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Volume 35 Issue 16

Report shows fewer faculty than originally reported got higher raises >

April 17th, 2003

When trustees awarded Pitt senior administrators raises ranging from 5.4 percent to 13.9 percent last December, chairperson William S. Dietrich II said the increases were compatible with Pitt practices that produce varied sizes of raises due to performance and market factors. Using faculty raises as an example, he noted that while Pitt’s budget for employee […]

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SAC refuses to endorse HR raise guidelines for staff at top of salary range >

April 17th, 2003

Staff Association Council (SAC) voted April 9 not to endorse Human Resources guidelines on awarding pay raises to staff who have reached the maximum pay range in their job classification. Under the Staff Classification System, implemented July 1, 1999, a staff member’s base pay cannot exceed the maximum of the salary range, except under two […]

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Higher-cost health plan shifts much of burden to those who use it most >

April 17th, 2003

Pitt’s new health insurance benefits package will maintain existing medical services, and participating staff and faculty won’t have to change their doctors or prescription drugs. But, when the new package takes effect July 1, most employees will be paying higher monthly premiums as well as higher co-pays (and more of them). Under the new package, […]

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BPC goes to bat for staff on salary issue >

April 17th, 2003

A University Senate committee wants Pitt to award retroactive pay increases to staff who performed satisfactorily but didn’t get raises this year because their salaries were at the top of the pay scales for their jobs. The Senate’s budget policies committee (BPC) on April 4 approved a resolution “strongly recommending” that: • Such employees should […]

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Engineering gets $10.5 million >

April 17th, 2003

The estate of George M. Bevier has donated $10.5 million to Pitt’s School of Engineering, the largest gift in the school’s history. Bevier, a geologist who earned a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Pitt in 1913, is credited as the inventor of a seismograph used to locate oil and gas fields. The gift continues the […]

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Building engineers’ assignments changed >

April 17th, 2003

Facilities Management will explain its new system of re-assigning Pittsburgh campus building engineers to the Senate plant utilization and planning (PUP) committee. Faculty Assembly passed a resolution April 1 requesting an explanation of why building engineers now are assigned on a rotating basis, instead of having a dedicated engineer assigned to a specific building. Assembly […]

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FAS and CAS: School of Arts and Sciences? >

April 17th, 2003

Should the Faculty and College of Arts and Sciences be renamed the School of Arts and Sciences? At the unanimous recommendation of the FAS Council and with the support of faculty members at the April 16 Arts and Sciences faculty meeting, faculty in Pitt’s highest-enrolled unit will vote on the name change. Dean N. John […]

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City planning okays dorms >

April 17th, 2003

Last week, Pitt jumped another hurdle to expanding its on-campus undergraduate residence halls capacity, when the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission approved the University’s request to build new dorms on the upper campus. According to the city planning department’s Bob Reppe, the commission approved Pitt’s proposal, which now goes to City Council for a vote. “The […]

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O’Neill to address commencement; 1st to be held in Petersen Center >

April 17th, 2003

The first Pitt commencement convocation to be held at the John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Events Center will feature former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill. O’Neill will deliver the commencement address, titled “New Directions: The Opportunity Ahead,” at the ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 27. A special adviser since […]

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Pitt food drive continues through April >

April 17th, 2003

Pitt’s 2003 Partnership for Food Drive will be held throughout April to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Nonperishable food and household items will be accepted at designated campus collection sites. The most needed food items include baby formula and food, chunky soups, peanut butter, packaged meals, tuna, meats and cereals. Items such as […]

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