From Kevin’s Desk: Caring for our people and our planet (2/8/19)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

Caring for the health and wellbeing of ourselves and others is central to creating a positive organization – and that includes support for mental health. That is why I am so proud that the university’s many counseling offices have joined together in a broad campaign designed to raise awareness about the wide variety of mental health services for staff, faculty and students across our campus.  Everyone needs some sort of help during their life and asking for help shows strength, not weakness.  Our colleagues in the Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FSCCO) are part of this great initiative – they are a team of licensed clinicians available to all employees, free of charge. If you would like to help promote this effort, please print these PDF fliers and share them with your colleagues.  FSCCO…YOU ROCK!!!

Talk about helping others, this week Vice President Royster Harper announced the University’s first annual Winter Blood Drive sponsored by Student Life and the American Red Cross.  Giving blood saves lives and blood supplies in Michigan are running low so they need you.  It’s not just for students!  I gave at a similar event last year and it was fun and I felt like I was doing something for someone who needed help.  My blood type is O-negative, which is universal for anyone needing blood.  It’s totally painless and you will receive a free donor tee-shirt and as many cookies and orange juice you want.  If you are inclined, join me and sign up to give to others who need your help!

It’s almost time for the annual RecycleMania Battle of the Buildings competition! Organized by the Office of Campus Sustainability, the eight-week competition started on February 3 and will track recycling, composting and landfill levels on a weekly basis for participating buildings. Last year, the university collected more than 1.2 million pounds of recyclables during the competition, which is equivalent to flooding the Michigan Stadium football field 10 feet deep with recyclables! Register your building to participate and get updates. Thanks to our colleagues at OCS for coordinating this very cool annual initiative!

And speaking of sustainability, President Schlissel announced on Monday the establishment of a Commission on Carbon Neutrality, which includes our own Hank Baier, associate vice president for Facilities and Operations, and Andrew Berki, director of the Office of Campus Sustainability. The commission will develop recommendations for how and when to achieve carbon neutrality at U-M. Please join me in congratulating Hank and Andy on these well-deserved appointments!

Last but not least, I want to extend a huge thank you to all the folks across B&F who braved the icy weather and joined me at my monthly staff breakfast on Wednesday. I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet with staff and learn more about the amazing work that happens across our organization…YOU ROCK!!

With much appreciation and gratitude,


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