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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 23 - March 5, 1998

Thursday, 5
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Asian Snapshots: Malaysia, Nepal, and India," by John Ashby.
Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: Video Series: "Maya Lin: A Strong, Clear Vision" (second show at 5:30 p.m.).
Science/Technology Lunch Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane Hall: "Human Cloning?"
Women's Month Program, 6:30 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain A: Lois Benjamin, Hampton, will speak on race, class, and gender.
Women's Month Program, 7:30 p.m., 1045 Pamplin: "Changing Forces and Constants: Women, Work, and the 21st Century," by Camille Miller.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "Gold Russian Finger Love" (second show at 9:30). Through 3-6.
Friday, 6
Last Day to Resign.
Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee Shop on N. Main St.
International Club Meeting, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "The Power of Balance: Gender Egalitarianism in an Indigenous Andean Community," by Sally Hamilton.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: "Gold Russian Finger Love" (second show at 9:30).
Sunday, 8
YMCA Hike, meet at Y parking lot: John's Creek (moderate).
Wednesday, 11
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF: "For Better or Worse: The Public and Political Ethics," with Scott Keeter, VCU, and Bob Roberts, JMU.
Saturday, 14
YMCA Hike, meet at Y parking lot: Tinker Cliffs (very difficult).
Sunday, 15
Music Program, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Warm Hearth benefit concert, featuring the Audubon Quartet.
Monday, 16
Salary and Wage Paydate.
YMCA Open University Registration, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., University Mall.
YMCA Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "Images of Women."
Women's Month Program, 4-5:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Girls as Leaders."
Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., 129 McBryde: "Feminist Politics of Emotion."
Tuesday, 17
YMCA Open University Registration, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., University Mall.
Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Coming Full Circle: Transformative Turnings in Women's Lives."
Women's Month Program, 3 p.m., 152 Squires: "Self Esteem and You."
Faculty Senate Meeting, 7 p.m., 32 Pamplin.
Women's Month Program, 7 p.m., Black Cultural Center: "Women and Alcoholism."
Wednesday, 18
Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Summer I '98.
YMCA Open University Registration, 12-6 p.m. at the Christiansburg Public Library and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Virginia Tech War Memorial Gym lobby.
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Memorial Church: "Native Americans" by White Dove Mays.
Women's Month Program, 3:30 p.m., University Club: "Feminist Scholarship at Virginia Tech."
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF: "In Other Words: Voices of Virginia Writers," with Sheri Reynolds, ODU, and Billy Clark, Longwood.
VTU Lively Arts Program, 7:30 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "Damn Yankees."
Women's Month Program, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theatre: "Beyond the Fridge."
Thursday, 19
YMCA Open University Registration, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., YMCA office.
Art Gallery Opening, noon, Armory Gallery: "Pat West: Paintings and Sculpture." Through 4-17.
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Peaceworks in Vietnam" by Steve Darr.
Science/Technology Studies Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "What is a University that Puts Knowledge to Work?"
Women's Month Program, 12:30 p.m., Women's Center: "Cancer in Two Voices" (video, second show at 5:30).
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
125th Anniversary Event/Women's Month Program, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: "Voices for the First Black Women at Tech."
Faculty Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Richard Cole.
TAUT Production/Women's Month Program, 8 p.m., 204 Performing Arts Building: Beverly Muse's one-woman show, "Unseen Muse."
Thursday, 5
Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Persistence and Poisoning: New Probes of Coarsening Dynamics," by Benjamin Lee, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Understanding and Managing Insecticide Resistance within a Tortricid Pest of Apple--A Vertically Integrated Approach," by Larry A. Hull, Penn State.
Friday, 6
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Microbiology/transposons," by Abigail A. Salyers, Illinois.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "Biological Survey's Goals," by Dennis B. Senn, USGS.
Monday, 16
Forestry/Wildlife Resources, 4 p.m., Fralin auditorium: Karl F. Wenger (topic TBA).
CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Estimation and Prevention of Soybean Yield Loss Due to Viruses," by Glenn Buss.
ESM, 4 p.m., 221 Randolph Hall: "Angle Ply Laminates--Why They Should Be More Widely Used," by M.R. Pigott, Toronto.
Wednesday, 18
CASS, 3 p.m., 303 Davidson: "Lightweight Automotive Body Structures, Material Challenges, and Adhesive Opportunities," by David Wagner, Ford Motor Co.
Science/Technology Studies Seminar, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: "The Decline and Fall of Hobbesian Geometry," by Douglas Jesseph, North Carolina State.
Thursday, 19
ElectroMagnetics, 4 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Spherical Scattering of Localized Waves," by Mohamad Abdel-Rahamn.
ErgoFair provides overview of office ergonomics
ErgoFair '98 on Tuesday, March 24 will be held to provide an overview of the new office ergonomics program from Environmental Health and Safety Services and the office products available through Boise Cascade. The event is divided into two identical sessions, one in the morning (9-11:45 a.m.) and one in the afternoon (12:30-3:15 p.m.). Light refreshments will be served.
Spaces are limited. Registration is strongly encouraged. To register, visit http://www.ehss.vt.edu/ohih/pages2-18/ergofair98_registration.htm. Registered participants will receive special ergonomics informational materials and be eligible for door prizes from Boise Cascade.
The goals of each session are to learn about potential risk factors in the office, counter-measures to reduce injury risks, Virginia Worker's Compensation legislation about carpal tunnel syndrome, and current products that may improve the workplace.
Spectrum will resume

publication on March 19.

Teleconference focuses on student alcohol abuse
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and University Unions and Student Activities will be sponsoring a national teleconference titled "Solutions for Reducing High-Risk Alcohol Use in the College Community" on Monday, March 30, from 2-4 p.m. in rooms 150-154 Squires.
Currently ranked the number-one problem on campus by college presidents across the country, student alcohol abuse is responsible for more than 40 percent of academic difficulties and numerous acts of campus crime, violence, and deaths.
Colleges and universities have an obligation to create a safe and productive environment where learning is the focal point of the entire community. The teleconference, brought to us from the University of Vermont, will provide important strategies in responding responsibly to this issue. "Solutions for Reducing High-Risk Alcohol Use in the College Community" features expert panelists who provide insight into high-risk drinking behavior, identify the characteristics of useful and effective programs, and explain how to develop practices and policies that successfully modify student drinking behavior.
Some of the special features and benefits of the teleconference include interaction with experts on student alcohol abuse issues, an "open-style" moderator-facilitated panel discussion, extensive question and answer periods, and videotaped interviews.
There is no fee to attend the teleconference. For additional information, please call 1-6272.
Abstracts solicited for GSA research symposium
The Graduate Student Assembly is sponsoring the 14th Annual Research Symposium titled "New Frontiers for the Next Millennium." Registration is available Monday, March 2 through Wednesday, March 25.
Participation in the symposium requires an abstract describing research and displayed in a poster presentation. The categories for submission include social sciences and humanities, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, virtual division, and an undergraduate category. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three presenters in each of the five categories.
For more information contact Graduate Student Assembly at 1-7919 or Anurag Maheshwary at 951-6973. For registration, visit the web site at http://gsa.uusa.vt.edu.
Community workshop explores gender issues
The Love of the Nightingale, a re-telling of a Greek myth, is the basis of a community workshop on March 25, from 7-10 p.m., in 105 Performing Arts Building. Exploring issues of gender, power, rape, and survival, this beautiful and intense play was written by a British woman, Timberlake Wertenbaker, in 1988.
The workshop will use community-based theatre techniques to explore the issues of the play and seek out their relevance in Blacksburg in 1998. Admission is free, previous reading or knowledge of the play is not necessary.
Play examines Irish culture of repression
A performance of Lovers, by Brien Friel will be presented in 204 Performing Arts Building March 30 through April 1 at 8 p.m. Lovers presents a perceptive combination of comedic and tragic elements strongly influenced by the customs inherent within the Irish culture.
Through the progression of two couples' relationships, the characters face the repression of their society. Admission is free.
Leave donations requested from 1998 balances
Virginia Tech employees in the following areas have requested leave donations: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine (two), Physical Plant, Residential and Dining Programs, and University Development.
These are new recipients and any leave donated to them will be taken from 1998 balances.
Those areas that have employees needing leave and have previously been advertised are: College of Architecture, CNS (two), Cooperative Extension, hospitality and tourism management, Residential and Dining Programs (two), University Libraries.
Any new donations received for this group will also be taken from 1998 balances.
These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. Salaried classified employees or 12-month regular faculty members may participate by donating annual leave in increments of eight hours. There is no maximum donation limitation per year, nor is there a minimum balance that must be maintained.
Leave donations received after the employee's eligibility status changes (such as, return to work, disability retirement, retirement, etc.) will be returned to the donor in accordance with established personnel procedures. To protect recipients, the names and details of the medical condition will remain confidential. However, leave must be donated to either a specific individual or area.
Donor forms are available from department administrative offices or from Personnel Services department at 1-9331 or e-mail address PRICEVS@vt.edu. Please return the completed form to: Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.
Warm Hearth benefit concert March 15
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts will present a benefit concert for the Warm Hearth Foundation on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. The concert, featuring the Audubon Quartet and guest pianist Lydia Artymiw, will take place in Squires Recital Salon.
The program for the concert will include two pieces from Ernst von Dohnányi's repertoire, Quintet for Piano and Strings in c minor, op. 1 and Quintet for Piano and Strings in e-flat minor, op. 26. Also to be performed is Zoltán Kodály's Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, op. 12.
These works will be presented by the Audubon Quartet and guest pianist Artymiw, a professor at the University of Minnesota
The Audubon Quartet is the quartet-in-residence at Virginia Tech. Renowned for their "strikingly beautiful, luminescent" sound, the Audubon Quartet has won acclaim throughout the world for more than 20 years. The group, consisting of David Ehrlich, Doris Lederer, Clyde Shaw and their newest member, Akemi Takayama, has just recently released its newest compact disc, The String Quartets of Zoltán Kodály, through Centaur Records (CRC 2372).
Tickets are $10, and will only be sold at the box office the afternoon of the concert. For more information, please call 1-5200.