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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 11 - November 6, 1997

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 Online 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: "Mad Cow Hysteria or Legitimate Public Health Threat? BSE and other Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies," 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.
Friday, 7
International Club Coffee Hour, 5-7 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Collapse of the Soviet Union and the Future of World Food Trade," by David Orden.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Men in Black" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Men's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Exhibition.
New River Valley Symphony, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Fall Concert.
Saturday, 8
Football, Lane Stadium: Miami (Fla.).
VTMNH Activity, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Natural History Museum: Project Underground (about caves).
125th Anniversary Event, 10 a.m.-noon, Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: "Books of the 90s: A Celebration of Achievement in the College of Arts and Sciences."
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Men in Black" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
125th Anniversary Event, 7 p.m., Lane Stadium: 125th Anniversary halftime performance.
Sunday, 9
YMCA Hike, 1 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Falls Ridge (moderate).
Women's Basketball, 2 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Exhibition.
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: The New Virginians.
Monday, 10
Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Peace as Reflected in the Commonwealth of Virginia," by Jo Evans, legislative assistant to James M. Shuler.
VTU Lively Arts Program, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Carousel."
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "The Cherry Orchard."
Tuesday, 11
Veteran's Day Holiday for Staff.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "The Cherry Orchard."
Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Spring `98.
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Lutheran Church: Sing-a-Long.
Gerontology Forum Series, 3:30 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "The American Family in Later Life: A Personal Research Perspective," by Colleen Johnson, California at San Francisco.
125th Anniversary Event, 7 p.m., Northern Virginia Center: Outstanding Education Alumnus Speaker Series, speaker TBA.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "The Cherry Orchard."
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Trumpet Society.
Thursday, 13
Art Gallery Opening, Armory Gallery: "Ben Owens: Ceramics." Through December 12.
YMCA Slide Show, 12:10 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Traveling on the Russian Waterways--St. Petersburg to Moscow," by Joe Loferski.
STS Lunch Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 281 Whittemore: "Teaching in a Two-Way Video Environment: Extending the Walls of the Campus Classroom," by Barbara Lockee.
Women in Mathematics: Career Day, 1:30 p.m., Math Emporium.
Men's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: vs. Court Authority.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "The Cherry Orchard."
Thursday, 6
Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Virginia Tech Survey of the Northern Galaxy in the H-alpha Line," by Brian Dennison.
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Sanitized Residuals and Gaussian Diagnostics," by Don Jensen.
Electromagnetics, 4-5 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Discretization of Integral Equations for Rough Surface Scattering," by Jakov Toporkov.
Friday, 7
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Somatic Embryogenesis for Soybean Regeneration and Genetic Transformation," by Wayne Parrott, Georgia.
Philosophy, 3 p.m., 225 Major Williams: "How the Prisoners in Plato's Cave are `Like Us,'" by Nick Smith, Michigan State.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Ecology of Weedy Legumes," by Amethyst Merchant.
Physics, 4 p.m., 122 Robeson: "Shock Waves and Traffic in One Dimension," by Eugene Kolomeisky.
Monday, 10
Forestry/Wildlife Resources, 3 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Responsible Stewardship of our Land and Talents," by Robert Lewis Jr., USDA.
Economics, 4 p.m., 3028 Pamplin: "Science-Based Diversity, Specialization, Localized Competition and Innovation," by David Audretsch with Maryann Feldman.
CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "A Study of the Movement Protein of Tobacco Mosaic Virus," by Kristen Mansfield.
Wednesday, 12
BSI, 1 p.m., 503 Price: "Using the Web in Biology Courses: Is It Worth It?" Jonathan Monroe, JMU.
Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Learning in Context: New Factors in the Teaching-Learning Process," by Terry Wildman.
Forestry/Wildlife seminar planned
The College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources College-Wide Fall Seminar Series continues on Monday, November 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." The seminar begins at 4 p.m. in the Fralin Biotechnology Center auditorium.
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.
Teleconference on campus crime to be held
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Virginia Tech Police Department, Residential and Dining Programs, and the Office of the Dean of Students will be sponsoring a national teleconference titled "Protecting your Campus from Crime: Challenges and Solutions" on Monday, Nov. 17 from 2-4 p.m. in the front auditorium of the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
The teleconference, brought to campus from the University of Vermont, will provide Virginia Tech and other institutions across North America with valuable information about campus crime today. It will attempt to clarify the federal regulations on campus-crime reporting and how best to comply, and will give an up-to-the-minute report on the status of the the Accuracy and Campus Crime Reporting Act (ACCRA). It will also provide examples of several real-life campus safety approaches that are working in a variety of settings.
Special features and benefits of the teleconference include interaction with campus safety experts, an "open-style," moderator-facilitated panel discussion with an extensive question-and-answer period and videotaped interviews with students, faculty and staff members, and administrators.
There is no fee to attend the teleconference. For more information, please call 1-9769.
New Virginias and Michele Weir to perform
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts and the Department of Music present the New Virginians with special guest Michele Weir on Sunday, November 9, at 3 p.m. This performance will conclude the first vocal jazz workshop of its kind in Virginia. Also participating in the workshop and performing in concert with the New Virginians will be the New Virginians II, and the Chamber Ensemble from James River High School, Midlothian.
Preceding the public concert, Virginia Tech is hosting the first annual Jazz Choir Festival/Workshop in Virginia, November 7-9. The event is open to high-school students from all of Virginia. Funded in part by Virginia Tech's Women and Minority Artists and Scholar Series, the vocal jazz workshop will provide sessions conducted by Lisanne Lyons, music faculty of Virginia Tech, and Weir on jazz vocal techniques. Mentoring for the high school students will be provided by members of the New Virginians.
The concert on Sunday will provide a culmination of the jazz workshop weekend rehearsals with performances by the individual ensembles and a performance by a mass choir, that includes the New Virginians, New Virginians II and the Chamber Ensemble from James River High School. The mass choir will be performing a selection arranged by Weir, as well as performances by the individual ensembles.
The performance will take place in Squires Commonwealth Ballroom. For more information, call 1-5200.
Concert celebrates Halloween in November
The New River Valley Symphony celebrates its Fall Concert in the spirit of the Halloween season with Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique on Friday, November 7 at 8 p.m. in Burruss auditorium The New River Valley Symphony (NRVS) is conducted by James Glazebrook, Virginia Tech faculty member. The NRVS program will also include Ludwig van Beethoven's Egmont Overture, Op. 84 and Antonin Dvorak's Romance, Op. 11 featuring soloist David Langr on violin.
Violinist David Langr will brighten the program's haunting seasonal mood in Dvorak's Romance, Op. 11. In addition to working as a soloist with the New River Valley Symphony, Langr has also performed with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.
Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased in advance by calling 1-5615 or visiting the UUSA Ticket Office in the Squires Student Center. For more information, call 1-5200.
Recital for flute and piano scheduled
Local artists David Jacobsen, flute, and Caryl Conger, piano, will perform a Faculty/Guest Artist Recital on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. in Squires Recital Salon.
The first piece is Phillipe Gaubert's Sonate. Gaubert is known for his place in the standard literature for the flute. The second piece is Verne Reynolds' (b.1926) Flute Sonata. The second half of the program includes Donna Kelly Eastman's A Virginia Labyrinth, Ernst von Dohnányi's (1877-1960) Aria Op. 48 No. 1 and Jules Demersseman's (1833-1866) Sixieme Solo de Concert, Op 82.
Jacobsen is associate professor of music and assistant department head. Conger is on the music faculty at Radford University.
Tickets are only available at the door. For more information, call 1-5200.
Cyber-technology papers solicited
The Service-Learning Center is assembling essays for Best Practices in Cyber-Serve, a publication that highlights the use of technology in service-learning teaching. The center seeks a broad range of faculty and student experiences with technologies such as threaded conversations, listservers, publishing technology, Daedalus, "chat" rooms, e-mail, WWW sites, on-line teaching modules, distance learning, computer-aided instruction, hypermail, and the like.
The center is seeking manuscripts from a variety of disciplines that document an equally diverse range of innovative teaching experiences. These technologies mark but a first step along a evolving continuum of emerging classroom pedagogies. Faculty members may review the paper guidelines at http://www.majbill.vt.edu/sl/guidelines.html.
A one-page abstract of 100-250 words is due December 1. Invitations will then be extended to prepare a complete manuscript, to be due March 15. Papers will be peer-reviewed.
Abstracts may be sent to: Michele James-Deramo, Service-Learning Center, 202 Major Williams (0168), or deramo@vt.edu.
Best Practices in Cyber-Serve is supported by a grant from Learn and Serve America: Higher Education.
Furnished house or apartment wanted
Oscar Evangelista, vice chancellor of University of Philippines, and wife will be on campus for the spring 1998 term with the history department. The Evangelistas need a furnished house or an apartment from January 1 through May 15, 1998. They would welcome the opportunity to replace a faculty member who will be on sabbatical. Funding is part of a Faculty Exchange program with the University of the Philippines and is somewhat limited. Please contact at 1-5779 or e-mail: jballweg@vt.edu.
Service-Learning institute to be held
The National Service-Learning Institute for Engineering, Mathematics, and Science Faculty will be held at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, March 6-8, 1998. The purpose of the institute is to show faculty members in these disciplines how to integrate service-learning into their courses. Eleanor Baum, dean of the College of Engineering at Cooper Union, and former president of the American Society for Engineering Education is the keynote speaker.
Applications for the Institute are available in the Service-Learning Center. For more information, contact Michele James-Deramo at 1-6947 or deramo@vt.edu.
Nicholas Smith to speak on Plato
Nicholas D. Smith, professor of philosophy at Michigan State University, will deliver the Classical Studies Program's second annual Hummel Lecture. The lecture, entitled "How the Prisoners in Plato's Cave are `Like Us,'" will be held on Friday, Nov. 7 at 4 p.m. in 209 McBryde. A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. in 212 McBryde. The talk is free and open to the public.
Smith, formerly professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech, is the author and co-author of numerous articles on ancient Greek philosophy, as well as the co-author (with Thomas C. Brickhouse) of two books on Socrates, Socrates on Trial and Plato's Socrates, the latter of which earned a Choice Outstanding Book Award. Smith earned several teaching awards while at Virginia Tech, including a national teaching award from the American Philological Association
This year's Hummel Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, the Department of History, the Classical Studies Program, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (Programs in the Humanities). For more information call Mark Gifford at 1-8485.
YMCA Crafts Fair offers entertainment
The 28th YMCA Crafts Fair is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 16 in Squires Student Center. Virginia Tech students enter free with ID; others are asked to donate $1 which will benefit the YMCA service programs such as tutoring, the after-school program for children, Project Home Repair, and the YMCA hikes. During the fair the Y has planned entertainment, activities for children, as well as workshops led by the artisans. Check the web page for a complete listing of vendors and events at http://www.vtymca.org.
Switzerland tour still has openings
The eight-day Faculty/Staff Study Tour to Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, (June 22-30, 1998) still has a few openings. Total cost, including trans-Atlantic airfare, room and board, as well as all excursions, is $1,550. For more information contact Arnold Schuetz at 1-5874 or schuetza@vt.edu.
Women in Mathematics Career Day planned
On Thursday, Nov. 13, university faculty members, students, and alumnae will join together with approximately 150 young women from area schools for an intergenerational, multimedia, mathematical celebration.
Sixth and seventh graders are participating from Auburn High and Middle School, Blacksburg Middle School, Christiansburg Middle School, Eastern Elementary School, Macy McClaugherty Elementary School, Narrows Elementary School, Shawsville High and Middle School, and the shelter school at the Women's Resource Center of the New River Valley.
"Women in Mathematics: Career Day at Virginia Tech" will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Math Emporium with a welcome session featuring Patricia Hyer, associate provost at Virginia Tech. From 2 to 5 p.m., students will participate in hour-long sessions.
Each student participant will receive a T-shirt to commemorate the day through the assistance of Tech Bookstore.
Career Day activities are sponsored by the Department of Mathematics. Co-sponsors include the Office of the Provost, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Women's Center at Virginia Tech, and Womanspace, the Women's Undergraduate Network. For more information, please contact Susan Anderson at 1-8041 or anderson@math.vt.edu.
If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Anderson at 1-8041 to discuss accommodations at least one week prior to the event.
Preservation program offered by friends
The Friends of the University Libraries is hosting a program on preserving personal documents. The presentation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. in the Newman Library, sixth-floor boardroom. The topic covers the care of books, papers, photographs, audio, videotapes, and other memorabilia.
Jean-Pierre Bekolo comes to Virginia Tech
African film director Jean Pierre Bekolo will visit Virginia Tech from November 9-12, 1997. Known as the "secret-agent man," Bekolo subverts the conventions and didacticism of African film and literature.
Bekolo, a Francophone Cameroonian, is the director of "Quartier Mozart," which played at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg last November as part of the African Film Festival. "Quartier Mozart" won prizes at film festivals in Cannes, Locarno, and Montreal. It was nominated, in 1993, for a British Film Institute award, along with Quentin Tarrantino's "Reservoir Dogs." The film mixes sorcery and urban realities in a satire of male and female roles.
"Aristotle's Plot," his most recent feature film," started out as the African entry in the British Film Institute's series of films commemorating the centenary of cinema. The film is part meditation on the trials of African filmmaking, part action movie send-up, part parody of Aristotle's rules, and part satire on Africa's preoccupation with itself.
"Aristotle's Plot" was featured at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 1997. Bekolo's films have also appeared at film festivals in England, Ireland, France, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Canada and throughout the U.S.--in New York, Chicago, L.A., Washington, and Phildelphia. Bekolo has also worked in TV and has produced a number of documentaries--most recently, a short film about the Senegalese director, Djibril Diop Mambety.
Bekolo's current film project is titled, "Have You Seen Franklin Roosevelt?" At Virginia Tech, Bekolo will be exhibiting and discussing his two feature films, meeting with students and faculty members, talking with film and video units on campus, and attending classes. He will screen his films on Sunday, Nov. 9, and be available for classes, meetings, and interviews November 10 and 11.
Bekolo's visit is being sponsored by the Department of English, the W.E. Lavery Professorship, Women's Studies, Black Studies, and the African Students Association.
For more information, contact Fred Carlisle, Department of English, Virginia Tech--telephone 1-7728, e-mail Carlisle@vt.edu, fax 544-7694.
TAUT performs Chekhov's Cherry Orchard
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts Theatre Arts-University Theatre continues its 30th anniversary season with David Mamet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Monday, Nov. 10, through Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. in Squires Haymarket Theatre.
Mamet's adaptation of Chekhov's work is true to the original spirit and humor of this time-honored drama, which is directed by faculty member David Johnson. Johnson describes the play as "Chekhov's prescient and compassionate look at Russia on the verge of revolution...the characters are caught in the final summer of the aristocracy, banished from an imperfect Eden to a new industrial world of uncertainty and change."
Tickets are available in advance beginning Monday, Oct. 27 from the UUSA Ticket Office at 1-5616. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information, call 1-5200.