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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 17 - January 18, 1996

Thursday, 18

University Plan Open Forum, noon-1 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.

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

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

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

Friday, 19

Last Day to Add.

University Plan Open Forum, 8-9 a.m., 30 Pamplin.

Rebecca Orr Memorial Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon.

Saturday, 20

Women's Basketball at Duquesne, 7:05 p.m.

Monday, 22

Team-Building Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC. Through 1-26.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1 FM: "The Loneliest Number: Boredom and Social Phobias," with Patricia Spacks, UVa, and Mark McCormick, VCU.

Men's Basketball at St. Bonaventure, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 23

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m-4 p.m., Squires. Through 1-25.

Art Gallery Opening, Armory Gallery: "Anna Fariello-The Sacred and the Mundane: Mixed Media Constructions." Through 2-24.

Financial Aid Workshop, noon-1 p.m., 223 McBryde.

Thursday, 25

Financial Aid Workshop, 5-6 p.m., 1002 Pamplin.

Women's Basketball vs. La Salle, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Men's Basketball at George Washington, 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, 18

CASS, 3-4 p.m., Hillcrest Dining Room: "Synthesis of Solvent-Resistant, Processable Structural Adhesives," by James E. McGrath..

Biology, 3:45 p.m., 136 Norris: Biology Graduate Student Selection.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Neural Networks in Practice," by Loren Paul Rees.

Thursday, 25

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Peripatetic Administrators," byNorman Grover.


Torgersen welcomes comments on draft updated plan

A preliminary draft of the University Plan Update 1996-2001 was distributed electronically and in paper copy early in the winter break. Faculty, students, and staff are invited to give their reactions in person to the president at open forums, the first of which was held yesterday. The remaining forums are scheduled for January 18 from noon until 1 p.m. in Pamplin 1045 and January 19 from 8-9 a.m. in Pamplin 30.

Supervisors are urged to make it possible for staff members who wish to do so to attend one of these forums. They are being sponsored jointly by the Faculty and Staff Senates.

In addition, written comments are encouraged. To ensure full consideration, they should be received by David Conn (conn@vt.edu; mail code 0132; fax 1-7211) by noon on Monday, Jan. 22.

The draft updated plan may be accessed electronically from the "Virginia Tech Gopher" menu by selecting "Administration," then "Strategic Planning." Additional paper copies may be requested from David Conn.

Orr Memorial concert scheduled

The 13th Annual Rebecca Orr Memorial Concert will be held Friday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon. Performers from the Virginia Tech and Radford University music departments and the New River Valley community will present a concert that includes music by Beethoven, Schumann, Scriabin, and Vaughan Williams.

Tickets, which cost $5 for general admission, $3 for students, and $10 for a family, will be available at the door.

Speakers sought for parenting seminars

The Virginia Tech Resource and Referral Service is looking for speakers for their 1996 parenting seminars. These monthly seminars have covered a variety of topics ranging from discipline to divorce to grandparenting. They have typically been attended by 10-20 people per session.

Speakers on a variety of topics are welcome. Topics that have been covered include balancing work and family, step-parenting; relationship, risks, and responsibilities; talking with your teen; discipline; science and nature in early years; and nutrition. Some of these topics could be repeated from another point of view.

For more information, call Theresa at 1-3213.

Horse industry groups to meet in Richmond

The Virginia Horse Council, Virginia Horse Industry Board, Virginia Equine Educational Foundation, Virginia Thoroughbred Association, and Virginia Tech are sponsoring a joint meeting. The Virginia Horse Industry Focus 1996 and Beyond will be held January 19 and 20 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Richmond.

Speakers include Jim Bowen of the VMRCVM, who will discuss new technology available to the breeding industry, including embryo transfer, frozen semen, and artificial insemination.

For more information, call Connie Collier at (804) 730-3217.

Public Service awards nominees sought

Nominees are being solicited for Public Service Excellence Awards, four of which may be granted each year. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on January 22.

The Academy of Public Service Excellence recognizes those who have contributed to excellence in the outreach mission of the university. This mission includes activities in Continuing Education, Virginia Cooperative Extension, International Programs and Development, Public Service, and other outreach projects and accomplishments by the university community for residents of the commonwealth and the world.

In addition to the Public Service Excellence Awards, Virginia Cooperative Extension grants Alumni Extension Awards to two winners annually.

Winners in both categories will be inducted into the Academy of Public Service Excellence at its spring meeting and will receive university recognition and an honorarium of $1,000 at the Founder's Day Ceremony.

For more information, including the names of current Academy of Public Service Excellence Members, who are ineligible for the award, call Williams at 1-6418.

Teaching support grants offered by CEUT

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

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-requests may be submitted at any time.

Sumer Faculty Fellows-support projects to develop a new course or to improve an existing course.

Teaching-Learning Grants-support porjects that evidence a strong probability of improving learning in the courses in which they are imnplemented.

For more information, contact CEUT Director Terry Wildman, wiley@vt.edu, 231-9109. The deadline for applications is March 1.

Area Code 540 optional period to end

January 27 will mark the end of the optional use of the old area code 703. On this date only 540 will work for calls to the western region of Virginia. If you do not hear from a regular caller after this date, you may want to contact them and remind them of this change. If there is any problem using 540, suggest they ask their local phone administrator to investigate the problem.

Following is a recap of the 540 counties in Virginia: Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Bedford, Bland, Botetourt, Buchanan, Carroll, Clarke, Craig, Culpeper, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Frederick, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Highland, King George, Lee, Louisa, Madison, Montgomery, Orange, Page, Patrick, Pulaski, Rappahannock, Roanoke, Rockbridge, Rockingham, Russell, Scott, Shenandoah, Smyth, Spotsylvania, Tazewell, Warren, Washington, Wise, and Wythe. There is also a listing of the affected exchanges available on the CNS homepage (URL HTTP://www.cns.vt.edu).

GTA Spring Seminar sheduled

The GTA Training Program will hold its fifth annual Spring Seminar Series, as follows:

January 18, noon-1 p.m., 206 Sandy Hall, conference room: Brown Bag Lunch Discussion: Reflections on Your GTA Experience during the Fall Semester. Coffee and sodas will be provided.

January 25, 2-3:30 p.m .(session 1); 3:30-5 p.m. (session 2), New Media Center, Second floor, Newman Library: Classroom Instructional Technology (use of Powerpoint for classes, and electronic formatting of colored plates and 35mm slides); a hands-on session (repeated), limited to 20 per session. Timothy Mack, head, and Donald Mullins, graduate coordinator, entomology, will lead the sessions. Please reserve a space with Don McKeon.

February 1, 3:30-4:45 p.m., 1800 Litton Reaves: "Testing and Grading Issues," led by Robert Frary, director, Measurement and Research Services.

All graduate students are welcome to attend. For more information or to reserve a space for a January 25 session, call Don McKeon, director of the GTA Training Program, at 1-9568, or contact him by e-mail, dmckeon@vt.edu.