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Volume 34 Issue 8

Counseling strategies in brief >

December 6th, 2001

During his 25 years as head of Pitt's student counseling services, Robert P. Gallagher, associate clinical professor at Pitt's School of Education, has witnessed the gamut of problems facing students. His recent research indicates that more instances of serious mental health problems have surfaced in counseling centers across the nation, forcing counselors to adjust to […]

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ADMISSIONS AT PITT: The news is good, as the quantity and quality of applicants continues to rise >

December 6th, 2001

Pitt could raise tuition next fall by 10-15 percent — or even more — and still recruit a freshman class equal to this year's in terms of academic quality, diversity and sheer numbers. But only if public colleges and universities nationwide raised their tuitions by about the same percentage. Betsy Porter, director of Admissions and […]

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Commitment to law clinic continues, administrators insist >

December 6th, 2001

The three administrators most involved in the controversy over Pitt’s Environmental Law Clinic replied vigorously this week to a Dec. 2 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story that questioned their commitment to the clinic. In a point-by-point response published in the Post-Gazette yesterday, School of Law Dean David Herring disputed the story’s conclusion that Pitt has been “more […]

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As standards here go up, the list of Pitt's competitors is changing >

December 6th, 2001

The list of universities with which the Pittsburgh campus competes for undergraduates has grown more exclusive since the mid-1990s, as Pitt has raised its admissions standards and broadened its recruiting. Pitt no longer sees West Virginia University and Pennsylvania's state-owned schools as competitors, and it now considers Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne to be its only […]

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Pitt student named Marshall scholar >

December 6th, 2001

Pitt senior Carrie Ann Theisen — a B. Phil. candidate and quadruple major in psychology, linguistics, philosophy and German — has been named as one of 40 Marshall Scholars nationwide for 2002, the British Embassy announced this week. Theisen is the seventh Pitt student since 1985 to win a Marshall, one of the more competitive […]

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Some faculty pose the question: Could Pitt survive without state funds? >

December 6th, 2001

Could Pitt make it as a private university? Not that Pitt's administration is contemplating such a move. But professors who serve on the University Senate budget policies committee (BPC) – angered at state interference in Pitt affairs, most recently attacks by some legislators against the University's Environmental Law Clinic – asked Admissions and Financial Aid […]

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Senior administrators' pay hikes expected to be approved today >

December 6th, 2001

Pitt trustees are expected to approve pay raises today for Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and seven other University officers. The trustees' compensation committee, which is authorized to approve the salaries and fringe benefits of top Pitt officials, is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. in 159 Cathedral of Learning. The meeting is open to the public […]

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ON TEACHING: Frank Colavita >

December 6th, 2001

Frank Colavita loves teaching, especially large introductory classes. A tenured associate professor and former chair of the psychology department, he could avoid the much-maligned huge lecture classes. But Colavita, a 1997 winner of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, not only is willing to teach the "Introduction to Psychology" class, which typically enrolls hundreds of students, […]

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New policy restricts use of Trees pools by spouses & children of University faculty >

December 6th, 2001

Pitt's vice provost for Faculty Affairs is seeking "further clarification" of a policy change that bars faculty members' spouses and children from using the Trees Hall swimming pools except as part of supervised community fitness programs. Before this fall, the pools had been open — officially, if not always in practice — to faculty spouses […]

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