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August 30, 2001 vol. vii, number 7
St. Croix Campus Hosts Successful Open Houses
By April Brown andMichelle Albany
The University of the Virgin Islands St. Croix campus
enjoyed extraordinary success with its three Summer Open
House programs, which hosted more than 200 visitors. The
Open Houses were held on July 12, 19 and 28h.
Funded by the School-to-Work/Career Initiative and co-
ordinated by Robin Groelle, interim supervisor for UVI's
Office of Counseling and Placement on the St. Croix cam-
pus, the UVI Open Houses were designed to give Virgin Is-
landers a better glimpse of college life and the benefits of a
college education. Each Open House consisted of both fac-
ulty and student panelists who discussed the "ins and outs"
of campus life as well as the importance and benefits of a
college education. Panelists shared their life stories and de-
scribed the hardships they faced as college students.
Dr. LeeAnn Lucas, a psychology professor on the St. Croix
campus, told the eager attendees to continue striving toward
she said. UVI sophomore Morris Carney III and his
Although mother, Charlotte Carney, attend one of the
the Open Open House programs on the St. Croix campus.
were geared toward students from grades seven and up, the
final Open House was primarily directed toward adult learn-
ers and high school students. Stanley Acoy, an Adult Educa-
tion graduate, saw the Open House as a very useful asset to
the community. When asked in what ways the Open House
program was beneficial, Acoy said it had a very positive re-
"It was a very enlightening experience for me, because it
opened my eyes to a broader horizon of education, not to
mention life's expectations," Acoy said. "I am tired of see-
ing my peers sitting around and complaining about the nega-
tivity that society has foreshadowed upon us; instead of be-
ing a part of the problem, I would rather be part of the solu-
In addition to prospective students, several current UVI
students attended the Open House as a means of getting to
Student Activities Supervisor Clint Ferris, center, addresses a
faculty panel at a St. Croix Open House.
know their campus better. Morris Carney III, a second year
student on the St. Croix campus, and his mother, Charlotte
Carney, found that UVI had many more resources than they
had originally thought.
Morris remarked that although he was involved in some
extracurricular activities, he felt removed from the UVI com-
munity. From the information he received at the Open House,
Morris said he sees how he can become more involved. As
Clint Ferris, the supervisor of student activities on the St. Croix
campus promotes, there are many opportunities to "get hooked
on student activities" at UVI.
Charlotte Carney said she was impressed with the resources
UVI has to offer. "I had no idea UVI had so much for its
students. I always thought the UVI community was rather
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isolated." With the new information that she learned at the Placement Office is available to assist prospective or current
UVI Open House, Carney said she knows UVI is a good place students. Visit the Counseling and Placement Office web
to cultivate young minds. She said she hopes her other chil- site under Offices and Services at www.uvi.edu or call for
dren will also attend UVI in the future. As a parent, Carney more information at 692-4180.
said she has found that on-campus living is not only a viable
option, but also one that may be beneficial as well. April Brown, a junior ......n lin" major at UVI, is a student
UVI works hard to facilitate academic success for all its assistant in the Counseling and Placement Office on the St. Croix
students, encouraging interaction between students, the fac- campus. MichelleAlbany, a graduate ofLoyola College, was a sum-
ulty and the Virgin Islands community. The Counseling and mer intern in the Counseling and Placement Office.
UVI Students, Faculty Return After Prestigious
Summer Research/Training Abroad
UVI students and faculty who took advantage of summer
research opportunities abroad have some very interesting
answers to the question, "What did you do with your summer
Their summers were spent at a number of prestigious in-
stitutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technol-
ogy (M.I.T.), Purdue University, Brown University, the Na-
tional Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland and
Auburn University in Atlanta. In addition, four UVI students
in the Early Medical School Selection Program spent the sum-
mer at Boston University.
Laurel Royer, a UVI junior chemistry major, studied the
chemistry of Brefeldin A, a compound with anticancer prop-
erties, at Purdue.
Linda Knoeck, a UVI marine biology major, spent the
summer studying the DNA of bioluminescent marine organ-
isms that she collected in St. Thomas with a research group
at California State University at Los Angeles.
Five UVI students participated in a program at Albany
State designed to improve their performance on the Medical
College Admissions Test and to enhance their knowledge of
medicine as a career. Dr. Granville Wrensford, a UVI alum-
nus and former UVI chemistry professor, is director of the
Health Careers Opportunity Program at Albany State Uni-
versity in Georgia.
"It was certainly a pleasure having the students from UVI
in our program," Dr. Wrensford said. "As director of the pro-
gram, I interacted with all of the instructors and they all had
very wonderful and positive things to say about the students."
UVI faculty also worked with collaborators at other uni-
versities. Dr. Sandra Romano, a UVI professor of marine
biology, studied coral reproduction in Guam and Dr. Mary
Whitten, a UVI chemistry professor, worked at Northern Illi-
nois University developing environmentally friendly paints
with a Northern Illinois professor and UVI chemistry major,
Dr. Camille McKayle, a UVI mathematics professor, con-
ducted research at Lehigh University on the mathematical
modeling of the foot along with UVI computer science jun-
ior Resa Jean. Dr. David Storm, a UVI physics professor,
worked at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the students who participated in off-island
programs, 16 UVI students conducted research projects on
St. Thomas and St. Croix. Guided by UVI faculty, the stu-
dents worked on research ranging from the reproduction of
white hair sheep to the perception of risky behavior in Virgin
Islanders. Other on-island research included that of Shenell
Gordon, a UVI biology major, who spent the summer work-
ing for Dr. Barbara Kojis at the V.I. Department of Fish and
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