The end of the spring semester is here and I am truly looking forward to our Commencement festivities. Volunteers are still needed for Commencement and the Move-Out Donation Drive May 11-13. I hope to see many of you next Thursday. It is one of my favorite days as we celebrate a new group of graduates and reflect on the work we do throughout the year that culminates in this exciting time.
I want to touch on our department’s seasonal work flows that may not be common knowledge. Although I&S teams work diligently year-round, there are times that are busier for some of our units. For example, our Accounting team will be wrapping up our fiscal year end through July; they are working hard to make sure our finances are all in order for the upcoming fiscal year. Our Outdoor Services team works tirelessly leading up to Commencement to ensure the campus looks as beautiful as possible. Thank you for your patience with each other as our work ebbs and flows.
This summer, I will visit with our units all around campus to say hello, check in and answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation when you see me. We are also working on putting together an all-I&S Town Hall later this summer. Stay tuned for more details. I look forward to seeing you all.
With gratitude for all you do,
Chris Ewing, vice chancellor for infrastructure and sustainability
News and Notes
Use your volunteer time by June 30
The I&S HR and Comms team wants to encourage you all to find time to take advantage of some paid time off. Each year we all receive 16 hours of volunteer hours we can use to serve the communities we live, work, and play in. Volunteering is an integral part of a holistic approach to personal wellness and we want to encourage you to get involved! Please check with your supervisor before scheduling your volunteer time. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Connect with the services provided by your local community center to serve the youth and aging adults in your community.
Explore ways to help maintain a beautiful space on your local trails, parks, open space.
Commit to supporting a local humane society and provide food, shelter, or foster a pet in need.
Engage with a local non-profit that desperately needs you to help with landscaping, cleaning, education, etc.
UMC Bike Station moving
By the end of May, the UMC Bike Station will be moved and operating at a new spot on the north side of the CASE building. This location is about 100 yards away from where our original home was from 2004-2015. As part of this move, we will be adding charging stations and exclusive parking for personally owned electric bicycles and scooters. We will provide all the same services as our current location plus will be training our employees on basic repairs for other personal mobility devices such as scooters, skateboards, onewheels, etc.
Come visit us at our new location for a repair or just to hang out. We also need a new name, so please come by with your best ideas for a chance to win a great prize package.
Reminder – leave sweeps coming on July 1, 2023
Check your leave balances and make plans to use any hours of vacation time over the maximum allowable accrual time before the July 1 leave sweep deadline. As always, vacation leave requests are subject to the approval of your supervisor; don’t wait until June to put in your leave requests. If you have any questions regarding leave, please contact your supervisor or Tanya Patzer.
Juneteenth personal observance day for FY23
Leave-eligible employees receive eight hours of leave (prorated for part-time staff) in honor of Juneteenth. This leave needs to be used on or before June 30, 2023.
For staff using FAMIS: request in advance, as you do for a vacation day, by entering the leave type “POD” in the FAMIS self-service portal (leave requests).
For staff using MyLeave: request in advance, as you do for a vacation day, by entering the earnings code “Personal Observance Day” in MyLeave.
If you have questions, please contact your supervisor or Tanya Patzer.
Download the Move. app and earn $25 a month for being active
Download the Move. app on your smartphone, tablet or fitness tracker. It records activity stats like calories burned, heart rate, steps-per-day and more.
Submit feedback about CU Advantage perks to be entered into a monthly drawing to win $50
Feedback and reviews help others identify discounts and services that will best serve them. Any feedback to improve perks – or the instructions for using them – is welcome. Your feedback can guide CU in shaping future offerings. Review CU Advantage perks and submit your feedback today.
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CU medical plans provide coverage for up to 20 chiropractic sessions per plan year
CU has your back when it comes to pain management and treatment. Each of CU’s four medical plans provides coverage for up to 20 visits to a chiropractor each plan year. Visit your medical plan web page for full details in the benefits booklet and find a covered provider.
How long have you been working at CU? Since December 1st
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work? I love to travel, listen to live music, and spend time with family/friends.
Tell us something that might surprise us about you. My husband and I are high school sweethearts…and still like each other after all these years!
What do you love about CU Boulder? Without a doubt, the people! Everyone here is so incredibly engaged, helpful and invested in CU Boulder’s success! I’m especially lucky to work with my team (I&S HR) who are ROCK STARS!
Who has been the most influential person in your life? My Dad was the most influential person in my life. The example he set through his work ethic, integrity, infectious laughter and kindness are what I aspire to live up to. He grew up in a “macho” culture but later in life learned there is strength in showing vulnerability (that’s what being a Grandpa can do to you, apparently!)
April 2023 Constellation Award: Floor Crew – nominated by Dain Calhoun, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
I wanted to email you to let you know that your team (Jason Marler, Charles Redder and Scott Miller) that took care of cleaning our floors over spring break did an amazing job. They were extremely easy to work with and so kind to me when scheduling and discussing the process. I am very impressed.
April 2023 Star Award: Christian Brooks (PM Shop) – nominated by Jonathan Moore
Last summer the univent in my new office was leaking water down the wall, Christian looked at it and determined that there was a hole in the condensate pan. The WO was transferred to a different unit who made a couple attempts to repair the pan with no luck. No more action was taken until a week ago when Christian noticed that it was still not fixed. Christian took it upon himself to fix the problem. He found a condensate pan that was in good shape, replaced mine, and found (and got approved) a source to get replacement pans. I am most impressed by his customer service, and the fact that he took ownership of the problem and worked very quickly to get it repaired before AC season was back upon us. I appreciate his outstanding work ethic and ultimately that's what makes him a star.
FacMan prescription safety glasses event a big success
On April 5th, Facilities Management hosted our first on-campus prescription safety glasses event. The program covers the cost of prescription safety glasses for Facilities Management operations and outdoor services staff who work in situations where eye protection is necessary. This year’s event was held at the stadium. Our goal was for 50 team members to participate this first year. Guess what? We hit our goal! We had so much demand we added a second day on April 6th. Staff who came to the event received an eye assessment by a certified optometrist and were able to order prescription safety glasses and frames on the spot. The best feedback we received was from a few of our team members who had never seen an eye doctor before. Now they will be able to see clearly, and stay safe on the job! If you have questions about Facilities Management’s safety glasses program, please reach out to our FM Safety Specialist, Don Fitzpatrick at Donald.Fitzpatrick@colorado.edu or visit our Safety SharePoint website for more details on our prescription safety glasses programs.
April safety award winners
Matthew Markle (Pipe Shop) – nominated by Rich Trujillo
Matthew recently recommended a cart (like a dolly) to help the Pipe Shop when replacing a toilet. The cart is used to lift and position the new toilet rather than a tradesperson manually picking up the toilet. Using the cart will help prevent any back or other potential safety issues. Matthew also gave a presentation on how the cart works to the FM safety committee. Nice job, Matthew!
Stan Evangelista and Tony Miller (Structural Trades) – nominated by Jon Klarich
A very concerned employee reported an unsafe area for pedestrians. The employee recommended pedestrian signs to be installed south from Regent onto Kittredge Loop because of speeding vehicles. The day the request was submitted to the Struc shop, Stan and Tony created and installed the signs the same day. Tony then followed up with the team involved with the pedestrian safety issue.
Michael Donofrio (Distribution Services) – nominated by Casey Sanders
Michael Donofrio handles most of the deliveries for FM Stores. Michael was at the stadium last month, on a cold and snowy day, and noticed icicles. A few actually fell while he was there, coming pretty close to where he was working. He took the initiative to make folks in the area aware of the hazard. After the area was secure, he informed Don Fitzpatrick. Michael’s action is a result of thorough training. He saw a problem and notified someone, possibly preventing damage or an injury. Communication, awareness, and self-motivation played a part and these are traits that make the campus safer!
Trent Wilson (Outdoor Services) – nominated by David Laliberte
Trent noticed that some of the siding tiles above the west entrance to the RL1 building on east campus were broken. He thought this could be a potential overhead falling hazard and so he submitted the concern via the safety reporting app so it could be handled by the appropriate shop.
Eric Jaskuta (Outdoor Services) – nominated by Vince Aquino and Jim Beveridge
While cleaning storm damage out of a large oak tree, Eric noticed that the lift’s hydraulic pistons and arms appeared to be out of alignment. We stopped the work, getting the bucket operator down. This turned out to be a false alarm. The equipment is made to have movement on one end of the ram arm in order to absorb shock or wind play on the boom itself. In real time, it certainly looked like it was damaged or failing to all of us, and we were very grateful to Eric for being so observant and willing to communicate and stop work at any sign of danger. Once the operator was down, we communicated with our lift truck service provider and determined that the gear was operating properly and we were fine to use it. It was great that Eric took the actions he did when he noticed something that looked out of place.
Andrew Wheeler (Planning/Scheduling) – nominated by Vince Aquino
Christian Parker let me know about a hazardous condition involving a tree limb over the bike path. When I arrived, I found a damaged and fairly significantly sized limb suspended over the Broadway bike path. I had a pole saw tool with me but it was rather busy on the multi-use path and people were coming into the work zone keeping me from completing the task. Andrew was cruising by on his cart and quickly assessed what I was trying to accomplish. Before I could even think to ask, he had pulled over and offered to be my spotter and ground safety person. He kept any more people from entering the area I was working in, and we got the damaged limb down. I very much appreciate Andrew stopping to assist me on this process and keeping the public and myself safe.
Zackary Russell (Fire Alarms Shop) – nominated by Craig Perez
While Zackary was working near the IBS load dock, he observed a piece of rebar sticking out of the loading zone area. The parking block was moved resulting in the rebar becoming exposed. This is a safety hazard which may lead to a trip and fall or possibly a damaged vehicle. This is a great example of “being aware of your surroundings” and reporting a safety issue. Nice work Zackary!
FM safety committee updates
The FM safety committee meets the third Tuesday of every month to discuss general safety concerns, review safety reports, on-the-job injuries and recommend training needs and resources. If you are interested in attending a meeting or bringing an issue or idea that is safety related, reach out to our Safety Specialist Don Fitzpatrick.
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Campus units continue work to implement diversity, equity and inclusion action plans
The broad intent of the action planning is to promote greater diversity, equity and inclusion and to further support the academic, research and career success of students, staff and faculty. The plans include specific goals for eliminating barriers that disproportionately affect people with minoritized identities, impacting their achievement, safety and sense of community.