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Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 31 - May 21, 1998

Thursday, 21
Staff Parking Focus Group Meeting, 1-2 p.m., Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center. Call 1-2595.
Staff Senate Meeting, 5:30 p.m., 1810 Litton Reaves.
Friday, 22
Summer Arts Festival, 6 p.m., Henderson Lawn: Outdoor concert by No Strings Attached (string quartet folk music).
Sunday, 24
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: Angel's Rest (very difficult).
Monday, 25
Memorial Day Holiday for Faculty and Staff.
Wednesday, 27
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF.
Friday, 29
Non-Copyright Coursepack Material Due for Summer II '98.
Saturday, 30
VTMNH "Science Saturday" Activity, Natural History Museum: "To Be a Tree" (pre-K to 5th grade). Call 1-3001 by 5-28 to register.
Sunday, 31
YMCA Hike, 1:30 p.m., meet at Y parking lot: White Rocks (easy).
Monday, 1
Salary and Wage Paydate.
Last Day to Drop.
Wednesday, 3
"With Good Reason," 7 p.m., WVTF.
Thursday, 4
Industry Opportunities Open House, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Hancock Hall: Tours (including CAVE), clinics, and presentations.
Grove Lane closed for six weeks
On May 11, Grove Lane closed at the triangle adjacent to Wallace Annex and beginning at Duckpond Drive. This was done to re-align Grove Lane. The project is estimated to take six weeks.
Embedded technology and Y2K seminar planned
On Wednesday, May 27, CTA Incorporated will conduct an embedded-systems seminar starting at 1 p.m. in the Donaldson Brown Hotel and Conference Center's auditorium. For Virginia Tech, much of the equipment on campus, including research equipment, may contain embedded date-sensitive computer technology. Some of this equipment may fail due to the year-2000 date change.
Embedded systems can be thought of as microprocessors that exist outside the world of PC's and mainframes. Generally, their functions include controlling and/or monitoring a given environment. When viewed as a chip, they can be found in anything from a greeting card to an oscilloscope.
The seminar will focus on inventory, assessment, mitigation, and verification of embedded systems, as well as contingency planning. The session is free and open to everyone. For additional information, please call or e-mail Fred Medley at 1-6652 or medleyjf@vt.edu.
Leave donations requested
Virginia Tech employees in the following areas who have requested leave donations: CNS, College of Veterinary Medicine, hospitality and tourism management, Physical Plant, Residential and Dining Programs, and University Libraries.
These employee(s) 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 at 1-9331 or e-mail: PRICEVS@vt.edu. Return the completed form to: Ella Mae Vaught, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318.
SWVHEC opens in Abingdon
The grand opening of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center (SWVHEC) in Abingdon will take place on Tuesday, June 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. Invitations will be mailed out within the next few weeks.
Virginia Tech is associatiated with six other higher-education institutions at the education center. Tech has been offering courses in far southwest Virginia since the early 1900s and has shared a graduate education facility with the University of Virginia for more than a decade.
With this large, new facility, Tech will be able to offer additional programs, courses and educational opportunities. The June 9 celebration offers a chance to meet colleagues from partner institutions and to see the facility and resources available at this site.
The SWVHEC is located on the campus of Virginia Highlands Community College just off milepost exit 14 of I-81.
Conference on student employment planned
This is a one-day conference for student-union professionals from around the region focusing on issues relating to student employment. The date of the conference is Tuesday, June 9 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m., in Squires Student Center. Registration is $10. For more information, contact Keith Buckley at 1-5005 or e-mail at kbuckley@vt.edu.
"Notorious" sculpture exhibit open at Armory
The Virginia Tech Department of Art and Art History and the Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival present the exhibit, "Notorious: New Sculpture," through June 12 in the Armory Art Gallery, 201 Draper Road.
This exhibit features recent sculptures by Richmond artists Santiago Cal, Jeannine Harkleroad, Jimmy Sadoski and Eric Stepp.
The Armory Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed Sundays and Mondays. The exhibit is free. For more information, call 1-5547.
Arts festival presents Earth, Fire, and Water
The Summer Arts Festival presents its first art exhibit of the season, Earth, Fire, and Water, at the Perspective Gallery, located on the second floor of Squires Student Center through June 21.
Earth, Fire, and Water features the work of 17 contemporary artists who create objects of hand-forged metal using blacksmithing techniques.
Included in the 37 exhibition pieces are utilitarian items, such as furniture, hardware, utensils and vessels, as well as architectural elements, sculpture and objects of adornment.
The Perspective Gallery is open Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 2-10 p.m. and closed Mondays. Admission is free. For more information, please call the Summer Arts Festival at 1-5921.
Arts festival presents No Strings Attached
On Friday, May 22, the Summer Arts Festival will open with the local folk musicians, No Strings Attached, at 6 p.m. on the Henderson Hall Lawn.
This outdoor concert opens the 1998 Summer Arts Festival in Blacksburg, a festival which combines music, theatre, visual art, film and a dash of square dancing.
No Strings Attached is a quartet string band based in Blacksburg and Roanoke. The Washington Post has described the band as "one of the more adventurous string ensembles today." They can play any one of the following instruments during their concerts: hammer dulcimer, guitar, bass, harmonica, bouzouki, pennywhistle, flute, kalimba, slinkys, or the bass clarinet.
The concert is free. In case of rain, the concert will be held in Squires Student Center. For more information, call the Summer Arts Festival office at 1-5921.
Arts festival presents Andrew McKnight
A picnic dinner at the outdoor concert of singer/songwriter, Andrew McKnight, will be held on Friday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. on the Henderson Hall Lawn, located on the corner of College Avenue. and Main Street in downtown Blacksburg. Participants may wish to bring chairs and blankets.
Shenandoah singer/songwriter Andrew McKnight's debut album, Traveler, introduced the nation to his diverse southern "mountain gumbo" of folk, blues, country and old time styles.
McKnight has performed at the 1996 Summer Olympics, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Nashville's renowned Bluebird Cafe and the National conference of the Sierra Club's Inner city Outing program. McKnight's second album, Where This River Runs, is to be released this July.
The concert is free, and parking is available downtown and on campus. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Squires Student Center. For more information, call the Summer Arts Festival at 1-5921.