Today at Berkeley Lab

A Fond Farewell to Retiring CFO Kim Williams

Kim Williams was joined by colleagues, friends, and family on Oct. 4 to celebrate her retirement after 12 years with the Lab, the last six as the Chief Financial Officer. Both Lab Director Mike Witherell and Deputy Lab Director for Operations Michael Brandt gave remarks lauding her career, followed by testimonials from those who worked alongside her. View a slideshow of the event here.

Berkeley Lab EX-Ls Retiree Reception October 4

On Thursday, Oct. 4, Lab retirees, or employees close to retirement, are invited to join Director Mike Witherell at a reception from 3 – 5 p.m in the Lab Cafeteria to honor the Lab’s retirement community. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is in partnership with the Berkeley Lab EX-Ls, Berkeley Lab, and the UC Berkeley Retirement Center. RSVP to [email protected].

UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course Sept. 12 to Oct. 3

Planning to retire from full-time work? Are you ready? The Berkeley Retirement Center is hosting a series of four classes that cover everything from retirement benefits to work-life transitions. The course takes place on Wednesdays from Sept. 12 to Oct. 3, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and to register.

UC Forms Working Group to Study Retiree Health Benefits

The University of California has formed a Retiree Health Benefits Working Group to explore options that will ensure the long-term financial viability of the retiree health benefits program and the quality of the benefits offered. The project only pertains to retiree health benefits; it does not affect UC Retirement Plan (UCRP) pension benefits. More>

Glenn Kubiak, Retiring Feb. 16, Reflects on a Career in Support of Science

Looking back on his tenure at the Lab, Kubiak says that it is the people who have really made his time here valuable: “Those thousands of interactions are a gift. The chance to interact with and be influenced by that many talented and dedicated people is amazing.” A reception celebrating Kubiak’s career will be held Friday, Feb. 9. More>

UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Course in February

The course takes place on Wednesdays from Feb. 7 to 28, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and to register. Additional workshops on retirement transition, finances, housing, estate and legal planning, and long-term care are also offered. Go here for more information and to register.

UC Retirement Center Hosts Pre-Retirement Planning Programs

The four-week course takes place on Wednesdays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 4, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Go here for more information and here to register. The center is also offering a free “Resilient Aging Lab” workshop on Oct. 6., which explores the journey of retirement, including practical tools and support for planning your next chapter. Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

Congratulations to the Lab’s 2017 Retirees

This honor roll represents nearly 900 years of UC service. The top three with the most years of service include Denise Davis (OCFO) with 40.5 years, Sergio Rugar Rogoff (Engineering) with 39, and Rick Diamond (ETA) with 37. Best of luck to all of our retirees as they pursue endeavors beyond the Lab.

June 23 Retirement Party for Chemical Sciences Division Director Ali Belkacem

Employees are invited to attend a retirement celebration for Ali Belkacem on Friday, June 23, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria dining hall. Deadline to RSVP is Tuesday, June 20. Belkacem previously served as Chemical Sciences deputy director and acting director, assuming the directorship in 2013. He is also a principal investigator with the Ultrafast X-Ray Science Lab.

Retiring in June? Add Your Name to the Lab Honor Roll

The list is not only a tribute to staff and their careers, but also lets current employees know who among their colleagues is moving on. The list will be published in TABL in late June. To be included, submit your information here. If you know a retiree who’s already left, forward this article to them.