SPECIALIZING IN FUTURES
August 27, 2010 vol xvi, number 8
UVI Welcomes the Class of 2014
M embers of the UVI Class of 2014 were welcomed
to the University's St. Thomas and St. Croix cam-
puses at a host of Fall 2010 Orientation activities August
15 through 20.
In addition to the official welcome session in the
Northwest Wing of the Great Hall, the St. Croix campus
hosted a Cultural Party, a Down on the Corner social and
an Alumni Give Back activity in the Student Center.
Speaking at a breakfast for new students in the Sports
and Fitness Center on St. Thomas, Associate Campus Ad-
ministrator for Student Affairs Dr. Doris Battiste assured
new students that UVI administrators "are here to guide
you, advise you and help you."
In his remarks, outgoing St. Thomas Vice President
of the UVI Student Government Association St. Clair
Hodge told new students to take part in the SGA elec-
tions that will be held in September.
UVI President Dr. David Hall called UVI a "wonder-
ful place" and said he is proud to be the fifth president of
the University. He implored students to "reflect deeply
upon this day," saying that "an authentic partnership of
success" now exists between new students and the Uni-
versity, wherein promises have been made and something
of value is to be exchanged.
"We will work hard to make sure that your experience
at UVI will be a rewarding experience," President Hall
said. "We ask that you make a promise to yourselves and
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Alumni Breakfast Honors Four
M ore than 90 people came out
on Saturday, July 24th, for the
University of the Virgin Islands Alum-
ni Association St. Thomas-St. John
Chapter's 8th Annual Alumni Recog-
nition Award Breakfast on UVI's St.
St. Thomas-St. John Chapter
Vice President Pamela Toussaint ('98, Hnrs at the 21
Honorees at the 2010
'05) welcomed guests as the Superior from left, Cornel A.
Court Rising Stars Steel Orchestra Caines, Joss N Spring
played several musical selections.
The Alumni Association presented International
Capital and Management Company President Cornel A.
Williams ('87) with the Alumni Honor Award. Associate
Attorney Joss N. Springette ('00) and Guy H. Benjamin
Elementary School Principal Dionne A. Wells ('03) re-
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ceived the Alumni Horizon Award.
Court Administrator of the Superior
Court of the Virgin Islands Glendia B.
Caines ('77, '87) received the Alumni
Award of Excellence.
University of the Virgin Islands
President Dr. David Hall lauded the
honorees during his remarks, which
luni Befst ae he said were crafted based on the legal
illiams, Glendia are, "Best Evidence Rule." Dr. Hall said
e and DionneA. Wells. UVI alumni present the best evidence
that the University of the Virgin Is-
lands is producing accomplished professionals.
"The people that we honor this day are the best evi-
dence that we can produce individuals who can excel in
the fields of business and law and education ... individuals
who have excelled in areas that are so critical to the future
of the Virgin Islands."
"If we have been able to do it in the past, we can do
it in the future," Dr. Hall said. "I recognize and applaud
them because they are examples of the case we are mak-
ing in the territory and throughout the world. When our
alums leave and do great things elsewhere it is the best
evidence of our ability to succeed."
Dr. Hall said the MARC program, which is funded by
the National Science Foundation, helps to nurture stu-
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to us ... to work hard each day to create your own suc-
cess ... to explore new paths, new challenges. It is only
through that process that you will realize your full poten-
tial," he said.
Keynote speaker L. Trenton Marsh, who in 2004 be-
came the first African-American male commencement
speaker at Georgetown University, motivated students
with a high-energy talk.
More than 100 students attended the Alumni Give
Back activity on the St. Croix campus, where Dr. Rod-
erick Moorehead ('71), Dr. O. Anne Treasure ('86), Ian
Tomlinson ('88), Suzette Bloodman ('97,'01), Marthious
Clavier ('02, '09) and Derval Prince ('02,'09, '10) served
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dents who go on to pursue Ph.D.s (especially students of
color). Nationwide, African-American students in pursuit
of Ph.D.s in the sciences have a 45 percent rate of com-
pletion. The rate of completion for white Ph.D. candi-
dates nationwide averages 55 percent. At UVI, the rate of
completion for students who go on to pursue their Ph.D.s
is 90 percent.
"That is the best evidence that we are doing some-
thing wonderful at this University, that we produce stu-
dents who compete and compete well," Dr. Hall said.
The Alumni Honor Award recognizes the significant
contributions made over a number of years by university
of the Virgin Islands alumni in their local communities.
The Alumni Award of Excellence celebrates the specific,
recent accomplishments of a UVI graduate within the
12 months prior to the nomination deadline in March.
The Alumni Horizon Award recognizes the outstanding
achievements of UVI alumni early in their careers.
Representatives of Brothers With a Cause on the St. Croix campus,
from left, Public Relations Officer Richard Motta, President Michael
Cimpbell' and Vice PresidentJoel Dorsett, recruited new members at
a student clubs and organizations orientation mini fair on Aug. 16.
Meeting in the Capitol
Friends and alumni of the University of the Virgin
Islands residing in the Washington D.C. area got
to meet UVI President Dr. David Hall and members of
the UVI administration at a social in July. UVI Trustee
Donald Sussman hosted the event at his residence. About
50 people attended, including the Honorable Donna M.
Christensen, Johnny Taylor (Thurgood Marshall College
Fund President and CEO), Joan Harrigan Farrelly, Ian
('88) and Averil ('88) Tomlinson, General Sam Ebbesen,
Dwayne Petersen ('09) and Dr. Wayne Archibald ('97).
President Hall engaged alumni and members of the
Virgin Islands community residing on the mainland and
shared his vision for the University. Many CVI graduates
shared memories of on-campus experiences and the op-
portunities that became available upon graduation.
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