Highlights from MSTAFF200


Photo gallery 

Above: Ira Cohen, adjunct clinical associate professor of pharmacy, talks with Nancy Waters, interactive communications project manager for the Office of University Development, at one of the exhibits showcasing staff contributions over the last two centuries. Below: The food tents were busy all day as festival-goers enjoyed a variety of tasty fare. View a gallery of images from throughout the day. (Photos by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)

 An early look at artwork honoring staff

An artist’s rendering of “Arriving Home,” a public sculpture honoring the contributions of U-M staff. (Drawing by Neil Martin)

At the Bicentennial MSTAFF200 event Tuesday, President Mark Schlissel announced a new, permanent public art installation that will honor the contributions of U-M staff over the life of the university.

The art, titled “Arriving Home,” will be installed between the C.C. Little and Dana Samuel Trask buildings on Central Campus. It was created by Dennis Oppenheim, a renowned American artist and Guggenheim Fellow.

“We wanted to commemorate the amazing work of the past, but also recognize that all of our future goals for Michigan’s third century rely on the dedication and intellect of our talented staff. These accomplishments and ambitions extend across our entire mission as a public university,” Schlissel said.

“Arriving Home” will be officially installed sometime in the fall.

As part of the bicentennial, the Office of the President and Voices of the Staff are sponsoring the public art project, which received seed funding from alumnus and longtime staff member Jagdish Janveja.

Read more about Janveja’s donation.

Making a memento

Made by staff to honor staff, the “Bicentennial Block” was created in collaboration between Construction Services and University Human Resources. This video walks through production of the 10,000 blocks and bases that were produced by U-M staff and given to staff on Tuesday during the MSTAFF200 celebration. Read more about the bicentennial memento.


  1. Kevin Hegarty
    on June 28, 2017 at 7:12 am

    What a wonderful event! Bravo to Laurita Thomas and the hundreds of volunteers and many committees that made this happen. The Staff at the University of Michigan are outstanding and make huge contributions every day that make this University and outstanding institution of education, research, healthcare and public service! Happy 200th birthday to the University of Michigan!!!

  2. Brian Kobylarz
    on June 28, 2017 at 8:48 am

    What a wonderful event! I was so proud to contribute to a once in a lifetime event!
    Here’s to another 100 years!

  3. Leigh Ann Koepp
    on June 28, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Congratulations to Tim Kennedy and Tina Jordan and team for an excellent event! One favorite for me was seeing all the different depts and our collective community as a whole at this event. Sending a big 200 high five!

  4. Patricia Anderson
    on June 28, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Another mark in the history books. It tells the story of all who made us who we are. We are not just brick and mortar. All the hard work, sacrifices of those who made the way and made this day possible. I am proud to be here to celebrate with you and to see how far we have came in 200 years with education and medicine. This is a once in a life time event.

  5. Kim Clarke
    on June 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Congratulations to Tina Jordan, Tim Kennedy and the hundreds of volunteers who made MStaff200 such an incredible success!

  6. Jean Hunt
    on June 28, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Terrific event! Big kudos and thanks to all who planned and volunteered for it. Thank you, Jagdish Janveja, for your incredible generosity — the sculpture looks beautiful, and we’re looking forward to seeing it installed!

  7. Michelle Overholser
    on June 28, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Everyone involved in this event for us staff did a wonderful job! There was so much to see and take in. I really like the “Bicentennial Block”. I am very proud to be a staff member of 37 years at the University of Michigan and thank UM for acknowledging the UM staff in such a great way!

  8. Dave Reid
    on June 28, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    What a wonderful event to remind us all of the parts we play in the ways this university makes a difference in the world. Congratulations to everyone involved!

  9. Lynn Halton
    on June 29, 2017 at 11:24 am

    THANK YOU to all who worked on this once-in-a-lifetime event!! It was spectacular and made staff feel so appreciated. I was moved and inspired by the whole event! I love my wooden block and look forward to seeing the new artwork dedicated to staff! Go Blue!!!!

  10. Eva Gogola
    on June 29, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    This was a tremendous celebration and UM-Dearborn was so very happy to be part of it! Thanks to all – GO BLUE!

  11. Sandy Alberto
    on June 29, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    It was a wonderful event and thankful that both Dearborn and Flint were included. Thank you to all involved. Go Blue!

  12. Catherine Wood
    on June 29, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Well done. Thank You for such a great day!

  13. Nan Weber
    on June 30, 2017 at 11:43 am

    What a great day to remember our past, acknowledge our present, and hope for our future as a great University!

  14. Danette M
    on August 24, 2017 at 3:30 am

    I am so much happy to see these highlights from MSTAFF200. From the picture it is clear that a huge crowd is there to attend this festival. Happy to know that the food tents were busy all days because it offers variety of tasty foods. amsterdam walking tour

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