October 31, 2001 vol. vi, number 9
Nyasha Mutunhu Crowned Miss UVI 2001-2002
Nyasha Mutunhu, a junior psychology major on the St.
Thomas campus of the University of the Virgin Islands, is the
new Miss UVI 2001-2002. Ms. Mutunhu, 26, was crowned
at the culmination of the Miss UVI Queen and Ambassado-
rial Pageant 2001 at the Reichhold Center for the Arts. In
addition to the Miss UVI crown, Ms. Mutunhu
claimed the titles "Miss Photogenic," "Miss
Intellect" and "Best Talent," for an original
Ms. Mutunhu has worked as an HIV/AIDS educator
and was one of the youngest delegates to the International
AIDS Conference last year in South Africa. She is chair of
UVI's African Heritage Committee and was a resident coor-
dinator for Upward Bound's summer program.
"I believe it is important that we, as UVI
Students, become as informed as possible about
events taking place not only here in the terri-
poem she performed. tory, but around the world," Ms. Mutunhu said.
Anika Nicholas, 22, a sophomore biol- "I feel honored to have been given the oppor-
ogy major on UVI's St. Croix campus, was tunity to represent the University at this time."
selected as first runner-up and also won "Best Ms. Mutunhu's academic adviser, UVI
Ambassadorial Presentation" and "Best Associate Professor of Psychology Agatha
Evening Wear." Elementary education major Nelson has come to know not only Nyasha the
Shanee King, 19, was named "Miss Popular- student, but Nyasha the person.
ity" and Owanna Lans, 20, a junior political 4 "She's extremely gentle, thoughtful and
science major, was awarded the "Miss Con- intellectual," Dr. Nelson said of the new Miss
geniality" title. l r. UVI. "She is very aware of what's going on
During the 3 hour-long pageant, Ms. ..1: around her and she's dedicated to making a
Mutunhu, who was born in Wisconsin and Nyasha Mutunhu difference."
raised in Zimbabwe, passionately expressed As Miss UVI, Ms. Mutunhu will receive
her views on topics ranging from discrimination to HIV/AIDS free tuition, room and board for the two semesters of her
and America's response to the September 11th terrorist at- reign.
Dr. Velma Tyson Receives Millennium Award for Teaching
Dr. Velma Tyson, an associate professor of mathemat-
ics and chair of the Science and Mathematics Division on
UVI's St. Croix campus, has been selected to receive a Mil-
lennium Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is spon-
sored by the White House Initiative on Historically Black
Colleges and Universities in partnership with the Science and
Technology cluster of federal agencies.
In a letter to St. Croix Chancellor Jennifer Jackson,
Ambassador Leonard H.O. Spearman ofthe U.S. Department
of Education, on behalf of the White House Initiative on
HBCUs, congratulated the University on Dr. Tyson's award.
Ambassador Spearman invited Dr. Tyson and Chancellor Jack-
son to attend the Millennium Award ceremony in Washing-
ton, which was to have been held on September 18. The award
ceremony was postponed following the September 11 terror-
ist attacks and an alternate date has not been set.
Dr. Tyson, the mother of four children, earned a bacca-
laureate degree in math-
ematics from UVI in
1980. She enrolled in
graduate courses at UVI
and received a master's
degree in school admin-
istrative supervision in
1983. In 1995 she ob-
tained a Ph.D. in math-
ematics from the Univer-
Dr. Velma Tyson
sity of Iowa.
"I must say a great big thank-you to my family and to so
many UVI faculty members who helped in my development
and professional growth," Dr. Tyson said. "I am really com-
mitted to doing my best for the University."
In recognition of her Millennium Award, UVI President
Dr. Orville Kean praised Dr. Tyson's accomplishments.
Dr. Tyson continued from Page 1
"In choosing Dr. Tyson to receive this prestigious award,
the White House Initiative on HBCUs recognizes her as one
of the nation's finest educators. As a treasured UVI alumna
and as a faculty member, Dr. Tyson has always exhibited the
very highest academic and personal standards. We at UVI
are very proud of Dr. Tyson and recognize her as a valued
member of the UVI family," Dr. Kean said.
UVI Annual Fund Drive Exceeds 2000-2001 Goal
At receptions on St. Croix and St. Thomas, the Univer-
sity of the Virgin Islands
Annual Giving Fund Com-
mittee announced the suc-
cessful completion of its
2000-2001 UVI Annual
Fund Drive and thanked cur-
rent and past donors for their
investment in UVI's stu-
dents and the future of the
Dr Alfred Heath and UVI
University. President Orville Kean, Ph.D.
Pickering of VI Rum and Dr. Alfred Heath of St. Thomas
announced that the UVI Annual Fund had exceeded its
Nov. 10 Jazz Ensemble Concert STT
UVI Cafe 7:30 p.m.
UVI Partners for Progress STX
Agriculture and Food Fair STT
Paradise Jam Basketball
Sports and Fitness Center
$650,000 goal by raising more than $651,000 in cash, stocks
and in-kind gifts from September 1, 2000 through August 31,
Among the UVI investors who made contributions of
$5,000 or more to the 2000-2001 fund drive were: Bennie
Benjamin Foundation; Birch, deJongh, Hindels and Hall; The
Chase Manhattan Bank: Caribbean Auto Mart; Contran Man-
agement; Globalvest Management Company; Gottleib's Quick
Way Service Center; Dr. and Mrs. Alfred Heath; Interpacific
Investor Service; Jones-Holloway-Bryan Foundation;
Randolph Knight; Mr. and Mrs. William Koier; Marshall and
Sterling; Mount Eagle Corporation; Power Places Tours and
Conferences; Sunny Isle Shopping Center; Thurgood Marshall
Foundation; Transducer Technology; James D. Tunick; UVI
Alumni Phonathon; VI Cement and Building Products; VI
Rum; and the West Indian Company.
The fund, the slogan for which is, "the UVI Annual
Fund... Opportunities for Excellence," provides scholarships
and financial aid, supports scholarly activities and cultural
events, and fund projects and ongoing student activities.
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