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May 13, 2005, vol xi, number 5
Surprises Abound at Service Awards
The St. Thomas campus Annual Service
Awards ceremony took a climatic turn when
out-going Employee of the Year Dr. Henry
Smith took to the podium to announce the
2005 St. Thomas campus Employee of the
Year. The winner, who is selected through a
voting process by his or her peers, remains a
secret until the actual announcement.
Anticipation built up as Dr. Smith de-
scribed the winner without mentioning the
person's name. But when her name was an-
nounced, an overwhelmed Judy Roland-Fahie
couldn't immediately accept her award. Over-
come by emotion, Roland-Fahie had to take
support in the lap of her colleague. She
"This is truly a surprise," Roland-Fahie
said after containing herself. "Well, I'm feel-
ing proud today." Roland-Fahie, an adminis-
trative specialist II, is the program coordina-
tor of the Summer Science EnrichmentAcad-
emies and Mentoring Program. She is also
the grant administrative specialist for several
programs under UVI's Emerging Caribbean
congratulates Employees of the
Year above, Judy Roland-Fahie,
winner on the St. Thomas campus,
and below, Joyce Hobson, the St.
Croix campus winner
Scientists Program including MARC, RISE,
HCOP and NASA scholarship programs.
"I was able to, I hope, make an impact
on students," she said, which is the reward
of her work. "It's many sacrifices that I've
made, but I'm proud of it," she said. Roland-
Fahie has worked at UVI for 14 years and is
a "proud graduate" of UVI. "I thank you so,
so much," she said in closing.
On the St. Croix campus, Human Re-
sources staff became frantic when the cer-
emony started and the employee of the year
was nowhere to be found. They had the task
of finding the employee and getting her to
the ceremony without leading on that she was
the employee of the year. So Joyce Hobson
was delighted when she found out that she
was chosen as Employee of the Year on the
St. Croix campus.
"I feel honored and humbled," Hobson
said of the award after the ceremony.
Hobson is the faculty administrative assistant
Service Awards continued on next page
Shop With a Purpose
When radio personality Tom Joyner and the "Fantastic
Voyage" cruise pulls into the Charlotte Amalie Harbor on Me-
morial Day, thousands are expected to flood the downtown
area. And UVI is counting on their spending power to help
provide scholarships for deserving students. Through a col-
laborative effort between UVI, the V.I. Department of Tour-
ism, the Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Merchants
Association Main Street will become shopping central. The
street will be closed and turned into a pedestrian mall, with
selected stores offering shoppers special discounts for the
first-time event called "Shop be-Cause."
There will be a taste bazaar featuring local cuisine and
native drinks, a cultural bazaar highlighting local arts and crafts
and a youth art gallery showcasing local talent. There will
also be several bands and various UVI displays. Main Street
Merchants will donate a portion of their day's proceeds to
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Lily Cai at Reichhold
Upward Bound Meeting
Town Hall Meeting
Adult Video Workshop
'The King & I' Musical
UVI Keeps Carnival Alive with Participation, Winning Entries
Congratulations go out to the UVI family for its spec-
tacular performances in V.I. Carnival 2005. UVI's 70-mem-
ber troupe "Schooling for the Future" in the Adult's Parade
took first place in the "Troupe fewer than 100" category.
The UVI 4-H Troupe "Marine Life is Alive in 2005"
claimed third place in the Children's Parade "Troupe of fewer
than 50" category.
Additionally, 4-H participants Zalania Clark and Ajanie
Farrington won the Junior Queen of Band and Junior King of
Band titles, respectively.
UVI's Family Life Center Pan Panthers also represented
UVI in the Children's Parade. The Pan Panthers, made up of
25 students from the M.J. Kirwan Elementary School, also
participated in Carnival's Pan Jamboree.
A slide-show of the UVI troupe in the Adult's Parade is
available on the UVI web site http://www.uvi.edu.
Students by Day ...
Warren Bush, far left, speaks with students at
the St. Thomas campus Career Fair held on
April 21. Right, students party at a St. Croix
campus "End-of-Semester Boat Ride" held
on April 23.
Service Awards Continued
for the Chancellor's Office. She has worked at UVI for 4
Dr. Smith, the keynote speaker for the St. Croix campus
ceremony, also recognized a dedicated employee whose ser-
vice he compared to that of a five-star-hotel. Dr. Smith gave
Fredericka Tonge ajar of honey, produced by bees that he
raised, as a token for her dedication. An unsuspecting Tonge
was surprised by the gesture. Tonge, a custodial worker, was
also taken aback by the token.
The Employee of the Year awards are the highlights of
the Annual Service Awards held on both campuses. The cer-
emonies were held on April 14 on the St. Thomas campus and
April 18 on the St. Croix campus. At the ceremonies UVI
employees are honored for their years of service in 5-year
The full list of the Service Awards recipients is available
in the latest links section on the UVI website www.uvi.edu.
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