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Volume 41 Issue 5

CGS long-timers reminisce >

October 23rd, 2008

As the College of General Studies (CGS) readies for its celebration of 50 years as a Pitt school this weekend, four people with long-time CGS associations reminisced about their experiences. Tim Carr, an academic adviser on staff at CGS since 1975, recalled his early days working at the college when there were many more students […]

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Highlights from CGS history >

October 23rd, 2008

• March 11, 1958 — Pitt’s Board of Trustees approves establishment of the School of General Studies; Viers Wilson Adams is named first dean. Five concentrations are offered — humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education. • 1966-68 — Nine majors are added: English, French, geography, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish. […]

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Residence Life staffers prepare to scare >

October 23rd, 2008

Residence Life staffers Samantha Comarnitsky and Simeon Saunders check their inventory of spooky items for the Nightmare in the Quad and Haunted Holland events set for 7-10 p.m. Oct. 30. Saunders, residence director for Bruce, Brackenridge and McCormick halls, and Comarnitsky, residence director for Holland Hall, are advisers to the Resident Student Association volunteers who […]

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NSF funding: Decline felt here >

October 23rd, 2008

Federal support for academic science and engineering research and development (R&D) has started to lag behind inflation, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF). And that lag is beginning to have an effect at Pitt, despite the fact that the University continues to rank among the top schools in total funding. (See related article, this […]

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Katz staffers treat Game 7 Gang attendees to ballpark eats >

October 23rd, 2008

Katz Graduate School of Business staff members Jim Cronin and Margie Jonnet greeted lunch guests outside Mervis Hall as part of the annual celebration of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 1960 World Series victory over the New York Yankees. To treat the Game 7 Gang revelers to an extra special celebration during Pittsburgh’s 250th birthday year, Jonnet […]

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NSF funding: Where Pitt stands >

October 23rd, 2008

While federal funding for academic research in real dollars is declining, Pitt continues to rank in the top 20 nationally in terms of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. Jan Schaffner of Pitt’s Office of Research, who helps compile data submitted for NSF surveys, said that the University relies on two of the many NSF surveys […]

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AAAC honors 5 faculty, staff >

October 23rd, 2008

The African American Alumni Council will honor five Pitt faculty and administrators with the Sankofa Award Oct. 26. The award honors members of the University community who have exhibited outstanding educational support and service to students of African descent. Honorees are Toi Derricotte, professor of English, award-winning poet and co-founder of Cave Canem, a workshop/retreat […]

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