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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 14 - November 30, 1995

Thursday, 30

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

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "End Game." Through 12-2.


Friday, 1

Salary and wage paydate.

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

YMCA International Bazaar, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., YMCA, 703 Washington St. SW.

Holiday Cheer Program, noon-1 p.m., War Memorial Chapel: Sing-a-long around the piano.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "End Game." Through 12-2.

Saturday, 2

YMCA International Bazaar, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., YMCA, 703 Washington St. SW.

Men's Basketball, 2 p.m. At William and Mary.

Book Signing, University Volume Two Bookstore, 2-4 p.m.: Simone Poirier-Bures.

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet and music faculty.

International Folk Dance, 8-10:30 p.m., PAB.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "End Game."

Sunday 3

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet and music faculty.

Monday, 4

Holiday Cheer Program, noon-1 p.m., War Memorial Chapel: TBA.

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1: "Child's Play: Choosing Toys and Books for Tots," by Susan Sharpe, N.Va. Community, and Cosby Steele Rogers, Virginia Tech.

VTU Entertainment Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: The Nutcracker.

Tuesday, 5

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

Holiday Cheer Program, noon-1 p.m., War Memorial Chapel: Holiday and Classical music by Ruth Young, piano.

Wednesday, 6

Classes end.

Women's Basketball, 7:30 p.m.: At Virginia.

Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: University Jaz Orchestra.

Thursday, 7

Reading Day.

Holiday Cheer Program, noon-1 p.m., War Memorial Chapel: Meistersingers and Blacksburg High School Madrigals.


Thursday, 30

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 321 McBryde: "Changing Sex: Transsexualism, Technology, and the Idea of Gender," by Bernice Hausman.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Model-Robust Quantal Regression," by Quinton Nottingham.


Friday, 1

Biology, 10 a.m., 2020 Derring: "NSF Funding: Questions and Answers," by James Rodman, NSF.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Molecular Phylogenetic and Nouvelle Cuisine," by James Rodman, NSF.

Signals and Systems, 4 p.m., 457 Whittemore: "Application of Genetic Algorithms to Fuzzy Logic Control Systems," by Farooq Azam.

Monday, 4

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 2001 Pamplin: "Decentralized Learning in Nonatomic Games," by Eric Friedman, Duke.

Biochemistry/Anaerobic Microbiology, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Protein Glucosylation and Phosphorylation in the Control of Yeast and Mammalian Glycogen Accumulation," by Peter Roach, Indiana.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Progeny Analysis of Anther-Derived Homozygous Potato Using Molecular Markers," by Margie Paz.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "System ID Using Non Modal Methods," by William Li.

Wednesday, 6

Water Sciences, noon 104 Seitz: "Citizens Partnering with Agencies: A Watershed Approach for Cleaner Waters," by Carmen Lane, TVA.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 114 Holden: "Multidisciplinary Design Optimization," by Layne Watson.

Science Study Center/Biology, 4 p.m., 321 McBryde: "The Role of Genes in Development: Models and Metaphors," by Fred Nijhout, Duke.

Thursday, 7

Parenting, noon-1 p.m., 404 Clay St.: "Parenting Support Discussion Group," with facilitator Deb Schwabe.

Biology, 3:45 p.m., 136 Norris: "Compartments and Symmetry Systems in the Wing Pattern of Butterflies: The Evolution of a Developmental System," by Fred Nijhout, Duke.


Exemplary Awards nominations sought

Each year the university recognizes three departments or programs which have demonstrated outstanding achievement in maintaining an excellent academic environment for students and faculty members alike. This year, the departments and programs will be recognized for their work in developing and sustaining innovative and effective departmental approaches to introductory courses, graduate or undergraduate levels. The awards include a $10,000 to $20,000 operating budget supplement for the departments or programs.

Nominations are invited from students, from faculty members, and from others who have benefited from the work of the department in sustaining excellence in introductory courses. Letters of nominations (not to exceed two pages) should describe the introductory course(s), addressing what aspects of the course or curriculum have made this program stand out from others. Letters should be addressed to: Exemplary Department and Program Awards Committee, c/o Susan Brooker-Gross, Office of the Provost CAMPUS 0132. The deadline for receipt of nomination letters is February 5.

Life insurance enrollment period ends tonight

The Virginia Retirement System has extended the open enrollment for the optional life-insurance program until midnight tonight, November 30. 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.

YMCA International Bazaar this weekend

The YMCA International Bazaar will be held Friday and Saturday, December 1 and 2, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the YMCA, 703 Washington St. SW.

This nonprofit, service bazaar is a celebration of crafts and culture, and features distinctive handicrafts from around the world. Items include nativities and Christmas decorations from Peru, the West Bank, Laos, and Thailand; carved animals from Kenya; musical instruments from the Cameroon and Bolivia; onyx from Pakistan; wood and brass items from India; and jewelry from many nations.

The bazaar is an alternative shopping opportunity that provides a direct way to help the economy, health, and education of artisans and their families in developing countries. It will be hosted by international women who are members of the YMCA Mornings program.

Proceeds from the event benefit 35 developing countries through Selfhelp Crafts of the World, a service of the Mennonite Central Committee. A portion of the proceeds will be used to help develop a sewing skills project at the YMCA in Sao Tome and Principe, West Africa.

Interlibrary Loan Office holiday schedule announced

The Interlibrary Loan Office of Newman Library will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 21, through Tuesday, Jan. 2.

During this period, library patrons will be able to pick up or return their ILL materials at the Photocopy Service Counter. Requests may be submitted there in a tray labeled "ILL Requests."

CEUT announces grants competition

The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT) has announced its grants competitions for the coming year in the following categories:

Academic Year Teaching Release Grants provide faculty members with release time from existing teaching responsibilities to facilitate the development of new courses, revise existing courses, modify curricula, and incorporate new technologies.

Mini-Grants for teaching improvement projects may be submitted at any time. Summer Faculty Fellows supports projects to develop a new course or to improve an existing course. Teaching-Learning Grants supports projects that evidence a strong probability of improving learning in the courses in which they are implemented.

For more information, contact CEUT Director, Terry Wildman, wiley@vt.edu, 1-9109. The deadline is March 1.

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies hosting open house

The newly formed Center for Interdisciplinary Studies will host an open house and holiday reception on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Offices will be open in Major Williams and Lane Halls for tours from 6-7 p.m., and there will be refreshments and entertainment from 7 -8:30 p.m. in the Major Williams atrium. Everyone is welcome.

Women's Month planning committee to meet

The Women's Month 1996 planning committee meets the first and third Wednesday of each month through March in the Price House at 5:30 p.m. The next meeting is December 6. Meetings are open to everyone interested, and new members are encouraged. For more information, call 1-7806.

Poirier-Bures to read and sign book

Simone Poirier-Bures, novelist and Virginia Tech English instructor, will read and sign copies of her new novel, That Shining Place, at University Volume Two Bookstore Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m.

The book tells the story of a young Canadian woman's search for a simple, authentic life on the Greek island of Crete in the mid 1960s. It is about the nature of memory, friendship, freedom, and the conscious making of a self.

Poirier-Bures is the author of Candyman, published in 1994. Her fiction and prose have been published in numerous literary journals and included in five anthologies.

The event is free and open to the public. Volume Two Bookstore is located in the University Mall, next to Kroger. For more information, call Corey Burroughs at 1-5213.

RIF policy now on line

The latest draft revision of the Faculty Handbook Section 2.11.3, "Reduction in Force for Program Restructuring or Discontinuance," is available electronically on the university's WWW Server (URL = http://www.vt.edu/RIF-Draft.html) and Gopher Server (the URL is gopher://gopher.vt.edu:70/00/faculty/RIF-Draft).

The document is located on the "Faculty and Staff Information" menu. It also is on reserve at Newman Library. The policy has been under discussion at the Commission on Faculty Affairs since last year and will be scheduled for a first reading at University Council soon.

Please send your comments as soon as possible to either Paul Metz (pmetz@vt.edu; 231-5663) or Don Mullins (mullinsd@vt.edu; 1-5978).