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March 6, 2003 – The University of the Virgin Islands Bulletin Board issued today has these announcements:
Inaugural Week-Charter Day Events Scheduled
UVI's Charter Day observance and inauguration week activities begin Sunday, March 9, with Afternoon on the Green and conclude Sunday, March 16, with the inauguration of Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster as UVI's fourth president.
The public is invited to join in Afternoon on the Green, the Virgin Islands' best outdoor party, from noon to 5 p.m. on the St. Thomas campus golf course. Food, with delicious cuisine prepared by some of the V.I.'s best cooks, is the main attraction. Entertainment and children's activities will round out the day.
Other inaugural week public events include exhibits all week at the UVI library, the Sports and Fitness Center, and the Reichhold Center for the Arts; public forum on political status Wednesday, March 12, on a special edition of WTJX's "Face to Face," videoconferenced on both campuses; native St. Thomian Dr. Roy McClean speaking Friday, March 14, at the Theater on the St. Croix campus, videolinked to Chase Auditorium on St. Thomas; and a cultural extravaganza Saturday, March 15. All events are free.
Details are in the Source articles in Things To Do, Schools, and Community/Other Stuff sections, and also on the UVI Web site (address below).
Web Notes: Chancellor's Office Adds Site, St. Croix Agrifest Photos Featured in Current Events Section
The St. Thomas campus Chancellor's Office has developed an Internet Web site. Find it from the "Other UVI Sites" menu on the main UVI Web page or at this direct link.
A series of photos from Agrifest 2003 on St. Croix is now featured in the "Current Events – Photos" section of the UVI Web site. Find it from the "Other UVI Sites" menu on the main UVI Web page or at this direct link.
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.
Workshops to Focus on Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plan Training
Training workshops on sediment and erosion will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in Room 133 of the Research and Extension Center on UVI's St. Croix campus and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the SBDC Training Room upstairs in Nisky Center on St. Thomas. The program is sponsored by the UVI Cooperative Extension Service, V.I. Planning and Natural Resource Department's Coastal Zone Management Program and V.I. Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc.
The workshop is designed for individuals associated with the design and implementation of sediment and erosion control measures and plans. Workshop sessions are limited to 40 participants. For more information contact Julie Wright at 693-1082 or Faye Williams at 692-9632 extension 101.
UVI Jazz Ensemble, Pianist Mulgrew Miller to Perform March 20
The UVI Jazz Ensemble will present a concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, in the Little Theatre on the university's St. Thomas campus. The concert will feature performances by renowned jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller and vocalist Danielle Greenaway. A native of the Mississippi delta, Miller is considered one of the leading pianists of his generation. He has produced more than 400 recordings and has performed around the world.
Miller's UVI concert will include such classic jazz pieces as "Bye Bye Blackbird," "Take the A Train," "'Round Midnight," and "St. Thomas." Vocalist Greenaway will perform "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" and "Blue Skies." Also performing will be pianist/vocalist Detra Davis, who will be featured on "God Bless the Child." The ensemble is conducted by Martin J. Lamkin.
The concert is sponsored by the Music Department of UVI's Humanities Division. It is funded in part by the V.I. Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsorship is provided by Best Western-Emerald Beach Hotel. Admission is $10. Tickets are available from the UVI Humanities Division, the Music Department and Jazz Ensemble members.
Pianist Offers Free Public Clinic
The public is also invited to a free clinic that pianist Mulgrew Miller will offer on Wednesday, March 19, at 12:30 p.m. in the choir room of the Music Building on the St. Thomas campus.
Reichhold Center Announces STARfest9 Auditions
UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts has announced it will conduct auditions for STARfest 9 on March 21, 22 and 23. STARfest, an annual theater production featuring the finest Virgin Islands dancers, musicians and comedians, will be staged on May 10 and 11, and May 24 and 25.
A modeling segment will be added to STARfest for the first time this year, said Reichhold operations manager Cindy Rollins. The addition is designed to help participants prepare for possible appearances on Star Search, the nationally televised CBS program hosted by Arsenio Hall. Star Search participants compete for $100,000 in prize money in each of five performance categories.
Applications to audition for STARfest9 are now available at the Reichhold Center on UVI's St. Thomas campus, Modern Music locations in Havensight Mall and Nisky Center, Parrot Fish, Krystal & Gifts Galore, and at the UVI Bookstore. March 14 is the deadline for applications. For more information contact Cindy Rollins at 693-1553 or e-mail her.
VIMAS Offers Workshop for Teachers on "Sound in the Sea" Web Site
The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) at the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies will sponsor a workshop designed to show teachers how to best use a unique Web site titled "The Discovery of Sound in the Sea."
Nancy Craven of the Teacher's Ins
titute at the University of Rhode Island's office of marine programs, which sponsors the Web site, will help teachers learn how to present concepts and material dealing with the use of nonvocal sound by marine animals in a format that increases student literacy. The target group for the activity is middle school (grades 6-9), but there are adaptations for high school and elementary school as well.
The workshop is not just for science teachers. A large portion of the activity focuses on language arts and process writing. The activity is designed to improve students' writing while learning science.
The workshop takes place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, in room 101 of the Classroom and Administration (CA) Building on UVI's St. Thomas campus.
There is no registration fee; however, advanced registration is required. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. For registration, fax a letter with the names of participating teachers to Mayra Suárez-Vélez, at fax number (340) 693-1395 as soon as possible. For details call (340) 693-1392.
Koresh Dance Company Next At Reichhold Center; Travel Package Offered
A performance by the renowned Koresh Dance Company of Philadelphia is scheduled for 8 p.m. March 29 at UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts. The company's style is described as "eloquent and explosive, employing an emotional blend of ballet, modern and jazz stylings." The Reichhold show will feature ten dancers performing a full-length piece entitled "Past, Present, and Future." Folk, ballroom, modern, classical and futuristic dance styles will be included.
A master class for dance enthusiasts, conducted by company director Ronen Koresh and members of the cast, is scheduled for Friday, March 28 at 5 p.m. at the Reichhold Center.
The performance is partially supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, the V.I. Council on the Arts and WSTA radio. For tickets, group packages, and to register for the master class, contact the Reichhold Center Box Office at 693-1559.
The Reichhold Center and Seaborne Airlines are offering travel package discounts for individuals coming to the show from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix. For details contact the Reichhold Box Office.
Basketball Bucs Open Season With Wins
Congratulations to the UVI's basketball Bucs, who won their season opening games last weekend in Puerto Rico against Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico (UMET). On Friday, Feb. 28, the Lady Bucs defeated UMET 56 to 52, while the men's team downed their UMET rivals 77 to 70. On Saturday, March 1, the Lady Bucs extended their streak, rolling over Universidad de la Este (UNE) 54 to 6. The men's squad lost their game to UNE, 90-72.
Next up, the UVI men take on UPR-Mayaquez and Politecnica University on March 7 and 8. The Lady Bucs have the weekend off and next play March 13 and 14 against UPR-Ponce and UPR-Carolina.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the website at www.uvi.edu.

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