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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 26 - April 3, 1997

Events

Thursday, 3

Choices/Challenges Forum, 8 a.m., DBHCC: "Quality of Life in the Global Environment: Preparing for the Next Century." Registration begins at 8 a.m.; background sessions 9-11:15 a.m.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Southwestern Australia," by J.D. Stahl.

Choices/Challenges Forum Main Session, 12:30-3 p.m., DBHCC: "Quality of Life in the Global Environment: Preparing for the Next Century."

Women's Month Program, 3:15 p.m., DBHCC: "Women in the Developing World," by Mary Hill Rojas.

Women's Month Program, 4 p.m., Black Cultural Center: Closing Reception.

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

Friday, 4

International Week Begins. Through 4-12.

Bach's Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Chapel: "Classics 7 Praise," by Ruth Young, piano.

Founders Day Convocation, 3:15 p.m., Burruss auditorium.

Brush Mountain Crafts Fair, 4-9 p.m., Rector Field House. Through 4-6.

International Week Activity, 7-9 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Talent Show.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Brad Bensen, trumpet, and Donny Riddle, trombone.

Saturday, 5

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "The Roots of a Cure: Native American Medicinal Plants," with John R. Rosecrans, VCU.

Natural History Program, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Derring: Schoolyard Natural History Workshop for Science Educators.

Brush Mountain Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Rector Field House. Through 4-6.

International Week Street Fair, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown Blacksburg.

Disabilities Workshop, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: "Spring to Employment: Life After College for Students with Disabilities."

CHRE Spring Open House, 10 a.m.-noon, Wallace atrium.

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Meistersingers.

Sunday, 6

Brush Mountain Crafts Fair, noon-5 p.m., Rector Field House.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: White Rocks, led by Bill Richardson.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jamie Ousley, double bass, and Noriko Okabe, piano.

Monday, 7

International Week Activity, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cranwell International Center: Pakistani Luncheon.

University Council, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

International Week Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: Speakers Richard Bissel and David Hunter.

Tuesday, 8

Organ Donor Awareness Day, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 152-154 Squires.

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires.

International Week Activity, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cranwell International Center: African Luncheon.

Organ Donor Awareness Day Speaker, 4 p.m., 152-154 Squires: Bunny Hancock.

Wednesday, 9

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires.

International Week Activity, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cranwell International Center" Indonesian Luncheon.

Gerontology Forum, 3:30-5 p.m., Wallace atrium: "Elder Abuse Types, Causes and Correlates," by Lorin Baumhover, Appalachian State.

International Week Activity, 7 P.M., Squires Colonial Hall: Speaker Richard Houghton.

Music Department Event, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Trumpet Society.

Thursday, 10

International Week Activity, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Italian Luncheon.

International Week Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room: Speaker James Bill.

Diggs Scholars Presentation, 7:30 p.m., Hillcrest dining room: "Tending the Garden of the Minds," by William Hayes, Delta State.

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

Seminars

Thursday, 3

Statistics, 11 a.m., 204 Hutcheson: "Massive Data Sets, Data Mining, and Cluster Analysis," by Jon Kettenring, ASA president.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Leaf Protein Response to Ozone Treatment in Two Clones of White Clover," by Yanlin Tang.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "An Entomologist's Guide to Fly Fishing," by Stephen Hiner.

Friday, 4

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Molecular Studies on the Antigens of Pasteurella haemolytica," by Reggie Lo, Guelph.

Geology, noon, 4052 Derring: "Boom! Hiring Again? What's Different? Factors Affecting the Industry Turnaround. How Long Will It Last This Time?" by Matt Mikulich, Chevron.

Botany, noon., 1003 Pamplin: "Resource Evaluation and Conservation in the Edisto River Basin," by Rebecca Sharitz, Savannah River Ecological Lab.

Geology, 4 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "An Introduction to Some World-Class Exploration and Production Projects from Around the World," by Matt Mikulich, Chevron.

Monday, 7

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Non-agricultural Use of Soil," by Pamela Thomas.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Freezing Tolerance, Protein Composition and Abcissic Acid Localization and Content of Pea Epicotyl, Shoot and Root Tissue in Response to Temperature and Water Stress," by Greg Welbaum.

Thursday, 10

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Testing and Grading," by Allan Mandelstamm.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "The Beginnings of IPM Programs in the USDA," by Ray Scott.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Limits on Tree Seedling Populations in Forest Understories," by Bob Jones.

Bulletins

Choices and Challenges Forum today

The Choices and Challenges project will present "Quality of Life in the Global Environment: Preparing for the Next Century" today, April 3. All programs are open to the university and regional communities at no charge.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Background sessions run from 9-11:15 a.m., followed by an 11:15 a.m.-12:20 p.m. lunch break. The main session is scheduled for 12:30-3 p.m. It will be broadcast as an interactive teleconference to other downlink sites nationally. The concluding discussion sessions are scheduled for 3:15-4:30 p.m.

The public forum will offer social, political, economic, and ethical perspectives to inform people's thinking about ways the decisions we make now will affect life in the future. Support for the forum has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, and Virginia Tech.

The forum is divided into three parts: morning background sessions, a main session, and concluding discussion sessions. Eminent presenters from the fields of environmental policy, journalism, ethics, cultural anthropology, and international development will speak.

Service-Learning Center reception planned

The Service-Learning Center will host its annual Youth Service Reception Tuesday, April 15, from 3-5:30 p.m. in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom. The program showcases the community service work done by students as a component of their coursework.

Projects featured this year in the poster presentation include: Cistern Use and Maintenance in Coalfield Communities (biological sciences engineering and the Water Resources Research Center); Stroubles Creek Stream Monitoring (biology); Lead Shot Analysis in the Jefferson National Forest (geology); Horticulture Outreach (horticulture); Town of Newport Partnership (Appalachian Studies, sociology and urban affairs and planning); VT Classroom Design Analysis (interior design); Intergenerational Space (interior design); Perspectives on Race in Havana (urban affairs and planning); CoolKids in Shawsville (physical education); Distance and Service-Learning at Floyd County High School (physics); Gender Equity Projects in Local Schools (women's studies, computer science and mathematics); Patchwork to Learning at Gilbert Linkous (hotel tourism and management); and Becoming Readers and Writers at Margaret Beeks (English)

Poster displays will be open to the public at 2 p.m.

The program will also recognize three outstanding service-learning faculty members: Elizabeth Bounds (religious studies), Ted Koebel (urban affairs and planning), and Nancy Metz (English); and seven outstanding service-learning students: Joel Brown, Inga Adams, Holly Sowell, Rachel Hash, Peter Macedo, Perry Martin, and Rachel Rudy.

Contact the Service-Learning Center at 1-6964 or utprosim@vt.edu if you plan to attend or want more information about the reception or other Youth Service Week activities.

Women, men engineers topic of lecture

Peggy Layne, national president of the Society of Women Engineers, will speak today at 6 p.m. in 116 Squires. Layne's topic will be "The Survey of Women and Men Engineers," about a national survey she conducted.

Layne, who is the operations managers for the U.S. Navy's CLEAN Program with ABB Environmental Services in Tallahassee, Florida, holds an M.S. in water-resources engineering from the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Abstracts sought for Graduate Research Symposium

All students-graduate and undergraduate-are invited to participate in the 13th annual Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) on April 28 in the Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. The deadline for submitting abstracts for the poster presentation is April 15 at 5 p.m.

The GRS provides an opportunity for students campus-wide to present their research in a professional poster format to highlight the research that takes place at Virginia Tech. The GSA, Commission on Research, and the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are sponsoring an undergraduate division as part of the symposium this year.

Students can present any poster showing research conducted at Virginia Tech, including posters that have been presented elsewhere in the last five years.

Judges representing all the eight colleges will evaluate the graduate posters. Cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded in each of three categories-social sciences, life sciences, and physical sciences and engineering.

The undergraduate posters will be placed in one category and evaluated by members of the Commission on Research. Cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be made to the top three presenters in the undergraduate division.

Following the poster presentation, there will be a keynote address at 7 p.m. in Burruss auditorium by Fred Haise, astronaut member of Apollo 13. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructions for preparing the abstracts, including a sample abstract, are available from the Graduate Student Assembly, 309 Squires, 1-7919, or from symposium co-chairs Rajiv Khosla and Alan Slesinski at 1-4521 or rkhosla@vt.edu.

Veterinary college to present open house

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine presents its annual open house Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m..

The VMRCVM's annual celebration of veterinary medicine will showcase the profession and the college through dozens of informative presentations.

At 10 a.m., veterinary students will begin conducting guided tours of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and other college facilities. Tours last approximately 60 minutes and will depart at 30-minute intervals throughout the day. A petting zoo will be presented for children.

Children are also invited to bring their stuffed animals to a Teddy Bear Repair Clinic sponsored by the Class of '98. A special presentation on public health and general toxicology will be offered by the Class of '99, and the Class of 2000 will present an animal anatomy display.

A variety of presentations concerning the academic program, contemporary clinical approaches in veterinary medicine, and related clubs and organizations will be featured. Demonstrations on ultrasound, endoscopy, bovine fetal sexing, and necropsy will be presented, and guests can also tour the college's scanning and transmission electron microscopy facility. Special programs on aquatic medicine in Virginia may also be presented.

The open house will feature information on alternative careers in the veterinary profession and include presentations on preparing a competitive application for veterinary school. A 14-minute video profile of the college will be presented throughout the day.

For more information, call Rene Armstrong at 1-4699.

Continuing Education to hold open house

Virginia Tech's Division of Continuing Education will hold an open house for university faculty and staff members at its new locations on Wednesday, April 16, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The division's offices are located in adjacent buildings in the Pointe West Commons II complex across the street from University Mall. Administrative and program development offices are located at 820 University City Boulevard, second floor. Accounting, marketing, computer support, and registration offices are located at 810 University City Boulevard, suite D.

The open house, including tours and light refreshments, will be held at both locations. Those planning to attend should call Janice Huffman at 1-9982 by April 10.

Diggs Teaching Scholar Awards to be presented

The new Diggs Scholars will be honored at a speaker presentation Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Hillcrest dining room. The event is open to the public.

Susan Brooker-Gross will present the awards on behalf of the Provost's Office.

William A. Hayes of Delta State University will speak on "Tending the Garden of the Minds." Hayes received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Tulsa, and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.

The Diggs Teaching Scholar Award recognizes outstanding teaching and exceptional contributions to the teaching program and learning environment at Virginia Tech. The award was initiated in 1992 and is sponsored by the Diggs Endowed Professorship, the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

Three Diggs Teaching Scholars are selected annually. The Diggs Teaching Scholar Awardees for 1996 are Gary Downey (Center for Science and Society), Terry Papillon (foreign languages and literature) and Ezra "Bud" Brown (mathematics).

Diggs Awardees must participate in a roundtable program devoted to public discussion of major pedagogical or curricular issues facing Virginia Tech and/or higher education in general. The roundtable will be scheduled for fall 1997 as a kickoff event for the CEUT and the new academic year.

Hayes has been a college professor for 22 years. He directs the Center for Creative and Critical Thinking at Delta State University. He is involved in instructional reform including the development of courses using a variety of instructional/learning strategies and media, initiating honors programs emphasizing critical thinking, and maintaining a website devoted to teaching scientific thinking. In addition, he presents workshops for faculty members relative to college teaching. He has been a frequent contributor to faculty-development, educational-reform, and critical-thinking conferences. He has been invited as consultant and trainer for faculty members by a number of colleges and universities in the south and midwest.

Organ Donor Awareness Day April 8

The PRSSA is sponsoring Organ Donor Awareness Day at Virginia Tech Tuesday, April 8, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in 152-154 Squires.

Bunny Hancock, mother of a Tech student who died and whose organs were donated, will be in Squires from 1-5 p.m., and will speak at 4 p.m.

Hancock has an associate degree in management from the National Business College and a bachelor of science in education from Radford University. Since her son's death, she has been educating Virginia's public about organ donation.

For more information or to schedule Hancock as a guest speaker, call her at 1-800-666-6221. For more information about this event, call Casey McCulloch at 953-3081.

Garmon curating Richmond sculpture exhibit

Carole Garmon of the art department is curator for "Variable Degrees: A Discourse in the Art of Casting" at Astra design Gallery, 1301 W. Main St., Richmond. The show runs from April 5-May 17, with an opening reception April 5 from 7-9 p.m. Steve Bickley of the Department of Art and Art History is one of the featured exhibitors.

Garmon's own work is included with castings of other artists from Texas, Ohio, Maryland, and Virginia. Materials in the show include soap, paper, rubber, and bronze.

Changing workplace topic of talk

The department of Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management/Clothing and Textiles is sponsoring a talk by Rick Giunta, senior consultant for the Advanced Solutions Team, Steelcase North America, Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Wallace atrium.

Giunta's talk is titled "Redefining the Workplace: The Changing Business of Architecture and the Changing Architecture of Business." It will examine the relationships of business and the work environment. A reception in Wallace will follow the talk, which is free and open to the public.

Workshop on jobs for students with disabilities set

"Spring to Employment: Life After College for Students with Disabilities," sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Transition Center, will be held April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.

The program will include a variety of speakers and activities that address the following topics: getting and keeping a job; the latest in technology for job accommodations; leadership skills that get you in the door; your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act; what employers want; and "I've been there, I've done that"-employees with disabilities.

The workshop is designed to help prepare students for the transition from college to work. Faculty and staff members and students are invited to attend.

For more information, call Virginia Reilly at 1-7500.

Center for Gerontology Forum planned

The Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech will present a forum on "Elder Abuse Types, Causes and Correlates" with speaker Lorin Baumhover, chair of the department of Sociology and Social Work, Appalachian State University, Wednesday, April 9, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Wallace atrium.

A reception will follow the presentation. The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call Paula Usita at 1-7818 or Renee Chandler at 1-7657.

Nutrition and Wellness Adventure Conference May 1

The "Nutrition and Wellness Adventure" conference will be held May 1 at Squires from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This is a day of networking to improve nutrition and wellness of youth and to gain specific ideas for techniques that can be applied to schools. Schools and community groups are invited to help expand local programs by sharing ideas in round-table discussions, exhibits, and demonstrations. A panel of individuals representing Virginia Tech and Virginia State faculty members, USDA, and other agencies will provide a national perspective on nutrition and wellness education.

A registration fee of $5 per person will help offset costs of materials and food. The event is supported by a collaborative grant from the College of Human Resources and Education.

For a registration form, contact Mary Lois Hill at 1-5182.

School-to-Work Conference set for May 12-13

The 1997 Virginia School-to-Work Planning and Implementation Conference will be held May 12-13 at the Hotel Roanoke. Topics will include national and state school-to-work initiatives; integration of academic and occupational curricula; evaluation of school-to-work programs; and the roles and responsibilities of educators, business and industry, parents, and community agencies.

James L. Hoerner, CHRE professor of career and occupational studies and educational administration, is organizing the conference.

In addition to Hoerner, conference speakers include Jondel Hoye, director of the National School-to-Work Office; William Bosher, former superintendent of public instruction in Virginia, now superintendent of Chesterfield County Public Schools; John P. Tobin Jr., director of vocational and technical education for the Siemens Corporation; and Gordon Kinkead, training administrator for John Deere Harvester Works.

The School-to-Work Conference is sponsored by the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the National Council for Occupational Education, the American Vocational Association, the Virginia Vocational Association, and Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs, Division of Continuing Education, Economic Development Assistance Center, and COTA.

For more information, contact Bryan Rowland at 1-3391 or rowland@vt.edu.

DERC to visit Blacksburg, Roanoke

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees Blacksburg on Tuesday, April 22, between 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. in conference room A of the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

They will also be available in Roanoke on Wednesday, April 23, between 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the Brody Room of the Roanoke City Main Library in downtown Roanoke, located at 706 South Jefferson Street.

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, discussion 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.

New public university topic of broadcast

This semester the university has been involved in a number of activities focusing on developing an implementation plan for the recently adopted Update to the University Plan 1996-2000. Additionally, the university Self Study Committee has been working on assessing the importance of integrating technology into the learning environment in ways that will be beneficial.

To provide some additional insight into these two projects, the university has arranged to broadcast "The New Public University: How Do We Compete in a Changing Environment?" The program produced by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in cooperation with the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television will be aired at Virginia Tech April 10 from 1-3 p.m. This program discusses some of the unique challenges facing today's public colleges and universities.

"Public institutions are expected to make a greater investment of their resources (faculty, facilities, finances) in the community. The new public university also must be more student-oriented, ready to accommodate students of many races, ethnicities, economic classes, family configurations, ages, and aspirations. While accomplishing these tasks, the university must also become more technologically current, streamlined, cost-effective, and productive."

Anyone interested in the program may view it via a TV monitor that will be set up in the Executive Conference Room of the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. The room will accommodate only 35-40 people, so anyone wishing to attend should contact Kathy Lewis at kdlewis@vt.edu or call 1-3205 as soon as possible.

Exhibit presents highlights of women architects

Contributions of Women Architects to the Man-Made Environment" is the subject of an exhibit in the Wallace Hall Gallery through April 4. The exhibit features selected works of 15 women architects who have donated original documents, drawings, sketches, and photographs to the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), established in 1985. The diversity of IAWA contributors is represented in the wide variety of areas, including government work, landscape architecture, interior design, historic preservation, product development, fine art, and academia.

Anna Marshall-Baker, a Virginia Tech faculty member in Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management, is the exhibit curator; Milka Bliznakov, a Virginia Tech faculty member in Architecture, is assistant curator.

CHRE Spring Open House slated

On Saturday, April 5, the College of Human Resources and Education will host the annual Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to noon in the Wallace atrium. Academic departments and student organizations within the college will have representatives present to provide information and answer prospective students' questions.

This event is open to the public and all who are interested in the College of Human Resources and Education are invited to attend. For more information, contact Beth Schubert or Marge Lichty at 1-8716 or hr1104@vt.edu.

Appalachian events planned

Springtime in Appalachia at Virginia Tech will present the following events: Angelyn DeBord performing "Stubborn Memories," an original one-woman show, free and open to the public, April 10, 8 p.m., Wesley Foundation; Annual Spring Square Dance, featuring the Old Time Music Group, time and place TBA; "Discrimination by Accent? Improving Campus Climate for Appalachian Students," workshop for the faculty, staff, and students. To participate, contact Anita Puckett (puckett@vt.edu), or call 1-9526.

Springtime in Appalachia is sponsored by the Appalachian Way Student Organization and the Appalachian Studies Program in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at Virginia Tech. For more information call 1-9593.

Retirement planing program offered

All university faculty and staff members and other interested individuals are invited to attend a University Pre-Retirement Program on April 16 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

Retirement planning should be an integral part of your overall personal planning process and this program will provide details regarding some of the important components of retirement. In many cases, retirement planning is a family decision, so spouses or other family members are welcomed. The program is as follows:

9-9:30 a.m.: Welcome-Douglas Martin, human resources manager;

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Social Security-Ron Gordon, Social Security administrator;

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break;

10:45-11:30 a.m.: Estates, Wills, and Trusts-Kendall O. Clay, attorney;

11:30 a.m.-noon: CommonHealth-Bridget Mitchell, wellness coordinator;

noon-1:15 p.m.: Lunch (on your own);

1:15-1:45 p.m.: New Dimensions-P. Howard Massey, professor emeritus;

1:45-2:45 p.m.: Virginia Retirement System-June Dennis, VRS field counselor;

2:45-3 p.m.: Break;

3-3:30 p.m.: Health Care and Wrap-up.

If you cannot attend each session, please feel free to attend those specific programs that may be of interest. Pre-registration is not necessary. For more information, call Carolyn Pratt at 1-7776.

Nobel prize winner to speak

Robert Richardson, a Virginia Tech alumnus and winner of the 1996 Nobel prize in physics, will speak on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall. Richardson will speak on "Significant Kinks: The Discovery of a Superfluid."

Richardson is Cornell University's Floyd R. Newman Professor of Physics and director of the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics. He and two colleagues discovered that a helium isotope, helium-3, can be made into a superfluid, which flows without resistance, at about two-thousandths of a degree above absolute zero. This discovery is outside the realm of classical physics, which holds that movement always causes resistance.

This free public lecture is geared to general audiences.

McComas Leadership Seminar planned

The Staff Senate's annual McComas Leadership Seminar will be held Thursday, April 17, from 8 a.m.-noon in the Hillcrest conference room. Staff senators and alternates as well as staff association officers are invited to attend the seminar.

Dave Parks of the College of Human Resources and Education will facilitate a panel composed of representatives of state legislature, university administration, staff and faculty senates, and the Virginia Government Employees Association. The panel will explore ways to improve communications between these organizations and to better participate in decisions relative to work and home.

Family, medical leave training offered

Personnel Services is offering training on Family and Medical Leave for supervisors and department heads.

Family and Medical Leave requires public agencies to provide up to 12 weeks (60 work days; 480 work hours) of unpaid, job-protected leave per calendar year to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible if they have worked for the state in a salaried position at least one year or for Virginia Tech in a wage position for at least one year and the employee has worked 1,250 hours during the immediate prior 12 months. Leave for part-time employees is given proportionate to the percent of time worked.

Department heads/supervisors must grant unpaid leave to eligible employees for one or more of the following reasons: a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform their job; the care of the employee's child (birth, adoption or foster care; or the care of the employee's spouse, parent, stepparent, children, stepchildren, siblings, step-brothers and sisters or any relative living in the employee's home who has a serious health condition.

The Training Sessions are offered at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center at the following times and locations: April 15, 10 a.m.-noon, conference room F; April 15, 1-3 p.m., conference room F; May 20, 10 a.m.-noon, conference room C; and May 20, 1-3 p.m., conference room C.

Registration is required. To register, send an e-mail note to PRICEVS@vt.edu or call Vicky Price at 1-9331 to enroll in one of the sessions.

Staff Senate logo contest announced

The Communications Committee of the Staff Senate, with the approval of the Staff Senate Executive Committee, proposes a contest for the design of a logo for the Virginia Tech Staff Senate.

The logo will be for use by the Staff Senate in its publications, communications, letterhead, etc. The intent is to use the logo along with the university's official marks and seals, but separate from them.

The contest is open to all Virginia Tech employees in non-faculty positions. All drawings must be in black on white paper. Please, no designs in color. The minimum size accepted is 4 inches x 4 inches. The maximum size accepted is 8.5 inches x 8.5 inches. The entry may not include the seal of Virginia Tech, any version of the Virginia Tech logo, or any initials for the university, e.g., VT or VPI&SU. If the entry is created electronically, the Communications Committee would like access to the original files.

The logo will represent the Staff Senate and will be used exclusively by the Staff Senate. The Communications Committee reserves the right to select the winner in consultation with university graphics professionals who have not submitted entries. Some editing and limited redesign of the submissions may be required and will be done by the Communications Committee or its designees. The selected logo and all related copyrights will become the property of the Virginia Tech Staff Senate.

For additional information on parameters for designs in relation to the university's seals and marks, you may contact Tom Hergert at hergert@vt.edu or phone 1-8710.

The deadline for entry submissions is May 2, 1997. Entries may be forwarded to Eileen Moccia, Alumni Association (0102).

The Communications Committee is studying an appropriate award to honor the designer of the selected entry.

Market investing topic of Pamplin series

As part of the Pamplin College of Business International Speakers Series, Denman Zirkle, senior vice president of Lynch & Mayer Inc., of New York City, will speak Friday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in 1045 Pamplin. His topic, "Emerging Market Investing," will address current issues and challenges in the international investment arena. The lecture is free and open to the public.