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Volume 38 Issue 10

Postal hike should not have major impact at Pitt >

January 19th, 2006

Postal rates in nearly all classifications went up last week, but a Pitt mailing services official says the increases should not have a major impact on University mailing costs. Gus Tytke, assistant director of University Mailing Services, said, “There is some cost increase, sure. The average rate increase is approximately 5.4 percent across the board. […]

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Pitt exceeds United Way goal >

January 19th, 2006

More than a half-million dollars has been raised through the University’s 2005 United Way fundraising drive, surpassing the goal set. As of Jan. 6, $502,963 has been pledged: $476,573 from faculty and staff, $24,390 from retirees and $2,000 from special events, exceeding the 2005 campaign’s $500,000 goal. “The University community is to be commended for […]

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Voice mail upgrade set >

January 19th, 2006

Changes designed to make the University voice mail system more reliable and user-friendly are coming to the Pittsburgh campus Saturday, Jan. 28. The new “modular messaging” program will bring the voice mail system up to date and give users a more standard way to navigate system commands. Broadcast messages will not be affected. Shifting to […]

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Obituary: Robert G. Hazo >

January 19th, 2006

Robert G. Hazo, founder of Pitt’s American Experience program and a long-time advocate of liberal education who was known for his sharp intellect and wit, died Jan. 6, 2006, of heart failure. He was 74. Last fall, Hazo publicly announced his retirement from Pitt at an American Experience panel discussion. “This is my last hurrah,” […]

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PeopleSoft’s implementation is a success >

January 19th, 2006

It took three years of study, two years of implementation and countless hours of hard work, but the University has completed its first semester fully run — from registration in March to grading in December — under its new PeopleSoft student services system. “We’ve changed how the University admits, enrolls, charges and graduates its students,” […]

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Staff win chancellor’s service awards >

January 19th, 2006

Winners of the chancellor’s awards of excellence for staff have been announced. The service awards, open to all classified and union full- and part-time staff members who have been employed at the University for at least five years, are the highest awards that Pitt grants to staff members. Up to five honorees are named annually […]

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Should we worry about bird flu? >

January 19th, 2006

With opinions mutating faster than the virus itself, experts are weighing their concerns about the avian flu. Could it be the next Y2K-type non-issue? Or will it be a repeat of the 1918 flu widely considered to be the world’s worst pandemic? No one can say for certain. The World Health Organization (WHO) has received […]

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