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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 26 - April 4, 1996


Thursday, 4

Family/Child Development Colloquium, 10 a.m., Wallace atrium: "Future Families: Renegotiation, Reinvention, or Rediscovery?" by Robert Emery, UVa.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Sicily: An Archeological Tour," by Kent Holliday.

Performing Arts Special Event, 8 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Arts Advocacy Open Mike Night.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: Symphony Band.

Friday, 5

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

English/Textual & Editorial Studies Center Talk, 4 p.m., University Club: "The Skull and the Scrivener: Orality and Writing in Hamlet," by Leah Marcus, Texas-Austin.

International Week Activity, 5-7:30 p.m., Cranwell Center: International Parade.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Britt East, flute.

Saturday, 6

International Week Begins. Through 4-13.

YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Rock Castle Gorge, led by Bill and Lynda Hohenboken.

International Street Fair, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Downtown Blacksburg.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Damien Wimbush, trumpet.

Monday, 8

"Soup and Substance," noon, 116 Squires: "Ethics of Care," by Patrick Croskery.

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

International Week Activity, 6:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: Gayrati Chakravorty Spivak.

International Week Activity, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Indian Classical Dance Performance.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "A Breed Apart: Exploring Unique Appalachian Cultures," with Brent Kennedy, Clinch Valley, Grace Edwards, Radford, and Robert Farley, Piedmont Valley.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Aquila." Through 4-10.

Tuesday, 9

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires. Through 4-11.

Faculty/Staff Senates Open Forum, noon, Owens Banquet Room: Provost Peggy Meszaros.

Faculty Senate, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Chris Wallingford, voice.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Aquila." Through 4-10.

Wednesday, 10

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires. Through 4-11.

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

Deet's Place Concert Series, 8-10 p.m., Deet's Place: Ebonwood Quartet.

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

Thursday, 11

Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires.

Natural History Museum Program, 7:30 p.m., 428 N. Main: "Thunderstorm Warning!" by Mike Emlaw, National Weather Service.

Appalachian Studies Program, 7:30 p.m., DBHCC: "Coal and After Coal," by Helen Lewis, Highlander Research and Educational Center.


Thursday, 4

Clothing/Textiles, noon, 100 Wallace: "Use of the Decision Making Process," by Keang-Young Kang, and "Use of Computer Technology in the Purchasing Process," by Sarita Priyadarshi.

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Can We Learn About Science from a Canceled Project? A Perspective on the Superconducting Super Collider," by Steve Weiss.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Constructing Spatial Designs Using Regression Subset Selection and Space Filling Criteria," by Doug Nychka, NC State.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Peanut and Soybean Insect IPM," by Ames Herbert.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Building Green," by Suzanne Conrad, Rebuild Inc.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "High Temperature Stress Effects on Fertility in Tomatoes: Pollen vs. Ovule Limitations," by Mary Peet, N.C. State.

Friday, 5

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Principles and Applications of Electron Microscopy," by Randolph Grayson.

Monday, 8

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Ionic Forces in Proteins and Nucleic Acids," by Lee Pedersen, UNC.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Agriculture in Turkey: Southeast Anatolia Project," by Mine Cicek.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Influence of Bed Surface Type (Plastic vs. Gravel) on Container-Grown Plants," by Marion Packett.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: TBA, by S. Hambric, NSWC Carderock Division.

Wednesday, 10

Clothing/Textiles, noon, 100 Wallace: "A Study of Consumer Satisfaction in Service Marketing," by Seiji Endo, and "Consumer Clothing Demand and Socio-Demographic Agents of Fashion Change," by Kisung Kim.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 129 McBryde: "How Far Are Humans from Mice? Unraveling the Tangles of Evolution," by John Paul Vergara.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 230 McBryde: "Medical News Reporting: Describing or Prescribing?" by Terry Murray, Medical Post, Canada.

Thursday, 11

Biotechnology, noon, 102 Fralin: "Toxins from Snakes and Snails and S. aureus," by Brad Stiles, USAMRIID.

Geological Sciences, noon, 2044 Derring: "Technology, a Cost or an Investment? Assessing and Assuring the Value of Technology in the Upstream Business," by Matt Mikulich, Chevron.

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "History of Microcomputers," by David Larsen.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Relating Two Sets of Variables When the Observations are from Multiple Data Sets or Taken at Multiple Occasions," by Michael Beaghen.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Oblique Plate Motion and Transpressional Tectonics," by Basil Tikoff, Minnesota.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Student proposals by Lucas Mackasmiel and Sharon McDonald.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Genetic Purity: From Protein Electrophoresis to RAPD's," by Miller McDonald, Ohio State.


Counselors available in Lynchburg

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Lynchburg on April 18 from 10 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. in room 3111 of the Bedford Learning Resources Center at Central Virginia Community College, 3506 Wards Road, Lynchburg. Free parking is available in the Student Parking Lot 2.

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, discussion 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, please call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors on the toll-free line 1-800-552-9720.

DERC counselors available in Northern Virginia

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Annandale on Wednesday, April 10, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 202A of the Godwin Building at Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale Campus. Take the Capital Beltway (495) to exit 6 West (Fairfax, Little River Turnpike).

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, discussion 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, please call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors on the toll-free line 1-800-552-9720.

Self-help offered for panic attacks

The Department of Psychology is offering self-help for people who experience panic attacks. The project is being supervised by George Clum, a faculty member in the department of psychology

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, panic attacks are characterized by "brief episodes of intense fear accompanied by multiple physical symptoms...that occur repeatedly and unexpectedly in the absence of any external threat". Other symptoms of panic attacks can also include nausea, choking sensations, shaking or trembling, chest pain and sweating. The onset of these symptoms occurs very quickly and they can last for several minutes or several hours.

The study allows participants to work on panic problems at their own pace in their own home using a proven self-help treatment program. Participation in the research study is confidential.

For more information about the self-help treatment study, call 1-3235, 1-6914, or 1-800-733-1129 and ask about the panic study.

RDP gives away Bahamas trip

Ronnie Henderson, a resident of Lee Hall, won a trip for two to the Bahamas, given away by Residential and Dining Programs at the Spring Break-out meal in March. Richard Johnson, director of Culinary Services, drew Henderson's name out of a box that contained several thousand names from the Depot at Dietrick, Shultz, and Cochrane dining halls.

Direct deposit information given

Effective March 18, 1996, payroll deleted direct deposit information on previous employees (faculty, staff, and wage) who had not received a paycheck from the university for 13 consecutive months. They will continue this process on a monthly basis.

This information may be helpful when completing paperwork on a previous employee who may have had direct deposit during their prior employment with Virginia Tech. Prior to March 18, direct deposit information remained on our system unless the employee turned in a form to stop direct deposit, and most people did not. With this change, 10,000 names of people no longer employed at Tech were deleted from the database.

In summary, if a new employee was employed by Virginia Tech over 13 months ago, that individual must complete a new enrollment form for direct deposit.

If that person was employed here within the past 13 months, inquire whether or not their banking relationship has changed in any way during their lapse of employment. If it has not, nothing further need be done. If they are not sure, they should call 1-6257 and ask for Jeanette Grubb or Janet Moran.

Payroll would also like to take this opportunity to thank all university departments for their support of the mandatory direct deposit program. As of the March 15 payday, 100 percent of salary employees and 72 percent of wage employees are receiving their pay electronically.

Butke memorial service planned

A memorial service for Walter John Butke, associate professor emeritus of architecture, will be held April 10 at 4 p.m., at the University Club. Butke, 58, who died December 26, after a long progressive illness, came to Virginia Tech in 1972, beginning a long career teaching architectural design and urban technology in architecture.

Race topic of lecture

George Galster of the Urban Institute, Washington, D.C., will speak on "Race and Place: Toward a New Concept of Equal Opportunity" on Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. in conference room F, Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

Galster is editor of the book Reality and Research, Social Science and U.S. Urban Policy since 1960, as well as the author of numerous books and articles. His presentation is sponsored by the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, the Center for Housing Research, the College of Human Resources, and the Black Studies Program. Faculty and staff members, students, and the public are welcome.

Team workshop offered

A five-day workshop, "Team Facilitation and Team Management Skills," will be offered May 13-17 from 8:30-4 p.m. Rebecca Gonzalez, senior consultant with Cornelius & Associates of Columbia, S.C., will lead the workshop. It will be held at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

According to pre-workshop literature, "Doing more with less, improving quality, improving processes, and improving customer satisfaction are all issues which impact the university. One approach to dealing with these issues is the use of work teams. It is known that teams can be used to do many things better than individuals. High-performance work teams have significant potential for improving the way an organization, department, college, or university functions. The design, development, and implementation of successful work teams offers unique challenges to leaders at all levels."

Enrollment is due by May 6. The workshop costs $325, including notebook materials, continental breakfasts, and refreshment breaks.

For more information or a registration form, call 1-6727.

Institute to teach communities about home page

Economic developers can learn the ABC's of setting up a home page on the World Wide Web during an advanced institute on April 9 at the Virginia Department of Economic Development in Richmond. The institute are sponsored by DED and Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs.

Participants in the institute will see examples of Virginia home pages and learn how, why, and when these home pages were established. They will also learn how a presence or information on one's community on the World Wide Web can help an economic developer market his or her community to potential investors in the United States and around the world.

Presenters for the half-day event, which begins at 1 p.m., include Gregory Wingfield, president of the Greater Richmond Partnership, who will talk about the Greater Richmond home page; Steve Galyean, director of tourism for the Abingdon Community and Visitors Bureau, discussing Abingdon's home page; James Scampavia, director of market research and communications, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority's home page. Andrew Honaker, an instructor at Virginia Tech who has developed a home page for Virginia tourism, will discuss "Key Factors to Consider When Developing Your Home Page," and Joe Adams, economic development specialist for Public Service Programs, will provide a wrap-up.

The cost of the program is $65, and registration is limited. For information on the program, contact Karen Burkholder at 1-8386.

On-campus housing available for grad students

On-campus housing is available for graduate students for the 1996-97 academic year. Students who choose to live on campus will enjoy being within walking distance from all campus facilities.

Included in the room fee are water, electricity, heat, local telephone, cable, and computer access.

Single and double rooms are available in Main Campbell and Hillcrest halls, which are specifically designated for graduate students.

For a brochure or more information, call Shannon Dove at 1-7882.

Deet's Place showcases talent

Deet's Place coffee, ice cream, and pastry shop and the Vawter Hall Resident Advisor staff are sponsoring a "Showcase of Talent" programs on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m..

Students will perform, and door prizes will be given away throughout the evening.

For more information, call 2-1060.

New Virginians present Spring Concert

Virginia Tech's New Virginians jazz/pop vocal ensemble will be presenting the annual Spring Concert in Squires Haymarket Theater on April 12, at 8 p.m.

This year's program will feature guest artist Michele Weir and her arranging and performing talents. As a member of the vocal group, "Phil Mattson and the PM Singers," Weir appeared as singer and arranger for two of their albums including the Grammy nominated "Night in the City."

As a pianist, she has toured as the accompanist for singer Bobby Vinton. Weir's vocal, big-band, and orchestral arrangements are performed by professional groups internationally including "Chanticleer" and "Beachfront Property." The program will consist of well-known standards as well as Weir's "covers" of classic Beatles ("I Saw Her Standing There," "Ticket To Ride"), Basia ("Astrud"), Harold Arlen ("I've Got The World On a String") and much more.

The New Virginians II and the popular a cappella group Sound Advice will also be on hand to perform. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $2 for students. This concert is sponsored in part by the Women Artists and Scholars Lecture Series Cooperative Funding.