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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 21 - February 20, 1997


Thursday, 20

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "South Africa,Namibia-Funji in the Desert," by Orson and Hope Miller.

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

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

Black History Month Activity, 6:30 p.m., Squires Cardinal Room: "BlackHistory Month Quiz-Bowl."

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

Men's Basketball at George Washington, 7:30 p.m., Washington, D.C.

Black History Month Activity, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre:"Harlem Nights."

Friday, 21

Last Day to Drop.

Saturday, 22

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Drawing the Line: TheLegacy of Warren Burger," with John Jeffries and David O'Brien, UVA, and NancyMarshall, William and Mary.

Black History Month Activity, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 341-345 Squires:Diversity and Leadership Seminar.

Museum of Natural History Program, 11 a.m.-noon, 428 N. Main Street:"Art, Naturally."

VTU 6th Annual Winterfest Celebration, noon-midnight, Squires StudentCenter.

Book Signing, 2-5 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: James I. Robertson Jr.

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

New River Valley Symphony, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: WinterConcert.

Sunday, 23

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.:Sinking Creek Mt., led by Barry Anderson.

Men's Basketball vs. Duquesne, 2 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Black History Month Activity, 8 p.m., Black Cultural Center, 126Squires: "An Evening of Poetry and Jazz."

Monday, 24

Black History Month Activity, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center, 126Squires: "Herstory: Black Women in Education and Social Science."

Black History Month Activity, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Flying West," by PearlCleage.

Tuesday, 25

Women's Basketball, Atlantic 10 Tournament, TBA.

Museum of Natural History Program, 4-5 p.m., 428 N. Main St.: "Kits toGO!"

Black History Month Activity, 5 p.m., 236 Squires: "Will Blacks Become`Roadkill' on the Information Highway?"

Black History Month Activity, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Flying West," by PearlCleage.

Men's Basketball vs. Virginia, 8 p.m., Richmond.

Wednesday, 26

VCE Support Staff Association Professional Development Workshop, 8:30a.m.-4:30 p.m., Marriott.

Black History Month Activity, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Flying West," by PearlCleage.

Thursday, 27

Women's Basketball, Atlantic 10 Tournament, TBA.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Caribbean Hollidays,"by Kent Holliday.

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

Black History Month Activity, 7p.m., Squires Colonial: Keynote SpeakerPatricia Russell-McCloud.

VTU Lively Arts Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Kissof the Spiderwoman.


Thursday, 20

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 232 Squires: "Assisted Suicide," byMaxwell Palmer.

Plant Physiology, 3 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Screening for WaterConservation and Water Use Efficiency of Kentucky Bluegrass Cultivars," byScott Ebdom, O.M. Scotts.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Grain Boundary Diffusion in Metals:From Fundamentals to Recent," by Yuri Mishin.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Update on New Developments at theInformation Technologies Initiatives," by Anne Moore.

Friday, 21

Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Optimal Partially ReversibleInvestment: The Case of Industry-Specific Capital Goods," by MichaelHendrickson, Washington.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Using Transgenic Tobacco as HumanProtein Factory," by Carole Cramer.

Monday, 24

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Management of Phosphorus for Agriculture andEnvironmental Quality," by Zhenli He.

Wednesday, 26

Parenting, noon-1 p.m., 404 Clay St.: "Assertive Discipline," by JoyceBeliveau, Child Abuse and Prevention Coalition.

Thursday, 27

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "The Impact of the Suezand Panama Canals on the Modern World: Some Preliminary Observations," byBurton Kaufman.

Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Whatever Happened to ThoseMap-Scale Faults in the Central Appalachian Foreland?" by Bill Dunne,Tennessee-Knoxville.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Free and ConjugatedSterol Expression of the Tomato HMGI Gene in Transformed Tobacco," by VenessaJones.


Children's art program features natural supplies

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History presents "Art, Naturally,"Saturday, Feb. 22, from 11 a.m.-noon at the museum, 418 N. Main St. Children ingrades K-8 are invited to join museum staff members for a morning of craftsusing natural dyes and materials.

The program is free and open to the first 24 participants to pre-register. Topre-register, call 1-3001 by Thursday, Feb. 20.

Kit materials topic of museum program

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural history will present "Kits to GO!"Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 4-5 p.m. at the museum, 438 N. Main St.

The program will feature kits for loan to enhance lessons on birds, mammals,wolves, weather, geology, and other topics. Kit materials that can support theteaching of various Virginia science standard of learning will be demonstrated.The kits are appropriate for use by K-6, life science, earth science, andnature educators.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information and topre-register, call 1-3001 by Monday, Feb. 24.

Alternate careers for Ph.D.'s to be explored

The Organization of Women Faculty and the Women's Network is sponsoringa discussion, "So you don't want to be a professor (Or, what most Ph.D.'s aredoing for a living)," led by Carole Christian of Research and Graduate StudiesWednesday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. in 315 Cheatham..

The discussion should be of interest to anyone concerned with the future ofgraduate education and the realities of today's world. Many people believe thatmost Ph.D.'s work primarily as tenure-track research professors in academe.However, fewer than half of Ph.D.'s are in tenure-track positions, and nearlyhalf are in non-research positions.

Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m.

Macromedia workshop planned

The New Media Center is sponsoring a free workshop, "Putting MultimediaContent on the Web with Shockwave," Friday, Feb. 21, beginning at 1 p.m. in theNew Media Center, 2038 Newman Library.

The program will focus on a variety of multimedia software packages, includingDirector 5 (animation, game programming), Authorware 3.5 (interactiveprogramming) and Freehand Graphics Studio 7 (drawing package). Each programwill consist of a discussion of the product, a demonstration of features,especially their use with the Shockwave system for delivering work created inthese packages across the Internet, and a question and answer session.

Sessions are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

Participants are welcome to attend any or all of these sessions. For moreinformation, e-mail newmedia@vt.edu or call 1-4826.

The session from 1-2:15 p.m. on Director 5 and Authorware 3.5 is aimed atfaculty and staff members and graduate students. The emphasis is onInternet-related features, especially those new in these latest versions

The second session, from 2:30-4 p.m. is on Freehand Graphics Studio. It willinclude a discussion of new features, again with emphasis of use of graphics onthe web.

The final session, from 4-5 p.m., will be an overview of Director 5 andFreehand 7. It will include a preview of a new product, "Flash," for viewingweb graphics. It is aimed at students interested in putting content on theweb.

Pearl Cleage's Flyin' West to be performed

In celebration of Black History month and the upcoming Women's Month, theVirginia Tech School of the Arts presents a Theatre Arts-University Theatreworkshop production of Flyin' West by Pearl Cleage. Performance datesare Sunday-Wednesday, Feb. 23-26, at 8 p.m. in room 204 of the Performing ArtsBuilding,

Flyin' West, a play about African-American homesteaders in 1898, is thestory of four women "sisters" and the men in their lives. Although set in thepast, the play focuses on issues that are reaching critical mass in today'ssociety-Racism, sisterhood, community, being a woman in a man's world,survival, and unity.

This play is about dreams and the distance you will travel to fulfill them.Flyin' West explores how racism affects the lives and dreams of thecharacters. It looks at how the "isms" of this country can either destroypeople from the inside out or be transcended, turning the dream into a morepowerful and fulfilling reality .

Admission to the performance is free. Seating is limited, so the audience isencouraged to arrive early. For more information, contact Jamiila Denoire atthe School of the Arts information line at 1-5200.

Women's Center announces February programs

A program on "Appalachian Adolescents' Abortion Attitudes" is scheduledfor today, Feb. 20, at 12:30 p.m. at the Women's Center, Price House.

On Tuesday, Feb. 25, a program, "Talkback: A Discussion of `Flyin' West' withthe Director and Cast Members," will be held at 4 p.m. at the center.

A presentation on "The Myths of `Charge It!': College Women and Credit Cards"is planned for Wednesday, Feb. 25, at noon at the center.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call1-7806.

FICA deductions may vary by one cent

According to C. Wayne Bishop, payroll manager, the checkstub FICAamount deducted can vary by a penny from one pay period to another due to a"catch-up" provision in Banner, the new human-resource system. The systemcalculates the amount of FICA that should have been withheld for the year eachtime it calculates a check. If the FICA deduction amount was rounded down thelast paycheck by a half cent, the "catch-up" provision will kick in on thecurrent check and take out the half cent for the last check and the half centfor the current check, making the one cent difference.

Ebonics author to speak

Robert Williams, author of the book Ebonics: the true language ofblack folks, will be speaking about ebonics Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. inSquires Colonial Hall. Williams will give a presentation about the history ofebonics followed by questions from the audience.

Admission is free, and the event is open to the public. For more information,call 1-5661.

Robertson to sign new book

James I. Robertson Jr. will sign copies of his new book, StonewallJackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend, at University Volume TwoBookstore Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2-5 p.m.

Robertson, alumni distinguished professor of history, is the author of sixbooks and has received every major award given in the field of Civil Warhistory.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 1-5213.

Craft fair entertainers needed

The Brush Mt. Arts and Crafts Fair, scheduled for April 4, 5, and 6, issoliciting entertainment for the fair. Anyone wishing to perform at the faircan stop by 325 Squires (the Program Advising and Student Entertainment Office) to pick up an application. Applications must be completed and returned to thePASE office by February 21. The applications will be reviewed and the chosenperformers will be contacted.

For more information, call Melissa Daller or Lorajane Fattorini at 1-5661.

Incident reporting possible over Internet

A program has been added to the Virginia Tech Police home page that enablesstudents and faculty and staff members to report incidents via the Internet.The report form contains all information needed to complete an IBR. This formcan only be used for vandalism, damage, or destruction; larceny or theftoffenses; and annoying or harassing phone calls.

This on-line reporting form can be accessed athttp://www.police.vt.edu/police/. The form is linked to the "report acrime" button.