From Kevin’s Desk: Seeing our teams in action . . . (07/14/17)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

This week I had the pleasure of seeing two of our professional, dedicated trades teams in action. Wow! First I visited the Direct Digital Controls shop and met with our HVAC control specialists—the crucial people who help to maintain our heating and cooling system controls through freezing winters and muggy Michigan summers. Later in the week, I met our team of Primary Systems Group electricians (formerly known as the High Voltage Group), who take care of our power distribution equipment campus-wide. They’re also responsible for the electrical systems in our Central Power Plant.

It’s hard to fully appreciate the level of expertise required to do their jobs until you see them in action. They’re not just masters of a particular craft. They also become deep experts on each of our buildings and the varied requirements of our campus systems – which in some cases span more than a century’s worth of technology! The brain trust of knowledge within these teams is astounding. They are unsung heroes of our campus – day in and day out, they keep our doors open for business. You ROCK!

And speaking of people who rock, yesterday I attended a wonderful thank-you breakfast in honor of the 100+ committee members who planned and implemented the historic MSTAFF200 event. MSTAFF200 was an enormous success on every level. And, through the efforts of waste station volunteers and our Grounds Services staff working at the event, we diverted a whopping 2,000 pounds (1 ton!) of waste from the landfill! AMAZING!

Our Board of Regents meets this coming Thursday. If you see any of them on campus, please do thank them for their service. They volunteer countless hours to help us make the University of Michigan the best it can be!

Thanks for all you do to make this university great.

With much appreciation and gratitude,