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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 13 - November 17, 1994

An architecture professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Donald R. Sunshine, AIA, will be the 1995 president of the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects. On November 4, he received an Award for Excellence in Architecture from the Society for the "2/3 House," an addition to and renovation of an historic house in western Virginia.

Gregory K. Hunt, AIA, a professor of architecture at the Washington/Alexandria Architecture Consortium, will also serve on the VSAIA board in 1995 as one of three vice presidents.

CAUS architecture professor Dennis Kilper won an Award for Excellence in Architecture for Kilper Residence, Blacksburg.

Extension specialists Michael Lambur and Judy Burtner have received the Excellence in Extension Education Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. The award recognized their work on the Higher Ground Project, in which they developed a framework for ending Extension programs and activities. The project is funded through the Extension Service/USDA and has been pilot tested in Colorado, Iowa, and Minnesota. National implementation begins this winter. This is the first time this award has been given.

Michele Moldenhauer and Creed Taylor of the Publications Department received Awards of Excellence at the recent national University and College Designers Association conference in Kiawah, S.C.

Taylor was the art director/designer for the "Fishes of Lake Moomaw" poster; Duane Rauer, illustration; Jim Crawford, photography; Louis Helfrich, copywriter.

The Polymer Materials and Interface Laboratory brochure, "Strength that Endures," was edited by Lynn Nystrom; Moldenhauer was art director/designer. The brochure featured photography by Bob Veltri, Rick Griffiths, and Gary Colbert of the Visual Communications Department, as well as photos by Mark Nystrom and Moldenhauer.

Linda Arnold, associate professor of history, has produced on CD- ROM two catalogues for the Mexican Colonial Civil Court Archives. Also, her article "The Vulgar and the Elegant: Politics and Procedure in Early National Mexico," was published in The Americas. She has also presented "On Rights: Pushing and Pulling Church/State and Military/State Boundaries" at a Conference in Honor of Nettie Lee Benson: Culture, Power, and Politics in Nineteenth Century Mexico at the University of Texas at Austin and "Money, Sex, and Violence: the Church and State in Mexico" at the Virginia/Carolina/Georgia Colonial Latin American History Seminar in Wilmington, N.C.

Glenn Richard Bugh, associate professor of ancient history and classical studies coordinator, was selected as a summer scholar for 1994 to continue his research on late hellenistic Athens in the inaugural summer program at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C. The center is one of the pre- eminent research institutions for classical studies in the United States. He also presented a paper on "Rome and the Late Hellenistic Athens: A Case for Accommodation" at the Tenth International Congress of the Societies of Classical Studies at the University of Laval, Quebec, Canada.

Hayward Farrar, assistant professor of history, completed a lengthy entry titled "Civil Rights" for the African- American Encyclopedia and chaired a panel on the Black Press in America, 1880- 1990, at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Afro- American Life and History in Baltimore, Md.

Frederic J. Baumgartner, professor of history, has had his book, Louis XII, published by St. Martin's Press, New York. Louis XII, who ruled France from 1498 to 1515, was the only French king to receive the title "Father of the People" from the French Estates General. Baumgartner has also contributed a chapter in a Festschrift (volume of articles and essays in honor of a colleague) in honor of professor J.H.M. Salmon of Bryn Mawr College, who recently retired.

Kathleen Jones, assistant professor of history, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue researching a book titled The Development of Child Guidance and Child Psychiatry, 1900- 1940. She also presented a paper on "Children and Child Guidance in the 1930s: The `Juvenile Negotiators'" at the Organization of American Historians meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Peter Wallenstein, associate professor of history, presented "The Grinch That Stole Southern History" at the 1994 Appalachian Studies Conference and "Frontiers and Windfalls: North, South, and West in the Early American Republic" at the 1994 meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. He also has published "Flawed Keepers of the Flame: The Interpreters of George Mason" in Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, "`Works of Necessity and Charity Only Excepted': The Courts and Sunday Closing Laws in Twentieth- Century Virginia" in Virginia Social Science Journal, and "Never on Sunday: Blue Laws and Roanoke, Virginia," in Virginia Cavalcade.

Mark V. Barrow Jr., assistant professor of history, presented papers on "Joel Asaph Allen and the Discovery of Anthropogenic Extinction" at the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology meeting in Waltham, Mass., and "Collection, Classification, and Control: The Subspecies Concept and North American Ornithology, 1850- 1880" at the History of Science Society meeting in Santa Fe, N.M.

Robert Denton, head of communication studies, has dedicated his book, The 1992 Presidential Campaign: A Communication Perspective, to former Virginia Tech President James D. McComas. Denton edited the book of 10 chapters covering such areas as political advertising, candidate images, the debates, the conventions, issues, and news coverage of the election.

Faculty members from the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management (HIDM) authored refereed papers presented at the American Association of Housing Educators annual conference in Atlanta. They included: "Recycling in Multi- Family Housing Communities" by associate professor Kathleen Parrott and assistant professor Michael Johnson; "Housing Norms and Perceived Control: A Theoretical Perspective" by Nancy Gruel, a former graduate student, and associate professor Rosemary Goss; "Acceptance of Housing Alternatives for the Elderly: Consumer Perspectives" by associate professor Julia Beamish and Johnson; and "Self- sufficiency Programs in Hampton Public Housing" by Tamara Conklin, a former graduate student, and Beamish. In addition, Goss, Beamish, and Parrott helped lead a refereed symposium, "Creating an Extension and Research Agenda for Housing in the Rural South."

Four faculty members from HIDM, Parrott, Beamish, Goss, and Johnson, were honored in the "Showcase of Stars" at the same annual conference. They were recognized for their partnerships that produced successful housing education and research programs. In addition, the editorship of the organization's journal, Housing and Society, was awarded to Virginia Tech beginning in 1995 with Beamish as executive editor, and Parrott, Goss, Johnson, and professor Rebecca Lovingood as associate editors.

Serving on the Board of Directors and completing terms of office were: Johnson, Publications Committee chair; Goss, director; and Parrott, past president and Nominating Committee chair.

It was announced at the conference that Goss has been elected president- elect and will serve as president of the organization in 1995- 96.

Several faculty members and students from the Department of Clothing and Textiles participated in the 50th Annual Meeting of the International Textiles and Apparel Association held in Minneapolis, Minn. Participants in poster sessions were: assistant professor Zhiming Zhang, who presented "Apparel Imports of the Developing Countries from the OECD Countries," and assistant professor Catherine Cerny, who presented "Quilt Ownership: Identification with a Past." Cerny also presided at the session on "Culture/Authentication."

Those making presentations were: assistant professor Doris Kincade, "Differences in the Usage of EDI" of which she was one of four co- authors; and Jinsook Hwang, a Ph.D candidate, and associate professor and department head Marjorie Norton, "Body Image, Self- esteem, and Clothing Behaviors of Men and Women 50 Years and Older."

Those participating in the juried Live Gallery design competition were: Audrey Stewart, a 1994 graduate of the program, and associate professor Joann Boles with "Rosy Delight," modeled by graduate student Renee Jackson; master's student Lori Cunningham and Boles with the swimsuit design, "+/- Relations," also modeled by Jackson.

Eliza C. Tse, associate professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, presented two papers at the 1994 annual Society of Travel and Tourism Educators Conference in Lexington, Ky. She presented "The Need for Strategic Management in East Europe Hotels" with Janet Neal, a Ph.D. student; and "Opportunities and Challenges in the Less-Developed Countries for the Multinational Hospitality Corporations" with graduate student Walid Fayed.

Tse also attended the annual Council for Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Educators (CHRIE) conference in Palm Springs, Calif. Her paper on "Organizational Structure and Strategy for Multinational Hospitality Firms," co- authored with Lan Li, a Ph.D. candidate, received the best paper designation.

Associate Dean Rita Purdy of the College of Human Resources was initiated as an honorary member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. President Paul Torgersen, Gregory Justice of theatre arts, and Elizabeth Bounds of religion were also initiated as honorary members at the same ceremony. Golden Key is a national nonprofit honors organization founded for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging scholastic achievement among talented undergraduate students. The Virginia Tech chapter, one of the strongest chapters in the country, has won numerous awards from the national association.

Zhiming Zhang, assistant professor of clothing and textiles, attended the First China International Wool Textile Conference held in Xi'an, China. He presented "China's wool product exports to the United States." In addition, he talked to officials of Northwest Institute of Textile Science and Technology in China and China Textile University about possible cooperation in research and student exchange programs.