February 15, 2005, vol xi, number 2
Cartoon Characters Delight Students at SFC
Tommy Star Fish, the tourism mascot of the VI. Hotel and Tourism
Association, dances with children at UVI Sports and Fitness Cen-
ter. Tommy Star Fish was one ofseveral characters who performed
at the event.
Hundreds of pre-school and grade school students were
treated to a special visit from Disney characters and local
mascots on Jan. 25 and 26, at the UVI Sports and Fitness
Center. They included Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Nemo and
Stitch all Disney cartoon characters. The Litter Critter of
the V.I. Anti-Litter and Beautification Commission and Tommy
Star Fish of the VI. Hotel and Tourism Association also made
While being loads of fun, the activity also served as a
lesson in Virgin Islands pride.When Stitch, who is known for
his disruptive behavior, began throwing food around, the Lit-
ter Critter came out with a broom and dust pan and repri-
manded him. "You cannot come to the Virgin Islands and mess
up our beautiful islands," Litter Critter said. He then engaged
the students in a refrain, saying "we keep our islands..." and
the students answering "clean." The event was sponsored by
Quality Family Entertainment.
Program to Encouraqe UVI Seniors to Buy Homes
Owning a home is usually a significant accomplishment for
anyone, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. is
hoping to make that dream a reality for students across the country
- including those at UVI. The Caucus has created the Student
Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP), an educational
program designed to help young people become homeowners at
an early age by avoiding the pitfalls of poor credit habits and
excessive debt. Through the program, graduating seniors at se-
lect HBCUs engage in homeownership seminars that encour-
age them to purchase homes within the first two years after
Graduating seniors who participate in the seminar will re-
ceive a $1,000 certificate towards the down payment and clos-
ing costs on their first home. The grant letter is good for two
years after graduation. A senior is classified as a UVI student
who fulfills the requirement for graduation in either May or De-
cember of 2005. Recent graduates are not eligible for the grants.
The UVI SHOP seminar will be held from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m.
on Tuesday, March 1, in the Chase Auditorium, room B-110, on
the St. Thomas campus and in Evans Center, room 401, on the
St. Croix campus.
Graduating seniors interested in participating in the SHOP
seminar should pre-register at the CBCF website
www.cbcfinc.org. For more information call St. Thomas cam-
pus Associate Chancellor Dr Doris Battiste at 693-1120.
Golden Key Bake Sale
Sex & Sexuality Forum
Nursing Bake Sale
Afternoon on the Green
Jost Van Dyke Trip
Queen Mary Walk/Run
With Gratitude ...
Thank you for responding to the first-time Dateline UVIsur-
vey that was published in January's edition of the newsletter.
If you haven't responded yet, there's still time. Kindly fax your
response to (340) 693-1055. You may call with additional com-
ments at (340) 693-1056.
"Great Minds" to Gather for Debates on St. Thomas Campus
If the theme of the Uni-
f te t o t The 15th Annual Caribbean Int(
versity of the Virgin Islands schedule:
Debate Society "Small
Minds Talk, While Great FridayMarchll
Minds Debate" is true, -9 a.m. Opening Ceremony
there will be dozens of "great 10 a.m. Debate #1: "Environn
minds" from throughout the and Progress"
Caribbean on the St. Thomas 1 p.m. Debate #2: "CARICO1\
campus in March when UVI 3 p.m. Debate #3: "Intematior
nomic Slavery in the Developin
willhostthe 15thAnnual Car- noc lavey the
ibbean Intercollegiate Debat- Saturday, March 12
ing Competition. Eight teams 6 p.m. Semi Finals: "The 'W
will participate in the three- Caribbean Culture"
day event scheduled for
March 11-13 at the UVI Sunday,Marchl3
Sports and Fitness Center. 3 p.m. Finals: "Peace is Not I
Participating teams are
from the University of the
West Indies' Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine campuses,
the University of Guyana, the University of the Netherland
Antilles, Medgar Evers College CUNY, UTECH of Jamaica
and UVI's St. Thomas campus. Each team will be repre-
Afternoon on the Green Promises to be "Sweet"
The University of the Virgin Islands is gearing up forAfter-
noon on the Green its annual food, fun and family event from
noon to 5 p.m. on the St. Thomas campus' Herman E. Moore
Golf Course. This year marks the 16t anniversary of the activ-
ity, and hence the theme "Sixteen on the Green, Make it Sweet."
Event organizers expect culinary concoctions to run the
gamut, including breads, soups, side dishes, main dishes, seafood
and drinks, with a special emphasis on desserts. Afternoon on
the Green will live up to its tradition of great entertainment, this
year featuring the Starlites band.
Cooks, as well as general volunteers, are being sought. If
you're interested in preparing a dish or you have a valid health
permit and are interested in volunteering to serve food, please
call the UVI Institutional Advancement Component at 693-1040.
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munity to attend the debates
for "educational enlighten-
ment and an opportunity to
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Violenes also urged high
school and junior high school administrators to bring their stu-
dents to the debates. There will be opportunities for audience
participation while judges are deliberating. For more informa-
tion call Junie Violenes at 693-1111.