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Steelers owner Art Rooney Jr. nominated as Pitt trustee

The committee convened at a public Friday meeting streamed via YouTube.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

9:45 am

A board of trustees committee nominated several new and old members to the board at a public Friday meeting streamed via YouTube.

Research labs to become operational in coming weeks

The complexities of restarting research labs was the main focus of Friday afternoon’s Senate Research Committee meeting.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

Rob Rutenbar, the senior vice chancellor for research, said in a Friday email blast that each lab’s principal investigator must submit a plan to their dean or regional campus president for review. The plan must clearly define an approach for scheduling and a process for allocating time and access to address COVID-driven implications, Rutenbar said.

Pitt officials ‘optimistic’ about in-person classes, deliver recommendation report to Gallagher

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Wednesday that Pitt will postpone Plan for Pitt 2025 in order to include strategies to strengthen racial equity justice on campus.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

May 29, 2020

Chris Bonneau, the president of the University Senate, said he is confident the planning will allow the University to resume in-person instruction, if state and local regulations permit. 

Pitt purchases Oakland social club building for nearly $5 million

Pitt purchases Oakland social club building for nearly $5 million

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

May 28, 2020

Pitt purchased an Oakland social club building on Bigelow Boulevard in late March for $4.95 million, according to Allegheny County real estate records.

Board committee sets salary for new health sciences chief

A board of trustees committee voted Tuesday to approve a seven-figure salary for Anantha Shekhar, Pitt’s new health sciences chief.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

May 26, 2020

The board of trustees’ compensation committee voted unanimously Tuesday to set a seven-figure compensation package for Anantha Shekhar, the incoming senior vice chancellor for the health sciences.

Former Pitt employee sues University over alleged age discrimination

Michael Andrews asked the court to award him reinstatement to his previous position with back pay from April 25, 2018.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

May 22, 2020

A former employee of Pitt’s Office of Admissions and Financial Aid filed a civil complaint against the University for allegedly discriminating against him on the basis of age.

Pitt’s budget and endowment, explained

Pitt’s budget, which reached nearly $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2020, is composed of three separate, smaller budgets.

By Jon Moss, Editor-in-Chief

May 22, 2020

Pitt’s budget, and the process to craft it, is full of jargon and specialized terminology. This guide attempts to explain how the annual University budget is put together, as well as the different pieces that compose the budget and endowment.

Additional students added to working groups planning fall classes, housing

Additional students added to working groups planning fall classes, housing

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Danielle Obisie-Orlu — the president of the Resident Student Association, which represents students living in residence halls — was recently added to a panel determining what on-campus housing could look like this fall.

Pitt officials considering mandatory masks for fall semester

Pitt is considering providing all employees with one mask, and students with two, which must be worn when and where the University asks, officials said Wednesday.

By Ashton Crawley, Senior Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

If students return to Oakland in the fall in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, they may see some changes made to campus. Pitt is considering providing all employees with one mask, and students with two, which must be worn when and where the University asks, officials said Wednesday.

Pitt disability lawsuit settled by mediator

Daniel Hinkson, the program director of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Diseases, filed a civil complaint against the University for allegedly discriminating against him on the basis of disability.

By Benjamin Nigrosh, News Editor

May 17, 2020

Daniel Hinkson filed a civil complaint on Dec. 9, 2019, against Pitt in federal court for allegedly firing him based on a disability.

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