UVI VOICE 2.0 is a student-generated, online newspaper produced by the Communication division in the Department of Communication, Art, Theatre, and Music, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of the Virgin Islands. The 2019 issue is a compilation of efforts by the Newswriting1 class, Fall 2019 on STT and STX.
Special thanks to Dr. Sharon Alert Honore, instructor/Associate Professor, and Mr. Gerard Howard, IT Director, Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. Please forward comments/suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always your support is appreciated.UVI Voice 2.0 Editorial Staff and contributing writers
Michael C.V. Bell
Hometown: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
Michael C. V. Bell is a stoic scholar engaged in the field of communications. Currently a junior at the University of the Virgin Islands, where he is actively pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in communications. He is also decided to join the NABJ. While his career path has yet to be decided, he also plans to obtain his master’s in business administration upon graduation. Michael is a fan of Japanese anime films and television series, manga, music, comedy, and entertainment. His dream job is to work in creative content at Netflix or In the Communication and intelligence department at the Central Intelligence Agency. Michael’s favorite quote comes from Jim Kelly- “make a difference today for someone w
Hometown: St. Thomas
George Francis is a 21-year-old senior who attends the University of the Virgin Islands. Born on St. Thomas, George has always had an interest in mass media. His desire to pursue a career in Communications blossomed when he joined his elementary school’s news team. Since then, George has engaged in many leadership roles where he has served as the public relations officer for a number of clubs and organizations and has played a major role in developing a communication strategy for each club/organization. Currently, he serves as secretary for the University of the Virgin Islands Association of Black Journalists (UVIABJ). In his spare time, George enjoys reading, traveling, watching movies, spending time with family, and meeting new people.
Hometown: Trinidad, Port of Spain
Jada Roberts was born on the beautiful island of Trinidad, where her love for STEM progressed throughout her academic journey. She is currently the Vice President for the Virgin Islands Association of Black Journalists (UVIABJ). She is currently a senior at the University of the Virgin Islands, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.S.B) degree and a minor in Art. She often has a busy schedule with her classes, HBCU fellowship, research internship, and clubs/organizations. During her free time, Jada enjoys watching ocean and space documentaries, spending time with family and friends. Ms. Roberts wishes to become an anesthesiologist. She also wishes to do health disparities research at NCBI where she will be able to dedicate her communication skills to writing research papers on health in minority communities.
Karon Reynolds– Sports, Arts and Culture
Hometown: St. Croix, Virgin Islands
My name is Karon Reynolds and I am from the island of St.Croix. . I am a 3rd year college student attending the University of the Virgin Islands (Albert A Sheen campus). I am studying to attain a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. I am an up and coming photographer with a photography business titled KSR Photography. I am a host for a radio show called UVI First Take Sports Talk Show. Recently I became a member of the UVINABJ chapter. Upon graduation I aspire to work in the radio industry or become a journalist.
J’Nise Gifft, Art and Culture, Student Affairs
Hometown: St. Thomas, VI
J’Nise Gifft was born on February 2nd in Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. This energetic Aquarian currently attends the University of the Virgin Islands where she studies Communications. She hopes to pursue a job within the field, specifically public relations, communication management, or even broadcasting. In her spare time, she bakes, writes short stories, watches Tik Toks, cooks, and much more. Currently managing two growing businesses, J’Nise continues to work hard towards her communication degree. Her long term goals are to have two large successful businesses and to inspire others with the use of her communication degree.
Kaylna Nielsen- Art and Culture
Hometown: St. Thomas,Virgin Islands
Hailing from Rock City, St. Thomas: Kalyna Nielsen, a 21-year-old, loves to perform and share her dance expertise with the community’s youth. She attends the University of the Virgin Islands on the St. Thomas campus while majoring in Communications. She is currently serving as Special Relations Director of the newly founded club UVI Association of Black Journalists. She aligns herself with the likes of a dragon because they symbolize wisdom, success, loyalty, fearlessness, strength and balance. All attributes she has or wishes to gain. Just like Kalyna, a dragon can make a wonderful ally or a fierce enemy. One of her long term goals will be to build a stronger dance presence in the U.S. Virgin Islands and obtain her own dance academy that not only specializes in classical dance forms but also cultural dance forms, like MoKo Jumbies, bamboola dancing, and even fire dancing.
Aja La-Fleur – Scott – Political Cartoons
Hometown: Howard County, Maryland
Aja La-Fleur – Scott was born in Howard County, Maryland, but moved and later raised on St. Thomas USVI at a young age. She attends the University of the Virgin Islands on the STT campus, and majors in Communication. New to the major, she is thinking about gearing her career around public relations, marketing writing or communication management. Aja spends her free time listening to music, drawing, cooking and writing poetry and short stories. In the near future, she hopes to have a published collection of those works available to the public. Aja is her happiest when she is at the beach lounging, deep in a notebook doodling, and completely void to the world with her music playing.
Kendrekus Jackson – Sports
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Classification: Redshirt Senior
In the position I hold in this newspaper I will be covering the sports section
Maxiene K. Cabo
Hometown: St. Thomas, USVI
Major: Humanities- Concentration: Communication, and English
Maxiene was born and raised on the island of St. Thomas in the USVI. She is a senior attending the University of the Virgin Islands and is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Maxiene is also the secretary of the universities Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society. She aspires to be a Caribbean social media influencer and professional freelance journalist, focusing mostly on Caribbean Culture, Lifestyle, and People.
Hope Charles-Pierre – Sections Manager
Hope spent much of her childhood years on the island of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and resides there. Traveling a lot, from an early age, and meeting new people has given her a love for communication. Being homeschooled for some years gave her a love and appreciation for writing. Presently, she is studying communication at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Christopher McDonald – Campus News
Major: Biology and Minor: Communication
Christopher McDonald was raised in St.Thomas, USVI. He is currently the Student Government Association President of the University of the Virgin Islands. Christopher is outgoing, enthusiastic, and optimistic. During his free time, Christopher likes to read, write, draw, and explore. He is also involved with scientific research that ranges from environmental science to microbiology. Christopher is a biology major and communication minor. With communication, he learned how to communicate effectively which enhanced his passion for radio production.
Joi Thomas-Lewis – International News
Joi was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the US Virgin Islands. She is a junior attending the University of the Virgin Islands. She is a multi-talented individual who has accomplished many things and aspires to work in many areas of communication.
Shane “M.A.D” Watson-Durand – Political Cartoons
Born and raised on the island of St. Croix, Shane currently attends the University of the Virgin Islands on the STX campus. Where he goes to class and struggles with the simple but overly strenuous task of reading. Through several years of messing about in computer software, he has become quite the multi-faceted individual. His skills include video editing, graphic design, music production, audio engineering. He also has extreme amounts of patience when dealing with high-intensity situations such as putting a thread through the eye of a sewing needle. He currently dreams of becoming one of the most well-known music producers in the world with his “fall back” plan being to spend the rest of his days as a happy manager at a branch of Starbucks. He is also bad at math.
Lana Cuffy – Managing Editor
Hometown: St. Thomas, VI
Major: Business Administration
Lana Cuffy was born on the island of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. She often has a busy schedule with her classes, internship, work, family, and clubs/ organizations. This loyal, trustworthy young lady is very energetic and has a vibrant spirit no matter what time of day it is. She is currently a senior at the University of the Virgin Islands, pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree with a concentration in Information Systems and Technology and a minor in Communication. Ms. Cuffy will be seeking a position as an office administrator where she will be able to dedicate her communication skills, abilities, and personality to handle and lead office administrative work.
Ahriya J Fearon – Sports
Hometown: Miami- Dade County, Florida
Ahriya Fearon was born in Miami Dade county on a nice sunny afternoon. Ahriya spends most of his time dealing with currency exchange and doing research on creating a perfect podcast, so he can sit and talk about all the things in the world that can be talked about. Ahriya is skilled in automotive technology which he sees as a hobby when he is on St.Croix. This amazing, straightforward, and bright guy will keep pushing with life until he is a self-made millionaire. Ahriya lives by this saying he created to push him everyday ( never try to be noticed, but let them notice your legacy.)
Hometown: Island of Antigua
Shari is a junior at UVI majoring in communication. She says, “I believe that words are powerful and so it’s is important to use them wisely.”
Yari Munoz – Entertainment
Hometown: St. Thomas, USVI
Nikiyah Gerson – Caribbean News
Hometown: St. Croix, VI
Brittney Steele – Local News
Hometown: Havelock, NC
The position I hold at UVI Voice2.0 is delivering content that involves budget(s).
Dr. Sharon Albert Honore – Editor
Most Recent Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Title: Faculty Advisor, UVI Voice 2.0/ Associate Professor, UVI Dept of Mass Comm
Dr. Honore has taught mass/social media to students in higher education for many years (Houston, Prairie View, Baton Rouge, Augusta, Austin, Iowa City, Montgomery). She claims that her relocation to the USVI has presented “opportunities to work with some of the most interesting and brilliant students I have ever had the privilege to interact.” Honore asserts that UVI Voice 2.0 “offers a communication vehicle to showcase the immense talent and skills of students in the communication department.”