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Volume 40 Issue 23

2.5% raise awarded for satisfactory performance >

July 24th, 2008

The 4 percent pay raise approved by Pitt trustees will be distributed as follows: 2.5 percent for employees with satisfactory performance; 1 percent for merit, market and equity adjustments at the unit level, and 0.5 percent to be distributed by senior officers to address market imbalances among units in the University. Increases, retroactive to the […]

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Trustees approve $1.71 billion FY09 budget >

July 24th, 2008

Pitt trustees have approved a salary pool increase of 4 percent and tuition increases of 2-6 percent as part of a $1.71 billion operating budget for fiscal year 2009, which began July 1. The new budget, approved July 11, represents a 4.3 percent increase over last year’s $1.64 billion budget. Pay and benefits totaling $967 […]

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Utility costs impact budget >

July 24th, 2008

Gas prices aren’t the only things that are shooting skyward. High prices are pushing Pitt’s utility bills upward in spite of recent efforts to reduce consumption: installing electrical metering systems; retrofitting ventilation systems; overhauling chilled water plants; modifying HVAC systems, and using sustainable design and constructions principles University-wide. Over the past decade, Pitt has saved […]

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Fuel prices affect Pitt, employees >

July 24th, 2008

High prices at the gas pump are affecting all of us, and the University is no exception. Fuel prices are taking their toll at Pitt in a number of ways. Laura W. Zullo, senior manager of capital and special projects in Facilities Management, said the cost to fuel the division’s 39 vehicles (18 trucks, 18 […]

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UPCI head issues cell phone warning >

July 24th, 2008

The director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute this week issued a warning about a possible connection between long-term cell phone use and adverse health effects, including cancer. In a July 22 memorandum to UPMC Cancer Centers faculty and staff, UPCI director Ronald Herberman stated: “An international expert panel of pathologists, oncologists and public […]

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Debit cards to replace cash for research subjects >

July 24th, 2008

Petty cash accounts soon will disappear for researchers who compensate research participants at Pitt and UPMC. A new debit card system designed to streamline payment, tighten fiscal controls and improve compliance with Internal Revenue Service requirements is being rolled out across the University and UPMC. WePay cards already are in the hands of research subjects […]

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Fall break added to academic calendar >

July 24th, 2008

A one-day fall break for students is being added to Pitt’s academic calendar this year. The University’s campuses will remain open and staffed on Oct. 13, but no classes will be held. Student Government Board President Sumter Link said, “It’s something that other universities have that Pitt students have wanted.” Link, who took office in […]

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Forbes Ave. lane restrictions to be lifted >

July 24th, 2008

Lane restrictions for Forbes Avenue traffic entering Oakland tentatively are scheduled to end Aug. 18 — nearly a week earlier than originally planned. Since late April, traffic had been reduced to one lane between Moultrie Street and McDevitt Place as part of the $29 million project to replace the crumbling Boulevard of the Allies Bridge […]

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