December 20, 2002 vol. viii, number 12
UVI Celebrates the Holidays
Faculty, staff and ad-
ministrators at the Univer-
sity of the Virgin Islands
are celebrating the holiday
season with various activi-
ties. The music department
opened the season with its
annual Christmas concert
at the Reichhold Center for
the Arts on December 7.
The concert featured the
opera "Amahl and the r -
Night Visitors," the Christ- -. .
mas story expressed Decorative lights illuminate the U\
through the eyes of a child. ersby and visitors to the St. Thoma
The event also included a rated by St. Thomas campus Physic
Professor Austin Venzen served as the conductor and Pro-
fessor Elvira Green served as the stage director.
On December 13, St. Thomas campus Chancellor Dr.
John Leipzig hosted a Christmas party in the Sports and Fit-
ness Center. Food was served up hot off the open-pit grill set
up in the Sports and Fitness Center parking lot.
Members of the UVI family and the community at-large
were treated to Christmas Caribbean style with the
Reichhold Center's presentation of "Folk Nativity" on De-
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Patrice Johnson, Nanyamka Farrelly, Gary Metz and Lois Rivera
member 14 and 15. The
musical was written by
Alwin Bully. It features
original Christmas songs
along with traditional fa-
vorites. Set on a Caribbean
island, the musical is about
a hermit who is on trial for
petty theft, but is used as a
the village's scapegoat and
is heaped with additional
charges. At his trial, the
hedge that greets westbound pass- hermit, played by commu-
campus. The entire area was deco- nity actor Jerome Kendall,
I Plant staff. tells the story of Christmas
and is later relieved of the
additional charges piled on him.
Also on December 14 was the St. Croix campus Christ-
mas party held at the Student Center. About 65 members of
the UVI community attended the event.
Other on-campus holiday events included the St. Thomas
campus Student Affairs Christmas party held on December
16 and the Physical Plant Christmas party held on December
20. Additional seasonal celebrations will be held until the Uni-
versity closes for holiday recess on December 24.
Jerry James ofJerry and Carol Horse Stables lifts a child to
touch a horse at the St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food
Fair. The fair was held on November 23 and 24 on the grounds
of UVI 's Reichhold Center for the Arts.
NCAA Division I Basketball Teams Jam on UVI's Court
The University of the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, a fast-
growing pre-season NCAA Division I tournament, was held
from November 22-30, 2002, in UVI's state-of-the-art Sports
and Fitness Center on the St. Thomas campus. The impres-
sive lineup included six men's teams and seven women's teams
from collages and universities around the nation.
For the men's championship, the Brigham Young Univer-
sity Cougars defeated the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, clinch-
ing that title.
The number one ranked Duke University women's Blue
Devils won the women's championship over the University
of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks by two points in an overtime
game, said to be the highlight of Paradise Jam.
The tournament opened with a game between St.
Bonaventure University and Virginia Tech University men's
teams in a packed Sports and Fitness Center. Adding to the
excitement were half-time performances by the Charlotte
Amalie High School marching band.
UVI has hosted Paradise Jam for two years. UVI's Ath-
letic Director Peter Sauer said that each year the number of
teams and competitiveness of the tournament increases.
"The numbers of fans that the event attracts on St. Tho-
mas is second only to Carnival," Sauer said. "The sheer num-
bers of people who visit because of it and the exposure the
tournament generates stateside is extremely advantageous
to the University and to the territory as a whole."
Other participating men's teams were from Kansas State
University, the University of Michigan, and the University of
Other participating women's teams were Boston College,
Hampton University, Old Dominion University, the Univer-
sity of Oregon and the University of South Carolina.
The Universty of Arkansas Lady Razorbacks take on Duke
University s Blue Devils in the University of the Virgin Islands
Paradise Jam women championship held on November 30 at
UVI's Sports and Fitness Center
Mark Your Calendars
The University of the Virgin Islands will mark the 41st anniver-
sary of its founding with a week of public activities in early
March 2003, beginning with the annual Aftemoon on the Green
on Sunday, March 9. Other activities to plan for include cul-
tural events and intellectual, literary and art exhibits on the St.
Croix and St. Thomas campuses. The University will culmi-
nate the celebration with the Inauguration of Dr. LaVerne
Ragster as UVI's fourth president on Sunday, March 16,2003.
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