From Kevin’s Desk: Cultural Opportunities; Voting, Taking a Walk (11/04/16)

Dear B&F Colleague,

The opportunity to learn from each other is one of the best aspects of being open to our culturally diverse human family. For me, this point was brought home just this week. Last Thursday, I thoroughly enjoyed participating in a wonderful harvest event focused on celebrating Polynesian culture, food and dance, hosted by Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Laurita Thomas. Laurita told us that harvest celebrations are observed in all parts of the world and she has been honoring these diverse celebrations for 27 years. On Sunday many of our Indian colleagues observed the Hindu holiday, Diwali, Festival of Lights. And on Monday I was entertained by the lighted pumpkins and costumed festivities of an Ann Arbor Halloween. I am appreciative of the many possibilities that the university and the Ann Arbor community offer to learn like this; I hope you take advantage of them

Here are some updates and an opportunity:

  • As President Schlissel said earlier, we are fulfilling our responsibilities as citizens by voting in the national, state, and local elections next week. I join the president in urging supervisors to make accommodations for employees to be able to exercise this right, so that everyone in the U-M community can vote on November 8.
  • Did you know it’s still possible to get locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and more right here on campus? The M Farmers Markets will hold one final event at Wolverine Tower, November 15, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. I just learned about it and hope to go to check it out.
  • I wish I could get to 10,000 steps/day, but currently I’m at about 6,000. I invite you to join me for an informal walk to see part of the university, get some exercise and see what’s going on! We will leave at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, November 9 from the Fleming Building (facing Regents Plaza) and head to the new Biological Science Building (BSB). We’ll be back by 12:45 p.m.

Thank you to those of you who provided feedback and suggestions for my future updates. I welcome continued input – just use this link.

Best regards,
Kevin