University of the Virgin Islands alumni are getting close to
setting a historic record. In January UVI President Dr. David Hall
issued a challenge to alumni to raise the alumni giving rate to 50
percent in honor of the institution's 50th anniversary, in what he
named the "50 for 50 Campaign." Now nearing a 35 percent alumni
giving rate, UVI needs donations from approximately 1,121 more
alumni to meet the goal. If UVI achieves its goal, it will be the
first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to have a 50
percent alumni giving rate, Dr. Hall said.
UVI alumni have responded well and now Alumni Affairs officials are
feverishly drumming up additional alumni support as the deadline
"We need the financial support, in any amount, from an additional
1,121 alums," said UVI's Director of Annual Giving and Alumni
Affairs Linda I. Smith ('98, '03).
Smith said she is optimistic about UVI reaching its goal, as she
and a dedicated team of staff and volunteers - which include fellow
alumni, current students and friends - continue to reach out to the
community for support. "There is not one day that we don't reach
out to alumni - and that includes weekends and holidays," Smith
said. "And there is not one day that we run into an alum who
doesn't want to give," she added. "Our alumni pride is evident in
everything that we do."
She expressed gratitude to those who have already made a gift.
"This historic campaign continues to receive overwhelming support
of both alumni and friends. Everyone is excited about our hometown
university becoming the first HBCU to have 50 percent
participation," she said. Still, Smith noted, alumni must take
action to make it possible.
Contributions must be made by Sept. 30, to be counted toward the 50
for 50 Campaign. Alumni may make donations securely on-line by
clicking the "Support UVI, Donate Now" button on the homepage of
UVI's website www.uvi.edu or via
the UVI Alumni Network Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/uvialumninetwork.
For more information or to make a donation via the telephone,
contact the Alumni Affairs Office on St. Croix at (340) 692-4231 or
on St. Thomas at (340) 693-1044. All donations made to UVI are