July 28, 2003 vol ix, number 7
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(left to ; i,nh, Students from UVI Family Life Center Summer Enrichment Program play soccer. Summer Science Enrichment
Academy students sit in front of their Internet-accessed laptop computers made possible by a grant from NASA.
Youth Retreat to UVI for the Summer
A $150,000 NASA grant to support the Saturday and Sum-
mer Science Academies on both campuses facilitated the pur-
chase of 40 laptop computers and support equipment and tech-
nology that links the computers to the Internet via satellite,
among other things. The laptops were divided equally between
the SSEA programs on the St. Croix and St. Thomas campus.
SSEA is designed to retain and rekindle students' interest in
science and mathematics and to encourage minority students
to pursue career goals in these areas.
On the St. Croix campus, which hosted the Junior SSEA
for seventh and eight-graders, each of the program's 20 stu-
dents was assigned his or her own computer.
Forty-four high school students participated in the SSEA
program on the St. Thomas campus.
Several other youth programs were held on UVI's cam-
puses, including the Upward Bound Summer Program, Coop-
erative Extension Service's 4-H Camp and the Family Life
Center Summer Enrichment Program.
The Family Life Center (FLC) Summer Enrichment Pro-
gram is held for five weeks on the St. Thomas campus. The
program caters to students from the nearby Kirwan Terrace
community who are in the FLC after-school program held
during the academic year. In addition to academics, 36 stu-
dents participated in cultural and recreational activities, in-
cluding arts and crafts and soccer.
The youngsters, ages 9-12, went on several field trips,
including the Fort Christian Museum, the Baths in Virgin Gorda,
Water Island, and to the movies. One special trip was an over-
night stay at the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Sta-
tion on St. John. In addition, representatives from community
organizations made presentations to the students.
While traditional UVI students were away on vacation,
the campuses were buzzing with activity from prospective
Register for Classes Online
Returning UVI students can beat the long lines at regis-
tration by registering via the Internet. Links to the secure
web site that students are using for the registration process
are available on the UVI home page http://www.uvi.edu.
Students must obtain personal identification numbers from their
faculty advisors in order to log on to the registration page.
UVI Registrar Robert Fontaine stresses that enrollment
in classes is not guaranteed until payment is made. After reg-
istering, students must visit the Cashier's Offices on the St.
Thomas campus or the St. Croix campus to pay tuition and
August 11 is the deadline for returning students to pay
tuition and fees. Failure to do so will result in the cancellation
of classes. For more information call 693-1160 on St. Tho-
mas or 692-4158 on St. Croix.
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July 31 SBDC Seminar, STX
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August 6 Seminar on STX Salt Pond, STX
UVI Increases Tuition and Fees, Improves Quality of Services
In an effort to maintain the quality of its programs and
services, the cost of attending the University of the Virgin
Islands has increased. At its June 21 quarterly meeting the
UVI Board of Trustees unanimously approved tuition, room
and board, and fee increases.
A 10 percent increase in room rates and a 20 percent
increase in the cost of meal plans for students on both cam-
puses will be in effect by the fall 2003 semester. Tuition will
increase by 10 percent as of the spring 2004 semester and
University fees, some of which had not been raised in 10
years, will increase to varying degrees.
UVI President Dr. LaVeme Ragster said the increase in
tuition and fees comes at a time when UVI is enhancing the
quality of its programs and services.
"In order for UVI to remain competitive in the quality of
its programs, the quality of its dormitories and food, and the
quality of its faculty and facilities, the institution is now forced
to implement increases for the first time in four years," Presi-
dent Ragster said in a letter to students, parents and friends of
UVI. Enhancements include renovations in the dormitories, a
new cafeteria and a new food vendor on the St. Thomas cam-
pus, along with cable-ready rooms in the dorms on the St.
Croix campus. Web registration has also been expanded to
reduce registration lines on both campuses.
"When you calculate the overall increases, however, UVI
is still seen as a great bargain in terms of the cost for the high
quality provided," President Ragster said.
Even with the increases, the tuition and fees that UVI
students pay will account for only 33% of the actual cost of
the education they receive.
Students who need financial assistance are asked to con-
tact their respective financial aid office. For a complete list
of the tuition, room and board, and fee increases visit the UVI
homepage at www.uvi.edu and click on the "UVI Rates" icon
in the lower right comer.
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A blindfolded woman attempts to identify a fruit at the Mango
Melee and Tropical Fruit Festival held on July 6 at the St.
George Botanical Gardens on St. Croix.
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New Tuition Costs at UVI
Full-time Resident $3,000.00 per year
Full-time Non-Resident $9,000.00 per year
Part-time Undergraduate Resident $100.00 per credit
Part-time Undergraduate Non-Resident $300.00 per credit
Part-time Graduate Resident $250.00 per credit
Part-time Graduate Non-Resident $500.00 per credit