Situated on or nearby campuses throughout the U.S. and Canada are some of the
most impressive conference centers for
They feature technology-filled meeting
rooms, often with natural light and lovely
views, university-affiliated speakers and
teambuilding activities, locally sourced F&B
options, ample guest rooms either on-site
or close by, and easy access to off-campus
Following are five conference centers that
showcase how meeting among scholarly
pursuits enhances the group experience.
AT&T Executive Education and
The University of Texas, Austin,
The partnership that the AT&T Hotel and
Executive Education and Conference Center
has with the University of Texas’ McCombs
School of Business gives the conference
center exclusive access to unique additions
for meeting planners.
“Tier-one university resources including
executive coaching, custom classes and
renowned industry guest speakers enhance
the experience for meeting attendees,” said
Alison Berg, director of sales and marketing.
A recent expansion brings the total meeting space to 80,000 square feet. Standout
venues include a new 15,000-square-foot
ballroom featuring a modern feel and
a 4,000-square-foot mural by artist Jose
Parla in the prefunction space, and a
10,000-square-foot grand ballroom with
dramatic wood beams and chandeliers.
“Many of our meeting rooms feature
natural light and noteworthy views of the
University of Texas tower and the Texas
Capitol,” Berg said.
She added there are outdoor gathering
spaces, too, including a courtyard and patios,
as well as an array of teambuilding programs
to incorporate during a conference.
“Because of our star culinary team and
dining room with a show kitchen, we can
build custom culinary events such as a
cooking challenge,” Berg said. “Also, our
connections to the university’s public art
program provides an opportunity to bring
art education to groups.”
The staff also encourages groups to ex-
plore sights within walking distance, includ-
ing the Blanton Museum of Art and the Bob
Bullock Texas State History Museum.
University of Wisconsin Extension
Conference Centers, Madison, Wis.
The staff at University of Wisconsin Extension Conference Centers, including
Lowell Center and Pyle Center, often hears
from planners that their campus location
strengthens programs since an educational
environment focuses attendees on learning.
“Not only is there a certain energy to the
campus, but there are so many resources
close by that can add a special dimension to
a program,” said Joshua Goldman, program
manager, auxiliary services for U W Colleges
and UW Extension. “On a campus as big as
UW Madison, there are experts to partner
with, and labs or facilities to tour that can
really add a lot of value to a meeting.”
The conference centers’ partnerships
extend to the community, including showcasing the works of regional artists, which
Goldman said supports the arts and beauti-fies public spaces.
There are several standout options
throughout Pyle Center, which offers 135,000
College towns are happening hubs of activity, where the arts, sports and culinary delights thrive. All that and more is on deck for planners who book a university setting for a conference.
AT&T EXECUTIVE EDUCATION AND CONFERENCE CENTER, AUSTIN, TEXAS BY CAROLYN BLACKBURN
University conference centers are culturally
and intellectually rich options