From Kevin’s Desk: Beautiful Campus, Beautiful Trees (05/05/17)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

Given its name, I guess it’s no surprise that Ann Arbor is known for beautiful trees, but the incredible variety of trees on our campus is truly wonderful. U-M just received its ninth consecutive Tree Campus USA award from the Arbor Day Foundation, which recognizes the university’s commitment to environmental stewardship and the dedicated work of our B&F forestry team. Led by university forester Mike Rutkofske, the forestry team includes six skilled arborists in F&O’s Ground Services who, come rain or shine, are out pruning, planting, inspecting and caring for the all of the trees on our beautiful campus. Please join me in congratulating the team and thanking them for all they do to make this campus beautiful and sustainable!

One of the joys of working on a vibrant university campus is the opportunity to share it with loved ones. It was wonderful to welcome so many of your children for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day last week. Across many different areas of B&F where safety allowed, dozens of kids joined our ranks to see first hand what their parents do at the university and to learn about possible careers. I think that this is a wonderful opportunity to connect family to work. As you have heard me say before, family is #1 in my life and I hope in yours too. Thanks to everyone who helped make this a fun, safe, welcoming day for families!

Of course, you don’t have to wait for an official day to enjoy this beautiful campus – Betty and I regularly spend our weekends exploring our many university museums, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. I encourage you to take a walk through time on the bicentennial Grandmother Tree Walk in the Arb, which traces the people, places and events in U-M’s 200-year history from the perspective of trees. Maybe it will even inspire your kids (or you) to become a university forester someday!

Thanks for all you do to make the University of Michigan a great place to work.

With much appreciation and gratitude,


P.S., Happy Cinco de Mayo to all who celebrate it!