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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 35 - July 17, 1997

Events
Thursday, 17
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reeves.
Summer Arts Festival Theatre Program 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Foreigner. Through 7-19.
Friday, 18
Summer Arts Festival Concert, 6-7:30 p.m., Henderson lawn: "Roaring Jello."
Summer Arts Festival Theatre Program 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Foreigner. Through 7-19.
Saturday, 19
Summer Arts Festival Theatre Program 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Foreigner.
Sunday, 20
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at YMCA Parking Lot: Dragon's Tooth, led by John Roach.
Monday, 21
Second Summer Last Day to Resign.
Tuesday, 22
Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History Program, noon, Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens, Washington Street: Butterfly Forays.
Wednesday, 23
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Humbling Empires: U.S. Efforts to Defeat the Axis Powers," with Carl Boyd, ODU, and Ken Werrell, Radford.
Summer Arts Festival Film, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Daylight.
Friday, 25
Non-Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Fall '97.
Summer Arts Festival Concert, 6-7:30 p.m., Henderson lawn: "Wizard of Oz " (excerpts).
Sunday, 27
YMCA Hike, 1 p.m., Meet at YMCA parking lot: White Rocks, led by Bill Richardson.
Wednesday, 30
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Changing Places: Virginia Coal Towns and Oral Traditions," with Mary Lalone, Radford, Crandall Shifflet, Virginia Tech, and Mary O'Quinn, Clinch Valley.
Summer Arts Festival Film, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: My Fellow Americans.
Thursday, 31
Summer Orientation Ends.
Seminar
Friday, 18
Computer Science, 2 p.m., 607 McBryde: "Identification of a Framework for Information Systems Planning Using Applied Tools that Contribute to Successful Integration of Information Technology in Organizations," by Denise N. Haskins.
Bulletins
Parking permits available for sale
For the convenience of our customers, Parking Services is offering temporary parking-permit sales in the central portion of campus.
From now until August 4, Parking Services will be selling parking permits for the 1997-98 academic year at the Visitor Information Center on Southgate Drive Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
From August 4-22, permits will only be sold at Squires Student Center in rooms 341 and 345 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
From August 23-26, parking permits will be sold at Centralized Student Services in the Old Dominion Ballroom at Squires Student Center. They will not be sold at the Visitor Information Center nor in rooms 341 and 345 in Squires.
From August 27 through September 5, parking permits will not be sold at the Visitor Information Center or in the Old Dominion Ballroom. They will be sold in rooms 341 and 345 of the Squires Student Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Beginning September 8, permit sales will return to the Visitor Information Center from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fees remain unchanged at $50 for a full-year permit valid through Aug. 15, 1998, or $25 for a semester permit valid through Dec. 31, 1997. Payroll deduction is still available to full-time salaried faculty and classified staff members who wish to purchase a full-year permit.
For more information, call Parking Services at 1-3200.
Alumni Cafe open for business
The Alumni Cafe, located on the lawn in front of Alumni Hall, is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. through the end of July. Formerly known as the Kent Street Kafe, the outdoor grill features a selection of sandwiches and salads with prices starting at $3.95.
The cafe is operated by students in the departments of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise. Students wait tables and prepare the meals.
Datakit service to be discontinued
As of Aug. 1, 1997, all Datakit service will be discontinued.
C&P's datakit service was one example of several new technologies for simultaneous voice and data communications. Since that time, many advances have changed the data communication environment. As the environment has evolved, most CNS customers have dropped their Bell Atlantic datakit connections.
As a cost recovery organization, Communications Network Services continually evaluates the revenue and related expenses of each offered service. As customers have moved away from this service, it has become apparent that it is no longer a viable offering for the university community.
CNS design team members are currently working to contact remaining users to determine appropriate replacement services and to process service requests. To help offset the costs of changing services, there will be no billing for Datakit for July 1997.
If you have questions, contact a CNS designer at 1-6460.
Career Services to discontinue Credentials File Service
Career Services has announced that it will discontinue the Credentials File Service as of Sept. 1, 1997.
In a memo announcing this decision, Career Services gave the following reasons:
Given our educational philosophy, the Career Services mission is to provide students with the tools and skills to successfully and independently pursue and obtain career opportunities. We are striving to make all of our services, resources and programs consistent with that mission.
There has been a steady decline in the use of this service (54 percent decrease from 1993 to 1997). Between May 1996 and May 1997, 195 students established credential files.
While the Credentials File Service is available to all Virginia Tech students and alumni, 97 percent of the users are those pursuing one field--education. All other students and alumni approach the job market by preparing and submitting application materials on their own.
This service is convenient for both teacher candidates and school systems, yet surveys indicate that while school systems prefer, they do not require that such a packet of credentials submitted by an academic institution. School systems reported that all required paperwork needed for applicant consideration are recorded in the application packet.
Career Services is notifying all those who currently have such files. There will be a handout sent to these alumni, and available for inquiring students, that will provide suggestions for how to manage and submit such credentials/materials for themselves.
For more information about the details of the phase out process, call Donna Cassell, associate director of Career Services, at 1-8077.
Squires exhibit highlights university's 125th anniversary
Virginia Tech's 125th anniversary is highlighted in a new exhibit on the second floor of Squires Student Center. The exhibit contains items from Special Collections and the University Archives.
CT Scanner in Alphin Radiology Center enhanced
The CT Scanner in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's Alphin Radiology Center has been enhanced with the addition of a Picker Voxel Q CT Visualization Station.
The station and related software enable two- and three-dimensional CT images to be transformed into image files that are compatible with both Macintosh and PC based micro-computing platforms. The images can then be accessed via local area computing networks and the internet.
"While CT is most commonly known for its use in visualizing the anatomy and pathology of humans and animals, it is becoming recognized as a powerful research tool in other fields such as electrical engineering, paleontology, wood products engineering and materials science," said veterinary radiologist Jeryl C. Jones, an assistant professor in the DSACS.
Jones said acquisition of the new equipment will create more interdisciplinary research opportunities as well as improve clinical and instructional services.
VTMNH offers Butterfly Forays
The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History will hold Butterfly Forays at the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens on Washington Street each Tuesday through August 19 at noon.
Participants can learn to identify butterflies while enjoying a walk through the horticulture gardens. The Department of Entomology is co-sponsoring the program, and entomology staff will lead the field trips.
For more information, call Tom McAvoy at 1-6320. Pre-registration is not required.