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Bulletin Board for July 1, 2010

Reception Planned on St. Croix for Outgoing Provost Dr. Al Hassan I. Musah

UVI President Dr. David Hall has invited all members of the UVI community to a thank you reception in honor of Dr. Al Hassan I. Musah, the University's outgoing provost, from 4 to 5 p.m. today (Thursday, July 1) on the St. Croix campus. The St. Croix reception will be held in the Great Hall of the North West Wing.

A St. Thomas reception for Dr. Musah was held on Wednesday, June 30. Photos from that reception are available on the UVI Today... photo blog at this link: http://uvitoday.blogspot.com.

UVI to Observe Emancipation Day, Independence Day Holidays on July 2 and 5

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Friday, July 2, and Monday, July 5, in observance of the Virgin Islands Emancipation Day and Independence Day holidays, respectively. Summer Session II classes will resume and UVI administrative offices will re-open on their regular schedules on Tuesday, July 6.

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.

Other Current Items...

UVI Summer Camp Musicians to Perform with 73rd Army Band on July 4

Young musicians participating in the UVI Summer Music Camp will perform with the 73rd Army Band of the Virgin Islands National Guard at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, at Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. The concert is free and open to the public. It is sponsored in part by the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, the Law Enforcement Planning Commission, the Prior Family Foundation and American Legion Post 90.

UVI Summer Music Camp Students Announce Public Concert Schedule

Students attending the UVI Summer Music Camp will perform a series of five, free mid-day concerts at Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas. The concerts began on Wednesday, June 30. The concerts, which will be presented from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday, will continue 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. Prof. Venzen said campers have also committed to sharing the love of music with ensemble performances each Sunday at local churches. The students also plan a special July 4th concert with the V.I. National Guard's 73rd Army Band at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 4, at Emancipation Garden. 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.

UVI Relay for Life Teams Raise $3,000 for American Cancer Society

Congratulations to UVI's 2010 Relay for Life teams - and to their supporters - who raised more than $3,000 during the American Cancer Society's fundraiser held June 26-27 on St. Thomas. A picture from the event featuring UVI students Marjani Christian and Twanna Hodge is included in the UVI Today... photo blog - Click to View Photo Blog - and more information, including the names of team members, is available from a news release on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or 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: June 2010 - Revised Tuition Remission Policy & New Tuition Exchange Program. Individuals with questions should contact the Benefits Administration office at ext: 1429.

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.

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.

Ongoing Items

Human Resources Posts 2011 Holiday and Payroll Schedules

The UVI holiday and payroll schedules for 2011 have been made available by the Human Resources Office. UVI faculty and staff can access these and previous schedules from the Human Resources area of the "Inside UVI" section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or from these direct links: 2011 Holiday Schedule | 2011 Payroll Schedule.

UVI 2009-2010 Fact Book Available On-line

UVI's Office of Institutional Research and Planning has announced that the completed 2009-2010 UVI Fact Book is now available on-line. The UVI Fact Book contains information regarding enrollment for both fall 2009 and spring 2010. This information is presented, in a variety of ways, so that relative information by campus, gender and class are available.  In addition, historical enrollment, admissions, SAT scores, degrees conferred, course enrollment, faculty characteristics, tuition and fees, 2008 UVI financial statement, facilities, and current peer institutions are also available.  The UVI Fact Book can be accessed from the Office of Institutional Research and Planning page of the UVI website www.uvi.edu or from this direct link.

CELL Notes...

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

UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (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, St. Croix.

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).