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Volume 41 Issue 9

U.S. News: Pitt ranks 13th among U.S. publics >

January 8th, 2009

Pitt placed 13th among U.S. public universities and 35th among all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report’s first World’s Best Colleges and Universities rankings. The University also is listed among the top 100 universities worldwide. The rankings are based on data from the Times Higher Education-QS Quacquarelli Symonds Rankings, produced in association with […]

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Money woes: Pitt cuts costs >

January 8th, 2009

Belt-tightening is a necessity on college campuses this season and Pitt is no exception. Executive pay has been frozen, hiring decisions are being scrutinized and classroom resources are being consolidated as the University responds to uncertain economic times. A second round of budget cuts in Harrisburg is likely to lop additional amounts from Pitt’s budget […]

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40-year staffers mark 720 years of Pitt service >

January 8th, 2009

The year was 1968. Wesley Posvar was chancellor. Civil rights demonstrations and student activism against the Vietnam War continued on campus. The new Hillman Library opened its doors and fundraising was underway for a Learning Research and Development Center building. The University Center for International Studies and the Department of Black Studies were established. On […]

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SAC to establish fundraising group >

January 8th, 2009

The Staff Association Council (SAC) will establish a fundraising arm. SAC also announced it will seek to have a council member assigned to a standing provost’s committee. Those were among the developments discussed at SAC’s Dec. 10 meeting. The SAC steering committee, which comprises officers and standing committee chairs and co-chairs, has formed an ad […]

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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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