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September 25, 2009 vol xv, number 9
Alumni Phonathon Raises Pledaes & Awareness
T TVI alumni pledged more than -
S$32,000 to their alma mater dur-
ing an Alumni Phonathon held Aug.
24-27, at the St. Thomas campus'
Eastern Caribbean Center call center.
Each evening 12 volunteers placed s
calls to alumni throughout the Ca-
ribbean and the United States, asking
each to update their contact informa- From left: UVI Trs
tion and make a contribution to UVI's rector ofAlumniAff
annual fund. The $32,000 in pledges Linda Smith and Di
exceeded the goal of $25,000 by 24 Fahieatthe 2009 A
percent, said Linda I. Smith, UVI's di-
rector of annual giving and alumni affairs.
"I am ecstatic and humbled by the results," Smith
said. Smith was especially humbled because the phona-
thon took a different approach than those held in pre-
vious years. This year's outreach was geared specifically
to many alumni whom had never given a gift to UVI. It
was an opportunity for UVI to uncover areas of discon-
nect between UVI and some alumni, and to identify steps
the institution can make towards addressing challenges,
Smith said. "Direct conversations resulted in alumni
sharing their UVI experiences, giving recommendations
on how UVI can continue to provide academic opportu-
nities for the community and its stakeholders, and show-
ing their willingness to reconnect with their alma mater,"
The phonathon also increased the UVI alumni giving
rate, a trend that Smith hopes to grow. "Not only am I
an alumna, I'm also a donor," Smith said. "I invite other
alumni who have yet to become do-
nors to do so, because we really need
your involvement." Through contri-
butions from UVI alumni and other
supporters, UVI was able to provide
$150,000 to students during the
2 008-2 009 academic year.
An average of 19 volunteers per
e Deanna Rogers, Di- night placed calls, processed pledges
rs andAnnual Giving and updated alumni records. Almost
abase Specialist Peggy 2,000 calls were made over the four
mniPhonathon. nights. Smith continues to receive
calls from alumni making addition-
al pledges. "Some alumni have already honored their
pledges or are in the process of doing so," Smith said.
"I invite alumni who have made pledges to honor their
commitment by Dec. 18," she added, noting that friendly
reminders will be made from now until December. "Ev-
ery dollar contributed is 100 percent tax deductible."
Prizes were given to the three volunteer callers who
received the highest dollar amount in pledges. Addition-
ally, all volunteers received a token.
For more information contact Smith at (340)-692-
4023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Photoaraoherin Trainina I
VI Daily News Photog-
rapher Cristian Simescu
explains the inner work-
ings of a camera to UVI
senior Nicole Orr Several
students on the St. Croix
campus attended a pho-
tography training session
on Sept. 23. Orr and oth-
ers :rill take pictures at
St. Croix campus events
to share with the UVI
and wider communities.
Simescu volunteered his
time for the training.
Renovations Provide Classrooms
Vacated of- UVI student and St. Kitts and
fices in the Nevis national John J. Gumbs
St. Thomas displays his national pride at
campus the UVI St. Kitts and Nevis
Classroom : Association's celebration of the
Administra- country's independence. Gumbs
tion Build- was dressed in a headscarf and
ing were .. shirt bearing the colors and
renovated symbols of the country's flag, as
this summer he held the country's national
and turned crop sugarcane. The associa-
into class- tion sponsored the event in the
rooms by St. Thomas campus' Dining PRwilli,,. on Sep
UVI's Physical Plant staff. Above, CA 302 received a new foundation national food prepared by the cafeteria staf3
and flooring to accommodate its new carpet and seating.A new acoustical featured items bearing the country'sfliag anda
ceiling was also i,.vlr,'led, along with blinds and other finishes.
UVI Public Relations Office Seeks Experts and Models
T he University of the Virgin Islands Public Relations
Office is in the process of creating a UVI experts list.
The main purpose of the database is to provide reporters
with a resource for finding experts to quote when they are
working on news stories related to a variety of topics. It
may also be used by researchers seeking information on
specific topics. Most universities have some form of an
In the effort to create this list, faculty members, ad-
ministrators and staff who consider themselves experts
in particular fields are asked to access and complete the
sign-up form available from the Inside UVI section of the
UVI website: www.uvi.edu. For more information call
the Public Relations Office at 693-1056 or send email to
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UVI Public Relations Office is also seeking stu-
dent models for an October photography shoot. Male and
female students who have always wanted to be models are
encouraged to take part in this volunteer opportunity.
The pictures will be used in UVI publications, advertise-
ments and other forms of marketing for the University.
At least 10 students are needed for daytime modeling
assignments on the St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses.
Audition head shots and photography release forms can
be obtained by visiting the UVI Public Relations Office
on the St. Thomas campus (ACC Building room #229)
weekdays between the hours of noon and 3 p.m.
St. Croix campus students should call the Public Re-
lations Office at 693-1059 to arrange for head shots to be
taken. For more information, call 693-1059.
PA:te4: UVI is a production of the UVI Public Rela-
tions Office. Contact us by telephone at 340-693-1056 or by
fax at 340-693-1055.
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