January 27, 2004 volx, number 1
Reichhold Center Unveils New Season Line-up
With Performances to Make You Laugh and Dance
Comedy, dance, salsa
and more are on the
Reichhold Center season
line-up for 2004! Although
the season is shorter,
Reichhold's scheduled per-
formances promise to be big
After a four-month de-
lay to renovate the seating
area at the University of the
Virgin Islands Reichhold ,Jettiv Osborne
Center for the Arts, the sea-
son opens on February 28 with a performance by legendary soul/
R&B singer Jeffrey Osbome.
The events continue on March 27 with the modem dance
company Philadanco. On May 8-9 the center will showcase su-
perb talent from across the Virgin Islands. Be sure to wear com-
fortable shoes for the Latin festival on June 19, because you are
sure to be dancing in the aisles. On August 13 and 14 Oliver
Samuels promises a comedic performance to make you laugh
until you cry. Bring your handkerchiefs for this one.
For more information orto purchase season tickets call 693-
Jeffrey Osborne, February
Since emerging on the soul/
R&B scene with the group LTD
S(Love, Tenderness and Devo-
tion), Osborne has enjoyed a
long musical career. He is
known for classics like "Back
in Love Again" and "On the
Wings of Love." With the re-
Oliver Samuels lease of his "Music is Life" CD
in 2003, Osborne has shown his
staying power, having recorded numerous albums over
the past 30 years.
Philadanco, March 27
The city of Philadelphia's most renowned dance troupe
brings its high-powered, non-stop, repertoire of ballet,
modem and ethnic dance styles to the Virgin Islands. A
troupe of about 20 will dance their way into the hearts
of audience members.
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Campus Restructuring Raises Discussion, Questions at Convocation
The University of the Virgin Islands is about to take off-
to "fly and float" as President LaVeme Ragster describes it.
President Ragster outlined the University's "mechanism to
continue to move forward .. despite significant cuts" to its
budget at the Spring Convocation held on January 20.
The announced goals include a leaner and more produc-
tive University that is financially sustainable and less depen-
dent on government appropriations. President Ragster's vi-
sion of "flying and floating" involves adding collaborations,
entrepreneurialism and partnership to the University's exist-
ing mandate to provide instruction, research and public ser-
President Ragster elaborated on the Gap Funding Plan
that was approved by the UVI Board of Trustees in Decem-
ber. The Gap Funding Plan was created to address an im-
pending $2.7 million budget shortfall that is expected to de-
velop between the V.I. government's $27 million appropria-
Convocation Continued on Page 2
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Jan. 31, Feb 1
Welcome Back Bashment
"Me & Mrs. Jones" Film
AES Cassava Seminar
SBDC Tax Prep Seminar
Amiri Baraka Appearance
SBDC Credit Seminar
UVI Lady Bucs Celebrate First Win Over NCAA Team
As if last season's 8-0 winning
streak was all too easy, the UVI
Lady Buccaneers are on their way
to top that. The Lady Buccaneers
S recorded their first-ever win over an
S! NCAA member college during holi-
S day season play. The Buccaneers
Rena Stephens downed the Moravian College
Greyhounds 83-82 during a Sunday, January 4, game at the
tion for 2003-2004 and $25 million the amount UVI re-
ceived from the V.I. government for 2002-2003.
The Gap Funding Plan includes identifying sources of
funds through the following avenues: tuition and fees, an-
nual giving, workforce training, process redesign, campus re-
structuring, and reduction in subsidy.
Campus restructuring created the most discussion from
faculty and staff. President Ragster explained that the plan
for campus restructuring will create two schools a school
of professional, applied and technical studies and a school of
arts and sciences. The campus restructuring is expected to be
implemented by the Fall '04 semester.
The President also outlined strategic priorities for 2004
and 2005 and detailed her vision of UVI as a "university-
college". She called on the UVI family to work together to-
ward the institution's goals. "I'm counting on all of you to
help define the things that we can do best," she said.
President Ragster assured those assembled that an im-
proved UVI image, along with increased excellence in out-
puts and graduates, combined with increased public and pri-
vate financial support, will lead to better compensation and
enhanced working conditions for faculty and staff.
"In 2006 UVI will be someplace different than it is now
and even more viable in the territory," President Ragster said.
UVI Sports and Fitness Center. Moravian College, which is
located in Bethlehem, Pa., is a NCAA Division III school.
UVI's leading scorers in the victory were Rena Stephens,
Diana Palmer and LaToya Garvey.
The Lady Buccaneers had an impressive 2002-2003 sea-
son. In addition to being undefeated, the squad also claimed
the Inter-University Sports Organization (ODI) Basketball
Championship. It was the first time the Lady Buccaneers won
STARfest 10, May 8-9
Now in its 10t year, STARfest has retained its reputa-
tion as "the Virgin Islands' best show." Song, dance
and poetry are highlighted at this must-see event. The
variety-styled show highlights talented locals. Expect a
resounding performance as STARfest celebrates its 10t
Latin Festival, June 19
Salsa's best and hottest artists spice up the Reichhold
Center with a musical recipe that blends Afro-Carib-
bean and Cuban sounds with a dash of American Jazz.
The performance will present various Latin styles in
celebration of the musically prolific Hispanic heritage.
Oliver Samuels, August 13-14
Get ready to "laugh 'till your belly burst." This offer-
ing will feature popular Jamaican comedian Oliver
Samuels, who needs no introduction in the Virgin Is-
lands. He will perform his newly released "Christopher
Cum-Buck-US," with topics such as electioneering,
Highway 2000 and the war in Iraq.
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