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Volume 41 Issue 14

Pitt gets $100k for researcher recruitment, labs >

March 19th, 2009

Gov. Edward G. Rendell announced this week that 18 Pennsylvania colleges, universities, academic medical institutions and research institutions, including Pitt, will be better able to recruit top faculty researchers in advanced knowledge areas with the help of a new state investment. Pitt’s piece of the $2.5 million pie is $100,000. Rendell said the $2.5 million […]

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Benefits survey: Satisfaction is high >

March 19th, 2009

Pitt employees generally are satisfied with their benefits offerings, according to a recent online survey. The University-wide survey, which was completed by 999 employees — 75 percent of them staff, 25 percent faculty — showed an overall satisfaction rate as follows: very satisfied, 32 percent; satisfied, 50 percent; somewhat satisfied, 16 percent, and not at […]

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Leadership academy launched >

March 19th, 2009

In conjunction with Pitt alumna Frances Hesselbein, the University is launching the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. Named for Hesselbein — chair of the board of governors of the Leader to Leader Institute (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management) — the academy has as its mission inspiring, developing […]

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Benefits survey: At a glance >

March 19th, 2009

In the recently completed employee benefits survey, the following results summarize respondents’ opinions on the importance of each benefit listed; the satisfaction with each benefit, and the perception of customer service offered by vendors of each benefit. According to John Kozar, Pitt director of Benefits, data for each of the three sections were derived from […]

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UPB offers free summer housing >

March 19th, 2009

Pitt-Bradford will offer free housing for sophomores, juniors and seniors who take summer courses on campus, including students who are not enrolled currently at UPB. The offer does not apply to first-time freshmen. James Baldwin, assistant dean of academic affairs and registrar said: “Taking summer classes can help them get ahead, making future semesters less […]

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SAC to recommend alternatives in light of salary freeze >

March 19th, 2009

The Staff Association Council (SAC) may recommend alternatives to staff compensation now that the University has announced a salary freeze for fiscal year 2010. (See March 5 University Times.) Libby Hilf, reporting for the absent chair of SAC’s salary and job classification committee, said at the March 11 meeting that the group is drafting a […]

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UPJ recognized for sportsmanship >

March 19th, 2009

Pitt-Johnstown was named winner of the Clement H. Clower Institutional Sportsmanship Award by the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC). Student-athlete and fan behavior, along with hospitality to visiting teams, are among the criteria for the award, which is voted upon by member schools. Among UPJ’s efforts to support good sportsmanship by its athletes were: […]

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New motor pool policy wrecks some field trip plans >

March 19th, 2009

Changes in the University’s policy on student use of University vehicles have left some professors scrambling to find qualified drivers for field trips this term and over the summer. The new policy requires drivers to be at least 25 years old and to have had a valid driver’s license for four years before they may […]

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Colavita memorial service set >

March 19th, 2009

A memorial service for Francis B. Colavita is planned for 3 p.m. March 26 in Heinz Memorial Chapel. Colavita, associate professor emeritus of psychology, died Feb. 16, 2009, as the result of a traffic accident. He was 69. Colavita began his career at Pitt in 1966 as assistant professor with a specialty in biological psychology. […]

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