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Volume 31 Issue 10

Custodians to rebid for jobs again; no date for implementation of plan >

January 21st, 1999

While implementation of a Facilities Management plan to improve custodial services is still a couple weeks away, Pitt custodians will re-bid for jobs on Jan. 27 in preparation for their new assignments. The plan, announced in November by Ana Guzman, associate vice chancellor for Facilities Management, was originally to go into effect Dec. 21. (See […]

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Pitt near agreement on health insurance >

January 21st, 1999

Staff and faculty should soon know what changes, if any, to expect in their Pitt health insurance premiums next year. By the end of January, the University should complete contract negotiations with UPMC Health Plan and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield, said Ron Frisch, associate vice chancellor for Human Resources. The medical advisory committee (a group […]

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Japanese, Indian rooms expected to be finished sometime this summer >

January 21st, 1999

Two new nationality classrooms are in the planning stages, and two others long in the planning are nearing completion. The Danish Room committee and the Swiss Room committee each made the $5,000 "declaration of gift" to the University, the first official step in joining the famous family of classrooms, according to E. Maxine Bruhns, Nationality […]

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Forum to focus on UPP draft employment documents >

January 21st, 1999

The Faculty Association of the School of Medicine (FASM) will sponsor an open forum Jan. 28 to discuss draft employment agreements for the new University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP) practice plan. UPP was formed through a merger of Pitt's 18 previously independent clinical practice plans. It is a nonprofit corporate subsidiary of UPMC Health System. […]

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Pitt found guilty in reverse discrimination case >

January 21st, 1999

A U.S. District Court jury last month found Pitt guilty of reverse discrimination for denying a male faculty member tenure. The jury ordered the University to pay John N. Chiasson $350,000 in compensatory damages. Pitt also reached a confidential agreement with Chiasson to settle his remaining claims for reinstatement and punitive damages. Chiasson, formerly an […]

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UPB receives two donations >

January 21st, 1999

The Bradford campus will benefit from donations made by American Refining Group, Inc. ARG, and its affiliate American Refining and Biochemical Company, donated a one-acre parcel of land at the corner of Dorothy Lane and West Washington Street for campus use. "This contribution fits perfectly with our master plan, allowing us to expand our boundaries […]

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Rossetti memorial service set Jan. 25 >

January 21st, 1999

A memorial service for Guy Rossetti will be held on Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ferguson Theater on the Greensburg campus. Rossetti, who began his career at UPG in 1969, died Nov. 5, 1998 after a long illness. He had served as vice president for administrative affairs since 1994. A reception in the […]

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Deluged by electronic junk mail? CIS unit tries to put a stop to it >

January 21st, 1999

Tired of getting electronic junk mail, commonly known as SPAM? Received any unwanted e-mail advertisements lately? Computing and Information Services (CIS) would like to hear about your bothersome electronic clutter — especially instances containing inaccurate or offensive material — and asks that you send copies of un-asked-for messages electronically to them at: abuse@pitt.edu Robert Pack, […]

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Significance of EU's new currency discussed >

January 21st, 1999

The value of the European Union's new common currency, the euro, has hovered at about $1.16 U.S. since its debut in world financial markets Jan. 4. But the euro's full significance can't be measured in monetary terms alone, participants in a Jan. 13 Pitt roundtable discussion pointed out. "After all, a currency is not just […]

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Grant funds computers for UPG dorms >

January 21st, 1999

The Greensburg campus will provide a personal computer in each dorm room, thanks to a $381,000 grant from the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation. "This sizable grant will give each of our resident students a real learning edge with the advantage of instant access to the vast Pitt-Oakland computer system and the tremendous data retrieval services […]

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