June 19, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


FM and the Regents, summer picnic and more

Dear FM,

There is a lot going on these days, so this week’s message is a round-up of a few different items. 

FM at the Board of Regents meeting
Two weeks ago, my team and I, along with other groups across University Services, presented several topics at the Board of Regents meeting. For those not familiar, the Regents are our governing board and have broad oversight authority of all aspects of University operations and strategy. They work to further the mission of the U by approving long-range plans, educational programs and budgets. Presenting to the Board is typically an opportunity to share our progress and goals and get their sign-off on major projects. At this meeting, we highlighted the Landcare management plan and our energy and sustainability efforts, particularly around new solar garden subscriptions. View the presentation materials.

I’d like to thank the following employees who helped prepare materials for the meeting: Jerome Malmquist, Director, Energy Management, Erick Van Meter, Assistant Director, Energy Management, Tom Ritzer, University Landscape Architect, and Stacey White, Sustainability Coordinator. Thanks also to Shane Stennes, Director, Sustainability, who prepared and presented the sustainability report. This work was critical to ensuring we are aligned with the Regents’ goals for the University and that they aware and supportive of our efforts. 

For more information about the Board of Regents or last week’s meeting, visit their website

Summer picnic and soccer game
I hope you have all received an email invitation to the FM summer picnic and MN United soccer game on July 22. We haven’t held an all-FM event in a while, and I’m excited we’ll have the chance to connect with our coworkers outside of our usual work schedules. Learn more about the event and be sure to let your district admin know you’ll be attending by July 7
Pipefitters, the hidden FM team
One group of employees who isn’t very visible to the rest of FM are the pipefitters, mainly because their work is primarily behind the scenes or even underground. These skilled employees, who work across our teams in energy management, the districts and U Construction, keep our utility delivery systems in top shape. Check out the website to read more about what pipefitters do

Have a great week,


  • Call for FM 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 post your photo to share with the rest of the team. Here is a cool detail of  McNeal Hall, sent in by Karen Collins, FM Team Manager in St. Paul.

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.