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Bulletin Board for January 14, 2010

UVI Haiti Earthquake Relief Group Suggests Cash Contributions

With news out of Haiti painting a more vivid picture of the gruesome realities that exist there, the ad hoc UVI Haiti Earthquake Relief group has determined that monetary (cash) donations are the preferred form of assistance during this critical period.

David Edgecombe, special assistant to Gov. John deJongh for External Affairs, says government officials will meet later today to outline a unified Virgin Islands plan for assistance. Edgecombe said that dispatches being received from Haiti today indicate that more can be done with cash than with any other donations at this time.

Although canned goods and clothing will still be accepted at the Reichhold Center for the Arts tomorrow at the start of the Soweto Gospel Choir concert and in the Conference Room at the Student Activities Center on the St. Thomas Campus through Jan. 19th, the UVI community is being urged to make monetary donations to the following aid organizations to assist with the Haiti Relief effort:

Haiti Community Support - www.haitisupport.org

American Red Cross of the Virgin Islands - www.usvi-redcross.org

Catholic Charities of the Virgin Islands - http://vipn.vitelcom.net/ccusvi/

Catholic Relief Services - www.crs.org

C.A.R.E - www.care.org/vft/haiti

Rotary St. Thomas - www.clubrunner.ca/CPrg/home/homeD.asp?cid=1578

Spring Semester Add/Drop Period Continues Through Jan. 15

UVI's Spring Semester 2010 classes began on Monday, Jan. 11. The add/drop period continues through Friday, Jan. 15.

UVI Senate Meeting Scheduled for Friday, Jan. 15

The UVI Senate will hold its next meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. Items on the agenda include the adoption of the Principles and Guidelines Governing the Development of Academic Calendars (A proposed two-year academic calendar for Summer 2010 through Spring 2012 will be presented.), a proposal to change UVI unit designations from Divisions to Schools/Colleges, and discussion of the proposed Tuition Remission Policy and Tuition Exchange Program.

The meeting will take place in room 101 of the Teacher Education Building on the St. Thomas campus and in room 713 of the Evans Center on the St. Croix campus. All meetings of the UVI Senate are open to the public.

Soweto Gospel Choir Launches U.S. Tour Jan. 15 at Reichhold Center

The Soweto Gospel choir launches its U.S. tour with a performance at the Reichhold Center at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010. The choir, based in South Africa, will perform a series of traditional American gospel songs, along with upbeat African freedom songs. The choir is noted for its explosive harmonies and exuberant choreography. Performing in colorful African attire, the Soweto Gospel Choir's presentation is stunning.

In 2007 the choir received a Grammy Award for Best Traditional World Music Album, followed by a 2008 Grammy Award for its third album, "African Spirit."

Tickets are available at Home Again, Urban Threadz, Essentric Shoe Boutique, VI Bridal and Tuxedo, the UVI Bookstore on St. Thomas and Connections on St. John. They are also available for purchase online at www.reichholdcenter.com or call (340) 693-1559.

The Reichhold Center for the Arts invites the public to a sneak peek at the Soweto Gospel Choir featured on the home page of the Reichhold's web site: www.reichholdcenter.com.

Free H1N1 Vaccinations Offered Jan. 15 on St. Thomas Campus

Free H1N1 (swine flu) vaccinations will be offered at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15. The vaccine will be available to members of the University community as well as the general public.

All students, faculty and staff who are interested in receiving the vaccine are encouraged to do so at this time.

UVI Chess Club to Host Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 16 on St. Thomas

The UVI Chess Club will host a "Four Kings Day" chess tournament on Saturday, Jan. 16, at the UVI Library on the St. Thomas campus. The tournament is a U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) rated event and will be held in the Four Round Swiss format. Registration is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The tournament will feature open (adults) and scholastic (children K through 12) sections. The entry fee for the scholastic section is $8. The fee for the adult section is $15. All interested players are invited to participate. Non-members of the USCF can join at the event. USCF membership is an additional $6. Cash prizes based on the total entry fee will be awarded in the adult section. Trophies will be awarded in the scholastic section. For more information contact Mike Anders at (340) 201-7101 or send email to manders2@uvi.edu.

UVI to Close Jan. 18 in Observance of Martin Luther King Birthday Holiday

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Birthday Holiday. UVI classes will resume and administrative offices will reopen on their regular schedules on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

UVI Libraries to Maintain Weekend Hours Prior to Holiday

While UVI's Libraries will also be closed on Monday, Jan. 18, for the Martin Luther King Holiday, they will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17. The Libraries will reopen on their regular schedule at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

RT Park Board of Directors to Meet Jan. 20 on St. Croix

The Board of Directors of the UVI Research and Technology Park Corporation will meet at 3 p.m. (AST) on Wednesday, Jan. 20. The meeting will be held at the park offices on UVI's St. Croix campus and via teleconference. To participate, or to obtain more information, contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200. Seating is limited.

Dr. Hall to Speak at VI District Court's First Annual District Conference

UVI President Dr. David Hall will be the luncheon speaker on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the District Court of the Virgin Islands First Annual District Conference. Dr. Hall, who is a lawyer, taught law for more than 20 years and served as Dean of the Northeastern University School of Law. He will speak on the topic of spiritual revitalization of the legal profession.

According to the District Court's web site, the conference will also include dynamic presentations and discussions on judicial independence, a view from the Third Circuit on appellate practice, procedural considerations in pursuing a review on writ of certiorari, and a Supreme Court round-up. Other conference speakers include the Chief Judge of the Third Circuit, District Judges, and the Dean of the School of Law of the University of California at Irvine.

Student Health Survey Results to be Presented to Staff and Students Jan. 28

Julie Sanem, MPH of Boynton Health Services of the University of Minnesota, will be presenting the results of the College Student Health Survey on Thursday, Jan. 28, to administrators, faculty and staff from noon to 1 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. A presentation for students will take place from 1-2 p.m. in the same room.

The College Student Health Survey was the first comprehensive survey of UVI students that sought to understand their health status, health care coverage and utilization, emotional and mental health, personal safety, nutrition and physical activity, chemical health, and sexual health. The presentation will include the survey results, services offered by UVI Counseling and Health Services, how the data is used at other institutions and how it will be used at UVI.

Refreshments will be served. Individuals interested in attending the presentation should RSVP to UVI Counseling Supervisor Andrea Hamm at (340) 693-1136 or ahamm@uvi.edu or to UVI Career and Counseling Supervisor Doris Farrington Hepburn at 692-4188 or dfarrin@uvi.edu by Jan. 21.

UVI New Hires Report Posted for December 2009

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Dec. 1-31, 2009. 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.

Funeral Services Scheduled for UVI Security Officer Emily Gumbs

Funeral services for St. Thomas campus Security Officer Emily Gumbs, who passed away during the holiday break, will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at Sts. Peter & Paul Cathedral. Interment will follow at the Western Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Davis Funeral Home. Visitation with the family at the funeral home is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 25, and from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 26. The deadline for submission of messages to the funeral booklet is Monday, Jan. 18. To do so, contact Joseph Gumbs at josephgumbs@hotmail.com.

Other Current Items...

2009-2010 UVI Staff Council Officers Announced

The 2009-2010 UVI Staff Council (UVISC) Officers have been announced. Congratulations to the following individuals, who were elected in November to serve two-year terms.

Vice Chair - Linda Smith
Regular Staff Representative: STT - Astrid Carmona
Professional Staff Representative: STX - Cheryl Roberts
Administrative Staff Representative: STT - Cherie Wheatley
Chair Human Resources Committee - Jacquiel Fredericks
Chair Membership Committee - Shelly Ansyln-Jones

The position of Chair of the Communications Committee is vacant as a result of Daryl Petersen's resignation. Nominations for this position are being sought and should be forwarded to Maria Fleming at 692-4183 or by e-mail at mflemin@uvi.edu

VI Historians to Hold Annual Meeting at UVI Jan. 16

UVI's Division of Humanities and Social Sciences will cosponsor the 24th annual conference of the Society of Virgin Islands Historians from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the at the Great Hall of the Northwest Wing Annex on the University's St. Croix campus. The theme for the annual meeting is "Virgin Islands Crossroads: Managing our Cultural Resources."

Presenters include Dr. Jeannette A. Bastian, associate professor and Director of the Archives at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. Her paper, "'Play Mas': Carnival in the Archives and the Archives in Carnival," will be followed by a workshop. Cultural production workers wishing to participate in her blog, and a post-lecture on-site workshop ("Community and Culture") at UVI, may contact Dr. Bastian at: jeannette.bastian@simmons.edu.

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

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 INAUGURATION2010 tab on the Board of Trustees and President's Office pages of the UVI website or from this direct link.

Deadline to Order Inaugural Regalia is Jan. 18

Orders for Inaugural regalia must be placed no later than Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, through Mervin Taylor in the St. Thomas campus bookstore. If you need regalia please remember to place your order by the deadline in order to insure arrival in advance of the March 6th inaugural and to avoid a late fee. Professional staff are invited to queue.

Americans with Disabilities Training Available on St. Croix, St. Thomas

Interested members of the UVI community are invited to participate in free Americans with Disabilities Act training opportunities scheduled on St. Croix and St. Thomas in January. The training is offered in association with Cornell University's Northeast ADA Center. Sessions are available on St. Croix on Jan. 25 and 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, and on St. Thomas on Jan. 28 and 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort.

For more information, contact Gerarda Hanna at UVI's Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at (340) 692-1919.

Ongoing Items...

Agrifest 2010 Organizers to Vendors, Visitors: Plan Ahead

Organizers of the 39th St. Croix Agriculture and Food Fair are urging the public to make plans now to attend this year's fair scheduled for Feb. 13 to 15.

Vendors, farmers and exhibitors are being reminded that display space is in high demand for the largest fair of its kind in the Caribbean.

A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or 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.

SBDC Notes...

Surety Contractor Bonding Seminar Jan. 15

UVI's Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) will present seminars on surety bonding at its training facilities on St. Croix at the Sunshine Mall on today (Thursday, Jan. 14), and on St. Thomas at Nisky Center on Friday, Jan. 15. The St. Croix seminar is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the St. Thomas session is from 10 a.m. to Noon. The presenter is Steve Golia, executive vice president of IBCS Group, Inc. Admission is free. Pre-registration is required. Seating is limited.

For more information call (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix.