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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 36 - July 25, 1996


Friday, 26

Summer Arts Festival Program, 6-7:30 p.m., Henderson Lawn: South Pacific.

Saturday, 27

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Home Improvement: Building Family Communication Skills," with David Stein, Longwood, and Thomas Moeller, Mary Washington.

Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History Program, 11 a.m.-noon, Duckpond Gazebo: "Saturday Science for Kids: Water, Water Everywhere."

Sunday, 28

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at Y parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Bottom Creek, led by Bill Richardson.

Wednesday, 31

Summer Bach's Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Memorial Chapel: "The Music Box," with Donita Moore and Samantha Quesenberry.


Thursday, 1

Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History Exhibit Opening, 428 N. Main Street: "Stories by Nature." Through 5-97.

Friday, 2

Steppin' Out, downtown Blacksburg. Through 8-3.

Saturday, 3

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

Steppin' Out, downtown Blacksburg.

Sunday, 4

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at Y parking lot, 403 Washington St.: New River Trail, led by Dottie Abashian.

Tuesday, 6

Butterfly Forays, noon-1 p.m. Meet next to the greenhouses on Washington Street.


Leadership Development offers CPI workshop

University Leadership Development (ULD )is offering a one-day workshop on Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) for Intact Teams on August 27 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. While some individuals have attended previous workshops, this next CPI workshop represents a new phase of CPI training that recognizes the rapid growth of CPI applications throughout the university. This workshop is designed for groups of individuals wanting to engage in CPI efforts from a team perspective.

The day-long workshop, conducted by Steve VanAken and Dick Harshberger, director of ULD, includes instruction, activities, and interactive discussion on process improvement, the customer, and quality. It includes a sharing of success stories and challenges encountered by attending CPI teams, as well as reports from other team leaders of teams that are at various phases of CPI team development in pilot programs here.

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.

As was the case in previous workshops, this CPI workshop is designed to support Leadership Development's CPI manual which will be distributed to workshop participants.

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 are: 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 $25 per person fee charged to cover the cost of the manual and incidental expenses. ISR's or personal checks will be accepted. Morning and afternoon breaks will be provided. Participants will be on their own for lunch. Please reserve slots for your team by Friday, August 23 with Sue Fast by phone at 1-6727 or by E-mail at fast@vt.edu. Enrollment will be limited. Early registration is advised.

WVTF reschedules `With Good Reason'

WVTF public radio has rescheduled the broadcast of "With Good Reason," the weekly half-hour radio program featuring professors from around the state. The program will now air Saturdays at 7:30 a.m.

Summer Arts Festival to conclude

The final program of Summer Arts Festival '96 will conclude with a sneak preview of the upcoming community production of the musical South Pacific Friday, July 26, at 6 p.m. on Henderson Lawn, adjacent to College Avenue.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-5921.

Water focus of children's science program

Children ages 11-15 can learn how water travels underground and about other water- and land-use issues in a program Saturday, July 27, from 11 a.m.-noon at the Duckpond Gazebo. "Saturday Science for Kids: Water, Water Everywhere" is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History.

Preregistration is required. For more information or to preregister, call 1-3001.

Summer Bach's Lunch offered

A Summer Bach's Lunch program will be presented Wednesday, July 31, from noon-1 p.m. in the Memorial Chapel. Donita Moore and Samantha Quesenberry will present "The Music Box."

The program is free and open to the public. The audience is invited to bring a lunch.

For more information, call 1-6240.

Employee relations counselors available

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

Front Royal on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 10:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Samuels Public Library, 538 Villa Ave.; Fredericksburg on Wednesday, Aug. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 of the Central Rappahannock Public Library, 1201 Caroline St.; and Warsaw on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Board Room in the Academic Building at Rappahannock Community College-Warsaw Campus.

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, call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors at 1-800-552-9720.

CommonHealth Offers sleep program

Donald Zedalis, M.D., will discuss sleep, including melatonin (fact and fiction); insomnia, snoring, and bright-light therapy as a treatment for depression. This program will be held on Wednesday, July 31 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bowman Room at the Jamerson Athletic Center. To register please call 1-7810.

1996 Performance Evaluation Process and Training Schedule

Personnel Services is currently preparing for the implementation of the 1996 Incentive Pay Plan. The following is information concerning changes, the timeline established to follow in the evaluation process, and the training sessions on the new Position and Performance Activity Form P-112.

Performance Increases

The evaluation ratings are the same as last year; however, no funds for increases for performance were approved by the General Assembly. In addition, no increases will be provided at the end of the probationary status for new employees.

Structure Adjustment for Classified and Wage Employees

The governor and the General Assembly have approved a 4.35-percent salary increase for classified and hourly wage employees effective Dec. 1, 1996 Salary increases will be granted to ALL classified and wage employees regardless of their performance rating. December 1 salary increases for student wage employees may be given at the discretion of the department head.

Evaluation Timeline

Supervisors may evaluate employees for this performance cycle beginning Aug. 1, 1996; the completed evaluation forms must be in Personnel Services by 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30, 1996.

Performance Evaluation Training for New and Experienced Supervisors

Training on performance evaluations and the new Position and Performance Activity Form P-112 will be offered on the following dates. Registration is required. Contact Vicky Price at 1-9331 or send an e-mail note to


Performance Planning Training for New Supervisors

Four Hour Session

Day/Date Time Room Location

Tuesday, July 30 8 a.m.-noon Marriott Inn/Smithfield Room

Wednesday, July 31 1-5 p.m. Marriott Inn/Smithfield Room

Tuesday, August 27 8 a.m.-noon DBHCC Conference Room G

Performance Planning Update and Review Session for Current Supervisors

One-and-a-Half-Hour Session

Day/Date Time DBHCC Room Location

Wednesday, July 31 8-9:30 a.m. Conference Room C

Tuesday, August 6 1-2:30 p.m. Conference Room C

Tuesday, August 13 8-9:30 a.m. Conference Room G

Tuesday, August 20 1-2:30 p.m. Conference Room A

Wednesday, August 28 1-2:30 p.m. Conference Room G