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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 26 - April 2, 1998

Thursday, 2
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "A Recent Visit to Mexico," by Ulla Reeves.
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 auditorium: "Multicultural and Postcolonial Feminisms: What are the Science and Technology Issues?" by Sandra Harding.
Friday, 3
Organization of Women Faculty Coffee Hour, 8-9 a.m., Mill Mountain Coffee, Main St.
International Week Speaker, 4-5:30 p.m., 334 Major Williams: "Democracy in Mexico," by Cecilia Rodriguez, labor organizer.
Founders Day Ceremony, 3:15 p.m., Burruss auditorium.
International Week Parade, 5:30 p.m., starts at Cranwell Center and continues around Drillfield.
International Week Talent Show, 7-9:30 p.m., Commonwealth Ballroom: Ensembles from Africa, China, Greece, India, and others.
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Danielle Talamantes, voice.
Saturday, 4
YMCA Hike, 9 a.m., meet at Y parking lot: Rice Fields (very difficult).
International Street Fair, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Blacksburg: Displays, food, and performances from more than 30 countries.
International Week Speaker, 6-7 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain Room: "Democracy in Mexico," by Cecilia Rodriguez, labor organizer.
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Blacksburg Presbyterian Church: University Concert Choir and Meistersingers.
Sunday, 5
Music Department Event, 3 p.m., Squires Old Dominion Ballroom: University Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Studio Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Piano students of Mary Louise Hallauer.
POSTPONED Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Noriko Okabe, piano. Rescheduled for 4-21, 8 p.m.
Monday, 6
YMCA Soup and Substance, noon, 116 Squires: "The Education of the Whole Person," by Terry Papillon.
University Council Meeting, 3-5 p.m., 1045 Pamplin.
International Week/125th Anniversary Event, 7-8 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain: Panel discussion, "The Economic Crisis in Southeast Asia," with Deborah J. Milly, Vijay Singhal, Judith Mayer, and George Norton.
125th Anniversary Event, 7:30 p.m., Squires Colonial: Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series: "From Biological Warfare to Animal Disease: Brucellosis and the Global Impact of a University Research Effort," by Gehardt G. Schurig.
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Darden Safely, voice.
TAUT Event, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "Guys and Dolls."
Tuesday, 7
Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
International Week Speaker, 7-8 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain: "The History of Internationals at Virginia Tech," by Peter Wallenstein.
TAUT Event, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "Guys and Dolls."
Music Department Concert, 8 p.m., Blacksburg Presbyterian Church: New River Valley AIDS Coalition Benefit Concert, with the Audubon Quartet and Kandinsky Trio.
Wednesday, 8
YMCA "Mornings," 9:30-11:30 a.m., Luther Memorial Church: Easter eggs.
Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
Family Support Program, noon-1 p.m., Personnel Classroom, Southgate: "Are You Money Wise?" by Dawn Barnes.
Artist Reception, 4-6 p.m., Women's Center: Susan Eriksson.
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF: Topic TBA.
International Week Speaker, 7-8 p.m., Squires Brush Mountain: "Bosnia: Today and Tomorrow," by Jay Craig.
TAUT Event, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theater: "Guys and Dolls."
Music Ensemble, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Trumpet Society.
Thursday, 9
Bloodmobile, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Squires Commonwealth Ballroom.
YMCA Slide Show, noon, Cranwell Center: "Dance in a Village of Burkina Faso (West Africa)," by Daniel Kabore.
TAUT Event, 8 p.m., Squires Haymarket Theatre: "Guys and Dolls."
Student Recital, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Linda Burke, clarinet and Meredith Piplani, voice.
Thursday, 2
Statistics, "Fisher Information Test of Normality," by Yew-Haur Lee.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., Derring: Matt Mikulich, Chevron.
ElectroMagnetics, 4-5 p.m., 654 Whittemore: "Propagation in and Urban Environment," by Greg Durgin.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Evaluation of Two Laricobius Species for Potential Biological Control of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid," by Gabriella Zilahi-Balogh; and "Imported Coccinellids: Possible Predators of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid?" by Alex Cunningham.
Friday, 3
Economics, 3:30 p.m., 3008 Pamplin: "Game Theory Via Revealed Preferences," by Lin Zhou, Duke.
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson Hall: "The Present Status of SPC Charting for Short Runs, i.e., War Stories," by Charles Quesenberry, North Carolina State.
Geography, 4 p.m., 136 McBryde: "Sensing the Land: Cultural Geographic Perspectives on a Transcontinental Bicycle Journey," by Jim and Cathy Crawford.
Monday, 6
Vet Med, 9-10 a.m., Phase II Heritage Room: "Molecular Characterization and Development of Bovine Adenovirus-3 as a Live Vaccine Vector," by Suresh Tikoo, Saskatchewan, Canada.
CSES, 4 p.m., 232 Smyth: "Comparison of Conventional and Alternative Fertility Sources on Soil Chemical and Physical Properties," by Michael Brosius.
Horticulture, 4 p.m., 409 Saunders: "Pre-harvest Fruit Abscission of Apple," by Dan Ward.
Tuesday, 7
Chemical Engineering, 4 p.m., 331 Randolph: "The Adsorption of Poly(2-ethyl-2-oxazoline) on Metal Oxide Surfaces in Aqueous Media, the Design of Non-ionic Steric Stabilizers," by Fred Gibson.
ESM, 4 p.m., 2030 Pamplin: "Non-linear Dynamics: Hilbert's View," by Norden E. Huang, NASA.
Thursday, 9
Vet Med, 9-10 a.m., Phase II Heritage Room: "Porcine Circovirus (PCV) and Post-Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS)," by Li Wang, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Statistics, 3:45 p.m., 409 Hutcheson Hall: "Multivariate Process Monitoring of Autocorrelated Data," by Christina Mastrangelo, UVa.
Geological Sciences, 4 p.m., Derring: "The Timing of Initial Subduction of the Cocos Ridge, Costa Rica," by Laurie Collins, Florida International.
Entomology, 4-5 p.m., 220 Price: "Research Leading to New Management Strategies for Cereal Leaf Beetle in North Carolina and Virginia," by Rob Ihring; and "The Effect of Potato Leafhopper, Empoasa fabae, on Growth of Young Apple Trees," by Ying Fang.
Parking restrictions announced for this week
This year's Founders Day activities will be tomorrow. 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 Street, Turner Street, and the Faculty and Staff parking section of the Commuter B-Lot (located off Perry Street).
The visitor side of the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center parking lot and the turn-around in front of Donaldson Brown will be reserved all day for visitors, those who display the special parking permits, and buses.
The 15-minute parking area and the parking meters located in the front of Burruss will be reserved for use by special guests and visitors. All other meters on the Drillfield, Kent Street, the Mall and the Shultz Lot will be reserved for use by faculty and staff members and visitors. Parking at the Burruss loading dock will be prohibited, except for persons with disabilities and for loading heavy items.
Today from 1-8 p.m., the Owens Dining Hall and Bookstore parking lots and the parking spaces on Kent Street between the Bookstore and Owens Dining Hall will be reserved for use by the participants in the Ruffner Dinner held at Owens Dining Hall.
Nominations sought for CAPFA
Administrative and professional (A/P) faculty members are needed to serve as members of the Commission on Administrative and Professional Faculty Affairs (CAPFA) for the 1998-2001 terms and as CAPFA representatives to other university committees and commissions.
Interested A/P members should send their names to members of the CAPFA Nominating Committee, listed below, no later than Wednesday, April 8. If an A/P faculty member is nominating another person, they should have the nominee's permission.
The openings for 1998-2001 (and incumbent) are as follows: a member representing general administrative areas which include the alumni office, athletics, Development, Executive Vice President's Office, and President's Office; two members representing academic support (Dianne Yardley, Norrine Bailey Spencer); a delegate to the Commission on Faculty Affairs (Darlene Grega); a delegate to the Commission on Research (John Muffo); two delegates to the University Council--one representative elected from Extension/public services (Kay Burke), and one representative elected from general administration, academic support, Student Affairs (Tom Head); a delegate to the Commission on Outreach (Sharon Diggs).
Nominations to the president are sought for appointment as CAPFA representatives to the Academic Support Committee (Llewellyn Allison) and the Building Committee (Mary Thompson).
More information about each of the positions can be obtained upon request. Inquiries and/or nominations should be sent by April 8 to any member of the CAPFA nominating committee: Jane Keppel-Benson (1-6557, jabenson@vt.edu); Linda Woodard (1-5303, woodard@vt.edu); Rita Rufty (483-5161, rrufty@vt.edu).
International Day features home-made cuisine
International Day will be held Wednesday, April 8 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Wallace atrium.
Everyone is invited to this celebration featuring a unique array of home-made cuisine from countries around the world, including Italy, China, Korea, Turkey, Latin America, the U.S.A., Thailand, the Caribbean and more.
Participants will also enjoy the decor, costumes, and music from these countries and speak with natives about their culture and heritage. Spectacular dance and fashion shows will be performed, and several raffles will be held for prizes, including a trip. There is no charge for this event, which is sponsored by the graduate students of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Parking Services begins assistance program
Beginning this month Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Parking Services will offer its Motorist Assist Vehicle (MAV) program. Parking officers will assist our faculty and staff members, students, and visitors with various motor-vehicle problems.
Assistance will include unlocking car doors, jump starts, tire inflation, and transport to the nearest service station for gasoline. For more information, call Parking Services at 1-3200.
Library friends to hold annual meeting
The Friends of the University Libraries will hold its annual meeting and luncheon at the German Club on Thursday, April 23.
Guest speaker Peter Wallenstein will present "Celebration and Reflection: Exploring the History of Virginia Tech." The university community is welcome. For more information and cost, call 1-5595.
Eriksson exhibit opens at Women's Center
Susan Eriksson, local artist, museum director, and geologist, will show her art work in an exhibition at the Women's Center entitled "Retrospective: 1993-1998." This covers the first five years of Eriksson's life as an artist.
The art may be viewed between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekdays during April. A reception for the artist will be held on Wednesday, April 8, from 4-6 p.m. at the Women's Center. For more information, call 1-7806.
DERC to meet with interested employees
The Department of Employee Relations Counselors (DERC) will meet with interested employees in the following counties: Clarke, Buckingham, Albemarle, Culpeper, Warren, Rockingham, Rockbridge, Nelson, Page, Madison, Highland, Fluvanna, Greene, Augusta, Bath, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Frederick, and Shenandoah.
DERC will also meet with the Northern and Northwest Districts, the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, and the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
The Culpeper date is Monday, April 13, at the Department of Transportation District Office, 1601 Orange Rd. on Route 15.
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 procedures; referrals for further assistance.
Half-hour appointments must be made in advance. To arrange an appointment, please call 1-888-23-ADVICE.
University Wind Ensemble to perform April 5
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts and Department of Music present the University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of David Widder, in its spring 1998 concert Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom.
This semester's concert takes listeners around the world from Prague to Las Vegas and features a greatly diverse program, ranging from intense, emotional pieces to irreverently humorous selections.
Tickets are $2 and are available only at the performance. For more information, call the Virginia Tech School of the Arts at 1-5200 or visit the web site at http://www.sota.vt.edu/sota/.
Trumpet Society holds concert on April 8
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts and Department of Music present the Virginia Tech Trumpet Society in concert on April 8 at 8 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon. This evening's program reflects the diversity of musical styles characteristic of the Trumpet Society.
From "Concerto for Trumpet Quartet" by early 18th-century composer Georg Philipp Telemann to "Four Pieces for Four Trumpets" by contemporary jazz composer Frank Mantooth, the program finds inspiration throughout the musical spectrum.
Admission to the performance is free. For more information, call the School of the Arts Information Line at 1-5200.
Brutsche plays in one-man show "Snow White"
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts and the Department of Theatre Arts present alumnus Mark Brutsche's one-man show, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" on Saturday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Wesley Foundation stage. Brutsche's performance is in celebration of the Theatre Arts-University Theatre 30th anniversary.
In Washington, D.C., Brutsche performs on the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater stage, in the Kennedy Center's Theatre Lab, and at the Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre.
For the past 12 years, he has been the artistic director for the Young Actor's Theatre in Reston, Virginia, where he has written and directed more than 50 productions while teaching young actors the process and craft of performance.
Admission is free. For more information, please call the School of the Arts Information Line at 1-5200.
Guys and Dolls on stage April 6-12
The Virginia Tech School of the Arts and Theatre Arts-University Theatre (TAUT) celebrate TAUT's 30th anniversary with a mainstage production of the musical fable Guys and Dolls.
The play, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, is based on a collection of short stories and characters of Damon Runyon, who was inspired by his underworld connections in the New York City of the '40s. His acquaintances with gangsters, sportsmen and outlaws allowed him to develop a respect for their independence, which he tried to capture in his writings.
For its production of Guys and Dolls,TA-UT has brought back alumna Bev Sheehan to play the role of Miss Adelaide. Tony Distler, director of the school of the arts, and Don Drapeau, head of theatre arts, will co-direct the production of Guys and Dolls.
The show will run from April 6 through April 11 at 8 p.m., and April 12 at 2 p.m., in Squires Haymarket Theatre. Tickets are now available from the UUSA ticket office at 1-5615 and at the Haymarket box office the night of the performance. For more information, please call the School of the Arts at 1-5200.
AIDS benefit features chamber music
A benefit for the New River Valley AIDS Coalition (NRVAC), is slated for Tuesday, April 7, 8 p.m., in Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, and will feature the Audubon Quartet and Kandinsky Trio. Montgomery Regional Hospital is sponsoring the evening of chamber music, and all ticket proceeds benefit the education and awareness programs of NRVAC.
The Kandinsky Trio will perform Beethoven's Trio Sonata, Opus 70, No. 2. Also on the Trio's program are two Russian folk songs by unknown composers entitled "Dark Eyes" and "Gypsy Medley."
The quartet will perform Peter Schickele's Quartet No. 1 "American Dreams," which was commissioned by the Quartet in 1984. The piece incorporates many styles of American music, including jazz, Appalachian and Navajo songs and square dancing tunes. The second piece is entitled Quartet No. 3 in a minor, Opus 33, by Ernst Von Dohnányi.
Admission for the performance is $8 for students and seniors, and $12 general admission. Tickets are available at Squires Student Center Box Office and Volume Two Bookstore. Reserved patron seats at $25 are available by phone only at 1-5200. For more information, call the Virginia Tech School of the Arts at 1-5200.
McKinney to read poetry at Volume Two
Poet Irene McKinney, winner of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, will read April 15 at 7 p.m. at Volume Two Bookstore at Virginia Tech.
McKinney is the author of four collections of poems, most recently Six O'Clock Mine Report. Her poems have appeared in such magazines and journals as Appalachian Heritage, Black Warrior Review, Ironwood, Kestrel, Laurel Review, North American Review, and Quarterly West. Maxine Kumin has said of McKinney, "I am grateful for the poems that burst forth from her West Virginia roots to shape this fine collection."
The reading is open to the public at no charge. It is part of the Visiting Writers Series supported by the University Bookstore, the Department of English, the University Writing Program, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, the Virginia Tech Union, the Center for Programs in the Humanities, and Newman Library.
Organ-donor awareness day is April 8
The Virginia Tech chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will sponsor the university's second annual Organ-Donor Awareness Day on April 8.
Spokespersons for organ-donor awareness will be available to answer questions and distribute organ-donor cards at two information booths. One booth will be located in the main lobby of Litton-Reaves from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The second booth will be located in Squires at booth B from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bunny Hancock, an organ-donor advocate, will speak at 5 p.m. in 219 Squires. Her son, Matt Hancock, a fifth-year senior at Virginia Tech and an editor of the Collegiate Times, died suddenly of a cerebral aneurysm. The donation of his organs saved the lives of four people.
Alumnus Tom Reed, public-relations director of Virginia's Organ Procurement Agency, will be at the event throughout the day, explaining the process of organ donation and answering questions
Search-and-rescue dog recognized
in ceremony at open house
A search-and-rescue dog that participated in more than 100 searches, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, will be honored with the Booker Willoughby Service Dog of the Year Award during the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine's Open House on Saturday, April 4.
Silke, a 12-year old Rottweiler who spent six years working as a search-and-rescue dog with Mid-Atlantic D.O.G.S., Inc., of Rockville, Maryland before retiring in 1996, will be on hand with his owner Allen Rossi to accept the honor. In addition, Mid-Atlantic Dogs, Inc., will be honored as an outstanding service organization as part of the Booker Willoughby Service Dog Memorial project. Several representatives of the organization will be on hand with search-and-rescue dogs to provide a demonstration following a noon ceremony.
The Willoughby Memorial Award was established in 1997 to honor a service dog working in handicapped assistance, search and rescue, law enforcement and other relevant capacities, according to Kathleen Hughes, a VMRCVM student and OTS member who is coordinating the program.
Booker Willoughby was a veteran service dog who was recognized as the 1988 Service Dog of the Year by the American Animal Hospital Association, the Delta Society, and Gaines Pet Food.
Booker Willoughby was owned by and served Carol Willoughby, a Roanoke woman who recently established the St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation, an organization which seeks to procure and train service dogs for physically challenged individuals in western Virginia.
For more information about the award, call 552-8315 and leave a message. For more information about the St. Francis of Assisi Service Dog Foundation, call 989-6354.
GSA to host research symposium
On Wednesday, April 8 in Squires Old Dominion Ballroom, the Graduate Student Assembly will host "New Frontiers for the Next Millennium: the 14th Annual Research Symposium of Virginia Tech."
This symposium provides graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their achievements in research. Students participate in the symposium by submitting 250 words, and displaying their work in a poster presentation. Posters are to be submitted in the following categories: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Social Sciences and Humanities, an undergraduate category, and a web-based "virtual" category. Cash prizes are presented to the top three presenters in each of the five categories. In addition, each participant will receive a certificate of achievement.
Contact Anurag at amaheshw@vt.edu or 951-6973 for more information.