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Volume 29 Issue 2

Project to focus on safety systems in some buildings >

September 12th, 1996

A $5 million project to improve safety sys- tems in several Pitt buildings will start in mid-September and is expected to continue for approximately 15 months. Buildings involved include Benedum, Chevron Science Center, Salk, LIS Building and the sixth floor of Forbes Quadrangle. The work will include the installation of new state-of-the-art fire alarm systems, […]

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Greensburg president announces retirement >

September 12th, 1996

George F. Chambers, president of Pitt's Greensburg campus (UPG), has announced his retirement effective Jan. 1. He has served as UPG's president since 1980. Following his retirement, Chambers will become president emeritus of UPG and chair of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Foundation, the campus's fundraising arm. Chambers said a search committee will be […]

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Contributor matches funds for scholarship program at Bradford >

September 12th, 1996

Pitt's Bradford campus (UPB) has been offered $375,000 for a new matching-funds student scholarship program. Under the offer, which was made by an anonymous donor, UPB's 1996 Student Scholarship Challenge will match dollar-for-dollar, up to $375,000, each new dollar raised for scholarships on the campus from now until Dec. 31. The scholarship challenge is similar […]

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Reported threat of hundreds of layoffs here seems to be exaggerated >

September 12th, 1996

University-wide numbers on recent staff and faculty terminations are hard to come by. But almost three months into the new fiscal year, it appears that predictions of hundreds of layoffs in FY 1997 probably won't come to pass. In July, the Board of Trustees approved a budget calling for a 3.5 percent increase in the […]

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UPMC using Gamma Knife for brain surgery without incisions >

September 12th, 1996

The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has become the first institution in the world with two 20-ton Gamma Knife surgical units that perform computer-driven bloodless brain surgery. The Gamma Knife destroys brain tumors and vascular malformations in the brain that were once considered inoperable. The treatment is unique […]

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Katz establishes Marshall chair >

September 12th, 1996

The Katz Graduate School of Business has established the Thomas Marshall Chair in Marketing and named Wagner Kamakura as the first Marshall chairholder. Marshall is the retired chief executive officer of Aristech Chemical Corp. and a member of both Pitt's Board of Trustees and the Katz school's Board of Visitors. The chair is funded at […]

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Trustees look at role of faculty, staff, students on committees >

September 12th, 1996

University Senate President Keith McDuffie says he feels confident that "a compromise acceptable to all parties" will be worked out on the controversial issue of faculty, staff and student representation on Board of Trustees committees. Since 1992, faculty, staff and student representatives have been voting members of all board committees except executive and compensation. But […]

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THE CHANCELLOR'S COLUMN >

September 12th, 1996

Just over 30 years ago — on Aug. 23, 1966 — Governor William Scranton signed the bill making Pitt a state-related university. That, of course, was one of the defining moments in our institutional history. In the short term, the creation of that relationship enabled the University to deal with a looming financial crisis. And, […]

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Despite problems, PBS should be continued, evaluation report says >

September 12th, 1996

While Pitt's Plan- ning and Budgeting System (PBS) hasn't lived up to its potential — and has been a farce in some parts of the University — the system has given many faculty, staff and students a voice in planning and budgeting, and improved both processes. And so the four-year-old system "should be encouraged to […]

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