From Kevin’s Desk: Gratitude for an Amazing Year (12/15/17)

Dear Colleagues,

Happy Friday!

Meeting with B&F staff is one of the best parts of my job, so it’s a great week when I can schedule two site visits! On Wednesday I had the pleasure of visiting our Hospital Maintenance colleagues, who provide around-the-clock support to keep our hospital facilities running smoothly. Without this team, the life-changing medical care and discoveries that Michigan Medicine is known for could not happen. Following that visit, on Thursday I met with the Energy Management team from our Office of Campus Sustainability. Reducing energy waste is a key part of meeting our sustainability goals, and this group is on it! Please join me in thanking these teams for their tremendous stewardship of our facilities and resources. You guys ROCK!

On the subject of great teams, a minor technical issue prevented some of you from receiving last week’s email, which highlighted our colleagues in the Investments Office and holiday tips from MHealthy. If you didn’t get that message, please check it out here.

This will be my last Friday email for 2017, and I look forward to picking back up in January. Until then, I wish you all happy holidays and a fantastic new year. (And sincere thanks to those of you who will be at work or on call over the holidays to ensure we’ll be ready for business on January 2nd!) As 2017 winds down I want to thank all of you for your energy, ideas and partnership in building a more inclusive community this past year.  The successful year we’ve had – from everyday transactions to the party of the century – is proof positive of what I believe so strongly: that what you do and who you are makes a difference here. I can’t wait to see what we’ll achieve in 2018.

With much gratitude and appreciation,


P.S. In case you missed it, I encourage you to check out this wonderful StoryCorps interview from the fall bicentennial between Laurita Thomas and her son, Lemar, about how her upbringing impacted her approach to life and work. Her story is archived in the Library of Congress.