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Volume 41 Issue 21

Manners awardees announced >

June 25th, 2009

The University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) has announced the winners of the ninth annual Steven D. Manners Faculty Development Awards. The awards were established in memory of the center’s assistant director, who died in 2000. UCSUR offers annual awards in two categories: research development grants to support pilot research in the social, […]

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State budget stalemate likely to delay Pitt budget >

June 25th, 2009

Passage of a University budget for fiscal year 2010 appears once again to be delayed by the lack of a budget agreement in Harrisburg. With less than a week to go in the fiscal year, state lawmakers appear to be nowhere near an agreement on Pennsylvania’s FY10 budget. Despite the fact that a House bill […]

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Fall food drive planned >

June 25th, 2009

The University Senate’s community relations committee (CRC) plans to partner with the Student Government Board (SGB) to develop a fall University-wide food drive and to meet in Johnstown with members of the Pitt-Johnstown community to compare notes on faculty and staff community-related initiatives. Other committee agenda items for the 2009-10 academic year call for a […]

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Current appropriation bill has articulation strings attached >

June 25th, 2009

A bill introduced June 15 in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives would provide a state appropriation of $160.49 million and allocate $10.244 million in federal stimulus funding to Pitt. However, as HB1711 currently reads, the money comes with strings attached. The funds are contingent upon Pitt entering into articulation agreements with community colleges and State […]

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CSSD projects earn honors >

June 25th, 2009

In recognition of innovations that addressed campus safety and enhanced software application delivery to University computer labs, two Pitt projects have been recognized in the International Data Group’s (IDG) Computerworld honors program. Pitt earned a Laureate Medal for its Emergency Notification System, which offers rapid communication to subscribers through text messaging and voice mail, in […]

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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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