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Volume 29 Issue 2

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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UPMC using Gamma Knife for brain surgery without incisions >

September 12th, 1996

The Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has become the first institution in the world with two 20-ton Gamma Knife surgical units that perform computer-driven bloodless brain surgery. The Gamma Knife destroys brain tumors and vascular malformations in the brain that were once considered inoperable. The treatment is unique […]

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Trustees look at role of faculty, staff, students on committees >

September 12th, 1996

University Senate President Keith McDuffie says he feels confident that "a compromise acceptable to all parties" will be worked out on the controversial issue of faculty, staff and student representation on Board of Trustees committees. Since 1992, faculty, staff and student representatives have been voting members of all board committees except executive and compensation. But […]

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