February 27, 2017
Facilities Management
Bill Paulus


Wellness check-in and new onboarding checklists

How close are you to reaching your wellness goals this year? In January, I challenged all of us to work toward health and wellness in 2017. If you receive health insurance through the University, I hope that you’re already participating in the Wellness Program. We have six months left to earn points and receive $400 off 2018 insurance premiums for an individual or $600 off for a family. I want to make sure everyone is aware that the chance to earn 150 points by completing the online Wellness assessment which ends March 31. I completed the assessment in under 15 minutes, and though I didn’t know my current heart rate or blood pressure, I still received the points. As we get closer to the end of the eligibility period in August, program offerings will begin to dwindle due to time restrictions, so I strongly encourage all eligible employees to take advantage of this easy opportunity. Learn more about the Wellness Program

Many FM employees have been asking for a resource to help onboard new employees in a timely way. FM district administrators rose to the challenge by consolidating all the processes and checklists necessary to get a new employee up to speed quickly, from paperwork to first day activities to scheduling U orientation. Thank you to our admin managers, Eric Eischens, Ashley Hightower, Janee Meyers, Jacky Olson, Jennifer Pierson, Nissa Sale, Shari Sayles and Renee Tyler for their work to ensure new employees have a reliable welcome to the U. Find checklists by employee classification on our website under Onboarding Employees.

Presidents Day challenge update: Congratulations to Andrew Chan, Facilities Condition Program Manager, and Cathy Abene, Principal Civil Engineer, who successfully identified programs located in buildings named for past U of M presidents. Employees also alerted us about the correct spelling of Coffey Hall and to share that Morrill Hall is named after the Morrill Act, which established our land grant college system. I appreciate all who took the time to respond!

Have a great week,


Weekly Notes

  • The Alumni Angle, the U’s digital newsletter for alumni, featured the Game Day Challenge in a section called Points of Pride. Our Sustainability and Waste Management teams partnered with Athletics to excel in this organics recycling event. 
  • The U recently received a Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) award for energy conservation and cost savings resulting from retrofitting LED lighting in parking garages. The project was a result of partnership between our Energy Management team, who identified the opportunity, and Parking and Transportation Services, who implemented the change. Learn more about our recognition and the LEEP campaign
  • Have an item to share with all FM? Send it to Christie Wells to be included in the Weekly.

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.