May 31, 2001 vol. vii, number 4
Golden Key Inductees, Academic and Athletic Award Winners
Recognized as 2000-2001 Academic Year Ends
UVI students in every discipline reveled in praise as
the 2000-2001 academic year came to a close. The St. Tho-
mas and St. Croix chapters of the Golden Key International
Honor Society held annual induction ceremonies in April,
recognizing academically superior juniors and seniors in all
fields of study at UVI.
Athletes and aca-
were recognized in
separate award cer-
emonies on both cam-
puses during the
month of May.
Asha Warner, left and Johanna At its April 22
Marsham, members of the St. Thomas ceremony, the Golden
chapter of Golden Key, each received
Ford Motor Company scholarships. chapter inducted the
chapter inducted the
following honorary members: Chancellor Roy Watlington,
music Professor Austin Venzen and mathematics Professor
Dr. Camille McKayle.
Inducted into the St. .
Thomas chapter were: Cira ..-.
Burke, Kenneth Cook,
Evadney Herbert, Deonka
Huggins, Roma Hyacinth,
Martha Joseph, Johanna
Marsham, Elisa Niles,
Kerstin Petty, Erma
UVI Vice President for Student L
Wheatley, Taima Clarke, Felix with an athletic award and
Karimah Cornelius, Gale
Karimah Cornelius, Gale presents an academic award to J
Hobson, April Hurlston,
Elena Jn. Baptiste, Jacqueline Leader, Nadia Monrose,
Tamisha Ottley, Desiree Richardson and Asha Warner.
The Golden Key St. Thomas chapter received an award
for Best Membership Drive at the Regional Level at the
Golden Key's southeast regional meeting in Ft.Meyers,
Florida in March. It is the chapter's third regional award since
being chartered in 1995.
At the Golden Key St. Croix Chapter's 7th Annual In-
duction Ceremony on April 24, former UVI professor and
Golden Key honorary member Valdemar Hill gave the key-
note address and Dr. Lea Ann Lucas, a St.Croix psychology
professor, was inducted as an honorary member.
Inducted into the St. Croix chapter were: Prafal Agarwal,
Brigette Bennerson, Ancelma Dupigny, Victoria Florent, Ed-
ward Jose Garcia, Barbara Gentilucci, Catherine John, Jen-
nifer Marriona, Ester Perez-
Johnson, Olivia Riviere,
Joycelyn Ryan, Wendy Wheeler
and K'Anna Wong Shing.
At the southeast regional
meeting, the St. Croix chapter
was awarded Best Membership
Golden Key St. Croix chapter Drive, Best Masquerade Cos-
Vice PresidentAlicia tume and earned a fifth place
Gayadeen was elected award for its contribution to-
Student Representative for ward the regional community
the Southeast Region. service project.
Alicia Gayadeen, a senior English major on UVI's St.
Croix campus, ran a successful campaign for the elected of-
fice of Golden Key Student Representative for the Southeast
.. ,tRegion. Alicia,
vice president of
the St.Croix chap-
ter of Golden Key,
studied at Louisi-
ana State Univer-
sity in Baton
Rouge as part of
the National Stu-
e Dr. Ronald Harrigan presents Nialah the i
dent Exchange for
t. Croix Campus Nurse Justa Thompson dent Exchange fo
anna Santana. Bthe fall 2000 se-
At academic award ceremonies on each campus, out-
standing students in each of the divisions were recognized
for their extraordinary accomplishments. Specialized recog-
nition was given in the form of music awards, chemistry and
nursing faculty awards as well as the Barnett Frank Class
Awards, which were given to students with the highest rank-
ing GPAs in each class category.
Athletes on both campuses were recognized during an
Athletic Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 6 in the UVI Sports
& Fitness Center.
UVI Receives $1.2 Million for Biomedical Research Training
The University of the Virgin Islands has been awarded
a prestigious five-year grant of $1,287,970 from the Minor-
ity Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program of the Na-
tional Institutes of Health (NIH). Funding will start June 1.
As a result of the grant, UVI students in the fields of
2000, producing one of the most successful programs in the
nation. When Dr. Moolenaar's demands as vice president did
not allow time for her to continue to direct the program, a
group of UVI faculty became involved, including Dr. Isovitsch
and Dr. Lynn Rosenthal, computer science professor and
computer science, psychology, mathematics, chemistry, ma- former chair of the science and mathematics division.
rine biology, and biology will Since 1992, the MARC program at
be trained in biomedical re- -UVI has been very important in the lives of
search. Talented junior and se- the MARC trainees. Trainees have gone on
nior students will have tuition < to top Ph.D. programs at Carnegie Mellon
completely paid and will re- University, the University of Michigan,
ceive a monthly stipend so that F ... Howard University, Indiana University,
they don't have to work and can Louisiana State University, the University
concentrate on research. The of Maryland and Rochester University.
program will also provide stu- "By far my best experience at UVI was
dents opportunities to present being offered an opportunity to do research
their results at national scien- through the MARC program," said Triscia
tific meetings. Dr. Ralph Isovitsch, Dr Teresa Turner and Wharton Hendrickson, who has gone on to
For the first time, sopho- Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar have been instru- a Ph.D. program at Emory University.
mores and freshmen will be mental to the success of UVI's M4RCprogram. The expanded MARC program will
able to participate in MARC support more students in more majors than
funded enrichment, seminars, tutoring, and peer mentoring.
These activities are designed to increase the pool of qualified
juniors and seniors forthe MARC honors program. Dr. Velma
Tyson, UVI mathematics professor, will coordinate the MARC
Foundations program on St. Croix and Dr. Ralph Isovitsch,
UVI chemistry professor, will coordinate the St. Thomas pro-
"The MARC grant proposal was truly a team effort,"
noted UVI Marine Biology Professor and MARC Program
Director Dr. Teresa Turner. Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar, UVI
vice president for institutional advancement, wrote the first
MARC program grant proposal and directed the program until
ever before. "This program will work synergistically with
other UVI grant-funded, student-oriented programs such as
the National Science Foundation's HBCU-Undergraduate
Program, the Health Careers Undergraduate Program (HCOP),
the NASA Scholars, and the NIH Minority Biomedical Re-
search Support Program to produce a critical mass of stu-
dents doing research," Dr. Turner said.
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