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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 03 - September 11, 1997


Thursday, 11

CPI Workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., DBHCC.

Diggs Faculty Study Groups, 4-6 p.m., Owens Banquet Hall.

Nicholas Mullins Lecture, 4 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet," by Sherry Turkle, MIT.

Black History Month Steering Committee Meeting, 6 p.m., Black Cultural Center.

Art and Architecture Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock auditorium: "The Classical Ideal: Greece and Rome."

125th Anniversary Welcome Back Concert, 7 p.m., Henderson lawn.

125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series: "Roots of Economics, Ecology, and Ecumenism: How Big Is the Houshold (OIKOS)?" by Michael J. Ellerbrock, Center for Economic Education.

Friday, 12

New Faculty Reception/Orientation, 3-5 p.m., Hillcrest dining room.

International Coffee Hour, 5-7 p.m., Cranwell Center: "European Union, Where Is It Now?" by Arnold Schuetz.

VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Grosse Point Blank" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).

Midnight VTU Film, Squires Haymarket: "Deliverance."

Saturday, 13

125th Anniversary Event, 10 a.m., Corporate Research Center: Dedication ceremony for the Thomas W. Moss Jr. Research Building.

YMCA Thrift Shop Senior Citizens Half-Price Clothing Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1336 S. Main St.

College of Forestry/Wildlife Resources Alumni Reunion/Tailgate Party, 10:30 a.m., Cheatham north lawn.

125th Anniversary Event, 2:30 p.m., DBHCC: Groundbreaking ceremony for the Advanced Communications and Information Technology Center.

Football, 6 p.m., Lane Stadium: Syracuse.

VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Grosse Point Blank" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).

Midnight VTU Film, Squires Haymarket: "Deliverance."

Sunday, 14

YMCA Hike, 1 p.m., meet at Y parking lot, 403 Washington St.: Huckleberry Trail (easy).

Monday, 15

Self-Study Open Forum, noon-1:30 p.m., 1045 Pamplin: "Transforming Virginia Tech for the Information Age."

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

Tuesday, 16

Salary and Wage Paydate.

Engineering Expo, Squires: Through September 17.

YMCA Thrift Shop Half-Price Clothing Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1336 S. Main St.

Black Cultural Center Slide Lecture, 6 p.m., 126 Squires: James Jones exhibit, "Ten Thousand Words."

Faculty Senate Meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.

Wednesday, 17

Engineering Expo, Squires.

Self-Study Open Forum, 8-9:30 a.m., Squires Brush Mountain A: "Transforming Virginia Tech for the Information Age."

English Department Visiting Writers Series, 7 p.m., Volume II Bookstore: Fred Chappell, poetry and fiction.

"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF-FM: "Unlikely Hero: Stonewall Jackson's Early Years," with James `Bud' Robertson, Virginia Tech; Fred Echols, WVTF; and Keith Gibson, VMI.

125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, "The Wireless Communications Revolution: Past, Present, and Future" by Theodore Rappaport.

Women's Center Event, 7:30 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Woman and Housing" by Ben Kadas.

Thursday, 18

Business Horizons Career Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.

Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1800 Litton Reaves.

125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: Outstanding Alumni Speakers Series, "The Changing Face of America's Eating--That Chicken on Your Plate!" by Margie Lee, Georgia.


Friday, 12

MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Structural Dynamics of the Mammalian Golgi Apparatus" by Brian Storrie.

Mining, Minerals Engineering/Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Real Life in the Minerals Industry" by Ted Mullin.

Monday, 15

CSES, 4 p.m., Smyth: "Heavy Metal Availability in Contaminated Soil" by John Zwonitzer.

Tuesday, 16

CEUT, 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Hillcrest dining room: "Acting Up in the Classroom: Using the Craft of Theatre to Enhance Classroom Teaching," by Barbara Carlisle, Gregory Justice, and Patricia Raun.


Dennis Kilper to speak on the evolution of architecture

As part of Virginia Tech's 125th anniversary celebration, architect and professor Dennis J. Kilper will present remarks entitled, "Architecture in the Post-Democratic World: Mies to Mickey, and Now What?" The lecture will be held on September 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Colonial Hall. A reception will follow at 9 p.m. at the University Club on the Virginia Tech campus. Attendance is free and open to the public.

During his presentation, Kilper will revisit certain events of 20th-century architecture to reveal that which will mark the architecture of the next century. The inspiration for Kilper's talk stems from an American exhibition last October at the Venice Biennial of Architecture which was devoted exclusively to the "Architecture of the Disney Company."

Kilper joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in 1975. He has chaired his college's Core Professional Program and Graduate Program, headed its Department of Building Construction, and directed its Building Science Program. He has fostered numerous instructional and curriculum innovations and has won two college teaching excellence awards. In recognition of his contributions to his teaching and practice, Kilper received the T.A. Carter Endowed Professorship of Architecture.

Black History Month Steering Committee meeting planned

The Black History Month Steering Committee meeting will be held on September 11 at 6 p.m. in the Black Cultural Center. This is the first meeting for the fall semester. The meeting is open to the university community. Faculty support and involvement is encouraged.

CEUT hosts faculty study groups

CEUT will hold an information session on September 11, 4-6 p.m. in Owens Banquet Hall for faculty members interested in forming study groups on the subject of teaching. Each study group meets twice monthly to talk about teaching, share ideas, study resource materials, problem-solve, invite guest presenters, and work together toward the improvement of teaching. Themes and topics for discussion and study will be determined by each group.

The primary goal of the study group is to advance each participant's personal teaching practice; the second and unifying goal is for the entire cohort to work together in support of teaching improvements and innovations within our own academic units. CEUT staff provides assistance for the group's pursuits and a $300 stipend for each participant.

If you would like to learn more about participating in a faculty study group, please attend the information session. To pre-register, please contact ceut@vt.edu.

Mullins lecturer to talk about identity and the Internet

Sherry Turkle, author of the recent book Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet, will speak on that topic at the ninth annual Mullins Lecture in Social Studies of Science and Technology on September 11 at 4 p.m. in the Haymarket Theatre.

Turkle is a social psychologist who includes gender dimensions in her work. She is professor of the sociology of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of other books, including The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit.

Turkle specializes in the study of people's relationships with technology, particularly computers. Her most recent research focuses on the psychology and sociology of computer-mediated communication.

Life on the Screen looks at the fact that, on the Internet, people are able to inhabit multiple worlds and explore multiple aspects of the self. For individuals, on-line life can serve as a sort of moratorium or "time out," a time of experimentation that facilitates the development of identity. For organizations, virtual communities offer a place for experimenting and parallel play and an environment for working through new ideas.

The Mullins Lecture has been offered for nine years by the Center for the Study of Science in Society in honor of Virginia Tech sociologist of science Nicholas Mullins. The other co-sponsors of the lecture are the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Women's Studies program, the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series, and the departments of computer science, psychology, philosophy, and sociology.

For more information, call 1-7615.

Appalachian photographs exhibit to premier at Tech

The first exhibit of Appalachian photographs by Dale Belcher will be open to the public at Solitude, future home of the Appalachian Culture Center, on West Campus Drive at the Duck Pond on September 21, 2-5 p.m.

The exhibit then will move to the Carol M. Newman Library, opposite the circulation desk, and will be open to the public from September 25 to November 21.

A native of the Black Ridge section of Floyd County, Belcher became the protégé of noted photographer Earl Palmer. Palmer, known as "The Blue Ridge Mountains' Roaming Cameraman," developed a reputation for his photography of Appalachia. His landscapes and images of mountain people have been published in leading American magazines. Palmer complemented Belcher's photography skills and encouraged their continued development.

Belcher is carrying on the legacy of Palmer, who passed away in March, 1996.

DERC to visit Frederick/Winchester area

The Department of Employee Relations Counselors will meet with interested employees in Front Royal, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10:15 a.m.-7 p.m. and in Winchester, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

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 referral for further assistance.

Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, please call the Department of Employee Relations Counselors on the toll-free line (800) 552-9720.

Art and architecture video series announced

The Henry H. Wiss Center for Theory and History of Art and Architecture announces its schedule for the 1997 Fall Semester. The videos, scheduled at 7 p.m. in Hancock auditorium, include "Crete/Mycenae," September 11; "The Classical Ideal: Greece and Rome," September 25; "Roman City," October 9; "The Alhambra," October 23; "White Garment of Churches: Romanesque and Gothic Architecture," November 6; "China: Dynasties of Power," November 20; "Teotihuacan/Machu Picchu," December 4.

The series is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact the center's director, Humberto Rodriguez-Camilloni at 1-5324.

Self-Study Open Forums planned

The Faculty and Staff Senates are co-sponsoring a series of open forums at which the self-study, "Transforming Virginia Tech for the Information Age," will be discussed. The remaining forums are planned for the following dates and times: Monday, Sept. 15, 12-1:30 p.m. in 1045 Pamplin; and Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8-9:30 a.m. in Squires Brush Mountain A.

A draft of the strategic report is available on-line at

http://www.vt.edu:10021/admin/provost/selfstudy/. Feedback is invited from all members of the university community and may be submitted directly from the web page, or by e-mail to selfstudy@vt.edu, or by campus mail to Self-Study at mail code 0155.

Study Abroad Information Fair scheduled

The University Office of International Programs will sponsor a Study Abroad Information Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the center of the Drillfield. Information on study abroad opportunities will be provided. For more information, contact Julie Trimpe at 1-5888.

Welcome-back fish fry to be held on Drillfield

Nikki Giovanni's Harlem Renaissance class is welcoming students to the 1997-98 school year with "The Saturday Night Fish Fry on Thursday Afternoon."

The fish fry was always on Saturday night during the Depression, said Giovanni, who holds the Gloria D. Smith professorship in black studies and is a professor of English. People all over the country would fish all week, put the fish in the ice box, then take them to a public park on Saturday nights for a fish fry. Fish sandwiches cost 25 cents. And that's what they'll cost at Virginia Tech's fish fry Thursday, Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the Drillfield.

The catch of the day will be flounder on white bread with onion and hot sauce. The class has ordered 300 fish for the event. As a special treat, Aldora Green will make hoe cakes, a sort of hush puppy, to go with the fish. Participants must bring their own drinks.

Gerontology forum series announced

The Center for Gerontology has announced its annual fall forum series. All presentations will take place in Fralin auditorium. On September 10 at 3:30 p.m., Larkin S. Dudley, assistant professor at Virginia Tech's Center for Public Administration and Policy, will speak on "Counting Commitment: Rural Service Delivery for Older Adults." On October 8 at 3:30 p.m., Rosemary Blieszner, professor of Human Development, and Janet L. Ramsey, of the Center for Family Counseling in Roanoke, will speak on "Spiritual Resiliency." On November 12 at 3:30 p.m., Colleen Johnson, professor emeritus of the School of Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco, will speak on "The American Family in Later Life: A Personal Research Perspective." A reception will follow Johnson's presentation.

In addition to the forum series, a special exhibit by Carlie Cameron Collier entitled "Muses: A Tribute to Mature Women Who Live Creative Lives" will be on display in the Wallace Hall Gallery, September 30 to October 15. The exhibit celebrates 20 women noted for their creativity. The forum series is free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities or those who require auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations can contact the Center for Gerontology at 1-7657.

Volleyball tournament to be held on campus

On Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 20, Virginia Tech Culinary Services and Pepsi are hosting a volleyball tournament and exhibition game, featuring Olympic Gold medalist and top-ranked women's volleyball player, Holly McPeak.

The 64-team, round-robin tournament will be held on Dietrick Plaza. The winning team will participate in an exhibition game with Holly McPeak. Coed or single-sex four person teams are welcome. Faculty and staff member and students, and off-campus groups may participate. The entry fee of $40 includes four volleyball games, a tournament shirt, and a grab bag.