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Poem by Soon-to-Retire HVAC Tech Extols Lab’s Efforts to Help Mankind

While the Facilities Division’s Russ Guidi only worked here for seven and a half years, it was enough time for the Lab’s research to make a big impression, prompting him to write a moving poem before his last day tomorrow, when he retires. More>

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June 18 Retirement Reception for Medical Director Peter Lichty, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Event takes place in Bldg. 26; Health Services closes at 1 p.m. that day except emergencies.

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Congratulation to This Year’s Lab Retirees

Thank you for the years of service, and best of luck with your new life. More>

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CRD’s Chuck McParland Retiring After 41 Years of Advancing Scientific Data Collection

His far-reaching work has reached into space, Antarctica, and the South Pole. More>

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Retirement Plan Contributions to Increase July 1 for Most Employees

Staff hired before July 2013 will pay 8% of pay, up from 6.5%. More>

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UC Simplifies Retiree Health Benefits Rules

Policy-covered employees eligible for UCRP on June 30, 2013, will be subject to the eligibility rules that were in place as of that date. More>

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Lab Retiree Group Honors Ed Lofgren on His 100th Birthday

In February, the Ex-Ls retiree group feted Ed Lofgren on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Lofgren helped develop the Bevatron and later became its first director. He was the overseer of the Bevatron when the first anti-proton was discovered. In recognition of his leadership and expertise he became the first Director of the Accelerator Division. Lofgren received many well wishes as well as a signed certificate from Director Paul Alivisatos. Lofgren, left, is pictured with Anna Morrish (center), and Louise Vogelsberg. The group also former Lab Director Andy Sessler receipt of the Fermi Award.

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Retirement Center Hosts Conference on ‘Aging in America’

Lab employees are invited to attend a daylong conferences on “An Aging America: Challenges and Opportunities” on Thursday, May 15 at His Lordships restaurant in the Berkeley Marina. The keynote speaker will be former Michigan governor and current UC Berkeley professor Jennifer Granholm. Go here for more information. Cost for the event is $35. Payment and registration must be received by Tuesday, May 13. Mail the form and a check to Retirement Center, 1925 Walnut Street, Berkeley, 94720, or drop off at this location between 1 and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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July 1, 2014 Retirement Election and Buyback Requests Submission Deadline

Retirement-Ahead imageEmployees who are planning to retire this coming July 1 should submit their retirement election for either monthly retirement income or lump sum cash out by May 23, 2014 to make the August 1, 2014 distribution. Retirement elections received after May 23, 2014 will be processed as soon as possible; however, the initial payment(s) will be delayed until the August 29, 2014 distribution. Additionally, the cut off for the UC Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) to receive buyback requests for processing in advance of a July 1 retirement is April 30, 2014. Questions regarding retirement election and buyback requests should be directed to RASC at (800) 888-8267. For additional detailed information on what to do if you’re preparing for retirement, visit the UC Benefits Website, UCNet.

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Cal Offers Pre-Retirement Classes

Presented by UC Berkeley’s Retirement Center, the Pre-Retirement Planning program is a comprehensive six-class series of educational seminars led by expert faculty, staff, and representatives from retirement-focused organizations to assist active faculty and staff in preparing for life after full time employment. The series is designed to help participants explore and plan for their preferred future. Seminars will take place on the UC Berkeley campus on Friday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m. and begin on Friday, Feb. 28. This program is free of charge to active faculty and staff of UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab. Registration is required. Send e-mail to prp@berkeley.edu to RSVP.

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