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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 20 - February 16, 1995


Thursday, 16

Salary and wage paydate.

Art Exhibit Opening, 10 a.m., Armory Gallery: Catalina Arocena: Painting Constructions. Through 3-11.

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

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "My Favorite Patients in Virginia," by Jay Stipes, tree doctor.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Controversies over Evolution and Creationism: Toward a Post-Modern Historiography of Science," by Mike Seltzer.

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

Black History Month Activity, 6-8 p.m., 341 Squires: "A Tribute to African Americans." Version of Jeopardy game show.

Multidisciplinary Design Charrette, 7 p.m., Hancock auditorium: "Designing for Creative Play," by Robin Moore, N.C. State, and Jean Vogler. Design competition continues through 2-18. Call 1-5940 for information.

VMNH Activity, 7:30 p.m., N. Main St.: "Oh Deer!" by James Parkhurst.

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

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."

Friday, 17

Submission Deadline for STA Policy Group Conference Papers: Call 1-7687 for information.

Multidisciplinary Design Charrette, 8 a.m., Wallace atrium: Design competition. Through 2-18.

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

Service Learning Conversations Series, noon, Hillcrest Honors Living Room.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Why Every Country Needs a National Biological Survey," by Michael Kosztarab.

Black History Month Activity, 6-8 p.m., 341 Squires: "Issues Facing African American Males."

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

Black History Month Activity, 7:30-9 p.m., Black Cultural Center, Squires: African Art Exhibit and Film Show.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."

Saturday, 18

Multidisciplinary Design Charrette, noon, Wallace atrium: Design competition.

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

YMCA Thrift Shop Grand Opening, 3 p.m., YMCA Thrift Shop, 1531 S. Main: "Frugal Fashion Show."

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."

Sunday, 19

Engineers' Week Begins.

YMCA Hike, meet at Y parking lot, 1:30 p.m.: Bottom's Creek, led by Don Michelsen.

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

TAUT Production, 2 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "I.D." Two one-act plays. Through 2-21.

Monday, 20

President's Day holiday for staff.

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "What Has and Has Not Changed in South Africa," by Michael Appleby, citizen participation trainer.

Let's Talk, noon, Cranwell Center.

University Council, 3 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

VTU Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Guys and Dolls."

With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Perchance to Dream: Overcoming Sleep Disorders," by Thompson Gond, Thomas Nelson, and Rakesh Sood, MCV/VCU.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "I.D." Two one-act plays. Through 2-21.

Tuesday, 21

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

Art Exhibit Opening, 10 a.m., Perspective Gallery: "Vessel and Wall." Recent works by Janet Niewald and David Crane. Through 4-2.

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

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "I.D." Two one-act plays.

Wednesday, 22

Bloodmobile, noon-6 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

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

Black History Month Activity, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Why We Need a National Conversation on Race," by Lani Guinier.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."

Student Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: West Point Tuba-Euphonium.

Thursday, 23

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

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Zimbabwe," by Josiah Tlou.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Molecular Genetics: What It Isn't and Where It Didn't Come From," by Richard Burian.

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center, Squires: "Kente Cloth Symbols and Meanings," by Peebee Welbeck.

Architecture/Urban Studies Video Series, 7 p.m., 100 Hancock: Rococo Architecture.

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

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead."


Thursday, 16

Physics/Center for Transport Theory, Mathematical Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Dynamical Systems and Atlases," by Mitchell Feignebaum, Rockefeller.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "The Establishment and Operation of the Virginia Tech Center for Survey Research," by Alan Bayer and Deborah Strickland.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "A Review of Organosilicon Surfactants Performance in Herbicidal Spray Applications," by Susan Sun.

Friday, 17

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 30 Pamplin: "Regulation of Rat Prolactin Gene Expression; An Alternative View," by Richard Day, UVA.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Evolution in Grasses and Beyond: Information from DNA Sequencing," by Hong-Ping Liang.

Monday, 20

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Sustaining Our Soil Resources," by Gregory Evanylo.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "College Teaching," by T. Wildman.

Thursday, 23

Parenting, noon-1 p.m., 404 Clay St.: "Keeping Your Child Safe: Child Restraints, Stranger Safety, Fingerprinting Your Child," by Karen Eggers.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: TBA.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Ozone Exposure-Response Relationships for Plants Native to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park," by Howie Neufeld, Appalachian State.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "An Outline of Geological Applications of Remote Sensing," by James B. Campbell.


Co-op job fair planned

CO-OP CONNECTION, the annual co-op job fair, will be held Tuesday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Owens Banquet Hall. Employers will be looking for undergraduate co-ops, graduate co-ops, and summer interns for summer and fall 1995.

For more information, contact Carrie Stephens at 1-6241 or by e-mail at stepck@vtvm1.

Multidisciplinary Design Charrette scheduled

Student design artists from six departments representing three colleges will gather for an intense design competition when the Virginia Tech Design Consortium (VTDC) sponsors a cross-disciplinary design charrette Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16-18. A "charrette" is a competition among designers to come up with a solution to a specific design problem within a set time limit. This charrette is unique in that it brings together students from programs all across campus.

The event opens with a public lecture at 7 p.m. in Hancock Hall Auditorium tonight, February 16. Early Friday morning the competition gets underway in Wallace Hall Atrium and continues until midnight. Team presentations, judging, and awarding of prizes end the event Saturday morning. All the activities of the charrette are open to public viewing and are free.

"Designing for Creative Play" frames the theme for two speakers at Thursday's public lecture. Robin Moore from North Carolina State and Jean Vogler of Virginia Tech are the featured lecturers.

Moore is on the faculty of the department of landscape architecture in the School of Design at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, and is a principal in the design and planning firm of Moore Iacofano Goltsman. His career has focused on the design and management of public recreational and educational spaces, with a special emphasis on citizen participation and community involvement. Moore also has authored numerous books and articles about children's play and educational environments.

Vogler is assistant director of the Virginia Tech Child Development Lab in the Department of Family and Child Development, where she has taught for the past 15 years. Her specific focus of work is child care administration.

Charrettes are frequently used in design professions as a means of energizing the collaborative process toward a solution to a specific design problem. Within departments, charrettes are used as a teaching tool for student designers, with prizes awarded to a winning team.

The VTDC Design Charrette is the first competitive charrette at Virginia Tech to involve students from multiple colleges. Eight teams, each with one student from apparel design, art, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and theatre arts, will be presented with a design task early Friday morning. The students are provided appropriate materials and a working space in Wallace Hall Atrium, where each team works together until midnight Friday to come up with a solution to the design problem. The public is invited to drop by and watch them at work any time Friday.

Saturday morning, between 8:30 a.m. and noon, the teams present their projects to the public and a panel of jurors at the Wallace Hall Atrium. The judges will critique each presentation, and, at noon, will select a winning team and award the prizes, which have been donated by local businesses.

Jurors are Michael Hedgepeth, Blacksburg architect, Paul Petrie, head of the interior design department at Virginia Commonwealth University, Moore, and Vogler.

The VTDC Design Charrette is sponsored and supported by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Cardinal Blueprinting, Charrette Corporation, Kinko's, Mish Mish, Sharp Design Architects, University Bookstore, the provost and executive vice-president for Academic Affairs, the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Human Resources.

The Virginia Tech Design consortium was formed in 1994 as part of the Phase II Restructuring Plan. Its primary purpose is to promote collaboration among design programs on campus and to enhance educational design-related opportunities for students. Already, the Consortium has sponsored cross-disciplinary exhibits and produced a calendar of design events each semester. VTDC consists of design programs in apparel design, architecture, art, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, and theatre arts.

For more information about the Design Charrette, call 1-5940.

Thrift Shop to host fashion show

The YMCA is hosting a fashion show Saturday, Feb. 28, from 3-4:30 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the new YMCA Thrift shop in its new, expanded location at Gables Shopping Center.

Come see campus and town personalities wearing YMCA finds both tasteful and outrageous at the fashion show. See how far $7 will go. The show includes evening wear, costumes, sports wear, party garb, school clothes, and "Seattle grunge."

Refreshments will be served. Live blues and folk music will be performed before the show. The commentator is Andy Sisson.

For more information, call 1-6860 or 1-5852.

Program to address wildlife pest problems

James Parkhurst, Extension wildlife specialist and assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife sciences, will present a Virginia Museum of Natural History Program "Oh Deer!" tonight, February 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the museum at 428 N. Main St.

Parkhurst will discuss the best ways to alleviate wildlife pest problems in yards and gardens. The program is free and no pre-registration is required. Parking is available after 5 p.m. in the staff parking lot across Main Street. The snow date is Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 1-5307.

Children with asthma needed for study

Children aged 8- 12 who have been diagnosed with asthma are needed for a study at Virginia Tech.

Dody Lilly, a master's student in clinical psychology, and Jack Finney, associate professor of psychology, will conduct the study aimed at better understanding the health and social factors that contribute to children's asthma symptoms. Appointments will be scheduled at a convenient time and location (either at the Psychological Services Center or at the participant's home) starting immediately.

Participation is strictly confidential and results will be used to help identify ways children with asthma can be helped to better manage their lives. Those who want further information or wish to participate in the study should call Lilly or Finney as soon as possible at 1-7709 or 951-1085.

Deadlines for purchases given

Since we are again approaching the end of the fiscal year, it is time for each department to join with Purchasing and plan for year ending purchases. Every effort will be made by the Purchasing Department to obtain required delivery prior to the end of the fiscal year; however, each department must play its part to avoid year end problems. Factors affecting delivery such as the high volume of last minute purchases, market conditions, manufacturing lead times, and low inventories require all of us to plan ahead.

In order to assure deliveries before the end of the fiscal year, each department should plan to submit requisitions prior to the deadline dates. If requisitions are submitted after the deadlines, it may not be possible for goods to be received and invoices paid before year end. By implementing this team planning approach we can avoid year end problems.

The following list gives requisition deadlines for various types of products.



Office Furniture March 1

Laboratory Furniture and Casework March 1

Contract Motor Vehicles March 1

Electronic Equipment March 1

Laboratory Equipment March 15

Industrial Equipment March 15

Food Service Equipment March 15

Printing March 15

Computing and Peripheral Equipment* March 15

Audio- Video Equipment March 31

Office Machines March 31

Computers and Computer- Related Items

per DIT's Contract*

*As a general rule, requisitions should be delivered to Computer Purchasing by April 17, 1995. This allows sufficient time for state- required processes and vendor delivery schedules. However, Computer Purchasing will continue to accept requisitions, with no cut- off, as long as it can be determined that the purchase can be completed in time for payment. The new DIT Hardware/ Software List will not be available until April 1.

For information on your particular situation, call Brenda Carter at 1- 6382.