One of the best things about Minnesota is our summers, and I hope all of you are taking an opportunity to get out and enjoy the season. I just got back from a vacation with my family, and after relaxing for a few days I can feel myself more energized this morning and ready to catch up with my co-workers and re-engage in FM work activities. The benefits of time off are well-known: taking time off reduces stress, improves sleep and can even lower the risk of heart disease. In addition, helping employees find balance between work and personal life is a priority of the University. I encourage you to check out your vacation balance and use those hours - you’ve earned them.
Next week is the 4th of July and as we celebrate 241 years of our nation’s independence, I wish you and your families all a safe and happy day. On a related note, there won’t be a Weekly July 3; look for it every other week through the end of summer. I’ll resume weekly messages in September.
Have a great week and remember to R.S.V.P. for the FM employee event. We’ve already received a lot of responses and I’m looking forward to seeing you all there.
- FM summer picnic and soccer game July 22 - Have you reserved your tickets? Pick up picnic tickets and reserve soccer game tickets by July 7. Learn more about the event
- 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. This week, Janee Meyers, Executive Admin, sent in a cool shot of a stained glass skylight in Burton Hall and Paul Drews, East Bank Team Manager sent a preview of the giant “selfie chair” planned for Northrop Plaza. In the shot, the chair is being stained by East Bank painter Tom Elton.