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January 29, vol xv, number 1

Inauguration Watches Draw Dozens

It was standing room only
in the Dining Pavilion on
UVI's St. Thomas campus
for the viewing of the inau-
guration of President Barack
Obama. Students, employees _
and members of the commu- 4
nity gathered in front of the
large screen TV to witness the
nation's first African-Ameri-
can president take his oath of
The air was filled with
anticipation, then the crowd
erupted into cheers as cameras
panned in on Obama entering
the Capitol Building. Attend-
ees stood as Obama said his Top
oath, bursting into applause ma
and cheers when he had fin- vie
ished. Sti
Many wore t-shirts that
bore Obama's name or likeness and
Obama pins that were distributed
by the Student Activities Office.
President Obama's rise as
leader of the United States meant
similar things to UVI students. "It
means a lot, not only because he's
African American," said freshman
Ciaira Joseph, but also because of
"his thoughts, his purpose, the ideas
he has for changing America."

,: UVI students and employees, and members of the co
nity gather at the St. Thomas campus' Dining Pavilion,
w the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Botto
dents applaud at the Inauguration ceremony.

Freshman Shantee Seive-
wright remained in the Din-
ing Pavilion watching inau-
gural proceedings after most
spectators had left. She was
taking notes for an English
class assignment. She said
that Obama's presidency rep-
resented freedom. "I feel we'll
be included this time," she
Senior finance major Ad-
lah Donastorg III said the
2008 presidential election
sparked his interest in na-
tional politics. "I have high
expectations for him," Donas-
m- torg said of the new president.
to "Hopefully he can live up to
'm: them."
Jamalie Thomas, a soph-
omore accounting major,
said President Obama's inaugura-
tion was the first one that he has
watched. Thomas was amazed at
the turnout. "The number of peo-
ple there for (the inauguration of)
one person is just unbelievable," he
said. Thomas said he was touched
by the reaction of people who lived
through segregation and also lived

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UVI Presidential Search Yields Two Finalists

T wo presidential candidates were
introduced to the University com-
munity onJan. 27,28 and 29. Dr. Calvin
Jamison and Dr. David Hall, the final-
ists to replace UVI President LaVerne
E. Ragster, were selected after an exten-
sive national search process. The UVI
Board of Trustees will meet on Jan. 30
and 31 to interview the two candidates D
Dr Calvin famison
and hopes to name the new president amison
in early February.
Dr. Jamison is presently the vice president for Busi-
ness Affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas, and is a
clinical professor in the School of Economic, Political,
and Policy Sciences. He has over 25 years of experience
in higher education, corporate America and local govern-
ment. Dr. Jamison holds B.S., M.A. and Ed.D degrees
from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Hall is currently a Professor of Law at North-
eastern University School of Law and has had a career as
an administrator in the law school and the university. Dr.

Prepared for Emergency
St. Croix's Acting Campus ExecutiveAd-
ministrator Nereida Washington, right,
and St. Thomas Acting Campus Execu-
tive Administrator Lilly Mae Durante
strategize at a Jan. 16 emergency dill
on UVI's St. Croix campus. An explosion
and fire with injuries were simulated. The
1iIll was designed to test the effectiveness of
the St. Croix campus emergency response
procedures. Once the drill was completed,
HOVENSA Fire Chief Bob Miller said
the ,'ill had served its purpose.

Hall holds both doctorate of juridi-
cal science and LL.M. degrees from
Harvard Law School, a J.D. and M.A.
from the University of Oklahoma and
a B.A. from Kansas State University.
The presidential search was con-
ducted by a 15-member Search Com-
mittee appointed by the UVI Board
Dr. David Hil of Trustees. It included a broad rep-
resentation from UVI and the Virgin
Islands community.
Isaacson Miller, a national executive search firm,
was retained by the Board to assist the Search Commit-
tee in recruiting and screening candidates for the posi-
tion. The search process included the review of over 70
applications received in response to local and national
advertisements as well as the search firm's contact with
over 300 leaders in higher education on the U.S. main-
land and the Caribbean.
Dr. Ragster will step down on June 30, after seven
years at as president of UVI.

Inauguration Continued
to witness the historic inauguration. "He's setting the
standard high for what we can be," Thomas said, "and he's
just so cool, he's just so smooth."
Inauguration Watch stations were also set up on the
St. Thomas campus at the Student Activities Center and
the Health Services Office and on the St. Croix campus at
the Cafetorium.

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