Bill Paulus

Have your voice heard during this legislative session!

Dear FM,

Last Monday, I attended the University’s Legislative Session kickoff breakfast and was inspired by all of the great things that the U is doing to help our state. In case you don’t follow politics all that closely, here’s a quick recap: our state representatives and senators meet from January through May every year to make laws and determine how the state budget is spent. Throughout the event, I found myself asking, “How does this relate to me and to our FM department?” It may not seem obvious, but there is a direct connection between the work we do and the decisions of the legislature.

Why the U?

Research at the U benefits all of us. We’ve got researchers working alongside folks from MN communities to do so many things, like: improving the quality of our lakes, rivers and crops; fighting the opioid epidemic; and breathing new life into our rural communities. Want to learn more?  Check out this video!

In case you missed it in the Brief, here is a link to the University’s budget request. This year, the University requested $200M in Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement (HEAPR). HEAPR funds are used on projects related to health, safety, accessibility, utilities and energy efficiency, and are a critical part of FM’s ability  to provide an exceptional campus experience.

What can you do?

We, as employees of FM, have a great story to tell. Each day we work to keep the University safe, reliable and welcoming. Help spread the message that we are a good investment. The most important thing that you can do to help the U is to share your story - as an employee, a student, an alum, a patient, or a visitor - with neighbors, friends and lawmakers. Tell them what you do at the U and why it’s important, or how the U improves the lives of students and people across the state of MN.   

How can you tell your story?

While it is always a good idea to let your elected officials know what is important to you, it is especially important to reach out at the time they are making decisions. As they say, timing is everything.

  • Contact your lawmakers. Find out who represents you by visiting: z.umn.edu/mylegislator

  • Join the University’s Legislative Network by visiting z.umn.edu/BeHeard and receive periodic alerts, updates, and messages that you can put in your own words.

  • Look for other upcoming events to have your voice heard

Going to Great Heights - Repairing Northrop’s Flag Pole

Hats off to Randall Spencer, FM Construction Laborer Foreman, who braved the crane ride to repair the Northrop flag pole. Special thanks to Jeremy Uctman, Bill Kloster and Roger Christen for their critical support on this project.

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Thanks to Paul Drews for sharing the photos  

Have a great week,

Bill

Notes

Complete a Biometric Screening and earn 150 Wellbeing Points

Depending on your coverage, you can save either $500 (self or self/children) or $750 (employee and spouse with/without children) on your health insurance premiums in 2020 by earning your Wellbeing Points. Earn 150 by completing a health screening through Boynton Health. There are screenings for second and third shift staff on 2/20 from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at Boynton and on 2/21 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Paul Student Center. Check with your supervisor to sign up. You can also sign up through Boynton Health or get the screening from your doctor - just ask them to complete this form.

 

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