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Volume 39 Issue 11

Pitt United Way campaign exceeds goals >

February 8th, 2007

More than a half-million dollars has been raised through the University’s 2006 United Way fundraising drive, surpassing the goal set. As of last week, more than 2,300 faculty, staff and retirees had pledged $534,916, surpassing the $500,000 goal and topping last year’s total. “I am very pleased with the success of our recent United Way […]

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Five win chancellor teaching awards >

February 8th, 2007

Winners of the 2007 chancellor’s awards for distinguished teaching have been announced. Recipients are: Kathleen M. Blee, Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences (A&S); Marek J. Druzdzel, information science and technology program, School of Information Sciences (SIS); Marilyn T. Hravnak, Department of Acute and Tertiary Care, School of Nursing; Jeremy Levy, Department of […]

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Tax hotline set up >

February 8th, 2007

Payroll has set up a tax hotline for questions concerning the W-2 and 1042S tax forms. The hotline number, 412/624-8070 (option 9), will be in effect through April 16, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Questions regarding form 1099 should be directed to Payment Processing at 412/624-5337; email: sconwell@bc.pitt.edu. Questions regarding form 1098T (tuition payment statement) […]

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Assembly endorses fitness for life proposal >

February 8th, 2007

Faculty Assembly last week endorsed a proposal to expand Pitt’s fledgling “fitness for life” initiative, a program designed to encourage individuals to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Launched in 2005, fitness for life awarded Pitt’s UPMC Health Plan subscribers one month’s free health care premium for completing a health screening that measured blood pressure […]

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UPMC's cardiac care recognized >

February 8th, 2007

UPMC has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care for 2007. Blue Distinction is the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s nationwide program that hopes to create a level of quality transparency with two goals: engaging consumers to enable more informed health care decisions and collaborating with physicians and hospitals to improve quality […]

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Chancellor voices support for mass transit >

February 8th, 2007

Local and regional transportation issues, thrust to the forefront of public consciousness by the proposed massive cuts in bus service by the Port Authority of Allegheny County, were discussed at two campus meetings this month. At the Jan. 30 Faculty Assembly meeting, Assembly member Van Beck Hall introduced a resolution urging the officers of the […]

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Pitt garners Science Center awards >

February 8th, 2007

Pitt will be well represented at the 11th annual Carnegie Science Center awards presentation, set for May 2. Last week, the Science Center announced this year’s winners of its Awards for Excellence, which recognize and promote outstanding science and technology achievements in western Pennsylvania. Pitt affiliates who will receive awards are: • Harvey S. Borovetz, […]

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Program emphasizes writing, speaking skills >

February 8th, 2007

For the eighth consecutive year, communication skills are ranked at the top of the list of qualities that employers find most important in job candidates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2007 job outlook survey. At the same time, the survey found employers rank communication as the skill most lacking in new […]

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UPB offers 1-year teacher certification >

February 8th, 2007

Pitt’s Bradford campus now is offering a one-year certification opportunity for people interested in a career in teaching who have already earned a bachelor’s degree. The professional year program allows students to complete all course work and student-teach in a single calendar year by taking courses on a summer, fall and spring schedule. “The professional […]

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Panther love: Couples meet, marry at Pitt >

February 8th, 2007

For better or for worse, February is the time when love is in the air. Hearts and flowers rule as Valentine’s Day melts the midwinter chill with heartwarming sentiments. Romance can be found anywhere, but the workplace is high on the list. A 2005 office romance survey by online business and career information site Vault.com […]

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