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Volume 41 Issue 3

SAC vote on term limits postponed >

September 25th, 2008

A lack of a quorum at the Sept. 17 Staff Association Council meeting prevented a vote on a proposal to eliminate term limits for SAC officers. Action by the full membership was tabled until SAC’s Oct. 15 meeting. SAC bylaws require a quorum of three-fifths of the group’s full members for votes or official action […]

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Pitt's requests 8.5% hike in state funding for FY10 >

September 25th, 2008

In its annual budget request to the state, the University has asked for an 8.5 percent increase in next year’s appropriation. The request, submitted Sept. 22 to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, seeks a total of $205.34 million in state support including $180.95 million for educational and general (E&G) expenses. At that level of state […]

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French ambassador discusses EU >

September 25th, 2008

French ambassador to the United States Pierre Vimont visited Pitt Sept. 15, speaking to a packed house in the William Pitt Union lower lounge. In his public address, sponsored by Pitt’s European Union Center of Excellence, Vimont discussed the positives and negatives of the European Union, the 27-member economic union that he had served as […]

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Faculty leave increased for birth/adoption >

September 25th, 2008

Pitt has doubled to four weeks the amount of paid time off faculty may take for the birth or adoption of a child. The University has updated its faculty medical and family leave policy to reflect recommendations approved last fall by Faculty Assembly. (See University Times Oct. 7, 2007.) Policy 02-11-01, last revised in 2003, […]

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United Way drive begins Oct. 16 >

September 25th, 2008

Pitt hopes to raise $630,000 in this year’s United Way campaign, which runs Oct. 16-Nov. 26. Last year, the University collected $602,625, surpassing its $600,000 goal. Faculty and staff pledged $565,412; retirees contributed $29,155, and special events brought in $8,058. There was an increase of 9 percent over the 2006 total ($554,726), an increase of […]

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FY08 was Pitt's best fundraising year >

September 25th, 2008

Pitt recorded its best fundraising year ever in fiscal year 2008, raising $183 million in gifts and pledges, $64 million more than in FY 2007, according to a Sept. 15 press release. Included in that overall total were record-setting gifts and pledges of $84.9 million from individuals and $72.1 million from foundations. This brought total […]

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Faculty book discussions set >

September 25th, 2008

Faculty will be talking about teaching this fall in multiple book and article discussion sessions sponsored by the Provost’s Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence in conjunction with the Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education. This year’s faculty book discussion will focus on Marilla Svinicki’s “Learning and Motivation in the Postsecondary Classroom.” Sessions are set […]

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Port Authority talks continuing >

September 25th, 2008

Pitt continues to develop contingency plans in the event of a strike by Port Authority of Allegheny County workers or a work stoppage triggered by lack of transit funding. Plans are posted on a link on Pitt’s home page (www.pitt.edu). Negotiations between the Port Authority and representatives of its largest union were taking place yesterday, […]

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Staff award nominations sought >

September 25th, 2008

Members of the University community are invited to nominate staff members for the two annual chancellor’s excellence in service awards. The Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the University and the Chancellor’s Award for Staff for Excellence in Service to the Community are the highest awards that Pitt grants to staff members. […]

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