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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 33 - June 18, 1998

Events
Thursday, 18
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
Beauty and Zen, Armory Art Gallery, Draper Road: Art exhibit by Michael Hoffman. Free, continues through July 2. Call 1-5921.
Friday, 19
Summer Arts Festival, 6 p.m., Henderson lawn: Outdoor concert by Simple Gifts of the Blue Ridge.
Saturday, 20
YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., YMCA parking lot: Moderate hike to Bottom Creek led by Bill and Lynda Hohenboken. Call 1-6860.
Tuesday, 23
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theater: The Dining Room, Summer Arts Festival play by A.R. Gurney. Free, continues through June 27. (Also July 14-18) Call 1-5921.
"Songs of the Night," 8:45 p.m., Amphitheater on Grove Lane: Slide and sound production sponsored by the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, free. Call 1-3001.
Wednesday, 24
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theater: The Dining Room, Summer Arts Festival play by A.R. Gurney. Free.
Thursday, 25
Classes End.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theater: The Dining Room, Summer Arts Festival play by A.R. Gurney. Free
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Friday, 26
Exams Begin.
Summer Arts Festival, 6 p.m., Henderson lawn: Outdoor concert by The Konnarock Critters (traditional Appalachian music).
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theater: The Dining Room, Summer Arts Festival play by A.R. Gurney. Free.
Saturday, 27
Exams End.
"Saturday Science," 11 a.m., Duck Pond: Children's program sponsored by the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. Call 1-3001 to register.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theater: The Dining Room, Summer Arts Festival play by A.R. Gurney. Free.
Sunday, 28
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., YMCA parking lot: Moderate hike around Pandapas Pond led by Su Clauson-Wicker. Call 1-6860.
Monday, 29
Classes Begin.
JULY
Wednesday, 1
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Last Day to Add.
Seminar
Monday, 29
Family Support, noon to 1 p.m., conference room A, DBHCC,: "Eating for a Healthy Start."
Bulletins
Summer Arts Festival presents The Dining Room
The Dining Room, by A.R. Gurney, where the cast of six portrays a total of 57 different characters, will play at Squires Studio Theatre Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, June 27 and Tuesday, July 14 through Saturday, July 18 at 8 p.m. The play is presented by the Summer Arts Festival, sponsored by Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg.
Set in the dining room of a well-to-do household, the place where the family assembles daily for meals, the play features actors who change roles, personalities and ages.
The performance is free, and parking is available downtown and on the Virginia Tech campus. For more information, call the Summer Arts Festival at 1-5921.
Service-learning, community projects presented
The Service-Learning Center and the Newport Village Council are hosting a meeting on Monday, June 22 at 6 p.m. at the Newport Recreation Center for faculty members who are interested in service-learning and community projects. The evening will include a country dinner, presentation by Newport historian, Douglas Martin, and a brief tour of Newport project sites.
At 7:30 p.m. the Newport Village Council will discuss projects that could involve students, including renovation of an historic covered bridge, construction of a walking trail, completion of the village green, and visitation by students to older Newport residents
Interested faculty members can contact Perry Martin at pemarti3@vt.edu or by leaving a message at the Service-Learning Center, 1-6964.
Employee-training programs schedule
The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) has developed training programs on the grievance procedure, conflict management and mediation skills. They are also conducting Grievance Procedure Training for Non-Supervisory Personnel. The following is the training schedule for July through September, 1998.
Responding to Employee Grievances; Solve it Together: Introduction to Conflict Resolution Skills; and The Grievance Procedure and You are provided at no cost will be conducted in Abingdon, Charlottesville, Culpeper and Richmond.
Workshops on Responding to Employee Grievances; and Solve it Together: Introduction to Conflict-Resolution Skills will also be conducted in Winchester.
Other programs, such as Presenting Your Case at Hearing; Solve it Together: Mediation Techniques (one day; $65); Basic Mediation Training (three-and-a-half days; $220); and Advanced Mediation Training (one day; $65) are offered in Richmond only. Call Personnel Services at 1-9331 for the date, time, location and registration form. To register for one of the scheduled classes, the training registration form should be completed and returned to DERC as soon as possible.
Because class size is limited and demand is greater than available spaces, employees may be charged a "no-show" fee of $20. Cancellations will be honored until three days before the class.
For more information call (888) 23-ADVICE (toll free) or (804) 786-7994
Share-The-Fun competition set for June 18
Virginia 4-H members will be featured in Share-The-Fun, a performance-arts competition held at 7 p.m. on June 18 in Burruss auditorium. Teens competing have previously performed at the local and district levels and won the chance to be in the state competition.
The event is part of the annual 4-H Congress that brings over 800 4-H members to the Virginia Tech campus where they stay in residence halls and participate in sessions ranging from clothing construction to wildlife resources.

The Konnarock Critters to perform
Old-time string music is the specialty of The Konnarock Critters, the featured band for an outdoor concert Friday, June 26 on the Henderson lawn at 6 p.m. The event is a Summer Arts Festival program, sponsored by Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg.
The fourth-generation musicians who make up The Konnarock Critters, offer well-known Appalachian mountain tunes as well as newer tunes performed in a traditional style, featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar and bass.
The concert is free, and parking is available downtown and on the Virginia Tech campus. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Squires Student Center. For more information, call the Summer Arts Festival at 1-5921.
Slide program features night sounds, sights
Songs of the Night, a multi-media slide presentation, will be held Tuesday, June 23, at 8:45 p.m. at the amphitheater on Grove Lane. Jerry Via will present the program, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. No registration required. Call 1-3001 for more information.
Programs focus on Duck Pond
An exhibit of stories, photos and art, all inspired by the Duck Pond, is featured in a new exhibit at the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. "The Great Duck Pond Exhibit" began showing June 5 and will continue through August 31.
A Saturday Science program introducing young children to the Duck Pond will be held June 27 at the museum. Children from pre-kindergarten to third grade will explore the animals who live in and around the pond. Admission is free. Call 1-3001 by Thursday, June 25 to register.
Volunteers needed for `Days of Caring'
The United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd Days of Caring will sponsor mural painting at the New River Valley Mall and Fun Challenge for the annual Days of Caring campaign. Volunteers (ages 18 and up) will paint murals designed and drawn by local artists for the theme, "We're painting a brighter tomorrow...and we all hold a brush."
Painting will take place on June 22 and 23 in three shifts each day: 8 a.m. to noon, 1 to 5 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m. T-shirts and refreshments will be provided. For more information, to register, call 381-2066.