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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 06 - September 28, 1995


Thursday, 28

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "Women's Issues in Albania and Mongolia," by Bobby Littlefield.

Graduate Women's Support Group, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

CEUT Visiting Scholar Program, 4 p.m., Hillcrest Living Room: "Asynchronous Learning Networks," by Burks Oakley II, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

GSA Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room: Special guest speaker Peggy Meszaros.

Hokie Alumni Hour, 5:30 p.m., Champs Restaurant.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "Dancing at Lughnasa." Through 10-1.

Friday, 29

Salary and Wage Paydate.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m., Cranwell International Center: "Colombia, Beyond the Media Coverage," by Maria C. Estrada, Riner High School.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "Dancing at Lughnasa." Through 10-1.

Saturday, 30

Football at Pittsburgh, noon.

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

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "Dancing at Lughnasa." Through 10-1.


Sunday, 1

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Alta Mons. Led by Norm Eiss,

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "Dancing at Lughnasa." Through 10-1.

Monday, 2

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Slide Show, noon, Women's Center, Price House: "Dangerous Promises."

"Soup and Substance," noon, 116 Squires: "Morale in the Time of Faculty/Staff Transition," by Tom Sherman.

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "No Place Like home: The Shenandoah National Park Displacements," with Charles and Nancy Perdue, UVa.

Faculty Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "Hindemith Chamber Works."

Tuesday, 3

Yom Kippur Begins (Sundown).

Taut Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "Dancing at Lughnasa." Through 10-7.

Wednesday, 4

Yom Kippur.

Taut Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "Dancing at Lughnasa." Through 10-7.

Thursday, 5

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "Travels in Turkey and Greece," by the Hammonds, Michelsens, and Pienkowskis.

HID/Resource Management Program, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Ecological Design Intelligence," by William McDonough, UVa.

Taut Production, 8 p.m., Studio Theatre: "Dancing at Lughnasa." Through 10-7.

Thursday, 28

Parenting, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Identifying Resources and Services for Older Family Members," by Rosemary Blieszner.

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 427 Major Williams: "Postmodern Science: A Splinter in the Mind's Eye," by Alwi Ahmed.

INFORMS, 12:30 p.m., 216 Randolph: "Association of American Railroads Tactical Models," by Arief Suharko.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Local Analysis of Complex Materials Using the Real Space Green's Function," by Shi-Yu Wu, Louisville.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Model Robust Regression: Combining Parametric, Nonparametric, and Semiparametric Methods," by James Mays.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: TBA.

Friday, 29

Economics/History, 2 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A: "Rivers that Dive: Water, Conflict and Peace in the Middle East," by Thomas Naff, Pennsylvania.

Signals and Systems, 4 p.m., 457 Whittemore: "Reinforcement Learning for Neural Control," by Hugh VanLandingham.


Monday, 2

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "University Honors Program," by Jack Dudley.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Agro-Ecological Approaches to Insect Pest Management for Vegetable Crops," by John Caldwell.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Simulation of Gas Turbine Performance over Wide Speed and Flow Ranges," by Kevin Wilkes.

Thursday, 5

INFORMS, 12:30 p.m., 216 Randolph: "A Mathematical Model for Assessing the Temporal Association Between Health Disorders and Medical Treatments," by Sheldon Jacobson.

Statistics, 3:34 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Internal Pilot Studies in Clinical Trials," by Janet Wittes, Statistics Collaborative Inc., Washington, D.C.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "A Kill Mechanism for the Permian Extinction," by Richard Bambach.

Portable dishwasher for sale

A portable Maytag dishwasher (DWC0504AAW) that was on loan to the Residential Appliance Laboratory in Wallace Hall is available for sale for $312.19. The original suggested retail price was $539.50. A conversion kit is available for built-in installation.

For more information or to see the dishwasher, contact Rebecca Lovingood at 1-6541 or rlovingo@vt.edu, or Ruth Lytton at 1-6678 or rlytton@vt.edu.

Burke's Garden field trip offered

Join Richard Hoffman of the Virginia Museum of Natural History for an all-day field trip to one of Southwestern Virginia's most biologically diverse places, Burke's Garden.

Complex folds during the formation of the Appalachian Mountains created this unusual structural bowl which is home to a unique flora and fauna. Hoffman has been studying the fauna, flora, and geology of this area located near Tazewell for much of his career.

Preregistration is required, and there is a $20 transportation fee, which must be received to reserve a space on the tour. Registration is limited to 13 people.

For more information or to preregister, call 1-3001.

GSA announces Graduate and Professional Day

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is sponsoring a Graduate and Professional School Day for undergraduate and graduate students Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

Approximately 50 schools and Virginia Tech departments will be represented and will provide information about their programs. Traditionally, graduate schools, law schools, medical/health-related schools, business schools, and engineering schools attend the event. Last year, more than 600 undergraduate and graduate students attend the event to acquire information and make contact with recruiters.

A few of the universities and programs already registered include Auburn University, VCU/MCV School of Medicine, Penn State University College of Engineering, Wake Forest University and University Law School, and Seton Hall University.

For more information, call 1-7919.

Service drive to Randolph closed this week

According to Steve Chapman from Facilities Planning and Construction, project engineer for the new engineering building, that some time during the week of September 25, the service drive to Randolph Hall will be closed. An alternate route will be available for service and emergency vehicles. Access will be from Barger Street through the construction gates where the construction trailers are located. After hours these gates will be closed but not locked, and those needing access can open the gates and proceed. The time required to complete this phase of construction is not known.

During the construction of the new engineering building there will be several projects requiring changes in traffic patterns. Spectrum will provide this information when available.

Leadership symposium for faculty, administrator

In an effort to strengthen international programs at Virginia Tech, the University Office of International Programs and University Leadership Development will sponsor a leadership symposium for faculty and administrators on October 10 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

"Global trends in economic, technical, scientific, and political fields have accelerated the process of nations becoming members of one world community. These trends have profound implications for institutions of higher education as they prepare students to have an adequate understanding of the world in which they live and of the growing interdependence of all people on the earth. Universities must bring their international activities to the forefront to include preparing their faculty to better integrate an international dimension into higher education," said Patrick R. Liverpool, vice provost for international programs.

According to Liverpool, the symposium is designed "to bring together Virginia Tech faculty members and administrators to consider central issues in strengthening international programs at the university."

The symposium will feature nationally known leaders in international programs who will speak on topics relevant to key issues in the development of a strong international program at Virginia Tech. Ralph Smuckler, a founder and board member of the Association of International Educators and Administrators and co-chair of the International Education Research Task Force, will deliver the keynote address on "Higher Education and the New Global Landscape." The luncheon speaker will be Charles Ping, president emeritus of Ohio University and chair of the board of directors for the Council on International Education Exchange.

A panel will discuss "Strategies for Internationalizing the University" in the curriculum, research, and outreach. Panel members will include Gill-Chin Lim, dean of international studies and programs at Michigan State; Jody Olsen, executive director, Council on International Exchange of Scholars; and LaMarr Kopp, vice president of international programs, Penn State.

Virginia Tech Provost Peggy Meszaros will welcome participants and outline the importance of international activities at the university, and Liverpool will discuss positioning Virginia Tech to compete in the international arena.

Liverpool said a follow-up workshop will be held at a later date for faculty members to identify specific steps Virginia Tech can take to strengthen its international programs.

A registration fee of $7.50 will cover a coffee break and lunch. For more information, call Ned Lester at 1-5631.

Team Facilitation, workshop registration closed

Dick Harshberger, director of the University Leadership Development Program (ULDP), announces that the October 9-12 workshop on Team Facilitation and Team Management, led by Rebecca Gonzales, is fully subscribed and now closed to registration.

Due to highly successful response to this training, a fourth workshop will be offered late in the fall if there is sufficient interest among the university community. Interested parties can contact the ULDP office at 1-6727 to be placed on a mailing list for further information.

According to pre-workshop literature, "Doing more with less, improving quality, improving processes, and improving customer satisfaction are all issues which impact the university. One approach to dealing with these issues is the use of work teams. It is known that teams can be used to do many things better than individuals. High-performance work teams have significant potential for improving the way an organization, department, college, or university functions. The design, development, and implementation of successful work teams offers unique challenges to leaders at all levels."

Once dates are scheduled for the next workshop, information and registration fees will be distributed campus-wide.

CommonHealth offers programs

The following program will be offered by CommonHealth during the next few weeks. Please send a note to ggsmith@vt.edu or call 1-7810 to register.

Screening mammograms: Western Virginia Community Health Services will be on campus with their mobile mammography unit on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Any interested employee can make an appointment by calling the CommonHealth Office at 1-7810.

The screening takes approximately 20 minutes and costs $60. You may pay on the day of your appointment with cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard credit card. You will be given a receipt that you may file with your insurance provider if screening mammograms are covered under your plan. The film will be read by a local radiologist and stored at a local hospital. Your report will be mailed to the physician you indicate.

Seminar planned for entrepreneurs, small business owners

Entrepreneurs and small-business owners can learn how to start and manage their businesses by participating in the Virginia Entrepreneurial Seminar Series, a program of nine two-hour seminars sponsored by the New River Valley Small Business Development Center (NRV SBDC).

Topics will include developing the business idea, choosing a form of business, raising capital, creating a market plan, strategic management, and other aspects of running a successful business.

"The content is oriented toward practical application, with participants developing a business plan," said David Shanks, director of the NRV SBDC, which is part of Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs.

The seminars will be held 6:30-9 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center on October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 and November 6, 13, 20, and 27.

For more information, call Shanks at 1-5278.

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.

Leave donations requested for employee

A Virginia Tech employee in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources 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. In order to protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. If, however, you are aware of a specific person in the 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.