August 26, 2003 vol ix, number 8
Mother and Son Meet in Science Class
Geron Hendrickson-Javois, an
Early Admissions student on UVI's
St. Croix campus, knew that he
would be seeing his mother around
campus because she works at
UVI. But imagine his surprise when
they ended up in the same Science -
100 class. r -
"At first when I found out it "
was kind of weird," Geron said. But-
now "it's kind of funny." His
mother Ann-Merrie Hendrickson,
an administrative assistant in the
Nursing Division, has been attend-
ing UVI part-time for several Geron Hendrickson-Javoi
years. dent on the St. Croix cam
"I told him 'don't tell anyone tion with his mother a
I'm your mother,'" Hendrickson Hendrickson. Both are in
said jokingly with a hearty laugh,
noting how her son has caught up to her in college. In fact,
she is quite proud of him.
"It's nice to know that at his age, 16, he has made that big
step (of attending college)," she said. "It really makes me feel
Besides that good feeling, Hendrickson said she knows
that her son will encourage her to excel in the course.
"He humors me into remembering," she said.
Geron expects friendly competition.
"We're both going to work hard because each of us wants
Septic System Workshop, STX
Guest Lecture, STT
Fun Day & Softball Game, STX
Hendricks Bay Hike, STT
SGA Elections, STX
Activities Fair, STT
Volleyball Tournament, STT
Basketball Challenge, STT
Sumo Wrestling, STT
Sto get the higher grade," he said.
So far most of Geron's peers
have not realized that he and his
mom are in the same class. When
they find out, he expects the same
reaction that his family had shock
Geron has not yet declared a
major at UVI, but plans to become
a medical doctor and hopes to be
accepted in the Boston University
Early Medical School Selection
Photo by Joan Marsh When he graduates from
an Early Admissions stu- the St. Croix Educational Complex
us, reviews some informa- next June, Geron will have com-
l classmate Ann-Merrie pleted his freshman year at UVI.
2e same science class. Hendrickson said she is look-
ing forward to their semester to-
gether. "I expect it to be fun, yet rewarding."
Geron is one of the 281 new students on the St. Croix
campus. There are 546 new students on the St. Thomas cam-
pus. UVI Fall Semester classes began on August 18.
(From left to 1 ,hli Helen Dookhan, coordinator of the Chil-
dren, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program on St.
Thomas, and CYFAR Program Assistant Jacqueline Blyden
pose with children at the CYFAR closing ceremony at the
Tutu Hi-Rise Community Center. UVI's Cooperative Exten-
sion Service administers CYFAR programs on St. Thomas and
St. Croix. Technological skills are taught to adult and youth
participants. CYFAR is gearing upfor the Fall Semester which
began on August 25.
Students from France Intern at the AES
The reputation ofthe Uni-
versity of the Virgin Islands
Agricultural Experiment Sta-
tion on the St. Croix campus
continues to expand beyond
the boundaries of the Virgin
Islands and the United States.
The UVI-AES has been host- .. r
ing three student interns from
France this summer. They are
Emilie Cramet, Lucie Dromer
and Perry Sebastian.
and P r (From left to ;i nl Emilie Cra
The three interns learned (From left to Emlie Cr
Dromer are students from Frar
about UVI-AES offerings via Agricultural Experiment Station
the internet. Sebastian con-
tacted UVI-AES specifically because of his interest in
Cramet and Dromer are sophomores majoring in food
processing innovation at Quimper's Institut Universitaire
Professionannalise (IUP) Universite de Bretane Occidentale.
They both have associate's and bachelor's degrees in biol-
Sebastian attends the Institut Superieur d'Agriculture de
Beauvais. He is in his second year of a five-year program
that will end with a Master of Agriculture degree.
"Honestly speaking, this is one of the best study/work
experiences that I've been through," said Sebastian. He is
working specifically with the aquaculture program while
Cramet and Dromer have been rotating between the various
programs at UVI-AES. Sebastian estimates that his three-
month work experience this summer is equivalent to one year
"The system is very interesting as a sustainable system,"
Sebastian said of the aquaponics system developed at UVI.
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"Aquaculture in general
has a great future," he said.
Cramet and Dromer,
whose university requires
-b that they obtain work expe-
riences abroad to, among
S other things, improve their
.. .. .... I, English, have become more
4a. ..... versed in the language. They
have also been exposed to
Photo ByDr ManuelPalada local vegetables and herbs.
et, Perry Sebastian and Lucie te foa
ered a lot of new foods and
'e who are interning at UVI's
)fn methods of planting."
on the St. Croix Campus. methods of planting,"
The internship program at UVI-AES allows the students
to work with the various research programs including
agroforestry, agronomy, aquaculture, biotechnology, animal
science, fruits, and ornamental and vegetable crops.
The students are learning the different aspects of tropi-
cal agriculture in a small island environment of the Carib-
bean. The topics include growing vegetables, herbs and me-
dicinal plants in agroforestry systems; aquaponics-integrat-
ing vegetable production with aquaculture system; forage pro-
duction and pasture management; hair sheep production and
management; papaya and plantain production; and growing
ornamental plants flowers and shrubs. They have also vis-
ited local farms where UVI-AES is conducting on-farm re-
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