June 22, 2001 vol. vii, number 5
UVI Celebrates 37th Annual Commencement
As their families and friends looked on, 324 graduates of leaders, activists, athletes and doctors who will bring this
the University of the Virgin Islands received their academic University more recognition than it has ever received."
degrees at separate commencement The keynote speaker
exercises on St. Thomas and St. for both commencement
Croix on May 19 and 20. ceremonies was Joel H.
On St. Thomas, the Class of 2001 Webbe, President and
was the first UVI graduating class CEO ofW&W Electronics
to hold its commencement in the new in Grenada. W&W pro-
UVI Sports & Fitness Center. The vides electronics assembly,
St. Croix commencement was held manufacturing and testing
at the Island Center for the Perform- services to companies such
ing Arts. as Wang Labs, Digital
UVI President Dr. Orville Kean Equipment Corporation,
commended the graduates on their Texas Instruments, Intel,
academic accomplishments and, in Ford and Chrysler.
a moment of levity, said his com- W&W Electronics,
ments no doubt seemed lengthy to Inc., which began as a
those awaiting their diplomas. small company with 10
He told them they should smile employees in a Boston
more and when he said he would re- basement, has grown to its
turn to his seat, "I got the biggest current warehouse size,
smile of all," Dr. Kean remarked. employing 600 people.
St. Thomas student commence- Webbe's skills in engineer-
ment speaker Kenneth Cook said he ing, marketing and sales
recognized the role UVI has played provided the basis for his
in the education of its graduates, who current success.
will become leaders, not only in the "This graduation cer-
Virgin Islands, but in the wider Car- emony, the degrees, diplo-
ibbean region. mas and certificates tell the
"I must ask you," Cook said to (Clockwise left to i, h UVI President Dr. Orville Kean world that you are ready to
his classmates. "What has UVI salutes the Class of2001. Yvonne P Webster-Pryce (1) and go ahead to take the
meant to you all? Whatever UVI has Wynant Watty-Benjamin (r) beam at the conclusion of the St. next step in your life," he
meant to you, know this UVI is a Croix commencement ceremony. St. Thomas student said. "Your life has the po-
place that will help you advance." speaker Kenneth Cook and St. Croix student speaker Janin tential to fulfill your pur-
Butler give their remarks.
Cook, who obtained a B.A. in so- pose, for you were all born
cial sciences, said UVI has issued a to succeed."
call "that is asking us not to follow, but to lead." Webbe implored the graduates to follow five steps to
The St. Croix student speaker, Janin Butler, graduated from achieve personal success: to take control, be accountable,
UVI with a B.A. in accounting. dream big, develop plans and commit themselves to the full
"Our character is what we are," Butler said. "Touch lives, implementation of their plans. "Do not be a pigeon if you
build a bridge, set realistic goals. From among us will emerge were born to be an eagle," he said.
7th Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders Convenes at UVI
Using former President Bill Clinton as a reference, Brent
Johnson, director of Graduate Business Programs at Clark
Atlanta University, asked participants in UVI's 7th Annual
Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean
to identify traits that make a good leader.
The discussion ran the gamut, from praise of Clinton's
accomplishments to criticism of his moral character.
"I believe that when you
are in a leadership position
you set the tone, you are held
accountable," said Sandrena
Lee, a student at Tennessee
More than 40 students and
recent graduates from re-
gional universities and col-
leges, as well as several main-
land institutions, participated
in the two-week Future Glo-
bal Leaders course. "
Through lectures, work-
shops, seminars, field trips Faculty and participants in the
Global Leaders di,-, -for their
and laboratory exercises par- Global Leaders for their
ofthe two-week course.
ticipants explored the chal- f the two-week course.
lenges posed by an environment driven by a technological
Some of the institute participants came from both UVI
campuses, Clark Atlanta University in Georgia, Howard Uni-
versity in Washington, D.C., Universite des Antilles et de la
Guyane in Martinique, Tuskegee University in Alabama, Lin-
coln University in Pennsylvania, H. Lavity Stoutt Commu-
nity College in the BVI, Tennessee State University, the Uni-
versity of Puerto Rico system and all three campuses of the
University of the West Indies.
UVI President Dr. Orville Kean told the participants that
as future leaders of the region they must be aware of trends
and policies that can adversely affect technological and eco-
nomic development. He cited the "brain drain" as a serious
issue facing the region, which he said is equivalent to rob-
bing the poor to pay the rich.
In addition to Dr. Kean, Dr. Soloman Kabuka, chairman
of UVI's St. Thomas business division and director of the
Summer Institute, and several UVI professors, other distin-
guished Institute faculty included Gov. Charles W. Tumbull;
Dr. Auguste Rimpel, re-
tired senior partner of
Price Waterhouse and
chairman of the UVI
Board of Trustees; Ter-
ritorial Court Judge
Ishmael Meyers; Dr.
Donald Andrews, Dean
of the School of
Mission to the United
001 Summer Institute for Future Nations, Government of
...,l,. d,, portrait at the conclusion St. Lucia; and Dr. Rob-
ert Millette, Director of
the Global Studies Institute, Lincoln University and
Ambassador-at-Large, Government of Grenada..
The UVI summer institute which is held each May and
is open to college juniors, seniors and first-year graduates -
gets support annually from international, regional
and local organizations and universities. For more informa-
tion, call (340) 693-1309.
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