April 19, 2007, volxiii, number 4
UVI communications student Lorna Jno-Lewis
edits digital video while Fernando Bryan, a jun-
ior at All Saints Cathedral School, looks on.
SOS Brings Hundreds to UVI
Inspired by the hit medical television drama series "House,"
Darren Maharaj wants to become a nurse. The Ivanna Eudora
Kean High School senior was not intimidated being the only male
among 20 or so other females at a Rap Session for potential
nursing majors at the University of the Virgin Islands.
"I'm the type of person that likes to be on my feet, so nurs-
ing has a special interest," he said. "Plus they're going to need
more male nurses anyway," Maharaj reasoned. In the mean-
while he is taking as many science classes as possible, to pre-
pare him for a career in nursing or possibly physical therapy.
SOS continued on next page
Sea Turtle Expert at UVI
Helps Rescue Hawksbill
Within the first month on the job,
Kemit-Amon Lewis got to do exactly
what he studied at Savannah State Uni-
versity. A Marine Advisor at the Uni-
versity of the Virgin Islands, he was
the first sea turtle biologist called when
a hawksbill turtle was found injured off
the coast of St. Croix. The turtle, which
Kemit-Amon Lewis had been hit by a boat, had injuries that
prevented it from diving for food. Its
left front flipper was almost amputated and its upper shell had
deep propeller wounds. After being rescued, with the help of
Sea Turtle continued on next page
Maloney Crowned Miss UVI
University ofthe Virgin
Islands business administra-
tion major Sharifa Maloney
was crowned Miss UVI at
the Ambassadorial Pageant
held March 24, at UVI's
-Reichhold Center for the
Maloney raked in the
awards, winning the titles of
SSpeaker, Best Ambassado-
rial Presentation, Best Tal-
Miss UVI Sharifa Maloney ent and Best Evening Wear.
A student on UVI's St. Tho-
mas campus, she hails from Trinidad and Tobago.
Janeisha John, who is enrolled on UVI's St. Croix cam-
pus, was named first runner-up. The other competitors for
the title were Zahra Spencer who won the Miss Popularity
and Miss Congeniality titles and Shamika Thomas who won
the Most Photogenic title. The pageant was sponsored by the
UVI Student Government Association.
Maloney will represent UVI at various functions during
her reign and receive a full tuition and room and board for one
academic year. She will also participate in the UVI Carnival
April 19 Law Fair STX
April 19 Employee Health Screening STT
April 20 Down at the Corner STX
April 22 Student AcademicAwards STT
April 22 2007 Class Meeting STX
April 22 Student Music Recital STT
April 27 Carnival Children's Parade STT
April 28 Carnival Adult's Parade STT
May 12 Ailey II at Reichhold Center STT
May 14 Commencement STT
May 15 Commencement STX
Maharaj was one of 400 high school students at UVI for the
Shadow Our Students (SOS) Program, a student driven recruit-
ment initiative held March 28 on both campuses. Amajor part of
the day-long activity was the shadow program where each
high school student attended class with a UVI student pursuing
the major of interest to the high school student.
In Dr. Alex Randall's Advance Broadcast class, the 10 or so
high school students got to see UVI students edit digital video
using Adobe Premier Pro software. "This is a revolutionary field,"
Dr. Randall said. "A lot of things going on in communications
change day by day as new technology is created." UVI is mak-
ing those new technologies available to its students, he said.
Linked via videoconferencing technology to the St. Thomas
classroom were the students on the St. Croix campus. Dr. Robin
Stems, a communications professor on St. Croix, joined them.
"We're really excited in communications and broadcast at
UVI," Dr. Stems said. "Students are going to be able to gradu-
Sea Turtle Continued
Lewis and other local experts, the turtle was taken to Coral
World to recuperate. Given the name Zada, the turtle was
released from Coral World and returned to the shores of St.
Croix on March 28.
When he isn't out rescuing sea turtles, Lewis focuses on
disseminating information about the territory's marine envi-
ronment to the community in his position at UVI. He is cur-
rently working on a "Respect Your Elders" coral preservation
campaign. But the Central High School class of 2000 gradu-
ate is also on a personal campaign to get more students in the
Virgin Islands interested in careers in marine biology. He hopes
his work will pique the curiosity of students "just so they know
it is an option. Local people can and do study marine biology."
It was a summer job at the Department of Planning and
Natural Resources Division of Fish and Wildlife that prompted
Lewis to focus his marine biology studies at Savannah State
ate from UVI and walk into CNN in Atlanta and say 'hire me, I
already know how to use the stuff you all use."'
Shaheeda Rickson, a junior at All Saints Cathedral School,
said she wants to pursue a career in travel journalism, but attend-
ing the Advance Broadcast class got her thinking about video
The SOS Program ended with a brief lecture by motiva-
tional speaker Tobias Brown. Brown, an honor graduate of Cen-
tral State University, explained how he went from having a 1.2
cumulative grade point average to graduating in the top one per-
cent of his class. His approach was to find out why the same
people keep coming in top of the class each time. He came up
with five points to follow: prioritize, set goals, communicate with
professors, chart your own progress and exercise the discipline
of time management.
Organizers of the SOS Program, including the Student Gov-
ernment Associations, touted it as a resounding success.
on sea turtles. When he saw six-foot leatherback turtles visit
Sandy Point on St. Croix to lay eggs, he pursued the animals
as a point of study, writing one thesis on "Sea Turtle Interac-
tion with Commercial Fishing Gear," and another on "Abun-
dance, Distribution and Condition of Green Sea Turtles Around
St. Croix and St. Thomas."
Lewis earned both Bachelor and Master of Science de-
grees in marine biology from Savannah State and attended a
2004 Sea Turtle Symposium in Costa Rica. Also an advance
scuba diver, Lewis hopes his story will help inspire others to a
career in marine biology
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