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From Jack Day - Posted 1 August 2007

Viet Nam Seminar Update

Dr. Phan Thi Giac Tam, our contact at the Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City, HCMC, has just sent me an update on an important part of the seminar planning-a visa.

There are two types of visas that foreign participants could apply for: A Tourist Visa and An Official Visa. The Tourist Visa is to be used by people who plan to visit as a tourist only. Holders of a Tourist Visa would not be able to attend any meetings officially. An Official Visa can be obtained through the International Affairs Office of Nong Lam University. The Office will need your full name and other statistics of your passport, i.e., passport number, location of passport issuance, birthdate, date of issuance.

It would seem wise for everyone, including spouses, to apply for an Official Visa. This would give you the option of coming to a meeting. I propose that everyone planning to attend send me the visa related information so it can be submitted to Nong Lam University, NLU, from one location. I would plan to send a visa application list at the beginning of September, October and November to NLU.

It is not too early to begin making decisions on the trip to Vietnam next March. Jan and I have just purchased our tickets. The prices have already begun to rise. We are scheduled to arrive in HCMC from Singapore on Friday, February 29 and depart on Saturday, March 15. Our trip begins on December 27 from Green Bay and has a two month stay in Honolulu. We will be travelling to and from Honolulu through Tokyo and Singapore to HCMC. We have a two day layover in Singapore. Our tickets, Green Bay-Los Angeles-Honolulu-Tokyo-Singapore-HCMC and return cost $2000 per person.

Hotels, ground transportation and a flight to and from Hanoi from HCMC can be arranged this fall. The title of your seminar paper can also be provided this fall.

People who have participated in past seminars will be interested in learning that two old timers will not be with us. Bill Walker, Virginia Tech, died last March while on their winter holiday in Phoenix. Walter Lyon, Harrisburg, has just sent an e-mail message that Ann and he have decided that they cannot make long trips anymore. We shall miss all of them.

Comments and questions are welcome. Walter Grayman and I, along with a number of our Vietnamese friends, will try to assure everyone of an interesting, professionally stimulating and pleasant time. There will be stresses and surprises! Remember that Vietnam is a developing nation.

Cordially,

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From Jack Day - Posted 26 July 2007

An Update on Plans for the Viet Nam Seminar

Here is a revised outline of the meeting as we know about it at this time.

Seminar on Environmental and Water Resources Management

Formal sessions

Date-Sunday evening, March 2 through Tuesday, late afternoon, March 4, 2008 (Note: Field trips will be in addition to the formal sessions)

Sunday evening-Informal Welcome; Monday all day, Tuesday all day

Location-Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Sponsor-Nong Lam University (Located about 10 kilometers from the city center)

Co-Sponsors-University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA and the American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute, EWRI, USA

Others to be added

 Housing-A Hotel in the center city to be selected.

Transportation-Buses to and from the campus to the hotel will be provided by the sponsor

Attendance-Approximately 25 to 30 speakers, half from Viet Nam and the other half from other countries

Spouses Program- To be organized

Field trips- To be organized according to the interests of the participants. Here are some possibilities:

Field Trip 1: Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 (For those who arrive on Friday) Metropolitan Ho Chi Minh City center, Reunification Palace and the Cu Chi Tunnel

Field Trip 2: Tuesday, late afternoon, March 4, through Saturday morning, March 8. A loop trip by van beginning at Bien Hoa and going to Dalat and Mui Ne, a beach resort area near Phan Thiet before returning to Ho Chi Minh City. This trip would include time on the shore of the Dong Nai River (Bien Hoa), the highlands (Dalat) and the coast of the South China Sea (Phan Thiet and Mui Ne). The seminar participants would travel by van directly from Nam Long University to Bien Hoa at the end of the formal program. The trip would take about one hour. The spouses would travel in a separate van from center city Ho Chi Minh City to Bien Hoa, a journey of about one and one half hours.

Field Trip 3: Saturday, March 8 through Monday, March 10. Flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi followed by a tour of the nation’s capitol and a visit to Halong Bay, a world famous coastal region about an hour from Hanoi. Details are yet to be developed. This trip would follow completion of Field Trip 2. Everyone would return by van from Mui Ne to the HCMC airport. There, we would divide, some traveling back to North America, others flying north to Hanoi.

Costs: All foreign participants are expected to pay their own expenses. A small registration fee may be charged to cover miscellaneous expenses, e.g., coffee and tea

Possible Foreign Participants

The following people, with their wives, have expressed interest in learning more with an intent to attend. Most on this list attended the last seminar in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in March 2006

Bob Clark, Jack Day, Ernie Giovannitti, Walter Grayman, John Katers, Walter Lyon. Dick Males, Doug McTavish, Rob Montgomery, Robert Wenger and Lambert Yamashita

            The following people have either attended earlier seminars or have expressed interest in learning more.The spouses of most on this list been part of past meetings.

Walter Heine, Terence Lee, Kyle Schilling, Ted Siegler, John Thackray, and Li Wei

There may be others on this mailing list who would like to participate. You are welcome! We hope that you will be willing to give a paper. Please join us. The need for this type of small and informal international meeting is great.

Note: All of these people have lead and are leading extended and distinguished careers in environmental and water resources engineering and management. Most are holders of the Ph D degree. Citizens of Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peoples Republic of China, United Kingdom and the United States are on the list.

The year ahead will pass very quickly. Walter Grayman and I will work with our Vietnamese friends to organize the formal meeting, the spouses program and the field trips. We should have most details for this meeting completed by late this summer. The people at Nam Long University will have many things to do, including sponsoring a visa for all foreigners so they need enough time to complete the preparation. Please review your calendars for 2008 and make a decision on this meeting soon. If Walt or I can help, please let us know. Walter's e-mail address is Grayman @fuse.net My e-mail address is dayj@uwgb.edu

 As usual, comments will be appreciated. 

 Jack

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From Jack Day - 9 April 2007

Vietnam Conference

Seminar on Environmental and Water Resources Management

Date-Sunday evening, March 2 through Wednesday noon, March 5, 2008 (Note: Field trips will be in addition to the formal sessions)

Sunday evening-Informal Welcome; Monday all day, Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning-Formal Sessions

Location-Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Sponsor-Nong Lam University (Located about 10 kilometers from the city center)

Co-Sponsors-University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin,USA and the American Society of Civil

Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute, EWRI, USA; Others to be added

Housing-A Hotel in the center city to be selected.

Transportation-Buses to and from the campus to the hotel will be provided by the sponsor

Attendance-Approximately 25 to 30 speakers, half from Viet Nam and the other half from other countries

Spouses Program- To be organized

Field trips- To be organized according to the interests of the participants. Here are some possibilities:

Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 (For those who arrive on Friday) Metropolitan Ho Chi Minh City center, Reunification Palace and the Cu Chi Tunnel

Wednesday afternoon and Thursday, March 5 and 6-Mekong Delta with overnight in Can Tho

Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 16- An extended trip by rented van with a driver from Ho Chi Minh City north to Hanoi with overnight stops at various places including Dong Nai, Dalat, Hue and Halong Bay. This is a trip covering about 1000 miles, from south to north and would be organized for those interested in seeing many parts of the nation. Details would be made after the participants were confirmed.. Anyone interested in learning more could study a travel guide available in any book store.

Costs: All foreign participants are expected to pay their own expenses. A small registration fee may be charged to cover miscellaneous expenses, e.g., coffee and tea

Possible Foreign Participants

The following people, with their wives, have expressed interest in learning more with an intent to attend. Most on this list attended the last seminar in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in March 2006

Bob Clark, Jack Day, Ernie Giovannitti, Walter Grayman, John Katers, Walter Lyon. Dick Males, Doug McTavish, Rob Montgomery and Lambert Yamashita

The following people have either attended earlier seminars or have expressed interest in learning more.The spouses of most on this list been part of past meetings.

Walter Heine, Terence Lee, Julia Pacheco, Kyle Schilling, Ted Siegler, John Thackray, Li Wei and Bob Wenger

There may be others on this mailing list who would like to participate. You are welcome! We hope that you will be willing to give a paper. Please join us. The need for this type of small and informal international meeting is great.

Note: All of these people have lead and are leading extended and distinguished careers in environmental and water resources engineering and management. Most are holders of the Ph D degree. Citizens of Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peoples Republic of China, United Kingdom and the United States are on the list.

The year ahead will pass very quickly. Walter Grayman and I will work with our Vietnamese friends to organize the formal meeting, the spouses program and the field trips. We should have most details for this meeting completed by late this summer. The people at Nam Long University will have many things to do, including sponsoring a visa for all foreigners so they need enough time to complete the preparation. Please review your calendars for 2008 and make a decision on this meeting soon. If Walt or I can help, please let us know. Walter's e-mail address is Grayman @fuse.net My e-mail address is dayj@uwgb.edu