Staff Notes Daily Announcements

The next free seminar presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services will begin on Friday, February 9.

A free seminar series presented by the Pre-Retirement Planning Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in financial planning and pre-retirement counseling services will begin on February 9. Combining elements of both financial planning and pre-retirement planning, the series is offered in five, mini-session modules. Participants can choose to attend one or all sessions depending on interest.  At the end of each session module, participants may request to schedule private, consultation services with the certified financial professionals (paid by participants).  Employee spouses/partners are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Each module session requires a minimum of 10 participants.

To enroll, access the Connect Employee Self-Service Web site using the link below, click on the "EOD Training Catalog" link.  To see all of these sessions at once, "Select Course Type" as "Informational" and click "Display".

UCAR Benefits, TIAA Retirement Planning Resources
February 9, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST
FL2 – 1001 and Webcast
Overview - Learn about UCAR's retirement benefits including the TIAA retirement program and how to maximize their value. 

Financial Planning & Investments
February 16, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST (no Webcast due to state licensing issues)
Overview - Discover the benefits of Financial Planning and different types of Investment options

Social Security & Income Protection Planning
February 23, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Review needs of Long-term Care and Social Security Benefits

Medicare Basics
March 2, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
FL2-Room 1022 (Large Auditorium)
Overview - Gain a better understanding of Medicare, what is and isn't covered, how to register, and review various plan options.

Estate Planning and Housing/Transitions
March 9, 2018
12:00-2:00 pm MST and Webcast
Overview - Learn key elements of Estate Planning and what to expect in the work-to-retirement transition

Connect Employee Self-Service Website - EOD Catalog

Posted by Toni Wallace at ext. 8716,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Saturday, March 10, 2018

Howdy! Please join SciEd as we celebrate Karen Smith-Herman’s 18 years of service to UCAR and SOARS in education. We want to thank Karen for everything she has done for all of us so mark your calendars for Friday, January 19th from 2:00pm-4:30pm. It’s a western party folks, so put on your boots and celebrate!

Posted by Shaun Bush at ext. 2590,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Saturday, January 20, 2018

Please view the New Hires and Departures as of Friday, January  12, 2018 at this location:

Posted by Macy Nedelka at ext. 8723,

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018

NETS 2018 Survey - due 1/19/18:

The Network Engineering Technology Section (NETS) housed in the Computational and Information Systems Lab (CISL) is responsible for all networking and Internet services for NCAR, UCP, and UCAR. This includes telephones, wireless and wired office networking, all networking to the outside world, and all computer room and colocation facility networking. NETS works with the UCAR Cybersecurity Program Office to help UCAR/NCAR meet FISMA standards/requirements as well as day to day security of the network. NETS is here to enable and support the missions of our organizations.

This NETS survey is an effort to see where NETS can improve its service to the organization. We appreciate you taking time to complete the survey and provide your input.  - Marla Meehl, Manager of NETS

Posted by Marla Meehl at ext. 1301,

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018

The UCAR umbrella website domain will be changing from to To prevent future domain updates from impacting orgnav, SWEG has migrated the code to the new domain 

Because of this change, sites that reference orgnav will need to update their script tags to reference the javascript at and for the noscript.
While there is no date currently scheduled for the removal of orgnav on, we recommend all developers/engineers update their sites as soon as possible. The domain will be removed later this year, once the new umbrella sites are released. We will also notify developers and engineers when an end-of-life date is available.

For more information contact

Posted by Stephen Geinosky at ext. 1133,

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to Friday, January 19, 2018

CISL would like to make NCAR staff aware that the application for the CISL Visitor Program (CVP) is now open The program can provide funding, as well as financially leverage other visitor programs at NCAR, for joint collaborative visitors between CISL and other NCAR labs. The visitor must have a CISL staff host. Financial support is limited to travel costs and local living expenses. Visits are from 2 weeks to 3 months, with longer time periods, such as sabbaticals, considered on a case-by-case basis.

The application window is between now and March 3, 2017 for visits occurring between summer 2018 and spring 2019. 

Posted by Kathy Peczkowicz at ext. 2431,

Monday, January 8, 2018 to Saturday, March 3, 2018

The ECSA is pleased to announce that we are soliciting applications for VISITOR funds for FY2018. ECSA members who would like to bring a visitor to NCAR for a collaborative visit may apply for these limited funds.

These visits have the goals of enhancing partnerships with other public and private institutions, and furthering the science done by early career scientists here at NCAR. These funds are available to all ECSA members. The length of the visit should be appropriate for the purpose, and awards will be limited to $5000. If funding is awarded, you will be required to write a 1-page summary about the visit and what was achieved as a result. Also, depending on the length/purpose of the visit, the ECSA may request your visitor give a seminar.

Please visit the ECSA visitor funds web page for more information, and a link to the online application. 

For questions, please contact Rachel McCrary, Chair of the ECSA Steering Committee:, x2482
Or Diana Zucco in the ASP office:, x1851

Posted by Diana Zucco at ext. 1851,

Monday, January 8, 2018 to Friday, February 2, 2018

December 31, 2017 - March 2, 2018 

Original Abstract Oil and Mixed Media Paintings by Kathy M. Friesz

A Colorado native, Kathy M. Friesz currently resides in Denver. Kathy’s formal education at The Colorado Institute of Art, where she studied graphic design and interior design, allowed her to pursue a career as the owner and primary designer of her own firm for over 20 years. Her professional interior design experience has significantly influenced her sensibilities in achieving strong paintings. 

Works of Mixed Media, Digital, Ink and Paint by Mark Ludy

Mark Ludy is inspired to tell stories through his art and illustrations, evoking thought, emotion and humor, lifting the chins and ultimately the hearts of his audience. Much thought is brought to bear upon each piece as well as sound effects. While he says his education is suspect, his drive and body of work are not. He has illustrated 12 picture books, written another six books and is always creating. He lives in Longmont, Colorado with his wife and children.

All artists work will be on display in the UCAR Community Art Galleries at the NCAR Mesa Lab.

Preview all artists work on the UCAR Community Art Calendar

Contact: Audrey Lewis (303) 497-2570, Email

Posted by Audrey Lewis at ext. 2570,

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 to Friday, March 2, 2018

TIAA Individual Counseling Sessions for January 2018 have been scheduled:

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - FL2 - Room 1002

Thursday, January 18, 20181 - ML - Chapman Room 245

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - CG1 - Board Room 3150 


To schedule a counseling session: Click the link above or call their Scheduling and Service Group phone reservation center at: 1-800-732-8353. 

These sessions are in high demand, so if you have to miss your appointment, be sure to contact TIAA as soon as possible so they can fill your time slot.

Posted by Alyssa Fronk at ext. 8710,

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 to Tuesday, January 23, 2018