Thursday, November 18, 2010

'You Must Graduate' Young Men at UVI are Told

Top: Members of UVI’s Brothers With a Cause (BWC), St. Thomas campus chapter, sit in rapt attention as they listen to presenter Dr. Jerry Smith at a BWC Professional Seminar Luncheon. Dr. Smith, a physical therapist, is CEO and owner of Therapy Works and is UVI’s athletic trainer. He spoke to the young men about the importance of professionalism.

Bottom: Anthony Morton, standing, asks young men about their immediate goals. Morton, a business relations manager at First Bank VI, was also a presenter. He cited daunting statistics related to young black men in the United States. “Gentlemen, without a doubt, black men need college degrees now, more than ever before,” Morton told the group of about 17. “You guys are at UVI and this is the way to go.”

The Professional Seminar Luncheon, a new initiative of BWC, seeks to introduce the group’s 30 members to successful men in the community, according to Vice President Darryl Williams.