Thursday, March 28, 2013

High-Profile Attorney, Mentor to President Obama, to Speak at UVI

Charles J. Ogletree
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., a mentor to U.S. President Barack Obama and attorney to Henry Louis Gates, Jr., will be the keynote speaker of the University of the Virgin Islands Alfred O. Heath Distinguished Lecture Series. He will speak on the topic: “The Impact of President Obama’s Reelection on Gun Violence in the Virgin Islands.” The lectures are scheduled for April 4, at the Reichhold Center for the Arts on UVI's St. Thomas campus and April 5, in the Great Hall on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix. The public is invited to both events which begin at 6 p.m. and are free. 

Ogletree is the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and a prominent legal theorist. He has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at the complex issues of law, and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Ogletree is the founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Huston Institute for Race and Justice, which has engaged in a wide range of educational, legal and policy issues. He is the author of “The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America.” Ogletree has written several other books, and has received many national awards and honorary degrees.

Philanthropy & You – March 2013 Issue

Here is a link to your copy of the new Philanthropy & You newsletter for March 2013. This issue of the semiannual newsletter, published by the Institutional Advancement Component of the University of the Virgin Islands, features UVI’s newest living learning environment in West Residence Hall. Other stories include Institutional Advancement’s newest directors, a student spotlight on Mark Van Beverhoudt and Ways to Give.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne V. Jackson wrote in the newsletter: “This year we are striving for $3.4 million in donations to the University to enhance student life, academic programs, and faculty research and retention. These areas are fundamental to what makes UVI so special. You can help us achieve this ambitious goal by continuing to generously support UVI.”

The newsletter is available from the Giving section of the UVI website – – and from the following direct links:

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Bucs Win First Home Playoff Game

Bucs Even LAI Playoff Record with Convincing Win over UPR-Arecibo

Salim Ross scored 25 points in
the Bucs home playoff win.

UVI's Buccaneers won their first-ever home playoff game Friday, March 22, downing UPR-Arecibo in convincing fashion, 94-85. Salim Ross led the Bucs scoring in Friday's game with 25 points. Jerrick Amaro added 17 and Trevonte LaRose contributed 14.  

The Bucs basketball team is now 1-1 in the Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria (LAI) playoffs and return to Puerto Rico today (Monday, March 25) to faceoff with Caribbean University in a 6 p.m. game.

See an album of photos from the game on the UVI Facebook page:

Additional photos are featured on the UVI Athletics Facebook page: 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bucs in Home Playoff Game Today-Friday, March 22

Admission is FREE for today's UVI Buccaneers LAI playoff game.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

UVI Honors President Emerita Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster

Former UVI President Dr. LaVerne E. Ragster, the University’s fourth president and first female president, was presented with a framed copy of the Board of Trustees resolution granting her President Emeritus status during the University's Charter Day Ceremony on Friday, March 15, 2013. The resolution was passed by the Board of Trustees on Oct. 27, 2012. More photos from the Charter Day Ceremony on both St. Thomas and St. Croix are featured on the UVI Facebook page - Be sure to Like UVI on Facebook, check out the photos and share them with your friends.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Student's Art Accompanies VI Mission to Denmark

Sheniqua Robinson and banner.
The Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority selected a banner designed by UVI senior communication student Sheniqua Robinson for its booth in a Denmark trade presentation earlier this month. Robinson's six-foot-high, photo-montage of the historic buildings in Christiansted was created in response to an assignment in Professor Cynthia Hatfield's desktop publishing course held in the fall of 2012. The banner is one of 11 large, original student art-pieces hanging in the Caravelle Arcade this winter as part of a community-based initiative designed to constructively respond to St. Croix's current economic hard times. The effort was spearheaded by local business owner Mary Dema. Robinson's banner was the only artwork displayed in the Development Authority's booth during the trade mission event. Hatfield is a Visual Arts instructor in UVI's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix.

VI Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr.,  along with representatives from the Economic Development Authority and the Virgin Islands Department of Tourism, participated in in a USVI business development mission to Copenhagen, Denmark, from March 11 to 15.  During his visit to Denmark, Governor de Jongh met with businesses leaders to promote the benefits of establishing operations in the USVI. He also met with the Danish tourism industry officials to increase the number of Danes visiting the USVI every year. The 100th anniversary of the transfer of the Danish West Indies to the United States will occur in 2017.

Francis McIntosh and banner.
Robinson's poster, titled “Cultural Ray of Peace,” includes her original photos and poetry. She is no stranger when it comes to representing her home. She was crowned Miss St. Croix 2008-2009, Miss Virgin Islands 2010-2011, and represented the territory at the 2011 Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas. Her banner and works by fellow students Frances McIntosh, Felicia Emmanuel and Mary Josiah are among the original student art pieces hanging in the "Open-Up St. Croix" project this winter in the Caravelle Arcade. UVI student art was developed in Hatfield's Design 117 and ART/COM 324 courses. It can be viewed in windows at the north end of the Arcade.  The St. Croix Chamber of Commerce and the business community sponsored the cost of materials used in the project by students.

Felicia Emmanuel and banner.

Mary Josiah’s banner.

New Shuttle Bus for St. Thomas Campus

President David Hall cuts a ribbon inaugurating a new shuttle bus for UVI’s St. Thomas campus. Shown, from left, are shuttle driver Leonard Amey, students Kylee Ward and Faith Cartagena, Security Chief Roderick Pullen, Dr. Hall, and students Tyrell Martin, Tad Caleb Sr. and Kimesha Petersen.
A new, 15-passenger UVI Campus Shuttle has arrived on the St. Thomas campus. The new shuttle was received on March 1 and President Dr. David Hall joined with several students, UVI Security Chief Roderick Pullen and shuttle driver Leonard Amey to mark the occasion with a small ribbon cutting ceremony.
Students who joined the ceremony were sophomore National Student Exchange students Kylee Ward and Faith Cartagena, seniors Tyrell Martin and Tad Caleb, and freshman Kimesha Petersen.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Everyone’s Invited to 2013 Afternoon on the Green – March 10

For good food, family fun and live entertainment all paths lead to the 2013 Afternoon on the Green staring at noon on Sunday, March 10, on the University of the Virgin Islands’ Herman E. Moore Golf Course on the St. Thomas campus. This year’s theme is “From Many, We Are One, on a Pathway to Greatness.”

The Afternoon on the Green will have $3 tastes of mouthwatering dishes, delectable sweet treats and local drinks. This year look out for our ‘Taste of the Green’ restaurant tent where a variety of local chefs will prepare their signature dishes and sell $3 tastes.

Entertainment will be provided by Bernard Liburd and the Top Notch Band, the VI Philharmonic, the UVI Steel Pan Ensemble and the Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers. There will also be children’s activities and a mini parade of 25 vintage Volkswagens and Mustangs.  

Calling All Cooks

More dishes are needed for Afternoon on the Green. If you are interested in preparing and contributing a dish call (340) 693-1040. More information is also available at or from this direct link.