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Volume 41 Issue 21

Pitt endowment at $1.8B, lower value won't affect distributions >

June 25th, 2009

Although the value of Pitt’s endowment has fallen from a year ago, University policy is ensuring that next year’s distributions from the fund will equal the amount disbursed this fiscal year, University Treasurer Amy K. Marsh told the Senate budget policies committee (BPC) last week. Pitt’s formula for endowment spending calls for the University to […]

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UPMC wins software development award >

June 25th, 2009

UPMC recently became the first non-profit health care provider in the country to achieve an internationally recognized standard for effectiveness and efficiency in software development. Achievement of the Capability Maturity Model Integration level 2 rating is based on an appraisal methodology from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute. The appraisal focused on UPMC’s strategic biodefense […]

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SAC elects Watkins president >

June 25th, 2009

Long-time staffer and 20-plus year member of the Staff Association Council Gwendolyn L. Watkins has been elected as SAC’s new president. (See related story this issue.) Watkins most recently served as SAC’s vice president of steering. SAC elected new officers at its June 17 meeting. Officers serve two-year terms beginning at the conclusion of SAC’s […]

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Watkins shares goals for her presidency >

June 25th, 2009

Newly elected president of the Staff Association Council Gwendolyn L. Watkins brings a wealth of experience to the position, including more than two decades of service on the staff council in a wide range of capacities. She has served SAC as vice president for steering, treasurer and chair of its program and planning committee. She […]

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Distinguished Professors from med school named >

June 25th, 2009

Pitt has named four School of Medicine faculty members as Distinguished Professors, the highest honor that can be accorded a member of the professorship. They are Charles D. Bluestone, Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology; Olivera J. Finn, Distinguished Professor of Immunology; William C. de Groat, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, and Karen A. Matthews, […]

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Speaker shares strategies for African-American student retention >

June 25th, 2009

“Retention of African-American students is a crisis that we must respond to if we’re going to make a difference in the lives of African-American students,” Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kathy W. Humphrey told attendees at a recent minority student retention symposium on campus. “It is a crisis we must respond to if we’re […]

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Bellefield Boiler Plant converts to cleaner fuel >

June 25th, 2009

The Bellefield Boiler Plant is on schedule to stop burning coal by July 1. The deadline was part of a consent order announced in February by the Allegheny County Health Department, although power plant spokesperson Betsy Momich said the plan to convert the six boilers to natural gas was underway prior to that order. “Necessary […]

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Tritch nominated Board of Trustees chair >

June 25th, 2009

Stephen R. Tritch, chair of the Westinghouse Electric Co. since 2006 and a Pitt alumnus and trustee, has been nominated to be chair of Pitt’s trustees. Tritch started at Westinghouse in 1971, eventually rising to president and CEO. Last year he retired after six years in that dual-leadership position. He earned both his BS in […]

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