May 1, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


Preparing for Graduation

Despite the cold and sleety temperatures today, we’ve made it to May 1st, and you know what that means? Beside Cinco de Mayo coming up on Friday, students, faculty and staff are gearing up for some of the most important events at the University. Commencement ceremonies are taking place on campus, and each college and school has its own ceremony. That means there are many events over the next two weekends and while most are held at Northrop Memorial Auditorium and Mariucci Arena, there are also activities at Ted Mann Concert Hall, Weisman Art Museum and McNamara Alumni Center. These important ceremonies signal the culmination of years of hard work by our U students, and thousands of parents, grandparents, family and friends will come to campus to celebrate these major life milestones. As we always do, teams across FM have already begun preparing our grounds and buildings to be as beautiful and welcoming as they can be.

In Landcare, efforts to showcase our campus actually started last fall with the planting of spring blooming bulbs in high-visibility areas around campus. The team further beautifies the grounds in spring by planting colorful annuals and working with U Construction to paint M logos on the lawns of Northrop Auditorium and Mariucci Arena. In addition, they improve visitor experience by ensuring all photos have a beautiful backdrop by restoring damaged turf, refreshing mulch and removing all litter. Kudos to all those involved.

The work to guarantee buildings look their best gears up as the ceremonies approach, and continues throughout each event. For example, at Northrop, our East Bank team cleans the exterior, including sweeping sidewalks and checking the trash and recycling containers. Interior spaces, such as the auditorium, dressing rooms, restrooms and Memorial Hall are refreshed multiple times per day as the schedule dictates, and custodians are available during the ceremonies to take care of any needs that may come up during the events. The West Bank team deep cleans buildings where ceremonies are held, and also delivers and maintain additional waste barrels upon request both during the week and on weekends.

We all can play a role in keeping the campus at its best, even if it’s just picking up a stray piece of paper floating along the mall. If the job is more involved, call the FM Call Center at 4-2900 to initiate a service request. I count on each of you to be the eyes and ears for our campus, and I’m proud of the ownership you take in your work areas.

The examples above are just a few of the ways FM impacts students and their families. The years spent at the University are a significant investment of time, dedication and money and I thank you for your work to ensure our campus is beautiful on such a meaningful and exciting day.

Have a great week,


Weekly Notes

  • Thanks to Kay Sargent, Safety Specialist, who sent a reminder that April 28 was Worker’s Memorial Day, an international day of remembrance for workers killed or injured at work and an opportunity to highlight workplace safety. Kay said, “We are so lucky to have dedicated people in FM that are committed to doing great work safely.”
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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.