Spectrum - Volume 17 Issue 14 December 1, 1994 - Calendar

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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 14 - December 1, 1994


Thursday, 1

Salary and wage paydate.

YMCA Slide Show,

12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center:

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

Blood Donation Hours, noon-6 p.m., Blacksburg Red Cross Center.

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

Colonial Christmas Celebration, 1-5 p.m., Smithfield Plantation. Through 12-4.

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."

Virginia Museum of Natural History Program,

7:30 p.m., VMNH, 428 N. Main: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle," by Dawn French.

VTU Speaker, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Oliver Stone.

TA-UT Studio Production,

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

Friday, 2

Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour,

8:30 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee: Weekly.

Poinsettia Sale,

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Washington Street Greenhouses.

YMCA International Bazaar,

10 a.m. to p.m., YMCA, 703 Washington St.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: Old Fashioned Sing-a-Long Around the Piano with Jay Stipes.

Colonial Christmas Celebration, 1-5 p.m., Smithfield Plantation. Through 12-4.

Via Lecture, 4:30 p.m., 100 Hancock: "Geotechnics and Civil Engineering: Past, Present and Future," by James K. Mitchell.

New Virginians Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre.

TA-UT Studio Production,

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

Saturday, 3

Project Learning Tree Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 315 Cheatham:

Men's Basketball vs. William and Mary,

1 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

YMCA International Bazaar,

10 a.m. to p.m., YMCA, 703 Washington St.

Colonial Christmas Celebration,

1-5 p.m., Smithfield Plantation: Open house.

Women's Basketball at UT-Chattanooga, 4:30 p.m.

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Brahms and Schubert, with music faculty and the Audubon Quartet.

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

Sunday, 4

Colonial Christmas Celebration,

1-5 p.m., Smithfield Plantation: Open house.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Pandapas Pond, led by Bill Hohenboken.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Brahms and Schubert, with music faculty and the Audubon Quartet.

Monday, 5

CEUT Program,

noon, Hillcrest conference room: "Evaluation of Teaching."

"Let's Talk,"

noon, Cooper House.

University Council,

3 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

Men's Basketball vs. Xavier, 7:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "The Parent Trap: Taking Care of Mom and Dad," by Ray Leinback, ODU, and Barbara Newsome, NSU.

Tuesday, 6

Women's Basketball vs. Winthrop,

7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

VTU Entertainment Series,

7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens.

Wednesday, 7

Classes end.

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale,

10 a.m.-4:50 p.m., 1531 S. Main.

Men's Basketball vs. VMI, 7:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: University Jazz Orchestra.

Thursday, 8

Reading Day.

Science Study Center Discussion,

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


Thursday, 1


3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Combining Multi-media with Experimental Learning," by Siegfried Holzer.


3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "A New Representation for Binary or Categorical-valued Time Series Data in the Frequency Domain," by Hoonja Lee.

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

Friday, 2

MCBB, noon,

100 Burke Johnson: "Genetic Engineering in the Xylose Fermenting Yeast Pichia stipitis ," by Tom Jeffries.


noon, 304 Robeson: "Applications of Semigroup Theory to the Black-Scholes Equation," by Silvestro Fassari.

Materials Science/Engineering,

3:05 p.m., 114 Holden: "Precision Manufacturing," by Roland Seals, ORNL.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Labor Markets with Company Wage Profiles," by Alan Manning, Princeton.


4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "The Role of Ectomycorrizal Oxalic Acid in the Phosphorus and Calcium Nutrition of Eucalyptus diversicolor in Calcareous Soil," by Greg Eaton.

Monday, 5

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology,

4 p.m., 223 Engel: "An Introduction to ByT-FAS: A Fast Assay System for Biochemistry and Biotechnology," by Kent Stewart.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: CANCELLED .

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Equivalence of the Core and Competitive Equilibrium in a Tiebout Economy When Tastes are Not Publicly Observable," by John Conley, Illinois, Champaign.


4 p.m., 102: "Effects of Topping on Canopy Growth and Tuber Yield of Potato (Solanun tuberosum L) ," by James Okeyo.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110A Randolph: "Elevated Temperature Tribology of In-situ Composites," by J.V. Hanchi.

Tuesday, 6


3:45 p.m., 210 Robeson: CANCELLED.

Wednesday, 7


3:30 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Equilibrium Loan Contracts and Endogenous Growth in the Presence of Asymmetric Information," by Niloy Bose.

Thursday, 8

Geological Sciences,

4 p.m., 2044 Derring: TBA.


Film director to speak

Film director Oliver Stone will speak Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Burruss auditorium.

Seven of Stone's films have been nominated for academy awards. He has won Directors Guild Awards and Academy Awards in directing for "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July" and a Writers Guild Award and Academy Award for writing "Midnight Express." He has won three Golden Globes for direction and one for writing.

Stone's lecture is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Union Speakers and Issues Committee. For more information, call 1-7117.

Changes made in safety awareness and orientation

Environmental Health and Safety Services (EHSS) is revising the system for training new employees in safety awareness and has cancelled the two-day New Employee Safety Awareness and Orientation planned for December. The next training sessions will be held as classes rather than the two-day general orientation and will begin in January.

A monthly calendar of classes will be posted in Spectrum . For more information about any of the programs, call the program managers at the following numbers: Zack Adams, Asbestos and Environmental Safety, 1-5985; Bernadette Mondy, Hazardous and Infectious Waste, 1-8758; Charlotte Waggoner, Hazard Communication, 1-5864; Deborah Young, Occupational Health and Lab Safety, 1-8751; or Doug Smiley, Radiation Safety, 1-5364.

BEV seminar planned

Stuart Laughton will speak on "Applying Internet Technology to Support Collaborative Educational Activities: Four (in-progress) Case-Studies of Collaborative Design" on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 4-5 p.m. in 102 Johnston Student Center.

For more information, call 1-5488 or kavanaugh@vt.edu on e-mail.

Leave donations sought

The Personnel Services Department reminds classified staff and 12-month faculty members who are going to lose annual leave and would like to donate that leave to the Leave Sharing Program that all donations must be received by December 14 to apply to this calendar year.

Employees in the following areas have requested leave donations: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, Physical Plant, Residential and Dining Programs, vice president for development and university relations, and vice president for student affairs.

These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. If you are a salaried classified or 12-month faculty employee, you have an opportunity to participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours. There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.

To protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. Donations may, however, be restricted to a specific person in one of the units referenced above.

Donor forms may be obtained from department administrative offices or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Completed forms are due by December 14 and should be sent to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA, 24061-0318.

Briefings on ISO 9000 scheduled for NOVA, Norfolk

Businesses interested in international marketing can learn about ISO 9000 certification processes in afternoon briefings beginning at 1 p.m. on December 8 at NationsBank in Norfolk and December 15 at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon.

"ISO 9000 is becoming a world-wide quality certification program, which makes it a route to world markets," said Joe Adams, one of the organizers of the briefings and an economic development specialist in Public Service Programs.

Sponsors include Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Department of Economic Development, Virginia Power, the Center for Innovative Technology, Old Dominion University's Center for Global Business and Executive Education, and Tidewater Community College's International Trade and Business Center.

The briefings will feature Roger Beeker, Virginia's foremost authority on ISO certification, and corporate executives from Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads who have been through the ISO certification process.

The registration deadline is December 5 for the Norfolk briefing and December 12 for the Northern Virginia briefing. The cost is $39 per person.

For information, call Linda Goad at 1- 8386. To register,

call the conference registrar at 1- 5182.

Smart Road meeting announced

The Virginia Department of Transportation will host a public meeting on the proposed Smart Road connecting Blacksburg and Roanoke on December 7 from 3-8 p.m. at the Blacksburg Holiday Inn Conference Room.

Virginia Tech's Center for Transportation Research will have staff members available to discuss the kinds of research that will be involved in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), formerly called Intelligent Vehicle Highway Systems (IVHS) technology.

Thrift Shop clothing on sale

The YMCA Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale on clothing for men, women, and children Wednesday, Dec. 7. All clothing is included except items from the costume room. The store, located at 1531 S. Main St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Dickens classic to be staged

The VTU Lively Arts Entertainment Series presents Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Burruss auditorium.

For more information, call 1-5661. For ticket orders, call 1-5615.

Poinsettias on sale tomorrow

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 the proceeds go to the society's scholarship fund.

For more information, call 1-7433.

Furniture on display at Donaldson Brown

The Virginia Correctional Enterprises (VCE) Annual Furniture Road Show continues through today from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center room F.

New this year in the Citation furniture line are executive case goods, lateral files, office tables, and prototypes of a new lounge-furniture line. Also on display is VCE's expanded selection of office systems, seating, wood and metal case goods, computer furniture, and more.

A representative and designer will be available to discuss individual needs. Door prizes and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call Mike Tuck at (804) 674-3760.

Colonial Christmas celebration at Smithfield

Smithfield Plantation invites visitors to enter the 18th-century world at Christmas time today through Sunday, Dec. 4. Visitors will be led by costumed guides through the candelight and greenery tour of the plantation, decorated for the holidays in the colonial style by area garden clubs.

Hand-crafted items, including Early American toys, handmade mob caps, tapestry handbags, pottery, brass, hand-blown glass, and jewelry, will be on sale in the gift shop. Holiday greenery, including wreaths, roping, and holly, also will be available, and may be pre-ordered for pick up at that time by calling Nancy Felch, 552-7732, or Jane Stubbs, 552-6146.

Seasonal and period entertainment will be provided. Susanna's Tea Shoppe, a new attraction, will feature a classic tea bill of fare. No reservations are required.

The gift shop, greenery sale, and tea shop will be open Thursday through Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The open house will be Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1-5 p.m.

The plantation is located near campus off Route 314 via the Route 460 by-pass. All events are open to the public. The celebration is sponsored by the Docent Guild of the Montgomery Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.

For more information, call Dianna Pickering at 633-0892 or Alice Payne at 552-2108.

YMCA offers world of holiday shopping

The YMCA International Bazaar will be held Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the YMCA, 703 Washington St. SW, Blacksburg.

The non-profit activity features handcrafted items from around the world. Proceeds form the bazaar will benefit 35 developing countries through Selfhelp Crafts, a job-creation program of the Mennonite Central Committee; and start a skills-training project for women in Sao Tome and Principe, West Africa.

New River Valley Donor Center opens

The American Red Cross Appalachian Regional Blood Services will hold a grand opening for the New River Valley Donor Center today at 10 a.m.

The center, located at 130 Jackson Street, is open each Thursday from noon-6 p.m.

The center was opened in October to help alleviate blood shortages in its 43-county area. The Appalachian Region services supplies blood to 44 hospitals in Southwestern Virginia and Southeastern West Virginia.

According to donor resources director Bob Lutjen, the center has depended on the student sponsorship of Circle K, Sigma Chi, the German Club, Chi Delta Alpha, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Delta Gamma, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. "However," says Lutjen," as students enter exams and go home for the holidays, we are dependant on finding new sponsors that are not student-affiliated."

The location is designed to appeal to time-conscious faculty, staff, and community members. A donor-appointment line has been established to help donors complete the process in an hour. According to Lutjen, most healthy people who are 17 years of age or older and who weight at least 110 pounds can give blood. Yet, he adds, it is estimated that only 5 percent of the eligible population gives blood.

To make an appointment to donate, call 961-2207. For more information about becoming a volunteer at the center, call the Montgomery County Chapter of the American Red Cross at 382-2361.

Thrift Shop seeks donations

The YMCA Thrift Shop welcomes donations of good used clothing, household items, paperback books, toys, sports equipment, and furniture. Donations are tax-deductible.

Donations for 1994 may be dropped off at the third garage door at the back of the building through December 17. The shop will be closed from December 18-January 2. Collections for 1995 will begin on January 3.

The YMCA Thrift Shop is located at 1532 S. Main Street in Blacksburg.