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Bulletin Board for June 25, 2010

Annual Mango Melee Set for Sunday on St. Croix

The annual Mango Melee - a celebration of all things mango - begins at noon on Sunday, June 27, at the St. George Village Botanical garden on St. Croix. The day will feature entertainment, competitions, vendors, children's games, a silent auction of mangoes and tropical fruits, workshops and demonstrations. Contests will include cooking and eating mangoes and an identification of tropical fruit flowers. The event is presented by the V.I. Agriculture Department and UVI's Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station. Activities will continue until 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages six to 12. Children under five are admitted free.

UVI Fielding Two Relay for Life Teams This Weekend; Donations, Support Sought

Two teams representing UVI will participate in this weekend's (June 26-27) American Cancer Society Relay for Life on St. Thomas. While team rosters are full, organizers have issued a last call for assistance in meeting the minimum required contribution of $1,500 per team. Contributions can be credited to individual team members or to the overall UVI effort. The teams can also use supporters to help set up and take down their base tent and to stock it with beverages and food for the all-night event. Moral support throughout the Relay is always welcome. A news release is available from 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.

Dateline: UVI Spotlights $1M Donation, Retiring Dean Dr. Ronald Harrigan

The June edition of the monthly newsletter Dateline: UVI spotlights the recent $1 million donation by UVI trustee and businessman S. Donald Sussman. The donation is to be used toward the construction of a new science building on the St. Thomas campus. Trustee Sussman said he hopes this donation will serve as a "lead gift" to spur other contributions that will be needed to support the University's recently announced plans to construct new buildings on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Also featured is an interview with the Interim Dean of UVI's School of Education Dr. Ronald Harrigan, who is retiring after 38 years of working at the University. Printed copies of Dateline: UVI are distributed 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.

Retirement Luncheon, Scholarship Fundraiser to Honor Dr. Ron Harrigan

A celebration of the contributions of Dr. Ronald Harrigan to the University of the Virgin Islands is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27, at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas. The afternoon will feature a retirement luncheon and scholarship fundraiser in the name of Dr. Harrigan. For more information call (340) 693-1321 or (340) 998-9020.

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.

ITS June 2010 Newsletter Now Available Online

UVI's Information & Technology Services has published the June 2010 issue of the ITS Newsletter. The eight-page publication, distributed via email and posted to the ITS section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu, features numerous updates including reviews of the planned rollout of the myCampus web portal, work on the inter-island microwave link and renovation schedules for the St. Croix and St. Thomas libraries. Also included is an overview of student email communication policy and gmail changes approved by the UVI Senate on Friday, May 14. The newsletter (Volume 5, Issue 3) is available from this direct link: ITS Newsletter June 2010.

Other Current Items...

UVI Offering Vehicles for Sale on St. Thomas Campus

The University of The University of the Virgin Islands will be accepting sealed bids which can be picked up from the Purchasing Department starting June 16, 2010, through June 29, 2010, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for the items noted below:

A. One (1) ea. 1994 Toyota Truck Automatic (Color: White)

B. One (1) ea. 2003 Chevy Tracker Automatic (Color: White)

C. One (1) ea. 1997 Chevy S10 Automatic (Color: Brown)

D. One (1) ea. 2007 Ford Ranger Automatic (Color: White)

Vehicles are located at the Physical Plant building on the St. Thomas campus. Items will be sold AS IS. Only sealed bids will be accepted for the purchase of these items. Bid submission must be delivered to the University of the Virgin Islands-St. Thomas campus Purchasing Office no later than 3 p.m., on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Within five working days after the unsealing of the bids, the successful bidder will be notified by telephone and/or by mail. For more information contact Valderie Abramsen at 693-1483.

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...

Federal Pell Grant, Direct Loan Programs Offer Funds for Summer School

UVI students who are 2009-2010 financial aid recipients and who need money for summer school are advised to visit the University's Financial Aid Offices to determine if they are eligible for the New Year Round Federal Pell Grant or Direct Loan programs. Information and application forms for the programs are available from the Financial Aid Section (Applying for Aid/Summer Aid tab) of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - or this direct link.

To be eligible, students need to meet these requirements:

Have a valid financial aid application on file for 2009-2010 aid year.

Have remaining financial aid from the 2009-2010 aid year.

Have met all Federal and University of the Virgin Islands eligibility requirements.

If registering for both summer sessions, financial aid eligibility will be determined based on combined enrollment. Any changes in a student's enrollment status during the summer term can result in the Federal Pell Grant or Direct Loan being reduced or cancelled. A minimum of six credits are required for Direct Loan eligibility. Financial Aid Summer Payment Authorization to accept your charges will commence on May 7, 2010. The UVI Cashier's Offices are open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

UVI's Financial Aid Offices can also be reached at these numbers: St. Croix campus (340) 692-4193; St. Thomas campus (340) 693-1090.

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.

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).