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Volume 30 Issue 17

Staff, faculty will ride free, too, if plan is approved by trustees, PAT >

April 30th, 1998

Under a proposal that 92 percent of 3,395 voting students endorsed in a recent campus ballot, Pitt students would pay up to $30 more per semester in fees in exchange for free, unlimited access to Port Authority Transit (PAT) buses and trains. If Pitt trustees and PAT's board of directors approve the plan, faculty and […]

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COMMENCEMENT 1998 >

April 30th, 1998

It was a dark and stormy day outside the Civic Arena last Sunday — but filled with warmth and collegiality inside — as a throng of about 10,000 witnessed the University's annual conferral of degrees and the ceremonial commencement exercise. In all, the University conferred more than 5,800 degrees, including more than 400 doctorates, in […]

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Hershey elected Senate president >

April 30th, 1998

Nathan Hershey has been elected president of the University Senate for a one-year term beginning July 1. Hershey, a professor of health services administration in the Graduate School of Public Health, has been Senate vice president for the last three years. He ran for president this year against linguistics professor Christina Bratt Paulston. Current Senate […]

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UPCI gets grant to increase awareness of skin cancer >

April 30th, 1998

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) has been awarded a $750,000 three-year contract by the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Cancer Control Program to increase awareness of the risk factors and preventive measures of skin cancer. Joyce Yasko, UPCI associate director for clinical and network programs and principal investigator, explained that the initiative will focus […]

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Spring enrollment higher than planned at Pittsburgh campus >

April 30th, 1998

Spring term enrollment was higher than expected at the Pittsburgh campus and slightly lower than the administration had budgeted for at the regional campuses, according to final figures released last week by Pitt's Office of Institutional Research. University-wide this spring, Pitt enrolled: * 19,375.8 full-time equivalent (FTE) undergraduates — 456.8 more than the administration had […]

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Grant enables Living-at-Home program to expand >

April 30th, 1998

UPMC Health System's Living-at-Home program has been awarded a $140,000 grant from the Birmingham Foundation, a south Pittsburgh-oriented grantmaking organization. The grant will help the program, which provides free case management for ongoing in-home care for older adults, to expand services to south Pittsburgh communities. Services will be expanded first to the South Side and […]

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Coaching turnover part of reason for financial losses of 1996 football program >

April 30th, 1998

Pitt football suffered a losing season in 1996 financially as well as on the field. Thanks largely to coaching staff turnover and a weak home schedule, the football program — supposedly one of the two revenue-producing NCAA sports along with men's basketball — cost Pitt either $2.1 million more (in "unrestricted actual" dollars) or $3.4 […]

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Grant extends Pitt's Family Friends program >

April 30th, 1998

A grant of $25,000 will extend for 18 months Pitt's Family Friends program, which provides assistance to families whose children are diagnosed with mental illness or disorders. The grant was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest private philanthropy dedicated to improving health care through grant-giving. Family Friends recruits volunteers over the […]

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William C. Divens Jr. >

April 30th, 1998

William C. Divens Jr., assistant director for Access Services at the Health Sciences Library System, was killed when the light plane he was piloting crashed at the Beaver County Airport on Sunday, April 12, 1998. He was 46 years old. Also killed in the accident was his 8-year-old son, Daniel Divens, a second grader at […]

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Work continues on plans for two new Nationality Rooms >

April 30th, 1998

E. Maxine Bruhns, director of the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs, met in April with architects in India and Japan to discuss the future Indian and Japanese nationality classrooms, to select artifacts and to finalize plans for the design of the rooms. In New Delhi, Bruhns and Deepak Wadhwani, architect of the Indian room, […]

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