September 21, 2007, vol xiii, number 9
September Fest Draws a Crowd
UVI and high
turned out by the
dozens for the
ber Fest held on ,
Sept. 20 in the
Sports and Fit-
ness Center on
UVI's St. Tho- "
Designed to Left: Communication Professor Dr. Alex Ra
about UVI's Communication major. Right:
speak about the program with a visitor to th
dents, alumni, pro-
spective students and the Virgin Islands public to the broad
array of opportunities and services offered by UVI and its
community partners, the event did not disappoint. An esti-
mated 500 people attended September Fest. At the health fair
about 200 people
took advantage of
the free screen-
ings, which in-
cluded those for
glucose, HIV and
e visual acuity.
Fest included a
dall speaks with a September Fest attendee motivational
;olden Key Honour Society representatives speech by
McNeal. Introduced as the "perfect blend of Chris Rock and
Dr. Phil," McNeal presented the "The Five P's of College
Success." The first P for success is purpose, McNeal said. "I
September Fest continued on next page
UVI Bucs to Grow This Year, Need UVI Support
University of the Virgin Islands student
athletes put up a good fight last year in Liga
Atletica Interuniversitaria (LAI) competi-
tion. Membership in LAI, a Puerto Rico-
based university league, required the UVI
Bucaneers to step up their game. Now at
the start of a new season, UVI Associate
Athletic Director Curtis Gilpin said last
year's experiences have shaped this year's Curtis Gilpin
strategies which should make UVI ath-
letes more competitive.
"It was really trying and a real test," Gilpin said of the
University's first year of play in the league. Described as "an
experience for all of us," Gilpin said officials at LAI are col-
laborating with UVIto raise UVI's level of athletic play. Gilpin
is optimistic about the new season. "It's going to get better,"
he said. "We can only grow from here."
UVI competes in eight LAI sports basketball, swim-
ming, tennis, cross country, volleyball, beach volleyball, table
tennis and track and field.
Members of the UVI Athletic Division are taking a more
comprehensive approach to developing student athletes.
"Coaches have been coming together as a group to be
more creative in ways to help our students prepare," said
Gilpin, who is also the organizer of UVI's Varsity Program.
Some of the strategies include more rigorous training for the
athletes. Through a partnership with America's Paradise Gym,
student athletes are able to weight train at its facilities a few
Bucs continued on next page
Sept. 21 Marshall Scholarship Visit STX
Sept. 22 "Julius Caesar" Play STT
Sept. 23 Research Symposium STT
Sept. 23 Sea Turtle Seminar STX
Sept. 29 Mangrove Clean-up STT
Sept. 30 Tree Pruning Workshop STT
Oct. 14 World Food Day STX
Oct. 17 Student Trustee Elections STT/STX
Oct. 19 UVI Got Talent STX
Oct. 23 Staff Council Meeting STT/STX
Past Choir Members
Invited to Grand Reunion
Past and present members of the University of the Virgin
Islands/College of the Virgin Islands Concert Choirs are in-
vited to a grand Concert Choir Reunion scheduled for Feb. 27
to March 2, 2008, in the Virgin Islands. Former UVI Music
Professor Dr. Gloria Quinlan, formerly Gloria McClellan and
affectionately called "Ms. G," is the lead organizer of the ef-
In a letter to alumni, Dr. Quinlan said, "I have missed
being at UVI so much and have wanted so badly to see ev-
eryone again and make beautiful music once more. So
here's our chance to get together one more time." A concert
will be the grand finale of the reunion. Dr. Quinlan urged
former choir members who are interested in participating to
let organizers know of their intent as soon as possible.
For more information contact Jennifer Toussaint at
mistyblue53@ hotmail.com or 340-776-2833 or Jemima Parris
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 340-642-7013.
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find a lot of people doing a good job at a wrong thing because
they haven't found their purpose," he said. The second P was
potential which he encouraged students to maximize. "You
don't need to call a psychic to determine your future," he
said. "Your future is determined by what you do today."
McNeal also encouraged the attendees to outperform their
paycheck, overcome and lead from pain, and pursue and mas-
The event also included a career fair, which featured more
than 20 businesses, many of which accepted resumes on site.
There were two sessions, one from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then
from 5 to 7 p.m., to accommodate as many people as pos-
sible. UVI's Student Affairs Component organizes the event.
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KerriiseA. Richards, a
freshman on UVI's St.
SCroix campus, is
transformed into a
UVI Mermaid at Buck
'- Island. The Student
Activities Office orga-
nized the Buck Island
S. -Excursion held on
S Sept. 15.About 42 stu-
S. dents attended the ex-
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times a week, Gilpin said. Gilpin has also sought and received
more athletic scholarships to attract more athletes. A pro-
gram is also being created to allow greater academic support
for the athletes.
Because most of the games are played in Puerto Rico,
constant travel creates fatigue in the UVI delegation. "We're
getting them prepared in terms of the length of the season and
the toll it takes on all of us," Gilpin explained.
While the Athletics Division is preparing for a better sea-
son, Gilpin said the UVI community also has a role to play.
"We need the University's support," Gilpin said, encouraging
members of the UVI community to attend home games. "We
would like everybody to be behind the students."
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