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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 09 - October 24, 1996


Thursday, 24

Art Gallery Exhibit Opening, Armory Art Gallery: "Abstraction: Paintings by Javier Tapia." Through 11-22.

CEUT Activity, 9 a.m.-noon, DBHCC Room A: Follow-up Workshop on Learning Styles.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Travels Through Albania," by Tina and Jerry Spittle.

Friday, 25

Women's Center Program, noon, Price House: "The Sexual Assault Facts and Education (SAFE) Project," by Donna Lisker and Leo Smith.

Virginia Tech Foundation Meeting.

International Club Coffee Hour, 5 to 7 p.m., Cranwell Center.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Hall: Mark Greeley, clarinet

Saturday, 26

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Dark Passages: The Role of Evil in Literature," by Roy Ball, Clinch Valley, Robert Geary, JMU, and Jeff Mann, Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History Program, 11 a.m.-noon, 428 N. Main Street: "Hall-o-ween Critters: Bats and Bugs!"

Football vs. Pittsburgh, noon, Lane Stadium.

Volume Two Bookstore Book Reading/Signing, 2 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Jeanne Larsen.

Choral Concert, 8 p.m., BHS auditorium: Mozart's Requiem, by the Virginia Tech Meistersingers, University Concert Choir, and Blacksburg Master Chorale.

Sunday, 27

VT Expo (NOVA).

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Meet at Y Parking Lot: Mountain Lake Scenic Trail, led by Sandi Webster.

Guest Chamber Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: The Emrys Ensemble and Friends.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Patrick Driscoll, horn.

Monday, 28

Governor's Fellow Program, 2 p.m., Hillcrest Conference Room: Discussion by A.E. "Dick" Howard.

CEUT Activity, 5-7 p.m., Hillcrest Conference Room: Advisory Committee.

MAPs Speaking Out Series Reception, 5-7 p.m., Squires Multicultural Center.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA. Through 10-30.

Tuesday, 29

Differing Abilities Awareness Days Assistive Technology Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

Slide Presentation/Book Signing, 7 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Lou Whittaker.

Women's Center Program, noon and 7:30 p.m., Price House: "Rethinking Rape," video and discussion.

TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: TBA. Through 10-30.

Wednesday, 30

Women in Mathematics Career Day, 1:30 p.m., 136 Norris: Welcome Session by Susan Brooker-Gross.

Differing Abilities Awareness Days Trust Walk, 2-5 p.m., Drillfield.

Differing Abilities Awareness Days Keynote Address, 7-8:30 p.m., 100 McBryde: "Disability Humor: A Bridge to Understanding," by Richard Harris, Ball State.

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

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: The University Percussion Ensemble and University Marimba Ensemble.

Thursday, 31

Differing Abilities Awareness Days Student Panel Discussion, 10 a.m.-noon, Squires Brush Mountain Room: "My Educational Experience as a Student with a Hidden Disability at Virginia Tech."

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Touring Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg," by John Ashby.

Differing Abilities Awareness Days Student Panel Discussion, 3-5 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room: "My Educational Experience as a Student with a Hidden Disability at Virginia Tech."

CHRE Speaker, 3:30 p.m., 234 Squires: "Insights from Working with Inner-City At-Risk Kids," by Don Hellison.


Thursday, 24

CANCELLED Biochemistry, noon, 223 Engel.

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: "STS at NSF: Circumstances, Prospects, and Opportunities," by Ed Hackett, NSF.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Anatomy of Higgs Bosons," by Pham Q. Hung, UVa.

Human-computer Interaction Center, 3:30 p.m., 207 Norris: "Assistance by Social Filtering on the World-Wide Web," by Will Hill and Loren Terveen, AT&T Research.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Empirical Spatial Distributions and Instantaneous Odds Ratios," by Wanzer Drane, University of South Carolina School of Public Health.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Nematodes to Control White Grubs," by Miklos Nadasy, Pannon Agricultural Univ., Keszthely, Hungary.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "The Three-Dimensional Structure of Double-Porosity Hydrothermal Convection Systems," by Mike Ryan, U.S. Geological Survey.

Friday, 25

Nuclear Theory, 10 a.m., 304 Robeson: "New Phenomena in Deep Inelastic Scattering on Nuclei," by Simonetta Liuti, UVA and Rome.

MSE, 3:10 p.m., 114 Holden: "Optical Fiber Materials, Devices, and Applications," by Richard Claus.

Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3009 Pamplin: "Policy Coordination Issues on Trade and the Environment," by John Beghin, NC State.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Where Have All the Seedlings Gone? The Suppressive Nature of Rhododendron maximum," by Thomas Lei.

Monday, 28

Biochemistry, 4 p.m., 223 Engel: "Synthesis, Synthesis, Synthesis-of Biotin, Fe-S Clusters, and Industrial Chemicals from Biomass," by Dennis Flint, DuPont.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Non-tidal Wetlands Mitigation Challenges in Virginia," by W. Lee Daniels.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Production and Testing of Transgenic Fruit Crops for Disease Resistance," by Ralph Scorza, Appalachian Fruit Research Station.

Tuesday, 29

Urban Forestry, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "New Designs for Tomorrow's Urban Forests," by Nina Bassuk, Cornell.

Wednesday, 30

PPWS, 4 p.m., 503 Price: "Correlation of the Orobanche ssp. Parasitism and Rhizobium Nodulation in Legumes," by Ivan Morozov.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 304 McBryde: "Philosophy of Biology, 1996: Problems and Prospects," by Marjorie Grene.

Thursday, 31

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: TBA.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Experimental Design Issues in Impaired Reproduction Application," by Lisa M. Chiacchierini.


Hellison to speak on "at-risk" kids

Don Hellison will speak on "Insights from Working with Inner City At-Risk Kids for 25 Years: Insights from the Trenches," Thursday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m., in 234 Squires Student Center. His remarks are part of a program sponsored by the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Human Resources and Education.

Hellison has been developing his social responsibility theories for many years, most recently at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Along with his university duties, Hellison has taught at-risk youth in inner-city schools, alternative schools, and detention centers since 1970.

Hellison's ideas and experiences appear in a variety of journals and books, including Goals and Strategies for Teaching Physical Education and Beyond Balls and Bats: Alienated Youth in the Gym. He is a recipient of an honorary doctorate of laws, the National Child Labor Committee Award for Exceptional Service to Children and Youth and, in 1995, the International Olympic Committee President's Prize.

He is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and the National Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (NAPEHE), where he has been a member of the Board of Officers, the Future Directions Task Force, and the Scientific Committee.

Annual mineral, gift sale planned

The Museum of Geological Sciences will hold its annual Mineral and Gift Sale on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the museum in 2062 Derring. This annual event in which purchased minerals, fossils, bookends, jewelry, and other items are sold, raises most of the operating budget for the museum. The funds are used both for outreach and education within the university. For more information, call 1-5360.

Speaking Out Series returns to university

The Multicultural Awareness Programs (MAPs), a peer-education unit of the Dean of Students office, announces the commencement of the 1996/1997 Speaking Out Series. Speaking Out is a series of panels, debates, and open forums sponsored by MAPs for Virginia Tech students, faculty and staff members, and administrators to hear and be heard. Last year's series included debates and discussions on "The Death Penalty and Race," "Articles of the Confederacy: Dixie on Campus," "Cross-cultural Perspectives on Gender and Feminism," and "Gay Parenting: Homosexual Adults Adopting Children."

The Speaking Out Series will open with "A Silent Debate," a display of information, articles, and other materials from the national and local election campaigns. The "Silent Debate" will be on display in the Multicultural Center (MCC), 140 Squires, Monday, Oct. 28, through Tuesday. Nov. 5, with weekday hours from 1-8 p.m. and weekend hours to be announced.

An Opening Reception will be held Monday, Oct. 28, from 5-7 p.m. in the Multicultural Center.

The second event in the Speaking Out Series is entitled "Marriage: A Right or a Privilege-A Discussion on Same Sex Marriage." The program will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. MAPs peer educators are still seeking information for this program. Persons who can provide any type of aid in the planning or production of this program should contact call MAPs at 1-8584 of contact reedta@vt.edu by e-mail.

The "Silent Debate" and "Marriage: A Right or a Privilege" are open to the greater campus community. Watch for further information about MAPs and the Speaking Out Series.

For more information about the Speaking Out Series, MAPs, or the Multicultural Center, call the center at 1-8584, or stop by. The MCC is located on the first floor of Squires next to the Credit Union and is open weekdays from 1-8 p.m.

NRVS plans annual fall concert

Jeanne Schumann, a 14-year-old Blacksburg High School student, will join with the New River Valley Symphony on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. in Burruss Hall for the symphony's annual fall concert.

Schumann has been under the tutelage of Teresa Ehrlich, founder of the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia. She made her orchestra debut last fall with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert.

Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 will be the venue for Schumann's solo premier performance with this symphony. The evening will begin with RSO Fanfare No. 1, an original composition by James Sochinski, Virginia Tech music faculty member. It will conclude with the NRVS orchestra performing Symphony No. 4 by P.I. Tchaikovsky.

Tickets, $5 general admission and $3 student/senior citizen, are available by telephoning the UUSA Box Office at 1-5615. For more information, call 1-5200.

Emrys Ensemble and Friends to perform

On Sunday, Oct. 27, 1996, the Emrys Ensemble will be joined by violist Lisa Bazuzi of Blacksburg and flutist Chester Burke of Annapolis, Md., for a program offering compositions for a variety of combinations of cello, piano, flute, and viola. The performance will be at 3 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon.

The program features three trios, a duo, and one quartet. The trios include works by Albert Roussel for flute, viola, and cello; by Arthur Foote for flute, viola, and piano; and by Bohuslav Martinu for flute, cello, and piano. The duo will be The Jetwhistle by Heitor Villa-Lobos for flute and cello. The Piano Quartet in G Major by C.P.E. Bach will also be performed.

The Emrys Ensemble was founded in 1993 by cellist Lisa Liske-Doorandish and pianist Katharine Boyes, who were then graduate students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where they recognized in each other a similar live-wire approach to musical interpretation.

Liske-Doorandish currently teaches for the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia. She has performed as principal cellist with Opera Roanoke and the Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia, and as assistant principal cellist with the Roanoke Symphony.

Boyes is a doctoral candidate at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM). She also teaches for the CCM Preparatory Department, is active as a recitalist and chamber musician, and is co-director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Bazuzi is an active free-lance musician and teacher. She is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Miami, where her thesis work involves the creation of a bibliography of music for the viola by U.S. women composers.

Burke performs with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Annapolis Symphony. He is also a professor at S. John's College in Annapolis, where he teaches the Great Books program, being responsible for classes in science, mathematics, philosophy, and Greek and French language courses.

The performance will be in the Squires Recital Salon. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call 1-5200.

Help offered for panic disorder, agoraphobia

The Virginia Tech Psychological Services Center is offering a comprehensive evaluation and group treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, panic attacks are characterized by "brief episodes of intense fear accompanied by multiple physical symptoms...that occur repeatedly and unexpectedly in the absence of external threat." Nausea, choking sensations, shaking or trembling, chest pain, and sweating are also symptoms of panic attacks. Typically, the onset of these symptoms occurs very quickly and can last for several minutes or several hours. The symptoms are similar to those of someone having a heart attack.

The on-campus group treatment will continue for eight weeks, at which time participants will be offered a self-help and maintenance program to prevent relapse. Treatment will focus on reducing panic symptoms and increasing participants' ability to cope with anxiety. The evaluation and group treatment will be conducted by graduate students in clinical psychology who will be closely supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist who is an expert in evaluating and treating anxiety disorders.

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact the Psychological Services Center at 1-6914 and ask about the panic group treatment.

Smart Road lecture scheduled

The School for Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech will present a public lecture on "The Smart Road: Where We Are, Where We're Going, and Why We're Doing It" Monday, Nov. 4, in 136 McBryde.

Ray D. Pethtel, associate director for the Center for Transportation Research and university transportation fellow, will deliver the address at 4 p.m., with refreshments available beforehand at 3:45 p.m.

For more information, contact Charles Good of the geography department at 1-6467 or cgood@vt.edu.

Student ensembles to present joint concerts

The University Percussion Ensemble and University Marimba Ensemble will present a joint concert on Wednesday, Oct.30, at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon. The student ensemble is directed by John Floyd and will feature the University Marimba Trio, Quartet, and Quintet.

October Mountain, Op. 135, by Alan Hovaness and In C by Terry Riley are two standard American pieces for percussion that will be featured. Other works are Sellinger's Round by William Byrd, Alice Gomez's Afterthoughts, Contrapunctus III by Emery A. Alford, and Adagio Cantabile, Vivace assai from Symphony No. 94 by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Tickets for the concert are $2 general admission and are sold at the door only. For more information, call 1-5200.

Differing abilities focus of events

Tuesday, Oct. 29-Thursday, Oct. 31 have been designated as "Differing Abilities Awareness Days" on the Virginia Tech campus.

The events begin with an Assistive Technology Fair, "Technology of the Future," Tuesday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

Wednesday features a Trust Walk from 2-5 p.m. on the Drillfield. On Wednesday night at 7 p.m., Richard Harris of Ball State University will present the keynote address, "Disability Humor: A Bridge to Understanding, " in 100 McBryde. Harris is a charter founder of American Higher Education and Disability. He has served 23 years as coordinator of student support services at Ball State. He has been collecting cartoons and jokes about disability for more than 20 years.

On Thursday, two student panel discussions will feature "My Educational Experience as a Student with a Hidden Disability at Virginia Tech." The sessions are from 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m. in Squires Brush Mountain Room.

Interracial relationships subject of lecture

The Native American Program of the YMCA presents Terry P. Wilson, professor emeritus of Native American studies at UC Berkeley, Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom. Wilson will speak on "Interracial Relationship and Multi-racial Identities.

For more information call Sally Greywall at 961-0979 or Melody Kirkendall at 961-7401.

Program to focus on Governor's Fellows Program

A.E. "Dick" Howard will speak on the Virginia Governor's Fellows Program Monday, Oct. 28, at 2 p.m. in Hillcrest conference room.

The fellows program was designed in 1982 by Howard to offer a select group of highly motivated young people firsthand experience in the processes of state government. An applicant applying as an undergraduate must be a graduating senior enrolled in a Virginia college or university or a Virginia resident in an out-of-state college or university. A graduate student must be enrolled as a degree-seeking candidate in a graduate or professional program.

Howard will give a walk-through of the application and information on the history of the fellows program.