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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 15 - December 11, 1997

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 Reception, 5-7 p.m., Owens Banquet Room.
Friday, 12
Exams Begin.
Non-Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Spring '98.
LGBFS Caucus Meeting: 1-9269 for more information.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires: "Muppet Christmas Carol" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Saturday, 13
Memorial Service, 9 a.m., War Memorial Chapel: For Brian Bertoti.
VTU Film, 7 p.m., Squires: "Muppet Christmas Carol" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "A Baroque Buffet."
Sunday, 14
Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: "A Baroque Buffet."
Tuesday, 16
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Thursday, 18
Exams End.
Friday, 19
Graduate Fall Commencement, 2:30 p.m., Cassell Coliseum.
Saturday, 20
Undergraduate Fall Commencement, 10 a.m., Cassell Coliseum.
Wednesday, 24
Half-Day Christmas Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.
Thursday, 25
Christmas Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.
Friday, 26
Christmas Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.
Wednesday, 31
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Thursday, 1
New Year's Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.
Friday, 2
New Year's Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.
Monday, 12
Classes Begin.
Thursday, 15
Art Gallery Opening, Armory Gallery: "Pause Button Series" by Carole Garmon. Through February 6.
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
Friday, 12
Physics, 10 a.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Xerox PARC Blue Laser Diodes and Hydrogen in Semiconductors," by Matthew D. McCluskey.
Monday, 12
Forestry and Wildlife, 3 p.m., Fralin auditorium: Lecture by invited guest, TBD.
Surplus property to be auctioned
University departments may look at Virginia Tech surplus property and arrange interdepartmental transfers on December 11 and December 12 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. This equipment is located at the Surplus Warehouse on South Main Street next to the Printing Office.
The surplus property auction will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, 1998, at the Surplus Warehouse beginning at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The auction is open to the public. Checks in amounts up to $500 will be accepted. Virginia Tech employees may bid and purchase surplus items up to a limit of $500 per item or lot.
Surplus Property Report forms may be submitted at any time to declare items as surplus which are obsolete or are no longer useful in university departments. Forms and tags are available from Surplus Property.
If you have further questions, call Doug Sheppard at 1-5660.
Interlibrary Loan office closed for holiday
The Interlibrary Loan office will be closed during the holidays from Monday, Dec. 22 and will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5. Books can be picked up and returned at the photocopy/cashier window. Requested items will not be processed until January 5.
Bertoti memorial service planned
There will be a brief, non-denominational memorial service for Brian Bertoti, a graduate student in the department of history, on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m., in the War Memorial Chapel. Bill King of the Lutheran Campus Ministry will officiate. Questions about the service should be directed to King or to the Dean of Students Office.
Deadline for CEUT workshop December 15
The CEUT winter workshop, "Toward the Promotion of Learning," will be held January 6 and 7 (note new dates). Faculty members are invited to focus for two days on learning. Participants will explore the well-researched body of knowledge about how learning occurs; reflect on the learning needs of students; learn about the variety of ways to structure activities designed to promote and maximize learning; broaden the repertoire of techniques to evaluate and assess learning; and plan for a learning environment which fosters success. Participants will also engage in personal assessment and reflection, focus on the learners for whom they design instruction, and spend time planning for courses. The sessions will be held at DBHCC; lunch will be provided.
Please pre-register for this two-day session by contacting CEUT at 1-9109 or ceut@vt.edu. The registration deadline for this workshop is December 15. There is no charge for this development activity.
Second semester parking permits for sale
Second semester parking permits are on sale at the Visitors Information Center on Southgate Drive. Faculty/staff permits are $25 and student permits are $23. The Parking Services Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
LGBFS Caucus to hold last semester meeting
The Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Faculty and Staff Caucus at Virginia Tech was formed in 1992 as an affiliate of the Women's Network. The caucus's purpose is to improve the working and learning environment for gay, lesbian, and bisexual members of the Tech community and, by fostering an atmosphere of tolerance and understanding, to improve productivity and quality of life for all VT employees and students. Membership includes faculty and staff members and graduate students. Monthly meetings are open to individuals who support these objectives. The last meeting of the fall semester will be held December 12. Please contact Carola Haas at 1-9269 or cahaas@vt.edu or Tom Brobson at 1-2806 or brobson@vt.edu for details about the meeting or more information about the LGB Caucus.
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.
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; and The Grievance Procedure and You are provided at no cost to departments or the individual. However, there is a charge of $65 per person for 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.
Bursar's Office to close for holidays
The Bursar's Office will be closed noon, December 24 through January 2 for the holidays. Paychecks only will be distributed for three hours on December 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at window number 7. All other functions of the office will be closed.
To avoid delays in receiving pay during these limited hours, or for those employees who will be out of town for break or the holidays, sign up now for direct deposit. This enables deposit of funds in bank accounts on payday without delay. Return the completed direct-deposit form to the Bursar's Office by December 1.
Extra copies of alumni magazine available
Departments that would like extra copies of the fall 1997 Virginia Tech Magazine for recruitment or public relations purposes may order them by calling 1-6867.