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Volume 29 Issue 1

THE CHANCELLOR'S COLUMN >

August 29th, 1996

In August of 1995, shortly after assuming the responsibilities of interim chancellor, I wrote to the campus community. Referring to my mood at the time, I described feelings of real excitement, occasional anxiety and deep gratitude. One year (and one chancellor's search) later, little has changed in terms of that personal emotional mix. My feelings […]

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A first: gene therapy used to treat patient with rheumatoid arthritis >

August 29th, 1996

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) doctors on July 17 performed the world's first gene therapy procedure on a patient suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The trial marks a transition in the use of gene therapy from patients with fatal diseases, such as cancer or AIDS, to disabling disorders like arthritis. The trial also is the […]

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In memory of Bob Henderson >

August 29th, 1996

Robert T. Henderson, the director of our Language Acquisition Institute and the president of the International Association for Learning Laboratories, was shamefully murdered sometime between July 12 and July 16 in Hawaii. The telephone in our house did not stop ringing for days as his friends called to share their feelings of incredible shock and […]

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Searches begin, continue in effort to fill several administrative vacancies at Pitt >

August 29th, 1996

Pitt filled its top administrative slot June 20 when the Board of Trustees changed Mark Nordenberg's status from interim to permanent chancellor. But later in the summer, Nordenberg created two new administrative vacancies by accepting the resignations of Athletic Director Oval Jaynes and Vice Chancellor for Student and Public Affairs Leon Haley. Like other top […]

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Consultants assessing efficiency of financial, administrative functions >

August 29th, 1996

Is Pitt top-heavy? To help answer that ques- tion — and suggest ways to improve efficiency and cut costs — Pitt has hired a consulting firm to assess financial and administrative functions within the University, including the four regional campuses. At the Board of Trustees' behest, Pitt has hired Coopers & Lybrand Consulting "to identify […]

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Lawsuit by fired staffer in fundraising is settled >

August 29th, 1996

A former Pitt fundraiser settled her sexual discrimination lawsuit against the University July 17. Draga Luksic settled for a $5,000 payment from the University, according to Pitt attorney John Greeno. Luksic's lawyers did not return phone requests from the University Times to confirm the amount. Luksic had been seeking more than $50,000 in compensatory and […]

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Fight to stop test closing of Bigelow block moves to court >

August 29th, 1996

A hearing on a prelimi- nary injunction seek- ing to stop Pitt's planned 30-day test closing of the Bigelow Boulevard block between the Cathedral of Learning and the William Pitt Union has been set for today at 9:30 a.m. Allegheny County Common Pleas Court Judge Eugene Strassburger III is expected to hear arguments in the […]

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FY96 fundraising up 5 percent, largest total at Pitt in single year >

August 29th, 1996

Pitt received $41.4 million in voluntary support from July 1, 1995, through June 30, 1996. The total represents a 5 percent increase over last year and is the largest single-year fundraising total in the University's history. According to the Office of Institutional Advancement, in the preceding year, FY95, the University collected $39.4 million in voluntary […]

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Bradford gets $46,000 grant for Phase 2 of curriculum reform >

August 29th, 1996

The Stackpole-Hall Foundation of Saint Marys has given Pitt's Bradford campus (UPB) a $46,000 grant for phase two of the campus's curriculum reform project, "Connecting Knowledge: A Way of Thinking." Part of UPB's revised general education curriculum, the Connecting Knowledge program is designed to promote learning across disciplines and develop motivation in students. "The curriculum […]

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