September 23, 2002 vol. viii, number 9
UVI Remembers 9/11
The University of the Virgin Islands
joined schools and organizations through-
out the territory and the world in recog-
nizing the first anniversary of the Sep-
tember 11th terrorist attacks on the
Events were held on both campuses
where students, faculty, staff and admin-
istrators remembered the attacks and
paid homage to the thousands of people
who lost their lives.
On the St. Croix campus the theme
for the day's events was, "UVI Remem- 9.
bers 9/11." The blowing of the conch
shell announced the commencement of
a minute of silence at the exact times of
the four attacks one year ago (8:45, 9:03,
9:43 and 10:10 a.m.) in remembrance of Student Governmen
the victims and the attacks' global im- members are solemn
pact. first anniversary ofti
The 4t Annual Installation of the rorist attacks on the
Student Government Association Offic- SGA members were c
ers Ceremony coincided with the re- cial ceremony on Se
membrances and was held in the court-
yard of the Melvin H. Evans Center. About 75 people gath-
ered in the courtyard to participate in the ceremony. Sopho-
more Senator Christine Holmes delivered the introductory re-
"Today is a day for us to bow our heads and honor and
remember the thousands of our fellow citizens who innocently
lost their lives because they lived in a system in which we all
believe. Today is a day for us to bow our heads and honor and
remember the hundreds of our fellow citizens who lost their
lives because they, with utmost courage and without delay,
fled to the aid of their fellow citizens who had befallen such
misfortune. Today is a day for us to continue to think about,
give thanks to and pay tribute to our thousands of men and
women in uniform sacrificing and risking their lives this very
second, in order to maintain our national liberty, independence
and sovereignty... because they too believe passionately in
the system in which we all live," Holmes said.
Gerard Emanuel, the keynote speaker, told the students
that they have a civic responsibility as leaders. He said that
while they take on local leadership roles, they must also think
IP l, of their roles in a global perspective.
S A student activities fair also took
place in the courtyard, with the flags of
the United States and the U.S. Virgin
Islands displayed at each table.
Throughout the day, members of the
Golden Key International Honor Society
distributed red, white, blue and gold lapel
"peace" pins and bookmarks with inspi-
rational sentiments of unity.
I The theme for the events on the St.
m Thomas campus was, "We Remember
.L 9/11 .A Tree Planting for Peace."
The tree planting and commemorative
ceremony began at 8:30 a.m., with amo-
ment of silence at 8:45 a.m., the time
when the first of four hijacked planes
Association (SGA) crashed into the World Trade Center.
s they remember the The lignum vitae, which produces one
September llth ter- of the densest woods in the region, was
United States. New planted on the hillside below the
so installed in a spe- Chancellor's Office on the St. Thomas
emer campus. It was surrounded with red and
white bougainvilleas and several small American flags. UVI's
President Dr. LaVere Ragster, Chancellor Dr. John Leipzig
and student representatives made remarks.
President Ragster in her address to the entire UVI com-
munity said, "Even though millions of people are mourning the
deaths of thousands and the loss of a way of living, it's impor-
tant for all of us to understand that we are privileged to be
alive. We need to take the time to work out the lessons that
have been forced on us as a country and as a people... I ask
that you treasure the privilege of life and share the best of
your humanity with the world as we go forward. Please re-
member the lessons of history. Cleave to the positive side of
your humanity and walk in peace."
Sept. 24,25 VIUCEDD Conference STX
Sept. 26 Voter Registration STT
Sept. 28 Roast and Toast Gala STT
Roast and Toast Gala to Celebrate UVI's 40th Anniversary,
Honor Dr. Kean
The Board of Trustees of the
University of the Virgin Islands and
the Foundation for the University of
the Virgin Islands invite you to a 40th
Anniversary Roast and Toast Gala
in honor of UVI President Emeri-
tus Orville Kean.
The Roast and Toast Gala will
be held on Saturday, September 28,
at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort.
School Spirit Soars at Activities Fair
Mr UVI Cheerleaders attempt
Sto recruit new members at
a Student Activities Fair
on the St. Thomas campus.
An interested student
signs up as she watches
i cheerleading routines on
the television. The UVI
Cheerleaders Club was
one of the several student
groups at the fair.
Members of student clubs and organizations displayed their
goods and services while lobbying for new members at the Stu-
dent Activities Fair held on the St. Thomas campus' cafeteria
porch on September 12. Clubs and organizations represented
included the Golden Key International Honor Society, St. Kitts
and Nevis Association, UVI Mentorship Program, the Student
Government Association, Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, the De-
bate Club, the Cheerleaders Club and Alpha Kappa Alpha so-
rority. Mervin Taylor, supervisor ofthe St. Thomas campus branch
of UVI Bookstore, was on hand giving out free gift packs.
Cocktails will be served at 7 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Kean has been a member of the UVI family for more
than 35 years and served 12 years as president. The color
scheme for the gala is ruby and gold.
Tickets are $100 per person and are available at Modem
Music (Havensight and Nisky), Parrot Fish Music
(Backstreet), Krystal and Gifts Galore (Tutu Park Mall), UVI
Bookstore, St. John Drug Center and UVI's Reichhold Cen-
ter Box Office. For ticket information call the Reichhold Cen-
ter Box Office at 693-1559.
Fresh Off the Tree
A student drinks
from a coconut at
Happy Hour held
on the St. Croix
campus. The St.
chapter ofthe Stu-
the Happy Hour 6
on September 6.
and staff came out for the Friday afternoon party held in
the Student Activity Lounge and nearby courtyard. Ac-
tivities included games, music and movies.
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