Ullsvik Hall was originally constructed in 1959 as the university’s student center, and remained so until 2002 when the Markee Pioneer Student Center was built. Ullsvik Hall underwent renovations that were completed in January 2008, and now houses a variety of university services, departments, classrooms, and the chancellor’s office. Hickory and Main coffee shop, the Nohr Art Gallery, and the Luce Center—a museum and regional research center—are also located in this building. Ullsvik Hall is named after Dr. Bjarne R. Ullsvik, who served as president/chancellor from 1958–75. Ullsvik coordinated the merger of Wisconsin State College at Platteville and the Wisconsin Institute of Technology, creating what is now known as UW-Platteville. Under his leadership, 22 major buildings were constructed, 38 academic majors were created, and enrollment rose from 1,300 to 5,000 students.
The Robert I. Velzy Commons, located in Ullsvik Hall and named in honor of UW-Platteville's first student center director, is the premier multipurpose, banqueting facility. Velzy Commons is ideal for large group events ranging from banquets and wedding receptions to exhibitions and concerts. Velzy Commons divides into four rooms; Velzy North, Velzy Center, Velzy South, and Velzy Reception. These rooms can be combined in a variety of configurations to meet your event needs.
In order to maximize flexibility and use, Velzy Commons' standard setup is for the room to be cleared of all furnishings. Please contact Event Reservations to discuss layouts and capacities.
- Velzy North: 4331 sq. ft.
- Velzy Center: 1952 sq. ft.
- Velzy South: 2501 sq. ft.
- Velzy Reception: 1430 sq. ft.
- Computer - Desktop with DVD capability
- Projection screen
- Presentation remote
- Document camera
- Auxiliary audio and video input
Please ask for availability of:
- Conference phone
- Speaker phone
- E-clip sign stands
The Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery provides high quality cultural and educational opportunities in the visual arts, free of charge, to the students, faculty, and staff of UW-Platteville, and the people of Platteville and the Southwestern Wisconsin region. On permanent display in the gallery is the Harry Nohr exhibit.
The Nohr Gallery is the central location for art exhibits on campus. Located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall, on the corner of West Main and South Hickory Streets, the gallery is easily visible and readily accessible to students and the community.
The 5,000-square-foot space enhances the experience in the visual arts. The gallery has three primary access locations including the main entrance accessed through the ground floor on the south side of Ullsvik Hall, a unique architectural staircase that enters into the middle of the gallery, and elevator access which may be reached from the street level entrance on the east side of Ullsvik Hall.
The facility provides students from the campus and community the opportunity to view works of foremost artists and institutions reflecting current trends, traditional art forms, works of diversity, and issues of cultural significance. The large space has 117'7" of display space and is conducive to professional exhibitions and demonstrations whether serving university or regional art needs. The changing exhibitions will appeal to all facets of the Southwest Wisconsin community.