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Creation Date: December 2011
Publication Date: 06-2012
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A rebirth of sorts has been happening in the British Virgin Islands as UVI alumni Carolyn ONeal-Mor ton, John Lewis, Elton Callwood and Kharid Fraser work to reestablish the BVI Chapter of the UVI Alumni Asso ciation. One of the chapters kick-off events was an Alumni Meet and Greet with UVI President Dr. David Hall. Held at the Moorings Marina Conference Room in Tortola on June 18, the event attracted more than 50 alumni. Acting Chapter President ONeal-Morton said it felt like a re union. We were able to recapture fond memories of the days at CVI and UVI. It was great since we had alumni from different stages of UVI (in attendance), ONeal-Morton said. Linda I. Smith, UVIs director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs, said second and third generations of UVI alumni living in the BVI participated in the event. Many alumni there also said that they currently have children at tending UVI, Smith noted. It is amazing that through my involvement with the chapter I realize how much UVI has and continues to play a pivotal role in the BVI, ONeal-Morton said. There are UVI alumni from all sectors of the BVI community pub lic and private. She hopes to build on the momentum of Events Calendar June 28 Climate Change Forum STJ June 29 Climate Change Forum STT June 30 Climate Change Forum STX July 1 Mango Melee STX July 3 Emancipation Day UVI Closed July 4 Independence Day UVI Closed BVI Alumni Chapter Being Re-Born; Involvement Needed the Alumni Meet and Greet. Our goal is to get more alumni involved so that we can have a vibrant and effec tive chapter, ONeal Morton said. One of our main ob jectives will be to spread the word about UVI so that we can increase enrollment from the BVI and be true ambassa dors of UVI, she added. I am condent of President Halls commitment to us, ONealMorton continued, thanking the ofces of the President, Alumni Affairs and Campus Operations for the support. Upcoming BVI Chapter events include monthly general meetings, a Dinner-Ball in September and a concert in No vember. Smith said that the Alumni Affairs ofce is working to strengthen or revive all of its alumni chapters. She encour ages all UVI alumni and friends to like the alumnis Face book page at www.facebook.com/UVIAlumniNetwork to stay up-to-date with all alumni activities. Carolyn ONeal Morton UVI Ushers in a New Era with V.I. Robotic Telescope A top a hill in Bonne Resolution, St. omas, sits an ad vanced piece of equipment that allows University of the Virgin Islands students and faculty, along with other re searchers, the opportunity to study some of the most distant objects in the universe. e Virgin Islands Robotic Telescope (VIRT) at UVIs Etelman Observatory and Science Center was ocially unveiled at a reopening ceremony at the facility on June 19. e VIRT is a fully automated, robotically con trolled and queue-driven 0.5m research grade telescope. It is the largest robotically controlled research-grade optical tele scope within 3,000 miles of St. omas and the most power ful optical telescope ever available in the Caribbean region for use by the general public, said the Observatorys Director Dr. David C. Morris. The telescope was brought on line in April. Since then, the Observatory has hosted a team of researchers from the Chinese National Academy of Science and National Ob servatory for a three-day workshop. Lab sessions for UVIs see Etelman Observatory on next page

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Etelman Observatory Continued Dateline UVI is UVIs monthly newsletter produced by the UVI Public Relations Ofce. Photos by Dr. Jim Neff and courtesy of Carolyn ONeal-Morton. For more informa tion contact Editor Nanyamka Farrelly at (340) 693-1056 or nfarrel@uvi.edu. astronomy classes are being held at the Observatory. Faculty from the College of Charleston and the Chinese National Observatory are also using the Etelman Observatory for ongoing research with UVI faculty and students. A new era of science, scholarship, research, and national and international astronomy collaboration is upon us, said Dr. Morris, who is also a UVI professor of physics and as tronomy. In addition to UVI students and faculty, the facility will be available to schools, community groups and the general public. Imagine looking up at the heav ens on a clear night; now imagine being able to look that much more closely. Individual stars, planets and meteor showers will come alive and inspire new generations of students, Right, the Virgin Islands Robotic Telescope. Top, the retractable dome where the telescope is housed. families, future scientists and backyard astronomers, Dr. Morris said. Harry I. Etelman donated his house and the astronomical observatory he had built within it to the university in 1962. In the early 2000s the Etelman Observatory was reno vated, upgraded and converted into an observatory control and science education center. This year, thanks to Celtic Therapeutics and other donors, the renovated observatory is opening its doors to the public with school outreach and general public viewing actitities. For more information about the Etelman Observatory and Science Center call Dr. David Morris at (340) 6931391, send email to dmorris@uvi.edu or visit astro.uvi.edu. M ango Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, at the St. George Village Botanical Garden on St. Croix. Mango Melee is a day for the entire family, with educational workshops, food competitions, mango and tropical fruit tasting, cra vendors, mango eating contests, youth activities, food sales and more. ere will be music and workshops on coconut production, nutrition and creations. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages six to12. Children ve and under are admitted free. e UVI Cooperative Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station are among the events sponsors. Mango Melee to be Sweet