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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 31 - May 9, 1996


Thursday, 9

Senior Day.

Horticulture Club Spring Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Greenhouses.

Newman Library 40th Anniversary Celebration, 10 a.m., Alumni Hall lawn: Paul Metz, speaker.

Friday, 10

Senior Day

Horticulture Club Spring Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Greenhouses.

Corps of Cadets Commissioning, 3 p.m., DBHCC auditorium.

Graduate School Ceremony, 4:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium.

Veterinary Medicine Ceremony, 7 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Room.

New Virginians Commencement Concert, 8:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre.

Saturday, 11

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, 9 a.m., Lane Stadium. (Cassell Coliseum in case of inclement weather).

Sunday, 12

Horticulture Club Spring Plant Sale, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Greenhouses.

Mother's Day Buffet, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m., DBHCC.

Monday, 13

University Leadership Development Workshop, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC. Through 5-17.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Up Against the Mall: The Future of Small Businesses," with Gerald Hughes, Longwood, Michael Camp, JMU, and Granville Sawyer, NSU.

Thursday, 16

Staff Appreciation Day. See May 2 issue of Spectrum for details.

Salary and Wage Paydate.

VT Computer Room Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hotel Roanoke/Conference Center.

Monday, 20

First Summer Check-in, Classes Begin.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Few and Far Between: Strategies for Rural Health Care," with Kenneth Perkins, Longwood, Betty Ashbrook, Patrick Henry Community College, and James Bohland, Virginia Tech.

Wednesday, 22

First Summer--Last Day to Add.

Dinner and Wine-Tasting Extravaganza, 6 p.m., DBHCC.

Saturday, 25

"Saturday Science for Kids," 11 a.m.-noon, Virginia Museum of Natural History: "Animal Habitats," by Amy Reynolds.

Monday, 27

Memorial Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 p.m., WVTF-FM: "From Athens to Atlanta: The Centennial Olympic Games," with Tom Meriwether, VMI, and Brian Wills, Clinch Valley.


Thursday, 23

Parenting, noon-1 p.m., 404 Clay St.: "Stepfamilies: United Nations on a Small Scale," by Alison Galway.


ULDP offers team workshop

The University Leadership Development Program (ULDP) is offering a one-day workshop on Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) for work teams (experienced or newly formed teams) on June 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. While some individuals have attended previous workshops, this CPI workshop represents a new phase of CPI training focused exclusively on the use of teams. This workshop is designed specifically for intact groups of individuals wanting to engage in, or already involved with, team-based process improvement.

The day-long workshop, conducted by Steve Van Aken and Dick Harshberger, director of ULDP, includes instruction, activities, and interactive discussion on process improvement, team start up, chartering, customer focus, and quality. Newly formed teams will have the opportunity to work together on important issues such as clarifying their mission, team roles and responsibilities, meeting management, and a methodology for process improvement.

We will share success stories and challenges encountered by other teams here at Virginia Tech and answer questions you might have concerning the "team process." The workshop will also prepare participants to later take full advantage of a series of short two-to-four hour "Just In Time" (JIT) CPI workshops on subjects such as "Charter Building," "Role Definition and Assignment, "Agenda Building," "Meeting Skills," and "tools" sessions on statistical, management, and planning tools as needed.

The workshop will seek to create a "seamless" process in combining University Leadership Development's team building model with its CPI model laid out in the manual. Some manual highlights: the basics of CPI; what quality tools to use when, where, and how; key elements of a CPI initiative; and a basic CPI methodology.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. There will be a $20 per person fee charged to cover the cost of the manual and incidental expenses. ISR's or personal checks will be accepted. Participants will be on their own for lunch. Reservation deadline Friday, May 31. Contact Sue Fast at 1-6727 or by e-mail at fast@vt.edu. Enrollment is limited. Early registration is advised.

DERC available in Blacksburg

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Blacksburg Friday, May 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center Committee Room.

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.

DERC visits Southwest Virginia

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in the following locations:

Abingdon on Wednesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ,

in the President's Board Room of the Administration Building on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College.

Marion on Wednesday, May 22, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Virginia Employment Commission, 1590 North Main Street.

Wytheville on Thursday, May 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Management Training Center in Grayson Hall on the Campus of Wytheville Community College.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors at 1-800-552-9720.

Biotechnology symposium scheduled

Biotechnology 2001 is Virginia's first major biotechnology symposium for science educators. The goal of the symposium is to assist science educators in keeping up with scientific discoveries and related developments in biotechnology. New discoveries and their application to medicine, agriculture, and the environment are occurring at an astounding pace. Biotechnology will have far reaching implications for almost every aspect of our lives. However, keeping up to date is a daunting task for our educators.

The symposium will be held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on Friday, June 21, and at the Fralin Biotechnology Center Saturday, June 22. It begins at 8 a.m. on Friday and concludes at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday's program features lectures by Virginia Tech scientists and tours of biotechnology laboratories.

Virginia Tech's Fralin Biotechnology Center and the Division of Continuing Education have organized Biotechnology 2001 and encourage high school and college faculty members to take advantage of this opportunity. All educators in all disciplines and other interested persons are also welcome to attend.

The first day's program features Maxine Singer, president of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Scientist Emeritus at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., as keynote speaker from 1-2 p.m. She will speak on "Line-1 Sequences and Transposable Elements (or Jumping Genes) in Humans."

Other nationally and internationally recognized scientists also will speak. These include Paula Gregory, director of education and outreach for the National Center for Human Genome Research at National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.; Steven Shak, project team leader of DNA research and director of pulmonary research at Genentech Inc., San Francisco, Calif.; Doris Zallen, director of the Choices and Challenges Program, Center for the Study of Science in Society, Virginia Tech; Melissa Smrz, FBI Headquarters; and Alvin Young, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Each participant receives a CEU certificate crediting them for 1.2 Continuing Education Units.

Please check the link to BIOTECHNOLOGY 2001 program and registration form on the Fralin Biotechnology Center web site at: http://www.biotech.vt.edu.

A block of lodging rooms has been reserved at the Hotel Roanoke for Friday, June 21, at a special rate of $79 single occupancy (plus tax) and $89 double occupancy (plus tax). Please call the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center at (540) 985-5900 and refer to this conference. Reservations must be made by June 5 to receive the discount rate.

The registration fee for the conference is $65. The fee includes refreshment breaks, lunch and a reception at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center on Friday, June 21, handouts, and a lunch at the Virginia Tech Fralin Biotechnology Center on Saturday, June 22.

Registration and payment are due by May 21. After this date, registrations should be confirmed by phone with the Conference Registrar at 1-5241.

Exhibitor fee is $100 plus $25 per six-foot table. For more information please contact Barbara Duncan at the Division of Continuing Education at 1-4849, fax 1-9886 or e-mail anna@vt.edu.

For more information, contact Jack Lilly at 1-4849, fax at 1-9886 or e-mail, Jacklily@vt.edu.

Funding available for graduate students

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) now has the applications ready for the Travel Fund Project and the Graduate Research Development Project. The deadline for applications is June 14.

The Travel Fund Project (TFP) provides support for graduate students who are presenting a paper at a conference. Students may apply for up to $300 to help cover the cost of travel to the meeting.

The Graduate Research Development Project (GRDP) assists graduate students who are working on their thesis or dissertation with funding for supplies, etc. The GRDP requires applicants to submit a three-page proposal and one-page budget to be reviewed by faculty members. There is a $300 maximum for master's degree students and $500 maximum for doctoral students.

This funding cycle for both programs runs from July 1 through December 31. For more information, pick up applications at the GSA Office, 309 Squires. If the office is unattended, applications are on the wall outside of the office.

Spring plant sale announced

The Virginia Tech Horticulture Club will have a spring plant sale at the Washington Street Greenhouses on May 9, 10, and 12. The sale will feature perennials, annuals, vegetables, potted annuals, and woody plant materials.

The sale will be from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 9 and 10, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 12.