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June 15, 1998

UCSC enters a busy summer conference season

UCSC will host nearly 60 camps, conferences, institutes, and meetings this summer, on subjects ranging from Karposi's Sarcoma to virtual reality.

More than 10,000 visitors are expected to come to the campus for the 10-week conference season, which lasts from June 28 to September 5 this year.

The conference program generates roughly $3 million each year for UCSC. Conference guests purchase food and services from the campus and occupy the 2,400 beds at UCSC's eight residential colleges. Last year, the income generated from the summer season helped to offset room-and-board rates charged to each UCSC student this year by about $200. Other income was returned to UCSC's colleges to help support their programs for students. In addition, nearly 40 students will work for the conference program this summer.

Approximately 60 percent of summer bookings come from UCSC Extension, Summer Session, and academic programs sponsored by faculty and staff. Sports teams, businesses, youth groups, and government and professional organizations make up the remaining 40 percent of bookings.

Some of this year's conferences include:

Upward Bound (June 23-August 5). Students from the U.S. and Pacific Islands focus on math and science in this six-week summer academy.

English Language International (ELI) (June 28-September 4). ELI helps students from around the world increase their proficiency in English, prepare for admission to U.S. colleges, and better understand American culture.

Johns Hopkins University Institute (June 28-July 17, July 19-August 7). The Institute for the Academic Advancement of Youth, Center for Academic Achievement, holds summer residential and computer programs at 18 locations in the U.S. The session at UCSC is for students in grades eight through ten.

UCOP Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) (June 28-July 2, July 5-11). The MESA program provides American Indian youth with academic enrichment and support to succeed in math and science. The program is offered by the UC Office of the President.

Academic Program for High School Students (June 29-July 31). Students entering their senior years in high school get a head start on college by taking university-level courses through this residential program, which is sponsored by Summer Session.

Project Avance (June 29-July 25). Also known as Proyecto Avance, this program is directed toward students from migrant families who are overage for their grade in school. The fifth-to-ninth-grade students live at UCSC's College Eight while taking intensive academic courses and learning career planning and study skills.

Yo Puedo (June 29-July 25). Yo Puedo aims to foster self-esteem and self-confidence in high school students through a program of academic classes and leadership training. The camp is offered free of charge to teenagers from migrant families.

UC Computing Services Conference (June 30-July 2). All UC staff who offer computing support services are invited to attend this 11th annual conference. Professionals from the nine UC campuses will meet to discuss computing support issues and strategies.

UCSC Summer Session/Seaside Junior High School Math/Science Institute (July 1-18). A group of seventh- and eighth-grade students will study a challenging program of academic subjects, build and launch rockets, and sail on a university research ship while participating in this residental institute. The 20 students are from four middle schools in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District.

EOP Summer Bridge Program (July 11-August 14). Approximately 60 incoming UCSC freshmen will attend this challenging five-week residential program, which is designed to prepare them for college-level work at the university. Summer Bridge is sponsored by UCSC's Educational Opportunity Programs.

Computer Adventures (July 19-August 14). Children ages 8 to 16 will study Web-page authoring, multimedia, 3-D animation and design, programming, robotics, and technical support at this high-tech camp. Los Gatos-based Computer Adventures is offering similar camps at five universities in California and Washington this summer.

Niigata Daiichi (July 19-August 8). Students with the Japanese school Niigata Daiichi study English and U.S. culture through English Language International, UCSC Extension.

Kaposi's Sarcoma Associated Herpes Virus and Related Agents (KSHV) (July 25­28). Approximately 150 scientists from around the world are expected to attend this conference, which will provide a forum for them to present their ongoing work on these viruses. This is the first international meeting that will focus primarily on KSHV.

'Green and Gold' California's Environments--Memories and Visions (July 29-August 2). Scholars, activists, and the general public will explore the unique blend of nature and culture that defines California's past and its future prospects at this environmental history conference. The conference commemorates the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold and the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

College Board (August 2-6). Admissions and school-relations staff gain necessary job skills at this conference, including how to evaluate transcripts, conduct high school visits, and give oral presentations.

Dickens Universe (August 2-8). At this annual conference, distinguished Dickens scholars will discuss Charles Dickens's novel Oliver Twist and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Sponsored by the Dickens Project, the conference features lectures, films, videos, a book fair, daily workshops for teachers, Victorian teas, and a Victorian dance with live music. The program is designed for both teachers and the general public.

East Side Union High School District Summer Leadership Conference (August 5-7, 12-14). Two different groups of 100 ninth and tenth graders from the East Side district in San Jose will live at UCSC during the camp's two sessions. At the camp, they will learn about the college-application process and how to develop a four-year academic plan. Many of these students would be the first in their families to attend college.

SCO Forum 98 (August 16-21). More than 2,000 people from dozens of countries are expected to attend the 12th annual SCO Forum, an educational conference featuring courses on business and engineering topics affecting the information-systems industry.

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