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January 29, 2002 vol. viii, number 1
Radio Host Tom Joyner to Raise Money for UVI
on Syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show"
Just as the University of the Virgin Islands reaches its
40th year anniversary, the good news about UVI's programs
and promise will reach millions of radio listeners and potential
donors when radio talk show
host Tom Joyner launches a
month-long fundraising drive on
his nationally syndicated "Tom
Joyner Morning Show" in May.
Joyner announced his inten-
tions to promote UVI at a re-
cent press conference, grab-
bing headlines and thrusting
UVI into the local spotlight dur-
ing his one-day visit to St. Tho-
mas aboard the cruise ship Ex-
plorer of the Seas. It was ex- Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar U
actly that kind of attention and Institutional Advancement,we
prestige that Joyner and mem- he announces the selection of
bers of the UVI Institutional featured during the month of
Advancement team hope to Morning /i...
bring to the University on a national scale when Joyner be-
gins touting the University to more than seven million listen-
ers on 120 radio stations across the country in May.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us," said Dr. Gwen-
Marie Moolenaar, UVI's Vice President for Institutional Ad-
vancement. Dr. Moolenaar joined Joyner to announce the
project, thanking him for a great 40th birthday gift to the Uni-
The promotion is part of an ongoing effort by the Tom
Tom Joyner wears a UVI base-
ball cap during a recent visit to
St. Thomas. During the months
leading up to May, UVI will spon-
sor several events to rally com-
munity support for the UVI/Tom
Joyner Foundation Scholarship
Campaign. Future mailings will
inform UVI alumni andfriends of
ways to donate funds for deserv-
f ing UVI students.
Joyner Foundation to raise funds for Historically Black Col-
leges and Universities. Each month the foundation selects a
different university to spotlight on Joyner's show, introducing
S... its programs to millions of listeners and
W .. 3 asking for donations for scholarships.
Dr. Moolenaar said she and other
members of her team lobbied hard for
more than two years to add UVI to
Nthe list of schools for 2002.
While some schools have received
S '- up to a half-million dollars from the ex-
posure on Joyner's show, UVI offi-
VI Vice President for
comes Tom Joyner as
UVI as the HBCU to be
lay on the Tom Joyner
cials expect a more modest sum, part
of which will be complemented by
matching pledges from national cor-
porations. Giants like Coca-Cola,
Exxon Mobil, the Ronald McDonald
House and Cingular Wireless have
contributed to other HBCUs spot-
lighted on Joyner's program in the
"We hope to raise a lot of money for the University of the
Virgin Islands," Joyner said as he and Dr. Moolenaar unveiled
In addition to the free publicity, the Tom Joyner Founda-
tion will also donate three $1,500 scholarships each week in
May to the University. Joyner has pledged his continued sup-
port of UVI and the people of the Virgin Islands.
Feb. 2 SBDC Seminar: STT
Intro to Quickbooks
Feb. 8 Open House STT
for highschool students
Feb. 16-18 Agricultural & Food Fair STX
Admissions, Enrollment Figures Up for Spring 2002
This Spring, the University has seen an increase in appli- by 12 percent since last Spring.
cants and admissions on both campuses. There were 436 It's a positive sign that enrollment went up in Spring, Cook
new applicants, up almost 50 from said. She credits the increase to out-
Spring 2001. More than half of those reach and recruitment efforts on both
new applicants were admitted to the campuses. One enrollment initiative that
University. may be responsible for the increase is
New student enrollment is also up. .. ... the school-to-work program, a collabo-
Of the 293 students accepted, 202 ration with the V.I. Department of La-
enrolled for classes. bor.
Those statistics are especially im- "We're seeing these initiatives make an
pressive since enrollment generally impact in applications," Cook said.
drops during the Spring semester, said "Overall the picture is better," she
UVI's Director of Enrollment Man- B said. Cook said the University will con-
UVI Business Services Supervisor Robert Chen
agement, Carolyn Cook. assess a student during the Spring 2002 tinue its outreach efforts in hopes of at-
Overall enrollment on the St. Croix ,. a s, ,, on the St. Thomas camp tracting even more students.
campus has increased. Full-time There are 935 students enrolled on
graduate and undergraduate enrollment on St. Croix has in- the St. Croix campus and 1,309 students enrolled on the St.
creased by 4 percent. Graduate enrollment has increased Thomas campus.
V.I. Writing Project to Improve Writing Skills in K-16 Classrooms
The University of the Virgin Islands, the U.S. Depart-
ment of Education and the Virgin Islands Department of
Education have entered into a collaborative university-
school partnership to establish the Virgin Islands Writing
Project (VIWP) at the University of the Virgin Islands.
The V.I. Writing Project is a residential writing pro-
gram for teachers. It is the first such program established
in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Through invitational summer institutes, the National Writ-
ing Project provides teacher-centered professional develop-
ment aimed at improving student writing and learning in
With total of $85,000 contributed by the three collaborat-
ing partners, the V.I. Writing Project will hold its first five-
week, residential, invitational summer institute for teachers at
the University of the Virgin Islands from June 17 to July 18,
2002. Applications are being accepted through March 15.
UVI Humanities Professor Dr. Trevor Parris is the direc-
tor of the VIWP. Ivanna Eudora Kean Senior English Teacher
Amy Roberts is co-director. Dr. LeRoy Trotman, the V.I.
Department of Education's Deputy Commissioner for Curricu-
lum and Instruction, is facilitator of the project.
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