UVI Bulletin Board for April

UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas Campus. (File photo)
UVI Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas Campus. (File photo)

Volunteers Needed for the Second Annual Great Mangrove Cleanup to be held on April 13 The University of the Virgin Islands, V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR), Virgin Islands Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (VI-EPSCoR), Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) and other partners will take part in the second annual Great Mangrove Cleanup to be held from 9 a.m. to noon, at VI-EcoTours on April 13.
This large-scale effort is essential for removing tangled debris lodged within mangrove roots along coastal shorelines. These areas are typically not cleaned during the International Coastal Cleanup (Coastweeks), thus the importance of this event, which removes debris from essential marine habitat.
For more information, contact Howard Forbes Jr. at 693-1672 at Center for Marine and Environmental Studies or email howard.forbes@live.uvi.edu.
CLASS Public Administrative Open-Door Lecture to be held on April 17 The Virgin Islands community is invited to attend the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) Public Administrative Open-Door Lecture at the University of the Virgin Islands on April 17.
The event takes place from 5:45-8 p.m. in Administration and Conference Center (ACC) in Room 142 on the St. Thomas Campus and in the Great Hall Room 134 on the St. Croix Campus.
The invited guest speaker is Dr. Jason Coupet, an assistant professor of public administration at North Carolina State University. The topic of Coupet’s lecture centers around the contributions of public administrative and economic disciplines on understanding and solving public-sector problems.
Opening remarks will be given by Sen. Donna Frett-Gregory.
For more information, contact College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences: Dr. Sheena Walker at 693-1260 or email sheena.walker@uvi.edu or Kenny Hendrickson at 692-4124 or email khendri@live.uvi.edu
Community Invited to Reef Fest The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) and partners extend an invitation to the V.I. community to be a part of Reef Fest 2019. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yacht Haven Grande on Saturday, April 27.
Come out and learn about ways in which you can help maintain the vitality of our U.S. Virgin Islands ecosystems both marine and terrestrial.
There will be live musical entertainment, raffle prizes, a seafood cooking competition and much more.
The event is free and will feature activities for both youth and adults.
For more information, visit www.vimas.uvi.edu or contact Howard Forbes at howard.forbes@uvi.edu.
VIUCEDD Hosts Its 12thAnnual Autism Conference The Virgin Islands University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) will host its 12th Annual Autism Conference on St. Thomas on Monday, April 15, at the Administration and Conference Center (ACC) and on St. Croix, Wednesday, April 17, at the Great Hall. The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.
This year’s conference is designed to bring awareness to research that explores how music therapy can support cognitive and social activity for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Additionally, an approach for creating an inclusive community, which offers support, through mentoring, networking and education in the Virgin Islands will be discussed.
The keynote presentation will be “Music, the Brain and Child Development” by Dr. Miriam Lense of Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There will be two break-out session topics, “The Nashville Approach: Developing Community-driven Expectations of Inclusion” by A. Pablo Juárez, M.Ed., BCBA of Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, as well as “Music and Social-Emotional Well Being: Research and Clinical Applications” by Dr. Miriam Lense of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.