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UWRF facilities to undergo renovations, location changes

February 18, 2010

Several UW-River Falls facilities on campus will be changing location in the near future due to renovations and mergers. The UWRF Sports Information office will be relocated, and the UWRF Publications (North Hall), Public Affairs (South Hall) and Photo Services (South Hall) offices will be merged into University Communications.

The offices that have merged into University Communications, which opened in 2009, will be located in the newly renovated area in 120 North Hall this spring.  Once renovations are completed, Photo Services will even have a basement studio. This area was previously occupied by Fast Copy until 2009, when it was relocated to its current location in Rodli Hall. Fast Copy is the campus location which specializes in copying, printing and binding, according to Fast Copy’s Web site.

The Publications Office currently serves as the liaison between UWRF and the Department of Administration’s State Printing Section in performing administrative support in state contract printing, according to its Web page.  The Publications Office serves all UWRF departments, services and programs that wish to communicate through the printed piece. 

The mission of the Office of Public Affairs is to serve as the liaison between the University and its many external publics. The Public Affairs office’s main goals are to assist University faculty and staff in public relations activities and to serve as the campus contact point for those seeing to learn about the University as a whole, according to their Web Site. 

The Sports Information Office, which specializes in distributing news, schedules and other media such as photos and videos regarding all UWRF athletics, currently resides in South Hall and will be relocated to the athletic complex in Hagestad Hall in the upcoming weeks.

The recently renovated UWRF Archives and Area Research Center, which is now located on the ground floor of Chalmer Davee Library as of January 26 2010, is currently the most recent office to be relocated on campus.  The archives is currently open to the University community as well as the general public, with free of charge research offered during public hours with no appointment.

“As libraries have made more and more databases, catalogs, and other online resources available to students, we’ve worked hard to make them accessible,” said Valerie Malzacher, the director of the UW-River Falls Library, in her writing from the director article this past winter. The office also offers photocopying and microform printing as well as scanning equipment.

The new UWRF Archives and Area Research Center was designed by Frisbie Architects, Inc. of River Falls and offers an additional 3,276 square feet compared to the previous location, and opens into an attractive reception area with a circular desk and drop lighting fixtures.  Compact shelves in the stacks area provide room for expansion of the center’s unique collections. Windows and open display cases line the outer hallway creating a welcoming entrance for patrons as well as a location to showcase the many historic artifacts housed in the UA/ARC.