Friday, July 12, 2013

Thanks to our great technology staff

Today, IT staff from around the University of Minnesota are participating in a variety of "get-togethers" to strengthen our "Community of We." At the Twin Cities, the Office of Information Technology has invited IT folks to a picnic from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Boom Island Park. They will be roasting pork and doing other community events.

Morris is a smaller campus, so we opted for something more personal: I took the IT teams to lunch at Pizza Ranch. It was my pleasure to buy lunch for the technology staff, and represent the "Community of We" between Computing Services, Library, and Instructional & Media Technology. We were also joined by LeAnn and Roger, directors at Library and IMT.

We had a lot of fun today, recognizing the excellent work by all the technology groups. You are the ones who get things done, who implement the technology that allows our great faculty to instruct the next generation of students. My role at Morris to support you, and it is my pleasure to serve.

This reminds me of a story from a friend of mine, Jim Bruce, retired CIO at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To paraphrase (hopefully correctly), Jim recalls a time when he was a young CIO at MIT. One day, when the president and regents were attending some off-site event, MIT received a surprise visit by the chairman and co-founder of Honda Motor, Soichiro Honda. Chairman Honda was touring the U.S. East Coast, and as they passed MIT one his aides pointed out that MIT was the premier scientific, engineering, and technology institute in America. Chairman Honda decided he'd like to visit.

Since the other senior executives were off-site, it was up to Jim to welcome the guests (meanwhile, a regent was called in from somewhere to meet them). Quick-thinking, Jim commented, "Chairman Honda-san, my wife owns one of your cars, and she loves it." Honda bowed deeply and replied simply, "It is my honor to serve."

It is very similar with me.  My role here is to support the University of Minnesota Morris, and the UMM technology teams, and it is my honor to serve. Thanks to our great technology staff at Morris!

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