The general public and the entire University community are invited to a daylong University of the Virgin Islands Open House in celebration of the institution's 50th anniversary on Charter Day - Friday, March 16.
The Golden Jubilee Open House will be held in addition to the
official Charter Day Ceremony, which is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. It
will be available via videoconference from the first-floor
conference room of the Administration and Conference Center on St.
Thomas, the Great Hall on St. Croix and UVI's St. John Academic
Center in Cruz Bay. The rededication of UVI's Paiewonsky
Library on St. Thomas is set for 2 p.m.
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University wide open house activities, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be available in all departments and offices on the St. Thomas campus, the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and at the St. John Academic Center. Along with the general public, all UVI students, alumni, faculty, staff and retirees are encouraged to attend.
The official Charter Day celebration will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. UVI is honored to have Ambassador Ruth A. Davis scheduled to provide the Charter Day keynote address. Ambassador Davis recently retired from the U.S. Department of State with the rank of Career Ambassador. UVI President Dr. David Hall said that Ambassador Davis' career accomplishments in the international realm embody the vision UVI's founder, Gov. Ralph M. Paiewonsky, had for the institution as a "cultural and educational center" in the U.S Virgin Islands.
Former Governor and UVI Professor Emeritus of History Dr. Charles W. Turnbull will offer remarks on the social, economic and political climate of the U.S. Virgin Islands around the time of the college's formation.
The rededication of UVI's Paiewonksy Library - named in honor of Gov. Ralph M. Paiewonsky - is scheduled at the library on the St. Thomas campus, at 2 p.m. UVI Professor Emerita Dr. Marilyn Krigger will provide a brief historical overview of the events leading up to the library's original dedication in 1969 and the role that Gov. Paiewonsky played in that significant event in the University's history.