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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 15 - December 8, 1994


Thursday, 8

Reading Day

Red Cross Blood Center Donation hours, noon-6 p.m., NRV Donor Center.

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

Friday, 9

Exams Begin

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

VCESSA Christmas Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., DBHCC.

President's Faculty Reception, 4:30 p.m., Owen's Banquet Room.

Saturday, 10

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


DBHCC Sunday Brunch, 11-2 p.m., Donaldson Brown.

Monday, 12

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "With Justice for All: American Prisons Past and Present," by William Burger, Longwood, and Paul Lang, Radford.

Tuesday, 13

Holiday Cheer, noon, War Memorial Chapel: "Simple Gifts," by Jack Webster, Marya Katz, and Charles Bostian.

Faculty Senate meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

Wednesday, 14

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

Thursday, 15

Exams end.

National Weather Service Facility dedication ceremony, 11 a.m., Corporate Research Center.

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

Friday, 16

Salary and wage paydate.

Holiday Luncheon Buffet, 11:30-1:30, Donaldson Brown.

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

Saturday, 17

Fall Commencement, 10 a.m.

Men's Basketball at W.Va., 7 p.m.

Sunday, 18

Women's Basketball at San Juan Shootout.

DBHCC Sunday Brunch, 11-2 p.m., Donaldson Brown.

Monday, 19

Final Grade Sheets Due, 5 p.m.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "A Sight to Behold: Ghosts and Godly Visions," by Emily Cook and Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, U.Va.

Men's Basketball vs. East Tennessee State, 7:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Women's Basketball at San Juan Shootout.

Tuesday, 20

Women's Basketball at San Juan Shootout.

Friday, 23

University Offices closed.

Monday, 26

Christmas Day holiday for faculty and staff.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Defending the Land: Civil War Battlefield Preservation," by James Robertson, Virginia Tech, and Keith Gibson, VMI.

Wednesday, 28

Men's Basketball at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 29

Women's Basketball Diamond Club Classic, 5 and 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Through 12-30.

Friday, 30

Salary and wage paydate

Women's Basketball Diamond Club Classic, 5 and 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Saturday, 31

Men's Basketball vs. Delaware State, 1 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.


Monday, 2

New Year's Day holiday for faculty and staff.

Women's Basketball at William and Mary. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, 5

Men's Basketball at Tulane, 8 p.m.

Friday, 6

Women's Basketball at Louisville, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 7

Men's Basketball at Southern Miss. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, 8

Women's Basketball at VCU, 2p.m.

Tuesday, 10

Men's Basketball at Marquette, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 11

CEUT Teaching Workshop, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Hillcrest living room.

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

Thursday, 12

CEUT Teaching Workshop, 7:30-11:30 a.m., Hillcrest living room.

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


Thursday, 8

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

Friday, 9

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Applications of DNA Sequences to Plant Systematics and Evolution," by Douglas Soltis, Washington State University (Smithsonian Institution).


Telnet session limits implemented

Due the intensity of the demand on the university's VT Telnet ports, CNS implemented a new program on November 28 that controls the duration of Telnet sessions on Monday. CNS regrets they were not able to advise users of this beforehand.

Nationally, interest in accessing the Internet has grown at ever-increasing rates. Virginia Tech has experienced a corresponding demand on its Internet facilities, particularly since the beginning of the 1994 Fall semester. Since then, Communications Network Services (CNS) has increased the number of terminal server facilities that support this access.

The current VT Telnet ports allow, essentially, the entire university community unlimited access. This only works if each user limits the length of his or her sessions to correspond to "actual need." Extremely long sessions tie up limited facilities and block other users from accessing Internet services. A very small percentage of users (less than 10 percent) tie up a very large percentage (more than 50 percent) of the available ports. Some individuals tie up ports for more than 12 hours a day.

To improve general availability of CBX VT Telnet sessions, the program limiting session length will provide for more equitable and cost-effective use of this high-demand service. Sessions of two hours or greater duration will be subject to the limitation. The program does not currently affect Ethernet connections, nor does it apply to modem pools or non-VT Telnet access from a Rolmphone data line.

CNS is reviewing the feasibility of allowing an open period of access, possibly from the hours of midnight to 5 or 6 a.m., for users that need to FTP very large files. We appreciate your patience as we continue working toward the best mix of cost, quantity and quality of service.

For more information, contact Jeff Kidd via e-mail at KIDDJ AT VT.EDU.

Master Chorale holiday concert planned

The Blacksburg Master Chorale will present the second concert of its eighth season Friday, Dec. 16,at 8 p.m , at the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. Acting Music Director James Bryant will conduct the group.

The holiday concert, "Sing We Joyous All Together," will feature carols accompanied by Virginia Bethune and Ken Mulzet on piano and Kathryn Burkhart on organ.

Tickets, $8 for adults and $4 for students/senior citizens, are available at Leed's Music Center, across from Gables in Blacksburg; Ridenhour Music in the Market Place shopping center, Books, Strings and Things, in downtown Blacksburg; the Squires ticket office, from any chorale member, and at the door.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry.

For more information, call 633-0892 or 552-8071.

Forest products marketing course offered

The Center for Forest Products Marketing will hold its annual Marketing Forest Products Shortcourse April 3, 1995, at the Blacksburg Marriott.

For more information, call 1- 9759.

Thrift Shop seeking donations

The YMCA Thrift Shop welcomes donations of good used clothing, household items, paperback books, toys, sports equipment, and furniture. Donations may be dropped off at the third garage door at the back of the building at 1531 S. Main St.

Donations are tax deductible. To receive credit on 1994 taxes, donations must be received by Dec. 17, 1994.

The shop will be closed from December 18-January 2. Collections for 1995 will begin January 3.

For more information, call 552-2633.

Sign language courses offered

The Division of Continuing Education is offering a six-course program leading to a Certificate in Sign Language Studies. Courses meet once a week for three hours for 15 weeks.

The classes do not follow the university semester schedule. Classes are ongoing for the 15-week program, with two-week breaks between each level.

Those who complete the program should reach a level of competence to communicate in most everyday conversations with hearing-impaired individuals who use sign language.

Participants will receive 4.5 Continuing Education Units upon successful completion of each course in the program. The Division of Continuing Education maintains a permanent, cumulative record of participation.

The fee for each course is $185. Registration is requested by January 6.

To receive a registration form, call Conference Registration at 1-5182. For more information about the program, call Connie Meck at (703) 857-6055.

Interlibrary Loan Office closed for holidays

The Interlibrary Loan Office of Newman Library will be closed from December 21-January 2. During this period, library patrons will be able to pick up or return materials at the photocopy service counter. Requests may be submitted at the photocopy service counter in a tray labeled "ILL Requests."

Future professoriate training offered

Research and Graduate Studies will offer the fourth annual Training the Future Professoriate program on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 12 and 13, from 1 to 5 p.m., in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium. The program is designed for new faculty members and graduate students nearing graduation who plan to enter academe.

Thursday's program will address the "academic culture" and funding, including getting the job and starting out, what's expected of faculty members, marketing your work, writing a proposal, sponsor and program information resources, other job- related issues such as dual- career families and sexual harassment, and life at a liberal-arts college.

Friday's program will address promotion and tenure, compliance, ethics, intellectual properties, the faculty member as entrepreneur, mentoring, the mechanics of publications, and educating the public about what you do and why it is important.

This program is part of a continuing series on teaching, research, and graduate advising, designed to help graduates succeed in their professional careers, and support the activities of the new members of Virginia Tech's academic community.

No registration is required. For more information, call Wendy Farkas at 1- 9353.

Transgenic pig research televised

Virginia Tech's work on transgenic pigs to produce human proteins will be mentioned in the new PBS series "Future Quest," airing 8 p.m. on December 12 on Blue Ridge Public Television.

The series explores life and technology in the 21st century. Footage of Tech's transgenic pigs is scheduled to be aired in the segment.