Think the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is only for students to explore? Think again. Join Stevie Pointer, official mascot of UW-Stevens Point, as he takes you on a tour to favorite spots on campus worth a visit.
Meet Your Tour GuideTop
Name: Stevie Pointer
Favorite Sport: Fetch
Favorite Colors: Purple and Gold
Profession: Official UWSP Mascot
The Noel Fine Arts CenterTop
First up, let's start this tour off strong with a stop at The Noel Fine Arts Center (NFAC). This building holds all of UWSP's extremely talented arts majors, and provides students and faculty the opportunity to hold events and performances that are open to the public all semester long. These events, such as music, theatre, and dance, are held in Michelsen Hall, Jenkins Theatre, and more! Check out UWSP Tickets to see upcoming shows.
Edna Carlsten Art Gallery
Everyone is welcome to explore the Edna Carlsten Art Gallery, housed on the second level of the Noel Fine Arts Center. The gallery regularly exhibits work by noted regional, national, and international artists and designers as well as art students studying at UWSP. Open throughout the year, when school is in session, the gallery displays a wide variety of mediums as well as several permanent collections.
Address: 1800 Portage St, Stevens Point Location: Second floor of Noel Fine Arts Center by Michelsen Hall
Bonus Stop: Point Dog SculptureTop
On our way to the Science Building, let's take a stop at the famous POINTER dog sculpture. POINTER was constructed in 2011 by UWSP art student, August Kochanowski, in his father's studio (Boleslaw Kochanowski). It was sponsored by the Karlsten Gallery student advisory committee, commonly known on campus as (CGSAC). The 2,500-pound, eight-foot tall dog now sits in front of the Daniel O. Trainer Natural Resources Building, greeting visitors with great photo opportunities.
The Science BuildingTop
Next, let's head to The Science Building on campus. The Science Building at UWSP offers a variety of exhibits and shows open to the public, including a look into the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium, the Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory, Museum of Natural History, and even a Laser Light Show put on by UWSP students.
Planetarium and Observatory
For a glimpse above, check out the programs offered at the Allen F. Blocher Planetarium and Arthur J. Pejsa Observatory. On clear nights throughout the year, the observatory offers a unique close-up view of the night sky. Regardless of the weather and atmospheric conditions, the Planetarium offers a better understanding of our universe, in addition to their annual Laser Light Shows, set to music.
Address: 2001 4th Ave, Stevens Point Location: Planetarium on second floor of Science Building and Observatory on fourth floor of the Science Building
Museum of Natural History
Explore the natural world around us by visiting the Museum of Natural History, originally housed in the Albertson Learning Resource Center on campus, but now resides in the A-wing on the first floor of the Science Building. This family-friendly spot offers self-guided tours and events, such as their annual collection crawl, story-time Fridays, and even an augmented reality sandbox to bring landscapes to life. Don’t miss the different exhibits including the dinosaur collection and the large dioramas.
Address: 2001 4th Ave, Stevens Point Location: A-wing on first floor of Science Building
Bonus Stop: Chemistry Biology BuildingTop
For a bonus stop, let's venture next door to the science building and make a stop at the Chemistry Biology Building!
If you venture into the Chemistry-Biology Building on campus, you may not realize this massive 170,000-square-foot building has a green roof. But visitors can check out the Tropical Conservatory on the first floor, with a variety of biomes, water features, and a green wall, and enjoy this tropical escape no matter the season. The most impressive part? The windows, fans, and shades are controlled automatically, based on temperature settings.
Address: 2101 4th Ave, Stevens Point Location: First floor by south entrance of Chemistry Biology Building
Photo Credit: @ktgilles
College of Professional Studies BuildingTop
Continuing the tour, let's head over to the College of Professional Studies Building (CPS). Whether it be nursing, early childhood education, business, or another professional discipline, this building houses them all! Here you can find the university's Child Learning and Care Center as well as the delicious CPS Café to kick back and relax at.
Visiting campus can work up an appetite, perfect for a stop at this hidden spot. The CPS Café can be found in the College of Professional Studies building and is staffed primarily by Dietetic students. The menu features healthy options, with food sourced from local farms, and sustainable production methods. Grab lunch any day Monday-Friday while school is in session.
Address: 1901 4th Ave, Stevens Point Location: First floor by south entrance of College of Professional Studies building
Photo Credit: @cpscafeuwsp
The Dreyfus University CenterTop
Now we come to our last stop on the tour, The Dreyfus University Center (DUC). This building is very much the heart of campus. Here, you'll find events, fairs, food and drinks, and more. This place is home to Homegrown Café, the perfect place to make a quick pitstop for a coffee and snack. Planning on staying awhile? This building also houses the Basement Brewhaus, where you can play a game of pool, a board game, or join in on some trivia. Also check out the Laird Room, Alumni Room, and the Encore for events open to the public.
You don’t have to be a student to enjoy the Basement Brewhaus, located in the Dreyfus University Center. The Brewhaus doubles as both a coffee shop and bar offering an array of coffee drinks, beers and wines. It’s also a great spot to kick back and relax after exploring the campus, where you can play a round of pool or enjoy one of their many board games for anyone to use.
Address: 1015 Reserve St, Stevens Point Location: Lower level of the Dreyfus University Center
Located on the first floor of the Dreyfus University Center, the Homegrown Café serves a wide variety of natural foods and custom drinks made with their wide variety of syrups. These beverages include teas, smoothies, espresso, and locally roasted coffees from New Roots. Don't know what to get? Try their drink of the month for something new!
Address: 1015 Reserve St, Stevens Point Location: First level of the Dreyfus University Center
Photo Credit: @ktgilles
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