August 21, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


August 21 roundup

Dear FM,

FM’s mission of creating a safe, reliable and welcoming campus is really showcased during this time of year. All areas of FM have been working hard throughout the summer to make the campus ready for the start of classes on September 5th, and I am delighted with the progress we have made together. In order for new freshman to get acquainted with our campus, the Orientation and First-Year Programs office coordinates a “Welcome Week” that begins next week. This is our formal welcome to new freshmen and transfer students, and a time for them to learn their way around. FM teams participate in many welcome week activities including a sustainability fair where we teach students about sustainability, recycling and zero waste events. In addition to offering a welcoming campus in terms of buildings and grounds, please offer your welcoming attitude to individuals who need assistance navigating our campus.

Also, as students get oriented to the campus, it’s a great time for us to re-focus on our safety mission and allow extra time for getting around campus with the additional congestion on streets and sidewalks. When you’re out driving, remember to be aware of pedestrians, skateboarders and cyclists, and keep an eye out for jaywalkers - new students might be looking at their phones to find out where they need to go next and may not be paying attention to their surroundings. Brush up on a full list of safe driving tips

2018 Goals

Have you entered your goals into U Learn yet? August 31 is the deadline for entering P&A/Civil Service/ and some AFSCME employee goals into the system. If you have questions about your goals, please work with your supervisor.

Medical Cost Relief Program

Qualified employees have an opportunity to get some budget relief due to the cost of medical coverage. If you are single and earn up to $39,240, or your family income is $68,380 or below, you can receive a payment from $200 to $450. You need to provide a copy of your 2016 federal income tax form and complete an online form.  All employees who qualify for this benefit will receive a notice sent to their home address. For more information, speak with your supervisor or call 4-8647 for HR help. The form is due September 11.

Have a great week,


Weekly Notes

  • FM news

    • This week on the FM website, get an update from Mike Berthelsen, Interim Vice President, University Services, and Leslie Krueger, Chief of Staff, University Services on the EAM project.
    • Learn how one FM team helped the Wangensteen Library protect their collection of rare medical books.
    • Local website MinnPost featured a story about the Bell Museum move.

  • Priceless stories Custodial Supervisor Meaghan Schumann sent in a picture of Ron Nelson and his Health Sciences custodial team. Ron retired after 37+ years of service at the U of M. Meaghan said of Ron’s retirement celebration, “the years of memories and stories told are priceless.”   

  • Our cool campus Next time you walk down Church Street, check out the Ely Greenstone. It’s a 2.7 billion year old rock formation that will be part of the landscape in front of the newly renovated Tate Hall. The rock was mined in northern Minnesota in the early 20th century and was previously located in front of Pillsbury Hall.

  • Call for photos Take a picture of something FM-related and send to Christie Wells to be included on the FM website or in the Weekly. Whether it’s a picture of an employee or team at work, a group activity or a beautiful aspect of our campus, we’d love to share your photo with the rest of the team.

Bill Paulus the interim AVP for FM
Bill Paulus is the interim Associate Vice President for Facilities Management. He regularly publishes memos to communicate information and issues that affect FM staff.