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July 18, 2006, vol xii, number 7
Puerto Rico Students 'Immerse' in VI Culture
Most students look forward to
the end of a semester. But as 11
students ended their summer ses-
sion at UVI they were all sad and
teary-eyed. The students were par-
ticipants in an English immersion
program on UVI's St. Thomas
Through a memorandum of un-
derstanding between UVI and the
University ofTurabo in Puerto Rico,
the students spent six weeks at
UVI immersing themselves in the U o T
University of Turabo stuck
language and culture of the Virgin glsh immersion program
Islands. All ingoing freshmen at the Mary Jo Caruso, far left, a
University of Turabo, the courses ter on their final day of cl
at UVI were their first at univer-
sity level. They will start college at the University ofTurabo
in the fall.
After presenting their final project in the Intercultural Com-
munications class, taught by Dr. Beverly Jensen, the students
spoke about what they learned over the six weeks.
"I think I am more fluent in English now," said Antonio
Rodriquez. But becoming fluent was just one of the benefits
of the program.
"When we came here we were all lost because we're
from different places and we didn't know each other," said
Eimylin Achang. From different high schools throughout Puerto
Rico, the students were selected by
their counselors at the University of
Turabo to participate in the program.
For many it was the first time being
away from their parents. Together
they learned a new language and a
Everyone came in at a differ-
S ent level, explained Humanities Pro-
fessor Mary Jo Caruso, who taught
the English as a Second Language
(ESL) course. "I try to teach them
the grammar that Americans use,"
nt participants in an En- .
Ppose with Pessos Prof. Caruso said at their last class
UVIpose with Professors
dDr BeverlyJensen, cen- on July 7. Along with the ESL and
ss. Intercultural Communications
courses they also took a Virgin Is-
lands Culture course, taught by Prof. Gene Emanuel. Outside
of the classroom the students went to Coki Point Beach, Tutu
Park Mall and St. John's July 4h Festival, among other places.
"You're in a new country, with a new language and a
new culture," Dr. Jensen said in their final class. "You had a
lot of things coming at you and you succeeded."
Plans are being made for UVI students to attend a Span-
ish immersion program at the University ofTurabo, said UVI's
Vice Provost for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Angela
McGhee, who orchestrated the agreement.
Mango Melee and More ...
Participants challenge each other in the mango .. ,, contest at
the Mango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival held on July 2 at the
St. George Botanical Garden on St. Croix. UVI Cooperative Ex-
tension Service andAgricultural Experiment Station are sponsors
of the event.
July20 CELL BusinessAfter Hours STX
July21 Constitution '08 Press Conference STT
July27 Science Programs Presentations STT
Washington Named to Leadership Post on St. Croix Campus
Nereida C. Washington has been
named Associate Campus Adminis-
trator for Operations for the Univer-
sity of the Virgin Islands' St. Croix
... campus. Dr. Monique Guillory, St.
SCroix campus executive administra-
t or, said the appointment was effec-
tive July 3.
Nereida Washington Washington, a 16-year UVI em-
ployee, has filled the operations posi-
tion in an acting capacity since September of 2005. Dr. Guillory
said she applauds Mrs. Washington's ongoing commitment to
the UVI community.
In the position, Washington will be involved in the design
and implementation of campus-based capital projects. She will
oversee the management of all business and facilities ser-
vices for the St. Croix campus, including the business office,
the campus bookstore, security, physical plant operations, fa-
cilities renovations, housekeeping and grounds operations, and
Washington is a native of St. Thomas and graduate of
Eudora Kean High School. She holds AA, BA and MBA de-
grees in business administration from UVI. She began her
UVI work career in 1989 as an administrative assistant. From
1999 to 2005 she worked as program coordinator/assistant to
the chancellor of the St. Croix campus. Washington is also a
part-time UVI instructor, most recently teaching classes in
Business Strategy and Freshman Development.
Washington sees her responsibility as providing a safe,
comfortable atmosphere in which students can excel in aca-
demics and employees and staff can provide the necessary
professional support. "We're the service department for the
institution," she said.
Washington is married to UVI Associate Professor of
Accounting Aubrey Washington, the current chair of UVI's
Business Division. They have three children.
Alumni Meet, Mingle and Network at Reception
Despite the inclement weather, the UVIAlumni Association chapter's importance, objectives and benefits, noting that the
St. Croix Chapter's recent cocktail reception was ajoyous event benefits of lifetime membership include a ten percent discount
filled with music, food, laughter, prizes and information. Alumni
from different generations gathered at the UVI St. Croix cam-
pus Cafetorium on June 28, to learn about the St. Croix Chapter
and the benefits of becoming a member.
Chapter President Marthious Clavier ('02), stated the
chapter's mission in his opening remarks, encouraging all alumni
to become active members. He also mentioned that several mem-
bers have volunteered their time to assist with the UVI Celebrity
Golf Classic and the Seasoned Alumni Program.
"The time, money and efforts of the St. Croix Chapter's
active members don't go unrewarded," chapter Vice-President
Nestor F. Ramon Jr. ('05), said in his remarks. He discussed the
on fuel prices at participating service stations, ten percent dis-
count on a pair of tickets for Reichhold Center sponsored events
and eligibility to apply for the UVI/VISA/FirstBank credit card.
The chapter is also in the process of establishing a scholarship
program for UVIjuniors and seniors, Ramon said.
The evening was topped off with door prizes and a 50/50
raffle. Entertainment was provided by UVI Alum Mark Jones.
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