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Charter Day Charter Day Commemorating 50 Years of Excellence Commemorating 50 Years of Excellence Celebration Ralph Moses Paiewonsky November 9, 1907 – November 9, 1991 Governor of the Virgin Islands 1961-1969 March 16, 2012 Ralph Moses PaiewonskyNovember 9, 1907 – November 9, 1991 Governor of the Virgin Islands 1961-1969March 16, 2012 Celebration




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CHARTER DAY PROGRAM IN COMMEMORATION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS’ 50th ANNIVERSARYFriday, March 16, 2012 --------9:30am – 11:30 amGreat Hall – Albert A. Sheen Campus – St. CroixAcademic Center – St. JohnAdministration and Conference Center – St. Thomas CampusMistress of Ceremonies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dr. Doris Battiste Associate Campus Administrator for Students Presentation of Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UVI Senior ROTC Invocation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reverend Reuben Vessup, National Anthem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Esquire Woodwind Trio Virgin Islands March Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Honorable Alexander A. Moorhead, Jr . Chairman, UVI Board of TrusteesOpening Remarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President David Hall, SJDUVI PresidentPresentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UVI Honors Program Students Video Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bernard H. Paiewonsky, Ph.D. Son of Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky and UVI Trustee Emeritus Musical Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Esquire Woodwind Trio Introduction of Keynote Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Hall Keynote Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ambassador Ruth A. Davis Retir ed US Ambassador Musical Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ms. Janecia Matthew, Class of 2014 Historical Perspective of UVI The Paiewonsky Years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Honorable Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D. Former Governor of the US Virgin Islands and Professor Emeritus of History Remarks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Honorable John P. de Jongh, Jr. Governor of the US Virgin IslandsPresentation of Honoree Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky and Presentation of Gift to Paiewonsky Family . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Hall Response from Family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Joyce Adolfsen Daught er of Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky Vote of Thanks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mistress of Ceremonies Alma Mater. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mr. Gylchris Sprauve Adjunct Professor of MusicBenediction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reverend Vessup, Retirement of Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UVI Senior ROTC Rededication of the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library, St. Thomas CampusUnveiling of New Signage 2:00pm 2The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


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MESSAGE FROM THE DELEGATE TO CONGRESS Greetings! It is my distinct honor to express congratulations and best wishes to our very own University of the Virgin Islands on the 50th Anniversary of the institution’s Charter Day. It is truly fitting that the 50th Anniversary Charter Day celebration is dedicated to the memory of Governor Ralph Paiewonsky who, on March 16th 1962, signed into law the establishment of the College of the Virgin Islands. Thanks to Governor Paiewonsky’s vision and leadership, the territory has most certainly benefited immensely from the institution’s founding. I take this time to also welcome this year’s keynote speaker, Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Ruth A. Davis, who was the first African American woman career ambassador. I trust that her remarks will be inspiring. I also commend UVI’s leadership in Dr. David Hall and past presidents for seeing us to this momentous occasion. The journey from College to a University has been a momentous one – with campuses on two islands, expanded programs and linkages across the region and our nation, and designations as a Land Grant institution and the only Historically Black University outside of the continental United States. There is much to celebrate! In its first 50 years, UVI has been instrumental in helping us to understand our challenges – in education, health, agriculture and mariculture as well as in our social and economic, marine and ambient environment. The university has trained world class professionals, researchers and political leaders and led us in adapting and transforming as the changing times have demanded. As UVI embarks on its second half a century, we can be assured that it will continue to play a vital role in the growth, development and progress of our islands. On behalf of my family, staff and the Members of the 112th Congress of the United States of America, I wish you all a wonderful Charter Day celebration and say “Thank You” to UVI for With Warm Regards, Donna M. Christensen Member of Congress 5March 16, 2012


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Greetings to all attending this very historic event. Having dedicated my middle years to building the foundation for the College of the Virgin Islands, no one is more pleased than I am to participate in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the University of the Virgin Islands. I think it is very important to dwell on the University’s theme of Honoring Our Past – Creating Our Future as the new goal should be to use the current foundation to continue strengthening the University over the next fty years. While President, I received invaluable support from a number of key people deserving of my praise and thanks, the most worthy of whom was Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky, whose understanding of the need for an institution of higher education in the Virgin Islands was of great importance. The fact that UVI has dedicated its 50th Anniversary Charter Day Program to him is testament to his vision, his legacy and his dedication to the college from his inauguration in 1961 to his nal year, 1991. I also owe gratitude to Jack Wallace, who, as interim administrator, preceded me and served as a continuing advisor for many years after I assumed the presidency. Others who contributed to the success of the college during its early years include Louis Shulterbrandt, Governor Paiewonsky’s chief assistant, and Dr. Melvin Evans, a very important member and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, later serving as Governor, and for whom the main building on the St. Croix Campus is named. I recall very warmly the contributions of Malcolm Kirwan, Vitalia Wallace, Paul Leary and Aimery Caron and two signicant pillars of strength Dr. Arthur A. Richards, then Provost and later UVI President, and Jane E. Tuitt in whose name many young Virgin Islanders received scholarships to attend the college. Assembled was a very strong Board of Overseers that we put together, during the early years, which included individuals such as Wayne Aspinall, Chairman of the United States House of Representatives’ Interior Committee; Harry Etelman for whom the house and observatory on St. Thomas is named; Herbert Sugden, who donated “Sugden House” on St. Croix and, of course, Henry Reichhold, who gave us the Reichhold Center for the Arts. They were all very supportive in many ways other than nancial because they understood our mission to support the development of a middle class in the Virgin Islands through the attainment of higher education. I can also speak with warmest appreciation of the presidents who followed me: Dr. Arthur A. Richards, Dr. Orville E. Kean, Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, and our current president, Dr. David Hall. This recognition of the vital support that was received must also include Senator Earle B. Ottley and Ariel Melchoir Sr., but the most important support of all came from my wife, Anita, who served as the “wife of the president” with great success. Message From Dr. Lawrence C. Wanlass President Emeritus 7March 16, 2012


A MESSAGE FROM THE FAMILY OF ARTHUR A. RICHARDS On behalf of the family of the late Arthur A. Richards, president emeritus of the University of the Virgin Islands, it gives me great pleasure to join our voices with those honoring the late Ralph Moses Pa iewonsky , particularly through Libr ary during our Charter Month activities . It is fitting, indeed, that during our celebrations we recognize the individual most responsible fo r the establishment of the then College of the Virgin Islands. A Virgin Islander who dedicated his life to public service, Ralph M. Paiewonsky served with distinction as Governor, Municipal Council member and business leader and had a considerable impact on the development of these Virgin Islands of the United States. It took clear vision and unswerving commitment to fight for our in stitution of higher learning. It is largely because of the efforts of this visionary that we are able to host this commemoration , which recognizes 50th anniversary. In these challenging times, it is important to recall some of the text of his What Is A Virgin Islander speech that was delivered on March 2, 1962: The Virgin Islander represents a way of lif e. He is a man of dignity. He is a man He was born here or he came here to live a mong us with Some 50 years later, these words herald a message that is still relevant to most of us. But that should be no surprise as this is the for ward thinking statesman who was given the t the Virgin Islands Medal of H onor was bestowed upon him by the Legislature of the Virgin Islands on May 18, 1982 in recognition of his many contributions towards improving the quality of life in the territory. It is for those that now bear/ carry the torch to ensure that his vision of Excellence in Education remains a reality. I am confident that under the leadership of Dr. David Hall and the board of trustees that our institution will remain a beacon for knowledge th roughout the Caribbean region. On behalf of my brothers, Anthony and Duane, I t hank Governor Paiewonsky for the confidence and support that he gave to our father. But most importantly, we thank him for his foresight in establishing our university. The p eople of the Virgin Islands shall remain forever in your debt. Sincerely, Pamela Richards Samuel 8The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


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Historically American...Uniquely Caribbean...Globally Interactive... ________________________________________________________________________________________ #2 John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, VI 00802 Tel. (3 40 ) 693 1336 Fax. (340) 693 1148 Charter Day Message from LaVerne E. Ragster, Ph.D. Happy 50th Anniversary UVI! For the past fifty years, faculty, staff, students, Presidents, and Board of Trustee members have worked diligently and passionately to fulfill the mission of the Territor y's only public, higher education institution. The goal has been "to enhance the lives of the people of the USVI and the Caribbean through excellent instruction, innovative research and responsive public service". The result of this dedication to a missi on focused on supporting the development of the Territory, would make our founding fathers, especially former Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky, proud, even as it inspires pride and support from the Virgin Islanders of today. The challenging and sometimes pa inful journey taken over the past five decades by UVI has produced heroes at all levels of the University. Faculty, staff, students and administrators have responded to the tests of difficult times emanating from societal pressures and natural hazards, wit h creativity, innovation, integrity, and a consistent focus on the mission and value of the University. Through its thousands of alumni, and the dedication of faculty and staff, the College, now University, has managed to surpass the expectations of many and positively impact the lives of people in the Territory and the region. Therefore, as we look to the future and the next phase of the life of our beloved University, I extend sincere gratitude to all who have contributed to the development and success of the University of the Virgin Islands. As the University celebrates its 50th anniversary, I also ask that we continue to support the institution and ensure that the University of the Virgin Islands will always be an asset and a driving force in the d evelopment of our people and community. Sincerely, LaVerne E. Ragster Past President 10The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


Historically American. Uniquely Caribbean. Globally Interactive. Office of the President THE TREE CALLED UVI CHARTER DAY MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDSFifty years ago on this day, Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky, and many others, planted some powerful seeds in the fertile soil of these Virgin Islands. These were seeds of faith, self-determination, and pride. These seeds were planted not only in the soil of this land, but also in the hearts and minds of its people. and for the generations to come. As these dream seeds sprouted from the ground, the educational seedlings were watered by generations of students, faculty, staff and four outstanding former Presidents -Drs. Wanlass, Richards, Kean and Ragster. They were fertilized by Governors, Senators and private donors who believed that one day their efforts would bring forth a bountiful harvest of truth, academic excellence and service to this Territory, the wider Caribbean region, and, yes, the world. Now on this center of this orchard is a majestic tree that we call the University of the Virgin Islands, which stands tall in the lives of the people of this Territory. of this territory and the eastern Caribbean. Many students have realized their dreams standing in the shadows of its strong branches. our Community Engagement and Life Long Learning (CELL) Center. This community has found shelter from the storms of life human fruit that are sweeter than mangoes, more unique than genips, and sturdier than coconuts. This strong, dynamic tree of hope and transformation that we call UVI has weathered not only natural hazards such as Hurricanes Hugo and Marilyn, but also political and economic hurricanes. The strong winds have made her bend at times, but nothing has or ever will break her. Her roots are deep, her branches are strong, and those who love her have a vision of greatness that we believe will be realized in this generation. I speak in the words of this metaphor so we might appreciate in a deeper way the role that the University of the Virgin Islands has played in the life of this Territory. We must embrace the majestic and spiritual power of higher educational sustainability if we are to truly Honor our Past and Create our Future. We celebrate this day a university for which we all should be proud. She is not perfect, but she has embraced the challenge of producing excellence in those who walk through her doors. The University of the Virgin Islands is truly like a tree planted by rivers of waters which will never let her fade from this landscape of life. So we ask all who are gathered on this Charter Day, to not take this precious University for granted. Please understand that UVI nation or people can make. When we close or limit the doors of a university we are closing the door to our dreams, and our hope for prosperity and opening the doors to lower wages, limited economic growth and social chaos. UVI is more than a collection of buildings and land; it is the Virgin Islands’ best hope for a brighter future. It is our deepest reservoir of answers to the challenges this territory now faces. We are honored to rededicate the Ralph M. Paiewonsky Library on the St. Thomas campus in memory of Governor Paiewonsky. We are deeply indebted to his vision, determination and perseverance. We recognize that there were others who worked alongside him who also made this day possible. Charter Day is always an opportunity to honor our past. Yet, the greatest honor that we can give to this University is to never stop giving her our love, must still water her roots. We must prune the branches when they grow in ways that are not consistent with our mission. We must pray that God will always protect dear UVI. This University is one of God’s greatest gifts to the people of the Virgin Islands, the Caribbean and we believe eventually to the world. Happy Charter Day UVI!! May new seeds be planted in your soil this day that will serve your people for the next glorious 50 years. David Hall, S.J.D. President 11March 16, 2012


GOVERNOR RALPH M. PAIEWONSKYFAMILY FACTSRaphael (Ralph) Moses Paiewonsky, son of Isaac and Rebecca Paiewonsky, was born in Charlotte Amalie, St Thomas, VI (then the Danish West Indies) on November 9, 1907. He had two brothers, Benjamin and Isidor, and a sister Paulina. He attended the Catholic Convent School, which was taught by Belgian nuns, until the school closed after WWI and the transfer of the Virgin Islands to the United States in 1917. From 1920 to 1923, he worked at the Navy Supply Oce in St. Thomas. In the early 1920’s, the families of Isaac and his brothers acquired a house in Brooklyn, N.Y. so that their children could go to high school and college in New York. The families took turns providing adult supervision and care of the children and looking after their respective businesses in the Caribbean. Ralph graduated from the Alexander Hamilton High School, (aka Boys Commercial High), attended New York University (NYU), and received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from NYU in June 1930. That same year, in August, he married Ethel Heller, daughter of Abraham and Anna Heller of Brooklyn N.Y. and they moved to St. Thomas. A son, Bernard, was born in St. Thomas in March 1933 and has two children, Adrienne and Betty, from his rst wife, Sabina (deceased). He is now married to Mary. Adrienne is married to Paul Girdzis and they have a son, Sam. Betty is married to Don Kirk and they have a son, Nate, and a daughter, Annie. In March 1946, a daughter, Joyce, was born in New York. Joyce is married to Lou Adolfsen and they have two children, Eric and Lauren.BUSINESS BRIEFSUpon Ralph Paiewonsky’s return to St. Thomas in 1930, he joined the family business and became the manager of St. Thomas Apothecary Hall. He conducted research on fermentation of yeast in brackish water and successfully developed a strain of yeast that would grow in a mix of fresh water and sea water and this became the foundation of the modern Rum Industry in the V.I. From 1933 to 1949, he was manager of A.H. Riise Distilling Co.,became president in 1949, and served as chairman and CEO of A.H. Riise Inc., until 1984. In 1954, with other Virgin Islands residents, he organized the West Indies Bank and Trust Co. which was purchased by the Chase Manhattan Bank Corp. in 1959. Also in 1954, he organized the West Indies Insurance Co. and was president from 1954 to 1958. This company was sold to a Florida company. In September 1984, he sold all shares in his St Thomas enterprises and retired from active business work. He then devoted his time to writing, to public service, and to the College of the Virgin Islands.POLITICAL PROFILEIn 1936, Ralph Paiewonsky won election to the Municipal Council of St. Thomas and St. John as a member of the People’s Party. He was elected to ve two-year terms, from 1936 to 1946, and served as chairman for several years. He was also a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Virgin Islands. As Democratic National Committeeman, he attended the Democratic National Conventions from 1940 to 1960 and also attended the 1964, 1968 and 1976 Democratic National Conventions as a delegate from the Virgin Islands. In 1961, Ralph Paiewonsky was nominated by President John F. Kennedy to be the Governor of the Virgin Islands and was unanimously conrmed by the U.S. Senate on March 27, 1961. Governor Paiewonsky’s inaugural addresses (April 5-7, 1961), in St. Thomas and St Croix, included an initiative advocating higher education in the Virgin Islands. U.S. President Lyndon Johnson re-nominated him for a second term. Between 1961 and 1969, Governor Paiewonsky introduced many initiatives and reforms to benet the people of the Virgin Islands. New government departments included: Commerce, Law, Housing and Community Renewal, Labor, Conservation, and Cultural Aairs. The Water and Power Authority and the Port Authority were established. Tax incentives were created along with many other commercially benecial actions. For example, inter-island telephone tolls were abolished and e.g., St Thomas to St. Croix telephone calls became local calls with no surcharges. The Oce of Economic Opportunity was brought to the Virgin Islands, the rst zoning laws were approved, and authority to establish Public Educational TV was obtained. Business incentives were created to bring industry to the Virgin Islands. Hess Oil Renery and Harvey Alumina are two leading examples. Governor Paiewonsky championed a very strong civil rights law along with changes to the election code to legalize political parties and establish primary elections. A housing initiative for the middle class was based on a government / business plan whereby houses would be built by the government, rented and, after a period of years, the rent paid could apply towards the down payment for a mortgage from a prearranged pool. Tutu houses are a marker for this successful initiative. Other initiatives included expansion of the airport, dredging of the harbor, and boosting commerce and tourism. In 1967, Governor Paiewonsky succeeded in bringing the National Governor’s Conference to the Virgin Islands on the SS Independence. Sessions took place on the high seas en route to the Virgin Islands and there were sessions and events on St. Thomas and St. Croix. Governor Paiewonsky was the host for this conference. Governor Paiewonsky received many honors and awards during his two terms as governor including honorary degrees doctoratesfrom several universities. After his term as governor ended in 1969, Ralph Paiewonsky continued his work in public service including serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the College and, then the University of the Virgin Islands. 12The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


EDUCATION EVOLUTION -CVI TO UVIRalph Paiewonsky put great emphasis on education at home with his family and this continued throughout his terms as governor. At home, we, the children were told that there is nothing you can’t learn if you study nothing you can’t do if you work at it – and nothing you can’t achieve if you strive for it – subject, of course, to the rules of nature, especially the laws of physics. In his April 1961 Gubernatorial Inaugural Address, we see the specic initiative and the spark that came from these words: “With aid from Washington we can create and develop a college or university to serve the needs of the Virgin Islands and its neighbors.” In July, 1961, a Governor’s Conference on Higher Education for the Virgin Islands was held to explore the feasibility of creating a college in the territory. Around the same time, a three year program was established with NYU to upgrade elementary and secondary education and to provide training to Virgin Islands educators and education administrators. Consequently, the two major public high schools in the territory received full accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Previously, Gov. Morris F. deCastro created a program for the Hampton Institute to teach selected courses in the Virgin Islands and Gov. John Merwin spoke of the need for a college but the College, now University of the Virgin Islands, truly started with that inaugural address in 1961. Critics said that it would be cheaper to give scholarships and send the students to college away from the Virgin Islands. But, Governor Paiewonsky’s concept for higher education in the territory was to provide a college education and professional training in the Virgin Islands to retain graduates in the territory. The Fourth Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands passed enabling legislation to create the College of the Virgin Islands and Governor Paiewonsky signed these on March 16, 1962 Charter Day. The concept was one college with two campuses one on St. Thomas and one on St. Croix. To create the college, it was necessary to raise funds, choose locations, acquire land and buildings, nd key persons to help, and hire faculty and sta. Dr. Howard Jones and Dr. Lawrence C. Wanlass were instrumental in working with Governor Paiewonsky to make the college a reality. Many people, at all levels in the Federal Government in Washington D.C., were extremely helpful in this process particularly as the land for the college in St. Thomas belonged to the Department of Defense and there were bureaucratic hurdles to clear. In spite of these hurdles, the College of the Virgin Islands opened its doors to the rst classes on July 1, 1963, oering two year Associate of Arts degree programs. A link with NYU, developing from the on-going threeyear study of education in the Virgin Islands, allowed CVI students working toward a teaching degree, to take their third and fourth years at NYU resulting in an AA from CVI and a BA degree from NYU. The rst commencement was held on June 3rd 1965. First Lady of the United States, Mrs. LadyBird Johnson was the principal speaker.Under the leadership of President Wanlass, the college acquired land-grant status in 1972 and was re-named the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) in 1986. At the time of the name change, Dr. Arthur A. Richards was president and Ralph Paiewonsky was Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Governor Paiewonsky would be proud of the achievements of students, faculty, sta and graduates and especially of the benets to the community coming from the UVI. Today, he would probably be concerned about UVI’s future in these very economically dicult times but he would be optimistic that the concerns and problems will be overcome.The UVI was a major factor in Ralph Paiewonsky’s life from his rst day as governor to the last day of his life. Ralph Paiewonsky chaired a meeting at the UVI on Friday, November 8, 1991. He came home, felt ill that evening, and passed away in the early hours of the dawn on Saturday, November 9, 1991--his 84th birthday.This biographical sketch barely outlines the life and career of Ralph M Paiewonsky. For a more complete account please see Ralph M.Paiewonsky’s “ Memoirs of a GovernorA man for the People “ with Isaac Dookhan, 1990, NYU Press, available in the UVI Library. An abundance of information can obscure the gure of the man and so I recommend that you begin by reading the short Preface in that biography a few pages written by Ralph Paiewonsky that illuminate the wonderful character of the man, my father.Bernard PaiewonskyMarch 16, 2012 13March 16, 2012


Ambassador Ruth A. DavisRuth A. Davis is an internationalist who recently retired from the US Department of State with the rank of Career Ambassador. She served as Chief of Sta and Senior Advisor in the Bureau of African Aairs from 2005-2008. She was previously detailed to Howard University as Distinguished Advisor for International Aairs. Her earlier assignments in the US Department of the State include Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources (2001-2003), Director of the Foreign Service Institute (1997-2001), Ambassador to the Republic of Benin (1992-1995), and Consul General in Barcelona, Spain (1987-1991). She was also posted in Kinshasa, Nairobi, Tokyo and Naples as a Consular Ocer. She has received two Presidential Distinguished Service Awards, the Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award for mentoring, the 2005 Department of State Equal Opportunity Award, the Secretary’s Distinguished Award conferred by Colin L. Powell, and the International Career Advancement Program Award for visionary leadership and fostering diversity within foreign aairs. Ambassador Davis earned an MSW from the University of California at Berkeley and her alma mater, Spelman College, and Middlebury College conferred honorary LL.D degrees on her. She has served as President of the ursday Luncheon Group (TLG); Chairperson of the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship Selection Committee and she is presently Chair of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge, which is devoted to advancing women’s business interests internationally. 14The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


Mission StatementThe University of the Virgin Islands is a learner-centered institution dedicated to the success of its students and committed to enhancing the lives of the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean through excellent teaching, innovative research, and responsive community service.Vision StatementThe University of the Virgin Islands will be an exceptional U.S. institution of higher education in the Caribbean dedicated to student success, committed to excellence, and pledged to enhancing the social and economic transformation of the U.S. Virgin Islands.HistoryThe University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) was chartered on March 16, 1962, as the College of the Virgin Islands by Act No. 862 of the Fourth Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to that law, UVI’s cornerstone objective is to provide for “...the stimulation and utilization of the intellectual resources of the people of the Virgin Islands and the development of a center of higher learning whereby and wherefrom the benets of culture and education may be extended throughout the Virgin Islands.” The enabling legislation was the result of at least two years of preparation and planning. In 1960, the V.I. Legislature created a temporary body called the Virgin Islands College Commission, comprised of interested island residents, to survey the need for a territorial college. In April 1961, Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky pledged to establish such a college in his inaugural address. And in July 1961, Governor Paiewonsky hosted a Governor’s Conference on Higher Education, at which twenty educators observed and analyzed the Virgin Islands’ educational scene, and made recommendations for the creation of the College of the Virgin Islands (CVI). The rst campus opened on St. Thomas in July 1963 and, in 1964, the second campus opened on St. Croix. Land for both campuses was donated by the Federal government. CVI began by oering only associate of arts degrees and added bachelor’s degree programs in liberal arts and education in 1967. The rst baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1970, and in 1976 the college awarded its rst master’s degrees in education. Two years later, master’s degree programs in business administration and public administration were instituted on both campuses. In 1972, the College was awarded Land-Grant status by the U.S. Congress. In 1986 the College was renamed the University of the Virgin Islands and in that same year, the U.S. Congress named UVI one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Today, 2700 full-time, part-time and graduate students from approximately 21 U.S. states and 15 countries pursue studies in over 20 curriculum areas through UVI’s schools and colleges. The multicultural student body has the opportunity to participate in research, service learning, internships and a variety of other learning experiences both on and o campus as well as o-island. With campuses on St. Thomas, St. Croix and an Academic Center on St. John which opened in 2011, UVI fullls its mission and vision through its academic programs, the Small Business Development Center, the Eastern Caribbean Center, the William P. MacLean Marine Science Center, the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Cooperative Extension Service, Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning (CELL) and many other oces and programs. Cooperative agreements with other leading universities such as Boston School of Medicine, the University of Mexico, and the 3-2 Engineering Programs with Columbia University, University of South Carolina, and Washington University in St. Louis allow UVI students to receive degrees and participate in learning experiences not oered on the UVI campuses. Cohort programs and articulation agreements with the University of St. Martin, H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Tortola, Dominica State College, and the Clarence F. Bryant College in St. Kitts make it possible for students from these areas to either earn a bachelor’s degree or be admitted to upper-level courses in baccalaureate degree programs at UVI. The University of the Virgin Islands is increasingly being recognized as a leading American institution of higher education in the Caribbean and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through 2017. THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS15March 16, 2012


Schools & CollegesSchool of BusinessThe School of Business strives to be the premier learner-centered English-speaking institution in the Eastern Caribbean providing high quality graduate and undergraduate business education responsive to the needs of students, employers, the community, and the region. Our mission is to facilitate business education to a diverse population of students, with a major focus on the territory of the United States Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region, providing students with the skills to succeed in a global environment. We are dedicated to the cultivation of leadership, intellectual query and discovery, social responsibility and lifelong professional development and growth through excellent teaching, scholarship and responsive community service. Restaurant Management Finance, Management and Marketing concentrations) School of EducationThe Elementary Education program provides a solid base for graduate study consisting of: broad preparation in the liberal arts with concentrated study in one selected area of professional preparation-including eld experiences-for highly eective teaching in multi cultural settings. The 36-credit Master of Arts in Education degree provides core study for all students and a choice of concentration (15 credits) from among teaching, educational administration and supervision, and guidance and counseling. concentrations) and Guidance and Counseling School of NursingThe School of Nursing, in a learner-focused and multi-cultural environment, prepares its graduates to enter the humanistic profession of nursing which serves the client by facilitating optimal health or a dignied and peaceful death through the implementation of various roles. The graduate employs empirically based processes and theoretical formulations that guide understanding and interpretation of the client’s needs, behaviors and outcomes. The School is committed to preparing graduates who demonstrate competence, critical thinking skills, commitment to societal and individual betterment and professionalism while upholding an ethical code of conduct. College of Science & MathThe College of Science and Mathematics oers baccalaureate degrees in Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, and Mathematics; and associate degrees in Physics, Computer Science, and Process Technology. The College also oers two graduate programs: the Master of Science in Marine and Environmental Science and the Master of Arts in Mathematics for Secondary Teachers. Our academic programs emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, written and spoken communication and other skills tailored to help the students succeed. Mathematics College of Liberal Arts & Social ScienceConsistent with the mission of the University of the Virgin Islands, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences seeks to produce students who are self-directed problem solvers with the ability to apply critical thinking skills. In the Liberal Arts component, although many courses are oered in the areas of French, Spanish, Art, Theatre and Philosophy, four B.A. majors are oered: English, Communication, Music Education and Humanities. Social Sciences oers majors in Social Sciences, Psychology, Social Work and Criminal Justice. In addition the college oers Masters degrees in Public Administration and Counseling Psychology. Social Work, and Speech Communication and Theatre 16The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees 2011-2012The Honorable John P. deJongh, Jr.Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands Honorary Chair of the Board of TrusteesAlexander A. Moorhead, Jr. Chair Marthious Clavier Carol Fulp Jennifer Nugent-Hill Hon. Patricia D. Steele Henry C. Smock, Esq. Luz Suarez de Higheld S. Donald Sussman Edward E. Thomas Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen Sinclair L. Wilkinson Rev. Dr. Wesley S. Williams, Jr. Dr. Teresa Turner, Faculty TrusteeCharnele Burton, Student TrusteeEx Ocio Trustees Dr. LaVerne TerryCommissioner of Education, United States Virgin IslandsWinona P. HendricksChair, Board of Education, United States Virgin IslandsDr. David HallPresidentFoundation for the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Directors 2011-2012Alfred O. Heath, MD., Chair David C. Bloom John Harper Sharmane Brooks Alexander A. Moorhead, Jr. Cora Christian, M.D. Frederick A. Morton, Jr., Esq. R. Oliver David, Esq. B. Waring Partridge, IV Dr. Haldane Davies Kiril Sokolo Adriane Dudley, Esq. Edward E. Thomas Dr. David Hall Jim Tunick 17March 16, 2012


First Members of the College of the Virgin Islands BOARD OF TRUSTEESApril, 1962 Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky appoints the rst members of the College of the Virgin Islands’ Board of Trustees. May 1, 1962 The Board of Trustees votes to approve Governor Paiewonsky’s appointment of consultant John A. Wallace to serve as the Interim President of the College of the Virgin Islands.August 7, 1962 Date of the rst meeting of the Board of Trustees. Hon. Ralph M. Paiewonsky,Governor of the Virgin Islands, Honorary ChairDr. Melvin H. Evans, Chairman Christiansted, St. Croix, VIDr. Howard L. Jones Dr. James W. ReynoldsEast Northeld, Connecticut Austin, TexasDr. Roy A. Anduze Mrs. Eldra L. M. ShulterbrandtSt. Thomas, Virgin Islands St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Dr. F. Gordon Boyce Dr. Pedro SanchezPutney, Vermont St. Thomas, Virgin IslandsDr. David Canegata Mr. Herman WoukSt. Croix, Virgin Islands St. Thomas, Virgin IslandsJudge Herman E. MooreSt. Thomas, Virgin Islands Consultants and AdvisorsDr. Alonso C. Moron, Director U.S. Housing and Home Finance St. Thomas, Virgin IslandsMr. Louis Shulterbrandt, Special Assistant to the Governor St. Thomas, Virgin IslandsDr. John A. Wallace, Interim Administrator Putney, VermontMr. Edmund Baxter, District Director, Department of Health, Education and WelfareDr. Carl Seifert, Educational Program Specialist, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare 18The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


First Graduating Class of the College of the Virgin Islands Class of 1965Associate in Arts Degrees: Mr. Joseph AubainSt. Thomas, Virgin IslandsMr. Ruel Alister Charles, Jr.Dorchester, MassachusettsMr. Lloyd Anselmo CoakerSt. Thomas, Virgin IslandsMrs. Ruby Chittick GittensBayamon, Puerto RicoMs. Carmen LopezChristiansted, St. Croix, VIMr. Desmond MaynardSt. Thomas, Virgin IslandsMrs. Viola Nesbitt NewtonSt. Thomas, Virgin IslandsMr. Jerry OrnsteinQuebec, CanadaMs. Adla Alma ShalhoutChristiansted, St. Croix, VIMrs. Cecelia Walters SmithSt. Thomas, Virgin IslandsMr. Reuben VessupSt. Thomas, Virgin Islands 19March 16, 2012


Thank YouGovernors of the United States Virgin Islands Ralph M. Paiewonsky 1961-1969 Melvin H. Evans, M.D. 1969-1975 Cyril E King 1975-1978 Juan F. Luis 19781987 Alexander A. Farrelly 1987-1995 Roy L. Schneider, M.D. 1995-1999 Charles W. Turnbull, Ph.D. 19992007 John P. de Jongh, Jr. 2007Present Legislatures of the United States Virgin IslandsFrom the Third Legislature which, in 1960, created a temporary body called the Virgin Islands College Commission to the Twenty-Ninth Legislature, thank you for your unwavering support. Very special recognition is extended to the members of the Fourth Legislature which passed enabling legislation – Act 862 – which paved the way for the creation of the College of the Virgin Islands: Walter I.M. Hodge President Candido R. Guadalupe Vice President John L. Maduro Secretary Joseph Alexander Aubrey A. Anduze Joseph P. Gomez Fritz Lawaetz Lucinda A. Millin Theovald E. Moorhead Earle B. Ottley Percival H. ReeseDelegates to CongressRon deLugo Melvin H. Evans, M.D. Victor O. Frazer Donna Christensen, M.D. 20The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


Thank YouPast PresidentsDr. John A. Wallace, Interim Dr. Lawrence C. Wanlass Dr. Arthur A. Richards Dr. Orville E. Kean Dr. LaVerne E. RagsterEmeritus TrusteesDr. Alfred O. Heath Roy D. Jackson, CPA Dr. Howard L. Jones Dr. Bernard H. Paiewonsky Dr. Auguste E. Rimpel, Jr. Dr. Sylvia Ross Talbot Ruth E. Thomas Patrick N. Williams Emeritus Faculty and AdministratorsIlva F. Benjamin Professor Emerita of Nursing Dr. Aimery Caron Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Dr. Gale Foster-Strauss Professor Emerita of Nursing Helen Gjessing Professor Emerita of Biology Dr. Judith Grybowski Professor Emerita of Nursing Dr. Rosary Harper Professor Emerita of Speech Communication & Theatre Dr. Frank Heikkila Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Dr. Arnold Higheld Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences Dr. Herbert A. Hoover Professor Emeritus of Education Dr. Edith Ramsay Johnson Professor Emerita of Nursing Dr. Orville E. Kean President Emeritus Dr. Roberta Knowles Professor Emerita of English Dr. Marilyn Krigger Professor Emerita of History Dr. Paul Leary Professor Emeritus of Political Science Dr. Lynne List Professor Emerita of Education Dr. Harold Lutchman Professor Emeritus of Political Science Dr. Darshan S. Padda Vice President Emeritus of Research and Land-Grant Aairs Dennis Parker Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication & Theatre Dr. Christopher Ramcharan Professor Emeritus of Horticulture Dr. Arthur A. Richards President Emeritus Mary R. StewartProfessor Emerita of Executive Secretarial AdministrationDr. Charles W. Turnbull Professor Emeritus of History Dr. Pearl Varlack Professor Emerita of Education Ernest C. Wagner Faculty Emeritus Dr. Lawrence C. Wanlass President Emeritus Dr. Erika J. Waters Professor Emerita of English & Editor, The Caribbean Writer 21March 16, 2012


Thank You Members of the UVI Board of Trustees 1962 Present Thank you for the special contribution you have made to the growth and development of UVI during the rst 50 years. Without the commitment and dedicated service of our Board members, we would not be able to celebrate this special moment. Your individual and collective hands and wisdom have guided UVI to such a wonderful place! Thank you. Mr. Hakim Abdul-Rashid Dr. Roy A. Anduze Mr. Paul Arnold Mr. Charles Balch Mr. Campbell Barnes Dr. Aletha Baumann Mr. Devendra Birbahadur Attorney Edith L. Bornn Ms. Bertha C. Boschulte Dr. F. Gordon Boyce Mr. Winston Brathwaite Ms. Charnele Burton Mr. Kyza A. Callwood Dr. David Canegata Dr. James Cheek Mr. Marthious Clavier Mr. Milton Connor Dr. Linda Creque Mr. Harry Daniel Mr. Liston A. Davis Attorney Mario de Chabert Mr. Francisco Depusoir Attorney George Dudley Ms. Ester Edwards Mr. Gene Emanuel Mr. Cletus Emmanuel Dr. Eustace Esdaille Hon. Dr. Melvin H. Evans Hon. Alexander A. Farrelly Dr. G. James Fleming Mrs. Carol Fulp Dr. Jorge Galiber Mr. Kwame Garcia Mr. Phillip Gerard Attorney Judy Gomez Mr. Harold Haizlip Dr. David Hall Mrs. Gumita Hardcastle Dr. Alfred O. Heath Ms. Winona Hendricks Mrs. Carol Henneman Ms. Tysha Henry Mr. Louis P. Hestres Mr. Christopher Higheld Mrs. Luz Suarez de Higheld Judge Verne A. Hodge Mr. Roland Hunt Dr. Ededet Iniama Mr. Roy D. Jackson, CPA Dr. Howard L. Jones Dr. S B. Jones-Hendrickson Judge Antoine Joseph Ms. Gwendolyn Kean Dr. Orville E. Kean Ms. Andrea Keddo Hon. Cyril E. King Dr. Roberta Knowles Mr. Jerome Kolberg Dr. Marilyn Krigger Dr. Lauren Larsen Dr. Alan Lewit Dr. Harold Lutchman Dr. Noreen Michael Mr. Alexander A. Moorhead Judge Herman E. Moore Mr. Robert Moss Mr. John Munro Ms. Ellen Murraine Mr. Bradford Nugent Mrs. Jennifer NugentHill Dr. Maxine Nunez Dr. Bernard H. Paiewonsky Hon. Ralph M. Paiewonsky Mr. Dwayne Petersen Mr. Austin Phillips Ms. Elizabeth Pichardo Mr. Jerey Prosser Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster Dr. James Reynolds Dr. Patricia Rhymer-Todman Dr. Arthur A. Richards Mr. Keith Richards Mr. Neal Richardson Dr. Auguste E. Rimpel, Jr. Ms. Deanna E. Rogers Dr. Lynn Rosenthal Dr. Pedro Sanchez Hon. Dr. Roy L. Schneider Mr. Kenneth Selkridge Dr. Ruby Simmonds Ms. Miguelina Simmons Mrs. Eldra L. M. Shulterbrandt Attorney Henry C. Smock Judge Patricia D. Steele Mr. S. Donald Sussman Dr. Sylvia Ross Talbot Dr. LaVerne Terry Judge Audrey L. Thomas Mr. Edward Thomas Dr. Linda Thomas Ms. Ruth E. Thomas Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen Ambassador Terrence Todman Ms. Jane E. Tuitt Hon. Dr. Charles W. Turnbull Dr. Teresa Turner Dr. Pearl Varlack Dr. John A. Wallace Dr. Lawrence C. Wanlass Mr. Aubrey Washington Attorney Debra S. Watlington Mr. Mario Watlington Mr. Sinclair Wilkinson Mr. Patrick Williams Attorney Warren Williams Rev. Dr. Wesley S. Williams, Jr. Mr. Jay Wiltshire Ms. Juanita M. Woods Mr. Carmelo Zielinski 22The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


Thank You Charter Day is and always will be the most appropriate time to thank and recognize the success of our alumni. This is especially true today as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University’s charter. Colleges and universities are rarely judged by how well they are managed but by the quality, productiveness and contributions of their graduates: the University of the Virgin Islands is no dierent. UVI has laid the foundation for our students to become outstanding educators, school administrators, nurses, lawyers, doctors, scientists, researchers, senators, commissioners, artists, musicians, authors, higher education administrators, heads of state, counselors, entrepreneurs, psychologists, accountants, hotel managers, hospital administrators, business managers, computer and information technologists, college and university professors, process technologists, engineers, librarians, military ocers, clergymen and women and much more . We are proud of our two Rhodes Scholars, our Truman Scholar, and Pulitzer Prize winner, but today, we must also pay tribute to those who came before them; the 45 full-time and 283 part-time students who enrolled and attended the rst classes of the College of the Virgin Islands on July 1, 1963. Thank you. A debt of gratitude is extended to our past and present teaching faculty, research faculty and sta who have contributed to the sustainability of the institution over the past 50 years. They, including the Land Grant/ Research and Public Service and Student Aairs Components along with the students they have mentored, have been and continue to be committed to UVI’s mission of “teaching, innovative research and responsive community service.” Faculty and sta have been the backbone of this institution proving, time and time again, their dedication and loyalty as the institution has dealt with nancial challenges and the aftermath of two major hurricanes. Some who worked through these natural disasters are still with us today. Thank You. Prior to UVI’s doors opening to present day, the University has benetted from the generosity of a phenomenal number of donors, partners, collaborators and grantors of scholarships. Regardless of how large or small these contributions, they have made and continue to make higher education aordable and accessible to Virgin Islanders and our Caribbean neighbors. Thank You.For today’s program, contributions of the following are most appreciated: the UVI Senior ROTC Color Guard, the Esquire Woodwind Trio, Dr. Doris Battiste, Reverend Reuben Vessup, Ambassador Ruth A. Davis, the Students of the UVI Honors Program, Janecia Matthew, Dr. Charles W. Turnbull, Dr. Marilyn Krigger, President David Hall, Board Chair Alexander Moorhead Jr., the Terrence Todman Foundation, the family and friends of Governor Ralph M. Paiewonsky, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr., the Charter Day Committee, and all the others that have worked tirelessly to make this event possible.Dr. Gloria Callwood Dr. Angela Dikou Kevin Dixon Dr. Kathleen Dudemaine Special ThanksUna Dyer, Co-ChairDr. Ronald Harrigan Dr. Roderick E. Moorehead Raquel Santiago-Silver Gail T. Steele, Co-ChairDr. Robert Stolz Leslyn Tonge Cherie Wheatley Juanita M. Woods UVI Senior ROTC Cadets Eugene D. Farrell, 1SG Vernice Monsanto Shamari Skelton Charlene Cypre Charles Cypre Mitchell Neaves UVI Public Relations Oce 50th Anniversary Charter Day Committee 23March 16, 2012


Golden Jubilee Events Schedule The University of the Virgin Islands invites you to join in the celebration of its Golden Jubilee throughout 2012.The University of the Virgin Islands was chartered on March 16, 1962, as the College of the Virgin Islands (CVI), a publicly funded, coeducational, liberal arts institution, by the Fourth Legislature of the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 1986, the College of the Virgin Islands was renamed the University of the Virgin Islands. With approximately 2,700 full-time and part-time students on its St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses, and a new Academic Center on St. John, UVI continues to offer a high-quality, affordable liberal arts education in a culturally diverse environment. The University boasts more than 10,400 alumni. Anniversary Theme Honoring Our Past – Creating Our Future Golden Jubilee Details UVI website – Golden Jubilee Hotline – (340) 693-1604We Are UVI: Stories of our past...Each week of 2012 UVI adds a new story to its Golden Jubilee online blog featuring individuals who have had a close afliation with the institution at some point in the last 50 years. Start reading and sharing today. Click the link on the UVI homepage – MARCH 2012Saturday, March 3 – REUNION CHOIR CONCERT – Reichhold Center, St. Thomas – 8 pm Dedicated to the late Dr. Arthur A. Richards, UVI's second president. Featuring more than 100 UVI alumni. With top vocalists Lorna Freeman, Lawrence Benjamin and Rev. Ambrose Gumbs. Music by the Louis Taylor Trio, the UVI Steel Pan Orchestra, Puerto Rico string musicians. Monet Davis accompanies. Directed by Dr. Gloria Quinlan. – Tickets: (340) 693-1559March 9 to 12 – FAITH DAYS – territory-wide Recognizing all denominations, the faith community will pray for and make contributions in support of UVI. Sunday, March 11 – AFTERNOON ON THE GREEN – St. Thomas campus – Noon to 5 pmFood and drink from the territory’s top cooks, family fun and great entertainment. Top Notch Band, DJ Pete, BCB Flamo Combo, Salsa Dancers, Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers, Shaka Zulu Nation, Ice Sculpting. Motorcade by Paradise Volkswagon Club. – Details: (340) 693-1040Friday, March 16 – CHARTER DAY Charter Day Ceremony – videoconference – 9:30 to 11:30 am – STT/STX/STJAC Rededication of Paiewonsky Library – 2 pm – STT – The original dedication and naming, in honor of UVI’s founder Gov. Ralph M. Paiewonsky, took place on March 16, 1969. New signage to be unveiled. Saturday, March 17 – INDIA.ARIE – Reichhold Center for the Arts – STT – 8 pmFive-time Grammy winner India.Arie performs. Her neo-soul sound has sold more than 3.3 million records. – Information: – Tickets: (340) 693-1559 Thursday & Friday, March 22-23 – ALFRED O. HEATH LECTURE SERIESMarch 22 Reichhold Center-STT | March 23 Great Hall-STX A Symposium on the Life and Accomplishments of Edward Wilmot Blyden – 6 pm both locationsFriday, March 23 – Queen Mary Walk/Run – St. CroixWalk/Run from Sunshine Mall to Albert A. Sheen Campus 6 am – Details: (340) 692-4000Saturday, March 24 – 10th Annual Spring Research Symposium – Albert A. Sheen Campus – STXUVI graduate &undergraduate students present results of their research 1 pm – Details (340) 692-4157Friday, March 30 – Friday Forum – videoconference – STT/STX Topic: “Changing Role of Women” – 6 to 7:30 pm – ACC Conference Room-STT – EVC 401-STXFriday, March 30 – UVI Theatre Production – ‘Kill the Rabbits’ – 8 pm – Little Theatre – STT Playwright and director David Edgecombe's adaptation of a Tiffany Yanique's short story collection.Saturday, March 31 – Miss UVI Ambassadorial Competition – Reichhold Center – STTIvory Carter, Latoya Rouse, Najuma Dunn and Raynyse Nesbitt vie for the Miss UVI title at 7 pm. Theme: ‘Past Meets Present’ – Tickets: $15 Students w/ID; $20 Others @ UVI Bookstores – Reichhold Box Ofce Please check for details. Additional events will be announced as they become nalized. 24The University of the Virgin Islands, Charter Day Celebration


Now: Administrative Building Now: UVI Sports and Fitness Center Then: Fundraisers Then: Cafeteria/Auditorium/Student Housing Then: Gymnasium


Alma Mater by the Sea by Wilbur “Bill” LaMotta. Hail to thee, dear Alma Mater Beside the blue Caribbean calm Hail to thee, dear Alma Mater ‘neath sunny skies and whisp’ring palm Proud we are to tread thy ways Loud and true we voice our praise Open door thy every portal ‘mid sand and sea and golden days Long the ties that will endure Strong in heart and memory Faithfully we’ll always honor Our Alma Mater by the sea Hail to thee, dear Alma Mater For guiding stars so brightly shown Hail to thee, dear Alma Mater How wide the bound’ries we have own Sing we now of bright tomorrows Yesterday we never knew Walking down thy halls of wisdom The towerin’ heights are all in view Here to us on islands famed Dear to us thy name will be University of the Virgin Islands Our Alma Mater by the sea.