From Kevin’s Desk: Recharge your mind, charge your phone! (08/18/17)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

Betty and I had a wonderful time in Colorado with our two sons, daughters-in-law and some extended family. It was great to get away and, as promised, I didn’t check email until I got home! And while I returned to 500+ messages (literally!), there were really only a dozen or so that required any action from me. This reminds me of how thankful I am to be surrounded by phenomenal colleagues like you who are so competent and capable. It’s a good reminder that none of us is alone in our jobs – it takes a village to Make Blue Go! And this is why it’s okay for any one of us to take a real vacation, recharge our minds and come back refreshed.

On Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending the Shared Services Center’s annual picnic. It was a wonderful opportunity to visit with our colleagues in the SSC – and to eat some delicious food! Gosh it’s a great group of people…and some really good cooks, too!!! The SSC leadership team also announced a new professional development program at the picnic. The LEAD Academy, which stands for Learn, Experience, Achieve, Discover, will mix formal training with other types of learning for SSC staff at all levels over the next three years. It’s part of a new “culture of learning” that I’m thrilled to see taking root. Congratulations to all of you who were involved in the development of the LEAD Academy, and thanks for your commitment to investing in staff!

Speaking of picnics, two picnic tables with shaded seating and solar-powered charging stations were recently installed on campus. The brainchild of U-M Students for Clean Energy, the tables were made possible through the Planet Blue Student Innovation Fund. Kudos to our Office of Sustainability team who encourage and assist U-M students in making a real-world difference. We’re already hearing great feedback from students, so stop by one of the tables and charge your phone while you are there!

Thanks for all you do to make this university great.

With much appreciation and gratitude,