From Kevin’s Desk: Pride in U-M and the Community (7/20/18)

Dear Colleagues,

Happy Friday!

With over 85,000 faculty, students and staff on the Ann Arbor campus, 35 million square feet of buildings, a working fleet of more than 1,000 vehicles and even our own power plant, the university might be considered a city unto itself. But our relationship with the City of Ann Arbor helps create this wonderful, thriving community. Each year the city brings many terrific events to town that enrich our lives and make it fun to be here. Last Friday evening I enjoyed the annual Rolling Sculpture Car Show in downtown Ann Arbor. Wow, there were some fantastic cars there!  Did you know there was a company in Ann Arbor that made “The Ann Arbor” automobile from 1911 to 1912?  One of those cars was at the show. I also saw many community volunteers, including our own Tim Kennedy! Now we have more than 1,000 artists participating in the Ann Arbor Art Fairs taking place through Sunday. While these summer events are not organized or managed by the university, our colleagues in Facilities & Operations work closely with the city and community organizations to help manage logistics, install barricades and ensure the safety of more than 400,000 attendees. You can read about this great work that supports the community on our website. I hope you will join me in thanking everyone involved – YOU FOLKS ROCK!!!

I also want you to be aware of a summer project we have going on that I hope you will like called the “B&F Purpose Project.” Our B&F Communications team, along with two awesome student intern photographers, have been out this summer taking pictures of B&F teams at work. We’ll share the photos with you in the fall to celebrate and recognize you, and to illustrate how your work supports the mission of the university. While we won’t be able to get a photo of all 2,660 of you, we’re aiming to photograph as many teams as possible. So, if you see someone running around taking your picture, SMILE!

Finally, I plan to take my annual vacation the first couple of weeks in August. As is our tradition, you will find me with my family in the Colorado Rocky Mountains just enjoying life. I will be signing off of email beginning August 4th and won’t reconnect for two weeks!  And you know what?  I fully expect that the university and B&F will be just fine because of all of you. We are a team and when a teammate is out, a teammate stands in. This is my way of letting you know that it is OK to take the time off you have earned, and I encourage each of you to disconnect when you do.

Thanks for all you do and enjoy Art Fair!

With much appreciation and gratitude,


P.S., Please post for staff who don’t have regular access to email.