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Bulletin Board for January 5, 2012

UVI to Close for Three Kings Holiday on Friday, Jan. 6

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on Friday, Jan. 6, in observance of the Three Kings Day holiday. The VI Small Business Development Center offices on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John will observe the same holiday schedule.

V.I. National Guard Sergeant Major Barnes Challenges Incoming UVI Students

Virgin Islands National Guard Sergeant Major Mona Barnes was the featured speaker at orientation sessions held this week for incoming spring semester students on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. Sergeant Major Barnes told students that the mere fact that they had enrolled in UVI "is a sign that ... there is something driving you." She challenged students to take time to set their goals. "Opportunities are here in abundance, it's up to you to unlock what is inside," she said.

Barnes was born on St. Croix. She enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves in 1986 and transferred to the V.I. National Guard in 1988. From 2003 to 2005 she was deployed to Kuwait as a first sergeant in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She was named the V.I. National Guard's first female state command sergeant major in 2010 and one of only three females to hold the position in the 54 U.S. states and territories. A former educator, Barnes is also an entrepreneur and serves as senior pastor at Holy Ghost Deliverance Ministries on St. Croix.

Photos of Barnes' with students on UVI's St. Thomas campus are featured on the UVI Facebook page -

UVI Spring Semester Classes Begin Monday, Jan. 9

UVI's Spring Semester classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 9.

Evans Center Closure Set for Jan. 16 to Allow Completion of Electrical Upgrade Project

The Melvin Evans Center on UVI's Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix will be shutdown to allow the completion of the building's electrical upgrade project from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16. Also, as a result of the power outage, internet and telephone services on the campus will not be available. In order to minimize the disruption to students, faculty and staff, the electrical shutdown is scheduled to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, during which UVI will be closed. For more information contact Nereida Washington at or call (340) 692-4161.

Discount Reichhold Center Tickets Available to UVI Students, Faculty, Staff

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts offers special discount ticket rates for UVI students, faculty and staff.

Reichhold shows in January include The Commodores at 8 p.m. on Jan. 14, and Angelina Ballerina: The Musical at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21. For details, visit the Reichhold Center website -

Buy individual tickets for select performances in the Reichhold Center Foundation Series and receive $10 off each ticket. Discounts are limited to two tickets per person per show. Purchase tickets for packages of four or five shows in the Foundation Series and receive $12 off each ticket (a savings of $8 to $60). Discounts are limited to two packages per person.

Discount tickets are only available for seats in the uncovered section. They cannot be combined with other discounts and apply only to new ticket purchases.

  'We Are UVI' Web Project Makes Debut on UVI Homepage; Submissions Still Sought

As part of the University's celebration of its 50th anniversary, the UVI website now includes a special, weekly feature titled "We Are UVI." In it, individuals who have had a close affiliation with the institution at some point in the last 50 years will share their memories and experiences. A new submission will be featured each week during 2012.

The first submission - from Sinclair Wilkinson ('72) - was posted on Jan. 1. "We Are UVI" can be viewed from a link at the top, right on the UVI homepage - direct link. Interested individuals can add their own comments to any submissions. They are also encouraged to share the "We Are UVI" page via e-mail and social media links which accompany each entry.

"We Are UVI" will give a wide range of persons a chance to actively join in celebrating the University's anniversary. Narratives are still being assembled for the ongoing project. Persons interested in contributing should contact Dr. Henry H. Smith at or call (340) 693-1062.

Human Resources Office Posts New Hires/Separations List for December 2011

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for Dec. 1-31, 2011. The list is available to the UVI community via the HR Document Library on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus web portal - - and from this direct link.

Other Current Items...

Sponsored Programs/Title III Issue New Internal Routing Form for Grant Applications

UVI's Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and Title III has issued a new Internal Routing Form that should be used when circulating grant applications and contracts for internal approval. The form may be found on the Sponsored Programs/Title III section of the UVI website - - and from this direct link. For more information contact Dayle Barry at (340) 693-1054.

UVI 2012 Holiday Schedule Posted to HR/Benefits Page on myCampus

The 2012 UVI holiday schedule has been released by the Human Resources Office. It is posted on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus portal - - and available from this direct link.

UVI Monthly, Bi-Weekly Pay Schedules Posted to HR/Benefits Page on myCampus

UVI 2012 pay schedules - Monthly and Bi-Weekly - have been released by the Human Resources Office. They are posted on the HR/Benefits page of UVI's myCampus portal - - and available from these direct links: Bi-Weekly.

National Student Exchange Applications Available at UVI

Applications are now available for UVI students who wish to participate in the National Student Exchange Program. Applications can be obtained at UVI's Counseling and Placement Centers on St. Thomas and St. Croix, and from this direct link. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, Jan. 20, 2012 on St. Croix, and Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 on St. Thomas. For more information, contact Dahlia Stridiron on St. Thomas at (340) 693-693-1136 or Patricia Towal at (340) 692-4187 on St. Croix. More information is available on the UVI website's National Student Exchange page.