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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 21 - February 19, 1998

Events
Thursday, 19
Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
CEUT Forum, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: "Group Interactions for Learning."
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Denmark: Co-Housing, Education, and More (including Iceland)," by Kristine Reid.
Science/Technology Studies Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "What Counts as Education in a World of Instructional Technologies?"
Multimedia Users Group Meeting, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "Multimedia and Visual Data Analysis: The Next Step," by Jason Lockhart and Ron Kriz.
Black History Month Program, 4 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A: "Meet Rev. Dr. Michael E. Dyson."
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
Women's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell: Duquesne.
Black History Month Program, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial: Keynote speaker Michael E. Dyson.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene."
Friday, 20
Last Day to Drop.
CEUT Forum, 9-11 a.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: "Promoting Active Learning."
International Club Meeting, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Ethnonationalism: Territorial Faultlines in the Post-Cold War World," by Jeff Corntassel.
VTU Film Series, 7 p.m., Squires: "The Full Monty" (second show at 9:30).
Black History Month Activity, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "Harlem Nights."
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Elayne Williams, flute and John Pratt, percussion.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene."
Saturday, 21
YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at Y parking lot: Dragon's Tooth (strenuous).
Black History Month Activity, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Empowering the Community."
Women's Basketball, 3:30 p.m.: at Fordham.
VTU Film Series, 7 p.m., Squires: "The Full Monty" (second show at 9:30).
Men's Basketball, 7:30 p.m.: at LaSalle.
Chamber Music Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene."
Sunday, 22
TAUT Production, 2 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene."
Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet.
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Joshua Gates, clarinet and Jeff Hess, trombone.
Monday, 23
YMCA Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "South Africa: Old and New," by Ken Eriksson.
Multicultural Program, 4 p.m., 140 Squires: "Working on my 'ISMS." Call 1-3787.
Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "What Are You Feeding Your Body?"
Eating Disorder Awareness Week Program, 7 p.m., Cassell: "Big Fat Lies: The Truth about Your Weight and Your Health," by Glenn Gaesser, UVa.
Special Event, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Elizabeth McCommon's one-woman show, "Fall Forward, Spring Back."
Tuesday, 24
Women's Basketball, Atlantic 10 Tournament. Through 3-2.
Black History Month Activity, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Information Booth A: "Free Blood-Pressure Screening."
Career Services Connection Job Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth/Old Dominion Ballrooms.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week Program, 2:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Eating Disorders--An Information Session," by Marshall Tessnear and Laura Penrod.
Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A: "Does the Glass Ceiling Really Exist for Black Women in Corporate America?" by Cheryl Cambridge, Hughes Space and Communications.
VTU Lively Arts Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Bye Bye Birdie."
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene."
Wednesday, 25
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Memorial Church: Bread making.
Brown Bag Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Squires Multicultural Center: "Enhancing Our Environment."
Men's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell: George Washington.
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Cutting Class: Civil Rights, Education, and the Lost Generation," with Edna Allen-Bledsoe, Longwood.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene."
Thursday, 26
Eating Disorder Awareness Week Program, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., 126-B W. Jackson: Free screening for eating disorders at the Mental Health Association of the New River Valley.
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Natural History of Big Bend National Park, Texas," by Jack and Sandi Webster.
EO/AA Teleconference, 2-4 p.m., 212 Information Systems Building: "Legal Insights: Accommodations (for adolescents and adults with LD and ADHD)."
FWR/125th Anniversary Talk, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "Bio-ethics in Natural Resources Education and Management," by Donald J. Orth.
Black History Month Activity, 7:30 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Black on Black Love."
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Shakespeare Seen by Scene." Through 2-28.
Seminars
Thursday, 19
English, 4 p.m., 120 Williams: "English Renaissance Civic Ceremony and the Place of Coriolanus," by Ed Hardin.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: TBA.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: Susan Hubbard, doctoral defense.
Friday, 20
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Epidemiology of Mycobacterium," by Vivek Kapur.
VISC, noon, 654 Whittemore: "Using Cost-Effective High-Performance Computation Platforms," by Mark Jones.
Communication Studies, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hillcrest honors conference room: "Virtually No Difference: Women's Subjectivities as Men's Sexual Fantasies in CD-ROM Sex Games," by Annette N. Markham.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "The Tree Fruit Industry in Virginia: Innovations with Apples and Peaches," by Richard Marini.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: Susan Hubbard, doctoral defense.
Science/Technology Studies, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: "Standardizing the Mind and Culture of IQ," by John Carson, Cornell.
Monday, 23
CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: Topic TBA, by David Belesky, USDA.
Research/Graduate Studies, 4-5:30 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Scholarly Exchange: Electronic Publication and Scholarship in the Humanities," by Crandall Shifflet.
Tuesday, 24
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 3092 Derring: "Role of Paleogeography and Carbon Dioxide in Governing Past Ocean and Atmospheric Circulation," by Eric Barron, Penn State.
Wednesday, 25
Science/Technology Studies, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: "John Dee's Columbian Encounter," by William Sherman, Maryland.
Thursday, 26
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Generalized (Stochastic) Hill Climbing Algorithms: A Unifying Approach to Addressing Discrete Optimization Problems," by Sheldon H. Jacobson.
Chemical Engineering, 4 p.m., 331 Randolph: "Predicting the Effect of Cell Motility on Biodegradation in Porous Media," by Paul Frymier, Tennessee.
ElectroMagnetics, 4 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Frequency Probing of the Earth," Werner Kohler Low.
English, 4 p.m., 120 Williams: "Ecology and Literature," by Gyorgyi Voros.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Limitations of Using Regression and Mean Separation Analyses for Describing Crop Yield/Defoliation Relationships," by Brian Nault.
Bulletins
Multimedia Users Group meets February 19
On Thursday, Feb. 19, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon, the Virginia Tech Multimedia Users Group (http://www.nmc.vt.edu/vtmmug) will feature Jason Lockhart and Ron Kriz in a joint presentation: "Multimedia And Visual Data Analysis: The Next Step." Lockhart directs the multimedia lab in the College of Engineering and Kriz is the director of the CAVE Research Project.
Arrangements have been made to provide for two CAVE tours between 6 and 7 p.m. (sign-up sheets available at the meeting). This meeting is open to faculty and staff members, students, and the community. Contact Richard Hayman (1-4826 or rhayman@vt.edu) for more information.
Group will meet, to explore "'isms"
"Working on My 'ISMS" is a group that will meet beginning Monday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in 140 Squires. This is an opportunity for a group of students interested in improving the way they interact with people who are different from themselves. Group participants will explore personal 'isms that block healthy interactions with persons who are different. The group will provide a supportive environment in which to learn.
Persons interested in joining this group need to arrange an individual session with a facilitator prior to the first group session. This group will be limited to the first 10 individuals who sign up. Appointments can be arranged by calling 1-3787.
This activity is sponsored by Multicultural Programs, a function of the Dean of Students Office in the Division of Students Affairs. If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodations, please notify the Dean of Students office at 1-3787, TDD 1-8718.
CEUT luncheon focuses on teaching
The CEUT "Food for Thought" lunch session on Thursday, Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center will focus on "Group Interactions for Learning."
Faculty Forums are informal conversation opportunities about teaching concerns and innovations. Each Food for Thought lunch session will focus on a topic related to teaching. CEUT staff members will facilitate the discussion, and guest speakers will be present to offer ideas. You may purchase your lunch in the Donaldson Brown Dining Room and bring it to a nearby conference room for our discussion. Contact CEUT at ceut@vt.edu or 1-9109.
CEUT workshop offers tips for the classroom
The CEUT workshop "Promoting Active Learning" will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, from 9-11 a.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
During this one-session workshop, Margaret Hable will offer practical tips for use in your classroom. Capacity is limited, so register as soon as possible by contacting CEUT at ceut@vt.edu or 1-9109. This workshop is for faculty members who want to engage students more actively, recognizing that this is the key to better learning. Topics will include paired learning, group discussion, opening activities, processing activities, closure strategies, providing for breaks and pauses, and lesson-design structures.
Proposals for CEUT grants due March 2
CEUT offers Instructional Enhancement Grants to ensure quality and encourage innovation throughout Virginia Tech's educational programs. The deadline for submitting proposals for CEUT Instructional Enhancement Grants is March 2 at 5 p.m.
Please visit the CEUT web page for details, or contact the CEUT Office at ceut@vt.edu or 1-9109 to request a hard copy of the guidelines. This semester, proposals are welcome for any of the following Instructional Enhancement Grants: Teaching-Release Grant for Fall Semester 1998; Teaching-Learning Grant for Fall Semester 1998; Summer Faculty Fellows Grant for Second Summer 1998; and mini-grants (proposals for mini-grants welcomed at any time).
In addition, CEUT and the University Office of International Programs are co-sponsoring an International Faculty Fellows Grant. The due date for proposals is also March 2. Details about this grant are available from CEUT and UOIP.
Weight Watchers meeting series still available
There are three meetings left of the 10-week Weight Watchers series meeting in 4105 Derring. This series introduces the "1-2-3 Success" plan, with no complicated counting and no food off limits. Eighteen people are needed for the next series, which offers 10 weeks for $89.
Contact Kellie Ross at 1-8923 for more information.
Brown bag lunches spotlight learning environment
The Dean of Students Office is sponsoring a series of three "Brown Bag Lunches" titled "Enhancing Our Environment." The series will spotlight members of the Virginia Tech community who have made outstanding contributions towards creating a supportive learning environment and campus-wide acceptance for all. The series will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Squires Multicultural Center.
Leslie Graham, College of Engineering, will speak on February 25; Bill Swain, Physical Plant, will speak on March 26; and Monte Boisen, math department, will speak on April 23rd. Drinks and cookies will be provided at each lunch.
DERC schedules visits with interested employees
The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) will meet with interested employees in the following counties: Augusta, Bath, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Highland, Louisa, Nelson, Rockbridge, and Rockingham. The DERC will also meet with interested employees in the following cities: Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro.
Counselors will be in Fishersville on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Virginia Employment Commission, 2631 Jefferson Highway. Counselors will be in Harrisonburg on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Virginia Employment Commission, located on the Valley Mall Shopping Center access road.
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, referrals for further assistance.
Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, please call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors on the toll-free line (888) 23-ADVICE.
Series on international education announced
During the spring semester 1998, the University Office of International Programs (UOIP) and the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT) are jointly sponsoring a colloquium series on current issues in international education. The series, featuring individual and panel presentations by prominent internationalists at Virginia Tech, addresses a variety of topics of current interest to faculty members.
The sessions, lasting two hours each, are being held at the Donaldson Brown Center and include lunch followed by topical presentations. The first session was held on February 3, from 11:45 to 1:45 p.m. The speaker for the occasion was John Caldwell from the Department of Horticulture and winner of the 1997 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Programs. Caldwell described his work during the past 16 years in agricultural development and international education.
The second event will feature presentations on the past, present and future utilization of Tech's Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. Panelists for the occasion will include: Gene Egger (Architecture); Jerry Robinson (Business); and Glenn Bugh (history).
Faculty members who wish to participate should be at the Donaldson Brown Center's Appalachian and Blue Ridge rooms at 11:45 a.m. for lunch on Wednesday, March 4. Participation is limited to 20. Registration deadline is noon, Friday, Feb. 27. Contact Donna Sanzenbach by e-mail: donnac@vt.edu or by phone at 1-6452.
Workshop helps managers coach employees
Personnel Services announces a half-day training session, "Coaching and Counseling for Improved Performance," on February 26, from 8 a.m. to noon in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center committee room. This workshop is designed to help managers and supervisors effectively handle employee performance issues that occur throughout the year. Several coaching and counseling techniques will be identified and discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to practice and improve their coaching skills.
The workshop will emphasize the importance of coaching and counseling to improve on-the-job performance and boost morale. Participants at this workshop will: clarify the integral role of coaching and counseling in a manager's responsibilities; develop guidelines to prepare and conduct a coaching session; identify a coaching model; and develop competencies in coaching and counseling.
Registration is required. Please contact Vicky Price at 1-9331 or e-mail PRICEVS@vt.edu.
Fellowships offered in forest products marketing
Graduate fellowships are available for students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. with emphasis on the marketing of forest products. Fellowships provide students with a stipend ($17,000 per year plus tuition waivers) and the opportunity to work with one of the top programs in the field.
Candidates with an interest in forest products marketing, regardless of educational background, are encouraged to apply. Fellowship awards will be based on academic achievement and potential to excel in graduate studies. U.S. citizenship is required.
For more information, contact Joanne Buckner at 1-5876 or ctrfpmjo@vt.edu.