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Volume 33 Issue 14

University Senate officer candidates announced >

March 22nd, 2001

No incumbents will be elected as University Senate officers for next year, it's safe to say. Senate President Nathan Hershey of the Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) currently is serving his third consecutive term, the maximum allowed by Senate bylaws. Vice president Carol Redmond of GSPH and secretary Audrey Murrell of the business school […]

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Machining tool donated to MAC >

March 22nd, 2001

Machine tool manufacturer Agie Limited has donated a rare machining tool, one of only 14 in the world, to the Manufacturing Assistance Center at the School of Engineering for use in its training and cooperative manufacturing programs. The AGIECUT 200VHP wire EDM (electric discharge machine), valued at more than $500,000, removes metal from extremely hard […]

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Middle States team visiting here March 26, 27 >

March 22nd, 2001

As part of Pitt's current accreditation review, an evaluation team from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools will meet with hundreds of faculty, staff, students and administrators during its visit to the University on March 26 and 27. The evaluation team, chaired by Howard University president H. Patrick Swygert, has reviewed a Pitt […]

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Staff with degrees may join commencement procession >

March 22nd, 2001

University staff with degrees may join the procession of faculty and graduating students at the University's annual commencement convocation on Sunday, April 29, 2001. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. at Mellon Arena, Downtown. Those in the procession must wear academic regalia, which can be ordered from The Book Center. Prices are as follows: — […]

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Universities will make the difference in the 21st century, Senate plenary session told >

March 22nd, 2001

The 21st century has the potential to be an age of great democratic progress — or a century of brutal plutocracy, a University of Pennsylvania historian told a Pitt University Senate audience yesterday. And universities such as Pitt and Penn will largely determine which path the century takes, said Ira Harkavy, a Penn associate vice […]

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OBITUARY: Neil Birks

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March 22nd, 2001

Neil Birks, professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, died March 8, 2001. He was 65. Birks had been a member of the materials science and engineering department since 1978. He was acting chair from May 1988 to August 1989. He served on the Pitt International Program committee and the University Senate […]

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CGS employs nontraditional format to reach its nontraditional students >

March 22nd, 2001

The University unit focused on nontraditional student education employed an unconventional format last week to reach its constituents. With its first-ever on-line "town hall" meeting, billed as "CGS Live," the virtual audio-stream, interactive broadcast of an open meeting between College of General Studies administrators and students covered a variety of issues CGS faces as it […]

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OBITUARY: Karl Oermann >

March 22nd, 2001

Karl Oermann, chairperson of the University's Department of Health and Physical Education in the School of Education from 1957 to 1974, died March 14, 2001. Oermann, 85, had suffered head injuries after falling at his Mt. Lebanon home last week. "He was a mentor to generations of athletes and health educators," said Kenneth Metz, former […]

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Poverty is major problem for U.S. public schools, lecturer says >

March 22nd, 2001

What failing American public school system? Despite a drop in relative salaries of teachers, despite the fact that a rising percentage of teachers are teaching outside their field, and despite thinly spread education budgets in this country, test scores still have gone up over the past 30 years, kids continue to learn more than their […]

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