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Bulletin Board for September 23, 2010

UVI Health Services Provides Dengue Virus Information to University Community

Officials at the Virgin Islands Department of Health have announced that a dengue virus outbreak is taking place within the U.S. Virgin Islands. All members of the UVI community, along with all residents of the territory, are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical care if they suspect they have been infected with dengue virus. Virgin Islands Health Commissioner Dr. Julia Sheen has warned that untreated dengue fever can be fatal.

UVI's Health Services Office on the St. Thomas campus has prepared a package of information about the dengue virus. The information was compiled by Health Services Supervisor Ronda Herbert, in consultation with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jennilee B. Robinson and UVI Health Services physician Dr. Audria Thomas.

UVI's Dengue Virus Information Package Includes

Click here to read the entire UVI Health Services Office Dengue Information Package

outbreak statistics from the V.I. Department of Health

a list of the symptoms of dengue virus infection and dengue hemorrhagic fever

details of how the virus is transmitted

steps individuals can take to reduce their risk of infection, including environmentally friendly mosquito control products

a discussion of treatments

For more information contact the Health Services Office at (340) 693-1124.

Tryouts for UVI Dance Team Scheduled Today (Sept. 23)

Tryouts for the UVI varsity dance team are scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. today (Thursday, Sept. 23) at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Participants are advised to be prepared to do a one-minute routine of their choice. They should bring an iPod or CD with their music. They should also be prepared to learn a simple routine and bring a copy of their class schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, send e-mail to Aneka Francis at afranci2@uvi.edu.

Miss UVI Jonesia Smith Participating in National Competition of Black Queens

Miss UVI Jonesia Smith is representing the University this week at the Competition of Black Queens sponsored by the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Foundation. The competition and related activities continue through Sunday, Sept. 26, in Atlanta, Ga. The pageant will take place on Saturday, Sept. 25. Miss UVI's participation is sponsored by the UVI Student Activities Office. For more information contact Acting Student Activities Supervisors Matthew Thomas at (340) 693-1111. A photo and more information are featured in the UVI Today... photo blog. Click here to view the blog.

44 UVI Student Scientists to Exhibit Research Results Sunday

The University of the Virgin Islands' 12th Annual Fall Student Research Symposium will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26. Forty-four student researchers, with representatives from both UVI campuses, are expected to participate in the event that will take place in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

Sponsored by UVI's College of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program, the symposium's goal is to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of undergraduate and graduate research that UVI students have conducted over the summer and during the past year. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu and this direct link.

Research and Public Service Staff Retreat Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 24

Offices in the Research and Public Service (RPS) Component of UVI will be closed on Friday, Sept. 24, to allow employees to take part in the annual staff retreat. Offices involved include the Office of the Vice Provost for RPS (VPRPS), the Agricultural Experiment Station (AES), the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES), the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), the Eastern Caribbean Center (ECC), the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), the Research Publications Unit (RPU), the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), and the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI).

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. Interested students should sign-up at their Counseling and Placement Office by Friday, Sept. 24.

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. For more information, contact the Counseling and Career Services Office on St. Croix at (340) 692-4180 or on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1087.

Additional Thurgood Marshall Opportunities for Students

During his visits to UVI's campuses, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Campus Relations Scott Lilly will also be interviewing UVI students interested in participating in a variety of leadership activities sponsored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. These include the Leadership Institute (Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2010), the Member University and Professional Institute (March, 2011), and the Civic Responsibility Conference (April, 2011). In addition to finding potential leadership participants, students will also be identified for scholarship awards and inclusion in the agency's Talent Search database.

All interested students, but especially those pursuing degrees in business or the sciences, as well as senior education majors who would like to be considered for the TMCF Teacher Quality and Retention Program, are encouraged to meet with Lilly while he is in the territory. Contact Ardrina Scott Elliott, UVI's TMCF campus liaison, to arrange for interviews or to get additional information. Scott Elliott can be reached at (340) 693-1040.

V.I. Students Sought for Classical Solo Steel Pan Competition on Oct. 16

Virgin Islands elementary, junior high and high school students are invited to participate in a classical solo steel pan competition on Saturday, Oct. 16. The competition will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Bertha C. Boschulte School Auditorium. Admission will be $5. The event is sponsored by the University of the Virgin Islands Music Department and the Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra. UVI Music Professor Austin A. Venzen said the competition is designed to encourage the young panists to appreciate and perfect their skills in the field of classical music. The competition was designed by Prof. Venzen and Eltino S. Pickering, conductor of the Superior Court Orchestra.

Entry forms are available from Prof. Venzen at UVI and from individual steel pan instructors at the territory's schools. Friday, Oct. 8, is the deadline for students to sign up for the competition. The entry fee is $5 for elementary students, $10 for junior and middle school students, and $15 for senior high students. For more information contact Venzen at (340) 693-1192 or 998-8867.

UVI Concert Band, National Guard Band Plan Concert on Oct. 17

The UVI Concert Band and the 73rd National Guard Army Band will present a free concert in St. Thomas' Emancipation Garden on Sunday, Oct. 17. The performance begins at 5:30 p.m. First-place winners of the Classical Steel Pan Competition for young panists, scheduled for Oct. 16, will be featured guest performers. Each will perform their winning piece. For more information contact UVI Music Professor Austin A. Venzen at (340) 693-1192 or 998-8867.

VI-WRRI Issues Call for 2011-2012 Research Proposals

The Virgin Islands Water Resources Research Institute (VI-WRRI) at UVI has issued a call for research proposals for the 2011-2012 U.S. Geological Survey Water Institute Program. Proposals that address water resources issues in the USVI are sought. The program is funded by the Section 104 Institute Program of the U.S. Department of Interior - U.S. Geological Survey. All UVI faculty and staff are eligible to apply for program funds through the VI-WRRI. Collaborations with non-UVI personnel are allowed.

Approximately $80,000 will be available to fund projects in the USVI. Individual projects should not exceed this amount. Projects in the $15,000 to $20,000 range are preferred. Projects will be for a duration of one year, from March 1, 2011 through Feb. 29, 2012. Proposals are due by Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010.

The VI-WRRI Advisory Committee will review proposals and recommendations for funding will be made by the director of the VI-WRRI. Criteria used in the evaluation process include: technical merit, feasibility of completion, competence of the principal investigator, training and education opportunities provided, plans for the dissemination of knowledge gained and local relevance.

Instructions for preparing proposals or more information are available from the VI-WRRI at (340) 693-1062 or via e-mail from hsmith@uvi.edu .

National Science Foundation Awards Education Research Grant to UVI

The University of the Virgin Islands has been awarded a $499,692 education research grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is for a project entitled "The Use of Creative Problem Solving as Curriculum Enhancement to Improve Cognitive, Behavioral, and Social Transformation in STEM Retention." This award, according to principal investigator Dr. Kimarie Engerman, is effective on Sept. 1, 2010, and expires on Aug. 31, 2013. The focus of the project is to assess the impact of creative problem solving skills training on STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - retention. Dr. Engerman is an assistant professor of psychology in UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Her co-principal investigators are Dr. Donald Drost and Dr. Konstantinos Alexandridis of UVI's College of Science and Mathematics. For more information, contact Dr. Engerman at (340) 693-1277 or send e-mail to kengerm@uvi.edu.

St. Croix Campus SGA Slates Officer Installation for Sept. 29

The Student Government Association (SGA) on UVI's St. Croix campus will install its 2010-2011 officers at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the Melvin Evans Center Courtyard. Attorney Genevieve Whitaker, a part-time UVI faculty member, will be the keynote speaker. The event's theme is "Working Together for Those We Serve." For more information, contact Student Activities Supervisor Hedda Finch-Simpson at hfinch@uvi.edu.

Other Current Items...

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.

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 p.m. to 3 a.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.

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 for Students 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).

Reichhold Center Schedules Volunteer Orientation for Sept. 25

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will hold a mandatory orientation for all new volunteers at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, in the Reichhold Center lobby. Parents or guardians for new student volunteers are required to attend. For more information please call Tracie Wells at (340) 693-1553 or send e-mail to twells@uvi.edu.

Bookstores Schedule Inventory for Sept. 27-30

The UVI Bookstores on both campuses will be closed from Sept. 27 through Sept. 30, to allow staffers to conduct the end-of-fiscal-year 2009-2010 inventory. Both Bookstores will re-open on Friday, Oct. 1. All are encouraged to make the necessary purchases prior to Sept. 27.

Free Basic Boating Course Begins Sept. 27 at SBDC Training Facility

The U.S. Sail and Power Squadron's basic boating course will be offered from Sept. 27 through Oct. 18 at the VI-Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Training Facility at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. The course is free. There is a charge for books and materials. Classes meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. For more information contact Capt. Tom McCoy at (340) 690-0729 or (340) 774-2715.

Health Disparities Institute to Focus on Mental Health & Drug Abuse

Everyone interested in the state of mental health and substance abuse in the Caribbean is invited to the 3rd Annual Health Disparities Institute scheduled for Oct. 21 and 22, at the Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort on St. Thomas. The institute is hosted by the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center of Excellence (CERC), of the University of the Virgin Islands School of Nursing. CERC is funded by a grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

The theme of the Institute is "State of Mental Health and Substance Abuse: An Issue of All Ethnic/ Minorities and Caribbean Populations." The Institute will include panels of local and Caribbean experts involved with mental health care, concurrent sessions featuring presenters from across the country addressing mental health issues, and poster sessions. Research scholars will also present their projects. The Institute also offers an opportunity for networking. A news release is available from the UVI home page - www.uvi.edu and this direct link.

UVI Faculty, Staff Discounts Offered Through Sept. 30

Members of the UVI faculty and staff can take advantage of special discount rates for the Health Disparities Institute scheduled for Oct. 21-22. 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. Please use this form - Faculty/Staff Health Disparities Institute Registration Form. Individuals should complete, scan and return via e-mail to (lsutton@uvi.edu) or submit via fax at (340) 693-1148.

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.

Sept. 30 Book Launch Set for Latest Issue of The Caribbean Writer

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.

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 Obama to Nominate UVI Trustee Carol Fulp to United Nations Post

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Carol Fulp, a member of the UVI Board of Trustees, to serve as a U.S. representative to the 65th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Trustee Fulp is Senior Vice President of Brand Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for John Hancock Financial, at its company headquarters in Boston.

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

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.

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.

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 'Creative Luncheon' Series Continues Oct. 21

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

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. See page 25 of the 2010-2011 UVI Catalog for details on CLEP tests accepted by UVI.

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 CLEP Test Schedule for St. Croix Campus

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2010 semester have been finalized on the St. Croix campus. CLEP tests will be administered on Oct. 7, Oct. 28, and Nov. 18, in Evans Center Room 304. The registration deadlines for these tests are Oct. 1, Oct. 22, and Nov. 12, respectively. Register in 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. Click here to view page 25 of the 2010-2011 UVI Catalog for details on CLEP tests accepted by UVI.

The cost associated with CLEP is $77 per test; make check or money order payable to CLEP (no Cash) and an additional administrative fee of $15 (payable to UVI prior to the test date). A separate check and/or money order must be written for each test. Cash will not be accepted.

Students must wait six months before repeating an examination. Please bring a photo I.D. on the day of the examination. Do not bring books, papers or study aids. Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during the examinations. For additional information, call 692-4103 or 692-4158.

Fall Semester Computer Literacy Exam Dates

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.

UVI CELL to Host Workshop for New Managers on Oct. 13

UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center will host one-day workshops for new managers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13, on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The session is titled "Making the Transition into Management." On St. Thomas, the workshop will be held at the UVICELL Center on the UVI campus. On St. Croix, it will be available at the Joseph A. Simpson Building, #23A Hospital Street in Frederiksted.

The workshops are part of a series being offered by the UVICELL in conjunction with the American Management Association (AMA). The sessions will provide valuable insight and strategies to help new managers prepare to assume and succeed in their role as supervisor. Participants will learn negotiation strategies, to set goals, how to motivate and coach effectively and employee training strategies.

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