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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 11 - November 2, 1995

Thomas C. Hunt, professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, is the co-editor of Religious Higher Education in the United States: A Source Book, which examines the major questions facing religious-affiliated institutions of higher education. In addition to a chapter on civil government's relationship to these institutions, the book contains surveys of the colleges, universities, and seminars associated with denominations, historical essays, and annotated bibliographies on each institution. This is Hunt's seventh book in this field in twelve years. His co-editor is James C. Carper of the University of South Carolina.

Hunt was the keynote speaker at the 31st annual meeting of the Virginia Social Studies Educators, held in Roanoke. Hunt spoke on "The Historical Quest for Educational Standards." More than 300 educators attended the meeting, including members of the Virginia Council for the Social Studies, the Virginia Geographical Society, the Virginia Institute for Law and Citizenship Studies, and the Virginia Society of History Teachers.

Jim Garrison and Thomas C. Hunt, professors of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education, were featured speakers at the annual meeting of the Virginia Educational Studies Association, held at Mary Washington College. Garrison spoke on "Dialoguing Across Differences" and was a discussant in a presentation on "The Conception of Intelligence in The Bell Curve." Hunt moderated an open forum on affirmative action.

Six graduate students from the Center for Public Administration and Policy in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies were program participants at the recent Region IV meeting in Virginia Beach of the American Society for Public Administration. Michael Hadbavny moderated a panel on "Emergency Management in the '90s";Rodney Pulliam was a panelist and convenor of a session on "Enterprise Zones: A Different Perspective"; Kerry Dodson, Brett Vassey, and Cynthia Whitbred were panelists on "Launching Quality Improvement Initiatives: The Use of Focus Groups, Surveys, and Models"; and Pam Gibson was a panelist on "Benchmarking: Designing an Outcome Appropriate System," along with Virginia Tech colleagues from the Center for Community Resources Development Donald Lacy and Michael Dougherty.

Doris Kincade, an assistant professor in the Department of Clothing and Textiles, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Clothing and Textiles Research Journal editorial board by a unanimous vote of the current board members. Her responsibilities will include providing reviewer assistance to the editor and associate editors and attending the editorial board annual meetings held at the International Textile and Apparel Association annual conference. Kincade gave a presentation at the Flexible Automation and Integrated Manufacturing Conference in Stuttgart, Germany. The paper, "Productivity in the Pattern Room: A Case Study of a Southwest Virginia Apparel Manufacturer," was written by Kincade based on pattern-making productivity analysis data collected by Cindy Regan, a Ph.D. graduate of the department.

Joan Elledge, an Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Field Specialist, attended the Society for Nutrition Education Meeting in Washington D.C., where she presented a poster session on "In-Store Nutrition Education for Food Stamp Recipients."

Eliza Ching-Yick Tse, associate professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, attended the Eastern Academy of Management International Conference in Singapore. She co-authored with Li Lan and presented a paper titled "Predictors of Expatriate Job and Life Satisfaction in Pacific Asia." She also visited and exchanged research ideas with the faculty members of the Department of Hospitality and Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. A proposal for a joint research project on Pacific Asia hospitality expansion is currently underway.

Michael J. Sporakowski, professor of family and child development, had his article. "Assessment and diagnosis in marriage and family counseling" published in the Journal of Counseling and Development, 74(1), 60-64.

William E. Barbeau, associate professor in the Department of Human Nutrition and Foods, was an invited presenter at the John E. Kinsella Memorial Symposium on Food Proteins and Lipids at the American Chemical Society annual meeting in Chicago. His paper gave was titled "Possible Interactions between Dietary Proteins and the Human Immune System: Implications for Oral Tolerance and Food Related Diseases."

Victoria Fu, professor of family and child development, has received a $542,000 contract from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Marine Corps to develop training materials for and provide training to the Marine Corps Supplemental Programs and Service Coordinators and Training and Curriculum Specialists. The project is in response to the Marine Corps' Staff Training and Quality of Life Initiatives, the latchkey initiative, and implementation of developmentally appropriate programs initiative. All the child development faculty members in the Department of Family and Child Development and the Adult Education faculty at the Virginia Tech Graduate Center in Falls Church contributed to the proposal and will be working on this project.