From Kevin’s Desk: “How might we”…. (6/22/18)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

The end of the fiscal year, which is June 30, is a hectic time for many of our B&F teams. This includes our colleagues in Parking Customer Services who are busy supporting faculty, staff and students across campus in renewing their parking permits. They also help ensure that drivers with accessibility needs obtain the proper parking permits, help departments with business vehicle permits, and educate staff from all over campus on the parking system and transportation options. Transportation to and from campus is absolutely critical to keeping the university open for business and parking is an essential factor. Please join me in thanking the Parking Customer Services team for all they do – YOU FOLKS ROCK!

Speaking of transportation, I want to give a big shout out to our Transportation Services team who recently saved the day for a group of public school kids from Detroit. The group was in Ann Arbor to participate in a Rec Sports Adventure Leadership Program and a campus tour. When a transportation miscommunication left the kids stranded on the north side of town, Transportation Services went above and beyond to send one of our U-M buses to get the kids safely to Central Campus. It is a fantastic example of what it means to say, “Yes, how might we”……, and I couldn’t be prouder. AWESOME JOB!

As we wrap up one fiscal year and look ahead to another, I encourage you to think about your goals for next year and what personal and professional development activities might help you meet them. Our Learning & Professional Development colleagues recently released their 2018-2019 catalog of more than 100 programs and courses designed to help you develop your talent, improve your skills and maximize your potential at U-M. These programs are for all of us and, honestly, access to them is a benefit you earn every day — so take advantage of it.   Check it out!

It’s summertime and that means taking some time off for yourself and your loved ones to rest, relax, rejuvenate and reconnect.  If you haven’t scheduled time off, even just a few days, I encourage you to do so as I want everyone to benefit from the many wonderful things that happen when we take care of ourselves. You and your loved ones will be better for it.  Betty and I are preparing to spend the first two weeks in August in the Rocky mountains and I WILL BE PRACTICING what I preach by disconnecting from email. Try it, you’ll love it!!!

Thanks for all you do to make this university great.

With much appreciation and gratitude,


P.S., Please post for those who do not have regular access to email.