FM Staff Win Six Star Performer Awards

2014 star performers

The 2014 University Services Star Performers were named at the U Services Leadership Forum in December. FM Employees received 6 of the 15 awards presented this year. Star Performer awards are given to University Services employees who demonstrate the values of University Services through their hard work and dedication each and every day. Nominations are made by faculty, staff, and students on the Twin Cities campus. Below is a list of the FM Star Performer Award Winners and comments made about them during the presentation.

Wondu Galata, Senior Buildings and Grounds Worker

Wondu has always gone above and beyond in his work at Hasselmo Hall. Under his leadership the Hasselmo crew won a Beautiful Building award. Wondu has never been hesitant to lend a hand where help is needed. This past year Wondu stepped up as supervisor so a co-worker could visit family he had not seen in over a decade. Wondu easily took on the extra work and stated that he was happy to help out in any way he could. Wondu’s actions were not a surprise to any of his co-workers. They describe him as ethical, responsible, patient, kind, and a hard worker.

Bayan Gobana, Senior Buildings and Grounds Worker

In the middle of a leadership transition Bayan went above and beyond to ensure that the East Bank Team 1, 2nd shift custodial crew continued to run smoothly. He assumed many of the leadership positions without hesitation and often without even being asked. He often took time out of his day to come in early and to check service requests, check messages, and determine work for the day. Through his hard work and dedication Bayan has become highly respected by his peers and the crew.

Yosief Manna, Senior Buildings and Grounds Worker

Every day Yosief delivers exceptional service hoping to provide each patient with a positive and safe experience while at the University of Minnesota clinics. During his supervisor’s medical leave Yosief stepped up as a leader among his peers. He took on the responsibilities of the supervisors while still accomplishing all of his tasks without sacrificing any of his exceptional service.

RJ Olson, General Foreman in University Construction

RJ’s innovative thinking led to a big change on the Twin Cities campus. He started an HVAC coil cleaning and personnel training program, which has led to much higher efficiency in the systems. RJ has the matra “get it done so others can do their work without having to wait” and it shows in his task efficiency. RJ’s forward thinking and diligent work ethic has set the bar high.

Sue Ward, Administrative Specialist in U Construction

Sue gets top marks this year for having more than two dozen peers, co-workers and customers supporting her nomination. They described her as dependable, compassionate, and responsible, just to name a few. When Sue is given a task it is sure to be done well and in a timely manner. She goes beyond the title of co-worker and shows compassion for her peers personally and professionally.

Building Access Team: Andrew Chan, Karen Haakonson, Marcus Hulmer, Brian Ketchum, Chad Krinke, Brian McDonald, Ryan Mullaney, Jeff Nietz, Simon Norman, Frank Palewicz, Steve Peterson, Linda Weigarten, and Marilyn Zenzen

As a part of the biggest team to win a Star Performer Award, 13 members of the Building Access Team work in Facilities Management. They worked diligently throughout the last year to improve building access across campus. They designed, developed, tested and implemented the new building access system connection to Peoplesoft in less that 60 days. They fully implemented the program by the beginning of the fall term. Because of them, most buildings on campus now have electronic card access.

Congratulations to all of FM's Star Performers! You make us proud!