June 15, 2005, vol xi, number 6
UVI Graduates Given Last Lecture and Homework
speaker Dr. Belle
Wheelan gave the
St. Thomas cam-
class one last
ment before their
conferred. On the
St. Croix campus Left, husband and wife team Althea and Glen
she gave the mas campus commencement. On the St. Croi:
graduating class Allen earn their degrees.
one last lecture.
"Become a tutor. You're the best role models the territory
has to offer," Dr. Wheelan charged the St. Thomas campus
graduates. The other homework options included adopting a
school or class and having employers show the relevance of
school subjects to the job place, inviting teachers into the work-
place so that they will know what is required of students once
they leave school and opening their homes to students to teach
them something. In the speech that was at times humorous, and
always entertaining, Dr. Wheelan told the graduates that they
will have to con-
themselves in or-
derto keep up with
new ways of do-
ing things. She
the world has
changed since she
rd Hodge earn their MBA s at UVI N St. Tho- the inventions of
campus, identical twins Kwame and Kameel items like remote
controls and mi-
which were then considered cutting edge. "For me, the best
invention was the electric typewriter." Wheelan is the secretary
of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
"Have a dream. We die if we have no dream. And when
that dream is realized, have another dream," was one ofWheelan's
20 life lessons that she gave in the St. Croix campus' last lecture.
Other lessons included "reach back and bring someone up with
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China is the World's Next Superpower Students are Told
China is poised to become the world's next superpower -
and that will have an impact on the Caribbean. That was the
message of Carlyle Rogers, a guest lecturer at UVI's Summer
Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean.
"The dawn of the Chinese global center is upon us. The Red
Dragon has awoken," Rogers told the group of 50 students, ex-
plaining the effect China's inevitable dominance will have on the
world and the Caribbean.
China, with its 1.3 billion population, 10 million square miles
and 5,000 years of history, has experienced robust economic
growth during the 1980s and into the new millennium, Rogers
said. That growth, along with China's admission into global orga-
nizations such as its 2001 entry in the World Trade Organization,
has boosted the Chinese self esteem, he explained. Now China
is aggressively pursuing foreign interests many of them in the
Caribbean. China's willingness to partner with nations of the
region was evident by the first China-Caribbean Economic and
Trade Cooperation Forum held in February. One of the reasons
for China's foreign investments is to secure natural resources to
benefit its economy, Rogers said. Still, he said, "no country can
compete with China in the manufacture of goods."
"China will soon become the largest producer of tourists in
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June 15 Swine Production Workshop STX
June 15 Summer Session Registration STT/STX
June 25-26 Relay for Life STT
July 4 Independence Day UVI Closed
June-July CELL Courses STT
Tom Cruises into Port with Scholarships for UVI
Radio Personality Tom Joyner (left), speaks with UVI's VPfor Institutional Advancement
Joseph Boschulte (far i ,gin. asAssistant Tourism Commissioner Monique Sibilly-Hodge
(second from left) and UVI President LaVerne Ragster (third from left),look on at 'Shop
be-Cause'held on St. Thomas'Main Street on Memorial Day. Shoppers received dis-
counts from selected stores and a portion of the stores 'proceeds were donated to UVI for
scholarships. A total of$ 70, 000 was raised, including a $15,000 donation from the Tom
you," and "be as kind to the janitor as you are to the chairman of
the board." She urged the class to pave the way of opportunity
and education for others.
A total of 295 students graduated in the May 14 and 15
ceremonies on both campuses. V.I. Governor Charles Tumbull
told the graduates to challenge themselves. When you step for-
ward and challenge things, your life becomes purposeful, the
Chief Executive said.
"Today you have completed a significant journey, but there
are otherjourneys you must undertake. It is through learning that
Summer Institute Continued
the world," Rogers said, noting that tourism is one of the largest
industries in the region. Meanwhile, China is investing billions of
dollars in companies in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Cuba. The
China-Panama Canal Treaty already allows China free access
to the Panama Canal for fifty years, Rogers said. Additionally,
several Caribbean countries have severed diplomatic ties with
Taiwan and have created ties with China. And many others have
entered into contracts with the Chinese government worth bil-
lions of dollars.
"It's interesting to know that the runways of Beijing's airport
were built with asphalt from Trinidad," Rogers said. He said that
China's diplomatic relationship with nations of the region is cre-
ating a sort of "third-world allegiance."
He encouraged students to "grasp liat thli country (China)
we as a society will overcome challenges that we will confront,"
Gov. Tumbull said. The Governor also encouraged the gradu-
ates to represent UVI well. "Where ever you go, when it is
appropriate, always give accolades to your alma mater the Uni-
versity of the Virgin Islands."
Even the graduates realize the great responsibilities they have
since earning degrees. "Your degrees are not just meant to be
framed and placed on walls as a showcase," said Khalilah Gor-
don, St. Thomas campus class speaker. "We have the keys to
making the future of the Virgin Islands a better one."
is, notjust where it is."
Rogers, the deputy director ofAnguilla's Financial Services
Commission, is an alum of the 1995 Summer Institute. The an-
nual institute held on UVI's St. Thomas campus aims to prepare
universityjuniors, seniors and first-year graduates for global lead-
ership roles. The two-week residency program includes a series
of lectures, workshops, round table discussions and forums for
student leaders at institutions in the Dutch, French, English and
Spanish speaking Caribbean, the United States and Europe.
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