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Bulletin Board for June 29, 2012

UVI to Close July 2 and 3

The University of the Virgin Islands will be closed on July 2, in observance of VI Emancipation Day and on July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Administrative Offices will reopen on Monday, July 6.

Mix and Mingle Set for Incoming Freshmen on St. Croix Campus

Incoming freshmen to UVI's St. Croix campus are invited to Mix and Mingle set for 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, at the Northwest Wing Great Hall. All incoming freshmen are urged to attend. Refreshments will be served. The Mix and Mingle is sponsored by the St. Croix campus Office of the Campus Executive Administrator. Please RSVP by Monday, July 6, to 692-4236 or 692-4000.

Pre-Retirement Workshops set for GERS Participants

Government Employees Retirement System participants interested in information about retirement are invited to Pre-Retirement and Count Down to Retirement Workshops scheduled on St. Thomas and St. Croix.

On St. Thomas the Pre-Retirement Workshops are scheduled for July 8, and Aug. 5. The Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 2. The St. Thomas workshops will be held at the GERS offices on the Waterfront.

On St. Croix the Pre-Retirement Workshops are scheduled for July 15 and Aug. 12, and the Count Down to Retirement Workshop is scheduled for Sept. 9, at the GERS offices in Orange Grove.

Individuals interested in attending, must pre-register in advance by calling 340-776-7703 ext. 4202 on St. Thomas or 340-773-5480 ext. 5406 on St. Croix. Additional questions should be directed to Veda V. Richards, UVI's director of employee benefits and immigration services at 693-1429.

UVI to Host Business After Hours on St. Croix

The Institutional Advancement component of UVI and the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce will host "Business After Hours" on the St. Croix campus from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 9th in the courtyard of the Melvin Evans Center. The UVI community is invited to support IA, the Chamber and network with members of the business community. The event will feature light fare and a cash bar.

Other Current Items ...

Fall Semester Orientation Schedules Posted to UVI Web Site

UVI's 2009 Fall Semester Orientation for new and transfer students is scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 9. Complete orientation schedules for both campuses and important information on UVI policies regarding placement exams and student rights are now available from the Admissions section of the UVI web site - Orientation schedules and related information can also be accessed from this direct link.

Fall Semester Registration

Registration for the 2009 Fall Semester is available now through Aug. 7, 2009. Returning students will be able to register online and in person for the fall 2009 semester. Students are reminded that they must confer with advisors to receive information on their academic plan and to obtain pin numbers that provide access to registration. Fall Semester Class schedules are available from the Academics/Class Schedules link on the UVI home page: - or from this direct link. Advisement and registration for new students for the Fall Semester are scheduled for Aug. 12. Advisement and late registration are set for Aug. 13 and 14. Fall Semester classes will begin on Aug. 17.

For more information, contact UVI Access and Enrollment Services at 693-1160.

UVI Updates Students, Faculty and Staff on H1N1 Virus

An e-mail was sent out to the UVI community on June 22, announcing The World Health Organization's (WHO) declaration of the H1N1 virus as a pandemic. According to the information, WHO has declared the H1N1 virus a level 6 pandemic due to its world wide dispersion. The V.I. Department of Health (DOH) has indicated that there are two confirmed cases and one suspected case of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus in the territory.

In accordance with recommended protocols, the Department of Health advises individuals who exhibit influenza like illnesses (ILI) to immediately contact their health care provider or contact the hospitals to be tested. General influenza like illnesses (ILI) or flu symptoms include fever of 100 degrees or greater, sore throat, sneezing, cough, muscle pains and aches. Other symptoms associated with the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus may include headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, and dizziness.

Individuals who are on campus and are exhibiting flu like symptoms should visit the Health Services Office for testing. UVI's Health Services Offices have a limited number of test kits and should the supply become exhausted, individuals will be referred to the V.I DOH or the individual's health care provider to be tested.

The Health Services Office is located on the second floor in Gordon House (extension 1124) on the St. Thomas Campus, and on the first floor of the Great Hall (extension 4208, 4214) on the St. Croix campus.

To avoid contracting the flu or the spreading of the germs, students, faculty, and staff are advised to do the following:

• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

• If you get influenza-like symptoms, stay home from work or school except to seek medical care, and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

• Practice other healthy habits such as get plenty of sleep, be physically active, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods and manage your stress.

For further information or guidance on the H1N1 virus, please contact the local Department of Health at 773-1311 - Ext. 6205 and Ext. 3262 or contact the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at

Ongoing Items ...

UVI Summer Band/Opera Camp Plans Weekly Public Concerts During July

UVI's annual Summer Band and Opera Camp, co-hosted by the V.I.'s Law Enforcement Planning Commission and the University, will present a series of free, public concerts on St. Thomas each Wednesday during July. Junior and senior high school students from St. Thomas, St. Croix, Antigua and Virgin Gorda are expected to participate, according to Prof. Austin A. Venzen, camp director and professor of music at UVI.

The group's concerts are scheduled each Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning July, 1 in Emancipation Garden, in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Venzen said the group is also committed to attending and performing at Sunday services at various churches on St. Thomas. Campers will also attend a special benefit concert to be performed by Prof. Venzen's son, Dr. DeWayne T. Venzen, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, at Christchurch Methodist Church. Dr. Venzen is a trumpeter and member of the U.S. Army's Fife & Drum Corps. He will also teach a special session during the camp.

  • Performance schedule:

Emancipation Garden: July 1, 3, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Christchurch Methodist Church: July 5 at 4 p.m.

Closing Ceremony at Reichhold Center for the Arts: July 22 - time TBA

  • Student Registration Remains Open

Space is still available for students who wish to register for the camp's band and opera sections. The camp's band segment is open to students in grades seven through 12. The opera segment is for students in grades five through 12. Camp costs $300 (lunches are included) and there is a $50 registration fee. Camp sessions begin on Wednesday, June 24. Classes, which will take place in the UVI Music Building, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, through July 31. For more information, call the UVI Music Office at 693-1192.

Honors Mathematics Workshop Offered for College-Bound Students on St. Croix

UVI's Division of Science and Mathematics will conduct a two-week Honors Mathematics Workshop on the St. Croix campus, with daily sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, from July 6 to July 17. There is no cost to participants. High school students leaving grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 are eligible to apply.

The workshop is designed to enhance the mathematics preparedness of college-bound students who are interested in pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering or technology. It will focus on computational science and mathematical explorations in scientific contexts, with the goal of helping students to understand how mathematics is used in science. Through this workshop, students will gain confidence in tackling new problems, thus moving from a level of knowledge and comprehension to a level of application and analysis. This will strengthen the students' ability to succeed in a strongly quantitative science curriculum. Field trips will enhance connections to biology, chemistry, physics and the environment. Participants who complete the Math Honors Workshop will receive a certificate of completion and a book scholarship worth $150.

For further information call Dr. Velma Tyson at 692-4157 or send email to Applications may be obtained on the ECS website at

Reichhold to Host Oliver Samuels Play on St. Croix, St. Thomas

Oliver Samuels returns to the Virgin Islands in July with his hilarious new comedy "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing."

UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts will present "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" on St. Croix, at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 10, at Island Center. The play will premiere on St. Thomas at the Reichhold Center, with 8 p.m. shows on Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12.

A news release is available on the UVI web site - direct link.

UVI Prof. Dr. Simon Jones-Hendrickson Publishes New Novel

UVI Professor of Economics Dr. Simon Jones Hendrickson has published a new novel. "Dana, Steven & Brenda" is about the political intrigue, machinations and melee in the academic world at a University on the fictitious island of St. Siven. The novel is $14.95. It is available from Dr. Jones-Hendrickson and will be available at the UVI Bookstores and other book stores in the Virgin Islands. The novel is published by the Eastern Caribbean Institute (2009) on St. Croix. More information is available at this link:

Purchasing Department Posts Updated Hotel Rates

UVI's Purchasing Office has posted updated hotel rates for UVI personnel traveling between St. Thomas and St. Croix. The rates are available from the News & Info tab on the Purchasing section of the UVI web site - - and from these direct links: St. Thomas Hotel Rates | St. Croix Hotel Rates.

Renovation Work Continues on Second Floor of CA Building; Caution Urged

UVI's Physical Plant has announced that renovation work is continuing on the second floor of the Classroom Administration (CA) Building on the St. Thomas campus. Physical Plant personnel will install appropriate barriers and signage in the construction area. All UVI students and University personnel are asked to exercise caution while in the construction area.

UVI Employees Can Order Stationery Online

UVI faculty and employees may now order official UVI stationery from a new, web-based ordering system available from a link on the Inside UVI section of the UVI web site

The new stationery link makes it possible to order business cards and letterhead online. The listed prices include shipping. Once submitted, your order, with the invoice, will arrive in about 10 business days.

After logging in to INSIDE UVI*:

  • Click on the Stationery/Letterhead tab, at left, above the small photo.
  • Click on ONLINE ORDERS link, which takes you to a screen that says: PLEASE IDENTIFY YOURSELF. Please fill in all required fields in the First Time Customer area.
  • Once you log in, you'll be taken to a screen that allows you to choose what you want to order under PRODUCTS.
  • Select a style by clicking CHOOSE A TEMPLATE.
  • Select CREATE NEW and fill in the blanks. After that, follow the shopping cart instructions.

* Note: First-time users of Inside UVI must use their UVI network username and the initial password "welcomeUVI" to gain access. They will immediately be asked to create a permanent password for future access to Inside UVI. Individuals who have problems logging in to Inside UVI should send email to the Public Relations Office at

UVI's Eastern Caribbean Center Conducting 2009 V.I. Community Survey

The Eastern Caribbean Center of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) will conduct the 2009 Virgin Islands Community Survey (VICS) during the months of April through July. This scientific survey of a sample of households is a follow-up to the one conducted in 2008 that collected information similar to that gathered in the census of 2000. VICS data for 2009 will be gathered on two topics - population and housing. A news release and photo are available on the UVI home page - direct link.