November 29, 2011vol xvii, number 11 Events Calendar Nov. 30-Dec. 1 VIUCEDD Training STT/STX Nov. 30 RTPark Board Meeting STX Dec. 1 Book Signing STX Dec. 1 Holiday Childrens Show STT Dec. 2-4 Woodworkers Expo STX Dec. 5-10 Final Exams STT/STX Dec. 5 & 8 Holiday Baking Workshop STT Dec. 10 Holiday Gala STX Dec. 11 Holiday Gala STT UVI Gets its First Electric Vehicle be efcient for Security. But in stead of just purchasing any util ity cart, Washington sought an environmentally friendly alter native, aligned with the goals of UVIs Going Green initiative. She initiated the purchase of the institutions rst electric car, for use by the Security Department, based on that model. There are no emissions from electric vehicles as there are with gas and diesel vehicles, which is better for our environment, Washington said. In addition, we also expect cost savings will be generated over the vehicles useful life from the low Students, faculty and staff on UVIs Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix may have already seen him Bubble Buddy. The 4P Electro Bubble Buddy is UVIs rst electric vehicle. Observing the efciency of the fuel-powered utility cart used by the Physical Plant department, Associate Campus Executive Administrator Nereida Washington envisioned something similar for the Security Department. Security does a lot of com muting on campus between buildings, patrolling campus and unlocking doors, Washington said. I said if this (util ity cart) is so efcient for the Custodial area, then it can Left to right: Security Ofcer Celestine Cuffy and Se curity Department Supervisor Ralph Cook, patrol the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix in UVIs rst electric vehicle. See Electric Vehicle on next page Golden Key Honors Four Four members of the Virgin Islands community were recognized by the University of the Virgin Islands Golden Key Honour Society St. Thomas chapter at a reception on Nov. 13. Dr. Eustace L. Esdaille, Edward Thomas, Mary Joe Williams and Cornel Williams were selected as Golden Key honorary members for exempli fying the qualities and values of the organization and for being active in the areas of scholarship, leadership and service. They will be ofcially inducted in April. Dr. Esdaille is a UVI professor and director of the Center for Student Success. Edward Thomas is the for Left to right: Makiijah Crabbe, Cornel Williams, Sharon Esdaille (on behalf of Dr. Eustace L. Esdaille), Edward Thomas, Mary Joe Williams and Fabeanne Collins. mer president of the West Indian Company Limited and a member of the UVI Board of Trustees. Mary Joe Wil liams is a training coordinator and business counselor at the VI Small Business Development Center. Cornel Wil liams is the president of International Capital and Management Company. This event was an opportunity for prospective and current Golden Key members as well as prospective See Golden Key on next page
GET CONNECTED TO UVI news, activities and accomplishments at . www.uvi.edu dateline: UVI 2 John Brewers Bay St. Thomas, VI 00802dateline: UVI is a production of the UVI Public Rela tions Ofce. Contact us by telephone at 340-693-1056 or by fax at 340-693-1055. Electric Vehicle Continued Golden Key Continued maintenance cost and savings on electric versus the gas expenses. According to UVIs Energy Manager Courtney Mayes, the Bubble Buddy saves the equivalent of $30 per tank of gas. One tank of gas for the traditional Security Department vehicle costs about $53, Mayes explained. The Bubble Buddy is charged by about $20 worth of elec tricity, she said. The electric vehicle costs approximately $30 per 300 miles to operate. That savings doesnt include the use of the solar panel with which it is equipped. We dont know what additional saving the solar pan el will give us at this time, Mayes said. But ideally, if it stays in the sun, we dont have to charge it at all. Washington said the electric vehicle has been positive for the campus in many ways. The open air design of the vehicle allows security personnel more interaction with people around campus. It sends a different message from driving around in an SUV with the windows rolled up, Washington said. The security presence is important. Security Department Supervisor Ralph Cook said the vehicle has an additional advantage: it can go some places where the regular vehicle cant go. The department uses the Bubble Buddy to patrol during daylight hours. Over all I think its a good thing, Cook said. These days, with the price of gas being so high, this is a big savings. Washington hopes the use of the electric vehicle serves as a pilot program to determine if additional ve hicles should be replaced with electric vehicles. and current honorary members to meet each other and build a strong network, said Chapter President Makiijah Crabbe. Crabbe, who took the role of president this semes ter, has been leading the chapter in a variety of efforts. A Holiday Drive to collect toys, socks, clothing and un derwear for children ages 5 to 13 years old is ongoing until Dec. 2. During the semester, members of Golden Key have volunteered in a variety of events, including the St. Thomas/St. John Agriculture and Food Fair, Project Homeless Connect, Red Ribbon Week, Fall Fest and Hispanic Heritage Month. Crabbe is looking forward to the Scholars Social planned for next semester. It will unite honor society members from high schools and junior high schools throughout St. Thomas for a day on the campus. To be eligible for Golden Key membership, students must have a grade point average of at least 3.3. For more information, call Chapter Advisor and Counseling Super visor Dahlia Stridiron at 693-1136. Thank You! UVI said thank you to hundreds of its donors this November with the rst ever Thank-a-Thon, conducted by the Ofce of Alumni Affairs. Volun teers called donors who have contributed to the UVI annual fund over the past ten years and thanked them for their support. Pictured above, Dr. Nancy Morgan, a UVI profes sor, thanks a donor.