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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 16 - January 19, 1995


Thursday, 19

Art Exhibit Opening, Armory Art Gallery: Mose Tolliver: Paintings. Through 2-11.

Art Exhibition, Wallace Hall: African Masks, from the collection of Robert Miller. Through 2-10.

Blood Donor Hours, noon-6 p.m., NRV Donor Center.

YMCA Slide Show, Cranwell Center, 12:10 p.m.: "Heidelberg and Environs," by Darlene Grega.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Can We Imagine Postmodern Sciences," by Barbara Reeves.

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

Friday, 20

Last day to add.

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

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

Saturday, 21

Men's Basketball at UNCG.

VTU Broadway Series, Burruss Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.: "Evita."

Sunday, 22

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Sinking Creek Mountain. Led by David Jenkins.

Monday, 23

World's Most Memorable Poster Competition Display, Cowgill. Through 1-25.

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

Black History Month Program, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "A Conversation with Ed Gordon."

Tuesday, 24

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

AAUW Meeting, Christ Episcopal, 7:30 p.m: "The Evolution of the Library in the Electronic Age," by Karen Dillon, Montgomery Floyd Regional Library, and Gail McMillan, Newman Library.

Wednesday, 25

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

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

Thursday, 26

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

Blood Donor Hours, noon-6 p.m., NRV Donor Center.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Restructuring the Electric Utility Industry," by Carl Weinberg, formerly of Pacific Gas and Electric.

YMCA Slide Show, Cranwell Center, 12:10 p.m.: "Who Gives Hoot!" by Jerry Via.


Thursday, 19

Physics, 1 p.m., 304 Robeson: "Explosive Growth of the Physical Review- APS Task Force Recommendations," by Eugen Merzbacher, UNC.

Physics/Mathematical Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "How Loud are N Violins?" by Eugen Merzbacher, UNC.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Molecular Basis of Gene-for-Gene Interactions in Plant Disease Resistance," by Saara Lang.

Friday, 20 Math/Physics, noon, 304 Robeson: "Brownian Motion of a Quantum Oscillator," by Eugen Merzbacher, UNC.

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology Program, noon, 30 Pamplin: "Comparative Endocrinology of Cholecystokinin (CCK), Gastrin and Their Receptors," by Steve Vigna, Duke University School of Medicine.

Particle Physics/Astrophysics, 1:30 p.m., 304 Robeson: "The Strangeness of the Proton in the Quark Model," by Nathan Isgur, CEBAF.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Was Darwin a Geologist, Zoologist, or Botanist?" by Duncan Porter.

Monday, 23 Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: Cataract: Environmental Effects on Protein Interactions and Lens Transparency," by Ken Mitton.

Wednesday, 25

BEV, 4 p.m., 102 Johnston Student Center: "Consumer Demand Drivers for Wireless Technologies: Implications for Community Access and Uncompetitive Excesses," by George Morgan.

Thursday, 26

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Applied Statistics in Educational Measurement and Research," by Robert B. Frary.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Is the Soluble Phosphatidylinosital (PI) Kinase a Heat-Shock Protein?" by Camellia Okpodu.


Spirituality in ecological topic of discussion
Some people see no role for spiritual development in ecological activities; others believe only the soul needs saving and the world must look after itself. Satish Kumar takes the "middle path."

"Walking on Two Legs: Ecology and Spirituality Go Together" will be the topic of discussion when Kumar, programme director of Schumacher College in Devon, U.K., visits Virginia Tech January 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hillcrest ground-floor living room.

Schumacher is an international center for the study of ecological and spiritual values, and Kumar is touring this country speaking about how spiritual values and insights must inform the struggle for a healthy environment in a sane society. He will discuss the ways such an approach can enhance everyday life and help in addressing current social and ecological problems.

Kumar became a wandering Jain monk at age 9, then a campaigner for land reform at 18, working to turn Gandhi's vision for India into a reality. Later he undertook an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage. Without any money, he walked through much of the world-its deserts, mountains, storms, and snow-delivering packets of "peace tea" to the leaders of the four nuclear powers. In the United States, he also met with Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1973, Kumar settled in England and became editor of Resurgence magazine and the guiding spirit behind a number of ecological and educational ventures. In 1991, he helped found Schumacher College.

Inspired by the works and writings of Mahatma Gandhi and E.F. Schumacher, Kumar is author of Small is Beautiful. On this trip to the United States, he will meet with people from Worldwatch Institute and the Institute of Noetic Sciences and will give talks at Naropa Institute, Rutgers University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Kumar's visit to Virginia Tech is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Honors Program, the XYZ Student Art Association, the Department of Art and Art History, and the Mountain Lake Workshop.

Writing program brown bags set
Faculty members, GTA's, and students are welcome at these noon hour brown bags. No registration is required.

Siegfried Holzer of civil engineering will speak Friday, Jan. 27, in the Hillcrest Conference Room. Holzer will talk about several learning activities he tried last fall in an engineering analysis class, including entry tickets, journal writing, cooperative learning, and minute papers. After his presentation, he will lead a discussion about the benefits and problems of these new approaches to learning/teaching environments.

On Friday, Feb. 3, in 558 McBryde, Deborah Milly of political science and Peter Schmitthenner of humanities and history will lead an informal discussion about using writing assignments to engage global cultures. They include examples from their fall 1994 courses, "Introduction to Comparison Politics" and "Explorations in Modern Asian Cultures."

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, Shelly Webb Fenton and Margaret McQuain of mathematics will give a presentation in the HIllcrest living room on using writing to improve understanding in both major and non-major mathematics courses.

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Hillcrest computer integrated classroom in the basement of Hillcrest, Elizabeth Bounds of religion and Charlotte Smith of English will provide a brief, practical introduction to and will lead a discussion about some of the pedagogical issues of using Daedalus in a computer-integrated classroom, including to what extent it improves student writing and learning. Sorry-no food or drink is allowed at this "lunch" discussion since it is held in a computer lab.

On Friday, April 7, in 102 War Memorial, Melanie Biermann of education will give a presentation, followed by a discussion, about using reflective journals as a way of measuring personal and professional growth. In particular, she will discuss how she used journals with beginning student teachers.

Valerie Hardcastle of philosophy, will host a Thursday, April 20, discussion/brain-storming session on coping with large classes: creating effective assignments, the lecture/discussion tension, how best to integrate writing assignments, etc. Her presentation will be in 309 Patton.

On Friday, April 21, in 1810 Litton Reaves, Cindy Wood of animal and poultry sciences will present the APSC model for implementing the requirements for writing-intensive courses. She also will discuss some of the techniques she and other faculty have learned in the process and some of the concerns they have heard from students. Wood also will answer questions from those attending the brown bag.

CRC bus service changed
As of Monday, Jan. 16, Blacksburg Transit is operating half-hour service from campus to the Corporate Research Center (CRC). Service will be provided each half hour on the Campus Circulator route, leaving the Library Plaza at :15 and :45. The Main Street bus will no longer go to the CRC.

The Campus Circulator will leave the Library Plaza, go by Burruss Hall, and make a left on West Campus Drive, stopping at Litton Reeves. The bus will then proceed to Southgate Center. When leaving Southgate Center it will turn left at Tech Center Drive, right on to Pratt Drive and left onto Kraft Drive to circle through the CRC. On its return trip it will return down Tech Center Drive, turn right onto Southgate Drive to make a stop at Southgate Center.

The bus will then return to Library Plaza via Southgate Drive, Spring and Washington Streets to West Campus Drive, and right onto the southside of the Drillfield. The first bus will leave the library at 7:15 a.m., followed by others at 15-minute intervals throughout the day. The last bus will leave the library at 5:45 p.m., arrive at the CRC at 6 p.m., and return to the library at 6:15.

For more information, call Blacksburg Transit at 961-1185.

Financial aid information on World Wide Web
Financial aid information is now accessible on the World Wide Web (WWW) server, with our published address (http://wwwfinaid.es.vt.edu). Students now have the capability to access daily loan check disbursements from the server.

For more information on how to use WWW, call 1-5179.

Essay contest to offer three prizes
The Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Virginia Tech will award three prizes this year in the John D. Wilson Essay Contest. The chapter will give $250, $125, and $75 for the three best essays on the topic "Is 'Generation 'X a media fabrication?"

"Are '20-somethings' really '20-nothings,' whiners, and slackers?" Nancy Simmons, prize committee chair, asks contestants. "Is your generation materialistic, scared, resentful, apathetic, and cynical? Or is it cautious, clean-cut, conservative, and pragmatic? How would you describe your generation? What do you consider your culture? What explains you as a young adult living in America today?"

"We encourage students to approach the topic in whatever ways they wish," Simmons said. "For example, more mature students may want to point out that they see this generation from a very different perspective."

Essays should be 1,500-3,000 words in length. Contest deadline is Wednesday, March 29, and copies of the rules and entry forms are available from all department heads in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors Program, Special Collections in Newman Library, and Simmons at 351 Lane Hall.

For more information, call Simmons at 1-8100.

"World's Most Memorable Poster" exhibit set
Now in its ninth year, the "World's Most Memorable Poster" competition was created by UNESCO to increase awareness of the importance of poster art and its stimulating influence on the public.

Organizations within each country receive and judge posters from local artists, and the best 15 from 40 countries-over 600 in all-are sent to Paris to compete in the world competition. This year, an international jury of professionals selected 70 posters for an International Traveling Exhibit. Posters from that group are being shown in Cowgill Hall January 23-25.

Tech entrepreneur to train Pulaski residents
Pulaski's Meadowview Apartments could become a hot spot for home-based businesses after residents receive specialized training from a Virginia Tech entrepreneur specialist.

Michael Tentnowski, coordinator of business development programs for the Economic Development Assistance Center (EDAC), which is part of Public Service Programs in Tech's University Outreach and International Programs Division, will focus the training on 10 home-based businesses that can be started for less than $1,000. Tentnowski is a co-author of the newly published book The Virginia Entrepreneur's Guide, which will serve as the basis for the training.

According to Michael Hensley, EDAC director and also a co-author of the book, "People who successfully complete the course will become clients of the Virginia Tech Small Business Development Center and will receive business management assistance through the center as they start their business."

Participants, limited to residents of the apartment complex and their business partners, will be divided into two groups. Group 1 will meet 10 a.m.-noon on February 14 and 21, while group 2 will meet 6-8 p.m. on February 16 and 23, all at the Meadowview Apartments Resident Council Office.

The sessions will be conducted by EDAC under contract to VMH Inc. and the Meadowview Residents Council with funds awarded to VMH in 1993 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. VMH is a nonprofit housing-development corporation.

Topics will include analyzing business opportunities, starting a business in Virginia, managing and marketing small businesses, and locating financing sources for small and micro businesses.

To register, residents of Meadowview Apartments should call Arun Krishnaswamy at 980-5924 or David Hunter at 994-0833. Organizations interested in setting up similar training should contact Hensley or Tentnowski at 1-5278.