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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 19 - February 1, 1996


Thursday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.

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

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

Friday, 2

International Club Coffee Hour, 4 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Lead, Useful and Dangerous," by Alexander O. Aning.

Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: David Simms, guitar, and Pam Trent, piano.

Saturday, 3

Black History Month Activity, 1 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room: "Teaching Our Children: Exploring Afro-American History," sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta.

Men's Basketball at Rhode Island, 2 p.m.

Women's Basketball at St. Joseph's 2 p.m.

Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Clyde Shaw, cello.

Sunday, 4

Black History Month Activity, 1 p.m., 100 McBryde: Ghetto Diplomats, performance by a black arts group.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Pandapas Pond, led by Norm Eiss.

Monday, 5

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Bosnia: The Current Situation," by Charles Taylor.

"Let's Talk," noon, Cranwell Center.

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF 89.1 FM: "Sighs and Whispers: Sexual Harassment and the Law," by Francis Achampong, Norfolk State, and Davison Douglas, William and Mary.

Tuesday, 6

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

Wednesday, 7

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale, 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m., 1336 S. Main.

Women's Month Planning Committee, 5 p.m., Price House.

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., 341/45 Squires: "Tribute to Black Female Leaders," sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha.

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

Thursday, 8

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Rhineland," by Arnold Schuetz.


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.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Energetics of Zeolitic Mesoporous and Nanoporous Materials," by Alexandra Navrotsky, Princeton.

Friday, 2

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Regulation of Gene Expression at the Onset of Bacterial Sporulation," by A. Linc Sonenshein, Tufts.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Analysis of Flavanone 3-hydroxylase in Arabidopsis Seedlings," by Matt Pelletier.

Monday, 5

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Intellectual Property Issues in the University Structure," by T. Kohn.

Wednesday, 7

Water Sciences, noon, 102 Fralin: "The Virginia Farm*A*Syst Pollution Prevention System," by Blake Ross, Virginia Farm*A*Syst project director.

Thursday, 8

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Anti-science in Charlottesville: Is the Society for Social Studies of Science the End of STS? by Henry Bauer.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Allelopathy in Some Forage Plants and its Environmental Hazards," by Rogerio W. Coelho.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Apple Insect IPM," by Doug Pfeiffer.


Nominees for student representatives to BOV sought

Applications for graduate-student representative and undergraduate-student representative to the Board of Visitors for the 1996-97 academic year are available today. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled at the Blacksburg campus. More specific eligibility requirements and the selection process are outlined in the application form.

Interested students may obtain an application from Landrum Cross, vice president for student affairs, in 326 Burruss, or Melinda Crowder, graduate student advisor, in 225 Squires.

Completed applications should be returned to 326 Burruss or 225 Squires no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, for consideration.

Students are encouraged to apply for these two important leadership opportunities. Questions may be directed to Betty Eaton at 1-6272 or Melinda Crowder at 1-3853.

Redesigned W-2 forms being mailed

The Payroll Office has been mailing W-2 tax forms to all employees in the past few days. The form has been redesigned this year to allow for printing on the laser printer and to allow for the use of automated equipment to fold and seal the forms for mailing. The new design should

provide a much more legible form than in previous years.

Employees should carefully read the instructions for opening the form. Once opened and unfolded, employees will note that there are 4 copies of the W-2 form printed on one page. The page is perforated vertically and horizontally to allow for separation of the copies. The designation for each of the copies is printed in the lower left-hand corner of each form just as in past years.

Questions about the W-2 form should be directed to Karen Davis, at 1-5203.

Gemstone program planned at geology museum

Local custom jeweler Robert Smith will present "Gemstones Up Close" on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Museum of Geological Sciences, 2062 Derring Hall. The program will focus of the lore, history, and value of gemstones.

Participants may bring their own jewels to take a closer look and learn more about them.

The program is geared toward ages 10 and up. There is free parking available beside Derring Hall, where the museum is located on the second floor.

No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 1-3001.

Final GTA seminar to be held

The GTA Training Program's final seminar for the year will be held today, February 1, from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in 1800 Litton Reaves. The topic is "Grading: Meeting the Requirements vs. Being Measured," is a discussion of two distinct approaches to grading.

Water Sciences seminar series announced

The Virginia Water Resource Research Center, the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Biological Systems Engineering, and Entomology, and the SWAMP, a multidisciplinary group developing Systems for Watershed Assessment, Management, and Policy, are sponsoring a seminar series in water sciences. The seminars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 7, March 6, April 3, and May 1 in the Fralin Biotechnology Center Auditorium (room 102).

The speaker at the February 7 seminar is Blake Ross, project director for Virginia Farm*A*Syst Program and Associate Professor in Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. The Farmstead (Pollution) Assessment System (Farm*A*Syst) is a national educational/technical program with the objective of helping farmstead and rural residents voluntarily assess water pollution risks to their household water supplies. Upon completion of risk assessment, the farmer is encouraged to voluntarily take recommended actions that could reduce or eliminate identified pollution risks of water supplies and the general environment.

Nominations sought for CAPFA

Administrative and professional faculty members who are interested in serving as members of the Commission on Administrative and Professional Faculty Affairs (CAPFA) for a 1996-9 term or as administrative and professional faculty representatives to university commissions are asked to send their names to the CAPFA Nominating Committee by Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Members of the CAPFA Nominating Committee are Barbara M. Howe (EX1709vtvm1), Tom Ryan (RYANMD@vt.edu), or Norrine Bailey Spencer (spencer@vtvm1.)

AP faculty members wishing to learn more about CAPFA are encouraged to contact a member of CAPFA. In addition to the nominating committee, CAPFA members are Tom Baker, Pat Hyer, Judith Jones, Audrey Lee, Marty O'Neill (chair), Herb Pettway, Joyce Simmons, Rich Sorensen, Ann Spencer, and Dianne Robertshaw Yardley.

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.

ComomonHealth offers programs

CommonHealth, the employee-wellness program, is offering the following workshops. If you are interested in attending, please call 1-7810 to register.

GETTING READY TO QUIT, (Wednesdays) 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 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.