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The monthly new e o Te U rs of te V i I
September 29, 2010 vol xvi, number 9
UVI Wellness Center Opens on St. Thomas Campus
SMervin Ford, secondforn om
left, leads an aerobics
class in the aerobics and
dance studio of UVI' St.
Thomas campus TTPII,.ess
Center during the center
grand opening on Sept.
24. Right, exercise bikes
are positioned near large
windows in the center
fitness equipment room.
T TV students, employees and alumni on the St.Thom-
Sas campus now have a place to develop their physical
wellness with the opening of the new Wellness Center.
The 6,250 square-foot building, located southwest of
the Sports and Fitness Center, boasts a mirrored aero-
bics and dance studio with a sprung wood floor, a fitness
equipment room with weight training and cardiovascular
equipment, and men's and women's locker rooms.
The grand opening for the new building was held on
Sept. 24. UVI administrators, board members, staff and
students, along with dignitaries and the general public,
gathered under a large white tent in the center's parking
lot and praised the center's potential to improve lives.
Calling it a "wonderful and joyous day in the life of
this University," UVI President Dr. David Hall thanked
those who lead the University before him for their vision,
fundraising efforts and leadership, which made the center
"This facility is part of a long line of construction
that has occurred on this campus as a way of sending the
message that we are committed to providing our students,
staff and faculty with the best facilities possible," Dr. Hall
said. He told the audience to "never lose sight of the con-
cept of wellness."
"Wholeness, healing, taking care of the whole per-
son is a fundamental part of the vision of UVI. We want
that for our employees, we want that for our students,"
Student athlete Alvaro de Lugo III expressed grati-
tude, on behalf of students, for the facility. "We will be able
to maximize our full athletic potential and to perform at
a higher level," he said. "It gives us the competitive edge
that we need to accomplish our goals, and to become suc-
cessful in our leagues and in our athletic careers."
The Wellness Center cost $2.62 million and was built
See Wellness Center on Next Page
Miss U/i Vies /i National Pa8eant
SI Miss UVIJonesia Smith pre-
pares for the "Queenk Tea"
segment of the Competition
of Black College Queens, held
Black by the National
Black College Alumni Hill of
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tures queens from Histrin; illy
Black Colleges and Universi-
ties from across the nation.
The competition, held on Sept.
25, in Atlanta, was one of the
events held during the An-
nual Hill of Fame Weekend.
Miss Howard University won
thepageantfor the second con-
Ready to Lead- 1/VI Student Government Installed
Left: Student Goverment Association members on the St.
Croix campus were i,.'sr.,i'l in a ceremony on Sept. 29. At-
tending were, left to right, sophomore Senator Richard Motta,
Senior Senator Sana Hamed, Junior Senator Shamoi Garcia,
Treasurer Necola (C Ii n ^ lity. Genevieve Whitaker keynote
speaker, Secretary DonnaArcher Freshman Senator Lawrence
Bethel, President M. lki., Morton, Freshman Senator Gabriel
Lawrence and Vice President Sieja Mike.
Right: Student Goverment Association members on the St.
Thomas campus were installed in a ceremony on Sept. 28. At-
tending were, left to right, top row, Junior Senators Michael
Celestine and Dimitri Maduro, Vice President Merl Eustache,
Freshman Senator Raydiance Granger, Treasurer Davin
Francis and President ( I ';i -:..,.i/' McCarthy, bottom row,
Sophomore Senators (i'. ;;i- Kuntz and Zuri Baker Not
pictured are Senior Senators Randel Thompson and Ismael
Rosado, Jr., and Freshman Senators Britanny Robinson and
Wellness Center Continued
with funds from a variety of sources. The Department
of the Interior provided $1,047,000 for the project. The
Foundation for the University of the Virgin Islands pro-
vided $400,000 and UVI provided $815,000.
Anthony Babauta, the US Department of the Interior
assistant secretary for Insular Affairs, said that UVI has
"exceeded expectations" each time it has received Depart-
ment of Interior funding for special projects. He said the
Wellness Center closes the gap between the University
and the community.
Gov.John P. deJongh Jr. said the Wellness center rep-
resents "vision, partnership and leadership" and the "im-
portance of this University in the community."
UVI's athletic teams, dance team, and specific physi-
cal education and health courses will utilize the Wellness
Center. Beginning on Oct. 4, the center will be open from
6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday. An array of fitness classes will sub-
sequently be offered.
The center's ground breaking ceremony was held on
Jan. 30, 2009.
For more information call UVI Wellness Center Co-
ordinator Amy Gurlea at 340-690-0064.
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fax at 340-693-1055.
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