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Bulletin Board for March 4, 2010

Month of Events to Commemorate Inauguration of UVI President David Hall

The University of the Virgin Islands invites the public to join in the celebration of the inauguration of Dr. David Hall as UVI's fifth President by participating in an array of events throughout the month of March. Inaugural activities will take place as UVI marks the 48th anniversary of the founding of the College of the Virgin Islands on March 16, 1962. A list of inaugural events is available from the Inauguration 2010 link on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Inaugural festivities began on Wednesday, March 3, with an Open House in the Northwest Wing Great Hall on the UVI St. Croix campus. UVI alumni, faculty, staff and students, as well as friends of the University were there to meet Dr. Hall while rekindling old friendships and sharing CVI and UVI memories.

Symposium on Spirituality and Professionalism - Thursday, March 4

Activities continue today (Thursday, March 4), with a Symposium on Spirituality and Professionalism in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus from 2 to 5 p.m. The conference will also be available via videoconference in the Great Hall of the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus.

Installation Ceremony - Saturday, March 6

On Saturday, March 6, the public is invited to join members of the UVI Board of Trustees, invited guests and delegates from academic institutions within the region and abroad for the installation of Dr. David Hall at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. The installation ceremony will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. over WTJX Public Television. In order to attend the event, members of the public will need to obtain tickets, which are free. Tickets can be obtained - up to and including the day of the ceremony - at the Reichhold Center for the Arts Box Office. Tickets are also available at V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo in the Tutu Park Mall on St. Thomas in the UVI Bookstore on UVI's St. Croix campus. Seating will be on a first-come first-serve basis.

A full news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Inaugural Notes...

Presidential Installation Ceremony Rehearsal and Processional Set

Presidential Installation Ceremony rehearsal will take place promptly at 5:30 p.m. today (Thursday, March 4), at the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

In order to ensure a comfortable and orderly assembly on Saturday, March 6, members of the UVI faculty, retirees and professional staff who plan to march in the Installation Ceremony processional are asked to park in the Administration and Conference Center parking lot no later than 5:30 p.m. The donning of regalia will take place in the air-conditioned comfort of the ACC building. Light refreshments will be served.

Shuttle buses will leave the ACC building at 5:45 p.m. en route to the Reichhold Center for the Arts, where faculty and staff will assemble on the lawn.

Members of UVI boards and other platform guests will assemble in the lobby of the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

Installation Ceremony Tickets for UVI Faculty and Staff

Tickets for faculty and staff who are not participating in the processional and for members of the public who wish to attend the Installation Ceremony may be obtained from the office of the Liaison to the Board of Trustees on the third floor of the Administration and Conference Center, as well as from the Reichhold Center Box Office. Admission is free.

Bucs, Lady Bucs Return to Home Court Against Rio Piedras Today and Friday

UVI's Bucs and Lady Bucs varsity basketball squads are at home this week with games against men's and women's teams from UPR-Rio Piedras. The Buccaneeers play at 7 p.m. today (Thursday, March 4). The Lady Bucs' game is slated for 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Both matchups will take place at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Natural Resource Seminar Series Begins Today with Dr. Raul Cano

Dr. Raul Cano, Director of the Environmental Biotechnology Institute at California Polytechnic State University will present the first seminar in UVI's new Natural Resource Management Seminar Series today (Thursday, March 4), from noon to 1 p.m. in Chase Auditorium (Business Education Room 110) on the St. Thomas campus with a videoconference link to Evans Center Room 401 on the St. Croix campus. The seminar series, which will continue over the next two months, is presented by VI-EPSCoR - the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research - in collaboration with UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics and the Center for Marine and Environmental Science. The series will include presentations by academicians and resource managers whose topics will include integrating the ecological, social and economic aspects of managing natural resource capital.

All interested persons are urged to attend. Information on subsequent seminars is available on the UVI website. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Nationally Renowned Health Disparities Lecturer to Speak at UVI on March 5

UVI's Caribbean Exploratory Research Center will host a guest lecture on health disparities featuring professor, author and public speaker Thomas A. LaVeist, Ph.D., at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 5. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Room 101 of the Business Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus, with a videoconference link to Room 103 in the North West Wing on the St. Croix campus.

Dr. LaVeist is the director of the Center for Health Disparities Solutions at John Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has been featured in Newsweek, CNN, Newsday, National Public Radio, Black Enterprise and the Baltimore Sun among national media outlets. He has written numerous articles in scientific public health and medical journals. His latest book, "Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the United States," was released in 2005. In addition Dr. LaVeist conducts the research for the "Top 50 Colleges for African American Students" published bi-annually in Black Enterprise Magazine. He is also the author of the "DayStar Guide for Colleges for African American Students," and co-author of "8 Steps to Help Black Families Pay for College."

For more information, call Doris Campbell at 693-1178.

March 5 Deadline Set for New Student ID Pictures on St. Thomas

UVI St. Thomas campus students are reminded that Friday, March 5, 2010, is the last day to have their ID pictures taken for the spring 2010 semester. Pictures are taken on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Registrar's Office in the Administration and Conference Center building. For information contact the UVI HelpDesk at 1466.

21st Afternoon on the Green - an 'Inaugural Feast' - Set Sunday, March 7

It will be food, music and a grand old time at the University of the Virgin Islands 21st annual Afternoon on the Green. The party begins at 12 noon on Sunday, March 7, on the St. Thomas campus' Herman E. Moore Golf Course. This year's theme is "An Inaugural Feast with an International Flair," celebrating the inauguration of UVI's fifth president, Dr. David Hall, and various cultures from around the Caribbean and the world.

Food is a mainstay at Afternoon on the Green. Members of the community contribute dozens of dishes for the event and for a small fee attendees get to sample a taste of their favorites. Attendees who purchase $10 worth of tickets will have an opportunity to judge the food. Judging will take place until 2 p.m. In addition to the food under the main food tent, there will be on-site grilling of burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers.

A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Psychology Club to Show the Film 'Must Read After My Death' on March 7

The UVI Psychology Club will show the film "Must Read After My Death," a documentary following the therapy process of a family using audio recordings and home movie clips, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 7, in the Great Hall of the North West Wing. Following the viewing, a panel of local psychologists will lead a discussion and analysis of the film. The UVI community and the public are invited. Admission is free. For more information contact Dr. Aletha Baumann at (340) 692-4178.

UVI Adds Two Members to Natural Resource Management Faculty

UVI has announced the arrival of two new faculty members with expertise in Natural Resource Management. The new faculty will teach courses in the Division of Science and Mathematics (DSM), and in the Master's of Marine and Environmental Science (MMES) Program. They will also be conducting research in the Center for Marine and Environmental Science (CMES) at UVI and are supported in part by the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR) funding from the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Kostas Alexandridis, Research Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management in the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, joined UVI from Australia, where he worked for the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organization in the area of natural resource management, sustainable livelihoods, and community-based participatory research.

Dr. Angela Dikou, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management in the Division of Science and Mathematics has applied her education, knowledge, and experience in marine biology, ecology, and natural resources management in the IndoPacific, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean at the interface of science and management.

VI-EPSCoR is also supporting a visiting fellow in Natural and Cultural Resource Management during spring term 2010, Dr. Gary Cummisk who is an Associate Professor of Geography and Anthropology at Dickinson State University in North Dakota.

A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

UVI Libraries to Observe Intersession Hours March 8-12

UVI Libraries will observe intersession hours from March 8, 2010 to March 12. Regular hours will resume at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 15.

During the intersession period UVI Libraries will operate during the following hours:

Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Libraries will be open on the following weekends:

Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March, 7, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, March 14, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For details, send email to helpdesk@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1466.

Emergency Broadcast System Testing Set for St. Croix and St. Thomas Campuses

The Security Departments on UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses will conduct testing of new emergency warning systems next week. Testing on the St. Croix campus is slated for on Tuesday, March 9, and Wednesday, March 10. On St. Thomas the testing is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, and Friday, March 12. The systems involve large speakers which broadcast a series of alarm sounds designed to designate various types of emergencies. Complete details of the system will be made available to members of the University community and to campus visitors as the system is implemented. For more information call (340) 692-4155 on St. Croix or (340) 693-1144 on St. Thomas.

February Edition of dateline: UVI Now Available on Website

The February edition of the monthly newsletter dateline: UVI is now available from the Public Relations section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. The issue, which has been distributed to UVI offices and campus locations, features a look at the upcoming Inauguration of UVI President Dr. David Hall, a preview of Afternoon on the Green, which is set for Sunday, March 7, on the St. Thomas campus, and look back at 39th Annual V.I. Agriculture and Food Fair on St. Croix.

Call for Calendar Artwork Issued by The Caribbean Writer

The Caribbean Writer, publisher of the annual anthology of Caribbean literature, is seeking high quality artwork to illustrate a calendar which it plans to launch. Local artists are invited to submit their original, color work in 12" by 9" size format. All artwork media will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2010. Artists are asked to include contact information. All artists retain copyright to their images. Payment will be in copies of the calendar. The Caribbean Writer seeks one-time use. Artists are asked to submit images in JPG format, with a minimum 300 dpi resolution via email to qmars@uvi.edu.

For more information, call 340-692-4152 or visit www.TheCaribbeanWriter.org.

3rd Annual UVI Model United Nations Conference Set March 18 at UVI

Students from UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses will participate in the third annual University of the Virgin Islands Model United Nations Conference from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The conference will simulate committees and programs of the United Nations. Through the conference, UVI students gain a better sense of international concerns, policies and affairs. Students will also improve on their communication skills as they learn approaches of debate, deliberation and development of solutions to world problems. The UVI Model United Nations Conference is sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division of UVI, and Rotary Club Harborside and Rotary Club West of St. Croix.

Students from the St. Croix delegation will represent China, while the St. Thomas delegation will represent Russia. Topics to be discussed include child trafficking, drug trafficking, air pollution and environmental hazards, and rural poverty.

The Chinese representatives are Carlinthia Cox, Nikki R. Lucas, Preston Miller, and Miguelina Valdes. Representing Russia are Lessley-Ann Gumbs, DeLeon Richardson, Re'Neesha J. Thomas and C'Neesha Williams. Dr. Kula Francis, assistant professor of Political Science at UVI, serves as advisor to competing students.

For more information, contact Dr. Francis at (340) 692-4065 or Sonia Boyce at (340) 626-9207. You may also send email to kfranci@uvi.edu.

St. Thomas Health Services Center Offers Free Gynecological Services March 18

The University of the Virgin Islands Health Services Center on the St. Thomas campus will offer free gynecological services to students from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 18, at the Health Services Office. Services include breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears, sexually transmitted diseases testing (Gonorrhea, Trichomonas and Chlamydia), pregnancy testing, and evaluation and treatment for conditions such as vaginitis and urinary tract infections. No appointments are necessary. The testing is sponsored by UVI Health Services in collaboration with the Department of Health Family Planning Clinic

For more information, contact Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

4th Law Awareness Fair Scheduled March 22 on St. Croix Campus

The 4th Annual Law Awareness Fair will be held on UVI's St. Croix campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, March 22. The fair is sponsored by the Students Affairs Division's Counseling and Career Center in partnership with the Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Interested persons should reserve a place at the fair. Sign-up sheets are available at the Counseling and Career Center in Rooms 720 and 721 of the Evans Center. For more information call (340) 692-4180.

St. Thomas Campus Health Services Office Seeks Peer Health Advocates

UVI's St. Thomas campus Health Services Office is seeking students interested in becoming Peer Health Advocates. Peer Health Advocates take the lead in promoting health awareness. Their motto is "Spread the word, not the risks." No previous experience is needed for these positions. Interested persons should visit the Health Services office and complete an application. For more information, contact Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

UVI Libraries to Offer Preferred User Program to V.I. Public

The University of the Virgin Islands, which has always allowed free, on-site access to library general collections and facilities for adult members of the Virgin Islands community will now offer a new, Preferred User Program. The program offers community users who are not affiliated with the University greater access to UVI's library and network resources for research and study. The following is a summary of privileges and requirements of the Preferred User Program (PUP).

Program Privileges:

• Personal UVI domain account for on campus Internet access

• Borrowing privileges for library books

• On campus access to library databases for research

• Printing from on-campus computers

• Access to UVI wireless network from a personal laptop. Wireless service is available in most campus buildings and meeting rooms.

• Access to workstations in the library computer lab

Requirements:

• For long-term access, non-refundable membership fee of $30.

• UVI alumni with proof of current membership in the UVI alumni association pay an annual, non-refundable PUP membership fee of $15.

• For short-term access to the UVI network pay $10 for a one-day guest account. This includes printing up to 30 black and white copies; it does not include borrowing privileges

• Current library community borrowers are grandfathered into PUP with automatic two-year membership

• Printing from the libraries computer lab is available to PUP members by adding value to a printing account at ten cents per page for black and white, and fifty cents per page for color copies

For details, contact UVI's Information Technology Services Helpdesk at 693-1466 or send email to helpdesk@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

UVI Senate Unanimously Approves Tuition Policies

Ardrina Scott Elliott, chair of the UVI Senate, has announced that the UVI Senate voted unanimously to approve the proposed UVI Tuition Remission Policy and Tuition Exchange Program at its meeting on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010. Dr. David Hall will now forward the policies to the Academic Research and Student Affairs Committee of the Board and to the full UVI Board of Trustees for final approval and adoption. It is likely that they will become effective for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The approved documents, in their entirety, as well as a summary of the proposed changes, will be posted to UVI Senate Blackboard course area by the end of this week. The course area can be accessed from this link - Blackboard login page - using "senateguest" as both the username and password. The documents will be available under Course Documents tab.

Cheerleading Squad Debuts at Homecoming; Photo Featured on UVI Today...

A highlight of UVI's homecoming games on Saturday, Feb. 20, was the debut of UVI's 2010 cheerleading squad. A photo of the squad - which features Kai Morson, Brittany Sec'Quoria Smith, Lessley-Ann Gumbs, Darryl Williams, Jr., Tricia Greaux, Tasha Richardson, Marisha Perkins and Nykeema Joseph - is featured on the UVI Today... photo blog which is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - or from this direct UVI Today... link. The squad's coach is UVI alumna Ubaldina Ottley.

St. Thomas/St. John Alumni Invited to 'Meet and Greet' President Hall on Feb. 26

The St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association will host a "Meet and Greet" session at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Dr. David Hall, UVI's 5th president, will be the chapter's guest. Chapter President Jacqueline A. Sprauve said the evening will give alumni a chance to interact with Dr. Hall and learn of his intentions for the university. A question and answer period will be included. The chapter has asked that questions be submitted prior to the event via email to uvialumassoc@yahoo.com. This process will assist in avoiding duplications and facilitate the question/answer period. For details, contact the UVI Office of Alumni Affairs at (340) 692-4023.

St. Thomas Campus Bookstore to Close March 12 and 15

UVI's St. Thomas campus Bookstore will be closed on Friday, March 12, and Monday, March 15, to allow Bookstore supervisors and staff to attend the National Association of College Bookstores Annual Conference and Expo. The expo provides bookstore managers a chance to view new trends in technologies, clothing, gift items and supplies.

Service Awards Ceremonies Set April 13 on St. Croix, April 16 on St. Thomas

UVI's Human Resources Office has issued an invitation to the University's 36th Annual Service Awards Ceremonies to UVI faculty and staff. The awards ceremonies are scheduled for Tuesday, April 13, in the Great Hall North West Wing on the St. Croix campus, and for Friday, April 16, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. Both activities will begin at 12:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Making a Commitment." Monday, April 5, is the deadline for submitting Service Awards Testimonials.

UVI Employee of the Year Nominations Due by March 26

UVI's Human Resources Office has announced that the Employee of the Year nomination process is now open to all full-time faculty and staff.

The Employee of the Year award is an important recognition of the contributions that individuals have made to the advancement of the University. Nominees should exemplify the standards and core values that the University has identified in the Service Charters.

Please submit completed nomination forms - available from the Forms link on the Human Resources Section of the UVI web site (www.uvi.edu) and from this direct link -addressing any three of the established criteria listed, to the Human Resources Office by mail, fax or hand no later than Friday, March 26, 2010.

Other Current Items ...

UVI's CERC Advisory Board to Meet March 5-6 on St. Thomas

The Caribbean Exploratory (NCHMD) Research Center (CERC) Advisory Board will meet from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on St. Thomas on Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6. The board is comprised of consultants from research-intensive mainland institutions of higher learning, as well as St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John community partners in education, public health and counseling.

For more information please contact CERC Administrative Coordinator Lorna J. Williams-Sutton at (340) 693-1172.

Dr. Hall to Meet with UVI Staff on March 15

The UVI Staff Council Executive Committee has invited the University's regular, professional and administrative staff members to a conversation with President Dr. David Hall from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Monday, March 15. The session will be available via videoconference in Teacher Education Room 101 on the St. Thomas campus and Evans Center Room 713 on the St. Croix campus.

President Hall will provide an update on University matters and address staff concerns. Staff Council President Raquel Silver has asked all supervisors to encourage their staff members to attend the meeting. Staffers are encouraged to forward issues they wish to have discussed to her via email at rsantia@uvi.edu.

Fall Semester 2010 Advisement and Registration Set to Begin March 15

Advisement and registration for ongoing UVI students for the fall semester 2010 will begin on Monday, March 15. Members of the University community are advised that this date reflects a change in UVI's previously published academic calendar.

March 15 is Deadline to Apply for UVI Scholarships for Fall 2010, Spring 2011

The University of the Virgin Islands Scholarship Committee has announced that the application period for fall 2010 and spring 2011 scholarships begins today (Feb. 15) and runs through Monday, March 15, 2010. Scholarship forms for three groups of students - High School, Undergraduate/Graduate, and International - have been prepared. The forms are available from the Scholarships page of the Financial Aid Section of the UVI web site - www.uvi.edu - and from these direct links: | Undergraduate/Graduate Students | International Students.

For more information, contact UVI's Financial Aid Offices: St. Thomas (340) 693-1090 or St. Croix (340) 692-4193, or the UVI Institutional Advancement Scholarship Office at (340) 693-1040.

UVI-Queen Mary 5K Walk/Run Slated for March 26 on St. Croix

Members of the UVI community are advised that the 9th annual UVI-Queen Mary 5K Walk/Run will begin at 6 a.m. on Friday, March 26, 2010. For individuals who wish to park at the St. Croix campus, where the race concludes, transportation will be provided at 5 a.m. from the campus to Kmart, where the race begins. For more information call (340) 692-4236.

Testing Notes...

Spring Semester CLEP Test Schedule Announced for St. Croix Campus

CLEP will be administered on UVI's St. Croix campus on the following dates for the spring 2010 semester.

Test Date Registration Deadline

Thursday, March 25 Friday, March 19

Thursday, April 15 Friday, April 9

Registration for CLEP tests is available at the Access and Enrollment Services Office in Evans Center Room 811. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. on each test date. Latecomers will not be allowed to take the test.

The cost associated with CLEP is $72 per test. Checks or money orders should be made payable to CLEP. No cash will be accepted. An additional administrative fee of $15, payable to UVI, is due prior to the test date. A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.

Spring Semester CLEP Test Dates Announced for St. Thomas Campus

UVI students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Spring 2010 semester has been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. CLEP will be administered on March 2, March 18, April 7 and April 19, 2010, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123).

Students can register for the test at the Office of Access and Enrollment Services' front desk, located on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. Test candidates must report to the test site no later than 9:30 a.m. on each test day with appropriate identification and form of payment. Acceptable forms of identification include a current driver's license, state or Federal ID, a current passport, tribal ID card, naturalization card or certificate of citizenship.

The cost associated with CLEP is $72 (payable to College Board) per test and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). Payment must be made in the form of check, money order, or credit card; cash will not be accepted. Students can email cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Ongoing Items...

2010 Edition of UVI Magazine Being Distributed

The 2010 edition of UVI Magazine, Volume 11, has been published. Boxes of magazines have been sent to key individuals for distribution. Magazines destined for the St. Croix offices of the Campus Executive Administrator and Institutional Advancement will be shipped on Tuesday, Feb. 16. A total of 2,000 magazines were printed. If a division, component or University area anticipates a need for additional copies, please contact the Public Relations Office at (340) 693-1057.

Goals of UVI Male Initiative Outlined in New Web Page

The University of the Virgin Islands has begun a Male Initiative with the goal of attracting more male students to the University and providing tools and support to help them graduate. The University and Virgin Islands communities will be hearing more about the Male Initiative and how they can participate in and support the effort in the coming weeks and months. A web page detailing this initiative is now available from the UVI home page - direct link.

NSE Applications Available from Counseling Services Office


Students interested in studying abroad through the National Student Exchange (NSE) program may obtain the NSE application and directory booklet from UVI Counseling Services office on the St. Thomas campus. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2010-2011 academic year. Interested students are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible. More information can be obtained from Counselor Supervisor Andrea Hamm, at (340) 693-1136 or via email at: ahamm@uvi.edu.

CELL Notes...

UVI-CELL to Offer Course on Cake Decorating on St. Thomas

The University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning

(UVI-CELL) Center will offer an introductory course for bakers, caterers and others interested in learning the basics of cake decorating. Introduction to Cake Decorating will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays beginning March 6. All sessions will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Students will learn the basic techniques used to design and decorate cakes, which can be used to further develop their own individual artistic and creative expression. The course will cover a variety of topics including making various types of icings, making simple icing flowers, borders, and lettering and much more.

For more information or to register, call the UVI-CELL Center at (340) 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Workshop on Improving Writing Skills on March 24

The University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVI-CELL) Center will offer a workshop for business professionals who wish to improve their writing skills. Sharpening Your Business Writing Skills will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, on St. Thomas and St. Croix. On St. Croix, the workshop will be held at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted. On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Participants will learn how to compose powerful professional documents that get attention and prompt action, overcome writers block, recognize and avoid common mistakes, edit their writing for clarity and more. The workshop is part of a series being offered by the UVI-CELL Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Upon successful completion of the series, participants will be awarded a certificate, jointly signed by UVI-CELL and the AMA.

For more information on the program or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

CELL to Offer Fundamentals of Human Resources Workshop in March, April

A workshop titled "Fundamentals of Human Resources" will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17, on St. Thomas and on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, on St. Croix.

The workshop is part of a series being offered by the University of the Virgin Islands - Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). Participants will learn the essentials of key HR functions such as implementing a results-based performance management system; writing job descriptions and specifications; developing cost-effective, competitive compensation and benefits programs; recruiting, selecting, interviewing, and hiring employees in compliance with Federal and State laws and much more.

The St. Thomas session will be held at the UVI-CELL Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, the workshop will be at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

For more information on the program or to register, call 693-1100 or visit UVI-CELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.

SBDC Notes...

Workshops to Minimize Impact on Marine and Coastal Resources Set March 9-10

The NOAA Fisheries Caribbean Field Office in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer workshops titled "Guide to Minimizing Impacts of Development to Marine and Coastal Resources: From Project Design to Permitting" on St. Croix on March 9, and on St. Thomas on March 10.

The workshops are part of the SBDC's ongoing project with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. At the workshops, information will be presented regarding local and federal permit processes and the evaluation of development projects.

The St. Croix session will take place at the Great Hall in the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. The St. Thomas session will be offered at the SBDC Training facility at Nisky Center. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission is free. Space is limited. To confirm attendance, please contact Aitza Pabón at (787) 851-3700 or (787) 455-0007 or send email to Aitza.Pabon@noaa.gov.