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Volume 41 Issue 7

Bus service remains a question >

November 20th, 2008

Two important dates are looming in the stalemate between the Port Authority of Allegheny County and its union workers. The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 85, comprising some 2,300 bus drivers, rail operators, mechanics and clerical workers, has called a meeting Nov. 23 for rank-and-file members to vote on whether to stop working in protest […]

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Science rocks – and rolls on >

November 20th, 2008

Pitt’s biological sciences outreach program hopes to get a lot of mileage out of a new mobile lab designed to spark middle- and high-schoolers’ interest and science knowledge. Last week, the University rolled out a 70-foot tractor-trailer equipped with 26 lab stations to enable students to conduct experiments they might not be able to in […]

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Nordenberg's compensation ranks 30th among public schools >

November 20th, 2008

Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg joined 58 other chief executives of four-year public universities who earned more than $500,000 in total compensation for fiscal year 2008, up from 42 chief executives the previous year. Nordenberg’s total compensation package last year was $590,200, including $460,000 in base salary, $55,200 in employer-contributed retirement pay and $75,000 in deferred […]

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$43.2M in construction/renovation projects okayed >

November 20th, 2008

Pitt has approved $43.2 million in seven construction and renovation projects as well as four leases. The property and facilities committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved the expenditures Nov. 7. That committee must approve property transactions in excess of $500,000 and University construction projects costing more than $1 million. Among the approvals is a […]

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SAC retains term limits >

November 20th, 2008

Following a lively discussion last week, the Staff Association Council (SAC) voted on three proposed bylaws changes, endorsed two proposals directed at Human Resources, affirmed standing committee chairs and co-chairs and heard a report on Pitt’s contingency plans in the event of a Port Authority work stoppage. Council members at the Nov. 12 meeting voted […]

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UPB gets $1 million for scholarships >

November 20th, 2008

Pitt-Bradford has received a $1 million gift that will yield $2 million in endowed scholarship funds. The late Agnes L. Thomas, a resident of Bradford for more than 50 years, provided a bequest to the campus that will be used to fund the Agnes L. and Lewis Lyle Thomas Scholarship Challenge. For as long as […]

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SAC blankets YWCA housing group with donations >

November 20th, 2008

The Staff Association Council is spreading warmth by making blankets to be distributed to clients of area social service agencies. SAC members typically work on the blanket project at home, but it’s not unusual to find SAC members multitasking during meetings by tying knot after knot to form the borders of the fluffy fleeces. The […]

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WPIC children's OCD program wins award >

November 20th, 2008

The obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) intensive outpatient program for children and adolescents at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) has been awarded the 2008 Treatment of Mental Illness and Recovery Support Services Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This national award recognizes exemplary interventions that have been shown to prevent and/or treat […]

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Teaching Excellence Fair: Ground rules for civility >

November 20th, 2008

Pitt’s eighth annual Teaching Excellence Fair, held Nov. 5, included presentations from winners of 2007-08 innovation in education grants and conversations on teaching methods and techniques with faculty, as well as workshops and technology demonstrations led by Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education (CIDDE) staff. The event was sponsored by the Provost’s Advisory Council […]

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Hillman Library extends hours >

November 20th, 2008

Hillman Library will extend its 24-hour end-of-term schedule to two weeks beginning this term. Hillman will be open continuously from 7:50 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1 until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. The University Library System will provide free coffee and tea in the Cup & Chaucer after its regular closing time. The PITTCat online […]

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