“We all know her voice. We all know her smile. We all know her helpful ways.” This was the opening line from one of two submissions nominating Sue Lankford, winner of the 2018 Jackie Kelly Award for Administrative Excellence.
In total, 23 administrative assistants from Pantex and Y-12 were nominated, and a five-person committee was tasked with ranking each nomination after all names had been removed. The nominees were evaluated on performance in five categories: dedication, conscientiousness, caring, can‑do attitude, and capability.
The Jackie Kelly Award began in 2017 as a way to appreciate and recognize administrative assistants. It also provides managers and supervisors with an opportunity to pause and appreciate the administrative assistants in their area. Pantex employees participated this year, and there were twice as many entries as last year. Quality’s Kevin Corbett, who championed this recognition in honor of Jackie Kelly, his former assistant, said the quality of the nominations substantially improved from last year.
Lankford was recognized as the 2018 recipient at a surprise luncheon in her honor in Building 9995. Rob Kring, one of Lankford’s nominators, said, “In her almost 35 years of service at Y‑12, Sue has worked tirelessly every day to ensure our jobs are easier and there are smiles on our faces. She possesses all the attributes that this honor aims to recognize.”
In April 2018, an independent team conducted a peer review of the NNSA Production Office, Pantex and Y-12. The peer review is a recently established process by NNSA designed to leverage the experience of leaders from across the enterprise (NNSA headquarters, field offices, management and operating partners, and corporate parents) to identify and share lessons learned and best practices to strengthen the governance process throughout NNSA.
Ted Sherry, Performance Excellence manager, said, “While the team was at each site, the team evaluated our governance processes, policies, and effectiveness. They were reviewing the roles of the contractor, the parent corporations, the federal field office, and NNSA headquarters.”
Prior to their visit, the team received detailed documentation packages about the policies, procedures, and processes for governance.
“The peer review team received briefings, participated in field observations of governance processes, and had open dialogue with employees,” Sherry said. “The preliminary out brief indicated that our governance model is working well and is effective. The team gave us suggestions in several areas for improvements, as well as suggestions to improve the peer review process itself.”
The peer review team is drafting the final report.
Two tower cranes were installed early this year as part of the construction of UPF. The cranes, which are 300 and 360 feet tall, will be used to move materials and equipment during construction. Having high-capacity, stationary cranes within the footprint of the buildings gives UPF the ability to reach every spot in the construction zone. Using the cranes is more efficient and safer than moving materials manually. The cranes have been used to move rebar for the foundation of the Mechanical Electrical Building.
In honor of Earth Day, Y-12 displayed several sustainability booths in the Jack Case Center gallery April 19. Various on-site organizations, including the Uranium Processing Facility, Sustainability and Stewardship, Development, and the Energy Program, shared how they reduce and reuse. External organizations including the @national park service, @knoxsmarttrips, and @TennesseeWildlifeResourcesAgency also shared tips with employees. At the LiveWise booth, employees could donate used (and not abused) athletic shoes and eyeglasses.
The Aluminum Beverage Can Committee also selected four charities that will receive a $200 donation from proceeds made from recycling employees’ ABCs. The organizations selected are Free Medical Clinic in Oak Ridge, Koinonia Foundation of Tennessee, Remote Area Medical, and the Restoration House of East Tennessee.
NNSA Administrator and Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Lisa Gordon-Hagerty recently visited
At an all-hands meeting held at New Hope Center, Gordon-Hagerty shared her top priorities: infrastructure, governance, leveraging capabilities, and teamwork.
She also got to meet with Calutron Girl Ruth Huddleston.