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Volume 35 Issue 16

2011: As baby boomers turn 65, pressure on the U.S. health care system will be enormous, lecturer warns >

April 17th, 2003

Accessing health care in this country is like wrestling with an octopus, the head of AARP said. That’s today. Tomorrow may be even worse, because the United States is not prepared for the upcoming flood of aging Americans. “In 2011, the first members of the 76 million baby-boomer generation will turn 65,” said William Novelli, […]

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Largest FY02 faculty pay hikes go to high-priority schools, departments >

April 17th, 2003

The highest percentage pay raises for Pitt full-time, continuing faculty this year were awarded in the engineering school (7.34 percent), the University Library System (ULS, 5.9 percent) and the natural science departments in the arts and sciences (5.82 percent). University-wide, the average raise for full-time, continuing faculty was 4.47 percent. While those numbers may not […]

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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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