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Campus Receives 'Excellence in Facilities Management' Award

Minnesota State Mankato honored for 11th consecutive year.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 7-6-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Facilities Management Division recently received “Excellence in Facilities Management” recognition from the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system. It is the 11th year in a row that Minnesota State Mankato has received the distinction, which was initiated by MnSCU in 2001.

Minnesota State Mankato was one of just five institutions among the 52 in the MnSCU system to receive the honor, which was announced by MnSCU Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Brian Yolitz. The award was established to document and recognize sustained excellence in the management and operations of MnSCU institution facilities and infrastructure resources.

“Thanks to you and your teams for the superb work you do each day in creating and maintaining the physical space at our campuses as well as administering programs that make them safe and secure,” Yolitz wrote. “Together this work sets the stage for ensuring access to an extraordinary education, being the partner of choice, and delivering the highest value, most affordable option to Minnesotans. Well done.”

Minnesota State Mankato Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Ron Fields said this is a coveted award within the MnSCU system and that he was proud of the Minnesota State Mankato facilities management team.

“It is the quality of what our facilities management team does and the initiative and professionalism demonstrated in how they do it that sets us apart and makes Minnesota State Mankato’s Facilities Management the great team that it is,” Fields said. “I am extremely proud to be part of this institution and this outstanding division and the part it plays in the success of the University.”

While the Facilities Management accomplishments were many, they were not limited to only the University community.

Minnesota State Mankato is collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the City of Mankato in a $200,000 “Greater Mankato Transit Redesign Study. Updates were provided by the Study’s Project Management Team to the Student Senate and campus community in November 2011, with preliminary findings supporting the creating of a “transit hub” on the University’s campus.

With the assistance of nationally recognized consultants, a Green Transportation Fee concept was created. This fee, which was voted on and approved by the student body in May’s elections, will generate funds to expand bus services and increase ridership beyond the existing 200,000 rides each academic year. This increased bus ridership will reduce individual commuter vehicle use and further the University’s “green” commitment.

The mission of Minnesota State Mankato’s Facilities Management Division is to provide essential services to enhance campus buildings, grounds, and the academic goals of the University. Facilities Management is committed to providing the best classroom and working environment for students and employees alike, and ensuring that all University customers are served in a prompt, professional and courteous manner.

Minnesota State Mankato’s Facilities Management Division includes the following areas: Facilities Services; Building Services; Physical Plant; Planning & Construction; and Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management.

For more information, contact Ron Fields by cell phone at 507-389-6932 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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