Wednesday, August 31, 2011

UVI Honors Outgoing CFO Vincent Samuel

Members of the UVI community gathered Tuesday, Aug. 30, to share their gratitude for outgoing Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer Vincent Samuel, who has decided to return to the University’s faculty, teaching in the School of Business. Samuel’s almost 30 years of association with UVI – from student, to faculty, to administrator – were recalled with humor and deep thanks by current and former administrators, as well as members of the UVI staff. Retired long-time UVI administrator Malcolm Kirwan, above right, elicited some of the broadest laughter from Samuel, who is flanked by former UVI President Dr. LaVerne Ragster. Dr. Ragster hosted the ceremony. UVI President Emeritus Dr. Orville Kean and President Dr. David Hall, along with a number of UVI trustees, were also among the speakers who recalled the critical roles Samuel has played over the years at the University. Finally, Samuels explained that his great concern for the young people of the territory was a key factor in his decision to try to make a more direct impact on their lives through teaching.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Phonathon III Slated for Aug. 29 to Sept. 1

UVI Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs Linda I. Smith ('98, '03), left, welcomes a few of the many volunteers who will take to the phone lines for UVI's Special Alumni Phonathon III on Aug. 29 through Sept. 1. Present for the early orientation session were, from left, Dr. Xuri Maurice Allen, Toriefa Alexander ('08), Peggy Fahie ('92) and Dr. Maude Jacobs ('78, 84). They will be reaching out to UVI's special alumni - those who attended the University for 12 months or more but did not graduate from UVI - to update contact information, share the institution's latest news and seek financial support for UVI students.

Follow the links below for a look back at the Phonathon II action.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Cruzan VIRIL Adds $40,000 to Support UVI Scholarships

On hand for the check presentation were, from left, Cruzan General Manager Dennis P. Potter, Cruzan Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Marvin L. Pickering (UVI '85), Cruzan President and Chief Executive Officer Gary C. Nelthropp, UVI President Dr. David Hall, UVI Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson, Cruzan Accounting Assistant Narissa T. Mapp (UVI '07) and Cruzan Assistant Office Manager Magdalen Joseph (UVI '98).

A $40,000 contribution in support of student scholarships was presented by long-time University of the Virgin Islands supporter Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. at a check presentation on Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Cruzan Rum distillery on St. Croix.

Cruzan VIRIL Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Gary C. Nelthropp and Chief Financial Officer Marvin L. Pickering were on hand to make the presentation to UVI President Dr. David Hall and Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson. The gift brings the total Cruzan donation to the University, since 1987, to $655,000.

“In these fiscally tight times in the territory, this gift from Cruzan Rum is even more important than in past years,” said President Hall. “The University has fewer resources to operate with now than in the past. Therefore we need the generosity of the private sector in order to support our students in their quest for academic excellence. This gift goes to the heart of UVI and comes from the heart of Cruzan Rum."

A full news release is available from the UVI website - - and from this direct link.