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Volume 27 Issue 22

Governor signs Pitt's FY96 appropriation >

July 6th, 1995

For the fiscal year that began July 1, Pitt will get no increase in its current $144.4 million state appropriation, but the University will receive about $3.25 million in additional state money through Pennsylvania's Tuition Challenge Grants Program. Gov. Tom Ridge and the General Assembly approved the funding last week. The House approved Pitt's appropriation […]

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United Faculty responds to provost's anti-union letter >

July 6th, 1995

The war of words has heated up in the latest Pitt faculty unionization drive. Provost James Maher, in a June 21 open letter to faculty, said unionization could hinder academic reforms, end the status of professors and librarians as "independent professionals within the University" and make it "highly unlikely" that Pitt will attract the best […]

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Nancy Barber Davis >

July 6th, 1995

Nancy Barber Davis, a staff member in the Office of Computing and Information Services (CIS), died suddenly of coronary disease on July 2, 1995. A resident of Swissvale, Davis had provided administrative support for the PC Center and Office System Services since joining the University staff in 1990. "She was a key person in organizing […]

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Trustees uphold severance package for O'Connor >

July 6th, 1995

By a 10-7 vote, the Board of Trustees on June 22 rejected a proposal to have the board's executive committee "review and reconsider" Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor's severance package. Under a deal approved last month by the trustees' compensation committee, O'Connor will get a one-month vacation beginning Aug. 1, followed by four months' leave and […]

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O'Connor criticizes board, defends own performance during 4 years as chancellor >

July 6th, 1995

Don't misread my successor the way you misread me," outgoing Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor warned the Board of Trustees at its annual meeting June 22. In his departing remarks, O'Connor also criticized trustees for failing to spell out Pitt's goals and mission for him when he became chancellor in 1991. Citing improvements achieved during his […]

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Contributions to Pitt are up 8.3%, Weber reports >

July 6th, 1995

Total gifts to Pitt (ex-cluding sponsored re-search) were $30.3 million for July 1, 1994, through May 31, 1995, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement Lawrence Weber reported to the trustees June 22. That's an 8.36 percent increase over the amount donated to the University during the same 11-month period the year before. Nationally, donations to educational […]

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Connolly takes over as trustees' head >

July 6th, 1995

Among the seven trustees who voted in favor of the resolution to reconsider Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor's severance package was the board's new chairperson, J. Wray Connolly. The resolution was defeated, 10-7, although the show-of-hands vote was 12-6. It turned out that two of the trustees who voted against the resolution — John C. Marous […]

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BRANCHING OUT >

July 6th, 1995

Basic ecologists study organisms. Their focus could be deer, trees, grasses, aquatic vegetation, ants or any other element of the earth's flora and fauna. They focus on such things as physiology and genetics, and how changes in the environment can affect an organism. Environmental scientists are more interested in ecosystems and the social and economic […]

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Voluntary reduced staff work year approved >

July 6th, 1995

Chancellor J. Dennis O'Connor has approved a voluntary reduced staff work year of nine or 10 months. Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Darlene Lewis said the policy officially went into effect on July 1. "We don't have any procedures yet for people who want to sign up for the program," Lewis added. "We're working […]

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