Event and Meeting Services

Event Support Services is dedicated to providing technology consultation and support services for events on both the St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses. We support events ranging from lectures and meetings to award ceremonies and concerts.

Our experienced staff is capable of providing assistance with determining what type of audio/visual technology will best meet event needs. Before reserving a space, please consult us for assistance determining which venues are best suited to meet the potential use of technology for an event.

We are here, along with the other University service providers, to empower and assist you with planning and executing a successful event.

Services Provided

Planning your event

Please contact us early in your event planning process. We encourage event planners to contact us early in the planning process via our Request for Services (RFS) page. When requests are submitted with advance notice, there is time for us to effectively communicate with the organizers, understand the visions and goals, and best allocate our resources.

For large events, this means 4-8 weeks in advance. For smaller events and meetings, 2-4 weeks is sufficient. We require a minimum notice of three business days. Without this notice, we may lack sufficient time to allocate equipment or staffing resources.

Getting Started

If you have forgotten to select from the ‘Technology Use” choices in 25Live when requesting a room, or if you have a complex event, you can submit a RFS.

Please include details in your request such as desired setup time, start time, and what type of event you are having - presentation, panel discussion, performance, etc. Your request, either via 25Live or RFS, will initiate our consultation process.

Service Descriptions

Tech Assist

An Event Support tech can provide on-site assistance to start a room system and load any media to be presented. For complex events, we will work with you to determine if an onsite technician is required to operate any equipment.

Playback pre-recorded or streaming media

Most spaces on campus have the ability to play audio or video through either streaming or directly from digital files. If you have mixed media sources, we can assist you with consolidating all of your media into one PowerPoint presentation to simplify the playback process.

Phone Conferencing

We can assist you with the resources needed to participate in or host a phone conference. If you are hosting more than two remote participants, you can request a Meet-Me-Bridge from Telecom through their RFS. If you are unsure of what technology is required, submit an RFS for Event Support with your phone conference details.

Video conferencing

We have several rooms in both St. Paul and Minneapolis that can support two-way video conferences.  If you wish to connect to one of these rooms from off-campus, please contact us as soon as possible.  Third-party software is required to make that connection. There is currently no charge for this but it does require pre-planning and testing.


Webinars are typically training meetings or events at which an outside vendor is presenting to remote groups. Software often used is WebEx or GoToMeeting. Most rooms on campus can support the viewing of webinars with the built-in presentation systems and speakers. If you wish to host a Webinar from which you are presenting to others, please contact your Academic or Administrative Technology Consultant.

Voice amplification

All large venues have what we call ‘voice reinforcement’ built into the room. Most of these rooms do not have the capability of adding additional microphones. Please submit a RFS and describe what will be taking place at your event. We can assist with choosing the right number and type of microphones to meet your needs.

Live musical performances

If you wish to have live music at your event, please submit an RFS and provide us with details, including any riders, so we can determine which space will work best for you. Some venues on campus have the capability to support small music ensembles and DJs.

Event recording

If you’d like to request your event be recorded please fill out this Event Recording form completely before submitting.

Please note that written permission, to be kept in your records, is required from all presenters.

Recording Costs

There is a small materials fee for each recording. Recording sessions longer than 2 hours may require the hiring of a freelancer. This cost is borne by the requesting department. The fee ranges from $300 for a half day to $600 for a full day. Recording requests do not include any post recording editing other than to trim off leading and trailing footage captured before your event begins and after the conclusion of the event.