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Bulletin Board for February 18, 2010

Homecoming Games Set Saturday for Bucs, Lady Bucs Basketball Squads

UVI's Buccaneers and Lady Bucs varsity basketball squads face a full weekend of home games with the men's squad hosting Polytecnica University at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, and both the Lady Bucs and Buccaneers playing contests designated as homecoming games on Saturday, Feb. 20, against Metropolitan University (UMET). Tipoff time for the Lady Bucs game is 6:30 p.m., with the Buccaneers following at 8:30 p.m.

Along with special halftime promotions and give-a-ways, Saturday's games will feature the debut of UVI's 2010 cheerleading squad.

All UVI home games are played in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for students with ID. Admission is free for children 12 and under. For more information call (340) 693-1199.

St. Thomas/St. John Alumni Invited to 'Meet and Greet' President Hall on Feb. 26

The St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association will host a "Meet and Greet" session at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Dr. David Hall, UVI's 5th president, will be the chapter's guest. Chapter President Jacqueline A. Sprauve said the evening will give alumni a chance to interact with Dr. Hall and learn of his intentions for the university. A question and answer period will be included. The chapter has asked that questions be submitted prior to the event via email to uvialumassoc@yahoo.com. This process will assist in avoiding duplications and facilitate the question/answer period. For details, contact the UVI Office of Alumni Affairs at (340) 692-4023.

Dr. Hall to Meet with UVI Staff on March 15

The UVI Staff Council Executive Committee has invited the University's regular, professional and administrative staff members to a conversation with President Dr. David Hall from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15. The session will be available via videoconference in Teacher Education Room 101 on the St. Thomas campus and Evans Center Room 713 on the St. Croix campus.

President Hall will provide an update on University matters and address staff concerns. Staff Council President Raquel Silver has asked all supervisors to encourage their staff members to attend the meeting. Staffers are encouraged to forward issues they wish to have discussed to her via email at rsantia@uvi.edu.

UVI Accounting and Purchasing Announce New Requisition Procedures

The Accounting and Purchasing departments have announced that the UVI Controller's Office has established new procedures for the processing of requisitions. Effective Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, scanned documents for processing purchase requisitions and checks requisitions will be accepted in the Accounting and Purchasing Office via email. The move is part of the ongoing effort to provide better service to the University, in accordance with the President's management value stating that the University should be a "High performance Institution with a focus on Quality."

Completed details on the new procedures are included in a PDF memo available from the News & Info page of the Purchasing Department section of the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this link: Scanned Documents Procedures Memo - Feb. 15, 2010.

For additional details, contact Sharleen Fahie at 693-1431 or Eric Christian at 693-1491.

UVI Senate to Meet Friday, Feb. 19; Meeting Rooms Announced

The next meeting of the UVI Senate is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. The session will be held in the Library Conference Room on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center Room 807 on the St. Croix campus. New Senator Nancy Morgan, the St. Croix faculty representative, will be installed. One item - the Policy/Tuition Exchange Program - is on the Action Agenda. Discussion of the following items is planned: the proposed Fiscal Year 2011 Budget, spring 2010 enrollment, the student email and communication policy, and future building needs. All meetings of the UVI Senate are open to the public.

Panel Discussion on V.I. Self Determination Set Feb. 25 on St. Croix

A panel discussion on the implications of pending federal legislation on the self determination of the U.S. Virgin Islands will be held on UVI's St. Croix campus from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25. The session will take place in the Great Hall of the North West Wing. Invited panelists include V.I. Delegate to Congress Donna Christensen, former V.I. Political Status Commission Executive Director Gerard Emanuel, international governance advisor Dr. Carlyle Corbin, attorney Genevieve Whitaker, and youth activist Amaris Chew. Judith L. Bourne, president of the United Nations Association of the Virgin Islands, will be the moderator.

Several legislative measures designed to advance the political development of U.S. territories have been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. The implications of these proposals will be explored during the session, which is jointly hosted by the United Nations Association of the Virgin Islands and the University of the Virgin Islands. For details, contact Miriam Osborne Elliott, associate campus administrator for student affairs on UVI's St. Croix campus, at (340) 692-4188 or attorney Whitaker at (340) 778-9750.

Purchasing Updates Hotel Rates Pages on Web Site

UVI's Purchasing Department has updated its listings of the prices UVI employees traveling on University business pay on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The rate updates are available from the News & Info page of the Purchasing Department section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this link.

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.

UVI New Hires Report Posted for January 2010

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Jan. 1-31, 2010. The list is available to the UVI community via the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

March 15 is Deadline to Apply for UVI Scholarships for Fall 2010, Spring 2011

The University of the Virgin Islands Scholarship Committee has announced that the application period for fall 2010 and spring 2011 scholarships begins today (Feb. 15) and runs through Monday, March 15, 2010. Scholarship forms for three groups of students - High School, Undergraduate/Graduate, and International - have been prepared. The forms are available from the Scholarships page of the Financial Aid Section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: High School Students | Undergraduate/Graduate Students | International Students.

For more information, contact UVI's Financial Aid Offices: St. Thomas (340) 693-1090 or St. Croix (340) 692-4193, or the UVI Institutional Advancement Scholarship Office at (340) 693-1040.

AOG Committee to Present Two Scholarships; Seeks Applications, Nominations

The UVI Afternoon on the Green (AOG) Committee is accepting applications and nominations for two scholarships that will be funded from proceeds generated at the University's annual Afternoon on the Green activity, which will be held this year on Sunday, March 7, on the St. Thomas campus. The scholarships are titled "UVI Student Volunteer of the Year" and "UVI Volunteer of the Year." Winners will be announced during the Afternoon on the Green activity.

UVI Student Volunteer of the Year Scholarship

The recipient of the UVI Student Volunteer of the Year scholarship will receive a UVI tuition scholarship for 2010-2011. Applicants must be currently enrolled at UVI and expect to matriculate full-time during the 2010-2011 academic year. They must present a summary of a minimum of 50 hours of community service rendered at UVI or within the local community during the past 12 months and include letters verifying the service or contact information for the organizations served. There are no residency or grade point requirements.

UVI Volunteer of the Year Scholarship

The recipient of the UVI Volunteer of the Year award will receive a scholarship worth $1000 that can be used towards tuition at UVI or with the UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center during the 2010-2011 academic year. The value of the scholarship may also be donated to a non-profit organization of the recipient's choice within the community. The award is intended to recognize an individual who has contributed substantially (minimum of 50 hours during the past 12 months) to UVI or the local community. UVI faculty, administrators and staff are encouraged to submit their nominee for consideration for this award.

The application and nomination forms are available from the Visitors/Arts & Events page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links UVI Student Volunteer of the Year | UVI Volunteer of the Year. They must be received no later than Feb. 26, 2010. Applications and nominations should be sent to the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement, #2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, V.I. 00802.

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

Workshops on diversity will be offered to UVI's St. Thomas campus students today (Thursday, 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 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.

MASA Informational Forum for UVI Employees Set for Friday, Feb. 19

On Friday, Feb. 19, UVI's Benefits Administration Office will host two Medical Air Services Association (MASA) Informational Forums via videoconference between the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. The morning session will run from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The afternoon session is slated for 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Access will be in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and room 401 of the Melvin Evans Center on St. Croix. Representatives from MASA will discuss its current plans and services and address any concerns from UVI employees. They will also roll out a new service called MASA International. Any interested employee who is not currently enrolled with MASA may enroll at the forum. Benefits Administrator Veda Richards urged all current MASA members to attend one of the sessions. For more information, contact Richards at veda.richards@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1429.

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. 21. 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 Award; Feb. 20 Deadline

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.

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

Free College Funding Workshops Scheduled on St. Thomas, St. Croix

The College Access Challenge Grant Program at the University if the Virgin Islands will sponsor free workshops on how to secure scholarships and college funding on Thursday, Feb. 25, on St. Thomas and on Friday, Feb. 26, on St. Croix. The sessions, which will be led by award-winning trainer Marianne Ragins, are designed for students in grades nine through12 and their parents. They will show how rigorous research efforts, involvement in extracurricular activities, development of leadership potential, and special talents and hobbies, can all combine to help determine a student's chances of securing aid for college. The workshops will feature where to look for scholarships, guidelines for writing winning personal essays and last minute strategies for getting college money

Ragins is the author of "Winning Scholarships for College" and "College Survival & Success Skills 101." She also published "10 Steps for Using the Internet in Your Scholarship Search" and "The Scholarship and College Essay Planning Kit." She is the founder and president of The Scholarship Workshop and sponsor of the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship.

The St. Thomas workshop will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Conference Room B of the Windward Passage Hotel in Charlotte Amalie. The St. Croix workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. More information is available from www.scholarshipworkshop.com and from Denise Lake at (340) 692-4101 or dlake@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.

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

UVI students have until Monday, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Faculty, Staff Encouraged to Participate in Installation; Regalia Required

In recognition of the Inauguration of Dr. David Hall as the fifth president of the University of the Virgin Islands, all (full and part-time) teaching faculty, retired faculty, executive, administrative and professional staff are encouraged to participate in the Installation Ceremony on March 6th at the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

Your participation in the Installation Ceremony processional will reserve your space in the covered section of the RCA, in designated seating reserved for dignitaries and VIPs.

In order to be included in the line of march, faculty and staff must don regalia and RSVP to inauguration@uvi.edu or call the Inaugural Committee office at 693-1240.

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.

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, 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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

CELL Notes...

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.