November 19, 2007, vol xiii, number 11
25th St. Thomas/St. John AgFair
was clear at the
25th St. Thomas/
St. John Agricul-
ture and Food Fair
agriculture is a
viable industry in
the Virgin Islands
and it needs the
I h 4 community's sup-
Now in its 25th
year, the fair was
held Nov. 17 and
18 on the grounds
"ir.. 1"....,,, l.l. l ,'St. Thomas St. John of the University
'T...., im., ,, ~ .. ,, ii which tookFirstPlace
which tookFirstPlace of the Virgin Is-
in the Arts and Crafts competition. f the Virgin Is-
Center for the Arts.
"All of us need to be advocates and supporters of agri-
culture at all times," Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Louis E.
Petersen, Jr., said at the opening ceremony. The community's
UVI Students Sweep VI Idol
support was the first of several things Dr. Petersen said needs
to happen in order for agriculture to regain its prominence in
the territory. Training young people in the industry was the
second. Dr. Petersen said his department is in current talks
with officials from vocational education to revive agriculture
in the schools. The third thing, Dr. Petersen said, is to ap-
proach agriculture as a business.
See AgFair on next page
Dr. Ededet Iniama
Dr. Ededet Iniama
Two from the University of the Virgin Islands joined the
UVI Board of Trustees for the 2007-2008 term. UVI Profes-
sor of Social Sciences Dr. Ededet Iniama was elected to serve
as faculty trustee. UVI social sciences major Dwayne
Petersen was elected to serve as the student trustee.
Dr. Iniama and Petersen are both voting members of the
Petersen hopes to bring student issues to the forefront.
He also plans to enlighten students about the Board's role.
Petersen said he is approachable and will be as transparent to
students as the rules of the Board allow. "I have a lot of love
for this University," Petersen said. "I promise, to the students,
to represent them to the best of my ability."
Dr. Iniama is a tenured professor who has taught at UVI
See Trustees on next page
Nov. 16-25 Paradise Jam STT
Nov. 29 Benson at Reichhold STT
Dec. 7-9 Woodworkers' Expo STX
Dec. 8 MOMIX at Reichhold STT
UVI student Shayla Cruz
performs at the first ever
VI Idol competition. Cruz
and the duo BV (Bran-
don Varlack) and Dras-
tic (Art Philip), also UVI
students, tied for the
event's first place win.
Both received prizes of
$2,500 cash and a record
deal with the contest's
promoter LP Records.
The competition was held
'American Idol'style over
several weeks. The finale
was judged by music in-
Photo courtesy ofLP Records
Paradise Jam Brings NCAA Play to UVI's Sports & Fitness Center
The Eighth Annual U.S. Virgin
Islands Paradise Jam opened Nov.
16 at the University of the Virgin
Islands Sports and Fitness Center
on St. Thomas.
This two-week tournament
brings 18 men's and women's col- v
lege basketball teams to St. Tho-
mas for a chance for early season
The men's games started with
eight NCAA Division I basketball Erik Heikkila of UVIs A
teams. Men's games began Nov. the Paradise Jam banner
16, with championship games and Fitness Center where
scheduled for Nov. 19. The 2007 held.
men's teams are; Baylor, Charlotte,
Georgia Tech, Illinois-Chicago, Monmouth, Notre Dame,
Wichita State and Winthrop.
Ten highly ranked NCAA Division I women's teams will
participate in this year's competition. The women's games
Gov. John P. deJongh, Jr. affirmed his commitment to ag-
riculture. The appreciation of our land and resources, and the
security of our food supply are important, he said. "I have to
admit, I am by no means a farmer," the governor said, "but I
do like what they produce." He encouraged fairgoers to sup-
port the fair participants. "The individuals that are here are
notjust selling things, this is their passion," he said.
Recognized at the fair were Crop Farmer of the Year
Lucien "Jambie" Samuel and Livestock Farmer of the Year
The St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair is
organized by the Agriculture Department, UVI's Cooperative
Extension Service and a committee of community members.
begin Nov. 22, with championship
games scheduled for Nov. 25. The
2007 teams are: Connecticut, Duke,
Old Dominion, Purdue, Stanford,
Temple, Indiana, Texas A&M,
Wake Forest and Wichita State.
*** ~Paradise Jam is earning acco-
lades around the collegiate basket-
Tickets are $10 for V.I. resi-
dents and $5 for UVI students and
hletics Department hangs VI youth 5-17 years old; and $25
n front of the UVI Sports for non-VI residents. Tickets are
tournament play will be available at Modern Music in
Havensight and the UVI Book-
For more information visit the Paradise Jam link on the
UVI website www.uvi.edu or contact Paradise Jam Tourna-
ment Director Jennifer Ashby at (425) 776-2775 or email
for more than 20 years.
Dr. Iniama and Petersen attended their first Board meet-
ing in November.
The UVI Board of Trustees is the legally chartered gov-
erning body of UVI and is the policy making body with over-
sight and fiduciary responsibilities as outlined in the "B% lan\ s"
The Board meets formally three times a year.
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