Wiping the sweat from his forehead, Will Frank pushed his cleaning cart down the empty hallways of Nicholson Hall, stopping occasionally at open offices to make small talk with familiar staff.
After eight hours of scrubbing, tidying and visiting with his “customers,” a job he’s held at the University of Minnesota for five years, Frank single-handedly cleaned the building’s first and second floors.
But come August, that will change, and some custodians aren’t happy.
The University’s Facilities Management is switching to a new cleaning system in which custodians will no longer be cleaning entire areas by themselves; instead they’ll clean as teams.
The change has many custodians irked, as they take pride and satisfaction in having their own areas to clean. Under the new system, a group of workers would tackle an area, divvying up the different tasks.
Teamsters Local 320, the labor union that represents the custodians, has filed a grievance with the University, claiming there has been a violation of contract.
One of the best profile stories I’ve seen in the Daily…from intern Becca Shrake. Good job Becca! Sweet guy, too…
A little excerpt (read the rest at mndaily.com):
Sitting comfortably in his apartment, Mike Lawrence stole a glance at his graduation cap sitting on his kitchen table — a reminder of the ceremony that happened only a few weeks prior.
Like many students, Lawrence took more than the traditional four years to get his degree. But the unorthodox nature of his degree in senior theater suited Lawrence, an unusual student. He’s 84 years old.
Along with a cap and gown, Lawrence had a cane as he crossed the Ted Mann Concert Hall to graduate this May after two decades of on-and-off academia.
With his diploma in hand, Lawrence turned to the audience and raised his cane in the air, as if to say, “I did it!”
Donhowe Building occupants took just a ten-minute cookie break on Monday to celebrate five months of energy improvements and a year of waiting to be the first University of Minnesota facility to receive an Energy Star rating.
The building, home to University offices for capital planning, facilities management and human resources, ranks nationally in the top 12 percent of energy efficient buildings its size and class. But it’s in stark contrast to high-tech research facilities on campus that use far more energy.
No Twin Cities research buildings have received such energy awards or third-party certifications. Energy Star doesn’t have a category for rating college research buildings, said Jim Green, assistant director of facilities engineering at the University.
That doesn’t mean labs are ignored when it comes to efficiency, said Amy Short, sustainability director for Facilities Management.
“We still spend a ton of time working on research buildings,” she said. “It’s not like lab buildings get a free pass.”
Research buildings built after 2009 in Minnesota are expected to use about four times as much energy per square foot as office buildings do, according to statewide legislative standards. Kolthoff Hall, a lab facility, used ten times as much energy as the Donhowe Building did in the past year.
The Mayo Clinic had never set up organized disaster relief on foreign soil, but after a year of reconnaissance, planning and waiting for the civil unrest surrounding elections to subside, Mayo began a mission to Haiti.
From February to June, Mayo sent eight teams of doctors, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists to provide patient care and medical supplies. Now they are beginning Phase Two.
All along, the relief teams and planning committees knew two things: They wanted to return to Haiti, and they wanted to bring sustainable, autonomous health practices to the hospitals there.
To that end, Mayo doctors have started a series of weekly conference calls with Haitian physicians
on Skype. It’s the type of collaboration that happens frequently within Mayo, between doctors who want to exchange best practices and advice.
During the calls, Haitian doctors present difficult patient case studies to the Mayo doctors to discuss possible diagnoses and treatment.
Mayo employees will return to Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, on July 11 to provide a “continual
supportive role” of sequential teams, said Dr. John Wilson. Wilson directs the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine’s Program of Underserved Global Health, which will fund Phase Two.
The new phase will include more paramedics and pain control experts.
“We’d like for this to be a very long-term program,” Wilson said, “hopefully years.”
Read more interviews with doctors who went to Haiti
Pat Tschida rubbed super glue on the cracked part of her dentures for 10 years to keep them intact.
The minute she clocked out of work, the dentures came out. The tipping point for Tschida came when paper towels failed to stopper an abscessed tooth. Tschida’s sister told her about a clinic staffed by dental students from the University of Minnesota, and they decided she should try it out.
In tough financial times, University dental clinics give predoctoral student dentists valuable experience while providing care for patients like Tschida at prices 30 to 50 percent lower than private providers charge.
While working a clinical rotation at a children’s hospital, University of Minnesota nursing school graduate Mary Reinhardt often wanted to check back on patients’ progress after they left her care.
But she understood that even well-meaning records access can be a breach of privacy.
This stringency in medical records privacy is mirrored in a federal proposal that would allow patients to view who has accessed their medical records, whether digital or paper copies and whether for legitimate or clandestine purposes. The proposal came last week from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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