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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 06 - October 2, 1997

Thursday, 2
Rosh Hashanah.
Art Exhibit Opening, Perspective Gallery: "Believe in Magic: American Cameo Glass." Through October 12.
YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Touring through Western Virginia's History," by Su Clauson-Wicker.
Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Things are Fine in Blacksburg--Why All the Talk about Distance Learning?" by Bruce Chaloux.
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., 100/102 Vet Med: New Horizons in Veterinary Medicine, "Cell-Mediated Immunity in Virus Infections," by Peter Doherty, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Godspell."
Friday, 3
Last Day to Drop.
Rosh Hashanah.
125th Anniversary Event, 4 p.m., 1670 Litton Reaves: Outstanding Alumni Speakers Series, "Building a Century of Kisses," by Marcella K. Arline, Hershey Chocolate North America.
International Club Coffee Hour, 5-7 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Internationalism Versus Multiculturalism: Same or Separate Beds?" by Darlene Grega.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "My Best Friend's Wedding" (second show at 9:30 p.m.)
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Lecia Slater, voice and Darden Safely, voice.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Godspell."
Midnight VTU Film, Squires Haymarket: "Pretty Woman."
Saturday, 4
Art Gallery Opening, Armory Gallery: "M.C. Richards: Creation and Cosmos." Through October 10.
125th Anniversary Event, 10 a.m., downtown Blacksburg: Homecoming parade.
125th Anniversary Event, 10:30 a.m., Wallace: College of Arts and Sciences/College of Human Resources and Education Alumni Reunion.
125th Anniversary Event, preceding football game, Litton Reaves: Ag Alumni Reunion.
Football, 1 p.m., Lane Stadium: Miami of Ohio.
TAUT Production, 2 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Godspell." (second show at 8 p.m.)
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "My Best Friend's Wedding" (second show at 9:30 p.m.)
Chamber Music Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet.
Midnight VTU Film, Squires Haymarket: "Pretty Woman."
Sunday, 5
YMCA Hike, 1 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Alta Mons (easy).
Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Audubon Quartet.
Monday, 6
University Council Meeting, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.
TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "Not Sleeping." Through October 8.
Tuesday, 7
Women's Center Event, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: "How Can We Help You Help Yourself?" by Michele James-Deramo.
TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "Not Sleeping." Through October 8.
Wednesday, 8
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Lutheran Church: "Recycling," by Selena McCoy.
Gerontology Forum Series, 3:30 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Spiritual Resiliency," by Rosemary Blieszner, and Janet L. Ramsey, Center for Family Housing in Roanoke.
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF-FM, "From By-line to Bottom Line: Journalistic Ethics in the '90s," with Joyce Hoffman, ODU; Shirley Carter, Norfolk State; Phil Walzer, Virginian-Pilot; and Paul Witkowsky, Radford.
TAUT Workshop Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "Not Sleeping."
Thursday, 9
YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Havana: Two Faces of the Antillian Metropolis," by Joe Scarpaci.
Cancelled: Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane.
Art/Architecture Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock auditorium: "The Alhambra."
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., 100/102 Vet Med: New Horizons in Veterinary Medicine, Nancy Jaax, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket: Outstanding Alumni Speakers Series, "Investment Banking: What Is It? How to Get In It and How to Succeed," by Eugene V. Fife, Multimedia Medical Systems.
Thursday, 2
Physics, 2030 Pamplin: "Selected Highlights of the ASCA Mission," by Koji Mukai, NASA.
Biology, 209 McBryde: "Using Collaborative Teaching in College Science Classes," by Thomas Lord and Robert Alico, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Friday, 3
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Protein Phosphatases," by Tim Haystead, UVa.
Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Geoscientists in NASA's Microgravity Research Division," by Melissa J.B. Rogers, NASA.
Communication Studies, 3:30 p.m., Hillcrest conference room: "Jane Campion's The Piano: Sanctuary, Pseudo-Voice, Coffin," by Susan E. Hensley, communication studies.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Flora of the Appalachians: Biodiversity Revisited," by Kenneth Stein, Fisheries and Wildlife.
Monday, 6
CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Legal Protection and Commercial Utilization of Research Results at Virginia Tech," by Ted Kohn and Mike Martin.
Wednesday, 8
Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: Faculty meeting.
Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Using Computer Technology to Teach Horticulture," by Greg Welbaum and Roger Harris.
Conference focuses on urban/rural partnerships
"Growing Together: Building Urban/Rural Partnerships" is the theme of the Virginia Urban Forest Council's 7th Annual Conference and Trade Show, scheduled at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Harrisonburg, October 21-23. The conference keynote speaker, Neil Sampson, former executive vice-president of American Forests, will speak on ways to build partnerships so that rural and urban areas grow together.
The conference theme reflects one of the most important urban forest issues in Virginia. More than 60 percent of the southern population lives in urban areas, and 25 percent of the South's forest resources are located in the urban/rural interface. As these rural and urban areas grow together, the community forests are facing a number of environmental challenges.
The conference will have sessions for citizens, planners, developers, consultants, horticulturists, preservationists, foresters, city officials, and educators. The Virginia Urban Forest Council will hold its awards luncheon on October 22 to recognize the 29 cities that have been designated Tree City USA and to award eight urban forestry awards for outstanding efforts to enhance Virginia's urban forests. Two awards will be given for outstanding Arbor Day celebrations. Following the luncheon, conference participants will take a field trip to visit restorations to Harrisonburg's Blacks Run, Hillendale Park and the deer-management program, James Madison Arboretum, and Lake Shenandoah.
Co-sponsors for the conference include: the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources at Virginia Tech; Bartlett Trees, Inc.; Philip Morris; Greener Harrisonburg; and Virginia Power. For conference registration information, call Kathy Sevebeck at 1-2411.
Forestry/Wildlife Resources seminar series outlined
As a part of the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources College-Wide Fall Seminar Series, Douglas W. MacCleery, National Forest System, will present a seminar on "What on Earth Have We Done to Our Forests? An Overview on the Condition and Trends of U.S. Forests from Colonial Times to the Present" on Monday, Oct. 13. The seminar begins at 4 p.m. in the Fralin Biotechnology Center auditorium.
Other seminars in the series for this academic year are: November 10, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: lecture by Robert Lewis, USFS, reception following in 315 Cheatham; December 8, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: lecture by William Townsend, NASA, reception following in 315 Cheatham; January 12, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: lecture by invited guest TBD, reception following in 315 Cheatham; February 9, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: lecture by invited guest TBD, reception following in 315 Cheatham; March 9, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: lecture by invited guest TBD, reception following in 315 Cheatham; April 13, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: lecture by Timothy J. Fahey, Cornell University, reception following in 315 Cheatham.
Visiting scholar to speak on learning communities
Carolyn Pope Edwards, professor of psychology and family and consumer sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be on campus October 1 and 2 as part of the university's "Building Learning Communities" initiative, of which the Great Duck Pond Project is a part. She will make a formal address entitled "Participation and Relationships: Fundamentals of the Reggio Emilia Approach" on Thursday, Oct. 2, 1-2:30 p.m. in the DBHCC auditorium. The presentation is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Department of Family and Child Development, and the College of Human Resources and Education.
Edwards received her bachelor's degree in anthropology and doctoral degree in human development from Harvard University, where she studied child rearing in diverse cultures and was research associate at the Child Development Research Unit in Nairobi, Kenya. From 1977 to 1991, she taught at the University of Massachusetts, serving as director of the laboratory preschool. Her introduction to the Reggio Emilia approach to child development came in 1983, when she was a visiting professor at the National Research Council in Rome. Since then, she has revisited Reggio Emilia on numerous occasions to study classroom collaboration and community building. She is co-editor of the book The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education (Ablex, 1993), soon to come out in its second edition.
For more information, contact Vickie Fu at vfu@vt.edu or 1-4796.
Police department mails annual report
In accordance with the student right-to-know and campus security act, the Virginia Tech police department has mailed out its annual report to faculty and staff members and students. To receive a copy, please contact the crime prevention unit at 1-8123 or 1-9304.
Students sought for GRE research study
Virginia Tech is one of 27 institutions in the U.S. participating in a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) research study of essay questions for the GRE Writing Assessment. The results will be used to shape the content and format of the essay exam, scheduled to become part of the GRE General Test in 1999.
The Graduate School is seeking junior, senior, or first-year master's students to participate in the study. The study is being conducted in two parts: Part 1--conducted on a computer, students will complete two writing tasks of 30-45 minutes and answer questions about the essays (total time is approximately two hours). Part 2 (Optional)--students submit copies of two course-related writing samples and complete a questionnaire.
For their participation, students will be compensated $15 for Part 1 and may earn an additional $10 for Part 2 from ETS.
For additional information about the study, students can send an e-mail message to writinginfo@ets.org and will receive an automatic response. Students can then contact the Graduate School (1-5645 or by e-mail to gradsect@vt.edu) for registration information and to schedule a time to take the exam. Students may test at any time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday-Friday until the October 17 closing date of the study. A test center has been set up on the first floor of the Graduate School in Sandy Hall.
For more information, please call 1-5645 or e-mail bchaloux@vt.edu.
Graduate School Fair to be held October 8
Students who are considering graduate school will have an opportunity to visit with representatives of graduate programs from 60 universities and professional schools during the Graduate School Fair at Virginia Tech Wednesday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
The program is sponsored by the Graduate Student Assembly to give Virginia Tech students and others the opportunity to learn more about graduate and professional schools.
Graduate schools that will be present include Cornell, George Mason University, Loyola of Maryland, Old Dominion University, Radford University, the University of Tennessee, Wake Forest, and Western Carolina University.
Business-school representatives from Drexel, George Washington University, the University of North Carolina, and the College of William and Mary will be present.
Also represented will be the law schools at Washington and Lee, Wake Forest, Widener University, William and Mary, Pennsylvania State University, George Washington, George Mason, Temple, and Tulane.
The graduate-engineering program at Penn State will be represented.
Medical/health programs present will be the University of Georgia Pharmacy College, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University-Medical College of Virginia, George Washington Medical School, and the Johns Hopkins Schools of Nursing and of Public Health.
Virginia Tech graduate programs will also be represented at the Graduate School Fair.
For more information, contact the Virginia Tech Graduate Student Assembly at 1-7919.
Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt to read at Volume Two
Poet Ellen Bryant Voigt, author of five volumes of poetry, will read from her works and sign books Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. at Virginia Tech's Volume Two Bookstore.
Voigt is the author of Claiming Kin, The Forces of Plenty, The Lotus Flowers, Two Trees, and Kyrie. Kyrie was a national Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Voigt also is co-editor, with Gregory Orr, of Poets Teaching Poets, a collection of craft essays.
A graduate of Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., where she later received an honorary doctor of literature, and of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, she founded and directed the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Goddard College and teaches in its relocated incarnation at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C.
Voigt also taught at Iowa Wesleyan College, at MIT, in the NEA-sponsored residencies at a number of colleges and universities. Her widely anthologized poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The Nation as well as in numerous literary journals.
Her poems received a Pushcard Prize (Best of the Small Presses) in 1983 and 1993, the Emily Clark Balch Award in 1987 from the Virginia Quarterly Review, the 1993 Hanes Poetry Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the 1996 Teasdale Award from Wellesley College. They were included in the Best American Poetry 1993 from Scribner's.
A recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, Voigt was a Lila Wallace/Woodrow Wilson visiting fellow in 1993 and 1997. She was the 1997 Elliston poet at the University of Cincinnati.
Group treatment for agoraphobia offered
The Psychological Services Center at Virginia Tech is now offering group treatment for people who experience sudden attacks of anxiety, including increased heart rate, sweating, dizziness, and the feeling of losing control. Open to all members of the community, the group will meet once a week for eight weeks. A reduced rate schedule is available for all clients.
For more information or to register, please call Carol at 1-6814.
Save Our Streams monitors water quality training
On Saturday, October 18, at the Virginia Tech Museum of Natural History, 1-5 p.m. Save Our Streams (SOS) will present a water-quality workshop. Participants will learn how to adopt a stream and monitor it regularly for water quality using aquatic insects. The workshop will cover site selection, sampling methods, insect identification, and data gathering.
The workshop begins at the museum then participants will carpool to a nearby stream for training. Dress for the weather. Bring waterproof boots or a change of shoes. While the program is designed for interested adults, children are welcome to accompany their parents. The program cost is $8 to cover the cost of printed materials. Please pre-register by calling 1-3001 by Saturday, October 11.
McCrumb to speak at Faculty Women's Club luncheon
Sharon McCrumb, novelist and lecturer, will be the speaker for the Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club Fall Luncheon. McCrumb received the 1997 award for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature, and has on two occasions received the Best Appalachian Novel Award. She has also been the recipient of the Edgar Award.
McCrumb is a New York Times best-selling writer and the author of 14 novels. Her latest book, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, will be published in 1998. A native of North Carolina, McCrumb is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a master's degree in English from Virginia Tech.
She will begin the Engel Lecture Series which honors the late Frances Holiday Engel, co-founder of the Virginia Tech Faculty Women's Club, and president of the club in 1966. The luncheon will be held at the Farmhouse, Christiansburg, on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at noon.
Faculty Development Institute offers fall workshops
Educational Technologies is offering the following workshops for faculty and staff members and graduate students this semester. All workshops are at the New Media Center unless otherwise noted:
"Creating Rich On-Line Environments," Wednesday, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-noon, with Joyce Williams-Green and Glen Holmes.
"Instructional Design Processes for On-Line Course Development," Tuesday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-noon, with Bill Claus, Pat Bevan, and Zeke Erskine.
"Data Management and Charting: Microsoft Excel 97," Thursday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m.-noon, with Ed McPherson.
"Relational Database Design and Planning: Microsoft Access 97," Thursday, Oct. 23, 2:30-4:40 p.m., with Ed McPherson.
"WhizQuiz." Learn to put quizzes and tests on-line. Two sets of three workshops with Michael Leahy are offered (please select one set): SET #1: 1. Monday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-noon WhizQuiz demo 2.Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2-5 p.m. hands-on instruction 3.Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2-5 p.m., hands-on problem-solving; SET #2: 1.Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2-4 p.m., WhizQuiz demo 2.Thursday, Nov. 6, 2-5 p.m., hands-on instruction 3.Thursday, Nov. 13, 2-5 p.m., hands-on problem-solving.
"Web Page Development: Microsoft Frontpage 98," Wednesday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m.-noon, with Ed McPherson.
"Putting Net.Work.Virginia to Work: Instructional Applications of ATM," Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2-4 p.m., Gym 234 and Nova 323, with Barbara Lockee.
"Supporting the Distance Learner," Friday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Gym 234 and Nova 323, with Barbara Lockee.
"Enhancing Interaction in a Two-way Video Learning Environment," Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, Gym 234 and Nova 323, with Barbara Lockee.
"Streaming Video for Web Pages," Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2-3:30 p.m., with John Moore, Carmel Vaccare, and Michael Leahy.
"Internet Conferencing/Collaboration: Microsoft NetMeeting," Tuesday, Oct. 14, 3-4:30 p.m., with Carmel Vaccare and John Moore.
"Imaging Techniques with Photoshop," Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m., with Robert Sebek. Required: working knowledge of the Macintosh and its operating conventions.
"Introduction to Acrobat," Thursday, Oct. 2, 2-5 p.m., with Richard Hayman.
"Advanced Microsoft Powerpoint," Monday, Oct. 6, 2-5 p.m., with Suzanne Sparks.
"Tips on Creating WWW Graphics," Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2-5 p.m., with Robert Sebek.
"Introduction to Adobe Pagemaker 6.5," Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2-4 p.m., with Ed Schwartz.
"Intermediate Abode Pagemaker 6.5," Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2-4 p.m., with Ed Schwartz.
"Advanced Adobe Pagemaker 6.5," Thursday, Oct. 30, 2-4 p.m., with Ed Schwartz.
"Developing a CD-ROM," Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-noon, with Robert Sebek.
"Advanced Acrobat." Two sessions with Richard Hayman are offered; please select one: Monday, Oct. 27, 2-5 p.m. or Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2-5 p.m
To register for the above courses, send e-mail to JoAnne Michaels at jmichael@vt.edu or call 1-5879 for more information. These workshops are filling quickly; check your calendar and reserve a place today. Each participant is limited to registering for three courses.
If, after registering, you find that you will be unable to attend, please call 1-5879 at least one working day before the class so we can offer your place to someone else. Classes with less than five participants will be canceled.