This office administers arts and events programming and oversees student activities, involvement and leadership. Programs include the Artists Series, The Forum, the International Film Series and Summer Events, all funded through student segregated fees allocated by the Student Senate. Staff advise Greek life and the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate; administer the programs and services of Higherground, a student-operated lounge and music club; provide accounting and contracting for the annual Viennese Ball; and administer the programs and services of the Student Organizations and Leadership Center. The office coordinates student leadership initiatives and recognition programs, volunteer services, and special events and student involvement opportunities throughout the year.
As well as directing the programs, services and facilities of the University Centers, the administration manages the unit budget and accounting operation, and oversees contracted services including banking, bookstore, dining, textbook rental and vending.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire photo ID cards are issued at Blugold Card Services,
the point of contact for ID-based activities offered campuswide — including door access, point-of-sale, attendance, circulation and e-commerce. Through the university’s banking partnership, students also have the option of using their Blugold Cards as ATM or signature-based debit cards for transactions on and off campus. U.S. Bank has been UW-Eau Claire's banking partner since 2005, and opened a branch bank in Davies Center in 2012.
Cafeteria, fast food, à la carte, catered and fine-dining options are offered to the university community and to the public. Nearly all campus residents participate in a campus meal plan that offers the most economic options at the cafeteria in Hilltop Center. Davies Center retail facilities include a food court, organic store, coffee café and fine dining area. Crest Wellness Center has a gathering place for informal dining called Higherground; and Simply to Go carts are located in the lobbies of Haas Fine Arts Center and Hibbard Hall. Sodexo Operations, LLC, has provided Blugold Dining service on the UW-Eau Claire campus since 2002.
The University Bookstore sells a variety of course-related and general interest reading materials; licensed emblematic gifts and clothing; greeting cards; and school, art, computer and office supplies. UW-Eau Claire undergraduates may rent textbooks and other course materials from the University Bookstore's Instructional Resource Rental Department, which is funded by a designated portion of undergraduate tuition. The textbook rental inventory currently numbers 93,000 books and is valued at $9,800,000. Since 2001 the University Bookstore has operated under contract with Barnes & Noble College Bookstores.
University Centers programs and services operate within three buildings that are the center of campus life: Davies Center, Hilltop Center and Crest Wellness Center. Building Operations provides facilities planning, building maintenance and custodial management for these facilities, Zorn Arena and Schofield Auditorium.
Responsible for all non-academic reservations on campus, Event Services is the university's centralized event planning organization. The office works with students, staff and the community to plan conferences, meetings and other events on campus, and works with administrative offices and academic departments in executing programs that support instruction and co-curricular activities. An array of event technology is available. Event Services also directs the annual Viennese Ball, the largest social event presented on the UW-Eau Claire campus.
Information Design Services
Information design is a process by which designers and clients work together to convey complex information through design systems that are functional and beautiful. Information Design Services develops public information and promotion for the University Centers, its facilities, and its widely varied programs and services. Responsibilities include information planning, content development and visual design for print and electronic media, press releases, copywriting and advertising management.
Information Technology Services
IT Services is responsible for project leadership, research, data analysis and configuration of the complex and specialized information systems in the University Centers, including identification, access control, online sales, room reservations, bulletin display and key control. The area coordinates the planning of new systems and their integration with campus hardware and software. Staff provide operational support and troubleshooting assistance to units when problems occur.
Affordable and convenient printing and production services are offered to the university community and the public. Printing Services offers competitive pricing on business cards, presentation materials, posters, labels, envelopes, postcards, brochures and booklets. High-speed black-and-white digital copies, high-quality color copies, large-format printing and a range of bindery services are offered, and student graphic designers are on staff to create custom materials. Printing Services also manages the campuswide convenience copier program. The area is UW-Eau Claire's designated agency printing manager, ensuring that all off-campus printing is purchased in accordance with state law and policy.
The central source of campus information, the Service Center plays a key role in university communication, acting as the switchboard for the campus and providing one-stop convenience for many essential services. The university's centralized ticket office, the Service Center works with organizations, academic departments and administrative offices to produce and sell tickets to campus events. The Service Center is a U.S. Postal Service substation, and a UPS drop box is also available. Blugold Card holders may cash payroll, two-party and personal checks, and money orders are sold.