From Kevin’s Desk: Staff Making an Impact (8/21/2020)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

I want to offer a much-deserved congratulations to our colleagues from F&O’s AEC Construction Services and UHR’s North Campus Children’s Center who received a prestigious 2020 Staff Impact Award in the team category – how awesome! The AEC Construction Services – Health System Projects team was recognized for their innovative approach in providing service, which this year included replacing 253 pieces of equipment without causing disruptions to hospital operations. The North Campus Children’s Center directors were recognized for their efforts to champion flexible work, create innovative professional development for Children’s Center teachers and others, and for implementing measures to ensure their teams feel recognized and supported.

The Staff Impact Awards celebrate those who champion volunteerism and service within the university, and who find ways to collaborate across units and find solutions to make the workplace better for all.  Please join me in congratulating our B&F colleagues for their outstanding contributions to the university – YOU ALL ROCK!!!

I also want to give a shout out to our colleagues in Information Quest who put together a terrific new COVID-19 dashboard to help our university community monitor a variety of health data related to the pandemic. The new dashboard is housed on the Campus Maize and Blueprint website, which should be your go-to resource for up-to-date information about the COVID-19 situation and its impact on our community, including plans (or changes in plans) for the upcoming fall semester.

I know that a number of you have expressed concerns about safety on campus, for employees and students. As the President said in his recent message to the community, the university is continuing its careful planning and monitoring of the situation. Our ability to have a successful, public health-informed fall semester depends on everyone, including students, following the protocols established by the university – whether on or off campus.

SSC executive director Pam Gabel and I joined the President and others for a staff town hall last week, which covered a variety of topics including the university’s financial health and remote work.  We also addressed concerns about campus safety protocols and the fall semester. If you were unable to attend, you can watch a video of the entire town hall.

Thank you for your continued flexibility during this trying time, as well as for your commitment to keeping our campus community safe.

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Kevin