About Us

Kristin Barstad

Kristin Barstad
Event Services Manager

"Connections are made with the heart, not the tongue" - C. Joybell

Your experience isn't about the walls or technology but it is about how you and your guests feel when they are here. I want to create a situation where we have longevity in our relationship so when you come back, it is easier for you to host an event because you know I care and we care about each person attending. - Kristin Barstad

Deanna Cahoon Draus

Deanna Cahoon-Draus
Building Operations Specialist

"Every interaction you have is an opportunity to make positive impact on others" - Shep Hyken

I truly enjoy the energy and vibrancy of events -it is fun to bring campus' and guests' events to life! Gathering all the details of an event and putting them together is a fun puzzle for me. This role also allows me to lean on my creative strengths -- planning events, drawing diagrams, and having my boots on the ground day of - working alongside our excellent University Center student staff crew of course! - Deanna Cahoon-Draus


Kyle Gettelman
Kyle Gettelman
UWRF Production Coordinator

Stephanie Shipp

Stephanie Shipp
Campus Reservations Coordinator

"They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel" - Buechner

My passion lies in helping people, supporting and encouraging each person I interact with, in whatever goal they are trying to accomplish. Whether it is a small meeting between colleagues or a big event incorporating several constituencies, your success is my greatest priority. - Stephanie Shipp

What People Say About Us

"Thank you so much for hosting Oscar’s Teen MS Camp. I cannot begin to tell you what a great week we had! We loved the lodging and meeting space. It was perfect for our group! We also really enjoyed the rock climbing, team building, meals, and the use of the theater. Our campers liked playing the games outside of the dining hall – what a treat! We are excited to hold our camp at UWRF again next year. Thank you again.”
-Emily (and Oscar the MS Monkey)

"For the past two years University of Wisconsin – River Falls has been the host site for our 28-day wrestling camp, and two separate 5-day wrestling camps for middle school and high school athletes. The housing, dining and athletic facilities exceeded our expectations after the first year. The second year was even better after several renovations and a brand new, spacious weight room. The facilities are great, but the service is even better. Working with the conference services, facilities, res. life, and dining departments has been an absolute pleasure. Everyone goes out of their way to meet our requests without hesitation. We are excited to continue our camps at UWRF for many years!"

The Land O' Lakes District of the Barbershop Harmony Society has enjoyed the wonderful cooperation we have had from the UWRF Conference and Events Services Staff as well as the outstanding physical facilities at UWRF.  This cooperation starts with the advance planning for the weekend as well as the technology support we receive from staff members during the Barbershop Leadership Training Academy - Lakes Chord College.  It has been a very successful experience for our group. 
- Dave


Contact Us

Campus Reservations
170 University Center