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All UVI Alumni Invited to First Bucs Alumni Reunion on Nov. 22

UVI President Dr. David Hall and the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement are inviting all of the University's more than 6,000 alumni to the first annual Bucs Alumni Reunion scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 22, at Brewers Bay Beach on St. Thomas. This includes alums who graduated from the College of the Virgin Islands, which opened in 1962, through those who donned caps and gowns in the most recent commencement ceremonies held in 2009.

The reunion coincides with the annual Paradise Jam Division I basketball tournament being hosted at UVI's Sports and Fitness Center. This year, for the first time, UVI's Buccaneers men's basketball squad will play a game during the tournament at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21, against their LAI league rivals UPR-Metropolitan.

"The basketball game and the Bucs Reunion the following day will provide the perfect opportunity for UVI's alumni to reconnect with their alma mater and their fellow alumni," said Linda Smith ('98, '03 ), UVI's director of Annual Giving and Alumni Affairs. "We're preparing for a big turnout." The Alumni Affairs Office has also been receiving quite a few phone calls from alumni interested in attending both the alumni reunion and the Bucs game, Smith said.

The Alumni Affairs Office has been working with the St. Thomas-St. John Chapter of the UVI Alumni Association to get the word out to all alums. "We've already received responses from chapters on St. Croix, St. Martin and the BVI," Smith said. The Alumni Office has also worked with Paradise Jam organizers to arrange for special accommodations for the hundreds of expected off-island visitors at Marriott's Frenchman's Reef Resort and the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort.

"The reunion will be a wholesome, family event that promotes institutional pride," Smith said. She added that all proceeds will go to the University's Annual Giving Scholarship Fund.

The beach party, which runs from 11 a.m. - until, will also give all College of the Virgin Islands and University of the Virgin Islands alumni an opportunity to meet with the University's fifth president, Dr. David Hall, and other members of the University community.

The picnic will feature music by DJ Daryl Petersen ('05), children's activities - including face painting, scavenger hunts and balloon tossing - and alumni battles of the classes in volleyball, dominoes and tug-of-war. "I'm especially looking forward to the tug-of-war," Smith said.

Tickets for the picnic, which cover the entertainment, games and a lunch complete with iced tea or fruit punch, are just $8. Tickets are available from the Office of Institutional Advancement (340) 693-1040, the Office of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving (340) 201-6682, the Reichhold Center for the Arts Box Office (340) 693-1559, and the UVI Bookstore (340) 693-1561.

The Bucs Alumni Reunion is sponsored by Ackley Media Group radio stations, including Radio One AM-1000, 105 JAMZ, KISS 101.3 FM and 96HITZ.

For details, contact the UVI Office of Institutional Advancement at (340) 693-1040.