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People: Teresa Downey to the Rescue
Reminder: Open Enrollment Ends Friday
Family Giving Tree Drive Starts Today
Upcoming Computer Courses at SLAC

SLAC Today

Wednesday - November 11, 2009

People: Teresa Downey to the Rescue

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Teresa Downey plays with a rescue dog at a Furry Friends event. (Photo courtesy Teresa Downey.)

As an enterprise application manager for SLAC Computer Services, Teresa Downey helps manage the software that keeps the business side of the lab running. In her free time, though, she takes on a completely different role, working to find homes for displaced pets everywhere.

Downey works with a volunteer-run organization called Furry Friends Rescue. Members of the group travel to animal shelters throughout the Bay Area, testing and rescuing dogs and cats at risk of being euthanized. The rescued pets are assigned to foster homes, where Furry Friends volunteers care for them until permanent homes can be found.

According to Downey, the program works, and since 1998 has helped find permanent homes for more than 4,400 animals.

"Within 24 hours of being rescued, the dogs have gone to the vet, and are up on half a dozen different Web sites so that people can see them," she said. "A couple days later they're in a foster home."

By placing pets in foster homes, Downey said, the organization has the time needed to find the right, permanent homes for the cats and dogs, helping to ensure that they don't end up returning to shelters.  Read more...

Reminder: Open Enrollment Ends Friday

If you don't make any changes during Open Enrollment, most coverage will stay the same. Exceptions: You won't be able to participate in the Health Care Spending Account or the Dependent Day Care Spending Account unless you re-enroll.

All benefits information is provided online. Visit Stanford Benefits to learn more.

When you are ready to enroll, go to the Stanford Benefits Web site and click the MyBENEFITS button. Have your University ID ready, and follow the instructions to log on and enroll.

Family Giving Tree Drive Starts Today

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Gifts donated for the 2008 Family Giving Tree program. (Photo by Diana Viera. Click for larger image.)

Get an early start on holiday generosity by participating in the Family Giving Tree. Pick up a Wish Card from the Family Giving Tree and bring a gift to a child who would otherwise go without.

Gifts should range between $15 and $30 to ensure equality among all recipient households. Wish Cards can be found at a number of locations around SLAC:

  • Building 41, HR Department, Room 240
  • SSRL Building 120 lobby
  • SSRL Building 137, third floor
  • Building 48, Redwood Rooms front lobby
  • Klystron Building 44 Test Labs

If you wish, Debbie Tryforos or Diana Viera are willing to do the shopping for you. They will take donations and purchase the gift for you.

The Family Giving Tree will end Monday, December 14. Thanks for giving!

Upcoming Computer Courses at SLAC

Don't let the New Year come without updating your computer skills! Register now for Wednesday classes in November and December:

  • Nov 18, 8:30 - 12:00 - Excel 2007: Level 2, Part A: Customizing Excel, Dates, and Tables
  • Nov 18, 1:00 - 4:30 or - Wed, Dec 9, 8:30 - 12:00 - Office 2007: New Features
  • Dec 2, 8:30 - 12:00 - Excel Transition from 2003 to 2007
  • Dec 2, 1:00 - 4:30 - Excel 2007: Level 2, Part B: Outlining, Functions, and Linking
  • Dec 9, 1:00 - 4:30 - Excel 2007: Level 1, Part A: Excel Basics, Formulas, and Formatting

Sign up for the classes following the instructions under "Registration Information" on Stanford's IT Technology Training Classes at SLAC page.


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