From the Director

The St. Paul Campus is an ideal winter setting. The holidays are behind us and activity has slowed down here on campus. The Continuing Education and Conference Center is looking forward to helping you make your upcoming meetings this year a success.

Food Update

The Food Service Package, provided by University Dining Services, recently underwent a menu and service refresh to enhance our guests' experience. Guests can now enjoy healthier options and updated menu selections throughout the day, as well as enhanced service at lunch.

The continental breakfast has several additional options, including healthier selections such as lean proteins, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs, updated pastry selection, and a gluten-free oatmeal bar. The new items are complemented by the mainstays of fresh-cut fruit, yogurt, granola, and bagels and cream cheese. 

Lunch menus have seen revisions including new and expanded side dishes to support overall lunch themes when possible. We have also identified the calorie count of all soups and entrees for your convenience. We have also enhanced dessert selections to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Upon entering the dining area, you will find that we have added water, napkins, and silverware to your place seating to help minimize the amount of items you need to carry to the table. 

Staying with the healthier theme on the afternoon break we’ve added vegetables and hummus on a daily basis along with trail mix. Not to worry: the ice cream bars, cookies, and chips are still there to help you finish the day. Supporting these additions is the full day beverage service that is still available from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

These changes are just the first step. There are additional enhancements that you will see released in the coming months. We appreciate your comments and we hope you see the added value your feedback can provide.

Facility Update

On an operational note, the pedestrian bridge at the front of the conference center is currently under repair and will be replaced sometime after the new year. Currently the bridge is open, although work is still going on. Access is available at the lower level if needed. Parking crews have been instructed to allow transport vehicles free access to S-104 (the lower parking lot) for drop-off and pick-up, and when the booth is not staffed, drivers can use the intercom (silver button) to call Parking and Transportation Services and be allowed in and out. Metro Mobility buses and oversized vehicles are too large to get through the gate; however, dropping off at Peter's Hall is an alternative as Peter’s is handicap accessible and connected to the conference center via walkway.

Arranging Meetings 101: Tips, Tricks, and Tactics for Planning a Successful Meeting

Thanks to all of you that were able to attend the Arranging Meetings 101 events in December. Due to popular request, we have made the handouts from the presentation available.

Engaging Your Meeting Participant

Negotiation Tactics & Tips

Meeting Room Styles & Set-Ups and more

Types of Meetings

Reception Drink Estimator

Thanks to Cynthia Vannucci for sharing her presentation materials.

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Meeting Planner Resources

Conference & Event Services is a "one stop shop" offering assistance with youth, adult, academic, and athletic groups on all three campuses at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The conference center partners with multiple University departments to provide guests meeting and event facilities, dining, and overnight lodging. The University has everything you need to make your event unique and memorable and we will help make that happen.

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