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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 16 - January 15, 1998

Thursday, 15
Art Gallery Openings, Armory Gallery: "Works by Donald and Joanna Sunshine" and "Carol Garmon, Sculpture." Through February 6.
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
Martin Luther King Celebration, 7 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: Music, oration, and drama.
Men's Basketball, 7:30 p.m.: At Dayton.
Friday, 16
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Last Day to Add.
Saturday, 17
Venture Out Winter Hike to the Cascades, 10 a.m., meet at the Squires Information Desk: call 1-3750.
Men's Basketball, noon: At Xavier.
Women's Basketball, 2 p.m.: At George Washington.
Sunday, 18
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Virginia Tech Brass Trio presents 20th-century works for brass.
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at YMCA parking lot at 403 Washington St.: Angels Rest (strenuous).
Monday, 19
Lee-Jackson-King Holiday for Staff.
YMCA Open University Registration, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., University Mall.
Black History Month Program, noon, 116 Squires: "Martin Luther King Jr.: The Forgotten Years."
University Council Meeting, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.
Black History Month Program, 4 p.m., 142 Squires: "Living the Dream: The Role of Whites as Anti-Racists."
Tuesday, 20
YMCA Open Registration, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., University Mall.
Black History Month Program, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center.
Faculty Senate Meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.
VTU Lively Arts Program, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying."
Wednesday, 21
YMCA Open University Registration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., War Memorial Hall.
Thursday, 22
YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., YMCA office.
Men's Basketball, 7:30 p.m.: At Rhode Island.
Thursday, 15
Geological Sciences, details TBA, call 1-6521.
Friday, 16
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife, Lythrum salicaria," by Tom McAvoy, entomology.
Thursday, 22
Science/Technology Studies, 12:30-2 p.m., 132 Lane: Details TBA.
Geological Sciences, details TBA, call 1-6521.
Clarke to lecture on black poetry
George Elliott Clarke, a seventh-generation African Canadian who teaches at Duke University and has published three books of poetry, will present a reading/lecture on "For the Love of (Black) Poetry" January 22 at Virginia Tech's University Club beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Clarke has a joint appointment in English and Canadian Studies at Duke. His book of poetry called Whylah Falls won the 1991 Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry. Radio and stage versions of Whylah Falls, a verse story about a mythical black community in rural Nova Scotia, were performed in Canada in 1996 and 1997.
Clarke is working on a verse drama/opera called Beatrice Chancy, and previews of the work have been shown in Toronto. He also writes a bi-weekly book-review column for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia's largest and most respected newspaper.
In the field of literature, Clarke has a particular expertise in the scholarship of race and has a strong international perspective. In addition to his own original writing, he has edited two anthologies of African Canadian writing. The most recent, Eyeing The North Star: Directions in African Canadian Literature, published in 1997, is the first to attempt to "canonize" certain African Canadian writers. In addition, he has contributed essays to The Oxford Companion to African Literature, to be published by Oxford University Press.
In his presentation, Clarke will read from and discuss the writing of Whylah Falls. The talk is sponsored by Virginia Tech's Department of English. For more information call 1-6501.
Orth to speak on bioethics
Donald J. Orth, professor of fisheries and wildlife sciences in the College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources, will speak on "Bioethics in Natural Resources Education and Management" on Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m., in Squires Colonial Hall.
The public is invited to the lecture, which is part of a series commemorating Virginia Tech's 125th anniversary this year.
DERC visits Northern Virginia
The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) will meet with interested employees in Annandale on Thursday, March 27 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. in room 202A of the Godwin Building at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. Take the Capital Beltway (495) to exit 6 West (Fairfax, Little River Turnpike).
The counseling program provides employees outside the Richmond area with an opportunity to meet individually with a staff counselor and to receive assistance in: options for dealing with work-related concerns, discussion of applicable state policies, information on the grievance procedure presentation, and referral for further assistance.
Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, please call the DERC at 800-552-9720.
DERC announces winter programs
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 Fredericksburg. Other programs, such as, Presenting your Case at Hearing and Solve it Together: Mediation Techniques are offered in Richmond. 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, may be charged a "no-show" fee of $20. Cancellations will be honored up until three days prior to class.
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 the summer and Advanced Mediation Training in the spring and fall.
YMCA class registration begins January 19
Winter registration for Virginia Tech YMCA Open University classes will begin the week of January 19. Locations are: University Mall (Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 19-20, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.), War Memorial Gym (Wednesday, Jan. 21, from ), and the YMCA office (Thursday and Friday, Jan. 22-23). For more information, please call 1-4208.
WVTF covers Virginia General Assembly
Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 14, WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke is featuring in-depth legislative reports from the Virginia General Assembly. The reports will continue until the General Assembly session ends on March 14. The series, reported daily by correspondent Kathleen Callan, will air on Morning Edition® at 8:35 a.m. and during the Mid-day News Summary at noon.
Program examines culturally specific development
Professor Robert Dyck (urban affairs and planning) and his international graduate students will present a program entitled "Culturally Specific Development Strategies," Friday, Jan. 30, at 3:30 p.m., in Alumni Hall at the Donaldson Brown Center.
The program will be is open to the public, and a reception will follow. Malathi Ananthakrishnan (India) will discuss culturally specific housing and community development in New Bombay, Li Feng (a graduate student in sociology from Beijing) will discuss tradition and sustainable development in China, Jennifer Chege (Kenya) will focus on appropriate development of Kenya's Central Province, and the wife and husband team of Dina Ali and Khaled Hassouna (Egypt) will discuss their plans for community-based co-evolutionary development in the South Sinai region.
Dyck will lead the round-table discussion with introductory remarks from his new book, Self-Transformation of the Forgotten Four-Fifths, released by Kendall-Hunt last September.
The presentation will be similar to an international conference they attended in Toronto October 15-19 called "Ideas That Matter."