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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 27 - April 11, 1996


Thursday, 11

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

Ferrari Symposium, 5-8 p.m., Cowgill Hall lobby: Ferrari exhibit. Through 4-13. Program by Audubon Quartet at 6:30 p.m., Hancock auditorium.

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.

Friday, 12

Ferrari Symposium, various time and locations: Architecture alumni presentations. Call 1-5080 for more information. Through 4-13.

Performing Arts Video, 4:30 p.m., 105 PAB: "7 Minutes from Sarajevo."

International Week Activity, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Talent Show.

Student Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: New Virginians.

Saturday, 13

International Week Activity, 6-9 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: African Fashion Show and Cultural Dance.

Student Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

International Week Activity, 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: Dance party, "A Celebration of Culture."

Sunday, 14

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Falls Ridge, led by Beate Schmittmann.

Student Ensemble Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Concert Choir.

Monday, 15

Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: Evaluations, suggestions, planning.

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

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "What's the Big Idea? The Origins of Creativity," with Dan Dervin, MWC, and Charles Flynn, VSU.

Student Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Concert Choir.

Tuesday, 16

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Wednesday, 17

Gerontology Forum, noon, Wallace atrium: "Sexual Abuse in the Elderly," by Jodi Teitelman, VCU.

Deet's Place Concert Series, 8-10 p.m., Deet's Place; Quintessence Woodwind Quintet.

Music Department Event, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Piano Studio Recital by Mary Louise Hallauer.

Thursday, 18

Roanoke Electric Steel Lecture, 4 p.m., 100 Hancock Hall: "Active Control of Sound and Vibration: Overview and Applications," by Chris R. Fuller.

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

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "The Servant of Two Masters." Through 4-21.


Thursday, 11

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

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.

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

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

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

Friday, 12

Geological Sciences, 9-9:50 a.m., 300 Whittemore: "World Oil and Gas Reserves, and Technology Implications," by Matt Mikulich, Chevron.

Biochemistry/Chemistry, 11 a.m., 3 Davidson: "Molecular Recognition: The Design of Artificial Receptors for Complexation, Catalysis, and Controlled Aggregation," by Andrew Hamilton, Pittsburgh.

Geological Sciences, 11-11:50 a.m., 114 Holden: "World Oil and Gas Reserves, and Technology Implications," by Matt Mikulich.

MCBB/Biochemistry, noon., 102 Fralin: "Morphogenesis in Streptomyces: Sex-Drugs-Rock and Roll," by Janet Westpheling, Georgia.

Geological Sciences, 2-2:50 p.m., 136 McBryde: "World Oil and Gas Reserves, and Technology Implications," by Matt Mikulich, Chevron.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Juvenile Freshwater Mussels Reared on Sediment and Algae," by Catherine Getenby.

Monday, 15

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Upflow Reactors as an On-Site Bioremediation Technology," by Jeremy Tyson.

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Regulation of Mitogen-Stimulated Signaling Pathways by Second Messengers," by Lee Graves, UNC.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Introduction to Tomographic Imaging Technology and Applications," by Jim Clippard, Alaska-Fairbanks.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "The Embryogenic Response of Potato Anthers to Colchicine," by Tony Teparkum.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Design of 1996 FutureCar Challenge," by R. Senger, M. Markle.

Tuesday, 16

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Tunnel Detection via Tomographic Imaging: A Case History," by Jim Clippard, Alaska-Fairbanks.

Wednesday, 17

Clothing/Textiles, noon, 100 Wallace: "Apparel Retailing in the U.S. is Re-energizing Itself," by Eunjin Hwang, and "Apparel Retail Buyers' Attitudes toward Manufacturers' Promotional Support," by Haesun Park.

Computer Science, 4 p.m., 129 McBryde: TBA.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 230 McBryde: CANCELLED.

Thursday, 18

Parenting Seminar, noon, 404 Clay St.: CANCELLED.

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Coming of Age in the `Dark Ages': American Women in Mathematics in the '40s and '50s," by Margaret Murray.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Internal Pilot Studies in Clinical Trials," by Janet Wittes, Statistics Collaborative Inc.

Botany, 4 p.m., 2020 Derring: "Genetic Analysis of Ovule Development in Arabidopsis," by Kay Robinson-Beers.

Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: Student Proposals by Stephen Hiner and Adam Finkelstein.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Lipoxygenase Activity in Soybeans," by Ali Mohamoud.


Leadership award nominations sought

The Academy for Leadership Excellence announces a call for nominations for the Academy for Leadership Excellence Outstanding Leader Award.

The purpose of the award is to reward those leaders who have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities through superior job performance; job-related extra-curricular activities, such as participation in university governance; university, college, and departmental committee work; and other areas of service to the university. Supplemental activities outside the university which enhance the nominee's overall profile of service to the university and community may be considered, but outside activities will be secondary to university activities.

All university employees, both on and off campus, may nominate individuals for the award. Nominations will consist of a one-page typed, signed letter outlining the leadership qualities of the nominee.

Endorsements of the nomination by supervisors or others are not required and will not be considered as further strengthening the nomination. An employee may nominate as many individuals as he/she wishes; however, each nomination must be on a separate letter and each must be signed by the nominator.

Eligibility for nomination will be limited to middle-management employees in administrative/professional faculty positions or classified-staff positions. Tenured and tenure-track faculty members are not eligible, since other awards are available to these groups. The definition of middle management will be left open to the interpretation of the nominators and the screening committee. Self nominations are ineligible. This award should not be seen as competitive with the President's Award for Excellence.

Letters of nomination will be read and considered by the Leadership Award Committee of the Academy for Leadership Excellence. The Leadership Award Committee will select three finalists from the letters of nomination. Committee members will verify the qualifications and then make a final selection.

The person selected for the award will be honored at the Academy's year-end banquet in June. The award will be announced in Spectrum and other area media.

Letters of nomination should be sent in a sealed envelope to Lisa Johnson, 0302. Deadline for nominations to be received is April 30.

Forum focuses on sexual abuse of elderly

The Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology Lunch-time Forum is Wednesday, April 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wallace Hall atrium. The program is "Sexual Abuse in the Elderly," by Jodi L. Teitelman, Ph.D., associate professor of occupational therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Teitelman will discuss what constitutes sexual abuse and how frequently it occurs in the adult population; risk factors for abuse; the physical and emotional impact of sexual abuse; the physical and behavioral signs of possible sexual abuse; the rights of clients to consensus sexual activity; and how to respond appropriately when adult sexual abuse is suspected.

Everyone interested in the subject is invited to attend the forum and bring a lunch. For more information, call Charlene Freeman-Coker at 1-6817.

Pcp changes require new methods

Effective April 1, 1996, employees can no longer use KATY (automated voice system) or their Benefits Office to select or change their primary care physicians (pcp's). The revised method requires employees to: 1) Call the customer service telephone number (1-800-552-2682) directly to select or change a pcp, or to verify that a pcp is in the network; OR 2) Send written notice to the carrier via a letter, selection form, or fax.

The new selection form may be obtained from the Benefits Office (1-7779).

For more information, please refer to the April/May issue of Commonwealth Currents (to be mailed out mid-April).

Workshop to focus on advanced technology

"SUCCEEDing with Technology," April 13 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, focuses on advanced technologies used by industry and universities and ways in which technology can benefit professional and academic activities.

Presentation topics include access and diversity in online courses, active learning and technology, job searching and technology, Internet resources for the researcher, professional development for the working engineer, technology-based engineering education, use of mathematics software in mathematics/engineering classes, and educational technologies at Virginia Tech.

The conference is sponsored by the SUCCEED Women Engineers Board. Conference co-chairs are Bevlee Watford, director of Virginia Minority Engineering Programs, and Deidre Hirschfeld, assistant professor of engineering fundamentals at Tech. Regular registration is $50; student registration is $20. Contact the adult registrar, Donaldson Brown Center, 1-5182.

Silicon Graphics Magic Bus to visit

The Silicon Graphics Magic Bus is coming to campus Saturday, April 13

The bus travels throughout North America showcasing the Silicon Graphics technology including scientific visualization, Hollywood special effects, visual simulation done on ultra-realistic graphics supercomputers, datamining and database visualization tools, and World-Wide-Web authoring tools.

The bus will be parked near the Bookstore and Newman Library. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge and it is open to the public.

The Magic Bus showcases the entire Silicon Graphics' product line and will have several third-party software representatives on hand to demonstrate products.

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.

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.

New Virginians present Spring Concert

Virginia Tech's New Virginians jazz/pop vocal ensemble will present 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.