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Volume 31 Issue 10

Grant funds computers for UPG dorms >

January 21st, 1999

The Greensburg campus will provide a personal computer in each dorm room, thanks to a $381,000 grant from the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation. "This sizable grant will give each of our resident students a real learning edge with the advantage of instant access to the vast Pitt-Oakland computer system and the tremendous data retrieval services […]

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Downed computers, leaking roofs legacy at Pitt of winter storms >

January 21st, 1999

Because Pittsburgh has enjoyed mild winters the past couple of years, Pitt has not had to deal with the kinds of problems it experienced during the recent ice storms: facilities damage, computer shut-downs, canceled classes and the like. The most severe damage resulted from a power outage mid-afternoon Jan. 14 at RIDC Park, where Pitt's […]

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Child Development office gets $1 million in grants >

January 21st, 1999

Pitt's Office of Child Development (OCD) has been awarded grants totaling $1 million from the Howard Heinz Endowments and the Richard K. Mellon Foundation. The grants will supplement OCD's basic operations and coordinate a new interdisciplinary graduate program. OCD facilitates, coordinates and manages interdisciplinary and University-community projects in education, research, human services, policy, needs assessment […]

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Custodians to rebid for jobs again; no date for implementation of plan >

January 21st, 1999

While implementation of a Facilities Management plan to improve custodial services is still a couple weeks away, Pitt custodians will re-bid for jobs on Jan. 27 in preparation for their new assignments. The plan, announced in November by Ana Guzman, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Management, was originally to go into effect Dec. 21. (See […]

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Kuntu Repertory Theatre season celebrates Pittsburgh playwrights >

January 21st, 1999

Pitt's Kuntu Repertory Theatre continues its season-long celebration of Pittsburgh playwrights with Frank Hightower's "Lifting," Jan. 28-Feb. 13. Set in Pittsburgh just after World War II, "Lifting" is the story of Buford Kincade (played by Wali Abdullah), a bar owner torn between his love for Mavis (Nyjah Moore), a blues singer considering a return to […]

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Pitt near agreement on health insurance >

January 21st, 1999

Staff and faculty should soon know what changes, if any, to expect in their Pitt health insurance premiums next year. By the end of January, the University should complete contract negotiations with UPMC Health Plan and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, said Ron Frisch, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources. The medical advisory committee (a group […]

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Japanese, Indian rooms expected to be finished sometime this summer >

January 21st, 1999

Two new nationality classrooms are in the planning stages, and two others long in the planning are nearing completion. The Danish Room committee and the Swiss Room committee each made the $5,000 "declaration of gift" to the University, the first official step in joining the famous family of classrooms, according to E. Maxine Bruhns, Nationality […]

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Forum to focus on UPP draft employment documents >

January 21st, 1999

The Faculty Association of the School of Medicine (FASM) will sponsor an open forum Jan. 28 to discuss draft employment agreements for the new University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP) practice plan. UPP was formed through a merger of Pitt's 18 previously independent clinical practice plans. It is a nonprofit corporate subsidiary of UPMC Health System. […]

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Pitt found guilty in reverse discrimination case >

January 21st, 1999

A U.S. District Court jury last month found Pitt guilty of reverse discrimination for denying a male faculty member tenure. The jury ordered the University to pay John N. Chiasson $350,000 in compensatory damages. Pitt also reached a confidential agreement with Chiasson to settle his remaining claims for reinstatement and punitive damages. Chiasson, formerly an […]

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