Friday, December 11, 2009

Concert Choir Capturing the Holiday Spirit



With song for the spirit and sweets for the palate, members of UVI’s Concert Choir brought holiday caroling to the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. Fans of Christmas got to enjoy the movable feast twice in a day on Friday, Dec. 11, when the serenaders continued their performance in the Music Building later in the afternoon.



Seasonal Celebrations include a Fond Farewell

This year's holiday festivities at UVI included a fond farewell for Mavis Gilchrist, wrapping up her service of 32 years in the Financial Aid Office on St. Croix. She is seen here in this photo sharing a celebratory cake with well wishers on St. Thomas Dec. 10. Gilchrist was also guest of honor at a banquet held Dec. 5 on St. Croix.
In giving thanks she said she enjoyed every day of her work at the university.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Disney Magic Brings Holiday Cheer to Students on St. Thomas

Mickey Mouse and friends took time off from their duties aboard the cruise ship Disney Magic on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, to brighten the season for scores of St. Thomas students. The Disney characters, assisted by volunteers from the ship’s crew, greeted all the children and handed out gifts during a party at UVI’s Sports and Fitness Center. The children are enrolled in a variety of V.I. Department of Education and V.I. Department of Human Services programs. The activity was organized by the V.I. Department of Tourism and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Turning Ocean Science Research into Management Practice

About 70 researchers, fishermen, government officials and graduate students learned the latest in marine science at the VI-EPSCoR conference, held at the Administration and Conference Center on the St.Thomas campus.

The theme for this year’s conference, held Dec. 4, was “Integrating Science and Management in Island Ecosystems.” The goal was to demonstrate ways to apply information gained through research in daily management practices.


The keynote speaker was Alan Friedlander, research biologist with the Hawaii Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at the University of Hawaii. UVI President, Dr. David Hall, delivered the lunchtime address.


EPSCoR is the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

VI-EPSCoR was established at UVI with a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2004.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Technological Advance May Yield New Course Offering

Stevie Henry from the Eastern Caribbean Center, right, demonstrates the Geographic Information System (GIS) at St. Thomas Dining Pavillion Nov. 25 to Paul Jobsis, left. Henry says the demonstration was meant to call attention to the different uses of geospatial technology and to let students know about a new course offering being developed around the GIS. No formal title has been assigned to the class yet but the subject, he said, will be geospatial technology and geographic inquiry. Henry said the course is intended to benefit students from different fields of study and is expected to be offered in the coming fall semester.

Friday, November 20, 2009

"Jam" Time '09 Set for Friday, 2 p.m.

Members of UVI's Reserve Officer Training Corps practice their steps a few hours before the opening ceremony for the 2009 Paradise Jam Basketball Tournament. UVI's Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus provides the venue for the jam, now in its 10th year.

Paradise Jam features competition between top NCAA college basketball teams in the men's and women's divisions. Click here to view the matchups. The games are set to begin Friday at 2 p.m.. Portions of the tournament will be featured live, nationwide, on FOX Sports. Click here to check out the tournament via live via live video stream.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Consultant Barry Devine and community activist Sharon Coldren enjoy perfect weather (3.90 inches of rain in 7 hours recorded at the Cyril E. King Airport, background) for a discussion on sediment and storm water runoff on Nov. 16. They led a day-long discussion for scientists, engineers, graduate students and concerned citizens on sound land management practices after heavy rains.

There was also an introduction to mitigation efforts now taking place on St. John under the auspices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project is called EPA-CARE, which stands for Community Action for a Renewed Environment.

The seminar, held at the UVI Administration and Conference Center, was sponsored by the Coral Bay Community Council and the Virgin Islands Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-ePSCOR). For more information contact UVI’s Center for Marine and Environmental Studies at (340) 693-1380 or send email to csetter@uvi.edu

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

VI SBDC Names Dannica Thomas 2009 State Star

Dannica L. Thomas, an administrative assistant at the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center (VI SBDC), has been named the center’s State Star for 2009 as part of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) annual recognition program. She received the honor for her “extraordinary contributions to the work of the SBDC and small businesses in the territory,” said VI SBDC State Director Leonor Dottin.

Thomas received the honor at the ASBDC’s 29th Annual Conference in September in Orlando, Fla. She said she was proud to serve as a “starting point for helping so many people achieve the dream of starting and succeeding in their own businesses.” The Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center is a partnership program of the University of the Virgin Islands and the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, call (340) 776-3206 on St. Thomas or (340) 692-5270 on St. Croix, or visit the VI SBDC web site http://www.sbdcvi.org/.

Dannica Thomas, second from right, was honored at the VI SBDC’s State Star for 2009 at the Association of Small Business Development Centers 29th annual conference. Also shown are, from left, Jerry Silberman, CEO and founder of Corporate Turnaround, sponsor of the 2009 State Star reception; Jerry Cartwright, 2009 chair of the ASBDC Board of Directors and State Director of the Florida SBDC Network; Carl Christensen, U.S. Small Business Administration project officer; Leonor Dottin, VI SBDC state director; Thomas; and Antonio Doss, associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Small Business Development Centers.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Students Zero In on Leadership and Law Enforcement

Pictured are UVI students from St. Croix and St. Thomas who attended a leadership conference hosted by the VI Police Department Cadet Corps. The corps is a two year old program encouraging high school and college students to prepare for law enforcement careers.
The half day conference was held Sunday, Oct. 25 at St. Thomas' Palms Court Harborview Hotel.

Newly promoted US Army Brigadier General Timothy Lake, who grew up in the Virgin Islands, served as they keynote speaker for the conference. He urged participants to set goals, learn to make their own decisions, and invest heavily in their educations and their future.
Pictured from left to right: STT Cadet Class Leader Sherrika Industrious, Francilla Francis (STX),Emanuel Morales (STX), Lionel Benjamin (STX), STX Cadet Class Leader Jeremy Donawa, Natasha Nicholas (STX), Jahnisha McIntosh (STX), Ivory Carter (STX).

Friday, October 23, 2009

Disability rights advocate Mark Vinzant speaks to about 100 participants in the 2009 Voices that Count Conference held Friday at the UVI Administration and Conference Center on St. Thomas. He reminded those attending that anyone can find themselves living with a disability and many seniors who experience changes in their health often do.

The two-day conference, sponsored by the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, began Thursday on the St. Croix campus. Top government officials, including Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr, Lt. Gov. Gregory R. Francis, an official from the U.S. Department of Justice and members of the Legislature took part in the discussions. Members of the Disability Rights Center of the Virgin Islands were also on hand to hear about challenges the disabled face on a daily basis.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

SGA and President's Office Hosts Lunchtime Forum

Student Government Association Vice President St. Clair Hodge hands the microphone to student participant in an Oct. 21 meeting with UVI President David Hall. Dr. Hall brought members of his cabinet and several department heads to the cafeteria at lunchtime to hear what's on the student's minds. Among the topics covered: Accreditation of the MBA degree program; health insurance for international students; anticipating student enrollment for the allocation of classes; campus security, and faster, better, cheaper ways to acquire textbooks.

Dr. Hall said, "UVI will soon be the best university in the Caribbean."

He also said UVI will one day compete with and outdistance many institutions on the U.S. mainland.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Students, Faculty Star in On-Campus Photo Shoot

Photographer Quiana Duncan captures a slice of daily life on the St. Thomas campus on Monday, the first day of a week long photo shoot. Duncan and her crew of student models have already visited the President's office, the Administration and Conference Center, a business class in the Education Building and the Music Suite. The St. Thomas photo sessions run until Wednesday, St. Croix shoots are scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday. Models are still wanted and curious onlookers are welcome to get into the act.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Liberty, Justice and Good Health for All

The 2nd annual conference of the Health Disparities Institute brought inspirational words to an audience of health educators, students and health care professionals.
The keynote address was delivered by Margaret Heckler, currently the US Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.
At one point in her career she served as US Secretary of Health and Human Services and directed the first national study into the differences in health status between persons of color and the majority population.

She spoke about the mission to bridge the gap in health outcomes as one of the components of the modern day civil rights movement in America. The conference was held over the course of two days at the St. John Westin Resort. It was sponsored by the Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center (CERC), National Center on Minority and Health Disparities, led by former UVI Nursing Division Director, Dr. Gloria Callwood.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Free Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Dr. Angela McGhee from Campus Advisory and Tutorial Services gets the point about safeguarding her health from Nurse Ronda Herbert.

Students, staff and faculty on the St. Thomas campus lined up to take advantage of a free flu shot offer on Tuesday. Herbert of Health Services said those who come Oct 13 – 14 can be vaccinated against the seasonal flu virus. An announcement will be made as to when shots against the H1N1 flu virus will be available. Those who want to take precautions against catching the flu can call 340-693-1124 to make an appointment.

Flu vaccine will be available on the St. Croix campus in the near future. Call Health Services, St. Croix at 340-692-4214 for details.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Activist Leads Frank Discussion About Living With AIDS

Emmy Award-winning AIDS activist Rae Lewis-Thornton was the featured speaker during a day-long conference on HIV/AIDS held on Oct. 2, on UVI’s St. Thomas campus. Lewis-Thornton, who has been living with HIV for 26 years, spoke frankly about her experiences and transmission of the disease. She told the group of UVI and high school students that while she wants to make a difference, she cannot save their lives and the decision to protect themselves is ultimately up to them. “You have got to take this information and use it,” she said, following her presentation.

Lewis-Thornton was one of the first African American women to share her story with a major publication when she was featured on the cover of Essence magazine in 1994.

The conference was sponsored by the Office of the Associate Campus Executive Administrator for Student Affairs.

Monday, September 21, 2009

UVI Students Join ‘Live Chat’ with Ocean Researchers in Sea of Japan

Photo illustration by UVI Public Relations

UVI researcher Dr. Nasseer Idrisi conducted his first “live chat” from the decks of a research ship in the Sea of Japan with a room full of students and other interested persons on the University’s St. Thomas campus on Saturday, Sept. 19. Dr. Idrisi first gave the UVI audience a tour of the ship and its laboratories. He and other scientists then fielded a variety of questions from students gathered in room 101 of the Teacher Education Building.

The students wanted to know about the subject of the research mission, the techniques used to obtain samples from the seabed, and if they had pulled up any precious gems. The project is investigating an extinct super volcano in an area known as the Shatsky Rise. Scientists use techniques similar to those employed in drilling oil wells at sea. And, finally, they have found no gems just yet.

Dr. Idrisi, the expedition’s “educator at sea,” is focusing on serving as the ship’s communicator. As such, he is working directly with UVI Science 100 students. Subsequent live chats are scheduled for noon on Sunday, Sept. 27, Saturday, Oct. 10, and Sunday, Oct. 25. Virgin Islands educators who want to involve their students in real-time deep ocean geological research, as well as members of the public, are encouraged to attend the videoconference session with Dr. Nasseer Idrisi. All will take place in Room 101 of the Teacher Education Building on UVI’s St. Thomas campus.

More on the Shatsky Rise voyage, including background, photos of the ship and the scientists and sailing schedules, is available from the Ocean Leadership web site: www.oceanleadership.org.

A news release is also available from the UVI web site – http://www.uvi.edu/ – and from this direct link.
School Groups Invited to Organize Videoconference Sessions
School groups and others interested in organizing their own videoconference sessions with Dr. Idrisi will need to obtain special IOCOM software in order to communicate. An informational fact sheet and technical specifications can be obtained by visiting these links Shatsky Rise_Fact_Sheet - Shatsky Rise Technology

Hundreds Attend UVI Student Research Symposium


UVI student researchers Sean Francis, center, and Stella Jarvis explain their joint research project which looked into Finding Weird Numbers to Michael Johnson, one of two graduate students visiting UVI from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Johnson and fellow UNC student Daniel Dominquez address the UVI class of Dr. Alice Stanford while visiting UVI.

A standing room only crowd turned out for UVI’s 11th annual Fall Student Research Symposium on Sunday, Sept. 20. Some 60 UVI student researchers presented the results of the past summer’s research – conducted on-island and at locations throughout the U.S. – in poster form and took the opportunity to explain their efforts to visitors.

Sponsored by UVI’s Division of Science and Mathematics and the Emerging Caribbean Scientists (ECS) program, the symposium’s goal was to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of undergraduate and graduate student research that UVI students have conducted over the summer and during the past year.

UVI student researchers Katy Sanon explains her research titled ISSR-Protocol Established for Local Plant Killer to UVI President Dr. David Hall.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Nine from UVI Attend National Black Nurses Association Institute and Conference

Nine University of the Virgin Islands students and alumni attended the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Institute and Conference in Toronto, Canada, from Aug. 2 through 6. Each has been involved with data collection for studies being conducted on health disparities by the Division of Nursing Education’s Caribbean Exploratory NCMHD Research Center (CERC). Their attendance was sponsored by the CERC. The conference gave participants the opportunity to network with nurse researchers, nurse theorists and nursing students. They were able to learn what nurses from across the nation and Canada are focusing on while meeting the health care challenges of the people they serve. The participants also attended workshops where CERC faculty and mentors presented papers on studies to which they contributed.

UVI's NBNA participants, shown, from left, are Melanie Ruiz, Natasha Caines, Dionne Williams, RN (alumna), Casandra Scotland-Brooks, RN (alumna), Assistant Professor Suzette Lettsome, MSN, RN, Shenelle Pogson, Nishel Lawrence, Lois Browne and Shenell Joshua.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute Show to Benefit UVI's Reichhold Center

A few lucky UVI staffers took the opportunity to meet Marlon Jackson, at left, and Tito Jackson, at right, following a news conference to promote the "MJ51" Michael Jackson tribute concert at which Tito will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The concert, with proceeds going to benefit UVI's Reichhold Center for the Arts, will celebrate the life and music of the late Michael Jackson. Staffers joining the Jacksons are, from left, Arlene Auguste, Nadine Questel-Williams, Jacqueline Faulkner and Tiffany Challenger. Click here to read a news release on the concert.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Volunteers Kickoff UVI's 2009 Alumni Phonathon

The University of the Virgin Islands opened its four-day, 2009 UVI Alumni Phonathon on Monday, Aug. 24. Each evening, through Aug. 27, volunteer students, alumni, faculty and staff will be taking to the phones to seek financial support from the more than 6,000 UVI alumni in the territory and abroad. This year's goal is to raise $25,000 in support of the University and its sutdents. Click here for more on the 2009 Phonathon.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

New UVI President Dr. David Hall Visits With Students as Start of Fall Semester Nears



Dr. David Hall, UVI's fifth president, has been busy meeting with members of the UVI community as the start of the fall semester nears. Dr. Hall greets Dante Morton (top) following a breakfast with new students on Aug. 11, on the St. Thomas campus. Carice Glasgow (above), Miss UVI 2009-2010, greets Dr. Hall during the official Hall family introduction to the St. Croix campus on Monday, Aug. 10.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Science Students Show Results of Summer Research Labors

\UVI science students made the front page of the Virgin Islands Daily News and earned air time on TV-2’s local news following the UVI Division of Mathematics and Science’s Seventh Annual Summer Research Symposium held Friday, July 31, on the St. Thomas campus. Nineteen young scientists – representing both the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses – took the opportunity to make poster presentations detailing the results of their summer research endeavors.

Research topics ranged from number theory to bacterial flora, and from St. Croix sheep populations the Tabu Search Algorithm. Another six students were recognized for completing the Summer Bridge2 Calculus program for college-bound students. The symposium is sponsored by the Emerging Caribbean Scientists program of the Division of Science and Mathematics. These programs are funded by University of the Virgin Islands, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Jones, Holloway & Bryan Foundation.

Related links: Research Symposium Abstract; Virgin Islands Daily News article; UVI News Release.

Friday, July 17, 2009

UVI Hosts Business After Hours on St. Croix


The University of the Virgin Islands hosted the St. Croix Chamber of Commerce's "Business After Hours" on Thursday, July 9th. Held in the atrium of the Melvin Evans Center on the St. Croix campus, about 100 people gathered for after-work networking. In attendance (pictured from left to right) are Co-Director of the Reichhold Center for the Arts Pamela Toussaint (’98)(’05), VI Paving, Inc. executive Glenda Cupid (’93), UVI Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs Linda I. Smith (’98)(’03), St. Croix Class of 1983 Executive Board Member Felicia Neale, and Anthony Weekes, Chief Executive Officer of Money Talk and More and Kallalloo.com, (financial and portfolio advisors and radio talk show host).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

First Observing System Buoy Launched by CaRA

The first buoy of the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System has been launched 1.6 miles south of the Puerto Rico coast. This is the first large instrument deployed on behalf of CaRA, the Caribbean Regional Association, in which the University of the Virgin Islands is a major partner with the University of Puerto Rico, Mayag├╝ez (UPRM). CaRA is organized under an agreement between UPRM as the senior partner and UVI. Others have joined the collaboration through a Memorandum of Agreement, signed in December 2007. A news release is available from the UVI web site - http://www.uvi.edu/.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hundreds Enjoy Reef Fest 2009


"The Reef is Closer Than You Think” was the motto of the day on Sunday, May 17, 2009, as the First Annual Reef Fest, held at Smith Bay Park on St. Thomas, brought the community together for a common cause – preserving the territory’s marine environment. Sponsored by the V.I. Marine Advisory Service and the University of the Virgin Islands in partnership with, among others, the Magens Bay Authority, Coral World, the Lana Vento Charitable Trust, First Bank and Ackley Media Group, this day at the beach offered free snorkeling, kayaking, marine-themed games and exhibits. Those who stayed on shore danced to the music of JDPP Jammers, enjoyed a “reef Rap” contest, and sampled an array of delectable food and drinks. A good time was had by all. (VI Ecotours Guide Frank Galdo is holding a beached puffer fish)

Friday, April 24, 2009


UVI's 2009 Carnival troupe joins in the St. Thomas Carnival's Adults Parade on May 2. This year UVI goes green with the theme: “Let Our Energies Combine for Carnival 2009.” UVI students shown here model costumes for the Troupe's four sections which represent four sources of alternative energy: Shown are, from left, Crystal Schouten (Sun), Justine Charles (Wind), Ehjaylyn Henry (Earth) and Yaira Bermudez (Water). UVI Troupe t-shirts are on sale at the UVI Bookstore - Shirts cost $10 for children, $12 for adults small to XL, and $15 for adults 2XL. Click here to view a slide show with more views of the UVI costumes.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Francielli Baker Named Miss CYFAR 2009

Nine year old Francielli Baker was crowned Miss CYFAR 2009 during a pageant held April 4, at the Gladys Abraham Elementary School on St. Thomas. She was among five girls – ages six to nine – participating in this first-ever Miss CYFAR competition. CYFAR is the Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) program, a federally funded after school program administered by UVI’s Cooperative Extension Service. Baker also won the contest’s Best Talent and Miss Congeniality awards. Joining her in the pageant were Francier Baker (Best Evening Wear and first runner up), Majestik F. Estrada Petersen (Miss Photogenic and second runner-up), K’ Nyzha K. Henry (Miss Intellect and second runner-up) and Adajah Y. Benjamin (Miss Cooperative – and second runner-up). The girls competed in introduction, speech and dance categories. They also took part in a question-and-answer session and modeled sports wear, professional wear and evening wear. About 100 parents and friends were in attendance.

Photo by Dale Morton

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Carice Glasgow Makes History As Miss UVI


Photo Montage by Evworth Charles

In a history-making pageant, UVI sophomore Carice Glasgow, a computer science major, was crowned Miss UVI 2009-2010 at the Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition held March 28, 2009. Glasgow's win marks the first time that a student enrolled on the St. Croix campus won the title. The competition's first runner up was JaeDee Caines. The second runner up was Christina Clement, who also won the Most Popular and Miss Congeniality titles. The pageant took place before a standing-room only crowd at the Cafetorium on UVI's St. Croix campus.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dr. David Walton Presents A.O. Heath Lecture


More information on Dr. David Walton's work is available from this news release.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

The University of the Virgin Islands competed in its inaugural swim meet of the 2009 season on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Alberque Olympico Natatorium in Salinas, Puerto Rico. Head Coach Kevin Tyrrell said the highlight of the meet was UVI competing in its first-ever relay. “We have worked for two years to field a relay team at a LAI league competition and the wait was worth it,” said Tyrrell. Team members, shown at the meet, are, from left, back row: Kamal Russell, Joey Barnwell and Marcus Sydney, and front row: Sanlin Robinson and Barrett Goff.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Wellness Center Groundbreaking Held on St. Thomas Campus


UVI broke ground for a new $2.1 million Wellness Center on its St. Thomas campus on Thursday, Jan. 29. The 6,200-square-foot building will feature exercise facilities, a dance floor, aerobics area, weight room and changing rooms. It will be located to the southwest of the Sports and Fitness Center. On hand for the ceremonies were, from left, Trustee Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen, President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, Acting St. Thomas Campus Executive Administrator LilyMae Durante, Trustee Roy D. Jackson, Board of Trustees Vice Chair Henry C. Smock and Athletic Director Peter Sauer. The U.S. Department of the Interior awarded UVI about $1 million to help fund the construction.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

UVI Carnival Mass Camp Dates Set


Members of the UVI Carnival Committee met to plan the University’s “Going Green” floupe entry in the 2009 V.I. Carnival Adults Parade. Carnival Mass Camp will be housed in the Recreation Center on the Melvin Evans golf course the first Friday of each month – February 6, March 6 and April 3. Floupe registration and deposits will be accepted beginning February 6. It’s not too late to sign up for one of several sub-committees including planning, marketing, fundraising, costume design/construction and music/food/transportation. For more information please contact Junie Violenes at 693-1111 on St. Thomas or Hedda Finch-Simpson at 692-4228 on St. Croix.

UVI Plants ‘Tree of Hope’

UVI President LaVerne E. Ragster plants the “Tree of Hope” on the St. Thomas campus on the occasion of the inauguration of 44th U.S. President Barack H. Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.

Drill Tests St. Croix Campus Readiness


The tranquility of the St. Croix campus was shattered on the morning of Friday, Jan. 16, when word of an emergency drill reached students, faculty and staff. The scenario, involving an “explosion and fire on campus with injuries,” was designed to test the effectiveness of the St. Croix campus emergency response procedures. By the time St. Croix Rescue, EMS, the V.I. Fire Service and other first responders arrived on the scene, “injured” student actors were stumbling from the Student Center, gasping for air. Acting Campus Executive Administrator Nereida Washington took charge inside the designated Incident Command Center, assisted by Security Chief Ralph Cook and a host of administrators who were designated to evacuate residence halls and classroom buildings. Once the drill was completed, HOVENSA Fire Chief Bob Miller said the drill had served its purpose. “It is a constant learning environment and we’re in the best place to learn at – a college.”

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Dozens Gather at UVI Campuses for Inauguration Watches

UVI students, faculty and staff gather at the St. Thomas campus Dining Pavilion on Jan. 20 to view the inauguration of President Barack Obama. There were three inauguration watch areas on the St. Thomas campus and one on the St. Croix campus. All areas were filled with spectators. Some spectators recorded the historic event.

Playing Ring Set Jan. 31 at Reichhold Center

Playing Ring, an original Reichhold Center production, is a favorite with Virgin Islands audiences. Through recreations of the old Virgin Islands "yard," the evening pays homage to the artists and performers whose creativity helped fuel the passions of Quelbe music. The musical extravaganza features performances from Milo and the Kings, Stanley and the 10 Sleepless Knights, and the Lashing Dogs of Tortola. For details or to order tickets, visit the Reichhold Center home page.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Deadline for ‘The Caribbean Writer’ Submissions Extended to January 30, 2009

The Caribbean Writer has extended the submissions deadline for its 23rd edition. The deadline for submissions is now Jan. 30, 2009. The Caribbean Writer is an annual anthology produced by the University of the Virgin Islands. As usual, the Caribbean should be central to any submitted work or the work should reflect a Caribbean heritage, experience or perspective.
Mail submissions to The Caribbean Writer, University of the Virgin Islands, RR 1, Box 10,000, Kingshill, St. Croix, VI 00850-9781 or submit electronically to submit@thecaribbeanwriter.org.
More information is available in a news release on the UVI web site – http://www.uvi.edu/. Details are also available from http://www.thecaribbeanwriter.org/ or call (340) 692-4152.