February 26, 2002 vol. viii, number 2
UVI Shines at St. Croix Agriculture Fair
Perhaps having the all-time biggest turn out ever, Agrifest
2002 on St. Croix was a smashing success. Thousands attended
the three-day Agriculture Fair held during President's Day week-
end on the Department of Agriculture grounds in Estate Lower
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The University of
the Virgin Islands was
the hundreds of
booths and displays,
under the big white
tent near the farmer's
market and livestock P
display. UVI's Coop-
erative Extension Service (CES), which
organized UVI's participation in the fair,
has co-sponsored the fair from its incep-
"This year, especially Sunday, we had
a record attendance," said Clarice Clarke, .
CES public information specialist and a
member of the fair board.
The Agricultural Experiment
Station(AES), Small Business Develop-
ment Center (SBDC), the Research Pub- (Clockwise left to ,,g
location Unit and CES were among the StudentActivities Sup
demonstrates the proc
more than 20 displays, exhibits and dem-
ice cream; a portion
onstrations from UVI's Research and Pub- Strategies for Small
lic Service Component. youngsters visit a She
While the community enjoyed all of courtesy of CES.
the displays, the AES aquaculture exhibit
and CES environmental horticulture exhibit were the specta-
tors' favorites, Clarke said.
The aquaculture exhibit showed the production oftilapia from
eggs to fry to fingerlings. The large, transparent 250-pound tank
containing 1,000 ofthe colorful fish attracted children and adults.
"Everybody asked, 'how can you get so many fish in such a
small area?'" said AES Director Dr. James Rakocy. "One thou-
sand fish per cubic meter is the optimum stock density to get a
50 gram fingerling in 12 weeks of growth, starting with a one-
gram fish," he said. Dr. Rakocy met several people who were
interested in starting fish farms of their own. "Our main goal is
developing systems for the Virgin Islands but we have devel-
oped systems that have gained worldwide recognition," he said.
"And it was all developed here at UVI," he added.
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At the environmental
people were amazed
at the different types
of produce, many of
which they did not
know, Clarke said.
a UVI student attend-
ing a student leaders
-retreat on St. Croix that weekend, enjoyed
the fair's farmer's market and livestock
display. "I loved the animals," she said.
She was surprised at the locally grown
produce. "I didn't know all those things
could grow here," Williams said.
The 4-H displays also received much
attention from the public.
In recognition of UVI's 40t anniver-
S- -. sary, academic divisions highlighted the
St. Croix Campus University's accomplishments and dis-
rvisor ClintFerris played and sold memorabilia.
Un ofhomemde Of course UVI was only a portion of
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rmers' display; the fair, which included plenty of food,
'andpony. Photos music and fun.
"Our fair is the second largest event
in the territory," Clarke said. CES will
begin planning for next year's fair in September.
UTI @ 40, Celebrating Our Successes!
March 15 Walk-a-thon STX
March 16 Alumni Association Dinner STJ
March 17 Afternoon on the Green STT
Successful Open House Recruits New Students for UVI
Charlotte Amalie High
School senior Grisdela |
Dangelben has a dream to
become a nurse. And she knows
where to make that dream come
true the University of the Virgin
"I know I'm coming here for
sure," she said at the Open House
held Feb. 8 in the Sports and
Fitness Center. It was the second
Open House on the St. Thomas
Dangelben said UVI was one
of her first choices for colleges All Saint's Cathedral School
infromation from Mary Meye
and universities, but the Open information from Marye
UVI s Financial Aid Office.
House solidified her decision. U FinancialAid Office.
She chose UVI because it is fully accredited, offers an
excellent nursing program and is inexpensive.
"And it's closer to home" her friend Denesha Richardson
"Most people just run away from here and they end up
coming right back," Dangelben added.
Richardson and Dangelben were two of the more than 200
students from schools across the island who attended the Open
House three times the number that attended in the Fall.
Juniors and seniors from all high schools on the island and
all other prospective students were invited.
"The thing what was exceptional about this is that we did
not expect so many people from the community," said Student
Recruitment Officer Karen Blyden, noting that several adult
learners and senior citizens
attended. Even parents
capitalized on the event.
"Some parents used the
opportunity to get admission
information for themselves,"
S The Sports and Fitness Center
was arranged college-fair style,
where representatives from
academic divisions and outreach
Components provided displays,
demonstrations, literature and
other information. Prospective
senior Richard Vialet gets students were able to apply on
s, a representative from site for Fall 2002 classes.
Presentations were made by
administrators and past and present students.
Director of Enrollment Management Carolyn Cook said
having both the academic and student support services
represented provided a grand display of what the University
has to offer.
"Collectively the campus came together and made a very
good showcase," Cook said.
A recruitment, outreach and enrollment initiative, the Open
House will be held each semester.
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