June 18, 2003 vol ix, number 6
Community Pays Tribute to UVI Alumni
Five of UVI's alumni who are
stalwarts of the institution and the
Virgin Islands community were
honored at a breakfast held on 1
June 7. Hosted bythe St. Thomas/
St. John Chapter of the UVI
Alumni Association, the breakfast '
paid tribute to Luna Claxton, Class
of 1972; Doreen V. James, Class
Alumni Breakfast honorees c
of 1983; Shirley J. Joseph, Class Alumni Breakfast honored
Shirley J. Joseph, Doreen V.
of 1974; Cyril Harrigan, Class of .
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1972; and Elise Vialet, Class of Claxton.
"They have influenced and affected the whole growth of
the University," Deanna Rogers said of the honorees. Rogers,
Class of 1987, is president of the St. Thomas/St. John Alumni
Association chapter and an organizer of the event. "They are
the ones who many of UVI's more recent graduates are emulat-
ing," she continued.
Claxton, James and Joseph, long-time educators, earned
Bachelor of Arts degrees in elementary education from the then
College of the Virgin Islands. Harrigan, a former law enforce-
ment officer, earned an associate's degree in police science and
a bachelor's degree in social sciences. Vialet, who has held ad-
re, (left to /,i.l Elise
ames, Miss UVIAlbaH,
,. Cyril Harrigan an,
ministrative positions in the V.I.
government, earned an associate's
degree in business administration
and a bachelor's degree in social
At the breakfast the honor-
ees were warmly received by an
,* audience of approximately 130
people, Rogers said. One of the
ial attendees, Warren Claxton, trav-
i Luna eled from Florida, to introduce his
mother Luna Claxton. Warren
Claxton is also a graduate of UVI.
Harrigan, who was unable to attend because of illness, was rep-
resented by his granddaughter, the reigning Miss UVI Alba
"Many of them had obstacles to overcome, but they attribute
their success to the College of the Virgin Islands," Rogers said.
UVI's Alumni Affairs Supervisor Jacqueline Sprauve added,
"CVI ended up being right in the nick of time for many ofthem."
Plans are underway for the 2nd Annual Alumni Breakfast.
Rogers encourages UVI graduates to become more active in its
alumni chapters. "There is so much more we can do," Rogers
said. "It's not about self It's about us."
President Ragster Named Rotary "Person of the Year"
UVI's President Dr. LaVerne
S Ragster received an unexpected
I 4 award when she was named "Person
Sof the Year" by the Rotary Club of St.
Thomas II, on May 14. In an attempt
to surprise the Person of the Year, his
or her name is not publicly revealed
until the actual ceremony. An unsus-
SLaVerneRagster pecting President Ragster attended
Dr. LaVerne Ragster
the Rotary luncheon, believing that she
was to give a speech about recent initiatives at UVI. Presi-
dent Ragster realized that she was the recipient of the presti-
gious award nearing the end of Rotarian Elliot Davis' speech,
when he made reference to her accomplishments at UVI.
"This is a bit overwhelming because I really wasn't ex-
pecting this," President Ragster said after accepting the Don
Quixote trophy. "I really am humbled by you. Thank you,"
she said. President Ragster said she hopes that as the leader
of the University, it can continue to make a difference in the
lives of people.
"The way out of poverty, the way to academic stability,
the way to a great future is through education," President
June 18 Safe Diving Workshop, STT
June 18-21 Plasmas Workshop, STT
June 20 Hurricane Preparedness Meeting, STX
June 25 Forensic Psychology Lecture, STX
UVI to Host Paradise Jam for Five More Years
UVI will continue to
host top-notch Division I
college basketball, for at
least the next five years,
thanks to a contract se-
cured by Athletic Direc-
tor Peter Sauer with the
Paradise Jam Basketball
Late in May Sauer
announced that Basket-
ball Travelers Inc., the
College Teams for Paradise Jam 2003
Women's: Georgia Tech, Indiana, Iowa State, James Madi-
son, Mississippi State, Southwest Missouri, Virginia Tech and
Men's: Appalachian State, Boston College, Hampton, LaSalle,
Monmouth and Wichita State.
company that organizes Paradise Jam and other college tour- tournament have already been confirmed.
naments, extended UVI's contract through 2008. Sauer is now working on securing a major sponsor that
UVI has hosted the tournament in its state-of-the-art may enable a contract with a national television network.
Summer Institute Attracts Students from Another Continent
Chairman of the UVI Board of Trustees Dr Auguste E.
Rimpel, Jr. speaks with studentsfrom UVI 's Summer Insti-
tute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean at a re-
ception held at President Ragster k house. The Summer
Institute, which prepares college juniors, seniors and
graduates for global leadership, was held from May 19 to
AdMay 31 on the St. Thomas campus. Each year students
from UVI, colleges and universities in the Caribbean and
the U.S. mainland participate in the Summer Institute.
This year for the first time, two students from the Univer-
sity of Chausee in Belgium attended.
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on the St. Thomas cam-
pus for two weeks in No-
vember for the past two
years. Sauer said that the
five-year contract makes
it easier for Paradise Jam
to attract more teams be-
cause colleges like to
make their pre-season
scheduling in advance.
The teams for this year's