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Volume 31 Issue 6

Two current medical insurers only bidders for contract next year >

November 12th, 1998

Pitt's current health insurers, UPMC Health Plan and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, were the only ones to bid for the University's employee medical insurance business for next year. A third insurer, CIGNA Health Plan, had expressed interest but did not submit a bid. The medical plan advisory committee, a group of faculty, staff and administrators […]

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CIS studying ways to alleviate printing and other problems in computing labs >

November 12th, 1998

The average turn-around time for printing at public computing labs in Forbes Quad and the Cathedral of Learning was 40-90 minutes last spring, a survey by Pitt's Office of Computing and Information Services (CIS) found. Sometimes it took hours to print a single document, depending on the time of day. Because most computers at Pitt […]

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Guy Rossetti >

November 12th, 1998

Guy Rossetti, vice president for administrative affairs at the Greensburg campus (UPG) since 1994, died Nov. 5 after a long illness. He was 55. Rossetti held a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's and a Ph.D. from Pitt. Rossetti began his career at UPG in 1969 as assistant professor of Hispanic […]

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Faculty want more changes in UPP documents >

November 12th, 1998

The latest draft bylaws and employment agreements for the new University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP) practice plan still don't go far enough in protecting faculty rights and the School of Medicine's academic mission, according to a faculty committee monitoring UPP negotiations. UPP is being formed through a merger of Pitt's 18 previously independent clinical practice […]

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Maher explains dropping of STEP >

November 12th, 1998

More than 900 students had participated in the Summer Transitional Education Program (STEP) for academically "borderline" incoming College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) freshmen since the program's inception nine years ago. But CAS faced a stark choice this fall, according to Provost James Maher: Eliminate STEP or turn away academically better-prepared students. The administration's decision […]

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GSPH interim dean named >

November 12th, 1998

Herbert Rosenkranz has been appointed interim dean of Pitt's Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) effective Nov. 1. Rosenkranz received his B.S. in chemistry from the City College of New York in 1954, and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cornell University Medical College in 1959. Before coming to GSPH, he held professorships and chairs at […]

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Investment in hedge fund earns money despite recent plunge >

November 12th, 1998

The value of Pitt's investment in a risky hedge fund has plunged from $5 million to $400,000 this year. But even with that loss, the University has earned more than 18 percent on the investment since 1994, Vice Chancellor for Budget and Controller Arthur Ramicone told Senate Council Nov. 9. In October, weeks after the […]

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Pennsylvania Hall artwork saved from wrecking ball >

November 12th, 1998

Skullduggery Last Saturday, contractors finished a three-week project to preserve terra cotta artwork and ornamental ironwork from Pennsylvania Hall, as demanded by the City Planning Commission. See page 4. Using hammers and chisels, mainly, workers from New York-based Irreplaceable Artifacts removed a terra cotta statue of Aesculapius, Roman god of medicine, from the side of […]

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