Bill Paulus

Happy Holidays!

Dear FM,

One of the great aspects of the University of Minnesota, and of our FM department, is the tremendous diversity we share and celebrate. We have FM employees celebrating many different holidays at this time of year which got me thinking about the variety of holidays celebrated around the world. I found this web site to be interesting as it shows a broad spectrum of international holidays. If you have a few minutes, take a look and see if it sparks your curiosity about how religious and national holidays offer a rich diversity to many cultures.

Whether you celebrate a holiday or simply enjoy the extra days off in the next couple of weeks, the leadership team and I wish you warm and happy times as we say goodbye to 2018.

Thanks for all you do to make campus safe, reliable, and welcoming. Your commitment to each other, our customers and the University makes FM a great organization!

Have a great week,



Preventing Sexual Misconduct Training

If you are new to FM and received the email to complete the training, please do so right away. If you’re a supervisor with new staff, encourage them to complete the training within the next week of receiving the invitation email. Learn more about the President’s initiative.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

EAP offers confidential professional consultation and referral services to address any personal or work concern that you may have (like mental health concerns, grief). Staff who have Benefits through the University can receive up to eight sessions at no cost. Learn more here.


Preparing the kiosk for the new year

Latest FM News

I hope you all had a relaxing 4th of July holiday and had a chance to spend some time with family and friends. July 1st marks the beginning of our new fiscal year; the fiscal year (FY) is the financial timeframe in which we set and manage our budgets, and our fiscal years run from July 1- June 30. If you thought 2019 was already passing too quickly, let me welcome you to FY 2020.    

Cleaning over 7,000 sinks, toilets and urinals takes skill and commitment from our dedicated co-workers. Each day a proper procedure is performed in the restrooms to clean from least contaminated (sink/vanity area) to more contaminated (toilet/urinal area) to provide a safe facility for students, staff and visitors. Every year our custodial co-workers install 9,000 paper towel rolls and over 23,000 rolls of toilet tissue!