From Kevin’s Desk: Our Incredible B&F Staff (1/29/2021)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

One of the things I appreciate most about working with all of you in B&F is the incredible care and attention you give to your work at the university. A fantastic example of this work ethic is the recent restoration of the 100-year-old light fixtures in front of the Hatcher Library. These beautiful fixtures suffered a century of environmental, weather and pest damage, and had become unsafe to use. Rather than just replace them with more modern alternatives, our colleagues at Utilities Power and Lighting collaborated with Central Shops staff to rebuild the fixtures in a way that honored the original design and architectural style of the building. The end result is just spectacular! You can read more about this fantastic preservation project here.

The rollout of the new COVID-19 vaccines is giving me hope that there will, one day, be an end to this global pandemic. Because of my age, I am in category 1B for the vaccine (which means I’m now eligible), so I received my first dose here in Austin yesterday and will get my second one in about a month. I know our colleagues at Michigan Medicine are working around the clock to obtain and administer the vaccine for our university community as quickly as possible, and I encourage all of you to get it as soon as you are able.

With new strains of the COVID-19 virus now in our community, it’s important that we continue to be diligent and take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and one another. Please refer to the U-M dashboard to re-familiarize yourselves with the safety guidelines.

Thanks for all you do to keep our campus beautiful and our community safe.

With much appreciation and gratitude,