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March 10, 2003 – The University of the Virgin Islands Bulletin Board issued today has these announcements:
Inaugural Week Public Events
The following public events are among the activities leading up to the inauguration of Dr. LaVerne Ragster as the University's fourth president on Sunday, March 16. For more details, visit the Inaugural Page and Inaugural Schedule on the UVI Web Site. More information is also available in Source articles in Schools, Things To Do, and Community/ Other sections.
Exhibits, continuing Monday, March 10, through Sunday, March 16
Intellectual, Literary and Arts Exhibits – Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Intellectual and literary work of past and current UVI faculty will be featured at the UVI libraries on both campuses.
Virgin Islands Art Exhibit – Daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A special display of artwork created by Virgin Islanders is featured in the VIP Room of the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The exhibit includes a "family corner" chronicling the life and ancestry of Dr. Ragster through art. Dr. Ragster was toasted by members of the university community and her own family at an informal grand opening of the exhibit at noon on Monday. Professor Gene Emanuel served as master of ceremonies, UVI Queen Alba Harrigan presented Dr. Ragster with a corsage, UVI student Ervin Dorsett, Jr. performed an original musical selection and Professor Hilda Joyce provided a reading from one of her works.
Reichhold Center's 25 Year Retrospective – Daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A display showcasing a quarter century of growth at the Reichhold Center for the Arts, St. Thomas' premier performing arts forum, is being featured at the Reichhold Center's gallery on the St. Thomas campus.
Public forum on the Political Status of the U.S. Virgin Islands
On Wednesday, March 12, from 8 to 10 p.m., a public forum on the Political Status of the U.S. Virgin Islands will be featured as a special edition of WTJX TV's "Face to Face." Addie Ottley moderates. Panelists include: retired UVI professor Dr. Ruth Beagles, who served as a delegate on the Fourth Virgin Islands Constitutional Convention; Dr. Paul Leary, a retired UVI professor and author of "Major Political Documents of the United States Virgin Islands;" Basil Ottley, former editor of Pride Magazine; and former V.I. Sen. Violet Anne Golden. Venue: Chase Auditorium (room B-110), with videoconference link to the Theater (room EC 401) on St. Croix. The program will be broadcast live on WTJX public television.

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Special Note to Forum Attendees:
The public forum will be broadcast live; please arrive by 7:30 p.m.
Engineers from WTJX, V.I. Public Television, remind the university community that the broadcast of the forum from Chase Auditorium and EC401 scheduled Wednesday, March 11, will be a live event. Therefore, those who wish to attend in Chase Auditorium are urged to arrive by 7:30 p.m. Seating in Chase will end at 7:55 p.m. sharp. Once the show has begun, no one seated in the front of the auditorium will be allowed to leave until the end of the broadcast at 10 p.m. Latecomers to Chase Auditorium may be denied entry. Overflow rooms which won't be featured on-camera will be available in Teacher Education room 101 on the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center room 713 on the St. Croix campus.
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Faculty Colloquium on Friday, March 14, from 3 to 5 p.m.
A presentation by Dr. Roy E. McClean, a native St. Thomian and graduate of Eudora Kean High School, on the role that the Virgin Islands and UVI have played in his personal development. Dr. McClean graduated from the College of the Virgin Islands in 1985. He later earned a doctorate in chemistry and now serves as professor of chemistry at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Venue: The Theater (room EC 401) on the St. Croix campus, with a videoconference link to Chase Auditorium (room B-110) on St. Thomas.
Cultural Extravaganza on Saturday, March 15, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Music, art, poetry and dance from the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean will be presented at the Sports and Fitness Center, St. Thomas campus. Performing will be UVI's Concert Band and Concert Choir, the Louis Taylor Trio, the Caribbean Chorale, Roan Creque and quadrille dancers. Poetry and dramatic choral readings are also planned.
All events are free.
UVI Scholarship Applications for 2003-2004 Now Available
Applications for scholarships to UVI are now available for high school, undergraduate and graduate students for the 2003-2004 school year. Applications are available at the Financial Aid Offices on UVI's St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses. For more information contact the Financial Aid Offices at 693-1090 on St. Thomas and at 692-4193 on St. Croix.
Applications, along with letters of recommendation, must be returned to UVI by 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 1. April 30 is the admissions deadline for the 2003-2004 school year.
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 to show teachers how to best use a unique website titled "The Discovery of Sound in the Sea." Nancy Craven of the Teacher's Institute at the University of Rhode Island's Office of Marine Programs, which sponsors the web site, will present concepts and material dealing with the use of non-vocal sound by marine animals in a format that increases student literacy.
The workshop is set for 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on March 12 in room 101 of the classroom and administration (CA) building on UVI's St. Thomas campus. The workshop, which is free, is limited to 10 participants. For details contact Mayra Suárez-Vélez at 693-1392. More information is available in the St. Thomas and St. John Source article in Schools section.
UVI-Queen Mary Walk/Run Slated March 14
UVI's St. Croix campus invites alumni, students and faculty as well as the Virgin Islands 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. 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. It proceeds along the Queen Mary Highway to the university's St. Croix Campus, ending 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.
SBDC Offers Spanish Language Business Plan Seminar March 18
UVI Small Business Development Center will conduct a Spanish language version of a seminar entitled "Small Business Fundamentals: Developing A Business Plan (Narrative)" from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, at the UVI-SBDC Training Center in the Sunshine Mall on St. Croix. For details and to pre-register by Friday, March 14, call 513-3405 or UVI-SBDC at 692-5270.
Workshops to Focus on Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plan Training
Workshops on Developing an Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Plan Training 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, DPNR Coastal Zone Manageme
nt Program and V.I. Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.
The workshop is designed for individuals associated with the design and implementation of sediment and erosion control measures and plans. The deadline to register for the workshops is Wednesday, March 12. 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 Virgin Islands Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional sponsorship by Best Western-Emerald Beach Hotel. Admission is $10. Tickets are available from the UVI Humanities Division, the Music Department and Jazz Ensemble members.
More information about Miller is available in the St. Thomas and St. John Source article in the Music section.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the website at www.uvi.edu.

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