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Volume 37 Issue 20

OBITUARY: Kathryn Heidt >

June 9th, 2005

Law professor Kathryn R. Heidt, 51, died on May 24, 2005, of complications from heart surgery. She had been a member of the Pitt law faculty since 1995. “She really was a pioneer at the intersection of bankruptcy and environmental law,” said Dean David Herring. “Her work will be missed in both our commercial and […]

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Faculty surprised, angry that shipboard program is cut >

June 9th, 2005

Faculty members at Tuesday’s Faculty Assembly expressed surprise at learning about a lawsuit filed against the University by the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE), which was triggered by Pitt’s May 2 decision to terminate sponsorship of the Semester at Sea (SAS) program. (See related story.) They also expressed anger and indignation at learning about the […]

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Accord reached in athletic ticket suit >

June 9th, 2005

Pitt’s Department of Athletics and a group of men’s basketball season ticket holders have reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit involving a re-seating policy. Under the settlement, affected ticket holders would be able to retain their current seats for the next five seasons if they meet specified donor levels. The athletics department policy, […]

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Compensation figures for UPP, UPMC top earners released >

June 9th, 2005

Compensation figures for highly paid officials at the University of Pittsburgh Physicians (UPP) practice plan, UPMC Corporate (1,944 employees who have system-wide duties) and UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside (UPMC’s largest unit) were released last week for fiscal year 2003-04, which ended June 30, 2004. IRS form 990, a public document, requires tax-exempt, private corporations to file […]

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Colwell re-elected as SAC president >

June 9th, 2005

Winners of the officers elections for the Staff Association Council (SAC) were announced yesterday, June 8, by SAC elections committee chair Betty Homonai. Re-elected as president is Richard Colwell. Gwendolyn Watkins, who ran unopposed, continues as vice president for steering. Incumbent Angela Peskie won the election for vice president for marketing and communications. Carol Hodgkiss, […]

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Rendell talks about loss of U.S., state competitive edge >

June 9th, 2005

America and the commonwealth are losing their competitive edge globally and something must be done immediately to reverse the trend, according to Gov. Edward Rendell. Speaking May 27 at the University Honors College-sponsored American Experience lecture in Benedum auditorium, Rendell explained how unfair trade practices, soaring health care costs and inadequate education are dimming America’s […]

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One on one: Alberta Sbragia on proposed EU constitution >

June 9th, 2005

In just the last two weeks, citizens in France and the Netherlands voted down a referendum for a European Union constitution and Great Britain’s foreign secretary wants to postpone that country’s vote. Expect more twists and turns as political leaders decide how to deal with these setbacks, according to Alberta Sbragia, director of Pitt’s Center […]

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Schools must teach Constitution’s history >

June 9th, 2005

If the federal government has its way, every Pitt student will get a history lesson on Sept. 17. A new law requires Pitt, and other federally funded schools, to offer a history lesson on the U.S. Constitution to students on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, Sept. 17. However, schools can decide how they will offer […]

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