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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 18 - January 25, 1996


Thursday, 25

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Complete Tour of Egypt," by Ken Stein.

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.

Friday, 26

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Pat Driscoll, horn.

Saturday, 27

Men's Basketball vs. Fordham, 1 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Memorial Service for Thomas Miller Jenkins, 1:30 p.m., Chapel.

Book Signing, 2-4 p.m., University Volume Two Bookstore: Christopher P. Neck, author of Medicine for the Mind.

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

Sunday, 28

Women's Basketball vs. Xavier, 12:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., YMCA parking lot: Brush Mountain.

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

Monday, 29

Financial Aid Workshop, noon-1 p.m., 2002 Pamplin.

Multicultural Center Grand Opening, 5 p.m., 140 Squires.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1 FM: "The Value of a Friend: Foreign Aid in the Post Cold-War Era," with Ralph Ostrich, NVCC, and Simon Serfaty, ODU.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "G D." Through 1-31.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Langley Air Force Base Jazz Band.

Wednesday, 31

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

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

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Squires Old Dominion: Candlelight Vigil and Student Keynote Speaker.

VTU Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss Auditorium: "Five Guys Named Moe."

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m.., 204 PAB: "G D."


Thursday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "A Student from Poland Goes West and Visits USA National Parks," by Zerzy Zemajtis.

Women's Basketball at La Salle, 7 p.m.


Thursday, 25

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Peripatetic Administrators," by Joe Pitt.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Is There Life After the Ph.D. Degree in Physics: Enhancing Employment Opportunities," by Brian Schwartz, CUNY Brooklyn.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Sequence Stratigraphy: Fact, Fantasy or Work in Progress," by Dale Leckie, Geological Survey of Canada.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Molecular Genetic Analysis of Nodulation in Soybean," by Peter Gresshoff, Tennessee.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Urban Mosquito Abatement," by Jim Reinflesh, York Co. Mosquito Control.

Friday, 26

Molecular Cell Biology/Biotechnology, noon, 102 Fralin: "Heterologous Expression of a Unique Plant Plasma Membrane Protein in Yeast Mediates the Linear Uptake of Sucrose," by Howard D. Grimes, Washington State.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Plant Interactions: The `Root' of the Problem," by Robert Jones.

Monday, 29

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "The Electronic Thesis and Dissertation," by Tom Dunbar.


Thursday, 1

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Is the Existence of God a Scientific Question?" by Norman Grover.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Automating Surveys on the World Wide Web," by Chen-Chi Shing, Radford.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin, "Association of an Auxin Transport Protein with the Actin Cytoskeleton," by Gloria Muday, Wake Forest.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Involving Undergraduates in Research Experiences," by Stephen Adams, Dabney Lancaster Community College.


Memorial service planned

A Memorial Service for Thomas Miller Jenkins, associate director of Undergraduate Admissions who died December 24, is planned for Saturday, Jan. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in the War Memorial Chapel.

ESL classes begin

The English as a Second Language Program in the Virginia Tech Language began one six-week TOEFL preparation class last week and has a second session scheduled to begin March 4

Elective classes include pronunciation and oral presentation, academic listening and vocabulary, orientation to academic skills, English for science and technology, English for business and management, and intermediate conversation and vocabulary. These classes meet 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The TOEFL preparation classes are held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

According to Judith H. Snoke, Language Institute director, "The institute provides English language training on all levels to visitors, members of the Virginia Tech community, and their families on a regular basis. It is authorized to issue Certificates of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status (Form I-20)."

For more information, call Snoke at 1-6963.

ComomonHealth offers programs

CommonHealth, the employee wellness program, is offering the following workshops. If you are interested in attending, please call 231-7810 to register.

GETTING READY TO QUIT, (Wednesdays) January 31, February 7, February 14, and February 21 (attend all 4), 10 to 11 a.m., 404 Clay Street

PYRAMID POWER, Thursday, Feb. 1, 12:05 to 12:55 p.m., Conference Room G, Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

EATING RIGHT ON THE RUN, Friday, Feb. 2, 12:10 a.m. to 12:55 p.m., Personnel Classroom, Southgate Center.

HEART NEWS, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 12:05 to 12:55 p.m., Conference Room C, Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

TechConnect moves to Media Center

TechConnect, a service of Information Systems, formerly located at the Information desk in the lobby of Newman Library, has moved to the Media Center on the second floor of Newman Library (in the far, northeast corner, the older section of the library).

As before, Virginia Tech students and faculty and staff members can sign up for modem-pool accounts, pick up Internet and e-mail software, activate their PID's, and have passwords reset through TechConnect. In addition to these previous services, TechConnect now operates as a help desk for patrons of the Media Center computers and software.

The Media Center has operated as an Information Systems public computer lab for several years. The lab contains 51 Macintosh computers and a variety of software. TechConnect offers support for the Macintosh hardware and operating system, plus support for most of the software available on these machines. Some specialty software will necessarily receive limited support.

TechConnect's NEW hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 1-9 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m.-midnight.

The following software is available from TechConnect in exchange for an equivalent number of useable, high-density diskettes. (The number of diskettes required is shown in brackets after each program description.):

NUPop (E-mail for DOS) [1]; Eudora (E-mail for Mac) [1]; BEV DOS (DOS Internet) [1]; BEV Windows (WNET, Windows Internet) [3]; BEV Macintosh (Mac Internet) [2]; Eudora for Lab Use [1]; F-PROT (DOS anti-virus) [1]; Disinfectant (Macintosh anti-virus) [1]; Kermit (communication for DOS) [1]; TinCan (communication for Mac) [1]; and

KEDIT (text editor for DOS) [1].

Statistical Consulting Center offers services

The Statistical Consulting Center provides statistical advice to faculty and staff members and graduate students on the design of experiments and surveys, analysis of experimental data, time-series analysis and other statistical problems.

The Statistical Consulting Center is now open. Appointments may be made by calling 1-6567 and leaving a phone message (funding prevents us from providing direct assistance). The center will be closed during spring break (March 11-15).

The service is provided at no charge to the extent possible, although we encourage collaborative work, especially on long-term projects.

DERC available in Tidewater

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Norfolk on Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the meeting room of the Larchmont Branch Library, 6525 Hampton Boulevard. They also will meet with employees in Virginia Beach on Thursday, Feb. 8, at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center in Classroom 1 of Suite 401 in Pembroke Four at the Pembroke Office Park.

The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in options for dealing with work-related concerns, discussions 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.

Multicultural Center grand opening planned

A grand opening of the Multicultural Center of Virginia Tech is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 29, beginning at noon in the center in 140 Squires.

The celebration begins with "Multiculturalism on Campus," a brown-bag lunch discussion at noon. Other events include a diversity video presentation at 1:30 p.m.; a Student Advisory Committee presentation on campus climate at 3 p.m.; a grand-opening reception at 5 p.m., and a Multicultural Awareness Programs (MAP's) Peer Education Program at 6:15 p.m.

For more information, call 1-3787.

Thrift Shop announces sale

The YMCA Thrift Shop will hold a half-price sale on dated clothing for men, women, and children on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m.

The Thrift Shop is located at 1336 S. Main St. For more information call 552-2633.

Neck to sign book

Christopher P. Neck, assistant professor of management, will sign copies of his book, Medicine for the Mind, at University Volume Two Bookstore Saturday, Jan. 27, from 2-4 p.m. The book provides stories and quotes to help readers believe in themselves and achieve their dreams.

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.

Exhibit on the Lyric Theatre opens

The exhibit "Lyric Theatre: A Look Back at the Beginnings" is on display in the Wallace Hall Gallery through February 9. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The exhibit is a collection of architectural drawings, photos, and trivia related to the Lyric Theatre. The co-curators are Eric Wiedegreen of the Department of Housing, Interior Design, and Resource Management in the College of Human Resources and University Archivist Tamara Kennelly, Special Collections Department, Virginia Tech Libraries. The exhibit is also on the World Wide Web at http://scholar2.lib.vt.edu/spec/specgen/lyr/lyrhp.htm for those who want to take a virtual tour of the exhibit.