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Bulletin Board for July 12, 2010

Secure Online Giving Implemented on UVI Web Site

"Investing in UVI just got easier..." That is the message visitors to the University of the Virgin Islands web site are now receiving with the newly implemented online giving feature found at www.uvi.edu. A prominent button on the UVI homepage - "Support UVI, Donate Now" - offers all members of the community and potential supporters a quick, easy and secure way to make online donations using credit cards. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

CERC Extends Deadline Date for Abstracts for 2010 Health Disparities Institute

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

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 Today... Photo Blog Focuses on UVI Summer Activities

Fifty students who will enter the 10th, 11th and 12th grades in Virgin Islands schools this fall are participating in the 2010 Upward Bound Programs on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. The 25 students in the St. Thomas campus program gathered today (Monday, July 12) for a group photo which can be seen on the UVI Today... photo blog. Also featured on the UVI Today... photo blog are pictures from one of the 4-H Summer Academies being run by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. The academies are for children ages 5-14 and continue until Aug. 6. UVI Today... is also available from a link on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu.

Biodiversity Film Fest Continues July 22 with 'State of the Ocean's Animals'

The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest in St. Croix continues on Thursday, July 22, with a free screening of "The State of the Ocean's Animals." The film, which is part of the PBS series "Journey to Planet Earth," investigates why so many of our ocean's animals are disappearing. Case studies from Antarctica, Melbourne Beach, Fla., the Klamath River in California and Oregon, and Monterey Bay, Cal. focus on global issues including climate change, sea-level rise, over-fishing and habitat destruction. The segment was produced by award-winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner. It is narrated by Matt Damon. 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.

Other Current Items...

Fall 2010 New Student Orientation Schedules Available Online

UVI's Fall Semester 2010 new student 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. Orientation activities are scheduled for the week of Aug. 15. Fall Semester 2010 classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 23.

UVI Summer Music Camp Students Continue Public Concerts on Wednesdays

Students attending the UVI Summer Music Camp are performing a series of free, mid-day concerts at Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. The concerts began on Wednesday, June 30, and will continue on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. through July 28. Junior and senior high school students from St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua and Virgin Gorda are participating in the camp. UVI Professor Austin A. Venzen is the camp director. The camp will mark its conclusion with a performance of the children's opera "Hansel and Gretel" at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 23, at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on the University's St. Thomas campus.

St. Thomas/St. John Chapter Alumni to Host Recognition Breakfast July 24

The St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the UVI Alumni Chapter will host its 8th Annual Breakfast Award Recognition ceremony at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 24. The breakfast will take place in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. This year's honorees are: Joss Springette, Glendia Caines, Dion Wells and Cornell Williams. Event proceeds will benefit the St. Thomas/St. John Chapter Scholarship Fund. Tickets cost $30 per person.

Students to Present Work at Summer Research Symposium on July 30

UVI's College of Science and Mathematics will conduct the annual Summer Research Symposium from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, July 30, in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Approximately 36 summer undergraduate students who are participating in a variety of STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - programs will showcase their interdisciplinary research projects.

For more information contact Moneca Pinkett at UVI's Emerging Caribbean Scientists Programs at (340) 693-1249.

UVI's Completion of VI Mesonet Project Makes Weather Data Available to Public

In time for the heart of the 2010 Atlantic Hurricane Season, the UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies introduces a new local weather reporting system. VI Mesonet is a network of automated weather stations designed to monitor environmental data. The installation and activation of five weather stations with sensors complete the project, which was conducted by the UVI Center for Marine and Environmental Studies on behalf of the Caribbean Regional Association (CaRA).

The weather network will measure meteorological data including air temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed and wind direction. Utilizing data quality control and computer modeling, station reports are provided in real time or near real time. Initial reports, including model forecasts, will be disseminated on the following radio stations: WGOD-FM, WSTA-AM, and WVWI-AM. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI New Hires-Separations Report Posted for June 2010

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for June 1-30, 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.

Revised Tuition Remission Available Online

UVI's revised tuition remission form, used to enroll in classes for employees, their spouses and dependent children, is now available.

Employees are asked to take note of the following changes: Employees, spouses and dependent children must register on the last day established for registration without penalty, the Benefits Director will approve the form, and the employee MUST sign at the bottom of the form. For employees, tuition remission applies to three (3) undergraduate courses, (9 credits) per semester or two (2) graduate courses, (6 credits) per semester. Tuition Remission is not available for any course previously failed. A summary of the guidelines approved by the Board of Trustees is printed on the back of the form.

Forms are available in the Business Office on St. Croix and the Benefits Administration and Human Resources offices on St. Thomas. They are also available from the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Tuition Remission, Tuition Exchange Programs Detailed

An outline of changes to UVI's Tuition Remission Program and details of the University's new Tuition Exchange Program - approved at the June 12 Board of Trustees meeting - have been distributed to faculty and staff via email. The policy document is available from the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

For more information, call Benefits Director Valena Veda Richards at (340) 693-1429 or send email to: veda.richards@uvi.edu.

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...

UVI-CELL Seeking Instructors with Construction Experience

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center is seeking individuals with experience in the construction field to become certified craft instructors. Individuals must be licensed or have achieved Master Certification in one or more of the construction trades. Teaching experience is preferred, but not required to participate in the program.

The certification program is free to participants and is being funded by the V.I. Department of Labor. The goal of the training is to have instructors achieve certification through the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER). Those selected will be expected to serve as instructors for the upcoming Construction Skills and Trades Training program.

Training for instructors will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., July 14-17, at the UVI-CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas Campus. Space is limited and individuals will be admitted to the program on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, or to register, call (340) 693-1100.

Grammar, Proofreading Course Offered on St. Thomas, St. Croix on July 14

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center will host a one-day refresher course for individuals who wish to enhance their writing skills on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The Grammar and Proofreading Refresher Course is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVI-CELL Center. On St. Croix, the course will take place at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The workshop is part of a series being offered by UVI's CELL Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants will learn to overcome writing problems, revisit the rules of grammar, write clearly, produce error-free documents and proofread for clarity.

For more information on the program or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL 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.

SBDC Notes...

USVI Wage Reporting Seminar Scheduled for July 27 on St. Thomas

A USVI wage reporting seminar will be offered by the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service in collaboration with the VI Small Business Development Center on Tuesday, July 27. The seminar will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and take place at the SBDC Training Facility at Nisky Center on St. Thomas.

The seminar will cover electronic filing of form W-2VI, common errors and how to avoid them, the use and misuse of form W-2c for corrections, the Social Security Number Verification Service, and the use of form 941 and 941X, identifying employees versus independent contractors. For government entities the IRS will be present information on state and local compliance.

Seating is limited. Interested individuals should contact the following by July 20: Tyrone Benefield at (212) 264-1117 (tyrone.s.benefield@ssa.gov) or Roberto Caraballo at (340) 774-5247 (roberto.caraballo@ssa.gov).