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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 19 - February 5, 1998

Thursday, 5
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Weekend at Chincoteague," by Ken Stein.
Science/Technology Studies Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "Working for Congress: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," by Mary Ellen Jones.
Women's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell: Dayton.
Black History Month Event, 7:30 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Black Education in the '90s."
Friday, 6
International Club Meeting, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "Building Connections between Virginia Tech, Japan, and Asia," by Ray Kass.
VTU Film Series, 7 p.m., Squires: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jeff Crouse and Joe Ehrehberger, percussion.
Saturday, 7
VTU Film Series, 7 p.m., Squires: "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (second show at 9:30 p.m.).
Sunday, 8
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Pandapas Pond (easy).
Men's Basketball, 2 p.m.: At Temple.
Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Patrick Butler, trumpet and Donny Riddle, trombone.
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Hillary Baker, tuba.
Monday, 9
Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Race and Gender," by Delores Scott and Barbara Pendergrass.
Book Signing, noon-2 p.m., Volume Two Bookstore: Lucinda Roy.
Black History Month Event, 7 p.m., Recital Salon, second-floor Squires: Val Gray Ward (performance poetry).
Women's Basketball, 7 p.m., Cassell: Xavier.
TAUT Production, 7:15 p.m., 204 PAB: "Harvested Revelations."
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, "A Long Day's Journey into Night: Writing a Novel within Academe," by Lucinda Roy.
TAUT Production, 8:15 p.m., 204 PAB: "Harvested Revelations."
TAUT Production, 9:30 p.m., 204 PAB: "The Other Woman."
Tuesday, 10
CEUT Forum, 11-12:30 p.m., DBHCC: "Food for Thought--Large-Group Teaching."
CEUT Workshop, 3-5:30 p.m., DBHCC: "Questioning and Discussion Techniques."
TAUT Production, 7:15 p.m., 204 PAB: "Harvested Revelations."
TAUT Production, 8:15 p.m., 204 PAB: "Harvested Revelations."
TAUT Production, 9:30 p.m., 204 PAB: "The Other Woman."
Wednesday, 11
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Memorial Church: A tour of Colombia Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Sigma Xi Lecture, noon, Squires: "Tobacco: Old Plants, New Uses, Genetic Engineering for `Biopharmaceuticals,'" by Karen Oishi, Crop Tech Development Corporation.
CEUT Workshop, 3-5:30 p.m., DBHCC: "Maximizing Student Motivation."
Black History Month Event, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Black Humor: What's Considered Offensive?"
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF-FM: "All the Way to the Bank: Buyout Mania and Virginia's Economy," with Alan Boese, VSU.
TAUT Production, 7:15 p.m., 204 PAB: "Harvested Revelations."
Men's Basketball, 7:35 p.m.: at St. Bonaventure.
TAUT Production, 8:15 p.m., 204 PAB: "Harvested Revelations."
TAUT Production, 9:30 p.m., 204 PAB: "The Other Woman."
Thursday, 12
Art Gallery Opening, Armory Gallery, "Nick Davis: Performance/Painting--Esthetic/Ascetic." Through March 6.
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Livestock and Agriculture in Ethiopia," by Gemechu Wirtu.
Women's Basketball, 7:30 p.m.: At St. Joseph's.
VTU Lively Arts Series, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "West Side Story."
Natural History Museum Program, 7:30-8:30 p.m., 428 N. Main St.: "Iridescent Colors in Birds, Butterflies, and Minerals," by Paul Ribbe.
Thursday, 5
Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Studying Beta Decay: Past Results--Future Potential," by Nickolas Solomey, Chicago.
Entomology, 4 p.m., 220 Price: "Sexual Selection--You're Not as Free as You Think!" by Thomas Jenssen.
Friday, 6
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Life among the Primitives: Protein Phosphorylation in Prokaryotes," by Peter Kennelly.
Communication Studies, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Hillcrest honors conference room: "Oral Formulaic Composition in African-American Stepping," by Elizabeth C. Fine.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Transgenic Plants as Vaccine-Delivery Systems," by Stephen Boyle.
Monday, 9
Forestry/Wildlife Resources, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: "Conservation Easements Protecting Open Space: New State and Federal Financial Incentives for Landowners," by Tamara Vance, Virginia Outdoors Foundation.
Research, 4-5:30 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Copyright: Who Owns Universities' Research," by Mel Schiavelli, Delaware.
Tuesday, 10
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 3092 Derring: "The Critical Role of Minerology in Radioactive Waste Isolation," by David Bish, Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Thursday, 12
ElectroMagnetics, 4 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Analysis of Antennas Using Curved Basis Functions," by Eric Caswell.
Discovery Channel program to feature Gustafson
Sigrid Gustafson, associate professor of psychology at Virginia Tech, will help illuminate reasons people like to ride extreme rides on the Discovery Channel's program called "Extreme Rides" February 15 at 9 p.m.
Gustafson was flown to San Francisco to tape a program for Discovery on "Wild Rides II," and the film crew liked her expertise about risk takers so much that they interviewed her for "Extreme Rides" as well. The adventure began with a media request through Profnet, a computer service that matches media needs for expertise with professors across the country who have that expertise.
CEUT events announced
The CEUT videoconference, "Improving Teaching and Learning with Technology," originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6, has been cancelled by the sponsoring institution.
The following CEUT events will be held as planned in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center
Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, CEUT Forum "Food for Thought--Large Group Teaching." Faculty Forums are informal conversation opportunities about teaching concerns and innovations. CEUT staff members will facilitate the discussion, and guest speakers will be present to offer ideas. Lunch is available in the Donaldson Brown Dining Room to take to a conference rooms. Registration is recommended; contact ceut@vt.edu.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 3-5:30 p.m., CEUT Workshop "Questioning and Discussion Techniques." In this session, Margaret Hable will discuss ways to design, plan, and promote relevant class discussion and offers strategies for formulating higher level questions to be used in promoting "thinking." To register, contact ceut@vt.edu.
Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 3-5:30 p.m., CEUT Workshop "Maximizing Student Motivation." Motivating students is a constant concern for all teachers. Margaret Hable will share information about building a motivating classroom environment, teaching strategies that motivate, communication skills that build rapport, and activities that keep learners centered. To register, contact ceut@vt.edu.
Nominations sought for Baird Award
The Office of Residential and Dining Programs (a division of Student Affairs) is seeking nominations for the 1997-1998 A. Alan Baird Award. The award honors the student who has contributed the most to the residence-hall program during or culminating in the current academic year. All students are eligible, including those not affiliated with Residential and Dining Programs. Additionally, students' past contributions will be taken into account, culminating with service during the current academic year.
The Baird Award is made possible through the generosity of the family and friends of Alan Baird, Class of 1988, who died in March, 1992. Baird was president of the Residence Hall Federation during 1987-1988 when he also was president of the Virginia Association of College and University Residence Halls. He was a student leader who left a permanent mark upon the RHF and the residence-life program.
Nomination forms are available, beginning January 28, at 109 East Eggleston Hall, the Hokie Passport Office (041 Owens Hall) and the five Area Coordinator Offices (Payne Hall, West Ambler Johnson, Newman Hall, Shanks Hall and Slusher Tower). The deadline for submission is February 20 at 5 p.m. Nominations are to be turned in to 109 East Eggleston Hall, c/o Tom Duetsch (mail code 0128). A web-based nomination will also available as of February 1. It can be found atwww.rdp.vt.edu/whatsnew/bairdnom.html.
For more information, contact Duetsch at 1-5258.
Phi Beta Kappa offers prize for best essay
With the annual John D. Wilson Phi Beta Kappa Essay Contest, the Virginia Tech chapter of Phi Beta Kappa offers a $500 prize to recognize excellence in undergraduate writing. The topic for 1998: Take an issue within some area of specialized or technical knowledge and render the issue comprehensible to a lay reader without oversimplifying it. Persuasively argue the implications and importance of this issue to the non-specialist. Explain convincingly why the average, well-educated lay person should care about this issue within some area of specialized or technical knowledge.
Contest rules and entry forms at three locations: The English Department Undergraduate Programs Office, 126 Williams; the University Honors Program Office, 1st Floor, Hillcrest; and the Newman Library Special Collections Department.
The deadlines for entries is Wednesday, March 25. For more information, contact Paul Heilker, director of the first-year writing program, at 1-8444.
Family therapy conference at N. Virginia Center
The Department of Family and Child Development at the Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center will host a day-long conference titled "Family Therapy: Inspiration for the New Millennium" on Friday, Feb. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference will explore how physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, non-epileptic seizures, and exacerbations of chronic illnesses can be related to family and social relationship problems.
Speakers featured at the conference will be the co-authors of the groundbreaking book, The Body Speaks: Dialogues for Mind-Body Problems , Melissa Elliot Griffith and James L. Griffith. They are also the co-authors of the soon-to-be-released book, Sacred Encounters, which documents how therapy can incorporate a patient's spiritual and religious resources.
To request a brochure on the conference with registration information, call 703-538-8467.
Connection Job Fair to be held February 24
Career Services will hold the 9th annual Connection Job Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Squires Commonwealth and Old Dominion Ballrooms. Representatives from over 100 businesses, industry, and government agencies will be in attendance to recruit Virginia Tech students for co-op, internship, and summer job opportunities. Many employers will be scheduling formal interviews on February 25, with students in whom they are interested.
The Connection Job Fair, formerly known as CO-OP Connection, is directed towards a unique target market of freshman, sophomores, and juniors across diverse majors as well as graduate students who are interested in gaining career-related work experience.
Interested students should stop by Career Services on the third floor of Henderson Hall or visit http://www.career.vt.edu.
CAEE luncheons inform of learning support
The Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence's purpose is to provide academic support for Virginia Tech's undergraduate student body. Open, informed communication between the office and programs and academic departments is essential to provide this support successfully. To inform and facilitate open lines of communication, CAEE is hosting luncheons designed to inform deans, directors, department heads, and advising faculty members of the programs offered by various offices charged with learning support initiatives.
At the sessions, presentations on learning support and success initiatives will be made by representatives from CAEE, the Student Success Project, the Dean of Students Office, and the University Counseling Center. Two dates are offered to accomodate advising faculty members who may teach during one of the sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. or Tuesday, March 24, from noon to 1 p.m. Both sessions will be held in 219 Squires.
Lunch will be provided. Each luncheon is limited to 25 spaces and you must register to ensure your space. The registration deadline for the February luncheon is February 13 and the registration deadline for the March luncheon is March 19. Register by calling Elaine Humphrey at 1-8887 or 1-4133 or by sending email to elaineh@vt.edu.
TAUT presents production of The Other Woman
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts and Theatre-Arts University Theatre will present Casey Kelly's The Other Woman in room 204 of the Performing Arts Building Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 9-11, at 9:30 p.m.
The Other Woman depicts the struggle of growing up and growing old, while displaying the effects this experience has on individuals and their environment. Ginny, daughter of Virginia and Hank Gibbs, is given a life-size mannequin as a present from her father. Through the event of this gift the audience shares the experiences of womanhood from Ginny's adolescent perspective to Virginia's mid-life point of view.
The performance is free of charge, but early arrival is recommended to assure seating. For more information, call the School of the Arts Information Line at 1-5200.
Davis exhibition opens at the Armory Gallery
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts and the Armory Art Gallery present an exhibition of paintings by Nick Davis titled "Performance/Painting--Esthetic/Ascetic." Opening Thursday, Feb. 12, the exhibition will be on display through Friday, March 6.
Davis, a Virginia Tech visiting instructor in the Department of Art and Art History, will transform the gallery into his personal studio. Davis intends to execute his paintings at intervals during the exhibition. The show will open with a group of canvases at various stages of development, after which Davis will put himself on display as artist-at-work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. The principal audience for this exhibition, a class of approximately 700 Virginia Tech freshmen and sophomores, may observe the works develop first hand.
The Armory Art Gallery is located at 201 Draper Road, Blacksburg, Virginia, and is open Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday noon to 4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. The gallery may also be viewed by special appointment; call 1-5547.