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July 22, vol xv, number 7
UVI Bids Farewell to President Ragster
s a farewell thank
I1youto UVI Pres-
ident Dr. LaVerne E.
on UVI's St. Thom-
as campus hosted a
surprise luncheon in
her honor on July
17. The out-going Left: UVI President Dr LaVerne E. Rags
president was caught f luncheon held in her honor Righ
off-guard when she she makes her way to her seat.
opened the door to
the Administration and Conference Center's conference
room packed with UVI employees saying "surprise" in
unison as they jumped to their feet in applause.
"I've been at this school for 30 years and there are
very few times I've been surprised," Dr. Ragster said, after
taking the podium. In brief remarks, the leader, who start-
ed her career at the then College of the Virgin Islands
as a professor and worked her way up the ladder to hold
its highest position,
said she has "en-
joyed every minute
"It's worth be-
ing a part of this big
team," Dr. Ragster
said. "I'm not go-
er reacts as she enters the room at a surprise ing away forever,"
Dr Ragster receives a standing ovation as she reminded the
crowd. "I'll still be
around." Dr. Rag-
ster encouraged UVI employees to "keep doing what you
do to make the University the best place it can be."
After lunch the floor was open for brief remarks from
well-wishers. Dr. Ragster was also presented with a 3-foot
card bearing signatures and tributes from employees.
Dr. Ragster served as UVI's president for seven years.
Her appointment ends on July 31, after which she will be
on sabbatical leave for a year.
Summer Soorts Clinic Develops Student Athletes
t was an overcast day and 14 stu-
dents of the UVI Multi-Sport Sum-
mer Clinic were on the soccer field
learning the basics of soccer. Coach
Alvin Joseph strategically placed cones
on the field and prepared the students
"We want to work on passing and
controlling," Joseph said. Some of the
students in the clinic were already soc-
cer players, while others would have to
be taught the basics, he said.
Adrien Voigt was one of the stu-
dents who came to the clinic with
playing experience. Voigt, who lives in
Florida, has played on a soccer team
for three years. Ellerni Petersen, on
Se the other hand, never played soccer
before joining the clinic. "My parents
put me in it, but now that I'm here I'm
trying to learn a little something," said
Petersen, who has been playing volley-
y.rL ball for three years and has also started
to play softball. The 10th grader said
Coach Alvin Joseph, center and pointing, soccer "seems kind of fun."
explains a ,1'ill toAdrien Voigt. Joseph, a soccer player and coach,
is a member of the New Vibes Sports
Club. He said that while basketball and softball seem to
be the most popular sports in the Virgin Islands, soccer
is one of the largest spectator sports in the world. More
children in the Virgin Islands should get involved in the
sport, and from an early age, he said. He noted the US
See Sports Clinic on Next Page
Alumni Breakfast Set for August
T he UVI Alumni Association St. Thomas/St. John
Chapter will honor alumni at the chapter's Annual
Alumni Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 8. The event was
rescheduled from July.
Alumni Donnie Dorsett ('00), Jean Forde ('85), Dr.
Henry Smith ('76), Winston Smith ('90) and Terrence
Thomas ('88) will be honored for their work and con-
tribution to the University and the community at large.
Tickets for the breakfast $35 per person are available
at the UVI Bookstore or from chapter officers: Pamela
Toussaint, Helen Hart, Michelle Johnson and Chapter
Proceeds go to the chapter's scholarship fund which
supports incoming freshman students at UVI. The con-
tinued support of chapter members is greatly appreciated.
Sprauve said the event promises to be a "trip down mem-
ory lane." For more information call 693-1040.
SDorts Clinic Continued
Soccer National Team, saying that the Virgin Islands can
develop talent to field a team. "We can have the same
thing down here, it's just about getting them into it," Jo-
seph said. In addition to the basics, he also teaches the
students conditioning and fitness.
Soccer was one of the three sports offered at the sum-
mer clinic. Volleyball and basketball were also offered.
The clinic boasted some high-profile coaches from the
mainland. Head coach Stephen Burns and assistant coach
Nate Hinton of Columbia College in Columbia, S.C.
headed the basketball clinic. Head coach Jill Stephens
and assistant coach April Lowe of Florida Southern Col-
lege in Lakeland, Fla., headed the volleyball clinic.
"The UVI Multi-Sport Summer Clinic provides a
Workers and heavy machinery prepare the grounds at the future
site of the ITfe li.'ess Center on UVI's St. Thomas Campus. The
ITel/.'ess Cer'ter :ill be a 6,000 sq.ft. building constructed along
the southwest side of the existing UVI Sports and Fitness Center
It :will include a dance studio, an aerobics area, a cardiovascular
equipment area, a weightroom and locker-rooms. The project is
estimated to cost $2.1 nillii'. Ground was broken in January.
great place for the student athletes of the Virgin Islands
community to increase their level of sporting skills," said
Jerry Smith, UVI's assistant athletic director and trainer.
The clinics also offer academic enrichment in science and
The Multi-Sport Summer Clinic was only one of
UVI's summer offerings for children. The St. Thomas
campus also hosted the Summer Business Residency Pro-
gram and the Summer Band and Opera Camp. The St.
Croix campus hosted the 4-H Summer Program. Upward
Bound summer programs were held on both campuses.
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