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Volume 40 Issue 16

Clowns join in honoring GSPH long-term staff >

April 17th, 2008

It’s safe to say that most attendees at staff recognition events aren’t welcomed by clowns with red noses, funny hats and big shoes. At the Graduate School of Public Health, where themed staff events are the norm, guests were greeted by a pair of brightly dressed clowns, then forced to think fast by another who […]

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Three students get Udall honorable mentions >

April 17th, 2008

Rising seniors James A. Ostendorf, Theresa L. Romanosky and Ashley V. Schmid have won honorable mentions in the national Morris K. Udall Scholarship competition. Ostendorf is majoring in geology, history and political science and pursuing certificates in Latin American studies, Russian and East European studies and public and professional writing. Romanosky is an environmental studies […]

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Weight race teams face final weigh-ins >

April 17th, 2008

And down the home stretch they come! This week will see the final weigh-in for teams in Pitt’s MyHealth Weight Race, a 12-week competition launched in January to see which teams best achieve weight loss and weight management goals. More than 1,300 Pitt staff and faculty across the University have been participating. As of week […]

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Obituary: Robert L. Digby >

April 17th, 2008

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. April 24 in Heinz Memorial Chapel for Robert L. Digby, who died April 8, 2008, from liver cancer. Digby, docent/coordinator at Heinz Chapel since 2000, was 76. Known simply as Digby to his many friends and acquaintances, he coordinated up to 200 weddings a year at […]

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Benefits open enrollment begins April 21 >

April 17th, 2008

Bucking a national trend, Pitt employees will see only small premium increases for the health plan year that begins July 1. According to John Kozar, director of Benefits, the overall cost increase of Pitt’s medical plans, which are administered by UPMC Health Plan, is 1.5 percent. “That marks the third consecutive year that the University’s […]

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Obituary: David B. Houston Jr. >

April 17th, 2008

David B. Houston Jr., professor emeritus of economics, died April 4, 2008. He was 77. Houston earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and began his career as a professor at the Wharton School. He taught at UCLA and Penn State before joining the Pitt faculty in 1966. At Pitt, Houston taught regional and […]

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Staff share career advancement tips >

April 17th, 2008

“Regarding career advancement, you have to have patience. Nothing happens fast at the University of Pittsburgh. We don’t do anything quickly,” advised Sherry Miller Brown, director of the McCarl Center for Nontraditional Student Success at the College of General Studies. That was just one bit of advice from Miller Brown, who was one of five […]

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Obituary: Mary Beth Merenick >

April 17th, 2008

Mary Beth Merenick, a secretary in the School of Education, died April 9, 2008, following a long battle with cancer. She was 50. Merenick came to Pitt in 1990, working in the Department of Chemistry as a staff specialist II. Later she was promoted to secretary II and, after transferring to the Department of Psychology […]

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Pitt runners are off to the Boston Marathon >

April 17th, 2008

When runners at the 112th annual Boston Marathon take their marks on Monday, the University community will be represented. More than a dozen registrants included in the field of some 25,000 marathoners have connections as Pitt or UPMC employees or Pitt students. Among them are a pair of Pitt economics professors who have been training […]

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