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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 03 - September 7, 1995


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.

Friday, 8

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

Saturday, 9

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Chateau Morrisette, led by Barry Anderson.

Monday, 11

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "Special Delivery: Helping Children with Learning Difficulties," with Jeffrey Chase, Radford, Jeananne Dixon, NRCC, and Robert Gable, ODU.

Tuesday, 12

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

Wednesday, 13

Gerontology Forum, noon, Wallace Atrium: "Center for Gerontology Overview: Mission, Educational Programs, Outreach/Extension, and Honorary Organization," by S.J. Ritchey, Rosemary Blieszner, Charlene Freeman-Coker, and Paula Usita.

Staff Commission Meeting, 1:30 p.m., 400D Burruss.

Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club Welcoming Tea, noon, the Grove.

Thursday, 14

Art Gallery Opening, Armory Art Gallery: "Abstractions." Through 10-7.

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

Thursday, 7

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

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Applied Statistical Issues in Institutional Research," by Gerald McLaughlin and Paul Brozovsky.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Origin of Massive Sandstones in Braided River Systems," by Brian Turner, University of Durham, United Kingdom.

Friday, 8

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin Biotechnology Center: "Codon Bias and Base Composition Heterogeneity in Drosophila," by Richard Kliman, Radford.

Monday, 11

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship at the CRC," by J.W. Meredith.

Thursday, 7

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 427 Major Williams: "The Idea of a University," by Joe Pitt.

Offices closing early today for game

To accommodate a smooth flow of traffic off the campus for our employees and onto campus for our football fans, the university will close its offices and non-essential support functions at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 7. Virginia Tech will kick off its football season at 8 p.m. this evening in Lane Stadium against Boston College.

All classes will be held as scheduled for the afternoon and evening today. The closing of offices is only to accommodate the traffic flow caused by the number of employees leaving the campus at 5 p.m. Therefore, employees who work shifts ending at times other than 5 p.m. are not affected by this closing and will not receive compensatory time off.

Statistical Consulting Center open

The Statistical Consulting Center provides statistical advice to faculty and staff members and graduate students on the design of experiments and surveys, analysis of experimental data, time series analysis, and other statistical problems.

The Statistical Consulting Center is now open. Appointments may be made by calling 231-6567 and leaving a phone message (funding prevents us from providing direct assistance). The service is provided at no charge to the extent possible although collaborative work is encouraged, especially on long-term projects.

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

Self-help treatment for panic attacks available

Suddenly you feel intensely afraid. Your heart beats rapidly. You feel faint, dizzy, and short of breath. Your full attention turns to your body as you feel progressively more out of control. You are overwhelmed with a feeling of impending doom and feel disconnected from your environment. Your hands are tingling and you are aware that something is very wrong.

This description may sound like that of someone encountering something frightening, like an audience full of people or a snake ready to strike, or it may sound like someone about to have a heart attack. However, these are also the descriptions people give of their experience while having a panic attack. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, panic attacks are characterized by "brief episodes of intense fear accompanied by multiple physical symptoms ... that occur repeatedly and unexpectedly in the absence of any external threat." Other symptoms of panic attacks can also include nausea, choking sensations, shaking or trembling, chest pain, and sweating. The onset of these symptoms occurs very quickly, and they can last for several minutes or several hours.

The Psychological Services Center at Virginia Tech is offering a self-help treatment program for people experiencing panic attacks. This study allows you to work on your panic problem at your own pace in your own home using our proven self-help treatment as a participant in a confidential research study.

If you are interested in learning more about the self-help treatment study please call 1-3235 or 1-6914 and ask about the panic study.

Team-building workshop scheduled

Rebecca Gonzalez, senior consultant with Cornelius & Associates, Columbia, South Carolina, will present "A Hard Hitting Four-Day Workshop" on building a team environment within a university October 9-12.

The workshop, sponsored by University Leadership Development, will be held daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Blacksburg.

This four-day course will focus on teams and the role of facilitators; how to manage the development of "ad hoc" and natural work teams; team dynamics, team processes and team-meeting skills; team problem-solving skills; coaching team leaders and team members; diagnosing team problems; and how facilitators will help teams.

Gonzalez has more than 15 years experience working with Fortune 500 companies. Her client list includes Westinghouse, Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), Valvoline, Milliken, Georgia-Pacific, Motorola, Eveready, and Kraft Foods, among others. In these companies she enjoys a reputation for transforming corporate climates from traditional structures to team-based organizations.

At Xerox Learning Systems she was responsible for training top management trainers to successfully conduct national seminars targeted at Fortune 500 Companies. Internationally, she is currently working with the Executive Committee of Eveready Pan American to implement a strategic vision that will coordinate the efforts of all the Eveready Latin American companies.

The workshop fee is $250, which includes a notebook and materials, continental breakfasts, and refreshment breaks. Enrollment is limited, and all registration forms must be received by October 2.

For more information of to request a registration form, call 1-6716.

Information available for travel overseas

A university committee has reviewed issues relating to travel overseas by Virginia Tech employees and students. As a results, resource persons have been identified for colleges and departments. These people can provide travel packets containing information for faculty and staff members, students, and their families while traveling overseas.

The packets include information on the student/teacher international ID program, medical insurance, workers compensation, Virginia Tech's vehicle insurance and liability, emergency assistance, and emergency evacuation. They deal with issues that may affect faculty and staff members, and students traveling overseas, whether on official business or not.

The following resource persons have been selected:

Agriculture and Life Sciences, S.K. DeDatta; Office for International Development, S.K. DeDatta; Architecture and Urban Studies, Denise Orden; Arts and Sciences, Adelene Kirby; Business, Hap Bonham; Education, Dianne W. Robertshaw; Engineering, Pamela Kursted; Forestry, Raynel Otero; Human Resources, Vera J. Wall; Veterinary Medicine, Donna S. Pitt; University Outreach and International Programs, Kathy Lewis; Cranwell International Center, Darlene Grega.

For more information, call 1-7439.

Leave donations sought for Tech employee

A Virginia Tech employee in the College of Engineering has requested leave donations.

This employee is 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.

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 to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.

For more information, call Vaught at 1-5304.

Operation Smile International Club to meet tonight

Operation Smile International (OSI) Club meets tonight, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in 236 Squires. OSI is a non-profit organization that provides reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries with cleft lips and palate deformities, tumors, and burn-scar contractures.

OSI sends medical/education mission teams to the Philippines, Nicaragua, Kenya, the Middle East, and more. It also provides training and education for health-care professionals in the mission countries in an effort to achieve a sustainable and self-sufficient program.

OSI Clubs raise money and promote awareness for Operation Smile. Two outstanding OSI Club members will be selected to go on a mission trip, where they will assist in play therapy with the children before and after surgery, perform primary health-care presentations, and lead service projects.

For more information, call 552-0271.