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August 22, 2005, vol xi, number 8
New Semester, New Structure, New Attitude
Besides the fresh coats of paint and f
newly waxed floors, the University of the ", P,
Virgin Islands looks pretty much the same.
But that's just on the outside. UVI under-.
went an academic restructuring during the
Spring 2005 semester and more changes
are looming. The restructuring included re-
defining the provost's component, the elimi-
nation ofthe campus chancellors' positions, Dr. Al Hassan I. Musah
the creation of campus executive adminis-
trator positions, and drafting of the 2012 strategic plan.
"We've achieved a lot of things over the past year, and we
have done it in the midst of our challenges," UVI President Dr.
LaVere Ragster told UVI employees at the Fall 2005 Univer-
sity Convocation on August 17. "We're going to be talking about
being more student-centered and focused," she said.
The Provost's Office, which will have offices on both St.
Thomas and St. Croix, provides academic leadership for the in-
stitution, with academic program chairs and all academic sup-
port units reporting to the Provost. The Humanities and Social
Sciences divisions have been consolidated to form one division -
Humanities and Social Sciences. There is one division chairper-
son, rather than a chair on each campus. In June 2005 Dr. Al
Hassan I. Musah was appointed provost, replacing Dr. Gwen-
Marie Moolenaar, who retired.
The campus executive administrator over-
sees student affairs, business and facilities
operations, and security. In July, John A.
D'Orazio was appointed campus executive
administrator for the University's St. Thomas
campus. While the national search for a cam-
pus executive administrator for the St. Croix
campus continues, Dr. Deborah C. Fontaine,
John A. D'Orazio who previously served as Special Assistant
to the President, will serve as St. Croix's act-
ing campus executive administrator.
A restructuring of the President's Office is also at hand. Dr.
Ragster said auditors who recently audited the President's Of-
fice recommended that she create a chief of staff position.
Elyzabeth Holford will serve as the President's chief of staff
until Dr. Fontaine is able to serve in that capacity.
Dr. Ragster said that as the University moves ahead, every-
one should be focused on collaboration, accountability and re-
sponsiveness. The next major University initiative is a self-study,
in preparation forthe Middle States Association of Colleges and
Schools accreditation site visit in 2007.
"Please be proud and happy to be part of an institution that
specializes in futures," Dr. Ragster said at the close of convoca-
Al Jarreau to Open Reichhold Season
Take some jazz, a little salsa, a base of quelbe, a sprinkle of
reggae and a dash of R&B. Mix it all up with some dance and
you've got another stellar lineup of performances from the Uni-
versity of the Virgin Islands' Reichhold Center for the Arts. The
Reichhold Center's 2005-2006 season lineup features acts like
The O'Jays, which has never before performed in the Virgin
Islands, to returnee Tito Nieves.
Reichhold 2005-2006 Season Line-up
Al Jarreau Jazz Oct. 1, 2005
Tito Nieves Salsa-Nov. 11, 2005 STX, Nov. 12, 2005 STT
Joe Sample Jazz- Jan. 14,2006
A Musical Journey into Quelbe Folk- Feb. 4, 2006
The O'Jays Contemporary -Feb. 18, 2006
Glen Washington w/guest Pressure Reggae March 25, 2006
Parson Dance Company Dance May 20, 2006
Reichhold's Interim Co-Director Pamela Sanes said the
season's selections reflect the diversity of the community. "We
like people to let us know who they want us to bring," Sanes
said. "We may not bring the same artists, but someone compa-
rable in that genre."
For information about the new season call the Reichhold
Center at 693-1559.
Aug. 26 Softball Game STT
Aug. 26 CMES Grant Workshop STT
Sept. 2-3 Volleyball Tournament STT
Sept. 3-4 Relay for Life STX
Sept. 6 Labor Day UVI Closed
Celebrities Tee Off for UVI
couldn't wait. Neither
could Tanya Roberts.
And they didn't.
While most of the
other celebrities visit-
ing tranquil St. Croix I
for the Celebrity Golf
Classic were out w M ,.5-i
soaking in some sun Top left, Keyaron Fox of the NFL Kans
and sea, Roundtree, rity Golf Tournament Football Clinic. 7
the original Shaft, and right, speaks at the Golf Clinic. Bottom,
Roberts, an original on his swing at the tournament.
TV's Charlie's An-
gels, made it over to the Carambola Golf Club
a few days in advance of the actual game play.
And Roberts actually walked the course all
Roundtree and Roberts were among the
two dozen actors, athletes and models on St.
Croix for the first annual Celebrity Golf Clas-
sic hosted by the Foundation for the Univer- '
sity of the Virgin Islands this summer. With blue
skies above and lush vegetation all around, the
celebrities took to the course for a scramble
match as captains of four-person teams.
Roberts' practice paid off and her team took first gross -
quite an accomplishment, considering that the team headed
by PGA Tour Qualifier Tim O'Neal took third place. And while
Tim Walton, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, reminded
everyone that first and foremost he is a football player, he
fared pretty well, leading his team to the second place title.
Former NBA All-Star Gus Williams won the 'closest to the
CEO and presi-
dent of the
.. Association of
America, also led
City C h,,., demonstrates a play at the Celeb- kicked off on a
p right, PGA Tour Qualifier Tim 0 'Neal, far Thursday with a
e original ShaftRichardRoundtree, practices VIP welcome
reception at Gov-
where Lt. Governor Vargrave Richards wel-
comed the group. Then it was off to a private
party hosted by Lee Rohn, one of the
territory's prominent attorneys at her water-
front home. On Friday there were youth foot-
ball and golf clinics followed by a fashion show.
Later that night the celebrities partied shoul-
der-to-shoulder with the locals at 2 + 2 Night-
A club. The official golf play was on Saturday.
The celebrities ended their last night in
America's Caribbean at the Divi Carina Bay
Casino. Besides Miami Dolphins Defensive Tackle Kevin
Vickerson, who had to leave early because of a death in his
family, all had a great time and said they are looking forward
to next year's event.
(For more photos from the tournament visit www.uvi.edu)
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