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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 1 - August 25, 1994


Friday, 26

Last Day to Add

Saturday, 27

Surplus Property Auction, 9 a.m., Surplus Property Warehouse.

Sunday, 28

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Y parking Lot: Mountain Lake Scenic Area.

Monday, 29

"With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM radio: "Signs of Life: The Search for Extraterrestrial Beings," by George Simmons, Virginia Tech, and Bill Rood, U.Va.


Thursday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.


Friday, 26

MCBB, noon, 100 Johnson: "Newly Recognized Hanta Viruses Associated with Severe Pulmonary Disease," by Stuart Nichol, Centers for Disease Control.


Theatre exhibit opens season at gallery

The Wallace Hall Gallery opened with "Theatre: Design" on August 15.

The exhibit highlights the design process used in productions of the university's theatre arts department. Costume and set designs from more than 20 productions are included in the exhibit. Lectures by Felice Proctor on costume design and by Randy Ward on set design will be held early in September. "Theatre: Design" runs through September 16 in the gallery and is open for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Assistant professor Eric Wiedegreen of the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management and associate professor Felice Proctor of the Department of Theatre Arts are co-curators of the exhibit. Please call 1-4788 for more information.

Sign language study courses offered

Virginia Tech's Division of Continuing Education will sponsor the first in a series of American Sign Language courses for individuals with little or no sign skills.

The course is designed to introduce you to everyday conversational sign language, deaf culture, fingerspelling, grammatical sign principles and linguistic information relevant to deaf people and sign language.

The class sessions will meet on Thursday evenings beginning September 15, and go through December 15, holidays excluded. Registration deadline is August 30. Enrollment after August 30 will be on space availability.

The cost is $215, plus text. Call 1-9340 to register and purchase textbooks. For more information, contact Erma Williams in Roanoke at (703) 857-6055.

Feminist Research, Pedagogy Conference scheduled

The response to last year's conference on feminist research and pedagogy held on the Virginia Tech campus was so strong that a second conference is being planned by the Women's Research Institute and the Women's Studies program.

Titled "Bridges and Applications: Linking Feminist Research and Pedagogy," this year's conference is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Best Western Red Lion Inn in Blacksburg.

Sue Rosser, director of women's studies at the University of South Carolina, is the featured speaker. She will be speaking Friday night about the results of the research she has conducted about the use of feminist pedagogy in science classrooms. On Saturday, she will dramatize two science classrooms: one using a traditional approach and a second using a feminist approach. There will be an opportunity for members of the audience to become involved in the role play.

There will be several additional opportunities during the conference to explore feminist research and pedagogy. In addition to a breakout session about Rosser's presentations, time has been set aside for roundtables where participants can share information about their own feminist research and writing. Ann Kilkelly, coordinator of women's studies at Virginia Tech, will lead the Saturday afternoon session where participants will have an opportunity to experiment with some performance techniques that can be used in the classroom to link subject area knowledge with personal experience.

As was done last year, a directory of people involved in feminist research and pedagogy will be distributed to conference participants. To submit information for inclusion in the directory, send a typed, one or two paragraph summary that describes your writing and/or research to: Constance D. Goehle, CEUT, 129 Hillcrest Hall. Summaries can also be FAXED to: 231-7615. Be sure to include your name, title, and business address and telephone number.

Conference registration materials are available through the Women's Programs Office at 1-7615. Registration deadline is September 16. The conference registration fee is $48 and includes Friday dinner and Saturday lunch. There are a limited number of $25 waivers available for VPI graduate students and public school teachers. For waiver information, call 1-7615. For those attending only the Friday night activities, the registration fee is $28.

For more information, call 1-7615.

New courses offered in Judiac Studies

New courses offered in Judiac Studies are going to be part of the curriculum starting fall 1994.

Two courses are being offered this semester. On the Holocaust will be given through the History Department and the Honors Program. The course will be taught by David Barzilai. The second course for this semester will be Elementary Hebrew Language and Culture given through the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The course will be taught by Shoshana Slawny-Levitan.

During spring semester, Barzilai will offer a general introduction to the Judiac Culture. This course will be offered by the Center for Programs in the Humanities. Slawny-Levitan will continue the sequence of the Hebrew course.

There will be a concert of Jewish music performed by the Audubon Quartet on September 10 in Squires Recital Salon. Other events that are being planned for this year are a series of lectures by guest scholars and a music and theatre performance.

For more information call Barzilai at 1-7665.

Commonhealth offers no-smoking program

CommonHealth, Virginia's employee wellness program, will be offering a group smoking-cessation clinic this fall semester. Any employee or retiree of the university may join CommonHealth and participate in the smoking cessation clinic. The program used will be the American Lung Association's Freedom from Smoking clinic.

Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disability in the United States.

To encourage and support employees who want to quit smoking, the university will allow participants to attend one hour of each two-hour session on work time. Arrangements are to be made by the employee's supervisor before registering for the program. Please direct all questions to Bridgit Mitchell at 1-7810.

The clinic will meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following days: August 30, September 6, 13, 20, 22, 27, October 4, 18. A $10 fee will be collected at the first session and refunded if all sessions are attended. The first session is a non-obligatory orientation where employees can hear about the smoking cessation program and decide whether they would like to continue.

Please RSVP with Alicia Smith at 1-7810. A minimum of 10 participants is required to offer this program.

Weight Watchers begins new session

A new session of the Virginia Tech Weight Watchers at Work Program will begin on Monday, Sept. 12. The session will meet for 10 weeks from noon to 1 p.m. in 1810 Litton Reaves. The cost of this session is $100. If you are interested in participating in this session, please contact Gloria Smith at 1-4181 or by PROFS at GRAHAMGD.

Caregiver support group meets

Virginia Tech Adult Day Care sponsors a caregiver support group that meets the first Friday of each month from noon-2. Guest speakers present information and tools to assist caregivers in providing care for family members as well as learning how to care for themselves.

The support group will meet Friday, Sept. 2, in the intergenerational room, first floor, Wallace Hall. The topic will be "Stress: How to Cope With and Manage It." There is also time during each meeting for caregivers to talk about personal issues and experiences and ask questions of the guest speaker, staff, and other caregivers. There is no fee, and all caregivers in the community are welcomed and invited. For more information, contact Phyllis Greenberg, director, Virginia Tech Adult Day Care Center, 1-3161.

Grant to fund alternative program

The YMCA Student Programs has received a two-year, $1,599 grant for its Native American Alternative Spring Break from Break Away, a national organization that promotes alternative spring breaks.

The grant provides funding to train 40 students who will spend their spring break at a Native American community learning about American Indian culture and issues and participating in community service. It also will pay for supplies for the students to take to the site.

Students will go to either the Mattaponi reservation in Eastern Virginia or to a Native American community in Oklahoma.

This year's Alternative Spring Break, scheduled for March 11-18, will focus specifically on the issue of alcoholism in today's American Indian society. Planning for the break is coordinated by Virginia Tech student leaders, who work closely with tribal elders in the two communities.

For more information, call 1-6468.

Summer learning project funded

The YMCA Student Programs and the Voluntary Action Center of Montgomery County have received $1,000 from Virginia Campus Outreach Opportunity League's (Va COOL) Integration Grants to create the Summer Learning Operative Training (SLOT) program for the summer of 1995.

The project will address educational and self-esteem needs of youth in a local apartment complex who are part of the YMCA's After-School Program.

VA COOL is a network of higher-education institutions in Virginia created in 1989. It promotes and empowers campus-based community service through grants, a state-wide conference, and technical assistance.

For more information about the After-School Program, call 1-3734.

Tennis center offers reduced rates

To welcome new faculty and staff members to campus, the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on Tech Center Drive will offer reduced rates to all faculty and staff members on indoor and outdoor courts for play on Saturday, Aug. 27. For reservations, call 1-5908.

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