From Kevin’s Desk: Sharing the Love (2/14/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day!

This week I had a wonderful visit with our colleagues in Risk Management, which is part of University Finance. I was amazed by the scope of work this fantastic team of professionals handles for our university community – from Work Connections to all manner of insurance claims to risk prevention of various kinds. They even ensure the safety of the 70,000 children who visit our campus every year to participate in activities. It really is impressive! I am so grateful to have this team at the university. Please join me in thanking the Risk Management group for all they do to protect the university and support our employees. Y’ALL ROCK!!

And speaking of teams that rock, our positive energizers are continuing to make a huge impact, and many have organized Valentine’s Day activities to share the love. For example, the Finance positive energizers hosted a series of events for staff to create Valentine’s cards for patients at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center. It was a great way for staff to give back while also spending time with their colleagues and building relationships. Check out this great video to learn more, and you can see other positive energizer Valentine’s Day activities on our website.

Also in honor of Valentine’s Day, our B&F Leadership Forum organized a charitable drive for the Maize and Blue Cupboard, which is a wonderful organization dedicated to supporting U-M students who experience food insecurity – an issue that is estimated to affect more than 30% of our students. You can learn more by visiting the Maize and Blue Cupboard website, or even better, consider inviting your colleagues to volunteer there. Last week, some of our Finance positive energizers organized a team to volunteer there last week. They helped unload the truck, stock shelves and organize donations along with student volunteers. So great!

Lastly, yours truly was featured in the Valentine’s Day addition of the SSC newsletter. I had a great time answering their fun list of questions. We’ve posted the full interview on our website if you’d like to know a little more about me.

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

With much appreciation and gratitude,