March 25, 2002 vol. viii, number 3
Walk-a-thon, Alumni Dinner and Afternoon on the Green Highlight
Charter Day Weekend
The University of the Virgin Islands
celebrated its birthday during Charter
Day weekend in grand splendor with a
5K walk-run on the St. Croix campus,
an alumni dinner on St. John and After-
noon on the Green on the St. Thomas
On St. Croix, the
route from Sunshine Mall
to UVI was trailed by 80
people who participated in
the walk-run. Former Ter- ,
ritorial Court Judge
Alphonso Andrews won
the race and came in first
in the men's category.
came in second overall .
and first in the women's
category. Each participant
received a certificate of (Clockwise
appreciation, a T-shirt and the finish li
a water bottle. LaVerne R
The sold-out alumni St. John. A
dinner was another suc- soup.
cess. More than 200 at-
tended the dinner at
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) A female participant at the walk-run on St. Cr
ine. UVI President Dr. Orville Kean and Presider
agster blow out the birthday candles at the alumn
food handler at Afternoon on the Green serves u
Caneel Bay Resort for a night of"Remem-
brance, Renewal and Revelry."
At Afternoon on the Green hundreds
of people milled in and out sampling food
prepared by the Virgin Islands' finest
cooks, enjoying the music performed by
the Sea Breeze band and mingling with
An overcast morning
turned into a hot and sunny
afternoon, setting the perfect
mood for the children who
ran about playing games.
UVI Diving Instructor Steve
as afire-juggling clown, was
a big hit with the children.
S. B Children and adults cooled
down with St. Thomas Dair-
ies ice cream.
oix crosses The St. Thomas Cami-
nt-elect Dr. val Queen contestants were
i dinner on among the many attendees.
tp red peas The fun went on until
dusk and even then people
didn't want to leave!
UVI Attracts, Intrigues National Exchange Students
It wasn't the palm trees, blue
seas or island breezes that made
the first impression on Aminata
Sagdoune, an exchange student
studying at the University of the
Virgin Islands from South
Dakota State University. It was
good ole' island hospitality.
"When the two gentlemen
picked me up from the airport
they said 'good afternoon,"' the
nursing major said. She was not
accustomed to those salutations.
New to the island, learning has taken place inside and
outside of UVI.
"I think the people are so respectful here," Sagdoune said.
"That's one of the first things that amazed me."
A native of the African country of Niger, she is one of
two National Student Exchange (NSE) students on UVI's St.
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Croix campus, which enrolled 12 NSE students for the 2001-
2002 academic year. The St. Thomas campus enrolled 40
NSE students in the Fall and 16 this Spring.
The NSE enables sophomores and juniors to study for
up to one year at one of the 171 colleges and universities
throughout the world. All of the participating institutions
are accredited and many are flagship institutions. The
University of the Virgin Islands has been part of NSE since
1982. More than 175 of UVI's students have studied abroad
Three students from the St. Thomas campus and one
from the St. Croix campus are studying abroad through
NSE. The program allows UVI students to see other parts
of the world, meet people from different cultures and
network in preparation for graduate schools.
Ura Jones, director of counseling placement, which
coordinates UVI's NSE program, said the number of
exchange students attending the University increases each
year. Jones believes that students are initially attracted to
the warm weather and beauty of the islands. They are
equally attracted to the curriculum, she said.
Although students from the St. Croix campus have
studied abroad through NSE, that program only recently
expanded to host incoming students.
Miriam Osbome-Elliott, counseling and placement
supervisor on the St. Croix campus, said the students
integrate well. "The students have come here and have
gotten very involved in student activities," she said. Some
have taken on leadership roles in those activities, Osbome-
Elliott said, noting Sagdoune, who is chairperson of the
Social and Cultural Committee.
"For her, this has been a major experience." Osbome-
Carnival Troupe Gearing Up Join Now
The University of the
Virgin Islands Carnival
Troupe is in full swing, pre-
paring for what promises to
S be a spectacular entry. And
you still have time to join.
The troupe is open to ev-
eryone students, faculty,
i staff, friends, family, alumni
and supporters. Members
meet and practice at 4:30
p.m. every Wednesday,
SThursday and Friday until
This year, the troupe cel-
S ebrates the 40th anniver-
sary of UVI as depicted in
the theme, "40 Years of Cel-
Costume sample ebrating Learning." The
Costumes depict areas of
academics, including music education and nursing.
Cherie Wheatley, organizer of the troupe, encouraged, "all
to come out together and support the University in a cultural
activity especially with it being the 50t anniversary of St. Tho-
The cost for participation is $100 for students and $160 for
Faculty and staff who do not want to be in the parade can
sponsor a student or make donations to the Provost's Commu-
nity Engagement Committee, which oversees the troupe. For
more information or to sign up call 693-1541 or 693-1200.
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