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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 11 - November 3, 1994


Thursday, 3

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Living in Jamaica," by Vernon Baldwin.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Downsizing the Private and Public Sectors," by William Snizek.

Center for Theory and History of Architecture Thursday Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock Auditorium: "Romanesque and Gothic Architecture."

Valuing Diversity Projects Program, 7 p.m., Wesley Foundation: "Diversity in Education: Where Do We Go from Here?" by John Ogbu, California-Berkeley.

Friday, 4

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

ASPA Meeting/Panel Discussion, 11:30 a.m., Holiday Inn, Salem: The impacts of unfunded government mandates on local governments.

CPAP, 4 p.m., Thomas-Conner House: "Women and Their Families: A Feminist Perspective on the Politics of Family Decline and Empowerment," by Katherine R. Allen.

University Club Visiting Artist, 5:30 p.m., University Club: Gerry Timlin, Irish folk singer, instrumentalist, and entertainer.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Old Dominion: Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Saturday, 5

Human Nutrition and Foods Health Fair, 8 a.m., Wallace Hall: Activities for adults and children.

Project Learning Tree Workshop, 8:30 a.m., 315 Cheatham: Environmental education program.

Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Aimee Griffith, saxophone.

Faculty Women's Club Program, 6:30 p.m., Custom Catering: "Country Dance and BBQ."

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

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: World Premier Weekend, featuring works by Kent Holliday, Jon Polifrone, and Patrick Simpson.

Sunday, 6

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Falls Ridge and Hollow, led by Dottie Abashian.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: World Premier Weekend, featuring works by Kent Holliday, Jon Polifrone, and Patrick Simpson.

Monday, 7

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

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

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

Women's Studies Fall Featured Topic Series, 7 p.m., 136 Norris: "At Play in the Killing Fields: Feminist Guide to Sex Tourism in Thailand," by Lillian Robinson.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Gaining Perspective: A Look at Life Through Other Cultures," by Mary Catherine Bateson, GMU.

Tuesday, 8

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

Native American Program Speaker, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: David Hill, leader of American Indian Movement.

Men's Basketball, 7:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Court Authority Exhibition.

Wednesday, 9

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

Bach's Lunch, noon , Chapel: Flute Recital, with Elizabeth Lantz Crone, flute, Yelenda Baslabanova, piano, and Wallace Easter, horn.

CEUT and YMCA Native American Program Brown Bag, 11:45 a.m., Hillcrest Living Room: David Hill.

Classified Staff Affairs Commission, 1:30 p.m., 400D Burruss.

VTU Entertainment Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss Auditorium: The Chinese Magic Revue of Taiwan.

TAUT Performance, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "The Colored Museum," by George C. Wolfe, (through 11-13).

Thursday, 10

DBHCC Open House, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., DBHCC. Strolling buffet sampling, door prizes, tours.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Norway--Rain or Shine," by Kent Holliday.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: Commons Room Discussion.

Juried Art Show Opening, 4 p.m., Armory Art Gallery: "Beyond Barriers: The Art of West Virginia's Challenged," (through 12-7).

Virginia Museum of Natural History Program, 7:30 p.m., 428 N. Main: "A Billion Years of History: The Geology of the Central Appalachians," by Richard Bambach.

TAUT Performance, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "The Colored Museum," by George C. Wolfe, (through 11-13).


Thursday, 3

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Flying Phi Physics at CEBAF," by David Armstrong.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Process Adjustment Strategies Using Variable Sampling Intervals," by Shanthi Sethuraman.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Crustal Growth, Surface Processes and Atmospheric Evolution on the Early Earth," by Ken Eriksson.

Friday, 4

Physics, noon, 304 Robeson: "Equivalent Stock Bonus Value of Employee Stock Options," by William H. Scott, Science Applications International Corp.

Materials Science/Engineering, 3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: "Quantitative Characterization of Interface/Interphase in Fiber-Reinforced Composites," by H. Felix Wu, Owens Corning.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Was Prometheus Unbound by Chance? Risk, Diversification, and Growth," by Daron Acemoglu, MIT.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "The Biochemistry of the Prunus `Cyanide Bomb.'"

Monday, 7

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "The Endogenous Formation of a City: Population Agglomeration and Marketplaces in a Location-specific Production Economy," by Marcus Berliant, Washington.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: American Society of Agronomy practice presentations.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Survey on the Employment of Individuals with Mental Disabilities within University and College Grounds Departments," by Jerry Dobbs.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 231 Engel: "Industrial Bioseparations: Increasing Chromatography Throughout Using Fast-flow Resins," by Dave Clark, Life Technologies Inc.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110A Randolph: "Laser Ignition and Combustion of Pulverized Coals," by John Chen, NC A&T State.

Dynamical Systems, 4 p.m., 316 McBryde: "Escape fom a Potential Well Due to Dynamic Excitation," by Ray Plaut.

Wednesday, 9

Parenting, noon, 1423 Southgate: "No Hassle Homework," by Dabora Schneller, Counseling Associates of SW Va.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Strategic Capital Taxation in Large Open Economies," by Anne Sibert.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 113 McBryde: "Ordinary Mathematical Notation for Literate Programming," by Gyorgy E. Revesz, UNC-Charlotte.

ESM: 4 p.m., 136 Norris: "Application of NDE Techniques to the Coil Support System for MAGLEV Train," by Hiroshi Aoyama, Hitachi Ltd.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 101 Price House: TBA.

Thursday, 10

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "The Evolution of the SAS System: A Virginia Tech Connection," by John C. Boling, SAS Institute and Mu Sigma Rho.

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


Local calling area expands

(Editor's note:Communication Network Services is providing the following information to members of the university community:)

Effective Dec. 1, 1994, Bell Atlantic- Virginia Inc. will implement its proposal of Expanded Local Calling for this area. Expanded Local Calling means some current long-distance calls will become local calls.

The following charts should assist you in understanding the proposed changes:



231, 232, 552, 770, 951, 953, 961


230, 320, 633, 639,

731, 831


381, 382



231, 232, 552, 770, 951, 953, 961


230, 320,

633, 639,

731, 831


381, 382




375, 380, 384, 387, 389

Calls made from the Blacksburg area to Shawsville and Salem will change from long distance to local. This change also means customers with Shawsville and Salem telephone numbers will be able to call Blacksburg on a local-call basis.

The current dialing pattern of 1 + 703 + the telephone number will change to dialing the 7 digit number only (i.e., 268- XXXX to call Shawsville, etc.) for these locations.

To reach Directory Assistance for these new local calling areas, students will dial 3 + authorization code + 1 + 411 and Faculty/Staff/Outside Agencies will dial 9 + 1 + 411.

If you have any questions or need additional information, residence hall customers should call the Student Telecommunications Office at 1- 3000. Departmental/Outside Agency customers should call Communications Network Services Customer Support at 1- 6460.

Mineral, fossil, gift sale set at Geology Museum

The annual mineral, fossil, and gift sale of the Museum of Geological Sciences will be Saturday, Nov. 5, 10- a.m.- 4 p.m., on the second floor of Derring Hall across from the museum.

Items are specially purchased for this one- day gift shop to provide a wide range in prices and broad appeal to collectors and gift givers. Items include geodes, jewelry, fossils, paperweights, and carved animals, among many others. This popular fund- raising event provides operating funds for the museum.

For more information, call 1- 3001 or 1- 6521.

Ovens for sale at reduced price

Six residential electric built- in ovens donated to the Virginia Tech Foundation for use in the residential-appliance laboratory research program are now available for purchase at prices substantially below wholesale. The ovens are approximately two years old and feature convection as well as radiant operation and automatic self- cleaning.

Please contact Rebecca Lovingood (1- 6541) in the Department of Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management for brand names, model numbers, and prices.

Native American program planned

The YMCA's Native American Program (NAP), the Black Student Alliance, the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT), the Dean of Students Office, the Graduate Student Assembly, and the Department of Sociology are sponsoring the visit of David Hill on November 8 and 9.

Hill is a Native American of Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Cherokee heritage.

Students, faculty and staff members, and community members are invited to attend. Hill will speak on a number of subjects, including cultural awareness, human rights, and civil rights.

On November 9, the CEUT and the Native American Program are sponsoring a Brown Bag Luncheon Dialogue with Hill, from noon-1:30 in the Hillcrest Hall living room (first floor). All students, faculty and staff members, and community members are welcome to bring a lunch and join the conversation.

Black Studies present distinguished professor

John U. Ogbu, alumni distinguished professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak Thursday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center in Squires on "Value of an African Center Curriculum." The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ogbu, who was born in Nigeria, taught high school there before emigrating to the United States. He is the author of several books, including The Next Generation; An Ethnography of Education in an Urban Neighborhood, Minority Education and Caste, The American System in Cross Cultural Perspective, and Minority Status and Schooling.

For more information, please contact Joyce Williams- Green, coordinator of Virginia Tech's Black Studies Program, at 1- 5812.

Core Curriculum Workshop next week

The University Core Curriculum Committee will hold its annual workshop for departments and programs that may be submitting proposals for inclusion into the University Core Curriculum November 10 from 3:30-5 p.m. in 102 Johnston Student Center.

The workshop will cover: Area 1--Writing Intensive Courses; Area 6--Creativity and Aesthetic Experience; Area 7--Critical Issues in a Global Context; and the upcoming review cycle of core curriculum offerings.

The committee will answer questions about the process of submitting proposals, or on any other area of the Core Curriculum.

Wind Ensemble to perform Friday

The University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will present its fall concert Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.

Conductor David Widder will lead the ensemble in a program that features Symphony for Band by Vincent Persichetti and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks by Richard Strauss.

Graduate assistant conductors Christina Chang and Scott Humphries will conduct Rikudim by Jan Van der Roost and Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Trucks available from Vet Med College

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine has two trucks available for internal transfer. The trucks are in very good condition with under 100,000 miles. The minimum cost is $6,500 each.

Both trucks are 1987 Chevrolet, 4-door Crew Cab models with four-wheel drive, 454-cubic-inch electronically fuel-injected engines, and four-speed manual transmission. Each truck also features air conditioning, power steering and brakes, cruise control, intermittent wipers, and one-ton suspension.

For more information or to arrange to see the trucks, call Ralph Roop at 1-7344.

The Vet-Med college makes available on Ethernet a continuously updated listing of available surplus. The list is maintained in a MicroSoft Word document, machine name "Avenue" (VetMed Phase III zone, sharing document. For more information on the Ethernet listing, call Richard Hayman at 1-5415.

TA-UT to present The Colored Museum

Virginia Tech Theatre Art-University Theatre will present George C. Wolfe's The Colored Museum Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 9-13.

Performances, in Squires Haymarket Theatre, begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, with additional 2 p.m. matinee performances Saturday, Nov. 12, and Sunday, Nov. 13.

The play explores African-American issues through laughter and "in-your-face" reality. Issues include African-American stereotyped from white and black viewpoints; discrimination, segregation, and inequality; oppression, aggression, and suppression; and racial pride and cultural identity.

A cast of 32 Virginia Tech students and community members will perform the eleven vignettes, or exhibits.

Interactive panel and audience discussions will be held after the show at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 11. The panel will consist of faculty members, the show's director, and student representatives.

Appalachian geology program at museum

Richard Bambach, professor of geology, will present "A Billion Years of History: The Geology of the Central Appalachians" Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History.

Bambach, curator of paleontology at the museum, will discuss the geologic events in the formation of the local Appalachian Mountains. Today's topography is the result of millions of years of uplift and erosion after the final mountain-building event, known as the Alleghanian.

Slides of the area will illustrate rock types and structural units studied by geologists to help explain the complicated mountain belt.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-3001.

Irish entertainer to perform

Gerry Timlin, an Irish folk singer, instrumentalist, and entertainer, will perform Friday, Nov. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the University Club.

Timlin has played at nearly every major music festival in the United States. In addition to radio and television appearances he performed, by special request, for the inauguration of Gov. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania.

For more information and reservations, call 1-3870.

University telephone directories available

Students living off campus can pick up the new Virginia Tech Faculty/Staff/Student Directory beginning November 7 in Room 105, Media Building from noon to 4 p.m. Student ID's are required.