December 17, 2004, vol x, number 12
Holiday Parties Jump Start Season's Spirit
At the St. Thomas campus party (left to I ,i, ,
Professor Sharon Simmons with Reichhold
Center 's Cindy Rollins and Pamela Sanes.
The UVI family got into the holiday spirit early this year with holiday parties
during the first week of December on each island. The St. Croix campus Holi-
day Party kicked off first, on Dec. 4, at Bogey's at the Cane Bay Reef Club.
More than 80 people from the UVI community danced to the sounds of the
Rhythmix band. There was plenty dancing, plenty food and plenty laughter. To
spice things up Miriam Osbome-Elliott, Counseling and Placement supervisor,
rendered a carol.
On St. Thomas UVI employees let down their hair and kicked up their heels
to the tunes of the Starlites band, at the Dec. 7 party at the Reichhold Center.
More than 100 people attended. Dinner was catered by Lillian's Caribbean Grill.
The cozy setting was conducive for meeting and mingling.
Other parties will be held in various departments and divisions throughout
UVI Teams to Battle with Big Dawgs at Basketball Tourney
Attention basketball fans. The
fun didn't end with Paradise Jam.
Come see UVI's men's and
women's basketball teams go head
to head against NCAA Division II
and III college teams in the
Sunsational Tournament. The
games began on Dec. 16 and con-
tinue through Jan. 2 at the Sports
and Fitness Center on UVI's St.
"It's a good experience for
them," UVI Athletic Director Pe-
ter Sauer said of the tournament. It
is designed to provide the UVI
teams with competitive play before
going into the ODI League in Janu-
ary. Sauer explained that the invited
teams have already played up to
nine games and have a head start
over the UVI teams.
"Were hoping that (playing
against competitive teams) gives us
the advantage when we go into our
league," Sauer said. UVI will host
a total of 10 teams.
In the opening game the Lady
Bucs took on the Wheeling Jesuit
women's team from West Vir-
The next game is scheduled for
Dec. 17 when the Lady Bucs will
take on the Berea College
Most of the games will fea-
ture the Lady Bucs, which claimed
its first ODI championship in 2003.
The men's team will play a total of
Admission to all games is free
for UVI students with student ID's
and $2 for the general public.
See tournament schedule in box.
Friday, Dec. 17
Berea (Ky.) College vs. UVI 8 p.m. Women
Saturday, Dec. 18
Wheeling (W.Va) vs. UVI 7 p.m. Women
Sunday, Dec. 19
VI. Junior National vs. Berea College 6 p.m. Women
Monday, Dec. 20
Berea (Ky.) College vs. UVI 8:00 p.m. Women
Wednesday, Dec. 29
UVI vs. Scranton 4 p.m. Women
Messiah vs. Randolph-Macon 6 p.m. Women
UVI vs. Mary Washington 8 p.m. Men
Thursday, Dec. 30
Salem State vs. Mary Washington 5 p.m. Men
Scranton vs. Salem State 7 p.m. Women
UVI vs. Randolph-Macon 9 p.m. Women
Friday Dec. 31
Messiah vs. UVI 5 p.m. Women
Sunday, Jan. 2, 2005
UVI vs. Salem State 6 p.m. Women
UVI vs. Salem State 8 p.m. Men
Dec. 17-Jan. 2 Sunsational Games STT Jan. 11 Ecosystem Seminar STT/STX
Dec. 24-Jan. 9 UVI Closed STT/STX Jan. 13 Semester Begins STT/STX
Paradise Jam Jams on National TV
A University ofKentucky player drives pass a Rutgers player in the St. John
Division of the Paradise Jam women s tournament. Rutgers won the title,
A,. I, o ,i.: Kentucky 75-60. In the St. Thomas Division of the women s tour-
ney, North Carolina State beat Louisville 54-49 to win that crown. In the
men s division, the Arkansas Razorbacks defeated Eastern Michigan 82-64
to claim the championship. Fox College Sports broadcasted the champion-
ship games in the men s and women's divisions live. The network reaches 40
million homes in the United States. Other schools that participated in the
tournament included Hampton, Nebraska, Oregon State, Troy University
Winthrop and Austin Peay. It was the fifth year that UVI hosted Paradise
Input Sought for Strategic Planning
Now is the time for UVI faculty, staff, students and alumni
to help chart the future course of the University. A series of
meetings to seek creative input for its next strategic plan, Stra-
tegic Plan 2006-2012, are being planned.
Over the next six months, the University community will
be invited to participate in a creative thinking process focused
on where UVI wants to be by 2012 its 50th year anniver-
Dr. Deborah C. Fontaine, special assistant to the presi-
dent and chair of UVI's Strategic Planning Steering Commit-
tee, will take the lead in coordinating Strategic Plan 2006-
Dr. Fontaine will coordinate a series of meetings involv-
ing UVI faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees and key ex-
ternal stakeholders, to discuss the mission, vision, values and
strategic direction of the institution.
UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster is optimistic about
the process. "These are truly exciting times, with great chal-
lenges and even greater opportunities," Dr. Ragster said.
For information about UVI's strategic planning process
call Dr. Deborah Fontaine at 693-1003.
Two youngsters pet rab-
bits at the 22Annual St.
Thomas/St. John Agri-
culture and Food Fair
held on Nov. 20 and 21,
on the grounds of the
UVI Reichhold Center
for the Arts. About 50
vendors selling every-
;i,, i- from cooked food,
fruits and vegetables,
nursery plants and arts
and crafts were part of
the two-day fair themed
"Agriculture Galore in
Ag Fair Fun
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