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UVI Camival Troupe's spectacular entry in the 2002 St. Thomas Carnival Adult's Parade earned not one, but two prizes. The troupe
won second place in the 'Troupe 50-100" division with its entry, "Celebating 40 Years ofLearning," and its floattook second place in the
"Floats" division with the entry titled, "CVI to UVI." This is tremendous accomplishment considering 2002 was Carnival's 50th Anniver-
sary and there were a record 69 parade entries. The prizes come at a historic time the Golden Jubilee of St. Thomas Carnival. Also a
winner was retiring UVI humanities professor Dr. Gilbert Sprauve, who won first place with his individual entry titled, "Divi Casino and
Don Gil Present Ring Roogoodoo."
UVI Marine Advisor Wins EPA Award
Mayra Suarez-Velez, marine
advisor at the University ofthe Virgin
Islands, received a 2002 Environmental
Quality Award from the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) for her outstand-
ing commitment to protecting and enhanc-
ing environmental quality in the region.
As a marine advisor at UVI's Virgin
Masuarez--elez Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS),
her focus has been on educating the public
about marine issues.
"I don't consider it my award," Suarez-Velez said, "it is a
VIMAS award forthe work I have done at UVI. I'm very excited
to know that what we've been doing has the quality to be recog-
nized nationally by the EPA."
Suarez-Velez has led more than 20 educational workshops
using the Caribbean Watershed Non-Point Source Pollution
model, showing students and teachers how the things people do
on land affect the ocean.
Suarez-Velez also oversaw the creation of"Detective Goo-
too" a comic book about preventing waterpollution and "Chil-
dren and the Sea" a coloring book on ocean care and conserva-
May27 UVI Closed: Memorial Day
June 6 Education Divison Workshop-STT
Oh, Oh, Oh: It's Tom
Joyner Month at UVI
Meet Tom Joyner and Crew
While their cruise ship is docked in the Charlotte Amalie Harbor,
Tom Joyner and crew will have a few precious hours to spend on St.
Thomas. And here is your chance to be part ofthat time! Come have
lunch with Tom Joyner and crew from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday,
May 29, atBluebeard's Castle Hotel's Town Hall. Meetthe 'Fly Jock'
himselfand find outwhy he's 'the hardestworking man in radio."
Tickets are $40 and are available at UVI bookstores on St. Tho-
mas and St. Croix and on St. Thomas in the UVI Institutional Advance-
ment Office, Modem Music in Nisky Center and Havensight, Parrot
Fish on Back Street, Sweet Kisses in Tutu Park Mall, the Reichhold
Center Box Office and St. John Drug Center on St. John. For more
information call Deborah Hamilton at 693-1042.
Caps for Cash
The race is onto see which UVI component will collectthe most
Coca-Colaproduct bottle caps during May forthe "Caps for Cash"
campaign. In an effort to raise scholarship money, Coca-Colawill do-
nate $1,000 to UVI for each six-foot-tall bin ofbottle caps collected.
UVI has engaged the entire Virgin Islands community in collecting
bottle caps from Coca-Cola products, which include Coke, Minute
Maid, Fruitopia, PowerAde, Sprite, Nesteaand Dasani Water.
Ifyou are not part ofthe component competition, drop your bottle
caps offatthe Public Relations or Institutional Advancement Offices
on St. Thomas orto Student Housing on St. Croix.
The "Caps for Cash" campaign is part of the Tom Joyner
Foundation Scholarship Campaign. The foundation will raise
scholarship money for UVI during May.
Congratulations to UVI's 47 students who received a combined
total of $92,152 in scholarships, five laptop computers and four desk-
top computers from corporate sponsors of the Tom Joyner Foun-
dation. The cash scholarship for each student ranged from $1,500 to
$2,500 and nine students received computers.
"It is an honor to have our turn come around to be the HBCU
to receive scholarship funds from the Tom Joyner Foundation,"
said Ardrina Scott-Elliott, chairwoman ofUVI's Scholarship Com-
"It extended an effort to so many of our international students
who are sometimes unrepresented in scholarship selections," she
said, noting that about 14 international students received scholar-
ships. Scholarships from corporate sponsors represent only a por-
tion of funds UVI will receive from the Tom Joyner Foundation. "I
am so excited," Scott-Elliott said.
Kean and Kirwan Honored
UVI's President Orville Kean and UVI Vice President for Ad-
ministration and Finance Malcolm Kirwan were honored atthe Annual
St. Thomas-St. John ChamberofCommerce Awards Banquet on May
4. The two were among five others receiving recognition for their
manyyears ofcommunity service atthe Chamber's Diamond Anniver-
Cassan Pancham, Presidentofthe St. Thomas-St. John Chamber
ofCommerce, saidthat Dr. Kean's stewardship was marked with strong
investment and enhancement ofthe institution's physical structure, ad-
vancement in technology and a significant growth of student exchange
programs. Dr. Kean's career has spanned more than 36 years at UVI.
Pancham said that Mr. Kirwan has led the efforts to acquire the
funding forthe major capital improvementprograms undertaken by
the University overthe past decade. Mr. Kirwanhas been at UVI since
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