Thursday, May 26, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Volunteers Open Alumni Phonathon Part II

UVI special alumna Tiffany Chichester, center, was the first volunteer to secure a donation in UVI's 2011 Alumni Phonathon Part II. Volunteers began placing calls to special alumni today (Monday, May 23) at the Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus. UVI held Part I of its Alumni Phonathon in March when it reached out to regular alumni. Today, the attention turned to special alumni – persons who attended UVI or CVI (the College of the Virgin Islands) for a minimum of 12 months, but did not graduate. Chichester herself is a special alumni, attending the University in 2004. She is flanked by Phonathon organizer and UVI's Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs Linda I. Smith, left, and UVI alumna Jessica Edwards ('07, '08).

Volunteers, at right, include UVI students, alumni, special alumni, faculty and staff. Along with securing contributions to support student scholarships and UVI's areas of greatest needs, the Phonathon provides direct contact with all the University's - updating contact details and sharing the latest on UVI's initiatives and activities. Their efforts continue from 5:30 to 9 p.m. each night through Thursday, May 26.

Current UVI student Twanna Hodge, left, ('13) reaches for the bell to announce another pledge received. She is cheered on by UVI alumna and current employee Sadio Thomas ('05).

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders Opens

Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department Cheryl Benton speaks with Kanual Singhal of Texas Women's University at the opening of the 2011 Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders. Below, Hershelle Gaffney of Bennet College asks Cheryl Benton a question.

The 2011 Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders opened on May 17, welcoming 36 students from 23 universities throughout the United States and the Caribbean. The students will engage in two intensive weeks of leadership training, specifically addressing this year’s theme, “Global Leadership in Times of Diminishing Resources.”

Cheryl Benton, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Public Affairs, was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony. She explained the mission of the State Department and her role as deputy assistant secretary. In her address, Benton detailed recent missions to countries like Azerbaijan, explained careers available within the department and told the crowd how the department is able to function with limited resources. She also answered questions.

“I’m proud to say that I’m the new face of diplomacy,” Benton said about her role. After meeting with students, Benton said she was encouraged by their passion and goals. “The future of the globe is in really good hands,” she said.

In addition to traditional coursework, participants must develop a leadership prospectus and present it to the group. For more information, click here to visit the Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders webpage.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

UVI's Recaldo Richardson Wins Student Addy

UVI Ad Club President Recaldo Richardson, front row, third from left, received the Student Addy Award for Best of Show at the 2011 ADDY Awards, presented by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of the U.S. Virgin Islands, on Saturday, April 30. Richardson won for his student project advertising campaign titled "I Am Drama: School of Theatrical Arts.” UVI Ad Club members celebrated on stage with Richardson while receiving a standing ovation from the audience. A news release is available from the UVI homepage - - and from this direct link.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Entrepreneur Kiril Sokoloff Donates $5 Million to UVI

UVI has received a $5 million gift commitment over five years from investment strategist and entrepreneur Kiril Sokoloff. Mr. Sokoloff is the founder of 13D Research (USVI) LLC (13D). His gift was announced at a news conference on May 2. Details and photos are available at this news release.