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Two men file suit against Pitt, G-Door and Michael Rosfeld

Two men file suit against Pitt, G-Door and Michael Rosfeld

By Grant Burgman, News Editor

July 18, 2018


Filed under Administration, News

The complaint alleges that Rosfeld was “not fully qualified to perform his duties as a Pitt Police Officer” and that Rosfeld’s “prior work history and conduct raised red flags and/or concerns pertaining to his ability to work safely with the public in performing his duties as a Pitt Police Officer.”

Pitt Board approves budgets for 2018-19 school year

Pitt Board approves budgets for 2018-19 school year

By Grant Burgman and Christian Snyder

July 16, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News, Student Government

Pitt received $4.4 million more from Pennsylvania than in 2017. “The vast majority of in-state students” will not face a tuition increase, according to Chancellor Gallagher. Out-of-state, engineering and graduate students face an increase.

Pitt professors pursue new projects with Pitt Seed grants

Pitt professors pursue new projects with Pitt Seed grants

By Mario Cattabiani III | For the Pitt News

July 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt is investing in change this summer, beginning with projects from professors at the University. The first-ever Pitt Seed Project awarded a total of more than $1 million to 23 programs designed to play an instrumental role in transforming the University. The grants will fund a wide range of faculty...

Board appoints new Provost, inducts five new trustees

Board appoints new Provost, inducts five new trustees

By Kieran Mclean | Staff Writer

July 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Pitt Board of Trustees appointed former Boston University Dean of the College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Ann E. Cudd, as Pitt’s new provost Friday, June 29. The board also inducted five new trustees, including President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Penguins David J. Morehouse and...

Board of Trustees unanimously votes to rename Parran Hall

Board of Trustees unanimously votes to rename Parran Hall

By Christian Snyder and Janine Faust | The Pitt News Staff

July 11, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After a long campaign of ballots, petitions, special committees and a recommendation from the chancellor, the main building for Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health will no longer be named after Thomas Parran Jr., a former Pitt dean who presided over the infamous and racist Tuskegee and Guatema...

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters sues Pitt

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

June 6, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Former Pitt wrestling coach Jason Peters has filed a federal lawsuit against the University of Pittsburgh for racial discrimination and termination without just cause after he was fired last January. In the lawsuit, Peters claims Pitt violated his employment contract by firing him “without ‘just...

Pitt Vice Chancellor withdraws from UMass Boston chancellor search

Pitt Vice Chancellor withdraws from UMass Boston chancellor search

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 23, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement Kathy Humphrey withdrew her name from consideration for the chancellor position at the University of Massachusetts Boston Tuesday amid controversy surrounding the nomination and confirmation processes. The other two finalists for the position, Peter Lyons — the vi...

Ellen Moran named as new vice chancellor

Ellen Moran named as new vice chancellor

By Grant Burgman | News Editor

May 11, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced Thursday its communications department has a new leader with Ellen Moran, now vice chancellor for strategic communications and marketing. Moran previously served as President Barack Obama’s communications director from November 2008 to April 2009. Moran, who has been working the position sin...

Gallagher’s senior year: State funding, unions, #MeToo

Gallagher’s senior year: State funding, unions, #MeToo

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Christian Snyder & Visual Staff

April 23, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

At this weekend’s graduation, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher will send off the first group of seniors he also witnessed start their first days of classes at Pitt four years ago. Like most of the graduating class, Gallagher’s fourth year was a busy one. The Pitt News talked with the chancellor l...

Transcript: TPN’s interview with Chancellor Gallagher

Transcript: TPN’s interview with Chancellor Gallagher

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Christian Snyder / TPN Staff

April 23, 2018


Filed under Administration, News

This is a transcript of our entire interview with Chancellor Patrick Gallagher. Click here to read our story with more context. The Pitt News: Looking back on this year, what would you say stands out compared to other years? Patrick Gallagher: I would say it was an amazing year when you think ...

Pennsylvania Senate passes antihazing law

Pennsylvania Senate passes antihazing law

By Sarah Shearer | Contributing Editor

April 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania State Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would make hazing in fraternities a third-degree felony in cases of serious injury or death, and could allow universities to seize offending Greek organizations’ houses.  The law is sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leade...

Lawmakers propose more transparency at state-related universities

Lawmakers propose more transparency at state-related universities

By Christian Snyder and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

April 10, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

State representatives unveiled legislation Tuesday that would expand transparency and public access to records at Pennsylvania’s state-related universities. Pitt, Penn State, Temple and Lincoln — Pennsylvania’s four state-related universities — are currently exempt from the Right-to-Know Law, whic...

University Senate discusses teaching innovations

University Senate discusses teaching innovations

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

March 28, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt faculty, staff and administrators gathered Tuesday afternoon to discuss innovation in teaching and making higher education more accessible to all. About 50 Pitt faculty, staff and administrators attended the University Senate’s 2018 plenary meeting — an annual event held to discuss a pressing to...

Communication department undervalues women, dean says after review

Communication department undervalues women, dean says after review

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

March 22, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

The dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences said Thursday that previous investigations and a recent survey of the department of communication have revealed an environment where women remain undervalued. “The investigations revealed failures of systems and failures of character,” Dean ...

Pitt law school announces new dean

Pitt law school announces new dean

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editor

March 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law named Amy Wildermuth, the associate vice president for faculty and academic affairs at the University of Utah, as the school’s new dean. According to a Tuesday press release, Provost Patricia Beeson said Wildermuth will begin her deanship July 1. She...

Pitt to challenge grad student union election petition

Pitt to challenge grad student union election petition

By Janine Faust and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

March 15, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt administrators have told the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board they plan challenge the graduate student petition to hold a union election, organizers said Wednesday. Pitt will look to convince the board that graduate students aren't employees. The labor board in February ruled that graduate students at Penn...

Pitt Board of Trustees endorses Titusville training hub

Pitt Board of Trustees endorses Titusville training hub

By Janine Faust | Assistant News Editor

February 26, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution Friday endorsing a strategy to transform the University’s Titusville branch into an educational and training hub that will share space with corporations, community colleges and other outside groups. But prior to the Board’s vote on the resol...

University Senate Council address Parran Hall, Titusville

University Senate Council address Parran Hall, Titusville

By Hannah Schneider | Staff Writer

February 21, 2018


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

The University Senate Council held its second meeting of the spring semester Tuesday afternoon and addressed recently contentious topics such as building names and budget concerns. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher started the meeting by discussing the current controversy about Parran Hall, which houses ...

Pitt announces long-time CFO’s retirement

Pitt announces long-time CFO’s retirement

By John Hamilton | Managing Editor

February 20, 2018


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s chief financial officer and senior vice chancellor, Arthur Ramicone, will retire in August after a 30-year career at Pitt, the University announced Tuesday. Ramicone, 64, is the second senior vice chancellor who will step down in 2018, following Provost Patricia Beeson’s announcement that she will leave ...

Pitt, UPMC announce $200 million Immune Transplant and Therapy Center

Pitt, UPMC announce $200 million Immune Transplant and Therapy Center

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

February 14, 2018


Filed under Administration, City, Health, News

Jeffrey Romoff, president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, walked on stage at a century-old abandoned car factory Tuesday afternoon and wondered where some of its necessary facilities were. “This is not quite what I expected,” he said. “I can’t find the lavatories, and I can’...

Student safe after drinking ‘excessive amounts of alcohol’ at Sigma Chi event

Student safe after drinking ‘excessive amounts of alcohol’ at Sigma Chi event

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 25, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After a week of sparse details about a Greek life function that left a student hospitalized, Pitt released a statement Thursday with some information about the Sigma Chi alcohol incident. At a Sigma Chi function last Thursday, a student was taken to a hospital by his friends after drinking “excessive amounts of alcohol,” a statement from Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said. The student is n...

University Senate avoids union, frat

University Senate avoids union, frat

By Janine Faust and Mackenzie Rodrigues | News Editors

January 25, 2018


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

While the Pitt community is buzzing about both the recent suspension of Pitt’s Sigma Chi chapter after a student was hospitalized Jan. 19 and the faculty union organizers’ card-signing campaign kickoff Monday, the University Senate Council did not address either subject during its first meeting o...

Pittsburgh among finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters

Pittsburgh among finalists for Amazon’s second headquarters

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

January 18, 2018


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

Amazon announced 20 cities Thursday that the company is considering as a location to build its second headquarters — and Pittsburgh is on the list. The online retail giant received more than 200 proposals from cities across the country, narrowing it to 20 cities, which will pose some serious compe...

Gallagher responds to communication department harassment claims

Gallagher responds to communication department harassment claims

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

December 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher responded to allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination in Pitt's Department of Communication Wednesday in an email to the Pitt community. The email is a response to a recent Ms. Magazine blog post, written by a former Pitt professor, alleging sexual harassment and d...

Pitt Title IX to investigate harassment allegations from early 2000s

Pitt Title IX to investigate harassment allegations from early 2000s

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

December 16, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Title IX office will open an investigation after a former professor published an article Wednesday alleging harassment and discrimination in the Department of Communication in the early 2000s. Carol Stabile, a professor in Pitt’s Department of Communication from 1994-2005, described her ...

Pitt grad students file for union election

Pitt grad students file for union election

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

December 15, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Graduate students at Pitt filed for a union election Friday, indicating that at least 30 percent of Pitt grad students have signed union cards. Students delivered union cards to the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board in Harrisburg Friday afternoon. An election could take place early next year if Pitt...

Committee to consider sustainable investment

Committee to consider sustainable investment

By Madison Hook | Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Student activist Sarah Grguras says people often ask her what the money Pitt invests in the fossil fuel industry could go toward. Her response? “Literally anything.” “They could invest in the Pittsburgh public schools, or they could invest in us,” the junior environmental science and ...

Grad students rally against GOP tax plan

Grad students rally against GOP tax plan

By Salina Pressimone | Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Andrew Bellesis faces new decisions about his career prospects as the recently introduced Republican tax bill looms over the potential cost of his next five years at Pitt. “We will defeat this bill,” Bellesis, a first-year biophysics Ph.D. student, said through his megaphone. “And in the lo...

Law student sues Pitt, claiming Title IX complaint was mistreated

Law student sues Pitt, claiming Title IX complaint was mistreated

By The Pitt News Staff

November 13, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

  A former Pitt law student has sued the University, claiming Pitt employees mistreated her when they responded to a Title IX complaint she filed. Hannah Rullo filed a lawsuit Oct. 25 in the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh against the University of Pittsburgh saying she was subjected to gende...

Provost Patricia Beeson to step down, return to faculty

Provost Patricia Beeson to step down, return to faculty

By Janine Faust / Assistant News Editor

November 7, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Provost Patricia Beeson will step down from her position in fall 2018, Pitt announced Tuesday. The University currently has three deans who will also be stepping down at the same time as Beeson, leaving a multitude of leadership positions to fill by the start of the next academic year. Beeson wi...

Pitt Board of Trustees approves funding for renovations

Pitt Board of Trustees approves funding for renovations

By Caroline Bourque | Assistant News Editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Administration, News

The University of Pittsburgh’s Board of Trustees approved close to $44 million of renovation projects across campus at a Property and Facilities Committee meeting Friday morning. According to University spokesperson Joe Miksch, the approved renovations will include five projects within five Pitt f...

Governor approves state-related funding

Governor approves state-related funding

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Governor Tom Wolf signed an appropriation bill passed by the state legislature into law Friday morning — meaning Pitt is officially funded. The signing of the bill — which the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Wednesday by a margin of 181-5 — marks the end of a more than four-month stale...

Pitt procures state funding, ending tuition scare

Pitt procures state funding, ending tuition scare

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

October 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News, Top Stories

Update: Gov. Tom Wolf signed the appropriation bill Friday, officially funding Pitt and the other state-related universities. The Pennsylvania General Assembly has passed an appropriation bill to fund Pitt, warding off the fear of a tuition hike — for now. The bill passed Wednesday by a margi...

Pitt architect plans campus future

Pitt architect plans campus future

By Anna Bongardino | Contributing Editor

October 13, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Any Pitt student who has lived in Nordenberg or Panther Hall — or who has had class in Benedum or Salk Hall — can thank Canard Grigsby for planning and overseeing the execution of the buildings’ designs. Grigsby, the University architect, reviews almost all facilities management projects involving...

Gallagher meets with Gov. Wolf amid Pitt funding uncertainties

Gallagher meets with Gov. Wolf amid Pitt funding uncertainties

By Rachel Glasser and John Hamilton / TPN Staff

October 12, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf met with Chancellor Patrick Gallagher Thursday morning amid a state budget impasse that's making Pitt's state funding uncertain. Wolf met with Gallagher to "reassure him of his commitment to the state-related universities," Wolf's Press Secretary J.J. Abbott said in an email....

Chancellor: mid-year tuition increases possible

Chancellor: mid-year tuition increases possible

By Rachel Glasser / News Editor

October 12, 2017


Filed under Administration, News

A mid-year tuition increase for students is not out of the question if Pennsylvania fails to fund its state-related universities, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher said Tuesday. [Latest: Gallagher meets with Gov. Wolf to discuss Pitt's funding] In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the chancellor expressed his con...

Pitt invites input for master plan

Pitt invites input for master plan

By Madeline Gavatorta / Staff Writer

September 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Jim Wehner started his first architectural internship focused on improving Pitt’s campus 25 years ago. Wehner, an architect specializing in institutional facilities and campus design at J-Way Architectural and father of two Pitt students, said this is Pitt’s first actual attempt to renovate ...

Gallagher discusses research and in-state students at trustees meeting

Gallagher discusses research and in-state students at trustees meeting

By Rachel Glasser | News Editor

September 27, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s board of trustees meeting Wednesday began with an interruption. As Chairperson Eva Tansky Blum began her opening remarks, a protester stood in the William Pitt Union assembly room, shouting, “Shame on Pitt, stop cruel mouse testing.” The individual was immediately escorted out of the r...

Student organizers react to admin’s union oppositon

Student organizers react to admin’s union oppositon

By Kirsten Wong and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

August 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Rachel Coombs was conducting research in a biology lab in late July when she found herself enraged by an email from Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson. Coombs, a Ph.D. student studying biological sciences, read Beeson’s letter outlining the Pitt administration’s opposition to the grad student union eff...

Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications leaves University

Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications leaves University

By Rachel Glasser and Janine Faust / News Editors

August 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Susan Rogers — who was appointed Pitt’s vice chancellor for communications just 18 months ago — is no longer employed by the University of Pittsburgh, a spokesperson confirmed Monday.  After this story was first published Monday evening, Joe Miksch — the University’s director of media r...

Q&A: Departing law and engineering deans

Q&A: Departing law and engineering deans

By John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief

August 21, 2017


Filed under Administration, News

Two Pitt deans announced their resignations during the summer months, giving the University two positions to fill by the start of the 2018 academic year. Gerald Holder — dean of the Swanson School of Engineering — announced his intent to return to the faculty in May, following two decades in the...

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

Pitt administration comes out against grad student union

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 28, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News, Top Stories

Speaking on behalf of the University, Pitt Provost Patricia Beeson came out against a graduate student union Thursday, claiming that a union would not be in the best interests of students. Beeson’s letter is the first direct criticism the administration has levied against the unionization efforts, which formally began in January of 2016. The University is now officially no...

Pitt increases tuition, budget

Pitt increases tuition, budget

By Caroline Bourque | The Pitt News Staff

July 17, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt trustees voted Monday to increase in-state tuition by 2.5 percent and out-of-state tuition by three percent, along with an increase to the University’s operating budget. In-state students enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences will see their tuition increase by $442, while ou...

Trustees elect new members, rename Pennsylvania Hall

Trustees elect new members, rename Pennsylvania Hall

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

July 5, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees elected four new members, approved construction projects and renamed Pennsylvania Hall at their June 30 meeting. Pennsylvania Hall — which has held that name since its construction in 2004 — is now named K. Leroy Irvis Hall to honor K. Leroy Irvis, a Pitt alumnus and ...

Pitt Law dean Carter to step down, leaving Pitt a second dean position to fill

Pitt Law dean Carter to step down, leaving Pitt a second dean position to fill

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The dean of Pitt’s law school, William M. Carter Jr., is stepping down to return to teaching full-time, becoming the second Pitt dean ending their tenure next spring. Carter's decision comes soon after engineering dean Gerald Holder announced in May he will step down and return to the faculty. Carter and Holder will leave their positions ...

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

Auditor’s concerns with PSU partially apply to Pitt

By Janine Faust / Senior Staff Writer

June 28, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Pennsylvania auditor general harshly criticized Penn State after a recent audit, raising some concerns that apply to other state-related universities, including Pitt. In his 112-page audit report, Auditor General Eugene Depasquale cited several issues including skyrocketing tuition, a lack of transparency, a decrease in in-state enrollment and an...

Q&A with new UHC dean Brian Primack

Q&A with new UHC dean Brian Primack

By The Pitt News Staff

June 20, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Brian Primack, a Pitt alumnus and professor in the School of Medicine, gained another title earlier this month when Pitt named him to replace Edward Stricker as dean of the University Honors College. In anticipation of the beginning of his tenure, set to start July 1, The Pitt News asked Primack to discuss his pla...

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

Pitt announces finances, top employee earners

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s annual financial disclosure, which it released last month in compliance with the Right to Know Law, revealed a pay structure with University athletics once again at the top. The University, which legally qualifies as a non-profit organization exempt from tax, nevertheless must still file a publi...

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

Michaels dismissed from Pitt after child pornography possession charges

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

June 12, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Edward Michaels has been dismissed from Pitt, according to a University spokesperson, after he was charged with possessing child pornography on May 24. Michaels is the former director of Pitt’s counseling center, a position he held since June 2015. Immediately following his arrest, Pitt placed Mi...

Pitt considers closing Titusville campus

Pitt considers closing Titusville campus

By Caroline Bourque | Staff Writer

June 7, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt is considering several options to deal with a lack of steady enrollment at Pitt-Titusville, including shuttering the branch campus, mainly due to a lack of steady enrollment, according to a report released last Thursday. University officials released an analysis listing more problems than possible sol...

University names Brian Primack new UHC dean

University names Brian Primack new UHC dean

By Janine Faust | Staff Writer

June 7, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt announced researcher and medical doctor Brian A. Primack as the new dean of the University Honors College Monday. Primack will succeed Edward Stricker as the third Bernice L. and Morton S. Lerner Chair and dean of the UHC, beginning July 1. Primack’s primary responsibilities as dean will be...

Students react to counseling center director’s arrest

Students react to counseling center director’s arrest

By John Hamilton and Henry Glitz | The Pitt News Staff

May 31, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

In the six days following the counseling center director’s arrest, Pitt students responded to the latest controversy at the center, while the University has largely stayed quiet and given little additional information. Allegheny County police arrested Edward Michaels, 67, of Wilkinsburg, last Wedne...

Pitt counseling center director charged with possessing child pornography

Pitt counseling center director charged with possessing child pornography

By John Hamilton / Editor-in-Chief

May 25, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

The director of Pitt’s counseling center — Edward Michaels — was arrested Wednesday on charges of possessing child pornography. Allegheny County police arrested Michaels, 67, of Wilkinsburg, on charges of possessing child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility. According t...

Engineering dean Holder announces resignation

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 11, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Dean of Engineering Gerald Holder announced yesterday he will step down and return to the faculty after 21 years of leading the Swanson School of Engineering. Holder’s departure from the position will take effect before the beginning of the Fall semester in 2018. Pitt plans to begin the search ...

Paul Cohen named first dean of School of Computing and Information

Paul Cohen named first dean of School of Computing and Information

By Caroline Bourque | Senior Staff Writer

May 10, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Paul R. Cohen will become the founding dean of Pitt’s new School of Computing and Information — the first new school established at Pitt since 1995 — which will enroll its first students in the fall. The School of Computing and Information will provide courses centered around the idea of integ...

Pitt names Kathleen Blee new Dietrich School dean

Pitt names Kathleen Blee new Dietrich School dean

By Henry Glitz | News Editor

May 1, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News, Top Stories

Concluding a search process begun last summer, Pitt announced the hiring of a new dean of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Monday. Kathleen Blee is set to start as dean on August 15. Blee is currently associate dean for the Dietrich School and has been a professor of sociology at the University...

Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

Pitt hires Rob A. Rutenbar as first senior vice chancellor for research

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and John Hamilton / The Pitt News Staff

April 11, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The University of Pittsburgh hired The University of Pittsburgh hired Rob A. Rutenbar Monday as the first senior vice chancellor for research, a new position that will oversee and integrate research at Pitt. The search for the job began in October 2016, when Pitt held four town halls to get input on hiring for...

Paid parental leave extended to Pitt staff

Paid parental leave extended to Pitt staff

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

March 30, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The University announced the first paid parental leave program for staff on Wednesday, providing four consecutive weeks of paid leave to new mothers and fathers. The new benefit, which is available to benefits-eligible staff members, allows parents to take four weeks of paid leave during the 12 months f...

Alma mater honors Bonner with leadership award

Alma mater honors Bonner with leadership award

By John Hamilton / Assistant News Editor

March 29, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Washington & Jefferson College honored 1994 grad Kenyon Bonner Tuesday night for the leadership he’s displayed in his 13 years at Pitt. Bonner, Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students, received the Maurice Cleveland Waltersdorf Award, given to W&J students and alumni who have the demonstrated ...

Pitt eliminates CGS associate dean position

Pitt eliminates CGS associate dean position

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

March 15, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Without a public announcement about upcoming organizational changes to the College of General Studies, former associate dean Cristina Ruggiero left the position in February. Pitt spokesperson Joe Miksch said her departure was the result of “pending organizational changes” that have eliminated th...

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition urges Board of Trustees to divest

Fossil Free Pitt Coalition urges Board of Trustees to divest

By Grant Burgman / Staff Writer

February 27, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

A February day when the temperature reached the high 70s in Pittsburgh seemed like the perfect time to talk about climate change — and aligned with the Fossil Free Pitt Coalition’s pre-planned attendance at a public Board of Trustees meeting.   The 38-person board — who, according to their website, “ensu...

Pittsburghers demand Toomey town hall meeting

Pittsburghers demand Toomey town hall meeting

By John Hamilton / Contributing Editor

February 22, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

A cardboard cutout of Sen. Pat Toomey stood in place of the actual politician at a makeshift town hall in Station Square Tuesday. Frustrated with Toomey’s decision to not hold a town hall over congressional recess, about 250 Pittsburghers held their own town hall as the latest installment of Tu...

Pitt revises faculty, student relationship policy

Pitt revises faculty, student relationship policy

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Managing Editor

February 17, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Faculty Assembly approved a revision to its consensual relationship policy Tuesday that now bans students from engaging in relationships with faculty or staff who are or could be in a position of supervision over them. The assembly voted to include staff members in the policy — which includ...

Pitt’s plans for Community Engagements Centers still vague

Pitt’s plans for Community Engagements Centers still vague

By Max Datner / For The Pitt News

January 27, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Although Pitt announced plans to create community engagement centers seven months ago, there have been sparse details since about when or how the program will take shape. In a June 2016 University press release, Pitt cited a need to establish partnerships with communities surrounding the University....

Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences updates general education requirements

Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences updates general education requirements

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under Administration, News

For the first time in 35 years, general education requirements are changing in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. The Undergraduate Council, composed of 12 faculty members and five undergraduate students, recently announced it approved changes for the general education requirements ...

Pitt names founding director for Cyber Institute

Pitt names founding director for Cyber Institute

By Ashwini Sivaganesh and Alexa Bakalarski / News Editors

January 12, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt  announced the director of the new Pitt Cyber Institute, which will focus on addressing and teaching issues of cyber security, Wednesday morning. The university appointed David J. Hickton as the head of the institute, a new interdisciplinary teaching and research facility that will work with t...

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

Pitt students, faculty talk diversity with Dean Bonner

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

January 11, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

Pitt students and faculty used markers, large posters and brainpower Tuesday evening to address diversity and inclusion at Pitt. In the second installment of Pitt’s Dialogue with the Dean, a University-sponsored conversation as part of Pitt’s Year of Diversity, Vice Provost and Dean of Studen...

School of Education announces new dean

School of Education announces new dean

By Alexa Bakalarski and Amanda Reed / News Editors

January 11, 2017


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

After the former dean stepped down in the summer, Pitt has named a new School of Education dean — one who has had a focus on diversity and inclusion in her past roles. Valerie Kinloch, who will begin serving as Pitt’s School of Education dean July 1, 2017, is currently the associate dean of div...

Pitt planning for budget cuts for 2017-18 fiscal year

Pitt planning for budget cuts for 2017-18 fiscal year

By Amanda Reed / Assistant News Editor

January 6, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Even with a $3.6 billion endowment, possible budget changes from Harrisburg could mean Pitt will have to find other funding sources in the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The University uses funds from the state for teaching instruction, financial aid, student services like the wellness center and the Stu...

Board of Trustees invest in campus buildings

Board of Trustees invest in campus buildings

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / News Editor

January 6, 2017


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees plans to close the deal on a $7 million two-story building in Oakland in the coming weeks but isn’t yet sure what the space will be used for. The property and facilities committee of the Board can approve construction projects of more than $2 million and real estate purchase...

University Honors College announces internal search for next dean

University Honors College announces internal search for next dean

By Ashwini Sivaganesh | News Editor

December 27, 2016


Filed under Administration, News

The University Honors College officially created a search committee last week, five months after Dean Edward Stricker announced that he would be stepping down before the fall of 2017. Senior Director of International Programs Ariel Armony will head the dean search committee, made up of 10 Pitt student and facu...

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

Pitt faculty petitions for sanctuary campus

By Lauren Rosenblatt, Alexa Bakalarski, Amanda Reed / The Pitt News Staff

December 8, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, City, National News, News, Top Stories

With a new petition, Pitt professors are asking the administration to proactively protect undocumented students. Assistant English professor Peter Campbell and English professor Sarah Leavens spearheaded the effort and worked collaboratively with seven other professors on the petition, which urges Pitt ...

Pitt hires psychiatrist

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

December 7, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Even as students complained that Pitt hadn’t hired replacement psychiatrists to staff its Counseling Center, it appears administrators had actually — and quietly — filled one of the open positions. In an email sent Dec. 6, University spokesperson Shawn Ahearn said that Dr. Jennifer Prins, ...

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

At Cathedral, Fossil Free Pitt Coalition calls for divestment

By Janine Faust / Staff Writer

December 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

A thin, cardboard oil pipeline roughly 200 feet long stretched along the slate floor of the Cathedral Commons for about 20 minutes on Monday morning. Students had constructed the “pipeline” out of recycled cardboard tubes painted black and stretched it from the main entrance of the Commons to the b...

Despite concerns, Title IX Coordinator says sexual assault services will continue under Trump

Despite concerns, Title IX Coordinator says sexual assault services will continue under Trump

By Nikita Karulkar / Staff Writer

December 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, National News, News, Top Stories

When Vice President Joe Biden visited Pitt in April, encouraging students to fight rape culture on campus, he was speaking during a year that seemed promising for the future of sexual assault services at colleges nationwide. Pitt had opened the Office of Diversity and Inclusion only a few months pri...

No time to talk: what’s going on with Pitt’s Counseling Center?

No time to talk: what’s going on with Pitt’s Counseling Center?

By Rachel Glasser and Tristan Dietrick

November 28, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, Health, News

Kelchis Radziewicz had struggled with underlying anxiety before, but after losing a close friend to suicide just before her first year at Pitt, she realized she couldn’t cope with the grief on her own. “It was becoming unmanageable,” said Radziewicz, a junior English literature and Engl...

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

Students react to violence at Thursday protest

By Amina Doghri / Staff Writer

November 22, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, City, News

After a week of tension — both in person and online — between protesters and the University, students once again gathered on Towers patio to express their frustration with police and Pitt. This time, Dean Kenyon Bonner — who has written two public letters in response to the violence that er...

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

Students, administration clash after Thursday night protest

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

November 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After several student-led protests since Donald Trump’s election, one march against student debt ended with two arrests, three people in handcuffs and, according to protesters, fear and concern among students. The protests last week also drew sharp rebuke from Pitt’s administration on Friday, a ...

Faculty votes on amendments to general education requirements

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Randall Halle wants every Pitt student to learn a foreign language well enough to comfortably navigate daily life in another country. Halle, the Klaus W. Jonas professor of German film and cultural studies, said this level of proficiency is the goal of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’...

Dean Bonner calls for civility during election season

Dean Bonner calls for civility during election season

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

November 2, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner wrote a letter to Pitt students reminding them to be civil this week, despite clashes between pro- and anti-Trump students on campus. The first clash between political opponents on campus came last week, on Oct. 26, when the student group Youth for Trum...

New policy allows student athletes register early for classes

New policy allows student athletes register early for classes

By Emily Brindley and Lauren Rosenblatt / The Pitt News Staff

October 31, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Student-athletes at Pitt, including football and basketball players, have been able to register for spring semester classes for three days now, while all other students are only beginning to register today. This is because Pitt’s senior administrators and athletic department approved a change this s...

University reinstates fraternity Pi Lambda Phi

University reinstates fraternity Pi Lambda Phi

By Emily Baranik / Staff Writer

October 21, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, Campus, News

After a two-year absence, Pi Lambda Phi is back on campus as an officially recognized fraternity. The fraternity has spent much of the past 20 years under University suspension — Pitt suspended the group most recently in 2014 for supplying alcohol to a minor. National recruiters came to recolon...

Department of Defense to fund Pitt’s trauma research

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 20, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Pitt received up to $90 million in federal funding Wednesday to improve trauma care for military members and civilians. The U.S. Department of Defense awarded Pitt’s Schools of Health Sciences the up-to-$90 million contract to collect data and, eventually, initiate projects with the Department, s...

Senate Council announced partnerships to improve application process

Senate Council announced partnerships to improve application process

By Leo Dornan / Staff Writer

October 20, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Senate Council announced two partnerships Wednesday night that its administrative members say will make it easier for high school students from any socio-economic background to apply to the University. Pitt will enter into partnerships next fall with the Coalition for Access and Affordability and Raise.m...

Students angered by lack of psychiatrists at Pitt Counseling Center

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

With 130 shares, more than 530 signatures and more than 100 comments, an online petition criticizing Pitt’s support of mental health services made its way around social media this weekend. Anna Shaw, a junior psychology and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies major, started the petition on Friday ...

Pitt searches for new dean for Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Pitt searches for new dean for Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

By Lauren Rosenblatt / News Editor

October 18, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Few Pitt students attended the open forum for the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ new dean, but those who did said they wanted someone with a focus on inclusion, communication and collaboration. On Monday afternoon, Pitt held the first open forum targeted at students to gather opinions abou...

Pitt receives $7 million NIH grant to fund urology research

Pitt receives $7 million NIH grant to fund urology research

By Emily Brindley / Assistant News Editor

October 12, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Armed with $7.7 million in federal funding, researchers at Pitt announced on Tuesday the opening of a new research center to find treatments for prostate enlargement and urinary tract infections. The O’Brien Urology Cooperative Research Center, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will res...

Pitt starts search for first senior vice chancellor for research

Pitt starts search for first senior vice chancellor for research

By Alexa Bakalarski / Assistant News Editor

October 6, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Office of the Chancellor is gaining one extra body this spring, and the administration is looking for faculty and student input to decide who will fill a newly created position. Pitt has held four town hall meetings this week to lead the search for the first senior vice chancellor for research. Th...

Dean Bonner talks diversity, inclusion at Pitt

Dean Bonner talks diversity, inclusion at Pitt

By Rachel Glasser / Staff Writer

October 5, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

When Kenyon Bonner took the stage in front of a crowd of students Tuesday night, he invited them to talk over him. As students took turns passing around a microphone and sharing their opinions, Bonner, Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students, gripped the edge of the podium in the center of the ...

Students question panel of community, administrative leaders

Students question panel of community, administrative leaders

By Preena Patel / For The Pitt News

September 23, 2016


Filed under Administration, City, News, Top Stories

Representatives from city police, Pitt police and the University met for a wide-ranging panel to answer Pitt students’ questions about safety and police-community relations Thursday evening. About 50 students attended the Pitt Community Forum, which the Student Government Board hosted in the Will...

Union plans still not finalized

Union plans still not finalized

By Alyssa Bessaparis / For the Pitt News

September 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

Though it’s been nearly a year since Pitt faculty and graduate students first whispered plans to form labor unions, both groups have yet to take the first formal step of sending out voting cards to see if forming a union is feasible. But that’s because both campaigns are still continuing to spr...

Pitt receives $1 million grant to study family caregivers

By Janine Faust / For The Pitt News

September 15, 2016


Filed under Administration, Health, News, Top Stories

Backed by a $1 million grant, Pitt researchers are launching a study into the effects of providing long-term care for elder relatives. The Stern Foundation and the Emily Kelly Roseburgh Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation are providing the money to back Pitt’s new Caregiver Project, an effort to study f...

Pitt starts search for first School of Computing and Information Dean

Pitt starts search for first School of Computing and Information Dean

By David Robinson / For the Pitt News

September 14, 2016


Filed under 2. Featured, Administration, News

Pitt wants its new School of Computing and Information to be as quick to adapt as the latest software update — beginning with its search for a dean. A search committee to find a dean for the new school met with about 30 Pitt community members, including faculty, staff and students, Tuesday afte...

Pitt expands health care coverage for transgender faculty and staff

By Alexa Bakalarski / Senior Staff Writer

August 24, 2016


Filed under 3. Breaking, Administration, Campus, Health, News, Top Stories

Beginning this year, Pitt will — for the first time — provide coverage for faculty and staff members’ transgender-related healthcare services. Pitt announced the change in a three-page long letter the University’s Office of Human Resources sent to faculty and staff last week. The letter detail...

Pitt 2016-2017 operating budget approved

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 20, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Pitt’s Board of Trustees approved the University’s  $2.1 billion operating budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year Monday. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher sent an email to the Pitt community Wednesday afternoon detailing some of the decisions made in the approved budget. The decisions include tuiti...

Former Pitt professor confirmed as next Librarian of Congress

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

July 14, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

A former Pitt professor will take the reigns of the nation’s biggest library. The Baltimore Sun reported Carla Hayden was confirmed by the Senate in a 74-18 vote Wednesday as the next head of the Library of Congress. Hayden, who was nominated by President Barack Obama in February, will be the the first woman...

Year of Diversity, new centers confirmed at Board of Trustees meeting

Year of Diversity, new centers confirmed at Board of Trustees meeting

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 24, 2016


Filed under Administration, Campus, News, Top Stories

In the Assembly Room of the William Pitt Union, Pitt’s Board of Trustees looked back on the University’s progress during the 2015-2016 academic year and outlined plans for the year ahead. At their annual meeting Friday morning, the Board approved funding of four capital budget projects to remodel ca...

John Cooper steps down as Arts & Sciences dean

John Cooper steps down as Arts & Sciences dean

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 23, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The second Pitt dean in two weeks has announced his return to teaching. John Cooper, dean of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, will step down and resume his former faculty role in the Department of Chemistry in fall 2017 after holding the dean position for 18 years. “It has b...

Edward Stricker steps down as Honors College dean

Edward Stricker steps down as Honors College dean

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 21, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

Edward Stricker will step down as dean of Pitt’s University Honors College before the fall of 2017 semester, but he’s not going far. Stricker, who has served as the dean since July 2011, announced Thursday that he will resign as dean and rejoin Pitt’s Department of Neuroscience faculty. A search...

Pitt’s Board of Trustees committee advances candidates

By Alexa Bakalarski / News Editor

June 3, 2016


Filed under Administration, News, Top Stories

The Governance and Nominating Committee of Pitt’s Board of Trustees has advanced three new candidates for membership on the board. The committee advanced Edward J. Grefenstette, president and chief investment officer of The Dietrich Foundation, as well as retired Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho...

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