI's fifth president. The 17-seat charter flight leaves St. Croix at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, and returns at 9:45 p.m.

Additionally, department heads are asked to consider the issuance of bulk tickets to individuals in their areas who plan to participate in the Installation Ceremony. They can depart on Saturday, March 6, on regularly scheduled Sea Flight or Seaplane flights from St. Croix, stay overnight on St. Thomas (at their own expense), and return on a regular Sea Flight or Seaplane flights on Sunday.

Faculty, administrators and professional staff members on St. Croix who wish to take advantage of the airline charter or who plan to overnight on St. Thomas should email Aletha Baumann at abauman@uvi.edu by Friday, Feb. 12, with their preference.

Regalia Required to Participate in Installation Ceremony

In order to take part in the Installation Ceremony line of march, members of the UVI Board of Trustees, the President's Cabinet, retired faculty, teaching faculty, administrators and professional staff must be dressed in regalia. If individuals do not own their own regalia, it can be rented from the St. Thomas campus bookstore. Please contact Mervin Taylor at 693-1560 by the deadline date of Thursday, Feb. 18, to place regalia orders.

Preparations Underway for Inauguration of Dr. David Hall

The University of the Virgin Islands is preparing for the inauguration of UVI's fifth President, Dr. David Hall, on March 6, 2010. Members of the Inaugural Steering Committee and Inaugural subcommittees are finalizing the arrangements for events that will take place throughout the month of March, including Dr. Hall's Installation at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on March 6 at 6:30 p.m.

A number of public and VIP events are scheduled, which can be greatly enhanced by volunteer participation. Individuals who are interested in volunteering to assist with inaugural events and activities are asked to send an e-mail to: inaugvolunteer@uvi.edu

Inaugural information can be found by clicking on the INAUGURATION 2010 tab on the Board of Trustees and President's Office pages of the UVI website or from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

January UVI Newsletter Features Business Students, 'Male Initiative'

The January issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI features a look at a group of UVI Business students making a mark in the competitive world of interactive, computer-based business simulation games. Also featured is a photo of UVI President Dr. David Hall meeting with students involved in the University's "Male Initiative," and a look at the results of a survey on student health. Dateline: UVI is available in the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Croix Friends of Denmark Offering Scholarship for Student Travel

UVI students are invited to apply for a scholarship for travel and home stays in Denmark offered by the St. Croix Friends of Denmark. One scholarship for three weeks around July 24 to Aug. 14 for one student, between the ages 18-26, is available. This is a historical and cultural exchange in which the student will stay one week in Jutland and one week in Copenhagen. The student must have the intent of procuring a valid U.S. passport. All expenses will be paid. For application details, contact Dr. Aletha Baumann at 692-4177 at UVI. Finalists will be required to make an oral presentation in front of a panel of judges. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Applications must be mailed to the Friends of Denmark, P.O. Box 682, Christiansted, St. Croix, 00821. For further information, call 998-4147 or email erezende@gmail.com.

The Caribbean Writer Issues Call for Papers on Haiti; Deadline is Feb. 15

The office of The Caribbean Writer, which produces UVI's annual anthology of Caribbean literature, has issued a special call for articles about Haiti. Accepted submissions will be featured in a special section to be included in Volume 24, the publication's 2010 edition.

Individuals may reference their articles to Haiti's on-going struggles and to how the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12 will impact their development. The deadline for articles on Haiti is Feb. 15. Articles should be prepared in the Microsoft Word or RTF formats and submitted via email to: submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org. For more information, call 340-692-4152. Guidelines for submissions are available on The Caribbean Writer web site - www.thecaribbeanwriter.org.

Application Deadline for Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship is Feb. 15

UVI students are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship is Feb. 15, 2010. This scholarship is for students interested in technology, public policy, ethics and diversity. The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship, which is part of the Eben Tisdale Fellowship, is a summer internship available to undergraduate and graduate students. This Fellowship offers a $5,000 grant for students to intern in Washington D.C., where the latest in technology meets the public policy arena.

The Dell Thurmond Woodard Fellowship was created in memory of the late Thurmond Woodard, Dell's former vice president of global diversity and chief ethics, privacy and compliance officer. The Summer 2010 Fellowship runs from June 14 through Aug. 6. The goal of the Fellowship is to create a supportive and collegial environment in which a new class of public policy professionals will be mentored to help ensure that the high-tech industry continues to have highly capable and well-trained individuals in both policy advocacy and senior management positions.

Those interested should use the Eben Tisdale Fellowship Application, available at www.tisdalefellowship.org, and follow the instructions for submitting an additional essay on ethics and diversity. For additional information, contact Jonathan Tilley at info@tisdalefellowship.org or call (202) 986-0384.

Prospective 2010 Graduates on St. Croix to Meet Feb. 21

An important meeting of prospective 2010 prospective graduates on UVI's St. Croix campus has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21. The meeting will take place in the Melvin Evans Center Room 401. For more information call the Office of Access and Enrollment Services at (340) 692-4103 or (340) 692-4158

Students Invited to Apply for Heyward G. Hill Scholarship; March 1 is Deadline

UVI students have until March 1 to apply for the Heyward G. Hill Scholarship which is offered by the Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR) Bacon House Foundation. The scholarship is opened to full-time students who are interested in the field of international affairs. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average, be at least a junior or senior and be an American citizen.

Applications are available at the Provost's offices on both UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. For more information, contact Zaida Castro at 693-1200 (zcastro@uvi.edu) or Dr. Kula Francis at 692-4065 (kfranci@uvi.edu).

UVI's CERC Advisory Board to Meet March 5-6 on St. Thomas

The Caribbean Exploratory (NCHMD) Research Center (CERC) Advisory Board will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on St. Thomas on Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6. The board is comprised of consultants from research-intensive mainland institutions of higher learning, as well as St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John community partners in education, public health and counseling.

For more information please contact CERC Administrative Coordinator Lorna J. Williams-Sutton at (340) 693-1172.

Call for Cooks Issued for 2010 Afternoon on the Green

UVI's Afternoon on the Green Committee has issued a "Call for Cooks" for the 2010 edition of the University's annual "friend-raising" event scheduled for March 7 on the St. Thomas campus. Individuals interested in providing food dishes for the event and those who would like to work as volunteers are asked to call 693-1040.

2010 Census Office Jobs Available

The 2010 Census Office has approximately 300 positions available per district for the following temporary positions: Crew Leaders, Crew Leader Assistants and Enumerators.

Crew Leaders (Part-time) are responsible for training and directly supervising approximately eight Enumerators. You will be required to collect completed Census forms from Enumerators, work in the field and must work varied hours. Crew Leader Assistants (Part-time) work varied hours in order to assist the Crew Leader in the daily collection of completed work from Enumerators. Enumerators (part-time) conduct interviews with respondents and work evening and weekend hours.

A valid driver's license and use of a vehicle are required for all jobs. All applicants must pass a written test. Test will be administered at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday - Friday at the St. Croix Census Office in Villa La Reine Shopping Center Suite 14 and at the St. Thomas Census Office in Nisky Center Suite 600. No appointment necessary. Evening and weekend testing is available by appointment. To make an appointment, on St. Croix call 772-2010 and on St. Thomas call 714-2010. On St. John the test will be administered at the Nazareth Lutheran Church Community Center in Cruz Bay. St. John testing will occur on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Big Read Program Offers Essay Contest for UVI Students

The Virgin Islands Big Read 2010 program, part of a national effort to spur a return to reading, was launched Friday, Jan. 22, on St. John, where numerous supporters - including V.I. First Lady Cecile deJongh and UVI President David Hall - were in attendance. (See photo in UVI Today... photo blog.)

One of the first activities of the program is an essay contest for UVI students. Students entering the contest will write an essay using one of the pre-selected themes from the novel "A Lesson before Dying." The novel, by Ernest Gaines, is serving as the focal point of the campaign. Students have three weeks to register for the essay contest, from Jan. 25 through Feb. 12. The contest ends March 3. A free copy of the book is available for all registrants and the winner will be announced during UVI's Charter Week. Registration forms and contest details are available in the Melvin H. Evans Center for Learning (library) on St. Croix and the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on St. Thomas.

As part of a national initiative to spur a return to reading, more than 100 free copies of the featured book are now available for pick up, while supplies last, at the Julius E. Sprauve Library. More copies will be available for loan from libraries throughout the Territory. Community members will be brought together through a variety of related activities from now through the middle of June.

The Big Read Program is a partnership between the Department of Planning & Natural Resources - Division of Libraries and Museums, the University of the Virgin Islands' Reichhold Center for the Arts and the IT Learning Resources & Student Technology Services Area, the Department of Education and the Virgin Islands Police Department.

UVI-Queen Mary 5K Walk/Run Slated for March 26 on St. Croix

Members of the UVI community are advised that the 9th annual UVI-Queen Mary 5K Walk/Run will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2010. For individuals who wish to park at the St. Croix campus, where the race concludes, transportation will be provided at 5 a.m. from the campus to Kmart, where the race begins. For more information call (340) 692-4236.

Testing Notes...

Spring Semester CLEP Test Schedule Announced for St. Croix Campus

CLEP will be administered on UVI's St. Croix campus on the following dates for the spring 2010 semester.

Test Date Registration Deadline

Thursday, Feb. 18 Friday, Feb. 12

Thursday, March 25 Friday, March 19

Thursday, April 15 Friday, April 9

Registration for CLEP 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 is $72 per test. Checks or money orders should be made payable to CLEP. No cash will be accepted. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI, is due prior to the test date. A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.

Spring Semester CLEP Test Dates Announced for St. Thomas Campus

UVI students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Spring 2010 semester has been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. CLEP will be administered on March 2, March 18, April 7 and April 19, 2010, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123).

Students can register for the test at the Office of Access and Enrollment Services' front desk, located on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. Test candidates must report to the test site no later than 9:30 a.m. on each test day with appropriate identification and form of payment. Acceptable forms of identification include a current driver's license, state or Federal ID, a current passport, tribal ID card, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship.

The cost associated with CLEP is $72 (payable to College Board) per test and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). Payment must be made in the form of check, money order, or credit card; cash will not be accepted. Students can email cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Ongoing Items...

UVI Radio Program Ideas Sought from UVI Community

Members of the UVI Community are invited to suggest topics for the University's daily radio program - The Afternoon Mix - which airs from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays on Radio One/WVWI-AM 1000. This show is hosted on Mondays through Fridays by Liza Margolis, UVI's Special Events Coordinator, and on Fridays by UVI Associate Professor of Political Science/History Dr. Malik Sekou. The show's goal is to keep the Virgin Islands community aware of what is going on at the University. Some ideas for program topics, according to Margolis, are exceptional student work, faculty accomplishments, seminars, upcoming conferences, specialized research and events. "We would like to incorporate more stories from both campuses," Margolis added. She said that live interviews can be conducted via telephone for individuals located on St. Croix. Please contact Margolis with program suggestions and questions at (340) 693-1053 or via email at: lmargol@uvi.edu.

FY 2010-2011 Budget Presentation Posted to Administration and Finance Page

A PowerPoint presentation, created by the University Budget Committee to present UVI's Fiscal Year 2010-2011 budget recommendation to President David Hall at an informational forum on Jan. 14, is available from the Administration and Finance section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Goals of UVI Male Initiative Outlined in New Web Page

The University of the Virgin Islands has begun a Male Initiative with the goal of attracting more male students to the University and providing tools and support to help them graduate. The University and Virgin Islands communities will be hearing more about the Male Initiative and how they can participate in and support the effort in the coming weeks and months. A web page detailing this initiative is now available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

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.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC Offers Seminar on Uses of Technology in Business

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI-SBDC), in collaboration with VI Technical Services, LLC. (VITech), will present a seminar titled "You Are Living in the 21st Century, Shouldn't Your Business Be There Also?" at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center. The presenter is Stanford T. Mings, Jr., managing partner and chief systems architect for VITec. Admission is $25. Those who pre-register will receive a 20 per cent discount. UVI students, faculty, staff and veterans of the U.S. military are admitted free; however pre-registration is required. Seating is limited.

The seminar will focus on using technology in a business to increase competitiveness and reduce costs. It will also explore ways owners can monitor their businesses while traveling. The discussion will touch on both tried-and-tested and cutting-edge technologies ranging from data processing to cloud computing.

To pre-register or for more information contact the VI-SBDC at (340) 776-3206.

CELL Notes...

First Responders Sought for Advanced Incident Management Training

In an effort to better prepare the territory in the event of any large-scale incident, the V.I. office of Homeland Security will offer a course in advanced incident management for emergency response supervisors and mid-to-upper level managers. The course - Advanced Incident Management/Unified Command (MGT-344) - will equip participants with the skills necessary to effectively plan for and manage large-scale incidents.

The two-day training will begin Thursday, Feb. 11, on St. Thomas and on Tuesday, Feb. 16, on St. Croix. Sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas and the Charles Harwood Medical Complex on St. Croix.

The course addresses the most advanced incident management concepts, including multi-agency coordination, area command and other complex incident management solutions. Participants will learn to apply the Incident Command System's Unified Command Concepts, and to how to manage a multi-agency response to an incident scenario.

The training is funded by a grant through the V.I. Office of Homeland Security and administered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center, which serves as the official training center for the V.I. Office of Homeland Security.

For course prerequisites or to register, contact Ayopha Stalliard, UVI-CELL, at (340) 693-1106 or Irvin Mason, V.I. Office of Homeland Security, at (340) 626-2629.

Homeland Security Offers Threat, Risk Assessment Training Through VI-CELL

In an effort to better prepare the territory in the event of hazardous threats, the V.I. Office of Homeland Security will offer its three-day Threat and Risk Assessment (MGT-310) course through UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center on St. Thomas and St. Croix in February. The course will prepare emergency response managers and community leaders to conduct a comprehensive, capabilities-based threat and risk assessment for weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and hazards incidents.

On Thomas, the training will begin Wednesday, Feb. 17, and on St. Croix, it starts on Monday, Feb. 22. Course sessions will be held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas and the Charles Harwood Medical Complex on St. Croix.

The training is funded by a grant through the V.I. Office of Homeland Security and administered by the UVI-CELL, which serves as the official training center for the V.I. Office of Homeland Security. For course prerequisites or to register, contact Ayopha Stalliard at UVI-CELL at 693-1106 or Irvin Mason at the V.I. Office of Homeland Security at 626-2629.

UVI-CELL and AMA Offer Workshops for Human Resources Professionals

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning

(UVI-CELL) Center will offer a workshop titled Fundamentals of Human Resources on March 3 on St. Thomas and March 4 on St. Croix. The workshops are part of a series being offered by the UVI-CELL in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants will learn the essentials of key human resources functions such as implementing a results-based performance management system, writing job descriptions and specifications, developing cost-effective, competitive compensation and benefits programs, and recruiting, selecting, interviewing and hiring employees in compliance with Federal and State laws. The St. Thomas workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The St. Croix session will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

For more information on the program or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

UVI-CELL to Offer Course on Cake Decorating on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning

(UVI-CELL) Center will offer an introductory course for bakers, caterers and others interested in learning the basics of cake decorating. Introduction to Cake Decorating will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays beginning March 6. All sessions will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Students will learn the basic techniques used to design and decorate cakes, which can be used to further develop their own individual artistic and creative expression. The course will cover a variety of topics including making various types of icings, making simple icing flowers, borders, and lettering and much more.

For more information or to register, call the UVI-CELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.