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Volume 29 Issue 7

Administration will consult with Senate, SAC on health insurance >

November 21st, 1996

Pitt senior administrators have promised to consult with the University Senate and the Staff Association Council in negotiating the University's next employee health insurance contract — or contracts, if Pitt awards its business to more than one vendor. At the Nov. 11 Senate Council meeting, Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg and Provost James V. Maher said […]

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Sniffle, sniffle: Get flu shot now, doctor urges >

November 21st, 1996

If you work or study at the University, and especially if you plan to travel by plane, train or bus during the holidays, Lawrence Ellis has some advice for you: Get a flu shot — soon. No influenza cases have been confirmed yet in western Pennsylvania, but the national Centers for Disease Control is predicting […]

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Nominations for inaugural staff award due Dec. 15 >

November 21st, 1996

Nominations are currently being accepted for the new Chancellor's Award for Excellence. The award honors staff who have demonstrated dedication to the University beyond the responsibilities of their job. It is the equivalent of the Chancellor's Distinguished, Teaching, Research and Public Service Awards for faculty. "I believe that the Chancellor's Award for Excellence sends a […]

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Richard P. Stiger >

November 21st, 1996

Richard P. Stiger, a 20-year veteran of the Pitt campus police force, died Oct. 31 of cancer. He was 60. A memorial service will be held Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Church of the Ascension, 4729 N. Ellsworth Ave. In addition to serving as a Pitt police officer, Stiger in 1986 founded a […]

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Senate's Eva Brosius leaving >

November 21st, 1996

A fter 26 years as clerk of the University Senate, Eva Reid Brosius will resign Dec. 1 to take on a new assignment: writing the Senate's official history. Given her long affiliation with the Senate and her historical perspective of the University, Brosius was a natural choice for the job, said Robert E. Dunkelman, secretary […]

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Talks "very preliminary" on possible early retirement plan for Pitt staff >

November 21st, 1996

Staff Association Council (SAC) has been receiving a steady flow of e-mail and phone calls from University staff members anxious to learn if an early retirement plan will soon be offered to staff members. In response to those questions, SAC President Brian Hart noted at the group's Nov. 13 meeting that nothing has been done […]

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Administration says draft of faculty early retirement plan will be released soon >

November 21st, 1996

The lawyers have had their say. Now Pitt senior administrators are weighing the merits of four different models of a new early retirement incentive plan for Pitt full-time, tenured faculty. "We're at a point where outside legal counsel has completed its review of the legality of the various options. Now it's a matter of [the […]

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SMOKING >

November 21st, 1996

Roughly 47 million people in the United States smoke cigarettes. At any one time, more than 70 percent of those smokers report that they would like to quit smoking and about 17 million Americans annually attempt to quit. "I think a lot of those efforts are probably fairly weak," says Saul Shiffman, director of the […]

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University Library System seeks user input on its strategic plan >

November 21st, 1996

Faced with budget constraints, escalating journal subscription costs, rapidly changing technologies and new demands from its customers, University Library System (ULS) personnel have drafted a strategic plan to guide future decisions on improving Pitt library services and collections. Now ULS wants to know what its customers — Pitt faculty, staff and students — think of […]

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Cardiovascular testing in athletes has limited value in preventing exercise-related sudden death >

November 21st, 1996

A University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) cardiologist has found that routine cardiovascular testing to prevent exercise-related sudden death in athletes has limited usefulness because of the rarity of such events, the cost of screening and the poor accuracy of exercise testing for such events. Despite problems with routine testing, however, Paul Thompson, UPMC director […]

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