About Vice President
As vice president for University Services, Mike Berthelsen is the chief operations officer for the University and is responsible for creating and sustaining a physical environment and service culture that supports and advances the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the University of Minnesota system.
Mike Berthelsen has a distinguished career of more than 20 years of service to the University of Minnesota. He stepped into his role in University Services after almost a decade as Associate Vice President for Facilities Management where he led an organization of 1,100 employees serving students, faculty and staff in more than 24 million square feet and was responsible for a $210 million budget. Prior to becoming AVP, Mr. Berthelsen served as the CFO for University Services.
Public Safety Updates
September 23, 2016
> Your safety is greatly enhanced by making smart decisions that don't increase your risk for something bad happening. Obvious examples include;
Look both ways and always cross with the lights
- Don't text and drive
- Don't drink and drive
- Walk with a friend after dark
- Don't drink to excess
- Be alert and aware of the people and environment around you
After an incident last week, we have another to add to the list that may be less obvious:
- Don't sleep out on campus overnight alone
Last weekend, University Police received a report from a woman who was sleeping outside overnight in a hammock in the Knoll Area. At about 4:00 a.m., she was woken up by a male who had his hands over her mouth and said "don't move." The woman screamed and the male quickly rode away on his bike. The woman then returned home and reported the incident to police in the morning. Thankfully, she wasn't injured.
While hammocking is allowed on campus, we rely on hammockers to use good judgment to not damage trees or hang their hammock any higher than they're willing to fall. We also hope hammockers and everyone else will follow the sound advice that campus safety is the responsibility of everyone in the University of Minnesota community.
Crime rates on and near campus are relatively low compared to other neighborhoods in the middle of a major city. But please remember that we live and work in a dense urban environment with many people around at all hours of the day/night. Make good decisions and be safe.
> In recognition of National Preparedness Month, the U of M Department of Emergency Management will host a Ready Campus event on Tuesday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to noon on McNamara Plaza. Internal and external Emergency Management agencies like UMPD, Minneapolis Police, Hennepin County, and the Minneapolis Fire Department will be on hand to provide information and to show off their emergency vehicles. The event is sponsored by Emergency Management and TCF Bank. Please stop by if you have a chance.
> Phase I of the new Gopher Way tunnel that will run under Church Street and connect Rapson Hall and Tate Hall is just about complete, and next week Phase II will shift the work to the west side of the construction area. Unfortunately, the shift won't do much to relieve congestion in the area. The pedestrian walkways and vehicle access will remain narrow and the walkway through the construction will continue to be a bicycle dismount area. As you move through the area, please continue to be aware of the activity around you and look and listen for equipment on the move. And thank you for your patience during the project.