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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 10 - October 30, 1997

Thursday, 30
Y Thrift Shop Halloween Sale, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 1336 S. Main.
YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Copper Canyon by Rail (Mexico)," by Virginia Currie.
Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "What Does a Corporate Research Center Have to Do with a University, Anyway?" by Joe Meredith.
VTU Film, 6:30 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest."
CANCELLED. 125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., 100/102 Vet Med: New Horizons in Veterinary Medicine. "Life Sciences in Space," by Richard M. Linnehan, NASA.
Friday, 31
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Y Thrift Shop Halloween Sale, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., 1336 S. Main.
CEUT Instructional Event, 1-3 p.m., 101 Fralin Biotechnology Center: "How to Become an Oscar-Winning Teacher," by Tony Grasha.
International Club Coffee Hour, 5-7 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Halloween Stories," by Jeffrey Mann.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Scream" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Darden Safely, voice.
Saturday, 1
Men's Basketball, 11 a.m., Cassell Coliseum: Orange and Maroon scrimmage.
Football, 1 p.m., Lane Stadium: Alabama-Birmingham.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Scream" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Chamber Music Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Grand Piano, Op. IV.
Sunday, 2
YMCA Hike, 1 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Peters Mountain Wilderness (strenuous).
Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Grand Piano, Op. IV.
Monday, 3
Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Montgomery County Today: Social Issues," by Andy Morikawa, Community Foundation of NRV.
University Council Meeting, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.
Tuesday, 4
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial Hall: Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. "Oil Films on Water Surfaces--A Study of Science and Technology, History, Ethics, and Feminism," by James Wightman.
Wednesday, 5
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Lutheran Church: "Gingerbread Houses."
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVFT-FM, "And Then There Were None: The Pros and Cons of Military Downsizing," with Richard Krickus, Mary Washington College, and James Morris, CNU.
Thursday, 6
YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Transylvania--The Enchanted Land as Seen by a Native," by Mike Kosztarab.
Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Virginia Tech Online: Cyberschool, Cybercore, and an On-line Master's Program," by Tim Luke.
Art/Architecture Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock auditorium: "China: Dynasties of Power."
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., 100/102 Vet Med: New Horizons in Veterinary Medicine. "Mad Cow Hysteria or Legitimate Public Health Threat? BSE and other Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies," by William D. Hueston.
Excellence in Education Conference Keynote, 7:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: 13th Annual Awards Conference, with keynote speaker Wayne Worner.
Thursday, 30
Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "The AMANDA," by Tim Miller, Bartol Research Institute.
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Resistant Fits Using Modified Generalized Estimating Equations," by John S. Preisser Jr., Wake Forest.
Friday, 31
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "In Search of the Plastic Potato: Commodity Chemicals from Plants," by Doug Dennis, JMU.
Philosophy, 3 p.m., 225 Major Williams: "Varieties of Naturalism," by Owen Flanagan, Duke.
Geological Sciences, 3 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Stable Isotopes in Geologic Systems," by Juske Horita, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "The Impact of Economic Conditions on Participation in Disability Programs: Evidence from the Coal Boom and Bust," by Dan Black, Kentucky.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Mapping and Isolation of Disease Resistance-Related DNA Sequences," by Saghai Marooff.
Monday, 3
CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Radon--Myth or Danger?" by Clyde W. Adcock.
Tuesday, 4
Biology, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "The Ecological and Evolutionary History of Hawaiian Birds: Tales Fossils Tell," by Helen James, Smithsonian.
Wednesday, 5
Water Science, noon, 108 Seitz: "Watershed Management in Virginia: Experience and Guidelines," by John Randolph.
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3028 Pamplin: Topic open, Jere Behman, Pennsylvania.
Horticulture, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: "Thinking Like an Earthworm: Producing Organic Foods to Solve the Paradigm Between Care for the Earth and Meeting the Food Buyer's Demands," by Bill Wolf, Wolf Associates.
Science Study Center, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: "The Simplification and Distortion of Scientific Traditions: The History of Atoms in Eighteenth-Century History of Philosophy," by Constance Blackwell, Foundation for Intellectual History (London).
Thursday, 6
Electromagnetics, 4-5 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Discretization of Integral Equations for Rough Surface Scattering," by Jakov Toporkov.
Forestry/Wildlife seminar planned
The College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources College-Wide Fall Seminar Series continues on Monday, Nov. 10. Robert Lewis Jr., deputy chief for research and development, USDA Forest Service, will present a seminar on "Responsible Stewardship of our Land and Talents." Seminar begins at 4 p.m. in the Fralin Biotechnology Center auditorium.
Vendor fair on campus November 3
There will be a vendor fair and product exhibit at Squires Commonwealth Ballroom on Monday, Nov. 3 from noon until 3 p.m. There will be representatives from more than 40 companies who provide products and services to Virginia Tech. Included will be suppliers of travel services, office suppliers, furniture, copiers, printing services, media equipment, computers, software and much more.
CEUT sponsors teaching videoconference
The Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching invites all faculty members, administrators, and graduate students to a videoconference conducted by the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education and National University Telecom Network.
"How To Become An Oscar-Winning Teacher," featuring Tony Grasha, will be held October 31, 1-3 p.m., in 101 Fralin.
Participants will discover innovative ways to enhance current teaching practices with the strategies contained in OSCAR, a program for principles of active learning. The program will include "hands-on" experience in a variety of active-learning demonstrations, mini-cases, video examples, and checklists. Participants will assess their teaching styles and develop options for improving the teaching-learning process.
For viewing the videoconference from some location other than the Fralin Center, please contact CEUT at 1-9109 or 1-6995 for packets and channel information. No pre-registration is necessary.
Deadline near for CEUT grants
Those who are interested in applying for a CEUT grant, should submit your proposals by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3. The grants are awarded to faculty members who conduct research on their teaching, develop new course materials, design new courses, and experiment with instructional methods.
Proposals will be accepted for Teaching-Learning Grants, Teaching-Release Grants, and Summer Faculty Fellows for first summer session.
Grants guidelines may be obtained from the CEUT webpage at www.edtech.vt.edu/ceut/ or from the CEUT office at 1-9109 or 1-6995. If you have questions, please call the office or send e-mail to ceut@vt.edu.
"Cultural Expose" open to public
The Council of International Student Organizations will host the second annual "Cultural Expose" on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Center auditorium. Professional music and dance troupes from Africa, Brazil, and Hungary will be featured. Preceding the performance, international student organizations will feature a showcase of their clubs and countries.
The evening is free and open to the public. Call the Cranwell Center at 1-6527 for more information.
Dossier preparation workshop offered
The Academy of Teaching Excellence is sponsoring a Dossier Preparation Workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 3-4 p.m. in 1045 Pamplin. The goal of the workshop is to help those who wish to prepare an effective dossier in support of a candidate for a university teaching position. This year, the workshop will focus less on rules and more on what has made dossiers effective with some illustrative examples. Any issues raised by the participants at the workshop will be addressed. A description of the dossier format can be found on the web at: http://www.edtech.vt.edu/ate/DOSSIER.HTML.
Women Faculty Coffee Hour scheduled
The Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour will be held on the first Friday of the month. The next meeting is scheduled for November 7 from 8-9 a.m. at the Mill Mountain Coffee Shop on North Main Street.
The Organization of Women Faculty is a group of women in academic and administrative faculty positions at Virginia Tech. The first Friday monthly coffee hour is a time to network informally and get to know each other. All women faculty members are welcome. For more information, please contact Tamara Kennelly at 1-9214.
Monthly discussions for international women set
International women are invited to take an interactive look at culture shock in America. Each month, international students, faculty and staff members, and spouses will carry on discussions about their integration into American society.
Guest speakers will discuss such topics as "How to Talk with Your Advising Professor," "The Legalities of Working in the U.S. after Graduation," and "Culture Shock in America...Is It Real?"
Gatherings will be held the first Wednesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m., beginning November 5. The first session will be "How to Talk with Your Advising Professor," by Susan Shome.
For more information, please contact the Women's Center at 1-7806 or Cranwell International Center at 1-6527.