July 21, 2004 vol. x, number 7
Mangoes and More Featured at Annual Festival
-r- (left) An attendee attempts to ..-,,,i a mango tree at
I the TFihili Annual Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit
Festival held in July at the St. George Village Bo-
tanical Garden on St. Croix. ir,,hi Children com-
pete in the m,,,I. ,-,.,,hlr contest. The festival fea-
tured delicacies made from mango, including a
mango swirl cheesecake and mango ice cream. More
than 70 varieties of mango and other tropical fruit
were on display. The UVI Cooperative Extension
Service was a co-sponsor of the event.
UVI Joins the Fight Against Cancer
UVI knocked out the competi- .....
tion at the St. Thomas 2004 Relay
for Life with its theme "A Night at
the Fights to Knock Out Cancer" ,.._ -
and the corresponding display of a
boxing ring, which won the event's
best decorated tent award. At in-
tervals during the walk-a-thon held
at the Charlotte Amalie High School
track in June, the battle against can-
cer was acted out in the boxing ring.
Equipped with boxing gloves, UVI (left to l ,i"' UVIAlum L
student Shanequa Williams played trays people united in the
ing out the disease, which
the role of cancer and UVI Alum ing out the ease, which
Shanequa Williams at the
Lyra Thomas Harrigan portrayed
those united in the fight against the disease. In each instance
cancer was knocked out.
At the Relay for Life, a member of each team must walk
on the track throughout the 18-hour walk-a-thon. As a result,
members of each team take turns walking. There were a
total of 60 teams made up of people from the public and pri-
vate sectors and the community at-large. UVI was one of the
many organizations represented at the annual fund-raiser for
cancer research and education. UVI had two teams whose
combined total of 24 members raised $2,400.
The peak of the event was between 6 p.m. and midnight
when entire families came out to walk for the various teams.
There were activities and contests for children, including tug-
of-war and a moonwalker. Other events included a fashion
show and karaoke contest.
"-- At 9 p.m. the night turned sol-
emn as all the lights on the track
were turned off for the official
candle light ceremony.
The ceremony included a can-
cer survivor's story of her battle
with the disease and quiet reflec-
Stions by those who have lost loved
ones to the disease. Following the
ceremony, cancer survivors made
~A a lap around the track then they
ra Thomas Harrigan por- were joined by their supporters.
rght against cancer knock- UVI Special Events Coordina-
s portrayed by UVI student
tor Raul Carrillo served as the
lelay for Life.
chairman of the Relay for Life. He
said that the event raised more than $107,000 for the local
American Cancer Society.
Food Crop Society Meeting
Free HIV Testing
Oliver Samuels Show
Oliver Samuels Show
New Student Orientation
New Student Orientation
"I Love My Job" UVI Award Recipient Says
For years the Royal Palm Drive on U and technical advice in urban gardening,
UVI's St. Croix campus has attracted sustainable agriculture, urban forestry
people who marvel at its majesty. To en- ', and farm safety with the Cooperative Ex-
sure the beauty of the University's sig- tension Service (CES).
nature drive, the first plan of action in a "I felt honored and gratified for be-
campus-wide reforestation effort was to ing recognized for something I love to
replace the damaged and destroyed do," Robles said. Notably, Robles is one
Puerto Rican royal palms. That restora- of the few certified arborists in the terri-
tion was in 2003. One year later the tory. He conducts forestry workshops,
Royal Palm Drive, the only of its kind in seminars and demonstrations for home
the territory, and the entire St. Croix cam- gardeners, public and private agencies,
pus, were recognized at the 9th Annual and landscape maintenance crews. Since
Caribbean Urban Forestry Conference 2002, Robles has been responsible for
with a "Project Award." administering a USDA Urban Forestry
The five-day Caribbean Urban For- grant. He also educates individual home-
estry Conference attracted profession- (top) The Royal Palm Drive at the entrance owners, neighborhood groups and stu-
als from around the region. The theme of UVI's St. Croix campus. The campus won dents about the value of trees and the
was "Managing the Caribbean Urban and a "ProjectAward" at the Caribbean Urban for them Additionally
Community Forest." Forestry Conference. (bottom) UVI's Coop- means of caring for them. Additionally,
ommuniryoes. erative Extension Service State Director he is in involved in the "Remarkable Big
Peterwame Garcia bestow the conference Trees of the Virgin Islands" project.
pus director of Business and Facilities Ser- "Outstanding Professional" award on "Part of my responsibility is to edu-
vices, was acknowledged for his leader- Carlos Robles, a UVI extension specialist. cate whoever will listen," Robles said.
ship in transforming the campus grounds And he does it with a passion. "I just
from a manicured lawn into a beautiful ur- love myjob."
ban forest. An urban forest is defined as The 9th Annual Caribbean Urban
all vegetation and green spaces within com- Forestry Conference was jointly spon-
munities that provide benefits vital to en- ored by te U, V.
scoredd by the UVI-CES, V.I. Department
ching the quality of life. of Agriculture and the USDA Forest Ser-
Through grants, donations and input
Through grants, donations and input vice/International Institute of Tropical
from the landscaping committee, lush gar-
dens and blossoming tress and shrubs
were developed on the St. Croix campus.
Also winning an award from UVI was Extension Spe- Ak 'e:UVI is a production of the UVI Public Relations
cialist Carlos Robles. He won the "Outstanding Professional" Office. Contact us by telephone at (340) 693-1056; by fax at
award for his 23 years of providing information, education (340) 693-1055; orby E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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