February 2012 News and Notes

 Commonwealth Budget  

Every indication is that Governor Corbett’s budget address, scheduled for February 7, will not bode well for public higher education.  In anticipation of another round of severe cuts, the University is getting an early start in organizing its constituents to advocate in Harrisburg.  As was the case last year, Pitt-Bradford will participate actively in these efforts as the University strategy emerges.  More information will be forthcoming as the strategy unfolds. 

 Annual Brand Party 

This year’s annual Brand Party will be held on Wednesday, February 15, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the University Room.  Please plan to attend and enjoy lunch, a free gift, the chance to vote for your favorite student video in the “Aloha from Pitt-Bradford” contest, and find out who are this year’s brand champions.  

Multicultural Week Events 

This year we have several new events planned for the week leading up to the annual Cultural Festival, a tradition that gets richer and stronger every year.  I hope you can attend the following events:  

  • Wednesday, February 22, 162 Swarts:  Diversity Day Training:  Shari Manges and Warren McCoy, trainers from the Office of Affirmative Action, Diversity and Inclusion in Oakland, will present three programs on diversity, harassment and generational differences in the workplace. All sessions will be held in 162 Swarts Hall. Refreshments will be served.  Please RSVP to Carma Horner (CLH71@pitt.edu) .  
    • 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Different Like You 
    • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Harassment Hurts 
    • 2 – 4 p.m. – Please Respect My Generation 
  • Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m., University Room:  Living and Learning in a Diverse Community panel discussion – The Office of the President, with the support of the Faculty Senate and Staff Association, will host a panel discussion titled "Living and Learning in a Diverse Community.”  The focus of the panel will be on student experiences on campus and in the community, around issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and other factors that are underrepresented in the dominant regional culture. After the stabbing incident involving our students and community members last fall, several members of the campus community voiced their hope that the University would foster ongoing conversation focused on the character and quality of the climate on campus and in the community, for all University community members, but especially for students.  While understanding perceptions of the current climate is certainly the first goal, identifying steps to improve that climate is another desired outcome. 
  •  Saturday, February 25, 6:30 p.m., University Room:  Cultural Festival  

Economic Impact Study 

Plans to conduct an economic impact study are moving forward, and we will contract with Dr. Sabina Deitrick and her team at Pitt’s Center for Social and Urban Research to complete the project.  Findings will be released in early May.    

Staff Recognition 

On January 31, we recognized 20 staff members for their years of dedicated service to Pitt-Bradford.    

35 years: 

  • Dr. K. James Evans, vice president and dean of student affairs 
  • Thomas J. Sheeley, maintenance worker 
  • Cindy Cavallero, administrative assistant and office manager for student affairs 

30 years: 

  • Dr. Holly J. Spittler, associate dean of student affairs and director of career services 

20 years: 

  • Linda K. Delaney, assistant director of sponsored programs and manager of payroll 

15 years:  

  • Elizabeth A. Spindler, administrative assistant for athletics and recreational sports 
  • Dan E. Songer, director of campus police and security 
  • Cathy Sue Reiley, coordinator of user services for computing, telecommunications and media services 
  • Rhett F. Kennedy, director of auxiliary services 

10 years: 

  • Malcolm W. “Mick” McMillan, director of recreation, intramurals and aquatics 
  • John Walter McGriff, maintenance worker 
  • Karen J. Branch, enrollment services assistant 
  • Brenda Rich Brandon, administrative assistant for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences 
  • Jody A. Randolph, database manager and certification and placement coordinator for the Division of Management and Education 
  • Catherine L. Holzwarth, administrative assistant in the Division of Biological and Health Sciences 

5 years: 

  • John R. Eaton, assistant athletic trainer 
  • Jessica Debra Kramer, human resources and payroll assistant 
  • Tonya J. Ackley, coordinator of community engagement and Wick Chapel 
  • Kimberly R. Boyer, financial aid counselor 
  • Lindsay Hilton Retchless, director of alumni relations  

Housing Update 

Based on enrollment projections for 2012-13, it appears that we will not need ancillary housing at the Best Western.  We expect to be able to accommodate all students in campus housing.  We will reassess our need for additional beds next year, and in the meantime work on a plan for replacement of the Townhouse Apartments. 

Save the Date 

Please mark your calendars for a few upcoming events: 

  • Faculty and Staff Campaign Kick-off Luncheon – Thursday, February 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., University Room 
  • Spring Break Holiday – March 9  
  • 50 And Beyond Campaign Kickoff Celebration – March 23  

Emergency Notification Service 

If you have not already subscribed to the Emergency Notification Service, please consider doing so. As you may know, the service will enable you to receive voice and text messages in case of an emergency, including weather-related closures. To subscribe to the service, log in to the my.pitt.edu web portal and access the Emergency Notification tab that is located under “My Resources” in the upper right of the page and follow the instructions. Also, Emergency Response Plan is available on our website:  http://www.upb.pitt.edu/facultyandstaff.aspx   

University Policy on Crime Reporting 

The University’s standing policy on Campus Crime Awareness: Crime Reporting, Crime Alerts and Emergency Notification appears at the following link: http://www.cfo.pitt.edu/policies/policy/06/06-03-02.html Please review this policy and note the expectation that faculty, staff and students will promptly report all criminal incidents occurring on campus, or that involve the University community, to Campus Police.