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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 02 - August 31, 1995


Friday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Saturday, 2

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: New River Chamber Winds.

Sunday, 3

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking log, 403 Washington St.: Mountain Lake Scenic Trail, led by Jack and Sandi Webster, 951-0804.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: New River Chamber Winds.

Monday, 4

Labor Day Holiday for Staff. Classes meet.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "Changing Places: Vanishing Cultures in Virginia," with Sharon Zuber, William. and Mary, and Crandall Shifflet, Virginia Tech.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA.

Tuesday, 5

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA

Wednesday, 6

YMCA Thrift Shop half-price sale, 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m., 1336 S. Main. Through 9-8.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA

Thursday, 7

YMCA Thrift Shop half-price sale, 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m., 1336 S. Main. Through 9-8.

Football vs. Boston College, 8 p.m., Lane Stadium.

Thursday, 31

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "A Fisher Information Test for Pearson-Family Membership," by George Terrell.

Friday, 1

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Genetic Diversity of the Lyme Disease Spirochetes," by Richard Marconi, MCV.

Monday, 4

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Computer-Aided Teaching and Multimedia Classrooms," by Barbara Lockes.

Thursday, 7

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 427 Major Williams: "Interdisciplinarity in the Mathematical and Engineering Sciences," by Layne Watson.

Leadership Development offers CPI workshops.

The University Leadership Development Program (ULDP) is offering two one-day workshops on Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Holiday Inn and Thursday, Sept. 14 at the DBHCC. The second offering of September 14 was prompted by an oversubscription to the September 12 workshop.

The day-long workshop, conducted by Stephen VanAken and Richard Harshberger, ULDP director, includes instruction, activities, and interactive discussion on process improvement, the customer, and quality. It includes success stories from CPI teams already being piloted here at Virginia Tech. The CPI workshop is designed to support Leadership Development's new CPI manual which will be distributed to workshop participants.

The workshop will seek to create a "seamless" process in combining Leadership Development's team building model with its new CPI model laid out in the new manual. The manual highlights the basics of CPI, what quality tools to use when, where, and how; key elements of a CPI initiative, and a basic CPI methodology.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please RSVP for the September 14 workshop by Friday, Sept. 8 to Deborah Jones by phone at 1-6727 or by e-mail at dejones3@vt.edu. The September 12 workshop is oversubscribed and is now closed to registration.

Library Friends Group to celebrate gift of Marshak Papers

The Friends of the University Libraries will recognize the family of Robert E. Marshak, a world-renowned physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, N. Mex., and witnessed the first atomic bomb explosion, with a reception, appreciation ceremony, and luncheon on September 9 at the DBHCC.

Marshak was a university distinguished professor of physics at Virginia Tech before his retirement in 1991. His widow has donated Marshak's papers to the Special Collections Department in University Libraries. Among the papers are letters from such notable scientists as Albert Einstein and Robert Oppenheimer.

The reception will get under way at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., a ceremony will be held in appreciation of Marshak's widow, Ruth; his daughter, Ann M. Rothstein; and his son, Stephen, followed by a luncheon. Guest speakers will be George Collins, university distinguished professor of physics emeritus, and Luke Mo, professor of physics.

The September 9 events are open to the public, but reservations are required. For additional information or to make reservations, contact Margaret Shuler by e-mail at friends@vt.edu or by telephone at 1-3427.

Wiss Center video series announced

The videos, scheduled at 7 p.m. in Hancock auditorium, include "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," September 7; "The Greek Temple," September 21; "A Ming Garden," October 5; "The Alhambra," October 19; "Romanesque and Gothic Architecture," November 2; "Renaissance Florence," November 16; "Michelangelo," November 30.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-5324.

YMCA offers folk dancing

The YMCA at Virginia Tech announces the fall semester's first introductory international folk dance, hosted by the YMCA Folk Dancing Club. The dance will be held Saturday, Sept. 2, in the Performing Arts Building from 8-10:30 p.m. Please wear shoes that won't mark the floor.

This dance is open to the faculty, staff, and students. Children are welcome if they are old enough to learn and enjoy the dances (usually about 10 years or older). No prior experience with international folk dancing is required-all dances will be taught. No partner is needed; many of the dances are done in lines and circles. Admission is free.

Future dances are scheduled for Saturdays, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2. For further information, call the Y at 1-6860.

Statistical center providing services

The Statistical Consulting Center of the Department of Statistics offers consulting services to all faculty members and graduate students of the university. The center provides statistical advice to the faculty, staff, and graduate students on the design of experiments and surveys, analysis of experimental data, time-series analysis, and other statistical problems.

To make an appointment, call 1-6567 and leave a phone message. Service is by appointment only. Most clients are seen within one to two weeks of the initial phone call.

The service is provided at no charge to the extent possible (funding is, of course, encouraged, especially for long-term projects).

The center will be closed November 20-24 and December 6-January 12.

Leave donations sought for staff members

Employees in the College of Engineering and Cooperative Extension Service have requested leave donations. These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program.

If you are a salaried classified or 12-month 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 a unit referenced above, you may restrict your donation to that individual.

Donor forms are available from department administrative offices or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Please return the completed form to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318. For more information, call Vaught at 1-5304.

UUSA changes name to PASE

The UUSA (University Unions and Student Activities) Program Office has changed its name to better reflect the purpose and goals of the office. Its new name is the Office of Program Advising and Student Entertainment (PASE).

The PASE Office is located in 325 Squires (1-5661).

Videos available for checkout

The Media Center has expanded its circulation policy to include overnight video checkouts to students. Faculty and staff members are eligible to borrow two videos at a time and students are entitled to one video per day. These videos must be returned the following business day and carry an overdue fine of $5 per day.

IS Workshop and Short Course Schedules online

The schedules of Information Systems Workshops and Short Courses are now on-line via gopher and will no longer be published as an insert to Spectrum. (VTVM1 users may also view the schedule via INFO.)

To view the schedules via gopher: Point your Gopher client at gopher.vt.edu, Virginia Tech's home gopher server. VTVM1 users, enter the CMS command: gopher.

Select Information Systems from the main menu, then select an organization to see its course offerings. These organizations offer classes for the 1995 fall semester: Computing Center, Library, Educational Technologies, Communications Network Services.

To view the schedules on CMS INFO, enter: INFO SEMINARS INFSYS.

The 4HELP service can send printed copies of schedules through campus mail. To make this request call 4HELP (4-4357), or from off-campus dial 231-HELP (231-4357).

Mentoring available for future scientists

Undergraduate women in science, mathematics, and technical disciplines are invited to participate in a new mentoring program. They will be matched with women scientists from the university community, a professional organization, or from industry to better explore all of the educational and career opportunities open to them. The student participants will receive encouragement in an atmosphere of support and information that will aid them in their career choices.

The Women's Research Institute, in collaboration with the Virginia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science, received an Affirmative Action Incentive Grant to fund the project. Carol J. Burger, director of the Women's Research Institute and project director, said, "There is a lot of research that shows women often leave science and technical disciplines because they don't see themselves as scientists. One of the most effective strategies for keeping women in science is mentoring."

Mentors will attend a training workshop in late September to discuss the tangible and intangible rewards of participating in this program. Students will attend a mentoring workshop to discuss their expectations for the program. Two fall meetings for the students will present information about classroom climate, strategies for academic success, and how to choose a career.

Women scientists (both faculty and staff) are encouraged to volunteer to work on the project. For more information, contact Karen Bishop at the Women's Programs Office: 1-7615; FAX 1-7669; e-mail bishopk@vt.edu.

Foreign Languages/Literatures department moves

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures had moved to 331 Major Williams Hall.

The mail code remains 0225. The phone number remains 1-5361 and the fax number remains 1-4812.

Thrift Shop announces half-price sale

The YMCA Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale on dated clothing for men, women, and children Wednesday, Sept. 6, through Friday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. - 4:50 p.m. daily.

Proceeds from the YMCA Thrift Shop help support Y programs throughout Montgomery County. The Thrift Shop is located in Gables Shopping Center at 1336 South Main Street.

For more information, call 552-2633.

Faculty Women's Club sponsoring welcome tea

The members of the Virginia Tech Faculty Tech Women's Club begin their 1995-96 program year by sponsoring a welcome tea for new and prospective members on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from noon-2 p.m. at the Grove.

A shuttle bus will provide transport to the Grove from the designated are of the parking lot behind Wallace Hall.

The purpose of the club is to provide activities that will expand the intellectual and social horizons of its membership through a variety of educational and cultural activities, to promote Virginia Tech, and to provide scholarship opportunities for Virginia Tech students.

Membership is open to wives of administrative, instructional, research, and Extension faculty and staff at Virginia Tech; retired faculty and staff members or wives or widows of retired faculty and staff members in the above categories; and mothers or mothers-in-law of faculty and staff members in the above categories.

Prospective members are cordially invited to attend the tea, hosted by Mrs. Paul Torgersen. For more information, call Carole Jubb at 552-5139 or Emily Collins at 951-1771.

Child care will be provided during the tea at the Blacksburg United Methodist Church. To make a reservation for child care, call Susan Holladay at 953-2386.