September 11, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


A video to challenge you

Dear FM,

This week I am continuing the ‘welcome to campus’ theme from last week. The University has an ongoing program to improve our campus climate, which is the part of our shared culture meant to ensure everyone is treated with respect. That would be pretty easy to do if we all came from the same background, had the same experiences and agreed with each other on all major issues. Thankfully, this is not the case, and we each bring something unique to the world and to our work. One of the reasons I came to the University over ten years ago is because of its respectful culture, and I am glad to work at an institution that values diversity and inclusion.

A few weeks ago, Mike Berthelsen asked us all to complete the Respectful Workplace survey, and those results will help inform our support of a positive work environment. Now, I’d like to invite all of you to watch this inspiring video, shared with the incoming Class of 2021. It addresses the mindset of students who come from vastly different backgrounds, challenging them to see their time at the University as an opportunity to look for connections with those who may be different from them. It’s a great message, and one that applies to us as well.

Sharing our differences as well as our similarities makes us a stronger team. Our challenges are not unlike those of the freshmen starting out their college careers. We all have the ability to learn throughout life and I encourage you to think about the opportunity for connection within your teams. How do you support those who may have different perspectives? Will you take a risk and share your thoughts with others or hear an opinion that may challenge your worldview?

Have a great week,


Weekly Notes

  • FM Safety There were no lost time injuries for FM in the month of August, keep it up!
  • Free Light Rail  Did you know you can ride the light rail for free between the three UMN stops? Either use your Metropass or U Pass, or pick up a free Campus Zone Pass at the Parking and Transportation building. Learn more
  • 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.