UVI Bulletin Board for January II

University of the Virgin Islands — St. Croix Campus

UVI Mourns the Loss of First CVI President, Dr. Lawrence Wanlass On Tuesday, Dec. 18, the first president of the University of the Virgin Islands, Dr. Lawrence Wanlass, died in California. He is survived by his wife Anita and their four children. For nearly two decades – from 1962 to 1980 – Wanlass worked to establish the then College of the Virgin Islands and to create a world-class curriculum for its students.

UVI President Dr. David Hall, on the behalf of the entire UVI family – the board of trustees, foundation boards, faculty, staff, students and alumni – extends his sincerest condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Dr. Wanlass.

“Dr. Wanlass was a true visionary whose tireless work laid the groundwork for the first rank educational institution that the University of the Virgin Islands has become,” said UVI Board of Trustees Chairman Henry Smock. “I know that he followed the development of the university over the years and was very proud of all of its many accomplishments.”

Under Wanlass’ leadership, the institution was designated with land-grant status and a large endowment was bestowed on the College through federal legislation. During his tenure, Hubert Sugden donated his St. Croix home, which would become UVI’s Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and the institution received an endowment for the establishment of the Reichhold Center for the Arts.

“President Wanlass was such an important anchor for this university,” said President Hall. “During my time as president, he would consistently send me notes of encouragement and generosity. He was always proud of what this special institution was able to accomplish. Though I never was able to meet him, I still feel his loss and pray for his family during this difficult time.”

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI website – http://www.uvi.edu/

Astronomy Day to be Held on January 27 and February 24 The physics program invites everyone to the next Astronomy Day scheduled 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. Planetarium shows, telescope viewing of the sun, and virtual reality tours of planets around other stars will be featured. There will also be arts and crafts for children as well as adults.

Another Astronomy Day event will be scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24.

For more information, contact Dr. Antonino Cucchiara at 693- 1256 or email antonino.cucchiara@uvi.edu.