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Bulletin Board for September 16, 2010

Auditions Continue for UVI Theatre's Fall Production of South Pacific

Auditions for actors in the upcoming UVI Theatre production of a Caribbean version of South Pacific continue today (Thursday, Sept. 16) through Saturday, Sept. 18. The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic musical will be produced at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts in November. It will feature Emmy Award-winning guest artist GregAlan Williams from the U.S. in the role of Emile deBecque. A news release is available on the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

The remaining open auditions - for members of the UVI family and the Virgin Islands community - are set for Thursday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Friday at noon, and Saturday at 10 a.m. Auditions, which are also available by appointment, will take place at the UVI Little Theatre (CA Building on the St. Thomas campus). In addition to actors and singers, the production needs chorus members, costumers, builders and painters, lighting and sound technicians, publicists, hairdressers, and makeup artists.

For details or to arrange an audition, contact Dr. Doug Larche at (340) 693-1341 or send e-mail to dlarche@uvi.edu.

UVI Senate Schedules First Meeting of New Academic Year for Sept. 17

The UVI Senate will conduct its first meeting of the 2010-2011 academic year at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. The meeting will take place via videoconference in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center Room 807 on the St. Croix campus. The meeting's agenda includes the installation of new senators, the election of a vice chair and the introduction of new cabinet members. Other matters on the agenda include discussion of the UVI consultancy and business interest policy, the 2010-2012 academic calendars, institutional effectiveness, the awarding of honorary degrees, presidential goals for 2010-2011, a leadership institute report, an enrollment update, a UVI Budget Committee report and a proposal for a tuition increase.

Workshop on Applying for Federal Jobs Set for St. Croix, St. Thomas

UVI's Counseling and Career Services Offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas will host workshops entitled "Learn How to Apply for Federal Jobs With the Expert!" on St. Croix on Sept. 21, on and on St. Thomas on Sept. 22. A representative from the Federal Air Marshal Service will be the featured presenter.

The St. Croix campus sessions will take place in from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 103 of the North West Wing. The St. Thomas campus session will be held in the Counseling and Placement Center's conference room from noon to 1 p.m.

Interested students should sign-up at their Counseling and Placement Office. For more information, contact the Counseling and Career Services Office on St. Croix at (340) 692-4180 or on St. Thomas at (340) 692-1087.

BWC Plans Session for Interested Students on Sept. 23 on St. Croix

The St. Croix campus chapter of Brothers With a Cause (BWC) will conduct an informational session for interested students at noon on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Pavilion next to the Residence Hall. UVI President Dr. David Hall, who inspired the organization of Brothers With a Cause, will be in attendance. The group's goal, according to Chapter President Michael Campbell, is to recruit, support and retain male students and to make sure they make the most of their college experience. Most recently, the St. Croix BWC chapter brought out Sumo wrestlers for their promotional event "An Evening on the Lawn" on Aug. 27. A photo from the evening and more information is featured on the UVI Today... photo blog. View the blog.

For more information on BWC activities on the St. Croix campus send e-mail to brothrswithacause.stx@gmail.com.

RTPark Board of Directors to Meet Sept. 23 on St. Croix

A meeting of the UVI RTPark/RTPark-PC Board of Directors is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. (AST) on Thursday, Sept. 23. It will be held at the RTPark office on UVI's St. Croix campus and available via teleconference. To participate or to obtain more information contact Ingrid Santangelo at (340) 692-4200.

HIV Jam Planned to Support St. Thomas Campus Testing Drive on Sept. 24

UVI's Student Peer Educators on the St. Thomas campus will host an HIV Testing Jam from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, at the UVI Dining Pavilion. The jam will feature entertainment by After Dark Entertainment and the Smooth VYBEZ International Band. It is designed to help support an HIV testing drive taking place on campus also on Sept. 24. Free HIV testing will be available in the Sports and Fitness Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Health Services Building from 8 to 10 p.m.

Admission to the jam will be free for students who take an HIV test and $5 for students who are not tested. Admission will be $5 for non-students who are tested and $10 for non-students who are not tested. For more information call the Student Peer Educators office at (340) 693-1120 or 1126.

Free Health & Wellness Screening Day Set Sept. 24 on St. Thomas Campus

UVI's Health Services Office on the St. Thomas campus will offer health and wellness screening day on Friday, Sept. 24, for all students, faculty and staff - as well as the general public. Free screening for blood pressure, blood glucose and blood cholesterol, eye exams, chair massage therapy, HIV testing and counseling will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sports and Fitness Center. For more information, contact Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert at (340) 693-1124.

UVI Wellness Center Grand Opening Set for Sept. 24 on St. Thomas Campus

The UVI community is invited to the grand opening ceremony for the new Wellness Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Interior will be in attendance, along with Gov. John deJongh, Jr., members of the UVI Board of Trustees and members of the V.I. Legislature.

St. Croix Campus Bookstore to Close Sept. 27-30 to Conduct an Inventory

The UVI Bookstore on the St. Croix campus will be closed from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30 to allow staffers to conduct an inventory. The Bookstore will re-open on Friday, Oct. 1.

TMCF Representatives to Interview Student Candidates for Leadership Institute

Representatives from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will visit UVI's St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses to interview students interested in participating the organization's 10th Annual Leadership Institute and Career Fair scheduled for Oct. 29 in New York City. The conference provides networking opportunities, a career fair with major U.S. employers in attendance and a variety of workshops. UVI typically sends from 10 to 15 students to the activity.

The TMCF representatives will conduct interviews on the St. Thomas campus on Tuesday, Sept. 28, and on the St. Croix campus on Wednesday, Sept. 29.

To qualify, students must be juniors, seniors or graduate students with a 3.0 or higher GPA. Each candidate must participate in an interview with a TMCF representative. A resume is also required. Interested students should sign-up at their Counseling and Placement Office by Friday, Sept. 24. For more information, contact the Counseling and Career Services Office on St. Croix at (340) 692-4180 or on St. Thomas at (340) 692-1087.

Official Book Launch for Vol. 24 of The Caribbean Writer Set Sept. 30

The official book launch of Vol. 24 of The Caribbean Writer is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Great Hall on UVI's St. Croix campus. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the new editor, Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, and hear some the contributors read their work. Autographed copies will be available for purchase. Music and refreshments will also be offered.

This issue of The Caribbean Writer features 80 pages of poetry, 200 pages of short stories, and personal essays by established and emerging writers from the Caribbean region, as well as the Caribbean Diaspora. It includes a special 70-page tribute to three of the Caribbean's intellectual giants who passed away last year, Rex Nettleford, Trevor Rhone and Wayne Brown. It also features more than 20 reviews of books by Caribbean writers and scholars.

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

CES Offers Clothing Construction Course on St. Thomas Beginning Oct. 5

A clothing construction class will be offered by the Family & Consumer Sciences Program of UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) on the St. Thomas campus starting on Oct. 5. The free course will be offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. It will take place in the CES's New House Building. Participants will need to bring scissors, thread and sewing pins to the first class. For more information and to register, contact Dr. Caryl Johnson at (340) 693-1082 or Orpha Penn at (340) 693-1080.

UVI's Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa Featured in Virgin Voices Online Magazine

Virgin Voices, the Caribbean Magazine for Lifestyle, Culture and Commerce, offers a look at UVI Humanities Professor Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, the new editor of The Caribbean Writer, in its current online edition. The article titled "Woman of Many Genres" gives a short insight into the world of the award-winning poet and author. Read the article. The article is accompanied by an audio clip of the interview with Dr. Palmer Adisa. The current Virgin Voices also features the first of a new series of guest columns by members of the UVI faculty and staff. In it, Dr. Gloria Callwood, the principal investigator and director of UVI's Caribbean Exploratory Research Center, outlines the Center's focus on health disparities and previews its upcoming third annual Health Disparities Institute (see related item below). Read the article.

Virgin Voices will also feature stories on UVI people, programs and events in the upcoming months. Anyone who wants to suggest a story idea or feature should send e-mail to Nanyamka Farrelly in the UVI Public Relations Office at nfarrel@uvi.edu. The online magazine includes sections on education, literature and book reviews, and people.

Discount Rates for Health Disparities Institute Available to UVI Faculty, Staff

Members of the UVI faculty and staff can take advantage of special discount rates for the third annual Health Disparities Institute which is scheduled for Oct. 21-22. The Institute is sponsored by the Caribbean Exploratory (NCMHD) Research Center in UVI's School of Nursing. The discount rates are $75 for one day and $150 for both days. To take advantage of these rates, individuals must register by Sept. 30. After Sept. 30, the late or on-site registration fee will apply.

Please use this form - Faculty/Staff Health Disparities Institute Registration Form. Please do not mail this form since this may delay its return. Individuals should complete, scan and return via e-mail to (lsutton@uvi.edu) or submit via fax at (340) 693-1148. For more information contact Lorna Sutton at (340) 693-1172.

Other Current Items...

Dr. Hall to Host Reception for New Members of St. Thomas UVI Community

UVI President Dr. David Hall will host a reception honoring new members of the St. Thomas UVI community at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. The reception will take place on the grounds adjacent to the President's guest house.

Nominations Sought for Awarding of Honorary UVI Degrees; Deadline Sept. 17

The University of the Virgin Islands has established a policy regarding the awarding of honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments. Any member of the UVI administration, faculty, student body, staff or Board of Trustees may nominate a person to be the recipient of an honorary degree.

Nominations are currently being accepted in the Office of the President and should be submitted in writing via e-mail submission to: honorarydegrees@uvi.edu or by fax at (340) 693-1005 and must include:

1. A letter of nomination

2. Completed nomination form

3. Curriculum Vitae of the nominee

4. A document that clearly delineates distinguished achievements and the impact of those achievements, including supporting documents (i.e. scholarly documents, magazine articles, newspaper articles, citations for major prizes, etc.

5. Other supporting documents as may be appropriate.

A nomination form and the policy approved by the UVI Board of Trustees for awarding honorary doctoral degrees was shared with the UVI community via e-mail on Sept. 7. Nominations will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010.

St. Thomas SGA Election Set Sept. 22

The St. Thomas campus Student Government Association (SGA) will conduct its fall semester election from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Candidates include: Malkia Morton and Elizabeth Tichardo for Board of Trustees; Kyza Callwood and Charlesworth McCarthy for SGA President; Merl Eustache and Christa Mathurin Harris for Vice President; Lyle Gumbs, Ciaran Phillip, Ismael Rosado Jr., Jonesia Smith; Randel Thompson and Roger Wattley for Senior Senator; Dimitri Maduro for Junior Senator; Chenelle Kuntz for Sophomore Senator; and Kernifer Deserve, Raydiance Granger, Raynard Malone and Britanny Robinson for Freshman Senator.

For more information contact the Student Activities Office at (340) 693-1111.

St. Croix Biodiversity Film Fest to Focus on 'The Air We Breathe' on Sept. 23

The 2010 Year of Biodiversity Film Fest on St. Croix continues on Thursday, Sept. 23, with a free screening of the film "The Air We Breathe." The feature, from the National Film Board of Canada, focuses on how political choices and socio-cultural forces have led to a growing crisis of air pollution in major urban centers in Canada and the U.S. Writer, director and producer Jim Hamm produced the segment. The screening is set for 6 p.m. in Room 133 of the UVI Research & Extension Center on the 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 Marine Advisory Service. Additional films are scheduled for Oct. 28 and Dec. 2.

The festival is sponsored by Marshall & Sterling Insurance of St. Croix. For details contact SEA's Environmental Education Coordinator Lynnea Roberts at 773-1989.

Students, Faculty, Staff Sought for Intramural Coed Volleyball on Both Campuses

UVI's Intramural Department will sponsor coed volleyball leagues on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses beginning in the near future. Games will be played on Tuesday and/or Thursday nights. UVI students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate and to form teams. Teams will consist of 10 players, with no more than six on the court at a time. Teams must have a minimum of three female players on the court at all times.

Individuals interested in joining a team should contact Prof. Erik Heikkila on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1213 or Prof. Bruce Wray on St. Croix at (340) 692-4139. Teams should be entered for league play by Monday, Sept. 20.

UVI Faculty Advised to Back Up 2009 Blackboard Courses by Sept. 24

UVI's Information Technology Services advises all members of the faculty that they have until 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, to back up the contents of any 2009 courses offered via the Blackboard system. Blackboard's export process allows courses files to be saved to jump or external hard drives. After the Sept. 24 deadline, the Blackboard server will be cleared of all 2009 courses. This is required in order to maintain server performance. For more information, view this instruction sheet or contact the HelpDesk at ext 1466 or send e-mail to helpdesk@uvi.edu.

Parliamentary Procedures Workshop Set Sept. 24 on St. Croix

The Office of Student Activities on the St. Croix campus, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, St. Kitts-Nevis Student Association and the Residence Hall Association will host the Fall 2010 workshop entitled: "ABCs of Parliamentary Procedures" from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24. The workshop will be offered in Room 103 of the North West Wing. Student leaders, members of UVI clubs and organizations, and all interested students are urged to register in the Office of Student Activities or via e-mail at hfinch@uvi.edu. For additional information, call the Office of Student Activities at (340) 692-4228.

Volunteers Sought for Coastweeks Beach Cleanup Sept. 25 at Brewers Bay

The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, locally known as "Coastweeks" will host a kick-off event from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Brewers Bay Beach on UVI's St. Thomas campus. Every year, Coastweeks runs throughout the month of October so that local groups, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to help clean a beach, gut, or coastal area of their choosing. Participants also contribute data to an international database about marine debris. Water, gloves and trash bags will be provided free of charge at the kick-off and throughout the duration of Coastweeks. A presentation about USVI natural resources and Coastweeks is available to participating groups prior to the clean-up event, upon request. For more information, contact Chris Settar at UVI's Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (693-1392 or csettar@uvi.edu).

Fall Student Research Symposium Set Sept. 26 on St. Thomas

UVI's College of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) programs will hold the annual Fall Student Research Symposium at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, in the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

The symposium is part of an effort to increase research training and promote excellence among UVI students. It provides an opportunity for students to display the results of their work from their summer research experiences and for the public to interact with them. Student presentations are evaluated by a panel of judges from the community for scientific content and clarity of presentation. For details, contact Amanda Wright at (340) 693-1397.

St. Thomas Bookstore to Close for Inventory Sept. 27-30

The St. Thomas Campus Bookstore will be closed from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30, to allow staffers to conduct the end-of-fiscal-year 2009-2010 inventory. The Bookstore will re-open on Friday, Oct. 1. All are encouraged to make the necessary purchases prior to Sept. 27. It is standard procedure to return all unsold textbooks to the publishers and vendors after Sept. 15, as a means of reducing the Bookstore carrying cost. All students who have not yet purchased textbooks are urged to do so on or before Sept. 15.

Free Workshop on Creating School Gardens Planned on Sept. 28

UVI's Cooperative Extension Service on the St. Thomas campus will conduct a free workshop titled "Creating a School Garden" on Tuesday, Sept. 28. The workshop is designed for public, private and parochial school teachers, paraprofessionals and any authorized school representatives in the St. Thomas-St. John District. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The workshop will be held in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. The workshop will focus on the steps needed to create a vegetable garden.

Individuals who wish to participate must register by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. For more information and registration call (340) 693-1080.

St. Croix Campus Clubs/Organization Awareness Fairs Set Sept. 29

The Office of Student Activities on UVI's St. Croix campus will host its Clubs and Organizations Awareness Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Evans Center. Involvement in co-curricular activities creates learning opportunities for students and the chance to increase their leadership skills and abilities. It also enhances personal and scholastic development, while helping to define and shape career goals. UVI encourages students to explore various clubs and organizations. All students will have the opportunity to sign-up and join existing clubs and organizations. All interested clubs and organizations are asked to register at the Student Activities Office before Sept. 27, to reserve space at the fair. For more information, send e-mail to: hfinch@uvi.edu or call (340) 692-4228.

Reichhold Center for the Arts Seeking Student Volunteers

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts is seeking student volunteers to assist with various activities during the upcoming performance season. Applications are available online a www.reichholdcenter.com. For more information contact Tracie Wells at (340) 693-1553 or send email to: twells@uvi.edu.

UVI Appoints Roderick Pullen St. Thomas Campus Security Chief

Roderick C. Pullen has been appointed chief of security for the University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus. As chief of security, he is responsible for the safety and security of UVI students, employees, visitors to the campus, campus facilities and property.

Chief Pullen comes to UVI from the Community College of Baltimore County, where he served as chief of public safety, managing three main campuses and two extension centers for the last six years. Prior to that, he served as acting chief of campus police, lieutenant, and chief of police operations at Bowie State University. Chief Pullen also served 30 years in the Baltimore City Police Department, where he held positions that included detective sergeant, deputy district commander, and ultimately, unit commander of the Criminal Investigations Drug Enforcement Section. He is also a licensed private investigator. A news release and photo are available on the home page of the UVI website - www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

2010 End-of-Year Processing Deadlines Announced by Purchasing/Accounting

As the end of the current fiscal year nears, UVI's Purchasing and Accounting offices have announced deadlines to allow for the timely processing of the appropriate documents to complete purchasing requirements.

Purchase Requisition(s): Should be in Accounting Department as follows:

(1) On island vendors Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010

(2) Off island vendors Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Direct Pay-Check Requisition(s): Should be in Accounting Department as follows:

(1) On island vendors Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

(2) Off island vendors Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Purchase Order(s):

(1) Receiving Reports - submit to Purchasing before Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

(2) Invoices - must be received in Accounting by Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010

Receiving reports must be processed before payment can be made against an invoice. For most purchase orders, the invoice is sent directly from the vendor to the Accounting Department. To meet the aforementioned deadlines, you may have to contact the vendor and request the invoice.

Contact the Purchasing Office at x1480, the Accounting Office at x1430, or the St. Croix campus Business Office at x4167 for assistance in resolving purchase order related issues.

President Hall to Give Keynote at WGOD 25th Anniversary Dinner on Oct. 3

UVI President Dr. David Hall will give the keynote address on Sunday, Oct. 3, at a dinner at Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort on St. Thomas celebrating the 25th anniversary of radio station WGOD 98FM and 1090 AM. For information about the event, please contact WGOD at 774-4498 or e-mail wgod98@viaccess.net.

7th Voices That Count Forum Set for October on St. Croix, St. Thomas

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host the 7th annual Voices That Count policy forum on Oct. 4 and 5 on St. Croix and on Oct. 7 and 8 on St. Thomas.

The forum - titled Turn Voices Into Votes - brings together individuals with disabilities, service providers, advocates and Virgin Islanders who are running for public office. They will discuss issues that affect people with disabilities and work to promote systemic change. First-day morning sessions will focus on formulating questions to ask legislators. Afternoon sessions will consist of a forum for the Virgin Islands Delegate to Congress and gubernatorial candidates. On the second day, candidates for the Virgin Islands' legislature will have an opportunity to answer questions developed by the disability community. There will be four focus areas: education-transition, employment, ADA accessibility and visit-ability.

The forum will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. On St. Croix, it will take place on the UVI campus in the Great Hall of the North West Wing building. On St. Thomas, the forum will be held at the Windward Passage Hotel.

While admission is free, space is limited on both islands. To register, contact Dr. Sandra Ross on St. Croix at (340) 692-1919. On St. Thomas contact Andrea Plunkett at (340) 693-1173 or Maritza Swan at 776-9200 ext. 2334.

The Caribbean Writer Plans 'Creative Luncheon' Series

Dr. Opal Palmer Adisa, editor of UVI's The Caribbean Writer, invites students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, to a "Creative Luncheon Series" during the fall semester. Luncheons are slated for noon on Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 9. They will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 102 of the North West Wing on UVI's St. Croix campus. Participants are asked to bring lunch and a poem or short piece of prose to share. Dr. Adisa will begin the sessions with a poem and then lead a short writing activity. Participants can read something they have written or share a favorite piece by a published writer. For details, call (340) 692-4122 or send e-mail to oadisa@uvi.edu.

Reichhold Offers Payroll Deduction for UVI Employee Ticket Purchases

UVI employees are encouraged use payroll deductions to purchase tickets to Reichhold Center for the Arts shows. Employees should visit the Reichhold Ticket Office to sign an authorization form. This allows employees to spread the cost of tickets over four easy payments. For details, call 693-1559. Visit www.reichholdcenter.com for a list of upcoming performances.

Student Testing Notes...

Fall CLEP Test Schedule for St. Thomas Campus Announced

Students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. CLEP tests will be administered on Sept. 30, Oct. 13, Oct. 26, Nov. 12, and Nov. 18, in the CATS computer lab (CA Building Room 123).

Students can register for the test at the front desk of the Office of Access and Enrollment Services, 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 $77 per test (payable to College Board) 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 may e-mail cmorris@uvi.edu for additional information.

Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exam Dates Announced

Dates and locations for UVI's Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) have been announced for both campuses. Details are also available from the Registrar's Section of the UVI web site www.uvi.edu and this direct link.

St. Thomas CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Thomas campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in room 103 of the Classroom Administration Building (CAB). Sign-up sheets are available in the Registrar's Office on the first floor of the Administration and Conference Center. For more information, call 693-1160.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010

St. Croix CLE Schedule

Exams on the St. Croix campus will be administered from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 131 of the North West Wing Building. Students can register for the test in the Academic Services Office, in the Evans Center. For more information, call 692-4090 or send e-mail to mclavie@uvi.edu.

CLE C - Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010

CLE D - Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010

Computer Literacy Tutorials are also offered on St. Croix on the following schedule from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 131 of the North West Wing Building. No registration is required to take part in a tutorial.

CLE C - Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010

CLE D - Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Insurance Notes...

New Insurance Rates Approved for 2010-2011

An overview of UVI's group health insurance rates for fiscal year 2010-2011, which are effective Oct. 1, 2010, were distributed to the UVI faculty and staff via e-mail on Monday, Sept. 6, by UVI Director, Employees Benefits & Immigration Services Veda Richards. The Government of the Virgin Islands has approved an overall increase of 7.3 percent for health insurance coverage with CIGNA HealthCare. Click here for details. The e-mail information also included details of United Health Care/Spectera coverage, which has decreased the rates for the vision care plan by 12 percent.

UVI will continue to pick up 50 percent of the total increase and pay approximately 75 percent for employee coverage. This year, UVI will also pick up 45 percent of the total cost for family coverage while staying within the allotted budget for health insurance. For more information, contact Richards at (340) 693-1429 or send e-mail to veda.richards@uvi.edu.

CIGNA HealthCare to Exit Puerto Market, UVI Benefits Alert Issued

CVI's Benefits Administration Office has announced that, effective Dec. 31, 2010, CIGNA HealthCare will exit the Puerto Rico market for network based medical plans. This means any services provided in Puerto Rico, effective Jan. 1, 2011, will be considered Out-of-Network under UVI's current Open Access Plus (OAP) plan. For details, view this UVI Benefits Alert. Direct questions to Benefits Administrator Veda Richards at (340) 693-1429 or send e-mail to veda.richards@uvi.edu.

CELL Notes...

CELL Offers Human Resources Certification Course on St. Thomas, St. Croix

Human Resource professionals who wish to obtain nationally recognized certification can now take advantage of a preparatory course offered by UVI's Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. starting Monday, Oct. 4, at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, sessions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Joseph A. Simpson Building in Frederiksted.

The certification review course provides a solid foundation for meeting human resource challenges found in today's demanding work environment and prepares professionals to achieve their Professional in Human Resources (PHR®) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®) designation. Certification is awarded by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and signifies that human resource professionals have achieved the industry certification that sets them apart as true professionals in their field.

For details, call 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.