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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 25 - March 26, 1998

Thursday, 26
Women's Month Activity, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Women's Center: Clothesline Project workshop.
Women's Month Activity, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Drillfield: Clothesline Project display. (Rain location: DBHCC).
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Yellowstone Revisited" by Beth Thomas.
Brown Bag Lunch, noon-1 p.m., Multicultural Center. "Enhancing Our Environment," by Bill Swain.
Service-Award Program, noon-1:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: Outstanding Alumni Speakers Series: Topic to be announced. By Lee A. Polisano, Kohn Pederson Fox.
Women's Month Activity, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Drillfield: "Take Back the Night" rally and march, meet at the Drillfield in front of Burruss. (Rain location: DBHCC).
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Jeff Crouse and Joe Ehrenberger, percussion.
Friday, 27
Women's Month Activity, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Women's Center: Clothesline Project workshop.
Multi-cultural Dialogue Series, noon, 140 Squires: "Are the races getting along any better?"
International Club Meeting, 5 p.m., Cranwell Center: "The 50 Year History of the International Club," by Peter Wallenstein.
University Club Program, 7:30 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center: Gerry Timlin in concert.
Women's Month Activity, 8 p.m., 100 McBryde: "Don't Speak My Mother's Name in Vain," one-woman performance by Reanae McNeal.
Saturday, 28
VTMNH Activity, Natural History Museum: "Science Saturday." Call 1-3001.
Student Recital, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Stephanie Watts, trumpet, and Laura Peterson, piano.
Chamber Music Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Featuring guest concertmaster David Salness and guest clarinetist Jack Graham.
Sunday, 29
International Week Begins. Through 4-3.
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Indian Run (easy).
Chamber Music Concert, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Featuring guest concertmaster David Salness and guest clarinetist Jack Graham.
International Club Meeting, 7 p.m.,100 Hancock: "When Women Unite: The Story of an Uprising," Indian documentary presented by Peter Schmitthenner.
Monday, 30
Technology Symposium, 7:30 a.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Through 3-31.
International Traveling Poster Exhibit Opening, Cowgill lobby. Through 4-30.
Family Support Program, noon-1 p.m., 1770 Litton Reaves: "Helping with Homework and Study Skills." Call 1-3213.
YMCA Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "The Purpose of the University," by David de Wolf.
Student Affairs Teleconference, 2-4 p.m., 150-54 Squires: "Solutions for Reducing High-Risk Alcohol Use in the College Community."
International Club Meeting, 7 p.m., 341 Squires: "Taking on Wing," with Indian director Vismita Gupta.
125th Anniversary Event, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "The Impact of Technology on the Learning Environment: A Two-day Symposium."
Music Ensemble Concert, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: University Percussion and Marimba Ensembles.
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Lovers." Through 4-1.
Tuesday, 31
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Lovers." Through 4-30.
125th Anniversary Event, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: "The Impact of Technology on the Learning Environment: A Two-day Symposium."
Wednesday, 1
Salary and Wage Paydate.
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Memorial Church: Flowers for Spring.
Art Gallery Exhibit Opening, noon, Perspective Gallery: Blacksburg Bicentennial Showcase. Through 4-30.
125th Anniversary Event, 4 p.m., location TBA: Outstanding Alumni Speakers Series: "Perspective on the Economy and the Role of the Fed," by Jack Guynn.
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF: Topic TBA.
Music Department Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom: University Symphony Band, "Dances and Such for April Fools."
TAUT Production, 8 p.m., 204 PAB: "Lovers."
Thursday, 2
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "A Recent Visit to Mexico," by Ulla Reeves.
STS Lunch Discussion, 12:30 p.m., 132 Lane: "What is a Gene?" by Peter Beurton, Berlin.
Women's Month Activity, 4 p.m., Black Cultural Center: Closing reception and awards ceremony.
Women's Month Activity, 8 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center rear auditorium: "Multiculturalism and Postcolonial Feminisms: What are the Science and Technology Issues?" by Sandra Harding. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Center for the Study of Science in Society.
Thursday, 26
Family Support, noon-1 p.m., 404 Clay St.: "Breastfeeding for Employed and Student Moms," by Evalin Trice.
Plant Pathology, 2 p.m., 146 Smyth: "Tree Root Stress in the Urban Environment," by Thomas O. Perry, Harvard.
Biology, 3:30 p.m., 3076 Derring: "Scaling of Vertebrate Body Size," by Warren Porter, Wisconsin (Madison).
Physics, 3:30 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Protein Folding: A Physicist's Approach," by Hao Li, Rockefeller.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: "Global Change and Evolution: A Biogeographic Approach," by Bruce Lieberman.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Biological Control--Why We Need It!" by L.T. Kok.
Friday, 27
VISC, noon, 654 Whittemore: Yosef Tirat-Gefen, topic TBA.
MCBB, noon, Fralin auditorium: "Golgi," by Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, NIH.
Communication Studies, 3:30 p.m., 313 Seitz: "Hollywood in the 1980s: A Decade of Transformation," by Stephen R. Prince.
Economics, 3:30-5 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "A Dynamic Structural Model of Health Insurance and Retirement," by Michael Baye, Indiana.
Botany, 4 p.m., 1084 Derring: "The Rushulales: An Evolutionary Perspective on the Mycorrhizal Habitat," by Steven L. Miller, Wyoming.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., 2044 Derring: Stephen Snyder, N.C. State, title TBA.
Monday, 30
CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Pasta, Bread, and More," by Amanda Bullard.
Horticulture, 4 p.m., 409 Saunders: "Thinking Like and Earthworm: Producing Organic Foods to Solve the Paradigm Between Care for the Earth and Meeting the Food Buyer's Demands," by Bill Wolf, Wolf Associates.
Research/Graduate Studies, 4 p.m., 30 Pamplin: "Entrepreneurism and Scholarly Exchange," by Mildred Cho, Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, 1
Science/Technology Studies/Philosophy, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: "What Is, or What Was, the Evolutionary Synthesis?" by Peter Beurton, Berlin.
CANCELLED--ESM, 4 p.m., 110 Randolph: "Design of Thermoelastic Materials Using Direct Sensitivity and Optimization Methods," by Victor F. Poterasu, Technical University, Romania.
Thursday, 2
ElectroMagnetics, 4-5 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Propogation in an Urban Environment," by Greg Durgin.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., Derring: Matt Mikulich, Chevron, title TBA.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: Gabriella Zilahi-Balogh, student research proposal.
Parking restrictions announced for Founders Day
This year's Founders Day festivities will be Friday, April 3. Parking will be very challenging in the vicinity of Burruss Hall during the day. Some of the congested areas will be the north side of the Drillfield, Kent St., Turner St. and the Faculty and Staff parking section of the Commuter B-Lot (off Perry Street). The 15-minute parking area and the parking meters located in the front of Burruss Hall will be reserved for use by special guests and visitors. All other meters on the Drillfield, Kent St., the Mall and the Shultz Lot will be reserved for use by faculty and staff members and visitors.
Parking Services launches assistance program
Beginning April 1, Parking Services will begin its Motorist Assist Vehicle (MAV) program. From 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday, parking officers will assist our faculty and staff members, students and visitors with various motor-vehicle problems. Assistance will be in the areas of unlocking car doors, jump starts, tire inflations, and transport to the nearest service station for gasoline.
For more information concerning these parking arrangements or to use the MAV program, call Parking Services at 1-3200.
Grant awarded for disability website
A College of Human Resources and Education (CHRE) collaborative grant was awarded for the purpose of creating a disability website, DIAL-VT (Disability Information and Access Linkages--Virginia Tech). The website will provide information about universal access and disabilities to Virginia Tech students and faculty and staff members. It is intended to facilitate communication and collaboration between those searching for information about disability topics, issues, and concerns and those with expertise in these areas.
DIAL-VT is interested in improving the visibility of programs, offices, and services providing expertise in the area of disability. Therefore, faculty members and graduate students are requested to complete a short survey available on the following website: http://tac.elps.vt.edu/Survey.html.
Persons with a disability and/or have difficulty accessing this site, may contact Bev Parkins at 1-5167 (V) or 1-3315 (TDD) for assistance. For more information, contact Marianne Mooney, DIAL-VT project coordinator at 1-2127 or mamooney@vt.edu.
Vet-Med students present dogwash
Veterinary students enrolled in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine will present a community dogwash and animal-care clinic on Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on the rear side of the veterinary college complex. Signs will direct visitors to the location.
Dogs can be bathed, towel-dried, and have their ears cleaned for $10. Nail-trimming is $2 extra. Animals will be washed on a "first-come, first-served" basis and no appointments are necessary. Dogs will be washed while owners wait. Dogs must be on a leash, and be at least five months old with current vaccinations. In the event of inclement weather, the dogwash will be moved inside the hospital.
For more information, call 552-8315 weekdays from 8-5 p.m. and leave a message. Your call will be returned.
Harding to lecture on science and feminism
World-renowned feminist, educator, and philosopher of science, Sandra Harding will give a lecture in the DBHCC auditorium on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. Her lecture is titled "Multicultural and Postcolonial Feminisms: What are the Science and Technology Issues?"
Harding's lecture will deal with the feminist issues about science and technology raised by the new multicultural and post-colonial histories, geographies, and social theories that are beginning to have an impact on curricula and disciplinary concerns in the humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies.
Harding is a professor of education and women's studies at UCLA, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Women. She is the author or editor of 10 books and special journal issues, including Is Science Multicultural? Postcolonialisms, Feminisms, and Epistemologies (Indiana University Press, 1998).
Assistive technology conference scheduled
Virginia Tech will host a conference for educators, parents, and consumers on "Assistive Technology for Postsecondary Education and the Workplace: Technology in Transition." The conference is slated for Friday, April 3, at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. The conference will introduce participants to technologies available to assist students in making a successful transition to post-secondary education and to the workplace. It will also provide information on the legal requirements of providing assistive technology and illustrate how assistive technologies and services can make higher education and employment possible for students with various types of disabilities.
Keynote speaker for the day-long conference will be Salome Heyward, a lawyer known for her work with higher education and disability issues. Breakout sessions will focus on specific aspects of assistive technology such as funding resources, multicultural issues, accessible Web sites, and distance learning.
For more information on the conference program, contact Mary Todd Allen at 1-8229 or todd@vt.edu. For registration, contact the Virginia Tech conference registrar at 1-5182.
Gottlieb exhibit on display in Wallace
College of Human Resources and Education interior design faculty members Anna Marshall-Baker and Jeanette Bowker have joined with Humberto Rodriquez Cami from architecture to co-curate a show about the work of Lois Gottlieb.
The exhibit is currently on display in the Wallace Hall Gallery through April 5. Gottlieb is a residential designer who was one of the only women architects to apprentice with Frank Lloyd Wright. She is considered a pioneer in a profession traditionally dominated by men. Gottlieb herself was on hand for the official opening of the exhibit March 16.
The show, "Lois Gottlieb: Continuing the Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright," features the lifespan of her work. Materials for the show are from the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA), an organization that secures and promotes the work of women architects. The archive resides in Virginia Tech's special collections, and was fortunate to receive the life works of Gottlieb last March.
An award from the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Lecture Series enabled Gottlieb to speak at the opening of the show and spend time with students in both interior design and architecture classes.
Northern Virginia Center hosts construction talk
The Virginia Tech building-construction graduate program is sponsoring a roundtable discussion on April 2 at 5:30 p.m. entitled "Construction Industry, the New Millennium and the D.C. Metropolitan Area." The program will take place at Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church.
The roundtable discussion will have panelists from Clark Construction, HEERY International, Turner Construction Companies, Virginia Tech and the Washington Building Congress. The discussion will address issues such as professionalism and educational needs for the construction industry, the advent of design built for the future, and the need for curricula to include system integration for design and construction. An open house will follow at 7 p.m.
For more information, contact Nadia Boschi at (703) 538-8361 or nboschi@vt.edu.
Project Success facilitators sought
The Project Success Program, coordinated by the Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence/Office of Academic Enrichment Programs, is currently seeking interested persons to serve as Project Success facilitators. These persons may be faculty or staff members or graduate students.
Minimally, successful candidates will: 1) possess an eagerness to assist students who are experiencing academic difficulty at the undergraduate level, 2) commit to a minimum of two semesters of participation in the project (approximately two hours per week for group meetings and two hours per month for debriefings), 3) commit to a four-hour initial training session on April 19 (additional training during the semester), and 4) receive a $500 stipend (transferred to a departmental budget).
An interest meeting will be held on April 2 at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Donaldson Brown. Questions may be directed to Amelia Clark at 1-4133 or akclark@vt.edu.
DERC announces training schedule for spring
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 April through June, 1998.
Responding to Employee Grievances; Solve it Together: Introduction to Conflict Resolution Skills; and The Grievance Procedure and You will be conducted in Richmond, Virginia Beach and Suffolk. 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, a "no-show" fee of $20 will apply. 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 Technique .
Also offered will be a Mediator Certification Course to become qualified to conduct mediations of the state's Employee Mediation Program and to meet the basic course requirement for the Virginia Supreme Court's Mediation Certificate. The three-day course costs $220.
In Advanced Mediation, mediators review and practice basic skills and learn advanced skills such as caucusing and responding to impasse and power imbalances. The one-day course costs $65.
For more information, call 888-23-ADVICE (toll free) or 804-786-7994.
Faculty members invited to education colloquium
The third session of the International Education Colloquium, sponsored by the University Office of International Programs and the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, will be at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, at the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center.
Speakers will address several international initiatives now under way at Virginia Tech. They include: Fred M. Lamb, of wood science and forest products, describing his work with the wood industry in the Ukraine; John Ballweg, of sociology, discussing his long-term development project in the Philippines; and Jim Marchman, of aerospace and ocean engineering, who will speak on Tech's internationally based multidisciplinary engineering design project.
Faculty members are invited to attend this session. Attendance is by reservation and is limited to 20 persons. Reservations should be made no later than noon on Monday, March 30. Contact Donna Sanzenbach at 1-6452 or donnac@vt.edu.
DMV mobile unit on campus March 31
On March 31, the DMV's mobile unit will be parked at Lane Stadium next to the elevator. This mobile unit can serve any need associated with DMV. All individuals having a need to visit DMV are encouraged to visit this van. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
International posters on display in Cowgill
An international traveling poster exhibit will be on display in the Cowgill Hall lobby, second floor, from Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3. The exhibit features 74 original commercial posters selected for the UNESCO XI SALON 97 in Paris during January of this year.
An international jury awards the Prix "Savignac" and selects posters which are part of an international exhibit presented in museums and cultural centers throughout the world. This exhibit is an annual international event. Its goal is to help cities' revitalization efforts and explore positive ways for their redevelopment. The exhibit presents a panorama of art as seen on the street.
Teleconferences focus on education
Faculty and staff members and students are invited to attend the following two teleconferences in April:
"Teaching New Student Seminars: Classroom Strategies for Student Retention," Thursday, April 2, 1-4 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A. John Gardner and David Ellis will address many topics related to new students, including course content, instructor training, course pedagogy, and evaluating performance.
"The Changing American College Student: Implications for the Freshman Year and Beyond," Tuesday, April 21, 1-4 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room A. Alexander Astin, John Gardner, and Linda Sax will consider the characteristics and needs of today's college students.
Arts school, music department present concerts
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts and the music department are presenting a series of concerts:
Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m.--There will be a choral concert featuring the University Concert Choir and Meistersingers at the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. Admission is $2 and tickets are available at the door.
Saturday, April 18, 8 p.m.--The University Concert Choir and Meistersingers will join the Blacksburg Master Chorale in Burruss Hall. For ticket information, call 1-5200.
Saturday, March 28, 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 29, 3 p.m.--The Virginia Tech University Chamber Music Series: Chamber Orchestra of Southwest Virginia. The concert, featuring clarinet soloist Jack Graham, will be held in the Squires Recital Salon.
Monday, March 30, 8 p.m.-- University Percussion and Marimba Ensemble in Squires Recital Salon. Admission is free.
Wednesday, April 1, 8 p.m.--The University Symphony Band will present its spring concert "Dances and Such for April Fools." The program will be held in the Commonwealth Ballroom of Squires Student Center. Admission is $2 and tickets are available at the door.
For more information, call 1-5200, or visit the web site at http://www.sota.vt.edu/sota/.
Slide lecture features bike journey across USA
A geography colloquium will be held on Friday, April 3 at 4 p.m. in 136 McBryde. The presenters are Jim and Cathy Crawford of Roanoke, and their topic is "Sensing the Land: Cultural Geographic Perspectives on a Transcontinental Bicycle Journey."
The Crawfords honeymooned by biking from Seattle back home to Roanoke recently, and they have given very well-received slide lectures about their experiences to a number of groups in the Roanoke area. Jim Crawford's master's thesis in the geography department in 1995 dealt with the effects of external economics on a Belizean fishing village, and it was entered into a national competition by Virginia Tech as the top social science MS thesis for the year.
Smithfield Plantation announces spring opening
The Annual Spring Opening at Smithfield Plantation will be Thursday, April 2. The 1998 season runs from April 2 through December 6, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Admission charges for regular house tours are $4 for adults and $1.50 for children and students. Children under five are admitted free. Group discounts apply for groups of 10 or more who book in advance. Different fees apply for special events such as "Plantation Days" and "Holidays at Smithfield."
All proceeds from admissions benefit the on-going preservation and maintenance of Smithfield and its programs.