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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 09 - October 19, 1995


Thursday 19

YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., YMCA Office.

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

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "Birding in Costa Rica in 1995," by John Murray.

Lucinda Roy Book Signing, noon-2 p.m., Volume Two University Bookstore.

Women in Mathematics Program, 2-2:30 p.m., 216 McBryde: "Fluid Dynamics," by Yuriko Renardy.

Women in Mathematics Program, 2:30-3 p.m., 216 McBryde: "Control Theory," by Christine McMillan.

Women in Mathematics Program, 3-4 p.m., Women's Center, Price House: Reception.

Women in Mathematics Program, 4-5 p.m., 136 Norris: "Computation and Proof in Soap-Bubble-Related Mathematics," by Jean Taylor, Rutgers.

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

Showcase of Talent, 7 p.m., Deet's Place.

OSI Club, 7 p.m., 219 Squires.

Friday, 20

Family Weekend. Through 10-22.

YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., YMCA Office.

"Literary Lunches at the Women's Center," noon, Price House: "Little Women," by Kathryn Graham.

Family Weekend Student Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Quintessence Woodwind Quintet, Synchronicity Saxophone Quartet, Critical Adjustment Saxophone Quartet, and Quantum Brass.

Saturday, 21

Family Weekend. Through 10-22.

Football at Rutgers, 1 p.m.

Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jacobsen and Conger.

Sunday 22

Family Weekend.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Madison Marye Farm, led by Dottie Abashian.

Monday, 23

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Racism," by Clinton Marsh.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Film, noon, Women's Center, Price House: "Conversations About Rape-One Student's Story."

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "Home Improvements: Building Family Communication Skills," with David Stein, Longwood, and Thomas Socha, ODU.

Tuesday, 24

Benefits Fair, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room.

CommonHealth Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

CommonHealth, New River Health District Immunization, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: Immunizations against flu, tetanus, and pneumonia.

Wednesday, 25

Horticulture Club Fall Plant Sale and Pumpkin Fest, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Greenhouses, Washington Street. Through 10-26.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: "True Harmony" brass quintet.

Society of African American Scholars Candlelight Induction Ceremony, 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest Living Room: Induction and remarks by Peggy Meszaros.

Thursday 26

Horticulture Club Fall Plant Sale and Pumpkin Fest, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Greenhouses, Washington Street.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "Japan Re-visited," by Jim Wightman.

Service-Learning Program, noon, Solitude: "Developing Partnerships with Local Communities," by Elizabeth Fine.

Graduate Women's Gathering, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

OSI Club, 7 p.m., 147 Squires.


Thursday, 19

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Patterns and Complexity in Alloys," by B. Chakraborty, Brandeis.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "On the Sign Test With Zeroes: When the Ties Have It," by Clink Coakley.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "The Origin, Evolution, and Strength of Pacific Fracture Zones," by Sarah Kruse, William & Mary.

Friday, 20

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Spacial Patterns and their Consequences in Deciduous Forests," by Philip Dixon, Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.

Signals and Systems, 4 p.m., 457 Whittemore: "Introduction to Q-Learning for Control," by Paul Johnson.

Monday, 23

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Multiple Regulation of Branched Catabolic Pathways for Aromatics and Haloaromatics in Pseudomonads," by Debabrota Ghosal.

CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "New Media Center Demonstration," by Library staff

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Changing Role of the Extension Agent in Agriculture," by Joe Hunnings, Montgomery County Extension Service.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "ISO 9000. What? Why?" by Robert Hody Jr., General Electric.

Wednesday, 25

Parenting, noon-1 p.m., 404 Clay St.: "A Video: Selecting Day Care for Your Child."

Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 2001 Pamplin.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 114 Holden: "Analysis of World-Wide Web Usage and Caching," by Ghaleb Abdulla and Stephen Williams.

Thursday, 26

Science Study Center, 12:30, 427 Major Williams: "Is the Medium the Message," by Marshall Fishwick.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "The Role of Sequence Stratigraphy in Petroleum System Analysis," by Jim Markello, Mobil.


Women's Month planning committee forming

The Women's Month 1996 Planning Committee will meet every first and third Wednesday of each month through March. Meetings are held in the Price House on the Virginia Tech campus at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are open to everyone interested, and new members are encouraged. For more information, call 1-7806. The next meeting is October 18.

CommonHealth and Benefits Fair scheduled

Employees and their families are invited to attend the CommonHealth and Benefits Fair which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 24. The CommonHealth Fair will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. The Benefits Fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Squires Brush Mountain Room. There is no charge.

CommonHealth offers immunizations

CommonHealth and the New River Health District will be offering flu, tetanus and pneumonia shots on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. There is a charge of $5 for the flu shot, $3.50 for the tetanus, and $15 for the pneumonia shot. No appointment is necessary. Cash and checks will be accepted.

AAUW meeting scheduled

The Blacksburg-area branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will meet on October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Blacksburg. The guest speaker will be Victoria Fu, professor of family and child development. Fu will speak on "The State and the Nation: AAUW Issues in the Elections."

The public is invited. For more information, call Kathy Terlesky at 552-1860.

Leave donations sought

Employees in Physical Plant, Residential and Dining Programs, University Libraries, and the vice president for Information Systems office have requested leave donations. These requests are in addition to those already receiving 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.

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 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.

Showcase of Talent planned for Deet's Place

Deet's Place, Tech's coffee, pastry, and ice-cream shop, and the Vawter Hall Resident Advisor staff invite you to attend the Showcase of Talent on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. The stage at Deet's Place will offer the talents of Virginia Tech students. At the first Showcase of Talent last year, Deet's Place had standing room only, so come early and don't miss any of it.

Come out and enjoy this evening of entertainment and have a cappuccino or ice-cream sundae. For more information or to register acts, students may call 1-8068.

Dairy Club announces annual cheese sale

The Virginia Tech Dairy Club is holding its annual sale of cheeses direct from Wisconsin now through November 4.

The wide selection of cheese, including one-pound blocks and creamy spreads, ranges from mild cheddar to spicy jalapeno. Also included in the sale are a variety of packs ready to be sent out as gifts, complete with a card carrying your own personalized message.

The cheese will be available for pick up from the Etgen Pavilion at the Dairy Cattle Center on Southgate Drive on December 1, 4, 5, and 6 from 3-6 p.m. If you wish, you may specify that orders be shipped directly to gift recipients or delivered to your home during the week of December 4.

For more information or to obtain an order form, call Joni at 1-4769 or Meryl at 961-1434

Counselors available in Charlottesville

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Charlottesville on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 253 of the Virginia Transportation Research Council on the University of Virginia campus.

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance options for dealing with work-related concerns, discussion of applicable state policies, information on the Grievance Procedure, and/or referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors at 1-800-552-9720.

CommonHealth offers 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.

IAWA Symposium set for October 22-23

In the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a symposium titled "A Decade of Commitment."

The symposium will be held October 22-23 and will feature an exhibit called "That Exceptional One" prepared by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Leading women architects, Susana Torre (Cranbrook Academy), Solange d' Herbez de la Tour (Paris), Helga Schmidt-Thomsen (Berlin) and Blanche Lemco van Ginkel (Toronto), will lecture and conduct roundtable discussions with architects from across the country.

The work of women will be further celebrated in music with a concert given by women musicians playing music written by women composers. For more information, please contact Donna Dunay at 231-5512.

Virginia Tech Hosts architecture history conference

Lecturers from universities across the country will make presentations at the 1995 Fall Conference of Cultural Transmission and Transformation in the Ibero-American World, 1200 -1800.

The conference be at the Donaldson Brown Center for Continuing Education on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22. The event will be hosted by the Henry Wiss Center for Theory and History of Architecture.

For more information, contact the center's director, Humberto Rodriguez-Camilloni, at 1-5324.