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Volume 27 Issue 11

Commencement will be held at Civic Arena again >

February 2nd, 1995

Pitt will hold its April 30 commencement ceremony at the Civic Arena, not the Cathedral of Learning lawn as had been announced. Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor decided last month to return the graduation ceremony to the Arena, where it has been held in recent years, said Ron Gigliotti, assistant director of Special Events and commencement […]

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HealthAmerica and Blue Cross skirmish over physician deals >

February 2nd, 1995

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) officials have rejected an offer by HealthAmerica to include UPMC personnel in HealthAmerica's network of physicians. Meanwhile, HealthAmerica has dismissed Blue Cross's offer to allow doctors employed at HealthAmerica medical centers to join the network of physicians for two Blue Cross plans. It's the latest skirmish in the war […]

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UPMC employees taxed on tuition benefits >

February 2nd, 1995

Effective Jan. 1, most University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) employees must pay federal taxes on tuition assistance. And the taxes aren't cheap. For example, the liability for $522 of tuition assistance (the cost of a three-credit undergraduate course in the College of Arts and Sciences) is $186.09, based on a federal tax of 28 […]

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Tax telephone hotline set up >

February 2nd, 1995

A telephone hotline has been established to answer questions about the W-2 and 1042S year-end tax forms. The hotline number is 624-1860. The line will be in operation until April 17, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A team has been assembled to answer the telephone and complete a request for information. A payroll specialist will then research […]

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Latest attack on the Internet yields no casualties here, CIS says >

February 2nd, 1995

As far as the Office of Computing and Information Services (CIS) is aware, no attacks have been made upon Pitt's computer network using the "Internet protocol spoofing" (IP spoofing) or the "terminal hijacking" methods discussed in an advisory issued last week by the federal Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). Concerns about intruders attacking Pitt's Internet […]

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Tips from CIS on Internet security >

February 2nd, 1995

In response to the number of communications it has received since The New York Times article and the advisory by the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) appeared, Computing and Information Services (CIS) has issued the following advisory on "Internet protocol spoofing" and "hijacking." The original CERT advisory can be obtained through anonymous ftp: ftp://ftp.pitt.edu/info/security/cert-advisories/CA-95:01. The […]

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Latest health insurance proposals indicate some decline in rates >

February 2nd, 1995

Based on the latest proposals that Blue Cross and HealthAmerica have submitted to Pitt, the University's employee health insurance premiums should go down in the fiscal year that begins July 1 — regardless of whether Pitt drops HealthAmerica (as Blue Cross has proposed) or otherwise changes its health insurance options. Last week, at the request […]

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