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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 07 - October 9, 1997

Virginia Tech faculty and staff members and students are often the subject of significant national and state-wide news coverage. To better inform the university community about these accomplishments, the Office of University Relations has compiled this monthly report. This report excludes coverage in the Roanoke news-media market. For more information about the articles mentioned, call Julie Kane, university public-relations coordinator, at 1-9934, or contact your college public-relations office.
The Winchester Star (Jan. 8): The Pamplin College's study-abroad program was featured in a story about the experiences of one of its students during a semester of study and travel in Europe.
The Southwest Times, Pulaski, (Jan. 10): A story about a new business cited a marketing study done by students in the Pamplin College of Business.
Washington Technology (Feb. 6): Roberta Russell, professor of management science and information technology, was quoted extensively in a story on business process re-engineering.
American Record Guide and Fanfare (March/April) and (UK) The Strad (Sept. 1997): All three featured the new CD of Dohnanyi music by Virginia Tech's Audubon Quartet.
Asia Times (April 17): A news story on the problems of the Chicago Futures Exchange used comments by Finance Professor Don Chance.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (April 21): Greg Kadlec, assistant professor of finance, was quoted in the cover story in the Metro Business section on the value of a Fortune 500 listing to companies.
USA Today (April 29): An editorial on executive salaries cited a Virginia Tech-Boston University study on the repricing of stock options by companies. The study was co-authored by Finance Professor Don Chance.
The Washington Times (May 20): SEED, the Student-managed Endowment for Educational Development, was featured in a story about the group's success in beating the market and the pros while managing more than $2 million of the university's endowment. John Cusimano, the university's director of investments and debt management, and business alumnus Denman Zirkle, who is senior vice president of the New York investment firm Lynch and Mayer, were quoted in the story.
Barron's (May 26), Institutional Investor (June): SEED and its faculty advisor, Finance Professor Don Chance, were cited in features about student-run investor programs. Ray Smoot, treasurer and vice president of finance, was also quoted in the Investor story.
Business Journal, Phoenix (May 30): A news item mentioned the publication of For Team Members Only, a new book co-authored by Christopher Neck, assistant professor of management.
Richmond's Talking Business (June): Joe Sirgy, professor of marketing, was quoted in a story about how professionals must market themselves and their firms to gain clients.
Blue Ridge Business Journal (June): Finance Professor George Morgan was cited in a story on the increased competition among communications companies in the Blue Ridge region and its impact on consumers.
Virginia Business (June): Richard E. Sorensen, dean of the Pamplin College of Business, commented on the particular challenges faced by family-owned businesses in the cover story on the "on-off" sale of Advance Auto Parts.
Management Review (June): Richard Wokutch, management professor, was mentioned in a story on the renewed interest of businesses in "reinvesting in people" after an era of downsizing, cost-cutting, mergers, and consolidations.
Entrepreneur (June): Christopher Neck, assistant professor of management, was quoted in a story on how entrepreneurs can improve employee productivity and attract customers and investors by improving their "emotional-intelligence" quotient.
Richmond Times-Dispatch (June 16): Terry Cobb, associate professor of management, was quoted extensively in the cover story of the Metro Business section on office politics.
The Associated Press (July), Richmond Times-Dispatch, (Petersburg) Progress Index, (Lynchburg) News & Advance, (Covington)Virginian-Review, (Waynesboro)The News Virginian , (Woodbridge) Potomac News, Bristol Herald Courier, (Fredericksburg) Free Lance Star: An article was released about a personal alarm system tested for Dominion Wireless by Dennis Sweeney of electrical engineering.
San Jose Mercury News (July 23), (Omaha) World-Herald, (Aug. 3), Fresno Bee (Aug. 17), Des Moines Register (Aug. 31): Christopher Neck, assistant professor of management, was quoted in the cover story for the business section on building a better work team.
The Virginian Pilot (Aug. 3): Finance professor George Morgan was quoted in a story about the dominance of North Carolina banks in Virginia as a result of acquisitions in recent years.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (Aug. 4): Christopher Neck, assistant professor of management, and John Edwards, chair of the sociology department, were quoted in the cover story of the Metro Business section on office romances.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Seattle Post-Intelligence (Sept. 8): Christopher Neck, assistant professor of management, was quoted in a Reuters business column about work pressures on executives.
CNBC (Sept. 18): Charles Coletta, MBA student and executive chair of SEED, and Don Chance, SEED advisor and finance professor, were guests on "The Money Club," a program about investing. The segment in which they appeared was fed live to CNBC from the TV studio in Whittemore.
Virginia Public Television (Sept. 11 and Oct. 3): Wayen L. Neu, a faculty member in the Ocean Engineering Department, was featured in a one-hour program with Robert Ballard, undersea explorer and discoverer of the Titanic. The television program aired on all Virginia public television stations as part of the "Virginia Department of Education Hour."