From Kevin’s Desk: Our Future Leaders and Best (9/11/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

Students are back on campus in what is most definitely a school year like no other. I have heard people comment that this year’s freshman class, at U-M and other colleges and universities across the country, is unique. Not just because they graduated high school and have begun college during a global pandemic, but also because most of them were born in 2001 or early 2002, in the months following the September 11th terrorist attacks. As we join the nation in remembering the lives lost nearly 20 years ago on this day, I hope you see the resilience and determination of our students. They have experienced a lot in their young lives, yet I have no doubt they will use their unique perspectives to become the future leaders our world needs.

One of the many ways our students will support our world is through their commitment to environmental sustainability. Next week marks the annual Earthfest celebration at U-M, which is organized by the Office of Campus Sustainability, along with many partners. From September 14-18, you can learn more about sustainability by participating in a variety of virtual events and activities including a green teams webinar, a talk on environmental justice, a carbon neutrality student panel and more. You can read more about these cool activities in The Record or visit for details.  

Last, but not least, I am excited to tell you our MHealthy colleagues in UHR won the Governor’s Fitness Award in the Extraordinary Organization category for their Project Healthy Schools (PHS). PHS works with middle school students to increase physical activity, eat healthier, and understand how nutrition and exercise influence their lifelong health. You can read more about this terrific program on the UHR website. Please join me in congratulating everyone involved!

Thanks for all you do to support our students and keep our community healthy and safe.

With much appreciation and gratitude,