You know her as the affable staff member who greets you when you request photos, ask for audio help in Ramsey Auditorium, pick up easels or maybe even look for the Key and ID Office down the hall of Wilson Hall’s ground floor.
Karen Seifrid will be at the lab for a few more days to help schedule your requests. But on Friday, Dec. 13, we will be out of luck: After 20-plus years at Fermilab, she is retiring.
For two decades, Seifrid has provided all kinds of support to Visual Media Services, now Creative Services. In addition to performing “a wonderful mix” of general administrative duties and customer service, she has been the go-to individual for all things photo and video, such as scheduling photo shoots, uploading and captioning photos, scanning negatives to be added to the VMS database, and managing off-site storage of all photo negatives and video tape.
She has also supported public events at the lab. For example, Seifrid has been the always-on-top-of-it staff member who orders and sets up country flags for agreement signings with international partners. Or, as a key team member who helped organize the four popular Photowalk events, she also helped manage the judging of the participants photos. The list goes on.
“Karen is a manager’s dream. She has a great work ethic and has been one of the most dependable people I have had the pleasure to work with,” said Reidar Hahn, head of Fermilab Creative Services. “She is a great team player, always willing to learn new skills and take them on and make them her own.”
A highlight for Seifrid was the 50th-anniversary events in 2017.
“It was fun and challenging to help organize employees to spell out ’50’ for a photo taken in the horseshoe,” she said. “Being able to help with our huge 50th Anniversary Open House was very rewarding as well, especially seeing how much the public enjoyed themselves and being part of that experience.”
The September 2008 overnight LHC First Beam Pajama Party was another memorable event.
“It was quite the event to help with and participate in,” she said.
Those who work with Seifrid say that, without her, neither the big lab happenings nor the more everyday Creative Services offerings would run nearly as smoothly.
“The people who have interfaced with her over the years know what type of cheerful and helpful person she is, and they will miss her. But I will miss her the most,” Hahn said. “She made me look good and kept me on track, and that’s no easy feat. I congratulate her on a great 20-year career at Fermilab!”
Seifrid says she will miss her Fermilab friends, too.
“I’ve enjoyed my work in Creative Services. I’ve worked in the same department for all of my 20 years, supporting two managers, Fred Ullrich and Reidar Hahn, along with a wonderful group of co-workers,” Seifrid said. “They have all supported me as much as I’ve supported them.”
During retirement, she looks forward to doing some traveling with her husband Pete and being able to spend more time visiting with family and friends.
Say goodbye to Seifrid at a cake reception on Thursday, Dec. 12, between 2 and 5 p.m. in Creative Services, WHGFSW.