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Bulletin Board for September 2, 2010

President Hall Commends University Community's Response to Hurricane Earl

UVI President Dr. David Hall has commended the efforts of all UVI students, staff and faculty who "helped us prepare for, manage and recover from Hurricane Earl." He issued special thanks to the Physical Plant staff and to members of Campus Security. Classes and University operations were suspended on Aug. 30 and 31 as Earl passed through the area. UVI reopened on normal schedules on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

UVI's Emergency Information System Activated

During the weather emergency associated with Hurricane Earl, the University employed the Rave Alert emergency e-mail and text messaging system, the new myuvi.net student e-mail system, the regular faculty and staff e-mail, local radio broadcasts and the two Campus Hotlines to disseminate important information to the University community.

Rave Alert: To participate in UVI's emergency Rave Alert e-mail and text messaging system, students, faculty and staff must have their current cell phone number(s) and e-mail address(es) included in the "Personal Information" section of their BanWeb accounts.

To add or update contact information in the BanWeb account, follow the instructions at this link: "Join UVI's Emergency Text Messaging System." This link is also available from the "Inside UVI" section of the web site - www.uvi.edu.

Those unable to log on to BanWeb should submit information to Nadine Questel Williams in the Human Resources Office via e-mail - nqueste@uvi.edu.

UVI Hotlines: Students, faculty and staff are also advised to monitor radio broadcasts and the UVI Hotlines: St. Thomas - 693-1016 and St. Croix - 692-4168.

SBDC Offers Internet, Phone and Fax Services to Disconnected Businesses

The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for St. Thomas/St. John, located at Nisky Center, is offering assistance for St. Thomas and St. John businesses still experiencing power outages or loss of telephone and internet connections. Affected businesses can take advantage of SBDC Internet access and local fax service. The service continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 2) and Friday, Sept. 3.

For details, call the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center at (340) 776-3206.

UVI Labor Day Invitational Volleyball Tournament Set Sept. 3-5

UVI will host the 10th annual Labor Day Invitational Volleyball Tournament from Sept. 3 to 5, at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. UVI's men's volleyball team will compete along with club teams from the U.S. mainland, Puerto Rico, St. Martin, Anguilla, Antigua, Tortola, St. Croix and St. Thomas. Activities begin with a team reception at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3. Play resumes on Saturday and a championship match is slated for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5. Admission is free.

UVI to Close for Labor Day; Library, Computer Lab Schedules Announced

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, in observance of the Labor Day holiday. While UVI's libraries will also be closed on Sept. 6, they will be open on their regular schedules over the weekend - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 4, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 4.

UVI computer labs - the library 24/7 lab on St. Thomas and the Room 120 lab in the North West Wing on St. Croix - will be available to students on Sept. 6. Students may also access online library resources at any time at http://library.uvi.edu. Also, the UVI Help Desk voice mail at ext.1466 and e-mail at helpdesk@uvi.edu will be monitored during the holiday.

UVI Wellness Center Grand Opening Scheduled for Sept. 8 on St. Thomas Campus

A grand opening ceremony for the new Wellness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Interior will be in attendance, along with Gov. John deJongh, Jr. and members of the V.I. Legislature. The UVI community is invited.

UVI to Host Free Presentations of 'The Scholarship Workshop' Sept. 9-10

The University of the Virgin Islands will host free presentations of "The Scholarship Workshop" developed by motivational speaker and author Marianne Ragins. Sessions are scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, on the St. Thomas campus, and Friday, Sept. 10, on the St. Croix campus. They are open to Virgin Islands high school and college students and adults planning to return to college. Ragins, who won $400,000 in scholarships to finance her own studies at Florida A&M University and George Washington University, has developed "The Scholarship Workshop" based on two decades of experience as a workshop leader and motivational speaker. She has coached thousands of students in their efforts to obtain funds to pay for their college educations.

The workshop is a two-hour, interactive seminar designed to help students conduct a successful, step-by-step scholarship search. It will be offered in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus.

For details or to register, visit www.scholarshipworkshop.com/uvi, or send e-mail to Denise Lake (dlake@uvi.edu) or call (340) 692-4101. Students should register no later than Sept. 8. All students who attend become eligible for the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship. The workshop presentations are sponsored by UVI's College Access Challenge Grant Program.

CIGNA HealthCare to Exit Puerto Market, UVI Benefits Alert Issued

CVI's Benefits Administration Office has announced that, effective Dec. 31, 2010, CIGNA HealthCare will exit the Puerto Rico market for network based medical plans. This means any services provided in Puerto Rico, effective Jan. 1, 2011, will be considered Out-of-Network under UVI's current Open Access Plus (OAP) plan. For details, view this UVI Benefits Alert. Direct questions to Benefits Administrator Veda Richards at (340) 693-1429 or send e-mail to veda.richards@uvi.edu.

UVI's 12th Annual Fall Student Research Symposium - Call for Abstracts

UVI's College of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) programs invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the 12th Annual UVI Fall Student Research Symposium. Students must register and submit their abstract at http://ecs.uvi.edu by, Friday, Sept. 10, in order to participate.

The symposium is part of an effort to increase research training and promote excellence among UVI students. It provides an opportunity for students to display the results of their work from their summer research experiences and for the public to interact with them. Student presentations are evaluated by a panel of judges from the community for scientific content and clarity of presentation.

The Fall Research Symposium will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, on the St. Thomas campus in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center. Students will set up beginning at 11 a.m. Airfare may be provided for St. Croix students who have registered and submitted an abstract by Sept. 10. The registration fee is $30. Waivers are available. Each registered participant will receive a name badge, lunch, abstract booklet and presentation feedback. For details, contact Amanda Wright at (340) 693-1397.

VI Writing Project Seeks Proposals for November Conference; Deadline Sept. 15

The Virgin Islands Writing Project invites the submission of proposals to be considered for presentation at its literacy conference scheduled for Nov. 1, on UVI's St. Croix campus. The conference theme is: "Inspiring Change and Empowering our Community through Literacy." It will focus on embracing literacy to change negative impressions and empowering the community to participate in the process.

Presenters are encouraged to develop unique and creative proposals related to the theme. Proposals should model best practices, provide useful information that participants can use in their classes, showcase effective and innovative practices, support collaboration, inquiry, and be as applicable as possible to a wide range of academic institution types.

Proposals must be received by Sept. 15. Proposals must be submitted through the online submission form. The primary contact on the proposal will be notified if the proposal has been accepted for presentation by Monday, Sept. 20. For additional information, contact Valerie Combie at (340) 692-4126, or vcombie@uvi.edu.

August issue of Dateline: UVI Covers Arrival of Class of 2014

The August issue of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI has been published and disseminated among University offices. It is also available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The August issue focuses on the arrival and orientation of the UVI Class of 2014. It also features stories on the recent breakfast honoring St. Thomas-St. John alumni and a meeting of UVI supporters in the Washington, D.C. area.

St. Thomas Campus Health Services Center Announces Office Hours

The UVI Health Services Center on the St. Thomas campus has announced the following office hours for the Fall Semester.

The center will be open as follows:

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Tuesdays and Thursdays

The new physician's office hours will be:

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Mondays

Noon to 2 p.m. - Wednesdays

For emergencies after office hours, please call UVI Campus Security at 693-1530.

Dr. Audria Thomas Named St. Thomas Campus Physician

Dr. Audria Thomas has joined the staff of UVI's St. Thomas campus Health Services department as the campus physician. Dr. Thomas received her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., in 1980. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland-College Park. She is licensed to practice medicine in the Virgin Islands and presently conducts her own private practice in allergy and immunology, pediatric and adult care. The physician's office hours are 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Toni Gillman Appointed Evening Nurse for St. Thomas Campus

Toni Gillman has been appointed to serve as the evening nurse on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Gillman is a registered professional nurse licensed to work in the Virgin Islands. She worked at the Schneider Regional Medical Center as a staff nurse in the medical/surgical, endoscopy and recovery room units until 2008. She now operates as a sacred sound healing therapist, where she blends her education and practice as a registered professional nurse with over 35 years experience with formal training. The Health Services Office maintains evening hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Other Current Items...

Sept. 10 is Deadline for Receipt of Student Health and Immunizations

UVI students must provide required student health forms and immunizations records to the Health Services Office no later than Sept. 10. See the list below:

Immunization card (all students)

- PPD Skin Test - within the last 2 years

- Tetanus - within the last 10 years

- MMR -1 dose as an adult

- Varicella - 2 doses if no history of chicken pox

- Hepatitis B - 3 doses

- Polio - 3 doses minimum

- Meningococcal (residence hall students only)

UVI Physical Exam (full-time students only)

Copy of required lab results - CBS, FBS, Urine Analysis (full-time students only)

Demographics Forms (all students)

For details, call the St. Thomas campus Health Services Center at (340) 693-1124.

St. Croix Student Government Association Seeking Candidates

The elections committee of Student Government Association on UVI's St. Croix campus will conduct the 2010-2011 freshman and special elections, at the Evans Center Library Terrace (700 Level) from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The committee seeks students for various leadership roles including junior, sophomore and freshman senators.

Applications and election petitions are available in the Office of Student Activities. A mandatory meeting for candidates is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, in Evans Center Room 716. A Meet-the-Candidates Forum is scheduled noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 13. It will be held in the UVI Cafetorium. For details, contact SGA Elections Committee Chairperson Malkia Morton at malkiam@gmail.com.

OIRP to Administer CIRP 2010 Freshman Survey

UVI's Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) will administer the 2010 Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey from Aug. 23 through Sept. 10. The survey, developed by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California-Los Angeles, has been used for more than 40 years to document trends in the national student population. It will be administered in Freshman Development Seminar classes on both St. Thomas and St. Croix.

Survey findings are designed to show how students have both changed and remained the same over the years. Data gathered by the survey helps UVI administrators better understand the needs of its students and how to provide better services. Successfully completing the survey would not be possible without the support and willingness of UVI's Freshman Development Seminar students and instructors. The CIRP report helps the University compute expected completion rates based on high school GPA, test scores, and the sex and ethnicity of incoming students. For more information contact OIRP at (340) 693-1010.

St. Thomas Office of Upward Bound Closed Until Sept. 13

The Upward Bound Office on UVI's St. Thomas campus will be closed for vacation. The office will reopen on Monday, Sept. 13, 2010.

2010 End-of-Year Processing Deadlines Announced by Purchasing/Accounting

As the end of the current fiscal year nears, UVI's Purchasing and Accounting offices have announced deadlines to allow for the timely processing of the appropriate documents to complete purchasing requirements.

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

(1) On island vendors Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

(2) Off island vendors Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

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

(1) On island vendors Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

(2) Off island vendors Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Purchase Order(s):

(1) Receiving Reports - submit to Purchasing before Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

(2) Invoices - must be received in Accounting by Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

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 assistance in resolving purchase order related issues.

7th Voices That Count Forum Set for October on St. Croix, St. Thomas

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host the 7th annual Voices That Count policy forum on Oct. 4 and 5 on St. Croix and on Oct. 7 and 8 on St. Thomas.

The forum - titled Turn Voices Into Votes - brings together individuals with disabilities, service providers, advocates and Virgin Islanders who are running for public office. They will discuss issues that affect people with disabilities and work to promote systemic change. First-day morning sessions will focus on formulating questions to ask legislators. Afternoon sessions will consist of a forum for the Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress and gubernatorial candidates. On the second day, candidates for the Virgin Islands' legislature will have an opportunity to answer questions developed by the disability community. There will be four focus areas: education-transition, employment, ADA accessibility and visit-ability.

The forum will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On St. Croix, it will take place on the UVI campus in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. On St. Thomas, the forum will be held at the Windward Passage Hotel.

While admission is free, space is limited on both islands. To register, contact Dr. Sandra Ross on St. Croix at (340) 692-1919. On St. Thomas contact Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or Maritza Swan at 776-9200 ext. 2334.

Reichhold Unveils Exciting Line-up for 2010-2011 Season

From ballet to reggae and Chaka Kahn to Michael Bolton, UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts' 2010-2011 season will feature something for everyone. Performances by Rhythmic Circus will open the Center's Family Series with shows on Oct. 8 on St. Croix and Oct. 9 on St. Thomas.

The regular season opens Oct. 23, with the platinum selling recording artist Chaka Kahn taking the stage. Virgin Islands native Dion Parson returns home for a Nov. 27 concert featuring his youth mentoring project - the 21st Century Band. Singer, songwriter Michael Bolton follows under the Reichhold spotlight on Jan. 29. Urban rhythm and hip hop moves, drumming and dancing will be provided by Street Beat in Family Series offering on Feb. 19. The next show will feature Reggae old school - Jimmy Cliff - and new school breakout solo artist Gramps Morgan. South African natives Hugh Masekela and vocalist Lira bring world music to the V.I. with performances March 18, on St. Croix and March 19, on St. Thomas. Contemporary ballet with a European twist will close out the Reichhold season when the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs on May 21.

For more information, visit the Reichhold Center's web site - www.reichholdcenter.com - or call (340) 693-1550.

Reichhold Offers Payroll Deduction for UVI Employee Ticket Purchases

UVI employees are encouraged use payroll deductions to purchase tickets to Reichhold Center for the Arts shows. Employees should visit the Reichhold Ticket Office to sign an authorization form. This allows employees to spread the cost of tickets over four easy payments. For details, call 693-1559. Visit www.reichholdcenter.com for a list of upcoming performances.

CELL Notes...

CELL to Hold Real Estate Sales Course for V.I. Residents

Individuals interested in learning more about the real estate industry are urged to register for the Real Estate Sales course offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center.

On St. Croix, classes will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning Sept. 4, at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, classes will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Sept. 14, at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus.

The Real Estate Sales course is designed to expose individuals to the real estate industry and specifically to prepare them for the Real Estate Salesperson licensing examination. A variety of topics will be covered including real estate theory, mathematics, USVI rules and regulations and all applicable sections of the V.I. Code.

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

CELL Workshops Aim to Enhance Presentation Skills

The UVI-CELL Center will host one-day workshops designed to enhance an individual's overall presentation skills and make a good impression on St. Thomas and St. Croix on Sept. 15. Individual sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The St. Thomas workshop will take place at the CELL center on the UVI campus. On St. Croix, the workshop will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The workshops are part of a series offered by the UVI-CELL in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants will be provided with tips overcome presentation fear, prepare for the presentation, communicate clearly while gaining the attention of the audience, elicit valuable feedback, avoid overloading the audience and much more.

For details or to register, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.