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February 28, 2006, vol xii, number 2
'You are Appreciated' UVI Tells Physical Plant & Security Staff
When newly ap-
pointed St. Croix Cam-
pus Executive Adminis-
trator Dr. Monique
Guillory met with the St.
Croix campus Physical
Plant and Security em-
ployees she expected to
hear their concerns about
UVI, instead they were
more concerned about
her asking if she and
her family in Louisiana
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Dina Ryan, right, a custodian in the Physical Plant on the St. Thomas campus
poses with her daughter Clara at the Security and Physical Plant Recognition
Day Ceremony. Physical Plant and Security employees stand to be recognized.
Katrina OK. It is that spirit of caring and selflessness, and
countless hours of hard work that were rewarded on Feb. 8
when UVI honored its Physical Plant and Security employ-
ees. A total of 96 men and women on the St. Croix and St.
Thomas campuses were acknowledged at the Recognition
Day Ceremony which was videoconferenced between the
"I've seen many campuses across the Caribbean and the
United States, but there is none, none, like the St. Croix cam-
pus and the St. Thomas campus," said Vincent Samuel, vice
president for Finance and Administration and a long-time UVI
Enjoy a Fun Mix on the Green Sunday
It's going to have food. It's going to be fun. And you should
be there. The 17th Annual Afternoon on the Green will be held
from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, on the UVI St. Tho-
mas campus golf course. This year's theme is "Food, Fun an
Educational Mix On the Green for 2006."
Afternoon on the Green Committee Chairwoman Gail Steele
urges the entire community to attend the event. "It is an opportu-
nity to enjoy great food and listen to wonderful local music," she
said. Entertainment will be provided by the Superior Court Ris-
ing Stars Steel Orchestra.
"Most cooks, whether novices or professionals, love people
to enjoy their cooking. Green gives people the opportunity to
present their favorite dishes, and forthe public to enjoy the cook-
ing of our island's finest chefs," Steele said.
Green continued on next page
employee. In a speech
peppered with humor
and anecdotes, Samuel
spoke of the employ-
"They're such dedi-
cated employees ...
and such good people,"
he said. "There's no-
body that can appreci-
ate you all more than I
do. As I walk around
campus I just admire
In her short time at UVI, Dr. Guillory realizes just how
much everyone depends on the Physical Plant and Security
staff when organizers attempted to plan and set up for the
ceremony, and the luncheons that followed, without calling on
any of the Physical Plant and Security employees for assis-
tance. That proved to be tough.
"We realized how much we depend on you," Dr. Guillory
said. "We do call on you and rely on you much more than we
realize each day." At luncheons following the ceremony the
Physical Plant and Security employees were given certifi-
cates of appreciation.
Child Protection Act Forum
Lecture by DA Prime Minister
Class of 2006 Meeting
Youth Leadership Forum
Afternoon on the Green
Student Spring Recess
Spring Break Get-Away
Randall Robinson Lecture
Childhood Obesity Conference
MBA Comprehensive Exam
Glen Washington at Reichhold
St. Croix Hosts Largest Ag Fair in the Region
Never mind the back breaking work, to the fair, Agriculture Commissioner Dr.
lack of sufficient water, and other hard- I Lawrence Lewis used his time to advo-
ships that farmers in the territory face cate on the behalf of agriculture.
agriculture was on grand display during I "Many of our farmers seem to be
President's Day weekend at the 35th getting older and older," he said, adding
Annual Agriculture and Food fair held .' that recruiting young farmers is difficult.
on St. Croix. This year the fair, which Dr. Lewis challenged current and poten-
usually spans three days, was held for tial politicians to step up their support for
four days. And if that wasn't enough, the agriculture on several fronts:
opening day ended with a spectacular 15 "First of all, to buy additional land for ag-
minute fireworks display over the fair Top: Shopkeepers cut, package and weigh ricultural purposes." He also called for
grounds. cheese in the Old Time Shop at the 35th An- more money and better infrastructure for
"This fair is the largest in the Carib- nual Agriculture and Food Fair. Bottom: agriculture.
bean," said V.I. Tourism Commissioner Senepol cattle from UVI'sAgriculture Experi- While the business of agriculture is
Pamela Richards, who was delighted with ment Station. serious, the opening ceremony took a
this year's theme "Agriculture and Tourism: A -' 3* competitive turn as presenter after presenter
Perfect Mix in 2006." made bets on who would win the St. Thomas
"Agriculture acts as a catalyst for other I .. versus St. Croix Vienna Cake Contest. In the
things, including tourism," Richards said at the contest held later during the fair, the St. Croix
opening ceremony, listing agriculture-based ini- r competitors made a sweep, taking first, second
tiatives that would attract visitors. Those included and third places.
living history farms. Customers are willing to pay The most coveted awards, farmers of the
more money for unique products and experi- year, were awarded as follows: Crop Farmer of
ences, Richards said. the Year- Oswald Jackson and Livestock Farm-
While welcoming the expected 50,000 guests f ers of the Year Dale and Yvette Browne.
All food will be categorized as either main dishes, breads,
soups, side dishes, seafood, native drinks or desserts. All of the
dishes are offered for sampling at $2 a taste.
While the event is mainly food driven, there will also be dis-
play tables from UVI's academic divisions along with represen-
tatives from UVI's recruitment office who will accept student
applications on site. There will also be an array of children's
activities, including a special attraction by Kids Entertainment
Food is the key for Afternoon on the Green and more cooks
are needed. To donate a dish call the UVI Institutional Advance-
ment Office at 693-1040 and contribute your family's favorite
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