College Q&A: Get your kicks with UHV soccer, plant biotechnology camps

July 9, 2011 at 2:09 a.m.


My son and daughter are getting bored this summer, and I'm looking for activities to keep them busy. Is UHV offering any summer camps they would enjoy?

UHV has choices in academic and athletic areas this summer at two camps offered in Victoria.

The first is the UHV Summer Soccer Camp July 18-22 at the Victoria Youth Soccer Organization Soccer Complex at the Victoria Regional Airport. The camp is for boys and girls ages 4 through 17 of all experience levels. Students will be grouped based on age and ability.

Camp staff will instruct students on the proper techniques of passing, receiving, dribbling, shooting and heading, as well as provide them with age-appropriate tactical knowledge of soccer games.

The UHV Summer Soccer Camp Director is Adrian Rigby, head coach of the UHV men's and women's soccer teams. Other camp staff will include college, high school and club coaches from across the nation, and current and former collegiate players from within the region.

Campers can choose to attend from 9 a.m. to noon, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., or both sessions. The fee is $115 for either the morning or evening sessions or $165 for both. Campers get a free soccer ball and T-shirt with their registration. Priority registration deadline for campers to receive their T-shirt size is Friday, but walk-up registrations are welcome on the first day of camp. For more information, email

UHV's other summer camp focuses on the world of plant biotechnology with hands-on activities and problem-solving for students ages 12 to 19.

The Plant Biotechnology Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to noon July 21-22 and 25-27 in the biology lab at the UHV University Center, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The two-day break will provide time for plant seed to grow.

Siva Somasundaram, director of UHV undergraduate biology studies, will lead the camp. Students will get to detect microbes on surfaces, in air and water; sterilize plant materials and learn about plant genomes; clone their favorite type of plant; isolate and characterize plant DNA; and identify genetically modified plants.

The camp fee is $195, which includes a T-shirt and completion certificate. Parents interested in registering their student can call 361-570-4361. Required applications and medical release forms are available at The registration deadline is Wednesday.

Do you have a question about the University of Houston-Victoria? Contact Paula Cobler, UHV interim director of marketing and communications, at 361-570-4350 or



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