The Sahlstrom Conference Center is a central location for many on campus. It houses Brown Dining Room and the Eagles Nest, the main units of UMC Dining Services. Brown Dining Room is located on the second floor and can accommodate 450 people. The area on the first floor just outside of the Eagles Nest serves as an informal dining and meeting area as well as an occasional performance area for campus activities. That area features a convenience store, Regal's short order grill, Caribou Coffee, and Erbert & Gerbert's Bistro. Sahlstrom Conference Center also is home to several faculty offices, mainly for faculty who teach in the Business Department.

  

Building Services, Offices and Points of Interest

Building Services, Offices and Points of Interest

  • Business Department Faculty Offices
  • Brown Dining Room (second floor)
  • Dining Services Offices (second floor)
  • Eagles Nest - Convenience Store, Regal's, Caribou Coffee and Erbert & Gerbert's Bistro

Building History

Building History

The Conference Center was completed in 1980. It replaced the old dining facility in Bede Hall. It is located on the former site of Stephens Hall, a men's dormitory for the NWSA.Dr. Stanley D. Sahlstrom

For years the building was known simply as the Conference Center, until 1997 when it was dedicated in honor of Dr. Stanley D. Sahlstrom, UMC's founding provost and former University Regent.

In 1965 Sahlstrom was the founding provost of UMC, then a two-year technical college branch of the University. He left the provost's job in 1985 to become a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, where he continued to be an advocate for UMC, supporting UMC's move to a four-year institution. He retired as a regent in 1997.

During his career Sahlstrom was active in numerous educational associations on the national level, including Post International Network, North Central Association, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, Rural Education Committee of the National Education Association and the National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture.

Sahlstrom Conference Center plate

Brown Dining Room was named in honor of Myrtle "Ma Brown," who was the food service supervisor for both UMC and the NWSA from 1954-1970.

Brown Dinning plate

Prior to 2012 the Sahlstrom Conference Center featured the training kitchens and the Epicurean Room (room 107 Sahlstrom Conference Center), a restaurant lab, used in UMC's Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism program. That degree program was phased out, and the Epicurean Room was dismantled.

Building Location Map

Building Location Map

Building 360s & Tour Videos

Building Floorplans