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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 30 - April 27, 1995


Thursday, 27

Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 101 Price House: "Ludwik Flack and the Concept of a Scientific Fact," by Michelle Little.

Architecture/Urban Studies Video Series, 7 p.m., 100 Hancock: Louis I. Kahn.

Friday, 28

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

Textual/Editorial Studies Talk, 3 p.m., 120 Williams: "New Directions in Publishing," by Nancy Grayson Holmes, University Press of Kentucky.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Health Care Reform: Incrementalism Prevails Again," by James Bohland.

New Virginians Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre.

Saturday, 29

Surplus Property Auction, 9 a.m., Surplus Warehouse.

Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Shaun Cassidy and Kathryn Zahakos, voice.

NRVS Concert, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium.

Sunday, 30

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y Parking lot: Falls Ridge, led by Dottie Abashian.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jay Crone, Trombone.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Teresa Ehrlich, piano.

Monday, 1

Salary and wage paydate.

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

With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "A Wing and a Prayer: Airplane Safety in the '90s," by John Strong, William and Mary, and Wayne Talley, ODU.

Tuesday, 2

Women's Network Meeting, noon, 133 Lane: General meeting.

Wednesday, 3

Classes End.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: University Jazz Orchestra.

Thursday, 4

Reading Day.

Gerontology Society Organizational Meeting, 3 p.m., 300 Wallace.


Thursday, 27

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "DNA Fluctuations in the Test-Tube and in the Cell," by J. Marko, Rockefeller University.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Optimal Designs and Analysis in the Presence of Bi-Randomization Structure," by Jennifer Davison.

Friday, 28

Interview Candidate Seminar, 9:20 a.m., 1810 Litton Reaves: "The Role of University Technical Assistance in the Post-Cold War World: The View from a Development Practitioner," by Michael Bertelsen, candidate for program director, Technical Assistance Office of International Research and Development.

Plant Physiology/Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 30 Pamplin: "Chlamydomonas as a Model Photosynthetic Eukaryote for Probing Acclimation Processes: Responses to Nutrient Limitation and High Light," by Arthur Grossman, Stanford.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Reproductive Biology of Archaeopteridales," by Steward Hill.

Monday, 1

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Approaches to Wildflower Meadow Establishment," by Anita Tuttle.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Robotics," by B. Fallon and R. Voruganti.

CSES, 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Using Decision Cases in Agriculture: A Comparison of a Case Method and a Traditional Lecture Method," by Marlo Allen, and "Molecular Cloning of Chitinase Genes from Kentucky Bluegrass by PCR Strategy," by Min Du.

Thursday, 4

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Tidal Rythmites, They Are Not Just for Sedimentologists Anymore," by Eric Kvale, Indiana Geological Survey.


Statistical Center temporarily closed

The Statistical Consulting Center will be closed Friday, April 28, through Friday, May 19.

Leave donations requested for employees

Employees in the Cooperative Extension Service, Physical Plant, and the vice president for development's office have requested leave donations. 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 units 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 April 28 to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.

For more information, call Vaught at 1-5304.

Department of Employee Relations counselors in Lynchburg

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees on Monday, May 8, and Tuesday, May 9, in Lynchburg.

The meetings with a counselor are scheduled in Room 2201 of the Amherst Classroom Building at Central Virginia Community College, 3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg. Free parking is available in the Visitors Parking Lot #1.

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in options for dealing with work- related concerns, discussion of applicable state policies, information on the grievance procedure process, and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, call the department at 1-800-552-9720.

State personnel policy allows time off from normal work hours for a counseling interview provided reasonable notice is given to your supervisor and permission is granted.

Economic developers learn about information highway

Economic developers can learn how to take advantage of the information superhighway during a one-day workshop on May 10 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center and the Media Center in Newman Library.

Co-sponsoredby the Virginia Department of Economic Development and Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs, the workshop will provide information on electronically identifying prospects for inward investment, finding key data on international prospects and partners, accessing the Virginia Employment Commission's economic data, and using Internet for specific economic development needs of the participants. The use of a computer lab will enable each participant to gain valuable hands-on experience.

The workshop is part of the Advanced Economic Development Institute, and graduates of the Virginia Institute of Economic Development will be given priority in registering. The event is limited to 25 participants.

A registration fee of $50 per participant includes classroom materials, refreshment breaks, and lunch.

For more information, call Karen Burkholder at 703/231-6638.

University's Roanoke office in Hotel Roanoke

Virginia Tech's Roanoke Office has found its permanent home in the Hotel Roanoke.

To contact either Constance Meck (program director) or Erma Williams (conference coordinator), write Virginia Tech Division of Continuing Education, 110 Shenandoah Ave. NE, Roanoke, VA 24016-2025. The phone number is 703/857-6055; fax is 703/857-6057.

To correspond electronically, contact meck@vtvm1 or erma@vtvm1.

CommonHealth to offer stop-smoking program

Any employee thinking about stopping smoking is encouraged to attend the program "Getting Ready to Quit."

This four-session program will provide smokers with the information and skills necessary to prepare them to quit smoking. Information is provided in a relaxed, group environment with no pressure to quit smoking during the class.

Class will meet on the following dates: May 1, 3, 5, 8 (attend all 4 classes), from 12:05 p.m. to 1 p.m. in the meeting room at 404 Clay Street. If you are interested in participating, please call 1-7810 or send e-mail to GRAHAMGD@VTVM1.

Please do not register at this time if you cannot attend all four sessions. This program will be offered again by CommonHealth.

Interfaith memorial service planned

An interfaith memorial service will be held Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the War Memorial Chapel.

Commemorating the Holocaust and Fight Hatred Week, the program will include music by the Audubon Quartet. The Judaic studies program is co-sponsoring the event with the Hillel Jewish Student Organization and some local Christian churches.