April 25, 2006, volxii, number 4
April 25, 2006, vol xii, number 4
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The Community Rallies Together Against Violence
Outraged by the brutal killing of University of the Virgin
Islands junior Sherett James, the UVI family and the commu-
nity came together for a "Vigil for Nonviolence" on the St.
Thomas campus' Golf Course on April 12.
More than 150 people attended the event to speak out
against violence in the community. Described as "emotional"
and "moving," members of James' family, the families of other
homicide victims and victims themselves took turns speaking
at the event.
Andrea Hamm, St. Thomas campus Counseling and
Placement supervisor, who helped to organize the event, said
she was pleased with the community's response. She has asked
the UVI family to make suggestions of "where do we go
UVI Employees Recognized for 'Dedication' at Service Awards
Dedication it is Left, UVI
the very reason that so Janice Hen
many University of named St.
the Virgin Islands em- ployee of t
ployees have stayed Merrie Hee
at UVI, Lt. Gov. being name
Vargrave Richards pus employ
said at the St. Thomas
campus 32n" Annual Service Awards on April 20. "Dedica-
tion, commitment, passion these are all things we can't pay
for," he said. The keynote speaker at the ceremony that rec-
ognizes employees in five-year intervals, Lt. Gov. Richards
said that the employees are the "true building blocks" of UVI.
"I know how important it is to recognize individuals who
have done outstanding work," Lt. Gov. Richards said. "The
more involvement and appreciation we show is a direct corre-
lation with their input."
Dedication. The word was mentioned again as the em-
ployee of the year selection was made. Janice Henley, who
was recognized for her 25 years of service to UVI, was named
Employee of the Year. Henley sat in shock as her name was
called for the honor.
payroll Supervisor "The University of
ey reacts to being the Virgin Islands
'omas campus em- pays almost 700
Year. Right, Ann- people a month, and
rickson, reacts to f Janice is the person
the St. Croix cam- who is responsible to
of the year make sure everyone
gets paid and is
happy," said Henley's supervisor Vincent Samuel, the vice
president forAdministration and Finance. "There were times
when we didn't have electricity ... or even a place to sit, and
Service Awards continued on next page
April 28 Children's Parade STT
April 29 Adult's Parade STT
May 15 Commencement STT
May 16 Commencement STX
May 20 Parson's Dance Co. STT
'Indulgence' Woos the Crowd to Win Talent Show
There were only six contestants but
the talents were plenty at the UVI
"Apollo Style" Talent Show held on
March 31 on the St. Croix campus. All
kinds of talents were on display from
singing to instrumentals to dancing to a
martial arts performance.
In the end UVI sophomore Russell
Thomas, who goes by the stage name
Indulgence, won the contest. Thomas'
prize was $139.50, half of fees collected
at the door. The other half goes to-
wards the TJF School of the Month ini-
tiative. Thomas won with an a capella
Tionee Veira playing "Kiki Shepard" an-
nouncesRussell ii. il. ,,. ,.." Thomas as the
winner ofthe UVI "Apollo Style" Talent '/i. i i
rendition of "I Wanna Know" by R&B
The other performers were Will-
iam "Spike" Davis, Jael "Empress Jay"
Browne, Archie Corbitt III and Cap-
tain Garett "Big Easy" Bell. The dance
group 2 Hot 2 Handle was made up of
Ebony Odom, Evonette Nathaniel and
In true Apollo style there was a
"Kiki Sheppard" and a "Sand Man."
About 75 people attended the UVI Tom
Joyner Foundation Committee spon-
Service Awards Continued
St. Thomas campus Student Employee of the Year Jennifa
Mohammed is congratulated by her supervisor, Carlos Robles,
at the Student Employees Awards Ceremony held on April 21.
Candidates for the Student Employee of the Year award are
nominated by thier supervisors, then selected by a committee.
They are judged on reliability, initiative, quality of work, dis-
position and contribution to employer.
everyone at the University was paid." Walking to the podium,
still in obvious surprise at the honor, Henley thanked everyone
for their support. "In the Accounting Department we're truly
a family, which makes it easy," she said. "I'd like to say thank
you, thank you."
The St. Croix campus Employee of the Year is Ann-Merrie
Hendrickson, the administrative assistant for nursing, science
and mathematics. Her selection was announced at the St.
Croix campus Service Awards ceremony held on April 19.
Hendrickson was also recognized for her 20 years of service
UVI President Dr. LaVere E. Ragster was recognized
at both ceremonies for her 25 years of service to UVI.
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