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March 3, 2003 – The University of the Virgin Islands Bulletin Board issued today has these announcements:
Health Fair and Blood Drive Slated March 5 on St. Croix Campus
"See Your Way To Healthier Living" is the theme of UVI's annual Health Fair and Blood Drive, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at The Greathouse on the UVI St. Croix campus. The general public is invited to participate. Activities planned for the day include: blood donations, glucose, blood pressure and HIV Testing, and testicular and self breast examination instructions. Vision screening and information sharing by Peer Health Educators are also planned.
Workshops planned include: "Care Enough to Count Calories." by Alice Henry, R.D., from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and "Dancersize." by Roy Newton of Paradise Gym, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. An open forum, titled "Here's to Your Health," will be moderated by Arakere Prasad, M.D., from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The first 15 people to register for each of the workshops will receive gifts. For details contact UVI's Health Services nurse Justa "Tita" Thompson at 692-4214 or send e-mail to [email protected].
Open House for High School Students, Officials Set March 7 on St. Thomas
UVI will host an Open House for high school seniors and juniors, and school officials on Friday, March 7, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The Open House is designed to provide a firsthand look at the wealth of academic opportunities, professional development initiatives and extracurricular activities offered at the university. UVI faculty, staff and students will be on hand to answer questions and provide perspective on the unique UVI experience. Informational sessions and a Fair Exhibition are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Lunch is slated from noon to 1 p.m. and campus tours will be offered 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information contact UVI's office of student recruitment at 693-1224.
Carabana Theater Ensemble to Bring "Queen Mary" to St. Thomas Campus
St. John's Carabana Theater Ensemble will bring its production of "Queen Mary" to UVI's St. Thomas campus for two presentations on Friday, March 7. Performances in the UVI Little Theatre in the CA Building are slated for noon and 8 p.m. The shows are free to the university community as well as the general public. These are the only scheduled presentations of "Queen Mary" on St. Thomas.
"Queen Mary" is a dramatic performance featuring music and movement. It depicts the life and times of the women who led the St. Croix Labor Revolt of the 1800s. This play features UVI student Dwight Browne and UVI graduate Vanessa Olivacce.
The UVI Student Government Association and the student activities office on the St. Thomas campus are hosting the productions in celebration of International Women's Month.
Noted Civil Rights Attorney to Speak on Both Campuses
Noted civil rights attorney Fred David Gray will make presentations on March 10 and 11 at UVI. Gray, who successfully defended Rosa Parks and served as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s first civil rights lawyer, is described as an entertaining speaker who focuses on the importance of diversity and who can make individuals proud of their cultural heritage.
Gray will make two presentations on Monday, March 10, on the St. Croix campus. The first is scheduled at noon in the Theatre (Evans Center room 401). It is for the UVI community. A second session is planned at 7:30 p.m. in the UVI cafetorium, and the general public is invited to the evening presentation. Gray's St. Thomas campus presentation is slated for noon on Tuesday, March 11, in Chase Auditorium (Business Education room 110). It is open to the UVI community and the general public.
For details on St. Croix call 692-4000; on St. Thomas call 693-1111.
UVI-Queen Mary Walk/Run Slated March 14
UVI's St. Croix campus invites alumni, students faculty and the entire V.I. community to participate in the second annual UVI-Queen Mary Highway Walk/Run on Friday, March 14.
The Walk/Run — which is part of the campus' celebration of Charter Day and the inauguration of Dr. LaVerne Ragster as UVI's fourth president — begins promptly at 6 a.m. (assembly time 5:30 a.m.) in the K-Mart parking lot in Sunshine Mall and proceeds along the Queen Mary Highway to the University's St. Croix Campus. The event ends at approximately 8 a.m.
The registration fee is $15 for adults and $12 for students and children. Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and towel. Light refreshments will be provided on conclusion of the walk/run. Commemorative prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.
Registration forms are available from the chancellor's office or on-line.
White House Initiative on HBCUs and UVI Offer March 19-20 Technical Workshop
UVI's St. Croix Campus will host a technical assistance workshop on funding and career opportunities sponsored by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and UVI on March 19 and 20. St. Croix campus Chancellor Jennifer Jackson says the two days of workshops will provide an excellent opportunity to interact with representatives from a number of federal agencies and the funding opportunities they oversee.
UVI President Dr. LaVerne Ragster will join with 15 other university presidents who are registered. Representatives from 30 HBCUs and seven different federal departments are expected to participate. The workshop is designed for individuals involved with federally funded research or academic programs. The cost of registration is $125 for those who sign up by March 5. An additional late fee of $25 will be charged after March 5. For details or to register call 692-4183.
WSTA's "Eye On UVI" Features University Academic Offerings, Programs
St. Thomas radio station WSTA (AM-1340) is broadcasting twice-weekly programs on UVI's academic offerings and research. "Eye On UVI" — hosted by Alex Randall — airs at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. Tune in regularly to learn more about UVI's academic offerings and research programs.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the website at www.uvi.edu.

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