Commencement - May 17 & 18
UVI will host its 2014 Commencement Ceremonies at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, in the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas Campus and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, on the grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. A new web page with information about the upcoming ceremonies, as well as several videos looking back to the 2013 event is available from the Commencement webpage. The page also features a prominent link to special information for graduating students.
Cigna's 24/7 Employee Assistance Program
Just when you think you have it figured out, along comes a challenge. But whether those challenges are big or small,
Cigna's Life Assistance & Work/Life Support Program is available to help you and your family find a solution and
restore your peace of mind.
At UVI, we are concerned about your total well-being. Your emotional and spiritual health is an important component which gives you the strength to deal with the many challenges faced each day. As part of your health insurance program, CIGNA Behavioral Health offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for you and any member of your household. An advocate is ready to help assess your needs and develop a solution to help resolve your concerns. He or she can also direct you to an array of resources in your community and online tools. Get extra support for handling life’s demands. Call 1.888.371.1125 or go online to www.cignabehavioral.com for confidential assistance, information or resources to help resolve life’s challenges.
NIH BUILD Initiative Grant
UVI faculty members are invited to participate in the development of a promising grant opportunity being pursued by the University’s College of Science and Mathematics. UVI has been invited to submit a proposal for a major grant that could result in up to $25 million in funding over a five-year period.
The effort is based on a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative that seeks to stimulate transformative, innovative and broad-based approaches to training students in the field of biomedical research. The goal is to exponentially increase the diversity of human capital in the biomedical research enterprise. It is intended to support faculty, as well as institutional, development, the establishment of relationships with partner universities, and improvements in research infrastructure.
UVI is among 15 institutions that received $150,000 planning grants from the NIH to fund the preparation of proposals seeking full NIH BUILD Initiative grants. BUILD stands for: Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity. Ten BUILD grants, of up to $25 million each, are expected to be awarded. Among its planning activities, UVI held an Ideas Workshop in January. It was attended by a diverse group of representatives from UVI’s colleges of Science and Mathematics, Liberal Arts and Social Studies, and Nursing. The group also met with UVI students and alumni, and colleagues from a dozen institutions, including Boston University, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon Institute, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Howard University, Morehouse College, and the University of Illinois.
That workshop resulted in a UVI BUILD Initiative Framework. Faculty members are now working to develop and finalize that framework. BUILD Initiative grant proposals are due by April 2.
Information on the funding opportunity can be found at this NIH Link. Anyone in the UVI community who would like to participate in this promising opportunity is asked to contact Dr. Romano via e-mail at: email@example.com.
UVI Wellness Center New Family Plan
A new Family Plan Membership will be offered at the UVI Wellness Center on the St. Thomas Campus beginning March, 3, 2014. The Family Plan is designed to provide an economical way for individuals with families to improve their health using physical exercise and aerobics. The Family Plan covers the individual, spouse and children ages 16 through 18 living in the household. The monthly fee is $65 for the general public, $50 for UVI alumni, $45 for UVI faculty and staff, and $35 for seniors. Everyone is encouraged to consider the advantages of this type of membership.
Details on the UVI Wellness Center’s hours of operation, other membership plans and fees for the wide variety of fitness classes offered are available from the Center’s web page – http://wellness.uvi.edu.
Public Relations Office Procedures and Deadlines
UVI Community Reminded of Public Relations Office Procedures and Deadlines
The UVI Public Relations Office (PRO) manages the brand and image of the University of the Virgin Islands internally and externally through news and information dissemination, media relations, publication production, advertising, publicity, marketing and the UVI website.
The office creates strategy to best position the University – utilizing traditional and emerging media, building key relationships, and anticipating stakeholders’ needs. PRO Procedures are designed to help UVI’s internal stakeholders present an organized, consistent, professional approach to information distribution and promotion of the University’s news, events and accomplishments.
The UVI community is asked to take note of the following Public Relations Procedures and their accompanying deadlines to ensure efficient and effective delivery of service. View these procedures at this link – Public Relations Procedures. For detailed information view the Public Relations Handbook at this link – PRO Handbook.
AT&T Discount and $100 Credit
AT&T Discount and $100 Credit for UVI Employees
As an employee of the University of the Virgin Islands, you can save up to 17 percent on qualifying AT&T services. In addition to the AT&T Sponsorship Program discount, you will can enjoy the following benefits:
- Access to the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network.
- Simultaneous use of voice and data on AT&T's mobile broadband network.
- Unlimited usage on AT&T's entire national Wi-Fii network, at no additional charge.
- Technology doesn't wait. Neither should you.
- A new smart phone every 12 months with AT&T Next. Enrollment Instructions
Sign Up for New Service or Add a Line to Your Account and receive a $100 Credit on Your Bill. Learn more . . . All inquiries, requests and concerns should be directed to AT&T services. Please call 1-888-333-6651 or 1-800-331-0500.
Parking Plan Enforcement
UVI has begun full enforcement of the new parking program which was implemented in September of 2013. The parking program is designed to enhance campus safety and security through improved accountability of vehicles parked on campus, provide designated/color coded parking lots for campus users and to regulate traffic on the campus during special events among other objectives.
Effective Tuesday April 1, 2014, all vehicles of UVI students and employees parked on campus must have valid parking permits which are visible to security officers. Vehicles must be parked in appropriately designated color coded parking areas, i.e. residential student parking (red lots), commuter student parking (purple lots), faculty and staff parking (green lots), visitor parking (orange lots) or open parking (yellow lots). The Security Department will issue tickets or citations and or immobilize vehicles for lack of properly displayed valid parking permits and other parking violations (e.g. parking in handicap parking spots, etc.)
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to comply with the parking policy by completing the online vehicle registration form in the Employee Information tab of Banner, which is available from the myCampus portal at https://mycampus.uvi.edu.
Steel Pan Players Wanted!
The UVI Steele Ensemble on the Albert A. Sheen Campus invites members of the UVI Community on St. Thomas who play steel pan to join the group in performing during the 2014 Carnival Adults and Children’s Parades. Band Director Valrica Bryson said any UVI students, alumni, faculty or staff on St. Thomas are welcome to join with the Ensembles 26 members in performing. Participants will be asked to rehearse with the Ensemble on April 30 and May 1. Contact Kimiesha Dyer or Valrica Bryson at (340) 220-2755 for more information, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.