MStaff200: Celebrating 200 Years of Making Blue Go

Staff encouraged to contribute photos, talents and community service

When the first students and faculty started classes on the Ann Arbor campus in 1841, the university had just two staff members: Henry Colclazer, a librarian, and Pat Kelly, a janitor and handyman. Since that time, the university has grown to include more than 50,000 staff on the Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn and Michigan Medicine campuses. The contributions of staff to the university’s core missions of education, research and patient care over the past 200 years will be the focus of the upcoming MStaff200 event, which is co-sponsored by the Bicentennial Office, Voices of the Staff and Business & Finance. MStaff200 is part of the university’s bicentennial celebration.

“From the building and maintaining of our beautiful campus, to the growth and stewardship of our endowment, to the services required to facilitate academic excellence and support world-renowned research, staff have contributed, and continue to contribute, to every aspect of the university, “ says Tina Jordan, co-chair of the MStaff200 planning committee. “We want to honor these contributions as part of this historic bicentennial year.”

MStaff200 will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., as part of the UMich200 Summer Festival. The celebration also will include a staff photo contest, the winners of which will be featured in a commemorative bicentennial calendar (enter your photos now – see below for details!).

The MStaff200 event will feature exhibits and live performances extending from Ingalls Mall to the Diag, including tent displays highlighting staff contributions throughout the past and imagining the future. Exhibits will focus on the construction and maintenance of campus buildings, health and well-being, the workplace, transportation, changing lunch and leisure patterns, communication, and public safety.

The event will also include giveaways, light refreshments, a photo booth/selfie station, entertainment, and a showcase of the artistic or performing talents and service to the local and global community by our extraordinary staff.

Volunteer now to contribute your talents, photos and more

MStaff200 will celebrate and recognize staff contributions to the university from 1817 and into the future. Here are three ways that you can help make this event a success.

  1. Help us show off our extraordinary staff! Volunteer by February 28 to share your creative talents or community service interests at the event.
  2. Submit your best original photos of staff members at work by February 28 for the MStaff200 bicentennial calendar photo contest.
  3. Volunteer to help on the day of the event!