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Bulletin Board for September 9, 2010

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 to 8 p.m. today (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.

Volume 24 of The Caribbean Writer Sports New Editor and New Look

Volume 24 of The Caribbean Writer - The Literary Gem of the Caribbean - is hot off the presses with a new editor and a new look.

Bold and decisive, this issue of The Caribbean Writer features 80 pages of poetry, 200 pages of short stories, and personal essays by established and emerging writers from the Caribbean region, as well as the Caribbean Diaspora. The volume, edited for the first time by Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, includes a special 70-page tribute to three of the Caribbean's intellectual giants who passed away last year, Rex Nettleford, Trevor Rhone and Wayne Brown. It also features more than 20 reviews of books by Caribbean writers and scholars.

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

UVI Theatre to Produce Caribbean Version of South Pacific; Auditions Set Sept. 14-18

The UVI Theatre has announced a major production of a Caribbean version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical South Pacific to be presented in November at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. The play will feature an Emmy Award-winning guest artist from the U.S. in the role of Emile deBecque. More information will be announced in the near future. Open auditions - for members of the UVI family and the Virgin Islands community - are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 14, through Saturday, Sept. 18, and by appointment. Auditions will take place at the UVI Little Theatre (CA Building on the St. Thomas campus) as follows: Tuesday - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Wednesday - 7 p.m.; Thursday - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Friday - Noon; Saturday - 10 a.m. For more information, contact Doug Larche at (340) 693-1341 or send e-mail to dlarche@uvi.edu.

Business After Hours/Reichhold Season Preview on St. John Set Sept. 15

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will present a special St. John preview of the center's 2010-2011 season at a Business After Hours Event at The Marketplace at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15. The Business After Hours event is a presentation of the St. John Chapter of the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce. The evening will feature live music and appetizers by La Plancha and Starfish Gourmet & Wine. For more information call the Reichhold Center at (340) 693-1550 or visit the web site www.reichholdcenter.com.

Town Hall Meeting on Health Insurance Slated for Sept. 15

A Town Hall Meeting to discuss health insurance premiums and the impacts of health care reform for all UVI regular, professional and administrative staff employees is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept. 15. UVI's Director of Employee Benefits & Immigration Veda Richards will be the presenter. Sessions will be available in Research and Extension Center Room 133 on St. Croix and in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. For details, contact UVI Staff Council Chair Raquel Silver at (340) 692-4061.

New Insurance Rates Approved for 2010-2011

An overview of UVI's group health insurance rates for fiscal year 2010-2011, which are effective Oct. 1, 2010, were distributed to the UVI faculty and staff via e-mail on Monday, Sept. 6, by UVI Director, Employees Benefits & Immigration Services Veda Richards. The Government of the Virgin Islands has approved an overall increase of 7.3 percent for health insurance coverage with CIGNA HealthCare. Click here for details. The e-mail information also included details of United Health Care/Spectera coverage, which has decreased the rates for the vision care plan by 12 percent.

UVI will continue to pick up 50 percent of the total increase and pay approximately 75 percent for employee coverage. This year, UVI will also pick up 45 percent of the total cost for family coverage while staying within the allotted budget for health insurance. For more information, contact Richards at (340) 693-1429 or send e-mail to veda.richards@uvi.edu.

St. Croix Biodiversity Film Fest to Focus on 'The Air We Breathe' on Sept. 23

The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest on St. Croix continues on Thursday, Sept. 23, with a free screening of the film "The Air We Breathe." The feature, from the National Film Board of Canada, focuses on how political choices and socio-cultural forces have led to a growing crisis of air pollution in major urban centers in Canada and the U.S. Writer, director and producer Jim Hamm produced the segment. The screening is set for 6 p.m. in Room 133 of the UVI Research & Extension Center on the St. Croix campus. Admission is free and no reservations are required. The festival is co-hosted by the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA) and the University of the Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service. Additional films are scheduled for Oct. 28 and Dec. 2.

The festival is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance of St. Croix. For details contact SEA's Environmental Education Coordinator Lynnea Roberts at 773-1989.

UVI Wellness Center Grand Opening Set for Sept. 24 on St. Thomas Campus

A grand opening ceremony for the new Wellness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Interior will be in attendance, along with Gov. John deJongh, Jr., members of the UVI Board of Trustees and members of the V.I. Legislature.

Parliamentary Procedures Workshop Set Sept. 24 on St. Croix

The Office of Student Activities on the St. Croix campus, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, St. Kitts-Nevis Student Association and the Residence Hall Association will host the Fall 2010 workshop entitled: "ABCs of Parliamentary Procedures" from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. The workshop will be offered in Room 103 of the North West Wing. Student leaders, members of UVI clubs and organizations, and all interested students are urged to register in the Office of Student Activities or via e-mail at hfinch@uvi.edu. For additional information, call the Office of Student Activities at (340) 692-4228.

Free Workshop on Creating School Gardens Planned on Sept. 28

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on the St. Thomas campus will conduct a free workshop titled "Creating a School Garden" on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The workshop is designed for public, private and parochial school teachers, paraprofessionals and any authorized school representatives in the St. Thomas-St. John District. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The venue is to be determined. The workshop will focus on the steps needed to create a vegetable garden.

Individuals who wish to participate must register by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. For more information and registration call (340) 693-1080.

St. Croix Campus Clubs/Organization Awareness Fairs Set Sept. 29

The Office of Student Activities on UVI's St. Croix campus will host its Clubs and Organizations Awareness Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Evans Center. Involvement in co-curricular activities creates learning opportunities for students and the chance to increase their leadership skills and abilities. It also enhances personal and scholastic development, while helping to define and shape career goals. UVI encourages students to explore various clubs and organizations. All students will have the opportunity to sign-up and join existing clubs and organizations. All interested clubs and organizations are asked to register at the Student Activities Office before Sept. 27, to reserve space at the fair. For more information, send e-mail to: hfinch@uvi.edu or call (340) 692-4228.

Matthew Thomas Serving as Interim Student Activities Supervisor on St. Thomas

UVI Associate Campus Executive Administrator for Student Affairs Dr. Doris Battiste has announced that Matthew Thomas is serving as the interim Student Activities Supervisor on the St. Thomas campus.

Thomas is a 2009 Graduate of the University of the Virgin Islands and holds a bachelor's degree in business management, with a concentration in computer applications. He served as vice president of the Student Government Association for two consecutive terms and was a Thurgood Marshall Scholarship recipient. His telephone number is (340) 693-1111 and his office is located in the Student Activities Center.

President Hall to Give Keynote at WGOD 25th Anniversary Dinner on Oct. 3

UVI President Dr. David Hall will give the keynote address on Sunday, Oct. 3, at a dinner at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort on St. Thomas celebrating the 25th anniversary of radio station WGOD 98FM and 1090 AM. For information about the event, please contact WGOD at 774-4498 or e-mail wgod98@viaccess.net.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for August 2010

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Aug. 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.

Nominations Being Sought for Awarding of Honorary UVI Degrees

The University of the Virgin Islands has established a policy regarding the awarding of honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments. Any member of the UVI administration, faculty, student body, staff or Board of Trustees may nominate a person to be the recipient of an honorary degree.

Nominations are currently being accepted in the Office of the President and should be submitted in writing via e-mail submission to: honorarydegrees@uvi.edu or by fax at (340) 693-1005 and must include:

1. A letter of nomination

2. Completed nomination form

3. Curriculum Vitae of the nominee

4. A document that clearly delineates distinguished achievements and the impact of those achievements, including supporting documents (i.e. scholarly documents, magazine articles, newspaper articles, citations for major prizes, etc.

5. Other supporting documents as may be appropriate.

A nomination form and the policy approved by the UVI Board of Trustees for awarding honorary doctoral degrees was shared with the UVI community via e-mail on Sept. 7. Nominations will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.

Student Testing Notes...

Fall CLEP Test Schedule for St. Thomas Campus Announced

Students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. CLEP tests will be administered on Sept. 30, Oct. 13, Oct. 26, Nov. 12, and Nov. 18, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123).

Students can register for the test at the front desk of the Office of Access and Enrollment Services, 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 $77 per test (payable to College Board) 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 may e-mail cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exam Dates Announced

Dates and locations for UVI's Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) have been announced for both campuses. Details are also available from the Registrar's Section of the UVI web site www.uvi.edu and 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.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

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 e-mail to mclavie@uvi.edu.

CLE C - Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

CLE D - Thursday, Nov. 9, 2010

Computer Literacy Tutorials are also offered on St. Croix 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.

CLE C - Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010

CLE D - Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Other Current Items...

Abstracts for Fall Research Symposium Due Sept. 10; Symposium Set Sept. 26

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 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. 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.

Airfare may be provided for St. Croix students who have registered and submitted an abstract by the Sept. 10 deadline. 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.

St. Croix SGA Seeks Candidates; Election Set Sept. 14

The elections committee of Student Government Association (SGA) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The Upward Bound Office on UVI's St. Thomas campus is 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 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 began on Sept. 4. 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.