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Volume 33 Issue 11

UPMC Health Plan now breaking even, officials say >

February 8th, 2001

The UPMC Health Plan, which covers about 12,000 Pitt employees, has turned a financial corner, health plan officials said. The plan is now breaking even and has received a high financial rating by a top insurance rating company. A.M. Best Company Inc. recently gave the UPMC Health Plan's financial rating a B++ rating, that is, […]

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Faculty Assembly unveils system for evaluating dept. chairpersons >

February 8th, 2001

A survey for faculty evaluations of de partment chairpersons was unveiled by a University Senate task force at the Jan. 30 Faculty Assembly meeting. Assembly members praised the survey, but concerns about how it will be administered prevented the group from recommending that the evaluations be done University-wide. The two-page survey forms — tested last […]

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CGS gets largest gift ever >

February 8th, 2001

A local businessperson who is a graduate of the College of General Studies (CGS) has given Pitt's school for nontraditional students a gift of $650,000 to fund a new student center. It is the largest financial gift ever made to CGS. James McCarl, president and CEO of McCarl's Inc., a Sewickley plumbing and heating company, […]

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Nursing dean needs fundraising credentials, search committee told >

February 8th, 2001

The School of Nursing is better than 70 percent of the way toward meeting its $3.1 million goal in the University's capital campaign, Pitt trustee Roger Glunt reported at a Feb. 1 hearing sponsored by the committee searching for a new nursing dean. To continue progress made under outgoing Dean Ellen Rudy, the school's next […]

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Tax hotline set up >

February 8th, 2001

Payroll has set up a tax hotline for questions concerning the W-2 and 1042S tax forms. The hotline number, 624-1860, will be in effect through April 17, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Questions regarding Form 1099 should be directed to 624-6020. Questions regarding Form 1098T (tuition payment statement) should be directed to 1-877/467-3821. Information regarding Form […]

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Lothrop water supply poses no threat, county health dept. says >

February 8th, 2001

Lothrop Hall's water supply poses no health threat, according to recently completed testing by the county health department. The health department had conducted tests for the Legionella bacterium after a Pitt custodial employee assigned to Lothrop Hall was diagnosed with Legionnaire's Disease. Legionnaire's Disease is a pneumonia-like illness caused by Legionella, a non-contagious common bacterium. […]

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Book proceeds donated to genetics program >

February 8th, 2001

A gift of $10,000 – representing proceeds from the sale of a book on the history of UPMC Montefiore — has been donated to Pitt's genetic education and counseling program by the book's co-author and publisher, Samuel Granowitz. Granowitz, an orthopaedic surgeon who spent his career practicing medicine at Monte-fiore and other Pittsburgh hospitals, and […]

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Future of Senate Council to be considered by faculty committee >

February 8th, 2001

Should Senate Council be restructured, or even scrapped? University Senate President Nathan Hershey has asked the Senate's bylaws and procedures committee to study the issue. Hershey told Faculty Assembly on Jan. 30 that he has sensed "a fair amount of dissatisfaction," particularly among faculty, with the current Senate Council format. Many Council meetings consist of […]

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Medication help for the visually impaired >

February 8th, 2001

A new product is expected to make taking prescription medication easier and safer for those with visual impairments. The Aloud audio label is available regionally at Rx Partners pharmacies and nationally through Rx Partners Specialty pharmacy, an affiliate of UPMC Health System. The reusable Aloud audio label is a digital recording chip housed in a […]

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