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UVI Alerts Public of Unauthorized Solicitations
The University of the Virgin Islands is alerting the community of unauthorized solicitations being made using the University’s name. UVI received several calls from businesses in the Crown Bay area of St. Thomas, seeking to confirm whether a UVI student was authorized to collect cash for a new aquatic or marine center. No plans are under way at UVI to build a new aquatic or marine center. Any such solicitations are fraudulent and should be reported to the Virgin Islands Police Department or to UVI’s Security Department at (340) 693-1530.
“There are no plans for UVI to build an aquatic center at this time and even if such plans were under way, we would never task students with the responsibility of fundraising for a capital project by collecting cash from businesses,” said UVI’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson. “We thank the representatives from the businesses who brought this matter to our attention,” Jackson added. For more information about legitimate fundraising campaigns at UVI, call Mitchell Neaves at (340) 693-1046 or (340) 693-1040.
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:
Kappa Gamma to Host ‘Women Empower’ Conference for Candidates on Oct. 4
The Kappa Gamma student organization at UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will host a “Women Empower” forum at the Great Hall for women candidates seeking senatorial positions in the St. Croix District and all women running for the office of delegate to Congress at 6:30 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 4).
The purpose of the “Women Empower Forum” is to provide the university community, human service advocates, community service organizations, and the local community an opportunity to meet the women candidates and express concerns in regard to issues that affect women. This forum will include discussions about women’s health, energy, crime, education, women’s participation in politics, and other legislative subject matter from a woman’s perspective. This forum will provide the candidates an opportunity to express their positions on funding priorities and solutions to critical and pressing issues.
For more information, contact Hedda Finch-Simpson at (340) 692-4228 or email@example.com.
Health Insurance Open Enrollment Extended Through Oct. 5
The open enrollment period for UVI’s health insurance plans has been extended through Friday, Oct. 5. This is the last chance to make changes to current employee health, life insurance and vision care programs. Forms are available on-line at mycampus.uvi.edu under the HR/Benefits tab and in the Business Office on the Albert A. Sheen Campus and in the Benefit Administration and Human Resources Offices in the ACC building on the St. Thomas Campus. An Evidence of Insurability form must be completed for changes to Life Insurance coverage in excess of $5000. Employee bi-weekly and monthly health insurance premiums remain the same for FY 2013. For more information, contact UVI’s Director for Employee Benefits Veda Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org or call extension 1429.
UVI's CETL Offers myCampus Training Sessions in October
UVI's Center for Excellence in Teaching Learning has scheduled two training sessions on the use of the University's myCampus portal. The portal, among other things, offers a “Messages” function that is now the University’s selected method for sending group email to internal audiences such as students, faculty, staff, etc. Faculty and staff who would like to attend should call Christy Vineyard at (340) 693-1214/1609 or send email to email@example.com 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.
Friday, Oct. 5 - 2 to 3 p.m. - myCampus Community Session - Library Conference Room & EVC 902
Thursday, Oct. 25 - 2 to 3 p.m. - myCampus Community Session - Library Conference Room & EVC902
UVI’s Upcoming World Food Day to be Featured on Radio Talk Show Oct. 6
Clarice Clarke of UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service on St. Croix will be a guest on the Abdul Ali Talk Show on 970 AM WSTX at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. She will discuss the upcoming World Food Day activities scheduled for noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, on the grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus. (See related item below.)
UVI Soccer Squad Downs UPR-Carolina 1-0 to Close 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 against schools in the LAI league’s western region during October, with playoffs slated to begin on Nov. 3.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available from Student Activities Supervisor/SGA Advisor Hedda Finch-Simpson, at (340) 692-4228 or 692-4191 or via email at email@example.com.
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.
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, Sept. 23. 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) and Marchelle D. Clarke Brown (‘82).
Student Activity Items …
UVI Marking National Careers in Student Affairs Awareness Month on St. Croix
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. 4 - Open House - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Student Affairs - EVC 801
- 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
UVI Sisters With Purpose on St. Thomas to Install Officers Oct. 4
The UVI St. Thomas Chapter of Sisters With Purpose will host its Officer Installation Ceremony and General Meeting today, (Thursday, Oct. 4) at 12:15 p.m. in the first-floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center. Current, new and prospective members are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served.
National Safe Boating Course on St. Thomas Begins Oct. 4; Open to UVI Students
The St. Thomas Sail & Power Squadron will offer its three-week National Safe Boating Course at Nisky Center on St. Thomas starting today (Thursday, Oct. 4). Classes will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Course is free, but there is a charge for the training material used during the course. The course is a requirement for any UVI students who may need to operate University research vessels. Classes will be taught in Nisky Center’s room 212, above the Domino's Pizza location. For more information call Capt. Tom McCoy, the Educational Officer for the Power Squadron.
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UVI Purchasing Office to Conduct Annual Inventory Oct. 1-5
The UVI Purchasing Office will conduct the annual University inventory beginning on Monday, Oct. 1, and continuing through Friday, Oct. 5. Persons from the Purchasing Office will visit offices throughout the University, on both campuses, to inspect and tag equipment. For more information, contact the Purchasing Office at (340) 693-1480.
UVI-RTPark Offering Used Ford Freestyle for Bid; Submission Deadline Oct. 5
The UVI RTPark will be accepting sealed bids for a one-owner, 2005 Ford Freestyle vehicle. Bid documents may be obtained from the RTPark or requested via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Oct. 1 to 5.
The vehicle will be sold as-is (no warranty), and is located at the RTPark offices on the St. Croix campus, at the dorm complex (the first completed building) on the right side of the Royal Palm entrance drive. Only sealed bids will be accepted, and must be delivered to the RTPark office no later than 3:00 pm, Friday, October 5, 2012.
The unsealing of the bids will occur the week of Oct. 8. Within three business days after the unsealing, the successful highest bidder will be notified by telephone and/or mail. Payment must be made within three business days of notification. For more information on the vehicle or the bid process, please contact Melissa Miller at (340) 692-4200.
Faculty Encouraged to Complete Survey on Faculty Research Interest; Deadline Oct. 8
The Office of the Provost and the Office of Sponsored Programs are working on a revision of the University’s Directory on Faculty Research Interest and Scholarly Work. In the recent memo of Aug. 31 from President David Hall to the University community, Dr. Hall emphasized the importance of grants and contracts to the advancement of the University. The revision of the directory will serve to assist the Office of Sponsored Programs in identifying possible funding sources that may be of interest to faculty.
All full-time teaching and research faculty are encouraged to complete a survey that will assist in updating the directory. It is available in UVI’s myCampus web portal in the Public Announcements folder under the UVI Projects tab, and from this direct link. The survey should be submitted to Dr. Angela McGhee at email@example.com, by Oct. 8.
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 Awarenss Month visit www.dol.gov/odep.
World Food Day Set for Oct. 14 on UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix
October on St. Croix means it’s time for World Food Day at UVI. This year’s event is slated for noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, on the grounds of the Albert A. Sheen Campus. The 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.
Top on 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. There is no entry fee. Everyone attending is 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 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 more information, call Clarice Clarke at (340) 692-4060.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 email@example.com.
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 Frenchman’s Reef and Morning Star 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 Trainings
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 Trainings
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or (340) 693-1523.
Intro to Word is Next Course in UVI-CELL Basic Computer Series on St. Thomas and St. Croix
Individuals interested in getting the most of their computing experience can take advantage of a computer training series of one-day courses being offered by the University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) Center. The Basic Computing Skills Series covers a wide range of topics to include: the Internet, setting up email and getting the most out of office productivity software such as Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Publisher.
The next course in the series – Introduction to Word 2010, will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Sessions will be held at the UVICELL Center on the St. Thomas Campus and in North West Wing Room 133 on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
During the course, participants will learn how to create and save a new document, open an existing document, basic formatting, printing documents, saving documents and much more. For more information on the Computer Series, call (340) 693-1100 or visit UVICELL on-line at http://cell.uvi.edu.
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.