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March 13, 2003 – The University of the Virgin Islands Bulletin Board issued today has these announcements:
Inaugural Week Continues With Exhibits, Receptions
Inaugural week for UVI President Dr. LaVerne Ragster continues with special exhibits, a student, faculty and staff reception March 13 on the St. Thomas campus and a Faculty Colloquium, with videoconference links between campuses, on Friday, March 14.
— Exhibits
Virgin Islands Art Exhibit through Friday, March 14
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. LaVerne Ragster through art. Dr. Ragster was toasted by members of the university community and her own family at an informal opening of the exhibit March 10.
Among the artists with works featured at the exhibit are J. Antonio Jarvis, Pita Gonzalez, El' Roi Simmonds, Austin Petersen, Clifton Berry, Kenneth Harrigan and Avelino Samuel.
Reichhold Center's 25 Year Retrospective daily 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 featured at the Reichhold Center's gallery on the St. Thomas campus.
Intellectual and Literary Exhibits daily 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Intellectual and literary work from past and current UVI faculty will be on display at the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas campus and the
Melvin Evans Library on the St. Croix campus.
— Faculty Colloquium 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 Ph.D. in chemistry and now serves as professor of chemistry at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. The venue is 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 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.
Change in UVI Library Hours Announced
The St. Thomas campus library will close at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, to encourage attendance at Dr. Ragster's installation ceremony. The St. Croix campus library will close at its normal time.
For the first time, both campus libraries will be open the Sunday after spring break (March 23) to assist returning students who may need time to finish assignments due the following week.
SBDC Set Business Taxes Seminars on St. John and St. Thomas
UVI's Small Business Development Center is offering its small business seminar on Filing Your Business Taxes for 2002 on St. John and St. Thomas. The St. John seminar was set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13. The St. Thomas session is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at the SBDC training facility at Nisky Center. The presenters, who are from the V.I. Bureau of Internal Revenue, will be Roy L. Moorehead, chief of audit, and A. Alonzo Brady, senior revenue agent. Topics to be covered include: tax changes for 2002; how to compute taxes; local and federal taxes; filing business taxes accurately; and how returns are selected for audit.
Admission is free. Pre-register by Tuesday, March 25, for the St. Thomas seminar at the SBDC office in Nisky Center or call 776-3206.
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.
UVI's CES and EPA to Hold "Community Dialogue" March 17 on St. Croix
UVI's Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, will sponsor a Community Dialogue session from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 17, at the UVI Research and Extension Center, Room 133, on the St. Croix campus. The session is designed to provide residents with a forum for discussing community concerns in the areas of environmental health and quality of life and for addressing government decision-makers. Jane M. Kenny, regional administrator, and other EPA Region 2 staff members will participate. Topics such as air and drinking water quality, sewerage and other wastewater management, and solid waste management will be on the agenda. For details contact Jim Casey at 714-2333 or 714-0521.
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 Management 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 has passed. Workshop sessions are limited to 40 participants. For more information contact Julie Wright at 693-1082 or Faye Williams at 692-9632 extension 101.
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 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.
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 for participation. 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. Late registration is still available for $150. For more information and to register contact Nereida Washington at 692-4183.
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. 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.
UVI Volleyball Matches Slated for March 24-26
UVI's men's volleyball team will warm up for its upcoming fall season by hosting the team from Ramapo College, an NCAA Division III school located in New Jersey, in a series matches scheduled for March 24 through 26, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. In addition, the Ramapo squad will play the St. Thomas All-Stars, a men's team with players from the St. Thomas and St. John Volleyball Association squads. A women's exhibition match is also scheduled.
The schedule:
–March 24th – Ramapo College vs UVI Bucs (male) – 8 p.m.
–March 25th – Full Force vs Island Mix (female exhibition game) – 7:30 p.m.
Ramapo College vs St. Thomas All-stars (male)
–March 26th – Ramapo College vs UVI Bucs (male) – 8 p.m.
All matches will be played at the Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. Admission is $1 per person.
Jason Liburd, UVI's men's volleyball head coach, says the team is trying to arrange additional matches before entering ODI League play in Puerto Rico in the fall. The men's squad is led by seniors Sean O'Loughlin and Oren Hodge, and junior Andrew Linder. The team also includes Kairann George, Michael Richardson Jr., Shimoi VanHolten, Jelani Richards, Casey Brandemuehl, Phillip Bernier and Reese Romney.
Free Stepping Workshop/Demonstration Set April 3 on St. Thomas
The student activities office on the St. Thomas Campus invites the UVI community to a stepping workshop/ demonstration at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the recreation center. "Step Afrika" is a professional stepping group out of Washington, D.C., which is in the territory for an Exhibition Step Show at the Reichhold Center on April 5. The workshop will focus on the origin of stepping and how it relates to our African ancestry. The workshop/ demonstration is free. Call Reichhold Center at extension 1559 for ticketing information for the April 5th performance.
SGA and Student Trustee Elections Set April 3 on St. Thomas
Elections for the student representative to the UVI Board of Trustees and for officers for the 2003-2004 Student Government Association will be held Thursday, April 3, on the St. Thomas campus. The university community is asked to encourage students with leadership potential to apply. The application deadline is Monday, March 31. Applications and a list of available positions are available at the student activities office. For details call extension 1111.
UVI to Participate in Caribbean Debating Competition in Jamaica
The 13th Annual Caribbean Inter Collegiate Debating Competition will be held March 27 to 30 in Jamaica. This year's event is co-sponsored by CARICOM in celebration of the Caribbean Community's 30th anniversary. The eight institutions participating this year include the University of the Virgin Islands along with UWI-Mona (Jamaica), UWI-St. Augustine (Trinidad), UWI-Cave Hill (Barbados), University of Guyana, InterAmerican University-Puerto Rico, UTECH in Jamaica and University of Surinam.
Topics to be debated include: visa requirements between Caribbean countries, Caribbean integration, discounting of AIDS drugs in the Caribbean, war as a solution to international conflicts, and the relationship between globalization and colonialism. Professor Gene Emanuel serves as coach and advisor to the UVI team.
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 Virgin Islands dancers, musicians and comedians, is scheduled for May 10 and 11, and May 24 and 25.
A modeling segment will be added to STARfest for the first time this year, according to 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 STARfest 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.
Koresh Dance Company Show Next on Reichhold Calendar; Travel Package Offered
A performance by the renowned Koresh Dance Company of Philadelphia is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday, 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 Virgin Islands 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 a travel package discounts for individuals coming to the show from San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Croix. For details contact the Reichhold Box Office.
Little Theatre's Spring Production Reminds Director of "The Bachelor"
UVI's speech communications and theatre department will present William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" as its spring production for two weekends, April 4, 5 and 6, and April 11, 12 and 13. Director Michael Prenevost says the story of Shakespeare's merchant reminds him of the p
opular TV shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."
"The very idea of throwing two people together to be engaged seems ridiculous," Prenevost said. "Then again, there was a time when arranged marriages by parents were quite common. And that's what the play is all about." The play involves a rich leading lady with many suitors, a moneylender, a merchant and a couple on the run. There is "romance, comedy, prejudice and greed," Prenevost said. "Just like "Survivor." Prenevost promises the play that has been "updated to the 1970s and that the classic story of the merchant faced with losing a pound of flesh will feature "abridged Shakespearian language" and a definite "disco" feel. For details contact Prenevost at 693-1355.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the website at www.uvi.edu.

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