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SLAC Welcomes New Director of Facilities
Open Enrollment Starts Next Monday: Changes to Benefits Plans for 2010
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

SLAC Today

Tuesday - October 20, 2009

SLAC Welcomes New Director of Facilities

(Photo - Matt Wrona)
Matt Wrona. (Photo by Shawne Workman.)

This week SLAC welcomes Matt Wrona as the lab's new Facilities Division director. Wrona succeeds Liam Robinson, who has been leading Facilities in an acting capacity for more than two years.

"We at SLAC are deeply grateful for Liam's willingness to shoulder this responsibility through such an extended period of time," said SLAC Director Persis Drell.

"Liam has been a key leader in helping move Facilities through a sea of change at SLAC," said SLAC Chief Operating Officer Alexander Merola.

"It's been an honor and a privilege to lead this group," Robinson said during a Facilities Division all-hands meeting Monday. "It's also been humbling because of the quality and range of contributions you guys have made to the department and the lab." Robinson noted the need to invest in facilities and infrastructure, in order to continue reaching milestones such as the successful preparations for user science at the Linac Coherent Light Source. The work calls for new skills, especially in project management, he said. "I believe we have the right person for that."

Matt Wrona brings to SLAC more than 25 years of experience in the design, construction, activation and management of research facilities. He has worked on major assignments at Department of Energy laboratories, including Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Hanford and Savannah River Site, and has managed facilities at NASA Ames. He has also managed facilities development and upgrades for several space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg Air Force Base.  Read more...

Open Enrollment Starts Next Monday

Changes to Benefits Plans for 2010

Open enrollment for employee benefits will begin on October 26. Employees will see some significant changes to their contributions for benefit plans in 2010. This year, employees should closely examine their health plan needs and make informed decisions about which plan’s coverage and cost really suit them the best.

Due to costly claims and increased usage by Stanford employees, Health Net and PacifiCare HMO plans are going to cost employees more in 2010—for PacifiCare, considerably more. Unfortunately, the largest segment of SLAC employees currently is covered by this plan.

The Kaiser HMO plan remains the lowest costs option, with employee contributions essentially unchanged. Employee-only coverage through Kaiser is provided at no cost. Dependent coverage is covered at 82 percent by the university. Employees pay the additional costs for all other plans. The next largest segment of SLAC employees belong to Kaiser.  Read more...

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Supervisors with one or more direct reports may fulfill their legal requirement to complete a 2-hour Sexual Harassment training course by attending the Certificate in Supervision, Legal Issues in Supervision class scheduled for Thursday, October 22, from 8 a.m. until noon in the the Redwood Room, Building 48. The training is an alternative to the online self-directed class.

To enroll for the class, please go to the training Web site and enter Keyword: Sup2.

Contact Charlotte Carlson (x2265) for additional information.

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