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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 29 - April 25, 1996


Thursday, 25

Center for Leader Development Announcement, 3 p.m., Squires Dominion Ballroom: Press conference with Gov. George Allen.

Center for Leader Development Keynote Address, 5:15 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Lt. Gen. Willard Scott, U.S. Army (ret.).

Gender Equity Meeting Speaker, 6:45-9 p.m., Blacksburg Presbyterian Church: "But Enough about Beijing...Who Scrubs the Toilets in Your House? Stories about Gender Issues Close to Home-and Heart," by Beth Macy, Roanoke Times.

Diggs Keynote Address, 7:30 p.m., Litton Reaves auditorium: "Engagement and Construction: New Strategies for Learning with Multimedia Digital Libraries," by Ben Shneiderman, Maryland, College Park.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters. Through 4-27.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: The Renaissance Man. Through 4-27.

Friday, 26

Diggs Brown-bag Teaching Workshop, noon-2 p.m., Hillcrest living room: Informal forum with Ben Shneiderman, Maryland, College Park.

Talbot Educational Resources Center Dedication, 3 p.m., VMRCVM.

Diggs Teaching Roundtable, 3:30 p.m., Hillcrest living room: Recognition of 1995-96 Diggs Teaching Scholar awardees and public discussion on pedagogical issues.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters. Through 4-27.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: The Renaissance Man. Through 4-27.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Leslie Fowler, voice.

Saturday, 27

Surplus Property Auction, 9 a.m., Surplus Warehouse.

Practicing Policy Workshop, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A: "Exploring Tensions Between Democracy and Technocracy in Policy Making for the Environment, Health and Safety, Information and Urban Renewal."

Natural History Museum Program, 11 a.m.-noon, 428 N. Main.: "Science Saturday for Kids."

TAUT Production, 2 p.m., repeated at 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Servant of Two Masters.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: The Renaissance Man.

New River Valley Symphony, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Showpieces for Orchestra and Piano," with Leslie Amper, guest pianist.

Sunday, 28

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: Alta Mons, led by Su Clauson-Wicker.

Special Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Virginia Music Teachers Association.

YMCA Hike, 7 p.m., Meet at 403 Washington St.: "Bald Knob at Night," led by Craig Smith.

Student Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Saxophone Quartets.

Monday, 29

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

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Forever Young: New Medical Research to Live Longer, Better," with Paul Allaire, UVa, and John Nestler, VCU.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Patricia Austin, voice.

Tuesday, 30

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


Wednesday, 1

Classes End.

Salary and Wage Paydate.

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale, 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m., Gables Shopping Center.

Student Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Sound Advice and Quantum Brass.

Thursday, 2

Reading Day.


Thursday, 25

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Burying the (Anti)Bodies and Living in the World," by Gary Downey.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Beautiful Physics with High Energy," by Sanjib Mishra, Harvard.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Optimal Experimental Designs for Two-Variable Logistic Regression Models," by Yan Jia.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Grayson Award Winners.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Seismic Anisotropy of the Upper Mantle and Mountain Building," by David Mainprice, MIT and Montpellier, France.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: TBA, by Shep Zedaker.

Friday, 26

Biochemistry/MCBB, noon, 223 Engel: "Assembly and Function of Endotoxins: A Remarkable Family of Bioactive Lipids," by Chris Raetz, Duke.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Thermonastic Leaf Movements: A Journey with Rhododendron," by Erik Nilsen.

Monday, 29

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Agriculture in Brazil," by Cezar Detoni.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Making Sense of Antisense: The Connection between Plant Molecular Biology and Agricultural Productivity," by Eric Beers.

Mechanical Engineering, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "CFD of 2-Phase Ejector Flows," by P. Menegay.

Tuesday, 30

Blacksburg Electronic Village, 4-5 p.m., 104 Johnston: "Integration of Network Resources into the K12 Curriculum," by Dean Orrell and Sally Laughon.


Wednesday, 1

Water Sciences, noon-1 p.m., 102 Fralin: TBA.

Computer Science, 4-5 p.m., 129 McBryde: "An Ethnographic Study of Internet-Based Applications in Education," by Stuart Laughton.

Bulletins;Child Abuse Prevention Conference today

The 5th Annual Conference for Child Abuse Prevention Month will be held today, April 25, at Saint Albans in Radford. The event is co-sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota, Virginia Tech's Counseling Association.

Keynote speaker Terry DeCarbo, principal of PACE alternative school and nationally recognized speaker, will present "Perspectives on Gang and Youth Violence."

For more information, call Tammy Heft at 674-4574 or Joyce Beliveau at 961-2102.

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.

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.

On-campus housing available for grad students

On-campus housing is available for graduate students for the 1996-97 academic year.

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.

Statistical Consulting Center announces break

April 26 will be the last day of the spring semester that the Statistical Consulting Center of Virginia Tech will accept new clients.

Current clients may continue to contact their consultants directly. The Statistical Consulting Center will be closed from May 3 through May 19, and will begin accepting new clients on May 20 at 8 a.m.

DERC available in Southside

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Danville, Wednesday, May 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the McGovern Room of the Learning Resource Center at Danville Community College located at 1008 South Main Street.

On Thursday, May 9, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., counselors will meet with employees in Emporia at the Virginia Employment Commission, 1746 East Atlantic Street.

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.

Conference scheduled for economic developers

Economic developers, Economic Development Authority board members, local government personnel, Industrial Development Authority (IDA) board members and others interested in economic development can learn development financing techniques at a special seminar on May 15 at the Richmond Marriott Hotel.

Sponsored by Virginia Tech's Economic Development Assistance Center, the seminar will include topics on the Virginia Industrial Development and Revenue Bond Act, powers and duties of an IDA, issuance of bonds, municipal lease financing, and securitization of bonds. Discussions will include case studies.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., followed by the seminar at 9 a.m. The one-day event will conclude at 4 p.m.

A registration fee of $95 includes refreshments, lunch, and seminar materials. Advanced registration is required by May 1.

For more information, contact Sherri E. Thrift, project manager, by e-mail at sthrift@vt.edu, by telephone at 2-4004, or by fax at 1-8850.