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Volume 27 Issue 15

Faculty debate administrators over axing of HealthAmerica >

March 30th, 1995

During an unusually rancorous and well- attended University Senate meeting yesterday, faculty and staff members attacked — and Pitt administrators defended — Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor's decision to give Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania exclusive rights to Pitt's employee health insurance business. (O'Connor announced the $66 million, three-year contract in a March 27 letter to […]

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O'Connor asks senators for 4.5% hike in Pitt's state appropriation >

March 30th, 1995

HARRISBURG– Noting that Pennsylvania's funding for higher education has risen only 11.8 percent since 1990, one-tenth the rate of increase for prisons, Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor on March 28 asked the Senate appropriations committee for an additional 4.5 percent hike in the University's base appropriation. The state budget proposed by Gov. Tom Ridge on March […]

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O'Connor orders freeze on hiring >

March 30th, 1995

In an effort to prevent an expected revenue shortfall of approximately $5.7 million in the last quarter of the current fiscal year, Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor yesterday, March 29, ordered both an immediate freeze on hiring and a tightening of controls on expenditures. The hiring freeze will extend through June 30, the end of the […]

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Provost denies UPJ request to convert its engineering program >

March 30th, 1995

One of the goals set by Pitt's Johnstown campus in the University's "Toward the 21st Century" academic master plan was to convert the campus's engineering technology department to an engineering department. Provost James Maher, however, recently put the brakes on that plan when he ruled that Pitt does not possess the resources to support two […]

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9-month contract proposal being reviewed as cost-saving measure >

March 30th, 1995

Chances are good that Pitt full-time staff will soon have the option of reducing their appointments from 12 months to nine months a year — specifically, Aug. 15 through May 15. Such a reduction would entail a proportionate cut in salary and vacation, but the staff member would retain medical coverage and most other benefits […]

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Pitt creates international affairs web site >

March 30th, 1995

Pitt has created a web site on the Internet that organizes information on international affairs into one location for easy access. The site was formed by the International Management Development Institute in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and is directed by Wolfgang Schlor. Access is available on World Wide Web at http://www.pitt.edu/~ian/ […]

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Letter from the chancellor >

March 30th, 1995

Letter from the chancellor March 27, 1995 Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues: As you know, issues relating to the health care benefits of faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh have been intensely reviewed and discussed in recent months. After carefully considering input from various University constituencies, I have decided to eliminate HealthAmerica as […]

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Responding to Fisher's complaints, Senate Council reaffirms policy on externally funded research >

March 30th, 1995

Following in the footsteps of Faculty Assembly (University Times, March 16), Senate Council at its March 20 meeting approved a resolution reaffirming Pitt's policy on externally funded research. The resolution calls on the administration to work through the American Association of Universities and the political system to support academic freedom at Pitt and all other […]

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Pregnant, seriously ill subscribers may be able to continue treatment with HealthAmerica physicians >

March 30th, 1995

Chancellor O'Connor's decision to make Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania the exclusive provider of employee health insurance at Pitt means that 5,100 University employees, spouses and children currently enrolled in HealthAmerica will have to switch to the Blues effective July 1. For many of the employees and their families, the change will mean finding new, […]

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UPG faculty cited for excellence >

March 30th, 1995

Three faculty members from Pitt's Greensburg campus have been cited for excellence in teaching, professional development and service. Lillian Beeson, Alicia Covarrubias and Mary Beth Spore were selected for the awards by colleagues who themselves have won University-wide honors in the same areas. Beeson was named UPG faculty member of the year for her excellence […]

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