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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 30 - May 1, 1997


Thursday, 1

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Reading Day.

Friday, 2

Exams Begin.

Saturday, 3

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: TBA.

Registration for ESL Classes, 9 a.m., 620 N. Main, Room 303.

Monday, 5

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

Wednesday, 7

Exams End.

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Sale, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 1336 S. Main.

Thursday, 8

Senior Day.

"Envisioning the Future: A Progress Report" Open Session, 9-11 a.m., 1045 Pamplin.

ADA Conference Satellite Broadcast, noon-2 p.m. 120 Randolph: A follow-up to the President's Conference on Disabilities, featuring Jeanne M. Kincaid.

Friday, 9

Senior Day.

VTCC Commissioning Ceremony, 3-5 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium.

Graduate School Commencement Ceremony, 4:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.

Student Ensemble, 6 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: New Virginians' Commencement Concert; also at 8:30 p.m.

Veterinary Medicine Commencement Ceremony, 7 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Room.

Saturday, 10

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: TBA.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, 9 a.m., Lane Stadium.

Sunday, 11

Northern Virginia Graduate Center Graduation Ceremony, 2:30 p.m., Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church.

Wednesday, 14

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price for Senior Citizens Sale, 1336 S. Main.

Thursday, 15

Staff Appreciation Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rector Field House.

Friday, 16

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Saturday, 17

"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: TBA.

Monday, 19

First Summer Session Classes Begin.

Tuesday, 20

Family/Medical Leave Training, 10 a.m.-noon, DBHCC, Conference Room C.

Family/Medical Leave Training, 1-3 p.m., DBHCC, Conference Room C.

Wednesday, 21

First Summer Last Day to Add.

Thursday, 22

Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reeves: CHANGED FROM MAY 15.


Hokies Abroad program seeking volunteers

The Virginia Tech Alumni Association, in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of International Programs, sponsors the Virginia Tech Hokies Abroad program. This program offers faculty members traveling overseas the opportunity to meet with Virginia Tech graduates living abroad and/or the opportunity to recruit talented high-school students.

If you are interested in meeting with Hokies living abroad, contact Lynn Young in the Alumni Office, youngl@vt.edu. If you would like to take materials with you for prospective students, contact Lee Drowne in Undergraduate Admissions, drowne@vt.edu.

This program is designed to provide a rich experience for Hokies living abroad as well as for faculty members. It also will help alumni stay connected to their alma mater.

Leader award nominations solicited

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 which 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.

Leave donations sought for employees

Virginia Tech employees in the Office of the Associate Vice President for Personnel and Administrative Services and the Office of Residential and Dining Programs have requested leave donations:

These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. If you are a salaried classified or 12-month regular faculty employee, you have an opportunity to participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours.

There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.

To protect recipients, the names and details of medical conditions will remain confidential. However, you MUST donate your leave to either a specific individual or area.

You may obtain a donor form from your department administrative office or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331

Return the completed form to Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318

Affirmative Action Plan available for review

Virginia Tech's 1997 Affirmative Action Plan has been completed, as required by Executive Order No. 11246. The plan reaffirms the university's commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

You may review the plan at the EOAA Office, 336 Burruss; Dean of Students Office, 107 Brodie; Provost's Office, 112 Burruss; Carol Newman Library, 6th floor, administration; and Personnel Services, Southgate Center.

Economic development workshop planned

The Virginia Economic Developers Association and Virginia Tech's Public Service Programs, a unit of the university's outreach division, are sponsoring the second in a series of four professional development workshops for economic developers May 6-7 in Richmond. The workshop, titled "Business Financing for Economic Development Practitioners," is open to anyone involved in economic development across the state.

Topics will include entrepreneurship, obtaining bank loans, government programs, equity and venture capital, and marketing. The second day of the workshop will focus on case studies that demonstrate successful economic development programs in Virginia.

For more information, call Joe Adams, economic development specialist at Virginia Tech, at 1-9412 or (804) 786-8110 or e-mail him at joeadams@vt.edu..

Explore Tech to be presented in Richmond

Participants in Explore Tech 1997, Thursday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Virginia Power facility at Innsbrook, Richmond, can meet mutant cockroaches, see bicycles designed for children with handicaps, view "smart cars" being tested for the near future, and explore the Internet using MoosBurg.

Demonstrations, displays, and opportunities for hands-on involvement in science and engineering will be offered at this educational exposition designed to promote an understanding and awareness of the diversity of science and engineering. Middle- and high-school students from some 90 schools in Richmond, Petersburg, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, and Fredericksburg have been invited to the event.

The Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures (CIMSS) at Virginia Tech is the primary sponsor and organizer of the event each year, with sponsorship in 1997 also coming from the Colleges of Engineering, Human Resources and Education, and Arts and Sciences.

The demonstrations and displays are offered by Virginia Tech faculty members and students, as well as by Richard Klein, director of the Bicycle Research Institute at the University of Illinois.

At other booths, scientists and engineers from many different disciplines will showcase the technologies under investigation at Virginia Tech that have applications in everyday life and in such things as recreational equipment, space structures, canoes, and automobiles. Geologists will show minerals we use in everything we do, from cereal to cleaners to toothpaste to potting soil. And there will be demonstrations of polymers and adhesives, including Teflon, nylon, chewing gum and Elmer's glue.

Jeannine Eddleton, a Ph.D. candidate and instructor in Virginia Tech's chemistry department, will perform a chemistry show to illustrate the fundamentals and fun of chemistry in often dramatic, loud, and colorful ways; Chris Niezrecki, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, will present three areas of science: air and fluids, electricity, and mechanics, in a creative, humorous, and informative multimedia demonstration; and Dale Long, professor of physics, will demonstrate how the principles of physics govern everything that goes on in our world.

Explore Tech organizers have also worked with teachers from Montgomery County Schools to produce curriculum guides for students to use before and during the Expo to heighten their interest in the demonstrations.

Groups or teachers who wish to attend with a class should make arrangements by calling Beth Howell at the Center for Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, 1-2900.

Statistical Consulting Center announces deadlines

The Statistical Consulting Center's will accept new clients for the summer sessions beginning Monday, May 19.

Staff Senate logo contest deadline extended

The deadline for the Staff Senate logo design contest has been extended to Friday, May 2.

All staff employees are encouraged to participate. The selected logo will represent the Virginia Tech Staff Senate and be used exclusively by the Staff Senate.

The contest is open to all staff employees of Virginia Tech, including non-student wage, part-time, restricted, temporary wage, and full-time staff employees of the university.

All design submissions should be sent to Eileen Moccia, Alumni Hall (0102), Blacksburg, VA 24061.

All drawings must be in black on white paper. Designs in color cannot be accepted. The minimum size accepted is 4" x 4". The maximum size accepted is 8-1/2" x 8-1/2". The drawing may not include the Virginia Tech identity logo or the Virginia Tech university seal or any initials for the university, e.g., "VT" or "VPI&SU."

For more information, contact Tom Hergert at hergert@vt.edu or phone 1-8710.