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Spectrum Volume 21 Issue 13 - November 19, 1998

Leave sharing needed
Virginia Tech employees in the College of Veterinary Medicine Residential and Dining Programs (two) have requested leave donations.
There are still employees in the Museum of Natural History and Physical Plant.
These employee(s) are eligible to receive leave through the leave-sharing program. Any salaried, classified employee or a 12-month regular faculty member, can 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.
Forms may be obtained from each department administrative office or from the Personnel Services Department at 1-9331. Return completed forms to Mary Chapman Gearheart, leave administrator, personnel services.
Hurricane Mitch relief effort organized
Graduate students have organized an effort to provide relief to victims of Hurricane Mitch and Hurricane Georges. The Latin American and Iberic Graduate Student Association (LAIGSA), and the International Club, among other organizations on campus, are organizing an effort to help the victims of the hurricanes in Central America and the Caribbean.
The situation in countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Dominican Republic, among others, is critical due to the extensive damage and destruction throughout the region. In Nicaragua and Honduras, it is estimated that more than 1 million people have lost their homes and property.
Needed donations (in kind or monetary) are: medicine (eye, gastro-intestinal and respiratory infections, micosis, etc.); clothing (for all ages, but specially for children); personal hygiene products (soap, dental care, etc.); non-perishable food items (canned and dried); blankets, water purifiers (filters and tablets), towels, and tents and other camping equipment.
Drop-off points and contacts on campus are: Cranwell International Center--contact: Belinda Pauley (1-4866) bpauley@vt.edu.; 112 Major Williams (Geography Graduate Student Office)--contact: Tina and Gary Schlosser (953-3384) tschloss@vt.edu.; 133-BB Cheatham (next to room 149); Hillcrest (first floor)--contact: Juan C. Guzman (2-5332) jguzmana@vt.edu.
Items can also left at the Graduate School, Sandy Hall.
Orientation set for study tour to Switzerland
The International Studies Office will again be organizing a study tour for faculty and staff members to the university's Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland. Departure date from the U.S. will be June 21. The estimated cost, including airfare, room and board, and local excursions is about $1,800. An orientation meeting will be held today at 4 p.m. in 233 McBryde. For information call International Studies,1-5874, or e-mail: schuetza@vt.edu.
Festival will offer an international flavor
The International Gift Festival will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 5 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Cranwell Center.
This world-service project helps artisans in 35 developing countries by selling their crafts to produce real income for medicine, housing, education, and food in these countries. Proceeds will also benefit a Y student-service project building a school for women in Belize.
Holiday items, home accessories, stationery, toys, musical instruments, linens, and many other items are available.
This event is sponsored by the YMCA and Virginia Tech International Programs. For more information, call Kim Beisecker at 1-6962.
Greeks to provide childcare to faculty member
On Friday, Dec. 4, the Virginia Tech Panhellenic Council will hold it's annual "faculty night out" program. The program, which is a service provided by campus sororities, allows faculty members to enjoy an evening out while Greek women provide free childcare. Children between the ages of 3 and 10 are allowed to come and enjoy games, movies, crafts, food and beverages between the hours of 6 and 9:45 p.m. in Squires 341/345.
Faculty members must RSVP no later than Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. RSVP in the LSOP office by calling 1-5725. For more information, contact Mary Nicole Mayzel at 951-8778 or mmayzel@vt.edu.
CASSA to collect food, blood
The College of Arts and Sciences Staff Association (CASSA) hopes to collect 40 pints of blood for the Red Cross and a truckload of food for the Interfaith Food Pantry during its Thanksgiving-break drive.
The CASSA food and blood drive will be held Tuesday, Nov. 24. The bloodmobile will be parked on the sidewalk outside McBryde across from the Performing Arts Building from 8:30-11:15 a.m. and 1-3:15 p.m., and a pickup truck will be parked nearby to receive non-perishable food items for the pantry.
"You don't have to donate blood to drop off food items," said Jamie Evans, chair of the CASSA Special Projects Committee. "We hope people who give blood will participate in the food drive, but we also hope those people who cannot give blood will donate food." Those donating blood will receive refreshments, and both blood and food donors can register for door prizes.
While walk-in blood donors are welcome, appointments to the bloodmobile are preferred and can be made by contacting Debbie Nester at 1-8972 or debbiell@vt.edu. For available appointment times, see the web page at http://www.cas.vt.edu/cassa/blood/.
Author to speak on digital libraries
Michael Lesk, author of Practical Digital Libraries: Books, Bytes & Bucks, will give a talk on digital libraries Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 3:30-5 p.m., in the DBHCC auditorium.
At the National Science Foundation (NSF), Lesk is division director of Information and Intelligent Systems, home of NSF's digital library efforts. Before going to the NSF, he ran computer-science activities at Bellcore. Before that, he was at Bell Labs, where he was responsible for key parts of UNIX and launched the UUCP networking environment.
A chemist by training, Lesk implemented the first version of the SMART information retrieval while at Harvard in the early 1960s. He is visiting professor in computer science at University College in London, is on the Visiting Committee for the Harvard University Library, and worked with the Commission on Preservation and Access addressing digital-preservation issues. He received the Flame award for lifetime achievement from Usenix in 1994 and is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery.
Web-based catalogue to be debuted
The university community is invited to the unveiling of Addison, the Web-Based Catalog of the University Libraries. The celebration will be Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Newman Library. Refreshments will be served; entertainment will be provided by No Strings Attached.
Classified staff volunteers needed
Classified staff employees are asked to indicate their willingness to serve on the various commissions and committees that make up the University Governance system as soon as possible.
Many different aspects of university life are topics of discussion and development of policy in these governing bodies. Transportation and parking, benefits, graduate and undergraduate policies, capital projects, and budgeting are subjects staff members may have an interest in, or even ideas to be shared in helping shape the future of Virginia Tech.
President Paul Torgersen recently sent a memo to deans and department heads re-affirming the importance of staff participation in governance and asking that supervisors allow the use of "flex time" to accommodate scheduling of meeting times. Anyone who would like to be a partner in shared governance should notify their staff association. Anyone not sure who to contact can notify Jon Wooge at 731-0589 jwooge@vt.edu) chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee or Joy Thorn 1-6428 (thorn@vt.edu) secretary of the Staff Senate.