March, 21 2007, volxiii, number 3
Speakers Look to the Future at Charter Day Ceremony
It is a simple phrase, but
it took UVI Professor
Emeritus Dr. Paul Leary
many years before he un-
derstood its magnitude. So I
on March 16, when the Uni-
versity of the Virgin Islands
celebrated it 45th charter UVI alumni stand and say the yet
anniversary, as keynote Day ceremony held on March 16.
speaker Dr. Leary summed
up UVI's accomplishments in that simple but powerful phrase-
"You did good man." That phrase, Dr. Leary said, means more
than wordy accolades. "We'll face the challenges. We'll meet
them as we've done in the past, and we'll move on," Dr. Leary
told the audiences gathered on the St. Thomas and St. Croix
campuses for the celebra-
UVI Alumna Priscilla
g Stridiron gave remarks at
the ceremony, thanking the
then College of the Virgin
Islands for many of the
'(s) they graduated at the Charter preparations and accom-
plishments it provided her
throughout her life. "From
the first day on campus I had no regrets," said Stridiron, who
graduated with an associate's degree in 1966, the school's sec-
ond graduating class. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in
Charter Day continued on next page
'Miss UVI' Promises to be a Show Like No Other
Janeisha John Sharifa Maloney Zahra Spencer Shamika Thoi
Organizers of the Miss UVI Ambassadorial Pageant say
this year's competition is going to be unlike any other. Sched-
uled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the Reichhold Cen-
ter for the Arts, the show will also serve as a 45th anniversary
student celebration complete with a red carpet.
The contestants are Janeisha John, Sharifa Maloney, Zahra
Spencer and Shamika Thomas. They will be judged in profes-
sional wear, evening wear, talent, question and answer, am-
bassadorial presentation and a pre-pageant personal interview.
Janeisha John is majoring in business administration
with a concentration in marketing. Originally from St.
Croix, her plans are to become a marketing consult-
ant in the entertainment and multimedia industry. John
is a member of Cruzan Dance Inc.
Sharifa Maloney is majoring in business administra-
tion with a concentration in accounting. Originally from
Trinidad and Tobago, Maloney plans to become an
auditor and entrepreneur. She is a member of UVI's
Rotaract Club and Accounting Association.
S* Zahra Spencer is majoring in business administration
with a concentration in marketing. Originally from St.
S Croix, Spencer plans to become a formidable entre-
S preneur with multiple Caribbean-based health spas
and natural health care products outlets. She is a UVI
7s Student Housing resident assistant, a Memorial
Moravian Church dance instructor and SGA Sports
SShamika Thomas is a biology major who plans to be-
come an orthodontist. Originally from St. Thomas,
she is a member of the UVI Debate Society, co-cap-
Miss UVI continued on next page
March 21 Intramural Basketball Playoffs STX
March 21 Health Fair STX
March 24 Miss UVI Pageant STT
March 31 Morgan Heritage at Reichhold STT
April 6 UVI Closed Good Friday
April 17 Service Awards STX
April 18 Service Awards STT
Charter Day Continued
Education in 1968, the first baccalaureate class. Stridiron said
UVI also holds a special place in her personal life she met her
husband on the school's St. Thomas campus.
"I did remember thinking about this goal Dr. Paiewonsky
had about setting up the University of the Virgin Islands," UVI
Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Auguste E. Rimpel, Jr., re-
flected at the ceremony. "I am very pleased to be standing here
today to see what evolved from that beginning." Dr. Rimpel paid
homage to presidents who set the course for the University. "I
am very positive that we didn't get here on a straight line," Dr.
Rimpel said. He pledged his dedication to "have UVI play the
important role it plays and should continue to play in the terri-
This year's ceremony included special presentations. Dr.
Sylvester McDonald, St. Thomas campus physician for 25 years,
received the first special presentation. The other reciepents were
economics professor Dr. Simon B. Jones-Hendrickson and the
members of the UVI Board of Trustees.
Miss UVI Continued
tain of the Cheerleading Squad, a peer mentor and a
member of the Concert Choir.
John attends the UVI St. Croix campus and the other
contestants attend UVI's St. Thomas campus.
The show will be followed by an after party at the UVI
Dining Pavilion. Music will be provided by DJ Pops. Staying
true to the glamour and glitz that will set the mood early in the
evening, the newly crowned Miss UVI and her court will be
transported via a limousine to the Dining Pavilion where they
will descend a red carpet to the after party. There the queen
will give a toast to UVI for its 45th anniversary and cut a
Tickets for the Miss UVI competition are $30 for the
covered section and $25 for uncovered. UVI students get a
$5 discount on tickets purchased from the UVI Bookstore.
Afternoon on the Green Committee (C I.i ii.,,,
Peggy Smith, far right, serves up freshly made ice
cream as Clint Ferris looks on. Ferris presented the
ice cream making demonstration at the 18th After-
noon on the Green held on March 4, on UVI s St. Tho-
mas campus Herman E. Moore Golf Course.
Tickets are available on St. Thomas at Modem Music (Nisky
and Havensight), Parrot Fish, the UVI Bookstore, Urban
Threadz, V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo and the Reichhold Center
Box Office; on St. Croix at Alliance Clothing, Urban Threadz
and the UVI Bookstore; on St. John at Connections. Ticket
price includes entry to the after party at the Dining Pavilion.
Entry to the After Party for non-ticket holders is $5 for UVI
students and $10 for the general public. For more informa-
tion call the St. Thomas campus Student Activities office at
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