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Title: President's report to the UVI Board of Trustees. 2005 - 2005.
Series Title: President's report to the UVI Board of Trustees
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Language: English
Creator: University of the Virgin Islands. Office of the President
Affiliation: University of the Virgin Islands -- Office of the President
Publisher: University of the Virgin Islands
Publication Date: 12/26/2003
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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Reporting Period: October 1, 2004 February 1, 2005


Introduction


Since the October 16, 2004 Board meeting, the administration has addressed

several pressing matters, including, but not limited to, ongoing restructuring and

program rationalization processes, preparation and presentation of the

University's 2004-2005 budget before the Legislature's Finance Committee.

These important initiatives occurred while the administration simultaneously

attended to the opening a new academic semester, January 2005.



The Board's attention is directed to the highlights below which are specifically

focused on the nine Proposed Presidential Goals for 2004-2005, approved by the

Executive Committee. A brief update of achievements toward accomplishment of

each goal follows:



Goal #1- Improve UVI's basic structure to deliver academic programs.

The faculty continues review of academic programs and processes. Division

meetings are being held, including faculty from both campuses. The goal of

these meetings is to renew (or in some cases begin) the dialog about the mission

and purpose of each division, and to ascertain whether current program offerings

best fulfill the mission and purpose of the division. This analysis also is being

applied to curriculum offerings within programs and attention is being paid to the

whether certain course offerings are duplicative within a division and across









divisions. All issues, problems and challenges are not solved, but the tools to

create and sustain viable, collaborative divisions are being explored and shared.

Through ongoing monitoring of the contexts within which academic divisions are

working to make these changes, the transformation of the University will emerge.



Goal #2 Improve the viability and relevance of major programs.

With respect to program rationalization, division retreats have been held and

workshops and task forces have met to review and assist in shaping programs.

Efforts have been focused on coordination of the process with strategic planning

and self-study processes. Once revitalization has begun from the ground up

within divisions, the grounded change process will continue through encouraging

and facilitating constant participation, collaboration, and negotiation.



Goal #3 Close out Strategic Plan 2000-2005.

Goal #3 is approximately 85% completed. There will be a final report of

achievements realized over the five year period, either in June or late

summer. At that time a detailed synopsis of what was accomplished for FY05,

including recommendations from Program Rationalization which link to improving

academic quality, will be presented. Board action is expected at the June

meeting or at a special meeting later, if necessary.



Goal #4 Develop a new Strategic Plan for the University.

The schedule to develop the new Strategic Plan is being followed and is currently

on track. All of the Strategic Planning meetings that are being held are









documented for background use in the final plan. Meetings have been held to

receive feedback from internal stakeholders and to develop strategic directions.



Goal #5 Maintain accreditation of the University.

The purpose and focus of the Accreditation Self Study has been identified and

communicated University-wide. An Executive Committee of the Accreditation

Self-Study process has been formed. Dr. Frank Mills and Dr. Patricia Rhymer

Todman are serving as co-chairs and are being assisted by Professor Carol

Henneman as Editor, Dr. MaryAnn LaFleur and Dr. Deborah Fontaine. The UVI

community has also been notified that institution-wide participation is critical to

the process. To that end, the Self-Study Steering Committee is currently being

formed through memoranda notifications to faculty chairs and administrators on

both campuses inviting their (or their designees) participation.



Goal #6 Strengthen communications with the major stakeholders.

A number of activities were organized and implemented. Included were

individual meetings with trustees, special events for community focus groups to

discuss the strategic plan, meetings with government financial officers, meetings

with student government officers, dinners and receptions with donors, and

presentations to prospective donors and legislators. On-going communications

in the form of electronic announcements twice a week, the publication of the UVI

Magazine and Dateline, as well as TV and radio appearances, communicate

information on important events and topics to internal and external stakeholders.









In addition, there was regular weekly contact with Board members (via e-mail or

fax) to keep them abreast of activities and to invite them to University events.



Goal #7 Increase visibility and involvement in fundraising

Institutional Advancement is on target to meet or exceed the $1.0 million annual

giving target. Contacts with alumni and other donors are at record pace through

direct marketing, community outreach, donor events and face-to-face meetings.

(See details under Thrust #8 of report).



Goal #8 Strengthen relationship with internal constituents.

The President utilized opportunities for social interactions for discussion of

issues. Regular audio messages and written communication to faculty, staff and

students were sent. In addition, new faculty from both campuses were hosted at

a luncheon on St. Croix; current and former division chairs were hosted for a day

at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) on St. John;

faculty chats were instituted where faculty could utilize an informal space to talk

about issues and ideas. Internal constituents were updated regarding the

strategic plan and other activities at the Spring University Convocation. Special

meetings were held for internal constituents on important topics such as the

Compensation Issue and the Wind Turbine project.



Goal #9 Clarify vision of the University.

Clarification of the vision for internal and external stakeholders has been included

in all of the meetings focusing on developing the new Strategic Plan. There has









been positive feedback from all audiences indicating that there is an

understanding of the direction being proposed.



The reports of significant activities that follow are again identified as

accomplishments under Strategic Thrust #1, the increase in the number of

collaborative programs with the Department of Education, Strategic Thrust #4, to

bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to

the community, Strategic Thrust #8, to build a diverse financial base, and

Strategic Thrust #12, to improve the student experience through improved

academic programs, support systems and student services.



As usual, the full report provides details of division and department achievements

in direct response to the majority of the Strategic Thrusts identified for fiscal year

2004-2005. Additional information that has come to the administration's attention

since the distribution of the Board report will be addressed in the President's

Update report.



Strategic Thrust 1
Increase the number of collaborative programs with the Department of
Education intended to improve the quality of education in the territory.



Office of the Provost

The Research and Public Service area continues its collaboration with the

Department of Education by making presentations and conducting other

informational activities for the students of the territory. During the past quarter,









Strategic Thrust 1
Increase the number of collaborative programs with the Department of Education intended to improve the quality of
education in the territory.


the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) made 49 presentations

to 805 students and 464 teachers/adults on environmental education, and the

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) made presentations to the Addelita

Cancryn Jr. High School through the Youth Outreach Entrepreneurial Program.





Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Education Division

As a service to the Department of Education, a six credit course entitled:

"Internship for Practicing Teachers" was developed in the division and approved

by the Curriculum Committee. The course will be offered for the first time in the

Spring of 2005 for the first group of teachers. Presently, there are fifteen teachers

signed up for the course. Teachers taking this course have already attained a

Bachelor's degree, but outside the field of education.



UVI Family Life Center

Between early October and November, the UVI Family Life Center (FLC)

implemented the after school segment of its program. There were 33

participants ages 9 through 12 from the Kirwan Community and its environs who

attend the Kirwan Elementary School, and who meet the at risk for violent and

anti-social behaviors criteria. Activities were carried out in six components:









Strategic Thrust 1
Increase the number of collaborative programs with the Department of Education intended to improve the quality of
education in the territory.


academic, personal and career development, recreational enrichment, and family

bonding and highlighted the cultural development.





Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

At the request of the Board of Education through the Provost, faculty of the St.

Croix Education division developed an alternative Student Teaching course that

will serve to assist in-service teachers to become certified. This course was

developed by Drs. Jeannette Lovern and Kelly Kantz and was approved by the

cross campus Education Division and the Curriculum Committee. Classes for

this course, EDU470, commenced on both campuses this Spring 2005

semester.



Education Division

Drs. Jeannette Lovern, Kelly Kantz, and Paul Abney coordinated a one-day

workshop for the faculty of the Arthur A. Richards Junior High. Teachers at the

school reported that this kind of workshop is greatly needed.




Science and Mathematics Division

The Saturday Science Awareness Academies for junior and senior high school

students again had many more applicants than spaces. Faculty and staff in the

division led two different academy sessions: Dr. Jennifer Spillman coordinated









Strategic Thrust 1
Increase the number of collaborative programs with the Department of Education intended to improve the quality of
education in the territory.


and led the October sessions on chemistry, while Mrs. Diana Freas-Lutz led

sessions on forensic science in December. There were 35 students in each

session.




Under Dr. Spillman's leadership, the division participated in the second National

Chemistry Week. One hundred elementary school students from the community

were welcomed to the campus for an afternoon of hands-on chemistry activities

that reflected the 2004 theme: chemistry and health. Faculty and 12 UVI

students in chemistry, biology, and SCI 100 worked at different stations, guiding

the students through the activities.






Strategic Thrust 2
Emphasize research programs that focus on local and regional social and
economic problems


Office of the Provost

Research and Public Service

The Eastern Caribbean Center (ECC) conducted an Introduction to ArcView GIS

course for eight members of the Solid Waste Authority staff and made a

presentation to the V.I. Coastal Zone Management's First Student Oceans

Conference, which was attended by approximately 120 students, teachers and

scientists. The Center also submitted its final water quality report for the initial









Strategic Thrust 2
Emphasize research programs that focus on local and regional social and economic problems


phase of the Yacht Haven Redevelopment Project, a $230 million project to

transform the site of the old Yacht Haven hotel into a modern area of time

shares, moorings, shops and office space with an outdoor amphitheater on the

St. Thomas harbor.


The Cooperative Extension Service (CES) staff has been working with Magens

Bay Authority as project consultant to develop a master plan for the maintenance

and restoration of the Magens Bay Arboretum. CES is collaborating with

Paradigm Design, Inc., to develop a booklet, The Magens Bay Arboretum, a

Nature and Culture Showcase that outlines a comprehensive master plan for

managing the 5-acre arboretum behind Magens Bay.


The Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) constructed a 50,000-gallon

greenwater fish culture tank at Coral Bay Organic Garden Center, a vegetable

farm on St. John, as part of a USDA grant from the Sustainable Agriculture

Research and Education Program. The Aquaculture Program will supply tilapia

fingerlings and work closely with this farm to teach aquaculture production

techniques. In exchange for this technical assistance, the owners of the farm

must make their facility available as a demonstration and training site for other

prospective fish farmers.









Strategic Thrust 2
Emphasize research programs that focus on local and regional social and economic problems


Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Humanities Division

In the Fall of 2004, Dr. Vincent O. Cooper was invited to and accepted to serve

as sociolinguist in a Penn State University-based five year research project

entitled the Socio-Ecological Impact of Cruise Ship Tourism in Alaska, Florida,

Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands. In addition to faculty from Penn State University,

other faculty involved in the project come from the University of Miami, the

University of Hawaii, and the University of Alaska.



Nursing Division

The Division was notified September 30th that the Center for Minority Health and

Health Disparities had awarded the Division over $1.1 million over three years to

establish an Export Center at UVI. The grant is a capacity building grant to

enhance nursing faculty research capability, and to position the Division to seek

additional funding in the next two and a half years for up to $1 million a year.



V.I. Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR)

Dr. David Smith attended the MM5 weather modeling workshop at the National

Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO. While there, under

the auspices of the NCAR Visitors Program, he worked with NCAR meteorologist

Dr. Cindy Bruyere to set up the MM5 program to run weather modeling for the

Virgin Islands. The trip was sponsored by VI EPSCoR.









Strategic Thrust 2
Emphasize research programs that focus on local and regional social and economic problems


Social Sciences Division

Faculty are involved with ongoing work in the KidsCount 2004 project and remain

active members of the Allied Health Professional Council for the British Virgin

Islands.





Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

Science and Mathematics Division

Dr. Ketcham was involved in EPSCoR-Funded research: The Study of Genetic

Diversity of Long-spined Black Sea Urchins to Improve Management of

Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems. This research project should provide

information that would ultimately help government managers of Caribbean coral

reef ecosystems since this species of sea urchin plays an important role in

maintaining healthy coral reefs in this region. The adult urchins crawl along the

seafloor eating seaweed that otherwise would grow on top of corals, smothering

and killing them. In 1983 an epidemic disease of these urchins swept through

the Caribbean, killing about 99% of them. Following this, the health of Caribbean

reefs suffered a serious decline for about 15 years. Gradually the numbers of

these urchins have increased in isolated pockets around the region,

accompanied by local improvements in reef health. This study will attempt to

ascertain the source of the growing adult urchin populations, information needed

by coral reef managers to promote the continuing growth of these populations.









Strategic Thrust 2
Emphasize research programs that focus on local and regional social and economic problems


This project will analyze DNA from adult urchins found around the US Virgin

Islands and the wider Caribbean.



Dr. Michelle Peterson and Professor Roy Watlington submitted a Course

Curriculum Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) grant to National Science Foundation



(NSF) entitled "Recommitment to Science General Education Reform through

Review and Faculty Development", the purpose of which is to strengthen SCI

100 by identifying challenges to its effectiveness and developing strategies -

particularly faculty development to meet the reality of faculty turnover within the

course. Dr. Peterson also attended a Quality Education for Minorities (QEM)

workshop with Dr. McKayle and Dr. Moolenaar that focused on strategies for the

preparation of Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate

Programs (HBCU-UP) grants. Not only was Dr. Peterson able to assist Dr.

McKayle more effectively in the revision of UVI's HBCU-UP grant, she was also

able to apply the information gained to the preparation of the CCLI grant.



Libraries

The UVI Public Services Librarian, an Executive Council member of the

Association of Caribbean Research University and Institutional Libraries

(ACURIL), participated in that organizations' Mid-Year Meeting held in

Guadeloupe from November 19th 21st. As a result, the Virgin Islands is now









Strategic Thrust 2
Emphasize research programs that focus on local and regional social and economic problems




being considered to host the 2006 winter business meeting, a conference that

will bring recognition to the libraries of the territory.






Strategic Thrust 3
Increase collaboration and cooperation across organizational units


Office of the Provost

Libraries

The St. Croix campus librarian presented basic Blackboard training for faculty to

encourage use of that system for course delivery.



Four Librarians and one faculty member participated in an online conference in

December on library/faculty collaboration for e-learning and integration of

educational technology in the curriculum. The training will help UVI Librarians in

the transition to the Libraries focus as a learning resource center, integrating

information literacy, e-learning and classroom support under the restructured

Information and Technology Services department. Additionally, Faculty are

collaborating to reshape the information literacy program to include computer

literacy standards.









Strategic Thrust 3
Increase collaboration and cooperation across organizational units


Research and Public Service

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) taught business basics and

superior customer service to UVI's Family Life Center and students of the

Reichhold Center for the Arts and CES's 4H Summer Programs. SBDC

collaborated with the Research and Technology Park to sponsor informational

programs on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business

Technology Transfer (STTR).


Education Division

The Curriculum Committee of the University approved the Inclusive Early

Childhood Education Bachelor of Arts Program in fall 2004. Seven cohorts of

students on both St. Thomas and St Croix have proceeded towards completion

of Associate degrees in Inclusive Early Childhood Education and approximately

180 students will be in the pool of students comprised of Department of Human

Services grant recipients and Head Start employees.



Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Business Administration Division

Business Division faculty and students worked with the Chancellor and Food

Service personnel to develop a plan to provide a Coffee Cart that would extend

the food service availability and delivery on campus. The endeavor would be run









Strategic Thrust 3
Increase collaboration and cooperation across organizational units


entirely by business students and be used to develop their business and

entrepreneurial skills.



Student Affairs

The Career Counselor facilitated nine career development workshops and

planned collaboration with Business 474 (Professional Development) to offer

resume development and interviewing strategies to students.



Career Counselor appeared as a guest speaker in five classes discussing career

development. Freshman Development (4 appearances), Science Seminar (1

appearance).



Professional Development

The Office of the Associate Chancellor (STT) sponsored an Audio Conference

Interactive Session in November 2004 on Family Educational Rights and Privacy

Act (FERPA) and Student Affairs Professionals. All senior staff in Student Affairs

Division participated as well as members from the Enrollment Management

Division and the Vice Provost for Student and Academic Affairs.









Strategic Thrust 3
Increase collaboration and cooperation across organizational units


Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

Several campus units worked collaboratively to host a very successful campus

Open House on December 9. Each academic division afforded 277 high school

students the opportunity to experience the academic environment of the campus

and be introduced to different programs, while various student clubs and

organizations and the Academic Services and Student Affairs units afforded

students a glimpse at life beyond the classroom.





Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its
contributions to the community


Office of the Provost

Research and Public Service

CES held the annual World Food Day observance on October 17 in St. Croix and

collaborated with the V.I. Department of Agriculture to hold the 22nd annual St.

Thomas-St. John Agriculture & Food Fair on November 20-21, 2004. These two

events attracted more than 8,000 participants who visited the educational

displays, exhibits, product sales and interactive presentations as well as attended

workshops on various types of food production. At the World Food Day activity,

over 2,500 pounds of canned, non-perishable food items were collected by the

youth of several elementary schools in conjunction with My Brother's Table and

Rotary Clubs for the Haiti Relief effort.









Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



The Research Publications Unit (RPU) published an anthology of Virgin Islands

authors entitled Seasoning for the Mortar: Virgin Islanders Writing in The

Caribbean Writer Volumes 1-15. The text is designed to showcase the writers in

the territory and consists of poetry, fiction, drama and personal essays, which

address a wide variety of themes that recur in the territorial and regional

literature.

The Center for Marine and Environmental Studies ( CMES) provided information

on its programs to the V.I. community through the publication of nine local

newspaper articles, three newsletter articles and one TV interview.




The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducted collaborative

training with the New Image Foundation arts and crafts with special emphasis on

local veterans, Work-Able, Inc., Department of Labor entrepreneurial training for

60 youth), V.I. Housing Finance Authority (credit and budgeting for 35 clients),

Small Business Administration (youth training seminars for 105 attendees), First

Bank of the Virgin Islands (bankers roundtable), Credit Bureau of St. Croix

(finance workshop for 20 individuals), and the Chamber of Commerce.



The Athletics Department successfully hosted one of the largest National

Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball tournaments in the United

States and Territories. The tournament Paradise Jam was successfully









Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



televised live nationally on Fox Sports Net and Fox College Sports and was

available in over 40 million homes. The national broadcast had extensive

coverage of the University of the Virgin Islands.



The Sports and Fitness Center hosted 4,900 pre-school and grade school

students to a special visit from Disney characters and local mascots on January

25 and 26. While being loads of fun, the activity also served as a lesson in Virgin

Islands pride and keeping the island clean and litter free.



The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, (VIUCEDD)

hosted the Third Annual Voices that Count Conference for People with

Disabilities and their Families on both St. Croix and St. Thomas October 18-19

and October 21-22, respectively. The conference was coordinated by VIUCEDD

in collaboration with VI Advocacy Inc., the Department of Education/State Office

of Special Education, Mental Health, Lutheran Social Services, Harvest,

Department of Human Services/Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Sea View

Nursing Facilities, Independent Living Centers of the Virgin Islands, Workable,

VIFIND and the Virgin Islands Resource Center for the Disabled.

Approximately 400 persons attended the conferences across both islands.









Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Business Administration Division

The Business Division conducted a lecture series that involved different

businessmen and women from the community. The lectures were associated

with various courses in the Division but were open to the general public. The

highlight was a presentation by Mr. Driehaus, President of Driehaus Capital

Management, to a packed house in the Chase Auditorium that comprised

students, faculty and people from the community.



Nursing Division

The Division's faculty and students participated in health promotion activities at

the Agricultural Fair. Faculty and students brought visibility to the Division and

the University through health promotion projects which targeted specific groups,

including high school students, college students and parents of small children.

There has been excellent media coverage of the Export Grant award. The Center

Director, Dr. John Ruffin and the Delegate to Congress, Dr. Christiansen, visited

the University to announce the grant award. Additionally, the press covered the

visit to the Division of Attorney Beale, the administrator of the Bennie and Martha

Benjamin Foundation whose grants have supported the Division's Audio Visual

lab with computers and the Nurse Leader Lectureship Series.









Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



Social Sciences Division

Two Division members, Drs. Hollis Liverpool and Malik Sekou appeared on the

"Afternoon Mix" regularly. Also, Dr. Sekou has been actively involved with the

Community Integration Team/CIT which provided a liaison between the

Community and Police Department.



Student Affairs

The UVI Family Life Center continued to maintain partnerships that assisted in

carrying out an after school program. These partners included:

Department of Education and the Kirwan Elementary School to obtain after

school snacks for participants and permission to access education resources,

Michael .J. Kirwan Elementary that provided space to facilitate program activities;

and the Peacemakers Soccer Club that assisted the UVIFLC in facilitating soccer

activities.





Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

Community Outreach

In response to requests from the community, an additional section of golf has

been added to the teaching schedule and there is now a class of senior citizens

taking golf classes.









Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



The Health Services Center, in collaboration with the Women's and Men's

Coalition, sponsored a Domestic Violence workshop on October 12-14, 2004.

Health Services Supervisor, Ms. Naita Salmon, together with the peer health

educators, conducted a presentation at a "Drug Abuse Awareness Rally" for the

Seventh Day Adventist Church on October 17, 2004. Health Services Supervisor

and the peer health educators also collaborated with St. Croix Center Stage Art

Life program in a skit performance during "Say No to Drugs" week October 28,

2004. The Virgin Islands National Guard Drug Demand Reduction Administrator

also participated in this program. The Health Services Center in conjunction with

the St. Croix Vocational School Licensed Practical Nursing program and the UVI

Associate degree Nursing program organized to provide a First Aid Station and

free blood pressure check at the annual UVI Family and Friends Weekend held

on October 29-31, 2004. At the request of the Health Services Supervisor the St.

Croix Rescue also participated in this event. The Health Services Center also

sponsored a month long promotion, from November 15 December 15,

providing for a physical examination and Pap smear, at a discount, for all

interested female members of the St. Croix campus community. The Health

Services Center collaborated with St. Croix community agencies to sponsor

"Women/Girls HIV and AIDS" women's workshop on World AIDS Day, December

1,2004.









Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



Several on and off-campus units, the Office of the Associate Chancellor, the

Humanities Division, the Student Government Association, the Golden Key

International Honour Society, Student Activities, and WTJX 12, collaborated to

host the forum "St. Croix Votes, VI Election 2004" on October 12-14, 2004, in the

continuing tradition of Ideas and Issues. All senatorial aspirants as well as the

three congressional candidates were invited to attend the three night event,

which was then rebroadcast to the Virgin Islands community via channel 12. The

average attendance each night was approximately 110 persons.



The Division of Student Affairs hosted the UVI Family and Friends Weekend from

October 29-31, 2004. The activities included a night of bowling, dancing,

karaoke, food, softball, horse riding, pig chasing and a fun day that largely

targeted community involvement.



Institutional Advancement

Public Relations Office (PRO)

Strategic initiatives undertaken by the UVI PRO during the fall of 2004 enhanced

the University's image locally, regionally and globally. Via news releases, media

appearances, publications, advertising and an ongoing Web presence, the Public

Relations Office was able to bring the community's image of UVI into better

alignment with its contributions to the community.









Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



The Public Relations Office, in collaboration with the Office of the President,

provided the University community with information on key UVI initiatives

including Academic Restructuring and Program Rationalization, a proposed

Faculty and Staff Compensation Package, a UVI Conflict of Interest and

Disclosure Policy and the 2006-2012 Strategic Plan.



The PRO designed and coordinated the placement of generic University ads in

Destination U.S. Virgin Islands magazine, the Healthcare Professionals Journal,

the Reichhold Center for the Arts Playbill and the 2004 edition of UVI Magazine.



The Public Relations Office held training sessions on each campus to acquaint

faculty and staff with the details of UVI's new "Specializing in Futures" brand

campaign. The "Specializing in Futures" brand employs a unified style for all print

collateral and broadcast copy. Working with members of the University

community, the PRO and Sahara Communications developed an approved color

palette, typesetting fonts and advertising copy, which utilizes a target marketing

approach. The PRO secured the delivery of an 8-minute UVI promotional video,

which is slated to air on E-Entertainment in April. The Public Relations Office

coordinated promotional photography sessions with Dr. Ragster as well as

photography at donor events on St. Thomas and St. Croix.









Strategic Thrust 4
Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



Publicity and promotional campaigns, as well as broadcast appearances

heighten the community's awareness of UVI. The PRO coordinated press

coverage of the V.I. EPSCoR Kick-Off at Government House on St. Thomas, a

ribbon-cutting ceremony at the St. Croix campus information kiosk, and the

planning of a press conference to announce a $1 million grant UVI received from

the National Institutes of Health to stimulate research and fund outreach into the

area of minority health disparities in the Virgin Islands.



Additionally, the Public Relations Office obtained advance publicity for the

International Conference on Caribbean Literature, World Food Day, the St.

Thomas St. John Agricultural Fair, and the Miss UVI Competition. The PRO

secured guests for UVI's monthly appearance on Virgin Islands Public Television

as part of a new half-hour television program called, "I'll Take the Meeting."



PRO staff wrote and disseminated press releases on a number of topics

including: The Universities Consortium for Small Island States, the World Food

Day Teleconference, UVI's CELL qualifying to receive International Association

of Continuing Education and Training (IACET) continuing education credits, and

the crowning of new Miss UVI 2005.



The PRO enhanced the University's growing online presence by making a

"Specializing in Futures" brand identity style guide and sample advertising and









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Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



marketing materials accessible from the UVI home page. The PRO also posted a

holiday home page and updates to pages for the Blackboard course delivery

system, the St. Thomas campus Security Office, Student Housing, the EPSCoR

newsletter, the Registrar's Office, and the UVI Athletics web site.



The Public Relations Office published the 2004 edition of UVI Magazine and

placed it online. Monthly issues of Dateline UVI were also published and placed

online.



Reichhold Center for the Arts (RCA)

The Reichhold Center's 26th Season (2004-2005) began with a few personnel

changes Mrs. Pamela Sanes, former Business Manager and Ms. Denise

Humphrey former Technical Operations Manager, have been appointed Co-

Directors of the Reichhold Center in the absence of Mr. David Edgecombe, who

is on study leave pursuing a Ph.D., Mr. Myrshem George, former Box Office

Supervisor and recent UVI graduate, is now the Marketing Manager.



The season opened in October with El Gran Combo out of Puerto Rico. This

performance marked the Center's first attempt to initiate a simultaneous season

launch on both St. Thomas and St. Croix. The Center plans to continue sharing

its season with the St. Croix community.









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Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



RCA's Digital Media Institute (DMI) was commissioned by the Department of

Tourism Film Commission Office to assist in producing a series that bridges the

VI community with the film industry. The series, "A Conversation With..." is a

forum in which an established director or producer shares his or her views on the

film industry and then screens one of their works. This first event showcased

Michael Schultz, movie and television producer/director, and his work, "Woman

Thou Art Loose", (adapted from T.D. Jakes' book with the same title). This

program was produced on both St. Thomas and St. Croix and was a great

success. The Department of Tourism plans on continuing this series in the near

future.



The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra rounded out the month of October with a

spectacular concert showcasing the versatility and talent of Mrs. Lorna Freeman-

Dennis.



In November, Isaac Hayes gave a remarkable performance to over 1000 patrons.

He attended a VIP cocktail reception, for donors, subscribers and friends of the

Reichhold hosted by Cafe Amalia. RCA also assisted with the production of the

Miss UVI Pageant, worked with the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts in

producing the Olive Dance Company, and worked with the Forum in taking a

closer look at the inner workings of the television industry with the program "An

Evening with Robert Breech", (executive producer for David R. Kelly Productions:









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Bring the community's image of UVI into better alignment with its contributions to the community



Ally McBeal, The Practice, Boston Public and Boston Legal). Working on such

projects with the Department of Tourism and the Forum in the fields of film and

television helps to promote the need for establishing the Digital Media Institute

since they involve the use of digital media technology and provide alternative

career opportunities.



Oliver Samuels and Company returned to the territory Thanksgiving weekend to

three sold-out performances between St. Thomas and St. Croix.



The usual Christmas Rentals returned this year: the UVI Christmas Concert, the

Territorial Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra, and the Virgin Islands Institute for

the Performing Arts. And, for the first time-ever, the RCA played host to

President Ragster's "End of Year Celebration" which was a successful event.





Strategic Thrust 5
Increase the participation of the Board of Trustees in the achievement of
the Strategic Plan.


The Board of Trustees members participated in all major events at the University

this period, including campus visits, Kiosk Dedication on St. Croix, Donor

Receptions, Holiday gatherings, Reichhold Center Season events and Legislative

Budget hearings.









Strategic Thrust 6
Establish a Research and Technology Park on St. Croix


UVI continues to serve as the interim manager of the Research and Technology

Park. The management report is included under a separate tab in the Agenda

Book.





Strategic Thrust 7
Create an organizational capability to engage in local consulting activities


Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Education Division

The chair of the division represented the University as a part of the Department

of Education Alliance at Brown University's "Standards Assessment and

Accountability Initiative."




Strategic Thrust 8
Build a diverse financial base, which balances operating funding needs
against long term financial requirements for sustainable growth.


Office of the Provost

Research and Public Service

The Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) received $156,924

from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources for a 3-year project on

territorial monitoring and $44,000 for a 1-year sediment monitoring project. Small

Business Development Center (SBDC) received $10,000 from First Bank of the









Strategic Thrust 8
Build a diverse financial base, which balances operating funding needs against long term financial requirements for
sustainable growth.


Virgin Islands for special economic development oriented projects and program

delivery. Eastern Caribbean Center (ECC) was the recipient of a grant for

$192,000 from the Office of Insular Affairs, Department of the Interior, to conduct

a mapping of selected areas of the Virgin Islands and to subsequently conduct a

household survey to gather data on income and expenditure that will update the

market basket of goods and services and the VI consumer price index.



Annual surveys with a focus on the University's key performance indicators and

monitoring graduates success in entering graduate school and securing jobs in

their respective fields were completed by Institutional Research and Planning

(IRP).



Training for office personnel in managing federal grants and cooperative

agreements was hosted by the Title Ill/Sponsored Programs Office and VI-

EPSCoR. Training in software applications was also made possible by a Title III

grant. Institutional Research and Planning received funding from Title III to

create a code book and training manual for departments that service students.



Office of Sponsored Programs / Title III

There were 14 awards received by UVI for October December 2004 that were

facilitated by and/or submitted to federal and local agencies through the Office of

Sponsored Programs totaling $2,510,698. The Office of Sponsored Programs









Strategic Thrust 8
Build a diverse financial base, which balances operating funding needs against long term financial requirements for
sustainable growth.


has submitted five proposals totaling $3,819,866 to federal and local agencies to

support a variety of initiatives.





Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Nursing Division

The University of South Florida, Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training

Center (FCAETC) sub-grant for $114,000 supports 70% FTE release time for

faculty during the academic year. The recently awarded grant will support 140%

FTE during the Spring semester. Only one full-time faculty will need to be added

for the Spring. Other instructional needs will be fulfilled by part-time persons. A

request for funding to the Bennie and Martha Benjamin Foundation to upgrade

the clinical lab is still pending.





Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

The campus received grant funding in the amount of $20,000 from the VI Energy

Office's Discretionary Grant Program for the project "Building Retrofit for A/C and

lighting energy reduction. It also received a green light in the Department of

Planning and Natural Resources' Drinking Water Capital Improvement Grant

Program to provide engineering specifications and plans for the alternate water

improvement project. Grant funding for this project is $76,360.









Strategic Thrust 8
Build a diverse financial base, which balances operating funding needs against long term financial requirements for
sustainable growth.


Institutional Advancement

Annual Giving Fund

The Annual Giving Fund has raised $305,664.25 between September 1, 2004 -

January 31, 2005. Unrestricted giving for this period accounts for $61,470.00 with

restricted giving totaling $238,323.55. Gifts-in-kind have netted a total value of

$5,870.70. The 2004-2005 campaign goal is one million dollars.



Institutional Advancement (IA) has kept in contact with alumni and donors at a

record pace for the 2004-2005 campaign through direct marketing, community

outreach, donor events and face-to-face meetings.



IA successfully hosted a Sea Side Chat at the President's residence in the fall of

2004. Several prospects with high giving potential acquired information on the

University as well as shared their perspectives on the outputs of the University.

Additional Sea Side Chat sessions have been scheduled for 2005 on St. Thomas

and St. Croix.



The 2003-04 donor appreciation events took place on February 9th and 10th on

the St. Thomas UVI campus. The UVI Partners' Circle donors of $10,000 and

above had a dinner at Dr. Ragster's home on Wednesday, February 9th. The

reception for the Paiewonsky & Founders Circle was held at the Reichhold









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Build a diverse financial base, which balances operating funding needs against long term financial requirements for
sustainable growth.


Center on Thursday, February 10th The St. Croix donor appreciation events will

be held during the month of March.



Mr. Mitchell Neaves was hired as the new Director of Annual Giving. Mr. Neaves

scope of responsibilities include the oversight of the Annual Giving component as

well as working with the Alumni Association.



Institutional Advancement has developed two new publications to emphasize the

Annual Giving goals to the community and UVI constituents: The Annual Giving

Application and The Annual Giving Brochure.



The Cornerstone Group has completed its review of Institutional Advancement,

as directed by the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees. A

document of their findings and recommendations has been forwarded to the

President.



Alumni Affairs

In January 2005, the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund (TMSF) selected the

UVI Alumni Association as the recipient of the TMSF's National Alumni Council

Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Membership Award for schools under

3,000 full-time students Small Size. UVI's Alumni Association will receive this









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Build a diverse financial base, which balances operating funding needs against long term financial requirements for
sustainable growth.


award at the National Presidents' & Member Schools' Professional Conference

Opening Reception in Houston, Texas on March 6, 2005.



Ms. Deanna Rogers, UVI Alumni Association President, was appointed to the

Board of Trustees as the first alumni association representative to serve on the

University's Board.



Strategic Thrust 10
Meet customer and territorial needs for non-degree and non-traditional
programs


Office of the Provost

Community Engagement and Life Long Learning Program (CELL)

The total gross revenues for fiscal year 2003-2004 as of this date is $109,000

and the total number of students trained so far is 150. A donation of $15,000

was made by Globalvest Management Company, an EDC Company, in support

of CELL Programs.



Research and Public Service

The Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES) trained Department

of Natural Resources (DPNR) staff and two UVI students in nitrox scuba diving

and hosted a First Aid/CPR course for staff, faculty and students at the

University. CMES also trained 12 UVI students in scientific scuba diving









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Meet customer and territorial needs for non-degree and non-traditional programs


techniques and awarded them Professional Association of Diving Instructors

(PADI) diving certificates. CMES in conjunction with VI-EPSCoR sponsored a

science seminar series and organized 17 guest lectures that were attended by

400 students and V.I. community members over the course of the semester.


SBDC assisted over 30 independent entrepreneurs in securing more than $1

million in small business funding.


CES conducted the fourth in a series of short courses on computer literacy and

record keeping for 25 farmers and members of farm families. A 6-week short

course to enhance the management and marketing skills of small livestock

producers was also conducted by CES in collaboration with AES, the V.I.

Department of Agriculture, and the St. Croix Farmers in Action. Nineteen

certificates of completion were awarded to local farmers.



SBDC exceeded its fiscal year goals by sponsoring 66 training events for a total

of 1,446 attendees and counseling 774 business clients.



Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Nursing Division

The Division has been working closely with the Provost and CELL to initiate

training for Home Health Aides certification. This program is slated to begin in

February 2005.









Strategic Thrust 11
Develop unique programmatic identities for each campus.


Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Education Division

The Education Division on the St. Thomas Campus serves as one of the units

that engage in outreach programs. Presently, the Master of Arts in Education

with a Supervision and Administration concentration located at the University of

St. Martin is nearing an end. The Comprehensive Examination was administered

on December 10, 2004.



UVI recently signed an agreement with the H. Lavity Stout Community College to

offer a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education. Twenty-six students

are currently enrolled in the program which began Spring 2005.





Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

Process Technology Program

The Process Technology Program entered its third year of existence in the fall

semester of 2004 and continues to experience growth in student enrollment. At

the close of registration in November 2004, there were forty-four students

enrolled in the program an increase of 12 students from the number enrolled

during the fall semester in 2003. Five students completed the requirements for

the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Process Technology in

December of 2004 and all five students are currently employed at HOVENSA









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Develop unique programmatic identities for each campus.


L.L.C. as process technicians. To date, a total of twelve students have

successfully completed the program.



Reserve Officer Training Corp ( ROTC)

There are currently three students in the program. Recruitment efforts are

underway to meet target enrollment of eight students in Fall 2005.





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Improve the student experience through improved academic programs,
support systems and student services


Office of the Provost

The Financial Aid Office has been conducting financial aid workshops at local

high schools and throughout the community. Three hundred students and

parents attended these workshops. Approximately 96 new student applications

were processed for spring 2005. The electronic application process has seen

more accurate applications and quicker turn around.





Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Business Administration Division

A group of twelve Business and Accounting students accompanied by Professor

Sharon Simmons attended the National Association of Black Accountants









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Improve the student experience through improved academic programs, support systems and student services



(NABA) Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This was a professional development

experience for those students and was so positive that they are now working on

a local conference to take place in spring 2005 for the benefit those students who

were unable to attend the Atlanta conference.



Humanities Division

The Humanities Division received funding from the University to create a Writing

Center which provides tutoring for UVI students in writing and other general

education classes. The Center is linked to English composition classes. So far

feedback from the various divisions whose majors have utilized the Center has

been positive.



The Modern Language Student Academic Exchange Program continues to

provide both UVI and Mexican students with a culturally enriching experience.

For the Spring semester 2005, four UVI students are attending Universidad

International The Center for Bilingual Multicultural Studies (UNINTER) in

Cuernavca, Mexico and one student from UNINTER is completing the second

semester at UVI.



Nursing Division

The Division has explored a number of vendors of outcome assessment that are

predictors of success on the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered









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Improve the student experience through improved academic programs, support systems and student services



Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The company Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) has

been selected to provide seniors with online comprehensive predictor and

assessment testing beginning in January 2005. The Division has also agreed to

do Beta testing for ATI with students. Based on positive evaluation of experience

with this vendor, the Division will seek to begin an integrated outcome

assessment of all clinical areas, beginning with the first clinical course. This

process will require additional fees for each student each semester.



Science and Mathematics Division

Alexia Mintos a mathematics major received funding from the Provost's Office kto

attend the Joint Mathematical Association of America and American

Mathematical Society (MAA/AMS) Meetings in Atlanta, January 4-8, 2005. A

team was formed from UVI to enter and compete in the Putnam Mathematical

Competition, on December 4, 2004. The Putnam is an annual event, and is the

most prestigious mathematics competition for undergraduates in North America.

The students were Meria Marcel, Andre Francis, and Gurnish Sahni, all of whom

have been on "Afternoon Jams" on Radio One to discuss their experience.



UVI Senior Andre Francis garnered on of the top awards in the chemical

sciences category at the recent Annual Biomedical Research Conference for

Minority Students in Dallas, Texas. Twenty-eight UVI students joined Francis and

more than 1,000 other minority students at the November 10-13 conference.









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Improve the student experience through improved academic programs, support systems and student services



Student Affairs

In November 2004, Ms. Shakima Stoutt,a junior in the Pre-Med Technology

Program, was selected as Miss UVI for 2004-05. This effort was coordinated by

Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities.



Four student leaders from the University of the Virgin Islands joined more than

300 college students at the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute, held October

29 through November 1 in New York City. The students were Ivan Connor,

Jasmine Buttolph, Alkin Paul, and Thamarah Gomes.





Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

Science and Mathematics Division

Two students accompanied by Drs. Stuart Ketcham, Jennifer Spillman, and

Michelle Peterson, attended the first Oceans Awareness Conference, sponsored

by the Division of Coastal Zone Management of DPNR. This conference drew

students from high schools throughout the territory, as well as from both

campuses of UVI, to learn more about the challenges facing the coastal marine

environment. In the latter portion of the day-long workshop, students were

divided into teams, given a problem, and had to work together to suggest

solutions. The teams then presented their results. This workshop also provided









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Improve the student experience through improved academic programs, support systems and student services


an opportunity for the teachers accompanying the student representatives to

network and learn more about the agencies involved in coastal marine issues.



Dr. Stuart Ketcham was one of three faculty members from the Science and

Mathematics Division (Ketcham, McKayle, Stoltz) to attend a Minority Access to

Research Careers (MARC) Supplement grant workshop at Santa Cruz, California

from January 7-11, 2005. The focus of the workshop was to assist with reform in

the increase of quantitative skills in science, but more particularly in Biology.



Five members of Student Government Association from the St. Croix chapter

represented UVI at the National Conference on Student Leadership in Orlando,

Florida, November 20-23, 2004. The students included Onage Ghanie (Vice

President), Kim Phillip-St. Hall (Junior Senator), Carla Bastian and Chantal

Connor (Sophomore Senators), Amilee Milstead (Freshman Senator), and Mr.

Clint Ferris SGA Advisor. The conference is a student certified leadership

conference where participants take a certification exam at its conclusion.



During the month of October 2004, Ms. Bette Worley, President of the National

Student Exchange (NSE) Program and Mr. Wendel Wickland, Vice President,

visited both campuses of the University of the Virgin Islands. On St. Croix,

solutions for many of the issues raised were either already in place or slated for

implementation in this academic year. The National Student Exchange Program









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Improve the student experience through improved academic programs, support systems and student services


subsequently sent a letter of commendation to Mrs. Miriam Osborne-Elliot,

Counseling Supervisor and St. Croix NSE Coordinator for her role in

orchestrating a well run and responsive program on the St. Croix campus.



The peer counselor leadership component of Title III 2004-2005 funded stipends

for nine counselors. Recruitment activities and interviews for peer counselors

were conducted in September 2004. A 16-hour intensive certification and re-

certification training was conducted during October 2004. Nine peer counselors

participated in the training- four veterans (returning) and five new recruits.



Interviews for one peer leader were conducted in November 2004 and a peer

leader was hired to start at the beginning of the spring 2005 semester. The peer

counselor leader is supervised by the staff psychologist and functions as a leader

for the peer counselors as well as an adjunct to LAP. The peer counselors

provided support to the student community through presentations, one-on-one

interactions, and guided activities.



As part of spring 2005 orientation and in conjunction with the Division of Social

Sciences, the First Annual UVI Authors' Fair and Book Signing was held on

January 12, 2005. UVI faculty members Dr. Arnold Highfield, Dr. David Gould,

Professor Marvin Williams, Dr. Simon B. Jones-Hendrickson, and Dr. Denise

Bennerson read selections from their recently published books.









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Improve the student experience through improved academic programs, support systems and student services


The featured speaker for spring 2005 orientation was Mr. Dennis Rahiim Watson

whose topic was "100 Challenges Facing Students of Color in the 21st Century."

This program was co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Chancellor,

Student Activities Office and the Small Business Development Center.






Strategic Thrust 13
Direct the composition of enrollments to achieve revenue generation
targets using directed marketing programs


Office of the Provost

A new outreach strategy has been implemented with the District of Columbia's

Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG) which allows residents of the District

of Columbia to attend UVI and pay in-territory tuition. The District of Columbia

pays the difference between the in-territory and the out-of territory tuition.



Enrollment Management

Revenues from tuition and fees have increased due to the increase in tuition and

fees. When compared to Spring 2004, Spring 2005 full-time enrollment is up

4%; graduate enrollment has declined; and total student enrollment is down 4%.

Directed and enhanced marketing should continue in order to grow enrollment.









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Direct the composition of enrollments to achieve revenue generation targets using directed marketing programs


Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

Several campus units, assisted by 30 students, worked collaboratively to host a

very successful campus Open House on December 9. Together the academic

divisions afforded 227 high school students the opportunity to experience the

academic environment of the campus and be introduced to different programs.

The Process Technology program was presented by Prof. Eric Douglas while two

student members of the Math Boosters Club introduced the students to programs

in Mathematics.





Strategic Thrust 14
Improve the university's ability to attract and retain faculty and staff by
enhancing the work experience, opportunities for professional
development and satisfaction.


Office of the Provost

As a result of an ongoing assessment of responsibilities and following the

vacancy created by the resignation of the St. Thomas campus librarian, functions

of two positions on the St. Thomas campus were reorganized. The Campus

Librarian position was restructured to include responsibility for management of

library computer systems on both campuses. The Systems Librarian position

was changed to Collection Development/Information Literacy Librarian. This

person will guide selection/deselection activities to support the focus identified by

the Library Committee of the Faculty in response to the recent assessment of the









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Improve the university's ability to attract and retain faculty and staff by enhancing the work experience, opportunities for
professional development and satisfaction.


age of the collections, and to support information literacy requirements mandated

by Middle States.



Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Humanities Division

Dr. Patricia Harkins-Pierre received a grant sponsored by the Provost's office to

organize a successful children's literature conference at UVI November 12 -13,

2004.





Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

In collaboration with Morehouse College and Purdue University Calumet, the

campus hosted the highly successful 6th International Conference on Caribbean

Literature. Several members of the faculty presented at the conference which

afforded UVI the opportunity for visibility among similar programs and the

opportunity to attract humanities faculty.



Dr. Jennifer Spillman and Mrs. Diana Freas-Lutz attended a Laboratory Health

and Safety workshop in Puerto Rico that focused on regulations and practices to

be observed in laboratory facilities. Their report will assist the campus to more

satisfactorily address laboratory practice and safety issues.









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Improve the university's ability to attract and retain faculty and staff by enhancing the work experience, opportunities for
professional development and satisfaction.


Dr. Paul Abney attended the 2004 Annual Conference of the Middle States

Commission on Higher Education in Philadelphia, PA from December 4 8,

2004, while Dr. Kelly Kantz attended the Early Childhood Council for Exceptional

Children's Conference in Chicago, IL from December 5 8, 2004.



A major restructuring of the Libraries and Information Technology units is

underway. The merger of these units will allow the institution to focus on

consolidation of and improved services in the areas of video-conference and

audiovisual support, the integration of course delivery instruction and more timely

and appropriate support for all campus computer labs.



The Chancellor's office is developing a marketing plan for the residence halls that

will assist in determining the future of housing on the St. Croix campus




Strategic Thrust 15
Ensure that the academic quality of UVI programs is equal to comparable
group of competitive institutions


Office of the Provost

Libraries

Instruction sessions in the St. Croix campus library increased dramatically from

21 for Fall 2003 to 34 for Fall 2004. Due to turnover in staff in the St. Thomas

Library during the past year, the increase was not as dramatic. However, this is









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Ensure that the academic quality of UVI programs is equal to comparable group of competitive institutions


expected to change in Spring 2005as positions are filled and as the science

librarian implements VI-EPSCoR training objectives.



One hundred eighty-eight (188) students were surveyed as part of the libraries'

assessment activity in support of UVI's comprehensive assessment project. This

activity will continue in the Spring 2005 Semester.



Research and Public Service

The Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) not only successfully passed

it's five-year program evaluation by a team from the U. S. Geological

Survey (USGS), it was named as one of the five exemplary institutes. The

USGS State Water Resources Institute program consists of 54 institutes in the

states and territories of the United States.



Office of the Chancellor St. Thomas

Nursing

This has been confirmed by the Nursing Program's recent accreditation by the

National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses ( NCLEX-RN). Sea

View Nursing Facility will be utilized as a clinical site, after a three year hiatus.

This will enhance the clinical experiences of students in Fundamental and

Medical Surgical courses. On going curriculum meetings are devoted to assuring

the quality of nursing curricula and instruction.









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Upgrade the university's physical, technological and human resources to
enable the achievement of the vision and goals


Capital Projects

During the last quarter of 2004 the primary focus was on planning for upcoming

major Capital Projects, Energy Conservation and the renovation and adaptive

reuse of the Student Activities Center and Faculty East- Middle for CELL.



St. Thomas Capital Projects recently completed or underway at this time include:

Student Activities Building Renovations is complete.

Exterior and interior complete. Final cleaning complete.

Commuter lockers on site and mailboxes in transit. Does not impact use.

Physical Plant provided lock cores. Miscellaneous hardware on order.

Building available for staff occupancy; mail room available late January.



Faculty East Housing to accommodate CELL is Complete

Interior construction substantially complete. Painting and doors underway.

Electrical and Information Technology infrastructure substantially

complete; air conditioning (AC) equipment on site and installed.

Windows are installed; existing roof and walls receiving remedial attention.

Facility will be available for late January use.

Survey and planning for parking development underway as separate

project.

Site lighting plan under development.









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Upgrade the university's physical, technological and human resources to enable the achievement of the vision and goals


Harvey Administration and Conference Center Renovation

Plans updated for program changes and revised for code compliance by

architect.

Plans and specifications given to pre-qualified contractors December 15,

2004 for familiarization.

Mechanical & Engineering plans under review for electric and AC loads

and solutions prior to Request for Proposals (RFP).

RFP for long lead items (windows and elevators) are being sought

Selective demolition completed on ground level (levels 2 and 3 complete)

Bidding scheduled in January for multiple prime contracts.

Major work to start in February.



Marine Science

New lab/classroom framed at Level 1; walls finished one side.

Lower level corridor walls extended to under deck to improve AC and

sound.

Lab casework on order (March) and new lockers delivered.

New windows ordered L-1 and 2; February-March installation anticipated.

New Compressor/tank rooms project permit application submitted

CZM/DPNR.

New launch ramp and dock improvements under design review. Permits

pending.









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Upgrade the university's physical, technological and human resources to enable the achievement of the vision and goals


Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) Upgrades

Renovation plans complete and DPNR process underway.

Bid process for renovations underway. Attempting to reconcile levels of

resources to scales of projects.



Faculty West-Upgrade and Conversion-Underway

Windows on site. Exterior wall improvements will begin late January.

Interior layouts under revision with user groups; buildings 5 & 6 ready

May 1.

Building 4 conversion plans from 1 2-bedroom unit to 2 1-bedroom units

underway.



Etelman House

Plans for Phase II renovations received Cabinet approval. Windows have been

ordered and rough plumbing underway. Completion of phase II west main level

and lower level sleeping units in June.



Wind Turbine Project

The potential for a wind turbine located on the STT Campus has been

acknowledged and pursued.

A Letter of Intent has been executed and due diligence is underway by

USVI Wind LLC.









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Upgrade the university's physical, technological and human resources to enable the achievement of the vision and goals


Survey data has been gathered and the base site drawing is complete.

GE se 1.5 Megawatt wind turbine has been identified for installation at

area behind Physical Plant Building.

Legal and permitting aspects of the project are under examination.

The goal would be an operating system prior to the end of 2005.



Campus Electric System Assessment

Engineers Hill & Bell and Spots, Stevens and McCoy are evaluating the power

distribution systems on St. Thomas to ensure that the University has a consistent

plan and program by which its present and future needs can be evaluated. The

work entails confirming existing layouts and capacities as well as recommending

and designing for future accommodations. The engineers are assisting with

energy conservation measures as well as providing technical assistance in

selecting fixtures and controls.



Miscellaneous STT Projects Underway:

South Dorm (East Side) exterior caulked and sealed.-complete.

CA -AC -second chiller ordered for Spring install.

Science Lab renovation being planned with Science Dept. consultants.

Dept. needs more planning and programming time before renovation can

be committed.









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Upgrade the university's physical, technological and human resources to enable the achievement of the vision and goals


Reichhold Ticket Office roof repaired. Developing program for

improvements with staff, coordinated with planned maintenance issues.

New Library 35 station computer lab underway with early February

completion anticipated.

Parking and Roads-planning improvements for North Dorm Parking/Main

Entrance.

Sidewalks, Library Parking, Social Sciences Parking along with Faculty

East area.





STT Campus Fire and Security Alarm System is Complete.

The new central digital fire alarm to all residence halls, library and upper campus

academic buildings as well as the CA Building and the Sports and Fitness Center

have been completed. The system is reporting to the Campus Security Center.





Office of the Chancellor- St. Croix

The campus used the December 2004 holiday break to upgrade a number of

physical facilities and to complete some outstanding projects. Stage curtains,

production lights and a color television monitor have been added to the

cafetorium to increase the provision of educational and recreational

programming. Walkways connecting the Cafetorium and the Residence Hall to









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Upgrade the university's physical, technological and human resources to enable the achievement of the vision and goals


the Evans Center were completed, enhancing the campus' ability to address the

needs of the physically challenged, to ensure ADA compliance, and to address

inclement weather conditions. A walkway has been added in front of the

Business Office to aid wheelchair customers.



A new fume hood for the EC 208 laboratory has been installed, a welcome

replacement for the old hood that compromised lab safety. The campus

purchased and sited a 1,000 gallon gas tank with dispensing nozzle for

emergency fuel reserves.



Major renovation work was completed to convert classroom EC 902 into a

computer lab. This space is expected to house 24 computers and to assist in

addressing the Middle States Standards for information literacy incorporated into

the curriculum. The campus continues to upgrade the female and male

restrooms, upgrade the physical and plumbing infrastructure and install new

stalls, toilets, sinks, counter top, tiles and a/c and other vents. Motion sensors

are also being installed to assist in energy conservation.



The campus has experimented with an alternate wood material that is a

derivative of recycled plastic to replace existing wood railings. The information

kiosk, dedicated in October, is now complete. Solar lights have been installed









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and an electronic bulletin board is now on-line. Landscaping has also been

completed.



The St. Croix campus installed an ATH machine in the Business Office and a

digital surveillance camera system was made operational. Two cameras have

been placed in the Research and Extension Center building, a venue for several

recent equipment thefts, and a camera was also placed in each computer labs in

the North West Wing, making a total of four digital surveillance cameras on the

campus. A dedicated T1 line to the RTP offices was installed and activated.



St. Croix Capital Projects recently completed or underway at this time include:

Campus Electric System Assessment

Engineers Hill & Bell and Spots, Stevens and McCoy are evaluating the power

distribution systems on St. Croix to ensure that the University has a consistent

plan and program by which its present and future needs can be evaluated. The

work entails confirming existing layouts and capacities as well as recommending

and designing for future accommodations. Primary focus in late-2004 early-2005

is the redistribution of power for Evans, Research and Extension Center and

North West Wing, as well as assuring that the future needs of the campus can be

accommodated.









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Upgrade the university's physical, technological and human resources to enable the achievement of the vision and goals


Information Kiosk completed in October 2004 by St. Croix Physical Plant. Site

design by Capital Projects.



North West Wing Additions

Preliminary programming and site discussions held with Chancellor and

Architect.

Survey completed by Mosely Associates.

Architect agreement completed and design schedule is pending.



Library Windows

Assisting St. Croix staff with developing replacement program for

deteriorating steel window frames and glass replacement with tinted Low

E glass.



Roads/Drainage

Surveys/planning underway for new South road as well as West boundary

berm.









ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE


Fiscal Year 2005

The University Budget Committee (UBC) met during this quarter and worked on

the University's Budget for Fiscal Year 2004-2005. The UBC recommended an

operating budget of $38M to the Cabinet for approval.



As part of the sustainable budget process the UBC will meet in the near future to

commence the process of developing budget strategies for Fiscal Year 2005-

2006. The strategies will be forwarded to the Cabinet for review and approval.



Ad Hoc Committee on Compensation (AHCC)

On October 28, 2004 President Ragster received a petition and a resolution

which had been signed by approximately 200 members of the University

community. The resolution proposed that all available funds be used to fund past

due merit increases. In response to both the resolution and sentiments

expressed regarding the Board approved FY2004-05 Compensation Adjustment

Plan, President Ragster organized an Ad Hoc Committee on Compensation

(AHCC) to assist in the development of a proposals) that will be presented for

consideration to the University's Board of Trustees.


The AHCC, chaired by the Vice President for Administration and Finance, Mr.

Vincent Samuel, met six times and developed two options for consideration by

University faculty and staff. At the Board of Trustees Executive Committee









Administration and Finance

meeting on December 14, 2004, Mr. Samuel presented the results of the AHCC

in which the employees, faculty and staff, voted for the Board of Trustees to

consider the use of available funds to pay out accumulated merit and adjust the

salary base of eligible employees.




University Wide Projects

UVI Energy Conservation Program:

Capital Projects is developing an outline for University-wide energy management

and conservation. With the University's electrical bill projected to be $2 million in

2005 major cost avoidance steps must be implemented. While a wind turbine will

reduce use/cost, equal savings can be achieved by improving controls and

scheduling equipment use, continue installing sensors to energy efficient lighting,

replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, and instituting a

program of PC computer efficient operation based on the "Turn It Off" Program



Utility Inventory and Evaluations:

Entered into agreement with Spots, Stevens and McCoy to review UVI utilities

on both campuses and work with Capital Projects/Physical Plant to develop a

short and long range plan for power on both campuses. Evaluation of Evans,

North West Wing, Research and Extension, Paiewonsky Library, Reichhold and

Harvey are among the tasks contracted. On site service commenced December

1.









Administration and Finance


Human Resources

Benefits

An increase in the Government's Group Health Plan occurred effective October

1, 2004. Fifty-percent (50%) of the cost of the increase was passed on to all

University employees enrolled in the Plan, while the University absorbed the

remaining 50%.




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