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Bulletin Board for October 8, 2012

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Puerto Rico Symphony and Rising Stars to Open Reichhold Center's 34th Season Saturday, Oct. 13

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts opens its 34th season at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, with an exciting combination of classical and steel pan music featuring the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in concert with the Superior Court Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra. More than 100 performers will gather on stage as the two orchestras collaborate on a number of musical selections. Then each will present their individual brand of music. The Symphony, under the direction of Chilean Maestro Maximiano Valdés, will conclude the evening with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Tickets - $75, $35 and $20 - are available from the Reichhold Box Office at (340) 693-1559, the UVI Bookstore, Dockside Bookshop, Interiors in Fort Mylner, Home Again in Red Hook, and V.I. Bridal & Tuxedo in Tutu Park Mall. For more information contact The Forum at (340) 690-4350 or visit http://www.theforum.vi/. The presentation is funded in part by the VI Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Reichhold's next show - Motown & More: The Power of Music from the 60s, 70s and 80s - follows at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20. Motown & More is presented by the VI Lottery and the UVI Music Department. The event will also showcase members of the UVI Summer Youth Music Program. More on the season is available from the Reichhold Center website http://www.reichholdcenter.com.

UVI Soccer Squad Defeats UPR-Carolina 1-0 to End First Half of Season; Play Resumes Oct. 13

UVI's men's soccer team won a home game on Sept. 29, downing UPR-Carolina, 1-0. The win moves the squad's record for the first half of the 2012 season to 2-4-1. Matches in the second half of the 2012 season are slated to resume on Oct.13. UVI's final set of games will be played against schools in the LAI league's western division during October, with playoffs slated to begin on Nov. 3.

UVI Soccer Schedule

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  • Oct. 13: UVI at UPR-Ponce - in Ponce at 3 p.m.
  • Oct. 17: UPR-Mayaguez or InterAmerican at UVI on St. Croix - time TBD
  • Oct. 20: UVI at InterAmerican or University of Turabo - in Cayey at 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 27: UPR-Cayey at UVI on St. Croix - time TBD
    Some matchups to be finalized after make-up games are completed.

World Food Day Set on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on Oct. 14

The popular World Food Day activity on UVI's Albert A. Sheen campus is slated from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. The 2012 theme is "Agricultural Cooperatives: Key to Feeding the World." As always, World Food Day will include a food vendors' court, a farmer's market, workshops, field tours, seedling distribution, a petting zoo for children, music and a variety of competitions.

Topping the competitions list is the fifth annual Youth Super Chef Competition. There will also be a Banana Splash Competition for the general public. Workshops will focus on the banana family, cassava and chicken. Workshop participants will receive free samples of dishes featuring these crops.

This year's entertainment will feature the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra, DJ Porter and performances by the St. Croix Martial Arts and the Ay Ay Cultural Dance Company. While admission is free, those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the day's food drive.

The St. Croix event is part of a worldwide activity observed each October. It is designed to increase awareness and understanding of hunger issues, while provoking year-around action to alleviate hunger. It is sponsored by UVI's Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station, and the V.I. Department of Agriculture. For details, call Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060.

Staff Council Sets General Meeting on Policy Manual, Evaluation Form for Oct. 15

A special UVI Staff Council general meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 15. The venues are Evans Center Room 713 on St. Croix and Teacher Education Room 101 on St. Thomas.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the draft Human Resources Employee Policy Manual and the Employee Evaluation Form. Human Resources personnel have been invited to attend this special meeting to answer any staff concerns with regards to the two documents.

The documents can be reviewed from these links:

There has been an extension of the deadlines to submit input on the manual and form from the staff community. Comments on the Evaluation Form should be submitted by Oct. 16. Input on the draft Employee Policy Manual must be received by Oct. 27. Please forward comments to Staff Council Chair Raquel Silver via email to rsantia@live.uvi.edu.

UVI Students Invited to Information Session on 13D Entrepreneurship Competition on Oct. 18

All UVI students are invited to an informational meeting for the second annual 13D Student Entrepreneurship Competition, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. The meeting will be available, via videoconference, in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas and in the Great Hall on St. Croix. Four UVI students were awarded a total of $60,000 to support their start-up business ideas last year in the inaugural 13D Competition. A total of 72 UVI students in 21 teams participated.

Another $60,000 in funds is available for this year's competition. Student teams on both St. Thomas and St. Croix will be invited to enter two rounds of competition. The prizes for first, second and third place in the competition are $30,000, $20,000 and $10,000. Funding is provided by a $5 million gift to UVI from investment strategist and entrepreneur Kiril Sokoloff, the founder of 13D Research, which is now based on St. Croix.

Details are available from UVI business professor Dr. Glenn Metts by calling (340) 693-1303 send email to gmetts@uvi.edu.

English Proficiency Exam Scheduled at UVI for Oct. 25 on St. Thomas and St. Croix

UVI will administer the English Proficiency Exam (EPE) on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the following locations:

  • St. Thomas: Sports and Fitness Center rooms 223, 224 and 225
  • St. Croix: Evans Center on the 300 level

Eligible students should register for the exam on BanWeb. Access is available from the myCampus web portal at https://mycampus.uvi.edu. Students should be in place for the exam by 8:30 a.m.

For more information, students may contact Dr. Vincent Cooper on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1351 or via email at vcooper@uvi.edu or Dr. Valerie Combie on St. Croix at (340) 692-4126 or via email at vcombie@uvi.edu.

Human Resources Office New Hires/Separations List Available for September 2012

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Sept. 1-30, 2012. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal - https://mycampus.uvi.edu - and from this direct link.

Employees, Others Urged to Review UVI Online Job Postings

UVI employees and external interested individuals are encouraged to review the University's online job postings for updates on available vacancies from the Human Resources Office section of the University website - http://www.uvi.edu - or from this direct link: http://careers.uvi.edu. UVI is committed to attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified workforce to support our mission of excellence in education and research. The University of the Virgin Islands is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Do you know this week's "We Are UVI" contributor?

To find out who it is, visit "We Are UVI" at: http://weareuvi.blogspot.com. "We Are UVI" is our Golden Jubilee blog. It features people sharing CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years. A new submission is added each week.

This submission was posted Sunday, Oct. 7. It joins stories from Sinclair Wilkinson ('72), Rafe Boulon, Jr. ('76), Carmie Thompson ('10), Frank Mills ('67), James Rakocy, Arah Lockhart ('78), Utha Williams ('82), former UVI President LaVerne Ragster, Marthious Clavier ('02,'08), John Lucas, Maxine Nunez, Rosary Harper, Yegin Habtes, Gloria Callwood, Laurent Javois ('76), Helen Dookhan ('79, '84, '98), Curtis Gilpin ('80), Carolyn O'Neal-Morton ('85), Ali McClean ('93), Constance Gumbs ('87, '91), Malcolm Kirwan ('67), Sharleen Fahie ('86, '93), Sam Hall Jr., Richard Lippke, Randy Brown, Paul Flemming ('95, '98, '99), Kishma Allen ('09), Lawrence Lewis ('73), Aimery Caron, Quilin Mars ('08), Alvincent Hutson ('76), Vincent Cooper ('72), Dennis Parker, UVI President Emeritus Orville Kean, Richard Schrader, Albert Bryan ('04), Jerome McElroy, Velma Tyson ('80, '83), Marchelle D. Clarke Brown ('82) and Anita Gordon Plaskett ('74, '78).

Student Activity Items ...

UVI Marking National Careers in Student Affairs Month on Albert A. Sheen Campus

UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix is marking National Student Awareness Month with the following series of open house sessions and campus events. For more information call (340) 692-4188 or 692-4000. Information is also available in Evans Center Room 802.

  • Oct. 9 - Open House - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Health Services
  • Oct. 10 - Open House - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Student Activities
  • Oct. 11 - Open House - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - College Access Program
  • Oct. 16 - Hoops at Half Court - 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. - UVI Court
  • Oct. 16 - Battle of the Sexes - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. - UVI Court
  • Oct. 19 - Campus Challenge/Fun Day - 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. - UVI Lawn
  • Oct. 23 - Open House - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Residence Life

SGA-St. Croix to Host Virgin Islands Senatorial Forum on October 23, 2012

The Student Government Association on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will sponsor a Senatorial Election Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The forum, to be held in the Great Hall, is designed to give students, faculty, staff and members of the Virgin Islands community the opportunity to become better acquainted with the 2012 senatorial candidates. The evening begins with a meet-and-greet session at 6 p.m., with the forum beginning at 7 p.m. During the forum, candidates will have the opportunity to make a short presentation, discuss his or her platform, and address concerns raised by the audience.

For more information, call SGA President Kevin Dixon at (340) 692-4191 or send email to sgastx@myuvi.net. Information is also available from Student Activities Supervisor/SGA Advisor Hedda Finch-Simpson, at (340) 692-4228 or 692-4191 or via email at hfinch@uvi.edu.

CETL Offers Second myCampus Training Session on Oct. 25

UVI's Center for Excellence in Teaching Learning has scheduled another training sessions on the use of the University's myCampus portal from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. The portal, among other things, offers a Messages function that is now the selected method for sending group email to internal audiences such as students, faculty, staff, etc. The Oct. 25 session will be available via videoconference in the Library Conference Room on St. Thomas and in Evans Center Room 902 on St. Croix.

Faculty and staff who would like to attend should call Christy Vineyard at (340) 693-1214/1609 or send email to cvineya@live.uvi.edu to confirm that space is available. Access to myCampus is featured at the top of all UVI website pages and from this direct link - https://mycampus.uvi.edu.

Recent myCampus Email Items...

Here's a selection of recent email messages shared with members of the UVI community via the Messages function of UVI's myCampus portal. UVI students, faculty and staff can see all their messages by logging in to myCampus at https://mycampus.uvi.edu.

  • Call for Items for Inclusion in Time Capsule
  • Updated Fitness Class Schedule
  • Holiday and Administrative Leave 2012-13
  • Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement
  • MyCampus Portal: update
  • New Openings

Other Current Items...

Public Asked to Mark their Calendars for UVI's 'Golden Gala' Fundraisers

The final public event of UVI's 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee celebrations will be Golden Gala fundraisers on St. Thomas and St. Croix. The entire community is invited to celebrate with UVI at the black-tie events. On St. Thomas the Golden Gala will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Resort. On St. Croix the Golden Gala will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort and Casino. The public is invited to mark their calendars for "A Grand Affair to End the Year." Ticket prices and locations will be announced shortly. For more information contact Liza Margolis at (340) 693-1053 or lmargol@live.uvi.edu.

VIUCEDD to Host 9th Voices That Count Policy Forum Oct. 11-12

The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host the 9th annual Voices That Count policy forum entitled "An Inclusive Workforce is a Strong Workforce." During the forum, people with disabilities and their families, along with concerned community members will have an opportunity to solicit the views of those seeking to represent the Virgin Islands in the U.S. Congress and the territorial legislature.

This event will be held on St. Thomas on Oct 11 and 12, at UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. On St. Croix, the forum will take place on Oct. 15 and 16, in the Great Hall on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus. Both activities will run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There is no fee for the event, but space is limited and registration is required. Register online at: http://vtc.viucedd.org or contact Sandra Pierre-Louis on St. Croix at (340) 692-4266 and on St. Thomas contact Jerae Forde at (340) 776-9200 ext. 2334. Special accommodations, such as Sign Language Interpreters, need to be requested in advance. For more on National Disability Employment Awareness Month visit www.dol.gov/odep.

School of Nursing Announces BSN Program Applications Are Due Monday, Oct. 15

UVI's School of Nursing has announced that applications for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are due by Monday, Oct. 15. Applications may be downloaded and printed from the BSN section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link - BSN Admission Application. Entry requirements for all students can be found here at this direct link - BSN Entry Requirements.

29th St. Thomas-St. John Ag Fair Set Nov. 3-4; Booklet Articles and Ads Needed by Oct. 19

The 29th Annual St. Thomas-St. John Agriculture and Food Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 3-4, on the grounds of UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. Vendor applications can be obtained from the V.I. Department of Agriculture offices on St. Thomas and St. Croix, UVI's Cooperative Extension Service, Sea Chest and the Natural Livity Kulcha Shop. The deadline for submitting AgFair Booklet articles and advertising copy is Oct. 19.

The fair committee is seeking participants and judges for the best tasting sweet bread, maubi and Ital contests. Call (340) 693-1080 for details on how to register as either a participant or a judge. A new coal pot lighting contest is planned this year. Interested persons are encouraged to enter to win a chance at one of five spots in the contest.

Raffle tickets are available now. Books of 11 are sold for $10. Raffle prizes include: a 200-gallon water tank, 20 pounds of local lamb (dressed), a 100 pound bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer, two local chickens (dressed) and one bottle each of local honey and honey pepper sauce. For more information, email dcooper@uvi.edu or call (340) 693-1080 or 774-5182. Join the CES Facebook event (UVICES) to stay updated and watch the Wednesday, Oct. 17, edition of "Face to Face" on Channel 12-WTJX-TV.

VI-EPSCoR 'Living On Earth III' Workshop in October to Attract Representatives from 29 States

VI-EPSCoR will host a four-day "Living on Earth III" (LOE III) workshop, from Oct. 23 to 26, on St. Thomas. Some 50 individuals representing all 29 EPSCoR states and jurisdictions have been invited. The workshop will address the need for effective integration of processes that link scientific knowledge and analytical approaches in social-ecological systems research. It will continue the work of the two previous workshops (LOE I and II) which were organized and hosted by Alaska EPSCoR, in 2009 and 2011. The Virgin Islands workshop will focus on conceptualizing Social-Ecological Systems science in the context of small, yet critical communities and ecosystems with challenging human dimensions. For more information contact EPSCoR Assistant Director Nick Drayton at (340) 692-4068 or visit the website: http://epscor.uvi.edu/event-living-earth.html.

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on St. Thomas on Oct. 27

The next regular meeting of the UVI Board of Trustees is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. It will take place on the St. Thomas campus.

UVI Accepting Applications for 2013 MA Program in Psychology-Counseling; Oct. 30 Deadline

The University of the Virgin Islands Master of Arts in Psychology with a Counseling Concentration Program is accepting applications for the Spring 2013 semester. The program is designed to provide students with the necessary academic knowledge base, problem solving skills and experiential opportunities to work in a variety of social service and counseling settings. Program overview and admission criteria are available online from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences section of the UVI website - http://www.uvi.edu - and from this direct link. Interested applicants on St. Croix and St. Thomas should submit admission applications by Oct. 30, 2012 to be considered for the Spring 2013 semester. For more information contact Dr. Lucia DiMeo at (340) 692-4264 or ldimeo@uvi.edu.

Annual Crime Report Available from UVI Security Web Page

UVI's 2012 Annual Security Report has been posted to the Security page of the UVI website. The report is updated annually and posted for public access in accordance with the Cleary Act, a federal statute that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Please use these links to access the report:

CLEP Dates Set on St. Thomas Campus Through October and November

Students are advised that the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test dates for the Fall 2012 semester have been finalized on the St. Thomas campus. Remaining CLEP test will be administered on Oct. 10, Oct. 23, Nov. 8, and Nov. 16, 2012, 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 $80 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 can email cmorris@live.uvi.edu for additional information.

Training Set for UVI Website Content Contributors; RSVP Required

UVI faculty and staff interested in managing their department's section of the UVI website are invited to the Website Content Contributors' Training. Participants must RSVP at least one week before the training. The Trainings will be held as follows.

St. Croix

  • 10 a.m. to 11a.m. - Oct. 19 - Level 1: Posting Basic Content
  • 11 a.m. to noon - Oct. 19 - Level 2: Uploading Forms, Brochures & Other Documents
  • Noon to 1 p.m. - Oct 19 - Level 2.5: Resizing & Uploading Images
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Oct. 19 - Working Lab w/ Webmaster

St. Thomas

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Dec. 12 - Level 1: Posting Basic Content
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Dec. 12, 2012 - Level 2: Uploading Forms Brochures & Other Documents
  • 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Dec. 12, 2012 - Working Lab w/ Webmaster

During first-level training, participants will learn to log-in to SharePoint, utilize the page edit menu, navigate the tool bar menus to edit a page, layout a page, make a table, preview a webpage and publish a webpage. Tips to ease webpage maintenance will be shared throughout the training. Second-level training participants will learn to upload graphics, forms and brochures into their respective websites. If time permits, the trainer will show participants how to use Microsoft Picture Manager to edit and resize images. Participants should bring a jump drive with text, graphics and other files for posting online.

Interested persons should RSVP to UVI Webmaster Moneca Pinkett, in the UVI Public Relations Office on the St. Thomas campus, via e-mail at mpinket@uvi.edu.

Computer Literacy Exam Testing Schedule Now Available Online

The schedule for the upcoming Computer Literacy Exams (CLE) at UVI is now available. Students must register for the CLE via Banweb. The examination is online, and will be administered via Blackboard. All sections of the CLE must be completed and passed in order to receive a passing grade. Students must bring current photo ID to the testing room for verification.

For a full list of exam dates visit the Registrar's page on the UVI website www.uvi.edu or this direct link.

For assistance with web registration contact the Registrar's Office at (340) 692-4103/4158 on St. Croix or (340) 693-1160 on St. Thomas. Direct other questions to Dr. Tonjia Coverdale at tcoverd@uvi.edu or (340) 693-1523.

CELL Notes...

October Course to Focus on Getting the Most of Your Smart Phone or Tablet

Smart phones and tablets - the latest technological advances - are designed to make lives easier, but the novice user can be overwhelmed. To unravel the mystery of these devices, the UVI Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) Center will conduct a course to help novice users understand their devices and use their capabilities to the fullest.

Although titled Mastering Your iPhone/iPad, the course is open to individuals with any smart phone or tablet device. The three-week course will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on Oct. 8. The cost is $150 for 15 hours of instruction. Students will learn to master basic features and functions, efficiently operate their devices, integrate apps into their daily lives, sync with other devices and other applications, and personalize their devices. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas campus. For more information on the workshop, call Debra Stevens (340) 693-1108 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.

VIUCEDD Notes...

Workshop on Advantages of Hiring Individuals with Disabilities on St. Thomas Set for Oct. 24

A workshop on the advantages of hiring individuals with disabilities from an employer's perspective will be held by the VI University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 24. The session will be held at the VI Small Business Development Center at Nisky Center on St. Thomas. Presentations are scheduled by a regional manager of a local business and a local attorney discussing the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The workshop is being held as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For more information, contact Pauline Lee at (340) 776-4303. Registration is available on line from the SBDC website - www.sbdcvi.org.

SBDC Notes...

SBDC, SBA to Present at Community Meeting Exploring Ways to Revive the St. Croix Economy

Representatives from the VI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA) will make presentations as part of a two-day community meeting seeking ways to revive the St. Croix economy set for Oct. 12 and 13. The sessions, organized by Congresswoman Donna Christensen, are the first in a series of presentations and workshops designed to bring federal economic strategies to St. Croix.

SBDC St. Croix Center Director Karen Jones and the Small Business Administration Senior Area Manager Carl Christensen on St. Croix will speak at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. The Saturday session will be held at the VI Cardiac Center at the Juan F. Luis Hospital. For more information call the delegate's Office at (202) 225-1790.

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