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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 33 - June 18, 1998

Residential and Dining Programs' W.E.L.L. program was selected as one of the programs to be included in the national report of the Joint Task Force on Student Learning. The task force was appointed by the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) to focus national attention on the learning benefits of collaboration between academic and student affairs.
The task force selected programs and activities based on the following criteria: collaboration and connection, demonstrated effectiveness, value added, replicability, learning-based. On June 17, there will be a two-hour presentation in Cincinnati featuring those programs selected for the final report.
Michele Moldenhauer, art director in University Relations/Publications received a Citation of Excellence at the Third District American Advertising Awards held recently in Myrtle Beach. The Corps of Cadets Strategic Plan garnered the award in the brochure category, competing against entries from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Other contributors to the brochure were Col. Edward Schwabe Jr., writer; Richard Lovegrove, editor; and Bob Veltri, lead photographer.
Robert J. Bush, associate professor of wood science and forest products, presented a paper titled "The Decline of Wood In Traditional Markets: Lessons from the Pallet Industry" at the 26th Hardwood Symposium sponsored by the National Hardwood Lumber Association in Cashiers, N.C., May 7-9.
E. George Stern, Earle B. Norris professor emeritus of wood construction in the wood science and forest products department, was honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. During the annual meeting of the Committee on Pallets, Slip Sheets, and Other Bases for Unit Loads in Washington, D.C., he was given a plaque by the Society's Board of Governors in testimony for the high regard of his co-workers and the appreciation of the society for his valued services in advancing the engineering profession as a member of the committee for 30 years and its chairman for 25 years.

Marshall S. White, wood science and forest products professor, will succeed Stern as committee chairman. White directs the William H. Sardo Jr. Pallet and Container Research Laboratory, located in Virginia Tech's Corporate Research Park. Stern started the pallet lab, now an internationally recognized research center, 22 years ago.
Wolfgang Glasser, professor of wood science and forest products, was the invited plenary speaker in the opening session of the Second International Symposium on Natural Polymers and Composites, held in Atibaia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 10-13, 1998. The symposium was attended by some 150 researchers from South and North America and from Europe.
Public Radio WVTF has taken three top awards in the Virginia Associated Press Broadcast Association's (VAPB) news competition. WVTF won first place in the documentary, feature and commentary categories. The awards were presented to Rick Mattioni at the VAPB awards banquet on May 16 in Virginia Beach. WVTF news department intern and Virginia Tech senior Tammara Shepphard was given the 1998 VAPB scholarship. The yearly monetary award goes to a broadcast journalism or communications major who holds a potential to contribute to the field of radio or tv news.