Facilities Focus

Facilities Focus is the quarterly newsletter of CSU Facilities Management (FM). Facilities Focus aims to communicate to employees that their work and their sections are valuable to FM and CSU, that what we do is recognized and holds meaning and impact. The department newsletter covers topics that range from the FM employee recognition SPARK program to Facilities and campus-wide events, benefits for CSU employees, and community news. Recurring articles include "Wonder Why?" "Safety Talk," "Tree Talk," and "Section Spotlight." The newsletter also shares quarterly updates on employee milestones, retirements, and new hires—and offers space for thanking FM colleagues for their work within the university. FM employees can view current and past issues of Facilities Focus in English or Spanish on the M Drive or can request a past issue by contacting the newsletter committee.

Newsletter Committee

Have an idea for an article? Or a one-time announcement to share department-wide? Want to contribute to Facilities Focus on a regular basis? The Newsletter Committee needs volunteers! We would love your involvement and are open to new ideas and feedback. We encourage you to reach out to the committee at fac_news@Mail.colostate.edu if you have interest in participating.

This is an opportunity for employees who are not in standard leadership roles to enact their initiative, to professionally develop in their roles, and to make an impact within and further contribute to the department. The committee encourages involvement and asks for diverse representation from the FM sections. There are a variety of opportunities, including:

  • Compiling and designing the newsletter in Microsoft Publisher
  • Writing short articles (approximately 100–300 words)
  • Highlighting events or FM happenings on campus
  • Act as a liaison for the translation process
  • Take photos of FM activities

We are happy to meet with you one-on-one to talk about how you can help. The committee is willing to teach any volunteer how to do these activities and will mentor volunteers until they are comfortable taking them on fully. Time commitment for newsletter activities is typically 2–6 hours quarterly, dependent on the responsibilities volunteers take on. Participants can commit to one or more newsletter needs.

Volunteers may choose to participate in committee meetings or not, depending on how involved a person would like to be. An outcome of the committee experience is that it introduces employees from different groups to one another, generates cross talk among sections, and strengthens the cohesiveness of FM culture across individual units. Volunteer activities need supervisor approval and they can be recognized in performance evaluations. Email: fac_news@mail.colostate.edu.

Committee Members

Lindsay Brown
Bonnie Ham
Julia Innes
Kyle Presnell
Karin Rees

Additional Contributors

Jasmine Hatten
Jeanette Nicodemus
Joan Paulsen
Ken Vergo

Translator

Jon Lindeman

Regular Columns

Section Spotlight

FM is made up of many sections, all working to serve the University. The "Section Spotlight" column aims to highlight individual units within FM, providing all of us with a better understanding of the focus of each FM group. It is an opportunity to share fun facts about FM sections, to describe the nature of various group efforts, including current and upcoming projects/programs, and to showcase team-specific successes. If you have 5-10 minutes to update us on what is going on in your section, we'd love to hear from you: fac_news@Mail.colostate.edu! We want to write a "Section Spotlight" about your group.

Thank a Colleague

Each day, through small and large gestures and actions, our colleagues affect us for the positive and contribute to the success of our work environment. Though they may be “just doing their jobs,” they clearly make our lives easier, better, and happier and we are grateful for it. Publicly acknowledge a Facilities Management coworker, FM employee, or FM group for their effort, support, or accomplishment. Any CSU employee or campus partner can submit a note of appreciation. Send your email to fac_news@Mail.colostate.edu for consideration in an upcoming Facilities Focus issue, and thank your colleagues for their continued presence within FM.

Wonder Why?

Have you ever wondered why something is the way it is—within Facilities, at CSU, or in the broader functions of the day? Please submit your questions to fac_news@Mail.colostate.edu. Some topics we've explored in past Facilties Focus issues include: Daylight Saving Time, Procurement, Spring Break, CSU's Mascot, the trees on the Oval, and recycling on campus.