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Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 31 - May 4, 1995


Thursday, 4

Reading Day.

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

Friday, 5

Exams Begin

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

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Sustainable Agricultural Development," by James R. McKenna.

Monday, 8

With Good Reason, 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "The Enemy Within: Violent Nationalism in Germany," by Mel Leffler, UVa, Wayne Thompson, VMI, and Richard Guthrie, CNU.

Wednesday, 10

Exams End.

Commission on Classified Staff Affairs, 1:30 p.m., 400D Burruss.

Thursday, 11

Senior Day.


Thursday, 4

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: Seeing the Squeeze: Complex Fluids Under Confinements," by Stefan Idziak, California--Santa Barbara.

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


Touchscreen and video featured at visitors' center

Provost Peggy Meszaros will be among the speakers at the grand opening at 10 a.m. on May 6 of the U.S. Forest Service's Highlands Gateway Visitor Center, which will feature a touchscreen system and video produced through Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs. The center is located in Factory Merchants' Mall at Fort Chiswell.

"The products we provided to the U.S. Forest Service for the visitor center are an example of what the university can contribute to economic development. And the center itself is an example of what can be accomplished through a partnership--in this case a partnership of federal, state, and regional groups, both public and private. Public Service Programs was happy to be a part of this successful effort," said Charlotte Reed, economic development specialist for tourism in Public Service Programs.

Bob Joslin, regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service's Southern Region, said he appreciated Public Service Programs "for their enthusiasm and creativity for developing the touchscreen system and producing the video."

Reed said both the touchscreen program and the video feature all 19 counties and four cities in Southwest Virginia from Montgomery County south and west to the Virginia line. Included is information on restaurants, lodging, events, and historic sites.

The Virginia Tech team that put the touchscreen program together includes Reed, Andy Honaker of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, and graduate students Scott Farmer and Rachael Wilson, both in the Department of Curriculum Instruction. The video, which will be completed in September, is being produced by Matt Vance in University Relations.

Keynote speaker at Saturday's ceremonies will be Congressman Rick Boucher, with comments from Meszaros; Pat McMahon, director of the Virginia Division of Tourism; Tom Lennon, program leader for the U.S. Forest Service's Washington office; Joslin; and Lori Ward, president of Virginia's Southwest Blue Ridge Highlands.

Library to host Civil War book signing, lecture

Glenn McMullen, former head of the Special Collections Department in University Libraries at Virginia Tech, will sign his new book, A Surgeon with Stonewall Jackson: The Civil War Letters of Dr. Harvey Black, during special activities hosted by the Friends of the University Libraries on May 20.

The activities get under way at 2 p.m. with a reception for McMullen, who will deliver a guest lecture at 3 p.m. The book signing will begin at 3:30 p.m. All activities will be held at the University Bookstore, Volume Two, which is located in University Mall.

The subject of McMullen's book, Harvey Black, served during the Civil War as surgeon of the Fourth Virginia Regiment, as a Stonewall Brigade surgeon, and as surgeon in charge of the Second Corps Field Hospital of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was one of three surgeons who assisted Hunter McGuire in amputating Jackson's arm at Chancellorsville.

The letters of Black, the grandson of a founder of Blacksburg, discuss climactic battles like Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Second Manassas, and Chancellorsville. Additionally, according to the author, "Dr. Black was interested in the health and well-being of his boys from home and relayed messages to their concerned mothers through his wife."

The book also contains three letters written by Black's wife, Mollie, that reveal the trials Southern women faced during the war.

McMullen, who holds a master's degree in history as well as a master of library science degree, has written articles on Civil War history, railroad history, and the history of libraries.

For more information, call Margaret Shuler at 1-3427.

GTA Workshop planned for August 14-16

The GTA Training Program will sponsor the fifth annual Fall Workshop August 14-16, in 100 McBryde, for all new GTA's.

The three-day program will include sessions on teaching, grading, relating to students, etc., as well as a microteaching component. Expert faculty members (including members of the Academy of Teaching Excellence), directors of support services, and experienced GTA's will lead the plenary and concurrent sessions. The program will begin at 10 a.m. on August 14, to allow time for the new GTA's to report to their individual departments.

A complete schedule of the program will be published later in the summer. For more information, contact Don McKeon, ESL/GTA Training director, at 1-9568 or electronically at dmckeon@vt.edu.

Documentary on southern higher education to air

On Saturday morning, May 6, at 10 a.m., Blue Ridge Public Television will air "Pink Slips or Greenbacks: Changing the Odds." The show is an outgrowth of the work of the Southern Regional Education Board's Commission for Educational Quality, chaired by former Virginia Gov. Jerry Baliles. Based on intensive polling and focus group research, the one-hour documentary considers higher education's role in the changing economy of the South.