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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 34 - June 27, 1996

Events

Thursday, 27

First Summer Classes End.

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

Friday, 28

First Summer Exams Begin.

Summer Arts Festival Program, 6-7:30 p.m., Henderson Lawn: The McKenzies.

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

Saturday, 29

First Summer Exams End.

Surplus Property Auction, 9 a.m., Surplus Warehouse.

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

Sunday, 30

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Mountain Lake Scenic Trail, led by Norm Eiss.

JULY

Monday, 1

Second Summer Check-in, Classes Begin.

Salary and Wage Paydate.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Rival Visions: The Legacies of Adams and Jefferson," with Garrett Sheldon, Clinch Valley, and David McCullough, UVa.

Wednesday, 3

Second Summer Last Day to Add.

YMCA Thrift Shop Half Price Sale, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 1336 S. Main.

Summer Arts Festival Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: It's All in the Timing.

Thursday, 4

Independence Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.

Summer Arts Festival Program, 2 p.m., Downtown Blacksburg: Independence Day Celebration Parade, Entertainment.

Friday, 5

Independence Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.

Summer Arts Festival Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: It's All in the Timing. Through 7-6.

Saturday, 6

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Hay Rock, led by Barry Anderson.

Summer Arts Festival Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: It's All in the Timing.

Monday, 8

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Up a Creek: The Health of Virginia's Waterways," with Barry Fox, Virginia State, Dick Neves, Virginia Tech, Dan Downey, JMU, and James Galloway, UVa.

Tuesday, 9

Gallery Exhibit Opening, noon, Armory Art Gallery: "Scenes from Behind the Wall: Images of East Germany, 1989/90." Through August 10.

Summer Arts Festival Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: French Farce Club. Through 7-13.

Wednesday, 10

Summer Arts Festival Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: French Farce Club. Through 7-13.

Thursday, 11

Summer Arts Festival Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: French Farce Club. Through 7-13.

Bulletins

Thrift Shop holding half-price sale

The YMCA Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale on dated clothing for men, women, and children Wednesday, July 3, from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. The shop is located at 1336 S. Main St.. For more information call 552-2633.

Student-operated outdoor cafe now open

A student-operated cafe has been opened in the grassy area outside the Commonwealth Cafe of the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. The Kent Street Kafé is open from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, weather permitting. It features grilled food and cool summer desserts.

The cafe is managed and operated by students in HTM 3414 and 4414 courses. For more information call 1-5632.

Steam shutdown rescheduled

The university-wide steam shutdown has been rescheduled for August 2, 3, and 4.

Butterfly forays scheduled

Staff members of the entomology department will lead butterfly forays each Tuesday through August from noon-1 p.m. The programs, sponsored by the Museum of Natural History and the Department of Entomology, will be held in the Horticulture Gardens on campus.

Preregistration is not required. For more information call Tom McAvoy at 1-6320.

Summer Arts Festival continues

The Summer Arts Festival '96 continues with concerts on Friday evenings at 6 p.m. on Henderson Lawn, adjacent to College Avenue. Scheduled are 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 any of the events of the Summer Arts Festival call 1-5921.

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.

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 ant 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 one dollar for those who only drive to campus occasionally.

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).

Visual data analysis software available

The university has been working for several years to create a classroom that is designed to serve the needs of the scientific and engineering community across campus. With the cooperation of many faculty and department heads over the last two years the formation of the University Scientific Modeling and Visualization Classroom is now a reality. To facilitate activities related to the classroom, Visual Numerics Inc. (VNI) has offered free distribution of their Visual Data Analysis (VDA) tools to students and faculty and staff members who want to use VDA tools in their research or educational programs on campus.

To facilitate the distribution of VNI software on campus we have posted a request form on the web at: http://www.sv.vt.edu/~tim/vni_soft_appl.htm1.

Once your request is received, you will be notified when you can pick up your manuals and CD-ROM. Because there are a limited number of CD-ROM's, you must return the CD-ROM before you can receive the software keys. You can keep the manuals. Please allow several working days for the request to be processed.

Information Systems annual report available on line

The Information Systems annual report is available on line at http://www.vt.edu/IS/A-Report.html.

This is the first time information systems has produced a document for electronic dissemination. Comments are welcomed.