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Group Title: Dateline : UVI
Title: Dateline : UVI. Vol. xi. No. 3.
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March 17, 2005, vol xi, number 3

UVI Gives Thanks to 'Founding Fathers'


As the University of the Virgin Is-
lands nears 'middle age,' the resounding
message from speakers at the Charter
Day Ceremony was that the University
must continue to strive forward in spite
of obstacles.
"We have to ensure that UVI will
be here far into the century," UVI Presi-
dent Dr. LaVerne Ragster said at the 431
annual celebration.
Several speakers, including St. Tho-
mas-St. John Administrator James
O'Bryan, noted the University's suc-
cesses despite many setbacks. The Col-
lege of the Virgin Islands was founded in
an atmosphere of public skepticism and
currently faces a financial struggle along
with the ever-present challenge of man-
aging two campuses on two different is-
lands. Still, UVI has managed to make a
great impact on the lives of people.
'You know what I'm most proud of,"
Dr. Ragster asked. 'That the vision we
have now is absolutely along the lines with
what Gov. (Ralph) Paiewonsky had for
the University."
"We must continue to thank and ac-
knowledge Gov. Paiewonsky for his vi-
sion and courage," President Ragster said


Top, a child slides out of a bouncer at After-
noon on the Green, held on the UVI St. Tho-
mas campus golfcourse. Bottom, Wallace Wil-
liams of the VI Pace Runners keeps the time
as Carla Henry-Lewis crosses the finish line
at the Queen Mary Walk/Run.

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of the former VI governor who chartered
the College of the Virgin Island on March
16, 1962. "I wake up everyday being
proud to be at an institution ofplace, mak-
ing a difference in so many lives," Presi-
dent Ragster said.
The March 16 ceremony also in-
cluded a video presentation, singing and a
poetry reading. UVI alumna and business
woman Yvette DeLaubanque also made
remarks.
The ceremony was the climax of a
series of activities that celebrated UVI's
Charter Day. Events included Afternoon
on the Green, which drew hundreds of
people to the St. Thomas campus golf
course and the Queen Mary Walk/Run
that had almost 60 participants on the St.
Croix campus.
There was also the Caribbean Inter-
collegiate Debate that pitted the UVI de-
bate team against four other teams from
around the region. The UVI team came
in third place with the University of the
West Indies Mona Campus claiming the
championship title.
Other events included a softball game
and the Dr. Alfred O. Heath Distinguished
Speaker's Forum.


Bulbulla Named Farmer of the Year for Second Time


When Aberra Bulbulla won the 'Crop Farmer of the Year'
award for the second time in three years he heaped praise on the
University of the Virgin Islands.
"I want to give special thanks to UVI. That is where every-
thing started," Bulbulla said while accepting his award at the
2005 Agriculture and Food Fair held in February on St. Croix.
Bulbulla, who has been farming for the past 9 years, said he
never planned on being a tropical fruit farmer until he visited
the UVI St. Croix campus.
"Most of what I have on my farm I saw on UVI's campus."
He encouraged other people to take advantage of UVI's re-
sources in developing their own farms.


Bulbulla grows 40 varieties of fruits and plants on his four-
acre orchard in Estate Mountain. A research analyst at UVI, he
previously won the 'Crop Farmer of the Year'award in 2003.
Ag Fair continued on next page




March 22-24 Health Fair STX
April 1-4 Theatre Play "1984" STT
April 8 Student Lit. Conference STT






UVI Students Eager to Become Homeowners


It was standing-room-only in the Chase
Auditorium on the St. Thomas campus on
March 1, when members of the Congres-
sional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)
taught students and community members
how to become homeowners. The program
called SHOP (short for Student
Homeownership Opportunity Program) at-
tracted more than 100 people on both cam-
puses. Designed to empower young minori-
ties to cultivate wealth through
homeownership, the program tours select
Historically Black Colleges and Universi-
ties offering information and real estate fi-
nancial assistance to graduating seniors.
CBCF presenterVanessaWarrick said
getting educated is the most important step ~
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in the home buying process. Warrick's Black Caucus Foun
message was delivered in an informative lectures an eager a
and humorous way that connected with the process for becoming,
students. the SHOP seminar
"Even if you're not ready the minute
you graduate (to buy a house), start thinking about it," Warrick
said. "You have to be ready -notjust financially, but emotionally
- because it is a responsibility."
Warrick used her own life as an example to show the power

Ag Fair Continued
"It's good to be back here," Bulbulla said as he accepted the
2005 award. "It's good to be back and I'm going to try to keep
coming back."
The Farmer of the Year award was just a few highlights of
the annual three-day fair. Thousands of people flocked to the
islands for the perfect mix of culture and fun. Lispth Helm and
Ellen Christensen, two of a group of 20 teachers from Denmark,
were grateful that their project on St. Croix coincided with the


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of homeownership. Warrick, 30, owns her
own home in the Washington D.C. area.
She boasted that her tenant pays the car
note on her Mercedes Benz, explaining that
her extra income from the rent finances her
comfortable lifestyle.
Attendees were quizzed on things like
credit score, depreciable versus appreciable
assets, and the average down payment of a
home. An eager audience asked questions
and engaged the panelists in discussion.
Along with Warrick, other panelists
were Audrey Morton and Desirey Brooks
from the VI Housing Finance Authority, and
Rosemary Sauter Frett of Century 21 Sauter
and Associates.
"This is something that peaked our stu-
dents interest," a delighted St. Thomas cam-
pus Associate Chancellor Dr. Doris Battiste
said after the seminar. "Even if they (stu-
dents) don't by a house right away, they
have enough information so that they are


prepared."
The seminar was sponsored by the CBCF and the Office of
the Associate Chancellor on the St. Thomas and St. Croix cam-


fair. The group was in the VI for a UNESCO project that seeks
to establish links between schools in Europe, the Caribbean and
Africa.

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