UVI broke ground for a new $2.1 million Wellness Center on its St. Thomas campus on Thursday, Jan. 29. The 6,200-square-foot building will feature exercise facilities, a dance floor, aerobics area, weight room and changing rooms. It will be located to the southwest of the Sports and Fitness Center. On hand for the ceremonies were, from left, Trustee Dr. Yvonne E. L. Thraen, President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, Acting St. Thomas Campus Executive Administrator LilyMae Durante, Trustee Roy D. Jackson, Board of Trustees Vice Chair Henry C. Smock and Athletic Director Peter Sauer. The U.S. Department of the Interior awarded UVI about $1 million to help fund the construction.