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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 13 - November 17, 1994


Thursday, 17

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Hiking Around Ladakh India," by David Jenkins.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Scholarly and Scientific Communication in an Electronic Age," by Paul Metz.

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

University Exemplary Departmental Awards, 5:30 p.m., DBHCC: Gordon Davies, SCHEV, and Paul Torgersen.

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: "Renaissance Florence."

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Patrick Simpson, cello, and Kent Holliday, piano.

Friday, 18

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

Saturday, 19

Thanksgiving Break begins.

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

Sunday, 20

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Indian Run Walk, led by Dottie Abashian.

Monday, 21

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Natural Wonders: Tracking Rare Plants for Miracle Drugs," with David Kingston.

Wednesday, 23

University offices close at noon.

Thursday, 24

Thanksgiving Day holiday for faculty and staff.

Friday, 25

Thanksgiving holiday for faculty and staff.

Men's Basketball at San Juan Shootout. Through 11-27.

Saturday, 26

Men's Basketball at San Juan Shootout. Through 11-27.

Sunday, 27

Thanksgiving Break ends.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at Y parking lot: Sinking Creek Mountain, led by Barry Anderson.

Men's Basketball at San Juan Shootout.

Monday, 28

Immunization Clinic, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.

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

Women's Basketball at Ohio University. Time TBA.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Are We There Yet? Cruising the Information Superhighway," with Steven Schwab, JMU, and Ernest Ackerman, Mary Washington.

Tuesday, 29

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: Concert Choir, directed by Craig Fields.

Wednesday 30

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: Virginia Tech Horn Ensemble, directed by Wallace Easter.


Thursday, 1

Salary and wage paydate.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: Virginia Tech Meistersingers and Blacksburg High School Madrigals.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Modernist Science," by Barbara Reeves.

Virginia Museum of Natural History Program, 7 p.m., VMNH: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," with Dawn French.

Women's Basketball vs. Radford, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Center for Theory and History of Architecture Thursday Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock Auditorium: "High Renaissance in Rome and Venice."

TA-UT Studio Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Spring's Awakening," by Frank Wedekind. Through 12-3.


Thursday, 17

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Estimation of Partial Group Delay," by Milan Mangeshkar.

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

Friday, 18

MCBB, noon, 100 Burke Johnston: "Application of Targeted Matagenesis to in vivo Studies on the Regulation and Processing of Ribosomal RNA in Yeast," by Roth Nazar, Guelph.

Materials Science/Engineering, 3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: "Fracture in Ceramics," by Jill Glass, Sandia National Laboratories.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Intracellular Proteolysis During Programmed Cell Death in Higher Plants," by Eric Beers.

Special Science Study Seminar, 4 p.m., 101 Price House: "On the Mutability of Genes and Geneticists," by Michael Dietrich, California--Davis.

Monday, 28

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Consumer Information and Firm Pricing," by Simon Anderson, UVa.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Use of RAPD Assay to Investigate Genetic Diversity in Potato," by Margie Paz.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Search for New Sources of Resistance to Soybean Mosiac Virus," by Guorong Ma.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110A Randolph: "Gas Turbine Research at a National Laboratory--Some Experiences and Results," by David Holmberg.

Wednesday, 30

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: TBA, by Sheryl Ball.

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


Thursday, 1

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: TBA.

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


Mitchell to present Via lecture

James K. Mitchell, the Charles E. Via Jr. professor of Civil Engineering, will present his professorship lecture December 2 at 4:30 p.m. in 100 Hancock. The lecture, "Geotechnics and Civil Engineering: Past, Present, and Future," will describe the history of geotechnical engineering and potential future trends.

Robertson featured on A&E program

History professor Bud Robertson will be featured on the Arts and Entertainment (A&E) channel's "Civil War Journal" Sunday, Nov. 20. at 10 p.m. He will discuss the Battle of Charleston. A&E is shown on Blacksburg Cable channel 34.

Anger control for men offered

The Psychological Services Center is offering a new program for men over the age of 18 to help them deal with feelings of anger and frustration that might disrupt their lives and harm those around them. The program is designed to help men recognize the sources of their anger, and find more constructive ways of dealing with problem situations. The men will meet in a group, which will hold issues discussed in confidence.

The program is sponsored by the Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology.

To find out whether you or someone close to you might benefit from the program, call the Psychological Services Center at 1-6914 for a screening interview. All inquires will be kept confidential.

DBHCC to honor new travel cost guidelines

The Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center will honor the new $55-per-night cap for lodging in the Blacksburg area, as outlined in an October 26 communique, for university departments and other state agencies. Lodging is payable by an interdepartmental or intra-agency transfer of funds.

The DBHCC offers 100 lodging rooms with either two double beds or one queen. They have two suites, 10 conference rooms, and auditorium, and complete dining facilities, including four private dining rooms and one banquet room.

When calling for reservations, give your department and account numbers, and identify the guest as a state employee. For reservations, call 1-5156. To make arrangements for a holiday office party, call 1-6795.

Bookstore resource guide in planning stage

The 1995 edition of What's In Store, the University Bookstore's annual resource guide for students, parents, and faculty, is in the planning stage. Departments and organizations included in last year's guide have been sent article-reservation forms for the upcoming edition. These should be returned as soon as possible to insure space for the articles. Departments and organizations not in last year's guide that wish to be included in the 1995 publication should contact the editor.

What's In Store was first published in 1992 as an informational newspaper for use as a marketing device for the University Bookstore. While primarily a resource guide for students, parents, and faculty, the publication also includes articles and information on a variety of subjects.

Space for articles in the 1995 edition must be reserved by December 9. Completed articles are due February 1.

For more information or to reserve space, call the editor, Stephanie Pape, at 1-5213.

Honor society to sell poinsettias

Pi Alpha Xi, the national honor society for floriculture and ornamental horticulture, will have its annual poinsettia sale Friday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Washington Street greenhouses. All poinsettias are $6, and proceeds go to the society's scholarship fund.

For more information, call Kevin Grueber at 1-7433.

Vaccines offered at Squires

Immunizations for students, faculty and staff members, and their families, as well as other New River Health District residents, will be given November 28 and 30 in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vaccines are offered against influenza for $7, pneumonia for $15, and tetanus/diphtheria for $3.50

The immunization clinic is sponsored by the Student Health Advisory Committee, Student Health Services, and the New River Health District.

It is not necessary to call ahead or to make appointments for immunizations.

Writing Center adds services

This semester the Writing Center has begun to offer two new services through its OWL (On-line Writing Lab). Anyone with access to e-mail can send brief, writing-related questions to the on-line grammar hotline at gram@vt.edu. The Writing Center also is now posting electronic handouts on topics ranging from punctuation to writer's block. Eventually there will be more than 100 of these available 24 hours a day through the gopher server. From the VT Gopher, follow this path: Colleges and Departments to Arts and Sciences to English Department Gopher to OWL Gopher.

New domestic exchange program opportunity

Virginia Tech has an exciting new opportunity for students beginning fall 1995, called National Student Exchange (NSE). NSE is a program that offers students the opportunity to explore and widen their educational horizons by spending a semester or a year at one of 125 public colleges and universities in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Virgin Islands.

Students who participate in this program pay the same tuition and fees they currently pay to Virginia Tech. They will have opportunities to experience new and different cultural, geographic, and academic settings. They may explore internships and the job market, or investigate potential graduate schools.

All faculty and advisors are invited to an information session about the program Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 3 p.m. in 30 Pamplin.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline L. Nottingham at 1-3092 or on PROFS at NTNGHM@VT.edu.

Seminar features Washington consultant

Pam Berg, a consultant and principal of Pam Berg Associates in Washington, D.C., will talk to area business people about "Guerrilla Media and Marketing Strategies" tonight, (Thursday, Nov. 17) from 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Rocky Mount Municipal Building on Donald Avenue in Rocky Mount.

The presentation is part of the "Life after Walmart" seminar series sponsored by the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and organized by Virginia Tech's Economic Development Assistance Center. The center is part of Public Service Programs, a unit in University Outreach and International Programs.

The seminars are designed to help area businesses gain insight, understanding, knowledge, resources, and techniques to adapt to the new economic environment that will be created when a Walmart opens in the community.

The cost is $5 per person. For reservations, call the chamber at 703/483- 9542.

Receptions, readings scheduled for authors of first books

Two Virginia Tech English instructors will hold readings and book signings for their recently published first books.

Simone Poirier- Bures is the author of Candyman, a novel published by Oberon Press of Canada; and LuAnn Keener's first book of poetry, Color Documentary, was published by Calyx Books.

A reception for Poirier- Bures will be held at Gallery Cafe Books and More in Radford November 18, 4:30- 6:30 p.m. On November 30, she and Keener will hold a joint reading at the University Club on the Virginia Tech campus at 7 p.m. On December 3, noon- 3 p.m., they will both sign books at Books, Strings, and Things in Blacksburg.

Poirier- Bures's Candyman is a bittersweet first novel about growing up in postwar Halifax, Nova Scotia, and the struggles of a poor Acadian couple to hold their family together. It is both a novel about the harsh realities of suffering and change and a testament to human generosity and the enduring power of love. In it, Poirier- Bures shows the resilience of a family that, however much it may crack, never falls apart.

Keener's book of poetry investigates our relationships with the natural world--especially animals--while exploring the dominant role of humans and the endangerment of all life. In the poetry, Keener paints a world of light and mortality, a Color Documentary of the ties among all creatures.