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Bulletin Board for July 22, 2010

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

The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest on St. Croix continues today (Thursday, July 22), with a free screening of the film "The State of the Ocean's Animals." The feature, which is a segment 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. Award-winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner produced the segment. 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.

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

The St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association will honor four members at the 8th Annual Breakfast Award Recognition ceremony set for 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 24. The breakfast will take place in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The honorees are: Joss Springette ('00), Glendia Caines ('77, '87), Dion Wells ('03) and Cornell Williams ('82). Event proceeds will benefit the St. Thomas/St. John Chapter Scholarship Fund. Tickets cost $30 per person. Tickets are available from the UVI Bookstore (693-1650), Reichhold Center's Box Office (693-1559) and chapter officers Pamela Toussaint, Helen Hart, Michelle Johnson and Jacqueline A. Sprauve.

PRAXIS Exam to be Offered on St. Thomas Campus on July 24

The PRAXIS teacher certification exam will be administered in the Nursing Education Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 24. Only persons who have registered with Educational Testing Service (ETS - www.ets.org) will be tested. No walk-ins are allowed. For more information call (340) 693-1462. (See related CELL item below.)

Music Camp Students Offer Public Concerts on July 24 and July 28

Music enthusiasts have two remaining opportunities - on July 24 and 28 - to experience performances by the 50 students attending the UVI Summer Music Camp on St. Thomas. Junior and senior high school students from St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua and Virgin Gorda are participating in the camp. The camp is under the direction of UVI Professor Austin A. Venzen, who has an assistant director and 13 counselors.

The last in a series of free, mid-day concerts is scheduled on July 28, at Emancipation Garden in Charlotte Amalie. The concert will run from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The camp will mark its conclusion with a performance of the children's opera "Hansel and Gretel" at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, (Note this is a day change from the previous Bulletin Board announcement.) at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on the St. Thomas campus. General admission to the Reichhold Center opera performance is $10. Tickets will be available at the door.

Dateline: UVI Spotlights Music Camp, VI Writing Project Summer Institute

The July edition of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI includes photos and stories about UVI's Summer Music Camp on St. Thomas and the VI Writing Project Summer Institute. Printed copies of the July edition of Dateline: UVI will be distributed by Public Relations to University offices. An online version, which is also suitable for printout, is available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Staff Council to Host General Staff Meeting on July 27

The UVI Staff Council will host a General Meeting for all regular, professional and administrative staff members from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 27. The videoconferenced meeting will take place in Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus and in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. All supervisors are asked to encourage their staff members to attend. The meeting will serve as an open forum designed to allow discussion of staff issues and concerns. A report on the recent UVI Staff Council Officers' Retreat will also be given. For more information contact Staff Council President Raquel Silver at 692-4061 or send email to rsantia@uvi.edu.

New Faculty Orientation, Fall Semester Faculty Convocation Dates Announced

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. The Fall Semester Faculty Convocation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. 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.

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. It can be accessed from the "Academics" - "Catalog/Graduate Bulletin" tabs on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.