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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 21 - February 23, 1995


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." Through 2-25.

Friday, 24

Last Day to Drop.

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

Henry H. Wiss Commemoration: Lecture, 3 p.m., Hancock Auditorium: "The Frank Lloyd Wright I Knew," by Edgar Trafel.; Art Exhibit, Hancock Lobby: "Henry H. Wiss: Teacher, Architect, and Artist," through 2-25; Art Exhibit, Cowgill Lobby: "Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect for America."

Black History Month Activity, 8 p.m., Squires Colonial: African Drum Festival.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." Through 2-25.

Newman Community 70th Anniversary Celebration, 8 p.m., Newman House: Wine and cheese social. Celebration continues through 2-26.

Saturday, 25

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., Meet at Y parking lot: Dragons Tooth, led by Barry Anderson.

Black History Month Activity, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 150 Squires: Leadership Training for Diverse Organizations.

Henry H. Wiss Commemoration Films, 10 a.m., Hancock Auditorium: "The Frank Lloyd Wright Way" and "Fallingwater," permiere showing and commentary by Edgar Tafel.

Men's Basketball vs. So. Fla., 3 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Newman Community 70th Anniversary Celebration, 7 p.m., Owens Banquet Hall: Banquet and dance.

NRVS Concert, 8 p.m., Burruss Auditorium: New River Valley Symphony.

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

Sunday, 26

Newman Community 70th Anniversary Celebration, 10 a.m., Burruss Auditorium: Mass.

Women's Basketball vs. Louisville, 2 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Delta Omicron Musicale.

Black History Month Activity, 4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth: Ezibu Muntu Dance Company.

Monday, 27

Exhibition Opening, Wallace Gallery and Oris Glisson Historic Costume Collection: "Etiquette of Trousseau," through 3-21 in the gallery, through 4-14 in the collection.

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Broken Vows: Religious Perspectives on Domestic Violence," part one, video and discussion led by Susan Shome.

Let's Talk, noon, Cranwell Center.

With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM.

Tuesday, 28

Men's Basketball, 7:30 p.m. at UVA (Richmond).

Wednesday, 1

Salary and wage paydate.

Women's History Month begins.

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

Thursday, 2

Central Stores Open House, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Central Stores: Through 3-3.

YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "To Baja, California with the Desert Museum," by Gertrude Hochgraf.

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Scientists, Birdwatchers, and the Politics of Sight in North-American Ornithology," by Mark Barrow.


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.

Friday, 24

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 30 Pamplin: TBA.

CSPISE, 3:30 p.m., 304 Robeson: "Biased Diffusion of Two Species: Inhomogeneous Structures and Linear Stability Analysis Discussions," by G. Korniss, B. Schmittmann, and R.K.P. Zia.

CPAP Round Table, 3:30 p.m., Thomas-Conner House: "Devolved, Downsized, Deregulated, Privatized, and Reinvented: Does the Public Service Have a Future--Or Is It Being `Abolished As We Know It'?" by Constance J. Horner, the Brookings Institute.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Sleuthing the Mysterious Point Sources of Fecal coliforms in Chesapeake Bay Area," by George M. Simmons Jr.

Monday, 27

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Resolving Human-Wildlife Conflicts: How to Deal with the Deer Problem," by Jim Parkhurst.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Soot Formation in a Dual Model Flanner," by R. Aftel.

Tuesday, 28

BEV, 4 p.m., McBryde 126: "Video-Conferencing Meets the Internet: Current and Future REsearch," by Jonathan Kies.

Wednesday, 1

CSSS, 4 p.m., 101 Price House: "Can Chaos Theory Help the Feminist Critique of Science?" by Muriel Lederman.

Thursday, 2

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 400 Price: "Effect of Topping on Canopy Growth and Tuber Yield of Potato," by James Okeyo.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "The 600 Myr. Decline of Global Background Origination and Extinction Probabilities," by Norman Gilinsky.


Proposals sought for Affirmative Action grants

Proposals are being solicited for the Affirmative Action Incentive Grants Program, which is designed to provide seed money for new affirmative action activities for faculty, staff, and students.

The program, which is a project of the university's EOAA Committee, will award grants of up to $2,500 from a total pool of $20,000 for innovative affirmative action projects. The awards will be made for a one-year period, beginning July 1, 1995, with a potential one-time renewal. Applicants seeking renewal of previously funded projects also must submit a proposal.

A variety of activities are appropriate for support, including:

* Projects designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of new approaches to promote affirmative action.

* Activities which will enhance the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women, minorities, and people with disabilities.

* Programs that will encourage behavioral and attitudinal changes supportive of affirmative action, thereby improving the campus environment for women, minorities, and people with disabilities.

* Studies seeking ways to improve Virginia Tech's ability to monitor and evaluate its affirmative action programs.

Proposals may be submitted by individual members of the faculty or staff, by university departments, or by recognized campus organizations.

For application forms or more information, come by the EOAA Office in 336 Burruss, call 1-7500, or send an e-mail message to EQUAL@vtvm1.

The deadline for application is April 7, 1995.

Commemoration planned to honor Wiss

The university will hold a program Friday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. in Hancock Auditorium to recognize architecture Professor Emeritus Henry H. Wiss, who died in August after a lengthy illness. Wiss served Virginia Tech from 1947 to 1983 as professor of architecture history.

Strongly influenced by the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Wiss designed his Blacksburg home to reflect Wright's idea of "organic architecture."

As part of the tribute to Wiss, the program will feature a lecture, "The Frank Lloyd Wright I Knew" by architect Edgar Tafel. Tafel studied under Wright for nine years, and was a Senior Fellow at Wright's architectural complex, the Taliesin Fellowship. Among the many buildings Tafel supervised are Wright's "Fallingwater" and the Johnson Wax building.

Also on Friday, an exhibit of Wright's work will be shown in the Cowgill Lobby. A special exhibit of Wiss' work, consisting of photographs, architectural drawings, and watercolors, will be on display in the Hancock Lobby.

New River Valley Symphony to perform

The New River Valley Symphony will perform their "Winter Concert" Saturday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in Burruss Auditorium.

The concert begins with Samuel Barber's First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12. The second half will feature the Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 1 in D Major.

The New River Valley Symphony is composed of Virginia Tech students and local musicians under the direction of James Glazebrook. The director also is concertmaster in the Roanoke Symphony and associate professor of violin at Virginia Tech.

Tickets for the concert are $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens. For tickets or reservations, call 1-5615. For more information, call 1-5200.

Newman Community celebrates 70 years of ministry

The Newman Community of Virginia Tech will celebrate its 70th Anniversary this weekend, February 24-26.

The activities begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, with a wine and cheese social at the Newman House. Several members of the Virginia Tech faculty and administration are expected to attend.

A banquet and dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 25, from 7-11 p.m. at Owens Banquet Hall. Guests will include past campus ministers, distinguished alumni, and faculty members.

Mass will be celebrated in Burruss Auditorium Sunday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 951-0032.

Award to help fund graduate student research

The 1995 P. Howard Massey Food and Nutrition Scholar Award will be offered to a graduate student.

The committee is currently seeking applicants for the $500 award. The winner will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: how relevant their project is to addressing hunger related issues, the potential contribution, qualifications of the student, financial need, and international/cross-cultural experience. All of these criteria will be factored into the decision as the committee makes its final selection.

Graduate students from any Virginia Tech department are eligible for the award, and those doing work in the United States that is relevant to international hunger problems also are encouraged to apply.

The P. Howard Massey Food and Nutrition Scholar Award was established to help faculty members and students who are addressing problems of hunger and poverty or malnutrition. Massey headed the Office of International Development prior to his retirement in 1989. He is recognized at Virginia Tech for his long-term service and in the international development community for his leadership and expertise. He has promoted many multi-disciplinary activities and has been an important supporter of efforts to internationalize the curriculum.

Applications for the Massey Award can be obtained from Sherry Saville, 338 Wallace Hall, Human Nutrition and Foods, Campus 0430, (1-5540). Forms must be returned by 5 p.m. on March 30. The award will be made on April 20.

Graduate Research Symposium expands

This year, for the first time, undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Graduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly.

The poster session will be March 21 during the day in Squires Student Center. Ed Freeman of the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, will be the keynote speaker of the 11th annual symposium. He will speak on business ethics at 7 p.m. in Colonial Hall, Squires. The lecture is open to the university community.

"The GRS is an opportunity for students campus wide to present their research in a professional poster format," explains Maureen Bezold, chair of the 1995 symposium and president of the Graduate Student Assembly. "To highlight the excellent research that takes place at Virginia Tech, the GSA, Commission on Research, and Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching are sponsoring an undergraduate division as part of the symposium this year."

The graduate posters will be evaluated by a team of judges representing the nine colleges. Cash prizes of $100 for first, $75 for second, and $50 for third place will be awarded in both the sciences and the humanities sections. The undergraduate posters will be evaluated by members of the Commission on Research, with cash prizes of the same value as in the graduate divisions awarded to the top three presenters in the undergraduate division.

March 14 is the deadline for abstracts for posters. Forms, available from the GSA office, 309 Squires, must be returned by 5 p.m. Abstracts that have been previously presented are acceptable. The GSA will supply four-foot by eight-foot display boards for each abstract. For more information, call 1-7919 or e-mail GSPaula@vtvm1.

Leave donations requested

A Virginia Tech employee in Cooperative Extension Service has requested leave donations. In addition, employees in the following areas are still in need of leave donations: College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, Physical Plant, Research and Graduate Studies, and Vice President for Student Affairs. These employees have been on leave without pay for more than 10 work days, and are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program.

If you are a salaried classified or faculty employee, you have an opportunity to participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours. There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.

To protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. If, however, you are aware of a specific person in the unit referenced above, you may restrict your donation to that individual.

You may obtain a donor form from your department administrative office or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Please return the completed form by February 24 to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.

For more information, call Vaught at 1-5304.

Concert to feature music of Italian composer

The Women's Artists and Scholars Series and the Virginia Tech Department of Music are co-sponsoring a concert featuring the music of Italian composer Joan Yakkey Saturday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon.

Performers include pianist Teresa Ehrlich performing Yakkey's new Piano Sonata; Mary Sue Hyatt from Kent State and Nancy McDuffie in songs for mezzo-soprano and soprano; cellist Jana Ruble; and violinist Theresa Conti.

Hyatt, Italian percussionist Elena Pierini, and Mary Louise Hallauer will perform Yakkey's setting of "The Bells" by Edgar Allen Poe. Jill Coggiola and Caryl Conger of Radford University and Linda Plaut of the Humanities Center will play Yakkey's Trio for piano, clarinet, and violin.

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

Faculty to be contacted in telephone survey

The Task Force on University Outreach, chaired by UAP Professor John Randolph and CFWR Dean Greg Brown, has been charged with reviewing Virginia Tech Outreach activities and making recommendations to the president and provost.

In preparation of its March 1 interim report to Provost Peggy Meszaros, the task force has contracted a telephone survey with the Virginia Tech Center for Survey Research (CSR). Faculty members in all nine colleges will be contacted for their opinions.

Responses to the survey are confidential, and data from the survey will be reported in summary form only. Faculty are asked to please cooperate with interviewers from the CSR when they call.

For more information, call Randolph at 1-5038.