UVI Bulletin Board for October/November

University of the Virgin Islands

UVI Board of Trustees to Meet on October 27 The University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, in the Administration and Conference Center Building on St. Thomas, in the first-floor conference room.
The meeting will begin with regular session agenda items. UVI’s President Dr. David Hall will present the President’s Report. He will be followed by Board Chairman Henry Smock with the Chairman’s Comments. The Board will receive an update report from the Research and Technology Park and its new Executive Director Peter Chapman. Then the Board will consider other agenda items.
Other items requiring Board action include four presentations:
• The Buildings and Grounds Committee on the University entering into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority for the purpose of constructing and managing a Multi-Purpose Center on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.
• The Planning Committee on the University’s proposed draft of 2018-2023 strategic plan “Greatness Through Innovation.”
• The Development Committee on the establishment of the fundraising and alumni giving goals for fiscal year 2019.
• The Finance and Budget Committee on a Pilot Wellness Leave Program as part of the University’s wellness program. The Planning Committee will also present UVI’s key performance indicators.
The board will then go into executive session and will report any actions taken in executive session before being adjourned.
The board last met in Special Session on August 21, 2018. A complete list of board meetings is available on the Board of Trustees page of the UVI website www.uvi.edu.
Town Hall Meetings on “Community Needs Assessment” to be conducted on October 23 on St. Thomas; the 24 and 25 on St. Croix Researchers from the University of the Virgin Islands are completing a “Community Needs
Assessment” on behalf of the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) to:
• Hear from the community.
• Learn about the health needs and challenges facing community members after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
• Gather information to prioritize areas for critical services and financial support and,
• Gather information that will help the community to better prepare for future disruptions.
At the Town Hall Meeting, the UVI team will pose questions and give community members an
opportunity to share their experiences about their family members, neighbors, and friends.
The community is invited to come out and share their thoughts and ideas. The members of the
Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC) looks forward to your participation.

St. Thomas

5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Tutu Park Mall

St. Croix
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Oct. 24 – American Legion Hall, Christiansted, St. Croix
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Oct. 25 – American Legion Hall, Frederiksted, St. Croix.

For more information, contact Velma Abramsen, the project coordinator, at 693-1178 or e-mail velmaabramsen@uvi.edu.
UVI Basketball Classic Set for October 26 – 28 The University of the Virgin Islands Classic is slated to run from Oct. 26-28, 2018 at the Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas. The UVI Classic will feature Xavier University, Keiser University, and the University of the Virgin Islands.
The UVI Basketball Classic will get off to a start on Friday, October 26, when Xavier University’s Gold Rush will face Keiser University’s Seahawks. At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, Keiser University’s Seahawks will face the University of the Virgin Islands’ Buccaneers. The final match of the UVI Classic begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28, when Xavier University’s Gold Rush will compete against the University of the Virgin Islands’ Buccaneers.
Xavier University hails out of New Orleans, La. In the year 2017-2018, Xavier University made it to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament and ranked 22nd nationally.
Keiser University hails out of West Palm Beach, Fla. They also made it to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) tournament in 2017-2018 in which they ranked 25th nationally.
The University of the Virgin Islands community as well as the general public are invited to attend and show our Buccaneer pride in support of our men’s basketball team.
The admission is: $5 – age 13 and above and $3 – age 12 and under.
For more information, contact the Public Relations Office at 693-1059 or email pr@uvi.edu.
UVI’s Voices of Inspiration presents “A Musical Journey Through Time” on November 3 Join the UVI family for this compelling production through song by one of the Virgin Islands premier choirs. UVI’s Voices of Inspiration Choir will bring to the stage “A Musical Journey Through
Time” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Island Center for the Performing Arts.
The group is composed of students, alumni and staff from the University of the Virgin Islands. The non-denominational choir sings a variety of music genres such as jazz, blues, negro spirituals, contemporary gospel, classical and the music of the Caribbean, including reggae and calypso.

The Voices of Inspiration isn’t your typical choir, their performances are enhanced with creative animation, visual graphics, and dance.
The concert is free; however, donations will be accepted.
For more information about the Voices of Inspiration performance, contact Josephine Thomas-Lewis, UVI’s Voices of Inspiration Director at voistx@myuvi.net or at 690-5269.
The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) Launches Swimming Program on Nov. 3 The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) will be launching a swimming program on Nov. 3. The program is open to the St. Thomas community and will be held on John Brewers Bay until Saturday, Dec. 8.
This is an effort to help more of the local Virgin Islanders to develop a sense of appreciation for the ocean by learning to swim, snorkel and free dive. There is limited space.
Log on to: vimas.uvi.edu for registration details or contact Howard Forbes Jr. at 693-1672 or email: howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu
UVI-CELL Partners with Legal Services of the Virgin Islands to Present Estate Planning Workshop Hurricanes Irma and Maria taught us how important it is to have our estate planning documents in order before a disaster strikes. To help the community in the preparation process, the UVI-CELL Center has partnered with Legal Services of the Virgin Islands Inc. to host a seminar on Estate Planning.
The “So You Want to Avoid Probate” seminar will be held 1 – 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Research and Extension Center (REC-133), located on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. A similar workshop was held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the UVI-CELL Center on St. Thomas.
Participants will learn the basics of wills, trusts, the power of attorneys and guardianships, and how creating these legal documents now may help avoid probate in the future. The power of hurricanes and tsunamis will also be discussed during VITEMA’s All Hazards Preparedness presentation. Raffle prizes and certificates will be provided.
Presenters will include attorney Ronald Belfon of Legal Services of the Virgin Islands Inc., Attorney Archie Jennings, of the Disabilities Rights Center and Irvin Mason from VITEMA.
To register for the workshop, call 693-1100 or visit http://cell.uvi.edu.