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Fame, finals and flurries!

Dear FM,

The week of Thanksgiving we literally had a perfect storm of events: our first snow storm where the University declared reduced operations, a holiday weekend and ESPN brought national attention from their broadcast right smack in the middle of Northrop Mall. The weather systems passing through that week were nasty, continually changing from rain to sleet and snow.

 Before College GameDay

 During College GameDay

FM Landcare rose to the challenge and not only helped successfully prepare for the U’s first ever ESPN College GameDay event, but managed the much bigger, week-long snow removal and event management effort. A big thank you goes out to Landcare employees for working long days over the holiday weekend! They moved a lot of snow and ice on Northop Mall and TCF Bank Stadium areas, and executed massive cleanups of both these areas.


The last remaining College GameDay fan

Fall Semester Finals Week Reminder

Final exams begin this week with a University study day on Thursday, December 12 and exams running through Thursday, December 19. Please keep this schedule in mind and minimize noise as you go about your work.

  • Study days are Thursday, December 12 and Sunday, December 15
  • Final exams are scheduled Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14 and Monday, December 16 through Thursday, December 19

During finals week, classroom and building hours will be adjusted as follows:

  • Saturday, December 14: All general purpose classrooms and computer labs will be open 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM  
  • Sunday, December 15: All general purpose classrooms and computer labs in weekend buildings will be open from 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM. Weekend buildings include:
    • East Bank: Bruininks Hall, Folwell Hall, Keller Hall, Nicholson Hall, Rapson Hall

    • West Bank: Blegen Hall, CSOM, Hanson Hall, Humphrey Center 

    • St. Paul: McNeal Hall, Peters Hall, Ruttan Hall

Ice and Snow - Take it Slow

This week we’ll see this season’s first severely cold weather. Take precautions when working outside and especially focus on proper footwear for slippery conditions.

Have a great week!



Biometric Screenings for FM Evening Shifts

Appointments run every 15 minutes. This year, sign-up is by session only.
Click here to sign-up is open for the following session:
Tuesday, January 7 @ Boynton in Room W120 from 4:30-6:30pm

Sign-up for these February dates will begin in January 2020
February 19, 2020 @ Boynton in Room W120 from 8:30-10:30pm
February 21, 2020 @ St. Paul Student Center in Room 202 4:30-6:30pm

Reminder - Individual Development Plan (IDP) Due Date

All Civil Service and P&A employees are required to complete an IDP by December 31, 2019. The form is located here on the U Services HR website.

Essential Employees
The University defines an essential employee as an employee who has been designated as vital to the operations of the University. FM staff who are designated as essential employees are receiving letters. If you do not receive a letter designating you as an essential employee, you do not report to work when the University is closed.

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