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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 15 - December 12, 1996


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.

Friday, 13

Non-Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Spring '97.

Exams Begin.

Bach's Lunch, noon, Chapel: Shawsville Handbell Choir.

Saturday, 14

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF, 89.1 FM: "Holy City, Holy Wars: Jerusalem and the Rise of Fundamentalism," with William Oschenwald, Virginia Tech, and John Alden Williams, William. and Mary.

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

Monday, 16

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Tuesday, 17

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

Thursday, 19

Exams End.

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

Women's Basketball at Richmond, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, 20

Fall Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, 2:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Address by University Distinguished Professor Paul Siegel.

Saturday, 21

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF, 89.1 FM: "The Sky's the Limit: The Role of the Heavens across Cultures," with Roy Wagner, UVa, Cliff Edwards, VCU, and David Dupuy, VMI.

Fall Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, 10 a.m., Cassell Coliseum: Address by Lucinda Roy.

Sunday, 22

Men's Basketball at West Virginia, 1 p.m.

Wednesday, 25

Christmas Holiday for Faculty and Staff.

Saturday, 28

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF, 89.1 FM: "It's a Small World: The Threat of Unchecked Population Growth," with Thomas Dietz, GMU, and Ron Mollick, CNU.

Sunday, 29

Women's Basketball Diamond Club Classic, 5 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Cornell vs.Tech.

Monday, 30

Women's Basketball Diamond Club Classic, time TBA., Cassell Coliseum.

Tuesday, 31

Salary and Wage Paydate.


Wednesday, 1

New Year's Holiday for Faculty and Staff.

Thursday, 2

Men's Basketball vs. St. Bonaventure, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Friday, 3

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

Saturday, 4

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF, 89.1 FM: "Tragic Endings: Suicide and the Elderly," with Nancy Osgood, VCU.

Men's Basketball at Xavier, 8 p.m.

Monday, 6

Women's Basketball at George Washington, 7 p.m.

Men's Basketball at Duquesne, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, 7

CEUT Activity, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC Rooms D/E: New Faculty Workshop-Active Learning.

Wednesday, 8

CEUT Activity, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC Rooms D/E: New Faculty Workshop-Active Learning (cont'd.)

Women's Basketball at Appalachian State, 7 p.m.

Thursday, 9

CEUT Activity, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC Rooms D/E: All Faculty Workshop-Active Learning.

Men's Basketball vs. Wm. and Mary, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.


Thursday, 12

Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 2044 Derring: "How to Treat Petroleum-Contaminated Soil and Ground Water-Are Bacteria the Solution?" by Dick Schulze-Makuch, Fluid Management Inc.

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

Friday, 13

Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Facies Dependent Scale Behavior," by Dick Schulze-Makuch, Fluid Management Inc.

Monday, 16

Vet Med, 9-10 a.m., Vet Med Phase II Heritage Room: "New Insights into Emerging Protozoal Diseases: From Abortion to Ataxic Equine," by Antoinette Marsh, UC-Davis.

Thursday, 19

Vet Med, 9-10 a.m., Vet Med Phase II Heritage Room: "Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis: Life Cycle and Clinical Findings," by Clara Fenger, Lexington, Ky.


Advising Award deadline extended

In the past, the deadline for nominations for the Alumni Advising Award has been in late January.

This year, the deadline was moved up to December 1 to make it consistent with the university teaching awards and to provide extra time for gathering information about nominees. Apparently, this change has caused some confusion and has created problems for departments that were not aware of the deadline change.

In an effort to provide ample time and assure that as many good candidates as possible are identified, the deadline for nominations for the Alumni Advising Award is being extended to Jan. 20, 1997. This new deadline will not allow much time for gathering additional information, so departments or individuals who are preparing nominations should endeavor to provide as much documentation as possible along with the nomination.

Nominations prior to the deadline are most welcome. For information about the award or to submit a nomination, please contact Terry Rakes, chair of the Alumni Advising Award Committee, Department of Management Science and Information Technology (0235), by e-mail to trakes@vt.edu ,or by phone at 1-4636.

DERC to visit Petersburg/Goochland area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Petersburg on Thursday, Jan. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rodof Shalom Public Library on Sycamore Street. They are also scheduled in Goochland at the Pamunkey Regional Library on Wednesday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

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.

Center accepting new clients in January

The Statistical Consulting Center of Virginia Tech will not accept any new clients for 1997 until January 8. Clients with assigned consultants can contact their consultants directly for continued consultation.

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).

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).

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.

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.

DBHCC plans holiday buffet

On Friday, Dec. 13, and Friday, Dec. 20, the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center will feature a special holiday buffet instead of the regular salad and deli buffets. The buffet will have a variety of salads, vegetables to go with carved turkey, Asian char su pork, seafood casserole, and a selection of our homemade holiday desserts. The cost is $8.50 per person and our menu will also be available.