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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 16 - January 16, 1997

Events

Thursday, 16

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Women's Basketball at Xavier, noon, Cincinnati.

Take Our Daughters to Work Committee Meeting, 5-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.

Friday, 17

Last Day to Add.

Rebecca Orr Benefit Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon.

Saturday, 18

With Good Reason, 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "You Must Remember This: Advertising and Memory," with Diane Cook-Trench, VCU, Oliver Hill Jr. and Kathleen Stitts, Virginia State.

Men's Basketball vs. Rhode Island, noon, Cassell Coliseum.

Women's Basketball at Dayton, 2 p.m., Dayton, Ohio.

Sunday, 19

Lee-Jackson-King Day Holiday for Staff.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Mountain Lake Scenic Trail, led by Ken Stein.

Monday, 20

University Council Meeting, 3 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

Men's Basketball vs. La Salle, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Tuesday, 21

Women's Basketball vs. George Washington, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Faculty Senate, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

VTU Production, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "The Who's Tommy."

Thursday, 23

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Wildlife in the Black Hills of South Dakota," by Dave Notter.

Take Our Daughters to Work Committee Meeting, 5-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

Women's Basketball at La Salle 7 p.m., Philadelphia, Pa.

Men's Basketball at Liberty, 7:30 p.m., Lynchburg.

Seminars

Thursday, 16

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Impressions from the Roof of the World," by Norman Grover.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Bayesian Two Stage Design Under Model Uncertainty," by Angela R. Neff.

Monday, 20

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Phytoremediation," by Nicole Fomchenko.

Wednesday, 22

Human-Computer Interaction, 4 p.m., 1870 Litton Reaves: "John Dewey Meets the Barney Generation," by Elliot Soloway, Michigan.

Bulletins

Faculty, Staff Senates announce open forums

The Faculty Senate and the Staff Senate are jointly sponsoring a series of four open forums this spring. The meetings will be at 4 p.m. on selected Tuesdays in Owens Banquet Hall. Refreshments will be served.

Open-forum dates and scheduled speakers are January 21, Earv Blythe; February18, Peggy Meszaros; March 18, Minnis Ridenour; and April 1, Paul Torgersen.

Changes in payroll direct deposit process detailed

The new Human Resource Information System, Banner HR, will be implemented in January 1997. In conjunction with this change, there are certain changes related to the payroll direct-deposit process.

The Virginia Tech Credit Union can currently be used to transfer money to an account within the Credit Union as a deduction. After implementation of the Banner product, the Credit Union "deduction" will become another direct deposit function, NOT A DEDUCTION. Therefore, instead of going to the Credit Union to make any changes to the amount you wish to transfer, you will come to the Cashier's Office in Burruss and complete a change form for Direct Deposit.

This means your E&D will show two bank account numbers instead of one bank account and a deduction to the Credit Union. For instance, if you bank with First Union Bank and have a Credit Union deduction, your E&D should resemble the following:

45.00 Roanoke CE FCU 22222222

1,896.15 First Union National Bank 3333333

If you change the amount being sent to the bank, the different dollar value will show on your next E&D.

If you currently have a Credit Union deduction and direct deposit with the Credit Union, on Banner you will see only one total for the Credit Union. You will not need to make any changes for this scenario.

For more information or help with specific questions or concerns, call Janet Moran or Jeanette Grubb at 1-6257.

Late registrations accepted for language institute

The Virginia Tech Language Institute/English as a Second Language Program offers a full schedule of English language classes on all levels for members of the international community. Classes, already underway, include pronunciation, conversation, composition, TOEFL preparation, and grammar review. Late registrations will be accepted for classes now in session which end February 28.

Students who enroll late or withdraw early will be required to pay a $25 fee for making adjustments to their schedules and tuition.

Students register at 203 West Roanoke Street. For a schedule of classes and other information, call Judith Snoke, director, at 1-6963.

Parking spaces closed for construction

Twenty-four parking spaces in the Upper Stanger Lot (located at the corner of Barger and Stanger Streets) will not be available to faculty or staff members for parking for approximately 16 months. These spaces will be used as a staging area for construction on the new boiler.

Alternative parking is available in the faculty and staff section of the large commuter lot (B-Lot) off Perry Street.

Group for lesbians, bisexuals, and gay men forming

The Freedom to Be: A Personal-Growth Group for Lesbians, Bisexuals and Gay Men, will meet from 7-8:45 p.m. every Monday night from January 20 through April 7 on campus. This confidential group, to be led by Johanna Jones (a third-year graduate student in Radford University's Department of Counselor Education) will focus on issues of self-esteem, affirmation of others, and on developing ourselves and our interpersonal relationships.

There is no charge for participation in the group. For more information, call831-5487 or 831-5214.

UOIP contest focuses on meaning of global education

Graduate and undergraduate students can win $700 for sharing their thoughts about global education with the University Office of International Programs (UOIP). The office is sponsoring an essay contest to find out how your education at Virginia Tech is preparing you to live and work in an increasingly interconnected world. The fundamental question is: What does a Global Education mean to you, your future, your peers, your community, and the nation as a whole?

Our world is changing. Modern technology has accelerated the pace, spread and impact of global communications. We instantly receive news of events around the globe. Through the Internet we share interests and friendships with people thousands of miles away. In our daily lives we come in contact with people and products from around the world.

As the world's inhabitants become more economically and politically interdependent new challenges and opportunities arise. International cooperation and conflict have increased tremendously during the past several decades. Our future, both collectively and individually, depends on the ability to learn how to successfully function within an increasingly complex global context.

University education presents an opportunity to increase our knowledge of other cultures, value systems, and ways of doing things and can serve to enhance our ability to interact successfully with people from various backgrounds. We study with students from other cultures, learn from international faculty members, and conduct research with scholars at universities from around the world. A major concern for us is how to garner these unique opportunities and to fashion them into meaningful learning and life-enhancing experiences.

In an essay not to exceed five double-spaced pages in length, please discuss your experience at Virginia Tech and share your insights on how it is helping you to be better equipped to interact technically, politically, and culturally in an international environment. Concomitantly, articulate what needs to be done to better provide you with the requisite skills to function effectively in a changing global environment. You can relate the experiences you have had, or look forward to having, that are an important part of your international education. These can range from learning another language to learning about how people, businesses, non-profit organizations, and nations vary from place to place. Intertwined in these discussions should be an analysis of how you think your Virginia Tech experience could enhance your international knowledge and sophistication even more.

As an incentive for you to share your thoughts with the Virginia Tech community, UOIP is offering first, second, and third prizes, respectively, of $700, $500, and $300 as well as several honorable mentions. A panel of distinguished faculty judges will determine the winners. The top 10 essays will be published in a UOIP monograph in the spring.

Deadline for submission of essays is Feb. 25, 1997. Send your entries to: Patrick Carlton, Interim Director for Education and Outreach, University Office of International Programs, 134 Burruss Hall, Mail Code 0265.