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Title: Dateline : UVI. vol. xiii. no. 10.
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October 25, 2007, vol xiii, number 10

Administration and Conference Center

Opens on UVI's St. Thomas Campus

The three-story build-
ing on the University of the
Virgin Islands' St. Thomas
campus overlooking the
Cyril E. King Airport to the
south, and Brewer's Bay
to the west has seen many
uses, although its most re-
cent use -- as the Harvey
Student Center and cam-
pus cafeteria -- may be
most familiar. Now the
building has yet another Top, UVI's St. Thomas Campus refu
use that of UVI's new ence Center. Bottom, the building
the 1960s.
Administration and Con- the 9
ference Center.
Originally constructed
in 1938 as the officers'
quarters for the St. Tho-
mas Naval Air Station,
during the late 1940s the
building was transformed
into the Trade Winds Ho-
tel and operated as such
for about 20 years. In
1962 the building saw its
third owner when it be-
came part of the then College of the Virgin Islands. Dormito-
ries and a multi-use cafeteria, recreation area and assembly
hall occupied the building. Over the years the dormitories were
phased out, leaving the cafeteria and the UVI Bookstore until
around 2003 when both were relocated. After lying vacant
for four years, the former Harvey Center now has new life -
it houses the St. Thomas campus administrative offices and a
new conference center. It is the first time that most UVI
administrative offices are under one roof.
UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster said the consoli-
dation of the major administrative offices in a central location
offers the ability to offer UVI's customers responsive and
efficient services in keeping with the three basic tenets of
VISION 2012 strategic objectives: service, cross functional-
ity and accountability. All relocated offices can be contacted

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at their existing telephone
numbers and email ad-
"We take this opportu-
nity to thank the University
Community, and specifi-
cally, the offices being re-
located, for their patience,"
Dr. Ragster said. "We also
thank everyone for the
time and effort put into the
preparation for relocation
to the new Administration
and Conference Center."
The fully restored build-
ing is 31,000 square feet,
with more than 4,000
square feet of conference
and training space. It is
equipped for video
conferencing and is fully
ADA compliant.
The building holds nos-
talgia for some. "I have a
lot of good memories of
that building," said St. Tho-
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ACC Continued
mas Campus Associate
Campus Executive Ad-
ministrator Dr. Doris
Battiste. Beginning her il-
lustrious career at UVI in
the 1970s, her first ap-
pointment was as the as-
sistant to the director of
Student Services for
Women. "I lived on the
third floor, right where
Vincent Samuel's office is

Administration and Conference Center Occupants

Accounting and Payroll
Administration and Finance
Board of Trustees
Campus Executive Administrator
Conference Center
Constitution 2008 Coordinator
Enrollment Services

now, I believe," Dr. Battiste said. "All the women's concerns,
outside of academics, I dealt with."
During that time the Harvey Student Center was a focal
point of interaction. "It was the hub," Dr. Battiste recalls.
Students ate at the cafeteria several times a day and all stu-
dent activities were held there from political forums, to va-
riety shows to queen competitions. The dormitory rooms were
large and considered "sprawling" when compared to the other
dorm rooms, Dr. Battiste said. "People at Harvey, during my
generation, loved it."And with Dr. Battiste's open-door policy,
the college was not just a college. "It was one big family," she
remembered. "It was really nice."
For Junie Violenes, UVI's St. Thomas campus Student
Activities supervisor, memories of the Harvey Student Cen-
ter during her days as a student were a bit different. Although
the Harvey Student Center was the place for all the activities,
there was a friendly rivalry between Violenes' dorm block
and that of Harvey. "I was a 'Rebel'," Violenes said with
pride, referring to the name of her dorm block. The students
who lived in the dorms at Harvey were the 'Force,' she said.
Violenes bragged that during the 1980s the 'Rebels' ruled the
residence halls, winning most contests. "Every Miss CVI con-
testant the 'Rebels' put out, sporting activities, you name it -
the 'Rebels' won," she said.

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Violenes said the con-
cept of the Administration
and Conference Center is
a good one. But Violenes
said she would have liked
to see the building re-
stored to its former days
of a dormitory given
that on-campus housing

Sponsored Programs/Title III has been at maximum ca-
Vice Provost for Public Service pacity for many years and
UVI does not have
enough rooms to accommodate many on-campus housing re-
quests. Violenes said that the space would also have been
good for a hotel and restaurant management school. Overall
she is pleased. "I love the new conference center," she said,
adding her hopes that it can be utilized for student activities
that were discontinued since the cafeteria at Harvey Student
Center closed in 2003. The current Dining Pavilion is not large
enough to accommodate traditional student activities, she said.
Senior business administration major Janiere Frank said she
is pleased with the concept of a one-stop location for administra-
tive business. She noted several things that can be done to make
students more comfortable in the building. "I think maybe they
haven't finished setting up," she said. "But I guess that's some-
thing they will finish." And the one thing many students were
concerned about didn't turn out so bad for Frank. The walk isn't
too bad, said Frank who lives on-campus.
An Open House forthe Administration and Conference Cen-
ter will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. People
who wish to attend are asked to RSVP to by
Oct. 29.

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