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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 04 - September 14, 1995


Thursday, 14

Art Gallery Opening, Armory Art Gallery: "Chris Gregson and Davi det Hompson: Abstractions." Through 10-7.

Optional Life Insurance/Accidental Death/Dismemberment Plan Information Meeting, 10 a.m.-noon, and 1:30-3:30 p.m., DBHCC Rear Auditorium.

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

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "Wonders of Egypt," by Joan and Bruce Prouty.

OSI Club Meeting, 7 p.m., 145 Squires.

Virginia Museum of Natural History Program, 7:30 p.m., 428 N. Main: "Salamanders of the Southern Appalachians," by Doug Harpole.

Friday, 15

Salary and Wage Paydate.

VT Foundation Meeting.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m, Cranwell International Center: "Global Cities, Global Cultures," by Paul Knox.

Saturday, 16

Football vs. Cincinnati, noon, Lane Stadium.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: David Jacobsen, flute, and Caryl Conger, piano.

Sunday, 17

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Kelly's Knob, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Monday, 18

"Soup and Substance," noon, 116 Squires: "Prejudice Psychologically Speaking," by Danny Axsom.

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "Born Genius: The Role of I.Q. in Determining Success," with Lindon Eaves, VCU, Florence Farley, Va. State, and Michael Churton Neale, VCU.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "No Exit," Through 9-20.

Tuesday, 19

Engineering Expo. Through 9-20.

Faculty Senate, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "No Exit," Through 9-20.

Wednesday, 20

Engineering Expo.

Service-Learning Program, noon, Hillcrest Living Room: "Using Journals to Promote Critical Reflection in Service-Learning Classes," by Carol Bailey.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "No Exit."

Thursday, 21

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "In-Depth Look at Wildflowers of Appalachia--Some Historic and Current Uses," by Ken Stein.

Staff Senate, 5:30 p.m., Vet Med College Center.

OSI Club Meeting, 7 p.m., 145 Squires.

Thursday, 14

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

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Quantum Billiards and Quantum Chaos," by Richard L. Liboff, Cornell.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Bayes Factors, Batterers, Murderers and Barristers," by I.J. Good.

Friday, 15

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Iron Regulatory Proteins," by Tracey Rouault, NIH.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 122 Robeson: "Spherical Quantum Billiard in R (superscript) n," by Richard L. Liboff, Cornell.

Monday, 18

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Fat Digestion in Elephant Seals and Burmese Pythons: Postprandial Changes in Plasma Lipoproteins," by Don Puppione, UCLA.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Practical Groundwater Modeling," by J.C. Parker.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Social Benefits of Nature and Society," by Bruce Hull.

Wednesday, 20

VT Resource/Referral, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Identifying Resources and Services for Older Family Members, Whether They Live Locally or at a Distance," by Rosemary Blieszner.

Science Studies Center/Dept. of Philosophy, 4 p.m., 321 McBryde: "Reductionism vs. Holism vs. Mechanism," by Robert Brandon, Duke.

Biochemistry and Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Fat Digestion in Elephant Seals and Burmese Pythons: Postprandial Changes in Plasma Lipoproteins," by Don L. Puppione, UCLA.

Thursday, 21

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 427 Major Williams: "On the Nature and Rhetoric of Interdisciplinarity," by Jim Collier.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Do we Need Fuzzy Logic?" by William H. Woodall, Alabama.

Correction for team-building workshop number

An article in last week's Spectrum listed the wrong telephone number for requesting a registration form for the October 9-12 team-building workshop. The correct number is 1-6727.

Accreditation-assessment team invites comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), will arrive September 16 to examine all aspects of the Virginia Tech Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that Virginia Tech Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, according to Police Chief Michael L. Jones.

As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the are invited to offer comments at a public information session September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (540) 231-3354 on September 19 from 1-5 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Virginia Tech Police Department.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Virginia Tech Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. (CALEA), 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, VA, 22030-2201.

The Virginia Tech Police Department must comply with 348 standards to gain accredited status, Jones said. He stated that national accreditation brings a department to an enhanced level of professionalism in the law enforcement field by setting standards that demand excellence in service to the university community.

The accreditation program manager for the Virginia Tech Police Department is Denise Linkenhoker. She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.

For more information about the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc., write the commission at 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201; or call (800) 369-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

Plants to be given away, sold

The Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens, located on Washington Street near Cassell Coliseum, will be the site of the annual plant give-away and sale on September 22.

All annuals and perennials in the garden, including lavender, yucca, santolina, and cut flowers, are free starting no sooner than 5:15 p.m. Participants cannot remove any plants until that time and need to bring their own digging and storing supplies.

Gardens adminisrators also have invited Greenbrier Nurseries of Talcott, WV, and The Flower Shoppe, of Pulaski, to participate in a sale from 4-6:30 p.m. Vendors will sell perennials, shrubs, trees, and seasonal plants, such as pansies and mums. Dwarf conifers, Pewter Veil Heuchera, special hosta cultivars, and other new, different, and hard-to-find plants also will be available.

Cash, checks, and Visa/MasterCard charges will be accepted.

A portion of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens.

Operation Smile International Club to meet tonight

Operation Smile International (OSI) Club meets tonight, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in 145 Squires. OSI provides reconstructive surgery for children in developing countries with cleft lips and palate deformities, tumors, and burn-scar contractures.

OSI Clubs promote awareness for Operation Smile. For more information, call 552-0271.

Save Our Streams monitor training offered

Learn to monitor stream health at a Save Our Streams Monitor's training session Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The training, conducted at a local stream, is provided through the Montgomery County Extension Office in Christiansburg and the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History. A hands-on approach allows individuals and families to become actively involved in protecting clean water sources in the area.

Preregistration is required, and enrollment is limited. There is an $8 materials fee.

To preregister or for more information, call 1-3001 or 382-5790.

Cooper House celebrates 25th anniversary

The 25th anniversary of Cooper House as a center for campus ministry will be celebrated Sunday, Sept. 24.

People who have been associated with Cooper House as students, staff members, and board members will share memories at a luncheon beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. The lunch costs $10 per person, and reservations are required.

From 2:30-4 p.m., members of the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at Virginia Tech will host a reception for friends of Cooper House at 305 Washington St. SW.

For more information or to make reservations for lunch, call 552-2473.

Middle East conflict, peace subject of talk

Thomas Naff, professor of Middle East Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak on "Rivers that Divide: Water, Conflict and Peace in the Middle East," Friday, Sept. 22, from 2-3 p.m., in Squires Brush Mountain Room A.

The talk is sponsored by the Middle East Studies Society, the Economics Department, and the History Department.

Nominations sought for alumnae to be honored

As part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of women at Virginia Tech, a weekend of activities has been planned for March 1-3. A highlight of the celebration, titled "Making a World of Difference: Generations of Women Leaders at Virginia Tech," is recognition of outstanding alumnae who are leaders in their communities.

The anniversary steering committee is seeking nominations of exemplary women who completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at Virginia Tech.

The committee plans to recognize alumnae from all periods of the university's history who have demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions now or while enrolled at the university. A nominee might have such accomplishments as acting as a pioneer or trail blazer by being the first or founding woman in her profession; significantly enriching a setting in which she is active to the benefit of humankind; or contributing to a community through exceptional leadership, vision, or talent.

Nominations are due by September 30. For more information or a nomination form, call 1-3312.