Title: Dateline : UVI
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Title: Dateline : UVI
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Language: English
Creator: University of the Virgin Islands.
Affiliation: University of the Virgin Islands
Publication Date: 12/26/2002
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
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Volume ID: VID00015
Source Institution: University of Florida
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June 14, 2002 vol. viii, number 6

UVI Graduates 287 in Ceremonies on Both Campuses

Members of
the University of
the Virgin Islands
Class of2002 were
regaled and re-
minded at com-
mencement exer-
cises on May 18
and 19 on the St.
Thomas campus (Left) Graduates on the St. Thomas campus li
and St. Croix cam- Croix graduates beam as they walk down the
pus, respectively.
"Join the bands of those who do good and work against those
who do evil," Gov. Charles Tumbull told the graduates. A UVI
professor emeritus, and one of the people who lobbied the gov-
ernment 40 years ago to form a college, Tumbull noted the
institution's accomplishments overthe years.
Touting commencement as "the special event that adds the
most capital to St. Croix," President Orville Kean told the graduates
on St. Croix that it had special meaning to him. "This is my last
commencement exercise and for me it is a moving and touching
moment." He told both classes that education is lifelong endeavor
and that each student should continue on apath to success.
Keynote speaker Marie V. McDemmond, Ed.D., president of

Workers put the finishing touches on the Sports and Fitness
Center's new sign. The sign is on the southern side of the build-
ingfacing the Cyril E. KingAirport. "When anyone flies in, this
is the first ;hi' they see," said UVI's Athletic Director Peter
Sauer, who lobbiedfor the sign's funding. Spotlights will be
installed soon so that "even when you fly in at night, it's the first
;h ii i. 'ir see, Sauer said.

Norfolk State Uni-
versity, implored
the graduates to
value their UVI
education as spe-
cial because of
UVI's status as a
Historically Black
College or Univer-
ten as speakers address them. (Right) On St. sity(HBCU)."Ifwe
isle to their seats. are to continue our
great legacy of ex-
cellence, a future that is very different from the past is before us,"
she said.
Using an analogy of farming throughout her speech Martha
Joseph, the student commencement speaker on the St. Thomas
campus, received intermittent applause and a standing ovation from
graduates and faculty. She told her fellow graduates that they have
broken new ground, and warned them against allowing it to be-
come "fallow" defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as
ground that is ploughed but left unseeded during a growing sea-
son, or something characterized by inactivity. 'You have worked
hard, you have ploughed, but do not leave that land seedless. This
will only lead to fruitlessness," said Joseph, a summa cum laude
graduate who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/sec-
ondary education. She applauded Dr. Kean and the V.I. govern-
ment for the advances the University has made with their assis-
tance. Joseph urged leaders to work together to make UVI the
"intellectual eye" ofthe Virgin Islands and one ofthe most respected
institutions in the Caribbean.
Guest speakers charged the "distinctive and committed" St.
Croix graduates with committing themselves to the island. Senate
President Almando "Rocky" Liburd noted that the community is
suffering from a lack ofmorals and values. We want you to help fix
it," he said. "Stay here and make a contribution. The true test is how
many of you are going to stay here and weather the storm."
Delegate to Congress Donna Christiansen had a similar mes-
sage for the graduates on St. Croix. '"This is not the time to wait on
government, to watch our future unfold from the sidelines. This is
our island, this is our future, and as quietly as it has been kept, the
future ofthe Virgin Islands."
In the words of St. Croix student commencement speakerZahra
O'Reilly, a magna cum laude graduate in elementary education,
"the voyage begins."


UVI's Summer Institute Prepares Students for Global Leadership

Martha Joseph is not psychic, but
she does know who will govern the
Caribbean nation of Dominica in the
next 15 years she will. Joseph was
one of48 students attending the Uni-
versity ofthe Virgin Islands 2002 Sum-
mer Institute for Future Global Lead-
ers in the Caribbean. The goal of the
challenging, two-week Summer Insti-
tute is to prepare university students
for global leadership roles. Students
participated in lectures, field trips, Participants in UVI s Suml
workshops and seminars. More than a Global Leaders in the Cat
dozen presenters, including entrepre- practicalproblem solving.
neurs, deans and an ambassador, lec-
tured around the theme "Global Leadership in a Dynamic Environ-
At the end of the Summer Institute all students produce a cus-
tomized leadership prospectus they plan to adopt. Preparing for
the role of Dominica's Prime Minister, during the next 15 years
Joseph will earn a master's degree in Caribbean education studies,
seek membership in various Caribbean associations, publish a book
on women's issues and found her own political party. She noted
that Dominica has regressed since the retirement of former Prime
Minister, Dame Eugenia Charles. Joseph plans to make a differ-
ence by being "that female leaderthat the Caribbean needs."
While Joseph's focus is the Caribbean, Antoinette Mabry's
focus is on global marketing. After spending seven years working
in the marketing field, Mabry knows the discrepancies minorities
face. Minorities and consumers from various ethnic groups spend
billions of dollars annually, in a market where they are often ig-
nored or misrepresented, the graduate student at Clark Atlanta
University said. As a global leader in multi-cultural marketing, she
hopes to bridge that gap.
"Given the recent events of 9/11, the war on terrorism, turbu-
lence inthe financial markets and world economies, innovations in

medicine, etc., we believe that future
leaders should be well equipped to
deal with dynamic elements in ourglo-
bal environment," said Dr. Solomon
Kabuka, director ofthe Summer Insti-
Inventor Liston Abbott, the key-
note speaker at the opening cer-
emony, agreed. He told students that
leaders must be dynamic. "Don't feel
that because you're going in one di-
er Institute for Future reaction, you can't change your direc-
bbean convene for tion,"he said. 'You've gotto be ableto
adapt." Abbott also urged the young
leaders to master interpersonal com-
munication, noting that it is the foundation for all communication.
The Summer Institute, held annually in May, is open to college
juniors, seniors and first-year graduate students from colleges and
universities in the Caribbean and the U.S. This year's participants
included one law student. The Summer Institute is supported an-
nually by international, regional and local organizations and uni-

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