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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 20 - February 8, 1996


Thursday, 8

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

Friday, 9

Women's Center Program, noon, Price House: "Getting a Head Start on a Faculty Career," by Elizabeth Creamer.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Bicycling Across America," by Allison Roodman.

Black History Month Activity, 6:30-8:30 p.m., University Club: "A Harlem Renaissance Rent Party."

Senior Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Denise Harte, voice, and Josh Whitlow, tuba.

Saturday, 10

Geological Sciences Museum Program, 10 a.m.-noon, 2062 Derring: "Gemstones Up Close," by Robert Smith, custom jeweler.

Men's Basketball at Xavier, noon.

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

Sunday, 11

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: John's Creek, led by Bill Richardson.

Monday, 12

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: TBA.

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

Black History Month Activity, 4 p.m., 126 Squires: "Black Saga: The African American Experience," by Charles Christian.

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Passion Play: Balancing Work and Romance in the '90s," by Virginia Purtle, CNU, and David McLain, Virginia State.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Always the Bridesmaid." Through 2-14.

Tuesday, 13

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., 140 Squires: "Articles of the Confederacy," discussion.

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

Music Special Event, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Always the Bridesmaid." Through 2-14.

Wednesday, 14

Gerontology Forum, noon, Wallace Atrium: "Adult Friendship," by Rosemary Blieszner.

Staff Commission Meeting, 1:30 p.m., 400D Burruss.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Always the Bridesmaid."

Thursday, 15

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "An Architecture Student Travels and Studies in Europe," by Karen Kyle.

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

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

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Bowman Room, Jamerson: "Past and Present Contributions of African Americans to Virginia Tech Athletics."

Book Signing, 7-9 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Edward Falco.

VTU Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Sweet Charity."


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.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Using Neural Networks As a Tool For Modeling Response Surfaces, by Matthew Rotelli.

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

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

Friday, 9

MCBB/biochemistry, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Vital Transactivation by a Novel Family of Small Zinc-binding Transcription Factors," by Gail Christie, MCV.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring; "Berinophytes-The Non-Lycophyte Adaptive Radiations of Zosterophylls," by Stephen Scheckler.

Monday, 12

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "What Employers Look for in Today's Graduates," by Pam Herrmann.

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "The Reaction Mechanism of a Molybdenum Hydroxylase: Xanthine Oxidase," by Russ Hille, Ohio State.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Do You Know Who Your Farmer Is?: Creating a Local Food Supply through Community-Supported Agriculture," by Polly Hieser, Seven Springs Farm.

Tuesday, 13

Blacksburg Electronic Village, 4 p.m., 104 Johnston Student Center: "Property and Community in the Electronic Village," by Patrick Croskery.

Wednesday, 14

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 230 McBryde: "From Darwin with Love: New Evidence of Darwin's Primate Phylogenetic Tree," by Joy Harvey.

Thursday, 15

Parenting, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Budgeting the Household," by Ruth Lytton.

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: TBA.

Biology, 3:15 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "Role of Ureaplasma urealyticum Chlorioamnion Infection and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome," by Gail Cassell, Alabama.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "A Mathematical Model For Assessing The Temporal Association Between Health Disorders And Medical Treatments," by Sheldon Jacobson.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Molecular Cloning, Sequencing, and Organ Specific Expression of Sorghum Beta-glucosidase," by Muzaffer Cicek.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Research at Urban Pest Control Research Center," by Bill Robinson.


DERC training programs announced

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) has developed training programs on the grievance procedure, conflict management, and mediation skills. The following is the training schedule for February through April 1996. Individuals interested in one of the classes should contact Personnel Services at 1-9331 for a registration form.

Grievance Procedure Training for Supervisors

Purpose: To train resolution step managers in their responsibilities under the Employee Grievance Procedure, including how to determine access and compliance issues, gather and analyze relevant information to assess the merits of the grievance and provide the written response.

Course Length: 3 hours. Target Audience: Supervisory Personnel. No cost. Date: February 8, 29, March 7, 28, April 2, 17. Location: Department of Employee Relations Counselors, Richmond. Time: 9 a.m.-noon.

Also: Date: February 14, March 13, April 10. Location: Department of Employee Relations Counselors, Richmond. Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Introduction to Conflict Management

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for employees to enhance their listening skills, to learn techniques that can enable parties in conflict to better identify, understand, discuss, and possibly resolve the issues of the conflict

Course Length: 3 hours. Target Audience: All state employees. No cost. Date: February 21, March 19, and April 25. Location: Department of Employee Relations Counselors, Richmond. Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Advanced Mediation Training

Purpose: To train practicing mediators advanced mediation skills. The training emphasizes active listening, summarizing, and agreement writing. It introduces mediators to caucusing and the methods to effectively deal with impasse and power imbalances

Course length: 6.5 hours. Target Audience: Trained Mediators. Cost: $75 per person-includes a morning meal, lunch, and training materials. Date: March 5. Location: Department of Employee Relations Counselors, Richmond. Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Managing Conflict Using Mediation Skills

Purpose: To employ the mediation model to teach the techniques of active listening, summarizing, and problem solving and their application to conflict resolution.

Course length: 6.5 hours. Target Audience: All state employees. Cost: $75 per person-includes morning meal, lunch, and training materials Date: February 27 and April 23. Location: Department of Employee Relations Counselors, Richmond. Time: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Defense classes for women scheduled

The Virginia Tech Police Department is sponsoring classes in the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) System beginning Tuesday, Feb. 13. Classes will meet on Tuesdays from 6-9 p.m. for four consecutive weeks, in the second floor lounge, Lee Hall.

The RAD System is a comprehensive course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial-arts program. The RAD System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and self-defense/martial -arts tactics.

Registration is $15 to cover the cost of the training manual. Class size is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis; pre-registration/pre-payment is recommended.

Make checks payable to: Treasurer of Virginia and send to: Virginia Tech Police Department, Southgate Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0523; Att: Charlotte Breeding.

For more information call Karen Eggers at 1-9304, or e-mail Eggerski@at.edu.

Christian to speak, sign book

Charles M. Christian, associate professor in the department of geography at the University of Maryland, College Park, will present a lecture at the Black Cultural Center in Squires Student Center Monday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m.

Christian is the author of Black Saga: The African-American Experience, A Chronology. He will sign copies of his book after the lecture.

Falco to read, sign new book

Edward Falco, an associate professor in the English department, will read and sign copies of his new book, Acid, at University Volume Two Bookstore Thursday, Feb. 15, from 7-9 p.m.

Acid, Falco's second collection of short stories, received the 1995 Richard Sullivan Prize from the University of Notre Dame.

The event is free and open to the public. Volume Two Bookstore is located in University Mall.

Surplus Property Management Office relocates

The Surplus Property Management Office has moved to 1411 S. Main St., in the former K-Mart building. The office is next door to Printing Services. The telephone number remains 1-5660, and the fax number is 1-2733.

The next surplus auction is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, at 9 a.m. The doors will open at 8 a.m.

Departments are encouraged to check with Surplus Property before buying new furniture or equipment.

Custom-made academic regalia available

A representative from Oak Hall Cap and Gown will be in the lower level of the bookstore Thursday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. to take orders for custom-made academic regalia for faculty and staff members.

Oak Hall will give a 10-percent discount for regalia ordered that day only.

Thursday video series planned

The Henry H. Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture has scheduled a series of Thursday videos. Each video will be shown at 7 p.m. in Hancock auditorium.

Scheduled are: "Versailles," February 15; "Sainte-Genevieve, Pantheon of Domes, John Nash and London," February 29; "Brooklyn Bridge," March 21; "Antonio Gaudi," April 4; "Barcelona Pavilion, Villa Savoy," April 18; "Louis I. Kahn," April 25.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the center's director, Humberto Rodriguez-Camilloni at 1-5324.