From Kevin’s Desk: Blue Does Great Things (05/12/17)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

One of the best parts of my job is learning about the many ways B&F serves the university and the greater community. One initiative that just came to my attention is the Bridge to Work Program, a collaboration that includes University Human Resources and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Michigan Medicine. Since 2014, the Bridge to Work program has given young people with pediatric-onset disabilities the opportunity to develop skills and get crucial work experience through on-campus employment. I was so impressed by a recent story and video that highlight Colton Schick, a terrific kid who got his start through the program as a chef-in-training at our South Quad Dining Hall.

National Nurses Week ends today. The nearly 5,000 nurses who work in Michigan Medicine play a vital role in delivering the highest quality of care to patients and families. But did you know that nurses serve in other parts of the university as well, including B&F? I want to give a special shout-out to our colleagues with nursing backgrounds for contributing their valuable expertise, particularly in Risk Management and MHealthy.  All of us, and our loved ones, will at some point have our lives touched by a nurse. Please join me in thanking them for all they do to take care of all of us!

On a final note, we were joined at the B&F Leadership Forum this week by two deans,  Alec Gallimore of the College of Engineering, and Lynn Videka of the School of Social Work. Their presentations were a reminder of the amazing work that happens on our campus, by those we serve – from creating methods to get humans to Mars (and back again!) to developing better strategies for supporting marginalized populations here on Earth. It was a powerful reminder that, when blue goes, it does really great things for the world. Thanks for all you do to support it.

It’s a great time to be in Michigan. Mother’s day is Sunday (hint, hint).  I can’t think of a better time to celebrate with those who are special to you!

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Kevin