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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 13 - November 16, 1995

Thursday 16

Art Gallery Opening, Armory Gallery: Gallery Projects by Virginia Tech Students. Through 12-9.

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

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell International Center: "Bicycling in Denmark," by Mary Ann Hansen and Andy Roberts.

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

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

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

Friday, 17

Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour, 8-9 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee.

Saturday, 18

Football, noon, Charlottesville: UVa.

Museum of Geological Sciences Mineral, Fossil/Gift Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2062 Derring.

Sunday 19

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Indian Run Walk, led by Dottie Abashian.

Monday, 20

Men's Basketball vs. Court Authority, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "The First Thanksgiving and Virginia's Native American Tribes," with James Axtell, William and Mary, and Helen Rountree, ODU.

Tuesday, 21

Women's Network Meeting, noon, Women's Center, Price House.

Wednesday, 22

University offices close at noon for Thanksgiving holiday.

Thursday, 23

Thanksgiving holiday for faculty and staff.

Friday, 24

Thanksgiving holiday for faculty and staff.

Women's Basketball at Stetson, 7 p.m.

Sunday 26

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Sinking Creek Mountain, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Monday, 27

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "Blood Brothers; Breakthroughs in Battling Disease," with Robert Taylor, UVa, and Gordon Archer, VCU.

Tuesday, 28

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

Men's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Coastal Carolina.

Wednesday, 29

Women's Basketball at Radford, 7 p.m.

Thursday, 30

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

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA. Through 12-2.


Thursday, 16

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 427 Major Williams: "Whatever Happened to Liberal Education?" by Harlan Miller.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Optical Limiting of Fullerenes: Let There Be (Much Less)," by Randy Heflin.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Nonlinear Mixed-effects Modeling of Tree Volume," by Timothy G. Gergoire.

CSI Professional Development, 4 p.m., 150 Squires: School Counseling, by Claire Cole Vaught.

POSTPONED. Geological Sciences. 4 p.m., 2044 Derring.

Friday, 17

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 102 Fralin: "Improvement of Phosphorus Utilization Through Introduction of a High Expression Phytase Gene into Soybean," by Jia Li.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Antioxidant Responses in Plants," by Ruth Alscher.

Monday, 27

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: TBA.

CANCELED. CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth.

Diversity Project/College of Human Resources, 4 p.m., Wallace Atrium: "Addressing Multicultural Education on the Primary and Secondary Levels," by Frankie M. Rabon.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Living Mulch Strips as Habitats for Beneficial Insects in the Production of Cucurbits," by Jean-Pierre Amirault.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "The Corporate Research Center," by J.W. Meridith, CRC.

Wednesday, 29

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 114 Holden: "Using History as a Teaching/Learning Tool in the CS Curriculum," by Jan Lee.

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

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 321 McBryde: "Progress on Understanding Extinction," by Richard Bambach.


Master Gardener training offered

The Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Training Class will be offered Tuesday and Thursday nights, 6:30-9:30 p.m., from January 30 to April 25 by the New River Valley Master Gardener Association in conjunction with the Montgomery County Extension Office.

The cost is $70 plus contracting to repay 50 volunteer hours by April 1997. Classes will be held in 409 Saunders. Classes are taught by specialists in botany, soils, composting, vegetables, fruits, perennials, water gardening, plant pathology, pesticide safety, landscape planning, pruning, and much more.

Application are available by calling the Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Office at 382-5790 by November 20. Deadline to return completed application to the Extension office is December 7.

Life insurance enrollment period extended

The Virginia Retirement System has extended the open enrollment for the optional life-insurance program until midnight on Nov. 30, 1995. The effective date of insurance for those enrolling in November is Jan. 1, 1996.

Employees may enroll by calling 1-800-711-1171 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Paper enrollment forms may be obtained from Personnel Services.

For more information, call the toll-free number or call Personnel Services at 1-7776.

Greatful Dead topic of program

David Gans, host of the radio program "The Greatful Dead Hour," will discuss the legendary band Tuesday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Union Speakers and Issues Committee. For more information, call 1-7117.

Museum to hold annual mineral, fossil, gift sale

The Virginia Tech Museum of Geological Sciences will conduct its Annual Mineral, Fossil and Gift Sale on November 18, December 2, and December 9 from 10 a.m-2 p.m. in 2062 Derring. Items specially purchased for this sale range from rocks for the discriminating collector to fine jewelry, minerals, fossils, and other gifts. Proceeds help support the Museum of Geological Sciences.

CommonHealth offers 12 Days of Fitness Challenge

Give yourself the gift of good health this holiday season. There is no shopping necessary. Just take the 12 Days Of Fitness Challenge.

12 Days Of Fitness encourages you to practice good health habits throughout the holidays. There are 12 different areas to choose from: emotional, family, fiscal, nutrition, physical, safety, mental, self care/medical, career, conservation, and culture.

Between the dates of November 27 and December 15, you may complete 12 meaningful activities of your choice, one each on 12 different days. For completing the challenge, you will receive a magnetic wipe-off memo board. You will also have your name placed in a drawing for prizes.

To receive your 12 Days Of Fitness Challenge card, send an e-mail note to GGSMITH@vt.edu or call 1-7810.

Procedures UPDATE seminar on November 29

The Purchasing Department and the University Controller's Office will host a procedures UPDATE seminar on November 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the DBHCC auditorium.

Off-campus training will be offered in the January-to-February time frame. Topics to be discussed include: travel regulations, Corporate Purchasing Card, decentralization, student FICA regulations, FRS update, and VTF update.

Due to the amount of material to be covered in this session, it will be necessary to reinforce this material with handouts. To be sure we have an adequate number of handouts, please call Vicki Trump at 1-7448 or send a note to userid VTRUMP by November 20, to advise you plan to attend and the number of people attending from your department.

For more information, please call Bonnie Sutphin at 1-4637 (userid PURWORK) in the Purchasing Department or Margaret Muncy at 1-8603 (userid MUNCYMK) in the Controller's Office.

Agronomy Club selling peanuts

The Agronomy Club is selling first-quality Virginia peanuts. Orders must be placed by Friday, Nov. 17, for pickup November 27-29.

The nuts are packaged in five-pound cloth bags and cost $8.50 for five pounds, or $1.50 per pound for 10 or more pounds, in five-pound increments only.

For more information about how to place an order, call 1-6482.

Leave donations sought

An employee in the Vice President for Student Affairs Office has requested leave donations. This request is in addition to those already receiving 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.

Donor forms are available from department administrative offices 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.

Activist award nominations sought

The Gleitsman Foundation will present five awards of $1,000 each in the memory of Michael Schwerner, Cornell class of 1961, a civil-rights activist who was kidnapped and murdered in Mississippi along with co-workers James Chaney and Andrew Goodman in June 1964.

The awards will be presented to full-time undergraduate college students in the United States who best fulfill the spirit of citizen activism and promote positive solutions for social change.

To nominate someone for the award, call the Service-Learning Center at 1-6964 or pick up a nomination form in 201 Major Williams.

Nomination forms must be postmarked no later than Jan. 15, 1996.