Sunrise at Pulley Tower

December 2016

Winter Term Lean Fair

On January 11, 2017 the Miami University Lean Initiatives Office will be offering a Lean Fair at the Armstrong Student Center. The fair will be open to all employees, providing staff the opportunity to connect with peers while learning about Miami's Lean journey. The morning session will being at 8:30 am and continue until 11:40 am. The identical afternoon session will begin at 1 pm and conclude at 4 pm. Registration for both sessions will begin one half hour before the start of each session.

University divisions represented at the fair are Academic Affairs, Finance and Business Services, Enrollment Management and Student Success, Student Affairs, and University Advancement.

Please work with your supervisors and department heads to receive authorization to attend one of the sessions. It will be an opportunity to network with Lean team leaders and get hands on experience with the Lean process.

Refreshments will be provided. Please be sure to bring your Miami ID to the event.

Travel Provider Project Update

As the result of phase II of the Travel Provider project, the Procurement office is pleased to announce an airline discount program for Delta Airlines reservations booked through the Miami Travel Portal. This discount can be used for both business and personal travel when booked through the travel portal. 

As the Delta discount is a tiered program, reservations made through the travel portal may lead to incrementally greater discounts for the Miami community in the future depending on the amount of usage that occurs. 

To further explain the advantages of booking through the Miami travel portal, on-site departmental training and webinars will be scheduled in January. Additionally, basic travel training materials are available on the travel portal under the Concur Training button.

Maintenance Vehicle Management

Physical Facilities vehicles are constantly on the move. Technician vans carry employees, equipment and tools to job sites all across campus to make a variety of repairs. Dump trucks haul heavy loads in warm weather, and keep our campus streets and parking lots free of snow in winter time. Our bucket truck is used to hang banners, repair street lights, and perform other electrical repairs. However, older vehicles become expensive to own as breakdowns and repairs can be costly, and underutilized or antiquated vehicles carry unneeded insurance and parking fees. For this reason, Physical Facilities undertook a comprehensive project to review its maintenance grounds fleet to determine which vehicles needed to be replaced and which vehicles were underutilized and could be entirely eliminated from the fleet.

The result: the purchase of nine replacement vehicles and a net reduction of 15 vehicles from the fleet. In total, nearly $30,000 in insurance, parking, and maintenance costs were eliminated, and over $300,000 worth of vehicles were not replaced. Thanks to the entire team including Dusty Hill, Clarence Blevins, Steve Feck, Larry Davidson, Jeremy Davis, and Brandon Burke for this great result.

Certification News

Laurie Sampson from Housing, Dining, Recreation and Business Services is our newest Certified Lean Leader. Laurie completed all requirements for the Lean Leader Certification Program. Congratulations Laurie!