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To The Editor

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 14 - December 5, 1996

Dear Editor,

I would like to correct a mistake as well as say a few words on behalf of an exciting new Virginia Tech program.

The mistake has to do with my departmental affiliation. In the "Achievers" column for November 14 I was identified in Spectrum as a member of the "music department." This is incorrect, although my title remains professor of music and humanities. My new academic home is the recently established Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (or CIS) has brought together faculty members from several Tech programs. Included among these are Black Studies, the Center for Programs in the Humanities, the Center for the Study of Science in Society, Interdisciplinary Studies, Religious Studies, the Science and Gender Equity Program, and Women's Studies. Also affiliated with CIS is the Reynolds Homestead Continuing Education Center, located in Critz, Virginia. CIS is not a "department" in the old-fashioned sense. We are, we believe, something new under the Virginia Tech sun.

I hope that future announcements in Spectrum about CIS faculty members can identify their affiliation with our fine, new organization.

Sincerely yours,

Michael Saffle

Center for Interdisciplinary Studies