Student Union
521 East Ave North
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone: 608.785.8877

The Student Union is often referred to as the living room of our university. It is where students, faculty, and staff can come together for informal interactions, as a place to relax, eat, and recreate. It is important that the Student Union provides a safe and supportive space for all who enter -- a place that fosters increased understanding of all people, and where students can feel at home. 
The Student Union provides limitless opportunities to relax and recharge, and we invite you to come explore! 

Student Union

What are the building hours? expanding section

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Friday, September 3: 7:00 am -11: 00 pm
Saturday, September 4: 8:00 am -11:00 pm
Sunday, September 5: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday, September 6: 8:00 am - 11:00pm 

Fall Semester Hours:
Monday - Friday: 7 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Check out the link below for the hours of each dining location.
Dining Hours

Last modified: 08/23/2021

Face Coverings expanding section

Face coverings are expected indoors for employees, students and guests, regardless of vaccination status.
- In all hallways, public spaces, common areas and classrooms at all times.
- In shared offices, shops, conference rooms and lab spaces.
- When traveling in a vehicle with more than one person.
- Masks should be worn correctly – covering the mouth and nostrils.
- Masks may be removed in private offices, but should be worn anytime another person is in the room.
- Masks are not expected to be worn outdoors.

Hand sanitizer stations can be found throughout the building, and we encourage all individuals to continue regularly washing their hands. 

Last modified: 08/05/2021

How do I use the Campus Food Pantry? expanding section

The Campus Food Pantry is accessible whenever the Student Union is open.
Students will be granted access to the Food Pantry via their Student ID card once they complete the following registration form.

The Food Pantry is located in the Student Union, room 2220 (Inside the COVE).

Last modified: 09/16/2021

Where is the lost and found located in the Union? expanding section

Lost and found items are housed at the Information Center on the first floor. Items in the lost and found will be discarded at the end of each semester.

Last modified: 07/23/2021

What is in the lower level gaming area? expanding section

All PLAY equipment is available for students to check out from the Info Center using their Eagle ID.

Last modified: 07/23/2021

Student Union Dining

BOOST Mobile Ordering expanding section

BOOST Mobile Ordering: mobile ordering can be used at Einstein’s and Erbert and Gerbert’s. Payment is accepted through the BOOST app when using Maroon Dollars, Campus Cash, or a credit card. When using Block Meals, payment will be taken when the order is picked up at the cash register. Download the BOOST app today: 

Last modified: 07/23/2021

What is the Ozzi System? expanding section

Changing the world from disposable to reusable, one meal at a time!
The Ozzi System gives individuals the opportunity to utilize reusable containers for to-go meals purchased in the Student Union and Whitney Dining Center. How it works - Purchase a token at the Information Center ($4.00 for students, $5.00 for faculty/staff). This token can be used at any dining location on campus when requesting a to-go meal. When you are finished using a container, scan its bar code and deposit the container into the Ozzi vending machine (flatware not deposited). You will then receive a new token from the machine to be used the next time you want a to-go meal! 

Where can I find an Ozzi Machine? 
Student Union: Located across from the dish belt, near Erbert and Gerbert's 
Whitney Dining Center: Located in the Concourse 

Last modified: 08/11/2021

History & Architecture

History of the Student Union expanding section

The original idea of a union was to form a university-wide society which cut across college lines, aiming to achieve a semblance of unity through understanding differences.  The name "union" was used as the organization “united” the existing debating societies (Butts, 1967). The first of all unions was organized at Cambridge University in 1815.  In 1866 the students built a permanent building, (Butts, 1967). Houston Hall, at the University of Pennsylvania, was the first official union building in the United States.  It was built in 1896.  

The student union is the community center -- the living room -- of a university, providing services, conveniences, and amenities the members of the university need in their daily life on campus.  It is part of the educational program of the college where students, faculty, and staff can come together for informal interactions, as a place to relax, eat, and recreate. It is important that the student union provides a safe place for all who enter -- a place that fosters increased understanding of all people. 

UW-La Crosse has had five Union Directors since 1959.  Dr. Robert Steuck, Mr. Donald Strand, Mr.  Calvin Helming, Dr. Robert Mullally, and Dr. Larry Ringgenberg. In 2021 UW-La Crosse welcomed it's sixth University Centers Director, Mr. Kyle E. Burke. 

Architecture of the UWL Student Union expanding section

The architect used the natural features of La Crosse area to guide the design:

  • There were attempts to bring the outside into the building
  • The columns in the first floor level resemble trees with leaves
  • The terrazzo floor on level one represents three rivers meeting at the Information Counter
  • There is a lookout, like in the marsh, when you walk down the stairs from level one to the lower level
  • Recycled barn board used in some spaces
  • Bamboo used for some wood floors
  • Stone used throughout the building