November 21, 2003 vol ix, number 11
Torrential Rainfall Drenches the V.I.
UVI Employees Rescue Colleague from Rushing Flood
The 15 inches of
rain that drenched the
Virgin Islands in just
one week, causing
floods and mudslides,
did not spare the Uni-
versity of the Virgin Is-
lands. UVI has reported
approximately $118,000 .
in damages with
$17,000 in damages on
the St. Croix campus Top: Flood waters form a pool at the wes
and $101,000 on the St. nearthe residence hall. Bottom: A student
Thomas campus. the rain to the CA Building.
The Virgin Islands
has been experiencing frequent rainfall since
the beginning ofNovember. Almost a week
of steady downpours began in the afternoon
on Monday, November 10. Around noon that
day the St. Croix campus lost electricity and
was on generator power until the Water and
Power Authority restored regular power
three days later. -
It was on that same Monday, Novem- .
ber 10, that UVI employee Holly Gayadeen
got trapped in her car by flood waters. While
traveling on Route 669, which runs from .
Centerline Road to Melvin Evans Highway .. ..
on her way to work the midnight shift as a
security guard on the St. Croix campus, Gayadeen's car stalled.
With water rising rapidly around her, Gayadeen made a frantic
call on her cell phone to Ralph Cook, her boss and security su-
Cook and another employee, Michael Javois, left for
Gayadeen in the UVI security vehicle, while another employee,
Samuel Joseph, stayed on the line with her. Soon Celestine Cuffy,
another security guard, realized how dangerous Gayadeen's situ-
ation was, and headed out in his personal vehicle to get her,
passing Cook and Javois on the way.
When Cuffy arrived on the scene his vehicle also stalled.
Cuffy got out of his truck wading through waist-high water, making
iternboundary of UVI's St. Croix campus
t on the St. Thomas campus walks through
his way to Gayadeen,
who was still in her ve-
hicle. She grabbed onto
Cuffy's neck and he
helped her to safe
ground. By that time,
Cook and Javois arrived
and their vehicle also
stalled. They exited the
vehicle into rushing,
chest-high water. Cuffy
went back into the wa-
ter, forming a human
chain with Javois and
Cook until all were
UVI was closed the next day in obser-
vance of Veteran's Day. The continuing
showers caused UVI to close on November
12 also. Peter Abrahams, St. Croix campus
S director ofbusiness and facilities, commended
members of the staff. He said that while most
S UVI employees were at home, the grounds,
custodial and maintenance employees on the
St. Croix campus were busy clearing the
grounds and making repairs.
Thanks to the determination and com-
Smitment of employees, UVI was able to pull
through what may have been a disaster.
With grounds still saturated, the territory braces itself for
more forecasted rain.
Nov. 20-30 Paradise Jam STT
Nov. 23 History of St. Croix Furniture STX
Nov. 24 CELL Sneak Preview STT
Nov. 25 CELL Sneak Preview STX
Nov. 28-Dec.1 Play: "Man Better Man" STT
UVI Students Attend Nursing Convention in Antigua
Eleven students from the
Associate Degree nursing pro-
gram on the University of the -
Virgin Islands St. Croix cam-
pus attended the Caribbean
Nurses' Organization (CNO)
convention held on October 24
and 25 in Antigua, West Indies.
It was the CNO's first ever
convention for students. Nurs-
ing students from many of the
CNO's 26 Caribbean member
countries gathered to share in-
formation. The group also dis-
cussed plans to form a Carib- UVI students and professors a
bean Nursing Students Orga- nation convention inAntigua. T
nization as an offshoot of CNO. Gena-Del Cole, Judy Christia
Th U nursn n Colon, Kenice Pemberton, Joa
The UVI nursing students
Allmacher. Bottom, left to rig
made an educational presenta- Jane Katowa, Sharla James, K
Jane Katowa, Sharla James, Ki
tion titled, "Nurse, Is My Blood
Pressure OK?: Teaching Your Patients the Meaning and Im-
portance of Systolic and Diastolic." It included four role-play
scenarios illustrating the correct techniques of communicat-
ing health information to patients.
Ag Fair Cancelled
The 22nd annual St. Thomas/St. JohnAgriculture and Food
Fair has been cancelled due to conditions caused by recent
inclement weather. Efforts by the fair committee to postpone
the fair were complicated by upcoming scheduled events.
Vendor refunds will be available from November 24 through
November 26, at the UVI Extension Service office on St.
Thomas and the Department of Agriculture office at Lower
Love on St. Croix.
"This was an excellent op-
portunity for the students to be-
come involved in a professional
S organization at the very begin-
ning of their careers," said Joan
S Marsh, chairwoman of the St.
Croix campus Nursing Divi-
sion. "Hopefully they will con-
tinue their active involvement
as they progress through their
careers, supporting the territo-
rial nurses associations as well
as the Caribbean Nurses Or-
ganization," she added.
the Caribbean Nurses' Organi- At the convention Joanna
, left to right Alicia Emannuel, Santana, vice president of the
Jennifer Chancellor, Ivelisse Student Nurses' Association
na Santana and Professor Janzie
Santanar and Professor Ja e (SNA) St. Croix chapter, dis-
Professor Joan Marsh, Mary covered that throughout the
covered that throughout the
ra Gresham and Paulette Jarvis.co th roeio
Caribbean the profession faces
similar challenges, including low salary, the migration of regis-
tered nurses and the lack of male nurses.
SNA President Paulette Jarvis said that gathering with so
many other student nurses helped the members of her chap-
ter to bond.
"If we work together from the beginning, we will succeed
together," Jarvis said. "I'm trying to instill that."
The two-day convention marked the CNO's 46th year and
the opening of the new CNO directorate in Antigua.
Marsh and nursing professor Janzie Allmacher accompa-
nied the students to the convention.
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