Most of the planning for our fairly large Christmas party in the Ballroom was coordinated with Jess Shaffer. Jess has been a delight to work with, she is an excellent listener, she is prompt in her communications and so very pleasant to work with. Her help and suggestions showed her interest in helping us create a special evening. She was also very open to asking for adjustments and discounts as the party grew. That is appreciated as it made it good business for both UM and Consumer Direct.- Sue
On the day of the party, Karen was there and of utmost help and so very friendly and easy to work with. Karen was open to the few changes we asked about and had labor there and ready to move and rearrange. She made a point of being available and watching our movements to offer help when needed.
John with A/V was prompt, ever so polite and asked questions that showed he cared. The star lanterns were placed for a previous party. Before investing labor in moving them, he checked about placement. By not moving the lanterns we were able to save some labor costs – which is always appreciated. John communicated well with the graphic designer and was great to work with.
Consumer Direct Care Network
The best thing about hosting our event at the University Center... It's hard to sum it up in just one reason! We loved the location, the ample parking, the beautiful space and hardwood floors. We loved how easily the space adapted to fit our vision for our wedding. Our guests raved about the food and still talk about it to this day. Being able to come in the night before and set up was a Godsend, and made our wedding day no-stress. And the price was so amazing! Compared to everywhere else we looked at, the University Center was by far the greatest deal. And the staff was amazing to work with. They discussed our vision for our wedding with us and gave us options and helped us make it happen. I would highly recommend hosting an event at the University Center.- Halley
Thank you and the University Center Ballroom "crew" for making our recent event with Terry Tempest Williams a success. Everyone was delighted with the venue.- Barbara
Fact & Fiction
The UC's commitment to clean, streamlined, modern event hosting is a breath of fresh air. Other locations, especially in our area, get stuck in the decade they were built in. Not so at the UC. They have a versatile, open layout with helpful, flexible staff; up-to-date AV and tech; and UC Catering provides a well-run, well-organized catering service that consistently delivers meals that are delicious, interesting and planned with intention.- Lena
I would say to contact them yesterday! Everyone in town knows that the UC's calendar fills up fast—not only because it's at the University of Montana, but because they are so good at what they do. I would absolutely recommend the UC to anyone wanting to host an event in the Missoula area.
Five Valleys Land Trust
After a less than ideal event at another venue in the area, we decided to look into some other options for location and services for our largest fundraiser of the year. After our first meeting with the event staff at the University of Montana we knew we had found the perfect venue. Every step of the way we were treated as if we were the only client with exceptional service, guidance and professionalism.- Emily
From the prompt responses to last minute questions, to the flexibly with our menu options we truly could not have asked for a better event. The staff at Montana Event Services, UC is on top of every detail, leaving us with little to worry about when the big day approached. While the food and venue itself were exceptional, we were most impressed with the value. Not only was our event more affordable than years past, but we came in well under budget – a must for area nonprofits like us!
We would encourage anyone looking to take the chaos and the unknowns out of their event planning to book with Montana Event Services, UC. You will not be disappointed!
Humane Society of Western Montana
Thank you guys so much for being such a great place to work with. Our event went very smoothly and was very appreciated by all of our participants. Your hospitality, timeliness and quality added an extra touch to a gathering of people already happy to see each other. We are certain that your services will be used again in the future.- Greg
Regional Bahá'í Council of the Northern Plains States
The Roundtable on the Crown of the Continent recently hosted a 3-day conference at UM's University Center. Our experience with Karen and Event Services was outstanding, especially since our event was complex with many breakouts and special sessions. Karen was omni-present with a vivacious smile and always asking if we needed anything. I appreciate that the Event Services office was adjacent to our event because Karen and her staff were always there with a quick answer or help. All of the staff and crew were very kind and happy. Karen was also forthright in explaining if any requests we made would result in an additional charge on our estimated final bill. We will not hesitate to use these services in the future and heartily recommend them to others. In addition, the food was very good, and we feel we received excellent value.- Rosemary & Susan
We worked with Montana Event Services in putting together our weekend event for 150 people at the university. Karen made our experience easy and enjoyable and was helped make sure we had everything planned out ahead of time. Our event went smoothly and the location was amazing. The entire experience was positive and I look forward to holding future events at UM.- Monica
Frontier Medicine Better Health Partnership
I wanted to thank you on behalf of the Wilderness Institute, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, Society for Wilderness Stewardship and Montana Wilderness Association for the top-shelf assistance UM event services has provided us throughout the National Wilderness Workshop, which brought 120 wilderness advocates from across the country to Missoula in October 2015. Having planned and hosted a much larger gathering last year at a different conference venue, we found UM event services' flexibility, responsiveness, and general ease of relationship a refreshing change from past experiences. Minimal paperwork, reasonable deadlines, technology that worked, responsiveness to urgent requests, reliable expertise and a venue that encouraged student participation were critical to the success of the workshop. This year's success has already paved the way for yearly gatherings of this kind and has provided a model and standard of service we hope to replicate. Thank you!- Lisa
The University of Montana Events office provided exemplary service for the MtnSEON Annual Meeting, Oct 14-16. Communications were prompt and clear, and concerns and requests were immediately addressed. Our event on the UM campus went smoothly, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the UM staff. We are very grateful.- Amber
Mountain Social Ecological Observatory Network
We recently chose the UM to host what will be an annual conference for our organization. The planning and events staff were wonderful and very flexible as our plans morphed and changed. We really appreciated the level of attention to details and the commitment to making sure everything went well for our attendees as well as the willingness to help us solve some complex technology needs. I look forward to working with this great group again!- Kathy
Learning Center at Red Willow
The Continuing Education Conference Center has provided outstanding service to us! The friendly, efficient staff assures all our needs are met and are available immediately upon request. We've used a variety of room specifications and audio visual set-ups and each event has been comfortable and an asset to a learning environment. Thanks to the Continuing Education Conference Center for being a very reliable and professional organization!- Arthur
National Wilderness Training Center
In the Fall of 2012 we held our statewide Montana College Access Network conference at the University Center and were very pleased with the quality of support we received from staff, parking, food services, conference rooms and technical needs. UM is a value, and holding our event on campus at the University of Montana gave our guests an opportunity to interact and be inspired by college students, and to enjoy a beautiful, accessible campus setting.- Josh
Montana Campus Compact
Just wanted to thank you and your staff for all or your help and expertise. Our auction was a huge success! Good comments on the food and the entire venue. I hope to see you next year for the same event! Kudos to all that helped with our success!- Priscilla
Missoula Building Industry Association
The RMAC conference was a real success due to the professionalism and high quality of the UC, Badlander, and catering staff. For the conference itself, all of the talks went off without a hitch. Tech was on time and perfect in set up of the rooms, while the building maintenance folks always had the rooms opened, unlocked, and clean for our event. The catering staff was similarly outstanding, providing timely service and outstanding quality food. Finally, the bars provided by the Badlander were awesome, with great and cheerful staff. All of our events went great and we had nothing but positive feedback, thanks in large part to all of your professionalism. Thanks so much for all of your help. I will certainly pass on the word to anyone that doesn't know about the great jobs you all do for these events.- Doug
Rocky Mountain Anthropological Association
The staff at UM's Conference and Event Services were amazing in their ability to walk us through planning our conference. Their patience and understanding were a huge help in easing any concerns we may have had. They've dealt with every possible glitch that could arise and helped us look at all the possibilities to avoid any problems. We could not have had a more successful conference and only heard good things from those that attended.- Vanetta
Missoula Weavers Guild and Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners
As a professional who is responsible for organizing conferences, training programs, and visits, I find great comfort when I have my activities in the University Center due of the quality of their staff and technology. The entire staff at the Office of Conference and Event Planning are exemplary in their work. More importantly, it is their caring and attentive support which I appreciate the most. They are always pleasant to work with and understanding of the flexible nature of my projects. I would recommend them without any reservation.- Brian
International Events and Campus/Community Collaboration at UM
Thank you to all of your staff for all the great work for our International Festival. Everyone was so very, very helpful: Building and Set-up services, technical support, Catering kitchen staff, and of course you folks in Event Scheduling. We appreciate you guys so much and want to send you all a big collective THANK YOU from all of us at the International Festival Team. Thank your for helping to make the festival a success!- Mona
International Food Festival