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In this issue:
Lab Welcomes New Director of Human Resources
People Today: Gene Holden: Veteran of History
Annual SLAC Run and Walk Next Week
Blood Drive Today

SLAC Today

Wednesday - November 12, 2008

Lab Welcomes New Director of Human Resources

Human Resources Director Larry Young.

A warm welcome to Larry Young, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's new Director of Human Resources. Formerly a Director in Human Resources at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, at Calpine Power Company and for the U.S. Postal Service, Larry has more than 20 years leadership experience. Young takes over from former Human Resources Director Lee Lyon, who retired this year.

"Work at SLAC is very diverse, and Larry's wide-ranging background covers just about all of it," said SLAC Director Persis Drell. "He understands the role of human resources in serving the mission and staff of the laboratory, and brings with him exceptional organizational skills that will serve us well."

Larry said that he is very happy to be joining SLAC. "Such amazing people work here and there's a lot of prestige attached to this laboratory," he said. "While I hardly understand the science, I really feel a strong connection with the leadership team. I believe that I can help the laboratory, and I'm looking forward to meeting many more members of our incredible team."

(Weekly Column - Profile)

Gene Holden:
Veteran of History

A COBRA helicopter.
(Image courtesy of the U.S. Army.)

Before Gene Holden came to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, she helped change history. In 1974, Holden became the first female mechanic to work on COBRA helicopters in the field in the U.S. Army. The army offered Holden a teaching position after she received her certification, but instead she followed her adventurous spirit and went to Savannah, Georgia to work on an otherwise all-male base. "I'd do it again in heartbeat," she says.

In the mid-1970s, female army members were few and far between. Holden worked on high-profile machines, and says some of the older soldiers viewed the job as "men's work." But for the most part, she says her fellow mechanics were supportive and made her feel at home on the base. "I worked with some really great guys," she says. "They expected me to do everything they did and that was just fine with me."

While Holden may have stood out from her unit members in person, on paper she blended in a little too well. "I didn't know my name was legally spelled G-E-N-E until I joined the army. I had always spelled it J-E-A-N," she says. Assuming she was male, the army initially placed Holden in a combat unit, from which women are barred.

After graduating in first place from Advanced Individual Training, she received a letter from the General of the Army congratulating her on this accomplishment and her subsequent promotion. It stated, "Thank you, the Army needs men like you." Holden sent the letter back with the words "Yes, you do" written at the bottom. She laughs a little and shakes her head, wishing she had kept it. "I was young," she says smiling. She never received a response.  Read more...

Annual SLAC Run and Walk Next Week

(Photo - SLAC Run & Walk Winners 2007)
Winners from the 2007 SLAC Run and Walk. (Photo by Diana Rogers. Click for larger image.)

The 37th Annual SLAC Run and Walk takes place next Thursday, November 20. Event registration and T-shirt sales start at 11:45 a.m. on the north side of the Klystron Gallery at Sector 30.

Pre-registration is not required, but if you'd like a T-shirt you can pre-order to reserve your size.

The run starts at 12:05 p.m. and follows the traditional course from the south side of the linac, going around the end of the Klystron Gallery and finishing on the north side near sector 30. Results and photos from last year's event are available here.

Anyone with a SLAC ID or sponsored by someone with a SLAC ID can participate. To sponsor someone, fill out the SLAC ID Request Form and, together with your visitor, present the form at the Sector 30 guard gate in advance of the run. Please arrive early to allow time to complete the entry process

Volunteers are needed. Please contact Vern Smith (x3519) if you'd like to help. For more details about the run, see the event Web page or contact Ruth McDunn (x3654).

Blood Drive Today

(Logo)SLAC will host a blood drive in the Panofsky Auditorium Lobby today from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This drive is open to all members of the SLAC community and the general public.

Each donor will receive a coupon for a free drink from Peet's Coffee and Tea.

To schedule an appointment online, log onto the Stanford Blood Center Web site and click "Find a Blood Drive." Under "Search by Sponsor Code" enter sla5323 and click "Find Blood Drive." Click on the date of the drive, then follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.

Appointments will be given priority, but walk-ins are always welcome.

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