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Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 38 - August 22, 1996


Thursday, 22

International Student Orientation, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Squires Colonial Room. Through 8-23.

Armory Art Gallery Opening: Virginia Tech Faculty Art Exhibit. Through 10-14.

Friday, 23

New Faculty Orientation.

International Student Orientation, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Squires Commonwealth and Brush Mountain A rooms.

Saturday, 24

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "A Matter of Degrees: The Debate Over Global Warming," with Anne Stewart, JMU, and David Stoesz, VCU.

Sunday, 25

Board of Visitors Meets. Through 8-26.

Monday, 26

Fall Semester '96 Classes Begin.

Board of Visitors Meeting.

Tuesday, 27

University Leadership Development Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC.

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

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


Drilling begins this week

Earlier this week, the contractor began drilling caissons for the new Architecture building. There may be some noise associated with this work for those in the vicinity of the construction site. We apologize for any inconvenience or disruption this may cause. The work should be completed by September 6.

Plans announced for negotiating traffic, parking

This week, more than 8,500 students and their families arrive to check into the residence halls on August 22-25 (Thursday through Sunday). This will create a significant amount of additional traffic and parking needs throughout the campus. The following information is in regard to resident student move-in plans and campus traffic and parking patterns. We also hope to make the students' arrival as pleasant as possible and reduce traffic problems for faculty and staff members who are on campus during that time period.

During the four days of check-in, areas closest to the residence halls will be designated as "one-hour loading." These areas include Shultz, Owens, Dietrick, Coliseum, and Ag-Quad parking lots, Turner, Kent and Washington streets, and the south side of the Drillfield. Any vehicles parked in these areas, other than for the purpose of resident-student loading, will be ticketed to assist in coordinating an orderly move-in process.

On August 24 and 25, Saturday and Sunday, Washington Street will become a one-way street. Traffic will only be allowed to move from west to east (from the Coliseum toward Kent street and downtown Blacksburg). We expect very slow-moving traffic along this corridor, and strongly suggest avoiding Washington Street during those two days unless absolutely necessary.

Faculty and staff members should park in the faculty and staff areas, not temporarily designated "one-hour loading." We recommend using the faculty and staff section of B-Lot located at the corner of Perry and Stanger streets and the Litton Reaves Lot located behind Litton Reaves Hall.

From 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., at 20-minute intervals, two shuttle vans will be running constantly from these areas to central campus for the convenience of faculty and staff members who are displaced from their regular parking areas. The inconvenience resulting from resident student move-in will be temporary and limited to August 22-25, Thursday-Sunday.

Also, from August 16-26, the entire Donaldson Brown parking lot will be closed to complete the construction and paving in this lot. Parking meters on College Avenue from the corner of the Donaldson Brown parking lot to Squires, along Otey Street in front of Donaldson Brown, and along the north side of Roanoke Street have been bagged during this time by the town. These meters may be used by anyone in the campus community as well as local citizens.

Your patience and cooperation with this parking and traffic plan during this time will be much appreciated. We regret the inconvenience that these temporary arrangements may cause. If you have any questions or concerns about any of this information, call Parking Services at 1-3200.

Small-business workshop scheduled

Individuals interested in starting a small business can get the information they need in a workshop on "Starting a Small Business: Guaranteeing Your Success," which will be held in several Southwest Virginia locations now through September 9.

The workshop, which is open to the public at no charge, will be held 7-9 p.m. at the following locations: August 22--Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center; August 27--Galax Education Center; September 5--Pulaski Community Hospital; and September 9--Smyth Bland Regional Public Library in Marion.

Sponsored by the New River Valley Small Business Development Center (NRV SBDC) and the Wytheville Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the workshop will identify business skills necessary for business success, sources of assistance in local areas, the importance of planning, reasons for starting a business, and the costs of business startup. It will also provide information on how to make a business unique, the importance of market analysis, and how to define the competition. Teaching the workshop will be Sharon G. Scott, former director of business development in one of the country's most rapidly growing regions. Scott, who is now completing her Ph.D. at Virginia Tech, worked with over 1,300 small business clients during her tenure with a Small Business Development Center in Florida.

For more information, call the NRV SBDC at 540/831-6056 or the Wytheville SBDC at 540/223-4798.

UMWA vice president to speak at mining conference

Jerry Jones, vice president of the United Mine Workers of America, and J. Davitt McAteer, assistant secretary for Mine Safety and Health Administration, will be two of the keynote speakers at the 27th Annual Institute on Mining Health, Safety and Research August 27 at Virginia Tech.

The institute, sponsored by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Department of Energy, and Virginia Tech, traditionally brings together members of union, industry, and government to discuss safety issues, as well as new research in the area of mining and its safety.

Also speaking at the keynote session, beginning at 8:30 a.m., will be John Murphy, research director of the U.S. Department of Energy, and F.A. "Rick" Renninger, senior vice president of the National Coal Association, Washington, D.C.

Following the keynote session will be a luncheon featuring speaker Garold Spindler, president of Cyprus Amax Coal Company of Englewood, Colo.

The August 27 afternoon session will include a number of discussions on safety issues in surface mining operations. On August 28, reports on issues in occupational health will be reviewed, followed by a panel on re-engineering health and safety management.

Registration for the conference is $300 and includes the luncheon, reception, and banquet, all coffee breaks, and the conference proceedings. To inquire about registration, contact the conference registrar, DBHCC, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va., 24061, or call 1-5182.