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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 07 - October 10, 1996


Thursday, 10

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Travels in Australia, New Zealand, and Tahiti," by Alan Blume.

Women's Center Activity, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House: "The Clothesline Project-A Discussion."

CEUT Activity, 3-5:30 p.m., Hillcrest living room: New Faculty Roundtable.

Friday, 11

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: Pop music with David on acoustic guitar.

Women's Center Activity, 4 p.m.., Price House: Ritual and Healing and Empowerment.

Book Reading/Signing, 6 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Chris Colston.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Quantum Brass.

Saturday, 12

Homecoming Weekend.

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Mineral Fights: The Role of Geology in Civil War Battles," with Robert Whisonant, Radford, and Clarence Geier, JMU.

Football vs. Temple, 1 p.m., Lane Stadium.

Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., downtown.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet. Through 10-13.

Sunday, 13

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m.: Meet at Y Parking Lot, 403 Washington St.: Sinking Creek Mountain, led by Ken Stein.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet.

Monday, 14

Columbus Day Staff Holiday. (Last Week's listing showing October 9 as Columbus Day was incorrect.)

Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jay Crone and the Appalachian Trombone Quartet.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA. Through 10-16.

Tuesday, 15

Women's Center Activity, noon, Price House: Film, "Rape Is Not an Option."

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

Women's Center Activity, 7:30 p.m., Price House: Film, "Rape Is Not an Option."

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA. Through 10-16.

Wednesday, 16

Salary and Wage Paydate.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA.

Thursday, 17

Choices and Challenges Forum, 9 a.m., DBHCC registration 8 a.m., Hotel Roanoke registration 8:30 a.m.: "Sharing the Earth's Water Supply."

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Chili-Chillon, Los Angeles and Surrounding Areas," by Bob James.

Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reeves.


Thursday, 10

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: "History of Microcomputers," by David Larsen.

Human/Computer Interaction Center, 3:30 p.m., 218 McBryde: "Putting More Into, and Getting More Out of, Usability Evaluation," by H. Rex Hartson

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Scatterplots for Logistic Regression," by Dan Eno.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Charnockites, Eclogites, Migmatites, and Tonalites: A Look at the Deep Crust, Snowbird Zone, Saskatchewan, Canada," by Mike Williams, U. Mass.

Friday, 11

MCCB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Biochemical Genetics of Phenylpropanoid Metabolism in Arabidopsis," by Clint Chapple, Purdue.

MSE, 3:10 p.m., 114 Holden: TBA, by Anthony Rollett, Carnegie-Mellon.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "From Isolated Initiative toward Comprehensive Environmental Stewardship: A Virginia Tech Recycling Progress Report," by Larry Bechtel.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Slump Faulting in Cretaceous Chalks of the Gulf Coastal Plain," by George Vockroth, Vantage Oil Company.

Monday, 14

Forestry/Wildlife Resources, 3 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Science for the Environment of a New Century: A Proposal for a National Institute for the Environment," by David Blockstein, Committee for the National Institute for the Environment.

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Regulation of Fatty Acid Synthesis in E coli," by Charles O. Rock, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Cotton in Virginia-Past and Future," by Ozzie Abaye.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Influence of Storage and Transplanting Practices on Recovery from Dormant Xylary Embolism for Selected Urban Tree Species," by Patricia Knight.

Wednesday, 16

PPWS, 4 p.m., 503 Price: ""Population Dynamics of Plant Pathogens in Soil," by Brooks Crozier.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 304 McBryde: TBA, by Anthony Weston, Elon.

Thursday, 17

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Relevance of Indoor Arthropods to the Asthma Epidemic," by Thomas Platts-Mills, UVa Asthma and Allergic Disease Center.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Three-Dimensional Seismic Data in Oil-Field Development," by Dennis Neff, Phillips Petroleum.


Management/communication workshop scheduled

University Leadership Development (ULD) is repeating the one-day workshop on Meeting Management and Organizational Communication on November 5 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

This continuous-process-improvement (CPI) workshop represents a new phase of training which recognizes the rapid growth of CPI applications throughout the university. This workshop is designed for groups of individuals who want to engage in CPI efforts from a team perspective.

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

The workshop will also prepare participants for a series of short two-to-four-hour "Just In Time" 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 combine University Leadership Development's team-building model with its CPI model; some highlights 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 Wednesday, Oct. 30, with Sue Fast by phone at 1-6727 or by E-mail at fast@vt.edu. Enrollment will be limited. Early registration is advised.

Library friends to hold book sale

Duplicate books and books that do not fit into the holdings of Virginia Tech's University's Libraries will be sold to the public during a gift-book sale Friday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Newman Library.

Lon Savage, chairman of the Friends of the University Libraries, which is organizing and conducting the sale for the first time, estimated that 2,500 books would be available for the event, including old Virginia Tech yearbooks, The Bugle, and thousands of hardcover and paperback books and magazines on numerous subject areas, including both fiction and non-fiction.

"The books were donated to the libraries. Some are duplicates of books already among the holding and others are inappropriate for the libraries' collections," he said.

Hardcover books will cost $2 each, while paperbacks will command $1 each, and magazines will go for 50 cents each. Some selected titles will cost more.

"The University Libraries held their first book sale in 1989, and the event proved popular over the intervening years. But they cannot continue to conduct the sales themselves because it requires so much staff time," Savage said, adding, "It presents a perfect opportunity for the Friends to provide a beneficial service to the libraries while giving the public an excellent opportunity to acquire books at extremely low prices."

The book sale will be conducted near the entrance to Newman Library. In case of rain, the event will be moved to the lobby.

For more information, call Margaret Shuler at 1-3427.

DBHCC offering Sunday brunch

Beginning this Sunday, Oct. 6, the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center will be offering Sunday Brunch from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The menu features the following: scrambled eggs, waffle and omelet station, bacon and sausage, biscuits, grits, home-fried potatoes, blintzes, assorted brunch pastries, bagels, whipped cream cheese, preserves, smoked salmon spread, herbal rotisserie chicken, chef's seafood selection of the day, rice pilaf, vegetable medley, fresh fruit salad, gourmet salad bar, assorted rolls, carved roast baron of beef, roast pork loin, roast turkey, and desserts made on site by our pastry chef.

To make reservations, call 1-5632 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. p.m.

Pretzel Works Specialty Shop opens

Pretzel Works, a new specialty shop, opened this summer in Owens Food Court. Pretzel Works features a variety of gourmet soft pretzels, including the traditional soft pretzel, cinnamon-raisin, and "tough sweet" pretzels. So far, the location has sold more than 700 pretzels per day.

The shop provides the homemade pretzels, which contain no animal products, for 80 cents each.

Pretzel Works offers a variety of dipping sauces, such as marinara sauce and cheddar cheese. For no additional charge, pretzels can be dipped in water or butter and then accented with salt, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, hot pepper sauce, or a sugar glaze topping.

Over winter break, Pretzel Works will expand its operation in Owens Food Court, allowing for more pretzels to be made in the shop

DERC to visit Roanoke area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Roanoke on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brody Room of the Roanoke City Main Library in downtown Roanoke at 706 S. Jefferson St.

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.