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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 11 - November 7, 1996


Thursday, 7

Excellence in Education Conference, 9 a.m., DBHCC.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Southern Utah," by Clara and Bill Cox.

CEUT Activity, 2-4 p.m., DBHCC auditorium: Videoconference, Critical Thinking.

Excellence in Education Conference Keynote Address, 7:30 p.m., DBHCC: Gary Fenstermacher.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-10.

Friday, 8

CEUT Activity, 10 a.m.-noon, Hillcrest dining room: Follow-up Workshop A-Critical Thinking.

YMCA Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Squires Student Center.

CEUT Activity, 2-4 p.m., Hillcrest dining room: Follow-up Workshop B-Critical Thinking.

Core Curriculum Workshop, 3-5 p.m., Hillcrest living room: Writing and Discourse Workshop.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-10.

Saturday, 9

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Humbling Empires: U.S. Efforts to Defeat the Axis Powers," with Carl Boyd, ODU. Larry Bland, VMI, and Ken Werrell, Radford.

YMCA Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Squires Student Center.

Football vs. East Carolina, Lane Stadium, 1 p.m.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-10.

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "American Music," by Pulitzer-Prize-winning composers.

Sunday, 10

Board of Visitors Meeting. Through 11-11.

YMCA Crafts Fair, noon-5 p.m., Squires.

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot: Angels Rest, led by David Jenkins.

TAUT Production, 2 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest.

Women's' Basketball Exhibition, 2 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "American Music," by Pulitzer- Prize-winning composers.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: James Tobin, clarinet.

Monday, 11

Veterans Day Holiday for Staff.

Board of Visitors Meeting.

Men's Basketball Foreign Team Exhibition, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Tuesday, 12

CEUT Activity, noon-1 p.m., Hillcrest living room: November Brown Bag-Problem-Based Learning.

VTU Production, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Mame.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-16.

Wednesday, 13

Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Spring '97.

MAPs Speaking Out Series Program, 7 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A: "Marriage: A Right or a Privilege--A Discussion on Single-Sex Marriage"

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: VT Trumpet Society.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-16.

Thursday, 14

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Jamaica: Beaches, Mountains, People," by Ken Stein.

CEUT Activity, 4-6 p.m., Hillcrest dining room: "Curriculum-based Service: Adding Value to Your Teaching," by Lay Nam Chang, Peter Mecedo, Elizabeth Creamer, Ted Koebel, Joe Burch, and Peggy Meszaros.

Women's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Athletes in Action.

Writer's Harvest Benefit, 7 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Ed Falco, Jeff Mann, Lisa Norris, Simone Poirier-Bures, Lucinda Roy, Katherine Soniat, and Gyorgyi Voros.

African Film Festival, 7:30 p.m., Lyric Theatre: Hyenas.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Tempest. Through 11-16.


Thursday, 7

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: Open Discussion on Teaching.

Human/Computer Interaction Center, 3:30 p.m., 218 McBryde: "The Human Operator: An Imponderable Rick Factor in Safety-Critical Systems?" by Wolfgang Dzida, German National Center for Information Technology.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Uncertainty Analysis in Ecological and Environmental Risk Analysis," by Eric Smith.

Biology, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "The Role of Fossil Fungi in Interpreting a 400 Million-year-old Ecosystem," by Thomas Taylor.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Conditional Stochastic Analysis of Solute Transport in Heterogeneous Geologic Media Under Uncertainty," by Dongxiao Zhang, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Friday, 8

Finance, 2 p.m., 1003 Pamplin: TBA, by Joshua Lerner, Harvard.

Botany/Biology, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Observations on the Role and Survival of Tundra and Alpine Fungi in Northern Ecosystems," by Orson Miller.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Concept and Numerical Modeling of Multi-Layer Capillary Barriers, and Application in Landfill Bottom Liners," by Dongxiao Zhang, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Monday, 11

Forestry/Wildlife Resources, 3 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Environmental Perspectives of the Forest and Paper Industry," by Mitch Dubensky, American Forest and Paper Association.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "The Political Economy of the Reclaim Emissions Market for Southern California," by Dale Thompson.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "An Introduction to Soil Remediation Efforts at the Toms River, NJ, Superfund Site," by Mary Gilchrist.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Snake Oil or Panacea? Biostimulants and Transplant Success of Trees," by Matt Kelting.

Wednesday, 13

Gerontology Forum, noon, Wallace atrium: "Guardianship Project," by Pamela Teaster.

Water Sciences, noon, 104 Seitz: "Using Multivariate Market Segmentation Tools to Integrate Environmental, Social, and Agricultural Information for Targeting Conservation Practices and Programs," by Margaret Maizel, National Center for Resource Innovations.

Botany/Microbiology, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Genetic Tinkering Offers Novel Solutions to Study and Treat Diseases," by Prakash Nagarkatti.

PPWS, 4 p.m., 503 Price: "Spread of Hypovirulent Strains Cryphonectria parasitica among American Chestnut Trees Lesane State Forest," by Nancy Robbins.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 304 McBryde: "Innateness," by André Ariew, Arizona.

Thursday, 14

Science Study Center, noon, 132 Lane: "Administration: Mechanisms by Which Hell Gets Paved with Good Intentions," by Larry Bechtel.

Parenting, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Breastfeeding and Working," by Evalin Trice, Columbia Montgomery Regional Hospital.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Smoothing: Past, Present and Future," by J.S. Marron, UNC.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: TBA, by Dick Dickens, USDA.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "The Lachlan Fold Belt, Australia: Example of Mid-Paleozoic Accretion in a SW Pacific Setting," by Dave Gray, Monash University, Australia.


"The On-Line Front Porch" to be presented

November 18, 19, and 20 will mark the second in a series of three on-line projects conceived by Matthew Saunders, an MFA student at Virginia Tech. This second show, "The On-Line Front Porch," features a traditional southern Appalachian old-time band called "The Konnorock Critters."

The "Critters" will perform a variety of music interspersed with stories told by Jim Lloyd. "The Critters" are well-known throughout the region and have performed individually and as a group at the MerleFest, with Wayne Henderson, Mick Moloney, and the Old-Time Fiddler's Convention. Members are guitarist Jim Lloyd, Debbie Grim on banjo and vocals, and Brian Grim on the fiddle. Debbie Grim studied banjo with Emily Spencer, and her brother Brian took fiddle lessons from the late Albert Hash. Both Spencer and Hash have played with the Whitetop Mountain Band. Jim Lloyd, native of Lebanon and a Rural Retreat community leader and businessman, boasts of at least four generations of music makers. Jim's grandfather taught him to play guitar.

This live performance will be broadcast world-wide via the Internet using Mac Video Conference from the IP address A shareware version of this software is available from the Macintosh World Wide Web site at http:///qtc2.quicktime.apple.com/qtc/qtc.demo.html. There will be an on-line real-time talk back session with band members following the concert and an extended discussion held on ATHEMoo at telnet://moo.hawaii.edu:9999. The concert can also be attended on the Virginia Tech campus in the Performing Arts Building.

This project is a collaboration of J. Matthew Saunders, Virginia Tech Appalachian Studies Program, Theatre Arts-University Theatre, Clinch Valley College, and William King Regional Arts Center.

For more information and sound clips of the band, visit "The On-Line Front Porch" World Wide Web site at http://dogstar.bevd.blacksburg.va.us/porch/porch.html, e-mail Matthew Saunders at saunderm@vt.edu or call 1-5200.

Reception planned for blacks in military

A Blacks in the Military Reception will be held Monday, Nov. 11, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center in 126 Squires.

There will be a discussion of the history of blacks in the military at 4:30 p.m. and a movie, Tuskegee Airmen, followed by a discussion at 5 and 9 p.m.

A pictorial exhibit will be on display from November 11-21.

If you are a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation in the application process, please contact the Dean of Students Office at Voice (540)231-3787 or TDD (540) 231-8718.

For more information call Chandra Cain at 1-5355 or e-mail cainc@vt.edu.

The program is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, a unit of the Division of Student Affairs.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to give fall concert

"An Invitation to the Dance" is the theme for this year's fall concert of Virginia Tech's University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. The performance will take place Saturday, November 16, at 8 p.m. in the Squires Old Dominion Ballroom. The University Symphonic Wind Ensemble is comprised entirely of student musicians and conducted by David Widder of the Virginia Tech music faculty.

Widder has chosen a program featuring music from the dance set for wind band. Maurice Ravel's La Valse is one of the major show pieces of twentieth-century music and is the centerpiece of the Wind Ensemble's concert. In addition, the performance includes A Sousa Dance Set with a waltz, a tango and a march by John Philip Sousa, Malcomb Arnold's Four Cornish Dances and Faroe Island Dance by Percy Aldridge Grainger. Virginia Tech composer, James Sochinski's new work, Ostinato Dance, Ignazo Cervantes' Four Cuban Dances, and Clifton Williams' Symphonic Dance No. 3, Fiesta complete the program.

Admission is $2, with tickets available only at the door.

For more information call 1-5200.

Virginia Tech Trumpet Society to perform

The Virginia Tech Trumpet Society will begin its second season with a concert in the Squires Recital Salon on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m. The 19-member ensemble will present a variety of music featuring chamber-sized groups of three to seven players.

The Virginia Tech Trumpet Society is a student organization under the leadership of music department faculty member Allen Bachelder. The concert will feature works ranging from Johann Ernst Altenburg's 1795 Concerto for Seven Trumpets and Timpani to Verne Reynolds's 1964 composition Music for Five Trumpets. The Society will continue with a piece by Benjamin Britten entitled Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury.

In addition, there will be jazz and holiday surprises. Two final selections will include the entire Trumpet Society.

Admission is free. For more information, call 1-5200.

Lecture planned on slave archaeology

Jerome S. Handler will lecture on "Resurrecting Africanisms: Caribbean Slave Archaeology" Thursday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. in 136 McBryde. This public lecture is jointly sponsored by the departments of geography, history, sociology, and the Office of International Programs.

For more information contact Bonham Richardson at 1-5514 or by e-mail, borichar@vt.edu.

Workshop to focus on curriculum-based service

The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and The Service-Learning Center are co-sponsoring a workshop on Curriculum-based Service: Adding Value to Your Teaching, November 14, from 4-6 p.m. in the Hillcrest dining room.

Faculty-Student teams will discuss the challenges and benefits of service-learning. Each will demonstrate how curriculum-based service has added value to both teaching and learning. Featured teams include:

Lay Nam Chang, chair, Physics Dept., and Peter Mecedo, Lead Student, Distance & Service-Learning Project; Elizabeth Creamer, director, Interdisciplinary Studies, and WS 1824 Service-Learner; Ted Koebel, director, Center for Housing Research, and Josh Burch, UAP 3014 Service-Learner. Peggy Meszaros will be a special guest.

To confirm your attendance, please call 1-6947 or e-mail deramo@vt.edu.

Videoconference to examine critical thinking

The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (CEUT) invites all faculty, administrators and graduate students to a videoconference "Critical Thinking, Required Learning for the 21st Century" Thursday, Nov. 7, from 2-4 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center front auditorium. This PBS Professional Development Program will feature demonstrations of how to incorporate critical thinking strategies into any course. The presenters, nationally known experts Robert Ennis and Gerald Nosich, will guide participants through the various elements of critical thinking, suggest ways to use it to transform their teaching, and model teaching strategies that can be used across the curriculum.

A packet of materials will be available, including articles, suggested activities, and a bibliography.

Workshop to focus on critical thinking

The CEUT will present a Critical Thinking Workshop, Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m.-noon and again from 2-4 p.m. in Hillcrest.

This workshop will provide opportunities to design lessons using strategies that enable students to think critically, raise issues, and engage in problem-solving. Contact CEUT (CEUT@vt.edu) to register for either of the sessions.

CEUT Brown Bag topic is problem-based learning

The CEUT is sponsoring a Brown-Bag Discussion: Problem-Based Learning, Nov. 12, from noon-1:30 p.m. in Hillcrest.

David Parks and Stephen Parson, both of Educational Administration, will facilitate this informal discussion about problem-based learning. They will share strategies that can be used in any discipline. The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching will provide light refreshments.

Cassell Coliseum roofs repairs nearly complete

According to Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Ray Smoot, "The repairs to the Cassell Coliseum roof are substantially complete and the coliseum floor has already been returned to the athletic department for full use. The coliseum will be fully opened and operational in time for regularly scheduled fall athletic events."

Passersby may notice that the current roof is black, whereas the old roof was white. The black portion currently visible is the finished undercoat and is impervious to the elements. The final white outer membrane will not be installed until spring because of temperature requirements needed to make it adhere properly.

Multicultural Center schedules programs

The Multicultural Center is presenting a number of programs that focus on multicultural issues. These programs are open to all faculty, staff, students, and the community.

The YMCA Native American Program presents Terry Wilson of the University of California-Berkeley, speaking on "Interracial Relationships and Multiracial Identities," Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.

A Brown Bag lunch with faculty and staff members at the Multicultural Center on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from noon-1 p.m. features discussions with Wilson.

Later that same day, there will be "A Conversation with Students and Student Leaders" from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Multicultural Center.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, the MAPs Speaking Out Series presents "Marriage: A Right or a Privilege, A Discussion on Single-Sex Marriage" at 7 p.m. in Squires Brush Mountain Room A.