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Bulletin Board for July 6, 2012

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Caribbean Green Technology Center to Host Public Symposium on V.I. Renewable Energy Act

UVI's Caribbean Green Technology Center (CGTC) will host a public symposium on the Virgin Islands Renewable Energy Act 7075 at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17. The symposium, which is free, will be held in the UVI Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus, with a videoconference link to the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. It is designed to provide an overview of what the law and more recently approved amendments mean for the public and how they affect individuals. It will also elicit suggestions for moving forward, according to CGTC spokesperson Heru Ofori-Atta.

Some areas covered by the Renewable Energy Act include the waving of import duties on solar products, the implementation of solar water heaters in new buildings and the waving of import duties and excise taxes on hybrid vehicles. Speakers for the symposium will include Senator Louis Patrick Hill, V.I. Water and Power Authority CEO Hugo Hodge, V.I. Energy Office Director Karl Knight, Dr. Adam Warren of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy, and the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources Director of Permits Phillip Smith.

Public and private sector individuals interested in the prospects of renewable energy are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Heru Ofori-Atta at (954) 593-4998 or send email to

Free Concert Series by UVI Music Camp Students Opens on Emancipation Day

Students participating in UVI's annual Summer Music Camp are performing a series of free concerts in July and August on St. Thomas. The concerts - which are open to the public - will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., primarily on Wednesdays in Emancipation Garden. The camp is under the direction of UVI Music Professor Austin A. Venzen. It has attracted students from junior and senior high schools on St. Thomas and Anguilla. Prof. Venzen encourages members of the community to show support for the budding musicians and to be treated to wonderful music by attending the free concerts.

Free Emancipation Garden Concert Series schedule:

  • Wednesday, July 11 - 11a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 18 - 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, July 25 - 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 26 - Special Concert - time/venue to be announced
  • Wednesday, Aug. 1 - 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

'We Are UVI' Stories Added Each Week; Do You Know This Contributor?

Can you identify this week's "We Are UVI" contributor? For the answer, visit "We Are UVI" at:

"We Are UVI" is the University's Golden Jubilee blog. It features people sharing CVI/UVI stories from the past 50 years. New submissions are added each week. This one was posted Sunday, July 1.

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 and Paul Flemming ('95, '98, '99).

Student Orientation Leaders Sought on St. Croix for Fall Semester

UVI students interested in serving as Student Orientation Leaders are being sought for the Fall Semester 2012 orientation on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The students will: make a positive impact, foster school spirit, assist during student orientation week, provide student-to-student mentoring and add leadership experience to their own resumes. Interested students should visit the Dean of Student Affairs or Student Activities offices to obtain applications no later than July 13. For more information call (340) 692-4000.

University Financial Policies Now Available from UVI Website

In an email message on July 2, UVI Vice President of Administration and Finance/CFO Shirley Lake-King announced that UVI financial policies, approved in June by the Board of Trustees, are now available for electronic access by all employees. The policies went into effect on July 1, 2012. The policies are available from this direct link - UVI Financial Policies - as well as from links on both the Administration and Finance page and in the Board of Trustees section of the UVI website -

"The policies delineate purpose, scope and applicability, responsibility, and authority, where appropriate," Lake-King wrote. "It is the responsibility of all administrators, managers and supervisors to familiarize themselves with the policies in order to provide proper guidance to all University employees ...We solicit your cooperation with respect to the adherence to and effective implementation of the University's financial policies."

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

The UVI Human Resources Department has released the University's New Hires, Promotions and Separations report for June 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 - - and from this direct link.

Access to Classroom Administration Building Main Parking Lot Restricted

The UVI Physical Plant has announced that a project to repair and resurface portions of the main (north-side) parking lot of the Classroom Administration Building on the St. Thomas campus will result in restricted parking and building access during the duration of the project. The CA Building's east-facing and rear parking lots will remain available throughout the project. The Physical Plant regrets any inconvenience the project may cause.

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Recent UVI Website Updates

A number of recent additions to the UVI website are now available. They can be viewed from the following links:

St. Thomas Campus SGA Announces New Election Dates

UVI's St. Thomas Campus Student Government Association Elections Committee has approved a new schedule for the Fall elections. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 31. Elections will be held on Sept. 12.

Applications are available from the Student Affairs Office. All candidates who are considering running for office must submit a certification letter from the Registrar's office to verify eligibility, along with their application and petition. Candidates who previously applied to run for office may submit a new application or just submit the certification letter. For more information send e-mail to or

Student Competition Promotes Role Swap with UVI President

Ever wondered what it would be like to be President of the University of the Virgin Islands? If you had a chance, what would you say or do to make a difference in the lives of UVI students, faculty and staff? UVI's President for a Day Competition will give two UVI students, (one on St. Thomas and one on St. Croix), an opportunity to trade places with UVI President Dr. David Hall. It's the first time that the President For a Day Competition will take place at UVI.

During the Fall 2012 semester, President Hall will swap roles with one UVI undergraduate student on St. Thomas. He'll swap roles with one undergraduate student on the Albert A. Sheen campus on St. Croix during the Spring 2013 semester. Details on how to apply are available in a news release on the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

SBDC Notes...

VI SBDC Relocating St. Croix Service Center to Sion Farm Shopping Center

The St. Croix Service Center of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC) is in the process of relocating to the Sion Farm Shopping Center in Christiansted. During the move services at the old location will not be available. Full services will be reinstated on Monday, July 9. St. Croix clients who are unable to make contact with the Service Center are advised to call the St. Thomas/St. John Service Center at (340) 776-3206 for assistance.