SPECIALIZING IN FUTURES
March 31, 2010 volxvi, number 3
UVI Installs its 5th President
UVI President Dr David
Hill recieves the presi-
dential vestments and
nie',l.ii,,' from Board of
Trustees ( i/ .. ,-' -Alex-
ander A. Moorhead, left,
at Dr Hill's Presidential
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his place at t
t rained as new University of the Virgin Islands Presi-
dent Dr. David Hall and his platform guests marched
into the Reichhold Center for Arts at 6 p.m. on March
6, for Dr. Hall's official installation ceremony. It rained
throughout the ceremony. And it rained as the procession
made its way out of the amphitheater when the ceremony
was over. But an exhilarating sensation seemed to enve-
lope everyone in attendance, despite the weather.
In a moving speech Dr. Hall solidified his commit-
ment to the theme of his presidency, "The Quest for
Greatness." "Since the start of my presidency I have asked
the University of the Virgin Islands to dream with me; to
set our sights on something that transcends our present
reality and limitations," Dr. Hall said. "There are those
who do not expect the University of the Virgin Islands
to be a leader in educational innovation and excellence.
They are impressed with our beautiful location, our san-
dy beaches, our warm weather and turquoise waters," he
said. "But I am here to declare that there is more to this
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University than the world might think, and our calling to
greatness is within our reach."
Dr. Hall described a holistic approach to improving
the University and the territory. "Our quest for greatness
demands that we build on our existing areas of excellence,
and add new academic programs that this economy and
marketplace desperately need," he said. He noted the pos-
sibility of UVI building a world class program in hotel
management, using the Aquaponics program at UVI's Ag-
ricultural Experiment Station to transform food produc-
tion in the territory, and offering research programs to all
With a focus on students, Dr. Hall said the Univer-
sity must do everything to ensure that students succeed
and graduate. "Greatness allows us to see the potential
in every student that enters this University and equips us
to extract from them the genius that lies buried within
them," Dr. Hall said. "We do not inspire our students by
accepting mediocrity. We inspire them by creating high
standards and assisting them in their quest to meet those
The momentous occasion was marked with a toe-tap-
ping musical selection by the Eddie Russell Quelbe Jazz
Band joined by Northeastern University Professor Dr.
Leonard Brown on the soprano saxophone, a standing-
ovation receiving rendition by soloist Lorna Freeman-
Dennis, and the original poem "Emergence: Brotherman
Becomes a President" by Chicago State University Pro-
fessor Haki Madhubuti.
Salutations were given by representatives from each
UVI stakeholder group student, faculty, staff and alumni.
UVI Celebrates Its Charter and Former Trustees
A s the University of the Vir-
gin Islands celebrated its
48th birthday with a Charter Day
ceremony, it also said goodbye to
several members of its Board of
Trustees. In a Charter Day cer-
emony held simultaneously on
both campuses on March 16,
speakers lauded the people who
had the vision 48 years ago to
found the then College of the Forer UVI Board ofTrus
Virgin Islands and the people the ( ,, ., Day Ceremon
who have served. are Junita M. Woods, Roy
"I believe that this is a sacred drey L. Thomas. Dr Ber
day," UVI President Dr. David Auguste E. Rimpel, J, w,
Hall said in his remarks. The not present for the event.
chartering of the University ful-
filled many dreams and signaled a time when Virgin Is-
landers could walk tall and proud to be educated in their
own territory, Dr. Hall said. The founding fathers had the
vision and the faith to charter a college, although at the
time no land or buildings had been identified. "This day
is its legal birth and without it, nothing else would have
occurred," Dr. Hall said. "Dreams are the fuel for trans-
forming reality," he said.
Former UVI Trustees Roy D. Jackson, Sr., Dr. Ber-
nard H. Paiewonsky, Dr. Auguste E. Rimpel, Jr., Hon.
Audrey L. Thomas and Juanita M. Woods were honored
for their years of service to the university. Dr. Rimpel
served on the Board the longest,
16 years, eleven of those years as
the Board's chairman. Paiewon-
sky served on the Board for 13
years. Jackson served on the
Board for 12 years. Woods and
Thomas served on the Board for
Sg six and five years, respectively.
Dr. Paiewonsky and Dr. Rimpel,
who both live on the mainland,
ees members were honored at were not present at the ceremo-
Picturedfrom left to right ny.
). Jackson, Sr. and Hon. Au- In heart-warming remarks
rd H. Paiewonsky and Dr Dr. Hall spoke of the effect each
live on the mainland were departing trustee had on him,
noting professional and person-
al encounters. "That is what makes this board so special,"
Dr. Hall said. "They are people first and trustees second."
He noted that each of them had certain expertise that
they gave freely to the University. "I have deep respect
for them all," Dr. Hall said. "What I know for sure is that
though they are no longer on the Board, they will forever
be in our hearts and UVI will be in theirs."
Current Board of Trustees Chairman Alexander A.
Moorhead seemed lost for words as he spoke of the for-
mer trustees. "They will be missed," he said, before of-
ficially honoring them.
The program included remarks from UVI freshmen
and a music selection.
Hundreds Brave the Rain to Attend Afternoon on the Green
A although rain was forecast for the same .- .... mezzanine hosted the academic displays.
weekend of Afternoon on the Green, B The first-ever Grill Off competition
organizers thought nothing of the threat. In Hr:. *, took place under tents in the Sports and Fit-
the event's 20 year history it had never been "" ness Center parking lot. During the event
rained out. When all-day rain the day before graduate student Rick Grant was named
the event continued into Sunday, March 7, Student Volunteer of the Year and Clarence
organizers became concerned. Nibbs was named Community Volunteer of
Through quick thinking by committee the year. Brothers With a Cause, the Uni-
members, hard work by UVI staff and unwav- versity's recent initiative to attract and retain
ering support from the community, the event more male students, made its first public ap-
was moved from the Herman E. Moore Golf pearance.
Course, where it has traditionally been held, (i Ferris serves up home- As planned, entertainment was provided
to the Sports and Fitness Center. Though the made icecream at Afternoon by Spectrum Band, the Caribbean Ritual
location changed, the event maintained its on the Green, held on March Dancers, the Mungo Niles Cultural Danc-
history of never being cancelled in 21 years. 7, on St. Thomas. ers, the Becca Darling Band and violin duet
Hundreds braved the rain and wind to Sweet Strings.
attend. Tables laden with food of all sorts filled the floor For a list of winners for the food competition, visit the
of the Sports and Fitness Center, while the east mezzanine UVI website at www.uvi.edu.
was transformed into the Children's Corner and the west
Dr. Perry Creates a Stir at Heath Lecture Series
D r. Steve Perry promised to "step on
some toes" when he spoke to a crowd
of students, teachers, parents and administra-
tors at the University of the Virgin Islands,
and that he did. The renowned author and
educator was the featured speaker of the Al-
fred O. Heath Distinguished Lecture Series
held on March 18, at the Reichhold Center
for the Arts.
His speech, based on his latest book,
"Raggedy Schools the Untold Truth," was
received with applause, nods of acknowl- theAlOed 0.
edgement and an occasional amen. Dr. Perry guished Lect
said he has a beautiful job of watching his
students succeed at Capital Preparatory Magnet School
in Hartford, Conn., where he is the founder and princi-
pal. "Every single body who stands in the way of success
is my enemy," he said, an attitude, he added, that should
be embodied by parents and educators.
Dr. Perry said the only way things are going to change
for the better, is if the community has an honest conversa-
tion. "If you don't like the way your kids look down here
in St. Thomas, look at yourself," he said. "If you think
they are unruly, where do you think they got that from?"
The session got touchy when Dr. Perry pointed a fin-
ger at teachers, saying that there are too many teachers
who are not really teaching. Bad teachers need to be root-
ed out, failing schools need to be closed down and parents
must insist that their children receive a quality education,
he said. "Have we created schools that will prepare stu-
dents for college, that will prepare students for a career,"
"When you are collectively bargaining you're not
doing it on behalf of the children, but on behalf of the
adults," Dr. Perry said. "Say what you want about the
parents, but you can't talk about them unless you talk
about yourselves," he said referring to union
members. "If you say things like 'Friday is
the best day of the week,' this Monday stay
your behind home... If you say things like
'this school is better without the kids,' this
Monday stay your behind home."
Teachers, Dr. Perry said, must genu-
inely love working with children. Dr. Perry
compared good teachers to "someone who
just found the Lord" and always has a tes-
timony. "You can't be a good teacher if you
th sptis a don't teach everybody who is in your way,"
e Series he said. Dr. Perry asked teachers to look into
the faces of their students and honestly ask
themselves if they are doing their best.
During the question and answer session a teacher
defended teachers in light of Dr. Perry's accusations. Dr.
Perry asked her if she knows of teachers who should not
be teaching. When she answered "yes," Dr. Perry asked
her if she had done anything about it. When she answered
"no," Dr. Perry called her a "co-conspirator" to students'
In an attempt to hold everyone accountable, Dr. Perry
didn't stop with the teachers. He said parents need to kick
out the grown men "you call your sons" who still live at
home. "Mamas boys create baby mamas," Dr. Perry said,
"they do things and leave a mess behind for someone else
to clean up."
Overall Perry's speech was one of accountability ac-
countability to the children. "We have to begin to tell our
children they can live differently," Dr. Perry said. "I need
the young people to see themselves not where they are
today, but where they want to be," he said. "I need you to
see yourself beyond what anyone can ever believe."
"Every single one of us can do something. Every single
one of us can do more," Dr. Perry said.
UVI Does Away with Divisions. Adoots Colleaes and Schools
Keeping in line with other universities, the University
of the Virgin Islands has renamed its academic divi-
sions to schools and colleges. The Division of Business
has been renamed the School of Business, the Division of
Education has been renamed the School of Education, the
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences has been re-
named the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the
Division of Science and Mathematics has been renamed
the College of Science and Mathematics, and the Division
of Nursing has been renamed the School of Nursing.
UVI President David Hall said the naming proposal,
which was initially generated to assist the Business Divi-
sion with its accreditation process, was expanded follow-
ing a study conducted by the academic deans. The study
revealed that the University was not in line with other
"It is clear that the proper designation, or the most
common designation ... is that of a college or school,"
Dr. Hall said. He added that the label of school or college
conveys a more serious message that the University of
the Virgin Islands is competitive with its peers.
The name change was approved by the UVI Board
of Trustees at its March 13, meeting on the St. Thomas
St. Croix De/eaation Wins
The Third Annual Model United Nations Competition was
held on March 18, on the University of the Virgin Islands St.
Thomas campus. Members of the winning team from the St.
Croix campus, pictured from left, are Miguelina Valdes, Nikki
R. Lucas, Carlinthia Cox who won the "Best Responses" award,
lent Dr. David H.ll poses with his family, and Preston Miller who won the "Best Presentation" and "Best
daughters Sakile and Kiamsha, and wife Paper" awards. Students from the St. Croix campus acted as a
't a Government House reception on St. Chinese delegation while St. Thomas campus students acted as a
he reception was one of the many activities Russian delegation. Topics of presentation induced Child Traf-
the Virgin Islands surrounding the inaugu- picking, Ending Rural Poverty, Air Plliiint,,., Drug Trafficking,
r Hill as UVI's fifth president. HIV/AIDS, and Environmental Hazards.
UVI Offers New Degree: Master of Psychology
T he University of the Virgin Islands has established a
Master of Arts in Psychology with a concentration
in Counseling. The new degree program is designed to
provide students with the necessary academic knowledge
base, problem solving skills, and experiential opportu-
nities needed to work in a variety of social services and
The program is grounded in the standards of the
American Psychological Association and the Association
of Virgin Islands Psychologists. It will prepare practitio-
ners to provide mental health counseling services to chil-
dren, adolescents and families in the territory and beyond.
The two-year program will enroll 30 students in the first
year (15 on St. Thomas and 15 on St. Croix) beginning
with the Fall 2010 semester.
The Master of Arts in Psychology was approved by
the UVI Board of Trustees at its March 13, meeting on
the St. Thomas campus.
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