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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 09 - October 20, 1994


Thursday, 20

College of Education Excellence in Education Conference, 9 a.m., DBHCC.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Within a Day Away," by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "How to be a `Real Boy': Constructing Masculinity in a 1930s Child-Guidance Setting," by Kathleen Jones.

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

Center for Theory and History of Architecture Thursday Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock Auditorium: The Alhambra.

1994 Dean's Lecture, 7 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "Global Co-evolution of Natural Systems and Human Society," by John Cairns Jr.

Friday, 21

Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour, 8:30 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee: Weekly.

Africa Public Lecture, 4 p.m., 136 McBryde: "The Special Problems of Youth, Teen-age Pregnancy, and AIDS," by David Nyamwaya, African Medical and Research Foundation, Nairobi.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Bruce Carter, composition.

Saturday, 22

Football vs. Pittsburgh, 1 p.m., Lane Stadium.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: David Jacobsen, saxophone, and Caryl Conger, piano.

Sunday, 23

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Dragon's Tooth, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Student Recital, 2 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Danny Galyen, trumpet.

Monday, 24

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

Women's Studies Fall Featured Topic Series, 7 p.m., 136 Norris: "Gender and Aging," by Toni Calasanti.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Race to the Finish: Black Politics Today," with Rudolph Wilson, Norfolk State, and Wallace McMichael, Virginia State.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Miss Julie." Through 10-26.

Tuesday, 25

Virginia Tech's Women's Leaders Luncheon and Presentation, 11:30 a.m., Alumni Hall: Presentation on the Women's Center by Penny Burge.

VTU Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss Auditorium: "The Secret Garden."

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Miss Julie." Through 10-26.

Wednesday, 26

Slovak Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Roanoke Civic Center.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: University Percussion and Marimba.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Miss Julie."

Thursday, 27

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Biking in Denmark," by Douglas and Lydia Warren.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Thagard's Computer Simulation of Scientific Chance," by Hanne Anderson, Universities of Aarhus and Konstanz.


Thursday, 20

CSPISE Special: 10 a.m., 304 Robeson "A Physicists View of Random Macromolecular Networks, and Other Equilibrium Amorphous Solids," by Paul M. Goldbart, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Optimal One and Two-stage Designs for Logistic Regression Model," by William Letsinger.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Who Will Die? Range, Abundance and Species-richness in Extinction Selectivity," by Michael McKinney, Tennessee.

Friday, 21

MCBB, noon, 100 Burke Johnston: "Molecular Mechanisms of Ethanol-induced Developmental Neurotoxicity," by Lucio G. Costa, Washington.

Materials Science/Engineering, 3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: "Reactive Soldering," by Bill Boettinger, NIST.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Neighborhood Feedbacks, Endogenous Stratification, and Income Inequality," by Steve Durlauf, Wisconsin.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Evolutionary Divergence Within Collybia subnuda, a Litter-decomposing Mushroom," by Jack Murphy.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Electron Transfer and Energy Coupling in Niotrogenase Catalysis," by Gertz I. Likhtenshtein, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Monday, 24

CSES, 3 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Off to Market: Tomato Biotechnology," by Taylor Clark, and "Biodegradability of Dicamba in a Wetland Soil," by Alfredo Lopez.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Moral Hazard and Managerial Competition," by Robert Miller, Carnegie-Mellon.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Emerging Biomedical Applications of Time-resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy," by Joe Lakowicz, Maryland.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Aspects of Geranium Production as Influenced by Various Irrigation Regimes and Fertilization Methods," by Patricia Knight.

Wednesday, 26

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Human Capital, Aggregate Shocks and Panel Date Estimation," by Sumru Altug.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 113 McBryde: "Computational Science and the Future of Computing Research," by John Rice, Purdue.

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

Thursday, 27

Blacksburg Electronic Village, 4 p.m., 102 Johnston Student Center: "Blacksburg Electronic Village: User Profiles and Expectations," by Scott Patterson and Andrea Kavanaugh.


IFS ad hoc committee to meet

The Ad Hoc Committee to Review/Evaluate the Instructional Fee Scholarship (IFS) Policy will hold open forum sessions as follows: October 24, 3:30-5 p.m., 2002 Pamplin; October 25, 3:30-5 p.m., room TBA; October 26, 7-8:30 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

These open sessions are designed to solicit feedback about the impact of the new policy.

Excellence in Education Conference addresses reform

"Reforming Public Education in a Diverse Society" will be the topic of Jim D. Graham's keynote address at the Excellence in Education Awards Conference tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the DBHCC auditorium.

Graham is president of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents and a 1979 doctoral graduate of the College of Education.

The conference will continue tomorrow morning, Friday, Oct. 21, with presentation of award-winning programs and exhibits, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in DBHCC. Reservations for the awards luncheon can be made through the center.

Student meeting on restructuring slated

A meeting for all students of the College of Education is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. in DBHCC conference room A. The meeting is designed to inform students about the restructuring plan and implementation strategies and to invite their participation on the task forces for Curriculum, Collaboration, and Organization and Governance.

College of Education Dean Wayne Worner, a faculty member from each task force, and a student member from each task force will be on hand to answer questions and discuss restructuring-related issues. Faculty members are asked to announce the meeting to their classes.

Seminar series for entrepreneurs scheduled

Entrepreneurs can learn how to start and manage a business in Virginia during nine evening seminars from November 1 to mid- December at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

Organized by the New River Valley Small Business Development Center (NRV SBDC), which is operated by Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs, the seminar series will be based on information in a new book, The Virginia Entrepreneur's Guide, written by Michael J. Tentnowski, coordinator of business development programs for the Economic Development Assistance Center (EDAC) in Public Service Programs; S. Michael Hensley, EDAC director; and Paul Larson, professor of management at the University of Montana.

According to David Shanks, director of the NRV SBDC, the seminars will teach participants "how to raise money to start or expand a business, increase sales, increase profits, and manage the growth of a business."

Dates and topics for the 6:30- 9 p.m. seminars are November 1: Developing the Business Idea; November 8: Developing the Business Plan; November 15: Cash and Financial Management; November 22: Marketing Research; November 29: Developing a Marketing Plan; December 6: Legal Matters in Business; December 8: Raising Capital; December 13: Strategic Planning and Management Teams; and December 15: The Harvest.

Tentnowski and successful business people will speak at each session.

The registration fee for all nine seminars is $195, which includes the book, materials, and software needed for completion of the series. The cost for individual seminars is $50 each and does not include the book and software. To make special arrangements for individual seminars or for information on registering, call 1- 5182.

For more additional information, contact Shanks by telephone at 1- 5278 or by fax at 1- 8850.

Seminar to look at new marketing strategies

A seminar on "Walmart Is on the Way: New Marketing Strategies for Small Businesses" will be held for businesses in Rocky Mount and surrounding areas at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Rocky Mount Town Hall auditorium. The seminar is part of a series of seminars and workshops designed to help businesses cope with competition from Walmart, which is scheduled to open in the community in 1996.

The seminar will be taught by Michael Tentnowski, coordinator of business development programs for the Economic Development Assistance Center (EDAC) in Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs. EDAC sponsors the seminars in cooperation with the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Topics that will be covered Tuesday night include using guerilla marketing strategies, developing targeted market niches, and employing service strategies to capture market share.

Tentnowski is Virginia Tech's representative to the Economic Bridges Initiative, a program initially designed to link industries in Northern Virginia with businesses and services in Southwest Virginia.

Additional seminars have tentatively been scheduled November 15 of 1994 and January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, and May 16 of 1995.

For more information or to register, contact the chamber at P.O. Box 158, Rocky Mount, VA 24151; telephone (703) 483- 9542.

Conference to focus on resource development

Human service organizations in the New River and Roanoke valleys can learn about resource development in an upcoming conference designed specifically to aid the organizations in their fund- raising and other resource- expansion efforts.

The Leadership Conference for Human Service Organizations: Focus on Resource Development will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

Ben Crawford, leadership and volunteer development specialist in the Public Service Programs unit, helped organize the conference for the sponsors, the Voluntary Action Centers of Montgomery County/Radford and the Roanoke Valley and the United Way of Roanoke Valley and Montgomery County/Radford.

Bittle W. Porterfield III, president of Rice Management Company in Roanoke, will give the opening talk, and J. Margaret O'Brien, president of Hollins College, will deliver closing comments. Workshop leaders will be Jerry Close, retired vice president of public affairs for Sunnyside Retirement Communities; Joseph McGreal, Office of Research and Evaluation, Virginia Department of Mental Health; Robert Kulinsky, executive director, United Way of Roanoke Valley; Vera Wall, associate dean, Virginia Tech's College of Human Resources; James Cole, director of business affairs and controller, Virginia Tech Foundation; Judy Graham, director of annual giving, University Development; Curtis Graham, associate executive director, Ruritan National; and Delwyn Dyer, former director of the Center for Volunteer Development.

Topics for discussion include planning for development, marketing your organization/knowing your customer, board member involvement in fund raising, public and private resources, setting up an annual giving fund, wills and endowments, grant proposal writing, special event fund raising, and understanding nonprofit financial statements.

Advance registration is required by October 25. The registration fee of $20 per person includes conference materials, lunch, and refreshments at breaks. Checks should be made payable to the Voluntary Action Center of Montgomery County and mailed to P.O. Box 565, Blacksburg, VA 24063.

For more information, call Crawford at 1- 9629.

Student alcohol use subject of discussion

The Staff Development Committee of the Division Student Affairs presents Identifying and Responding to the Student Alcohol Culture at Virginia Tech Thursday, Oct. 20, at 8:30 a.m. in Squires Brush Mountain Room A. This panel discussion featuring students, an on-call administrator, Virginia Tech Police Department, and a judicial hearing officer will identify the current alcohol culture on campus. Residence Education staff members will chart the course through current actions being taken regarding services provided and responses from the judicial area.

For more information, call 1-6272. If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please notify Debbie Falls at 1-6272.

Affirmative Actions plans available for review

The Instructional and Administrative Faculty Affirmative Action Plans for 1993, which are narrative assessments required by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, are available for review by the university community at the EO/AA Office, 336 Burruss.

Master Chorale fall concert set

The Blacksburg Master Chorale will present the first concert of its eighth season Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. at the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. Acting music director James Bryant will conduct the Master Chorale and an orchestra in the Nisi Dominus by George Frederick Handel; Concerto in D for Three Trumpets, Timpani, Oboes, Strings and Continuo by Georg Phillip Telemann; and the Mass in D (also known as the Nelson Mass) by Franz Joseph Haydn. The concert will feature guest soloists Elizabeth Curtis, soprano; Rita Litchfield-Good, mezzo; Gary Fulsebakke, tenor; and Wayne Kompelien, bass-baritone.

Music director Craig Fields is on sabbatical from Virginia Tech during the fall semester.

Tickets are available at Leed's Music Center, across from Gables in Blacksburg, from any chorale member, and at the door. Tickets are $8 for adults or $4 for students/senior citizens. For more information, call 633-0892 or 552-8071.

Art and music by West Virginia's challenged offered

"Beyond Barriers," sponsored by the Virginia Tech Department of Art and Art History," will give Montgomery County audiences an opportunity to enjoy an art exhibition presented by the Creative Expressions program of Shawnee Hills, a state-wide mental health and mental retardation center based in Charleston, W.Va.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, the juried show of art by West Virginia's challenged will open at 4 p.m. in Virginia Tech's Armory Art Gallery. The exhibition, representing all media and containing more than 50 artworks by mentally and emotionally challenged West Virginians, was selected last fall by jurors Bob Shea of Ohio State University's art department and Derek Myers of Virginia Tech's art and art history department. It will be on exhibition through Dec. 7.

The Armory Gallery's hours are noon- 5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday and noon- 4 p.m. Saturdays.

As a Veteran's Day tribute, Nov. 11, Shawnee Hills' performing troupe, the LimeLights, will present a musical variety show on a World War II theme at 8 p.m. at the Wesley Foundation, 209 W. Roanoke St. Admission is free, with donations accepted. The group is made up of students of dance, drama, and music in the Creative Expressions division.

For more information about the programs, call Derek Myers at 1- 5547.

Family life education in East Africa topic of talk

A public lecture on "Meeting the Challenge of Family Life Education in East Africa: The Special Problems of Youth, Teenage Pregnancy, and AIDS" will be held Friday, Oct. 21. The talk by David Nyamwaya of the African Medical and Research Foundation in Nairobi will be at 4 p.m. in 136 McBryde.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for Public Administration and Policy, the African Students Association, and the departments of geography and urban affairs and planning.

For more information, call 1- 6467.

Harvard educator scheduled to speak

Vito Perrone, director of the Teacher Education Programs at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will speak to the College of Education and the university community Friday, Oct. 28, at 9 a.m. in Cassell Coliseum's Bowman Room. Following his presentation, Perrone will meet with members of the College of Education's new Department of Teaching and Learning. That afternoon, Perrone is scheduled to go to Roanoke to meet with public school educators and members of the College of Education's Collaboration Task Force.

AAUW meeting to focus on creative process

Victoria Bond, composer, and Ann Goette, librettist, will be guest speakers for the October meeting of the Blacksburg area branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). The presentation, "Travels: The Journey from the Imagination to the Stage," will be presented October 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. The public is invited.

For membership information, call Janet Dauscher at 951-9144.

Dossier preparation workshop planned

A workshop on preparing dossiers for teaching awards will be held Friday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. in 129 McBryde.

Jim Knight, director of the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, will present the workshop. The session will include a review of the selection process and detailed discussion about how to prepare a dossier nominating a faculty member for the W.E. Wine Award for Excellence in Teaching or a Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Faculty members who receive Certificate of Teaching Excellence are eligible for the Alumni Teaching Award for a period of three years.

Assisting Knight at the workshop will be Monte Boisen, mathematics; Loren Rees, management science; and Bill Snizek, sociology. George Graham of health and physical education, chair of the Wine Award Committee, and Janet Sawyers, chair of the Academy and the Alumni Teaching Award Committee, will be present to answer questions about the selection process for those awards.

Sample material that may be helpful in dossier preparation will be distributed at the workshop.

Nominations sought for leadership honor society

The Alpha Omicron Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) encourages faculty members to nominate undergraduate juniors and seniors, graduate students, faculty members, and alumni for membership in ODK. Nominees should demonstrate outstanding leadership and service, exemplary character, and academic excellence.

Nominations must be turned in by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, to 309 Cassell Coliseum. Forms are available from the Dean of Students Office, 105 Brodie.

For more information, call Shannon Milliken at 951-9692 or Jerry Via at 1-6165.

WVTF presents Slovak Symphony Orchestra

The Slovak Symphony Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Roanoke Civic Center Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by Public Radio WVTF-FM89.

The orchestra, currently on its first American tour, was founded by conductor Bystrik Rezucha in 1969. It is recognized world-wide for its artistry and versatitilty.

For more information, call WVTF at 1-8900.