Facilites Management Awards

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/facilities/awards.html

Chandler Holland recognized at Employee Appreciation Breakfast held on May 12 2014.

Rick Straka, Administrative and Finance Vice President, presented the outstanding service award for Admisnistration and Finance Division to Chandler Holland.

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MSU Grounds Maintenance professionals have been recognized by their peers for the excellent sports playing field.

Great Job on keeping our outdoor facilities functional, attractive and safe.

Please Click Here to see the Free Press Article 01-28-14.

Please Click Here to see the MSU Reporter Article 01-30-14.

Please Click Here to view ALL OF OUR GRASS IS NOT GREEN - Observation by Assistant V.P. for Facilities Mgmt. Ron Fields.



MSU Facilities Management Awarded Corporate Award by Mankato Area Council For Quality - October 18, 2012

"Air conditioning needs, attending to a zillion flower beds, fixing pipe and roof leaks, cleaning bathrooms, environmental concerns, floors, buses, parking, lighting, plowing sidewalks, and similar infrastructure things are essential and cannot be ignored.  Building new residence halls and academic buildings get the headlines, but their day-to-day care is what counts in the end.  With employee wage freezes and other shortages, it has to be tough to keep things going."

"On behalf of the Mankato Area Council for Quality, congratulations to all the full and part-time employees, including student workers, who are part of the MSU Facilities Management team."

- Matt Chmielewski MACQ President

President Davenport presents MnSCU Plaque to Facilities Management - Excellence in Facilities Management - August 1, 2012

In this photo (Left to Right):
Richard Davenport, MSU President; Rick Straka, Finance & Administration Vice President; Ron Fields Assistant, Vice President for Facilities Management.

On a very hot August day, President Richard Davenport (white shirt) formally presented the "Excellence in Facilities" plaque issued by MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges & Universities). In the picture Rick Straka (VP for Finance & Administration) shares the plaque with Ron Fields (Assistant VP for Facilities Management).

The award presentation was held on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at the 23rd Annual Eager Eater Picnic held outdoors outside Wiecking Center. 150 Facilities Management employees and other Wiecking Center folks were present at the popular noon-time event.

Click here to read the award letter.

MnSCU Honors Facilities Management Employees for the 10th time in 10 years - Excellence in Facilities Management

In this photo (Left to Right):
Rick Straka, Finance & Administration Vice President; David Cowan, Interim Assistant Vice President for
Facilities Management; and Richard Davenport, MSU President.

David Cowan, on behalf of 130 Facilities Management employees, formally received the "Excellence in Facilities Management" award plaque on October 13, 2011 issued by MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges & Universities). The MnSCU Chancellor's announced the outcome of the campus evaluations last spring and the plaque presentation was made by President Davenport October 13th. For the earlier MnSCU announcement see this article: Facilities Management Wins Competition Again

"This is an achievement worth noting - 10 times in ten years MnSCU compared us with the 32 institutions within the MnSCU system and 10 times we won the "Excellence in Facilities" award plaque. This is a GREAT track record and the workers who deserve the real praise are not locked up in my office eight hours a day but are out on the campus keeping the floors in tip-top shape, nuturing the grounds, making sure the classrooms and offices are just the right temperature, that the roofs don't leak, the lights work, the mail gets processed, deliveries happen, water flows, new equipment is installed, vehicles are road worthy and available for use, the buildings get constructed on time, the streets are plowed, people work in a safe environment, and the list goes on.

"I'm proud to be counted among such a SUPER team of workers who understand the importance of addressing the needs of all of our customer groups, most importantly MSU students." said David Cowan, Interim Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management.

Excellence in Facilities Management Award for 10th consecutive time

In February 2011, Minnesota State University, Mankato again captured awards in both categories of the statewide Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system financial and facilities management excellence competition.

The university received awards for Excellence in Financial Management and Excellence in Facilities Management. Comptroller Steve Smith was selected to receive an Outstanding Service Award.

The awards were announced last week by Laura King, MnSCU vice chancellor and chief financial officer.

Minnesota State Mankato has received the Excellence in Facilities Management Award for 10 consecutive years (2001-2010), and the Excellence in Financial Management Award for nine of the last 10 years (except 2003).

The financial management award is for significant contributions to increased financial and administrative efficiency and effectiveness. The facilities management award is for successful and timely completion of capital improvement and repair projects, increased efficiency and effectiveness of space use and customer service.

The outstanding service award goes to an individual who exhibits extraordinary professionalism in financial management.

The awards, started in 1997, recognize outstanding contributions of college and university employees who work in finance and facilities management. The winners were selected from nominations made by presidents and college and university leadership.

Dennis Javens - Recipient of MSU's Employee Outstanding Service Award

Dennis Javens


Facilities Team

MnSCU Cites Kohanek for Outstanding Service

On Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at MnSCU's semi-annual meeting of the Chief Financial & Facilities Officers, an "Outstanding Service Award Crystal" was issued to Larry Kohanek, Planning & Construction Department Director.

"It's a team effort and I view MnSCU's award as recognition for all of us in the Planning & Construction Department." - Larry Kohanek, Planning & Construction Director

Larry receiving award On Monday, August 17th 2009, our very own Planning & Construction Director Larry Kohanek, was presented with the Claire E. Faust Public Service Award in recognition of his many years of dedicated service.

Non-stop Awards from MnSCU (Minnesota State Colleges & Universities) - 'Excellence in Facilities Management'

Facilities Management at Minnesota State University, Mankato has received the coveted MnSCU "Excellence in Facilities Management" award plaque nine years in a row: 2001, 2002, 2003. 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. MSU must be doing something right that a state-wide panel seems fit to recognize. Congratulations to MSU's Facilities Management employees for all of their great team work and customer service.


In January 2010, MnSCU awarded Minnesota State University, Mankato with a 2009 Excellence in Facilites Management award.


Feb. 9th, 2009 Free Press article - Facilities Management & Kohanek received MnSCU awards - Click to read


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MnSCU issued the above 2007 Award Plaque to Minnesota State Mankato on 1/31/08.

2005 Award

MSU receives financial, facilities awards - Free Press 2/23/06

2004 Award
2004 Award info