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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 14 - December 4, 1997

Thursday, 4
Squires Food Court Grand Opening Ceremony, 11 a.m., Squires.
Science Study Center Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "What's the HBCU Initiative All About?" by Pat Hyer.
Art/Architecture Video Series, 7 p.m., Hancock auditorium: "Teotihuacan/Machu Picchu."
Friday, 5
Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour, 8-9 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee, Main Street.
YMCA International Gift Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Cranwell Center.
International Club Coffee Hour, 5-7 p.m., Cranwell Center: Pizza and a movie, "Seven Samurai."
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Conspiracy Theory" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Early Music Ensemble.
Saturday, 6
YMCA International Gift Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Cranwell Center.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket: "Conspiracy Theory" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Burruss Auditorium: "The Many Moods of Christmas."
Sunday, 7
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jay Crone, trombone and James Bryant, organ.
Tuesday, 9
Faculty Senate Meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.
VTU Lively Arts Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "The Nutcracker."
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Low Brass Ensemble.
Wednesday, 10
Classes End.
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Lutheran Church: Visit the Grove.
Men's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell Coliseum: Radford.
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: University Jazz Ensemble.
Thursday, 11
Reading Day.
VTIP Event, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center auditorium: "University/industry Partnerships and the Role of Intellectual Properties."
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
Thursday, 4
Intercollegiate Optics/Communications, 3:30 p.m., 654 Whittemore: Joint seminar between Virginia Tech and UVa.
Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Spacetimes Are Only as Good as Their Null Surfaces," by Simonetta Frittelli, Duquesne.
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson: "Overview of the Graphical and Analytic Capability of JMP," by Herbert J. Kirk, SAS.
Friday, 5
Philosophy, 3 p.m., 225 Major Williams: "Pragmatism and Peirce's Externalist Epistemology," by Bob Meyers, SUNY, Albany.
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3010 Pamplin: "Hub Cities: City Formation Without Economies of Scale," Hideo Konishi, Southern Methodist.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1076 Derring: "Diatoms Associated with Man-Made Wetlands," by Terry Hufford, George Washington.
Monday, 8
Forestry/Wildlife Resources, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Mission to Plant Earth: Program Overview," by William Townsend, NADA.
Communication Studies, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Honors Conference Room, Hillcrest: "Research and Evaluation: Highlights from the Blacksburg Electronic Village (1993-97)," by Andrea Kavanaugh.
CSES, 4 p.m., 331 Smyth: "Indigenous Sorghum Genetic Resources of Ethiopia and its Contribution to Global Sorghum Improvement," by Brhane Gebrekidan.
Wednesday, 10
Horticulture, 4 p.m., 102 Saunders: "Ingredients for Good Teaching," by Dan Eversole.
Free marketing seminar for faculty members
The two-day seminar "Effective Seminar/Conference Marketing" by Ralph Elliott from Clemson University will be held at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center on December 18-19. On day one, the seminar will be held from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. On day two, it will be held form 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch break will be from noon-1 p.m. each day. Day one's programs are "How to Select and Financially Evaluate Profitable Programs" and "How to Build, Maintain, and Select Databases That Attract Attendees." Day two's programs are "How to Create Promotional Offers That Attract Attendees" and "How to Use Location, Program Implementation, and In-House Marketing to Boost Your Bottom Line." The program is sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education. All campus faculty members are invited to attend this seminar at no charge. Advance registration is required. For more information, please call Donna Raines at 1-5241 or e-mail draines@vt.edu.
Kosztarab to sign autobiography of adventures
Retired entymology professor Michael Kosztarab will sign copies of his autobiography, Transylvanian Roots: The True Life Adventures of a Hungarian-American, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Gallery of Local Artists at New River Mall in Christiansburg. The book is Kosztarab's autobiography. It is published by Pocahontas Press of Blacksburg.
Born a Transylvanian-Hungarian, Kosztarab and his family were forced from Rumania to Budapest, Hungary, by the Nazis. At the age of 17, he was arrested for helping 36 Jews escape the Nazis.
The arrival of the Red Army saved him from the Nazis, but plunged him into life under the Communists. He worked as an entomologist for the Hungarian State Bureau of Plant Protection, and later as an assistant professor at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Budapest. He escaped to the West after the Soviets crushed the 1956 Hungarian Uprising, only to return to smuggle his infant daughter to freedom.
Then began life in America, learning his way in a new culture, and building a new life for himself. He pursued his passion for insects, joining the Virginia Tech faculty after earning a doctorate from Ohio State University in 1962.
International Gift Festival to be held Dec. 6-7
An International Gift Festival will be held on Friday, December 5, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cranwell International Center.
This World Service Project helps artisans in 35 developing countries by selling their crafts to produce real income for medicine, housing, education, and food in these countries. Holiday items, home accessories, stationary, toys, musical instruments, linens, and many other items are available. This is the perfect place to locate a unique gift for a special person.
This event is sponsord by the YMCA International Programs and is a fun way to learn about cultures around the world.
For more information, please call Kim Beisecker at 1-6962.
Talk offered on preparing for an IPO
Management consultant William H. Daughtrey Jr. will be giving a talk on "Preparing Your Business for an Initial Public Offering" on Friday, December 5, at 4 p.m. in 1045 Pamplin. The event is free and open to the public.
Daughtrey is president and chief executive officer of Princeton Associates, a management consulting firm that he founded in Richmond in 1990. He holds a B.S. in physics (1962) and an M.S. in nuclear physics (1965 ) from Virginia Tech and an MBA in finance (1969) from the University of Connecticut. He was a group managing partner at Coopers and Lybrand in Richmond before starting Princeton Associates.
Daughtrey has helped "turn around" numerous companies across the nation by helping them undertake corporate reorganization, productivity improvements, and financial restructuring. Daughtrey, who has earned a national reputation in the consulting business, received Virginia Tech's 1997 University Distinguished Achievement Award. His talk is part of the MBA Entrepreneurial Leadership course taught by management professor Jim Lang and is jointly sponsored by the Pamplin College of Business and the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (ACE).
Cranwell Center's Holiday Party scheduled
All international students, scholars, and families are invited to the Cranwell International Center's Holiday Party, Sunday, Dec. 7, from 4-6 p.m. at the Cranwell Center. The party will feature holiday music, traditions from around the world, festive decorations, refreshments, and a visit from Santa Claus.
"Holidays at Smithfield" offers entertainment, crafts
The 1997 celebration of "Holidays at Smithfield," four festive days of holiday fun at historic Smithfield Plantation in Blacksburg, will be held Thursday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1-5 p.m.
A variety of events will take place in the restored Colonial era residence built by Colonel William Preston in 1773. Live musical entertainment, traditional craft demonstrations, storytelling, and children's activities such as making pomanders and ornaments are just some of the activities scheduled.
Children and adult volunteers will share the history of the times with visitors. Susanna's Tea Shoppe will be open all four days. In addition, the Smithfield Museum Store and annual Holiday Greenery Sale will be open all four days. Wreaths, garlands, poinsettias and more will be available.
For a schedule of events and information on admission rates, please call Smithfield Plantation at 1-3947.
DERC announces programs for winter 1998
The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) has developed training programs on the grievance procedure, conflict management and mediation skills. They are also conducting Grievance Procedure Training for Non-Supervisory Personnel. The following is the training schedule for January through March 1998.
Responding to Employee Grievances; Solve it Together: Introduction to Conflict Resolution Skills; and The Grievance Procedure and You will be conducted in Richmond, Fairfax, and Fredricksburg. Other programs, such as, Presenting your Case at Hearing and Solve it Together: Mediation Techniques are offered in Richmond.
Responding to Employee Grievances; Solve it Together: Introduction to Conflict Resolution Skills; The Grievance Procedure and You are provided at no cost to your department or the individual. However, there is a charge of $65 per person for the Solve it Together: Mediation Techniques.
Mediation Training will be offered in summer and Advanced Mediation Training in spring and fall.
Individuals interested in one of the classes should contact Personnel Services at 1-9331 for the date, time, location, and the registration form. To register for one of the scheduled classes, the training registration form should be completed and returned to DERC as soon as possible.
Because class size is limited and demand is greater than available spaces, a "no show" fee of $20 will apply. Cancellations will be honored up until three days prior to class.
CommonHealth offers program on adolescent health
Guest speaker Marty Wunsch will speak on adolescent development and the health issues of this population on Thursday, December 4 from noon to 1 p.m. in Conference Room G, Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. To register, call 1-7810.