Gather, Celebrate, Connect at AWCC

With the opening of the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center (AWCC) on campus this spring, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s 83,000-plus alumni have a new place to call home.

And it’s a beauty.

From its striking spot along the scenic Fox River at the corner of Wisconsin Street and Pearl Avenue to the impressive, floor-to-ceiling windows bathing the ballroom in light and the colorful paintings adorning the walls, this bright and airy contemporary conference center catches the eye from inside and out.

“We are truly excited to open our gorgeous new ‘front door’ to campus and to the greater community,” said AWCC Director Laura Rommelfanger ’08 and MS ’12.

The 44,000-foot facility, which celebrated its grand opening in May, provides modern and comfortable event spaces for groups of five to 500, including a 38-person executive board room with state-of-the-art technology.

Key features also include:

  • Four well-equipped, 40-person breakout rooms.
  • Outdoor function areas, including a patio and gas fire pit.
  • On-site catering with an array of menu options.
  • Hearing loop technology.
  • Free wireless Internet.
  • Ample free parking.

Rommelfanger

“When guests arrive at the AWCC, they will be greeted by our helpful concierge staff members who can connect them with the many resources our campus has to offer,” Rommelfanger said. “Whether they want to find tickets to a Titans sporting or theatre event, purchase an Alumni TitanCard or learn more about going to school at UW Oshkosh, this facility will serve as a conduit for engaging the campus and community.”

The AWCC houses University offices for Alumni Relations, the Business Success Center and the UWO Foundation as well as satellite offices for Admissions and economic development in the NEW North.

“We are excited to have the office of Alumni Relations prominently featured in this unique facility and are eager to invite our alumni back to visit and enjoy this beautiful new campus treasure,” said Alumni Director Christine Gantner.

Indeed, the facility is already drawing alumni back to campus.

The first weekend in April brought the first formal event to the AWCC with the wedding of alumni Brooke Buntrock and Ron Tabbert, of Milwaukee. The two tied the knot on the campus where they first met more than 10 years ago.

“It is such an honor to be the first people to celebrate our marriage inthat building,” said Buntrock, who has close ties with UW Oshkosh throughher role on the Alumni Association Board of Directors. “We were so excited to have our marriage start at a place that was so important to our lives.”

With the rooms filling up, alumni and community members alike are finding a home at the AWCC for meetings, conferences, celebrations and corporate events.

“We are especially hopeful that alumni from across the nation and beyond will head back to campus next fall, when we celebrate Homecoming 2014 in our new space,” Gantner said.

Visit AWCC online.

Learn more about the paintings, donated by the Kohler Foundation, that adorn the AWCC walls.

 

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