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Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 02 - September 3, 1998

Leave sharing requests listed
Virginia Tech employees in sociology have requested leave donations: There are also still Virginia Tech employees in the following areas who have requested leave donations: natural history, near environments, Minority Engineering, University Relations, and Residential and Dining Programs.
These employees are eligible to receive leave through the Leave Sharing Program. Salaried classified employees or 12-month regular faculty members have an opportunity to 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. In order to protect recipients, the names and details of the medical condition will remain confidential. However, donations of leave must be made to either a specific individual or area.
Obtain a donor form from department administrative offices or from Personnel Services department at 1-9331 or e-mail address jwhet@vt.edu.. Return the completed form to: Kathy Manning, Leave Administrator, Personnel Services, Southgate Center, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0318
Diggs Teaching Scholars' roundtable discussion set
Recipients of the Diggs Teaching Scholar Awards will present a roundtable discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Owens Banquet Hall, followed by a reception.
The newest Diggs Teacher Scholars are Carol Burch Brown, Bill Greenberg, and Linda Plaut. Carol Burch Brown, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, will offer a presentation entitled "Teaching Students to See." Bill Greenberg, department of mathematics, will present a discussion about "Meeting Changing Student Competence: Teaching Strategies in Mathematics." and Linda Plaut, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies will present, "Reaching Back, Reaching Out." All members of the university community are invited to attend this event. CEUT encourages interested persons to register by: calling the CEUT office at 1-9109 or 1-6995; or sending e-mail to ceut@vt.edu.
Artists and scholars series proposals sought
The Office of the Provost has issued the annual call for proposals for the Women and Minority Artists and Scholars Series for 1998. The deadline for applications is September 14.
The fund, as in past years, provides up to $500 to supplement departmental or college funds in support of guest lecturers and performances by women and minorities. The purpose of the program is to increase the diversity of perspectives and creative expression available on campus and to increase the number of women and minority role models for students.
Invitations to scholars from Virginia Tech's HBCU partner institutions (historically black colleges and universities) are especially encouraged. These schools are Hampton University, Virginia Union, Saint Paul's College, Norfolk State, Virginia State, North Carolina A&T, Winston-Salem State, Livingstone, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, West Virginia State, and Delaware State. Invitations to scholars and artists from other institutions, or non-institutional settings, are also welcome and appropriate. Application forms are available from the Provost's Office at 1-3312 or send a note to PHILLIPA@vt.edu.
Exhibit focuses on stream health
"Save Our Streams" is a hands-on exhibit opening Sept. 2 at the Museum of Natural History and continuing through Dec. 31, 1998. Learn about the health of streams in your own area and how you can monitor the continued health of the stream. Free admission. Call 1-3001 for details. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Book events set for Volume Two Bookstore
Volume Two Bookstore will host a book reading on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. featuring author Chris Bolgiano who will read from and sign copies of her just released book, "The Appalachian Forest, A Search for Roots and Renewal."
The book store will host a book signing on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. when Dave Toomey, a professor in the English Department, presents his book "Amelia Earhart's Daughters: The Wild and Glorious Story of American Women Aviators from World War II to the Dawn of the Space Age."
Both events are free and open to the public. Volume Two Bookstore is located in the University Mall next to Kroger. For more information contact Kari Lee at 1-9001 ext. 461.