Faculty and Staff Handbook

24th Edition, 2015 Version

Chapter IX: Services and General Information

9.4 Facilities

9.4.1 University Center

The University Center is the gathering place for the campus community: students, staff, faculty, alumni, friends and guests. The University Center offers social, cultural, recreational and educational programs and services. The University Center contains meeting rooms, dining areas, the Involvement Center, the Shared Governance Center, a bank, an entertainment complex, lounge areas, and a cyber café. Outside the building are seating areas and native plantings. University Center Hours:

While classes are in session:

Sunday 10:30 a.m 12:30 a.m
Monday – Friday 6:00 a.m 12:00 a.m
Saturday 8:00 a.m 12:00 a.m

Summer and J-term hours are different. For these hours and for the hours of opening of various University center facilities, see: Information Desk:

The Information Desk is located in Heritage Hall of the University Center. It provides:

· General campus information · Sale of postage stamps · Outgoing and incoming fax service · Check cashing with campus I.D · Purchase of Falcon Dollars · Ticket sales for various functions · Vending and copy machine refunds · On-campus telephone numbers Bookstore

The University Bookstore is located on the first level of the University Center. Its hours during the academic year are:

Monday – Thursday 8 a.m-6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m-4 p.m.
Saturday 11a.m-3 p.m .
Sunday Closed

The bookstore offers a wide variety of items for the campus and community, with a large supply of books, computer products, clothing, school supplies and gifts. Many more items may be ordered through the bookstore website. Faculty may order textbooks or reference materials through eDoptions on the bookstore website. Dining Services

University Dining Services is committed to providing a quality dining program to serve the needs of student, faculty, staff, and guests. It offers a variety of convenient and economical dining options. To ensure quality service, the Dining Services Advisory Committee, comprised of student representatives and Dining Services management, meets to discuss topics such as menu options, sanitation, hours of operation, special events, and other issues that are pertinent to student needs. This collaborative committee provides University administration and the Dining Services Office with valuable feedback and ideas regarding overall dining service programs and operations. University Dining Services manages the dining program and all meal plan accounts. UW-River Falls contracts a professional food service firm, Sodexo, to provide dining service in the University Center. The menu and dining rooms are designed to provide students with a variety of selections in a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. Production Services

Production Services provides full-service event management for groups using space in University Center including room setup, audio/visual management and technicians for operating equipment. Additionally, support is provided for larger non-academic events on campus in various locations. Technical specifications are provided for all supported locations. Campus Reservations

The Campus Reservations Office contracts and coordinates the use of University facilities by on and off-campus groups. The office is housed in the University Center. Non-university groups must contact the Conferences and Events Office (715) 425-4484 for all arrangements regarding the use of facilities.

9.4.2 Recreation and Fitness

The UWRF campus offers a variety of opportunities and facilities for fitness, sports, and recreation.

This site provides an overview of recreation opportunities on campus. Minutes 4 Life

Minutes 4 Life is created for those individuals who want to start, maintain, or revive their commitment to physical activity. There is no fee or charge to use Minutes 4 Life, only dedication to be physically active. This website, established by the Department of Health and Human Performance, allows individuals to set a monthly goal and tally their minutes of physical activity. It also provides weekly tips on adding minutes of physical activity to one’s daily life. Karges Physical Education Center

The facilities of Karges Physical Education Center are available to the faculty and staff on an informal basis as the schedules of the regular classes and activities permit. If the gym is open and is not being used, closed for maintenance or closed because it is set up for an athletic event, anyone can use the space. The racquetball courts are always open when the building is open. The pool has specific hours for lap swim which are posted on the pool doors, and there is a fee to use the pool to cover costs related to lifeguards. Karges does not loan out equipment. Knowles Center

The Robert P. Knowles Center is home to UWRF Indoor Track and Field, Tennis, Intramurals, and All-American Invite. Knowles is also the summer home of the Kansas City Chiefs and offers a variety of membership packages available to the community. There are numerous opportunities at the Knowles Center including a 200 meter track, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, a rock climbing wall (not included in membership packages), and cardiovascular equipment. Individual memberships are free to all UW-River Falls students, faculty, and staff. Family members of UW-River Falls students, faculty, and staff may purchase a membership or pay the daily admission fee to use the Knowles Center. Hunt Arena

The Walter H. Hunt Arena is a multi-purpose facility for educational and recreational opportunities for the University. Ice is usually in place from September through March. Besides housing UWRF Falcon Hockey, the ice arena offers open skating, ice skating lessons, and other activities. Strength and Conditioning Center, Aerobics Studio, Human Performance Lab

The Strength and Conditioning Center, Aerobics Studio, and Human Performance Lab are housed in the Emogene Nelson Center. A membership fee is required for the Strength and Conditioning Center.

The Human Performance Lab provides opportunities for students to gain experience administering physiological performance-related and health-related fitness assessments. It also affords an opportunity for students, UWRF employees, and community members to undergo fitness assessments.

9.4.3 Planetarium

The Planetarium is located at the east end of the Agricultural Science Building. The Planetarium is available for group shows and may be scheduled during the day or evening. The cost per show for groups is $25 payable to the Physics Department. Maximum seating capacity is 40 people. Presentations are tailored to suit requests and the age of the group members. Those wishing to schedule a group show may request a particular astronomical subject or choose from available theme shows, listed on the above website.

9.4.4 Observatory

The observatory is located at the south end of Centennial Science Hall. The UWRF Physics Department offers regular viewing sessions, which are free and open to the public. See the above website for schedules and further information.

9.4.5 Amphitheatre

The Melvin Wall Amphitheatre is an outdoor theatre located along the South Fork of the Kinnickinnic River. The Amphitheatre is used for outdoor concerts and other activities.

9.4.6 University Gallery

Gallery 101 is located in the lobby of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. The mission of Gallery 101 is to provide a venue for exhibitions of visual art produced by students, faculty, and other members of the regional arts community. Although most exhibits are regional in design, a number of exhibits feature work of nationally and internationally renowned artists. Particular emphasis is placed on the diversity of American art.

9.4.7 Greenhouse

The University Greenhouse functions as a laboratory for students in crops, horticulture and soils classes. The facility is open to the public during the week for general observation of plants.

9.4.8 Theatres and Assembly Spaces Blanche Davis Theatre

The Blanche Davis Theatre is the mainstage theatre, located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. It has 300 seats in a traditional proscenium arch configuration and includes fly, wing, and backstage space. This theatre is used for larger scale productions, usually, but not exclusively faculty directed. The theatre is also used as a classroom for theatre and film classes. The Syse Theatre

The Syse Studio Theatre is located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. It seats approximately 100, and it is often set up in a three-quarter or thrust black box-style space for classes and rehearsals. The space and seating can be reconfigured to create whatever the designer feels is suitable to a particular production. It is utilized as a classroom, for faculty directed productions, to showcase acting and directing scenes, and for student generated performances such as the Student Directed Projects and original works. William Abbott Concert Hall

William Abbott Concert Hall is located in the Kleinpell Fine Arts building. It seats 400 and is used for concerts and meetings.

(For information on the naming of the above three spaces, see North Hall Auditorium

North Hall Auditorium seats 627. It is used for meetings and concerts. Kinnickinnic River Theatre

The Kinnickinnic River Theatre, located in the University Center, provides stadium seating with moveable writing surface for 156 people. Riverview Ballroom

The Riverview Ballroom is located in the University Center. There is no standard seating for this room. Setups could include; 8' banquet seating for 560 people, classroom seating for 672 people, round table seating with eight persons per table for 480 people. Falcon’s Nest

The Falcon's Nest main floor area can be accessed from the north mall level. The Mezzanine area around the edge of the Falcon's Nest adds an additional 673 square ft. of space. The main floor standard setup is no tables or chairs (empty). Common setups are round tables of 6 for 42 people or theatre seating for 300 people. The Falcon’s nest has a fixed floor stage and green room, with an option to utilize portable staging for larger setups.