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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 20 - February 16, 1995

Peter Ozolins, instructor and graduate student in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, delivered a paper titled "Traditional, Colonial and World Cultures: Influences on the Architecture Profession in Tanzania," at the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference in December in Tunis, Tunisia.

Rengin Holt, assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, has won a juried international competition in Barcelona, Spain. Her work was exhibited in Taller Galeria Fort and Adogi from July 1 through September 15 and also in Canet De Mar (Barcelona) during the "Curs Internacional De Arcquitectura." She also exhibited in the Roanoke College juried biennial juried by Mark Leach, curator of Twentieth Century Art at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Todd Wetzel, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Aerospace and Ocean Engineering (AOE), has received the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) Thesis Award. Wetzel is the first Virginia Tech student to receive the CSGS honor. Wetzel, whose thesis was on improving the maneuverability of submarines, wrote the paper while earning a master's degree in AOE at Tech.

Beverly S. Butterfield, Extension home economist in Fauquier County, received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Home Economists. The award was presented at the association's conference in Wichita, Kan., in October. Butterfield, who won the award for accomplishments during her 15 years with Virginia Cooperative Extension, was one of two home economists in Virginia to receive the award in 1994.

Management science professors Terry R. Rakes and Ernest C. Houck were honored by the Decisions Sciences Institute at its annual meeting last fall.

Rakes received the 1994 Distinguished Service Award. His many contributions to the institute include past services as president, program chair of the annual meeting, associate program chair, treasurer, and vice president. He is currently editor of the institute's newsletter, Decision Line. Rakes was recently elected as an at-large vice president for the institute and will serve as a member of its board of directors for the next two years.

Houck was honored for his selection as a fellow, the institute's highest honor. He was cited for his many teaching awards, including the university's W.E. Wine Award, his outstanding research record, and his service to the institute. In its 30-year history, the institute has selected some 80 members as fellows.

Roberta S. Russell, management science professor, and Bernard W. Taylor III, the Pamplin Professor of Management Science, have authored a new textbook, Production and Operations Management: Focusing on Quality and Competitiveness, published by Prentice-Hall.

Cliff T. Ragsdale, management science assistant professor, has authored a new book, Spreadsheet Modeling and Decision Analysis: A Practical Introduction to Management Science, published by Course Technology Inc. of Boston. It is the first management-science textbook that fully integrates Windows-based spreadsheet software into the management science curriculum.

Management science faculty members Edward R. Clayton and Lance A. Matheson have been elected as program chair and associate program chair, respectively, of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute's 1996 meeting. Matheson has also been elected as the institute's vice president for finance for 1996 and 1997.

Maureen Bezold and Brian Sayer, Virginia Tech graduate students, have been named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Bezold of Milwaukee, Wisc., is president of the Graduate Student Assembly. She was secretary of the GSA in 1992-93. A Ph.D. student in strategic management, Bezold did her undergraduate and master's work at the University of Wisconsin. She worked for four years in public relations in Milwaukee before coming to Virginia Tech. She is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership fraternity.

Sayer, of Franklin, Ill., is vice president of the Graduate Student Assembly. He has been active in the GSA for three years. He chaired the regranting budget board, which deals with the funding of student organizations. He is a Ph.D. student in animal science, having earned his master's in 1991 from Virginia Tech. His bachelor's degree is from the University of Illinois.