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Bulletin Board for August 10, 2010

UVI Appoints Bettina Miller as Director of Human Resources

Bettina Miller has been appointed director of Human Resources and Organizational Development at the University of the Virgin Islands, effective July 6. She will have oversight responsibility for the University's Human Resources Department - spearheading strategic and tactical implementation of leading-edge organizational development and human resources initiatives. Miller will lead the development and delivery of core HR functions, including selection and retention, performance and succession management, and the development of HR policies, processes and procedures.

A news release, with photo, is available from the home page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Today... Photo Blog Features Prof. Kimarie Engerman

The UVI Today... photo blog continues its focus on the summer activities of members of the UVI community. The latest posting features Dr. Kimarie Engerman, an assistant professor of psychology at UVI, who recently completed a Leadership Development Institute program offered by the Quality Education for Minorities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program. The blog features the activities of UVI Peer Educators, student scientists and alumni. The photo blog is available from a link on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

St. Thomas Bookstore Closed Today for Cleaning, Maintenance

UVI's St. Thomas campus Bookstore is closed today for general cleaning and floor maintenance. The Bookstore will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10.

Fall Semester Notes...

Classes Begin Aug. 23: UVI's Fall Semester classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 23.

Returning Student Registration: Registration - online or in-person - for returning students continues through today (Monday, Aug. 9, 2010). Students must confer with advisors to receive information on their academic plans and to obtain PIN numbers needed for registration.

New and Transfer Student Orientation: Orientation activities are slated for Aug. 15-20. Orientation schedules have been published and are available from the Admissions section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Advisement and registration for new and transfer students takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010. A news release is available from the home page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Related information is featured in the "Fall Semester Notes..." section below.

Late Registration: Advisement and late registration are set for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 19-20. A late fee of $75 will be charged. For details, call (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-4158 on St. Croix.

New Faculty Orientation Scheduled Aug. 19-20 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI's Office of the Provost has announced dates for the University's New Faculty Orientation and the 2010 Fall Semester Faculty Convocation. The New Faculty Orientation is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 and 20. The orientation sessions will take place at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

UVI's Fall Semester Faculty Convocation Slated for Aug. 20 Videoconference
Note: Session time changed from earlier item.

The Fall Semester Faculty Convocation is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20. (Note: The convocation was originally scheduled for 5:30 p.m.) The convocation will be videoconferenced between the campuses with access available in Evans Center Room 401 on St. Croix and in Chase Auditorium (B-110) on St. Thomas. For more information call (340) 692-4183.

Blackboard System Maintenance Completed; Fall 2010 Courses Ready for Faculty

Maintenance of UVI's Blackboard system has been completed. All Blackboard users are now able to log into the Blackboard course management system using a single sign-on. What this means is the username and password individuals use for Blackboard will be the same as the username and password they use to log into their UVI computers. Those unable to log into Blackboard using the single sign-on should contact the UVI Helpdesk at ext. 1466 or send email to helpdesk@uvi.edu.

Also, Fall 2010 courses are now available to faculty. Courses will initially be labeled "unavailable" - that refers to the student not to the instructor. Instructors may access assigned courses and, when ready, will need to set courses to "available" to allow student access. Direct any questions to the UVI Helpdesk at ext. 1466.

Staff Council General Meeting Postponed Until Start of Fall Semester

The UVI Staff Council has announced that a Staff Council General Meeting, originally scheduled for July 27, has been postponed until the start of the 2010 Fall Semester. The date change has been made in order to allow for the maximum number of general, professional and administrative staff members to participate in the session.

The meeting will serve as an open forum designed to allow discussion of staff issues and concerns. A report on the UVI Staff Council Officers' Retreat held in May will also be given. For more information contact Staff Council Chair Raquel Silver at 692-4061 or send email to rsantia@uvi.edu.

UVI's 2010-2011 Catalog Available on Website

The 2010-2011 University of the Virgin Islands Catalog is now available in electronic format (PDF) on the UVI website. The new catalog consists of 216 pages and reflects the renaming from of the University's academic units as colleges and schools. It can be accessed from the Spotlight button on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Student Affairs Synergy Newsletter for St. Croix Campus Posted Online

The August/September issue of Student Affairs Synergy, a newsletter published by the Division of Student Affairs on the St. Croix campus, has been posted to the UVI web site. Along with general information, the newsletter features a welcome to Fall Semester students, a calendar, student gallery and tips for student success. The newsletter is available from the St. Croix Student Affairs section (Current Students/Activities) of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI's Fall Semester Financial Aid Awards Letters Available to Students Online

UVI's Access and Enrollment Management and Financial Aid offices have announced that financial aid awards letters for all Fall Semester students can be accessed via the University BUCSS (Banweb) online system. Students are requested to log into their account and review their information and respond accordingly. The login page is available from the Current Students/BUCSS tabs on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

This new process will facilitate immediate access to financial aid information and will expedite the disbursement process. Details of the new process, including login instructions for new users, were provided to students via email in June. Click here to see a copy of that information. Funds will not be disbursed on student accounts until they register for classes. Students are advised to contact the Financial Aid Office - St. Thomas (340) 693-1090 or St. Croix (340) 692-4145 - for further information or to share concerns regarding award letters.

Other Current Items...

Dr. Karl S. Wright Appointed UVI's Provost

Dr. Karl S. Wright has been appointed provost of the University of the Virgin Islands, effective July 15. As provost, he is responsible for administering academic policy at the University. Dr. Wright comes to UVI with more than 20 years of senior and executive level administrative experience at private and public universities. His higher education administrative experience began in 1985 when he served as chair of the Department of Economics at South Carolina State University. In 1987 he assumed the position of dean of the School of Business at the same university. Seven years later, Dr. Wright was named vice president for academic affairs at Florida Memorial University (FMU). He also served as executive vice president and provost at Florida Memorial University until 2006, when he was selected to serve as president of that institution.

A news release, with photo, is available from the home page of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

VI Autism Network Kite Flying Jam Set Aug. 15 on St. Croix Campus

UVI's St. Croix campus will host the VI Autism Network's second annual Kite Flying Back to School Jam from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15. Free kites will be provided to students. Music will be provided by DJ Mav. The Autism Network is joined by the UVI Buc Volunteers in presenting the activity. Sponsors are Plaza Extra and Seaborne Airlines. For more information contact Stephanie E. Barnes of the Virgin Islands Autism Network at (340) 626-3330.

Reichhold to Unveil 2010-2011 Season with Launch Party on Aug. 19

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will launch its 2010-2011 season with a party at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19, at the center on the University's St. Thomas campus. The public is encouraged to come out and see what entertainment - reggae, jazz, world music, R&B, dance and more - is in store at St. Thomas' premiere venue for quality entertainment. Along with the launch party, the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce will conduct a "Business After Hours" event. Included will be a free buffet and music by Spectrum Band. For more information, visit the Reichhold Center's web site - www.reichholdcenter.com - or call (340) 693-1550.

UVI's Libraries Operating on Intersession Schedule

The University of the Virgin Islands libraries are operating on an intersession schedule from July 30 through Aug. 22. During this period, UVI's libraries will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. They will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Regular library hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 23, at 8 a.m.

UVI's Information Technology Services has also announced that all student computer labs will be closed for maintenance during the intersession. More information is available from the UVI HelpDesk via email at helpdesk@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1466.

CERC Extends Deadline Date for Abstracts for 2010 Health Disparities Institute

The deadline for the submission of abstracts for the 3rd Annual Health Disparities Institute has been extended to Aug. 15, 2010. The UVI School of Nursing's Caribbean Exploratory (NCMHD) Research Center of Excellence (CERC) will conduct the institute on Thursday, Oct. 21, and Friday Oct. 22, on St. Thomas at the Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort.

The Health Disparities Institute annually draws top local and national presenters. It is designed for local health and human services professionals, health policy leaders, criminal justice professionals, elected and appointed officials, educators, students, community leaders, concerned citizens, religious leaders and the media. Continuing Medical Education and Continuing Education Unit credits are available.

Details, including full information on submitting abstracts, are available from the CERC web site - http://cercuvi.com - and from this direct link. Information is also available by calling Lorna Williams-Sutton at (340) 693-1172 or sending email to lsutton@uvi.edu.

UVI Chili Cooks Sought for Cook-Off; Event Set Aug. 22 at Brewers Beach

The 26th annual Texas Society of the Virgin Islands Chili Cook-Off will take place at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas campus on August 22. If there are chili cooks within the University community who would like to field a team to enter the chili competition (or to volunteer), please contact Patrice Johnson at 693-1058.

Prizes are awarded to the top 10 chili cooks, the top three vegetarian chili cooks and top three junior cooks. Rules for the chili entries can be found at http://www.thevirginpod.org.

Emergency/Hurricane Preparedness...

UVI Community Contact Information Needed for Emergency Messaging

The University plans to utilize text messaging and email alerts as communication strategies for informing students, faculty and staff during the current hurricane season and in the event of other emergencies.

In order to participate in UVI's emergency text messaging system, all students, faculty and staff must have current cell phone and email address information included in the "Personal Information" section of their BanWeb accounts.

If your contact information has changed you can update it on BanWeb. Details on this process are available from 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.

If you are unable to log on to BanWeb to make the update, please submit the change information to Nadine Questel Williams in the Human Resources Office via email - nqueste@uvi.edu.

The Office of the Campus Executive Administrator and Emergency Operations Preparedness Team #4 (Information, Education and Employee Assistance) thanks you for your cooperation.

CELL Notes...

CELL to Host Workshops on Writing Business Plans on Aug. 11

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center will host one-day workshops on St. Thomas and St. Croix designed to help individuals achieve effective business planning. The How to Write a Business Plan workshops are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 11. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, it will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The workshop is part of a series being offered by UVI-CELL in conjunction with the American Management Association. Participants will learn how to evaluate a company's capabilities, strengths and weaknesses, pinpoint crucial elements of the environment, set realistic goals and objectives, and implement the plan successfully.

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

Excel Training Workshops Scheduled on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center will be host two workshops for individuals interested in becoming proficient with the features and techniques of Microsoft Excel software. Both workshops will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas.

The first workshop, Intro to Excel will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10. In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to create spreadsheets, format cells, utilize basic formulas and functions, and master tools to make working with Excel much easier.

The second workshop, Unleashing the Potential of Excel, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 17 and 18. Participants will learn how to incorporate practical solutions for using Excel to manage data and generate reports, create and manage lists, use formulas and functions, and much more.

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

CELL Offering Free PRAXIS Tutorials for V.I. Teachers Through Aug. 31

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Education's Division of Human Resources is offering free Praxis I and II tutorials for public school teachers through Aug. 31. On St. Thomas, tutorial sessions are offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at the UVI-CELL Center. On St. Croix, the Math tutorial will be held 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, while the English tutorial will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tutorials are offered in Room H200 of the St. Croix Educational Complex.

This free service is funded by the V.I. Department of Education. The tutorials prepare teachers for the Praxis I and II exams which allow them to be designated as highly qualified teachers in order to meet the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act.

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