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Volume 41 Issue 9

UPG, UPJ staffers win campus president's awards >

January 8th, 2009

Two regional campuses have announced the winners of annual staff awards. Michele Shuey, an academic adviser in the Office of Academic Affairs at Pitt-Greensburg, has won UPG’s President’s Distinguished Service Award for Staff. The purpose of the UPG award is to recognize regular staff who have demonstrated a consistent pattern of extraordinary dedication to the […]

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Trustees okay bond issue for capital projects >

January 8th, 2009

The executive committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees has authorized University officers to issue up to $300 million in tax-exempt bonds to fund current and future capital projects and to refinance any or all of the University’s $655 million in outstanding tax-exempt bonds if market conditions warrant. The executive committee, in a Dec. 16 session […]

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$25k grant awarded for comp sci TLI program >

January 8th, 2009

The Department of Computer Science has received a $25,000 grant from the Equitable Resources Foundation to support its Technology Leadership Initiative. TLI seeks to increase the number of local minority high school students who demonstrate strong academic performance, particularly in mathematics and/or science, to engage in the computer sciences and to explore computer science, math […]

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BPA controversy: What's in your water bottle? >

January 8th, 2009

Is your water bottle making you sick? What about the plastic container that holds the lunch you brought from home? Among the most recent chemicals targeted for public concern is bisphenol A, an industrial chemical mainly used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. BPA is among a number of xenoestrogens (artificial compounds that mimic […]

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Obituary: Mark O. Gustine >

January 8th, 2009

Long-time Facilities Management staff member Mark O. Gustine died unexpectedly Jan. 5, 2009. He was 53. Gustine started at Pitt in 1984 as a custodian. He had been stationed at Mervis Hall for the past 10 years. “Mark was an exemplary employee, a good worker who was always on time,” said Will Mitchell, senior manager […]

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U seeks your 2 cents' worth on benefits >

January 8th, 2009

Faculty and staff now can let the University know what they think of Pitt’s employee benefits. Pitt’s Benefits Department, in cooperation with the Staff Association Council (SAC), is launching an internal benefits survey online at the Human Resources web site, www.hr.pitt.edu. The survey link will be operational until Jan. 23. According to John Kozar, director […]

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UPJ scholarship honors advisory board member >

January 8th, 2009

Concurrent Technologies Corp. will honor CTC head Daniel R. DeVos by establishing a $50,000 Pitt-Johnstown scholarship endowment, the Daniel R. DeVos Science and Technology Scholarship. CTC is an independent, nonprofit, applied scientific research and development professional services organization providing management and technology-based solutions to government and industry. Under DeVos’s leadership, the company has grown from […]

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WPIC library closed >

January 8th, 2009

After 66 years, the library at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic has shut its doors. Dec. 19 was the final day for patrons — mainly faculty, researchers or family members of WPIC patients — to walk into the library to use the collection of works on psychiatry and behavioral sciences. “There is a loyal core […]

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Sock collection continues through Feb. 6 >

January 8th, 2009

Pitt’s Volunteer Pool is sponsoring a sock-a-thon to aid the homeless and needy during the winter months. The effort runs through Feb. 6. New socks can be dropped off at the Volunteer Pool Office, 710 Alumni Hall. For more information, contact Gwen Watkins at 412/624-7702 or watkins@pitt.edu.

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