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Volume 31 Issue 4

UPMC, Quest join forces on lab services >

October 15th, 1998

Quest Diagnostics Inc. and UPMC Health System have joined forces to provide improved access to laboratory services for physicians and patients throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. Quest Diagnostics is one of the nation's leading providers of diagnostic testing, information and services to physicians, hospitals, patients, managed care organizations, employers and government agencies. UPMC hospitals, physicians, […]

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Faculty, administrators discuss what Pitt's salary policy should be >

October 15th, 1998

Faculty, staff and administrators exchanged ideas about Pitt's policy for awarding salary raises, during the fall plenary session of the University Senate yesterday, Oct. 14. The University Planning and Budgeting Committee (UPBC), a group of employees, students and administrators that advises the senior administration, is beginning a year-long review of the policy. "The time has […]

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Despite construction, parking here should be adequate, study indicates >

October 15th, 1998

Parking, Transportation and Services director G. Robert Harkins is optimistic about the parking situation in Oakland. Harkins cited a parking study carried out at the University's request by Trans Associates Engineering Consultants, Inc., of Pittsburgh, who measured supply and demand parking statistics back to 1992. The report, dated Sept. 28, includes projections for 1998 and […]

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Health insurance bids due to Pitt today >

October 15th, 1998

Today, Oct. 15, is the deadline for health insurers to submit bids for Pitt's employee medical insurance business for next year. The University's current insurers, UPMC Health Plan and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, had expressed interest in bidding. So had CIGNA Companies, a national insurer with a growing presence in western Pennsylvania. "We sent out […]

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Pitt professors filing grievances face uphill battle, statistics show >

October 15th, 1998

Professors seeking redress for alleged grievances and unjust denials of promotion and/or tenure face an uphill fight at Pitt, the co-chairperson of the University Senate's tenure and academic freedom committee (TAFC) told Faculty Assembly Oct. 6. But Tom Kane, whose committee is a key player and defender of faculty interests in the grievance procedure and […]

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One of many final events for retiring senior vice chancellor >

October 15th, 1998

Even loyal Senate Council attendees admit the meetings can be a bit — dry? ponderous? — with their debates over bylaw revisions, cost attribution studies and other less-than-scintillating agenda items. But Thomas Detre, Pitt senior vice chancellor for Health Sciences (and thus, an administrative member of Council) since December 1984, could always be counted on […]

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Cases over the past decade >

October 15th, 1998

During the last decade, 26 Pitt faculty members have appealed what they saw as unjust decisions to deny them promotions and/or tenure. According to Provost's office records (which do not identify the individuals involved), only two appellants won their cases: * In a 1991 case, then-Provost Donald Henderson overruled a dean's decision and recommended that […]

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Vendors to be told of Faculty Assembly's desire to boycott Nabisco on campus >

October 15th, 1998

Campus food service vendors have been told that Pitt's Faculty Assembly doesn't want them serving Nabisco products here. Whether vendors pay attention to the Assembly is up to them. Pitt's administration won't impose sanctions if they continue to sell Oreos, Ritz crackers or other Nabisco products on campus, Chancellor Mark Nordenberg said. Last month, Faculty […]

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Pitt kicks off United Way drive >

October 15th, 1998

Pitt's 1998 United Way campaign kicked off yesterday with a breakfast for coordinators held at the William Pitt Union. The campaign will continue through Nov. 25. This year's goal is $500,000. Last year, the University collected just over $474,000, surpassing the 1997 goal by $32,000. The 1998 theme is "Make a world of difference in […]

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Press poet nominated for national award >

October 15th, 1998

Alicia Suskin Ostriker was one of five authors nominated as a finalist for a 1998 National Book Award for Poetry by the National Book Foundation. Her volume of poems, "The Little Space: Poems Selected and New, 1968-1998," will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in November as part of the Pitt Poetry Series. […]

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