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Bulletin Board for August 26, 2010

President Hall Becomes Honorary Member of Rotary-St. Thomas II

UVI President Dr. David Hall was inducted as an honorary member of the Rotary Club of St. Thomas II at the club's weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25. A photo and details from the activity are featured on the UVI Today... photo blog. The blog is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

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.

UVI Hosts STT-STX Forum on Alternative and Renewable Energy Today

UVI hosts a free forum on alternative and renewable energy from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 26). Experts in the areas of wind, solar, waste-to-energy and geothermal technology will make presentations. The forum is sponsored by UVI's VI-EPSCoR office. It will be offered at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and, via videoconference, in Room 401 of the Melvin Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. For details, contact Wayne Archibald at warchib@uvi.edu or Paul Devine at allawe@sjcf.org. VI-EPSCoR is the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

In addition to this forum, a Renewable Energy Trade Expo and Town Hall Meeting will be held at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus from 1:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. It is free and open to the public. The Expo begins at 1:30 p.m. and the town meeting starts at 6 p.m.

UVI Purchasing Conducting Annual Inventory Aug. 23-27

The UVI Purchasing Department's annual inventory of University assets continues through Friday, Aug. 27. Authorized persons will be moving throughout all buildings and offices on both campuses taking inventory of and tagging university equipment where appropriate. To facilitate this project, office personnel are asked to identify major equipment- $2,500 or more - purchased during fiscal year 2010. For details, call the Purchasing Department at ext.1491.

Today's St. Croix Biodiversity Film Fest Focuses on Mega-Cities

The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest on St. Croix continues today (Thursday, Aug. 26), with a free screening of the film "The Urban Explosion." The feature, which is a segment of the PBS series "Journey to Planet Earth," focuses on four mega-cities - Mexico City, Istanbul, Shanghai, and New York City - with an eye towards investigating a major challenge of the 21st Century: how to shelter and sustain the world's exploding urban population without destroying the delicate balance of our environment. Award-winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner produced the segment. It is narrated by Kelly McGillis. The screening is set for 6 p.m. in the UVI Theatre (Evans Center Room 401) on the University's 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.

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

Workshop on Creating School Gardens Postponed

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on the St. Thomas campus has postponed a workshop titled Creating a School Garden. The workshop, originally set for Aug. 27 - will be rescheduled. The workshop is designed for public, private and parochial school teachers, paraprofessionals and any authorized school representatives in the St. Thomas-St. John District. For more information call (340) 693-1080.

Brothers With a Cause Schedules Social Event for Friday, Aug 27

The St. Croix campus chapter of Brothers With a Cause (BWC) invites members of the University community to "An Evening on the Lawn" from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27. St. Croix President Michael Campbell said the activity will include vibrant music, light refreshments and "lots of networking." BWC is designed to provide tools and support to help male students graduate. The event will take place on the lawn in front of the Student Center on the St. Croix campus. For more information, contact Campbell via email at doc_campbell2007@yahoo.com.

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 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.

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, with a team reception. 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 email at helpdesk@uvi.edu will be monitored during the holiday.

Other Current Items...

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.

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.

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. The Center unveiled its season offerings on Aug. 19, with a St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event.

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.

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 beginning today (Monday, Aug. 16). 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.

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 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.

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 6-9 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.