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July 25, 2002


Rhett Kennedy has been promoted to associate dean of student affairs at the Bradford campus.

Kennedy, who had been serving as assistant dean of student affairs, also has been the director of residential life and housing and will continue to serve in that capacity.

Besides handling all aspects of the student code of conduct and the judicial system, Kennedy has been the chief administrator in overseeing the various moves taking place this summer due to the expansion/renovation project of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Kennedy also has been developing and managing numerous alternatives to maximize student-housing enrollment, which has been increasing at Pitt-Bradford.

Before he started working at Pitt-Bradford in 1996, Kennedy was the residential life and judicial coordinator for West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Kennedy is a 1992 graduate of Pitt-Bradford, earning a bachelor's degree in broadcast communications. He also holds a master's degree in student affairs in higher education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


Robert Glaser, founding director emeritus of Pitt's Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education, has received the 2002 honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McGill University in Montreal.

McGill's honorary degrees recognize those individuals "whose accomplishments are of such excellence that they provide inspiration and leadership to its [McGill's] graduates."

Glaser joined Pitt's Department of Psychology in 1956 and founded LRDC in 1963, serving as its director until 1997.

His work currently focuses on cognitive processes in instruction, the nature of expertise, the assessment of subject-matter competence and the relationships between cognitive science and educational measurement.

Glaser delivered the McGill Faculty of Education convocation address, titled "The Road to Competence." His main goal, he said, was "to provide information that would help graduates become more aware of their own progress as they become increasingly more competent in their work."


Two Titusville faculty members recently traveled to northwestern Tanzania to develop a study abroad/service course in the health sciences. Linda Winkler, associate professor of anthropology and biology at UPT, was awarded a Hewett International Grant by the Office of the Provost at Pitt for the project.

Winkler and Joseph Croskey, assistant instructor of computer sciences at UPT, spent two weeks in the Karagwe/Kagera region of Tanzania working with a Tanzanian doctor who is director of a local hospital and several clinics.


Denis Robitaille has been appointed chair of the Division of Humanities at Pitt-Johnstown.

Robitaille earned his A.B. from Fairfield University, and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, establishing his teaching and research interests in French language and literature. He joined the UPJ faculty in 1977.

Robitaille will succeed Carroll Grimes, who has served as the division chair of humanities for 32 years. Grimes will retire from the University in August.


The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) has named Gayle L. Tissue as its new associate director for development and community affairs.

Tissue comes to UPCI from Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, where she served for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles, most recently as executive vice president and chief development officer.

While at Children's Hospital, Tissue increased fund-raising revenues three-fold, oversaw the development of successful fund-raising special events and programs, assisted in forming a foundation and developed the basis for a major capital campaign.

Tissue also worked in Greece at the HCI International Medical Centre, where she led operational development and management of a major tertiary medical care center.

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