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University of the U.S. Virgin Islands Shows Appreciation to Interior for Support of New Wellness Center



Washington, D.C. (February 10, 2009) – On Tuesday, February 10, two University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) officials delivered a resolution of appreciation to the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) with respect assistance from the Department of the Interior in developing the University’s Wellness Center for which a formal ground-breaking ceremony was held on January 29, 2009.

Dr. Noreen Michael, Chief of Staff and Ms. Velma Abramsen, Executive Assistant to the UVI President visited Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary Nik Pula and staff at OIA to deliver a resolution adopted by the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees.  The resolution acknowledges and thanks the Department of the Interior for its support and partnership in developing the University’s Wellness Center.  The Department of the Interior, through OIA, has given $1 million in grants toward construction of the new facility.

The Wellness Center will be a 6,000 square foot building constructed along the southwest side of the existing UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The building will include a state-of-the-art dance studio and aerobics area with wooden floor, a cardiovascular equipment area, a weight room and locker-rooms. The first-class facility will provide a place for students, faculty, staff and alumni to work out. The project is estimated to cost $2.1 million.
 Acting DAS Nik Pula, UVI Chief of Staff Dr. Noreen Michael, Ms. Velma Abramsen (UVI), and OIA's USVI Desk Officer Basil Ottley.

Resolution of Appreciation from UVI to DOI.

University of the Virgin Islands Sport and Fitness Center.