UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
President, 1997, August-2007, June Cassell, Dr. Frank A.
Dr. Frank A. Cassell was named as third president of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in June, 1997 and assumed his duties on August 11, 1997. He graduated from Wabash College with a bachelor’s degree in history and received his master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Northwestern University. He worked at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee for 24 years, serving as assistant chancellor for university relations, interim dean of the School of Social Welfare, chairman of the history department and director of the urban studies program. Dr. Cassell became vice provost and dean of the Albert A. Robin Campus of Roosevelt University in Illinois. He was born in 1941 and is married to Elizabeth Weber Cassell. Retired from the Office of the President effective June 30, 2007.
Includes Program “The Installation of Frank A. Cassell as Third President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. March 25, 1998, 3:30 p.m.” For videocassette of installation ceremony, see RG60 VC I.3.
SEARCH COMMITTEE See: RG36 Ser.: UPG President Search Committee, 1995.
INSTALLATION AS THIRD PRESIDENT, UPG, MARCH 25, 1998
Includes a copy of FAC’s remarks at the ceremony.
Greetings and Congratulations. Proclamations.
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Greetings and Congratulations. Letters.
Includes letters of congratulations, acceptance/regrets in re attending the installation ceremony.
Videocassette. See RG60 VC I. 3.
Prints. See RG60 Prints. Portraits. UPG Presidents. Cassell, Dr. Frank A.
See also: RG52 Subject Files: UPG President’s Scholarship Fund.
INSTALLATION COMMITTEE FILE
Includes: Installation Proceedings Formulary; Planning Committee Correspondence and notes;
remarks by Jack Millstein, UPG Advisory Board, at the installation ceremony; media advisory
and logs; UPG Home Page installation information; “Symposium on the Liberal Arts” including
remarks by Robert Pack, Office of the Provost; miscellaneous (draft of installation information,
copy of Wesleyan College inauguration of its 23rd president).
1997, Nov. 24. To FAC from Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. Subjects include:
Chancellor’s public service commitments in re the special legislative commission examining
the structure of Pennsylvania’s urban schools; regional workforce development project;
presentations to high ranking government officers, foundation heads, alumni leaders and major
gift prospects in re the University’s progress and prospects. Enclosed is a copy of the
November 1997 report, “University of Pittsburgh Overview of Institutional Progress”.
2000, Feb. 25. To FAC from Dr. Curtis E. Porter, Campus Executive Officer, Penn State McKeesport.
Ltr of thanks for hosting a Penn State McKeesport contingent on the Campus. Subjects: location of bound
students in education and engineering, the cooperative efforts in IST development, and the coordination of
calendar events planning such as Black History Month. CEP hopes to have the opportunity to host FAC and
UPG colleagues on the Penn State McKeesport Campus. TLS. [prints of the Penn State McKeesport Campus
visit enclosed with the ltr can be found in RG60 Visual Images--Prints--Penn State McKeesport Visit to
the UPG Campus. Feb. 2000.]
2002, May 12. To FAC from Elizabeth R. Schmidt. Gift to UPG of several Lynch Family
items: a large medieval-looking armchair; a framed embroidered picture of George
Washington done by Mary Lynch Quinn; a small footstool with a needle pointed flower
cover and may have been needle pointed by grandmother, Mary Richardson Lynch or one
of her aunts. TLS.
[prints of gift may be found in RG60 Visual Images. Prints. Lynch Family. Gift of
Lynch Family items.]
1997, June 19. To UPG Faculty and Staff. Concerns FAC’s appointment as
president of UPG.
1997, October 1. To University Community. Subject: National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week
1997, December 1. To UPG Community. Subject: Administrative Reorganization.
1998, January 12. To UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: University Relations and Development.
Appointment of Dr. David C. Schmidt as Interim Director of University Relations.
1998, January 22. To UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Budget Planning. Deals with the budget
planning process for FY99. Includes attachment, Executive Summary of “Investing in Excellence.”
1998, Feb. 16. To: Members of the Academic Council, Special Ass’t. to the President,
Carol Calloway. Subject: Leading the Way by Building on Our Success. [I enclose a copy of a report
prepared by African-American students, faculty, and staff at the University of Pittsburgh. It deals with very
important issues. Although focused on the Oakland campus, much of what the report says about retaining
and graduating African-American students applies to our situation.]
1998, March 26. To All UPG Faculty. Subject: President’s Initiative on Race: Campus Week of Dialogue.
1998, March 30. To UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: “A Magical Moment.”
Deals with the Installation ceremony; appreciation and thanks for a successful
event. Includes a copy of FAC’s remarks at the ceremony.
1998, April 13. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: University Relations.
[announces and encloses two information pieces produced by UPG University
Relations: brochure entitled “Portraits in Pride”; tabloid insert to appear in the
Pittsburgh and Greensburg TRIBUNE REVIEW issues of April 14]
1998, April 24. To Regular Members of the UPG Staff. Subject: “Pitt Pat”
Award Program. Includes Guidelines and photocopy of certificate (for an original certificate,
see RG52 Subject Files, Er.: “Pitt Pat” Award Program).
1998, August 24. To UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Newsletters. [Launch
of a new newsletter, “The Blue and Gold”; change in format and purpose of
the publication, “Intercom”]
1998 August 24. To Faculty and Staff. Subject: President’s Award for
Excellence. [Initiation of new recognition program that honors faculty and staff
who have made outstanding contributions to UPG during the last year [1997/98].
Faculty: Vickilyn Barnot, Richard Blevins, Anthony Boldurian, Alicia Covarrubias, Nancy Estrada,
Sayre Greenfield, Michael Lucci, Diane Marsh, Mark McColloch, Stephen Murabito,
Mary Beth Spore, Judith Vollmer. Staff: Karen Antoniak, Joyce Bucchi, Charlene Cerutti,
Nancy Evans, Virginia Kemerer, Patty LaMantia, William Martin, Richard Naccarato, Joseph Olczak,
John R. Sparks, Allen Tedrow, Charles Westbrooks.]
1998, August 28. To UPG Community. Subject: President’s Award for Staff
Excellence. [new awards program that annually honors a staff member who has
demonstrated excellence in the work place above and beyond the individual’s
1998, August 31. To Faculty and Staff. Subject: Campus Update. [developments
at UPG since classes ended Spring 1998; gives reports from: The Division of
Academic Affairs (Dr. Norman Scanlon); Administrative Affairs (Dr. Guy
Rossetti); Division of Student Services (Interim Dean Rick Fogle)
1998, August 31. UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Campus Update and
1998, September. [Invitation to a reception and dinner on Friday, September 11,
1998 to welcome new colleagues and to celebrate the beginning of the academic
1998, September 4. All UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Information Concerning
Sexual Assault and Campus Safety. Includes copy of brochure, “Assistance for
Victims of Sexual Assault”.
1998, September 8. UPG Faculty, Staff, and Advisory Board Members. Subject:
Dr. Guy Rossetti. [surgery and convalescence]
1998, September 23. Via E-Mail. Subject: Remarks to the UPG Senate, September 22, 1998.
[new full-time faculty and staff appointments; campus agenda for 1998-99; values that should inform
our academic and co-curricular programs; academic villages; Task force on Undergraduate Life]
1998 October 16. Via E-Mail. Dr. Guy Rossetti [update on medical condition]
1998, October 23. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Advisory Board, and PGAA.
Subject: Dr. Guy Rossetti. [update on condition]
1998, November 3. Via E-Mail. Subject: Remark to UPG Senate.
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Campus Agenda for 1998-1999
President’s Progress Report, November, 1998. [new curriculum; major in
History and a Latin American Studies Certificate Program; Secondary
Education Certification Program; RN Degree Completion Program; MBA
Program; searches for new faculty; Computer Policy Task Force Report and
recommendations; wire all dorm rooms for computer use; funding sources to
strengthen academic programs; upgrading admissions standards; retention
strategies; enriching undergraduate life; student leadership training and
experience; new sports teams; intercollegiate sports; career advising program;
academic village; Terra House; UPG Honors Convocation; new staff
organization; staff award programs; infrastructure; relationships with alumni,
friends and the community; Allegheny Power Co. pledge of $20,000 project to
place computers in dormitory rooms; Institute for Continued Learning.
1998, November 5. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni Board, and
Advisory Board. Subject: Dr. Guy Rossetti. [death of Dr. Rossetti]
1998, November 6. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, and Student Leaders. Subject:
[invitation to ground-breaking ceremony for the fourth UPG Student Residence
Complex, November 16, 1998]
1998, November 16. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: [counseling upon
the death of Dr. Rossetti]
1998, November 17. Via E-Mail. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject:
Fundraising. [Catherine Mabis McKenna Foundation; wiring dormitories for
computers; Academic Computing Task Force]
1998, November 19. To: Faculty, Staff, Advisory Board, and Alumni Board.
Subject: Memorial Service for Dr. Guy Rossetti and Scholarship Fund. [January
15, 1998, 4:00 p.m., Ferguson Theater; Dr. Mark McColloch heads a small
planning committee: endowed scholarship to support UPG students who are
seeking study abroad opportunities]
1998, December 9. To UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Rick Fogle’s Father-
in-Law. [death of Mr. Stephen Smith, father-in-law to Intern Dean Rick Fogle]
1998, December 22. To [various administrative heads]. Another copy via
e-mail to [UPG faculty and staff]. Subject: Creation of the Administrative
Assembly and Expansion of the President’s Cabinet. [President’s Cabinet:
addition of Dr. David Schmidt, Director of University Relations and
Development to the President’s Cabinet, which has consisted of Dr. Frank
A. Cassell, Vice President Scanlon, Interim Dean Fogle and the Vice President
for Administrative Affairs; UPG Administrative Assembly, List of Initial
Members, January, 1999: President Cassell, Chair; Estry Ang, Karen Antoniak,
Joyce Bucchi, Carol Calloway, Ronna Colland, Pat Duck, Rick Fogle, J. Wesley
Jamison, Bill Martin, Mark McColloch, Richard Nacarrato, Joe Olczak, Donald
Reilly, Norman Scanlon, David Schmidt, Rick Sparks, Dan Swalga, Judy Vollmer,
1999, January 4. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Dean of Student Services
Position. [appointment of Mr. Rick Fogle as UPG’s first Dean of Student
1999, January 18. To: UPG Faculty. Subject: Assistant to the President for
1999-2000. [purpose; specific assignments undertaken by Prof. Judith Vollmer,
first UPG faculty member to serve as Assistant to the President; requests that
any tenured UPG faculty member who wishes to be considered for this
appointment to notify FAC by Feb. 5]
1999, January 19. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Academic Division
Chairs, 1999-2002. [Academic divisional chairpersons for the 1999-2002 term:
Associate Professor Richard Blevins, Humanities; Associate Professor J. Wesley
Jamison, Behavioral Sciences Division; Associate Professor Mary Grace
O’Donnell, Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division]
1999, January 21. To: UPG Faculty and Staff, Advisory Board, and Alumni
Board. Subject: The Academic Village Concept. [Humanities Village; leadership
team, Dr. Lillian Beeson, Director of the Humanities Village and Dr. Nancy
Estrada as Assistant Director; Dr. Estrada to hold concurrently the title of
Coordinator of Terra House]
1999, Feb. 15. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Dr. Richard Blevins.
[announces that Assoc. Prof. Blevins has been designated one of this year’s
winners of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Awards; also list UPG
winner for the period 1986-1999]
1999, Feb. 16. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Assistant to the President.
[Associate Professor Estella Llinas appointed Assistant to the President for the
1999-2000 academic year. She succeeds Prof. Judith Vollmer, the first appointee
in this annually rotating position.]
1999, Mar. 22. To: UPG Staff & Faculty. Subject: UPG Staff Association
Officers. [President, Michelle Tracey; Vice President, Tanya Conde; Secretary,
Karen Mays; Treasurer, Suzanne Dominick. Staff Concerns Committee: Joyce
Bucchi, Karen Antoniak, Gerry Enlow, Karen Gavula]
1999, April 30. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Appointment of Carl
A. Rossman. [CAR appointed as Vice President for Administrative Affairs
and assumes duties on May 4, 1999]
1999, June 18. To: UPG Staff. Subject: Investing in Excellence. [encloses
a report to Provost Maher detailing progress in reaching the goals set out in the
1997 planning document titled, “Investing In Excellence;" topics include:
Curriculum Revision, Long-range Computing Plan and Instructional Technology
Upgrades (UPG’s ResNet), New Academic Programs (history major, certificate
in Latin American Studies, secondary certification program in education); New
Faculty Hires; Admissions Raised; New Advising System; Academic Villages
(Humanities Village); National Honor Society Chapters; Honors Convocation;
Freshman Seminar Program; Improving Student Services; Educating the Entire
Individual (“UPG Edge”, UPG Edge Series); Building An Intercollegiate Sports
Program (NCAA, Div. III, Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference --AMCC);
Addressing the Problems of Alcohol Abuse; Community Outreach/Continuing
Education Initiatives (Noncredit Programs, The UPG Cultural Series); Bringing Pitt-
Oakland Programs to Westmoreland County (School of Nursing courses for the RN and BSN
completion program, discussions with Katz School about offering a series of seminars for
upper-level management personnel; Annual Children’s Literature Conference;
Perfecting the Academic Administration (Academic Council, Director of the
Computing Center, Registrar); Improving the Management of Student Life (Dean
of Student Services); Special Assistant to the President for Minority and Diversity
Affairs; University Relation/Development Officer; UPG Foundation (in the past
twelve months contributions of $500,000 and an additional $500,000 in pledge support);
Physical Plant Initiatives (apartment-style residence halls and a commons
building; redesign of main entrance to the campus; Terra House; Security and
Information Center; distance learning facility in Millstein Library; food service
area in Chambers Hall; master facilities plan; 48 acres of land adjacent to the
existing campus acquired); Appendix 1, [some data for other colleges and
universities in Western Pennsylvania vis-a-vis UPG and the comparative
quality of faculty.
1999, June. THE BLUE & GOLD, Issue 9, June-July 1999. This issue of
THE BLUE & GOLD is devoted to a report, “From The President”.
1999, July 21. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: 1999 Freshman
Convocation. [Thursday, August 26, 1999, 6:30 p.m., Chambers
1999, August 13. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Advisory Board Members,
Alumni Board Members, and Class Representatives. Subject: Renaming
Terra House for Dr. Guy Rossetti. [Terra House officially designated as
1999, August 27. To: UPG Staff Member[s]. Subject: [two recent news
stories about UPG]. Enclosures: Article from the Greensburg Tri. Rev.
dtd 8/16/99 and an article from the Pgh. Post Gazette dtd 8/16/99.
[1999, August] Special Message to UPG Families About UPG Homecoming
“99 [first-ever UPG Homecoming Weekend, September 25 & 26; enclosures:
schedule of events, THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT
GREENSBURG “HOMECOMING ‘99: THE TRADITION BEGINS”;
reservation form; “Walk To Cure Diabetes! leaflet; Pitt-Greensburg Alumni
Association (PGAA) Fact Sheet.
1999, August 30. Via E-Mail 17 Sept. 1999. To: UPG Faculty & Staff.
Subject: A New Year [Welcome Back to UPG]. [What’s New At UPG?
Physical, Other; University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg New Staff, Fall
1999 (Regular, temporary); Newly Hired Faculty For Fall Term, 1999
1999, September 16. Via E-Mail 17 September 1999. To: UPG Faculty &
Staff. Subject: Homecoming, September 25-26.
1999, October 11. Via E-Mail. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Campus
Agenda for 1999-2000. [Copy of the document that was presented to UPG
Senate; 1999-2000 Agenda: I. Strengthening the Academic Program--
inter alia, faculty positions in art, business, and computer science/Information
Systems; Certificate Program In Latin American Studies; II. Improving the
Campus--inter alia, Behavioral Sciences Academic Village; Natural Sciences,
Mathematics, and Engineering Academic Village; III. Raising the Quality of
Undergraduate Life--inter alia, detailed program plans for the Humanities
Village and Rossetti House, program planning for Natural Sciences,
Mathematics and Engineering, Behavioral Sciences Villages; student
honors societies; athletic program, UPG Edge Program; IV. Strengthening
Ties with the Community--Advisory Board new members, expansion of fund
raising activities, et al.; V. Getting the Word Out about UPG--annual
President’s report, arrange for UPG signs on billboards; UPG Families
Association, fall homecoming, inter alia]
1999, November 19. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Update on 1999-2000
Campus Agenda. [UPG Senate Report of President Cassell, November 15, 1999;
I. Strengthening the Academic Program: inter alia, positions in art, business and
computer science/Information Systems have been opened; computers installed in
all rooms of Robertshaw and College Halls; installation of computers in the
Humanities Village, Rossetti House, and University Courts to be completed by
start of the next school year; draft completed for Certificate Program in Latin
American Studies; II. Improving the Campus: inter alia, the next residence hall
(Behavioral Science Academic Village) will open for residents in August 2001;
redesigning the UPG conference brochure; entry lane, center island, one brick
wall, tree and shrubbery plantings completed; fountain and second brick wall to
be constructed in Spring 2000; electronic master calendar for the campus
implemented; III. Raising the Quality of Undergraduate Life: inter alia,
discussion of events, programs, etc. for the Humanities Village and Rossetti
House; Dr. Tracy Douthett leading Student Services efforts to help support
the implementation of the program planning for Natural Sciences, Mathematics,
and Engineering and the Behavioral Science Village; seeking national
recognition from the Pi Gamma Mu Social Science Honor Society, the Alpha
Phi Omega Service Fraternity, the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society;
Sports: plans to add additional sports in Fall 2000, including women’s golf
and soccer, and men’s tennis; membership in NCAA, Eastern College Athletic
conference; Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference; team participation
and team, individual accomplishments; leadership training, Fall UPG Edge
Seminar; IV. Strengthening Ties with the Community; new Advisory Board
members; capital campaigning meetings; Professional Development Seminars
from the Center for Executive Education, Katz Graduate School of Business;
World Affairs Council; new efforts to expand the programs of the Institute for
Continued Learning; V. Getting the Word Out About UPG. Inter alia, first
President’s annual report; first UPG billboard; first faculty/staff directory
distributed; PGAA planning Fall 2000 homecoming; UPG’s first alumni
solicitation letter is scheduled to be mailed in early December and asking for
contributions to the scholarship fund]
1999, November 30. Via E-mail. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. [appreciation
and thanks for the cards and letters of support upon the death of FAC’s father]
2000 Jan. 18. To: All UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Reception for Prof. Juan Segura.
[Invitation to reception for Prof. Juan Segura, Jan. 25, 2000]
2000, Jan. 19. To: UPG Faculty. Subject: Assistant to the President position
for 2000-2001 [call for any tenured UPG faculty member who wishes to be
considered for the appointment should notify FAC no later than Friday, Feb. 4;
in part, the position is intended to provide leadership training and broader
knowledge of university administration for UPG faculty who have already
shown leadership capability; half time appointment for the academic year with
appropriate reduction in teaching load]
2000, Jan. 20. To: UPG Community. Subject: President’s Award for Excellence.
[information concerning the current year’s award program; enclosures include:
nomination form and modified guidelines]
2000, Jan. 25 [Report] UPG Senate Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, President
Cassell’s Remarks [Welcomes Prof. Juan Segura, UPG’s 1st Fullbright Scholar;
relevant Trustee committee soon to act on request to move forward with architectural
plans for the next dormitory and the addition to Smith Hall that will serve as the Village
Hall for the next dormitory; enrollments for the second semester have met expectations
and the residence halls are filled; applications for next years freshman class are running
50% ahead of last year; new Families Association is now up and running; search process
for new faculty is advancing satisfactorily; efforts to bring Katz Business School programs to
Westmoreland County is beginning to yield results; Latin American Studies Certificate
Program as been cleared by the Provost’s office; program featuring Rubin [Hurricane]
Carter Feb. 10, Ferguson Theater]
2000, Feb. 23. Via e-mail. [Subject]: Appointment of Dr. William Pamerleau as
Assistant to the President for the 2000-2001 academic year.
2000, Feb. 29. Via e-mail. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: President’s
Award for Staff Excellence. [recipient, Helen Connors]
2000, Mar. 1. Via e-mail. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Resignation of Vice President
Norman Scanlon [resignation effective end of June 2000; Assoc. Vice President for Academic
Affairs Mark McColloch appointed interim Vice President for Academic Affairs; Prof. Judith Vollmer
appointed interim Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs]
2000, Mar. 3. Via e-mail. To: UPG Staff Members. Subject: President’s Award for Staff Excellence.
[remarks upon presenting the President’s Award for Staff Excellence [to Helen Connors}
2000, Mar. 27. [Report: President Cassell’s Report to the Senate]
2000, Mar. 30. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Organizational and Personnel
Changes. [New position, Academic Village Coordinator, Gerry Enlow named to post;
Parris Carter, appointed Director of Campus Activities and Village Programs; Karen Gavula
formerly with the library, appointed to position of secretary in the Office of the Director of University
Relations & Institutional Advancement and will become the staff support for the UPG Families
Association; Jan Mitchell, appointed Coordinator of Alumni Affairs in the Office
of the Director of University Relations & Institutional Advancement; all appointments
/changes effective April 1, 2000.]
2000, ca. April 1. To: All UPG Faculty & Staff. [Invitation to a farewell reception,
April 19, 2000, for Prof. Juan Segura].
2000, Apr. 19. To: UPG Faculty & Staff & SGA Board Members. Subject:
Sweatshops and University apparel. [Mr. Ned Jones, Vice President of College
House, Inc., one of the largest college apparel suppliers, stated in a letter to Mr.
John Comerford, UPG bookstore manager, that “no sweatshops or child labor
exists of any kind in either our domestic or off-shore facilities”; a close eye is to
be kept on the issue.]
2000, June 6. Via E-mail. To: All UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject:
American Heart Week. [appreciation for participation in event on June 4;
approximately 50 UPG walkers took part; UPG won award for raising the
2000, June 9. Via E-mail. To: [All UPG Faculty and Staff; signed Dolly]
Subject: How you can support the Frank A. Tosatto Scholarship Fund.
[UPG Staff Association trying to raise money to support the Frank A.
Tosatto Scholarship Fund by selling the UPG COMMUNITY COOKBOOK
that contains recipes by members of the UPG community for $10 a copy.]
2000, August [Invitation] [invitation to a reception and dinner, Sept. 8, 2000,
Lynch Hall Circle, to welcome new colleagues and to celebrate the beginning
of the academic year]
2000, August 8. via e-mail. [To: UPG Faculty and Staff] Subject: Streamside
Vegetation--Update. [contains response to FAC’s inquiry of Dr. Tim Savisky as
to why the grass was not being cut in the stream area; UPG has decided not to
mow alongside the stream, but rather to allow natural succession to take place;
increased vitality of the stream environment; planned process of ecological
2000, Oct. 2 Remarks of President Frank A. Cassell, University of Pittsburgh
at Greensburg Senate Meeting. [includes: list of newly hired faculty for Fall Term
2000, newly hired part-time faculty for Fall Term 2000, new staff members since
Jan. 1, 2000; profile of The UPG Freshmen Class (Aug. 2000); University of
Pittsburgh at Greensburg Campus Agenda 2000-2001]
2000, Oct. 6. To: The Campus Community. Subject: Announcement of a New
Staff Recognition Program, “You Make The Difference” [”You Make The
Difference” staff recognition program replaces the “Pitt Pat” program that was
a peer recognition initiative; with the new program, any member of our
community, including faculty, staff, students, Advisory Board members, parents
of students, alumni, etc., may recognize a staff member with an award certificate;
attached is a copy of Guideline “You Make The Difference” Recognition Program
for University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Staff]
2000, Dec. 10. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Senate Presentation.
[comments delivered at the recent Senate meeting; attached are two sheets that
briefly refer to progress made in reaching the goals stated in the 2000-2001
2000, Dec. 15. Via E-mail. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Daniel Ruck.
[informing faculty and staff of the death of Daniel Ruck, UPG Student, in an
2001, Jan. 2. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subj.: Investing in Excellence
Campaign.[announces that the Katherine Mabis-McKenna Foundation has made a
gift of one million dollars to the UPG Campaign for laboratory modernization; to
date $2.1 million in gifts and pledges have been made; it is vital that alumni,
faculty, staff and Advisory Board members join in the fund campaign]
2001, Jan. 3. To; Dr. Frank A. Cassell, Pres. From. Carl Rossman. Subject: Preliminary
Findings: Millstein Library Room Renovations.
2001, Jan. 15. Subject: La Cultura Event. [This Saturday UPG will host the La Cultura
dinner. Some 240 people will be attending our first ever fundraising dinner in the Millstein
Library. Final preparations for the event are very complicated. Holly DiBiasi is the
chief staff person handling all the details. I ask your tolerance for any disruptions.]
2001, Jan. 22. UPG Senate. President Cassell’s Remarks. [subjects include:
search committees for seven positions; second St. Clair Lecture; Westmoreland
County Smart Growth Partnership; $12.6 million dollar fund raising campaign;
Natural Sciences and New Technologies Village building to be known as the
Lyceum; exchange agreement with the University of Guanajuato; congratulations
to various faculty members upon the birth of their babies]
2001, Jan. 25. To: The UPG Community. Subj.: President’s Award for Staff
Excellence. [encloses information relating to this year’s award program which
honors a UPG staff member who has demonstrated excellence in the work place
above and beyond the individual’s work responsibilities; this year marks the third
anniversary of the staff award program; contains a copy of “Guidelines”]
2001, Feb. 2. To: All UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Information Concerning
Sexual Assault and Campus Safety. [Includes copy of brochure: ASSISTANCE
FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT]
2001, Feb. 27. To: UPG Faculty. Subject: Reception for Faculty Authors of
Books. [once a year in the Spring UPG will honor at a reception those colleagues
who have published one or more books in the preceding 12 months; since this
is the first of these events, all faculty who have published a book since 1995 will
be honored; reception to be held Thursday, Mar. 22, at 5:00 p.m. in Village Hall]
2001, Mar. 12. via E-mail. To: UPG Community. Subject: President’s Award
For Staff Excellence. [2001 award winner is Ms. Janet (Dolly) Biskup; award
committee was made up of: Mr. Rick Nedley, CEO of the Greensburg YMCA,
Mr. Jerry Marshall, Pres. of the UPG Alumni Association and Mr. Martin Miller,
emeritus member of the UPG Advisory Board]
2001, Mar. 24. via E-mail. [To: UPG Faculty and Staff] Subject: Speech to
Senate, 3/13/01. [Inter alia: Graduation, Saturday, April 28; speaker to be
Martha Hartle Munsch, a Pitt graduate and a member of the Board of
Trustees and she is a distinguished Pittsburgh attorney; the fourth President’s
Medal for Distinguished Service will be presented to the Rev. Dr. Kenneth
Rutter; Robert Krulwich, a television journalist noted for his economic
analysis, will be the speaker at the October 2001 UPG Cultural Series;
foundation funding totaling $225,000 will permit the hiring of an
executive director for the Small Growth Partnership of Westmoreland
County; UPG is very close to reaching its physical, budgetary, and
programmatic limit; UPG will soon have reached its enrollment cap]
2001, Mar. 28. To: UPG Faculty. Subj.: Assistant to the President Position
for 2001-2002. [beginning of the process of appointing the Assistant to the
President; requests that any UPG faculty member who wishes to be considered
for the appointment notify the president by letter no later than Apr. 12]
2001, April 16. To: Members of the UPG Community. [Subj.: UPG Internal
Campaign [to date as of April 10, 2001, 76% of faculty and staff have
participated in the UPG Internal Campaign; to date, $2.9 million in gifts and
pledges received from advisory board members, faculty, staff, alumni,
foundations, corporations and friends; 76% of staff in gifts and pledges
exceeded $21, 500; since July 1997, alumni have contributed over $50,000
and had a participation rate of over 20%; annual giving fund to begin
2001, June 11. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Advisory Board, and PGAA.
Subject: New Appointment. [appointment of Alex Graziani as the Executive
Director of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County (SGPWC)
a community organization that encourages local governments to plan for
growth in a cooperative manner that reduces congestion and blight while
promoting healthy economic development and a high quality of life for the
citizens of Westmoreland County.]
2001, Aug. 21. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: September 14, 2001.
[On Friday, Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m., we will hold a “State of the Campus”
Assembly in the Ferguson Theater. All UPG Faculty and Staff are
encouraged to attend. Tiny number of classes will be cancelled; campus offices
will be closed. This to be an annual event.]
[2001, Sept. 4? Via e-mail. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: Reminders]
[reminder that Provost James Maher would be on campus to be part of an
opening ceremony for the Lyceum on Sept. 5; reminder of the President’s
Circle Dinner scheduled for Friday, Sept.7]
2001, Sept. 11. Remarks by President Frank A. Cassell at the UPG Memorial
Service for the Victims of the September 11 Attack.
2001, Sept. 14. Convocation on the State of the Campus. [includes: Program,
President’s Report to the Community 2000-2001; University of Pittsburgh at
Greensburg Campus Agenda 2001-2002]
2001, Sept. 17. To: UPG Community. Subject: Relief Fund for Survivors of the
Sept. 11 Attack.
2001, Sept. 24. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Report to the UPG Senate.
[topics include: first Convocation on the State of the Campus; effects of the
terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11; upcoming events in Oct.;
plan for assessing learning outcomes and gives the names of the individuals
appointed to the Presidential Task Force to conduct research and prepare a draft
of the assessment plan; grant from the Richard K. Mellon Foundation in the
amount of $500,000 for the purpose of integrating technology into the
curriculum and gives the names of the individuals to a Presidential Task Force
to prepare a plan for the expenditure of these grant funds.]
2001, Nov. 2. Via e-mail. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Chancellor’s
Distinguished Service Award for Staff Employees. [announces that Chancellor
Nordenberg has informed him that Ms. Janet Biskup has been awarded one of
the awards for 2001/02.]
2001, Nov. 5. Via e-mail. To: UPG Faculty, Staff and Students. Subject:
“Attack on America Fund”. [UPG joined with Hempfield Township, Greensburg,
area volunteer fire departments and the Hempfield Area School System in raising
funds for the relief efforts of the Red Cross and the Salvation Army in re the
September 11 attacks; $67,000 raised including some matching funds from the
Readers Digest to support the Hempfield Area School System’s fund-raising
2001, Dec. 2. Via e-mail. To: UPG Community. Subject: Racial Harassment.
[deplores that a member of the UPG family experienced an unpleasant incident
of racial harassment; incident took place in Chambers Hall; incident being
investigated by appropriate campus officials.]
2002, Feb. 5. To: UPG Community. Subject: Teaching Award Winners.
[Announcement that FAC has been informed that Dr. Mary Beth Spore and Dr.
Walter Orange have been named winners of the Chancellor’s Distinguished
2002, Feb. 5. To: UPG Community. Subject: Teaching Award Winners.
[winners of the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award; Dr. Mary
Beth Spore and Dr. Walter Orange.]
2002, Mar. 12. Remarks by President Frank A. Cassell to UPG Faculty
Senate Meeting, Mar. 12, 2002. [subjects include: Fundraising (nearly
$3.5 million has been raised); Recruitment (11 faculty searches this year);
Enrollments (reached the maximum student body size that can be sustained);
Faculty achievement (Drs. Orange and Spore, 10th and 11th recipients of the
Chancellor’s Distinguished award; Dr. Tom Wolf, UPG Distinguished
Service Award; Dr. Tim Savisky, UPG Distinguished Teaching Award;
Dr. Mary Beth Spore, UPG Distinguished Professional Development Award);
Community Service (Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County;
Westmoreland Heritage (St. Clair Lectureship with Dr. Colin Calloway of
Dartmouth as the speaker in 2001); La Cultura; Academic Villages;
Publicity; The Future (two Presidential Task Forces (one on assessment and
the other on incorporating technology into the curriculum).
2002, Apr. 16. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Advisory Bd. Chair. [Mr.Jack Millstein steps down as chair of the UPG Advisory Board; Mr. Ronald Magunson, a senior vice president of Allegheny Power and a long-time member of the board selected to succeed Jack Millstein].
2002, Apr. 16. To: Members of the UPG Advisory Board. Subject: This and That. [end of term/graduation April 27; honorary societies holding induction ceremonies; event featuring varsity athletes participating in winter and spring sports; Coach Carl Radday, hd basketball coach, resigned to take position at Division 1 program, Loyola of Maryland; Radday and Carol Gelet, hd women's basketball coach named coaches of the year by Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.]
2002, Apr. 22. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Assistant to the President.[No applicants for this rotating position next year. Dr. Mary Beth Spore to continue in the President's office. She will have the title of Senior Assistant to the President. It is my hope at some time in the future to re-establish the rotating position of Assistant to the President which give faculty members a chance to learn about university administration.]
2002, May 3. To: UPG Community. Subject: 2002 Westmoreland American HeartWalk. [This is the fourth year for the Heart Walk and UPG has always been a leading participant. UPG Heart Association fundraising will be coordinated this year by the following team captains: Dr. Jim DeFloria, Faculty Team; Mr. Tom Horan, Staff Team; Mr. Richard McMahon, Chartwells Team.]
2002, Sept. 13. Invitation. [dinner on Sept. 13, 2002 to welcome new colleagues and to celebrate the beginning of the Academic Year.]
2002, Oct. 22. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: UPG Advisory Board. [Over the last few years the Advisory Board has been reorganized and the membership augmented. Board is organized into the following committees: Executive, Foundation, Student Services, Academic Affairs, Administrative Affairs and University Relations. While the Board has no budgetary authority, it does advise on many aspects of university operations. Not all members of the Board are from off campus. The Faculty Senate and Staff Association are both represented ex officio. Members of the cabinet serve ex officio. Administrative support for the Board is assigned to Ms. Holly DiBiasi. The Chair of the Advisory Board, post now held by Mr. Ronald Magnuson, also serves periodically on the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees. Attached: names and title of current members of the UPG Advisory Board; UPG Advisory Board Committee Structure 2002-2003.]
2002, Oct. 28. To: UPG Community. Subject: Phi Kappa Phi. [Learned from Dr. William Rued that UPG's petition to start a chapter of the senior honors society Phi Kappa Phi has been approved. The process to become a Phi Kappa Phi campus stretched over three years. Thanks to Dr. Rued who devoted a great deal of time and effort to this project. Thanks, too, to Beth Tiedemann for ably supporting efforts to achieve this distinction. UPG now has a number of discipline specific honorary societies, and a national Freshman honorary society, Phi Eta Sigma. The discipline specific societies are: Pi Gamma Mu (Social Science), Psi Chi(Psychology), Sigma Tau Delta (English). Lambda Pi Eta (Communication), and Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice).]
2003, Feb. 7. [via e-mail] To: The University Community. Subject: Holiday Card. In re request for submissions from faculty, staff or students for the 2003 Holiday Card.]
2003, Mar. 26. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Visit by Dr. James Maher. [Provost Maher and Vice Provost Andrew Blair to visit UPG on Tuesday, Apr. 8.]
2003, Apr. 21. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: UPG Benefits Fair - Thursday April 24, 2003. [presentations on new health plans]
2003, June 17. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Advisory Board, and Alumni Board. Subject: Vice President for Academic Affairs. [Announced the resignation of Dr.
Mark McColloch as Vice President for Academic Affairs and his return to his duties as a faculty member. Also announced the return of Dr. Norman Scanlon as Vice
President for Academic Affairs on an interim basis pending a search for a permanent replacement for Dr. McColloch.]
2003, 24 July. via E-Mail. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Advisory Board and PGAA Board. Subject: My Health. [Clarified stay at Westmoreland Hospital for a blockage in one artery of the heart. Other subjects: fall enrollment; parking lot under construction; plans for Phase I of the residence hall building program; 40th Anniversary plans.]
2003, Aug. 26. [via e-mail] To: UPG Community. Subject: September 11 Observance. [request faculty and staff and students to suspend their normal activities and to observe one minute of silent reflection at 9:00 a.m..]
2003, Nov. 11. [via e-mail] To: UPG Community. Subject: United Way Contributions. [follow-up to Dean Fogle's recent message on United Way; asks who have not made a pledge to do so; rate of participation at this point is lower than in previous years.]
2003, Dec. 2. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: La Cultura 2004. This year's theme for La Cultura is"Spain in the Golden Age". [There will be a series of lectures illuminating various aspects of Spanish cultural achievements in the 16th Century. On Saturday, January 17, the campus will host its annual La Cultura fundraising dinner. Proceeds go to the Guy Rossetti Fund to support students wishing to travel and study abroad. Cost to faculty and staff and their guest is $100,a reduction of $25 from the usual price.]
2003, Dec. 11. To: UPG Staff and Faculty. Subject: President's Award for Staff Excellence. [Mr. Parris Carter will be this year's recipient of the Award for Staff Excellence.]
2004, Jan. 27. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: 40th Anniversary Memento. [I enclose a CD containing my PowerPoint presentation on the history and current state of UPG first presented at the event that launched our celebration. I hope that you keep it as a record of what we have all accomplished together.]
2004, Apr. 20. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Student Leaders, Advisory Board, and PGAA Board Members. Subject: 40th Anniversary Celebration. [Recapitulates highlights of the year long 40th Anniversary Celebration. Subjects include: Opening Program; Power Point presentation; Pitt-Greensburg Alumni Assoc. dinner honoring Prof. Emeritus Robert Pratt who had taught UPG's business program for many years; Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Academic Villages programs with intellectual and social components of what was happening elsewhere in America during the first four decades of UPG's existence; UPG vs. UPB Basketball(Men's, Women's) competition at the Peterson Events Center; creation of the Rose Trophy to be annually awarded to UPG or UPB based on all-sports standing in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference; Capitol Steps, a political satire group, performance on April 1; 40th anniversary logo on banners, official university correspondence, home uniforms of athletic teams, car windows; UPG Staff Association designed and sold 40th anniversary shirts to faculty and staff; UPG Staff Association purchased a flag pole for the athletic field; Millstein Library Staff provided pictures, documents, detailed chronology and designed at 40th Anniversary Web Site; Millstein Library Staff also designed the 40th Anniversary logo and quilts highlighting presidencies of Dr. Smith and Dr. Chambers with a special 40th anniversary quilt planned; University Relations and Institutional Advancement prepared dozens of banners focusing on key events and people in the campus history, e.g., Teaching Awards winners, Da Vinci Scholars, Presidential Medals; Wall of Honor planned and to be installed next year; acknowledgement of work done by 40th Anniversary Committee as well as staff for work in planning and implementing the 40th Anniversary Celebration.]
2004, June 3. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: New Appointments. [Two changes in the campus Administration: Dr. Mary Beth Spore, now Senior Assistant to the President, will replace Dr. David Schmidt as head of the Division of University Relations and Institutional Advancement. Her new title will be Assistant to the President for University Relations and Institutional Advancement. The Division is being reorganized. Dr. Jacqueline Horall, a member of the Behavioral Sciences faculty, will become Assistant to the President for the 2004-2005 academic year.]
2004, July 14. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, UPG Advisory Board, and the PGAA Board. Subject: The 2003-2004 Annual Agenda. [A summary of my report to the Provost regarding UPG's success in reaching those goals stated in our Agenda for 2002-2004.]
2004, Aug. 18. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. [Welcoming of new faculty and staff, Wednesday, Sept. 1, from 11:30-1:00 p.m., Village Hall. At 3:00 p.m. there will be a brief ceremony at Ridilla Field marking completion of the UPG Staff Association's successful effort to raise funds for a flagpole on the north side of the athletic fields.]
2004, [Aug.] [Invitation. Reception and dinner, Friday, September 10, 2004from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Lynch Hall Circle to welcome new colleagues and to celebrate the beginning of the Academic year.]
2004, Sept. 1. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: The New School Year. [This fall over 1700 students including nearly 500 freshmen are enrolled. Physical changes on campus: construction begun on two projects--expansion of Chambers Hall and building of a 96-bed residence hall. Terry Bengel's stained-glass composition,"Upwards to the Light", installed on the east side of the Millstein Library Tower. New wood floor in the gymnasium; scoreboards installed at the soccer and baseball fields; flagpole on the north side of the athletic fields thanks to the UPG Staff Association. [Campus] Annual Agenda for 2004-2005 developed (copy enclosed). Three areas must be addressed effectively in the next few years: attracting enough quality students to meet our target number, retaining more of the quality students through to graduation; raising significant private funds to cover our facilities requirements. La Cultura program planned for next spring featuring Victorian England; annual St. Clair Lecture on Oct. 13 with Dr. Matthew Ward of the University of Dundee as the speaker.
2004, Oct. 18. To: The UPG Community. Subject: President's Award for Staff Excellence. [Nomination process begins. Enclosed are the year's program guidelines and nomination form. Nomination packets must be received no later than 5:00p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004.]
2004, Nov. 1. To: The UPG Community. Subject: Deadline for nomination for the President's Award for Staff Excellence. [Award to be presented on Dec.20 at the Staff Holiday Luncheon/Recognition Ceremony. Reminder that nominations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4.]
2004, Nov. 9. To: All Faculty and Staff. Subject: Internal Campaign Message.[Preparing to launch Phase II of our "Investing in Excellence" fundraising campaign. This $5 million effort is in the quiet phase. We are approaching faculty, staff, alumni, and Advisory Board members seeking commitments. We have asked two major foundations for large lead gifts. Funds needed to remodel and expand some of our facilities, funds to support our Academic Villages and to build up our investments in scholarships and student travel abroad. We need named professorships to strengthen our faculty. Dr. Diane Marsh, Dr. Sayre Greenfield, and Dr. Mary Grace O'Donnell to organize the campaign among faculty; Mr. Thomas Horan, Nurse Patty La Mantia and Ms. Brandi Darr to be co-chairs for the campaign among the staff.]
2004, Dec. 13. To: University Faculty and Staff. Subject; President's Award for Staff Excellence. [This year's recipient is Mr. Thomas Horan, Director of Safety and Security. Mr. Horan was recommended to be by a panel of area civic leaders who reviewed the credentials of all of those nominated. Mr. Horan to receive the award at the staff holiday luncheon, Monday, Dec. 20.]
2004, Dec. 17. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: La Cultura 2005. [This year's theme for "La Cultura 2005"is Victorian England. There will be a series of lectures illuminating various aspects of the era including science, literature, and history: Wednesday, Jan. 19. Dr. Jeffrey Auerbach(California State University),"Imperial Boredom", Ferguson Theater,7:00 p.m.; Thursday, Feb. 17, Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz (Univ. of Pittsburgh),"Darwin Almost Got It: The of the Environment in Provoking Evolutionary Change", Ferguson Theater, 7:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Mar. 2, Dr. Sally Mitchell(Temple University),"Expectations and Experience or How Fiction Misleads Us", Ferguson Theater, 7:00 p.m. On Saturday Jan. 15, the campus will host its annual La Cultura fundraising dinner. Proceeds go to the Guy Rossetti Fund to support students wishing to travel and study abroad and to the UPG Study Abroad Program. For faculty and staff the cost is $100, a $25 discount per person. This year we will be honored with a visit from Queen Victoria and Yoeman Sargeant Alan Kingshot who is traveling from London to be with us.]
2005, Jan. 25. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Tsunami Relief Efforts.
2005, Mar. 1. To: UPG Staff. Subject: Commencement. [First outdoor commencement ceremony, April 30, 2005, Ridilla Field.]
2005, Mar. 14. To: UPG Community. Subject: Search for a Vice-President for Academic Affairs. [No suitable candidate has emerged from the search process .It is my intent to reopen the position next year. Dr. Norman Scanlon has agreed to serve another year as interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. Thanks and appreciation to chair person Dr. Larry Whatule and members of the search committee.]
2005, May 18. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, and Advisory Board Members. Subject: Enrollment for the Fall of 2005. [Changes in the software used by the University of admissions and financial aid together with a redesigned form have drastically reduced the number of "options" students who usually make up nearly half of an entering UPG freshman class. Currently we have 417 deposited freshmen out of 550 that we need to restore our budget. In addition there are 12 more transfer students to UPG than this time last year. These can be counted towards our goal. In terms of returning students, 1,107 have enrolled for the fall compared to 1, 104 at this time last year. The budgetary impact will not be known until next fall. I shall keep you informed.]
2005, Aug. 29. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Advisory Board and Alumni Board. [Subjects: 1780, including 439 freshmen and 128 transfer students, enrolled for fall classes; construction completed on the new residence hall, Westmoreland Hall, as well as expansion of kitchen and dining facilities in Chambers Hall; Conference Office attracted 51 different groups to the campus this summer; ninth annual campus agenda prepared; in the near future will go public with plans to raise $5 million dollars for campus improvements and the Office of Development has already secured a substantial portion of that target figure; welcomed new faculty and staff (Edward Kristner, Ass't. Prof. of Mathematics; Christine McCreary, Ass't. Prof. of Biochemistry; Kristen Asplin, Ass't. Prof. of Psychology; Marge Ulery, Instructor of Computer Science; Stephen Scrum, Ass't. Prof. of Theatre Arts; John Prellwitz, Instructor of Communication; Andrew Franz, Ass't. Prof. of Administration of Justice; Natasha Margulis, Ass't. Prof. of History; Peggy Saltz, Visiting Ass't Prof. of Psychology; Noland Larry, Ass't Men's Basketball Coach; Robin Shuglie, Police Officer; Jared Stern, Police Officer); St. Claire Lecture will be held Oct. 12 with Prof. Fred Anderson of the Univ. of Colorado speaking on the French and Indian War in Western Pa.; Committee planning La Cultura focusing on classical Greece; a new endowed lecture series, the Cobetto Lecture on Ethics, to premier next Feb,. 23; search for a new Vice President for Academic Affairs under the chairmanship of Dr. Larry Whatule and a broadly representative committee will take place; no issue is more important than adopting and implementing the Enrollment Management Strategic Plan; do a better job of retaining our students through graduation.]
2005, August 31. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Visit of Provost James Maher and Dedication of Westmoreland Hall. [3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8, Provost Maher will be on campus to speak at the dedication of the new residence hall, Westmoreland Hall; reception in the Hempfield Room of the expanded dining facilities in Chambers Hall; at noon on Sept. 8, there will be a ceremony at the new flag plaza outside Chambers Hall where for the first time the American, Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh flags will be raised.]
2005, Aug. [Invitation to a reception and dinner on Sept. 9 to welcome new colleagues and to celebrate the beginning of the academic year.]
2005, Sept. 8. To: UPG Faculty/Staff [Reminder of the several events taking place today: dedication of the new residence hall, Westmoreland Hall, reception in the Hempfield Room of the extended dining facility in Chambers Hall; dedication of the new flag plaza in front of Chambers Hall.]
2005, Sept. 13. To: UPG Faculty. Subject: Da Vinci Society. ["I am writing to ask your assistance in identifying students who should be nominated for the Da Vinci Society, the most prestigious honor at UPG." Gives philosophical rationale for the society, qualifications for recognition and pre-requisites. Attached is a list of UPG students who have completed at least sixty credits and have attained at least a 3.5 QPA.]
2005, Oct. 12. To: UPG Community. Subject: President's Award for Staff Excellence. [Beginning of the nominating process for the annual President's Award for Staff Excellence. This is the 8th year this award has been bestowed on an outstanding staff member. This award is the highest award that the UPG grants to any staff member of any classification in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the campus. The President's Award for Staff Excellence will be presented on Dec. 19 at the annual Staff Holiday Luncheon/Recognition Ceremony.]
2005, Dec. 7. To: UPG Faculty & Staff. Subject: New Members of the Da Vinci Society. [Announces the newest members of the Da Vinci Society: Adam Hamill, Pgh., Pa., Major, Management; Jodi Horn, Coulter, Pa., Major, Psychology; Holly Wise, Montgomery, Pa., Major, Psychology; Eileen Witt, Champion, Pa. Major, Education. Only 20 students have earned this honor in the five years since the Society was established.]
2005, Dec. 8. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: President's Award for Staff Excellence 2005. [This year's recipient of the President's Award for Staff Excellence is Patty LaMantia, Director of the Health Center. She will receive the award at the staff holiday luncheon on Monday, Dec. 19. Nurse Patty, as she is affectionately known, has been looking after the health of our students for over nine years.]
2006, Jan. 9. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Personnel Matters. [Search for a new Vice President for Academic Affairs has been terminated by the Provost. Dr. J. Wesley Jamison will assume the post of Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2006. He replaces Dr. Norman Scanlon who will return to the faculty and take up the responsibilities of Chair of the Div. of the Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Mary Beth Spore, Assistant to the President for University Relations and Institutional Advancement, has announced her resignation as of June 30, 2006 to take up the position of Dean of the Social Sciences, Communication, and Education at St. Vincent College. UPG has received one of the largest grants in its history. The Richard King Mellon Foundation awarded UPG a $500,000 grant for the second time. This grant is directed towards the building of a second floor on McKenna Hall, the campus computer center.]
2006, Jan. 9. via e-mail. To: Members of the UPG Community. Subject: Dr. Joan Bytheway Presentation. [Encourages all to attend the symposium at 7 p.m. this evening in Ferguson Theater that is sponsored by the Academic Villages. Dr. Joan Bytheway, an adjunct professor in physical anthropology at UPG, and a panel of experts will be discussing their recent work unearthing mass graves from the Saddam Hussein regime.]
2006, Jan. 31. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Administrative Appointments. [Dr. Dean Nelson, currently Assistant to the President, will assume the post of Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs on July 1, 2006. He will replace Dr. Wes Jamison who will become the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. The Assistant to the President for 2006-2007 will be Dr. Kelli Maloy.]
2006, June 26. To: Members of the UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Retirement. [I have informed Provost Maher that I am retiring as President at the end of the next fiscal year, June 30, 2007. There will be opportunities to discuss the many changes that have taken place at UPG in recent years. I want each of you to know that I appreciate your efforts to make UPG an even better institution. As individuals and as a group you have helped transform UPG.]
2006, July 25. To: UPG Faculty, Staff, Advisory Board and Alumni Board. Subject: Campus Plans. [I enclose the final report for the Campus Annual Agenda for 2005-2006. [n.b.: See RG 02.4 Ser.: Documents. Campus Annual Agenda 2005/06 Summary of Results.]
2006, July 25. To: UPG Community. Subject: Budget. [In light of the significant budget reduction UPG will suffer this coming year, the following rules regarding E&G and Auxiliary fund expenditures are now in force. Probably, other budget-saving steps may be necessary. 1. No academic or staff position may be advertised. 2. All travel is frozen. 3. No expenditures may be made for food in relation to meetings. 4. No computer hardware or software purchase without the express written approval of the appropriate cabinet-level official. 5. No expenditures from E&G budget funds may be made for attending campus functions without the express written approval of the President in advance of the event. 6. No expenditures for off-campus social events may be made without the express written consent of the President before a commitment is made. 7. No expenditures for donations to off campus agencies may be made without the express written consent of the President. 8. No purchasing of tee-shirts or other factors for campus or office events without the written consent of the President.]
2006, Aug. 4. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Cancellation of the Circle Dinner. Because of budgetary constraints, the annual Circle Dinner will not be held this year.]
2006, Aug. 7. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: The Circle Dinner Reborn. [I am pleased to tell you that Dr. Ted Zaleskiewicz has come forward with a gift to UPG to cover the costs of the Circle Dinner. Please note that the dinner will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at Lynch Hall with refreshments at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Ted tells me that he is doing this because of the importance of the event to the campus community and to honor me as I begin my last year as your president. I am overwhelmed by this thoughtfulness and generosity. Thanks to him the tradition of the Circle Dinner is preserved.]
2006, October 31. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: La Cultura 2007. [Year’s theme for La Cultura is “Welcome to China”. There will be a series of lectures illuminating various aspects of Chinese cultural achievement. On Saturday, Jan. 13, the campus will host its annual La Cultura fundraising dinner. Proceeds from this event go to the Guy Rossetti Fund to support students wishing to travel and study abroad. This is the sixth dinner for La Cultura. This years entertainers from the organization of Chinese Americans Youth Ensemble will perform. The cost to faculty and staff and their guest is $100, a reduction of $30 from the usual price.]
2006 October 31. To: UPG Faculty and Staff. Subject: Reminder, [If you intend to nominate anyone for the President’s Award for Distinguished Staff Excellence, please remember that the deadline is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2. Letters of nomination should be sent to Assistant to the President Kelli Maloy.]
2007, April 24. To: Faculty Colleagues. [Farewell at the end of the semester…ending 40 year career in higher education and relocating to Sarasota, Florida…These past ten years at UPG have been tremendously satisfying for me. Together we have transformed this institution in just about every way…We have created programs of national distinction such as the Academic Villages and Da Vinci Society…Our physical plant has grown by 75%...I fully expect UPG’s progress and growth to continue under Dr. Smith’s leadership…I wish you all personal and professional success.]
“The Last Days of General Braddock: the March Through Westmoreland
and Allegheny Counties” by Frank A. Cassell. [Feb., 2002] 20p.
"University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg: Investing in Excellence"
Campus Agenda [Annual Agenda]. 1997/98 (1st), 1998/99 (2nd), 1999/00 (3rd), 2000/01 (4th), 2001/02 (5th), 2002/03 (6th), 2003/04 (7th), 2004/05 (8th), 2005/06 (9th), 2005/06 Summary of Results, 2006/07 (10th)
President's Report to the Community [Report of President]. 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2005, 2006
University of Pittsburgh Regional Campus Building Evaluations: Greensburg Campus, Greensburg, Pa. Building Evaluations By: Dynamic Design Engineering, Inc., E. Pawlowski & Associates, American Micronics, Inc. [Contains University of Pittsburgh Building Inventory Greensburg Campus, Inspection Date 1/21/97; University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Facilities Construction & Renovation Projects, Feb. 16, 1992, Revised 7-12-93; FY1999 Preservation Projects for UPG; ltr to FAC from Provost James V. Maher dtd 6/28/04 requesting that UPG outline "your significant facilities needs and in helping us establish the priorities that must guide our future planning.]
POWER POINT PRESENTATION TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Archives holds: Text, and drafts of text, of presentation to the Board of Trustees, Thursday, February 18, 1999. Includes: images of slides but not the slides.
Cassell, Frank A. & Cassell, Elizabeth W. A "Tour of Braddock's Road from Fort Necessity to Pittsburgh." WESTMORELAND HISTORY, v. 7 #2, Sept. 2002. p 17-22.
Cassell, Frank A., Ph. D. "The Last Days of General Braddock: The March Through Westmoreland and Allegheny Counties." WESTMORELAND HISTORY, v. 7 #2, Sept. 2002. p 3-15.
Cassell, Dr. Frank A. WE MADE NO SMALL PLANS: A MEMOIR by Dr. Frank Cassell, President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 1997-2007. [Greensburg], University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, c.2007. 114 p.
RESOURCE FILE FOR WE MADE NO SMALL PLANS: A MEMOIR by Dr. Frank A. Cassell
Letters Requesting Units to Supply Information
Narratives by Faculty and Staff:
”Campus History/Narrative” by Norm Scanlon, Oct. 27, 2006 (4p).
”Major Developments as Special Assistant to the President for Minority and Diversity Affairs” prepared by Carol Bresier Calloway, Oct. 19, 2006, (7p.)
Recollections of Jack Millstein, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Advisory Board, Apr. 23, 2007 (2p).
Recollection of Dr. Estela S. Llinas, Assoc. Prof. of Engineering and Mathematics, Oct. 13, 2006, (1p).
Recollection of Dr. Guy Nicoletti, Assoc. Prof. of Engineering, Oct. 6, 2006, (2p.)
”Reflections on UPG during President Cassell’s Tenure” by Dr. Kelli Maloy, Ass’t. Prof. of English, undtd, (4p).
”Freshman Seminar” prepared by R. Leigh Hunt, Asst. Dean of Student Services and Director of Orientation/Judicial Coordinator, Nov.2, 2006. (4p).
”URIA [University Relations and Institutional Advancement] Report. 1998-2004”, prepared by David Schmidt, Dec. 11, 2006. (4p).
”Major Developments in the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Learning Resources Center, 1997-2006” prepared by Lou Ann Sears, undtd, (6 p + 3 p).
”Major Developments in the Library 1997-2006” prepared by Dr. Patricia Duck, Director of the Library, Oct. 4, 2006, (2p).
”Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County”. Documents.
”Summary of the Development of Student Services Program since 1997 to ” prepared by Rick Fogle, Nov. 21, 2006, (18p).
”Campus Surveys at UPG: 1999-2004, Some Highlights” prepared by Dr. Randi Koeske, Assoc. Prof. of Psychology.
Includes/Contains: example brochure/examples of other villages built; descriptive brochures for each village at UPG; facts sheet about villages; information about the architect of the UPG villages; memorandum re: committees, task force for extracurricular initiatives; mission statements; press releases; proposals; reports; e-mail correspondence between committee members and administration; “Report of the humanities academic village faculty advisory committee”; humanities village dedication program and information; student housing applications for acceptance into villages; powerpoint slides/presentation (paper) about humanities village; funding approval documents. Also: separate folder of Dr. Lillian Beeson’s notes, memos, information, and correspondence regarding villages.
Certificate of Registration of Copyright for WE MADE NO LITTLE PLANS: A MEMOIR. Effective date of registration May 31, 2007.
RETIREMENT DINNER, MAY 3, 2007
Contains: Program booklet, “A Celebration of Frank A. Cassell’s 10 Years of Service,” 6 p.m., Thursday, May 3, 2007, Wagner Dining Hall; invitation to Please Join The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in Recognizing the Retirement of Dr. Frank A. Cassell, A Leader At The University And In The Community.”
A DECADE OF INVESTING IN EXCELLENCE. PRESIDENT FRANK A. CASSELL.
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH AT GREENSBURG. 1997-2007.
[Commerorative volume [in Spiral Binder] of photocopied images of a broad range of events, happenings, occurences during the incumbency of Dr. Frank A. Cassell as President of the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg.]
13th Annual St. Clair Lecture, October 10, 2012. SEE: UPG Archives RG60 Visual Images -- DVD3E.
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