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  • Welcome to FM

    Mike Berthelsen with custodians

    Facilities Management's mission is to provide a safe, functional, clean, and welcoming campus. A department of University Services, Facilities Management (FM) is responsible for the physical assets of the University to ensure a quality environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors in support of the University’s mission of teaching, research and outreach. Visit our Success Stories page for more information about how FM is working to advance President Kaler’s ... Read more

  • Schedule your Upcoming Biometric Screening


    Dear FM,

    A few weeks ago we kicked off the wellness campaign with a flu shot clinic for second shift staff. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event a success!  If you have not yet had a flu shot, please consider getting one (they are available at your clinics and many local pharmacies).

    We are focusing next on biometric screenings. The biometric screening provides you with important baseline information about your health, such as your blood pressure, body mass index, and cholesterol levels. Both you and your spouse qualify for... Read more

  • Kicking off Wellness (Flu Shot Clinic Information Included)


    Dear FM,

    FM values your health and wellness. It’s part of our FM mission to provide a safe, welcoming, and reliable campus and your health is a cornerstone of our safety program. 

    As we start the new year, we are kicking off a campaign to promote participation in the University’s wellness program. As an incentive, the University gives successful participants a discount on their health insurance that increases take-home pay in 2017. Folks who participate and attain either 400 points as an... Read more

  • Recapping 2015

    Mike Berthelsen the AVP for FM

    Dear FM,

    Welcome back from the holiday break -- I hope each of you is relaxed and rejuvenated for the new year.  I like to pause and reflect on the past year as we transition to a new one. What are some of the many highlights of our diligent work that embody FM’s contributions to a safe, reliable and welcoming campus?  In no particular order:

    • Safety: All FM employees reached Level 4 (the highest level for our safety program) for the first time since we started the new safety incentive... Read more

  • Thanks and Happy New Year!


    Dear FM,

    Like many of you, I am aware of the shortness of our days at this time of the year.  Some of the holidays we observe are rooted in ancient traditions that celebrate light during this dark time.  We decorate our homes, yards, stores, and even the green line train with lights!  This year, I’m especially grateful for your continued hard work and dedication. You are the lights of Facilities Management.  You make the University a warm, welcoming, and reliable place to live, play, and work. Thank you for everything that you do.

    I want to wish you safe, happy,... Read more

  • Star Performers

    Health Sciences Crew

    Dear FM,

    The University Services community took time to honor some of our FM family with the University Services Star Performer Awards last week. Recipients were nominated by customers, supervisors and coworkers for exhibiting customer service, initiative, reliability and exceeding expectations. I had the pleasure of congratulating our winners immediately after they received their awards, hence these photos. (I didn’t intend for you to see my face multiple times!) 

    Below is a list of this year’s Star Performer Award winners and a short narrative from the person or persons who... Read more

  • Winter Updates


    Dear FM,

    This week I have a couple of positive updates to share with you.

    Sustainability: First, last week over 200 colleges and universities signed the American Campuses on Climate Pledge to show their support for strong climate action by world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. The university has had a long... Read more

  • Thank You, FM

    Fall leaves

    Dear FM,

    A large University like ours achieves success when each of us fulfills our role and goes beyond to make our campus that much better. We're a great team because of our strong work ethic and how well we support each other in doing our important work. I am grateful for all that you do--both the celebrated and routine tasks that contribute to our success.

    If you’re able to take time off this week as part of this Thanksgiving holiday, savor your time with friends and family. If you’re here on campus making sure this great University keeps rolling forward... Read more

  • UMN Signs the White House Climate Pledge

    UMN Commitment to Climate

    Today, the White House announced that more than 200 university and college campuses signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge to demonstrate their support for strong climate action by world leaders in Paris next month at the Conference on Climate Change. These schools include historically black colleges and universities, religious institutions, women’s colleges, technical schools, community colleges, all schools in the Ivy League, and a variety of public and private universities located across more than 40 states- including the University of Minnesota... Read more

  • Do Good. Feel Good. Recap of CFD.

    West Bank Staff

    Dear FM,

    Do Good. Feel Good.

    What are the things that make you feel good? As part of this year’s Community Fund Drive, staff on the West Bank asked this very question. Some of their answers included: good beer, ‘West Bank staff’, ‘blue skies’, ‘days off’, ‘helping the University with their mission’, ‘family’, and ‘great work by my team’.

    These answers and the work put forth by FM staff for the Community Fund Drive exemplify our vision... Read more