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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 02 - September 5, 1996


Thursday, 5

YMCA Thrift Shop Half Price Sale, 10-a.m.-4:50 p.m., 1336 S. Main St. Also 9-6, 10 a.m.-6:20 p.m.

CEUT New Faculty Reception and Roundtable, 3-5:30 p.m., DBHCC Conference Rooms D and E.

Saturday, 7

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Of the People: The Role of Government in the Modern Age," with James Buchanan and Roger Wilkins, GMU.

Football at Akron, 7 p.m.

Monday, 9

Forestry Lecture, 3 p.m., Fralin Biotechnology Center auditorium: "New Means of Protecting the Public Interest in Private Property," by Rupert Cutler, director of Virginia's Explore Park.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA. Through 9-11.

Tuesday, 10

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA. Through 9-11.

Wednesday, 11

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA. Through 9-11.

Thursday, 12

Museum of Natural History Program, 428 N. Main St.: "Schoolyard Natural History Workshop for Science Educators."

Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association, 7 p.m., 345 Squires: "Bring Your Own Rig Night."


Thursday, 5

Center for the Study of Science in Society, noon, 132 Lane: "Teaching in an STS Program," by Joseph Pitt.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price Hall: "Sexual Harassment," by Donna Lisker.

Biology, 4 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "Balance of Nature: Myth or Reality," by Eugenia Odum, Georgia-Athens.

Wednesday, 11

Gerontology, 3:30-5 p.m., Wallace Hall atrium: "Health and Well-Being in Later Life: The Importance of Family and Friends," by Karen Roberto.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 304 McBryde: "Locating and Intervening: How Using Anthropology Can Get Beyond the Science Wars," by Gary Downey.

Thursday, 12

Center for the Study of Science in Society, noon, 132 Lane: "An STS Student's Experience in State Government, or, How to Get a Governor's Fellowship and Spend the Summer Networking in Richmond," by Mary Ellen Jones.


Black History Month steering committee forming

The Black History Month Steering Committee is now forming. The committee will meet every other week, with the first meeting scheduled for September 16 at 4 p.m. All meetings will be held in the Black Cultural Center.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please call Chandra F. Cain, coordinator of Multicultural Programs, at 1-5355 or send an e-mail note to cainc@vt.edu.

Some planning calendars still available

The University Planning Calendar for the 1996-97 academic year has been distributed to faculty and staff members on campus.

If there are faculty or staff members who have not received a copy of the calendar, there are still some calendars available. To request a calendar, please send an e-mail message to Spectrum@vt.edu. Please note that the calendars are one-per-person, and for faculty and staff members only. Include the name and telephone number of the person to whom the calendars should be sent, number of calendars needed, and mail code.

Calendars are also on sale for $1 in the University Bookstore.

Language Institute offering English classes

The Virginia Tech Language Institute is forming English-as-a-second-language classes for members of the international community. Classes meet daily, and provide instruction in conversational English, grammar, reading and writing, and American culture.

For more information about the schedule and fees, call Judy Snoke at 1-6963.

Leave donations sought

Virginia Tech employees in the College of Engineering, Physical Plant, and Residential and Dining Programs have requested leave donations.

These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. If you are a salaried, classified or 12-month faculty employee, you may participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours. There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.

To protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. However, you MUST donate your leave to either a specific individual or area.

You may obtain a donor form from your department administrative office or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Return the completed form to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.

Feirtag to lead hotel sales workshops

Howard Feiertag, an instructor in Virginia Tech's Division of Continuing Education, will conduct hotel sales workshops at the 46th Annual International Hotel Show in Rimini, Italy, on November 23-27, and at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center on October 28-30.

The day-long workshop in Italy, where Feiertag is a featured speaker, will focus on "How to Increase Hotel Sales in the Italian Marketplace," while the Blacksburg workshop will address the subject "Hospitality Sales-Beyond the Basics."

A 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Feiertag teaches courses in hotel sales and meetings management, conducts annual workshops on the hospitality industry, and writes a regular column, "The Sales Clinic," for Hotel and Motel Management Magazine.

For information on attending the local workshop, contact Feiertag by e-mail at howardf@vt.edu or fax at 1-3746. Information on the seminar in Italy is available through the Internet at http://www.nettuno.it/fierim or by e-mail at fierim@rn.nettuno.it.

Schoolyard natural history workshops planned

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History is offering day-and-a-half workshops to encourage and support inquiry-based science teaching using schoolyard natural history. The first, full day, is at the museum; the second, half day, is at the school site.

Programs are planned for September 12 and 26; September 19 and October 3; and October 8 and 17.

The workshops are appropriate for K-12 teachers, pre-service education students, and other science educators. Registration deadline is two weeks prior to each workshop. The cost of $50 per person includes all materials.

For a registration form or for more information, call Alan Raflo at 1-5307.

Thrift Shop holding half-price sale

The YMCA Thrift Shop will have a half-price sale on men's, women's, and children's dated clothing Wednesday-Thursday, Sept. 4-5, from 10 a.m.-4:50 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m.-6:20 p.m. The store is located at 1336 S. Main Street.

For more information, call 552-2633 or FAX 552-4117.

Amateur Radio Association to meet

The Virginia Tech Amateur Radio Association is holding its first meeting of the semester on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in 345 Squires. The topic of the meeting will be "Bring Your Own Rig Night." VTARA welcomes all students, and faculty and staff members.

Plant give-away, sale scheduled

The horticulture Gardens will open its beds of annual plants for free give-away Friday, Sept. 27, at 5:15 p.m. Bring your own trowel and boxes. The event will be held rain or shine.

Greenbrier Nurseries of Talcott, W.Va., the Flower Shoppe of Pulaski, and Thornton's Greenhouses/Snowville Nursery will be on site from 4-6:30 p.m. They will be selling a wide array of herbaceous perennials, trees, shrubs, and groundcovers as well as seasonal annuals for fall color, including mums and pansies. These nurseries are known for stocking unusual and sought-after landscape and garden species.

This sale is a significant fund raiser for the general operations and maintenance of the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens.

The gardens are located at the corner of West Campus Drive and Washington St., adjacent to the greenhouses. Parking around the gardens is limited, so please use the Litton-Reaves lot across the street.

For more information, visit the garden's site on the World Wide Web, http://www.hort.vt.edu/VTHG.

Southwest Virginia Water Symposium planned

The Virginia Water Resources Research Center is sponsoring Southwest Virginia Water Symposium '96 in cooperation with several southwest Virginia Colleges, and federal, state, and local agencies. The objective of the symposium is to focus on drinking water and wastewater disposal problems, surface and groundwater pollution, watershed-management practices and policies in southwest Virginia.

The symposium will provide a forum for academia, Extension personnel, local, state, and federal agencies, industrial and other water-quality professionals to review and discuss water-related research, technology transfer, and educational programs. The symposium will be held on October 26 in Abingdon. For preregistration and a copy of the program, call Judy Poff at 1-8030 (or e-mail: jupoff@vt.edu).