May 30, 2007, vol xiii, number 5
Graduates Reminded to be Thankful
The message at commence-
ment was one of thanksgiving.
Guest speaker Dr. ThelmaThomp-
son began her speech atthe St. Tho-
mas campus commencement by
asking the almost 300 graduates to
repeat "I thank you today and will
always thank you, UVI."
Dr. Thompson, president of the
University of Maryland Eastern
Shore, said that in today's electronic
age people often forget to say thank Graduates at the St. Thom
you. "No one achieves anything by Ceremony turn their tassl
himself or herself. Always there is conferred.
another helping," Dr. Thompson
said, reminding the graduates to thank those who have sup-
ported them throughout the years.
"Let us focus on what we have," Dr. Thompson said,
listing the superior qualities of UVI. She encouraged the gradu-
ates to take with them the ideals of
UVI. "Today you receive the UVI
stamp of approval. Be sure to value
it." She gave the graduates a
charge to focus on solutions to prob-
lems. "As you take your place in
this world, there is unfinished work
to do," she said citing world hun-
ger, health disparities and diseases.
But while she encouraged the
graduates to go on to conquer the
s campus Commencement world, they should be true to them-
s after their degrees were selves, said Thompson, who also
spoke at the St. Croix campus cer-
emony. "Despite the hard work that
lies ahead of you, it's important that you laugh, that you smile."
UVI awarded a total of 324 degrees at ceremonies held
in May, 199 on the St. Thomas campus and 125 on the St.
A UVI student, left, per-
forms with the UVI Car-
nival Troupe in the
Adult's Parade. The
troupe won third place
in the 'Troupe 50 to
100" category. The
troupe depicted UVI7'
theme "45 years of
Ipiolm,,, the Path to
Discovery" by depict-
ing various forms of
flames andfire. UVI S 4-
H Troupe won the Jun-
ior King of the Band
and Junior Queen of
the Band titles.
Fhoto by Dale Morton
Employees of the Year
I Selected at
It was a double celebration for Muriel "Pc_',\ Smith at
UVI's Service Awards on April 18. She came expecting to be
recognized, among others, for her 10 years of service to the
See Service Awards on next page
May 30 Grant Writing Seminar STT
June 2 Alumni Breakfast STT
June8-9 Healthcare Conference STT
June 9 Tempo Concert STT
June 22 Summer Session II Begins STT/STX
Top Student Employees Recognized at Ceremonies
Most of their work is concentrated in
the classroom, labs, library and computer
labs, but dozens of University of the Vir-
gin Islands students also work in offices
as student employees. Those employees I
were recognized for their service at Stu-
dent Employee Award Ceremonies on D..., iti,,,,6..,,/
both campuses in April.
"When my student employee does not show up or is un-
able to come to work there is a big void in my office," said Dr.
Doris Battiste, associate campus executive administrator on
St. Thomas. She told students that their contributions are valu-
able and urged them to continue their exemplary work.
The ceremony's highlight was the announcement of the
Student Employee of the Year, which was kept secret until
that point. Senior communications major Diane Francis, who
works with the marketing manager at the Reichhold Center
for the Arts, was named Student Employee of the Year for
the St. Thomas campus.
"I'm so excited for Diane because it's deserving for her,"
Said Francis' supervisor and Reichhold's
Marketing Manager Karen Gutloff. "If
I'm not there, we know the Reichhold
Center is OK because Diane is there,"
Gutloff added. "I don't know what I'm
going to do when she graduates."
Diane Francis On UVI's St. Croix campus sopho-
more biology maj or Donella Shillingford won the title of Stu-
dent Employee of the Year. She has been a student worker in
Academic Services for a year and a half. According to her
work history, Shillingford has proven to be reliable, coming in
to work on short notice. "She is a self starter who needs little
supervision, able to work under pressure without being over-
whelmed, a professional who deals with various types of situ-
ations," the document states.
Also distributed on the St. Thomas campus were the
"Lighter Side Awards" which recognized students' punctual-
ity, initiative, creativity, reliability and other attributes with
awards like the "Early Bird," "Out on a Limb," "Out of the
Box," and "I Can Count on You."
Service Awards Contiued
University. But she was also named Employee of the Year for
UVI's St. Thomas campus. Nominated and selected by peers,
the winners of Employee of the Year are kept secret until the
Service Awards. On the St. Croix campus Kenneth "Olasee"
Davis won the Employee of the Year honor at the April 17
Employees of the Year are selected based on their ability
to perform beyond the call of duty, exemplifying professional-
ism and dedication to excellent service, demonstrating sup-
port of activities of the department and/or UVI, being a team
player and developing an original idea that positively affects
Davis is an extension specialist at the Cooperative Exten-
sion Service. Smith is UVI's director of accounting.
The Annual UVI Service Awards recognize retirees and
employees in five-year increments for their years of service.
A total of 131 employees were recognized at the ceremonies.
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