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Bulletin Board for July 26, 2010

UVI Mourns Passing of Senator Lorraine L. Berry

On behalf of the entire community of the University of the Virgin Islands, Mr. Alexander Moorhead, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University, and Dr. David Hall, the President of the University, join the rest of the Territory in mourning the loss of veteran Senator Lorraine L. Berry. A news release is available on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

Staff Council General Meeting Postponed Until Start of Fall Semester

The UVI Staff Council has announced that a Staff Council General Meeting, originally scheduled for July 27, will be postponed until the start of the 2010 Fall Semester. The date change has been made in order to allow for the maximum number of general, professional and administrative staff members to participate in the session.

The meeting will serve as an open forum designed to allow discussion of staff issues and concerns. A report on the UVI Staff Council Officers' Retreat held in May will also be given. For more information contact Staff Council Chair Raquel Silver at 692-4061 or send email to rsantia@uvi.edu.

Music Camp Students Offer Final Public Concert July 28 at Emancipation Garden

The final performance by students attending the 2010 UVI Summer Music Campus on St. Thomas is slated for 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28, at Emancipation Garden in downtown Charlotte Amalie. The program's 50 participants - junior and senior high school students from St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua and Virgin Gorda - began the free, mid-day concert series on June 30. During the camp, they also regularly performed on Sundays at various churches on St. Thomas and concluded their efforts with a staging of the children's opera "Hansel and Gretel" at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts on July 24. More on the camp is available from the current issue of dateline: UVI newsletter (see article below) and from this direct link.

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.

Executive Committee of UVI's RT Park to Meet July 30

A teleconference meeting of the Executive Committee of the UVI Research and Technology Park's (RTPark) Board of Directors will be held at 3 p.m. (AST) on Friday, July 30, at the RTPark offices on the St. Croix campus of the University of the Virgin Islands.

To participate, or to get more information, please contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200. Seating is limited.

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 and reflects the renaming from of the University's academic units as colleges and schools. It can be accessed from the Spotlight button on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

St. Croix Upward Bound Class Featured in UVI Today... Photo Blog

The UVI Today... photo blog continues its focus on summer activities with a posting today of a group shot of the 25 students enrolled in the Upward Program on the St. Croix campus. Other recent postings include a look at the opening session of an 18-month project designed to raise awareness of the increased risk of diseases and illness that predicted climate changes pose to the Virgin Islands and a photo of UVI President David Hall addressing the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, July 15. The UVI Today... photo blog is available from a button on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link.

UVI Chili Cooks Sought for Cook-Off

The 26th annual Texas Society of the Virgin Islands Chili Cook-Off will take place at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas campus on August 22. If there are chili cooks within the University community who would like to field a team to enter the chili competition (or to volunteer), please contact Patrice Johnson at 693-1058.

Prizes are awarded to the top 10 chili cooks, the top three vegetarian chili cooks and top three junior cooks. Rules for the chili entries can be found at http://www.thevirginpod.org.

Other Current Items...

Newsletter 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.

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 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.

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.

Excel Training Workshops Scheduled on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands' Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center will be host two workshops for individuals interested in becoming proficient with the features and techniques of Microsoft Excel software. Both workshops will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas.

The first workshop, Intro to Excel will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 10. In this hands-on session, participants will learn how to create spreadsheets, format cells, utilize basic formulas and functions, and master tools to make working with Excel much easier.

The second workshop, Unleashing the Potential of Excel, will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 17 and 18. Participants will learn how to incorporate practical solutions for using Excel to manage data and generate reports, create and manage lists, use formulas and functions, and much more.

For more information or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL 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.