UVI to Remain Open on Inauguration Day Viewing Stations Set Up on Each Campus
UVI President Dr. LaVerne Ragster has confirmed that the University
will be open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.
"We are proud to celebrate with the rest of the country the
historic inauguration of the first African American President of
the United States," Dr. Ragster said. "However, our commitments to
our students, to the academic calendar and to the Virgin Islands
community require that we maintain the services of our institution
and its administrative offices."
Dr. Ragster noted that, while University offices must be covered
between noon and 2 p.m., "It is important for the University
community to have an opportunity during this period to witness this
historic event." Accordingly, television viewing stations will be
available on both campuses.
On St. Thomas, these include the Dining Pavilion, the Student
Activities Center, the Health Services building and the East
Residence Hall Lobby.
On St. Croix, viewing will be available at the Cafetorium.
Dr. Ragster also reiterated the request for students and employees
refrain from downloading video streams of the inaugural. The
Information and Technology Services Office has advised that doing
so will have a negative impact on bandwidth capacity (especially on
the St. Thomas campus) and will adversely impact the ability of
students and staff to use the Internet/Blackboard/Banner. Such
transmission will also likely be slow and choppy, at best.
"I want to encourage everyone to celebrate this auspicious occasion
and thank you for your cooperation."