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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 28 - April 17, 1997


Thursday, 17

Earth Week. Through 4-23.

Staff Senate McComas Leadership Seminar, 8 a.m.-noon, Hillcrest Conference Room: "Communicating to Make a Difference."

Sigma Xi Lecture, 12:30 p.m., DBHCC auditorium: "Sustainable Use of the Planet: Bringing the Generations Together on a Common Goal," by John Cairns.

CEUT Videoconference, 3-4:30 p.m., DBHCC: "Videoconference: The World Wide Web, Gateway to Effective Learning: Designing and Restructuring Courses for Higher Education."

Student Success Project Presentations, 3:30-6:30 p.m., 150, 152, 154 Squires.

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

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

Spanish-American Theatre Class Presentation, 7:30 p.m., Litton Reaves auditorium: "Una Noche de Teatro (A Night of Theatre)."

VTMNH Program, 7:30 p.m., Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History: "My Perennial Friends of the Appalachians: Wildflowers, A Look at the Past and Present."

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-22.

Studio Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Piano students of Mary Louise Hallauer.

Friday, 18

Non-Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Summer I '97.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee Talk, 7 p.m., Burruss auditorium.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-26.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Symphonic Winds.

Saturday, 19

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Driven to Distraction: The Dark Side of Automobile Psychology," with Scott Geller, Virginia Tech, and Martin Turnauer, Radford.

Science Saturdays Program, 10-11 a.m., Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History: "Plant Play: Terrariums."

YMCA Hike, 10 a.m., meet at YMCA parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Falls Ridge, led by Shay Garriock.

TAUT Production, 2 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-26.

University Chamber Music, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet. Through 4-20.

Sunday, 20

TAUT Production, 2 p.m.,. Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-26.

University Chamber Music, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet.

Student Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: New Virginians with guest Darmon Meader.

Monday, 21

Secretaries' Week Begins.

POSTPONED TO APRIL 22. University Council, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Derring Hall.

Math Awareness Week Lecture, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: "Love Letters, M& Ms and Circe's Cave," by Ezra Brown.

Women's Studies Lecture, 7 p.m., 209 McBryde: "Reinventing Families: Parents, Partners, and Kinship in the Gay Community" by Katherine Allen.

Theatre Workshop Performance, 8 p.m., PAB: Mobius Trip. Through 4-23.

Tuesday, 22

University Council Meeting, 3 p.m., 1945 Pamplin.

DERC, 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m., DBHCC conference room A.

Book Reading, Signing, 7 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Heather Ross Miller.

Earth Day Activity, 7:30 p.m., Owens Banquet Room: Electric Transmission Line Debate, by Ron Poff, AEP, and Jeff Janosko, transmission line opponent.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-26.

Theatre Workshop Performance, 8 p.m., PAB: Mobius Trip. Through 4-23.

Wednesday, 23

Secretaries' Day.

Earth Week Finale and Guest Speaker, 8 p.m., Squires Colonial Ballroom: Paul Watson, Greenpeace.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-26.

Low Brass Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Students of Jay Crone.

Theatre Workshop Performance, 8 p.m., PAB: Mobius Trip.

Thursday, 24

Armory Art Gallery Opening: Student Art Exhibitions and Graduation Exhibition. Through 5-10.

Take Our Daughters to Work Day.

Natural History Museum Program, 1-5 p.m., McHarg Elementary School, Radford: Schoolyard Natural History Workshop for Science Educators.

Take Our Daughters to Work Day Reception, 4-5 p.m., Women's Center.

TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: The Misanthrope. Through 4-26.


Thursday, 17

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "The Smithsonian's Recent Controversial Exhibits: Scholarly Proclivities vs. Public Sensitivities," by Nathan Reingold, Smithsonian.

Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "The Use of Mediational and Surrogate Outcomes in Medical Intervention Trials," by Lawrence Mayer, Johns Hopkins.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Student proposals, by Anne Hillary and Hope Liu.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Constraints to Stomatal Opening in Rhododendron," by Erik Nilsen.

Friday, 18

MCBB, noon, 102 Fralin: "Bacterial Solventogenesis," by George Bennett, Rice.

Geometry/Mechanics, 2 p.m., 304 Robeson: "Mechanical Connection," by Joseph Slawny.

Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "ACCRETE: An Integrated Seismic, Geological and Geochemical Study to Resolve Major Questions of Continental Dynamics," by Lincoln Hollister, Princeton.

Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Paronychia virginica; Threatened or Thriving? A Look at One of Virginia's Rare Plants," by Wendy Rohrer.

Monday, 21

CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: TBA, by James Daniel.

Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Vision for Extension," by Clark James.

Science Study Center, 4 p.m., DBHCC conference room F: "Sayyib Qutb: Science, Technology, and Modernization in the Vision of a Radical Islamic Reformer," by Ahmed Bouzid.

Wednesday, 23

Parenting, noon, 404 Clay St.: "Balancing Work and Family," by Jean Vogler.

Thursday, 24

Science Study Center, 12:30 p.m., 219 Squires: "Salvaging the RAC: How Can the Public Participate in Making Science Policy?" by Doris Zallen.

Geological Sciences, 3:30 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Incorporating Migration in Offset Dependent Seismic Reflectivity Analysis: AVO Migration/Inversion," by Ali Tura, Geoscience Research Centre.

Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: Grayson Award Winners.

Human-Computer Interaction, 4 p.m., 300 Whittemore: "John Dewey Meets the Barney Generation," by Elliot Soloway, Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Plant Physiology, 4 p.m., 102 Fralin: "Regulation and Development of Haustoria in Parasitic Angiosperms," by James Riopel, UVa.


Student Success Projects to be presented

The Committee for Student Success has funded 18 pilot projects to research teaching methods and learning strategies that foster student achievement. Presentations by the directors of these Student Success Projects will be made in a program at 150-154 Squires today, April 17 from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

The presentations are designed to appeal to faculty members, academic advisors, and those who have interest in student-success programs.

Nominations sought for Outstanding Leader Award

The Academy for Leadership Excellence announces a call for nominations for the Academy for Leadership Excellence Outstanding Leader Award.

The purpose of the award is to recognize those university employees who have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities through superior job performance, job-related extracurricular activities, (such as participation in university governance) university, college, and departmental committee work, and other areas of service to the university. Supplemental activities outside the university that enhance the nominee's overall profile of service to the university and community may be considered, but will be considered secondary to university activities.

Any university employee, on or off campus, may nominate individuals for the award. Nominations will consist of a one-page typed, signed letter outlining the leadership qualities of the nominee. Endorsements of the nomination by supervisors or others are not required. An employee may nominate as many individuals as he/she wishes; however, each nomination must be made separately, and each must be signed by the nominator.

Eligibility for nomination will be limited to employees in classified staff positions or in administrative/professional faculty positions. Tenured and tenure-track faculty members are not eligible, since other awards are available to these groups. Self-nominations are ineligible. This award should not be viewed as competing with the President's Award for Excellence.

Letters of nomination will be considered by the Leadership Award Committee of the Academy for Leadership Excellence. The Leadership Award Committee will select three finalists. Committee members will verify the nominations and then make a final selection The person selected for the award will be honored at the Academy's year-end banquet in June, where a framed certificate of award will be presented. The award will be announced in Spectrum and other area newspapers.

Letters of nomination should be sent in a sealed envelope to University Leadership Development, 459 Tech Center Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0538.

The deadline for nominations is May 15, 1997.

Math Awareness Week program scheduled

Ezra Brown will present "Love Letters, M&Ms and Circe's Cave" Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall.

Public key cryptography, a system based on mathematics, makes it possible to share a secret with somebody you don't trust, make sure the message you get is the message that was sent, verify that the person who you think has sent you a message really is the one who sent it, and to safely use smart cards, electronic transfer of money, digital cash, and computer security. The mathematics behind much of this cryptography was once praised for its great uselessness.

This public lecture is part of Math Awareness Week, April 20 to 26. This year's theme focuses on cyberspace and the Internet. Topics include computer security, data encryption, and financial processing.

The program is sponsored by Womanspace, the Women's Undergraduate Network, the Math Club, and the Department of Mathematics

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, contact Susan Anderson at 1-8041 at least one week prior to the event to discuss accommodations.

DERC to visit Blacksburg, Roanoke areas

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Blacksburg on Tuesday, April 22, between 9:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. in conference room A of the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.

They will be available in Roanoke on Wednesday, April 23, from 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Brody Room of the Roanoke City Main Library in downtown Roanoke, located at 706 South Jefferson Street.

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.

Videoconference to address use of World Wide Web

The CEUT will present "Videoconference: The World Wide Web, Gateway to Effective Learning: Designing and Restructuring Courses for Higher Education" Thursday, April 17, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the DBHCC.

This videoconference, co-sponsored by CEUT and Media Services, will address the issue of how the web can be used most effectively in teaching to improve learning. Faculty members and administrators who attend this videoconference will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of this new tool. Participants will also learn how courses can be restructured to take advantage of the web's strengths, while maintaining important social aspects of learning.

Presenters include Fred Hofstetter, professor and director of educational technology, University of Delaware; Jacquelyn Belcher, president, DeKalb College; Linda Harasim, professor of communications, Simon Fraser University; and Stephen A. Gilbert, graduate student in brain and cognitive sciences, MIT.

Questions may be phoned in to the presenters. CEUT will provide a packet of materials related to the topic discussed. The videoconference is free and open to the faculty , administrators, and graduate students. No registration is necessary.

For more information, contact the CEUT office at ceut@vt.edu or call 1-9109.

Program to focus on Appalachian wildflowers

The Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History presents "My Perennial Friends of the Appalachians: Wildflowers, A Look at the Past and Present" tonight, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the museum at 428 North Main Street.

Ken Stein will present an informative lecture about local and native plants, and their habitats and uses. He will show slides of Appalachian flora, including some rare and unusual plants.

Program participants can make terrariums

Students in grades four and five can make their own terrariums using tropical plants at the Virginia Museum of Natural History program, "Plant Play: Terrariums." The program is scheduled for Saturday, April 19, from 10-11 a.m. at the museum, 428 North Main Street.

The program is limited to 12 participants. For more information and to pre-register, call 1-3001 by Thursday, April 17.

Hummel to read, sign book

Dean Hummel will read and sign copies of his book Jonah: An Amish Love Story Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at Volume Two Bookstore. Hummel is professor emeritus at Virginia Tech.

In the Funny Papers author to read, sign

Heather Ross Miller, author of In the Funny Papers, will read and sign copies of her book Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at Volume Two Bookstore.

Low brass students to perform

On Wednesday, April 23, at 8 p.m., trombone, euphonium, and tuba students of low-brass professor Jay Crone will present a recital in the Squires Recital Salon. The concert will feature trombone and tuba/euphonium ensemble pieces.

The Virginia Tech Trombone Ensemble, consisting of 16 student trombonists, will perform works by Bach, Wagner, Gershwin, and Beethoven. VTubas, made up of four student euphoniumists and six student tubists, will perform works by Haydn, Palestrina, Brahms, Susato, and Forte.

Admission is free. For more information, call 1-5200.

Original production scheduled for workshop presentation

MobiusTrip is the last in a series of three on-line performances comprising a master-of-fine-arts Theatre Arts final project. It is a photo-montage and collage of thoughts and experiences using video, live performance, still images, and text.

MobiusTrip will be presented in the Performing Arts Building April 21-23 at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but seating will be limited. MobiusTrip will also be broadcast live to a world-wide audience, as were the first two in the series.

For more information call 1-5200, or e-mail Matthew Saunders at saunderm@vt.edu.

Molière's The Misanthrope continues through next week

The Virginia Tech Theatre Arts-University Theatre continues the presentation of The Misanthrope, by 17th-century playwright Molière, in Squires Studio Theatre. Performances will be tonight, Saturday, April 19, at 8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, April 19-20, at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday-Saturday, April 22-26, at 8 p.m.

For advance ticket reservations call the Squires UUSA Ticket Office at 1-5615. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information, call 1-5200.

New Virginians spring concert set for Saturday

The New Virginians will present their annual spring concert Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in Squires Haymarket Theatre. They will be joined for this event by special guest artist and performer Darmon Meader.

Recognized in both the jazz vocal and instrumental world, Meader is considered one of the premier vocalists, arrangers and saxophonists in jazz today.

The New Virginians and Meader will perform some of the popular "New York Voices" music as well as many great American classics. Tickets for the evening's performance ($5 general public, $2 students) will be available at the door. For more information call 1-5200.

Auditions for fall production of Godspell scheduled

The Virginia Tech Department of Theatre Arts announces open auditions on April 26, 1-4 p.m., and April 27, 7-11 p.m., for the upcoming School of the Arts fall musical Godspell. The department will cast five women and four men, all of whom sing and act. Rehearsals for the production begin August 18, and the production runs September 25-October 6.

An audition appointment is required. To arrange an appointment, stop by the Performing Arts Building and sign up for an audition slot on the second floor call board.

The audition is open to the general public as well as the university community. You must be over 18 to audition. For more information and audition requirements, call 1-5200.

NRV Symphony to present spring concert

The New River Valley Symphony will present its spring concert with a romantic theme Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in Burruss auditorium. The symphony, directed by James Glazebrook, is continuing its series of featuring local, talented, student musicians.

The program features the "Second Suite" from Romeo and Juliet (1936), by Sergei Prokofieff. Student piano soloist Noriko Okabe will be featured on Maurice Ravel's (1875-1937) Piano Concerto in G. The symphony also will perform Johannes Brahms' (1833-1897) Academic Festival Overture.

Admission is $5 general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available in advance from the Squires UUSA Ticket Office at 1-5615 and at the door. For more information, call 1-5200.