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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 4 - September 15, 1994


Thursday, 15

Yom Kippur.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "New Mexico--Visits to Santa Fe, Taos, and in Between," by Beth Thomas.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Multi-culturalism: Insights from a Distinguished Geneticist and Educator," by Bruce Wallace.

Staff Senate meeting, 5:30 p.m., Vet Med College Center.

VMNH Program, 7:30 p.m., VMNH: "Southwest Virginia's Biological Treasure Chest," by Dick Neves.

Friday, 16

Salary and wage paydate.

VCRM Alumni Weekend (through 9-18).

College of Education Restructuring Open Information Session, 1 p.m., DBHCC conference room A.

Saturday, 17

Football, noon: At Boston College.

Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Doris Lederer, viola.

Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, 8 p.m. to midnight, Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: No charge.

Sunday, 18

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Y Parking Lot: Audie Murphy crash area, led by David Jenkins.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Thomas Shaw, cello, and Mary Lousie Hallauer, piano.

Monday, 19

"Let's Talk," Cooper House, noon.

University Council, 3 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Managing Miracles: The Role of Ethics in Modern Science," with Hans Tiefel, William and Mary, Walter Nance, MCV, and John Fletcher, UVa.

Tuesday, 20

Faculty Senate meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB (through 9-21): The N.O.R.M. Ensemble.

Wednesday, 21

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB (through 9-21): The N.O.R.M. Ensemble.

Thursday, 22

University administrative offices close at 4 p.m.

Science Study Center discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Cuba's Built Environment during the `Special Period,'" by Joseph Scarpaci.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Hiking in Scotland and Wales," by Allen and Judy Bame and Emily and Bob Stuart.

Football, 8 p.m., Lane Stadium: West Virginia.


Thursday, 15

University Writing Program, noon, Hillcrest First Floor Conference Room: "Writing-Intensive Experiences in the Multi-media Classroom," with J.A.N. Lee.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Randomization Methods in the Analysis of Multivariate Hypotheses," by Eric Smith.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Enigmas of the Limpopo Belt, Southern Africa," by Tom Blenkinsop, Zimbabwe.

Friday, 16

MCBB, noon, 100 Johnston: "Targeting and Import of Proteins to Peroxisomes," by Laura J. Olsen, Michigan.

Math Physics, noon, 304 Robeson: "Efficiant Markets and Nonlinear Dynamics of Financial Assets" Part II, by Doug Patterson.

Materials Science and Engineering, 3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: "Effects of Atomistic Properties of Materials on the Response of Crack Tips," by Vijay Shastry.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Purification and Characterization of Rice (Oryza sative) Betaglucosidase," by Choirul Muslim.

Monday, 19

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Apoptosis in the Immune System," by John Cidlowski, UNC.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Derivation of Interspecific Solanum Hybrid Genotypes for Introgression of Colorado Potato Beetle Resistance into Solanum tuberosum L," by David Wuosmaa.

Wednesday, 21

Parenting, noon, 142 Southgate Center: "Tapping into Resources That Can Help the `Sandwich Generation' Balance the Care of Children and Parents," by Deb Schwabe.

ESM, 4 p.m., 136 Norris: "Rocking Instability of Rigid BLocks and Two-wheeled Suitcases," by Raymond Plaut.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 101 Price House. "Constructing and Reconstructing Paris Medicine," by Ann LaBerge.

Thursday, 22

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Experimental Deformation of Granitic Rocks: Implications for the Brittle-Ductile Transition and Strain Localization," by Jan Tullis, Brown.


DERC counselors available in Staunton, Harrisonburg

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Staunton at the Virginia Employment Commission, 2631 Jefferson Highway (Route 250) on Wednesday, Sept. 21, between 8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Also, a counselor will be available in Harrisonburg on Tuesday, Sept. 20, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. at the Virginia Employment Commission, located on the Valley Mall Shopping Center access road behind the J.C. Penney Department store. 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 process, and referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, call the department at 1- 800- 552- 9720.

Musicologist to present "John Cage and Zen"

Laura Kuhn, a musicologist who was a personal assistant to composer John Cage, will give a public lecture on "John Cage and Zen" at Virginia Tech. She will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the first- floor living room at Hillcrest Hall.

Kuhn is an assistant professor of cultural history in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Program at Arizona State University West in Phoenix. The first part of her program will be a practical introduction to the principles of Zen. The second half will feature selected recordings of Cage's music that demonstrate the way the influence of Zen is manifest in his work.

The lecture is sponsored by the Mountain Lake Workshop, Virginia Tech's Honors Program, and the XYZ Student Art Association and Cooperative Gallery. For more information, call 1- 5547.

University to close early next Thursday

Since the Virginia Tech-West Virginia football game is scheduled at Lane Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m., the university is attempting to avoid significant potential traffic problems for the campus and the local community on that evening. On that date, all administrative offices will close at 4 p.m., allowing employees to leave at that time, but classes will NOT be cancelled for any time that afternoon or evening.

We hope this action will ensure a smooth flow of traffic from our campus and through the New River Valley before the majority of incoming football game traffic begins to arrive.

Child custody becomes eligibiity standard

Effective October 1, court-ordered permanent custody of a child will become a primary eligibility standard for health benefits coverage.

For example, grandparents may be awarded permanent custody of their grandchildren. Previously the requirements dictated that the biological parents be deceased, incarcerated, missing or incapable of caring for the child. This is no longer the case.

A special enrollment period has been scheduled in order to accommodate state employees whose children previously were not eligible but who have now become eligible due to the award of a court-ordered permanent custody (not temporary custody).

Employees who would like coverage for child in their permanent custody should submit the following to Personnel Services by Friday, Sept. 30: a completed Health Benefits Enrollment Form, and a copy of the court custody document

Coverage will be effective October 1.

For more information or to request forms, call Personnel Services at 1-7779.

Additional and complete information about the change in policy is addressed in the August/September issue of the PERSONNEL Communique recently distributed to the faculty and staff.

Restructuring open information meeting scheduled

Interested faculty and staff members, and students are encouraged to attend an open information session on the College of Education restructuring plan Friday, Sept. 16, from 1-3 p.m. in the DBHCC Conference Room A.

Interim Dean Wayne Worner will describe elements of the plan, degree programs that will be affected, and the status of the approval process. Copies of the plan are available from the Office of the Provost (1-6122 or send a note to HYERP@vt.edu). Written comments on the plan are due to the Budget and Planning Committee (c/o Patricia Hyer, Provost's Office, 0132) by September 23.

Workforce Commission meeting cancelled

The Workforce Commission meeting originally scheduled for yesterday was cancelled because of the need to prepare for the special session of the General Assembly on September 19. The commission plans to reschedule the meeting for a later date.

Faculty recital scheduled for September 24

Violinist Linda Plaut and pianist Kent Holliday will perform Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon. "From Norway with Love" was originally presented at the Ringve Museum of Music History in Trondheim, Norway, in May. The concert spans musical history with works from the fifteenth through the twentieth century. For more information, call 1-5200.