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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

  • How You Contribute to our Vision

    Mike Berthelsen the AVP for FM

    Dear FM:

    In my memo last week, I focused on how our mission to provide a safe, welcoming and reliable campus for learning and discovery supports this great University. Today I want to focus on our vision and direction. A vision is a mental image of what the future could be--it is what we aspire to become. Our vision for Facilities Management is to:

    Create an Exceptional Campus Experience

    Everyone who comes to campus should leave with a positive feeling about their time here-- whether they spend their day in the classroom, the doctor’s office,... Read more

  • Celso (Sammy) Lozano

    Photo of Celso Lozano

    Celso ‘Sammy’ Lozano has worked at the University for over 38 years and retires after an extraordinary career. “His retirement is well-deserved but a huge loss to the University,” said Kelly Richardson who is a team manager on the West Bank. “He is the hardest working person I have ever met on campus,” she continued, “it’s like he splits himself into six different people and not only turns out work quickly but with the highest quality.” Jim Larson, his current supervisor, couldn’t agree more. “There is nobody better liked than Sammy!”

    In addition to being everyone’s friend, he is... Read more

  • FM, Our Mission, & You

    Mike Berthelsen the AVP for FM

    Dear FM,

    Last year in the Employee Engagement Survey you told me that you were looking to better understand the direction of the Department.  I heard your concern. Over the next month, FM Supervisors, Managers, and I will be talking more about this. We look forward to sharing the updated FM Strategic Plan that includes our Mission, Vision, Guiding Principles, and Values. Today, I want to focus on the mission of FM and be clear about ‘Why We Exist’ and our role in the University. Our updated plan will help us make choices about where we put our efforts, how we spend our... Read more

  • Employee Engagement Continues

    Mike Berthelsen the AVP for FM

    Hi Team,

    Employee engagement and recognition is a central focus for our Facilities Management organization. Among other recognitions, you may remember ‘Beautiful Building’ awards which we have modified to ‘Terrific Team’ awards.  As part of this effort, Mike Hofer, the Associate Director of Custodial Program, has rolled out a new “U are GOLD” program focused on the great work of custodial teams – meant to recognize efforts throughout the year. In the world of custodial services, great work often goes unnoticed until something gets missed. To counter this, we’re... Read more

  • Thank you and Happy Labor Day

    Mike Berthelsen the AVP for FM

    Dear FM,

    As we approach Labor Day Weekend, I have several wishes for you:

    1.  That you take some well-earned time off: In the spirit of Labor Day, I want to thank you for the work that you do.  I hope you are able to enjoy some well-earned time off with your families and friends. Given the Labor Day holiday, I also want to recognize the many decades of work that Unions have done to advocate on behalf of employee rights. The result of their work is the cornerstone of today’s work environment.

    2.  That you are safe: The recent fatality... Read more

  • Mark Henthorne

    Photo of Mark fishing

    Mark Henthorne cracks a big smile when I ask about his secret ingredient. “I can’t tell you that!” He says. What he will say is that eggs and flour make up two parts of the equation for a killer pan-fried fish dinner.

    Mark fishes for walleyes and crappies two to three times a week at South Center Lake in Lindstrom, Bald Eagle Lake in White Bear Lake, and Pakegama Lake in Pine City. He says the best fish to eat range in size from 13-16 inches. “The biggest walleye I caught was 27 ½ inches but I threw it back. The bigger fish don’t seem to taste as good,” he says. In the summer, Mark... Read more