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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 23 - March 13, 1997


Thursday, 13

University Leadership Development Program, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC: Continuous Process Improvement.

Surplus Property Screening, 9 a.m., Surplus Warehouse.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "The Highlands of East Africa," by Bill Hohenboke.

Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: Video Series: A Fine and Long Tradition and The Women Outside.

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

Women's Month Program, 5:30 p.m., Women's Center: Video Series: A Fine and Long Tradition and The Women Outside.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., DBHCC auditorium: Elaine Brown.

Book Reading/Signing, 7 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Poetry Reading, Nicole Cooley.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Loverboy Trilogy. Through 3-15.

Friday, 14

Last Day to Resign.

Surplus Property Screening, 9 a.m., Surplus Warehouse.

TAUT Studio Workshop, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Loverboy Trilogy. Through 3-15.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jason Price, trumpet.

Saturday, 15

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Nation Builders: The 50th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan," by Larry Bland, VMI, and Melvyn Leffler, UVa.

Women's Month Program, 5 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: "The Erotic Side of Intimacy: Being Abstinent and Having Fun," by Holly Sowell.

Free Clinic Art Benefit, 6 p.m., DBHCC.

TAUT Studio Workshop, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Loverboy Trilogy.

Faculty/Guest Artist Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Shaw/Ehrlich Trio.

Sunday, 16

YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: War Spur Overlook and Connector, led by Sean Higgins.

Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Hillary Baker, tuba, and Lindsay Doggett, piano.

Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Michael Swann, trombone, and Steve Oberheu, tuba.

Monday, 17

Women's Month Program, noon, 116 Squires: Soup and Substance Series: "The Climate for Women in Athletics."

University Council, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Derring Hall.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., 209 McBryde: "Beauty and Behavior," by Bernice Hausman.

Book Reading/Signing, 7 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Nikki Giovanni.

VTU Lively Arts Broadway Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Ain't Misbehavin'.

Tuesday, 18

Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Coming Full Circle: Transformative Turnings in Women's Lives-Connecting with Women, Men, and Children."

Women's Month Program, 4 p.m., Women's Center: "Doing Feminist Research: A Group Process," with Phyllis Greenberg, Beth Schubert, Susan Shome, T.J. Stone, Paula Usita, and Karen Wilcox.

Faculty/Staff Senates Open Forum, 4 p.m., Owens Banquet Room: Minnis Ridenour.

Women's Month Program, 6 p.m., 236 Squires: Rape-education videos: Presenting Mean Women Instead of Dangerous Men, by Martha McCaughey.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Wednesday, 19

Copyright Coursework Material Due for Summer I '97.

Virginia Water Resources Research Center Mini-Conference/Workshop, 1 p.m., DBHCC Conference Room G.

Media Training Session, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Owens Banquet Hall.

Women's Month Program, 3 p.m., Women's Center: "Women and HIV/AIDS," by Carol Webb and a person living with HIV/AIDS.

Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: Claudia Brenner.

Student Recital/Lecture, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Early Music, by Shannon Craig.

Thursday, 20

Armory Art Gallery Opening: African Art from the Robert Szathmary Collection. Through 4-18.

YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Wings and a Prayer-Making Art in Poland," by Charles Brouwer.

Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: Video Series: Woman on Fire: Menopause Stories.

Women's Month Program, 12:30-2 p.m., Black Cultural Center: Brown Bag Luncheon with Claudia Brenner.

Women's Month Program, 3-6 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: "Women-Owned Businesses and Organizations Showcase."

Take Our Daughters To Work Committee Meeting, 4-5:30 p.m., Women's Center, Price House.

Women's Month Program, 5:30 p.m., Women's Center: Video Series: Woman on Fire: Menopause Stories.

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

Speaker, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "Africans and African Americans in Science: A Global Perspective," by Ivan Van Sertima, Rutgers.


Thursday, 13

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Student Evaluations of the Faculty: Anonymity or Responsibility?" by Hans Rott.

Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Number Theory and the Potts Model in Statistical Mechanics," by F.Y. Wu, Northwestern.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Codes, Designs, and Distance," by William Duckworth, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Student Proposal, by Tom Kuhar.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Regulation of Vacuolar Acidity," by David Brauer, USDA.

Friday, 14

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Mechanisms for Nucleotide-Dependent Signal Transduction," by Lance Seefeldt, Utah State.

Science Study Center, 3-5 p.m., DBHCC Room F: TBA. Particle Physics, 3:30 p.m., 122 Robeson: TBA, by Andras Kaiser, Yale.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Applications of mat K Gene Sequences in Grasses and Beyond," by Hongping Liang.

Monday, 17

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Impact of Effluent Quality on Soil Depth Needed for Renovation of Domestic Wastewater" by Raymond Reneau.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Curriculum Responses to the Internship and Writing-Intensive Requirement in the Undergraduate Horticulture Major," by Robert Lyons.

Tuesday, 18

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Incomplete Split-Block Designs," by Franz Hering, University of Dortmund, Germany.

Thursday, 20

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Chess and Computers (Humans versus Machines)," by Jim Glanville.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Eastern Tent Caterpillars," by James Costa, Western Carolina.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: TBA, by Dan Poston.


Future professorat workshop March 22

The 1997 Training the Future Professorat workshop, for graduate students who expect to become college or university faculty members, will be held in Whittemore auditorium on Saturday, March 22, starting at 9 a.m.

Subjects to be covered and presenters will be:

* The job, getting it and getting started, by Karen Roberto, director, Center for Gerontology;

* Promotion and tenure, by Jim Wolfe, professor of chemistry;

* Publications: the mechanics, by Walter O'Brien, chair, mechanical engineering department;

* How intellectual property supports the university mission, by Mike Martin, executive vice president, Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties Inc.;

* Dynamics of a changing academic environment, by Richard Harshberger, director, Leadership Development, and Lisa Johnson, graduate student;

* Funding your work, by Carole Christian, government program development specialist, Research and Graduate Studies;

* The proposal-writing process, by Kerry Redican, associate professor of teaching and learning;

* Mentoring: the joy of it, by Richard Saacke, professor of dairy science;

* Educating the public, by Jim Wightman, professor of chemistry.

James Malone, director of Career Services, is tentatively scheduled to discuss career paths. He is also organizing a workshop for graduate students who will not become university faculty members. The schedule of that workshop will be announced at a later date.

The workshop is organized by the Research and Graduate Studies program support office.

Pizza will be served at lunch and refreshments served at the morning and afternoon breaks. To register, contact Carole Christian at 1-6747, cbc1@vt.edu, or 309 Burruss, 0244.

Van Sertima to lecture March 20, 21

Ivan Van Sertima, the author of They Came before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient American and professor of African Studies at Rutgers University will speak on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall.

His topic will be "Africans and African Americans in Science: A Global Perspective." In addition, Van Sertima will be speaking about his book They Came before Columbus on Friday, March 21, at noon in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom. Afterwards Van Sertima will be selling and signing books. All events are free. For more information call Thomas Debass or Patrick Carlton at 1-6452.

Nominations sought for CAPFA

Administrative and professional (A/P) faculty members are needed to serve as members of the Commission on Administrative and Professional Faculty Affairs (CAPFA) for the 1997-2000 terms and as CAPFA representatives to other university committees and commissions. Interested A/P members should send their names to members of the CAPFA Nominating Committee, listed below, no later than Friday March 21. If an A/P faculty member is nominating another person, they should have the nominee's permission.

The openings for 1997-2000 (and incumbent) are as follows: A CAPFA member representing general administrative areas which include the Alumni Office, athletics, Development, Executive Vice President's Office, and President's Office (Marty O'Neill); two CAPFA members from VCE (Audrey Lee, Joyce Simmons); one CAPFA delegate to the Commission on Classified Staff Affairs (Joyce Martin); one CAPFA delegate to the Commission on Graduate Studies (Delores Scott); one CAPFA delegate to the Commission on Undergraduate Studies (Mark Schaefermeyer); one CAPFA delegate to the Advisory Committee on Budget and Planning (Vera Kidd); two CAPFA delegates to the Commission on Public Service, must be from VCE (Dawn Barnes, David Danner); nominations to the president for appointment as CAPFA representatives to the Athletic Committee (Duane Lagan) and Traffic and Parking Committee (Jean Eversole.)

Additional information is available on GOPHER on all the commissions and committees.

Nominations should be sent no later than March 21 to any member of the CAPFA Nominating Committee: Sarah Burkett (540 980-7761, userid sburkett@vt.edu); Barbara Howe (540 899-4020, userid bhowe); Norrine Bailey Spencer (1-6602, userid nspencer); and Dianne Yardley (1-5056, userid dyardley.)

Service-Learning Center offers support

Faculty wanting to integrate a community service component or a community project into a fall 1997 course should notify the Service-Learning Center by March 15. The center has limited funding to support curriculum-based service. However, the center needs information about potential service-learning courses now to make preparations for the coming year.

For more information, contact Michele James-Deramo at deramo@vt.edu or 1-6947.

Please note that the Service-Learning Center can not guarantee support of any kind to fall faculty members who decide to add service-learning after July 15.

Showcase of Talent planned at Deet's Place

Deet's Place announces the Showcase of Talent Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

The showcase features an evening of entertainment by Virginia Tech students. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening.

For more information, call 1-8068 or e-mail cuviello@vt.edu. Deet's Place is located under Dietrick Dining Facility.

Bike rack installed at Southgate Center

The Business Affairs Staff Association announces that a bicycle rack has been installed at Southgate Center for use by faculty and staff members and students working in that location or visiting that area of campus.

The rack is located at the second floor entrance to the Controller's Office, behind the loading platform.

Installation of the rack was the outcome of several inquiries from faculty and staff members and students visiting Southgate Center. A request was brought before the Parking and Transportation Committee and, from there, referred to Parking Services for study. Parking Services has announced the bicycle rack at Southgate Center is installed for a trial period and will remain in that location as long as it is used.

Free Clinic Art Benefit planned

More than 100 area artists, including more than a dozen Virginia Tech faculty and staff members and students, are expected to contribute work to be auctioned March 15 at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center to benefit the Free Clinic of the New River Valley/Program for Special Medical Care.

Viewing of the artwork, artists' reception, and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Live bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is $8 per person or $15 per couple.

The clinic's program for special medical care provides medical and dental care for residents of the New River Valley who otherwise could not afford such services.

For more information, call the clinic at 381-2689.

Conference to examine tools for drinking water protection

On March 19, the Virginia Water Resources Research Center will host a mini-conference and video workshop on Tools for Drinking Water Protection. The event will be held in DBHCC conference room G.

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Check-in begins at 1 p.m. in the conference center lobby.

The Tools for Drinking Water mini-conference and video workshop will feature local and national experts on drinking-water quality. Local panel participants are: Jason Gray, Virginia Water Project; Ken Coffman, Virginia Rural Water Association, and Ronald Conner, Virginia Department of Health. The panelists will open the program by speaking about local water-quality issues critical to Virginia.

Following the local panelists' presentations, the national video conference will air live via satellite. This portion of the program, which will focus on regulatory and non-regulatory ways to prevent pollution and protect drinking water from existing pollution, is sponsored by the League of Women Voters and is provided by the PBS Adult Learning Satellite Service. Local conference participants will be linked with more than 300 satellite down-link sites across the country and will be able to speak to the national panelists by phone or fax during the program

Participants will learn how to establish water-quality monitoring programs, how to educate other citizens on the issues and courses of action they can pursue, how to make land use planning decisions, and how to prepare contingency plans for emergencies. Water-quality experts, educators, community leaders, and individuals concerned about water quality are encouraged to attend this mini-conference and video workshop.

For more information or to register for the conference, contact Judy Poff at 1-8030; fax 1-6673; or e-mail jupoff@vt.edu.

Congressional fellowship announced on the web

The announcement and application procedures for the latest RGS Graduate Congressional Fellowship competition can be found on the World Wide Web at http://milieu.grads.vt.edu/internl.html .

This fellowship places the successful candidate in Congressman Rick Boucher's Washington Office for six months.

Details of the opportunities associated with the fellowship are contained in the announcement. The current competition is for July 1, 1997, to Dec. 31, 1997. The successful candidate will receive a tuition scholarship and a $6,000 stipend. Applications are due March 20.

DBHCC to serve Easter brunch

The Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center will serve an Easter brunch Sunday, March 30, from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The menu will include steamship beef, turkey, leg of lamb, curry chicken, seafood Newberg, and assorted vegetables and accompaniments.

The brunch costs $13.95 per person, $11.95 for seniors, and $5.95 for children under 12.

To make reservations, call 1-5632 or 1-3371 or e-mail lisae@vt.edu.

Eating disorder group planned

The Psychological Services Center of Virginia Tech will be offering a treatment and support group for individuals who feel they may be suffering from an eating disorder, like bulimia, anorexia, or binge eating. The group is scheduled to begin after spring break and will be held on Monday evenings for 90 minutes. The group will meet at the Psychological Services Center on Price's Fork Road and will last through the end of the semester.

There will be a small fee for the group, however, sliding fees are available. For more information, call Andrea DiGiorgio or Tina Russ at 1-6914.

Teleconference to address helping new students

"A Meeting of the Minds: Two Perspectives on New Student Seminars" featuring John N. Gardner and David B. Ellis will be held Tuesday, March 25, from 1-4 p.m. in DBHCC conference room G. Registration is not required.

Courses designed to help new students achieve a successful transition into the college or university are being offered on increasing numbers of campuses throughout the United States and in other countries. What factors will increase the likelihood that these courses will result in increased student learning, success, satisfaction, and retention and will enjoy strong support from faculty, campus administrators, and students? What are the essential characteristics of successful freshman seminars?

This live, interactive three-hour "meeting of the minds" brings together two well-known educators, authors, and freshman advocates. Ellis and Gardner, who, with their combined 40 years of experience in designing and implementing successful freshman seminars/student success courses, will provide answers to these and many other questions posed by members of the viewing audience.

Specific topics will include: creating a new course-essential steps in bringing about curriculum change on behalf of new students; seminar models-designing a course that best meets student needs, recruiting, selecting, and training seminar instructors; classroom teaching strategies; teaching for learning and retention; recruiting students to enroll in freshman seminars; academic credit-is it necessary?; the pros and cons of a required course; using upper-level students as co-teachers; essential seminar "content and process"; funding issues; measuring outcomes; building broad-based institutional support; and current national and international trends in the freshman year and freshman seminar development.

The teleconference is designed for faculty members, academic administrators, student affairs professionals, counselors, and students.

Satellite broadcast to examine effective meetings

The Office of University Leadership Development, Virginia Tech's internal training and professional development provider, in cooperation with PBS and the Business Channel is sponsoring a special "live" video broadcast presentation on "Conducting Effective Meetings." This interactive program is offered from noon-1 p.m. on Friday, March 21. Bring a bag lunch; drinks will be provided. The broadcast will be presented in the first floor classroom of Building 459 (on Southgate Drive across from the indoor tennis courts). Parking is always available close to the building.

A fee or $12 per person covers satellite license fees. Seating is limited.

To register, contact University Leadership Development at 1-6727 or fast@vt.edu.

University Club presents Irish entertainer

The University Club will present a program by visiting artist Gerry Timlin, Irish folksinger, instrumentalist, and entertainer Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

A reception will be held at the University Club after the concert. For more information, call 1-3870.

Walk/run to benefit Women's Resource Center

A 5K run and one mile walk/run, Women Run Down Violence, will be held Saturday, March 22, beginning at 9 a.m. The run and walk/run starts at 1900 Kraft Drive at the Corporate Research Center. All proceeds of event will benefit the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valey.

Pre-registration fee is $12. Pre-registration ends Friday, March 14; the fee is $15 thereafter. Pre-registered participants are guaranteed a T-shirt. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on the race day.

Prizes will be awarded in 13 age groups and for one overall best time for the 5K; there will be a raffle for all participants not winning in their age category in the 5K and in the one mile.

Look for brochures in local stores and at events during Women's Month. Call 1-7806 for more information.