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VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY http://www.unirel.vt.edu/spectrum/ VOLUME 24 NUMBER 31 FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002
Giacco, Grado receive Alumni Distinguished Service Awards today
By Kelly Corace and Courtney O’Hara, In addition to his corporate career,
University Relations interns Giacco served as a member of the Virginia
The growth and development of Vir- Tech Board of Visitors from 1979 to 1987
ginia Tech as a major research university is and was rector of the board for the last three
due in large measure to the active support of years of his term. During the university’s
the university’s alumni. In honor of the nu- national “Campaign for Excellence,” which
merous contributions that Alexander F. generated more than $108 million dollars in
Giacco and John Grado have made to the less than three years, he chaired the Corpo-
betterment of the nation and Virginia Tech, rate and Foundation Gifts Committee. He
the Alumni Association has recognized them was inducted into the College of
with the 2002 Alumni Distinguished Service Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Ex-
Award. cellence in 2000 and is a member of the
The awards will be presented to Giacco college’s Committee of 100.
and Grado today at the Founders Day Con- After Giacco retired from Hercules, the
vocation, which begins at 3 p.m. in Burruss company established the Alexander F. Giacco
auditorium. Presidential Chair at Virginia Tech with a
After graduating from Virginia Tech in GRADO $1-million endowment. The Alexander F.
1942 with a B.S. in chemical engineering, Giacco Engineering Scholarship Fund was
Giacco began his 45-year career with Her- Since leaving Hercules, he has served as throughout the U.S. He also has been honored subsequently established through his sup-
cules, Inc. He served as the company’s presi- president and CEO of Rheometric Scientific by the nation of his birth—in 1985, the Italian port. In 1989, he received the University
dent from 1977 to 1987 and chairman of the Inc., and chairman and CEO of HIMONT Inc. government conferred a title of honor, Distinguished Achievement Award for “sig-
board from 1980 until his retirement in 1987. He is currently managing director of Axess Commendatore, the country’s highest civilian nificant achievement of enduring signifi-
The Wall Street Transcript dubbed Giacco Corp. commendation. In 1987 he was elected to mem- cance to society.”
“The Chemical Industry’s Outstanding Chief Giacco’s achievements have earned sev- bership in the prestigious National Academy of “Just as Al Giacco has played a vital
Executive Officer” in 1984. eral honorary doctorates from universities Engineering. (See SERVICE AWARDS on 3)
Kraft selected 2002 Ruffner Medal recipient Restructuring may
By Lynn Nystrom
When Christopher C. Kraft Jr. won the
among its esteemed alumni Dr. Christopher C.
Kraft,” President Charles Steger said. “He has
the development of
the Space Shuttle.
lead to college
1999 National Space Trophy from Rotary
International, the group described him as “a
provided vision and leadership in his service to
the university on the Board of Visitors in addition
During its definition
and design studies,
driving force in the U.S. human space flight to his support for Alumni Center Campaign, the he played a vital role By Clara B. Cox
program from its beginnings to the Space Class of ’45 Campaign and the College of in the decision- The grouping of several colleges into
Shuttle era, a man whose accomplishments Engineering Committee of 100.” making process that “consortia of colleges,” defined by Provost
have become legendary.” Kraft was instrumental in the decision to created the Space Mark McNamee as “a group of colleges that
In honor of his distinguished service to land an astronaut on the moon. He led the Shuttle program, and shares common approaches to accomplishing
science and the nation, the Board of Visitors planning and operational control of programs he determined the goals in one or more of the university’s
has awarded him the 2002 William H. Ruffner from the two sub-orbital Mercury missions initial configuration missions,” is among the proposals that have
through Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and the Apollo of the Space Shuttle KRAFT emerged during the university’s examination
Medal, the university’s highest honor.
“Virginia Tech is truly honored to count Soyuz/test project. He was deeply involved in (See KRAFT on 3) of restructuring.
In a letter to faculty and staff members
on Monday, McNamee provided a progress
Roy Graduate Commencement speaker Alexander’s Fulbright report that summarizes the “current state” of
By Julie Kane including the university-wide Alumni Award to fund teaching the restructuring discussions. The report,
available on line at http://
Lucinda Roy will be the keynote speaker
for Graduate Commencement on May 10,
for Teaching Excellence, Roy was co-founder
of the Service-Learning program at Virginia
materials on China www.provost.vt.edu/restructuring.html,
Tech and has authored a number of successful outlines six broad areas of recommendations
beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Cassell Coliseum. By Jean Elliott
grants in support of on-line course develop- designed to “maximize our effectiveness in
Roy is alumni distinguished professor M. David Alexander, chair of the Depart-
ment and diversity initiatives. recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty
in English and director of creative writing at ment of Educational Leadership and Policy
She has published two novels, Lady Moses members, students, and staff members as
Virginia Tech. In May, she will assume the Studies, has been awarded funding from the
and The Hotel Alleluia, and two collections of part of the effort to expand the scholarly
position of chair of the English Department. Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Pro-
poetry. Her poetry collection, The Humming environment appropriate for a top-30
She served as an associate dean in the Col- gram. The grant will fund 15 educators and
Birds, won the 1994 Eighth Mountain Poetry university.”
lege of Arts and Sciences from 1993-1996, administrators from Virginia Tech, Western
Prize. She received her B.A. (honors) in En- One recommendation would expand
and was the Gloria D. Smith professor in Kentucky University and three Virginia public-
glish from King’s College, London, and her the Pamplin College of Business to include
black studies from 1997-1999. In 1992, she school systems, for a four-week study tour in
M.F.A. in creative writing from the University the Department of Hospitality and Tourism
was the Margaret Bundy Scott professor of the People’s Republic of China.
of Arkansas. In May 2000, she was awarded an Management. In another recommendation,
English at Williams College in Massachu- “Our goal is to develop curriculum mate-
honorary doctorate of letters from the Univer- the College of Architecture and Urban
setts. Roy has taught in Africa, England, and rials about China that will enhance current
sity of Richmond. Studies could add part or all of the School of
the United States, and frequently gives pre- programs within the K-12 districts and the
Currently, she is at work on her third the Arts, the interior-design component of
sentations throughout the country on cre- offerings within the universities,” Alexander
poetry collection, her third novel, and a series Near Environments, and, for administrative
ative writing, higher education, and diver- said.
of oil paintings in which she reinterprets the purposes, the School for Public and
sity. Consisting of a series of seminars, field
trials of the “middle passage.” International Affairs.
A recipient of several teaching awards,
(See FULBRIGHT on 4) (See RESTRUCTURING on 4)
2 SPECTRUM FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002
EVENTS Wednesday, 1
Pay Date for Faculty and Staff Members.
Friday, 26 Classes End.
Highlands in Chemistry, 11:15 a.m., 3 Davidson: Chris
Founders Day, 3 p.m., Burruss auditorium. Family, Work/Life Resources Program, noon to 1 p.m.,
Walsh, Harvard Medical School.
TA Event, 8 p.m., Squires Studio Theater: “Radon!” DBHCC conference room G.
MCBB, 12:20 to 1:10 p.m., Fralin auditorium: George
(Through 4-27). “With Good Reason,” 7 p.m., WVTF.
SOTA Event, 8 p.m., Burruss auditorium: Benjamin
STS, 4 p.m., 132 Lane: Michael Klein.
Saturday, 27 Britten’s War Requiem.
New River Valley Symphony, 8 p.m., Burruss audito- Monday, 29
rium. Thursday, 2 Horticulture, 4 p.m., 409 Saunders: Lisa Kelk.
YMCA Hike, 10 a.m., YMCA Parking Lot. Reading Day.
Virginia Museum of Natural History Event, 11 a.m. to SOTA Event, 8 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Faculty
noon, Saturday Science: Flowers and Plants. Recital.
ESM, 4 p.m., 136 Norris: Andrew Hood, U.S. State
SOTA Event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., PAB: open auditions for Department.
Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival. Friday, 3
Sunday, 28 Human Development, 7 p.m., Wallace atrium: Shirley S.
SOTA Event, 3 p.m., Squires Recital Salon: Faculty Travis, UNC—Charlotte.
SCC announces last assistance day Technology, and Natural Resource Policy in New Delhi, India. Music department sponsoring Alumni Weekend
The last day to request assistance from the Statistical She is known for her scholarship in—and work to protect— The Department of Music is sponsoring the first annual
Consulting Center is April 26. The center will begin accepting biological and cultural diversity, traditional agro-ecosystems, Music Education Alumni Weekend April 26-27.
new clients for the summer on May 16. and the knowledge and rights of women, indigenous peoples, and More than 20 alumni are returning to campus to lead
peoples of the Third World. seminars, classes, and conduct ensembles for Tech’s
Shiva program set for April 29 Her visit is sponsored by the Campus Greens at Virginia undergraduate music-education majors. Music-education faculty,
Vandana Shiva, scientist, ecofeminist, and activist, will Tech. Co-sponsors include the departments of Biological Systems alumni, and undergraduates will participate in a series of seminars
present a program in the Donaldson Brown auditorium Monday Engineering and Political Science, International Club at Virginia and ensemble performances that will bring the real world of
April 29, at 8 p.m. Tech, Multidisciplinary Studies, Science and Technology Studies, public school music education to Tech’s undergraduate music-
She is the director of the Research Foundation for Science, womanspace, and the Women’s Studies Program. education program. Alumni will experience the latest in music-
education theory and technique while undergraduates experience
the “real world” of music-education alumni.
Staff and Faculty Annual Fund offers donation options Engineering freshmen
By Kathleen Pantaleo tions made by Virginia Tech employees.
will need laptops
ment—started by President Charles Steger along
Last year, the Staff and Faculty Annual So that the Staff and Faculty Annual Fund with past university presidents—ensures that this fall
Fund experienced a 45-percent increase in the may better meet the expectations of Virginia spouses and dependents of employees will al- By Karen Gilbert
number of participants from earlier years. Input Tech employees, the following are now offered: ways have scholarship opportunities made avail- The computer requirement for engineer-
from staff and faculty members and retired on-line giving at http://www.filebox.vt.edu/ able to them if they choose to attend Virginia ing freshmen has been changed from a desktop
employees resulted in many positive changes, univdev/af/; the option to give collectively for Tech. to a laptop to reflect the increased technology
such as the Employees’ Spouse and Dependent employee groups, and payroll deduction. Em- In addition to the scholarships already needs of students.
Scholarship Fund (http://www.fst.vt.edu/vtsp/) ployees who contribute at least $1 per paycheck mentioned, current and retired Virginia Tech “The college is a strong believer in provid-
emerging as a primary focus for the campaign. ($24) made by June 30, will receive a chance to employees can make a gift to any area of the ing useful technologies that will serve our stu-
This scholarship fund is now highlighted win drawing for $400 in airfare. university. Current and retired Virginia Tech dents well while learning at Virginia Tech and
throughout the Staff and Faculty Annual Fund A new option introduced this year is the employees can look for a pledge card in the mail prepare them for the next stage in life, entering
campaign, although many other areas at the opportunity to add to the Presidential Depen- on or around May 1. the workforce,” said Glenda Scales, assistant
university can and do benefit from annual dona- dent Scholarship Endowment. This endow- dean for distance learning and computers in the
College of Engineering.
Campus beautification competition winners announced About 30 percent of engineering students
surveyed by the college’s laptop taskforce,
By Sherri Box the fall 2001 semester was eligible to submit an surrounded by Hokie stone, each with a college which was established to seek broad-based
Jon Phillips, a business-information- entry and the submissions were accepted from seal cast in bronze. As a final design element, input before deciding on the requirement, re-
technology major, and Lauren Fisher, a Oct. 1, 2001 through Feb. 1, 2002. Fisher included a screening wall along Prices ported that they have already switched to a
landscape-architecture major, were honored “Banners on a Campus Lot,” Phillip’s entry, Fork Road lines with trees to hide the commuter laptop computer out of preference. Students
April 20 at the Student Recognition Banquet for was described as a simple, yet effective solution lot. Her design combines campus landmarks responded that laptops are more convenient and
winning first place for their submissions to the to the expanse of the commuter-lot entrance to and insignia into an aesthetically pleasing provide quick access to the Internet, e-mail and
“Ornament the Cement” competition. The the university. Phillips designed high-durability, landmark entrance. homework files.
winners will each receive $500 and a certificate. weatherproof banners in orange and maroon, The entries were judged upon their “One of the key things that came out of the
The beautification competition began six complete with the Virginia Tech emblem, which innovative and creative use of construction, survey that interested me was the number of
months ago, and on March 4 a selection jury could be attached to the lighting structures landscape, and design elements; successful times engineering students return to their dorms
made up of visiting and university faculty throughout the lot. The banners can be changed integration of the design into the existing or apartments to use the computer,” said Tom
members, administration, and past graduates for various events, as well as portray the parking environment and architectural style; Walker, associate professor of engineering fun-
chose the winners. In October, students were designations of each lot. The design provides comprehensiveness and thoroughness of damentals. About two-thirds of students live
charged with the task of beautifying what has color, versatility, easy upkeep, and is cost submitted design; and feasibility and practical off campus and these students spend an esti-
become one of Virginia Tech’s main effective. implementation. Submissions also had to include mated seven hours a week in wasted travel time
entranceways: the area between Prices Fork “Unity in Design,” Fisher’s entry, proposed a visual representation of the idea and a design going back and forth from classrooms to home
Road, West Campus Drive, Perry Street, and building several university-themed structures essay. for computer use. The need to return home
Stanger Street. surrounding a new road entranceway. The road Honorable mention was awarded to increases the pressure on students to own a car,
The competition was designed by the will create a more direct entrance from Prices Michelle McLeese for “Ornament in the Cement which compounds the parking problem on cam-
Campus Beautification sub-committee of the Fork Road to West Campus Drive and will have Project,” and special mentions were awarded to pus.
Commission on University Support as part of an a Burruss Hall abstract design made of pylons Jeremy Richa for “VT West Campus Design Network plug-in or wireless network ac-
effort to improve the aesthetics of the campus. on the corner of the turn. Drivers approaching Competition,” and Alison Thorne for “A Vision cess is currently available in certain classrooms
Any student organization or full-time student in campus along Route 460 will see eight pylons in Motion.” and study areas, such as Randolph Hall and
Torgersen Hall. “CNS wants the laptop initia-
tive to be successful and understands that ex-
(See ENGINEERING on 4)
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002 SPECTRUM 3
Housekeeping Worker, 007324C, PB 1, Large Animal Husbandry, W022155M, Policy Studies. Assistant/Associate
CLASSIFIED POSITIONS Physical Plant.
Human Resources Specialist, 007570D,
PB 1, VTH.
Program Coordinator, W023168J, PB 3,
Professor in Counselor Education.
(CACREP-accredited program.) Contact:
The following classified positions are PB 4, Personnel Services. CDAC. Mary Whitlock, College of Human Re-
currently available. Position details, spe- Laboratory Specialist, 007944M, PB 3, Program Support Technician, 004570M, sources and Education, 103 War Memo-
cific application procedures/position-clos- Biochemistry. PB 3, CSES. rial Hall (0317), Blacksburg, VA 24061.
ing dates may be found on Personnel Ser- Laboratory Technician, 007945G, PB 2, Radiologic Technologist, W022412M, PB Review begins May 16.
vices web site http://www.ps.vt.edu. Posi- CVM. 3, VTH. NON-INSTRUCTIONAL
tions are also listed on the Job Line, a 24- Large Animal Veterinary Technician, Security Guard, W020470Y, PB 1, Police. University Development. Director
hour recorded message service. For infor- 001996M, PB 4, VTH. Switchboard Operator, W022101A, PB 2, of Development Communications. Con-
mation on all job listings, call 1-5300. Some Office Services Specialist, 001286S, PB CNS. tact: Rhonda K. Arsenault, Assistant Vice
positions include state benefits. Positions 2, Purchasing. Switchboard Operator, W020821M, PB President for Advancement Services, Of-
with numbers beginning with “W” are hourly Office Services Specialist, 007283G, PB 2, VTH. fice of University Development, 201 Pack
and do not include state benefits. Individu- 2, ECE. Veterinary Technician, W023340M, PB Building, Mail Code (0336), Virginia Tech,
als with disabilities desiring assistance or Phototypesetting Specialist, 000601A, 4, VTH. Blacksburg, Virginia 24061.
accommodation in the application process PB 3, Printing Services. OFF CAMPUS Metropolitan Institute, College of Ar-
should call by the application deadline. Practical Nurse, 001776J, PB 3, SHC. Nursing Supervisor, 000606M, PB 3, chitecture and Urban Studies. Senior
Closing date for advertised positions is 1 Radiologic Technologist, 002394M, PB CVM—EMC. Project Associate. Contact: Robert E.
p.m. Monday. An EO/AA employer commit- 3, VTH. Office Manager, 007796Y, PB 3, IALR. Lang, Director, Metropolitan Institute at
ted to diversity. Technical Operations Assistant, Operating Room Supervisor, 007377M, Virginia Tech, 1101 King Street, Suite
FULL TIME 007940J, PB 2, VTTI. PB 3, CVM—EMC. 612, Alexandria, VA 22314.
One full-time food-service position avail- TV/Media Systems Engineer, 000196A, Research Specialist, 007942J, PB 3, VTTI. Women’s Center. Program Coordina-
able. PB 4, VBS. Secretary Senior, 002089R, PB 2, NVC. tor. Contact: Program Coordinator Search
Assistant Manager, 000561H, PB 3, RDP. Web Designer, 007510A, PB 4, BEV. Wildlife Worker, 006638G, PB 2, Biology. Committee, Women’s Center at Virginia
Electrician, 001050F, PB 3, Physical Plant. Webmaster, 007943Y, PB 4, VBI. Tech, Price House, Stanger St. (0270),
PART TIME Blacksburg, VA 24061-0279. Review be-
Graduate Enrollment Specialist,
001846G, PB 3, ESM. Laboratory Technician Senior,
FACULTY POSITIONS gins May 20.
Graduate Program Coordinator, W022172M, PB 2, VTH. INSTRUCTIONAL
001092G, PB 3, Math. Department of Educational Leadership
Paper Co., offered Grado a job as chief indus-
Virginia Public Service Week set SERVICE AWARDS
Continued from 1
trial engineer. Grado soon became president of
Fitchburg’s Decotone Division and eventually
Later this month, Governor Mark Warner Virginia Public Service Steering Committee, a role nationally in the chemical industry, he has executive vice-president of the parent com-
will announce the observation of Virginia Public state-level committee, will review all entries also given Virginia Tech the benefit of his pany.
Service Week (VPSW) for May 6-12. This and the selected employees will be honored at a renowned executive talents,” said Malcolm When Litton Industries bought Fitchburg
year’s theme is “Proudly Serving Virginians.” ceremony during that week. Because of the McPherson, interim dean of the College of Paper in 1967, Grado—then only 35 years
VPSW is an opportunity to reward and short time frame for VPSW, the university will Engineering. “His leadership on the Board of old—was made the corporate vice-president of
recognize employees for their hard work and submit the names of the fall 2001 winners of the Visitors during a time of growth and change Litton. In 1983 he bought the company from
was a major force in bolstering the university’s Litton, renamed it Technographics and moved
dedication to the state and raise public awareness President’s Award for Excellence for several
substance and status.” the world headquarters to Fitchburg, Massa-
of the contributions state employees make every Governor’s Awards. The five university chusetts. Grado’s entrepreneurial talents made
day. In addition to supporting VPSW, Virginia nominees are Penny Cook, Jessie Eaves, Tom Grado entered Virginia Tech at the age of
16 and a year later he interrupted his studies to Technographics a resounding success. In 1999
Tech provides many university employee award Head, Christopher Peters, and Sally Stafford. he sold the company and retired from corporate
enlist in the U.S. Navy for two-year stint during
and recognition programs in the spring and fall, Thirty-five employees from state agencies World War II. He then returned to the univer- life.
including Staff Appreciation Day, scheduled will be randomly selected by the state’s sity and received his degree in industrial engi- His generosity to Virginia Tech includes
for the week following Virginia Public Service Department of Human Resource Management neering in 1951. endowment of the Department of Industrial
Week. to participate in the Governor’s Award ceremony His early work led to a career in the paper and Systems Engineering (ISE), which became
The state-wide program will recognize as employee ambassadors to thank award and printing business. In 1956 George Wallace, the Grado Department in 2000. He also has
employees through Governor’s Awards. The recipients on behalf of other employees. then president of Fitchburg (Massachusetts) endowed the John Grado Professorship and a
scholarship fund that supports 19 students an-
KRAFT for Rockwell International, IBM, and a number Grado is a member of the College of
Engineering’s Committee of 100 and is an
Continued from 1 of other companies. A brief listing of his many
honors include membership in the prestigious inductee of Virginia Tech’s Ut Prosim Society.
system, a new concept in space transportation.
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE National Academy of Engineering, the He has served on ISE’s Advisory Board and is
AND STATE INIVERSITY Kraft was the director of the National
International Academy of Astronautics of the a member of its Academy of Distinguished
Spectrum, a faculty-staff tabloid, is published each Aeronautics and Space Administration’s
International Astronautical Association, and Alumni. He also has served on the Virginia
Friday during the academic year, with the exception of (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in
certain holidays, exam weeks, and the summer. Copy the Aerospace Medical Association. Tech Foundation Board and the board of the
Houston, Texas, from January 1972 to August
deadline is noon Friday. No advertising is accepted. Among his awards, he received the NASA Corporate Research Center. He has been hon-
Spectrum is a non-profit publication of the Office of 1982.
Outstanding Leadership Medal from the ored with the University Distinguished Alumni
University Relations: Lawrence G. Hincker, associate vice Kraft was born in 1924, two years before
president for University Relations; David Nutter, director of president of the United States in 1963, the Spirit Award and election to the College of
American physicist Robert Goddard launched
college and media relations. of St. Louis Medal from the American Society Engineering’s Academy of Engineering Ex-
the first liquid-fueled rocket. Graduating in
of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 1965, the cellence, and he has received ISE’s Agee Dis-
Editor 1944 with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical
John Ashby, 1-6961 Virginian of the Year Award from the Virginia tinguished Alumni Award.
engineering, he immediately joined the Langley
Press Association in 1967, the ASME Medal in “He started as a student who didn’t have
News Bureau Manager
Aeronautical Laboratory of the National
1973, and the Goddard Memorial Trophy from anything and now he has given so much back to
Sherri Box, 1-8508 Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA),
the National Space Club in 1979. He also Virginia Tech students,” said ISE student
the precursor of NASA.
Production Manager received the NASA Distinguished Service Heather Rae Danforth, a recipient of a Grado
Melinda Shaver, 1-8524
In 1958, Kraft was selected as one of the
Medal, the highest NASA award, four times. Scholarship.
original members of the Space Task Group, the
Business Manager organization established to manage the Project
Mercury. The group developed the basic
Sherri Songer, 1-2522
concepts of the Mercury Project that launched
the human space flight program for the United Staff Appreciation Day
States. He personally served as the flight
Letters to the editor and questions for "Ask Spectrum"
should be addressed to the editor, 102 Media Building,
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
director for all of the Mercury missions and
many of the Gemini missions.
Electronic Spectrum: http://www.unirel.vt.edu/spec-
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employ-
ees, students, or applicants on the basis of race, color,
Kraft retired from NASA in 1982. In a
tribute to his career at the time, the Roanoke
Times editorialized that he “epitomized the
gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran sta-
tus, national origin, religion, or political affiliation. Any-
one having questions concerning discrimination or ac-
space age…he probably instilled more
confidence in our space program than any slick
from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
cessibility regarding the programs described in this news-
paper should contact the Equal Opportunity Affirmative
Action Office: 540-231-7500 (v), 540-231-9460 (TTY).
campaign could have done, because of his
knowledge and ability to impart it.”
Since his retirement, Kraft has consulted
in Rector Field house.
4 SPECTRUM FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2002
IN OTHER NEWS
HTM educators among most influential Wakefield appointed VCHR associate director
By Jean Elliott a UNLV professor with 141 citations. The only By Sarah Newbill new capacity. “The center has been very
Three Virginia Tech faculty members were other scholars with a minimum of 100 citations Building Construction Professor Ron successful in accomplishing its mission to
ranked among the top five educators in a cita- are all Virginia Tech faculty members: Olsen Wakefield has been appointed to the new improve the quality, affordability and
tion analysis, according to the most recent issue (122), Weaver (106), and McCleary (101). position of associate director for the Virginia accessibility of housing through research. That
of the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Edu- Besides having an impact on their field over Tech Center for Housing Research housed in success relies entirely on the involvement and
cation. time, the trio also ranked third, fourth and fifth the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. leadership of faculty members like Ron
Michael Olsen, Pam Weaver and Ken in most recent citation activity (1997-99): Olsen He will continue his duties in the building- Wakefield. Faculty members from the
McCleary ranked third, fourth, and fifth, re- (54), McCleary (52), and Weaver (47). Virginia construction department while assuming this departments of Building Construction and
spectively in an “Update of Hospitality Man- Tech’s Muzaffer Uysal ranked 27th with 16 new role, as well as additional responsibilities Architecture have developed an impressive
agement Education’s Most Influential Schol- citations—despite his focus on tourism being in the college. agenda of nationally and internationally
ars: A Citation Analysis 1989-1999.” featured more widely in other journals. Wakefield’s leadership role in housing recognized research on residential construction
A citation analysis is the time-consuming Virginia Tech’s overall impact on the technology research is shown most recently technology,” Koebel said.
process of counting the number of times any hospitality industry is also evidenced by the through a series of publications he has co- Wakefield will assume his new duties at
publication or researcher has been cited in fact that eight VT HTM doctoral graduates written. Funded by the U.S. Department of the center in July, along with another appoint-
“main articles” in peer-reviewed journals. In ranked among the top-60 in the 1989-99 cita- Housing and Urban Development, the publica- ment as director of the environmental design
this case, the five major hospitality-manage- tion analysis. tions focus on the residential construction site and planning doctoral program. He holds the
ment education journals were used: the Cornell “Overall, Virginia Tech ranked second and ways to make the building process and William E. Jamerson Professorship of Building
Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quar- among institutions for cumulative citations,” information flow more efficient. These can be Construction and earned his Ph.D. in civil engi-
terly, the FIU Hospitality Review, the Interna- said Brian Mihalik, head of the Department of found on the HUD web site at http:// neering from the University of New South
tional Journal of Hospitality Management, the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM). www.huduser.org/publications/manufhsg/ Wales, Australia. He has been at Virginia Tech
Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, “I am very impressed with our faculty dedica- ircs2.html. since 1998.
and the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism tion and am confident that if the research was Center Director Ted Koebel said Wakefield More information about the Center for
Research. Main articles are the major pieces of expanded to the entire tourism field, Dr. Uysal is recognized as both a principal investigator Housing Research can be found at
a journal and do not include book reviews or also would have joined Dr. Olsen, Dr. McCleary and as a program builder, and looks forward to www.caus.vt.edu/CAUS/RESEARCH/vchr/
reports on working papers. Each reference ap- and Dr. Weaver in the top-ranked faculty. This even greater success with him serving in this VCHR.html.
pearing in a main article is logged in a database. example of HTM faculty dedication to re-
No self-citations are counted and authors search further reinforces our departmental com-
are counted only once per main article, regard- mitment to excellence in scholarly activities.” Earth Day Commuter Challenge results in
less of the number of times cited within that Virginia Tech, which posted 360 cita-
By Suzanne Ducker, checked in; the bus riders rode to the nearest bus
article. tions by six authors, trailed only Cornell in
alternative transportation manager stop and walked to Torgersen; and the car
The field was led by a retired scholar, total citations, which posted 455 but had 14
The first Earth Day Commuter Challenge, drivers drove in, found a parking space and then
Robert Lewis, with 142 citations, followed by authors.
sponsored by the Office of Transportation and walked to Torgersen Hall. The following re-
Blacksburg Transit was held Monday. sults were obtained on the Patrick Henry Drive
ENGINEERING quire—tables and chairs instead of desks, for
The three ‘commuters’ participating in the to Torgersen Hall, Tom’s Creek bus route:
Continued from 1 challenge at Tall Oaks Circle in Hethwood and bicycle—five minutes, 15 seconds; bus—nine
improvement in lighting and sound control, Patrick Henry Drive began their trip to Torgersen
panded wireless coverage will be desired,” said and for classroom comfort,” Associate Provost minutes, 15 seconds; car—12 minutes, 53 sec-
Hall at 10:45 a.m. The bicyclists were the first onds.
John Pollard, director of engineering operations Dixon Hanna said. The availability of more to reach Torgersen Hall from both routes. The Tall Oaks Circle to Torgersen Hall,
for Communications Network Services. electrical receptacles in the classroom will sup- bus riders were the next and the car drivers were Hethwood bus route: bicycle—nine minutes, 2
Having a laptop will give the students the port the use of laptops. About 30 classrooms the last to arrive. The bikers rode directly up to seconds; bus—15 minutes, 15 seconds; car—
ability to take their computers—holding notes, have been improved so far and the bond fund- Torgersen, locked their bikes at the rack and 16 minutes, 41 seconds.
data, applications software and other informa- ing would provide for the university to update
tion—to class, group meetings, and study ses- an additional 50 classrooms.
sions. “We see this as a significant improvement Virginia Tech was the first public univer- RESTRUCTURING maintained as a separate college from the natural
in the academic environment for our students,” sity to require its entering engineering students Continued from 1 sciences because of its distinctive teaching and
said Nat Davis, assistant department head in to bring a desktop computer to school. The A new College of Biological, research programs, but a School of Computer
electrical and computer engineering. Instruc- college has been offering laptops as an option Mathematical, and Physical Sciences would be Sciences and Information Technology would
tors will be able to set up ad-hoc “computer to the computer requirement since 1998. created and would join the College of Natural be created to reflect the growing importance of
labs” for their classes simply by having students The cost of a laptop compared to the Resources, College of Agriculture and Life computer science, computer engineering, and
bring their laptops with them. previously required desktop is approximately Sciences, and Virginia Maryland Regional other forms of information technology.
As part of a bond issue to be voted on this $400 to $600 higher. Financial-aide guidelines College of Veterinary Medicine under an Discussions continue about the administrative
fall, the university is seeking funds to renovate for freshmen engineering students will be ad- umbrella “colleges of natural science,” which home for the school.
its inventory of outdated classrooms. “Obvi- justed to factor in this cost. might also include the departments of Several college models have been proposed
ously, technology plays a big part, but our initia- For more information, contact Tom psychology; economics; and human nutrition, to address the arts, humanities, social sciences,
tive is also fueled by the need for flexibility in Walker at email@example.com or visit foods, and exercise. education, and human-resources programs. A
seating styles that new learning pedagogies re- www.eng.vt.edu/compreq/compreq.html. The College of Engineering would be consortium of two colleges—one an outgrowth
of the College of Arts and Sciences and one
economy, geography, customs, and traditions Since 1961, the Fulbright-Hays Group emerging from the College of Human Resources
FULBRIGHT of the Chinese people. Projects Abroad Program has awarded grants and Education—would be formed to attain
Continued from 1 Alexander has extensive international ex- to universities, state departments of education, nationally prominent educational and research
visits, and curriculum-development workshops, perience, making his first trip to China in 1993 and private non-profit educational organiza- objectives. A Graduate School of Education
the program will be conducted by Jinhuan Shi, by invitation of the People’s Education Press, tions to provide training opportunities for fac- would be organized within the latter college to
professor of education at Beijing Normal Uni- the largest education press in China respon- ulty members, teachers, and students in foreign highlight the commitment to science and
versity; Jianliang Wang, associate professor at sible for curriculum development and textbook countries where the United States has diplo- mathematics education.
Western Kentucky University; and Alexander. compilation for all elementary and secondary- matic representation. Under this program, The core curriculum could fall under the
The participants will form three study/writing school children in China. He also led a delega- awards are made to conduct overseas group umbrella of a “university college.” Specific
teams, each having representatives from the tion of 15 educators to China in a similar projects in research, training, and curriculum proposals are under development.
universities and public-school systems. They Fulbright-Hays sponsored grant in 1997. development. The report also describes several concepts
will visit Beijing, Xian in Shaanxi Province, underlying the restructuring plan “that should
and Chengdu in Sichuan Province. aid us in advancing all missions of the university
Resource materials will be developed without setting up hard, inflexible, competing
collaboratively, implemented in participating administrative structures.” In addition to taking
school systems, and disseminated at the state advantage of shared approaches, the consortia
and national levels through the network of of colleges concept would share certain
educators and by establishing a web site at administrators, such as the associate dean for
Virginia Tech. The focus will be on the undergraduate studies, associate dean for
modernization process occurring in China and research, and associate dean for outreach.
its national and international impact on social, Another concept “involves an on-going
economic, and educational systems. effort to continue discussions among department
Educators from Giles County Public heads across college lines based on shared
Schools, Menchville High School (Newport interests.”
News) and two high schools in Fairfax County Two town hall meetings were held on
(Westfields and Langley) will participate. Giles Wednesday to provide a forum for discussion
County schools have established a school-busi- of the proposals.
ness partnership with Hoechst Celanese, which Blacksburg,VAPermitNo.28 A comprehensive set of recommendations
has business interests in China. The Giles County Non-ProfitOrganizationU.S.PostagePAID
Blacksburg,VA24061 for evaluation by the Board of Visitors will be
educators will focus on developing a curricu-
VirginiaTech presented to the university community by May
lum to gain a better understanding of the 1.