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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 14 - December 5, 1996


Thursday, 5

Art Gallery Exhibit Opening, Armory Gallery: Student Projects. Through 12-11.

Holidays at Smithfield, 2-6 p.m., Smithfield Plantation. Through 12-8.

Take Our Daughters to Work Committee Meeting, 5-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

Women's Basketball vs. James Madison, 5:45 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

CAUS Video, 7 p.m., 100 Hancock: Michelangelo.

Men's Basketball vs. East Tennessee State, 8 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

TAUT Studio Workshop, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Poorhouse. Through 12-7.

Friday, 6

Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee Shop.

YMCA International Bazaar, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Cranwell Center.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel:Delta Omicron.

Holidays at Smithfield, 2-6 p.m., Smithfield Plantation. Through 12-8.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Poorhouse. Through 12-7.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: The New Virginians.

Saturday, 7

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF, 89.1 FM: "Tis the Season: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Gift-Giving," with Pam Kieker, VSU, Chris Kilmartin, MWC, and Virginia Purtle, CNU.

YMCA International Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cranwell Center.

Men's Basketball vs. Coastal Carolina, 1 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Holidays at Smithfield, 2-6 p.m., Smithfield Plantation. Through 12-8.

Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: All Bach Festkonzert.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Poorhouse.

Sunday, 8

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., Y parking lot: Pandapas Pond, led by Sandi Webster.

Holidays at Smithfield, 2-6 p.m., Smithfield Plantation.

Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: All Bach Festkonzert.

International Holiday Celebration, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.

Monday, 9

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel:Sing-a Long.

Men's Basketball vs. UNC Greensboro, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

1997 Travel and Study in France Program Informational Meeting, 7:30 p.m., 327 Major Williams.

Jazz, Poetry Night, 8 p.m., Black Cultural Center.

Music Special Event, 8 p.m., Blacksburg Baptist Church: Holiday Choral Concert.

Tuesday, 10

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: "The Wonder of Christmas."

1997 Summer Program for the Study Of Russian In Moscow Informational Meeting, 7 p.m., 327 Major Williams.

Wednesday, 11

Classes End.

Business College Workshop, 1 to 3 p.m., 1045 Pamplin: "Ethics in Global Business: A Faculty Workshop," by Thomas Donaldson, Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel:Virginia Tech Horn Ensemble.

Women's Basketball vs. Radford, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: University Jazz Ensemble.

Thursday, 12

Reading Day.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel:Meistersingers and Madrigals.

Take Our Daughters to Work Committee Meeting, 5-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.


Thursday, 5

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "New Extensions of Classical Multidimensional Scaling," by Michael W. Trosset, Rice.

Biology, 4 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "Transcriptional and Post-transcriptional Control of Photosynthetic Membrane Formation in Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1," by Sam Kaplan, University of Texas Medical School.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Factors Influencing the Transport of Bacteria in a Sandy Coastal Plain Aquifer," by Janet Herman, UVa.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 218 McBryde: "A Defense of Individualism in Feminist Epistemology," by Louise Antony, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Friday, 6

Finance, 2 p.m., 1003 Pamplin: TBA, by Joel Hasbrouck, NYU.

Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Hydrogeochemistry of Carbonates: Water-rock Interactions in Coastal Limestone Aquifers," by Janet Herman, UVa.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Privatization, Diffusion of Share Ownership and Politics," by Chiara Gratton.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "A Year's Progress, or One Year's Growth After SEEDS (Seek Education, Explore, DiScover) Germination," by Michael Rosenzweig and David Deshler.

Monday, 9

Forestry and Wildlife Resources, 3 p.m., Fralin auditorium: Natural Resource Management for the 21st Century," by William Woodfin Jr., director, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3009 Pamplin: "On Limited Liability and the Development of Capital Markets: An Historical Analysis," by Mike Smart, University of Toronto.

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Contemporary Issues in Turfgrass Management," by Bryan Gooch.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Effects of Plant Diversity on Populations of Striped and Spotted Cucumber Beetles," by Jason Walker.

Wednesday, 11

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 304 McBryde: "A Nightmare Sleep: British Philosophy of Mind in the Early Nineteenth Century," by David Murphree.

Thursday, 12

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Error Statistics and Learning from Error," by Deborah Mayo.


New web page announced

The Virginia Tech Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) announces that it now has a web page at http://fbox.vt.edu:100211/faculty/aaup/index.htm.. The page has information and comments on the Post-tenure Review Policy and other topics of interest to the university community. It also is initiating links to the pages of the Virginia State Conference of the AAUP and the National AAUP, location of the text of AAUP's Policies and Procedures (the Redbook). We invite all who are associated with the university to check it out.

Housing needed for adjunct faculty member

The Department of Building Construction is hiring an adjunct faculty member for the spring '97 semester. The department is looking for a house-sitting situation, perhaps for a faculty member on sabbatical. The adjunct faculty member is Linda Phillips. She will be alone, no children, no pets, and is willing to care for any animals or pets that come with the house as well as paying for utilities. If anyone is looking for a house sitter for next semester, please call Polly Scott-Showalter at 1-2762 (e-mail: pollys@vt.edu).

CEUT videoconference planned

A CEUT videoconference, "Faculty Forum Results of the NSF Review of Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education," will be held December 10 from 4-5 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center committee room. This videoconference will include a discussion of the results of a major review conducted of undergraduate education in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET)in the United States

The recently completed review, undertaken for the National Science Foundation, covered not only the preparation of majors in these fields but also such key issues as preparation of K-12 teachers, science literacy for all, and the preparation of the technical workforce. The review was designed to lead to an action agenda to improve undergraduate SMET education.

Melvin George, chair of the review effort and former president of St. Olaf College, and Carolyn W. Meyers, dean of the College of Engineering at the North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, will lead the discussion of recommendations to faculty members, departments, institutions, federal agencies, and professional societies. Meyers will relate the results and recommendations of this review to recent national developments in engineering education.

The center can provide more information about the videoconference and any associated materials (ceut@vt.edu)., or call 1-9109 or 1-6995.

Forestry Club selling Christmas trees

The Virginia Tech Forestry Club will have its annual Christmas tree sale December 2 through December 21 at Travelmasters on South Main Street in Blacksburg. The hours are weekdays from 5-9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. A variety of species and sizes is available.

Museum holding `follow-up' sale

The Museum of Geological Sciences will hold a "follow-up" sale of minerals and gifts on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 to 4 in the museum at 2062 Derring. The museum is also open for sales on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The annual sale was held in November but there is abundant merchandise remaining, including book ends, jewelry, minerals, and fossils for your holiday gift

Black Cultural Center plans jazz, poetry night

The Black Cultural Center invites the university community to express its thoughts through poetry and prose accompanied by a live jazz band. The performance is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center.

Performers must sign up by December 5 at the Black Cultural Center in Squires, or by calling 1-5355.

There is no fee for performing or attending the performance.

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

Holidays at Smithfield planned

Holidays at Smithfield will be celebrated December 5-8. Live musical entertainment, traditional craft and baking demonstrations, storytellers, a juried flower show, and refreshments are planned at the restored Colonial-era residence built by Col. William Preston in 1773. In addition, the Smithfield Museum Store and annual Holiday Greenery Sale will be open all four days, and Susanna's Tea Shoppe will be open on Saturday and Sunday.

The festivities begin Thursday, Dec. 5, with a National Council of State Garden Clubs Inc. Standard Flower Show, titled "Walking Through a Colonial Christmas." The show will feature artistic and creativity designs as well as horticultural and educational exhibits.

Colonial-era craft demonstrations will be offered throughout the house on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional craftsmen and storytellers will be featured in the reconstructed Weaver's Cabin, a log structure adjacent to the main house.

Hours for the programs are 2-6 p.m. daily. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Those who wish may enjoy a seated tea with homemade savories and sweets in Susanna's Tea Shoppe on Saturday and Sunday for an additional charge.

A reduced-rate four-day pass is available from the plantation's museum store through Sunday, Dec. 1. This pass, $6 for adults and $3 for students, allows repeated visits to all programs except the tea shoppe.

For more information, call 1-3947.

DERC to visit Chesapeake/Norfolk area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Melfa on Dec. 5, 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Eastern Shore Community College, 29300 Lankford Highway; Virginia Beach on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center in classroom 1 of Suite 401 in Pembroke Four at the Pembroke Office Park; and in Norfolk on Thursday, Dec. 12, 10:15 a.m.-3:45 p.m. in the meeting room of the Larchmont Branch Library, 6525 Hampton Boulevard.

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.

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.

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. For more information, call the Psychological Services Center at 1-6914 and ask about the panic-group treatment.

ILL department to close for winter break

The ILL department of Newman Library will be closed from December 21 to January 2. Materials may be picked up during library hours at the Photocopy Service Window. For more information, call 1-5360.

Wharton professor to teach business-ethics workshop

The first of a two-part faculty workshop on dealing with ethical issues in global business will be conducted next Wednesday, Dec. 11 by Thomas Donaldson of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. The workshop, sponsored by the Pamplin College of Business, is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 1045 Pamplin. It is open to the university community.

Donaldson, who is the Mark O. Winkelman professor, has written and lectured widely in the field of business values and professional ethics. He has served as a consultant to many organizations, including AT&T, Disney, Motorola, IBM, and the World Bank.

The workshop is designed to acquaint faculty members with some of the ethical issues that arise in doing business abroad, and to enhance faculty knowledge and teaching effectiveness in global business ethics. It will provide workbench-level suggestions on how to integrate discussion of these issues into courses.

Next week's session will include a case analysis that Donaldson will direct, to be followed by an open discussion of possible pedagogical strategies for incorporating discussion of ethical issues into classes.

The second session, scheduled for the latter part of spring semester, will give participants the opportunity to discuss their experiences with these various strategies during the semester, with the goal of identifying their strengths and weaknesses.

Advance registration for the workshop is not required, but those interested in receiving in advance materials related to the workshop may contact Sandy Crigger at 1-6353.