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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 33 - June 13, 1996

Events

Friday, 14

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Summer Arts Festival Program, 6-7:30 p.m., Henderson Lawn: Simple Gifts.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: It's All in the Timing. Through 6-15.

Saturday, 15

Summer Arts Festival Program, 7 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: Traditional Mountain Square Dancing.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: It's All in the Timing.

Sunday, 16

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Audie Murphy crash site, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Monday, 17

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Risky Business: Storing Dangerous Chemicals and Waste in Virginia," with David Conn, Virginia Tech, and Grant Woodwell, Mary Washington.

Friday, 21

Summer Arts Festival Program, 6-7:30 p.m., Henderson Lawn: Jon Benfield.

Saturday, 22

YMCA Hike, 8:30 a.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Stone Mountain State Park, led by Bill and Lynda Hohenboken.

Monday, 24

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Simply Irresistible: The Changing Face of Popular Culture," with Marshall Fishwick, Virginia Tech, and Richard Bausch, GMU.

Wednesday, 26

Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Fall '96.

Thursday, 27

First Summer Classes End.

Summer Arts Festival Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: French Farce Club. Through 6-29.

Bulletins

Simple Gifts to perform in Summer Arts Festival

Jack Webster, Marya Katz, Robert Edmunds, and Charles Bostian, who perform as Simple Gifts, will be featured on June 14 in one of the free outdoor concerts in Summer Arts Festival `96. Concerts are Fridays at 6 p.m. on Henderson Lawn, adjacent to College Avenue.

The Blacksburg-based group has released four cassette tapes in the 14 years the musicians have been together. They will release their first compact disk, "Mountain Mists" on June 14.

Since their founding, Simple Gifts has collected a diverse range of melodies, performing traditional American, British, and Irish folk music, in addition to South American favorites and original compositions. Together, the foursome sing and play hammered dulcimers, bass, cello, and guitars. Their repertoire includes the rollicking sea song "The Wreck of the Pay Rupert," early American hymns "Samantha" and "Amazing Grace," as well as Appalachian fiddle tunes, Scottish ballads, and love songs. Original compositions include Katz's hammered dulcimer duet "September Sapphire."

The group enjoys regular appearances in a variety of settings, including: the Jeff Hunt Show on WVTF Public Radio, Third Street Coffee House in Roanoke, Gabriel's Psaltery in Blacksburg, the Annual Mountain Music Festival in Pipestem, W. Va., Fairystone State Park, the Blue Ridge Country Dance Society's contradances, and local festivals and programs. Their third cassette, "Interlude," was featured on the Canadian Broadcasting System.

Other performances include acoustical guitarist Jon Benfield (June 21); American folk music with the husband and wife duo The McKenzies (June 28); German "Oompah" by the Sauerkraut Band (July 12); Country and American folk favorites with Pole/Trafidlo/Phillips (July 19); and a sneak preview of the upcoming community production of the musical South Pacific.

For more information about Simple Gifts or any of the events of the Summer Arts Festival call 1-5921.

Counselors available in Harrisonburg/Staunton area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Staunton on Wednesday, June 26, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Virginia Employment Commission located at 2631 Jefferson Highway (Route 250).

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in options for dealing with work-related concerns, discussions of applicable state policies, information on the Grievance Procedure, and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors at 1-800-552-9720.

DERC available in Charlottesville area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Charlottesville, on Wednesday, July 10, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 253 of the Virginia Transportation Research Council on the University of Virginia campus.

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in options for dealing with work-related concerns, discussions of applicable state policies, information on the Grievance Procedure, and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors at 1-800-552-9720.

Reynolds Homestead Field Day planned

Virginia Tech's annual field day to showcase its research projects dealing with forestry and wildlife will be held Thursday, June 27, at the Reynolds Homestead Forest Resources Research Center in Critz.

Managed by the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, the 710-acre research center serves as a pilot forest for forest biologists and provides fisheries researchers with pond sites.

During the field day, visitors will view 24-year-old white pine and yellow pine stands to learn about such management alternatives as thinning and harvesting. They will see variations in pitch-loblolly pine hybrids after 15 growing seasons and hear a discussion on the effect on a prescribed understory burn in a 16-year-old loblolly pine stand.

Guests will be able to observe stand regeneration prescription alternatives that influence biodiversity. There will be sessions on small-pond construction and management and the use of ponds as a refuge for freshwater mussels in cages to isolate them from the destructive zebra mussel.

A young royal paulownia plantation will be shown. Then guests will travel to the Keesee Farm and Nursery to view six-year-old stands of white and loblolly pine, as well as forest roads built with Best Management Practices. The nursery features "certified" plants to enhance wildlife habitat., and wildlife management.

Because of space limitations, interested persons must register by June 20. There is a $6 fee that covers lunch. Register by phoning (540) 694-4135, faxing (540) 694-2971, or writing Reynolds Homestead, PO Box 70, Critz VA 24082-0070. From Martinsville, visitors should take U.S. Rt. 58W for 16 miles; right onto VA 626 for 4 miles; left on VA 798 to Reynolds Homestead.

DERC announces training schedule

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) has developed training programs on the grievance procedure, conflict management, and mediation skills. This quarter they are also conducting Grievance Procedure Training for Non-Supervisory Personnel. The following is the training schedule for June through September, 1996.

The Grievance Procedure Training for Supervisors will be conducted in Richmond, Northern Virginia, Staunton, Charlottesville, and Virginia Beach. All other programs will be offered in Richmond. Individuals interested in one of the classes should contact Personnel Services at 1-9331 for the date, time, location, and the registration form. To register for one of the scheduled classes, the training registration form should be completed and returned to DERC as soon as possible.

Because class size is limited and demand is greater than available spaces, agencies will be charged a "no-show" fee of $20 for grievance procedure and introductory conflict-management training and the full amount for mediation skills coursed. To avoid incurring this fee, registration must be canceled at least three workdays before the scheduled training.

The Grievance Procedures and Introduction To Conflict Management training programs are provided at no cost to your department or the individual. However, there is a charge of $65 per person for the Managing Conflict Using Mediation Skills and Advanced Mediation training programs.

Parking permits available through mail

Due to the traffic congestion associated with the closing of Spring Road and the daily overcrowding at the Visitor Information Center during summer permit sales, Parking Services strongly encourages faculty and staff members to purchase their parking permits through the mail. Expect to receive a registration packet in the mail within the next few days. If you fail to receive a packet or if you have any questions, please call Parking Services at 1-3200.

Registration through the mail is available from now until July 12. After this date, permits will need to be purchased in person at the Visitor Information Center located on Southgate Drive.

Parking permit prices are the same as last year. The full-year permit is $50, the semester permit is $25, and the summer permit is $12. Daily permits are available at a cost of $1 for those who only drive to campus occasionally.

Funding available for graduate students

The Graduate Student Assembly now has the applications ready for the Travel Fund Project and the Graduate Research Development Project. The deadline for applications is June 14.

The Travel Fund Project (TFP) provides support for graduate students who are presenting a paper at a conference. Students may apply for up to $300 to help cover the cost of travel to the meeting.

The Graduate Research Development Project (GRDP) assists graduate students who are working on their thesis or dissertation with funding for supplies, etc. The GRDP requires applicants to submit a three-page proposal and one-page budget to be reviewed by faculty members. There is a $300 maximum for master's-degree students and $500 maximum for doctoral students.

This funding cycle for both programs runs from July 1 through December 31. For more information, pick up applications at the GSA office, 309 Squires. If the office is unattended, applications are on the wall outside of the office.

Surplus property sale scheduled

A surplus property auction, open to the public, will be held Saturday, June 29, at the surplus warehouse beginning at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The warehouse is now located in the old K-Mart building on South Main Street.

Checks in amounts up to $300 will be accepted. Virginia Tech employees may bid and purchase surplus items up to a limit of $500 per item or lot.

Items for the auction have been picked up from departments and stored in the surplus warehouse.

Surplus property report forms may be submitted at any time to declare items that are obsolete or no longer useful to your department as obsolete. Forms and tags are available from surplus property management at 1-5660. The department should attach tags to each item to be surplused. Completed forms should be mailed to purchasing at 144 Southgate Center (0333).

Butterfly Forays offered this summer

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History will offer Butterfly Forays each Tuesday, June 18 through August, from noon to 1 p.m., at the Horticulture Gardens. Call 1-6320 for more information.