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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 6 - September 29, 1994


Thursday, 29

FCD International Year of the Family Art Exhibit, 10 a.m., Wallace Gallery: "True Fictions," by Carol Burch-Brown.

Human Resources IYF Panel Discussion, noon, Wallace atrium: "Children: An Asset or Liability," by Andy Stremmel, Connie Kratzer, and Mike Sporakowski.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Nights in Tunisia: Inside Look at Culture and Religion," by Chris Colvin.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "The Superimposition of Quasi-Objects/Quasi-Texts: Some Thoughts on Bruno Latour," by T. Hugh Crawford, VMI.

Friday, 30

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Last Day to Drop.

CommonHealth Stress Management Seminar, noon, 1670 Litton Reaves.

Saturday, 1

Football at Syracuse, noon.

YMCA International Folk Dances, 7:30 p.m., 37 WMG.

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet, "Beethoven Cycle, Concert V."

Sunday, 2

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Y Parking Lot: Laurel Creek Shelter, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet, "Beethoven Cycle, Concert V."

Monday, 3

Homecoming Week Begins

Biotechnology Showcase, 8:30 a.m., German Club: "The National Perspective on Biotechnology," with Carl Feldbaum, president, BIO, and Hugh Robertson, Cornell.

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

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

Women's Studies Featured Topic Series/FCD Artist's Multimedia Presentation, 7:30 p.m., Wallace Atrium: Carol Burch-Brown, "True Fictions."

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Color Code: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education," with Melvin Urofsky, VCU, and Rod Smolla, William and Mary.

Wednesday, 5

Distinguished Speaker, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "The Washington Merry Go Round," with Cokie Roberts, ABC and NPR.

Thursday, 6

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "A Danish Sampler," by Bill Hohenboken.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "A Doll House," by Henrik Ibsen. Through 10-9.


Thursday, 29

Materials Science/Engineering/Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Photoluminescence of Nanoscale Silicon and Porous Silicon," by Rafield Tsu, UNC-Charlotte.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Nonparametric Regression by Kernel-Weighted Local Least-Squares," by David Ruppert, Cornell.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: TBA.

Friday, 30

MCBB, noon, 100 Burke Johnston: "Structure and Function of Trifolitoxin," by Eric Triplet, Wisconsin.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Long-Term Monitoring of Aquatic Ecosystems in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica," by Robert A. Wharton Jr., Desert Research Institute.

Monday, 3

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Most College Tests are Too Easy," by Robert Frary.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Misconduct in Science," by Henry Bauer.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Impact of Shredded Deciduous Tree Leaves on a Tall Fescue Turf," by Cale Bigelow.

Tuesday, 4

Biology, 3:45 p.m., 210 Robeson: "The Heat-shock Response as Perceived by Plants," by Joe Key, Georgia-Athens.

Wednesday, 5

University Writing Program, noon, Hillcrest first-floor conference room: "Helping Students Discover a Writing Voice," by Barbara Carlisle.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Valuation and Efficiency in Economics with a Trade Center," by Rob Gilles.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 113 McBryde: "Fast Simulation of ATM Queues and Networks," by Philip Heidelberger, IBM and ICASE.

Thursday, 6

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Seismic Hazard Assessment in Virginia and the Southeastern U.S.," by Martin Chapman.


Flu shot clinic rescheduled

Due to delayed shipment of flu serum to the Radford City Health Department, the CommonHealth-sponsored clinic has been postponed from October 4 to Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1- 3 p.m., in the Bowman Room, Jamerson Athletic Center.

The flu shot will be $7. Pneumonia ($16) and tetanus ($3.50) shots will also be available. The shots are available to all ages and all employees. You do not need to be a CommonHealth member to participate.

To register, call 1- 7810. Times are open; appointments are not being taken.

Clinical supervision workshop planned

The Division of Continuing Education and the Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors will sponsor a workshop on enhancing skills, strategies, and modalities in clinical supervision. Current or new supervisors in private practice, counseling, social work, counselor education, school and agency supervision, physchology, and graduate students would benefit.

The workshop will be Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; the program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.

The registration deadline is September 27. Enrollment after September 27 will be on a space availability basis. The cost is $85 for VACC members; $90 for non- VACC members. The price includes resource material and refreshments. To register or for more information, call 1- 5182 or contact Erma Williams in the Roanoke Outreach Office at (703) 857- 6055.

DERC meeting with employees in Williamsburg, Hampton

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Williamsburg on Tuesday, Oct, 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Room B at the Williamsburg Regional Library and Arts Center, 5 Scotland Street. They will meet with employees in Hampton on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room 10 of the Wililam M. Whitehead Buiding (Building #17) at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, 700 Shell 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 otions for dealing with work- related concerns, discussion of applicable state policies, information on the grievance procedure process, and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. For more information and to make an appointment, call 1- 800- 552- 9720.

Bloodwork, assessments offered through CommonHealth

CommonHealth, Virginia's Employee Wellness program, is offering bloodwork and lifestyle assessments for its new and two- year members this fall. The bloodwork includes total cholesterol, good cholesterol, bad cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose. The lifestyle assessment relays individual health information in areas of heart health, stress, safety, nutrition, and more.

Any faculty or staff member, or retiree of the university who has not yet joined the Wellness Program may do so at one of the meetings listed below. The fee for membership is $5, with an additional $2 to involve any adult family members. During the meeting you attend, you will complete the lifestyle assessment and make you appointment for the bloodwork (optional) to be offered the week of October 17. The bloodwork is available every two years.

Employee meetings, lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes, are scheduled in the Bowman Room, Jamerson Athletic Center, on the following days and times: October 11, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; October 12, 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.; October 13, 10:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The employee meeting may be attended on work time upon arrangement with your supervisor. To register, call 1- 7810.

Grammar help available through e-mail

The Writing Center is offering a new service, the on- line grammar hotline. This is part of our on- line writing lab (OWL) that eventually will include a gopher server containing self- help materials and will allow for on- line tutoring.

Please tell students, colleagues, and friends about our on- line grammar hotline. You can access the on- line grammar hotline by sending your brief, writing- related questions to any of the following e- mail addresses: gram@vt.edu; grammar.hotline@vt.edu; or grammar.hotline@ebbs. english.vt.edu.

The center cannot promise to give immediate turn- around on the responses, but will check for hotline mail frequently throughout the day and respond as quickly as possible.

For those without e- mail, it is available, by going to 123 Burruss to pick up and activate the PID (personal i.d.). Incoming freshmen are automatically assigned a PID this year; others may have to fill out some extra forms to get started. For e- mail software for your computer, contact User Services in 220 Hutcheson (bring a 3.5-inch, high- density computer disk).

For those not affiliated with the university, the hotline can be accessed via the Blacksburg Electronic Village. User Services has more information.

Artist's work celebrates individual, family

Carol Burch- Brown, an associate professor of architecture, has an exhibit titled "True Fictions" on display in the Wallace Hall Gallery.

Burch- Brown's narrative paintings speak in multiple voices across time, space, and generations, displaying people as elder, adult, and child.

On Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., the artist will discuss her work through a multimedia presentation in the Wallace Hall atrium; this will be followed by a reception. The exhibit, presentation, and reception are sponsored by the Department of Family and Child Development in celebration of the International Year of the Family.

The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday through October 14. On Friday, Oct. 7, the gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 8, it will be open from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information about the exhibit, call 1- 4794.

Graduate School Fair planned for next Wednesday

Students who are considering graduate school will have an opportunity to visit with representatives of graduate programs from more than 40 universities and professional schools during the Graduate School Fair Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

The program is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly to give Virginia Tech students and others the opportunity to learn more about graduate and professional schools.

Graduate schools to be present include Auburn, Binghamton, Boston University, Clemson, Cornell, George Mason University, University of Georgia, Loyola of Maryland, Old Dominion University, Radford, Stevens Institute of Technology, Wake Forest, and Western Carolina University. The Stanley Kaplan Education Center will also be present.

Business schools from Baylor University, University of Pittsburgh, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of South Carolina will be present. Also represented will be the law schools at the University of Dayton, Washington and Lee, Wake Forest, Widener University, and the College of William and Mary

Graduate engineering programs at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Penn State will be represented. Medical/health programs present will be West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Virginia Commonwealth University- Medical College of Virginia, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, and the Virginia- Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Virginia Tech graduate programs with representatives at the Graduate School Fair include the human nutrition and foods, and family and child development departments, and the colleges of Arts and Sciences and Education.

YMCA offers introductory folk dances

The YMCA at Virginia Tech announces its fall schedule of introductory international folk dances hosted by the YMCA Folk Dancing Club. Dances will be held on Saturdays, October 1, November 5, and December 3, in the dance/archery room (room 37) on the bottom floor of War Memorial Gym. (Signs will be posted.)

Dances begin at 7:30 p.m. and end at 10. Please wear shoes that won't mark the floor. The dances are open to the faculty, staff, and students. Children are welcome if they are old enough to learn and enjoy the dances (usually about 10 years or older). No prior experience with international folk dancing is required--all dances will be taught. No partner is needed; many of the dances are done in lines and circles. Admission is free.

For more information, call the Y at 1- 6860.

Reception set for secretary of natural resources

Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Becky Norton Dunlop will visit the Virginia Tech campus Thursday, Sept. 29, to learn more about Virginia Tech's activities in the areas of natural resources and the environment.

On Friday, Sept. 30, she will tour the Powell River Project in Wise County. A reception will be held in Alumni Hall from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The reception is open to the campus community. Faculty and staff members and students are encouraged to attend.