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September 13, 2001


Falk wants empty laser cartridges

To members of the University community:

Falk School of the University of Pittsburgh requests your support in our new fundraiser. We are participating in the Educational Technology and Conservation Exchange Program.

ETCEP provides an opportunity for schools and their communities to exchange empty laser and inkjet cartridges for over 5,000 free hardware and software technology products. Falk School needs to continually update its computer technology to stay on the cutting edge. With over 275 million cartridges thrown away last year alone, we hope to meet this year's goal of collecting 500 cartridges to purchase computer equipment for our classrooms.

Laser and inkjet cartridges are found in printers, fax machines and desktop copiers at homes and businesses. Your University department or family member's place of business can support us by pledging your empty cartridges to the school. There is never a cost involved in participating and free, prepaid shipping boxes will be sent to your department to return the collected cartridges. We can also make arrangements to pick up the cartridges or they can be dropped off at the Falk School main office (located across from the VA Hospital). We urge University faculty and staff to spearhead the cartridge collection from their respective departments.

To learn more about supporting Falk School, please contact me at or 412/825-6545, or Barbara Bianco, Falk School computer specialist at or 4-8459.

For more information on ETCEP, call 1-888/883-8237 or visit

Your support of this program will help teach our children that recycling makes dollars and sense. More importantly, your support will provide greatly needed technology in our classrooms. Thank you in advance! We are looking forward to your questions, support and cartridges!

Nancy Glynn

Falk School

ETCEP Project Chair


Senate committee seeks input

To the editor:

The plant utilization and planning committee advises the University Senate on matters concerning the physical plant and environment of the University. Its responsibilities include reviewing the capital budget and plans for new construction; monitoring the renovation and maintenance of our current facilities; investigating the utilization of space; reviewing the design and renovation of classrooms, and advising on projects that affect the quality of life of students, faculty, the University and associated communities.

As chair, I invite suggestions from members of the University community for items for the committee's agenda. We are particularly interested in issues related to energy use and conservation; to issues of development on the University's borders with the community (e.g., the Schenley parking plaza); and issues related to "defining" the campus via signage, lighting, plantings, street furniture and architectural detail.

Please send your suggestions to me at Department of Theatre Arts, 1617 CL or

Attilio Favorini


Senate Plant Utilization and Planning Committee


Blood drives to benefit critically injured recent grad

To the editor:

I am writing to encourage the Pitt community to participate in the two upcoming Pitt blood drives, Sept. 21 and Oct. 16, in order to designate their donation to benefit Thomas Riser IV, a recent Pitt grad and well-known student worker who was critically injured Aug. 21, when struck by a car after exiting a PAT bus.

He suffered massive injuries and remains in critical condition in Presby. He has had several surgical procedures and has required 70 units of blood to date.

Thomas, an April grad, is a delightful young man and was an outstanding student worker in the University Relations department for two years. Through his frequent courier trips he became a familiar figure to many in other departments on campus. This past year he was the University Times calendar editor.

He was registered to begin graduate school at Pitt this fall.

Blood donations in Thomas's name will be helpful to his family and to the blood bank. You can make an appointment to give blood by calling Gwen Watkins at 4-7702. Thomas's family and all of his many friends at Pitt will appreciate your generosity.

Mary Ann Aug

Executive Communications

Office of Public Affairs

(Editor's note: This letter was written prior to the tragic events of Sept. 11. Mary Aug Aug called to urge participation in these and other blood drives set for Sept. 17 & 18 to benefit survivors of this week's terrorist attacks.)


Litchfield established Center for Philosophy of Science

To the editor:

As director of the Center for Philosophy of Science, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, I was surprised to read in the University Times article regarding the passing of Wesley Posvar that the center was founded during his regime. The center was in fact founded in 1960, seven years before Posvar became chancellor, during the regime of Edward Litchfield. While I cannot be sure, I suspect this is one more case of your newspaper confusing the Center for Philosophy of Science, a research center within the Provost's area, with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, a department which was founded during the Posvar era, in 1971. I had to write to your publication about this mistake when I was the chair of the HPS department. In this story you also got the name of the center wrong — it is not the Center for the Philosophy of Science, but only for Philosophy of Science.

I sincerely hope this is the last time I have to write such a letter.

Jim Lennox

Director, Center for Philosophy of Science

(Editor's note: The information about the Center for Philosophy of Science being established under Posvar was taken from a University press release issued at the time of Posvar's death. The University Times apologizes for repeating the incorrect information and for inserting an extraneous "the" in the center's name.)

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