Employees ‘over the moon’ during recent eclipse

August 30, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

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The Michigan Medicine community caught eclipse fever last week as faculty, staff, patients and their families took time out of their day to witness the solar event.

While groups gathered outside around campus, the analytics team from the Quality Department turned the day into an event with a staff picnic and viewing party.

“I knew several people on the team were interested in watching the eclipse, so I asked if we could order glasses for everyone, which is where the idea was born,” said Marcia Militello, senior IT project manager in quality analytics. “We decided to hold our staff picnic on the same day so everyone could be outside and experience the event together.”

The team also split into four groups to determine who could build the best self-made eclipse viewer. (See a photo of the winning team with their entry in the photo gallery above.)

“It was a perfect opportunity to engage with colleagues and experience an awe-inspiring event as a group, with a friendly competition on the side,” said Justin Pestrue, administrative director for quality analytics. “I think it’s important to plan staff events outside of the office because it builds team unity in a more relaxed environment.”

Staff at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital also joined the fun and handed out nearly 35 pairs of glasses to children and their families.

Groups of faculty and staff also gathered outside of the Kellogg Eye Center, North Campus Research Complex, University Hospital and the North Campus Administrative Complex.

If you missed out on the solar excitement, another eclipse will pass through the U.S. on April 8, 2024, and the path of totality will cover nearby areas including Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio.