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Volume 29 Issue 2

THE CHANCELLOR'S COLUMN >

September 12th, 1996

Just over 30 years ago — on Aug. 23, 1966 — Governor William Scranton signed the bill making Pitt a state-related university. That, of course, was one of the defining moments in our institutional history. In the short term, the creation of that relationship enabled the University to deal with a looming financial crisis. And, […]

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ULS changes make databases more accessible, user-friendly >

September 12th, 1996

University Library System (ULS) databases are a lot more user-friendly today than they were just a few months ago. Thanks to a new access system that ULS technicians installed during the summer, searching and retrieving information from the library's 90-some databases is simpler and faster. And that goes for people who come to Hillman Library […]

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Two associate deans named at Katz >

September 12th, 1996

Anil Makhija and Josephine Olson have been named associate deans of the Katz Graduate School of Business by Interim Dean Andrew Blair. Makhija, a faculty member in the Katz school since 1981, will assume his position immediately. Olson, a faculty member in the Katz school since 1971, will become associate dean on Oct. 1. Olson […]

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Budget cuts are handled in a variety of ways >

September 12th, 1996

According to a repre- sentative survey by the University Times of Pitt schools and administrative offices, most units have managed so far to avoid terminating current employees. Layoffs since July 1 appear to be concentrated in a handful of recently reorganized units: the Office of Computing and Information Services, the Center for Instructional Development and […]

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Some complaints surface as Pitt learns how to lay off employees >

September 12th, 1996

In exchange for receiving a payment of 12-26 weeks' salary, employees who sign severance agreements with Pitt typically waive their right to sue the University for wrongful discharge. They also pledge not to discuss details of their termination with anyone besides their spouses and attorneys. If they break that promise, the former employees could risk […]

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This layoff has a happy ending >

September 12th, 1996

Even Charlotte Winfield describes her story as a textbook example of how to terminate an employee the right way. Winfield, a Secretary II at Pitt for the past seven years, was one of three staff members in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) dean's office who lost their jobs in a recent restructuring of […]

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Construction projects detailed >

September 12th, 1996

Following is a summary of recently completed or current construction projects at Pitt. Information was provided by the Office of Facilities Management. General improvements Installation of safety systems in the form of sprinklers, fire alarms, emergency generators, fire pumps and electric locks are about to begin in Benedum Hall, Chevron Science Center, Salk Hall and […]

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Project to focus on safety systems in some buildings >

September 12th, 1996

A $5 million project to improve safety sys- tems in several Pitt buildings will start in mid-September and is expected to continue for approximately 15 months. Buildings involved include Benedum, Chevron Science Center, Salk, LIS Building and the sixth floor of Forbes Quadrangle. The work will include the installation of new state-of-the-art fire alarm systems, […]

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Contributor matches funds for scholarship program at Bradford >

September 12th, 1996

Pitt's Bradford campus (UPB) has been offered $375,000 for a new matching-funds student scholarship program. Under the offer, which was made by an anonymous donor, UPB's 1996 Student Scholarship Challenge will match dollar-for-dollar, up to $375,000, each new dollar raised for scholarships on the campus from now until Dec. 31. The scholarship challenge is similar […]

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