From Kevin’s Desk: Staff breakfasts, site visits and spring festival (04/07/17)

Dear Colleagues,

Happy Friday!

Each month I invite a group from across B&F to share breakfast with me through a totally random selection process. These gatherings are one of the bright spots in my schedule. I am always struck by how powerful it is to hear from you, and this week’s breakfast with 16 colleagues from all corners of B&F was no exception. My thanks to all of you who have attended in the past and generously shared your time, your stories and your ideas about how we can continue to make this a great place to work. And thanks to my team for keeping us well-fed!  When you get an invitation, I hope you’ll join us.

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting our Metal Shops to see firsthand the work that our sheet metal specialists and welders do for the university. These dedicated craftspeople “say yes” to our campus customers in so many ways, from performing critical maintenance to creating custom railings, original works of art and even custom surgical devices for Michigan Medicine. I am in awe of their talents and passion for their work—and they are but one of many teams who are equally awesome! I plan to continue these visits to keep connecting directly with you.

Speaking of visits, this weekend we welcome many alumni and friends to campus for the bicentennial UMich200 Spring Festival, which began yesterday. Burton Tower has been blazing maize and blue all week, and there’s still a lot to see and do. I know that major events often involve extra behind-the-scenes work by B&F staff. Special thanks to everyone who has helped make the bicentennial celebrations happen! I hope that you and your families will find opportunities to enjoy some of them. But will someone please tell Mother Nature that it shouldn’t be snowing in April?!

I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with each and every one of you!

With much gratitude and appreciation,

Kevin