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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 17 - January 26, 1995


Thursday, 26

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

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.

Financial Aid Workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Litton Reaves 1860.

Ecology Program, 7:30 p.m., Hillcrest ground-floor living room: "Walking on Two Legs: Ecology and Spirituality Go Together" by Satish Kumar.

Friday, 27

Science Policy Group Discussion, 10 a.m., 101 Price House: "Research and Development in a Regulated Environment," by Carl Weinberg, American Wind Power Association.

Rebecca Orr Memorial Benefit Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Hall: Performances by David Ehrlich, Teresa Ehrlich, Mary Louise Hallauer, Jill Coggiola, Caryl Conger, Clarity James, Lynne Mackey, and others.

Saturday, 28

VMNH Program, 10 a.m.-noon, VMNH: "Caring for Your Own Collection," by Llyn Sharp.

Philosophy/Programs in Humanities Center Symposium, 3 to 5 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A: In memory of William H. (Bill) Williams.

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

Chamber Music, Squire Recital Salon, 8 p.m.: Audubon Quartet, Beethoven string quartets.

Sunday, 29

YMCA Hike, meet at Y parking lot, 1:30 p.m.: Brown Farm, led by Barry Anderson.

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

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet, Beethoven string quartets.

Monday, 30

Financial Aid Workshop, 5:30-6:30 p.m., McBryde 113.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Everyman." Through 1-31.

Tuesday, 31

Educational Equity Conference, noon-4 p.m., Donaldson Brown.

Leadership and Student Organization Programs Workshop, 7 p.m., Squires Dogwood Room: "Effective Presentation Strategies," by Rachel Holloway.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Everyman." Through 1-31.

Wednesday, 1

Black History Month Program, 7:30 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "The Obligations of Black Youth in the Community and to the Future," by Mahmood Tabaddor.

Thursday, 2

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: Report on the New Orleans meetings, by Doug Taylor and others.

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

Black History Month Event, 4 p.m., 251 Lane: "Cultured Expressions," African artifacts and designs. Through 2-3.


Thursday, 26

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Pion-Photoproduction at CEBAF," by David Jenkins.

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.

Friday, 27

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Ethics in Biotechnology," by Eric Wong, Doris Zallen, Kent Stewart, and Charles Hagedorn.

Monday, 30

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "High Molecular Weight Toxins of the Clostridia," by Dave Lyerly.

Thursday, 2

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Applications of Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods in Animal and Human Genetics," by Ian Hoeschele.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Characterizing Woody Tissue Respiration of Three Hardwood Species in the Great Smoky Mountains," by Zoltan Rakonczai.


Correct date listed for ecology, spirituality program

The correct date for the program "Walking on Two Legs: Ecology and Spirituality Go Together," is today, January 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Hillcrest ground-floor living room.

GTA training program offered

There will be a program in the GTA Training Program Spring Seminar Series on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 100 Johnston Student Center.

The program is "Combining Experimental Learning with Multimedia," by Siegfried Holtzer.

Benefits information updated for employees

According to Judy Ridinger, human resources manager in personnel services, the current issue of Spotlight on Benefits contains information on some of the changes in the Health Care Program (effective July 1, 1995). The brochure was to be mailed on January 25 to employees at their home address.

All employees will also receive a letter at their home address from the Department of Personnel and Training in Richmond with information regarding the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System through which employees will be able to enroll in benefits programs, confirm current benefits, and hear answers to frequently asked benefits questions using a Touch- Tone phone.

The Interactive Voice Response System will be implemented during the Open Enrollment period (mid- April through mid- May). It is important that employees read the correspondence carefully and follow the instructions to activate their PIN (personal identification number).

Rebecca Orr benefit concert planned

The Twelfth Annual Rebecca Orr Memorial Benefit Concert will be held Friday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon. Performers include well-known artists from the region and several artists new to the area.

Performers include violinist David Ehrlich, pianist Teresa Ehrlich, pianist Mary Louise Hallauer, clarinetist Jill Coggiola, pianist Caryl Conger, mezzo-soprano Clarity James, and pianist Lynne Mackey.

Proceeds from the concert support the Scholarship and Educational Fund of the Highlands Chapter of the Virginia Music Teachers Association. The fund is intended to provide scholarships for talented music students and to support educational activities such as workshops, lectures, and masterclasses by guest artists.

Tickets, available at the performance, are $10 per family, $5 general admission, and $3 for students and senior citizens.

Workshop to be held for student organizations

Rachel Holloway, assistant professor of communications studies, will present a workshop on "Effective Presentation Strategies" Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in Squires Dogwood Room. The program, the first in a series of six evening workshops for student organizations, is sponsored by the office of Leadership and Student Organization Programs.

Symposium planned in memory of Williams

The Department of Philosophy and the Center for Programs in the Humanities are sponsoring a symposium in memory of William H. (Bill) Williams Saturday, Jan. 28, from 3-5:30 p.m. in Squires Brush Mountain A.

In Session I, James C. Klagge and Eric Watkins will join chair Guy B. Hammond to discuss "Immanuel Kant and the Enlightment."

In Session II, Marjorie Grene, David Barzilai, and John Christman will join chair Harlan Miller for a discussion of "David Hume and Political Philosophy."

YMCA Thrift Shop moving

The YMCA Thrift Shop is moving to Gables Shopping Center. The shop is holding a moving sale through Saturday, Jan. 28. Everything is half price at the old location at 1531 S. Main St.

Donations are now being accepted at the new location Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. To donate good used clothing, household items, paperback books, toys, sports equipment, and furniture, drive around the back of the shopping center to the loading dock with the large red "Y."

The new location will be open for business February 1.

For more information, call 552-2633.

Conference to address sexual harassment

The Third Annual Educational Equity Conference will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, from noon-4 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Center. The program will address "Hostile Hallways: Sexual Harassment in Schools."

Elyzabeth Holford will speak on "Are Sexual Harassment Policies Necessary?" Focus groups, under the leadership of Peg Sorrentino, Rene Rios, and Paula Wilder, will examine the impact of sexual harassment on students, developing a sexual-harassment policy, and intervention strategies for teachers.

TA-UT presents Everyman

The Virginia Tech Theatre Arts-University Theatre will present a workshop production of Everyman, a medieval morality play, Sunday-Tuesday, Jan. 29-31, at 8 p.m. in 204 PAB. The production is directed by Sarah Qureshi, a senior theatre arts major.

When Everyman comes face to face with Death, he is unable to meet Death's request to account for his life. Given a chance for redemption, Everyman faces a journey of self-examination, guided by Good Deeds and Knowledge.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, call 1-5200.

Audubon Quartet to perform Beethoven

The Audubon Quartet will perform Beethoven's Quartet in A Major, Op. 18, No. 5 Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, and "Grosse Fuge for String Quartet," Saturday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 3 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon.

The program continues the quartet's two-year series of concerts presenting the complete string quartets of Beethoven. A pre-concert lecture by David Ehrlich will begin at 7:15 p.m.

The Audubon Quartet is the university's official quartet-in-residence, and is comprised of violin players David Ehrlich and David Salness, viola player Doris Lederer, and cellist Clyde Shaw. This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the quartet, founded in 1974.

Admission to the concert is $7 for the general public and $5 for students and senior citizens. All tickets are general seating. For reservations or tickets, call 1-5615. For more information, call 1-5200.

Natural history museum to present program

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History will present a program on Saturday, Jan 28, from 10 a.m. to noon titled "Caring for Your Own Collections." Bring examples from your personal collections: rocks, insects, sports cards, etc., and learn how to increase their value and make them last.

Llyn Sharp, collections curator at the museum, will share simple techniques and materials for storage, display, labeling, handling, and improving conditions for many different kinds of objects. This session includes hands-on demonstrations and a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum's zoological research collections.

The program is free. For adults and children over age 10. Limited to 25, please pre-register by calling 1-3001. The museum is located at 428 North Main Street in Blacksburg; parking is available across Main Street in the university lot.