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Residence Life, Dining Services, and Wyoming Union

Residence Life & Dining Services

Eric Webb, Executive Director, Residence Life, Dining Services, and the Wyoming Union
Reggie Conerly, Director, Dining Services

Washakie Center, Lower Level, (307) 766-3175
Web site: www.uwyo.edu/reslife-dining

Residence Life & Dining Services is committed to providing clean, comfortable and affordable housing and dining, with the belief that these elements are an essential component of a student’s education, personal growth, and college experience.

The university operates six furnished residence halls, a variety of furnished and unfurnished apartments, as well as Washakie Center, ten on-campus dining establishments and UW Catering and Events.

Residence Halls: The residence halls provide convenient living, studying, educational programming, social activities and dining accommodations for the university community. Various living environments are available. Full-time, live-in professional staff and graduate assistants live in the community, along with student resident assistants.  The staff is available to all students to help make residence hall living an enjoyable and productive part of campus life. We have six residence halls for students:

  • Downey Hall
  • Hill Hall (for sophomores and above)
  • Honors House
  • McIntryre Hall
  • Orr Hall
  • White Hall

The residence halls also provide several services to our students:

  • Laundry facilities on-site in each hall
  • On-site computer labs and study rooms
  • Mail service
  • Free tutoring in the Student Learning Center
  • 24-hour emergency custodial & maintenance services
  • Upgraded cable TV that includes channels like ESPN U, HBO & The Sundance Channel

Room assignments are made according to the date the completed contract form is received. The housing deposit is included in the enrollment confirmation deposit paid by new UW students. Students returning to UW who wish to live in the residence halls must pay the housing deposit when they complete their housing contract. Hall, roommate, and other preferences may be indicated on the contract and will be considered. Students wishing to room together should submit contracts together prior to the posted deadline of May 1.

New Student Live-in Policy: The UW Trustees have established a policy requiring all new students to live in the UW residence halls during their first academic year on campus and to take a minimum of the 12-accesses-per-week dining plan. The policy is based on extensive student development research indicating that a student’s chance of academic success and satisfaction with the college experience greatly improves through the residential living experience.
For a student to be considered for an exemption to the policy, a request with appropriate documentation must be submitted. Students will be considered exempt from the policy if they can provide documentation for one of the following:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Married
  • Single parent with custody of child(ren)
  • Reside with parent(s) or legal guardian(s) within a 60-mile radius of Laramie or in a property purchased by parent(s) or
legal guardian(s)
  • Completion of two semesters as a full-time student or the equivalent credit hours at UW, or another university or college
  • Have documented medical or health conditions prohibiting residence hall living

Students must apply for exemption prior to 5 p.m. the day before the halls open for the semester (August 31, 2015 for the fall 2015 semester). Housing accommodations at the University Apartments may be available for students who have children or minors living with them or students of sophomore status or above.

Dining Services: A variety of dining plans, services, and payment options are offered for on and off-campus students, faculty, and staff.  Dining plans are identified by the number of times a customer may access Washakie Dining Center per week. Additional Dining Dollars can be added to any dining plan, allowing for additional meals and services at dining locations across campus.

All students living in the residence halls may choose between the “Unlimited-,” any 15-, or any 12- dining plans.  Students living in Hill/Crane Halls may purchase the any-7 or above dining plan.  Meals are served during the contract periods for each semester. Limited services will be available over Thanksgiving and Spring Break.

The Washakie Dining Center, the social and cultural hub of the residence halls, features marketplace dining with 10 serving platforms.  Meals at the Washakie Dining Center can be purchased in several ways:

  • UW Student ID card (WyoOne Card)
  • Dining Dollars
  • Cash previously deposited to the holder’s WyoOne account.
  • Credit cards (VISA and MasterCard)
  • Cash

Dining plans are not just for students living in the residence halls. Any student, staff member, or faculty member can purchase one of the varieties of dining plans designed to fit his/her needs.

For additional information about the residence halls, dining plans, or university apartments visit www.uwyo.edu/reslife-dining; call toll free (866) 653-0212; or if in Laramie, (307) 766-3175 (residence halls) or 766-3176 (university apartments); FAX (307) 766-3613 or email reslife-dining@uwyo.edu. Information may also be obtained by writing to Residence Life & Dining Services, Dept. 3394, 1000 E. University Ave., Laramie, WY 82071.

Campus Dining Options: In addition to Washakie Dining Center, a variety of convenient and affordable dining options are located in the Wyoming Union and throughout campus to further meet the dining needs of busy students. These locations offer unique atmospheres and customizable menu selections, with several locations open into the evening and on weekends. Each dining location accepts Dining Dollars, WyoOne card funds, Cash, Mastercard and Visa. Cash is not accepted at Elements or Encore Cafe.    

  • Elements
  • Encore Cafe
  • Pita Pit
  • Rolling Mill Café
  • The Gardens
  • CJ’s
  • Snowy Range Top & Go
  • S’Pokes Pizza
  • Panda Express
  • The Book & Bean
  • Rendezvous

University Apartments: The University provides one and two-bedroom furnished or unfurnished apartments for students. Located on the east side of campus, the River Village, Landmark Village and Spanish Walk apartment communities are near shopping centers, recreational areas, and the hospital. The apartments also offer children’s programs and a community center.

Apartment assignments are made on a year-round basis. The date an application is received is used in determining assignment priority. Requests should be made as early as possible after acceptance to the university.

Bison Run Village offers an on-campus living community for single students sophomore class standing or above. The fully- furnished townhome style apartments are rented by the bedroom and feature shared kitchen, dining and living room spaces with single, private bedrooms and private or semi-private bathrooms. Applications for Bison Run Village open during the spring semester for the following fall semester.

Application forms and additional information about apartment rates, availability, and eligibility guidelines may be obtained by contacting Residence Life and Dining Services, (307) 766-3176, toll free at (866) 653-0212, email reslife-dining@uwyo.edu or online at www.uwyo.edu/reslife-dining.

Off-Campus Housing: The University assumes no responsibility for the students’ choice of off-campus living environment. Students living off-campus are encouraged to contract for meals with Residence Life & Dining Services. .

Wyoming Union

Darcy DeTienne, Director
001 Wyoming Union, (307) 766-3765
Website: www.uwyo.edu/Union

The Wyoming Union is the community center for campus life, enhancing and complementing out-of-class educational experiences. Open daily, the Union provides facilities, services, and various activities to all of the campus community.

The Wyoming Union has a number of services available. A variety of food services (including Panda Express and Pita Pit) are located on the main level as well as CJ's Convenience Store, the Copy Center, Union Information Desk/Ticket Office, University Store, a computer lounge, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Nontraditional Student Center, Women's Center, Rainbow Resource Center, and First Interstate Bank. The Campus Activities Center, Union administrative offices, ASUW Student Government, Center for Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement, Gallery 234, ASTEC (Associated Students Technical Services), Fraternity/Sorority Life, computer lab, billiard hall, program lounge, and the Gardens (appetizer and beverage bar) are located on the lower level.

The Information Desk offers campus as well as community information and ticket sales. UW Dining Services provides meals, snacks and catering service. The Union's conference and meeting facilities include rooms of various sizes and a large ballroom. For reservations and information on these services, contact the Events Office at (307) 766-3161.

Campus Activities Center

The Campus Activities Center (CAC) serves as the hub of student activities on campus. Professional staff in the office offer guidance and assistance for programming committees, late-night programming efforts, more than 200 recognized student organizations (RSOs), and student leadership development.

Recognized student organizations at UW are established to promote a learning and social experience for individuals who share common interests. Students are encouraged to join and are free to organize associations that will provide opportunities to participate in educational, academic, cultural, and social activities. CAC staff are available to help students develop organizations, sponsor activities, and coordinate efforts with other entities on campus. A complete listing and descriptive classification of all current recognized student organizations is available from the CAC and online at www.uwyo.edu/rso.

The CAC is also home to 7220 Entertainment, a student-run organization that plans and implements social, recreational, cultural, and educational programs for the campus community. 7220 Entertainment is composed of five committees. These include:

  • Films (coordinates free full-length feature films on a weekly basis for the student population
  • Late Night Events (coordinates free, large scale multi-tiered alternative programming on specific weekends throughout the year)
  • Weekly Events (coordinates free entertainment and activities on a weekly basis throughout the academic year)
  • Large Scale Events (coordinates big-name entertainment at an affordable ticket price)
  • Fine Arts & Lectures (coordinates culturally diverse programs, thought provoking lectures and exhibits in Gallery 234 throughout the year, and coordinating exhibits in Gallery 234 located in the lower level of the Union)

To find out more information or to get involoved with 7220 Entertainment, please visit www.uwyo.edu/cac.

Students who participate in the leadership of any of these committees or organizations gain valuable hands on experience in negotiation, programming, problem solving, marketing, public speaking, teamwork, and leadership, as well as opportunities for personal growth.

The CAC coordinates the Safe Zone program, which is geared towards creating an inclusive environment for the LBGTQIA community. The goal is to educate idividuals on issues related to the LBGTQIA community and train participants to become LBGTQIA allies. For information, visit www.uwyo.edu/union/cac/safezone.

The Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement Office (SLCE)

The Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement Office (SLCE) is located on the lower level of the Wyoming Union. SLCE is predicated on the notion that universities have a responsibility to prepare all students for active citizenship. A healthy American democracy demands ethical, engaged leadership, and SLCE seeks to cultivate these ideals among our UW students. A complete listing of all the programs and events the SLCE Office offers can be found at www.uwyo.edu/union/slce/. Students are invited and encouraged to visit the office in Rooms 006 and 011 in the Wyoming Union to explore the many opportunities available, including:

  • First Year Institute
  • Alternative Breaks
  • Local and national days of service
  • Good Mule Project
  • The Big Event
  • Leadership development programs
  • Community engagement programs

Office of Alumni Relations

University of Wyoming Alumni Association
Keener Fry, Executive Director
222 South 22nd Street, (307) 766-4166
Web site: www.uwyo.edu/alumni

The University of Wyoming Alumni Association has been serving the university and alumni since the association was first organized in 1895. The primary role of the UWAA is to connect and reconnect alumni to the institution and each other through effective communication and meaningful engagement. The Alumni Association creates partnerships that advance UW and enrich the lives of students and alumni worldwide.

The Alumni Association currently serves over 120,000 former students of the University of Wyoming.  UWAA provides scholarships to Wyoming and out-of-state high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students, non-traditional students, Wyoming community college transfer students, veterans and underrepresented multicultural students with a commitment of over $170,000 annually. UWAA promotes faculty excellence and development with its annual Outstanding Faculty Award. The Outstanding Faculty Award was created for graduating seniors who wish to nominate a teacher/professor who made a difference in their college careers.

In the fall of 2014, the UWAA expanded its external alumni relations activities to the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center and joined the Admissions Office, the Center for Advising and Career Services, and the UW Foundation to offer enhanced services to students and alumni. The historic Alumni House, located at 214 South 14th Street, continues to serve the central campus and our students.

The Wyo-Gold Student Alumni Association works to increase student awareness of what the Alumni Association means to the university. Each year, Wyo-Gold also sponsors the UW Homecoming Parade and senior send-off.

Cowboy Parents

Cowboy Parents
Division of Student Affairs
408 Old Main, (307) 766-5123
Web Site: www.uwyo.edu/cowboyparents

Cowboy Parents is an organization that provides parents and families with their own University of Wyoming connection serving as a conduit for information and assistance. Cowboy Parents offers opportunities for families to get involved with the goal of promoting student success while also providing the institution with a unique perspective from parents and families.  Cowboy Parents provides email updates, frequent and timely publications, volunteer opportunities, and much more.

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