October 27, 2008, vol xiv, number 10
UVI in Recovery After Hurricane Omar
When Hurricane Omar struck
the territory on Oct. 15 and 16, the
island of St. Croix was hit the hard-
est and UVI's St. Croix campus
subsequently received more dam-
age than the St. Thomas campus.
The St. Croix campus experienced
uprooted trees, water damage in of- -
fices, classrooms and residence '. :
halls, power outages and generator oto e
problems. A tree uprooted by Hurric
UVI was closed Oct. 15 and campus.
16. Faculty and staff returned to
work on Oct. 17 and classes resumed on Oct. 20. In a voice
mail message to the UVI community on Oct. 17, President
Ragster said the territory is fortunate to have escaped worse
damage, announced the recovery mode and asked everyone
to be patient as UVI worked toward normalcy.
"We are fortunate in the fact that the storm impacted us
less than it could have," Dr. Ragster said. "Despite the diffi-
culties we're having at the moment,
i. it could have been worse." She
l.... asked that the UVI family be more
tolerant and kinder to each other
in the aftermath of and recovery
p from the hurricane.
"Although we live in a part of
the world that does have to go
through these natural hazards, we
,rtesy of st. Croix CE ... also live in a part of the world that
ne Omaron UVI 'St. Croix has wonderful people that care
about each other, especially during
times of difficulty like these," Dr.
Ragster said 24 hours after the hurricane's passing.
Giving an update one week after the hurricane's passing,
Acting St. Criox Campus Executive Administrator Nerida
Washington thanked the employees on the St. Croix campus
for their collective support. She specifically thanked the mem-
bers of the Physical Plant department under the leadership of
Arthur Joseph for their "Herculean efforts on restoring the
While technological services on the St. Croix campus were
not functional following the storm, services were restored as
of Oct. 22.
No damage estimates have been made available so far.
Red Ribbon Week
Staff Council Meeting
Halloween Costume Party
Board of Trustees Meeting
World Food Day
Incentive Awards Ceremony
Incentive Awards Ceremony
St. Thomas/St. John Ag Fair
UVI Men Volleyball team battles in a home
game at the Sports and Fitness Center on
UVI Designer Shines on the Runway
Models, some of whom are UVI students, fashion designs created by UVI student Cliaunjel Williams at Virgin Islands Fashion Week
Caribbean Catwalk runway show.
In her first public showing outside of the Uni-
versity, UVI student Cliaunjel Williams won the
"Young Emerging Fashion Designer Competition"
at the 2008 Virgin Islands Fashion Week. Williams,
a biology major, featured seven pieces from her
"From Trash to Treasure" collection at the Carib-
bean Catwalk runway show. The pieces were cre-
ated from plastic bags. Beautifully detailed, the Cliaunje
pieces combined creativity and couture. As winner
of the competition, Williams' prizes include having her designs
featured in a spread in Posh Caribbean Magazine.
Excited about the feedback surrounding her work, Will-
iams said she looks forward to the launch of her clothing line
Cli.aunjel sometime in 2009. Meanwhile she looks forward to
designing the costumes forthe UVI 2009 Carnival troupe entry
and earning her degree in biology in May.
Williams' designs will be again featured at the UVI St.
Thomas campus' "Going Green" presentation at
noon on Nov. 3, in the Dining Pavillion. The "From
Trash to Treasure" collection will complement the
theme of recycling and eco-friendliness. Williams,
who hopes to continue a career in fashion design-
ing and nurse midwifery, began designing clothing
as a student at St. Croix's Central High School.
Williams VI Fashion Week, now in its second year, seeks
to unite established and emerging local, regional and
international fashion and accessory designers, models, pho-
tographers, stylists and media companies. The events were
held Oct. 9-13 on St. Thomas.
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