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March 21, 2003 – The University of the Virgin Islands Bulletin Board issued March 20 has these announcements:
UVI Observing Spring Break
UVI is observing Spring Break from March 17 through Sunday, March 23. Students and faculty will resume classes on Monday, March 24.
STARfest9 Auditions Scheduled at Reichhold Center for the Arts
UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts 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, 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. Auditions for the dance and modeling segments were to be held on March 21. Star Search participants compete for $100,000 in prize money in each of five performance categories.
March 20 was the deadline for applications. For more details contact Cindy Rollins at 693-1553 or e-mail her.
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.
See the Source article in Sports for the time schedule.
Admission is $1 per person.
UVI's CES Offers Safe and Healthy Drinking Water Workshops
UVI's Cooperative Extension Service (CES) invites the public to participate in "Safe & Healthy Drinking Water" workshops planned on St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix.
The workshops will provide information about types of drinking water contaminants and concentration standards, how to maintain cistern water quality, when and how to test your drinking water, understanding water test reports, methods of water treatment, how to choose a water filter, and methods for evaluating and ranking your home or farm for pollution potential.
Workshops will be held on the following schedule:
— St. John – March 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., UVI CES office, upstairs from Fashion Palace, Cruz Bay
— St. Thomas – March 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., UVI Sports and Fitness Center training room
— St. Croix – March 27, 7 to 9 p.m., Room 133, UVI Research and Extension Building
Free home water test kits will be given to the first 100 pre-registered attendees. To pre-register for one of the workshops, contact Julie Wright at 693-1082 or Dale Morton at 693-1086. The workshop series is part of the Virgin Islands Home and Farm Water Quality Assessment Program's (VI*A*Syst) program.
SBDC Plans Business Taxes Seminar March 27 on St. Thomas
UVI's Small Business Development Center will offer its small business seminar on Filing Your Business Taxes for 2002 on St. Thomas from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at the UVI-Small Business Development Center training facility at Nisky Center.
The presenters, from the V.I. Internal Revenue Bureau, 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. Please pre-register by Tuesday, March 25, for the seminar. To pre-register, visit the SBDC office in Nisky Center or call 776-3206.
UVI Community Engagement Committee Plans Pre-Carnival Food Sale March 28
UVI's Community Engagement Committee is making preparations to enter a float in the 2003 V.I. Carnival Parade and will begin its fund-raising campaign with a food sale from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the western parking lot of the Sports and Fitness Center. Purchase chicken, fish or tofu with side dishes like peas and rice, baked macaroni and cheese, potato salad, mixed vegetables and tossed salad. Drinks and desserts will also be available.
The theme of this year's Carnival entry is "Driving the Economy Through Knowledge."
Food sale tickets go on sale on Monday, March 24, and will be available from committee members. Dishes with tofu or chicken will sell for $6. Dishes with fish are $7. To contribute a cooked dish or monetary donation, call Gail Samuel at 693-1048.
St. Croix SGA Spring Ball Set March 29 at Hotel on the Cay
The UVI Student Government Association on the St. Croix campus will hold its annual Spring Ball at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Hotel on the Cay. The ball is organized by the SGA's Social and Cultural Committee. For more information contact Clint Ferris at 692-4188.
Koresh Dance Company Show Next at Reichhold; Travel Package Offered
A performance by the renowned Koresh Dance Company of Philadelphia is set 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 5 p.m. Friday, March 28, 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 a travel package discounts for individuals coming to the show from Puerto Rico or St. Croix. For details see the Source article in Things to Do section, or contact the Reichhold Box Office.
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 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.
SGA and Student Trustee Elections Set
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 elections are slated for Wednesday, April 9, and Thursday, April 10, on the St. Croix 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 offices. For details call 693-1111 on St. Thomas or 692-4188 on St. Croix.
Little Theatre Preparing "The Merchant of Venice" as Spring Production
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 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 [the TV show] "Survivor." He promises the play has been "updated to the 1970s with "abridged Shakespearian language" and a "disco" feel. For details call 693-1355.
For more on the University of the Virgin Islands, visit the website at www.uvi.edu.

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