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February 25, 2003 vol. ix, number 2
UVI Employee Named Farmer of the Year
The University ofthe Virgin Islands
Cooperative Extension Service (CES),
which each year organizes UVI's par-
ticipation in the USVI Agricultural and
Food Fair on St. Croix, has co-spon-
sored the event since its inception. So
it was a great honor when one of UVI's
own was given one of the fair's top
awards farmer of the year. Aberra
Bulbulla, a research analyst at UVI's
Agricultural Experiment Station, was
named Produce Farmer of the Year at
the official opening ceremony of the
32nd annual Agricultural and Food Fair
on February 15.
Bulbulla, who has been farming for
eight years, said he felt "great" about
winning the award.
At his four-acre farm in Mountain
Estate, Bulbulla grows 30 different va-
rieties of fruit trees and plants.
"I still want to plant more, but I'm
running out of space," Bulbulla said.
Aberra Bulbulla, a research analyst at UVI's Agri-
cultural Experiment Station on the St. Croix cam-
pus, was named Produce Farmer of the Year at the
32" annual USVI Agricultural and Food Fair.
Agriculture on St. Croix, if de-
veloped properly, could boostthe eco-
nomic situation on that island and
lessen the territory's need for im-
ported produce, Bulbulla said. He is
looking forward to the next two years
when his farm will be in full produc-
tion and he will be able to "harvest
every day all year round."
Some of UVI's many offerings
were showcased, including many dis-
plays from the Research and Public
Service component, like crops and ani-
mals from the Agricultural Experiment
Station, literature on the Small Busi-
ness Development Center and books
from the Research Publications Unit.
Also on hand were representatives
from Health Services who provided
various health screenings and a rep-
resentative from Recruitment and Ad-
missions who provided information
and literature to potential students.
Harrigan Wins Miss UVI Title
In an enchanting
evening of pageantry, Alba
Harrigan was crowned Miss
University of the Virgin Is-
lands on Saturday, February
15, at the Island Center on St.
Croix. Harrigan, a sophomore
psychology major attending
UVI's St. Thomas campus,
also won the titles of "Miss
Congeniality," "Best Ambas-
sadorial Presentation," "Best
Talent," "Best Evening
Wear" and "Miss Intellect."
The first runner up was
Demelza Lawrence. The
second runner up was
Michael Lake, who was also
named "Miss Photogenic." Keischa Brooks, the third runner
up, was named "Miss Popularity."
This year marked the first time that the competition was
held on St. Croix.
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VIMAS Seminar, STT
Afternoon on the Green, STT
Public Forum, STT, STX
Faculty Colloquia, STT, STX
Cultural Extravaganza, STT
Presidential Inauguration, STT
Volleyball Tournament, STT
Financial Aid Office Opens Resource Centers
UVI Student Jacob
Hood navigates the
website with help
f om Financial Aid
sistant Mary Myers
at the opening ofthe
Financial Aid Re-
source Center on
the St. Thomas cam-
The University of the Virgin Islands Financial Aid Office
held its first annual Financial Aid Awareness initiative from
February 3-7 on both campuses. The week of activities be-
gan with the grand opening of the Financial Aid Resource
Centers, which are equipped with computers providing internet
access for students to electronically apply for financial aid.
Students who do not have access to the internet may visit the
resource center on the St. Thomas campus on the second
floor of Roupe House or on the St. Croix campus in the Fi-
nancial Aid office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the resource cen-
ters students may fill out the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA), make corrections to their applications,
check on the status of their applications and conduct scholar-
UVI's Director of Financial Aid Mavis Gilchrist explained
that the U.S. Department of Education is promoting electronic
processing in hopes of totally phasing out paper processing
within the next few years. "Everything we do with the U.S.
Department of Education is electronic and they're trying to
filter it down to the students," Gilchrist said.
Ardrina Scott-Elliott, financial aid supervisor on the St.
Thomas campus, said that responses to electronic processing
are more immediate than paper processing. When the FAFSA
is completed and signed electronically students can expect a
response in three to five working days, as compared to the
four weeks paper processing takes, she said.
To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
log on to www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students may also search for
financial aid information by logging on to
www.studentaid.ed.gov and click on funding. For more infor-
mation call the Financial Aid Office at 693-1090 or 692-
Scheduled for March 16
installed as the fourth president
of the University of the Virgin
.. Islands on Sunday, March 16, at
the Reichhold Center for the Arts
S on the St. Thomas campus.
There will be a week of
events leading up to the installa-
tion, beginning with Afternoon on
the Green on Sunday, March 9,
on the St. Thomas campus golf
President LaVerne Ragster course. For a complete list of in-
augural activities log on to the
UVI Inaugural Web Page at www.uvi.edu or directly at
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