July 31, 2001 vol. vii, number 6
Summer Youth Programs Flourish at UVI
It's summer on UVI's St. Croix campus. Classes have
ended, the grades have been submitted and UVI students -
who weeks ago were everywhere are gone. Brightly col-
ored clothing hangs drying on a clothesline in the midday
sun. A group of young women, participants in a clothing con-
struction workshop as part of
the UVI Cooperative Exten-
sion Service's 4H summer
camp, have just learned the _
art of tie-dye and batik. __
Clothing construction is just
one of the skills offered as
part of St. Croix 4H camp.
Using national 4H camp I
guidelines, the St. Croix, St.
Thomas and St. John camps
each offer separate areas of
interest such as culture, ag-
riculture and a "mini-soci-
ety" that teaches entrepre- (Left to i ,Annalee Peru, Aziree
neurship. During the six- Kerish Robles, Chaquan Thomas a
nail salon as part of the Coopera
week camp, each mini-soci-
Camp on the St. Thomas campus.
ety sets up its own govern-
ment, currency and exchange rate.
On St. Croix, 152 children between the ages of 5 and 14
participated in five 4H camps at two different locations the
UVI St. Croix campus and the Alexander Henderson Elemen-
tary School. Kofi Boateng, assistant director of the UVI Co-
operative Extension Service on St. Croix, is coordinator of
the St. Croix 4H camps.
UVI music professor Austin Venzen is coordinator of the
St. Thomas/St. John 4H camps, which offer day-long activi-
ties for 77 campers on St. Thomas and 66 campers on St.
In addition to 4H camps, UVI has maintained an active
summer program schedule that includes the Summer Science
Enrichment Academies, the Family Life Center Summer En-
richment Program, Reichhold Center Youth Moviemaking
Workshop and the Upward Bound summer program.
The Summer Science Enrichment Academies (SSEA) have
been taking place at UVI for 11 years. This summer, 20 jun-
ior high school students from St. Croix and 45 high school
students from St. Thomas lived and studied on UVI's cam-
puses as part of the program.
Made possible by grants from the National Science Foun-
dation (NSF) and the Health Careers Opportunity Program
(HCOP), the Summer Science Enrichment Academies offer
free enrichment activities in science and mathematics over a
md Jamia Battiste operate a
'tive Extension Service 4H
period of five weeks. As part of
the program, students are in-
structed in biology, math, chem-
istry, physics and learning strat-
egies. SSEA students took field
trips to the Cyril E. King Airport
control tower, the St. Thomas
weather station, the Roy L.
Schneider Hospital and the
Etelman Observatory, and were
exposed to working scientists and
physicians through a series of lec-
tures and panels.
Upward Bound had 55 stu-
dents from St. Thomas and St.
Croix attending classes and liv-
ing in the UVI residence halls on
the St. Thomas campus. In addi-
tion to academic pursuits, the 55 Upward Bounders took a St.
Thomas island tour, trips to Coral World, Cinnamon Bay
Campground on St. John, the movies, bowling and enjoyed
weekly sports nights.
Kari Hodge, a 17 year-old senior at Ivanna Eudora Kean
High School, says she's been challenged by the curriculum
of Upward Bound's summer program. "During the academic
year we're given assignments but during the summer, the as-
signments include more difficult projects and essays." Hodge
says access to the Sports and Fitness Center and the Ralph
M. Paiewonsky Library, as well as the friendships she's en-
joyed during the summer program, are bonuses. "I have made
a whole lot of friends, especially the people from St. Croix,"
Twenty-seven at-risk youth from the Kirwan Terrace Hous-
ing Community and the New Horizons Alternative School
took part in the UVI Family Life Center's free summer en-
richment program on the St. Thomas campus. Through ca-
reer, academic, personal, recreational and cultural develop-
ment workshops, each child was challenged to view them-
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Youth Programs.. .cont'd.
selves and their com-
munity differently. .
Museum trips, lec-
tures, drama classes,
tennis lessons and a
trip to the St. Thomas
jail brought variety to
the Family Life
Center's summer en-
sYouth Moviemaking Workshop partici-
chment experience pants Favinn aynard, foreground,
Five teenagers par- and Rachel Navarro edit film projects
ticipated in the first with coordinator Denise Humphrey.
Youth Moviemaking Workshop, where they learned advanced
digital video production and editing techniques.
David Edgecombe, director of the Reichhold Center for
the Arts, said the culmination of the program will include the
screening of a 10-minute dramatic film produced by the
"It's fantastic to see the work they have done."
VIUAP Receives $347,000
The Virgin Islands University Affiliated Program (VIUAP)
has received a grant of $347,000 from the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, which will enable the pro-
gram to continue its work with people with disabilities and
their families.The mission of VIUAP is to enhance the lives
of disabled consumers and their families by working with the
community, higher educational institutions and public schools
to raise awareness about the special challenges and potential
of people with disabilities.
"Disabled consumers are the ones behind the operation of
VIUAP," said Dr. Yegin Habtes, executive director of VIUAP
and an education professor at UVI. An advisory council made
up of disabled consumers oversees VIUAP's interdiscipli-
nary training workshops, certificate programs, community out-
reach and technical assistance programs.
VIUAP disseminates information to the public by way of
two publications the semi-annual magazine Harambee and
the monthly newsletter Tech Connect and operates assistive
technology resource centers on St. Thomas and St. Croix.
UVI Students Conduct Advanced Summer Research
Students who attended science classes at UVI this sum-
mer conducted research that professors say should make them
very competitive and prepared in the years to come.
Dr. Richard Hall, a professor of biology on UVI's St. Tho-
mas campus, says it's a goal of the Science and Mathematics
Division to increase students' participation in research
projects at every stage of their college careers.
This summer, students who attended biology and general
science classes examined core samples of termite nests, con-
ducted a two-week study of population genetics and partici-
pated in metabolic rate and oxygen consumption studies.
Dr. Paul Jobsis taught general biology during the summer
session. "The projects have involved students out in the field
and it's always good to get them outside taking measurements
in the field rather than in a classroom," he said.
Jobsis, Hall and other Science and Mathematics Division
faculty, have instituted changes to the science curriculum that
have increased the number of laboratory research experiments,
at every course level. UVI's Science and Mathematics Divi-
sion hopes to garer public support and awareness of the high
quality, advanced scientific preparation that exists at UVI as
well as increase the opportunities for UVI students to attend
national scientific meetings.
The scientific research opportunities that exist at UVI are
the result of a number of grant initiatives that have been put
in place over the last several years. The Minority Access to
Research Careers (MARC) program, begun at UVI under the
direction of Dr. Gwen-Marie Moolenaar, the National Insti-
tutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical Research Support RISE
Program and the National Science Foundation HBCU Un-
dergraduate Program have all made advanced undergraduate
research at UVI possible.
2 John Brewer's Bay
St. Thomas, VI 00802
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