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Thank you to our Veterans!

Dear FM,

On Wednesday this week we celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their service and sacrifice for our country. To all who have served our great Nation, we say thank you! To learn more about Veteran’s day and the history of it, click on the image below.

Last week was an eventful week in an eventful 2020. In the interest of making things simple when possible, today’s message focuses on a couple quick hits and notes for the week. 

Bonding Bill Passed - Projects on the Horizon
As you have heard, the Minnesota House and Senate passed a $1.36 billion bonding bill, including over $75 million for University of Minnesota priorities. And of that over $27 million in Higher Education Asset Preservation & Replacement (HEAPR) funding is for the Twin Cities campus, with these projects prioritized so far:

  • final phase of Mechanical Engineering capital upgrades

  • roof replacements for Biosystems & Ag Eng, Children’s Rehab, Haeker Hall, and Ted Mann

  • accessibility restroom upgrades for Animal Science/Vet Med

While this is well short of our total requested funds, these investments are critical for us to provide a campus that is safe, reliable and welcoming, and we appreciate the support from our state legislature.

Updates for TRIRIGA Users
As TRIRIGA system performance stabilizes and fewer issues are being reported, we continue to learn and make headway with our enterprise asset management system. Click here to learn more from the latest EAM Newsletter. Here are the highlights for this week:

  • Mobile performance and sync times are better. I ask all mobile users who have been avoiding the mobile app due to system performance issues or other reasons to recommit to using it again.

    • Additional “Mobile Work Processes” training sessions are available beginning this Thursday. Mobile users who have not already taken the mobile training, please click here and sign up for a session. 

  • TRIRIGA training and reference guides continue to be updated and are always available here: As an example, a recent important update was made to Time Entry from within a Worktask.

    • Contact with questions regarding TRIRIGA including training content, courses and registration.

  • Reminder: Click the “Sign Out” link at the top right out of the TRIRIGA application when you are not using it. Don’t simply close the browser or “X” out. Signing out frees up concurrent licensing.

Taking COVID-19 Precautions is Taking Care of Yourself and Loved Ones
2020 has been exhausting. However, due to COVID-19 cases rising in FM and hitting record highs in our state, across the country and worldwide, now is not the time to relax on keeping yourself and your loved ones protected from COVID-19. In the latest episode of the Osterholm Update: A New Dialogue, the U’s own Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, discusses record-breaking case numbers in the US, public trust in science amid the COVID-19 pandemic, expectations for vaccines, more details related to bubbling, and the risks associated with gatherings. Osterholm talks about simply getting through this season safely - and to do that, we may have to make some sacrifices to our normal routines, just as we have been doing, but even more diligently than ever. 

As you go about your work this week, be thinking about that fact that you’d like to be well enough to continue to work, to plan for future holidays and events and spending time with your loved ones. Remember there is so much we CAN do to protect ourselves and others - stay apart, wear a mask, and wash our hands. It is very important that we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Have a great week!



Open Enrollment
This year's Benefits Open Enrollment began November 1 and goes through November 30. This brochure explains what benefits can be changed or selected during Open Enrollment and includes the 2021 medical plan rates; also available in: Amharic, Hmong, Oromo, Somali, Spanish and Tigrinya. A Virtual Benefits Fair is also available this year. Don't hesitate to call the Contact Center if you have any questions about your benefits. Call 612-624-8647 or 1-800-756-2363 and select option 1 for benefits.

FM Annual Update
I’ll be addressing all FM employees as I do every year in the Fall. The details about how and when are being planned and more information will be forthcoming. Since the format may logistically be different than past years due to the pandemic, questions and comments are being collected in advance. Please submit your question(s) and/or comment(s) here.

Community Fund Drive
It was a challenging year to plan and execute CFD events. Thank you to everyone who participated, donated, helped plan events and engaged our staff for this year’s Community Fund Drive!

Wellbeing Program
The Wellbeing Program kicked off a new year on October 1 debuting the new platform Virgin Pulse. Go to the Wellbeing website to learn more and sign up with Virgin Pulse!

Flu Shots
Boynton Health Flu Clinics are available until November 19 by appointment. For those of you who are working remotely, the University’s health plans cover the cost of immunizations at many quick clinics and pharmacies

FM Sunrise Support 
FM Sunrise Support outlines the services we are providing and guidance in support of the University of Minnesota Sunrise Plan

U of M COVID-19 Resources

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We appreciate your hard work!