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Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 32 - June 5, 1997

Friday, 6
Summer Arts Festival Concert, 6-7:30 p.m., Henderson Lawn: "Riverboat Ramblers."
Saturday, 7
"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Impossible Dream? Pursuing Peace in a World of Continuous Conflict," with Kevin Clements, GMU.
YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., YMCA parking lot: Rice Fields, led by Bill and Lynda Hohenboken.
Monday, 9
Last Day to Resign.
Tuesday, 10
Summer Arts Festival Theatre Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Happy Tales to You: A Celebration of the Cowboy and Cowgirl of the American West. Through 6-14.
Wednesday, 11
MPRG Wireless Personal Communications Symposium, noon, DBHCC. Through 6-13.
Summer Arts Festival Film, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: 101 Dalmatians.
Summer Arts Festival Theatre Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Happy Tales to You: A Celebration of the Cowboy and Cowgirl of the American West. Through 6-14.
Thursday, 12
Summer Arts Festival Theatre Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Happy Tales to You: A Celebration of the Cowboy and Cowgirl of the American West. Through 6-14.
Friday, 13
Summer Arts Festival Outdoor Concert, 6-7:30 p.m., Henderson lawn: "Konnarock Critters."
Summer Arts Festival Theatre Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: Happy Tales to You: A Celebration of the Cowboy and Cowgirl of the American West. Through 6-14.
Saturday, 14
"With Good Reason," 7:30 a.m., WVTF-FM: "Beyond Redemption? The Debate over Prisoner Rehabilitation," with Lucien Lombardo, ODU, and Ron Carter, Rappahannock Community College.
Summer Arts Festival Theatre Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Happy Tales to You: A Celebration of the Cowboy and Cowgirl of the American West."
Sunday, 15
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot: Mountain Lake Scenic Trail, led by Norm Eiss.
Monday, 16
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Wednesday, 18
Summer Arts Festival Film, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Fools Rush In..
Thursday, 19
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reeves.
Radio station budget to be considered
The Virginia Tech Foundation Executive Committee will consider the 1997-98 WVTF radio station budget June 10 at 10 a.m. in the Jefferson Boardroom of The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke.
The Virginia Tech Foundation, a privately funded 501(c)3 corporation, owns WVTF radio. However, the radio station receives public funds and meetings of its governing body must be open to the public when radio station matters are being discussed. Only that portion of the meeting relative to WVTF station business at 10 a.m. will be open to the public.
WVTF's FM signal covers western Virginia on 89.1 FM, Roanoke; 89.3 FM, Charlottesville; and 91.9 FM, Marion.
Tech to host Wireless Personal Communications Symposium
Wireless entrepreneur and 1996 U.S. Senate candidate Mark Warner will be among the speakers at the seventh annual Symposium on Wireless Personal Communications June 11-13 at the Virginia Tech Donaldson Brown Center.
Sponsored by the university and its Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group, the symposium will offer an international roster of wireless-industry and technical experts addressing issues including the obstacles facing wireless 911 service, software radio technologies, and emerging trends for wireless systems.
The more than 60 scheduled speakers represent industries and universities in seven nations. A few of the U.S. wireless companies represented are Mobile Systems International, Tektronix Inc., Ericsson Inc., Grayson Electronics, Sprint Spectrum, Hughes Space and Communications Co., and Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector. The symposium also includes presenters from the U.S. Army and Naval Research Laboratory.
To register or for more information, contact Conference Registrar, Donaldson Brown Center, 1-5182.
Inside Architecture for High School Students offered
The College of Architecture and Urban Studies is offering a five-day intensive summer workshop in studio environment for interested students from June 22-27.
Accommodations include campus dormitories, three meals a day, and instruction, at a cost of $400. Program participation is limited to 15 students.
For more information, contact Patricia Woodroof, pwoodroo@vt.edu, or Jane Todd, janetodd@vt.edu.
Staff Senate logo design contest deadline extended
The Communications Committee of the staff Senate has extended the deadline for submission of designs for a logo for the Virginia Tech Staff Senate to Saturday, Aug. 9. The logo will be used by the Staff Senate along with, but separate from, the university's official marks and seals.
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.
All drawings must be in black on white paper; no designs in colors. The minimum size accepted is 4" x 4". The maximum size accepted is 8.5" x 8.5". The drawing may not include the Virginia Tech identity logo or the Virginia Tech university seal or any initials for the university, i.e., "VT" or "VPI&SU."
The Communications Committee of the Staff Senate reserves the right to make the final selection from submitted logo designs; the committee may edit or may request limited redesign of any submission. The selected logo will represent the Staff Senate and be used exclusively by the Staff Senate. The selected logo will become the property of the Virginia Tech Staff Senate.
For additional information on parameters for designs in relation to trademarks of the university, contact Tom Hergert at hergert@vt.edu or phone 1-8710.
The Communications Committee is studying an appropriate award to honor the designer of the selected design.
All design submissions should be sent to Eileen Moccia, Alumni Hall, 0102.
For more information, contact any member of the Communications Committee: Tom Hergert, hergert@vt.edu; Spencer Allen, sallen@vt.edu; Sheila Blankenship, sheilab@vt.edu; Catherine Bond, clbond@vt.edu; JoAnn Craven, cravenja@vt.edu;;Cindy Harrison, canoe@vt.edu; Milko Maykowskyj, milko@vt.edu; Moccia, emoccia@vt.edu; and Pris Sears, sears@vt.edu.
Computing Centering offering short courses
The Computing Center offers introductory short courses to university faculty and staff members, graduate students, and undergraduates (at the request of a faculty member). There are no charges for any of the courses.
Registration is required by phoning 1-9500. Registration begins at 8 a.m. each Monday of the week preceding the first day of a class. You may not register more than one person at a time.
All classes meet at the Andrews Information Systems Building located in the Corporate Research Center, 1700 Pratt Drive. (From the intersection of Southgate Drive and Tech Center Drive, proceed south toward Christiansburg. After Tech Center Drive turns 90 degrees to the left, turn right onto Pratt Drive, then right again into the parking lot. Enter the building at the east end near the glass tower.)
If you will be unable to attend a course, please call 1-9500 at least one working day before the class so your place can be offered to someone on the waiting list.
A course may be canceled if fewer than seven people are registered by noon on the Thursday before the course begins.
The following short courses will be offered:
Introduction to Windows 95®: Introduces basic concepts and terminology associated with the Windows 95 operating system. Students gain hands-on experience navigating the Windows 95 desktop, using on-line help, exploring new features, and basic system-maintenance tasks. Parallels are made between Windows 3.x and Windows 95 to assist in conversion. Two three-hour classes, Tuesday and Thursday, June 17 and 19, from 1-4 p.m., Andrews Information Systems Building. Registration begins June 9.
Introduction to the Macintosh: Introduces basic concepts and terminology associated with the Macintosh computer. Students gain hands-on experience with using a mouse, opening and closing windows, icons, and applications. A single three-hour class, Thursday, June 15, 1-4 p.m., Andrews Information Systems Building. Registration begins June 16.
Introduction to the Internet: Learn more about the world-wide "information superhighway" (a.k.a. Internet). Receive hands-on experience with network-browsing tools like Gopher and Netscape. Learn addressing concepts of the network that allow you to understand and decipher electronic addresses. Exposure to software like Telnet and FTP, the universal access programs of the Internet. A single three-hour class, Friday, June 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Andrews Information Systems Building. Registration begins June 16.
For those with a disability or who require any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in these activities, please call the Computing Center at 1-9500 during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at least five days prior to the event to discuss accommodations.
Foreign languages offering new fall courses

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Virginia Tech is offering new courses for beginners in Chinese, Italian, or Spanish and accelerated courses in Chinese, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.
All courses feature a flexible schedule, some in the evenings, and a self-instructional component, assisted by a professor and/or electronics. Courses are open to members of the surrounding communities as well as Virginia Tech students.
The introductory language courses are Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture (Chinese 2984, Index 9131), Introduction to Italian Language and Culture (Italian 2984, Index 9132), and Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture (Spanish 2984, Index 9133). Each is a one-semester, three-credit course that includes a supplementary self-instructional component, possibly including the use of e-mail and the Internet.
Accelerated courses are Elementary Chinese (Chinese 2984, Index 9143), Elementary Italian (Italian 2984, Index 9134)), Elementary Japanese (Japanese 2984, Index 9135), Elementary Portuguese (Portuguese 2984, Index 9136) and Elementary Spanish (Spanish 2984, Index 9137). These are new four-credit courses that condense two semesters into one, supplemented with a self-instructional and electronic component. They are designed for learners with some prior experience in the language or those who wish to progress rapidly through the beginning stages of language learning.

All the above courses are open to persons not enrolled as regular students at Virginia Tech on a non-credit basis for a special fee by arrangement through the course registrar in the Division of Continuing Education at the Donaldson Brown Center. For more information, call the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at 1-5361 or e-mail ceustis@vt.edu. The last day to add the courses is August 29.