Pioneer Spotlight: Ian Dreger leads Event Services

Ian Dreger

Ian Dreger, interim director of Event Services, came to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2013 as a resident director in the Department of Residence Life. After interning and working at a number of colleges and universities, Dreger immediately felt at home at UW-Platteville.

What do you enjoy about working in a university setting?

I love working with and getting to know students. Everyone has a story, and I enjoy listening to and interacting with students on campus. I also enjoy the learning environment and that students can learn both inside and outside of the classroom.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

When I get to my office, I check my email and respond to them. A typical day may find me in one-on-one meetings with my staff, attending other meetings around campus, checking in on events to make sure they are going well and assisting in any way that I can and also planning for future events. I serve as chair of the University Commencement Committee, so a majority of the latter portion of each semester is really honing in on that event and making sure all facets are ready for the big day(s). Once commencement is over, I start thinking about next semester’s commencement ceremonies. I also oversee the Performing Arts Series, so I am researching future artists, talking with their agents, attending events at other venues to review potential artists, creating contracts for these events and overseeing the overall process of the series.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my day is working with the students, faculty and staff in several capacities and depending on the situation. I consider myself a lifelong learner. I may not be enrolled in courses, but I learn something new every day.

What is one of your proudest accomplishments during your time at UW-Platteville?

Most recently, my proudest accomplishment was bringing Broadway back to UW-Platteville. As I mentioned, I oversee the Performing Arts Series. When I entered this role, I spent a fair amount of time talking with individuals both on campus and off. Several years ago, UW-Platteville brought in a touring Broadway performance. I am excited to bring that back with the assistance of Corporate Relations and generous donations of businesses associated with UW-Platteville.

What is one thing you wish more people knew about Event Services?

We are run primarily by students. They are the real movers and shakers who keep Event Services running smoothly. I’m always fascinated by them, being full-time students who then come to work and set up a space, serve in an event coverage capacity, tear down an event and clean up after it is over. I’m continuously impressed with the caliber of work they provide.