From Kevin’s Desk: Staff voices make a difference (03/24/17)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Friday!

This month staff from across the university are encouraged to submit applications to join Voices of the Staff.  Managed by University Human Resources, this important volunteer program gives staff members a forum for sharing ideas and shaping university plans about issues that matter most. I hope you’ll consider applying to serve in this unique leadership role or encouraging your team members to do so. Voices of the Staff supports our strategic goals of “leadership” and creating a “great place to work,” and contributes meaningfully to the mission of the University of Michigan. The deadline to apply is March 31.

One of the many terrific Voices projects is the Stories of the Staff website, which celebrates the contributions of U-M staff members through stories, photos, and videos. A recent post features B&F’s own Tim Kennedy, building automation services manager and co-chair of the upcoming MStaff200 staff recognition event. Tim’s father, the late Richard Kennedy, was the longest serving executive officer in university history. As part of our bicentennial celebration, Tim recreated a famous photo of his father that was taken in 1967 with U-M’s sesquicentennial car and license plate. Check out the two photos side by side – it’s a wonderful example of Go Blue pride passed down from father to son.

Lastly, this week we celebrated the first day of spring and the promise of warmer weather. I plan to resume my regular walks on campus starting later in April and hope you’ll join me (details coming soon). One of my favorite stops is the Ruthven Museums Building, currently home to our Museum of Natural History. What’s your favorite spot on campus? I’d love to hear from you.

With much appreciation and gratitude,