The University Record, June 5, 2000


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Cartoons appreciated

I was pleasantly surprised and felt a sense of prideful ownership when a Harley Schwadron illustration appeared before the nation in USA Today, Friday, May 12, 2000.

His “Off the Record” creativity tickles my funny bone and his underlying message is usually profound. I look forward to his illustrations each week in the Record.

From the Chamber’s perspective, our favorite Schwadron work shows a bearded professor with briefcase in hand exiting a campus office where the words “Economic Theory” are lettered on the door. On his casual pullover shirt is the phrase, “Think Globally; Spend Locally.”

The response from the business community to U-M purchasers—in Schwadron style—would be “Write On!”

Dale R. Leslie, M.A. ’71, marketing director, Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce

Workplace 2000 ‘huge success’

I am writing to thank you for the extensive coverage of Workplace 2000 that the Record provided in the May 22 issue. Workplace 2000 was a huge success this year with well over 1,000 participants during a three-day period. It included a tremendous array of workshops and sessions that were carefully selected to meet the needs of participants.

For the first time ever, Workplace 2000 featured a major collaboration between the Office of the Chief Information Officer and HRD, which brought the evolving world and tools of information technology to the staff of the University in very creative and practical ways. In addition, we had several dozen booths in the Workplace 2000 Resource Fair displaying information about useful products, programs and services for the participants.

Events like Workplace 2000 require a huge amount of planning, creativity and hard work from a large number of people over a long period of time. Therefore, I want to acknowledge and thank the 45 people from across the University who comprised the Workplace 2000 Planning Team and its various subcommittees, along with the approximately 60 people who provided instruction during the Conference.

I also want to provide special recognition for Barbara Mulay, an organizational development and training specialist at HRD, who served exceptionally capably as chair of the Conference Planning Team. Barbara’s contributions to the Conference and to the University are remarkable. She is an exceptional project manager. In other words, she can see projects from the top down (the big picture of a project), yet she also can assimilate and address effectively the myriad details that a project as big as Workplace 2000 involves. I want to recognize her contributions to Workplace 2000, HRD and the University, and publicly thank her for her exceptional and truly wonderful work.

Robert B. Holmes, director, Human Resource Development