Feedback on UC Requested

Faculty, staff and students are invited to complete a survey related to the facilities and services of the Don H. Bottum University Center. The information will assess the current operation and offer direction for a five-year plan.

As Andy Wasilewski (Auxiliary Services) explained at the forum, the survey was developed by Porter Consulting Worldwide Inc., a nationally recognized independent consulting firm that specializes in the higher education market.

Wasilewski said the University Center was built in the '60s and had one renovation in 1994. He said the consulting firm will help explore potential new uses and opportunities, as well as address issues that have prevented the facility from maximizing its ability to host more campus and community events.

"Parking has been a perennial problem that reduces the potential for walk-in traffic," Wasilewski said. "The maximum seating capacity in the UC is 550, but some entities have expressed a desire to host even larger events. Should the building have a ballroom with higher ceilings that could accommodate 1,000 people? These are some of the things we're looking at."

As an added incentive, those who offer feedback will be eligible for one of the following: an Apple iPod; a portable DVD player; or one of five $10 Starbucks gift cards. Winners will be notified via e-mail.

The survey must be submitted by Monday, Dec. 6. It is available at University Center Survey.



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