The University Centers develops and implements a variety of involvement and leadership experiences, volunteer opportunities, student employment and internships, diversity and cultural growth initiatives, and community outreach. Students are encouraged to actively engage in any number of activities including student organizations, volunteering, advisory committees, leadership development, and participation in a diverse array of programs and events. These varying experiences help students to develop new skills, reflect on their personal identity and place in the world, and become engaged citizens. The University Centers builds and sustains partnerships with faculty/staff and community members, to ultimately enhance the quality of the experiences provided.
As a financially self-supporting part of the Division of Student Affairs, the University Centers provides for basic needs that are vital to student success. Services demonstrate innovation and responsiveness to student needs, due in part to the high level of student involvement in all aspects of the unit. Although many of the services the unit provides are administrative, the University Centers is exclusively funded by student fees and commissions paid to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The University Centers provides services that are integral to campus life, including the undergraduate textbook rental program, the meal plan required for nearly all campus residents, and the official university ID card. The unit is responsible for all non-academic reservations on campus and ticketing of campus events. The University Centers administers bookstore services, dining services and vending campuswide, manages all off-campus printing in accordance with state law, and provides the central source of campus information.
The University Centers comprises three buildings that are the center of campus life: Davies Center, Hilltop Center and Crest Wellness Center. University Centers programs and services operate within these three facilities, which also support the operations of the Student Health Service, the University Police and University Recreation and Sport Facilities. The University Centers also administers Zorn Arena and Schofield Auditorium — multipurpose facilities that are heavily used by the university community for meetings, recreation, performances, dining, conferences, workshops and other curricular and co-curricular activities.
The University Centers also makes significant financial contributions to the following University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire offices and programs: