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August 28, 2009 vol xv, number 8
UVI is Formally Introduced to New President
W ile new UVI students were transi
tioning into college life, UVI was also
transitioning into a new era of leadership. On
the first day of orientation for new students,
new UVI President Dr. David Hall was for-
mally introduced to the UVI community in
ceremonies on the St. Thomas and St. Croix
campuses. Dr. Hall, UVI's fifth president, and
his family, were formally introduced to the
University on Aug. 10. Dr L
Dr. Hall said he was honored to be select- fifth p
ed as president of UVI. "The greatest asset of troduc
an institution is its people, and I have been ex- St. Cr(
tremely impressed by the quality and authen-
ticity of the people I have met at UVI," Dr. Hall said.
Dr. Hall noted UVI's "special and wor-
thy" mission in higher education, being the
only institution of higher learning in the terri-
tory. It is important that UVI meet students'
educational needs in an excellent manner, he
said. "Excellence cannot be a luxury for us; it
must be our unyielding mandate." But UVI
can become more than excellent, it can be-
come great, Dr. Hall added.
'i/, UVI's "Excellence means that we consistently
t, gives in- achieve and maintain the highest standards
marks on the of our profession. But greatness suggests that
Mpus. we have become the envy of other institutions
throughout the world because of our 'distinc-
tive impact,'" he said.
Orientation Activities Welcome Students to UVI
K aDesha Grant sat quietly at the last table at the back
X f the Sports and Fitness Center for the Orientation
Opening Ceremony on the St. Thomas campus on Aug.
11. She listened intently to the presentations but inter-
acted very little. "I'm nervous," the freshman said, citing
the new environment and new people. "Hopefully I'll
overcome it," Grant said, as she got up to play the "Get-
ting Connected Student Bingo" offered by the Counsel-
ing and Placement Office.
The nervousness that Grant experienced is often re-
ferred to as freshman jitters and is one of the emotions that
new freshmen commonly experience. Orientation week
activities on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses were
designed to curb just that as UVI officials welcomed
students to the campuses, acquainted students with rules
and regulations of the University, and allowed students to
explore the campuses and network among themselves.
New UVI President Dr. David Hall welcomed stu-
dents to the University. "I will forever have a special bond
with each of you because we are starting this journey to-
gether," Dr. Hall said at the St. Thomas campus event.
"I want to do whatever I can to make sure you and I are
successful in this journey."
Dr. Hall spoke to the new students about leadership.
"You are doing more today than just entering college," he
said. He told the students they are entering into a cov-
enant with their parents, the University and those around
them to excel. Leaders, he said, are not born but are
fashioned by the choices they make and the values they
embrace going against the grain and never settling for
"good enough." "You can choose to become a college stu-
dent," he said. "Or you can choose to become a leader. I
need each of you to pledge this day to become a leader."
Dr. Hall told the 221 students at the event that he
expects to see each of them again, in the same place, a
See Orientation on next page
Alumni of Honor
Left to right: Donnie Dorsett, Jean Forde, Terence Thomas, Winston
Smith and Dr Henry Smith were honored at the Annual Alumni
Recognition Breakfast hosted by the St. Thomas/St. John Chapter of
the UVIAlumni Association on Azg. 8.
few years from now. "I want to have the honor of handing
each of you your degree," he said. "When I look into your
eyes I see the future. You are the best investment we have
if we want this world to change," he said. Dr. Hall told the
students he expects to see them in the days and years to
come. "The place I really want to see you again is at your
The day's events began with a breakfast with the pres-
ident and included remarks from Associate Campus Ad-
ministrator Dr. Doris Battiste, St. Thomas campus Stu-
dent Government Association President Jaedee Caines
and Acting Campus Executive Administrator LilyMae
At the Official Welcome on the St. Croix campus on
Aug. 10, speakers included Provost Dr. Al Hassan Musah,
Acting Campus Executive Administrator Nereida Wash-
ington, Student Government PresidentJessica Taylor and
Miss UVI Carice Glasgow. Professor Ricardo Caldwell
was the session's motivational speaker.
The St. Croix campus also hosted the "UVI Alum-
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ni Giveback," a unique part of orientation where invit-
ed UVI alumni shared their experiences with incoming
freshmen. Featured alumni were Col. Caroline Adams,
Campbell Barnes, Sen. Louis Patrick Hill, Lydia Logie
Moolenaar, Gary Moore, Carmelo Rivera, Sen. Samuel
Sanes and Wendy Wheeler.
Rivera's presentation included pictures of the his-
toric visits of Shirley Chisholm and Thurgood Marshall
to UVI in the 1960s and 1970s. Chisholm was the first
African American woman elected to the US Congress and
the first woman candidate for the democratic nomination
for presidency of the United States. Marshall was the first
African American Supreme Court Justice. He helped to
end legal segregation in the United States.
According to UVI Director of Annual Giving and
Alumni Affairs Linda Smith, the event, held on Aug. 13,
was a resounding success. Classes on both campuses be-
gan on Aug. 17.
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