August 27, 2004 vol x, number 8
Focus on "the Bottom Line" New UVI Males are Told
As the number of men attending col-
leges and universities across the nation
continues to dwindle, the University ofthe
Virgin Islands is also seeing the effects.
It is a trend that Sean Georges, UVI St.
Thomas campus Student Housing super-
visor, didn't hesitate to tell young men
gathered forthe "Men on the Move" ses-
sion that was part of the Fall '04 Orienta-
tion activities on the St. Thomas campus.
Georges said that some of the male/
female ratios are as low as one to seven
and that the decline in male students is
not unique to types of colleges or the
ethnicity of the students, it simply means
that "more men are not seeking higher
education." Georges told male students
that in light of the statistics, they should
be focused on one thing. "The accom-
your degree is the Nev\
bottom line," he Atthe new anc
said. the common tl
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two other men university exp
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ter gave the male ifyou did your
Assistant U.S. Attorney Azekah Jennings
speaks to male students on the UVI St. Tho-
mas campus at the orientation session "Men
on the Move."
SStudents Encouraged to Partic
1 transfer student orientation held on the St. TI
heme touted by administrators was participate
ling to school and taking a few classes. It's al
erience," said St. Thomas campus Chancellor D
ged the students to participate in extracurric
ng students to the University, UVI Provost D
o told the students that participation in extract
ete their university experience. Sean Georges,
nale population, urged participation inside an
sk questions," Georges told them. "No one is g
about making the
most of their college experience and, more importantly, making it
through their college experience. They spoke about topics rang-
ing from time management to drug use to safe sex.
"Get a good education in a wholesome environment par-
ticipate in everything," Jennings said, stressing the importance of
a well-rounded experience. The steps to doing that, he said, in-
clude determining what is important, taking time to rest, eating
right and exercising.
"Everyday we're being conditioned," said Jennings. "When
it comes to time, you also need to be conditioned," he said, noting
the importance of keeping a schedule.
Henry agreed, telling the young men that
they needed a map. Plot out your college
career with a focus on communication,
time and money management, and man-
agement of your sex lives, Henry said.
He suggested that the men build relation-
ships with other students, professors and
school administrators so that they can
know where to turn in times of need.
While female companionship is com-
monplace, Jennings cautioned, "Relation-
ships are fun, but they can be danger-
ous." He encouraged male students to
reach out to others if they become de-
pressed or fall upon "a hard time."
"Your success is my success,"
Jennings said. "I prefer that you talk to
me as a friend, rather than to see you
sitting across the
ipate table from me that
homas campus, says 'defendant,'"
on. "This isn't he told the group
bout the whole before giving them
r. John Leipzig his telephone num-
ular activities. ber.
r. Gwen-Marie All of the pre-
Lrricular activi- senters welcomed
who addressed the male students to
i outside of the contact them in
going to ask you time of need.
Aug. 27 Comedy Jam STX
Aug. 27 EPSCoR Lecture STT/STT
Sept. 6 Labor Day Fun Day STT
Sept. 10 Graduate Fair STT
Sept. 11 Alumni Reception STX
Sept. 11 Class of'05 Meeting STT
Sept. 16 Leadership Orientation STT
Passionate Alumni Learn Fundraising Strategies at Workshop
Asking someone for money is
never easy- but getting donor spon- =
sorship is often the lifeblood of non-
profit organizations. On August 21,
alumni of Thurgood Marshall Schol-
arship Fund (TMSF) colleges and
universities learned howto do just that
- ask for money, and get it.
Dave Stemberg taught attendees
strategies and tips of fundraising in a
A UVI alum addresses a
presentation titled, "The Role of
Thurgood Marshall Scho
Alumni and Volunteers in the cegs and universities
colleges and universities
Fundraising Process." Sternberg is August. UVI is a TMSF m
the associate director of public ser-
vice at The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University's Fund
Raising School. Alumni from TMSF member colleges and uni-
versities in the territory were invited to attend.
Nearing the end of the free, all-day workshop the 30 attend-
ees were divided into groups of three. In each group two people
were chosen to be solicitors while the other posed as a repeat
donor. The scenario: UVI needed to raise money for a commu-
nity center on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campuses to be
built brick by brick and solicitors were given the charge to raise
the money. If it was real life, UVI would have done well be-
cause each solicitor received some amount of sponsorship, even
though most had to put up a hard fight.
The solicitors learned that they needed to be prepared be-
fore they ask for money be prepared with all the necessary
information of the institution and be prepared about the back-
ground of the donor.
"It gave anew, fresh perspective on calculated (fundraising)
strategies," Howard University Alum Edward C. Jones said of
the workshop. Jones, a former fundraising chair of the local
Howard University alumni chapter, plans to reactivate the group
and stimulate them to fundraise as they did in the past.
The meeting signaled the "first time in more than 10 years
group ofalumni of
larship Fund (TMSF)
at a workshop held in
that most of the (UVI Alumni Asso-
ciation) chapter representatives
came together," said UVIAlumniAf-
fairs Supervisor Jacqueline Sprauve.
Imani Marley Husband (UVI
'96) who lives in Atlanta, said what
she learned will be helpful in forming
the UVI Alumni Association South-
east Chapter. That chapter, which
Husband is organizing, will consist of
UVI alumni in Georgia, North Caro-
lina, South Carolina, Tennessee and
Alabama. "Because we are new, we
need money to pay for chartering and
scholarships," Husband said.
"I never stop trying to make them active," Jennifer Tumbull
(UVI '76) said of UVI alumni in the Miami region that she rep-
resents. She hopes to jump-start the Miami chapter and use what
she learned at the workshop to fundraise.
Sternberg said the attendees' passion will ensure their
fundraising success. "It doesn't matter how much fundraising
experience you have passion is key," he said.
The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, a merit-based
scholarship program, was established in 1987 to assist students
who have demonstrated a commitment to education. Its colleges
and universities constitute some of the nation's largest and most
prestigious institutions. Thurgood Marshall, who successfully
argued the 1954 landmark case Brown v. Board of Education
that ordered the desegregation of the nation's public schools,
was the first African American to serve as an Associate Justice
of the Supreme Court.
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