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Volume 34 Issue 12

Pitt mum on what poor state budget outlook means here >

February 21st, 2002

Unlike their counterparts in the State System of Higher Education, Pitt administrators aren’t speculating publicly about how much they would hike tuition next fall if Pennsylvania legislators approve Gov. Mark Schweiker’s recommended budget. But the budget numbers aren’t pretty. Schweiker proposes cutting state subsidies of Pennsylvania’s state-related universities (Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln) by […]

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Staff Association Council gets new officer >

February 21st, 2002

By unanimous voice-vote, the Staff Association Council (SAC) Feb. 20 elected Audrey Portis vice president for communications. Portis, of anesthesiology, will serve out the term of Maureen Jenkins, who is retiring from Pitt at the end of March. SAC officers' terms run until June 2003. Also at yesterday's meeting, SAC President Barbara Mowery reported that […]

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Budget year brings some "interesting dynamics" >

February 21st, 2002

G. Reynolds Clark, executive director of Pitt's community and governmental relations office, cited what he called "some interesting dynamics" in this year's budget process: * Mark Schweiker is a one-year, one-term governor who's not running for re-election and therefore can take a harder line in defending his budget recommendations. On the other hand, legislators know […]

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Proposed curriculum changes to be discussed >

February 21st, 2002

Proposed changes in Pitt's undergraduate arts and sciences curriculum are on the agenda of a Faculty of Arts and Sciences meeting scheduled for tomorrow, Feb. 22, 10-11:30 a.m. in 232 Cathedral of Learning. The open meeting of the arts and sciences curriculum review committee (CRC) will feature discussion of changes in College of Arts and […]

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Chancellor announces public service award winners >

February 21st, 2002

Winners of the 2002 Chancellor's Distinguished Public Service Award were announced last week. Four faculty members were named: Edward M. Barksdale Jr., pediatric surgery, School of Medicine; Rita M. Bean, instruction and learning, School of Education; Roger R. Flynn, information science and telecommunications, School of Information Sciences (SIS), and Jules L. Lobel, School of Law. […]

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Pitt honors convocation set for Feb. 28 >

February 21st, 2002

The 26th annual honors convocation will be held Feb. 28, 3 – 5 p.m., at Carnegie Music Hall. The featured speaker is Pitt alumnus Gerald Stern, a National Book Award winner and poet laureate of New Jersey. An academic procession in full regalia will open the ceremony, and a reception in the Connolly Ballroom in […]

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Pitt education students fare well on teachers' competency exams >

February 21st, 2002

A report released last month by the state's Bureau of Teacher Certification and Preparation (BTCP) cited low passing rates in certain required competency tests taken for the first time by the state's prospective elementary and secondary school teachers. The report suggested that the state's institutions of higher learning are at fault for poorly preparing their […]

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Child development office gets parenting program grant >

February 21st, 2002

Pitt's Office of Child Development (OCD) has received a grant of $45,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare to implement the Inclusive Parenting and Visitation Access Program. The new initiative will be part of the Fathers Collaborative, a coordinated, personalized case-management system overseen by OCD that provides a variety of supportive services to noncustodial […]

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Dean says tests measure only part of what make a good teacher >

February 21st, 2002

What makes a good teacher? There's no simple answer, of course. But according to Pitt's School of Education Dean Alan Lesgold, there is much more to teacher preparation than what's measured by state-required competency tests. "You have a lot of issues that go into preparing a good teacher, especially for the younger aged kids," Lesgold […]

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Tickets offered for stories about 1st Field House game >

February 21st, 2002

Pitt athletics director Steve Pederson is offering five sets of two tickets to the final men's basketball game at Fitzgerald Field House for the best stories about the inaugural game played there in 1951. Pitt will hook-up with Big East rival West Virginia March 2 at 7 p.m. (The tip-off time was changed from 2 […]

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